New members appointed to the OSF SA Board 

Four new members have joined the OSF SA Board. 

They are:

1. The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa;

2. Ms. Yasmin Carrim, a lawyer and full time Tribunal Member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa and Chairperson of Soul City;

3. Mr. Justice Malala, political commentator and newspaper columnist who presents the weekly political talk show The Justice Factor; and

4. Ms. Lindiwe Bokoro, a Chartered Accountant, who serves as a non-executive director of various listed companies.

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Overview of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA)

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa is a grant-making organisation, and member of the International Soros Foundations Network.

The OSF-SA was founded by George Soros in April 1993 to promote the ideal of an open society in South Africa; an ideal which includes democracy, a market economy, a strong civil society, respect for minorities and tolerance for divergent opinions.

The foundation has been established in the conviction that the collapse of a closed, apartheid society will not lead automatically to the emergence of an open society in South Africa. In its work the foundation will encourage new approaches and ideas which will contribute to the creating of an open society in South Africa.

The Foundation's strategy is to support and engage in activities that focus on the delivery of a needed service. In doing so it has decided it will:

  • act in a limited number of priority areas and with projects which will initiate change and produce demonstrable results within two years
  • seek major ventures or fresh ideas that would not see the light of day without the resources and assistance of the Foundation
  • seek to act in co-ordination and co-operation with other organisations and funding agencies to ensure that resources are optimally used

The Foundation will seek to ensure that in its work all projects should have:

  • an ongoing institution-building impact
  • an emphasis on sustainability
  • a mutually reinforcing impact wherever possible

The OSF programmes are:

  • Criminal Justice Initiative
  • Human Rights and Governance
  • Media
  • Money and politics project

For more information click here: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/

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