Events

Lecture

Annual FVZS Honorary Lecture with Dr Adrian Enthoven

Dr Adrian Enthoven is CEO of the consulting firm Yellowwoods and participated in the Dakar Talks along with Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert. Dr Enthoven will talk about the current state of democracy in South Africa and the role of citizens.

Seminar

Governance and Growth in Africa after the Commodities Boom

Cadenabbia-Dialogue 2016
This High-Level Roundtable in cooperation with The Brenthurst Foundation will engage in a critical interrogation of the African Rising narrative and identify key areas of attention for policy makers.

Discussion

Kommunalwahlen 2016: Jugendpolitikdialog

Der vom KAS-Partner YouthLab durchgeführte Jugendpolitikdialog bietet eine Plattform, mit Politikern und lokalen Kandidaten für die kommenden Kommunalwahlen 2016 in Kontakt zu kommen und deren Wahlprogramme zu diskutieren.

Discussion

Local Elections 2016 Youth Dialogue Series

The dialogue aims at providing a platform for the youth to engage with politicians and discuss the manifestoes of different political parties. The discussion will help the youth, most of whom are first time voters to make an informed decision.

Discussion

2015 SA Reconciliation Barometer Survey

Selected findings on the living conditions and economic wellbeing of South Africans
The SARB Survey is the only South African survey of its kind that measures public opinion on national unity reconciliation. The survey findings reveal how South Africans view each other, their own living conditions and economic wellbeing.

Workshop

Election Observers "Train the Trainers"-Workshop

"Train the Trainers"
The workshop aims at training organisation champions as elections observers who will then capacitate their members with election observation skills and replay them accordingly.

Discussion

The Constitution at Work

The Role of Universities in Building Inclusive Societies
The discussion focuses on the role of South African universities in promoting social cohesion and an inclusive society. The debate is jointly hosted by KAS, the CFCR as well as the Law Faculty at Rhodes University.

Discussion

Kommunalwahlen 2016: Jugendpolitikdialog

Der vom KAS-Partner YouthLab durchgeführte Jugendpolitikdialog bietet eine Plattform, mit Politikern und lokalen Kandidaten für die kommenden Kommunalwahlen 2016 in Kontakt zu kommen und deren Wahlprogramme zu diskutieren.

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.