Roundtable Series

Helen Suzman Foundation | Jun 20, 2013
Issue Thirty One - October 2014 - Consultation and the Constitution
Oct 24, 2014
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Helen Suzman Foundation

On 26 August 2014, the Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with Prolog Consulting hosted a Roundtable discussion on Consultation and the Constitution. This Roundtable featured Prof Mtende Mhango, Dr Iraj Abedian, and the Honourable Deputy Minister John Jeffery.

Issue Thirty One - October 2014 - Consultation and the Constitution
Oct 14, 2014
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Anele

On 26 August 2014, the Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with Prolog Consulting hosted a Roundtable discussion on Consultation and the Constitution. This Roundtable featured Prof Mtende Mhango, Dr Iraj Abedian, and the Honourable Deputy Minister John Jeffery.

Issue Thirty - February 2014 - Equity and Redress
Mar 10, 2014
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Helen Suzman Foundation

On 4 February 2014, the Helen Suzman Foundation, in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science hosted a Roundtable discussion on Equity and Redress. This Roundtable featured Lindiwe Mazibuko, Songezo Zibi, and Eusebius McKaiser.

Issue Twenty Seven - July 2013 - Future of Our Cities
Jul 30, 2013
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Helen Suzman Foundation

On 30 July, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), supported by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science, hosted a Roundtable discussion on the Future of Our Cities. This Roundtable features Prof Adrian Saville, Dr Tanja Winkler, Mr Andile Skosana, and Prof Jean-Pierre de la Porte.

Issue Twenty Six - May 2013 - Accountability
May 22, 2013
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Helen Suzman Foundation

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

Issue Twenty Four - September 2012 - Corruption
Oct 16, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

"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.

Issue Twenty Three - September 2012 - Guilty or not guilty: Behind bars anyway
Sep 14, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

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.

Issue Twenty Two - July 2012 - Government - Business Relations: The Role of Business
Jul 12, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

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?

Issue Twenty One - September 2011 - Bridging the Gap between Constitutional Rights and Homophobic Realities
Dec 06, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

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.

Issue Twenty - July 2011 - Funding The Arts
Jul 01, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

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.