Events

Discussion

SEFSA Dialogue: Role of Civil Society in Shaping South Africa’s Future

Socio-Economic Future of South Africa is a meeting of civil society actors, faith community and business people. They deliberate ways of dealing with the socio-economic challenges facing South Africa.

Discussion

The Digital Age: Social Media Use, Expression and Innovation

SPL/CFCR/KAS Youth Forum
The digital age with its opportunities and risks will be the focus of a youth forum, jointly hosted by CFCR, SPL and KAS. Students from various schools in the Western Cape are invited to share their experiences with social media.

Expert conference

Elections and Monitoring in Africa: A Playbook for Democrats?

In response to a growing concern of the lack of faith in African elections and the widespread use of digital and other means to undermine electoral processes in Africa, the dialogue seeks to evaluate key recent elections.

Workshop

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management

The workshop brings together practitioners, academics and civil society in a dialogue about the role of municipal by-laws and how they implement the new Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA).

Book presentation

Roadmap for Sustainable Biofuels/Bioenergy in Southern Africa

Regulatory Frameworks for Improved Development Potential?
The event gives an overview of the scientific background of bioenergy and takes a critical look at possible risk factors for the environment and society by biofuel plants.

Book presentation

Roadmap for Sustainable Biofuels/Bioenergy in Southern Africa

Regulatory Frameworks for Improved Development Potential?
The event gives an overview of the scientific background of bioenergy and takes a critical look at possible risk factors for the environment and society by biofuel plants.

Discussion

Discourse Cafe' with Wendy Applebaum

KAS and the FVZS Institute invite students to meet renowned representatives from different walks of life. The aim is to promote a vibrant dialogue on current political and socio-economic issues and foster a culture of informed debate.

Workshop

Freedom Month Dialogues

Community Mobilization for Social Chnage
The Democracy Development Program invites you to join the conversation and dialogues in commemoration of Freedom month.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.