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Electoral Reform:

Can we build a better democracy?

By June 2022, Parliament must amend SA’s electoral law to allow independent candidates to contest national and provincial elections, as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.

Online-Seminar

"Adenauer-Conference" with Armin Laschet

Germany’s Role in International Security Affairs

With a keynote speech on foreign and security policy by Minister-President Armin Laschet, this year's Adenauer Conference opens the discussion on key security issues and international challenges. Besides the priorities for German foreign and security policy, the focus of the debate this year is also on Afghanistan and transatlantic relations.

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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.

Online-Seminar

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.

Online-Seminar

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.

Online-Seminar

‘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.

Online-Seminar

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.

Online-Seminar

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.

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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.

No 'one cheque fits all' for SA politics

Book Review

Anthony Butler analyzes in his new book 'Paying for Politics: Party Funding and Political Change in SA and the Global South' why Party Funding is such a difficult area to regulate and why a 'one size fits all' approach won't work. The book further explores the experiences of selected countries, such as Mexico, Malaysia, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and South Africa, through the pens of a range of contributors, as well as the latest thinking on international best practice. The book, funded by Konrad-Aenauer-Stiftung, is published by Jacana.

Das liebe Geld

Parteienfinanzierung in Suedafrika

Vor den letzten südafrikanischen Parlamentswahlen im Jahr 2009 wurde deutlich, dass die Parteienfinanzierung eine Grauzone in der südafrikanischen Gesetzgebung darstellt. Parteispenden an die Regierungs- und Oppositionsparteien können von den Wählern und Wählerinnen nicht nachvollzogen werden, wer wem wie viel und vor allem für was bezahlt, bleibt verschlossen.

Vom Fall der Berliner Mauer bis zur Deutschen Einheit

KAS-Ehrenvorsitzender Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel in Südafrika

Am historischen 9. November hielt Prof. Dr. Bernhard Vogel nicht nur einen bemerkenswerten Vortrag über den Weg vom Fall der Berliner Mauer bis zur Deutschen Einheit vor etwa 200 Zuhörern aus der deutschen Gemeinde in Kapstadt. Für die Gäste war es zugleich die Schilderung gelebter Geschichte, die Prof. Vogel in maßgeblicher politischer Verantwortung mitgestaltet hat.

Joint efforts needed on climate change

In this Business Day article dated 11 November 2010 the author summarizes the findings of a KAS/SAIIA conference entitled:'The promotion of environmental security in Africa through Regional Law' that took place on 10 November 2010 at Jan Smuts House, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.

Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Klimaschutz

Südafrikanische Experten informieren sich über Zukunftskonzepte in Deutschland

Zwei Monate stand Südafrika im Mittelpunkt des Weltinteresses. Die erste Fußballweltmeisterschaft in Afrika rückte die gesamte Region in den Fokus der Medien. Als Gastgeber konnte Südafrika eindrucksvoll beweisen, dass diese aufstrebende Region den Anschluss an die weltweiten Entwicklungen sucht. Das gilt auch für Vorhaben der nachhaltigen Entwicklung und des Klimaschutzes. Von den negativen Auswirkungen einer weiteren Erwärmung der Erde wären die afrikanischen Küstenregionen mit am Meisten betroffen. Wasserknappheit hingegen wäre das Überlebensproblem der kontinentalen Staaten.

SAIIA/KAS Careers Evening 2010

The 2010 South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Careers Evening took place on 11 August at Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand. The purpose of this event was to provide a platform for postgraduate students in the studies of International Relations, Economics, Law and Journalism to gain a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them. The event included a careers exhibition, followed by a panel of speakers from the selected sectors, who discussed their individual career paths and provided useful advice.

Der World Cup als Motor Nachhaltiger Entwicklung

Ein Bericht des Kap Express´ über den Vortrag von Dr. Werner Böhler, Leiter des Auslandsbüros der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Südafrika im Rahmen der Veranstaltung ‚Bavaria meets Western Cape Expo 2010’ im Artscape Theater in Kapstadt.

Einblick in das Verhältnis von deutschem Rechtssystem und Europäischem Recht

Vier Richterinnen von den Obersten Gerichtshöfen in Kapstadt, Johannesburg und Petermaritzburg sowie dem Obersten Appellationsgericht in Bloemfontein besuchten auf Einladung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, gemeinsam mit zwei Rechtsexperten im Bereich Internationales Recht und Verfassungsrecht, deutsche und europäische Rechtsinstitutionen.

Looking Back, Looking Forward!

20th anniversary of FW De Klerk's speech to Parliament

The publication is based on a conference, jointly hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The conference commemorated the historic speech by FW De Klerk on 2 February 1990 that opened the way to South Africa's transformation. Speakers from politics, business and academia shared their views on what has been achieved and what challenges still exist.

Sharing Insights on Greening the FIFA World Cup with Brazil

Workshop Report

The Host City Cape Town has accumulated a vast pool of experience and expertise regarding the "Greening" of the FIFA World Cup. This report is based on a workshop, jointly organised by Sustainable Energy Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, that aimed to identify lessons that can be shared with Brazil, host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.