EU – South Africa relations as seen by South Africa’s biggest opposition party

Helen Zille_FHelen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Prime Minister of the Western Cape in South Africa, has been an outspoken advocate for civil and political rights all her life. On invitation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Helen Zille visited Brussels to meet with representatives from EU Institutions, politicians, journalists and think tanks. Continue reading

Building an open opportunity society for all in South Africa – Helen Zille’s achievements and vision

141106_Helen Zille_96dpi (78 von 128)Helen Zille is an extraordinary woman. One of those you feel privileged to have met and that inspire you in your life and work. At an event of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Brussels, Helen Zille discussed the current state of affairs in South Africa and the challenges for liberals in Africa as well as in Europe with Gwendolyn Rutten, leader of the Flemish Open VLD and Austrian MEP and Vice-Chair of NEOS Angelika Mlinar. Gwendolyn Rutten praised Zille for her relentless activism and optimism: “you made me proud again, proud to be a liberal!” In Rutten’s opinion liberalism is the right mix of three basic ingredients: optimism, problem-solving and freedom. Helen Zille combines all of those ingredients in her past work as a journalist and activist as well as her political career. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “Helen Zille: South Africa’s narrow path between liberal principles and leftist populism”

Helen_Zille_Promo-BildThursday, 6 November 2014


Registration: 18:30h

Reception: 20:30-21:00h

Venue: Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Léopold, Belliardstraat 137, 1040 Brussel

About the event

Helen Zille, Leader of the South African Democratic Alliance and Premier of Western Cape Province, has been an outspoken advocate for civil and political rights all her life. In her early days as a political correspondent for Rand Daily Mail, she exposed the cover-up of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko’s death. Continue reading