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Human Rights and Governance Implications of the Water Crisis in the City of Cape Town

Roundtable Discussion

On Tuesday, the 6th of March 2018, the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic “Human Rights and Governance Implications of the Water Crisis in the City of Cape Town” at the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town. The roundtable discussion with distinguished panelists from academia, civil society and the City of Cape Town provided the audience with a platform for a fruitful exchange about the impacts of the water crisis and the challenges it poses in terms of cooperative governance. more…

Event Reports | March 9, 2018

Dialogue in Contemporary South Africa: Opportunities and Risks

CUD Roundtable Series 2018: Nr. 1

“Dialogue in Contemporary South Africa: Opportunities and Risks” was the title of the first roundtable discussion on 1st March 2018, organized by the Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD) in collaboration with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) at the Sun Square Hotel in Cape Town. The well attended event with renowned academic and author Prof. Jonathan Jansen as guest speaker provided the audience with a platform for a fruitful exchange about the shift in campus culture. more…

Event Reports | March 5, 2018

Water Crisis in Cape Town: Lessons to be Learnt (PART 2)

The Responsibilities of the Three Spheres of Government

In the South African Constitution, Bill of Rights, Chapter 2,Paragraph 27 on Health Care, Food, Water and Social Security, it states that "everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water". Due to the current water crisis in the Western Cape, this right is threatened. This article seeks to explain the various responsibilities of national, provincial and local government in terms of water supply and water management. It further elaborates on the lessons that the three spheres of government can learn from the crisis. A report by Dorothea Gibson, KAS-Research Assistant more…

March 2, 2018

Water Crisis in Cape Town: Lessons to be Learnt (PART 1)

HOW THE CITY’S WATER SUPPLY AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM NEEDS TO CHANGE

After the Western Cape had already declared the drought a provincial disaster, the interministerial task team on drought and water scarcity declared the South African drought a national disaster on the 9th of February 2018 (Business Day, 2018). Is this declaration not long overdue? How does the Water system work in the Western Cape and how can ‘Day Zero’ be avoided in future? This article series aims at giving answers to these questions. Part 1 will deal with the Western Cape Water Supply System and possible alternatives of water supply to prevent ‘Day Zero’ in future. more…

February 28, 2018

Multilingualism Conference

The Importance of Multilingualism in promoting and deepening social cohesion and nation building in South Africa

South Africa has eleven official languages namely English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, South Sotho, Tswana, North Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati and Ndebele. However, English is dominant in society but especially in workplaces and schools. Afrikaans used to have prominence however, its importance is slowly diminishing but the rest of the African Languages are still lagging behind. In recent times, there have been students’ protests especially at institutions of Higher Learning, the students’ main concern is that they do not want to learn in Afrikaans mostly preferring to be taught in English. more…

Nancy Msibi | Event Reports | February 26, 2018