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Encouraging South Africa’s Political Centre

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    • Building capability of the state to engage non-state actors

      Building capability of the state to engage non-state actors

      19 May 2022

      Who can help the state deliver effective governance? Join us on 19 May, 10:00-11:00 for an online discussion on how society can respond to the gap left by a retreating state. The notion of South Africa’s ‘disappearing state’ was exemplified in 2021 when Clover closed South Africa’s biggest cheese factory, citing poor service delivery by the Ditsobotla local municipality. 420 jobs were lost, devastating the small town of Lichtenburg. It made visible a state in retreat, in which only 27 of 257 municipalities achieved clean audits. There is an increasing understanding that improving state capability will require increased engagement with...

    • In the Throes of "the People": The Populist Challenge to South African Courts

      In the Throes of "the People": The Populist Challenge to South African Courts

      12 May 2022

      "The danger of populism, as we have seen, is that it pits 'the people' against independent, democratic and constitutional institutions to cultivate a negative public sentiment about them" (Dan Mafora)   Join the discussion of 'In the Throes of "the People": The Populist Challenge to South African Courts'. Dan Mafora, the author, will be joined by Sfiso Nxumalo and Chelsea Ramsden. The paper interrogates the populist attacks on the courts, considers the effects of such attacks and seeks to provide potential strategies for warding off those attacks and safeguarding the courts' institutional integrity. Terms & Conditions: By participating in this...

    • Whites and Democracy in South Africa

      Whites and Democracy in South Africa

      31 March 2022

      Please join us for a virtual book launch and conversation with Roger Southall, Joanne Joseph and Christi van der Westhuizen. The conversation will be centred around the book's central theme, which questions how whites have responded politically to the arrival of democracy in South Africa. It asks the following questions: ​​​​​​​ -What is the place and role of whites in South Africa today? -Are whites genuinely willing participants in a 'non-racial democracy', willing to forego the racial privileges of the past? -Have they proved reluctant to relinquish power? ​​​​​​​ Roger Southall argues that many whites have chosen to embrace the...

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    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung South Africa
    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung South Africa

    On the sidelines of the 2022 EPP Congress, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin and Brussels are offering a digital format "live-on-tape"!

    It will be broadcast live on June 1st at 18:00 SAST

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