Western Cape

Chairperson: Dr Martha Bridgman
Contact person: Pippa Segall, Project Administrator

Tel: 021-761-4842 / 083-305-2339

PO Box 454
Western Cape

E-mail: saiia.admin@telkomsa.net

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About SAIIA in the Western Cape

SAIIA Western Cape operates in Cape Town and environs to engage the public – in academia, private enterprise, government, non-governmental organisations, parliament and the foreign diplomatic community – in discussion of international issues of importance to South Africa.


Caltex, now part of the Global Chevron Corporation, and the Western Cape branch of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), host the Annual Interschool Quiz.


Speaker’s Meeting, 25 February 2008: Ken Mutuma spoke on “Kenya Crisis: Towards Peace and Justice”.

AGM, 3 December 2007: The branch held its Annual General Meeting, followed by an end-of-year reception where Dr. William Byrd spoke on “Responding to Development Challenges in a Conflict-Affected Situation: Lessons from Afghanistan, 2002-2007”.

Speaker’s Meeting, 11 October 2007: Tim Hughes spoke on ‘Blood Diamonds – Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible?’.

Speaker’s Meeting, 29 August 2007: Ambassador David H Shinn & Joshua Eisenman spoke on ‘Understanding China-Africa Relations’.

Speaker’s Meeting, 21 August 2007: Tony Leon MP spoke on ‘Where in the world is South Africa – My perspective of our foreign policy shifts.’

Speaker’s Meeting, 14 March 2007: The branch and the High Commission of India hosted Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of the Government of India. He is regarded as the architect of India’s economic miracle. He spoke on ‘Can Economic Growth Solve World Poverty?’ at The Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 20 February 2007: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aziz Pahad, spoke on “SA’s Role in the Security Council” at the Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 19 February 2007: The branch – with the Swiss Embassy and the Cape Town Club – hosted the Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Michael Ambühl, who spoke on “Switzerland’s Foreign Policy, Its Principles and Application thereof in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

AGM, 23 November 2006: The branch held its annual general meeting, which was followed by an end-of-year reception where Mr Moeletsi Mbeki spoke on “South African Business Looks North – What Lessons Learnt?”

Speaker’s Meeting, 16 November 2006: US Ambassador Eric Bost spoke on ‘2006 US Mid-Term Election Post-Mortem’ at The Centre for the Book.

Digital video-conference, 1 November 2006: The US Consulate General held a digital video conference that looked at the US mid-term elections and party strategies with Amy Walter, a senior editor of The Cook Political Report.

Speaker’s Meeting, 19 October 2006: Dr Petr Kopecky spoke on ‘Party Patronage: South Africa in Comparative Perspective’ at the Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 19 September 2006: Steven Gruzd, Research Manager on the Nepad & Governance Project at SAIIA, gave an address on the ‘African Peer Review Mechanism: Where are we now and where are we going?’ at The Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 21 August 2006: US Senator Barack Obama gave an address on ‘New Threats and New Promises in the 21st Century’ at The Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 14 August 2006: Eddie Cross, of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change, gave a talk on ‘The Outlook and Prospect for Change in Zimbabwe’ at Claremont Civic Centre.

Speaker’s Meeting, 20 July 2006: The situation in the Middle East was the topic of discussion with Prof Heribert Adam and Prof Kogila Moodley giving an analysis at The Centre of the Book, Queen Victoria Street.

Speaker’s Meeting, 21 June 2006: Mrs Carolina Barco, the Colombian Foreign Minister, spoke on ‘Latin American Integration‘ at The Cape Town Club.

Speaker’s Meeting, 14 June 2006: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sue van der Merwe, will give an address on ‘Multilateral diplomacy: The Search for Greater Equity, Representivity and Balance in the Global Exercise of Power”.

Speaker’s Meeting, 10 May 2006: Ambassador Tom Wheeler gave an address on ‘The New Great Game in the Caspian and Central Asia’.

Speaker’s Meeting, 20 April 2006: SAIIA’s Parliamentary Research Fellow Tim Hughes spoke on ‘From Ramallah to Jerusalem: Implications for Peace in the Middle East’.

Speaker’s Meeting, 14 March 2006: The branch hosted Vice-Admiral Martyn Trainor, who spoke on Martinus – Slow Military Maturation.

Speaker’s Meeting, 22 February 2006: Dr Michael Power, Portfolio Manager and Equity Strategist with Investec, gave an address titled “Sleeping Tiger, Leaping Dragon? (Comparing China and India)”.

Speaker’s Meeting, 9 February 2006: The branch’s first event for the year was an address by H.E. Dr Romulald Szuniewicz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, who spoke on “Poland Today”.

Speakers’ Meeting, 8 December 2005: Dr Martyn Davies, director at the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, and Peter Draper, the head of SAIIA’s Development Through Trade Programme, spoke on ‘China and South Africa in 2006: Prospects in Trade and Finance – Crisis or Opportunity?’ The event also included the Cape Town launch of the new book Enter the Dragon: Towards a Free Trade Agreement Between China and the South African Customs Union.

Book Launch, 15 November 2005: The branch, together with the World Bank, hosted the launch of the Bank’s World Development Report 2006 at the Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 3 November 2005: The head of SAIIA’s Development Through Trade project, Peter Draper, gave a talk on ‘The Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting of the WTO: What to expect?’.

Speaker’s Meeting, 29 September 2005: SAIIA’s National Director, Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, gave a talk on “Africa at the Crossroads: Taking Stock of Progress” at a branch meeting at the Centre for the Book.

Speaker’s Meeting, 8 September 2005: The branch hosted Ross Herbert, the head of the Nepad and Governance Project at SAIIA, who delivered a talk on “Nepad and the Peer Review: Implications for South Africa”.

Branch Meeting, 28 July 2005: Lyal White, a senior researcher for Asia and Latin America at SAIIA, gave an address on “Dynamic China: Leapfrogging Development to Superpower Status”. He had just returned from a research trip in China.

Public Meeting, 15 June 2005: The branch held a meeting where Benjamin Pogrund, founder of Yakar Centre for Social Concern, spoke on The Middle East on a Knife Edge. The Cape Town-born Pogrund was deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail when it was closed in 1985, then he emigrated to the UK where he undertook journalistic work for the BBC, Sky TV and CBS, among others. His address was followed by a reception.

Speaker’s Meeting, 26 May 2005: The branch hosted SAIIA’s Parliamentary Research Fellow, Tim Hughes, who gave a talk on “Reflections on the Zimbabwe Elections”. Hughes writes widely on issues of concern in South Africa’s foreign policy. As the SAIIA National Parliamentary Research Fellow, he is engaged in a project on strengthening parliamentary democracy in the SADC region. He reflected, in part, on his observations from the SAIIA forum on the Zimbabwe Elections held on 12 May 2005, where he took part.

Meetings, 5-8 April 2005: The Western Cape Branch of SAIIA hosted three meetings that were addressed by Ambassador Elias Eliades speaking on ‘Understanding the complex nature of ethnic conflict: Cyprus, a case in point.’

Speaker’s Meeting, 3 March 2005: The branch hosted a meeting that was addressed by Dr Sara Pienaar on “Ukraine – Borderland or Centre Stage?”

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