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The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

OSF-SA supports a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. OSF-SA is a South African grant-making organisation and is a part of the Open Society Foundations.


Learn more about OSF-SA and its work in South Africa


Did you know that The Open Society Foundation for South Africa began its work in 1993, opening offices in Cape Town as the country prepared for its first democratic elections? Did you also know that George Soros, chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations, had already been engaged in South Africa since 1979?

Read our latest fact sheet for information on our history, our funding and our focus areas.


OSF-SA publication

OSF-SA in conjunction with Wits and the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry has launched a new publication: Preliminary study on artisanal and small-scale mining in South Africa. This research study provides a first look at the landscape of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector in South Africa, its challenges and opportunities to contribute to socioeconomic development.

Download this publication here.



  • Oxpeckers Associate wins top environmental media award for #MineAlert project Oxpeckers and minealert_OSf-SAPioneering data journalism project on financial provisions for mine closures and rehabilitation is rewarded with top environmental media award. Two years of chasing data on mine closures across South Africa were rewarded when Oxpeckers Associate Mark Olalde won the Written Media category of the prestigious annual SAB EnviroMedia Awards on October 24 2017.


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