Getting Graduates to Work

Redirecting South Africa's Economic Future
The Policy Conversation, hosted by KAS and its partner Youthlab provides a dynamic opportunity for young people to brainstorm various ways graduates can access, create and own economic opportunities.

Expert conference

Constitutional Democracy at the Sub-National Level

Quality Governance through Innovation
KAS in cooperation with the School of Public Leadership, EURAC and the Centre for Constitutional Rights will host this conference that focusses on strengthening constitutional democracy and the implementation of the National Development Plan.

Expert conference

Harnessing the Power of Africa's Swing States

The Catalytic Role of Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa
The conference of the KAS and the Brenthurst Foundation discusses the role of the three sub-Saharan African countries on economic and political development as well as regional leadership in security and integration structures of the continent.



In this workshop series KAS in partnership with the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre presents innovative examples of public service excellence in the areas of energy-, water- and waste management from various municipalities across the country.


KAS/SAIIA Annual Careers Evening

Where can your humanities degree take you?
The careers evening, hosted by KAS and its partner SAIIA provides a platform for students in Political Studies, IR, Economics and Media to gain and understanding of various career opportunities which are available to them.


KAS/SAIIA Annual Careers Evening

Where can your humanities degree take you?
Informationsbörse für Karrieremöglichkeiten - der Careers evening der KAS und ihrem Partner SAIIA. Studenten der Fachbereiche Politik, Internationale Beziehungen, Wirtschaft und Medien sind im direkten Austausch mit potentiellen Arbeitgebern.


Is the Rule of Law Unravelling?

"How secure is democracy in South Africa, if the judiciary is being undermined?" This is the central question of a forum, hosted by the KAS partner Democracy Development Programme.


The Constitution and Good Public Leadership

The Rule of Law Unravelling? Respecting the Judiciary in South Africa
KAS in partnership with CFCR and SPL hosts a series of breakfast briefings, which aim to enhance constitutional democracy and sustain the South African national good governance dialogue through strategic and relevant conversations.

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.