The #ForumAt8

SAfm  |  Podcast, ±47 min episodes every day  |  Broadcast schedule
In-depth and interactive discussion on the main story of the day. Catch the Forum@8 every week day from 8 to 9am on SAfm radio 104-107 FM nationwide.
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South Africans believe that free public higher education for all, is possible and necessary, and that a meaningful, open and frank consultation on this issue should continue. Many say that the choices should not be left entirely to "experts", "consultants" and the agents of institutions, and that students should be widely consulted before any final decisions are made, because they are the ones who made the call for "fee-free" education. Student funding in South Africa depends on a number of sources, all of which remain unsustainable. These include parents' contributions, bank loans, and the goodwill of business and charitable institutions. On the Forum@8 we ask this morning: '' where should the money come from for free public higher education?" We spoke to both Professor Ahmed Bawa (CEO: Universities South Africa) and Enver Motala, researcher at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development at the University of Fort Hare...
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The conversation around data in South Africa has once again made headlines this past week . This is after well-known radio personality Thabo Molefe, better known as Tbo Touch, started the #data must fall campaign. Molefe gave cellphone networks a 30-day ultimatum to make a change or else subscribers would migrate to a cheaper service provider. Today(Monday 26 September), is11 days since the ultimatum was issued. Some telecommunication experts agree with the recent public outcry over exorbitant cellular phone data costs, but caution that cellular phone data costs in South Africa will not be cheaper anytime soon. Research ICT Africa (RIA) says South Africa's cheapest 1 giga-byte data product puts it in 16th place out of 47 African countries assessed by RIA. Tanzania has the cheapest 1GB , in comparison to South Africa. Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria also have better data prices than South Africa. On the forum@ we ask is data expensive in South Africa? Joining us for the conversation is Alison Gillwald - Executive Director: Research ICT Africa, including Icasa councillor, Katherina Pillay
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On the Forum@8 this morning we ask if it is time to review the municipal council handbook. Wasteful expenditure has long been a challenge for local municipalities. In June, this year, Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu reported that irregular expenditure among South Africa's municipalities has more than doubled over the last five years, hitting R14.75 billion in the last financial year. Recently the eMalahleni municipality in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga had to cancel the purchase of a luxury vehicle for its new mayor, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, after the municipal manager diverted R1.5 million of service delivery funds. In Lekwa local municipality, they have entered into a contract to hire 29 vehicles for R50.4-million, including its mayor Linda Dlamini's luxury BMW X5, over three years. This is despite service delivery backlogs in that municipality. However whenever these expenditures are exposed, officials quickly refer to the ministerial handbook which is meant to set guidelines for spending by ministers, deputy ministers, executive mayors, chief justices and other public office bearers. In 2014, the Department of Public Service and Administration said it was conducting a review of the handbook, but to date nothing has been presented. We spoke to Spokesperson for the Right to know campaign, Dr. Dale McKinley and Director of Municipal HR Manager Systems at the Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Jacky Maepa...
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A ‘Hands off Dudu Myeni’ campaign has been started, aimed at defending the SAA Chairwoman against what is termed ‘white male corruption’. A Johannesburg City Councillor, Leanne Williams, says she believes Dudu Myeni has been attacked for fighting white male corruption. Williams says she has credible information from within SAA, on why Myeni was being targeted. The Democratic Alliance is said to be preparing court papers to have the re-appointment of SAA Board Chair, Dudu Myeni, reversed. The party said Myeni's reappointment was irrational given the massive losses she has presided over. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Parliament last week, that the national airline made a four point seven billion rand loss in the 2014/2015 financial year. President Jacob Zuma has said he had confidence in the recently re-appointed SAA chairperson, Dudu Myeni, and the new board. To talk to us about these issues we were joined in studio by Jhb City councillor Leanne Williams and Wayne Duvenage (Chairman of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, Outa)
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South Africans have just observed a seven day marriage campaign, that focused on marriage as a holy institution. Couples were encouraged to focus on their marital relationship and to confront any obstacles in their marriage. This project, running from 1-7 September 2016, is an opportunity for every South African couple to focus on marriage and to what extent it is threatened. Media reports do indicate that globally, the divorce rate is increasing. Here at home, we're told that in 2010, 170 826, civil marriages, 9 996 customary marriages and 888 civil unions were recorded by the Department of Home Affairs. In the same year, 22 936 divorces were granted, with more women (49,3%) than men (34,0%) filing for divorce. On the Forum@8 this morning: ''should marriage last forever? - Why can't we have a fixed term marriage? Felicia Buthelezi (founder of Fisokuhle Media, publisher of I Do magazine, that aims to give hope and inspiration to married couples and those planning to marry) joined us in studio for the discussion...
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Illegal mining continues unabated in South Africa. The practice started in the late 1990s, when big gold mining companies closed shop after the gold price declined. Many of the workers who were laid off turned to illegal mining to eke out a living. The illegal miners or zama zamas spend long periods of time underground, digging for gold. They face daily dangers such as rock falls, carbon monoxide poisoning and underground fires. What makes the Zama-Zamas illegal, we're told, is that they operate without a permit, they trespass on the land of large-scale miners, and are in possession of unwrought gold. On the Forum@8 we ask, this morning: "'Should we give up on illicit mining activities that seem to mushroom around the country....and should people be allowed to use the available resources to feed themselves and their families?
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Substance use amongst learners in South Africa has become a significant problem, with relationships between educators and learners being seriously challenged. That is according to a study conducted by academics at the North West University titled 'Educators experiences of their relationships with adolescents involved in drug use'. The study shows how educators have found ways to cope with these challenges, whilst still nurturing positive relationships with such learners and how the educator-learner relationship is a vital life-line. Meanwhile , in 2012 the National Schools Violence Study found teachers have been subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of learners. On the Forum@8 we look at the abuse of teachers by learners with guests, Themba Ndlovu - communications manager at the South African Council of Educators AND the Spokesperson for Minister of Basic Education, Troy Martens...
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On the Forum At 8 this morning we tackle the issue of addressing inequality in the new South Africa. According to the National Income Dynamic Study released by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africans "who were not poor" almost a decade ago are now considered to be living in poverty. The study also reveals that having more educated young people has not led to a reduction in inequality. We spoke to Phumlani Majozi - Business analyst at the Independent Entrepreneurship Group and Youth Co-ordinator at the Free Market Foundation and Dick Forslund - Senior Economist at the Alternative Information and Development Centre ...
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We're told that the true test of democracy is the extent to which Parliament can ensure that government remains accountable to the people. Parliament does this by constantly monitoring government's actions. In this way Parliament is able to ensure that service delivery takes place, so that all citizens can have a better quality of life. The Constitution positions Parliament at the core of our democracy, where laws should be made and accountability exercised. But, so much transpires in parliament nowadays that brings this into question..... where opposition parties accuse parliament of shielding the ANC and the president.…,occasional attacks on members of parliament suggesting they are NOT "honourable; or even the Constitutional Court finding that parliament acted wrongfully in dealing with the Nkandla matter. On the Forum@8 this morning, we speak to the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Lechesa Tsenoli together with Ralph Mathekga Head of Political Economy at Mapungubwe Institute For Strategic Reflection...
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When MKhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association was formed at the end of the struggle, their purpose was to represent the interests of the veterans of the struggle, together with their dependents. These included Poverty alleviation amongst its members; Creation of jobs for its members; Education support as well as Empowerment of women MKMVA. But on Monday morning, the veteran operatives, on their military fatigues, almost portrayed themselves as nothing but a private militia. They were at the forefront of chaos in the Johannesburg CBD. The veterans formed a fleshy ring around Luthuli House shoving and beating them up the #OccupyLuthuliHouse supporters. Not even Journalists could escape their wrath. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Kebby Maphatsoe who is the chairperson of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Associationand Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans.
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The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal has suspended classes for the next two weeks as a result protests by students. Firefighters struggled to put out a fire at the library building on the university's Howard College in Durban. In another building 68 physically challenged female students had to be evacuated from their residence at its Durban campus last night, following a fire. Twenty-two students, including the SRC president, were arrested for public violence and contravening a court order. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal's Lesiba Seshoka and Sunshine Myende who is a Student representative council at the university's Howard College
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On the forum@8 this morning, we look at the eviction of Bromwell residents in Woodstock, a few kilometres from historic District six. The residents of the area have until this Friday, to vacate or they could be forcibly removed. Director of development company, Woodstock Hub, Jacques van Embden bought the land in 2013 and says at the time, the seller indicated that the houses for the 28 families would be vacant upon transfer. We spoke to Western Cape Human Settlements MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela and Ndifuna Ukwazi Community Activist, Daniel Knoetze....