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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.


The Inside Track: A Critical Conversation with Advocate Shamila Batohi

The Daily Maverick and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung,SA

The conversation will address the war on women, gender based violence and the NDPP's experience as a woman leader within the National Prosecuting Authority.


COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence-What are the Obligations for Businesses and Universities?

SAIFAC (a Centre of the University of Johannesburg) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung,SA

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both a major health and economic crisis. In an attempt to curb the spread of the disease, many states implemented strict lockdown conditions, resulting in extreme social isolation for residents. Almost everyone across the country was forced to spend more time at home. In situations were there were difficult familial dynamics, conflict was exacerbated. The anxiety and stress of the lockdown also had an extremely negative impact on the mental health of individuals. All these factors worsened the risk of violence.

Lake Kivu Consensus

An agenda for a competiveness Africa

The Lake Kivu Consensus is the fruit of debate at two meetings in Italy and Rwanda in 2008, which identified competiveness as the critical element in an African strategy to increase employment and prosperity. The document proposes actions that African states can take, together with the private sector, NGO's and aid donors, to improve the continents economic competiveness.

Briefing Paper: Provincial and Local Government Review

In November 2008, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) facilitated a series of workshops to discuss issues related to the functioning of provincial and local governments. The workshops were held to discuss the policy review of provincial and local governments that was announced in August 2007. The most recent occassional paper by KAS entiteled "Review of provinces and local governments in South Africa. constitutional foundations and practice" (De Villiers, ed 2008) was launched at the workshops and formed the basis for the discussions. The workshops which were held in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, attracted a wide and diverse audience from all political groupings. Representatives from all spheres of government participated. The discussions were most informative and constructive. The attached document entails a summary of the workshops discussions and outcomes.

„Die Geschichte wird die Leistungen anerkennen“

Prinz Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi ist 80 Jahre

Zu einer offiziellen Geburtstagsfeier lud Mangosuthu Buthelezi in das Durban Exhibition Center ein. Einige hundert Gäste folgten der Einladung, um die historischen Verdienste dieses großen südafrikanischen Staatsmanns würdig zu feiern. Neben SE King Goodwill Zwelithini waren Minister der nationalen Ebene, Minister und Funktionsträger der Provinzregierung KwaZulu/Natal, Traditional Leader, Vertreter der Justiz, der Oppositionsparteien, internationale Gäste sowie wichtige Persönlichkeiten aus Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft vertreten. Aber auch viele Freunde und die Vielzahl der Kinder und Enkelkinder nahmen an der gelungenen Feier teil.

Präsident des EU-Parlaments zu Gast im KAS-Büro Südafrika

Die politische und humanitäre Situation in Simbabwe, der möglicherweise kurz bevorstehende Bruch der südafrikafrikanischen Regierungspartei African National Congress (ANC), Europas Engagement in Afrika und die Zukunft der afrikanischen Union: Während seines Besuchs bei der KAS in Johannesburg gab es für den Präsidenten des Europäischen Parlaments, Hans-Gert Pöttering, jede Menge Themen zu besprechen. Im Rahmen seiner offiziellen Reise nach Südafrika und Äthiopien legte der Parlaments-Präsident mit seiner Delegation einen Zwischenstopp bei der Adenauer-Stiftung in Johannesburg ein. Um ihm einen tieferen Einblick in die zurzeit in Medien, Politik und Wirtschaft geführten Diskussionen rund um die Region am Kap zu geben, hatten das Länderbüro Südafrika und das Medienprogramm Subsahara-Afrika zwei Veranstaltungen organisiert.

Host City Cape Town Green Goal Action Plan

...Greening the 2010 Fifa World Cup

The Host City Cape Town Green Goal Action Plan, launched on 17 October 2008 by Lyn Brown, Premier of the Western Cape and Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town, aims to promote the hosting of an environmentally friendly Fifa World Cup that leaves a sustainable legacy. The Green Goal Action Plan with its 41 ambitious projects is the product of a workshop series, hosted by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA).

Unterschiedliche Haushaltskontrolle in Deutschland und Südafrika

Peter Weiss, MdB zu Gast bei der KAS Südafrika

Peter Weiss, Mitglied des Planungsausschusses der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, war Gastredner bei einem Roundtable Gespräch zum Thema Democratic Budget Policy, das im Parlament in Kapstadt stattfand. An dem von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organisierten Briefing nahmen Vertreter des African National Congress (ANC), der Democratic Alliance (DA), der Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), des United Democratic Movement (UDM) sowie der African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) teil. Damit waren die relevanten Parteien der National Assembly anwesend.

South Africa: an international actor and partner for the EU

South Africa is the only African state to date to have signed a strategic Partnership Agreement with the EU. But how different is a strategic partnership from the ongoing bilateral engagements between the EU and South Africa? Romy Chevallier, researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) provides some insights.

Tswalu Dialog

Towards Conflict Resolution-Best Practice

Vom 8. -11- Mai 2008 fand der siebte Tswalu Dialog in Tswalu/Kalahari, Südafrika, statt. Eingeladen hatten zehn international agierende Think Tanks unter Federführung der Brenthurst Foundation. Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung ist seit dessen Beginn im Jahr 2002 an diesem hochrangig besetzten Tswalu Dialog beteiligt, zu dem internationale Experten aus allen Weltregionen eingeladen werden.

Bundestagspräsident Prof. Dr. Lammert zu Besuch in Südafrika

Präsentation des KAS Projekts "Greening 2010"

Die IPU ist ein internationales Parlament, in dem Abgeordnete aus 194 Ländern organisiert sind. Es tagte vom 14. bis 18. April in Südafrika. Bundestagspräsident Prof. Dr. Lammert reiste zu diesem Anlaß mit einer Delegation nach Südafrika.Die Vertreter befassten sich in den drei ständigen Ausschüssen mit Berichten und Resolutionen zu den Themen: „Die Rolle der Parlamente im Spannungsfeld zwischen Respekt und friedlicher Koexistenz zwischen nationaler Sicherheit, individueller Sicherheit und individuellen Freiheitsrechten und Abwehr von Gefahren für die Demokratie“ „Parlamentarische Kontrolle der staatlichen Politik der Entwicklungshilfe“ sowie „Wanderarbeitnehmer, Menschenhandel, Fremdenfeindlichkeit und Menschenrechte“.

Besuch beim KAS-Büro Johannesburg

Am 31. Januar 2008 fand auf Wunsch des Alt-Stipendiaten Dr. Clemens Breitenbach (Regionalgruppe Karlsruhe) ein Gespräch mit Dr. Werner Böhler, dem KAS-Landesbeauftragten für Südafrika, statt.