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Südafrikas schwerer Reformweg

Lage der Nation: kritisch

Am 13. Februar 2020 hielt Präsident Cyril Ramaphosa die jährliche Regierungsansprache vor dem Parlament. In der „State of the Nation Address“ (SONA) skizzierte er einmal mehr seine Reformpolitik, die das Land wieder auf Vordermann bringen soll. Dem Optimismus des Präsidenten steht jedoch eine skeptische Grundhaltung in Südafrika entgegen. Zu oft wurde viel versprochen, aber wenig gehalten. Den wenigen Lichtblicken steht eine Reihe von Herkulesaufgaben bevor. Ramaphosa griff wichtige Punkte auf, doch stellt sich die Frage der Finanzierung seiner Vorhaben. Derweil zieht die Wirtschaftskrise in Südafrika weitere Kreise: lokale Stromausfälle sind an der Tagesordnung, haarsträubende Korruptionsfälle werden nicht in gewünschtem Maße aufgearbeitet und das Haushaltsdefizit wird immer größer.

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Freundschaft mit Nachholbedarf

Aktuelles zum Besuch von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel in Südafrika

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel besucht Südafrika zum dritten Mal in ihrer Amtszeit. In keinem Land in Subsahara-Afrika war sie häufiger zu Gast. Deutschland und Südafrika unterhalten gute, partnerschaftliche Beziehungen, die seit längerem an Dynamik verloren haben. Seit 2018 besteht mit Präsident Ramaphosa das Potenzial zur Wiederbelebung der bilateralen Kontakte. Dies ist wünschenswert, denn trotz des außenpolitischen Bedeutungsverlusts bleibt Südafrika unerlässlicher Faktor für Stabilität und Prosperität in Afrika.

Gangster State and the Republic of Gupta

SA Ubuntu Networking Breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh

The networking breakfast with Pieter-Louis Myburgh on 06 December 2019 took place under the title “Gangster State and the Republic of Gupta”. The event was jointly hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the SA Ubuntu Foundation and is part of a series of networking breakfasts in 2019.

Xenophobia and South Africa

Roundtable Series 2019: Number 4 - Centre for Unity in Diversity

The South African Constitution obliges the State to protect the rights of all who live in the country. The South African 2011 Census found that there were 2.2 million immigrants in a country of 52 million in 2011. Xenophobic attacks of the last years, especially the one in 2008 which was among the deadliest to date and the recent attacks in September 2019 in Johannesburg, frighten many people.

Unpacking the Implications of the National Health Insurance Bill

Breakfast Discussion with experts

“Unpacking the Implications of the National Health Insurance Bill” was the topic of a discussion jointly hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The expert speakers were Mr Michael Settas, Member of the Free Market Foundation’s Health Policy Unit and Mr Russel Rensburg, Director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.

SAIIA Futures: anticipating & preparing for major disruptors facing Southern Africa

South Africa has had a long tradition of undertaking scenario exercises at critical times in its history – from the Mont Fleur to the Dinokeng scenarios and now most recently the Idlulamithi scenarios in 2018. These have captured some of the key challenges that the country faces politically and economically.

Brazil’s Populist Pendulum: The Outcome and Lessons

SAIIA Speakers Meeting

Can Africa learn from Brazil´s history? Brazil and Africa; a country versus a whole continent, but nevertheless with common features. They have similar GDPs, but the population of Africa is about five times bigger than the population of Brazil. The effect is that Brazil's income per person is higher. Both Brazil and Africa have a historically similar low growth rates and share the ignominious character of globally leading wealth and income inequality.

Transformative Leadership confronts the past to shape the future we want

SA UBUNTU Networking Breakfast with Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

The networking breakfast with Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on 08 November 2019 focused on the topic “Transformative leadership confronts the past to shape the future we want”. The event was jointly hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the SA Ubuntu Foundation and is part of a series of networking breakfasts in the year 2019.

Can Democracy and Peace finally come to Mozambique?

SAIFAC Africa Forum Series

On 13 November the fourth and last event in the SAIFAC Africa Forum series for 2019 was held at Constitution Hill. The topic was “Can democracy and peace finally come to Mozambique?”. The series aims to draw on the experience of South Africa and connect it with developments in a particular country or group of countries. The speakers are legal and non-legal experts who provide critical analysis of their societies and an understanding of how to move them forward. The series is funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Catalysing Indigenous Languages

United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019). This was done “in order to raise awareness, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity”. Indigenous languages worldwide face the threat of extinction.