Book presentation

The New Black Middle Class in South Africa

Join author Roger Southall as he gives detail on the history, sociology and politics of the black middle class in contemporary South Africa. For RSVP contact:, Tel:031/304 9305


2015 Transformation Audit Report Launch

“Radical Reconciliation: Critical Choices for Economic Justice”
The transformation audit report deals with the question how the National Minimum Wage will affect South Africans in the midst of an ailing economy coupled with high unemployment. RSVP to Ms Wendy Mpatsi at .

Book presentation

The New Black Middle Class in South Africa

Join author Roger Southall in conversation with Xolela Mangcu on the history, sociology and politics of the black middle class in contemporary South Africa. For RSVP email


Law Conference: The Prerequisites of Democracy

Third bi-annual German-South African dialogue on democracy
The German and South African scholars' debate will focus on the constitutional basis of democracy, as well as cutting-edge constitutional issues on representative and participatory democracy from a comparative perspective.

Expert conference

Leading Amidst Growing Ambiguities

The third consultation on economic, social and environmental challenges
The annual conference seeks to address socio-economic and environmental challenges South Africa is currently facing such as "Economic policy in South Africa: balancing ideology and economic realities? What would benefit all South Africans?"


Refugees and Migration

Seminar with German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner
The South African Institute of International Affairs and KAS invite the public to a seminar on the topic "Refugees and Migration". The guest speaker, German Ambassador Walter J Lindner, will share his insights on the refugee crisis in Europe.


Renewable Energy and Community Impacts Report Back Meeting

The aim of this workshop was to present and evaluate research findings of the Mandela Institute's project "Renewable Impacts and Community Impacts".


The 2015 South Africa Reconciliation Barometer Survey

Selected findings on the living conditions and economic wellbeing of South Africans
The SA Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) Survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of South Africans during August and September 2015 to measure public opinion on national unity reconciliation.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.