The #ForumAt8

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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Pretoria West and Atteridgeville have witnessed violent protests in recent times. Residents of the areas embarked on what they alleged would be a peaceful march against drug lords and prostitution today. However, violence erupted and led to some residents missing work and school. The youth in the area allegedly blocated roads with burning tires and steered cars off the road by pelting stones at them. Colonel Lungelo Dlamini of the South African Police Services assured that there would be police deployed to the areas. Sakina Kamwendo opens the forum for an in-depth discussion.
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Yesterday Finance minister Pravin Ghordhan delivered the budget speech in parliament. The Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the budget is pro infrastructure building, supports new businesses, empower small farmers and incentivise job creation. About two thirds of the 2017/2018's budget has been dedicated to social development programmes with Education receiving the biggest slice of the cake which is R 320 billion. On the Forum@8 this Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, Economist Dr Iraj Abedian, Black Sash's Elroy Paulus and Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute's Isobel Frye.
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Foreign Nationals in parts of Pretoria West are living in fear after violence broke out this past weekend with community members vowing to rid their area of drugs and prostitution. Locals are accusing some foreigners of running brothels and drug dens. Angry residents raided houses they allege have been used a drug dens and brothels, chasing away tenants and in some cases burning down the houses. The protests in Pretoria followed a similar break out in Rossetenville, South of Johannesburg last week, where residents set alight 10 homes, claiming they belonged to drug dealers. Sakina Kamwendo addresses the issue with Gauteng police provincial spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, Marc Gbaffou, the Chair of the African Diaspora Forum), Marc Gbaffou, Godfrey Mrobongwana, Chairman of Moffatview CPF) and Mametlwe Sebei of the Coalition of Communities Against Xenophobia.
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About 67 children of school going aged in Alwal North in the Eastern Cape have been barred from going to school because they have NO birth certificates. Fourteen of the children are born to South African parents who NEVER applied for children's birth certificates because of ignorance- NOW sadly some of the children live in child headed homes and have NO way of applying for the certificates as they don't have their parent's documents. The other children are born the Basotho who missed an opportunity to apply for the Lesotho special permits and will unfortunately have to return to their home countries to be documented. All the while, the children are NOT going to class as schools cannot admit them children. On the Forum@8 we ask; What rights do children whose parents are non-South African, or South Africa but did NOT get birth certificate have in terms of going to school. Can the schools deny children who do NOT have birth certificate rights to education, so as to say. Reverend Father Joe who is a religious Community leader based in Aliwal North and Liesl Muller from Lawyers for Human Rights speak to Sakina Kamwendo
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Price-fixing has had its fair share in the headline news this past week, when the competition commission found that banks in South Africa, had an agreement to collude on prices. The Commission has been investigating price-fixing in the trading of currency involving the rand since April 2015, but they say the unethical trade dates back to 2007, and has had a negative effect on the Rand's performance. On the Forum@8, we explore more on this unethical trade where companies clandistinely maximise profits: how does it happen - why do companied collude; - Are there punitive measures enough to deter the practice; - what should be done to close space for collusion and other corrupt practices? Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Professor Tshepo Mongale, Head of the Department of law at Monash South Africa and Kevin Wakeford, whistle blower of the 2002 rand collapsed.
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On the Forum@8 we look at the life and times of Professor Mazisi Kunene. Professor Kunene was a South African poet and literary icon. He has published several books including poems and several articles on Zulu Philosophy and cosmology. Two of his best known works include Emperor Shaka the Great & Anthem of the Decades. He studied Zulu Literature at the University of Natal now known as the University of kwa Zulu Natal. He later won a scholarship to further his studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University. At the end of his studies he was appointed professor of African Literature and Languages at the University of California in Los Angeles. He was banned by the apartheid government in 1966 and spent 30 years in exile, returning in 1993. Upon his return, he was appointed Professor of Zulu language and Literature at the University of Natal. Professor Kunene died in 2006 at the age of 76 in Durban. Bongi Gwala speaks to the wife of the professor, Mathabo Kunene and Otty Nxumalo from the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Academic Department.
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In the seven months since the August local government elections, the Nquthu Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal has repeatedly failed to elect office bearers. It does not have a mayor or a speaker. This has impacted negatively on the lives of the people because no decisions regarding service delivery have be taken. The impasse is because of a tug of war between political parties and the courts regarding the seats in the municipality. And now, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has moved in this week, to dissolve the embattled Municipality. Bongi Gwala speaks to Lennox Mabaso (Spokesperson for KwaZulu Natal department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs), Blessed Gwala (IFP National Chairperson) and Mdumiseni Ntuli (ANC KZN Provincial Spokesperson)
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Education activist Hendrick Makaneta has called on government to scrap Life Orientation (LO) as a subject in schools. He says it's a complete waste of time and adds no value to the academic development of learners in South Africa. He instead suggests that Maths and History be made compulsory for all pupils until grade 12. However, others argue that LO is an important subject which promotes among others, personal development and career planning. They suggest there are also minor life skills that should be taught in Life Orientation at school like how to change a car tyre; basic first aid; basic household management, including budgeting. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Education Activist, Hendrick Makaneta, and Chief Curriculum Planner for Life Orientation at the Western Cape Department of Education, Ismael Paladia for their views.
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When President Jacob Zuma promised jobs in his State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week, he sparked a great deal of heated debate among South Africans, about how that is to be achieved. Political analyst Prince Mashele commented that the president actually expected the jobs to come from white South Africans because it is white South Africans who create jobs, and not black people. Mashele says since 1994, black people have not established any massive factories to create jobs for their own. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Prince Mashele who is Author and Political Analyst and Mzwandile Many, President of the Progressive Professionals Forum, PPF.
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Since the National Health Insurance's white paper was released on 10 December 2015, it has drawn a flurry of comments. Some positive, but others less so. While some of the critical responses say that the NHI will be expensive and place an unrealistic burden on the middle class tax base, others say it will infringe on the right of the rich to unfettered access to private health facilities. The latest comment by to Ophthalmologist in private practice, has called for Medical Aid Schemes to be abolished. He says Medical Aid Schemes are a "crime against humanity, and cannot co-exist with the government's proposed NHI scheme". Sakina Kamwendo speaks Dr Kgosi Letlape, Dr Johann Serfontein at the Senior Healthcare Consultant at HealthMan and Senior Health Economist at the Council for medical schemes South Africa Nondumiso Khumalo
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Last night president Jacob Zuma dilivered his State of the nation after over an hour's delay. This because Members of Parliament from the oposition benches raised numerous points of order with the EFF saying president Zuma could NOT speak because he violeted his oath of office, the DA asking that a moment of sience be observed for the 94 pyschatric patients that died after being moved from life Esidimeni. Violence erupted when Parliament security forcibly removed EFF members from the House. This is the third consecutive year that the largely ceremonial event into a piece of angry political theatre. On the Forum@ this morning we discuss the state of the Nation Address with diffrent political parties