Events

Expert talk

Post-COP21 Expert-Roundtable-Discussion

“The Agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa”

The Roundtable discussion will reflect on the COP21 Paris Agreement and particularly what it will mean for South Africa.

Workshop

Advocacy Workshop - "The Press and Politics"

How community-driven media can cover elections and unite the democratic process

This intense workshop by Heather A. Thuynsma is aimed at community-driven media and intends to bolster their ability to cover key issues ahead of and during the 2016 Elections. The 3-day course is for people working in the field of media.

Discussion

Discourse Cafe with Pierre de Vos

Inter-generational conversations about local and global issues

The dialogue seeks to engage young and old South Africans in a conversation with Pierre de Vos on recent domestic and global issues South Africa is facing including: student protests, questions of race relations and the future of higher education.

Discussion

Policy Conversation 2016

To Protest or Not to Protest?

With the aim of better understanding the value of protests, as well as the opportunities that studentprotests present for affecting change on campus and in society, Student Labs Wits will be hosting itsfirst Policy Conversation for the year.

Book presentation

The New Black Middle Class in South Africa

Join author Roger Southall as he gives detail on the history, sociology and politics of the black middle class in contemporary South Africa. For RSVP contact: rsvp@ddp.org.za, Tel:031/304 9305

Discussion

2015 Transformation Audit Report Launch

“Radical Reconciliation: Critical Choices for Economic Justice”

The transformation audit report deals with the question how the National Minimum Wage will affect South Africans in the midst of an ailing economy coupled with high unemployment. RSVP to Ms Wendy Mpatsi at wendy@ijr.org.za .

Book presentation

The New Black Middle Class in South Africa

BOOk LAUNCH

Join author Roger Southall in conversation with Xolela Mangcu on the history, sociology and politics of the black middle class in contemporary South Africa. For RSVP email booklounge@gmail.com.

Conversation

Law Conference: The Prerequisites of Democracy

Third bi-annual German-South African dialogue on democracy

The German and South African scholars' debate will focus on the constitutional basis of democracy, as well as cutting-edge constitutional issues on representative and participatory democracy from a comparative perspective.

Expert conference

Leading Amidst Growing Ambiguities

The third consultation on economic, social and environmental challenges

The annual conference seeks to address socio-economic and environmental challenges South Africa is currently facing such as "Economic policy in South Africa: balancing ideology and economic realities? What would benefit all South Africans?"

Seminar

Refugees and Migration

Seminar with German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner

The South African Institute of International Affairs and KAS invite the public to a seminar on the topic "Refugees and Migration". The guest speaker, German Ambassador Walter J Lindner, will share his insights on the refugee crisis in Europe.

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.