Roundtable Series

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 01, 2011

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Issue Nineteen - May 2011 - Making Local Gavernment Work

Issue Nineteen - May 2011 - Making Local Gavernment Work

Francis Antonie, Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation and Chair for the evening, began by noting that as the evening’s roundtable takes place on the eve of the Municipal Elections, questions around the efficiency, effectiveness and the role of local government are up for discussion. He laid the foundation for the discussion by outlining several questions to frame the debate. These included questions around the capacity of local government, funding issues, the appropriateness of the structures of local government for dealing with corruption, and the susceptibility of the administrative structures to pressures from economic and political elites. He ended by posing the question, “Have we not set local government up for failure?”

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Feb 01, 2011

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Issue Eighteen - Febuary 2011 - South Africa's Debt Trap

Issue Eighteen - Febuary 2011 - South Africa's Debt Trap

The Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with its partner the Open Society Foundation For South Africa, hosted its first QRS of the year. The QRS explored South Africa’s Debt Trap against the background of the National Credit Act, and the responses to this Act from the Banking sector and Micro Finance Industry.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Sep 01, 2010

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Issue Seventeen - September 2010 - The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa

Issue Seventeen - September 2010 - The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa

As the state of South Africa continues its search of efficient and effective resolutions to the energy dilemma and strives to meet the country’s long term demand, The Helen Suzman Foundation took the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion on this issue. The theme of the discussion, The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa, has its roots in the government’s expressed commitment to expand the country’s energy mix and to move beyond fossil-based fuel sources.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Aug 18, 2010

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Issue Sixteen - August 2010 - Of Strangers and Outsiders: Overcoming Xenophobia

Issue Sixteen - August 2010 - Of Strangers and Outsiders: Overcoming Xenophobia

T he Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with The Open Society Foundation For South Africa, hosted a roundtable discussion on Wednesday 18 August 2010, entitled Of Strangers and Outsiders: Overcoming Xenophobia. The debate was lively and the event was attended by around 160 people.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 01, 2010

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Issue Fifteen - May 2010 - Sport, Nation Building and Development

Issue Fifteen - May 2010 - Sport, Nation Building and Development

The Helen Suzman Foundation in association with, the Open Society Foundation For South Africa, hosted another Quarterly Roundtable on Sport, Nation Building and Development. It was held at the Country Club Johannesburg in Auckland Park on Monday 31 May 2010. The Roundtable was attended by a cross section of the public and people currently working within the field of sports development research and community sporting initiatives.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Mar 01, 2010

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Issue Fourteen - March 2010 - Identity: Are there any South Africans?

Issue Fourteen - March 2010 - Identity: Are there any South Africans?

The Foundation’s liveliest roundtable to date was held at the Johannesburg Country Club, 10 March 2010. The varied panel comprising Antjie Krog (Begging to be Black), Eusebius McKaiser (columnist and blogger), William Gumede (political analyst) and Ivor Chipkin (Do South African’s Exist?) provided provocative, contrasting and stimulating presentations.