|Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust
|88 Belvedere Rd
|PO Box 44907
|Tel: +27 21 674 0361
|Fax: 086 670 6772
As a small organisation, the
Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust engages the co-operation and collaboration
of a broad range of individuals and organisations in conceptualising
and implementing its activities.
At the heart of the operations is the Projects and Administrative Assistant, Nosipho Masiza. The National Director, Dr Lionel Louw, takes responsibility for fundraising and financial management, and for the co-ordination of partnerships, publications and national events. The
national office also hosts the dialogue events in Cape
Town. For a list
of events in the Cape Town area, click
The Wolpe Trust is governed
by a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee. The
Executive Committee oversees the running of the Trust
and provides guidance and support to the National Director.
Board of Trustees: Prof Adam Habib (Chairperson), Prof Saleem Badat, Dr Rozenda Hendrickse,
Mr Mazibuko Jara, Prof
Brian O'Connell, Minister Naledi Pandor, Dr AnnMarie Wolpe, Ms Peta Wolpe.
Executive Committee: Mr Mazibuko Jara (Chairperson), Dr Rozenda Hendrickse, Prof Fred Hendricks, Dr Firoz Khan, Prof Michael Savage, Ms Fatima Shabodien, Dr AnnMarie Wolpe,
Ms Peta Wolpe.
The patron of the Trust is Nelson Mandela.
The activities of the Trust
would not be possible without the significant financial
support from our donors. Currently, these include: the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. We are also grateful to the many other
individuals and organisations, both locally and internationally,
that have made financial donations or contributed to
the Trust in kind.
The Trust has engaged a
number of partner organisations to assist it in fulfilling
its mandate of fostering critical dialogue and debate
to a wide South African audience. The
Trust partners with organisations that share its commitment
to creating opportunities for engagement and for disseminating
these ideas to the public.
Partner organisations host
regular open dialogue events, as well as the annual
Current partners include:
- Durban: The Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
- Johannesburg: The University of the Witwatersrand Sociology Department
- Eastern Cape: The Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council, the Faculty of Humanities at Rhodes University, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Fort Hare
The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is located
in the Faculty of Community and Development Disciplines
at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The
Centre promotes the study of civil society, and
develops partnerships aimed at knowledge-sharing
and capacity-building in the civil society sector. The Centre runs a
grant agency, a research unit, a postgraduate
teaching and in-service training component, and
an information agency. The
CCS has been hosting its Harold Wolpe Lecture
series since 2002.
Sociology is the study of society in all its complexity, from both an empirical and a theoretical perspective. The Department of Sociology at Wits has an outstanding staff with an extremely wide range of teaching and research interests, and a deep commitment to teaching and to involving students in its work.
The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) has been a partner since 2005. The Department of Sociology has a rich series of offerings for both students majoring in the subject and for those who wish to gain some idea of its scope, or to explore a particular area.
• The Department of Sociology website
Eastern Cape partners
The Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council
(ECSECC) is a stakeholder council comprising provincial
government, organised labour, the private sector,
the NGO sector, local government and higher education
sector. ECSECC is committed to the vision of a
poverty-free Eastern Cape where all people benefit
from the economy. ECSECC seeks to achieve this
through providing advice and support to the provincial
government in developing policies and strategies
that will facilitate development and growth, and
support government in the implementation of these.
In addition, ECSECC provides avenues for diverse
inputs into policy-making processes, supporting
and facilitating development programmes between
key communities of development practice, and empowering
communities and grassroots structures of civil
society to engage in development.
is one of the oldest Universities in South Africa,
recently celebrating its 100 year anniversary.
The University attracts students and academics
from all over the globe and is committed to teaching,
research and community service, and to contribute
to the advancement of international scholarship
and the development of the Eastern Cape and Southern
The University of
Fort Hare is recognized as one of the prestigious
universities on the continent of Africa and has
a long tradition of producing leaders both in
South Africa and the African sub-continent. Through
the political actions of these leaders the University
has contributed in a significant way towards the
realization of democracy in South Africa and the
rest of the continent. As part of the re-aligning
of the University in the Higher Education sector
of a democratic South Africa, the University is
positioning itself to continue to be a centre
for academic and intellectual discourse on social
issues such as citizenship, democracy, liberation
and economic empowerment. To this end the University
is pleased to participate in this partnership.
The partnership with the Eastern Cape dates back to 2006.
in the Eastern Cape
University web site
of Fort Hare web site