he Festive Season has begun in earnest. It is a period that frequently paints a bleak pictures of the state of road safety in South Africa. As more and more people make their way to holiday destinations, the death-toll mounts. Negligence, unroadworthy vehicles and poor road conditions are among the main casues of accidents. For their part, the road traffic fraternity has said it is mobilised to serve the South African public and protect road users. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Mathabatha Mokonyama who is Acting Director General at the Department of Transport and Con Roux Manages the N3 Toll Concession, N3TC.
According to Trends in International Maths and Science Study, South Africa is almost dead last among 48 countries in terms of its maths and science education. Despite the low score, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the study shows that South Africa has made the biggest improvement of any education system in the world since participating in the study. On the Forum@8 this morning we look at how South Africa can improve results in Maths and Science. Sakina chats to Dr Mark Chetty, Acting Director for National Assessments at the Department of Basic Education, Aarnout Brombacher who is Founder of Brombacher and Associates which specialize in teacher training, materials development and research in the field of mathematics education and Dr Vijay Reddy, Principal Investigator of TIMSS 2015 grade 5 study and Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council
The late Cuban President Fidel Castro's been describe as the greatest leader of the 20th century who dedicated his entire life to building a better life for all humanity. Here at home, Castro has not only been hailed for helping liberate South Africa from the yoke apartheid but his efforts in freeing the continent from colonialism and imperialism. He will also be remembered as "a great fighter for the ideal that the poor have a right to live with dignity. On the Forum@8 this morning, we spoke to Friends of Cuba society Deputy General Secretary, Clever Banganayi.
On the Forum@8 this morning, we look at the Regulation of Churches and Religious Freedom in South Africa. You will remember last week, we had a discussion, with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, about their view, that there are several reasons for the Religious Sector to be regulated. But there are concerned that the Commission's proposed solution to the problem, namely "self-regulation" of religion (including the Church), is not a workable or constitutionally permissible solution. Anele Mda - Social Commentator- Solomon Ashoms - Publisher of Parable Magazine, Livingston Mdongo - Spokesperson for the All Africa Federation of Churches Bishop Zablon Mbhele- Sufficient Grace Church...
One of the biggest HIV vaccine trials begins today. The study will take place across 15 sites in the country and will involve more than 5000 HIV negative men and women. For more we are now joined in studio by Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, Protocol Co-chair for the HVTN 702 study and Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases DR CARL DIEFFENBACH, PROF LINDA GAIL BEKKER AND NTANDO YOLA
The African National Congress has been holding one of its most difficult NEC meetings in Pretoria, discussing a request by Tourism minister Derek Hanekom for President Jacob Zuma to resign. The meeting went on until late last night. It is believed that cabinet ministers in the NEC have been divided on the matter, while the so-called premier league reportedly supports president Jacob Zuma. Three cabinet members were reportedly supporting Hanekom's motion. The ANC was expected to make an announcement about the outcome of the meeting late last night. On the Forum@8 this morning, we look at possible outcome of that meeting. But first, let's play you CLIPS of opposition parties in parliament, who have been calling for motion of NO Confidence In president Jacob Zuma,…..with some offering to help the ANC negotiate an exit for the president. We will also be joined by poliutical analyst Professor Lesiba Teffo together with political analyst Professor Sipho Seepa
South Africans are flocking to shopping malls for #BlackFriday today as prices are slashed during shopping extravaganza. Black Friday takes place on the first Friday after Thanksgiving and is a day of big deals and promotions for American shoppers
On the #ForumAt8 this morning we hosted Chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion of the Rights of Cultural, religious and Linguistic Communities, Thoko Nonhle Mkhwanazi-Xaluva on the commission's findings of prima facie evidence of commercialisation of religion and abuse of people's belief systems in South Africa. The commission says it heard of many examples such as People being expected to pay substantial amounts of money before blessings and prayers could be said over them. These included items sold to congregants at high marked up price; Access to the spiritual leader or traditional healer is only guaranteed by payment of a fixed amount of money; and Banks speed points being used for people to swipe their bank cards during ceremonies. But now, more than 50 (including a number of the major) churches, denominations and other faiths have requested the Commission to grant them an extension to the deadline given for comments, on the Commission's proposed regulation of religion in SA, to 1 June 2017
On the #ForumAt8 we look at the life of Charlotte Maxeke, "Mother of black freedom", the first black female graduate, religious leader, social worker and a political activist. We spoke to journalist and author of Beauty of the Heart :The life and times of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke, Zubeida Jaffer...
Findings of the national minimum wage report have been met with mixed reaction. The report of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) advisory panel has proposed a minumum wage of R3500 a month and R20 an hour as a starting level. Announcing the proposal on Sunday Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the proposed national minimum wage isn't a living or decent wage, but an attempt to address inequality and the problems of the country's working poor. The process is now open to South Africans and various sectors to debate the feasibility of the recommendations in the report. On the Forum@8 we look at the minimum wage proposal with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Economist at Free Market Foundation at the Free Market Foundation Jasson Urbach
INTRO: The South African public has been given more time to make submissions on the proposed new law to stop hate crimes and hate speech. The department of justice and constitutional development says due to public and stakeholder interest, the deadline for the submission of inputs to the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been extended from 1 December 2016 to 31 January 2017. The idea is to ensure that once passed into legislation, the Bill reflects the collective wisdom of the country. The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill will create offences for several forms of discrimination, including on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and nationality. On the Forum@8 we try to unpack this proposed new law to stop hate crimes and hate speech. Sakina Kamwendo chats to Founder of Diversi-T Change Management Consultancy Terry Oakley-Smith, Chairperson of the Hate Crimes Working Group Sanja Bornman, Comedian Mark Banks and AfriForum's Deputy CEO.
Sakina Kamwendo speaks to hip-hop artist, Tebogo Thekisho, better known as ProVerb. The Award winning Hip-Hop artists also doubles as Radio and Television Presenter and producer.