Events

Study and Information Program

Training Programme on Civilian Peacebuilding Capacity

4th Edition
This 5-day course aims at the formation of civilian peacekeepers in non-violent approaches. Participants will be enabled to contribute to conflict transformation and peace-building and to better understand the civilian component of Peacebuilding.

Seminar

Mine Closure & Rehabilitation: From Dereliction to Accountability?

Since 2015, the CER, has been hosting a series of seminars where local experts can share their knowledge. This seminar is focused on the enormous challenge of mine closure and rehabilitation of environmental impacts after mining has ended.

Conversation

Discourse Café with Lovelyn Nwadeyi

The Discourse Café series, jointly hosted by the FVZS Institute and KAS provides students with the opportunity to meet renowned speakers from politics, business, academia and civil society and critically reflect on current issues.

Exhibition

Opening of Art Exhibition "Zakhor!"

The SA Jewish Museum, the Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum and KAS invite the public to a group exhibition by some of Lithuania’s top contemporary artists reflecting upon the Jewish history of the city Vilne, once called “The Jerusalem of the North”.

Discussion

The Constitution and Good Public Leadership

Free and Fair Elections in South Africa. Where do we stand after 22 years?
This seminar series, jointly hosted by the CFCR, SPL and KAS aims to enhance constitutional democracy and foster the good governance dialogue through relevant conversations linked to learning governance.

Discussion

“CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF OUR CONSTITUTION –HALALA!!”

How do we as citizens reclaim our rights and responsibilities to make our constitution a living document?
DDP explores in one of its upcoming public forums the question: How do we as citizens reclaim our rights and responsibilities to make our constitution a living document?

Discussion

The Constitution at Work

The Role of Universities in Building Inclusive Societies
CFCR in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at Rhodes University and KAS invites students, academics and the general public to a seminar that focusses on the role of South African universities in building inclusive societies.

Event

Handball Tournament "We Score Green"

Play Handball Super Cup
PLAY HANDBALL ZA kindly invites you to be part of the 1st climate-neutral handball tournament in South Africa – the PLAY HANDBALL SUPER CUP. The idea of the tournament, funded by KAS, is to enhance environmental awareness among the youth.

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.