Michal Collection

In the Throes of "the People"

The Populist Challenge to South African Courts by: Dan Mafora

This paper interrogates the populist attacks on the courts, considers the effects of such attacks and seeks to provide potential strategies for warding off those attacks and safeguarding the courts' institutional integrity.



In October of 2019, Citizen Surveys conducted a series of eight, in-depth qualitative focus groups in four provinces of South Africa: the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Free State. The research was commissioned by Professor Roger Southall, with support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

The youth vote in the 2021 Local Government Elections within five metropolitan municipalities

by: Martin Bekker and Carin Runciman

"The 2021 local government election continued a trend of low and declining turnout amongst young and first-time voters. Of the nearly 1.8 million 18-19-year-olds who were eligible to vote in the last election, 90% did not register. Similarly, less than 20% of the population aged 20 to 35 registered to vote, in contrast to over 90% of the population aged 40"

ESG and good corporate governance in relation to the use of pension funds:

Comparison between the United Kingdomand South Africa

Before we can analyse the efficacy of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in relation to pension funds in the City of London UK and South Africa we must assess the progress that has taken placeto date,both positive and negative. The City of Londonis in advance of South Africa in its development of ESG as atoolfor good corporate governanceand understanding of intangible assets and valuation;while South Africa is in the early stages of doing soespecially in relation to their companies integrating ESG into practice. What is clear is that support for good governance when allocating investment in pension funds should ensure thatthe right choices are made by pension fund managers and trustees to encourage the environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial use of the often, huge sumsraised by pension savers. This imperative is as important in the City of London as it is in South Africa.Mitigating climate change is probably the most urgent imperativeat present. By: Ruth Taplin and Neels Kilian

Analysing voter abstention in the 2021 local government elections:

A view from five metropolitan municipalities

While voter abstention has been increasing, the findings of this report show it is a fluid phenomenon. There is only a small core of ‘hardened abstainers’ – only 14% of those who were eligible to vote in all three of the last elections abstained. As a result, most abstainers can be described as partial abstainers. On the question of the identity of non-voters, they are more likely to be young and students. They are also more likely to be Black African, Indian or Coloured than White. Income has a curvilinear relationship to abstention with non-voting higher at both the lowest and highest income groups. The majority of reasons for not voting related to a range of individual and administrative barriers. Of the individual barriers not being in your registered ward on Election Day was the most common, followed by being at work. The most common administrative barrier was not being registered to vote and this reason was particularly prominent among young people and students. Performance evaluations – that is reasons related to disappointments about service delivery – were the third most common explanation for not voting and more frequently discussed by poorer, unemployed and Black African citizens. Reasons related being uninterested and disillusioned were more frequently cited by men, amongst those with matric or higher education and among higher income earners. A lack of political alignment was mentioned in a small number of explanations overall but did more prominently feature in the explanations of higher-income earners.

Survey of voters and nonvoters in the 2021 Local Government Elections:

Methodological Brief

This methodological brief details the questionnaire design, sample design and weighting of the Centre for Social Change (CSC) survey of voters and non-voters in the 2021 Local Government Elections (LGE).

Voter fluidity in the 2021 Local Government Elections:

Evidence from five metropolitan municipalities

The 2021 local government elections marked the consolidation of a new era in South African politics. Most crucial were the trends of ANC decline and growing abstention. These trends have been growing louder over the past decade, but they reached new proportions in 2021. ANC support dipped below 50%, nationally, for the first time since 1994, with less than half of the registered voting population turning out to vote, and only around a third of all eligible voters casting their votes on Election day. The party of national liberation also fell below 50% in six of the eight metropolitan municipalities, bringing into full bloom a pattern of coalition-building that first began to emerge in 2016.

Imagefilm KAS Südafrika: Unsere Institution und Arbeit

Ein Kurzfilm, der unsere Institution und Arbeit in Südafrika darstellt.

Länderprofil Südafrika 2021

Basisinformationen über die wirtschaftliche, gesellschaftliche und politische Situation Südafrikas

Unser Länderprofil Südafrika (Stand November 2021) fasst auf übersichtliche Art und Weise zentrale Sachdaten zu den Bereichen Geschichte, Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft zusammen. Vorgestellt werden außerdem Basisinformationen, die dabei helfen, einen ersten Überblick über die wirtschaftliche, gesellschaftliche und politische Situation Südafrikas zu erlangen. Graphische Elemente veranschaulichen dabei die aufgeführten Informationen.

FW de Klerk Foundation / Matthew Willman

FW de Klerk: Staatsmann, Friedensnobelpreisträger, Visionär

Nachruf zum Tode von FW de Klerk (südafrikanischer Staatspräsident 1989-1994, Vizepräsident 1994-1996)

Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung trauert um Frederik Willem de Klerk, der am 11. November 2021 in seiner Wohnung in Kapstadt/Südafrika im Kreise seiner engsten Familienangehörigen verstarb.