The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.
OSF-SA supports a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. OSF-SA is a South African grant-making organisation and is a part of the Open Society Foundations
The RAITH Foundation was registered as a Trust in March 2001. It is a Non-Profit Organisation and has tax-exempt status. The Foundation is privately funded, not politically affiliated and does not raise funds from the public.
The RAITH Foundation is concerned that systemic injustice and unfairness prevail in South Africa and seeks effective and lasting solutions, which address this at its roots.
Since 2010, the Foundation has been implementing a social justice programme.
For the Foundation, implicit in the notion of social justice is the issue of equity and particularly equitable access to resources. Our definition is thus closely aligned to principles of fairness and dignity. We believe government and the corporate sector have a role to play in advancing social justice and should be held accountable when they fail to do so. The RAITH programme has supported projects that provide access to justice for maginalised people, improve governance (especially at a local level) and promote accountability through the media and citizen participation.
SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone
ProBono.Org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
The South African Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative (CLASI) is a NGO which works with high school children and university law students to raise awareness about citizen’s constitutional rights. CLASI focuses on working with historically disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, primarily in so-called Coloured and Black areas.
Law students from the Universities of Cape Town and Western Cape, as part of a credit-bearing experiential learning opportunity, receive skills training to serve as Teaching Fellows in thirteen high schools around Cape Town, teaching constitutional literacy classes and engaging high school learners and the communities of which they are a part about the Constitution through workshops, public discussion, and advocacy. The engagement of these populations is critical to building a successful pro-democracy and pro-constitutional movement within South Africa.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a non-profit organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. They are the custodian of his life and times; a committed facilitator of his living legacy; and are mandated to promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all.