South Africa at 20


Transformation plays an important role in the Government's policies and is essential for the future success of South Africa. Participants of this symposium will dicuss strategies for real social and political transformation in South Africa.


KAS Alumni Dinner 2013

The annual KAS Alumni Dinner gives our former KAS scholars and alumni the opportunity to have an evening of insight into a chosen topic of debate in an environment of networking and social gathering.

Expert talk

The Warm Heart of Africa 2014 - 2064

Transforming Malawi into a Top Tourism Destination

Das KAS-Büro Südafrika veranstaltet in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy of Malawi (PACE) einen Rundtisch über die Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten des Tourismussektors in Malawi.

Expert talk

Church Consultative Workshop on Education, in collaboration with the Carnegie3 process

Church Leaders and Education Experts discuss how the education crisis in South Africa can be solved. The National Development Plan is used as a guiding priciple in this discussion, which ranges from Early Childhood Development to Skills Development.

Expert conference

Making National Development Work: From Design to Delivery

Conference on the implementation of national planning and the South African National Development Plan (NDP)

The Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership (SPL) is presenting a conference on national planning and the implementation of the South African National Development Plan (NDP).

Expert conference

Tax Justice: A Human Rights Issue?

This conference, organised by the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) and sponsored by KAS, will focus on Tax Justice and Human Rights in South Africa.


How can we together be re-energised to reclaim the dream of 1994?

Working breakfast with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele

At a working breakfast with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele KAS and KAIROS discuss the question how to revive the South African dream of 1994.


Master Class on Municipal and Social Innovation

Municipal Best Practice: KZN Site Visits

KAS in cooperation with the NGO Impumelelo hosts a series of "Master Class Workshops on Municipal and Social Innovation" in several South African provinces. The aim of the workshops is to stimulate replication of these environmental Best Practices.


Mail & Guardian: Critical Thinking Forum

What can we do about the youth unemployment time bomb?

South Africa has the highest long-term youth unemployment rate among middle-income nations. This forum, hosted by KAS, Mail & Guardian and the National Planning Commission (NPC) will focus on the unemployment among youth in South Africa.


Discourse Café

with Prof Paul Kevenhoerster

The FVZS Institute in cooperation with KAS organises a series of "Discourse Café"- events, providing students with the unique opportunity to meet renowned representatives from politics, academia, civil society and the media.

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.