African Dialogue

Channel Africa  |  Podcast, ±55 min episodes every 2 days
The programme discusses current issues pertaining to South Africa and the continent as a whole. The talk show hosts various experts on interesting and important issues affecting Africa and the globe.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to pressure NorthKorea over its nuclear programme as North Korean state media warned the Americans of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" and said don't "mess with us". U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions. Donald Trump recently tweeted that he has 'exposed the total failure' of Obama's foreign policy. Since the beginning of his presidency Donald Trump’s administration has taken strong views on the foreign on security, fighting terrorists abroad and strengthening border defenses and immigration controls to expanding the US military might. To look at this: • Prof, John H. Stanfield, II. Prof Stanfield is a Distinguished Research Fellow in Democracy, Governance, and Service Delivery (DGSD) programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). • Sithembile Mbete is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, where she lecturers international relations and South African politics.
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has another issue to fight as Zambia treason charges were filed against him last week Monday, for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on a main road. According to police, on Saturday President Edgar Lungu had passed through Mongu – 500km west of the capital, Lusaka, and his motorcade was obstructed because Hichilema’s convoy refused to give way. Zambia treason is a non bailable offense which means the person charged with such act cannot apply for bail, with a minimum jail term of 15 years and a maximum sentence of the death penalty. To make sense out of all this, we are joined on the line by: Gary Van Staden: Senior Political Analyst: Arthur Sikopo: Channel Africa News Correspondent based in Lusaka, Zambia.
The legalisation of marijuana is one step closer to being realised, with the Department of Health forging ahead with plans to recognise it as a prescription drug rather than a banned substance. The Medicines Control Council (MCC) told Members of the South African Parliament it has made progress in its investigation into the medicinal use of cannabis. Excluding the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Medical Innovation Bill is now open for public comment after a letter was released from the Medical Control Council, South Africa’s medical regulatory agency that uses a variety of pharmacy and academic experts to evaluate the manufacture, distribution, sale, and marketing of medicines initially laid down by the Medicines and Related Substances Act, (Act 101 of 1965). To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Hon Kenneth Meshoe President African Christian Democratic Party 2. Brother ZEB Public Relations Officer House of Judah (Rastafarian Community) 3. Jeremy Acton Leader: Dagga Party 4. Casey Kooiman Director of Hezekiel House Rehab Director, 079 97 9055
Government has said that shale gas could be the answer to the country's energy challenges as coal-fired power stations are battling to meet the rising demand for electricity. Industry and environmental analysts have opposed the process of fracking, arguing it has the potential to poison the Karoo's underground water supply. Fracking involves digging wells up to 4km, before pumping in water and chemicals to crack the shale rock and release the gas. In 2012 the government lifted an 18-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing to weigh the environmental and economic implications of the process. Shell has shown interest in the exploration and has expressed concern at the lack of progress in the project. It said it planned to spend $200-million for the first exploration phase of six wells if granted a licence to drill. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Godfrey Oliphant Deputy Minister Department of Mineral Resources 2. Julius Kleynhans Portfolio Director: Water and Environment Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA)
Years after the official end of large-scale wars, the Great Lakes Region continues to struggle with the peaceful transfer of political power. Burundi has been suffering from simmering conflict since 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza seized a third term, despite arguments by the opposition that his bid was in violation of both the constitution, and the Arusha Peace Agreement. What ensued was the most serious episode of political violence since the end of the civil war, resulting in even the militarization of the state, and further restrictions on political space. To help us discuss the current political climate in Burundi we are joined on the line by: Dr Kingsley Makhubela: CEO Brand South Africa and has a doctorate in Conflict Resolution.
Last week, South Africa’s constitutional court declared that rhino horns could be traded legally. This comes after the court dismissed an appeal by the country’s department of environmental affairs to keep a ban on rhino horn trade. South Africa’s Private Rhino Owners’ Association with other plaintiffs has been embarking on a five year court battle ban, which first came into force in 2009. To assist us on this we are joined by: • Pelham Jones, association's chairman • Kim Daribeira, frm Outraged South African Citizens Against Rhino Poaching (OSCAP)
South Africa will once again pay homage to one of its struggle heroes, former South African Communist Party General Secretary and Mkhonto We Siwe commander, Thembisile Chris Hani. Dubbed as one of the most outstanding militants of the armed struggle, Hani was gunned down on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg. Polish immigrant, Janusz Walus, shot Hani in the head just as he stepped out of his car. The assassination, at the hands of apartheid oppressors, was part of a plot by the far-right in South Africa to derail the negotiations to end the racial regime, with late convicted killer, Clive Derby-Lewis, at the helm. Walus and Derby-Lewis were both sentenced to death for the murder, but the sentence was later changed to life imprisonment when the death penalty was abolished when the new Constitution was adopted in 1995. To help us discuss this historical occasion we are joined on the line by: Mbhazima Shilowa: A South African politician and served as Premier of Gauteng province while a and is a Co-Founder of the Congress of the People and previously served as Deputy President of COPE. Professor Andre Duwenhage , a political analyst
Nationwide protest action is expected tomorrow in South Africa; in opposition to President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle. Civil society and opposition political parties are said to be holding various protest rallies in the country. However, politically motivated protests are not new in South Africa. On social media there have been polarised responses on tomorrow’s organised protests, with questions of their effectiveness and to whose interests are these protests. To help us on this topic: • Gwen Ngwenya, COO from the South African Institute of Race Relations • • Kenneth Lukuko, senior Project Leader for Community Healing from the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
Political unrest and uncertainty about the future have grown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the Catholic bishops’ withdrawal from mediation talks aimed to resolve national political tensions. The bishops’ conference helped negotiate a Dec. 31 2016 agreement that aimed to avoid political crisis through securing a 2017 election that would choose the successor of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. To help us unpack this we are joined on the line by: • Charles Nyuykonge, The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes • Jean-Willy Tshitenga, Congolese Community of South Africa • Dr Juliene Kanku Katombe, Africa Diaspora Forum
It has finally happened! Ratings Agency Standards & Poor’s has downgraded South Africa to Junk status. The downgrade comes just after South African President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet sacking the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. The cabinet reshuffle saw former minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba redeployed to National Treasury as Finance Minister. Zuma received widespread criticism by opposition parties and civil rights organisations. Although the downgrade has also been widely questioned by many academics some are dubbing it as “Dubious”. Hours after the downgrade, also ratings agency Moody’s confirmed that it would also be placing the country on review for a downgrade. Junk status has a number of dire consequences for both the country, and its people. It affects future investment, currency, interest rates, and employment, among other things • Patrick Bond: A political and economic analyst: • Lullu Krugel, Chief economist at the group KPMG • Mkuseli Jack, Save South Africa convenor
South African President Jacob Zuma sacked his popular finance minister late Thursday as part of a larger cabinet reshuffle which could deepen divisions within the ruling ANC party and spook investors. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who has clashed with Zuma for months over graft and public spending, was replaced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, a relatively unknown figure with little finance experience. Zuma also made changes at 10 of the country's 35 ministries, including energy, police and tourism. Some of the ministers are newcomers, while others were moved to new portfolios. To look at these developments we are joined on the line by: Levy Ndou: Politics and Public Policy Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology: Andre Devenage: Director for the Institute Research at the University of the North West Dr Somadoda Fikeni: Independent Political Analyst Dr Theo Venter: Political and Policy analyst: University of the North West.
Are there new and resourceful ways of peacebuilding and reconciliation for governments? This is the question which will be explored by the Centre of the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) tomorrow in a seminar called Innovations and Peacebuilding. Partnering up with the Royal Ministry of New York and Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the centre will facilitate a conversation on ways for international organisations, governments and NGO’s how to better manage conflict and facilitate peacekeeping and reconciliation efforts. To assist us on this topic: • Masana Ndinga, Research Manager at CSVR • Yolande Bouka, Independent Researcher • Adane Ghebremeskel Tekie, activist also representing GIZ SADC.