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KAS COUNTRY PROJECT SOUTH AFRICA
NEWSLETTER
EDITION 2018 /2
Dear KAS-Partners and Friends of KAS,
The second half of 2018 has almost gone by with many interesting developments in South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa has started with reforms to clear some of the impacts of corruption and State Capture that the country has witnessed under his predecessor Jacob Zuma. With regards to South Africa´s foreign policy, ties with a global player were strengthened: subsequent to the BRICS and FOCAC Summits in July/August, the China - South Africa relationship has reached a new level. China´s generous loan offer to South Africa, which promises to fast-track infrastructure projects and revive South Africa’s weak economy, does not only get positive responses but also provokes critique and raises concerns in terms of China’s growing influence in Africa.  Meanwhile, the campaigning season ahead of the South African national and provincial elections in April/May 2019 has already started and some key issues have arisen: Fighting unemployment, growing the economy and attracting foreign investment were announced to be prioritized on the political agenda. The discussion on fast-tracking land redistribution by amending Section 25 of the South African Constitution in favour of expropriation of land without compensation got instrumentalized by political parties and gained international attention due to its uncertain consequences on the property rights in general. At the same time, service delivery protests and discussions around the persistent and growing inequality amongst South Africans are on the rise and populist rhetoric is intensifying. Along these recent developments in South Africa, KAS in cooperation with its partners has been hard at work during the past six months to fulfill its mission of promoting democracy and sustainable development. As in the past, this regular newsletter cordially invites you to take a closer look at some of our projects, which addressed issues such as strengthening democratic institutions, good governance and international dialogue; discussing property rights and land ownership as well as empowering civil society. For more information and regular updates in English and German, please visit our website at www.kas.de/web/suedafrika and like our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/KasSouthAfrica

We wish you and your family a joyful Christmas and a great start to 2019! 

 
From left: Marlize Van den Berg, Sherazade Du Plooy, Tebello Mohale, Michaela Braun,
Henning Suhr, Nancy Msibi, Doris Roth-Thomass, Edwin Matabane
(absent: Christina Teichmann, Samson Lembani)
 
Content of this Newsletter:
 
Highlight Events from July to November 2018
Current and Upcoming Events
KAS-News
Publications: Research and Analyses from the KAS Office in South Africa
Our Partners in South Africa
 
 
 
 
Highlight Activities: July to November 2018
 
Promoting Democracy - Good Governance - Rule of Law - Constitutionalism - Human Rights - International Dialogue & Regional Integration - Social Market Economy - Climate Protection & Sustainable Development - Social Cohesion & Nation Building - Civic Education & Political Trainings
 
 
 
MANAGING THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA
 
29.08.2018 - Johannesburg
The Digital Revolution has been one of the most passionately and controversially discussed topics throughout the last few years. This roundtable discussion focused on this future-shaping phenomenon and was jointly organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Johannesburg Business School. The event was part of a worldwide discussion series. In Johannesburg, renowned digital experts and representatives from the public sector, the private sector as well as the academia from South Africa and Germany analysed methods of how to manage the digital revolution in South Africa. 
 
read more and watch the video
 

LAND AND PROPERTY RIGHTS FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS

 
04.07.2018 - Johannesburg
This conference was hosted by KAS and the FW de Klerk Foundation to provide a platform for informed and constructive discussion on property rights and the role that land reform can play in expanding property rights. Topics discussed included the context of achieving property rights for all, the centrality of property rights for all in successful economies and democracies, property rights and land reform with regards to agricultural and common land.
 
read more, see the presentations and the country report
 

SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION: BRICS AND AFRICA

 
24.07.2018 - Johannesburg
Prior to the BRICS Summit 2018 in South Africa, KAS together with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a conference on the position of BRICS and, especially, Africa in the wave of global economic turbulence. High-level keynote speakers included Minister Nhlanhla Nene (Minister of Finance, South African Treasury), Kundapur Vaman Kamath (President, New Development Bank), Lesetja Kganyago (Governor, South African Reserve Bank) and Dr. Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary, UNECA) delivered speeches at the event.
Picture: BRICS Leader’s Family Photo on the side line of the 10th BRICS Summit by GovernmentZA / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more, see the presentations and research papers
 
PUBLIC PROTECTOR: PROCUREMENT LAW TRAINING
 
August/November 2018 - Mahikeng - Bloemfontein - East London
The training for the investigators from the Public Protector Office continued with training seminars in Eastern Cape, Northern Cape & Free State as well as North West Province. Each of these one-week seminars was conducted by the African Procurement Law Unit (University of Stellenbosch) and jointly organized with KAS.
 
read more
 

WITHER ZIMBABWE AFTER THE ELECTIONS

 
21.08.2018 - Johannesburg
Were the elections in Zimbabwe “free and fair”? What effects do the elections have on Zimbabwe’s so-called new dawn? This discussion on the Zimbabwe general elections was co-hosted by KAS, the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) and the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC).
 
read more
 
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES ON POPULISM, LAND AND EXPROPRIATION - THE CASE OF VENEZUELA
 
11.10.2018 - Pretoria
Venezuela has been going through one of the biggest man-made economic crisis in Latin America since the misled socialist politics of President Hugo Chávez, which includes land expropriation without compensation. At the same time in South Africa the topic of land expropriation without compensation is highly debated. A seminar hosted by KAS and the University of Pretoria facilitated a conversation between two Venezuelan opposition politicians, Miguel Pizarro and Dr. José Manuel Olivares of Primero Justicia and South African citizens.
Picture: Adiós comandante by Alex Lanz / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more
 
SOUTH AFRICANS´ PERCEPTIONS ON ELECTIONS, POLITICAL PARTIES AND LAND REDISTRIBUTION
 
October & November 2018
South Africans´opinions on land redistribution and voting tendencies: KAS supported the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Afrobarometer with the dissemination of the results of their 7th survey round in South Africa. The Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues in Africa. This series included data release events and workshops for an online analysis tool in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg
Picture: South Africa holds its first all-race elections by United Nations Photos / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more and see the survey results from Afrobarometer
 
A HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA
 
09.10.2018 - Cape Town
Together with the Dullah Omar Institute, KAS hosted the 12th lecture of this series with Hon Naledi Pandor, Minister of Higher Education and Training. The lecture series that bears the name of South Africa’s former Minister of Justice addresses topics relevant to South Africa's young democracy and the implementation of the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. At this lecture, Hon Naledi Pandor delivered a speech on “Entrenching a Human Rights Culture in South Africa – Problems, Prospects and Successes”.
 
read more and watch the video
 
RESTITUTION CONFERENCE 2018
 
31.08.2018 - Cape Town
This conference was hosted by KAS together with the Restitution Foundation. Among distinguished guests was Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who delivered the keynote address on the topic: “Restitution: Creating a Shared Future”.
 
read more and watch the video
 

INSTITUTIONAL DESIGN OF MEDIUM-SIZED MUNICIPALITIES

 
02.08.2018 - Potchefstroom
This workshop was jointly organized by the North-West University and KAS. The aim of the discussion was to identify critical challenges for the internal design and administrative design of medium-sized local municipalities.
Picture: Sanari- Hamakuya, South Africa by Will Sweet / CC by 2.0
 
read more and see the presentations of the speakers
 
DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT - A CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY?
 
20.09.2018 - Johannesburg
Building on nearly two decades of studying democracy across major global cultures, the book edited by Ursula van Beek addresses some of the challenges that democracy and the legitimacy thereof are confronting in the current global and regional context. KAS in cooperation with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and Transformation Research Unit (TRU) - University of Stellenbosch hosted the book launch events in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.
 
read more and see the media coverage
 
LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE KPMG INTRIGUING STORY
 
23.11.2018 - Cape Town
KAS in cooperation with the South African Ubuntu Foundation (SAUF) hosted the Ubuntu Business and Networking Breakfast with Prof. Wiseman Nkuhlu, the new Chairman of the Board of KPMG. Prof. Nkulu talked about sustainable business, risk assessment, ethical leadership and good corporate citizenship.
 
read more
 

TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP & AUTHORITY VERSUS
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 
13.-14.09.2018 - Potchefstroom
KAS in cooperation with the North-West University (NWU) hosted this conference with the overall objective of exploring and engaging in a practical fashion with the interactions between traditional leadership and a modern democracy based on constitutional values such as human dignity, equality and freedom. 
Picture: Mdumbi Backpackers by Visit.org / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more
 

NEW OR FALSE DAWN: DREAMING A NEW SOUTH AFRICA

INTO BEING

 
19.10.2018 - Cape Town
The event was jointly hosted by the South African Ubuntu Foundation (SAUF) and KAS as part of a series of Ubuntu Networking Breakfasts. Political Analyst Aubrey Matshiqi talked about the hopes and expectations of many South Africans in a post-Zuma era such as combating corruption and high unemployment, strengthening good ethics and values in public services.
 
read more
 

BREAKING THE FETTERS

 
20.08.2018 - Johannesburg
KAS hosted a film screening of ‘Breaking the Fetters’, directed by Hennie Serfontein, in which the meeting between ANC members in exile and members from the Afrikaner community in Dakar from 1987 was recalled vividly. As South Africa moves to celebrate 25 years of democracy, it was valuable to reflect upon an event that set the ball rolling on the road to a negotiated settlement. The film screening with discussions also took place in Durban and Stellenbosch.
Picture: Apartheid Museum by nooodle12 / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more
 
FUTURE SCENARIOS: THE IMPACT OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE ON SOUTHERN AFRICA
 
22.07.2018 - Cape Town
KAS and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) organized this discussion to explore the roll-out of the electric vehicle in the SADC region. Certain future scenarios and respective policy recommendations for the South African government and SADC on the topic were also made.
Picture: Parking spot for electric vehicles only by Marco Verch / CC by 2.0
 
read more
 
KAS-SAIIA ANNUAL CAREERS EVENING
 
07.08.2018 - Johannesburg
KAS in cooperation with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted this annual event with the theme of “Unlimited paths with your humanities degree”. Inspiring speakers from politics, economy, media and academia made presentations and motivated recent graduates and students from Gauteng-based Universities to pursue a Master Degree in humanities. Thereby, the students were exposed to the different career paths and opportunities available to them after the completion of their degrees. A similar event also took place in Cape Town.
 
read more
 

STRENGTHENING SOCIAL COHESION IN SOUTH AFRICA

 
26.09.2018 - Durban
Our partner Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in conjunction with the Durban University of Technology, Peace Oasis International and KAS held the first International Social Cohesion Conference in Durban, aimed at elevating and deliberating conversations about social cohesion above race, and unearthing other causes of divisions in society. 
 
read more
 
SPORTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND SOCIAL COHESION
 
27.10.2018 - Cape Town
Play Handball in collaboration with KAS and Waste-ED hosted the 3rd climate-neutral handball tournament series in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The aim of the PLAY HANDBALL Supercup is to reach out with sport to the youth, bring kids from various schools and cultural backgrounds together and to enhance environmental awareness among our youth in combination with playing handball.
 
read more and watch the video
 

YOUTH AND EXPRESSION OF SPEECH IN SOCIAL MEDIA

 
28.07.2018 - Johannesburg
School learners from Johannesburg came together with KAS and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) to unpack a constitutionally-enshrined right: freedom of expression. But the aim was also to empower these learners to make informed decisions regarding responsible Social Media use in the digital age. The students were provided with an opportunity to engage in the topic with an expert as well as their peers.
Picture: South Africa - Cape Town - The Shine Centre by Deutsche Bank / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more
 
STRENGTHENING WOMEN`S LAND USE RIGHTS IN MALAWI
 
21.08.2018 - Mzimba (Malawi)
The orientation training workshops organized by the project "One World-No Hunger ("Eine Welt ohne Hunger - EWoH2") for traditional leaders in Malawi aimed at capacitating traditional authorities to consider the codified law and strengthen the position of women in issues of land use and land ownership. The workshops were intended to cover the developments of the land law reform process in Malawi and specific legislations in the new land law that support and protect women’s land ownership rights.
 
read more
 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE 2018
 
21.-22.11.2018 - Durban
Promoting devolution and subsidiarity on the ground - DDP in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with the support of KAS hosted this conference focusing on “Sub-National Government Vision 2030”.
Picture: Braamfontein, Johannesburg by Paul Saad / CC by NC-ND 2.0
 
read more
 
SAIIA SPEAKERS´ MEETING: THE UKRAINE AND RUSSIA
 
30.10.2018 - Cape Town
KAS in partnership with the Western Cape Branch of SAIIA hosted this meeting with Dr. Eugene Czolji, President of the Ukranian World Congress, as the guest speaker. He discussed the very complex situation, conflicts and peace keeping strategies between Ukraine and Russia.  
Picture: IMG_6178 by Sasha Maksymenko / CC by 2.0
 
read more
 
Current and Upcoming Events
 
FW DE KLERK ANNUAL CONFERENCE
 
01.02.2019 - Cape Town
This annual conference series, which is held jointly by the FW de Klerk Foundation and KAS, focusses on issues pertinent to South Africa's young constitutional democracy. It is often said that South Africa’s challenges and problems can be summed up in the trilogy of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Therefore, in 2019, the focus of the conference will lie on strategies to fight inequality.
 
read more
 
SATIRE AND COMEDY MEET POLITICS
 
13.12.2018 - Johannesburg
This comedy night is an opportunity to engage with the public in a new way to reflect on the year with an honesty that only comedy can reveal. Khadija Patel, Editor-in-Chief of Mail and Guardian will be in conversation with the Comedians. The event is open to politicians, Mail and Guardian readers and the public. 
 
read more
 
#Unpacking Politics: Possible Election Scenarios
 
06.12.2018 - Ponte City, Johannesburg
Ahead the year of election 2019, KAS and the NGO Dlala Nje will host a political discussion at famous Ponte Tower: Award winning journalist Nickolaus Bauer will be in conversation with renowned political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi. Topics discussed will include Cyril Ramaphosa’s so-called new dawn, the campaigns of political parties and voting tendencies.
 
read more
 
AFRICAN AGENCY IN THE AFRICA - CHINA RELATIONSHIP
 
03.12.2018 - Johannesburg
This conference is hosted by KAS and its partner the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and will mainly focus on issues, such as: Africa’s relationship with China is haunted by massive differences in size and power. How can an economy the size of Togo or Malawi negotiate with one the size of China?
 
read more
 
TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: COMPARATIVE LESSONS FROM COLOMBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
 
03.-04.12.2018 - Johannesburg
Organised in partnership with the South African Instiute for Advanced Constiutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), the Department of Public Law of the University of Johannesburg and the University of Externado (Bogotá, Colombia), the event aims to present papers on a range of topics under the broad themes of transitional justice, distributive justice and new constitutionalism.
 
read more
 
BOOK READING: A NEW ECONOMY FOR SOUTH AFRICA
 
27.11.2018 - Johannesburg
Why did the reforms of the democratic government of South Africa not work and what are the key problems inhibiting economic growth, job creation and a reduction of inequality and poverty? The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation host this reading of Professor Philippe Burger's book.
 
read more
 
KAS-NEWS
 
 
The corporate design of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung  (KAS) has undergone a make-over.  
We hope you will like the fresh new look of our KAS-logo!
 
THINK-TANK REPORT 4/2018
 
In the Think Tank Report 4/2018 we take a look at: How Finland counters false reports | The most profitable market in the world is the Darknet |Why protecting IoT devices requires international standards | Only those who master the new algorithm can make profits| Disruptive democracy | What diaspora bonds are all about | The energy revolution makes its best progress at the municipal level | The arms race among Arab nations | The EU transport sector is emitting increasing quantities of CO2 | How developing countries can make progress in the tax legislation | and many more…
 
read more
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
RESEARCH & ANALYSES FROM THE KAS OFFICE SOUTH AFRICA
 
Country Report
September | 2018
Zwischen Macht-anspruch und Macht-teilung: SAs Parteien lernen Umgang mit Koalitionen
 
Voices from Africa
August | 2018
The African Continental Free Trade Area: A Promising Breakthrough or Doomed Failure?
 
Country Report
July | 2018
Landreform als Zerreißprobe: Stolperfalle oder Chance für überfällige Transformation?
 
 
More Events, Publications and News:
OUR PARTNERS in South Africa

DEMOCRACY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (DDP)

SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (SAIIA)


... and many more!

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