Expert conference

The Constitution and Multiculturalism

FW de Klerk Annual Conference

The conference deals with the theme "Multiculturalism" and the promotion of positive relations between communities in multicultural societies as a prerequisite for peace, prosperity and a sustainable democracy in South Africa.


Ubuntu Business Lunch with FW de Klerk

During this lunch meeting, former president FW de Klerk will share his personal insights and views on South Africa's democratic journey and the political, economic as well as social challenges ahead with the audience.


Ubuntu Business Breakfast with Pieter-Dirk Uys

KAS in cooperation with the South African Ubuntu Foundation hosts a breakfast briefing with renowned theatre personality Pieter-Dirk Uys, who will focus on the challenges that South Africa young democracy is currently facing.


Constitutional Court Review

Author's Workshop

A joint WITS-KAS-SAIFAC-CLOSA workshop to generate debate between international and South African public law academics about the Constitutional Court’s most recent jurisprudence during a one and half day seminar.


The Future of Higher Education in South Africa

The Constitution and Good Public Leadership: Breakfast Discussion Series

The current crisis of South Africa's Higher Education System is the focus of this breakfast discussion that KAS is hosting in cooperation with the School for Public Leadership (SPL) and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR).


Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations in South Africa

What needs to change to create jobs and prosperity for all?

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in collaboration with the Mail&Guardian hosts a Critical Thinking Forum on the topic “Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations in South Africa: What needs to change to create jobs and prosperity for all?”.


KAS-DSJ Presentation and Discussion

The Development of Values in South Africa

KAS and the DSJ are looking forward to Prof. Hennie Kotzé's presentation on the development of values in South Africa. Students will have the chance to engage with Prof. Kotzé on this highly relevant socio-political issue and to network with KAS.


KAS-SAIIA Alumni and Network Dinner

"The Development of Values in South Africa"

The annual KAS-SAIIA Network meeting will strengthen the connection with our alumni and encourage networking among the former KAS scholars who are generally motivated people sharing similar values and goals.

Expert talk

Governing water resources in a time of drought

Water Law & Governance Expert Group Meeting

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in collaboration with its partner, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), invites water experts and practitioners to a workshop which focusses on the topic 'Governing water resources in a time of drought'.

Expert talk

A Roadmap for Sustainable Biofuels and Bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Inter-Disciplinary Experts Group Meeting

The expert workshop organized by the University of Stellenbosch Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP) and supported by KAS focuses on the scientific, political and legal aspects of sustainable biofuels/bioenergy for Southern Africa.

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.