Consolidating Democracy in South Africa

18–20 August 1999, Holiday Inn, Umtata

Because of the importance of consolidating a young democracy in South Africa, the Konrad AdenauerFoundation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Transkei, organised a conference from 18 to 20 August 1999. The international conference on Consolidating Democracy in South Africa met at Umtata, Eastern Cape, South Africa to examine ways to achieve this aim. The organisers provided a forum for academics, non-governmental organisations, politicians, political parties, government spokespersons and others to discuss dimensions in the consolidation of democracy in this country.

Subnational Constitutional Governance

16–18 March 1999, St George’s Hotel, Rietvlei Dam, Pretoria

Some may ask why a conference on “subnational constitutional governance”, particularly in this countrysince the South African Constitution, 1996, makes it clear that there are three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) and not tiers or levels. In the South African context, therefore, “subnational” may well be seen as a misnomer if it signifies subordination of regional authorities to the central authority. If we interpret subnational governance in South Africa as a reference to authorities that are elements of a greater whole, rather than as less important or subordinate, the relevance of the experienceof the wide range of different systems represented at the conference becomes more apparent.