SA's Corona Parliament: Virtually working?

Join Rebecca Sibanda as she launches and discusses the findings of her new paper.

At this event Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss the findings of her new paper Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate. In the paper, she reviews the performance of South Africa's Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic. Enriching and challenging her conclusions will be Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung thanks the Parliamentary Monitoring Group for its collaboration in this research.


Book Launch-The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law

Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (Editors)

This volume makes a timely intervention into a field marked by a shift from unipolar to multipolar order and a pluralization of constitutional law. It addresses the theoretical and epistemic foundations of Southern constitutionalism and discusses its distinctive themes, such as transformative constitutionalism, inequality, access to justice, and authoritarian legality.


Wrecking Ball

Why Permanent Technological Unemployment, a Predictable Pandemic and Other Wicked Problems Will End South Africa’s Experiment in Inclusive Democracy

Wrecking Ball explores, in novel theoretical manner, a decalogue of wicked problems that could easily end contemporary civilization. Written in the vernacular of political economy, it demonstrates that without an inclusive centralized system of global political and economic institutions, the collective action required to solve these wicked problems falls beyond the remit of the world’s 200 still predominantly extractive and elitist polities. To prove its manifold theses, Wrecking Ball grounds its analysis in an extended study of contemporary South Africa and shows that this country’s elitist and extractive political and economic institutions not only make resolution of ongoing domestic crises unattainable, but make meaningful responses to wicked problems impossible.


‘What are the obligations of states and corporations to ensure access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccine access is a matter of life and death for many. For others it is a matter of their livelihoods.

A number of vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed in record time and the hope is that this will bring an end to the death, suffering, and disruption to ordinary life caused by the pandemic. Yet, currently, only a small number of countries from the Global North are being able to vaccinate at a rapid rate with access to COVID-19 vaccines having been conditioned by the ability to make large investments in the developments of the vaccine. The vaccines are being manufactured by large private companies, based almost exclusively in the Global North, who have become household names. Yet, their development involved not only private funding but also large amounts of public money and research. Moreover, some of the vaccines were tested on people living in countries in the Global South, including in South Africa. The patenting of the vaccines not only has allowed for the ability of companies to charge high prices but also restrictions on who may supply the vaccines which is partly responsible for current shortages.


Human Rights Law and Children's Right to Education

Can Human Rights Law Provide Guidance on Realising a Child's Right to Education in the Face of a Pandemic?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children’s access to education in the African context was already unequal. COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation with lockdowns, widespread school closures, the use of online learning in resource-poor contexts and limited tuition at schools when, and if, they resumed in-person teaching. Apart from these educational impacts, COVID-19 has also affected other rights of children: for instance, there have been increases in domestic violence, as well as an inability to access school meals that provided much-needed nutrition.


CANRAD/KAS-Youth and Democracy Series

Impact of Covid-19 on youth: Opportunities and Challenges

COVID-19 has a detrimental effect on the youths and this may prove to be one of its damaging legacies. In fact, the coronavirus crisis risks turning back the clock on years of progress made on young people’s well-being and has put their rights under serious pressure across the globe. Issues of access to education, domestic abuse, child labour and lack of decent work are some of the many challenges that many institutions are grappling with. While the universities, NGOs, as well as governments are turning their attention to these problems, young people also have a key role to play in finding solutions.


Poor Education, Poor Economy and Planning the Escape

The South African education system is in crisis. According to Statistics SA, half of all learners drop out of school before reaching matric.

The government fails learners in poor communities by failing to provide schools with adequate infrastructure and qualified teachers. Inequality in South Africa is further exacerbated by an education system that does not adequately prepare learners for the world of work. Learners from disadvantaged communities cannot compete with their peers from affluent communities.


The Midpoint Debate: Book Launch Brittle Democracies?

Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa

Brittle Democracies? Comparing Politics in Anglophone Africa compares the democratic principles, presence and performance of ten former British Colonies across Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to see what trends are present and what challenges this subset of African democracies face


South Africa as a strategic partner for Germany?

Perspectives of the German-South African Cooperation

Germany and South Africa cooperate on a bilateral and increasingly on a multilateral level. As currently holding the presidency of the EU and AU, the last few months both governments prepared the summit of the two regional organizations originally scheduled for autumn 2020. As non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council they have collaborated to assess and resolve conflict-ridden situations. Will South Africa continue to be an important partner for Germany in solving future challenges at the global and continental level and in strengthening multilateralism?



SAIFAC AND Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung South Africa

Systemic racism and police brutality have been ongoing problems in the United States that have remained largely unaddressed despite greater attention to the issue in recent years. Since the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, demonstrations have highlighted the murder by police of black men across America, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Police brutality connected to discriminatory attitudes are also problems outside of the United States. In South Africa, there is a long history of brutality by security forces. This has been heightened during the coronavirus lockdown with severe harassment experienced by non-South African residents (linked to high-levels of xenophobia) and incidents such as the murder of Collins Khoza.

Looking Ahead for 2018

Local and International Change Scenarios

“The future of South Africa depends on how much emphasis will be set on prioritizing economic growth and building a unified political and civil society” was the leading argument by Dr. Jakkie Cilliers from the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) at the first breakfast briefing, jointly hosted by the School for Public Leadership (SPL) at Stellenbosch University, the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) on 15th February 2018 at the Sun Square Hotel in Cape Town.

FW de Klerk Annual Conference 2018: South Africa Beyond State Capture and Corruption

Defending and strengthening the valuable South African Constitution

“South Africa beyond State Capture and Corruption” was the title of this year’s annual FW de Klerk Conference held on the 2nd of February 2018 in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The leading question addressed by former South African president F.W. de Klerk was how South Africans “as a country are going to re-establish a system of governance that is characterised by integrity – with key institutions that operate in the public interest effectively, professionally, efficiently and without fear, favour or prejudice”.

Is Zimbabwe Really in a Post-Mugabe Era?

On Wednesday, the 17th of January 2018, Prof. Brian Raftopoulos, formally Professor for Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe and Director of Research and Advocacy in the Solidarity Peace Trust, gave a presentation on the events leading to the resignation of Zimbabwe´s former president Robert Mugabe and the country’s future political and economic outlook. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), a highly rated think tank specializing in International Relations issues and long-term partner of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, hosted the event in Cape Town.

Umfragetrends: Aussöhnung und soziale Kohäsion in Südafrika

2017 South African reconciliation Barometer (SARB) Report

Seit mehr als einer Dekade misst das South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), das auf einer repräsentativen Meinungsumfrage basiert, den Prozess der Aussöhnung unter Südafrikanern. Der aktuelle 2017 SARB-Report liegt jetzt vor.

Der Präsident und seine Hüter: Die, die Zuma an der Macht und aus dem Gefängnis halten


Zum letzten Mal in diesem Jahr lud die South African UBUNTU Foundation am 8. Dezember 2017 zu einem Netzwerktreffen ein. Mit Unterstützung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), des Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) und weiteren Sponsoren hieß Kevin Chaplin, Geschäftsführer Ubuntu Foundation, die anwesenden Gäste der ausgebuchten Veranstaltung in den Räumlichkeiten des Atlantic Beach Country Club in Melkbosstrand herzlich willkommen. Gastredner war an diesem Tag Jacques Pauw, Autor des brisanten politischen Bestsellers „The President`s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison“

Simbabwe: Enge Verflechtung von politischer Führung und Militär prägt nach wie vor das Machtgefüge

Diskussion über die jüngsten Entwicklungen in Simbabwe

In Kooperation mit SAIIA organisierte das AB Südafrika mit Unterstützung des AB Simbabwe eine Diskussionsveranstaltung zur Situation in Simbabwe und den Implikationen für die weitere Entwicklung des Landes.

Südafrika heute: Von gebrochenen Versprechungen und veruntreuten Geldern


Am 5. Dezember 2017 fand in den Räumlichkeiten der Deutschen Internationalen Schule Kapstadt (DSK) mit Unterstützung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) eine Frühstücksdiskussionsrunde mit Enthüllungsjournalistin Vicky Jane Robinson für Schüler der achten bis elften Klasse, deren Lehrer und interessierten Eltern statt. Nach einer eindrucksvollen Darstellung der aktuellen Sachlage Südafrikas rund um das Thema „State Capture“ durch Frau Robinson konnte das interessierte Publikum Fragen zum Thema stellen. Ein Veranstaltungsbericht von KAS Forschungsassistentin Ruth Hejtmanek

The Politics of Poverty and Inequality

Roundtable Series: Number 4

Am 16. November 2017 fand bereits zum vierten Mal in diesem Jahr eine Diskussionsrunde statt, die vom Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD) mit Unterstützung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organisiert wurde. Unter dem Titel „The Politics of Poverty and Inequality“ wurde in der gut besuchten Abendveranstaltung in Kapstadt, rege über die Problematik der Armut und Ungleichheit in Südafrika und mögliche politische Lösungsansätze diskutiert.

Umwelt und Sport


In der zweitägigen Veranstaltung PLAY HANDBALL SUPERCUP am 27. und 28. Oktober 2017 an der Deutschen Internationalen Schule in Kapstadt (DSK) hatten es sich die Veranstalter, die NRO Play Handball ZA und die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) zur Aufgabe gemacht, Sport und Umwelterziehung zu kombinieren.

National Church Leaders' Consultation

On Wednesday the 18th October 2017 church leaders from all over South Africa gathered in Johannesburg aiming to define common approaches to health, social and economic issues.