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About the Trust

As of 2 October 2006 our contact details will be as follows

Contact us
The Green Building
9B Bell Crescent Closet
Cape Town, South Africa
Tracy Bailey, National Co-ordinator
Tel: 021 702 0289

Email: [email protected]

Heidi Michels, Administrative & Project Assistant
Tel: 021 702 0287
Email: [email protected]
Facsimile: 086 670 6772

The people of the Trust

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.


Staff and governance

At the heart of the operations is the National Co-ordinator, Tracy Bailey and the Administrative Assistant, Heidi Michels. The National Co-ordinator 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 here.

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 Co-ordinator.

Board of Trustees: Prof Kader Asmal (Chairperson), Minister Naledi Pandor, Prof Brian O'Connell, Prof Saleem Badat, Ms Rozenda Hendrickse, Dr AnnMarie Wolpe, Ms Peta Wolpe, Ms Tessa Wolpe, Mr Nicholas Wolpe

Executive Committee: Ms Peta Wolpe (Chairperson), Dr AnnMarie Wolpe, Ms Rozenda Hendrickse, Prof Saleem Badat, Prof Adam Habib

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: Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa. 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 memorial lecture.

Current partners include:

  • Durban: The Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Johannesburg: The Edge Institute, and the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • 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

Durban partners
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.

4Events in Durban 4CCS web site

Johannesburg partners
The Edge Institute is an independent, non-profit organisation that conducts economic policy research to promote sustainable growth, development and distributional equity in South Africa and the developing world. In addition to its research and publications, the EDGE Institute is actively involved in capacity-building and education, and in outreach activities aimed at broadening policy and public debates.

The Sociology of Work Unit (SWOP) is an internationally recognised research unit on the worlds of work. The Unit places emphasis on disseminating research through teaching, publications, seminars and conferences. SWOP communicates and interacts with a broad range of actors in the worlds of work (organised labour, business, government and other research organisations) and runs a long-standing internship programme and PhD fellowship programme.

The Edge Institute and SWOP have been hosting their Wolpe Trust seminar series since 2005.

4Events in Johannesburg 4Edge Institute web site 4SWOP web site

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.

Rhodes University 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 Africa.

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.

4Events in the Eastern Cape
ECSECC web site 4Rhodes University web site 4University of Fort Hare web site

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