Events

Book presentation

Friend or Foe? Dominant Party Systems in Southern Africa

Insights from the developing world
After the first wave of liberations, the political systems in Southern Africa have been replaced by one party dominance. The book presented answers in a comparative manner the question in which political direction these countries are moving.

Symposium

Perspektiven der Jugend in Afrika

Africa rising
Symposium aus Anlass des 70. Geburtstags von Bundespräsident Horst Köhler a.D.

Workshop

Master Class on Municipal and Social Innovation

Adopting, Adapting, and Up-scaling ‘What Works’ in Municipal Best Practice
KAS in cooperation with the NGO Impumelelo hosts a series of "Master Class Workshops on Municipal and Social Innovation" in several South African provinces. The aim of the workshops is to stimulate replication of these environmental Best Practices.

Symposium

Tswalu Dialogue

The African Military in an Age of Democracy
The Tswalu Dialogue aims to gather African and foreign policy-experts, civil and military personnel as well as the media and business people in order to exchange views and expertise on issues of concern to continental development and security.

Symposium

Provinces: Growing Pains or Design Flaw?

The poor performance of some of South Africa's nine provinces has fuelled the debate on federal reform. This symposium, hosted by the Parliamentary Institute of SA (PISA), discusses various reform options and their possible implications.

Symposium

Uniting behind the Constitution

Vereint hinter der Verfassung
This conference, jointly hosted by the FW de Klerk Foundation and KAS, focuses on the South African Constitution and the values it enshrines such as non-racalism, human dignity, equality, the Rule of Law and multi-party democracy.

Conversation

Südafrika - Hoffnungsträger für den Schwarzen Kontinent

Im Rahmen einer landeskundlichen Studienreise der Fridtjof-Nansen-Akademie für Politische Bildung nach Südafrika führen die deutschen Reiseteilnehmer ein Informationsgespräch bei der KAS in Johannesburg

Book presentation

Friend or Foe? Dominant Party Systems in Southern Africa

Insights from the developing world
The book, edited by renowned academics Nicola de Jager and Pierre du Toit focusses on the history, status quo and future of dominant party systems in Southern 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.