Book presentation

Zunami! The 2009 South African Elections

The 2009 South African Elections were the most momentous and important since 1994. The authors of the book analyze the Elections, in particular voting trends and results. Futhermore they share their views on future prospects for South Africa.


Parties and Party Systems: Recent Developments in Germany and South Africa

Round Table Discussion

Representatives of the ANC, DA, IFP and COPE as well as German and South African experts discuss the crucial role of political parties in consolidating democracy.


The Future of Provinces-Time to Review?

Breakfast Briefing

The workshop looks at SA's provinces as essential elements for democracy and service delivery. It encourages discussion on how to improve the three-sphere system. The event forms part of a series entitled:"A long walk to democracy".


Promoting Democracy: The state of public opinion and political behaviour

Öffentliche Meinung und politisches Handeln

What is the kind of relationship between public opinion and voter behaviour? How does public opinion impact on voter behaviour? An analysis of the 2009 elections will help to find the answers.


Crossing the Line: Dealing with Cross Border Communities

KAS in cooperation with DDP is organising a workshop on the challenges presented by cross-border communities in federations. The debate is of very high importance especially with regard to service delivery.


Measuring the political and socio-economic climate for doing business in South Africa and the region

Afrobarometer Briefing

How does the person on the street perceive democracy and government's performance? The 4th round of the Afrobarometer survey provides an insight into the political and socio-economic climate in South Africa and the region


Strengthening of Chapter 9 Institutions


How do Chapter 9 institutions impact on rural communities in terms of their mandate? What type of issues should occupy their agenda in the next few years. The workshop aims to provide a platform for discussing these questions.


The Role of the Constitution in Shaping Society

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion explores the role of the constitution in shaping society. The discussion forms part of a series of events under the title "A long walk to democracy", jointly organised by KAS and the Goethe Institut.


The Lives of Others


The film gives an insight in the system of observation in the former East Germany. The screening forms part of a series of events unter the title " A long walk to democracy" jointly organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut.


South Africans' Views of Government Performance and possible implications for policy making

Afrobarometer Briefing

The presented survey data will provide an insight into how South Africans view the performance of the government, which can be used as a way of describing the political situation that faces the new government at the beginning of its term.

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.