Events

Seminar

Critical Law and Governance Perspectives on Food Security in South Africa

Exploring the Role of Policy-Makers and other Stakeholders
Food Security plays a crucial role in promoting social and political stability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Policy Makers, Government Officials and Civil Society Representatives are invited to discuss the topic from a legal point of view.

Workshop

Community Dialogue on "Active Citizenry" for the Youth

Understanding how Government works.
This discussion series, jointly hosted by KAS, the Democracy Development Programme and the Citizens Movement, invites young South Africans to reflect on their role as active citizens in a democratic South Africa.

Expert talk

National Water Policy Review

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) in partnership with KAS invites water law practitioners, academics and representatives from relevant environmental groups to discuss the draft of the National Water Act Amendment Bill and give input.

Workshop

African Civil Society Dialogue on Development in Fragile Contexts

A Contribution to the Global Debate
The objective of the African Civil Society Dialogue is to collect input from African civil society organizations and African experts on aid in fragile states. Outcomes from this workshop will be presented at the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue.

Workshop

Community Dialogue on "Active Citizenry" for the Youth

What can I do in a democratic country to raise my concerns?
This discussion series, jointly hosted by KAS, the Democracy Development Programme and the Citizens Movement, invites young South Africans to reflect on their role as active citizens in a democratic South Africa.

Discussion

Brazil, India, South Africa

Is there a ‘Democracy Consensus’ emerging in the South?
Renowned speakers from politics, academia and society discuss the question whether there is a new ‘Democracy Consensus’ emerging in the global south. The discussion will focus on the countries Brasil, India and South Africa.

Discussion

Discourse Café

with Dr Bali Sishi
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.

Expert conference

Egalitarian Liberalism

What are its possible futures in South Africa?
This two-day conference, organised by KAS, in co-operation with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), will focus on the concept of liberalism within South Africa.

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.