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Project Pre-election talks

31.01.19 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) has fostered and supported the post-apartheid transformation process from the very beginning through a wide range of instruments. Such instruments include political education and training, political consultancy and intensive research. Further objectives of the work of KAS are an enhancement of parliament's control function, the support of federal structures, the fostering and monitoring of regional integration processes and the promotion of civil society.

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) has been supporting and facilitating the establishment of business links between Southern African and German companies for over 65 years. The Chamber serves more than 600 members by supplying information on the economic situation in these countries, bringing together potential trade partners, and offering a wide range of business support. The SAGCC is part of the global Chamber network, which is represented by 140 offices in 92 countries.

General elections will be held in South Africa in May 2019 to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This election will determine who will become the next President of South Africa. Incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the ruling African National Congress in the election attempting to retain majority status and a full term in office as president. Opinion polls suggest the African National Congress (ANC) is regaining some support, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) may be losing voters and the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) position remains unchanged.

The 2019 general elections will take place in a time where the South African economy faced a recession. Globally‚ economic recession affected electoral support. On the other hand, the South African Government is aiming to generate at least US$ 100 billion in new investments over the next five years. However, investor confidence is said to be fading due to discussions around land expropriation without compensation and the lack of a skilled workforce amongst other issues.

In this regard, the KAS and SAGCC are planning a series of pre-election talks in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. These pre-election talks shall give the wider bi-lateral business community the opportunity to receive information about the parties policy regarding the economy. Parties that shall be invited are:

  • African National Congress
  • Democratic Alliance
  • Economic Freedom Fighters
  • IFP (Durban + Gauteng), Cape Town (ACDP)