Isandla Institute and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa invite you to a Development Dialogue on


 Positioning power: Alliance politics at play   



Thursday 22 November 2007, 16h30 - 18h00 

(tea and coffee served beforehand, please be seated at 16h30)    

Venue to be confirmed, Cape Town

The build up to the ANC National Conference in Polokwane in December shows that the internal politics between and within the ANC, COSATU and SACP are intensifying. Alliance partners have recently expressed robust statements on key issues, suggesting that they are seeking to position themselves as ‘kingpins’ with respect to leadership and policy direction of the ANC. But the positioning does not only happen between alliance partners; we also see significant internal manoeuvring of groupings/factions within each party and this is likely to intensify in weeks to come. Clearly, the forthcoming ANC National Conference is significant not only from the perspective of the leadership question, but (and intricately linked with the leadership issue) also for marking future policy in the post-Mbeki era and in suggesting who/what will be the dominant ideological and strategic forces in the fourth democratic dispensation (2009-2014). Are these dynamics a sign of a healthy, vibrant political culture or is it indicative of problems with the current political culture and existing systems and procedures for engagement and debate? The Development Dialogue will seek to shed light on the current dynamics, what they mean for the future of the Alliance and for democratic politics more broadly.


Yunus Carrim, MP (Member of the SACP) and Prof Sipho Seepe (political commentator, t.b.c.) have been invited to share their perspectives on these questions.

The Development Dialogue will be held on Thursday 22 November 2007 from 16h30-18h00 in Cape Town. The venue will be confirmed. Tea and coffee are made available between 16h00-16h30. Kindly note that the event will start at 16h30. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for informal interaction over drinks and snacks. 

If you are interested in attending this event, please r.s.v.p. on by Thursday 15 November. You will receive confirmation of your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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