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10. Apr 2023

Accso South Africa hosts KAS Scholar Seminar

On Sunday 2 April 2023, Accso South Africa hosted a Konrad Adenauer Striftung (KAS) scholar seminar. This important event was graced by Accso South Africa's very own Adam Wayland, as well as the head of the KAS Gregor Jaecke and his deputy, Christoph Kleiber, various KAS staff and journalists, most notably Wolfgang X, the African correspondent for the Handelsblatt newspaper, and fifteen visting German scholars.
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The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is a non-profit organization that promotes democracy, human rights, and social market economy in various parts of the world. It is named after Konrad Adenauer, who was the first chancellor of Germany after World War II and played a significant role in rebuilding the country.

The foundation provides worldwide funding and support for a variety of projects such as education, research, and political advocacy. It also offers scholarships and training programs for students and young professionals who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. Its main focus is to promote democratic values and strengthen civil society in order to create a more peaceful and just world.

Accso's KAS event came about when Accso was invited to a Back To Work lunch by the German Chambers. This lunch was where they met Gregor Jaecke, a representative of the KAS, one of the sixty to seventy German-owned companies that attended. Adam and Gregor got chatting, and after numerous conversations, an offer was made to allow the KAS to host their scholar seminar at the beautiful Cape Town Accso office. The evening consisted of a dinner and many interesting and thought-provoking conversations around South African current affairs, politics and history.

Adam had a very enlightening time and came away from the event with the following thoughts: "It's so wonderful to see young professionals with such an intense interest in SA. This kind of event can spark an interest later on in their careers to work more deeply with SA. Everyone keen to help Africa / South Africa is one step to creating a better future."

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