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For an episode of the podcast series “Global Perspectives” being produced by our HSF team in Munich with colleagues from different country offices, we explored this question with experts from South Africa and Germany.

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Gender equality could be a game-changer for Africa’s prospects

This was the title of a hybrid seminar at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria that launched an important new study. The new report by the African Futures and Innovation team shows persistent gender inequalities in Africa, despite progress in some areas. The evidence-based research analyses the impact that reduced gender inequality can have on inclusive development – and the authors share specific policy recommendations. The international launch event in Pretoria saw nuanced debates with African expert panelists and an engaged audience. (16 Nov 2023).


Policing defined by principles: a police general tells her story

At this well-attended hybrid seminar in Pretoria, our partner team "Justice and Violence Prevention" in the Institute for Security Studies facilitated the launch of a unique new book, the autobiography of Sharon Jephta, retired Lt.-Gen. of the South African Police Service. The introduction by the author was followed by insightful contributions from the panelists and a lively discussion with the audience. Senior representatives of the South African Police Service leadership praised the book and strongly recommended using it in future police training at different levels as well (7 June 2023).

2024 Elections: The role of Civil Society

What role can South Africa's vibrant Civil Society play around the elections next year and beyond? That was the question discussed during a very productive panel discussion held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg with renowned speakers and a large audience. Among the panelists were Terry Tselane (Institute of Election Management Services in Africa, former Vice Chair, Independent Electoral Commission), Qaanitah Hunter (News24), Lindiwe Mazibuko (Futurelect), Prof Jaap de Visser (Dullah Omar Institute) and Cedo Madubedube (Equal Education), with Lukhona Mnguni (Rivonia Circle) facilitating the engaging discussion (12 October, 2023).


Impact of digital influence on Africa’s elections: lessons from Kenya

This hybrid seminar on a crucial topic in Rosebank, Johannesburg, launched a new ISS Africa study of Kenya’s August 2022 elections, which shows that while social media encourages freedom of expression, it provides a lucrative marketplace for influence and disinformation. What lessons are there for other African countries and South Africa in particular, ahead of its 2024 national polls? The expert authors were in conversation with renowned SA journalist Ferial Haffajee (8 August, 2023)


Erudite Series on the future of Africa: Population

This first seminar in a series co-hosted by AUDA-NEPAD and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) online explored Africa’s population future and the potential impact of a more rapid demographic transition and investments in health on development outcomes. Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head of African Futures and Innovation, ISS, presented his team’s research and discussed it with Janet Byaruhanga, AUDA-NEPAD (23 June, 2023)


Africa’s future depends on a reset of China-West relations – ISS Live

Rising tensions between China and the West are creating global divisions that limit Africa’s development potential. Under the current trajectory, the continent won’t achieve its goals of economic growth, improvements in income and poverty reduction. To withstand these headwinds, Africa’s leaders need to unite in their pursuit of the continent’s interests. This ISS Seminar explored four global scenarios and their impact on Africa, drawing from the analysis in the "Africa in the World" report, available on the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) African Futures website. (22 November 2022)


Hanns Seidel Foundation video for 20th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with H.E. Mia Amor Mottley

The 20th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture was held on the 12th of November 2022 in Durban, South Africa, by H.E. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados. As the Hanns Seidel Foundation, we were honoured to support this important event again this year. Watch our short introductory video we have created for the occasion of this historic lecture.


What kind of leader do South Africa’s police need?

On 25 February 2022, South Africa’s National Commissioner Khehla Sitole joined a long list of police chiefs whose contracts were prematurely terminated over the last 22 years. This conversation between Dr Irvin Kinnes, Associate Professor of Criminology at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town, and Caryn Dolley, Investigative Journalist and book author, unpacked some of the recent scandals and opportunities in the service. The experts on police leadership politics discussed the kind of leadership needed to rebuild public trust in the South African Police Service and help it realise its significant potential.


Using social media to dismantle gender-based violence

Targeted responses are needed to break South Africa’s cycle of intergenerational violence, promote dialogue and dismantle discriminatory gender norms. At this seminar, the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change and heCareZA presented innovative tools and methods for reducing discrimination and violence against women.


Mass shootings - Tackling one of South Africa’s established crime problems

The murder of 16 people by gunmen at a tavern in Gauteng in July has put mass shootings on the map, but such offences are fairly common. Between 2017/18 and 2019/20, police recorded 314 incidents where three or more people were killed in a single attack. It is worrying that these crimes increased by almost 50% in that period. This seminar explored what can be done to address this growing trend.


Webinar on the prosecution of corruption in municipalities with Adv. Barry Madolo

This Webinar discussion between Adv. Madolo and Prof. De Visser explores the successes and challenges in prosecuting corruption at this level of government. The Webinar was hosted by Africa Criminal Justice Reform and the Multilevel Government Project, both programmes of the Dullah Omar Institute. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prosecute corruption at all levels of government. While much of the focus has been on the capture of national government and national state-owned enterprises (SOEs), there has also been widespread corruption in municipalities. In an opinion-editorial (, Adv Barry Madolo, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Eastern Cape, has described some successes enjoyed by the NPA in prosecuting corruption in municipalities in the Eastern Cape. There is highly specific legislation relating to municipalities, and to municipal finances, such as the Municipal Finance Management Act, with which prosecutors must be familiar in order to successfully to prosecute offences relating to municipal finances. Prof Jaap de Visser of the Dullah Omar Institute is a leading expert in the field of multi-level government and municipal legislation. He co-authored a research paper ( on the combating of corruption in municipalities in the Western Cape, which also addresses the role of the NPA.


How will global futures affect intra-Africa relations?

This seminar co-hosted by the African Futures and Innovations team at the Institute for Security Studies explored how four global scenarios could impact on ties between African states and the associated changes in power relations. The four global scenarios are a Divided World (current trajectory), a World at War, a Sustainable World or a Growth World (6 September 2022, part 4 of seminar series).


Long-term perspectives on Asia–Africa relations

China has rapidly become Africa’s largest trading partner, and its influence on the continent grows exponentially. To explore how relations between Asia and Africa could evolve in future, this "African Futures and Innovation" ISS seminar discussed four scenarios: a Divided World, a World at War, a Growth World and a Sustainable World (24 August 2022, part 2 of seminar series)


Rule of law & constitutionalism – Reflecting on the rule of law being stress tested in South Africa

This dialogue was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, with a live stream on the interactive platform of the Foundation. Anton du Plessis, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, gave the keynote address, with Prof Sandy Africa and Ms Ottilia Maunganidze as respondents on the panel and a discussion facilitated by Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (29 June 2022).

Nelson Mandela Foundation

Safeguarding the integrity of councillors and senior managers in local government

How do we ensure ethics and integrity in local government, in particular focusing on the role of councillors and senior management? This webinar engages with this question and locates it in (1) the applicable legal framework, (2) ongoing debates about professionalisation of local government and (3) observations about the practice of integrity management in municipalities. The speakers (Jaap de Visser, Phindile Ntliziywana and Fatima Rawat) share recent research, tools and insights into the topic.

Insurgency, Illicit Markets and Corruption – The Cabo Delgado conflict and its regional implications

At this joint event (24 February 2022) of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and News24, the research team from the GI-TOC presented its newest research on the crisis in Northern Mozambique and gave insights into the relationship between the insurgency and illicit trafficking routes in Northern Mozambique, the knock-on effect of the conflict on regional trafficking flows and extremism in neighbouring countries as well as how efforts to rebuild Cabo Delgado can counter the corroding effects of organised crime and corruption.


2024 - Will the ANC still rule? Possible Scenarios for South Africa

At this joint event (15th February 2022), Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head of the African Futures and Innovation Programme at the ISS, presented on the impact of the ANC’s possible choices at the party’s elective conference 2022 on the 2024 and 2029 elections, and discussed them with Lindiwe Mazibuko, Co-Founder & CEO of Futurelect and News24's Adriaan Basson and Mpumelelo Mkhabela.


Recording of Online Seminar: Will foreign intervention save Cabo Delgado?

More than 20 countries are now helping Mozambique to fight insurgents in Cabo Delgado province, train its army or deliver humanitarian aid. Will this turn the situation around? A new Institute for Security Studies (ISS) policy brief on the situation in Mozambique warns that coordination among these foreign missions and tailoring the training being provided is vital to ensure effective responses. This seminar discussed the progress and gaps in the current approaches to stabilising northern Mozambique. Speakers included Ambassador Claude Nikobisanzwe, High Commissioner of Rwanda in Mozambique, Colonel Omar Saranga, Spokesperson of the Mozambican military and Prof Mpho Molomo, Head of SADC Mission in Mozambique.


Making Cities a Home: achieving urban land reform

The Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted this virtual dialogue with keynote speaker Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, who was in conversation with Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi. (July 2021)


Recording of Online Seminar: What evidence is there that policing in SA reduces crime?

This seminar launched three new ISS reports on evidence-based policing by Dr Anine Kriegler from the Centre of Criminology (University of Cape Town). The seminar discussed how police and researchers can collaborate to explore 'what works' in SA policing (July 2021)


Harnessing the benefits of a SADC Standby Force in Mozambique

In response to the four-year insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Southern African leaders agreed in June 2021 to deploy a Standby Force of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Mozambique. This seminar was co-hosted by the HSF, the Institute for Security Studies and News24; it discussed prospects and options for SADC’s forces in the area.

HSF; News 24

Crime trends in the time of Covid-19

This seminar on “Crime trends in the time of Covid-19” held on the occasion of the new South African quarterly crime statistics just released shed light on the impact of the pandemic, the lockdown restrictions and the current socio economic crises on the development of crime in the country (May 2021)

New Transatlantic Partnership Perspectives with Africa

This special online seminar was co-hosted with the ISS Pretoria and the CSIS Washington. We discussed with experts from the EU, the US and Africa if and how a new Transatlantic Partnership between Europe and the US can also contribute to stronger relationships with Africa.

Understanding escalating levels of murder in South Africa

This hybrid ISS seminar launched and discussed a new report of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme, authored by Policing Expert David Bruce. The Policy Brief uses data and analysis to paint a stark, nuanced picture of record murder rates in the country and the reasons behind them. It focuses on the 4 Provinces with the highest murder rates and makes productive, urgent policy recommendations. The author shared the panel with Ziyanda Stuurman, policing expert and author of Can We Be Safe? The Future of Policing in SA, and Siphelele Ngobese, Senior Researcher, South African Cities Network (14 Nov 2023).


Breaking the Bombers: Lessons for tackling organised crime

This hybrid Seminar at the Institute for Security Studies launched a new book by Mark Shaw, Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. “Breaking the Bombers” analyses how the South African Police managed to break PAGAD, People against Gangsterism and Drugs, a notorious death squad in Cape Town, over 20 years ago. Panelists discussed at the launch event in Pretoria what can be learnt from this historic success for tackling organised crime in South Africa today. Fascinating insights were shared by the author and the other renowned speakers, Bulelani Ngcuka, former National Director of Public Prosecutions, and Anton du Plessis, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (12 October 2023).


Africa's development potential in different global futures - ISS Live

On the current trajectory, the gap between Africa and the rest of the world is likely to increase. Four recent shocks, including the current war in Ukraine, have accelerated this trend. The ISS has modelled Africa’s development potential across various sectors. This seminar launches a new report which examines the ‘development ceiling’ that the global context places on Africa in four global scenarios. The report “Africa in the world” is available on the African Futures website.


Civic Education and Participation in South Africa – Beyond voting how can we shape our democracy?

As part of its ongoing efforts to contribute to civic education in South Africa, the Hanns Seidel Foundation's Civics Academy hosted an event on the topic of Civic education and participation in South Africa. Chaired by Wantu Madonsela from the ThuMa Foundation and together with representatives from the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Civil Society Organisations (like Rivonia Circle) and active citizens we explored the questions: Beyond voting, how can we shape our democracy? And, who is responsible for Civic Education?

Civics Academy

Police reform is about officers not just institutions

In South Africa, crime, policing and safety are loaded terms. They are unpacked by authors Ziyanda Stuurman and Rofhiwa Maneta in their books 'Can We Be Safe?' and 'A Man, A Fire, A Corpse'. Stuurman interrogates the country’s fraught history of policing, courts and prisons. Maneta uses the story of his father, Captain Amos Maneta, to illustrate the psychological toll that policing exacts on police officials and their families. Panellists explored the meaning of police work in a society characterised by inequality, violence and precariousness. They discussed reforms that can heal a broken police institution and the wounded individuals who make up its ranks.


How can local governments raise their crime fighting profile

Local governments have a vital role to play in preventing crime and keeping their communities safe. But how far do municipal crime fighting powers extend, and which functions are likely to deliver the greatest safety dividends? This seminar launched a new report by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in cooperation with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). Speakers discussed municipal powers and capacity to enforce by-laws and traffic regulations, and protect infrastructure. They considered the challenges local governments face in strengthening their role in preventing and responding to crime.


Busting the myths about immigrants in South Africa

Immigrants are increasingly blamed for many of South Africa's socio-economic problems. Some of the myths are that immigrants commit most of the crime, take jobs and overburden public services. These false narratives are routinely voiced by politicians and government officials, reinforcing and inflaming negative public sentiment to the detriment of South Africa's economy and people. This seminar launched a new report on the number of immigrants in South Africa and the extent to which they contribute negatively or positively to the country.


The West and Africa

Although most African countries are former European colonies, they are economically increasingly tied to Asia. As trade and infrastructure from China steadily shift Africa's gaze eastward, the continent's traditional partnerships are being tested by migration, populism and the fall-out of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This ISS seminar examined relations between North America, Europe and Africa under four scenarios: a Divided World, a World at War, a Growth World and a Sustainable World (31 August 2022, part 3 of seminar series)


How will global upheavals affect Africa?

Global upheaval is pervasive as power and influence shift Eastward, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine takes hold, and pandemics such as COVID-19 and global health emergencies like monkeypox take their toll. In the first of a series, this ISS “African Futures and Innovation” seminar explored how global trends could impact Africa under four long-term scenarios. The scenarios reflect a focus on sustainability, economic growth, a retreat from globalisation (closest to the current trajectory) and lastly, a world at war (10 August 2022, part 1 of seminar series).


Bridging the gap between education and labour for young people with disabilities

At this critical Dialogue hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and online, speakers included Asanda Luwaca, Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency, Dr Armand Bam, Head of Social Impact, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Commissioner Bokankatla Joseph Malatji, South African Human Rights Commission, Collins Ombajo, Action Network for the Disabled, Kenya, Lidia Pretorius, Independent Disability Inclusion Consultant and Activist and Nontobeko Mdhluli, South African Employers’ Forum for Disability (17 August, 2022)


Africa’s Tomorrow: A platform of hope and potential

With an introductory statement by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, this special seminar with about 500 participants, hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and Daily Maverick, saw the launch of the enterprising new ISS data and knowledge platform "African Futures" (22 June 2022).


How to extinguish South Africa's flames of xenophobia

Organised groups such as Operation Dudula increasingly target African immigrants in South Africa. Building on myths about foreign nationals and anti-migrant attitudes, widespread violence is becoming more likely. An outbreak similar to the deadly 2008 xenophobic violence that spread rapidly across the country must be averted. This event, co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg, discussed how civil society and government need to proactively counter this trend and extinguish the flames of xenophobic sentiment before it is too late.


Costing effective violence prevention for South Africa

This seminar, co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and the University of Witwatersrand, discussed the findings from an evidence review of interventions that aimed to prevent violence against women and children. The analysis shows that parenting programmes are an important element of prevention. A model for costing the scale-up of these valuable programmes was also presented.


A partnership for sustainable growth and jobs: How can the EU support Africa’s economic transformation?

At this joint seminar, Dr Len Ishmael presented her new research report “Beyond aid – Making the EU strategy with Africa work for Africa”. Participants from Africa and Europe discussed with her, Dr Cilliers (ISS), Markus Ferber, MEP (Chairperson of the HSF), and Bertrand Soret (EEAS) how the EU can support Africa’s economic transformation. (10 February, 2022)


HSF 30 years in South Africa

In 2021 we are celebration 30 years of successful work and cooperation with our amazing South African partners, committed to promote the fundamental values of the South African Constitution, the rule of law, civic education and socio-economic development.


19th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by former ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

The 19th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the theme "The Rule of Law, International Criminal Justice and Sustainable Development" was delivered by Fatou Bensouda, former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, on the 25th of August 2021.

Nelson Mandela Foundation

HSF supports the 19th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

The HSF supports the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 25 August 2021. Watch a short video on this year’s topic “The Rule of Law, International Criminal Justice and Sustainable Development” with South Africa’s former Public Protector, Professor for Social Justice, Thuli Madonsela.


Recording of Online Seminar: Leadership Crises in the SA Police

Dr Sydney Mufamadi, Minister of Safety & Security from 1994 – 1999 and Mr Gareth Newham, Head of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme, Institute for Security Studies, discussed the ongoing crises at leadership level in the South African Police and the destabilising effect on the institution and society.


What is violence prevention and does it work?

This ISS seminar launched two new ISS reports - a randomised control trial study of a sports-based intervention, and a review of three longstanding community-based initiatives. Speakers discussed rich learnings for violence prevention initiatives which these reports can provide (May 2021)


Leadership Crises in the SA Police Service

Brief summary video: Dr Sydney Mufamadi, Minister of Safety & Security from 1994 – 1999 and Mr Gareth Newham, Head of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme, Institute for Security Studies, discussed the ongoing crises at leadership level in the South African Police and the destabilising effect on the institution and society.


How the DRC can transform its long-term prospects

ISS research report launch: How the DRC can transform its long-term prospects


Tutorial video: How To Do Online Court Hearings Properly

Virtual Courtrooms: How to Do Online Court Hearings Properly


Transatlantic Partnership Perspectives with Africa

Invitation for online seminar co-hosted with ISS and CSIS

Online Seminar: The State of the Judiciary

"The State of the Judiciary" - CPLO online seminar

The Future of Africa: new Open Access book just published

New open access book by Dr. Jakkie Cilliers, ISS


Recording of Online Seminar: Access to Justice and Courts Online

Seminar: Access to Justice and Courts Online


In conversation with Dr Glenda Gray

HSF Interview with Dr Glenda Gray - full recording with German subtitles

The State of the Judiciary

Summary video on the State of the Judiciary


Is a social compact key to saving South Africa's economy?

Is a social compact key to saving South Africa's economy? Moeletsi Mbeki (SAIIA), Jakkie Cilliers (ISS) and Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya (MISTRA) debated this question at a seminar co-hosted with the Institute for Security Studies and News24 (9 March 2021)


Prospects for Algeria's "New Republic"

This event co-hosted in March 2021 by the ISS and Chatham House introduced new ISS research and explored the potential long-term impact of political reforms, improved agricultural productivity, the use of renewable energy and investment in the knowledge economy on Algeria’s development prospects.


The Bonds that Bind Us: Remembering Madiba in a time of Global Fracture

Nelson Mandela Foundation Dialogue with former First Lady Graça Machel, award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangerembga and the First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos (December 2020)


Exploring Tunisia's Development Potential

This seminar was co-hosted by the ISS and the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in South Africa in collaboration with North-West University in South Africa and the University of Tunis, in December 2020.


Algeria's development pathway to 2040

New ISS research shows what needs to be done to achieve economic prosperity.


Unpacking Africa's post-Covid Recovery Options

GIBS seminar recording - Unpacking Africa’s post-Covid Recovery Options: Towards Health, Economic and Social Transformation


The future of the Ingonyama Trust: Substantive Accountability in a post-Covid Era

Dialogue held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Land and Accountability Research Centre and the Public Affairs Research Institute (November 2020)


Mitigating the impact of Covid-19 - an HSF video

Visiting Monwabisi Park, a community centre in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's biggest townships - and reflecting on mitigating the impact of the pandemic


Tunisia to 2040: What are the options?

How can the country change its current path to one of prosperity?


Impact of Covid-19 in Africa

Impact of Covid-19 in Africa. A scenario analysis to 2030 - A multi partner research project supported by HSF provides first comprehensive long-term scenario analyses on the potential impact of the pandemic on the continent


Liberating the Archive: a Nelson Mandela Foundation seminar

Authors Profs Carolyn Hamilton, Jacob Dlamini & Imraan Coovadia in a discussion on their new books exploring the nexuses of archive-discourse, public-private & violence-peacemaking (October 2020)


The EU and Africa after Covid-19

Joint event of the Institute for Security Studies and Hanns Seidel Foundation's Brussels Office


Building a stronger partnership between Africa and Europe

At this ISS Seminar held in September 2020, experts and high-level decision makers from Africa and Europe explored the potential focus areas of the new partnership between the two continents currently being discussed, and priorities which Africa’s negotiators should push for.

From lockdown to Thuma Mina

COVID-19 has accelerated the need for South Africa to unlock long-term growth


beyond LIBERTY: a new social contract - Nelson Mandela Foundation seminar

Panel discussion with renowned speakers from academia, business and civil society, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (July 2020)


UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivers 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered online by UN Secretary-General António Guterres live from the UN headquarters in New York City - hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation with HSF support (18 July 2020)


CPLO Online Conversation with SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Conversation with SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter


Silencing The Guns Can Reduce Forced Displacement

New Policy Brief of the Institute for Security Studies


In conversation with Kimi Makwetu (South African Auditor General)

Summary video about online event with Kimi Makwetu (SA Auditor General 2013-2020)


Hanns Seidel Foundation video for Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2020

HSF video shown at Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres


WHO Director-General in Panel discussion: "Making Universal Healthcare Universal"

Panel discussion with renowned speakers from academia, business and civil society, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (July 2020)


ISS Research: Angola beyond oil

"Targeted policy interventions can significantly brighten the country’s economic future"


Building Zimbabwe's Future

New ISS research: What will it take to create a ‘Great Zimbabwe’?


The Social Market Economy: A Model for South Africa?

Online Discussion:“The Social Market Economy: A Model for South Africa?”


Africa has boundless potential

Visualising key insights of the new book by Dr Jakkie Cilier, ISS - "Africa First! is the authoritative guide for policy makers to radically change Africa’s growth trajectory"


Prospects for the G 5 Sahel countries

"Despite enormous security and development challenges, clear and directed interventions could improve the region's prospects"


Adressing Hunger in South Africa - now and in the future

Recording of online panel discussion with diverse experts and experienced practitioners, hosted with ISS Pretoria (May 2020)


"Africa First! Igniting a growth revolution" - online launch event

Online launch of "Africa First! Igniting a growth revolution", a new book by Dr Jakkie Cilliers (ISS), May 2020


Mining Bodies - An exhibition opening

Nelson Mandela Foundation event: Mining industry experts, the producers of the documentary Dying for Gold and members of civil society discuss the South African gold mining industry, its legacy and its future (October 2019)


Narratives of Change: Reflections on movements in South Africa

"In an increasingly polarised world, how we tell stories of movements can be as important as the movement itself." Nelson Mandela Foundation dialogue (June 2019)


Can Africa adapt to future impacts of climate change?

Africa has contributed little to climate change, but is disproportionately vulnerable to its effects. This seminar shares findings from a new ISS report projecting vulnerability to climate change and adaptive capacity in Africa to 2063 (November 2018)


Insurgent Citizens - Reflections on protest in Democratic South Africa

Exhibition Launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (April 2019)


The future of violence in Africa

"Conflict trends in Africa suggest an increase – how can we reverse this emerging threat?"


How Africa's young population impacts development

ISS Seminar based on new research report "Getting to Africa's Demographic Dividend" (September 2018)


Barack Obama delivers Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg

Former US President Barack Obama gave the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in July 2018 in front of thousands in Johannesburg - Millions followed worldwide. The event was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with HSF support


Chimamanda Adichie in Johannesburg - a Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Tribute event in Johannesburg with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as keynote speaker (December 2018)


ISS Book Launch: Fate of the Nation by Jakkie Cilliers

"In his new book, Fate of the Nation, Jakkie Cilliers argues that the power struggle between the‘traditionalists’ and the ‘reformers’ in the ANC has paralysed the party, leading to the inept leadership and poor service delivery that now plague the country." (August 2017)


Oprah Winfrey in NMF event: Is’thunzi Sabafazi – The Dignity of Women

Oprah Winfrey in Johannesburg, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of Dialogue events marking Madiba's 100th Birthday (November 2018)

Racism in a digital age

"As the world rapidly changes due to technology, its role is becoming more prominent in the political, criminal justice and social spheres. However, these technologies may have unintended consequences and complexities far beyond our imaginations." (Nelson Mandela Foundation, May 2018)


Designing the Future of Africa

The African Futures and Innovation programme at the ISS uses historical trends to identify future growth opportunities.