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Event Category: Democracy

  • Violent political language - an attack on the nation?

    Violent political language - an attack on the nation?


    7 September 2021

    Realising the Constitution in the face of delegitimising rhetoric   We are excited to present our next offering to you: "Violent political language - an attack on the nation?" Join this thought-provoking discussion with Judge Albie Sachs, Dr Klaus Kotzé and Mr Ongama Mtimka, moderated by Ms Rebecca Sibanda. The event launches Dr Kotzé's new paper "25 years of the South African Constitution - Reflections and Realisations", and takes place on Tuesday, 7 Sep 2021, 10:00 AM (SAST).  

  • Grassroots Governance and Accountability: How do we build trust and make it happen

    Grassroots Governance and Accountability: How do we build trust and make it happen


    26 August 2021

    The failures of leadership in government over a number of years has plummeted South Africa into a precarious socio-economic position, with foreign investment scared from our shores. The vacuum in leadership is felt most by those already living in disadvantaged communities, where their interests are not heard or adequately served. The vacuum also leaves room for thuggery, extortion, and further exploitation of vulnerable individuals. Against this backdrop, we ask; 'How do we build honest, ethical, and effective grassroots level leadership in SA?' Join the Business Day Dialogues in association with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Ecumenical Foundation of Southern Africa as Business, Religious, Academic and Civil Society leaders...

  • 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?

  • 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,...

  • Managing the Security Council in Difficult Times

    Managing the Security Council in Difficult Times


    11 March 2021

    The Foreign Policy Forum: Regional Powers in Global Politics accompanies South Africa's membership in the UN Security Council during its two-year term in 2019-2020. It consists of a series of roundtables each dedicated to a particular theme. The overarching topic is the role of regional powers in global affairs which is characterized by a return of great power politics and erosion of multilateralism. Each roundtable consists of a select group of local and international experts. In this fifth event, we are looking back at the last two years and explore achievements and controversies which accompanied the terms of South Africa...

  • Democracy in former British Colonies: which way does SA go?

    Democracy in former British Colonies: which way does SA go?


    27 January 2021

    Experts unpack and compare the path and nature of democracy in various territories colonised by the British. Click here to read the book.

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