The International Climate Change Regime: Towards COP17

The 4th Annual International Law Seminar hosted by SAIFAC and financially supported by KAS deals with the South Africa's position on Climate Change and the perspectives of the South African negotiating team concerning COP 17.


Improving the Effectiveness of Water Governance in SA

This KAS/CER workshop for legal environmental experts aims to identify key challenges in effective water governance in South Africa and to propose legal interventions to address these challenges, ranging from legal research to advocacy to litigation.


KAS/SAIIA Alumni Dinner

Focus on political developments in the Middle East and North Africa

Each year the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invites former KAS/SAIIA scholars to a dinner function in order to promote an alumni network in the region and to discuss recent political developments.


Cape Town - on the Road to COP17

Ubuntu Business Networking Breakfast

How can South African cities promote sustainable development and how best can best practice examples in this regard be fed into the COP17 process? This is the fundamental question of this briefing with Sheryl Ozinsky.

Expert conference

The Relevance of International Standards for Labour Law and Social Security

The aim of the international conference is to investigate critically, on the basis of collaboration and comparison, relevant themes emanating from the sphere of international and regional labour and social security standards.


Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

The conference aims to discuss various models of CSR, comparing the notions and practice of CSR in Germany and South Africa. Issues that will be addressed include the role of CSR, guidelines for CSR as well as international standards.


Summer Academy Southern Africa

The main objective of the Summer Academy series is to capacitate political parties in Southern Africa, provide them with relevant party management and communication skills and to foster a network of political parties in the region.

Expert talk

Supporting government policy making: Sharing South African and German think tank experiences on the UN Security Council

How is the relationship between Think Tanks and Governments? Does the expertise of Think Tanks influence policy making? These are the questions of an expert meeting, jointly organised by ISS, SAIIA, HSS and KAS with the support of the German Embassy.


Exploring the content and the nature of the right to basic sanitation

The seminar, jointly organised by KAS, SAIFAC and the University of Johannesburg, explores international and local perspectives on the legal right to basic sanitation for poor and vulnerable citizens.


African Constitutionalism: Present Challenges and Prospects for the Future

This conference on African Constitutionalism is intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on constitutionalism in Africa countries in a comparative perspective.

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.