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Book presentation

Book Launch: Transforming Transformation in Research and Teaching at South African Universities

This co-edited book explores some of these questions about transformation in contemporary South African higher education and how this can be facilitated through particular research and pedagogic practices.

Twenty five years after the legal demise of Apartheid, we contend that something is wrong with “transformation” in higher education, as the title suggests. We suggest that while it is important to consider redress in terms of diversity statistics and to develop policies to ensure that equitable practices in terms of institutional transformation occurs, it is not enough. We also need to consider, through careful ethnographic research, what constitutes the everyday micro-dynamics of lived experience in the lives of students. How do structural and relational features of campus life impact on students and therefore teaching, learning and research?


Launch of Media and Mass Atrocity: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond

Join us on 15 April 2019 at Wits University where we'll share the story of African atrocities to African audiences: how social media can be used to inform and engage, but also to demonise opponents and mobilise extremism.


Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in Africa: The Role of Electoral Commissions, the Media and the Courts’

In the run-up to South Africa’s national elections, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in partnership with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg warmly invites you to attend a symposium, which will take place on Thursday, 11 April 2018 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.


SA Ubuntu Business Breakfast with Bonang Mohale

This networking breakfast hosted by the South African Ubuntu Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation focuses on the topic 'Business Unusual: The role of Business post Zuma' with Bonang Bohale.


South Africa votes 2019

Issue 1: Corruption and the failure of Governance

Mail&Guardian, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Wits School of Governance invite you to a critical thinking forum on Corruption and the failure of governance, ahead this year's general elections.


Roundtable Series 2019: Number 1 - Centre for Unity in Diversity

Join us for the first discussion for 2019 hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation together with the Centre for Unity in Diversity (CUD).


Launch of CFCR Human Rights Report Card 2019

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Centre for Constitutional Rights cordially invites you to the launch of the CFCR Human Rights Report Card 2019.


Partnering Think Tank for Urban Sustainability

Building capacity for effective partnering practices

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in collaboration with the Environmental Management Department and the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) will be hosting an interactive engagement to explore the values, principles and capabilities necessary for partnering.

Expert talk

The Scots, Catalans and Quebecois of Africa: studying secession, separatism, and border change in uncertain times

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) together with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) invites you to take part in the event with Jan Erk.

Expert talk

Pre-election talk - Cape Town

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) cordially invites you to meet with representatives of ANC, DA, EFF and ACDP as they present their parties’ policies regarding the economy.

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.