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    • Electoral Reform:Can we build a better democracy?

      Electoral Reform:Can we build a better democracy?


      7 July 2021

      By June 2022, Parliament must amend SA’s electoral law to allow independent candidates to contest national and provincial elections, as ordered by the Constitutional Court. Current proposals suggest introducing some constituency voting into our proportional representations system. Which party would benefit and would politicians become more accountable to voters? Will independent candidates have a real chance to succeed?

    • Corona Parliament: Virtually Working?

      Corona Parliament: Virtually Working?


      5 May 2021

      At this event, Rebecca Sibanda of the Parliamentary Monitoring Group will launch and discuss the findings of her new paper: Implications of a Virtual Parliament on its Constitutional Mandate. In the paper, she reviews the performance of South Africa's Parliament during the Covid-19 epidemic. Enriching and challenging her conclusions will be Marianne Merten of the Daily Maverick. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung thanks the Parliamentary Monitoring Group for its collaboration in this research. ​​​​ Terms & Conditions:​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​By participating in this online event, you agree that the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung may contact you for future events and other occasions. You agree that both organisations may...

    • South Africa Under Lockdown Governance

      South Africa Under Lockdown Governance


      26 March 2021

      The discussion, which follows a research paper by Dr Ralph Mathekga of the same name, will assess: - The legislative response by the government in South Africa in its response to the outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic - The coordination framework and stakeholder engagement platforms, put into place by the government in its national response ​​​​​​​- Whether the government can be said to have acted democratically during the state of emergency, particularly in the first few weeks of the lockdown in the country Joining us will be Laurence Caromba, lecturer in International Relations at the University of Johannesburg,...

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