OSF-SA 2018 Annual Report
“The year 2018 was a complex one politically, with regular and persistent threats to free media, incoherent government policies and decisions, allegations of state capture being brought into the open, and a lack of leadership in government and the ruling party. The years from 2009 to 2017 were characterised by unaccountability on the part of both the ruling party and the administration. At the same time, skilled and competent civil servants left the public service, which created immense capacity challenges. The election of President Cyril Ramaphosa brought hope to millions of South Africans that the country would be set on the road to economic recovery and accountable government. It would be easy to feel relieved, and to become complacent now that change has finally come again. But that is not the OSF-SA story.
Ours is a story of paying attention to the opportunities, of recognising the threats in the medium to long term, and of continuing our investment in a sustainable and vibrant civil society. We will continue to do so in the next 25 years, making sure that our decisions are guided by our civil society, and ensuring that we support efforts, whether from civil society or the state, that promote openness, accountability, justice, and freedom of expression.”
– Yasmin Carrim, Chairperson OSF-SA