Survivors of domestic violence rely on shelters for safety and support navigating the system

Domestic violence survivors rely on shelters to help leave life threatening relationships – and navigate the obstacles of the criminal justice system.

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Activists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social movements across the world are facing verbal hostility from politicians, new laws and regulations that curtail their ability to operate, and outright violence. Africa is no exception.

Democracy & Social Justice

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FOCUS UPM Newsletter - August 2015

In this edition of our newsletter we report on the decaying state of governance in our Makana Municipality in Grahamstown.

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Sustainable Development

Nuclear Deals, Southern Africa

On the 1st of September 2016, The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) hosted a Breakfast Benefit on Nuclear Power Procurement in South Africa. In support of public interest litigation, the purpose of the fundraiser was to generate awareness around the proposed nuclear deal and garner additional financial support to protect the rule of law in South Africa.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant
On the 9th of March 2016, the Heinrich Boell Foundation in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies and the Goedgedacht Forum held a technical workshop on the prudence of South Africa's nuclear power aspirations.
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Gender & Sexual Diversity

National Shelter Movement of South Africa

Shelters for abused women play a critical role in providing protection, care and psychosocial support to those affected by Gender-Based Violence. The Domestic Violence Act (1998) enshrines the state’s obligation to provide survivors of abuse with shelters, but whilst the act is a crucial piece of legislation, the provision of sheltering services has not been without its challenges. HBS Project Manager Claudia Lopes recently spoke to SAfm about a new project which aims to support state accountability for adequate and effective provision of domestic violence survivor support programmes, specifically those associated with the provision of shelter for abused women.

Saartjie - on Domestic Violonce

June is notable for having two commemorative days dedicated to younger persons: International Children’s Day1 on the 1 st of June and South Africa’s Youth Day on June 16. Sadly, however, there remains very little for young people in South Africa to celebrate, particularly in the light of excessive levels of violence and sexual abuse directly targeting or negatively impacting young persons.

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Resource Politics

A Story of Bioprospecting in South Africa
Rooibos is a profitable resource used all over the world. Yet, the Khoi and San communities who have discovered the potential of the plant for several purposes have not benefited from this success.
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International Politics

Informed by the discussions at an international conference on ‘Emerging Power or Fading Star? South Africa’s Role on the Continent and Beyond’, 12-14 July in Cape Town, this summary report sheds light on some of the shades of grey that define South Africa’s role and place in the world today.


For civil society agendas in support of sustainable development, human rights, and accountable and participatory governance, the increased involvement of institutional investors in infrastructure projects raises a number of issues.

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Dossier: Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro