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KAS-Newsletter 01/2016

This "Mid of the Year"-Newsletter should inform you about our recent events in the first half of 2016 as well as provide you with news and highlights from our KAS country office. For more information and regular updates in English and German, please visit our website at more…

July 26, 2016

Discourse Café with Prof. Rachel Jafta on Social Innovation

Business Solutions for Social Problems

The well-proven Discourse Café series organised by the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert (FVZS) Institute and supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) provided a platform for Prof. Rachel Jafta, social entrepreneur and Associate Professor at the Economics Department at the University of Stellenbosch, to engage with young people and give them advice on how to solve social problems by using business skills. more…

Event Reports | July 21, 2016

South African Local Elections 2016

Candidates, Polls, Political Environment and Key Facts

South Africans are increasingly criticising the way democracy is implemented in their newly established regime and their hunger for change might echo a decline for the former liberation movement ANC. Political scandals, the rejection of corruption, grave economic turmoil and high inequalities coming from a darker past are the main topics that are debated by the candidates in 2016. Hence, the only thing that may have changed is the fact that the culture of impunity has become both the main issue and the main argument used by the opposition parties against the ruling party. more…

Country Reports | July 19, 2016

Decentralisation in South Africa


With the upcoming local elections it is pertinent to analyse the decentralisation patterns in South Africa. In order to complete its transition towards a constitutional democracy, South Africa decided to renew its local governance system after apartheid. The underpinning of South Africa’s decentralisation is provided by the 1996 Constitution. Diminishing the gap between democratic institutions and populations is amongst the main aims of the decentralisation policies in South Africa. more…

Country Reports | July 19, 2016

Local Elections 2011


In 2011, the ANC retained its dominant position and ended with a large majority of municipalities under its rule. However, these elections marked a progression for the DA and other smaller parties. It is worth noting that 2011 elections also meant that the South African democracy is growing stronger notably because it showed that an international trend where elections and particularly, local government elections progressively produce lower voter turnouts is inapplicable to the young democracy. more…

Country Reports | July 19, 2016