Cooperative Government: The oil of the engine

'The oil of the engine’ describes the role of intergovernmentalrelations within a multitiered system. It is the unseen layer that allows the various parts of government to operate, to reach their potential and to serve the interests of the whole. Cooperative government is meant to strengthen each of these spheres and not to reduce or curtail their effectiveness This KAS Policy Paper by Bertus de Villiers and Jabu Sindane provides a general albeit brief overview of the system of cooperative government in South Africa and an assessment of how the system operates in practice.

The Things that Unite Us

Konferenz der FW de Klerk Foundation

"The Things that Unite us" was the title of a conference held on 2. February 2011 and hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung that focussed on the unifying factors in South African society, such as Sport, Ubuntu, universal values and last but not least the South African Constitution. This post-conference publication includes the speeches made by former President FW de Klerk, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Magkoba, Rugby Player Morne' du Plessis, and other prominent South Africans.

How will South Africa Talk Democracy without a Free Press?

Article by Lynsey Chutel, KAS/SAIIA intern

The fate of media self-regulation in South Africa now rests with parliament. At inception, South Africa’s post-apartheid press laws and regulatory framework were moulded on international precedent established by thriving democracies such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Supported by the one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, South Africa seems to be failing to uphold these high standards. Will South Africa show the world that it is still committed to media freedom, which is threathened by the proposed Protection of Information Bill (POI) and Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT)?

No 'one cheque fits all' for SA politics

Book Review

Anthony Butler analyzes in his new book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in SA and the Global South' why Party Funding is such a difficult area to regulate and why a 'one size fits all' approach won't work. The book further explores the experiences of selected countries, such as Mexico, Malaysia, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, through the pens of a range of contributors, as well as the latest thinking on international best practice. The book, funded by Konrad-Aenauer-Stiftung, is published by Jacana.

Paying for Politics

Book Review

On 22. November 2010 The Sowetan published a review of the book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in South Africa and the Global South'. The book, edited by Anthony Butler and published by Jacana was funded by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation.

Can We Go Against the Flow of Money?

Article by Anthony Butler in City Press

In his new book 'Paying for Politics', published by Jacana and funded by KAS, Anthony Butler focusses on Party Funding and what influence it has on the state of democracy. Democratic politics is expensive because parties need to organise citizens, to formulate public policy and to campaign for office.But private funding of political parties can lead to political corruption because money can be exchanged for policy influence, licences or government contracts. The rich can buy access to ministers and officials.

Joint efforts needed on climate change

In this Business Day article dated 11 November 2010 the author summarizes the findings of a KAS/SAIIA conference entitled:'The promotion of environmental security in Africa through Regional Law' that took place on 10 November 2010 at Jan Smuts House, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.

The biggest cabinet reshuffle since 1994

In May this year, President Jacob Zuma introduced a system of signing performance agreements with Ministers. On 31st October the results of that process were visible to all when he had a major cabinet reshuffle-when 7 ministers were replaced and 12 new deputy ministers were appointed. Is this move a sign for change within the ANC?

SAIIA/KAS Careers Evening 2010

The 2010 South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Careers Evening took place on 11 August at Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand. The purpose of this event was to provide a platform for postgraduate students in the studies of International Relations, Economics, Law and Journalism to gain a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them. The event included a careers exhibition, followed by a panel of speakers from the selected sectors, who discussed their individual career paths and provided useful advice.

Zimbabwe: Is the Nation Ready for New Elections?

As Zimbabwe approaches the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), the document which underpins its three-party unity government, a number of calls have been made for speedy elections.