Land reform: Trailblazers

Seven Successful Case Studies

There are many examples of successful land reform projects in South Africa, but emphasis in the public arena has so far fallen on failures or potential failures. This KAS publication intends to concentrate on positive examples of land reform in South Africa in order to find out why the projects were successful and what lessons can be learned from them.

Political Culture in the New South Africa

The new South Africa has inherited a complex political culture that has been shaped by both the liberation movements and the apartheid system. The seminar report is based on a conference held by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg in September 2005 and aims to stimulate discussions about South Africa's political culture, its challenges and weaknesses in the context of the consolidation of democracy.

Financial Constitutional Law

A comparison between Germany and South Africa

This KAS publication by Dr Dirk Brand is the result of research done in Germany and South Africa which focused on the constitutional environment and practical implementation of financial intergovernmental relations. It provides an indepth analysis of the constitutional framework, the actual financial intergovernmental relations as well as the role of the judiciary in dealing with financial constitutional matters in these two countries.

Challenges to Democracy by One Party Dominance

A comparative Assessment

This KAS publication provides the reader with an analysis of the phenomenon of one-party dominance after a decade of multiparty democracy in South Africa as well as with a comparison between the situation in South Africa and other countries, like Malaysia, Mexico and India.

KAS-Fortnightly Media Survey

18-29 September 2006

To identify news trends and to follow-up on important political as well as socio-economic developments are the main aims of the bi-weekly media survey, generated by the KAS-Office, Johannesburg.

The role and place of local government in federal systems

Speech by Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Election as a Challenge for African Opposition Parties

Keynote address by Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi at the KAS International Symposium on "Challenges and Areas of Engagement for African Opposition Parties" on 29th June in Berlin.

Greener Governance in Southern SADC

Success Report on Medium Sized Local Authorities

In 2002, when the WSSD took place in Johannesburg, KAS South Africa in cooperation with the Centre for Environmental Management at the North West University started a Greener Governance workshop series for municipal managers of medium sized cities from South Africa and neighbouring countries. The aim of the training was to sensitize the participants for environmental issues on local level, to equip them with the practical know-how to tackle the problems and to develop a network in the Southern SADC region. Last year KAS financed a case study in order to evaluate the success of the workshop series and to assess additional training needs.

Harmony and discord in South African foreign policy making

Composers, conductors and players

The publication examines some of the key actors and issues informing contemporary South African foreign policy. It does this through the prism of four foreign policy challenges: conflict diamonds; NEPAD; Zimbabwe and the Middle East. The final chapter makes a number of recommendations designed to strengthen the role and efficacy of parliament and the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs in particular South African foreign policy.

The politics of state resources: Party funding in South Africa

This KAS publication teases out the theory and practice of the use of state resources during and between elections in South and Southern Africa. For political parties to play a meaningful role in democratic governance, they require resources to engage in periodic elections as well as to develop their institutional structures.