The Israel-Palestine Conflict: a South African Perspective

Can Israeli politics be compared to the apartheid regime?

In 1948 the apartheid regime was introduced and implemented in South Africa by the newly elected, white representative National Party (NP). In that same year the Jewish state of Israel was officially declared a sovereign state. During apartheid (1948-1994) the people of SA bore witness to harsh segregation, discrimination and disenfranchisement of its majority black population. Israel has repeatedly been accused of having similar characteristics. SA recognises a Palestinian State, condemns and criticises the actions towards Palestinian people and supports the notion of a ‘Two-state’ solution.

Climate Change, Energy and the Environment Scoping workshop

"Green Economy"- The KAS cooperated with the Mandela Institute of the Wits University Johannesburg on an expert-workshop concerning possible modern energy sources and their benefit and impact on South Africas planned green economy.Here you will find the background paper with essential information concerning the topic the Mandela Institute provided the workshop participants with.


The KAS hosted this year an event for their Alumni. We spent a full day with our Alumni starting at OR Tambo to learn more about Lufthansa's A 380. The event will end with a dinner with Pieter Cronje (Communicationexpert) as guest speaker.Here you find pictures of our event and a copy of the very interesting speech of Mr. Cronje.

KAS-Newsletter November 2014

2014 - an eventful year: 20 years of Democracy in South Africa, the 6th national election, but also 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Just to name a few.Our last newsletter in 2014 is about our upcoming KAS events, but also to show some of our major previous events. Always check out our website for more information regarding our current activity.We wish you all a peaceful December and enjoy the end of the year with your loved ones.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Black Professionals and the ANC in the 2014 Election

Loosening Ties?

The growing black middle class of South Africa has increasingly become the subject of interest for political parties. Noticeably, more political parties campaigned for votes from that sector in society in the 2014 Parliamentary elections. Members of that group still show a stronger preference for the ruling ANC. However, prior to the general elections, there was reason to suppose that black middle class support for the ANC had begun to decline, and that this would prove a significant factor at the polls.

Water Workshop

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supported a two day water-awareness workshop hosted by the Center for Environmental Rights (CER) in cooperation with GroundTruth that took place from 20-21 October 2014 in the North-West Province.

Statement of the Participants in a round table on the restoration of the SADC tribunal

Held at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Joint response of the participants of the conference in Pretoria concerning the restoration of the SADC tribunal.

The Social and Solidarity Economy Conference Report

On the 3rd and 4th of September 2014 representatives from the government, economic sector and academic institutions gathered for a second time, on the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), to discuss and exchange ideas on the role of the social economy for South Africa’s sustainable development. Presentations and panel dis-cussions stressed questions of development, funding and the legislative framework for socially responsible corporations. Matthias Schäfer, head of the Economic Policy Department of KAS in Berlin, gave insight into the German model of the Social Market Economy.

Former President FW de Klerk Speech: The Future of Property Rights in South Africa

Speech of the former president, FW de Klerk, on the future of property rights in South Africa.

SAIIA-KAS Annual Careers Evening Report, Wits

The Konrad–Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with its partner the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), hosted a careers evening to engage with students and explore on what path a Humanities Degree can lead you.