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SA's Corona Parliament: Virtually working?

At this event Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss her new paper; "Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate".

At this event Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss the findings of her new paper Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate. In the paper, she reviews the performance of South Africa's Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic. Enriching and challenging her conclusions will be Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung thanks the Parliamentary Monitoring Group for its collaboration in this research.


Book Launch-The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (Editors)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality.


Wrecking Ball

Why Permanent Technological Unemployment, a Predictable Pandemic and Other Wicked Problems Will End South Africa’s Experiment in Inclusive Democracy

Wrecking Ball explores, in novel theoretical manner, a decalogue of wicked problems that could easily end contemporary civilization. Written in the vernacular of political economy, it demonstrates that without an inclusive centralized system of global political and economic institutions, the collective action required to solve these wicked problems falls beyond the remit of the world’s 200 still predominantly extractive and elitist polities. To prove its manifold theses, Wrecking Ball grounds its analysis in an extended study of contemporary South Africa and shows that this country’s elitist and extractive political and economic institutions not only make resolution of ongoing domestic crises unattainable, but make meaningful responses to wicked problems impossible.


‘What are the obligations of states and corporations to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine access is a matter of life and death for many. For others it is a matter of their livelihoods.

A number of vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed in record time and the hope is that this will bring an end to the death, suffering, and disruption to ordinary life caused by the pandemic. Yet, currently, only a small number of countries from the Global North are being able to vaccinate at a rapid rate with access to COVID-19 vaccines having been conditioned by the ability to make large investments in the developments of the vaccine. The vaccines are being manufactured by large private companies, based almost exclusively in the Global North, who have become household names. Yet, their development involved not only private funding but also large amounts of public money and research. Moreover, some of the vaccines were tested on people living in countries in the Global South, including in South Africa. The patenting of the vaccines not only has allowed for the ability of companies to charge high prices but also restrictions on who may supply the vaccines which is partly responsible for current shortages.


Human Rights Law and Children's Right to Education

Can Human Rights Law Provide Guidance on Realising a Child's Right to Education in the Face of a Pandemic?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s access to education in the African context was already unequal. COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation with lockdowns, widespread school closures, the use of online learning in resource-poor contexts and limited tuition at schools when, and if, they resumed in-person teaching. Apart from these educational impacts, COVID-19 has also affected other rights of children: for instance, there have been increases in domestic violence, as well as an inability to access school meals that provided much-needed nutrition.


CANRAD/KAS-Youth and Democracy Series

Impact of Covid-19 on youth: Opportunities and Challenges

COVID-19 has a detrimental effect on the youths and this may prove to be one of its damaging legacies. In fact, the coronavirus crisis risks turning back the clock on years of progress made on young people’s well-being and has put their rights under serious pressure across the globe. Issues of access to education, domestic abuse, child labour and lack of decent work are some of the many challenges that many institutions are grappling with. While the universities, NGOs, as well as governments are turning their attention to these problems, young people also have a key role to play in finding solutions.


Poor Education, Poor Economy and Planning the Escape

The South African education system is in crisis. According to Statistics SA, half of all learners drop out of school before reaching matric.

The government fails learners in poor communities by failing to provide schools with adequate infrastructure and qualified teachers. Inequality in South Africa is further exacerbated by an education system that does not adequately prepare learners for the world of work. Learners from disadvantaged communities cannot compete with their peers from affluent communities.


The Midpoint Debate: Book Launch Brittle Democracies?

Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa

Brittle Democracies? Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa compares the democratic principles, presence and performance of ten former British Colonies across Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to see what trends are present and what challenges this subset of African democracies face


Südafrika als strategischer Partner Deutschlands?

Perspektiven deutsch-südafrikanischer Zusammenarbeit

Deutschland und Südafrika arbeiten bilateral und zunehmend auch auf multinationaler Ebene zusammen. Als Vorsitzländer von EU und AU haben sie in den vergangenen Monaten den ursprünglich für den Herbst 2020 geplanten Gipfel der beiden Regionalorganisationen vorbereitet und als nicht-ständige Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrates der Vereinten Nationen an der Beurteilung und Lösung konfliktträchtiger Situationen mitgewirkt. Wird Südafrika für Deutschland auch weiterhin ein wichtiger Partner bei der Lösung von Zukunftsfragen auf globaler und kontinentaler Ebene sowie bei der Stärkung des Multilateralismus sein?



SAIFAC AND Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung South Africa

Systemic racism and police brutality have been ongoing problems in the United States that have remained largely unaddressed despite greater attention to the issue in recent years. Since the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, demonstrations have highlighted the murder by police of black men across America, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Police brutality connected to discriminatory attitudes are also problems outside of the United States. In South Africa, there is a long history of brutality by security forces. This has been heightened during the coronavirus lockdown with severe harassment experienced by non-South African residents (linked to high-levels of xenophobia) and incidents such as the murder of Collins Khoza.

Gangster State and the Republic of Gupta

SA Ubuntu Networking Breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh

The networking breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh on 06 December 2019 took place under the title “Gangster State and the Republic of Gupta”. The event was jointly hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the SA Ubuntu Foundation and is part of a series of networking breakfasts in 2019.

Xenophobia and South Africa

Roundtable Series 2019: Number 4 - Centre for Unity in Diversity

The South African Constitution obliges the State to protect the rights of all who live in the country. The South African 2011 Census found that there were 2.2 million immigrants in a country of 52 million in 2011. Xenophobic attacks of the last years, especially the one in 2008 which was among the deadliest to date and the recent attacks in September 2019 in Johannesburg, frighten many people.

Unpacking the Implications of the National Health Insurance Bill

Breakfast Discussion with experts

“Unpacking the Implications of the National Health Insurance Bill” was the topic of a discussion jointly hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The expert speakers were Mr Michael Settas, Member of the Free Market Foundation’s Health Policy Unit and Mr Russel Rensburg, Director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.

Brasilien im Hamsterrad des Populismus: Konsequenzen und Schlussfolgerungen

SAIIA Speakers Meeting

Kann Afrika von Brasiliens Geschichte lernen? Brasilien und Afrika; ein Land einem ganzen Kontinent gegenübergestellt. Aber dennoch besitzen sie gemeinsame Eigenschaften. Beide, Brasilien und Afrika, haben ein ähnliches Bruttoinlandsprodukt, aber die Bevölkerung in Afrika ist ungefähr fünf Mal größer als die Bevölkerung in Brasilien. Dementsprechend ist Brasiliens Pro-Kopf-Einkommen höher. Brasilien und Afrika haben historisch ähnliche geringe Wachstumsraten und teilen die beschämende Eigenschaft der weltweit höchsten Wohlstands- und Einkommensungleichheit.

Transformative Führung konfrontiert die Vergangenheit um die gewünschte Zukunft zu formen

SA UBUNTU Networking Breakfast mit Professorin Mamokgethi Phakeng

Das Networking Breakfast mit Professorin Mamokgethi Phakeng fand am 8. November 2019 unter dem Thema „Transformative Führung konfrontiert die Vergangenheit um die gewünschte Zukunft zu formen“ statt. Das Frühstück wurde gemeinsam von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung und der SA Ubuntu Foundation veranstaltet und ist Teil einer Networking Breakfast Serie im Jahr 2019.

Kann Demokratie und Friede endlich nach Mosambik kehren?

SAIFAC Afrika Forum Serie

Am 13.November fand das vierte und abschließende Event der SAIFAC Afrika Forum Serie für das Jahr 2019 im Constitution Hill statt. Das Thema war „Kann Demokratie und Friede endlich nach Mosambik kehren?“. Die Serie hat zum Ziel, auf die gesammelten Erfahrungen Südafrikas zurückzugreifen und diese mit der Entwicklung in einem bestimmten Land oder in einer Region in Verbindung zu setzen und nach Lösungsansätzen für diese zu suchen. Die Sprecher und Sprecherinnen der Serie sind sowohl juristische, als auch andere Experten und Expertinnen, die eine kritische Analyse der Gesellschaft bieten und helfen, Verständnis für den weiteren Fortschritt der Gesellschaft zu erlangen. Die Serie wird von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung unterstützt.

Katalyse der Entwicklung indigener Sprachen

Indigene Sprachen sind weltweit vom Aussterben bedroht. Die Vereinten Nationen erklärten das Jahr 2019 zum Jahr der indigenen Sprachen. (IY2019). “To raise awareness, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity” sind die Beweggründe hierfür.

Gespräch über den Bericht des präsidentiellen Beirats für Landreform und Landwirtschaft

Frühstücksgespräch mit drei Experten aus unterschiedlichen Fachgebieten

“The first land to be confiscated by the Europeans in South Africa was part of what later became known as the Western Cape” (Final Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, p.23). Seit dem Übergang Südafrikas zu einer Demokratie im Jahre 1994 ist die Landreform eines der wichtigsten Themen in der südafrikanischen Politik.

Strong Cities 2030 Konferenz: Überwindung städtischer Ungleichheiten

Strong Cities 2030 Initiative

“Innovative Ansätze zur Überwindung städtischer Ungleichheiten” war das Thema der diesjährigen internationalen Strong Cities 2030 Konferenz, die die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadt Johannesburg vom 13. - 15. Oktober 2019 in Johannesburg, Südafrika ausrichtete.

Meinungsfreiheit und Hate Speech in Südafrika


Am 17. Oktober 2019 veranstalteten die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) und das Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD) die dritte Roundtable-Diskussion dieses Jahres. Im Kern der Reden und der anschließenden Diskussion wurde die Wichtigkeit der Meinungsfreiheit stets betont. Es wurde jedoch auch hinterfragt, wo die Grenze zwischen freier Meinung und Hassrede verläuft. Anlass der Veranstaltung war unter anderem der jüngste Bericht der South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), der sich mit Hate Speech befasst. Um dieses Thema näher zu beleuchten, wurden rechtliche, psychologische und politische Aspekte beleuchtet.