Roundtable Series

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 22, 2013

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Issue Twenty Six - May 2013 - Accountability

Issue Twenty Six - May 2013 - Accountability

This Roundtable, which was held on Wednesday 22 May, deals with the issue of Accountability in South Africa. A number of themes were expanded on by our panellists. These included the relationship between government and the electorate, the proper role of public officials, public perceptions and expectations, the role of the media and other public bodies, and ways forward. The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) brought together a set of panellists drawn from the world of politics, academia, and the media. The panellists were Prof Alex van den Heever, Mr Mmusi Maimane, Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Mr Nic Dawes. The panel discussion was chaired by the director of the HSF, Mr Francis Antonie

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Oct 16, 2012

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Issue Twenty Four - September 2012 - Corruption

Issue Twenty Four - September 2012 - Corruption

"Corruption and misadministration are inconsistent with the rule of law and the fundamental values of our constitution. They undermine the constitutional commitment to human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms. They are the antithesis of the open, accountable, democratic government required by the Constitution. If allowed to go unchecked and unpunished they will pose a serious threat to our democratic state." - Judge Arthur Chaskalson, President of the South African Constitutional Court, 2000.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Sep 14, 2012

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 Issue Twenty Three - September 2012 - Guilty or not guilty: Behind bars anyway

Issue Twenty Three - September 2012 - Guilty or not guilty: Behind bars anyway

The Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with the Open Society For South Africa, hosted a QRS dealing with prisoners in remand and human rights. The aim of the QRS was to explore the issues currently faced by people who are placed in remand detention pending the finalisation of their court case. These issues include overcrowding, court delays, excessive time spent in remand, and an inability to qualify for bail amongst others.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Jul 12, 2012

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Issue Twenty Two - July 2012 - Government - Business Relations: The Role of Business

Issue Twenty Two - July 2012 - Government - Business Relations: The Role of Business

This Roundtable examined the current relationship between government and the private sector in South Africa with a view to determining what role business itself should be playing. Specific questions addressed by the four panelists include: how does the strained relationship between government and business undermine South Africa’s ability to overcome its domestic challenges; what role do the various business organisations play in influencing the policy debate in South Africa; what role do the various business organisations play in influencing the policy debate in South Africa; and should the business sector engage publically with government about contentious issues or should they do it behind closed doors?

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Dec 06, 2011

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Issue Twenty One - September 2011 - Bridging the Gap between Constitutional Rights and Homophobic Realities

Issue Twenty One - September 2011 - Bridging the Gap between Constitutional Rights and Homophobic Realities

South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most liberal and inclusive in the world. In particular, the Bill of Rights, Article 9 (3), guarantees that, “No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone [on the grounds of] gender, sex, [or] sexual orientation.” Since the Constitutional dispensation, gay rights victories have been achieved in many areas: same-sex civil unions; same-sex adoption; same-sex spousal benefits; etc.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Jul 01, 2011

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Issue Twenty - July 2011 - Funding The Arts

Issue Twenty - July 2011 - Funding The Arts

This particular Roundtable emerged out of ongoing discussions held with the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) and with Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Given the importance of the Arts in uniting, enlightening, and developing a rich and vibrant South African society, the Roundtable discussion explored how funding of the Arts can become more streamlined, co-ordinated and effective in order to enhance the sustainability of the Arts sector.