25 05, 2021

Africa Day – An integrated Africa, is an Africa that can work for us all

2021-05-25T12:00:54+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

When the Organisation of African Unity (later the African Union) was established on 25 May 1963, it was an ambitious project, born while much of the African continent was in the firm grip of colonialism. It set up for itself what seemed like an impossible task at the time, which was to free Africa of all forms of colonialism and set up sovereign and independent states. In 2021, that goal has mostly been achieved. However...

15 04, 2021

A shot in the arm and an update on our strategy

2021-04-16T10:09:41+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

In addition to our COVID-19 grantmaking response which initially focused on providing emergency relief to organisations most in need and enabling our grantees to repurpose their existing funds to achieve the agility the moment required, late last year, we invested in several initiatives aimed at providing African people equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Advocacy and information around the use of vaccines is the focus of our current response.

5 03, 2021

Covid Stories – Submit a proposal for a R50 000 short film grant

2021-03-08T18:28:18+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

We’re inviting proposals for three grants of R50 000 each, for the production of Covid Stories, 3-5 minute documentary short films. Through the Covid Stories documentary short film grants, OSF-SA seeks to help raise awareness around COVID-19 safety and prevention measures, while highlighting the impact that the pandemic has had on people’s everyday lives.

27 01, 2021

A kinder year

2021-01-28T11:55:26+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

The new coronavirus has wreaked destruction on a massive scale in South Africa, as in the rest of the world. As one of a group of philanthropic institutions in South Africa, our Foundation has had to keep up with the immense need in our country, ever mindful of the challenges and resource limitations.

14 12, 2020

Looking back at the longest year

2021-01-28T11:25:39+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

It is hard to believe that little more than a year has passed since I first joined OSF-SA. I smile when I think of all the plans that I had for my first few months at the helm of the foundation, including easing into my role, buffered by a year-long induction period. That plan went the way of most plans scuppered by 2020.

24 11, 2020

A strategy to counter voter apathy

2020-12-08T13:04:29+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

Earlier this year, when we first began discussing the development of our 2021-2024 strategy, we realised that during this period, South Africa would hold local government elections and a General Election and would mark 30 years of democracy. The main goal of OSF-SA’s current strategy cycle, which concludes at the end of the year, is to protect the pillars of democracy.

17 09, 2020

Putting women and children at the centre of all we do

2020-10-15T09:05:04+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

I started writing this letter last month, but was unable to complete it as my team and I had to multi-task on many different fronts, one of which was to bring our strategy process to a close. I’m happy to report that we have now completed our strategy and will move to its implementation over the next four years. I want to thank all of you who sent inputs and gave us insights that helped us to formulate our game-changing, high-impact areas of investment over the next four years.

24 07, 2020

Supporting solidarity with journalists

2020-07-30T11:00:58+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

Death, arrest and attack, these are some of the challenges facing journalists on the continent and around the world. In South Africa, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the closure of several media houses and left hundreds of journalists without jobs. We need to protect the rights and livelihoods of journalists given their critical role on the frontline.

18 06, 2020

We need strategic action

2020-12-09T11:30:11+02:00Categories: OSF-SA News and Publications|

Heading up a philanthropic foundation during the toxic brew of COVID-19, which has brought a health, humanitarian and economic crisis and a fundamental shakeup of civil society has been both a deeply challenging ordeal, as well as an opportunity to reset and grab opportunities that promise a long-term ability to build back better.

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