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Hanns Seidel Foundation South Africa

Postal address:
P.O. Box 41451, 
Craighall, 2024
Johannesburg | South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 325 0589
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E-Mail: info@hsf.co.za

South African Crime & Justice Hub


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African Futures Project


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Under this title, a dialogue event at the Nelson Mandela Foundation debated the recent past, present and future of South Africa. Trevor Manuel, legendary finance minister under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, was joined on the panel by renowned experts from academia, media and civil society. How can the country secure democracy, good governance and growth in a more inclusive economy? more ...

A new report recently published by the Cape Town based Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation analyses the legal framework for refugees and their practical situation in selected African countries. The study examines the legal status of refugees, their right to work, access to health and education in the DRC, Ethiopia, Kenia, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan. more ...

Our Partner "Streetlaw South Africa" recently held Train the Trainer workshops with law students, using a new handbook "Democracy for All" completed with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. In their enthusiastic feedback, participants expressed how valuable the experience was. They will themselves conduct democracy education workshops in schools and communities to facilitate active citizenship. more...

This was the title of a public seminar held recently in Geneva by our partners from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Renowned authors presented their new studies on illegal migration which were based on empirical research in northern Africa, the Sahel zone and Turkey where interviews had been conducted with experts and smugglers alike.  more...

South Africa’s Local Government Elections held on August 3rd have been declared free and fair by local and international observers alike. They were hotly contested, and democracy in the country is believed to be the main winner of the elections many called historic. Mike Pothier, Research Coordinator at the CPLO in Cape Town, a local partner organisation of the HSS, wrote this report. Picture: Eugene Coetzee, BDlive more...

The Hanns Seidel Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation officially launched Civics Academy on the 10th of May. With South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela giving the keynote address, the event achieved an impressive consensus that civic education is indeed a much needed dimension of South Africa’s democracy. more… 

Civics Academy is an online education initiative that provides free audio and video content on important aspects of citizenship and democratic governance. In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Civics Academy recently hosted a Youth Dialogue event aimed at providing and facilitating the space to allow young people to debate questions critical in the current political context. more…

The extent to which migration is the source of threat financing and terrorism was discussed at a conference hosted by the ISS, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and the HSF South Africa, entitled “Trails of Insecurity: Illicit Migration as a source of Threat Financing and Criminal Resourcing in Africa” in Addis Ababa on 19 January 2016. more…

Since 2011, Europe has faced a mounting migration crisis that has played out firstly on its borders, and then within them. Funded by the HSF, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in partnership with The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime carried out field research which resulted in a study entitled “Survive and advance: The economics of smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe”. more...

Adv. Vusi Pikoli, police ombudsman for the Western Cape and a former national director of Public Prosecutions, opened the 6th edition of the annual international conference on crime, violence reduction and criminal justice, organised by ISS and co-funded by HSF. The event brought together researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners to discuss research findings and exchange ideas. more…

Where does South Africa’s current growth path lead us to? What are the prospects for employment, politics and poverty in 2035? These are the questions tackled in the latest ISS African Futures paper authored by Dr Jakkie Cilliers and launched in Pretoria and Cape Town on 12 and 13 August 2015. The paper presents three growth scenarios, updated from a previous study published in February 2014. more...

The status of electoral integrity in Africa

On 22 June, the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP), in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, launched a report titled Electoral Integrity in Africa. This report is the first by the EIP to present findings of the study of electoral integrity in a specific region, in this case, Africa, a continent of great diversity whose elections are under-studied in comparison with Europe or America. more...

Violence against those perceived to be foreigners is a terrible failure of memory as international solidarity played a vital role in ending apartheid. This was agreed on by the participants of a dialogue forum co-convened on 7 May by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and HSF on the topic of the recent violent xenophobic attacks. more...

A recent paper by the ISS funded by the HSF explores the changing power capabilities of Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa over the next 25 years. Using a new index to measure national power, the paper forecasts that Nigeria could potentially become Africa’s lone superpower – if it manages to overcome its domestic challenges. more...

Is there a re-emergence of ‘securocrats’ in South Africa? Are certain state institutions really independent? And what is the state of the separation of powers in SA? These were the topics discussed during a round table hosted by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation on 27 March 2015. more...

On 6 November 2014 the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), a long-standing partner of HSF, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted seminar on traditional governance in the platinum belt. The seminar marked the launch of a special issue of the South African Crime Quarterly on corruption, impunity and violence in mining-affected communities in the North West province. more...

The 5th annual International Conference on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice hosted by the ISS and supported by HSF, took place on 14 and 15 August 2014 in Johannesburg. It brought together researchers, academics, policy makers, and practitioners with an interest in criminology and related disciplines, and was opened by the South African Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. more...

SA’s 5th general elections, held on 7 May 2014, concluded the country’s second decade of democracy. The character of the 2014 election was distinctly competitive: several provinces were platforms for fiercely fought campaigns, with outcomes less than certain. The HSF commissioned Dr Collette Schulz-Herzenberg of the University of Cape Town to analyse the outcome of the elections. more…

On 16 May 2014, Mr Zackie Achmat, activist and filmmaker, and Prof Steven Friedman of the University of Johannesburg joined HSF and the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office at a round table in order to discuss the results of the 2014 elections. This well attended roundtable was the third of a series of four on the elections 2014. more...

The 2014 elections are coming up on 7th May and there are a few new political parties on the scene. The new parties make these the most anticipated elections in the country’s 20 years of democracy. At a panel discussion organised by CPLO and HSF, representatives of Agang SA, EFF and the Collective for Democracy debated the emergence, mission and relevance of new political parties in SA. more...

As big parties embark on their expensive election campaigns, the public knows little about who funds them. At a panel discussion hosted by the ISS and HSF on 27 March 2014 in Cape Town, Dr Zweli Mkhize, ANC Treasurer-General and former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Lance Greyling, Democratic Alliance MP, and others, discussed the thorny issue of private party funding in South Africa. more...

According to a new paper by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) South Africa is likely is to “muddle on” both economically and politically until 2030, in much the same way as the national soccer team “Bafana Bafana”, which has become a chronic underachiever in recent years. Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the ISS, presented the paper at a seminar in Cape Town, jointly organised by HSF and CPLO. more...

We mourn the passing of one of the world’s greatest political figures of our time, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December 2013. A model for humanity, courage and justice, Mandela played a pivotal role in the dismantlement of Apartheid, the successful prevention of a civil war and the national reconciliation process in South Africa. more...

In the buildup to the 2014 elections, SA has seen its political space open up to new contenders for power. Dr Cherrel Africa, Head of the Political Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape, was commissioned by HSF to analyse the changes in the country’s political climate and provide some expectations regarding the outcome of the upcoming elections. More...

One of the big challenges in Africa’s development is a lack of social, economic and political stability and predictability. Recent research done by the ISS tries to forecast African futures regarding economic development and state fragility. The findings were presented by ISS’ Executive Director at a seminar of the European Network of Political Foundations in Brussels on 23 October 2013. more...

How many people will live in South Africa in 2030, and where in South Africa will they live? A critical question that has implications across all areas of public policy, e.g. service delivery, employment, education, and healthcare. The seminar, which was held on 16 October 2013, launched the second in a series of three briefs analysing the NDP 2030. more...

Proper implementation of the NDP could potentially restructure the economy and put the country onto a sustained higher growth path. At seminars held on 15 and 29 August in Pretoria and Cape Town, the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) presented a recent paper looking at the feasibility of the NDP’s economic growth targets. more...

On 21 and 22 August 2013 the Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division, supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, held its 4th annual international conference on crime reduction and criminal justice. The conference provided the opportunity to showcase criminological research and policy initiatives from across the world. more...

On 5 July 2013 the ISS launched a new paper by Jakkie Cilliers and Julia Schünemann on the future of intrastate conflict in Africa. The paper analyses future trends for intrastate conflict in Africa up to 2050 using the International Futures model. It is part of the African Futures project, which aims at providing a tool for the analysis of long-term country-specific and regional futures. more...

A seminar organised by the ISS on 20 June 2013 and supported by HSF highlighted current and past issues around violence associated with labour related conflicts. It also addressed the less publicised increase in politically related violence resulting in killings, particularly in the KwaZulu Natal area. more...

HSF, in collaboration with the Tanzanian Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau and the NGO Integrity Watch, organised the IV. Pan-African Anti-Corruption Conference on "Corruption and Development in Africa". The event aimed at sharing experiences across African countries in combating corruption most effectively and efficiently. more...

The third roundtable on aspects of political leadership in South Africa brought together Prof Richard Calland, Associate Professor of Public Law at UCT and founder of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) and Dr Wilmot James, Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry and Federal Chairperson of the DA to discuss institutional leadership. more...

The second in a series of five roundtables that look at different aspects of leadership in South Africa took place on 26 April 2013. David Lewis of Corruption Watch, Jeremy Routledge of Embrace Dignity, and Mondli Makhanya of the Sunday Times joined HSF, CPLO and the Goedgedacht Forum to discuss the issue of accountability and corruption in South Africa. more...

The GIBSA Initiative is an informal structure that was launched in Berlin in 2007. It comprises policy research institutions from Germany, India, Brazil and South Africa. The 2013 GIBSA conference took place in Pretoria and focused on exploring some of the key issues raised by contemporary transnational crime. more...

In recent months, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has found itself facing unprecedented local and international media attention. In order to discuss the issue of police brutality in South Africa and provide insights from various perspectives, the Institute for Security Studies, in collaboration with HSF, organised a seminar in Pretoria on 11 April 2013. more…

Prof Steven Friedman, Fr Smangaliso Mkhatshwa and Dr Alex Boraine joined the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office and the Goedgedacht Forum in a roundtable discussion on "Aspects of Political Leadership in South Africa" on 15 March 2013. This was the first in a series of roundtables on leadership in South Africa. more...

In 1996 the new South African government started tackling the country’s social problems by developing a social security system. However, South Africa still has one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the world. A roundtable organised on 31 October 2012 in Cape Town provided the opportunity to discuss the reasons for the failure of the social grant system and initiatives to turn it around. more...

Launched on 31 October 2012 in Johannesburg, the new book “The Responsibility to Protect – From Evasive to Reluctant Action? The Role of Global Middle Powers” is a joint publication by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, ISS, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and SAIIA and addresses policy makers, researchers, and civil society in Germany, India, Brazil and South Africa. more…

The Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Sustainable Development Network and Juta Publishers jointly developed a Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government in SA. This manual aims to support the implementation of renewable energy projects at the local level in order to reach the government’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Guide was launched by Premier Helen Zille in October 2012. more...

To build capacity for senior officials within the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), the NPCA has partnered with the Institute for Security Studies, the Pardee Centre for International Futures, University of Denver, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation to organise a weeklong training workshop on the International Futures Model. more...

On Friday 24 August 2012, the ISS hosted a seminar concerning the events at the Lonmin Marikana Mine, where a total of 44 people died over the course of a week in an illegal strike organized by rock drill operators. With funding from the HSF, the invited speakers analysed the reasons for this tragedy and the lessons South African society should learn from the events. more...

In light of the expected transfer of millions of dollars for climate change related activities to developing countries, the ISS, with the support of the HSF, hosted a seminar in Pretoria on 16 August. Participants discussed the question whether South African institutions are “climate finance-ready”, i.e. whether they have systems in place to effectively manage the funds. more...

South Africa’s electoral system was designed to sustain a multi-party democracy so as to reflect the country’s social diversity. However, the country’s multi-party democracy can be considered weak. The problems of opposition parties and the sustainability of South Africa’s multi-party democracy were discussed at a round table organized jointly by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the CPLO. more...

In light of the intervention in Libya and the crisis in Syria, several states are reflecting on their positions on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). As a reaction to the on-going debate, a meeting was held in Pretoria on 7 June 2012. Researchers, students and government representatives from India, Brazil, South Africa and Germany discussed R2P, its interpretations, applications and shortcomings – and the way forward. more...

On Thursday 26 April 2012, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) hosted a seminar on the judicial system in South Africa. Funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the seminar was a reaction to the ongoing debate concerning the transformation of the judicial system. Judge Johann Kriegler, Prof Steven Friedman and Dr Narnia Bohler-Muller presented their views on this controversial topic. more...

In the context of the current political debates about changes of the constitution, the necessary checks and balances and the fear about the sustainability of democracy in South Africa, the Hanns Seidel Foundation together with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) organised a round table in Cape Town on 3 April 2012 entitled “The Chapter 9 Institutions in South Africa”. more...

17 years into democracy there is an on-going debate on whether the electoral system in South Africa should be revised. Back in 1994 South Africa chose to have a proportional representation (PR) closed list system at national and provincial level of government, however, the disadvantages of this system have become quite clear. more...

The “oxygen of society” is what former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Sandile Ngcobo, characterised the free press as in his keynote address at the 2nd Annual Constitutional Conference titled “Freedom of information and freedom of expression: The bedrock of democracy”. Organised by Omega Investment Research, the conference held on 7 March 2012 included sponsorship from the Hanns Seidel Foundation. more...

According to Adv Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector, “it is fair to ask whether African leaders really have the ability and the conviction to help Africa realize the African dream”. She welcomed international delegates at the 3rd Pan-African Anti-Corruption Conference, which the Hanns Seidel Foundation hosted jointly with the ISS, aimed at sharing experiences across African countries in combating corruption. more...

 „South Africa, Brazil, India, Germany and others have been pushing for reform of the UN-Security Council that would realise their ambitions to secure permanent seats on the Security Council. But at the end of 2011, 20 years since the reform momentum began, the process is stalled.“ Policy brief written by Amb Colin Keating. more...

The 2nd International Conference on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice, organised by the ISS and supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, took place on 1 & 2 December 2011. The conference provided a forum to share research findings on crime, the functioning of the criminal justice system and innovative approaches to reduce crime from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. more...

On 19 October 2011, approximately 40 government and think tank representatives participated in a workshop on regional and global governance security issues, organised jointly by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria. more...

The second in a series of three events on South Africa’s and Germany’s joint membership in the Security Council of the United Nations (UNSC) took place in Pretoria on 25 August 2011. The events are a joint project by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA), with support from the German Embassy in Pretoria. more …

Moeletsi Mbeki

On 4 July 2011 Moeletsi Mbeki, eminent political analyst, author and businessman, presented his new book “Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa’s Challenges”, funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, at a well-attended discussion forum in Johannesburg. Mbeki and two of the contributing authors highlighted some of the issues that Africa is confronted with as well as possible solutions to these problems. more ...

On 18 May 2011, South Africans across the country went to the polls to elect their councillors at the municipal level. Two years after the last general elections and almost 2,5 years after the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma, these elections were considered as a barometer of citizen satisfaction with the Zuma government. more ...

In October 2010, both South Africa and Germany were elected as non-permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations (UNSC) for a two-year tenure starting in January 2011. A conference held in Pretoria on 30 and 31 May 2011 examined the extent to which the two countries have common objectives on African conflict prevention issues and how a strong working partnership can be maintained. more ...