A Life in Pursuit of Higher Law

A symposium in honour of Prof. John Dugard
KAS, in partnership with the School of Law and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, organises the symposium with the aim to celebrate Prof. Dugard’s contribution to Human Rights, Law and Social Justice.


Host City Cape Town: Green Goal Progress Report

What is the status quo of the 41 Green Goal projects that were identified in the Host City Cape Town's Green Goal Action Plan? The Progress Report aims to inform the public about successes, hurdles and prospects for a Green World Cup.


The SABC as a Chapter Nine Institution?

The first seminar forms part of the Constitutional Law Seminar Series and will consider the importance of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and whether it should in fact have constitutional status as a Chapter Nine Institution.


Regional and International Law: An African Perspective

Second Annual South African International Law Seminar
Africa poses a range of important challenges to international law. Yet, there has been limited scholarship on many of these questions. The seminar will deal with the role of African regional organisations in relation to international law.


Good Governance as a mechanism to promote Sustainable Development in Southern Africa

KAS in cooperation with the NWU is hosting a one-day colloquium with the aim to analyze the role of good governance in promoting sustainable development. Guest speakers from Germany and the Netherlands bring in an international perspective.


Making democracy work: Comparing the German and the South African Constitution

Looking in depth at the German and South African Constitution, experts point out similarities and differences. The seminar forms part of a series entitled "A long walk to democracy", jointly organised by the KAS and the Goethe Institut.

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.


Strengthening 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 KAS/HURISA workshop aims to provide a platform for discussing these questions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The African Continental free trade agreement (AfCFTA): An enabler, not a deliverer

SAIIA Speakers Meeting with Prof Faizel Ismail
“…It is not trade and free-trade agreements that raise incomes, but the good-will and solidarity of the participating parties…”

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Women and Justice

The Constitution @ Work - Breakfast Discussion Series 2 2019
On 28 August 2019, the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) held another breakfast discussion as part of its Constitution @ Work series, presented in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). This breakfast was held in commemoration of South Africa’s Women’s Month, which is celebrated in August annually.

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Corporate Diplomacy: What is it and why is it important?

SAIIA Speakers Meeting with Tim Hughes
On September 17th, 2019, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Mountain Club of South Africa invited Tim Hughes as a keynote speaker on the subject of corporate diplomacy. During his speech he pointed out how multinational enterprises (MNEs) increasingly influence individual lives and political power.