SALO Notices and Highlights

The African Policy Circle Meeting 5-6 Oct 2017

AU Agenda 2063 and Africa Peace and Security

SALO is part of the Africa Policy Circle (APC), a network of African Civil Society and Policy Think tanks to contribute collaboratively to Africa’s development, Gender equality and the strengthening of the Africa’s Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). The APC occasionally produces policy briefs and meets with relevant organs of the AU to contribute towards the evolving APSA. The APC also supports network members in addressing development challenges at national level. The APC meets twice a year.

On the 5th and 6th October 2017, SALO attended the 7th Workshop of the African Policy Circle. The meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya focused on their continuing theme of “inequalities”.  The topic discussed was “Structural Inequalities as a driver for Violent Extremism.”

Francisca Mdleleni, Salo Operations Manager can be seen in the second row from the back in the image above.

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue “From G20 to BRICS: Civil Society Engagement and Government Perspectives” – 14 Sept 2017

On the 14th of September 2017 SALO co-hosted a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue with the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa (FES) entitled “From G20 to BRICS: Civil Society Engagement and Government Perspectives” at Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria.

In 2018 South Africa will host the 10th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit. The South African foreign affairs ministry together with the official civil society lead organisation in South Africa, Economic Justice Network (EJN), are currently consolidating their plans for the civil society forum in the summit.

With a special interest in addressing inequality and looking forward to 2018, the objective of this public dialogue was to unpack engagement in multilateral fora, in particular G20 and BRICS.

Speakers included the South African Sherpa for the G20 and BRICS, Ambassador Anil Sooklal, who spoke on government perspectives on the G20 and BRICS; as well as a representative from the German Embassy, who shared the German experience of hosting the G20, outcomes, lessons and opportunities around the G20 for addressing inequality. Other speakers reflected on civil society engagement with multilateral processes, past, present and future.

Participants included members of the diplomatic corps, civil society organisations and think tanks based in South Africa, government officials, youth and ordinary members of the public.


SALO and Pan-African Parliament enter 3 year MoU – 11 August 2017

On the 11th of August 2017, SALO entered into a three year MoU with the Pan-African Parliament to strengthen civic engagement with the Parliament. PAP sees this as an important step to strengthen the representation capacity of the African peoples. Signing on behalf of SALO, Deputy Director, Dr Showers Mawowa was quoted on the PAP website as saying the agreement will allow civil society, “to closely coordinate and cooperate with the PAP on strategies that will help the latter play its due role and fully deliver on its mandate.” The MoU formalises an already existing collaboration between the two organisations. 
The MoU provides a framework for cooperation in a number of areas among them,   
1. Establishment of Forum for PAP-Civil Society Dialogue
2. Support the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda through provision of technical support to PAP Committees inter alia
3. Raise awareness on the work of the PAP in the areas of peace, security, human rights and good governance, inter alia
The two organisations further agreed to jointly mobilise resources in order to deliver on the objectives of the agreement. 

SALO will continue to be guided and inspired by the life, dreams and words of Nelson Mandela.

 “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”
Nelson Mandela

As an organization that strives to build international consensus to help resolve conflicts especially in Africa, SALO will continue to be guided and inspired by the life, dreams and words of Nelson Mandela.

To read our full tribute page click on the the link below:

Dr Showers Mawowa talk on “Zimbabwe: An Impending Catastrophe?”. – 28 June 2017

On June 28th SALO’s Deputy Director Dr Showers Mawowa (second from right) gave a talk on the topic “Zimbabwe: An Impending Catastrophe?”. The seminar was hosted by The Concerned Africans Forum (CAF) and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation at the University of Johannesburg. Professor Chris Lansberg of UJ and also SALO Board member on the far left chaired the seminar. Other panelists included Dr Oscar Van Heerden (second from left) as discussant and Mr Aziz Pahad far right gave opening remarks.

Pan African Parliament holds its Fourth Ordinary Session 8th – 19th of May 2017 – Midrand South Africa. 

SALO staff Vuyelwa Nkumanda and Lundi Ndudane

As part of our work to facilitate increased civil society participation with the Pan African Parliament, SALO organised the participation of several civil society groups and experts for the opening ceremony on Monday 8th of May 2017.
In addition, SALO’s cooperation with the PAP will see various civil society and experts attending different committee session through out the period.
Below pictures in the Parliament with one of our invitees, Musa Koopedi representing ACTION.
Further below SALO staff Vuyelwa Nkumanda and Lundi Ndudane and Musa Koopedi (middle)

Dialogue on Major South African Foreign Policy Trends and Issues of 2017 – 23 March 2017

Opening Remarks: Ms Renate Tenbusch, South Africa Resident Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

This workshop sought to address two main concerns, namely:

  • What are likely to be the key items on SA’s Foreign Policy agenda for 2017?
  • What are some of the key trends and considerations likely to inform the country’s international engagements in 2017? 

This workshop was a continuation of SALO’s well-received annual South African foreign policy outlook dialogues, now in its third year. Each year a high profile individual is selected to deliver the keynote areas for this flagship dialogue series, which provides an informed outlook of the ‘form and shape’ South African that foreign policy might assume in 2017. 

Keynote Speaker: Mr Moses Masango, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation

The international environment in 2017 is likely to continue to be characterised by change and uncertainty, as evidenced by contemporary political and economic events. These will undoubtedly impact South Africa’s foreign policy.

For 2017, DIRCO Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has indicated that key to South Africa’s foreign policy priorities and objectives will be “accelerating our economic diplomacy efforts, creating new trade opportunities aimed at opening market access, increasing investment and deepening existing economic ties”.

Minister Mashabane has also pointed out that the African continent will remain high on the agenda of South Africa’s engagements with other partners across the globe.

Mr Lebohang Matshaba, International Relations Coordinator for South – South Relations, African National Congress (ANC)


Ms Sanusha Naidu, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)

The Hate Crimes & Hate Speech Bill, 23 February 2017

Keynote Speaker: Hon Mr John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill provides for offences related to several forms of discrimination, including those on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. The bill was originally drafted with only hate crime in mind. However, in response to the recent increase in hate speech incidents, especially on social media platforms, the department of Justice and Constitutional Development made the decision to include a hate speech provision. The bill, through the criminalisation of hate speech and hate crime, intends to ensure greater alignment between practice and constitutional provisions that protect vulnerable groups. It will not only enforce harsher sentencing and larger fines, but will also implement educational and sensitivity training programmes for both the public and public service staff as a means of making its effect felt on a grass roots level.

The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) in Partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Open Society Foundation for South Africa  hosted a dialogue on the ‘Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill’ on Thursday, February 23rd 2017, at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg. The dialogue sought to explore whether the Bill will be effective in addressing some of the systematic hate crimes plaguing South Africa.