Politics and Media in Southern Africa

21–23 September 1999, Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

The publication is a compilation of papers presented at two conferences for journalists held in Windhoek, Namibia and Durban, South Africa in 1999. The Windhoek conference was funded by KAS’s Harare office and the countries represented at this regional conference were Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Durban conference, which was a national conference involving only South African journalists, was funded by KAS’s Johannesburg office.In order to provide a legal perspective, we have included the statutes of the Republic of South Africa – Radio: Independent Media Commission Act No. 148 of 1993 and the Press Laws of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Consolidating Democracy in South Africa

18–20 August 1999, Holiday Inn, Umtata

Because of the importance of consolidating a young democracy in South Africa, the Konrad AdenauerFoundation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Transkei, organised a conference from 18 to 20 August 1999. The international conference on Consolidating Democracy in South Africa met at Umtata, Eastern Cape, South Africa to examine ways to achieve this aim. The organisers provided a forum for academics, non-governmental organisations, politicians, political parties, government spokespersons and others to discuss dimensions in the consolidation of democracy in this country.

Subnational Constitutional Governance

16–18 March 1999, St George’s Hotel, Rietvlei Dam, Pretoria

Some may ask why a conference on “subnational constitutional governance”, particularly in this countrysince the South African Constitution, 1996, makes it clear that there are three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) and not tiers or levels. In the South African context, therefore, “subnational” may well be seen as a misnomer if it signifies subordination of regional authorities to the central authority. If we interpret subnational governance in South Africa as a reference to authorities that are elements of a greater whole, rather than as less important or subordinate, the relevance of the experienceof the wide range of different systems represented at the conference becomes more apparent.