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Expert talk

Renewable Energy Policy Dialogue

Stakeholders Meeting

The Mandela Institute (MI) will host a meeting with relevant stakeholders to disseminate findings of the respective research project and to prepare recommendations for a report to UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COPs).


Marine Phosphate Mining in South Africa

Environmental Rights Seminar Series

The seminar, jointly hosted by CER and KAS, provides an introduction to the legal and governance challenges of seabed mining in South Africa as well as its potential environmental impact on marine life and biodiversity.


Afrobarometer Public Briefing

Elections, opposition political parties and trust in institutions

The UJ Centre for the Study of Democracy and the UJ Library in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invite you to attend The fourth release of Afrobarometer’s latest survey data.

Study and Information Program

Training Programme on Civilian Peacebuilding Capacity

4th Edition

This 5-day course aims at the formation of civilian peacekeepers in non-violent approaches. Participants will be enabled to contribute to conflict transformation and peace-building and to better understand the civilian component of Peacebuilding.


Mine Closure & Rehabilitation: From Dereliction to Accountability?

Since 2015, the CER, has been hosting a series of seminars where local experts can share their knowledge. This seminar is focused on the enormous challenge of mine closure and rehabilitation of environmental impacts after mining has ended.


Discourse Café with Lovelyn Nwadeyi

The Discourse Café series, jointly hosted by the FVZS Institute and KAS provides students with the opportunity to meet renowned speakers from politics, business, academia and civil society and critically reflect on current issues.


Opening of Art Exhibition "Zakhor!"

The SA Jewish Museum, the Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum and KAS invite the public to a group exhibition by some of Lithuania’s top contemporary artists reflecting upon the Jewish history of the city Vilne, once called “The Jerusalem of the North”.


The Constitution and Good Public Leadership

Free and Fair Elections in South Africa. Where do we stand after 22 years?

This seminar series, jointly hosted by the CFCR, SPL and KAS aims to enhance constitutional democracy and foster the good governance dialogue through relevant conversations linked to learning governance.



How do we as citizens reclaim our rights and responsibilities to make our constitution a living document?

DDP explores in one of its upcoming public forums the question: How do we as citizens reclaim our rights and responsibilities to make our constitution a living document?



The Constitution at Work

The Role of Universities in Building Inclusive Societies

CFCR in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at Rhodes University and KAS invites students, academics and the general public to a seminar that focusses on the role of South African universities in building inclusive societies.

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.