The Forum@8

SAfm  |  Podcast, ±47 min episodes every day  |  Broadcast schedule
The Forum@8 is a feature of AMLive with in-depth and interactive discussion on the main story of the day. The Forum@8 is on every week day from 8 to 9am on SAfm radio 104-107 FM nationwide.
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On the Forum@8 this morning, we talk about the state of race relations in South Africa, and reflect on various suggestions for tackling racism as South Africans. Some sections of communities believe that the manner in which racism is dealt with in South Africa, is selective. Sakina Kamwendo is in conversation here in studio, with Managing Director at Diversi-T, a change management consultancy and human resource development and training organisation, Terry Oakley-Smith.
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On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Political Analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni looking at the politics of violence and coercion and the weakening of an informed democratic discourse. This in continuation with our series, talking to political analysts, about the political atmosphere in the country. Earlier in the month, the ANC stalwarts issued a press release, hoping to bring members of society up to date, with the recent and disturbing developments in South Africa. Among the concerns they raised and warned about, was that of a group clad in fatigues, similar to those worn by members who served in Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), who claimed they were defending Luthuli House against an undefined enemy. The veterans distanced themselves against the group saying they live in a constitutional democracy, and do not need private armies to defend their movement.
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ANC councillors in the City of Johannesburg are now facing criminal charges following disruptions at a meeting chaired by Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba. Mashaba says the charges will include damage to property and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He believes the interruptions are a clear indication the ANC is refusing to accept the outcomes of last year's local government elections. Last week, Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga was delayed for four hours in delivering his state of the capital address. On the forum@8 we examine whether this is political intolerance and what can be read from these disruptions. According to Political analyst Ralph Mathekga, the disruptions can be partly viewed as political intolerance, but he believes it is the trauma of losing power and the ANC will need to learn to be an opposition.
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In our series of conversations on the current state of South Africa, we are joined this morning by Political Analyst, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke who writes that the first phase of the #ZumaMustFall campaign can be roughly dated back to the second week of December 2015 following President Jacob Zuma's removal of Nhlanhla Nene from the Finance Ministry. He goes on to question whether recent Anti-Zuma marches are actually of any use
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Richard Calland, political commentator and Law professor at UCT, writes that South Africa is at a crossroads and says the country seems to be gripped by growing tensions as it approaches a political precipice, much like the mood in the years leading up to the 1994 election. He says there is an impressive mood of defiance and resistance to the excesses characterising the Zuma presidency. He adds that there is anxiety and hope in equal measure, as South Africa enters a seminal period in its history. In his book, Make or Break, he argues that six big questions would be posed and answered in the three years between 2016 and 2019 and that the answers would set the course for the next thirty years. richard Culland speaks to Sakina Kamwendo.
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Sakina Kamwendo speaks to South African actor, musican and now published authough about her Authobiography entittled "It's Me Mara". In It's me Mara, Marah Louw opens up about her childhood, loss the highs and frustrations of her music career and an abusive relationship that lasted longer than it should have. Her career spans over 40 years and she is counted among South Africa's musical and entertainment industry royalty
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Today, we host South African musician Victor Khojane - better known as Dr Victor. He was born in Kimberly and began playing when he was a student, in a band called "CC Beat" - now known as the Rasta Rebels . A highly accomplished musician, he plays guitar and piano. His career spans over 15 years and has had a creative hand in the lives of many artists from both South Africa and the African continent
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Credit Ratings agencies Standard and Poor's and Fitch downgrading the country's credit ratings to junk status. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Political Economist Liepollo Lebohang Pheko and Dawie Roodt who is Director and Chief Economist of Efficient Group
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There are still students who are still in the dark about their academic futures as they have yet to receive their national student financial aid scheme grants. At the University of Mpumalanga in Mbombela, last week students barricaded gates denying staff members and contractors access to the institution. The students are concerned about the lack of payment by NSFAS for the pervious academic year. In Limpopo, classes have resumed at the University of Venda following a two-week protest action by students- demand payment of books and living allowances by NSFAS. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Head of Marketing and Communications Kagiso Mamabolo and Head of Business Enablement Victor Rambau at NSFAS
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UDM has served Parliament with papers seeking direct access to the Constitutional Court for a secret ballot on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Neither the Constitution nor the Rules of the national Assembly provide for a vote of no confidence to be conducted by secret ballot, and the Speaker of Parliament has no authority in law to alter such provisions. In 2015 the Western Cape High Court dismissed an application which sought to force the National Assembly to vote on a motion of no confidence by secret ballot. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and the spokesperson of parliament, Moloto Mothapo.
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Today the country commemorates 24 years since the assassination of anti-apartheid icon and South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Chris the assassination of anti-apartheid hero and South African Communist Party, SACP, leader, Chris Thembisile Hani. Hani was murdered outside his home in Dawn Park, East of Johannesburg on this day the 10th of April in 1993. The daughter of an anti-apartheid icon, Chris Hani, has released an autobiography to take us behind the walls of the Hani home after the death of her father. In her book, Being Chris Hani's Daughter, Lindiwe Hani reveals details of how the family was affected, how she fell victim to substance abuse and meeting her father's killers.
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South Africans are today (friday 7 April) taking to the streets in support of a call for a nationwide shutdown. Civil society groups and political parties are calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. They also want an end to corruption and government links to the Gupta family. Government has called on South Africans not to participate in the protests and rather to resolve issues through dialogue. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to SAfm listener to hear what their views are.