Events - South Africa Office
Is This Seat Taken?
Conversations at the Bar, the Bench and the Academy’ series
You are cordially invited to the "Is This Seat Taken" Colloquium. A JOINT COLLABORATION BETWEEN SAIFAC and CLOSA,supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Siftung.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom of Expression versus Hate Speech: Are we Striking a Balance in South Africa?
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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