African Dialogue

Channel Africa  |  Podcast, ±56 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.
23
MAR
Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month. The coalition figure voiced frustration that the infighting was likely to embolden the party of former president Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country with an iron fist for two decades until leaving for exile in January. Barrow's cabinet is made up of the heads of the seven parties and single independent candidate who formed the coalition, and he had barely finished putting his government together before the disagreements began. To help us navigate these stormy waters, we are joined on the line by: Jeggan- Grey Johnson: Communications and Advocacy officer with the Africa Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy Project which is supported by the Africa Foundations of the Open Society Foundations in Kampala Ephraim Charlie Khumalo: Channel Africa Portuguese Service’s Senior Producer: Ebrima Sall: The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa based in Dakar Senegal:
22
MAR
The South African Department of Home Affairs last week hosted a two-day National Conference on International Migration at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Minister Malusi Gigaba identified the development of a new international migration policy as one of his top priorities during his term of office. This policy review seeks to lay a solid policy foundation for South Africa to manage international migration securely and effectively, in line with the National Development Plan. The conference was attended by Ministers of Home Affairs from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland; ambassadors; as well as international experts and practitioners invited to share international experience on the management of international migration. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Mkhuseli Apleni Director General Department of Home Affairs South Africa 2. Tumelo Raboletsi Director Department of Home Affairs Kingdom of Lesotho 3. H.E Emmanuel Mwamba High Commissioner Republic of Zambia
21
MAR
The delegates at the African Economic Platform will today debate the competitiveness of the African business. Yesterday business called on leaders across the continent to create a conducive climate for business. As the conference comes to an end, delegates will adopt resolutions on how to fast track economic development in Africa. Challenges such as intergration, free movement of goods and people are some of the issues they will have to find solutions to. Yesterday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe rebuked big economies on the continent for dragging their feet in resolving the problem of free trade. To help us find out more about the discussions we have: *** Dr Chris Karubi : Honorary Consul for Mauritius in Kenya and a member of the AU Foundation *** Dr Namane Magau: A Board member of South Africa’s Nuclear Technology Board, and former Business Women Association President. *** Dr Anthony Maruping : AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs. ***Vuyani Jarana: Chief Officer for VODACOM Business
20
MAR
African heads of state, captains of industry and academics have gathered in Port Louis, Mauritius to reflect on how to accelerate the continents economic transformation through collaboration, cooperation and joint ownership of Africa’s continental goals. The African Economic Platform has brought together African leadership from different spheres of society to reflect on how to accelerate Africa’s economic transformation through collaboration, cooperation and joint ownership of Africa’s continental goals. To tell us more about the AEP, we have: • Mauritius Foreign Minister : Honourable Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo • Ambassador Albert Muchanga, the commissioner for trade and industry at the African Union Commission • African Union Federation Council member, Dr Luísa Diogo is the former prime minister of Mozambique • SABC Foreign Desk Editor, Sophie Mokoena
15
MAR
Lesotho’s King Letsie III has set June 3 as the date for the general election after Parliament was dissolved. Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili said there was deepening political uncertainty in the southern Africa kingdom. Mosisili said the Democratic Congress (DC) who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament early this month has headed a coalition government since the ouster of former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Congress (ABC) two years ago. Meanwhile the law makers voted in favor of replacing Mosisili with Monyane Moleleki whose Alliance of Democrats party split from the Democratic Congress last year. Mosisili has been in power for the last two years and has seen his support base weaken as the ruling coalition was dogged by infighting and the resignation of several cabinet ministers. To help us talk more about this we are joined on the line by: Prof Frances Makoa Retired politics Lecturer University of Lesotho Dr Ina Gouws Senior Lecturer Political Studies and Governance University of Free State Nthakoana Ngatene SABC Correspondent
14
MAR
Rights to land and resources are at the centre of the most pressing development issues: Land rights in many parts of the country are conflicted, and the land rights and human rights of the poor are regularly undermined. And as we get closer to the African National Congress’ Policy Conference, individual populist pronouncements are gathering momentum around the issue of land redistribution. For an example, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, has called on white landowners to apologise for taking land from African farmers, saying refusing to do so would set the country on the path to self- destruction. To help us unpack land redistribution in South Africa, we are joined on the line by: Dr Somadoda Fikeni: Independent Political Analyst: Professor Ruth Hall: Associate Professor from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. Armand Greyling : Afribusiness law and policy analyst Glenn Farred: Programme Manager with AFRA.
13
MAR
The African Peer Review Mechanism believes the continent needs better policies for better implementation for democratic order. APRM Chief Executive Officer Professor Eddy Maloka says Africa is making great strides in applying democratic changes but more still needs to be done. This comes after APRM held its 14th anniversary, accompanied by discussions in evaluating its impact and effectiveness in Fourways, Johannesburg on Thursday last week. Former President Thabo Mbeki, is one APRM's founding members, was part of the dialogue. APRM is a self-monitoring tool that is voluntarily agreed to by the New Partnership for Africa's Development member-states and the African Union. To help us unpack this we are joined on the line by: Prof Eddy Maloka, Chief Executive Officer of the African Peer Review Mechanism: Steven Gruzd: Head of the Governance and APRM and Foreign Policy Programme at the South African Institute of International Relations based in Johannesburg:
09
MAR
The second Africa for Africa Women's Conference ends today in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The meeting’s theme was: "Women Cooperatives and SMME's at the centre of Local Economic Development" the event pulled together women from different countries on the African continent. Endorsed by the South African Department of Tourism and International Relations and Corporation, the main aim was to focus on areas of Tourism, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Financial Solutions. Now to tell us more about the conference LIVE from P.E we are joined on the line by: Zikhona Voyi: Co-owner of the clothing company Visions Becoming Wandisiwe Nondlazi, Enterprise Development Manager at the South African group the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative. Nigest Haile : Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Acceleration of Women Empowerment in Ethiopia. The conference convener Ms Bea Hackula
08
MAR
The second Africa for Africa Women's Conference is set to get underway tomorrow in Port Elizabeth, South Africa under the theme: "Women Cooperatives and SMME's at the centre of Local Economic Development" the event pulls together women from different countries in the African continent. Endorsed by the South African Department of Tourism and International Relations and Corporation. It aims to focus on areas of Tourism, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Financial Solutions. Now to talk to us more about the conference LIVE from P.E we are joined on the line by: South African Deputy Minister of Tourism – Tokozile Xasa The conference convener Ms Bea Hackula. Almas Jiwani. President of UN Women Canada National. Betsey Einges from the International Labour Organisation – Women Enterprises
07
MAR
Recently the World Health Organisation , WHO, published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”—a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list—which is divided into 3 categories according to urgency of the need for new antibiotics: critical, high and medium priority—was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics. Lasy week witnessed a global debate on the report. In this special edition of African dialogue we bring that debate : The speakers being • Dr Marie-Paule KIENY, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems & Innovation, WHO • Dr Nicola MAGRINI, Scientist, Innovation, Access & Use of Essential Medicines, WHO • Dr Carmem PESSOA DA SILVA, Coordinator a.i., Antimicrobial Resistance, WHO And that’s where we end this edition of African Dialogue, Join us again tommorw when we will bring you live coverage from the Africa to Africa Women’s conference taking place in Port Elizabeth in South Africa
06
MAR
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation this year did not give out their prize for the Ibrahim Prize for the Achievement in African Leadership. The Foundation stated that previous candidates since the prize was launched have set a high bar, highlighting that no head of state on the continent was chosen for prize in 2016. Since being launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). Nelson Mandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007. This has brought forth the question does Africa have a leadership vacuum? To assist us on this subject: • Dr Everisto Benyera, Lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South • • Professor Shadrack Gutto: Professor and Editor at the Institute for African Renaissance Studies.
02
MAR
Tomorrow the United Nations will acknowledge the World Wildlife Day, which is a remembrance of the day of the signature of the Convention of International Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES. Some parts of the environmental industry refer to the day as Wangari Maathai Day since the African Union used the day to recognise the environmental activist. To honour the work of the environmental community we spoke to: • Matome Kapa, attorney at the Centre of Environmental Rights • Stephen Wetmore, Sustainability, partnerships and innovations head of the World Wide Fund • Desmond D’sa, executive director of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance • Makome Lekalakala, branch coordinator for Earthlife Africa.