Events

Workshop

Deconstructing Racial Identity

DDP Public Forum
This forum with renowned political commentator Audrey Matshiqi, hosted by the KAS partner organisation DDP, aims to provide a platform for an open and frank discussion on South Africa's transformation process post 1994. RSVP to rsvp@ddp.org.za

Workshop

Making your mark: Why voting is important.

Policy Conversation
Youthlab in partnership with KAS hosts a series of policy conversations for young South Africans. The aim of the series is to promote active citizenship and provide voter education.

Discussion

Transforming South Africa's Tertiary Institutions

Movie with Discussion
KAS in cooperation with youthlab invites the public to a unique policy conversation, sparking dialogue through film. The film and the discussion will focus on the Transformation of South Africa's Tertiary institutions. RSVP to info@youthlab.org.za

Conversation

Discourse Café mit Michiel le Roux

KAS in partnership with the FVZS Institute invites students to a Discourse Cafe'with Michiel le Roux, Founder of Capitec Bank Ltd. Michiel will talk about the financial sector and low-cost banking services to the emerging middle class.

Discussion

Parliament, the People and Accountable Government

SPL/CFCR/KAS Breakfast Discussion Series
SPL, CFCR and KAS jointly host this discussion series with prominent guest speakers, who share their thoughts on South Africa's current state of constitutional democracy.

Event

KAS/SAIIA Annual Careers Evening

Where can your Humanity Degree take you?
KAS in cooperation with the South African Institute of International Affairs provides matriculants and students with the opportunity to learn more about the different career paths that can be pursuit with a Humanity Degree.

Expert conference

Scaling the Social Economy for Greater Impact

Annual Conference on the Social Economy
A successful scaling conference organized and hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Wits Business School, KAS and The People Bottomline which focused on exploring the challenges related to the scaling of the social economy in South Africa.

Symposium

Scaling the social economy for greater impact

Annual conference on the social economy
The conference, hosted by KAS, Wits Business School and The People Bottomline, will address possible solutions to following questions. Will scaling-up extend the reach of mission; does an increase in size necessarily mean an increase in impact?

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.