Publications

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The Future of African Cities

Tswalu Dialogue Report
The Brenthurst Foundation’s Future of African Cities report aims to highlight policy options and practical actions that can be taken to harness the key megatrends impacting Africa – from rapid demographic expansion to technological advancements – to promote stability and economic growth.

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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 www.kas.org.za.

Event Reports

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.

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Decentralisation in South Africa

Factsheet
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.

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Local Elections 2011

Factsheet
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.

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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.

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The Future of Multiculturalism in South Africa

Conference Publication to Commemorate the 26th Anniversary of FW de Klerk´s Speech that Initiated South Africa´s Constitutional Transformation Process

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Symposium: New Frontiers in Global Environmental Constitutionalism

Implementing Human and Environmental Rights in Global Contexts
The symposium examined whether and the extent to which constitutional and other rights-based approaches, including international and regional human rights, promote environmental protection.

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UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa

by Tilmann Feltes

Post-COP21 Expert Roundtable-Discussion
The Roundtable discussion reflected in an interdisciplinary manner on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what challenges and opportunities arise from the Agreement and how law, politics, finance and related mechanisms can further climate change justice ahead and enfold protection mechanisms for the most vulnerable.

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Rebuilding South Africa, Recovering our Vision and Renewing our Society

The Socio-Economic Future of South Africa: Opening Remarks by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
Opening remarks by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to launch a national conversation on the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa.