Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

About Us

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Office Cape Town - South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe has been active since 1989. For many organisations and individuals, we have become a partner for civic education and formation of networks, provider of international contacts, observer and analyst in the region.

Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants.

#SouthAfricaDecided

Dossier

On the 8th of May South Africans headed to the polls for the 6th time since 1994. Against the backdrop of high unemployment, loadshedding, severe water shortages across the country and daily testimonies narrating how officials, political leaders and business persons hijacked state institutions and finances for personal benefit, a record number of parties contested the elections. While President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised a ‘new dawn’ and ‘self-correction’, the ANC is facing a political landscape that is more competitive, and an electorate that is less likely to turn out.

Out of Harm's Way: Women's Shelters in the Eastern and Northern Cape.

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This publication is the fifth in a series of provincial studies on women's uses of shelters undertaken by the HBF and the National Shelter Movement of SA's EU-supported 'Enhancing State Responsiveness to GBV: Paying the True Costs' project. The publication describes women's uses of domestic violence shelters paying particular attention to women's mental health needs as well as government policy and budgets in relation to the provision of sheltering services in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

Perspectives is a publication series of the Africa offices of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. The series provides a platform for experts from Africa to express their views about issues pertinent to the democratic and sustainable development agenda in the region.

For its latest edition Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future.

South Africa: 25 years after the end of apartheid

Dossier

The end of the apartheid regime in 1994 marked the beginning of hope for political and economic change in South Africa. 25 years later, we take a look at what has remained of the initial spirit of optimism. This series of interviews voices the perspectives of civil society, academia and the media from South Africa and its former liberation allies Nigeria and Kenya. They underline the importance of the fight against apartheid throughout Africa and the challenges facing South Africa today.

Durban floods: An open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa

Partner Analysis

The massive floods that hit KZN, and Durban in particular, in April 2019 are yet another indicator of how climate change is affecting our resilience. While President Cyril Ramaphosa recently acknowledged this, there has been a strange silence since, and big, carbon-intensive programmes are steaming ahead in the port city. Surely the time for talking is over?

Total Game Changer or Just Hot Air? The Discovery of Gas off South Africa’s Southern Coast

Analysis

On the 7th of February 2019, the French energy company Total announced a ‘significant gas condensate discovery’ some 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa. The find was described by Total, as ‘a new world-class gas and oil play’.On the very same day South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, stated during his annual State of the Nation Address, that the find ‘could well be a game-changer for our country and will have significant consequences for our country’s energy security and the development of this industry’. This brief report critically evaluates these claims and assesses its likely environmental effects.

By Neil Overy

Radical Realism for Climate Justice

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. And it is our best hope of achieving environmental and social justice, of containing the impacts of a global crisis that was born out of historical injustice and highly unequal responsibility.

Our Dossier is a civil society response to the challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C while also paving the way for climate justice. Because it’s is neither ‘naïve’ nor ‘politically unfeasible’, it is radically realistic.

Here you find an introductory overview of the disucssion on 1.5°C.

The Traditional Courts Bill

In March this year a highly controversial piece of legislation was pushed through parliament despite strong opposition to it by many of Heinrich Boell Foundation's partners over the last few years.

New Report Proposes More Equitable Costing for Operations of Women’s Shelters

News

A recently launched research report by the Hlanganisa Institute for Development in South Africa, the National Shelter Movement of South Africa and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, calls on government to strengthen current policy and funding to shelters for abused women. Greater investment in critical support services - such as those offered by shelters - is vital in a country with high rates of violence and abuse committed against women and children. 

By Claudia Lopes

Shelters — a Last Resort for Abused Women Who Have Nowhere Else to Turn

In the news

As Women’s Month draws to a close, about 130 vulnerable women living in shelters gathered on Thursday for a luncheon hosted by the Western Cape Women’s Shelter Network. Joy Lange, executive member of HBF's project partner, National Shelter Movement of SA, spoke to the Daily Maverick about the purpose of the event and some of the challenges facing shelters. 

By Suné Payne

Historic Silicosis/ Tuberculosis Class Action Settlement

Partner News

Yesterday, May 3rd 2018, a historic settlement was reached between South African mineworkers who contracted silicosis or tuberculosis while working underground and seven gold mining companies, the first class action settlement of its kind in the country.

Watch: Rooibos Restitution

After a long struggle to protect the rights of indigenous communities, a landmark decision has been taken by the Rooibos Industry to enter into negotiations with the Khoi and San as the associated traditional knowledge rights holders to the uses of Rooibos. An Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement is currently being concluded between the two parties based on mutually agreed terms, and in compliance with Nagoya Protocol.

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