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Launch Conference: Centre for Unity in Diversity

“Unity in Diversity: A Roadmap towards understanding Reconciliation”

This full-day conference will launch the Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD), which is affiliated to the FW de Klerk Foundation. Prominent South Africans will discuss possibilities of fostering the reconciliation process and national unity.


Political Parties in South Africa: Do they Underpin or Undermine Democracy?

Authors Workshop

This workshop will bring together the authors of the planned KAS publication "Political Parties in South Africa: Do they Underpin or Undermine Democracy?". The book will assess the wider consequences of SAs party system on the country’s democracy.


Annual SAIIA-KAS Careers Evening

Unlimited Paths with your Humanities Degree

The annual SAIIA-KAS careers evening informs learners and students what career opportunities a degree in the Humanities can open up. Students have the opportunity to meet potential employers and receive information about internships and scholarships.


Discourse Café with Nicky Newton-King

This discussion series provides young South Africans with the unique opportunity to meet renowned personalities from politics, academia, business and civil society and engage with them on topical issues concerning South Africa's young democracy.


Jährlicher SAIIA-KAS Karriereabend

Aussichten eines gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Studiums

Der jährliche SAIIA-KAS Karriereabend zeigt Studenten der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, welche Möglichkeiten ihnen mit ihrem Abschluss offen stehen – von Auslandsaufenthalten über Praktika bis hin zu Stipendien.


Project "White Rose Art and Writing Project"

Exhibition and Award Evening

This evening awards the high school students and teachers who have contributed to the White Rose Art & Writing Project, which aims to create awareness of the power of art in fighting injustice. The title alludes to the White Rose Resistance Movement.


The SA Electoral System: Time to Revisit the Van Zyl Slabbert Report?

Justice Johann Kriegler and Ms Raenette Taljaard on Good Governance

In the framework of the discussion series "The Constitution and Good Public Leadership", this event will deal with the right to vote and the proposals for reform made by the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Commission.

Book presentation

Engaging with Social Rights

Procedure, Participation and Democracy in South Africa’s Second Wave

The book contributes to the evolving scholarship on socio-economic rights adjudication with a deep focus on the jurisprudence and approach of the South African Constitutional Court. RSVP: By Thursday, 4/08/2016 to Naomi Hove


2015 Transformation Audit Report Roundtable

Rethinking social dialogue on Inclusive Development

The transformation audit report deals with the question how the National Minimum Wage will affect South Africans in the midst of an ailing economy coupled with high unemployment. RSVP to Ayonda Nyoka at until 22 July 2016.


Annual FVZS Honorary Lecture with Dr Adrian Enthoven

Dr Adrian Enthoven is CEO of the consulting firm Yellowwoods and participated in the Dakar Talks along with Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert. Dr Enthoven will talk about the current state of democracy in South Africa and the role of citizens.

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.

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.

Unpacking the Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture

Breakfast Discussion with three experts of different backgrounds

“The first land to be confiscated by the Europeans in South Africa was part of what later became known as the Western Cape” (Final Report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, p.23). From that genesis, Land Reform is one of the most important topics in South African politics since the 1994 transition to democracy.

Strong Cities 2030 Conference: Overcoming Urban Inequality

Strong Cities 2030 Initiative

"Innovative approaches to overcome urban inequality" was the theme of this year's international Strong Cities 2030 conference, hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with the City of Johannes-burg, that took place from 13-15 October 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Freedom of Expression versus Hate Speech: Are we Striking a Balance in South Africa?

Roundtable Discussion

On 17 October 2019, the Centre for Unity and Diversity (CUD) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) hosted the third event of the Roundtable Discussion series. At the core of the presentations and the subsequent discussion was the question of where to draw the line be-tween freedom of speech and hate speech. The recent findings of the Courts and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on hate speech rooted the event in current affairs. To dig into the topic of hate speech more thoroughly, legal, psychological and political aspects were addressed.