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.

Vertreter von Politik, Sozialen Unternehmen, Genossenschaften und Wissenschaft aus Südafrika zu Besuch in Berlin

Inlandsprogramme der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Soziales Unternehmertum ist das Thema des Inlandsprogramms, zu dem die KAS in der Zeit vom 17. bis 24. Mai sechs südafrikansiche Teilnehmer nach Deutschland eingeladen hat.

Erster Afrikanischer Think-Tank-Gipfel

Die Chancen und Herausforderungen für afrikanische Think-Tanks waren die Hauptthemen des ersten afrikanischen Think-Tank-Gipfels vom 3.-5. Februar in Pretoria. Zu den ca. 50 teilnehmenden Think Tanks aus Afrika zählten unter anderem das Africa Leadership Center (Kenia), das Institute for Democratic Governance (Ghana), die African Heritage Institution (Nigeria) und das Economic Policy Research Center (Uganda). Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung förderte die Veranstaltung über das KAS-Auslandsbüro Johannesburg.

KAS-Alumni Dinner 2013

Jährliches Stipendiatentreffen der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Südafrika

Zum Abschluss des akademischen Jahres 2013 lud die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung am 5. Dezember ihre aktuellen und ehemaligen Stipendiaten und Stipendiatinnen zu einem Abendessen im Länderbüro Johannesburg ein. Die jährliche Zusammenkunft der KAS-Alumni dient der Pflege eines Netzwerks hochqualifizierter Akademiker und des Gedankenaustauschs über aktuelle politische und gesellschaftliche Fragestellungen.

20 Jahre Partnerschaft in Südafrika

KAS und DDP feiern Jubiläum

Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) und das Democracy Development Programme (DDP) feierten vom 28. bis zum 30. Oktober in Durban gemeinsam mit 140 Vertretern der südafrikanischen Zivilgesellschaft das zwanzigjährige Jubiläum ihrer Partnerschaft.

Development in Fragile Contexts: African Civil Society Recommendations for the EU-US Development Dialogue

Workshop from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Global Public Policy Institute with African Civil Society on October 18

The objective of the African Civil Society Dialogue was to collect input from African civil society organizations and African experts on aid in fragile states. Outcomes from this workshop will be presented at the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue.

"Egalitarian Liberalism"

Liberalismus und seine zukünftigen Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten in Südafrika

Am 03. und 04. Oktober 2013 veranstaltete die KAS gemeinsam mit ihrem Partner, dem South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) eine Fachkonferenz, die sich mit dem Konzept des Liberalismus in Südafrika auseinandersetzte.

No competitors, but partners to be

The BRICS states must first find their role in order to form a stable partnership with the EU

The association of the growing economies of Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents 40 percent of the world’s population and, as of now, 25 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Nevertheless, the chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Elmar Brok, doesn’t see the so-called BRICS states as competitors for Europe. “I am relatively relaxed by the potential threat of the BRICS for Europe”, Brok said at an event organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin.

Annual SAIIA-KAS International Careers Evening

Turning your passion into a profession

On Wednesday, 14 August 2013, SAIIA and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held its Annual SAIIA-KAS Careers evening, addressing university students from around the Gauteng province. An astounding number of more than 300 students attended this year’s event, including a 60-member delegation from the University of Pretoria. Students also attended from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa and St Augustine’s College.

The state of the Social Economy of South Africa


Am 4. und 5. September 2013 lud die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gemeinsam mit dem Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (CSESE) der Universität von Johannesburg zu einem Kolloquium über den Stand der Social Economy in Südafrika ein. Rund 220 Gäste aus Unternehmerschaft, Universitäten und Regierung diskutierten in mehreren Workshops Lösungsstrategien für Südafrikas sozialwirtschaftliche Herausforderungen.

KAS/SAIIA Careers Evening 2013

Karriereabend für südafrikanische Studierende

Mehr als 200 südafrikanische Studierende informierten sich auf einem gemeinsam vom KAS-Büro Südafrika und seinem Partner South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) ausgerichteten Karriereabend über berufliche Einstiegsmöglichkeiten im Bereich der Internationalen Beziehungen.