Budget Briefing

Forum report

On the morning of 23rd April 2013, Diakonia Council of Churches and the Democracy Development Programme, with the support of the Konrad Adeauer Stiftung, hosted a briefing aimed at informing citizens and particularly civil society organisations about the 2013/2014 eThekwini municipality budget. The budget was presented by Krish Kumar, the Deputy City Manager: Treasury and Finance for the City of Durban, and the respondent for the day was Roy Chetty, a civil society activist.

The state of political violence in KwaZulu-Natal

The Democracy Development Programme (DDP), a long term partner of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), wrapped up its 2012 political forums by partnering with local radio station Gagasi FM to host a public panel discussion on the recent spate of political killings and violence in KwaZulu-Natal on the 19th November, 2012 at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban.

50 Years Democracy and Freedom Worldwide

European and International Cooperation of KAS

This year Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) celebrates its 50th anniversary. This publication reflects on KAS activities worldwide and thus provides a unique insight into the most important international political developments over the last half-century.

The Responsibility to Protect: From Evasive to Reluctant Action?

The Role of Global Middle Powers

In this publication, researchers from leading think-tanks in the four GIBSA countries present a variety of viewpoints on Right to Protect "R2P". While the GIBSA countries demonstrate widespread support for R2P, there is no single overriding position. Many of their official standings mirror the arguments on R2P in the global discourse. The publication aims to stimulate new thinking and to nurture a common understanding of the use and limitations of R2P. This discussion is urgently needed given that many internal conflicts are still being waged that put civilian populations at risk.

Traditional Courts in South Africa

A stumbling block on the road towards a modern constitutional state?

The controversial Traditional Courts Bill (TBC), which was taken off the parliamentary schedule in 2008 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional, has reappeared on the political agenda. Critics claim that the reappearance of the Bill is not a coincidence but a strategic move by President Jacob Zuma to secure political support, particularly amongst traditional leaders, for his reelection as presidential candidate at the ANC’s elective conference in December 2012. The report by KAS intern Tobias Reinauer illustrates the pros and cons of Traditional Courts in today's South Africa.

The Responsibility to Protect

Views from South Africa, Brazil, India and Germany

In light of the intervention in Libya and the crisis in Syria, several states are reflecting on their positions on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). As a reaction to the on-going debate, a dialogue meeting was held in Pretoria on 7 June. Researchers, students and government representatives from India, Brazil, South Africa and Germany discussed the concept of R2P, including its various interpretations, applications and shortcomings – and the way forward.

The Youth Wage Subsidy

Fighting Youth Unemployment in South Africa

In May 2012 demonstrations in Johannesburg for the implementation of the youth wage subsidy resulted in brutal street fights between members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). This has been the peak of the conflict that was sparked by President Jacob Zuma’s announcement to implement such a subsidy to address the pressing issue of youth unemployment in South Africa. KAS intern Tobias Reinauer analyses the different views and position on this hotly debated issue.

Ethics, Education and Economy

Challenges and new directions

"Ethics, Education and Economy: Challenges and new directions” was the title of a conference organised by Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with St. Augustine College, held at the College’s auditorium in Johannesburg on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2012. The conference was the third of a series that focuses on challenges to the economic system in South Africa.

Climate Smart Cape Town Legacy Report

The „Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign“, launched by the City of Cape Town, aims at spreading awareness of the issues around climate change, as well as informing about the City’s measures and initiatives to counteract its effects. Supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a first Legacy Report has been published, available here for download.

Two events, many anniversaries


Four anniversaries in total were commemorated in two separate KAS events, one held in Johannesburg on May 15th 2012, the other in Cape Town on May 17th.