Events

Workshop

Provinces and Local Governments: The next 15 years

The conference focuses on challenges that South Africa's provinces and local governments will be confronted with in the next 15 years, partricularly in the context of service delivery issues.

Workshop

Migration, Citizenship and Identity in Southern Africa

The workshop which forms part of HSRC's 2-year project, investigates how understandings of identity and nationhood either exclude or include various categories of citizens and residents of Southern African countries.

Expert conference

Regional Economic Integration in Southern Africa

Surviving EPAs and internal fragmentation
The conference, organised by SAIIA in partnership with KAS and InWent focuses on what pragmatic steps, from an AU perspective, should African leaders take to promote regional economic integration in southern Africa.

Event

Launch:"Green Goal 2010 Actionplan for the HC Cape Town"

The "Green Goal 2010 Actionplan" is the ultimate product of a KAS/SEA-Workshop series for the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government. The Actionplan aims to green the sports event itself and leave a green legacy behind.

Symposium

The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa?

8h30-20h00
Initiated through a French-German partnership this conference aims at fostering open debates on future perspectives of the European socio-economic development and its benefits for South Africa and Africa.

Symposium

The Role of Civil Society in Consolidating Democracy in South Africa

Civil Society plays a vital role in every working democracy. It holds the potential to strenghten and consolidate a democratic system. This conference focusses on the question whether Civil Society in South Africa fullfills this role.

Symposium

Equality in the Workplace

Reflections from South Africa and Elsewhere
The conference aims to provide an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders, including government, labour, business, academics and practitioners to engage critically with developments in the field of employment equity during the past decade.

Expert conference

Land Reform in South Africa:

Constructive Aims and Positive Outcomes
This KAS-conference, organised in cooperation with the university of Pretoria, analyses and discusses examples of land reform initiatives in Southern Africa with the aim to identify conditions that determine the success or failure of these projects.

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.

Event Reports

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…”

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.