In his opening remarks at a roundtable discussion on "The Media and Climate Change," Olivier Serrao of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa Office, talked about the work of the foundation in the country.
FES is a private cultural, non-profit political institution committed to the ideas and basic values of a social democracy and the labour movement.
The foundation's mission internationally is to promote democracy and social justice through capacity building, policy development and dialogue.
From its Johannesburg office, FES actively supports the process of political, social and economic transformation in South Africa.
This roundtable discussion which sought to ascertain how the South African media is reporting on climate change in the run up to COP17, was co-hosted by FES and the South African Civil Society Information Service. It took place on November 11, 2011.
Keynote speakers at the event included: Brendan Boyle (Editor, Daily Dispatch), Sue Blaine (Environment and Development Editor, Business Day), Prof. Herman Wasserman, (Deputy Head of the School of Journalism at Rhodes University, Bobby Peek (Director, Groundwork) and Saliem Fakier (Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund and SACSIS columnist).