South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm5:50pm

This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally. The Africa Program of the Wilson Center, South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) and the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC, will host a half-day conference bringing together distinguished experts, business and political leaders and policymakers to discuss South Africa’s long road to freedom and democracy, the social, political and economic accomplishments of the country in the last two decades, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. The event will also showcase a group of emerging young leaders of South Africa and a panel discussion on the views of the “born free” generation on today’s South Africa and their concerns and hopes for the future of South Africa and the continent. 

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Steve McDonald // Global Fellow
    Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.
  • Chair, Board of Directors, South Africa-Washington International Program
  • First Secretary, Socio-Economic and Development, South African Embassy, Washington, DC
  • Founder and Chairman, Freetel Group
  • CSIS
  • Professor of Anthropology and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Vice President, Manchester Trade
  • Founder and CEO, Symbion Power
  • Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interest
  • Director and Producer, 1331 Productions, Former Associate Counsel to the President


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