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Expert talk

Supporting government policy making: Sharing South African and German think tank experiences on the UN Security Council

How is the relationship between Think Tanks and Governments? Does the expertise of Think Tanks influence policy making? These are the questions of an expert meeting, jointly organised by ISS, SAIIA, HSS and KAS with the support of the German Embassy.


Exploring the content and the nature of the right to basic sanitation

The seminar, jointly organised by KAS, SAIFAC and the University of Johannesburg, explores international and local perspectives on the legal right to basic sanitation for poor and vulnerable citizens.


African Constitutionalism: Present Challenges and Prospects for the Future

This conference on African Constitutionalism is intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on constitutionalism in Africa countries in a comparative perspective.

Book presentation

Launch of Host City Cape Town Green Goal Legacy Report

The report documents the process through which the Cape Town developed and implemented the environmental concept "Green Goal" for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It includes recommendations that can assist future Host Cities of such Mega Events.

Expert conference

Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into Germany's and South Africa's experience

The conference aims to unpack the mechanisms for building consensus on key issues that are brought before the UNSC. Presentations focus on how effective permanent and non-permanent members in their engagement on polarising issues are.


Bullets or Ballots: The ultimate solution to crime and unemployment in South Africa

Ubuntu Business Networking Breakfast

The Ubuntu Breakfast Series, organised by the SA Ubuntu Foundation aims to promote social cohesion and build social capital. KAS in partnership with Woolworths sponsors the breakfast briefing with Ruben Richards, who will talk about his latest book.


Between Law and Politics

Seminar on Constitutional Court

What is the influence of politics on judgments by the Constitutional Courts in Germany and South Africa? This is the fundamental question of this seminar, jointly organised by the KAS-Rule of Law Programm and SAIFAC.


Conference:"The Things That Unite Us"

Nation Building in South Africa

The conference forms part of an annual conference series commemorating the groundbreaking speech by FW de Klerk on 2.February 1990 that marked the end of Apartheid. The conference focusses on the constitution as the foundation for national unity.


Towards Cancun and Beyond

The seminar, followed by the launch of the book 'Climate Change and Trade: The Challenges for Southern Africa', precedes the 16th COP meeting in Mexico in December 2010 where negotiators from around the world will decide on a global climate deal.


The Promotion of Environmental Security in Africa through Regional Law

The project on Regional African Law and Human Security in conjunction with SAIIA & KAS hosts a one-day seminar concerning the promotion of environmental security on the African continent through regional (and sub-regional) law.

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.