The Talking Point

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Newsmakers and Guest Experts offer their insights and perspectives into the national and global discourse on politics, economics, education, social matters and comprehensive dialogues on cultural diversity and other essential issues of public interest like, poverty alleviation, unemployment rate and health related issues.

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20 years of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) as both the regulator and the funder in SA

We continue our weekly discussion with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), which is celebrating 20 years since its existence. This morning we are in conversation with Ms Xolile Ntuli, the Chief Financial Officer of the National Lotteries Commission board, about how the NLC achieves and maintains clean audit and the impact of the work of the NLC in the communities…

GUEST: Ms Xolile Ntuli, the Chief Financial Officer of the National Lotteries Commission board…
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Sonke and SAfm dialogue on "The Role of Local Government in Preventing and Addressing Gender-Based Violence"

This morning the Talking Point is coming to you live from Diepkloof Comprehensive Welfare Centre, 13141 Marthinus Smuts Drive, Soweto in Johannesburg. We are here for the Sonke and SAfm dialogue on "The Role of Local Government in Preventing and Addressing Gender-Based Violence". This morning we will engage with a range of speakers from government and civil society organisations about how we can end gender-based violence in our homes, communities, churches, schools, on our streets and in our villages and cities by working together with all spheres of government…

GUESTS:

1. Ms Steve Letsike is a well-known activist, not only within the LGBTQI+ sector, but also on issues of feminism, human rights and social justice.

2. Ms Chiedza Chagutah, who works as the programme manager for Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa a local intermediary grantmaker

3. Mr Patrick Godana, who is Sonke's Eastern Cape Provincial Manager

4. Ms Nonhlanhla Mokwena, who is the Deputy Chief responsible for Gender Based-Violence Programmes at the Centre for Communication Impact (CCI).

5. Ms Thusani Mulaudzi, who is Head of Strategy and Relations in Group Strategy, Policy, and Relations for the City of Johannesburg
6. Pearl Moabelo - dept of social development
7. Mbuyiselo Botha - commission for gender equality
8. Ms Anna Sithole - deputy director national department of social development
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‘Open letter to President Ramaphosa’

For some time government has been calling for input from the private sector and individuals to assist the country on issues of job creation. And yes, if you listen to the news, some have heeded government’s call. Individuals have also come forward with suggestions to try and assist. One of those is Mpho Muthubi who is a social entrepreneur has written an open letter to the president with suggestions that he believes with advance employment in the country. However he says his letter fell on deaf ears. He has since sent it to the SAfm team and to talk us through it, he now joins us on the line…

GUEST: Mpho Muthubi – Social entrepreneur and commentator
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"Workers on Wednesday": Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

This week on Workers on Wednesday we discuss the problem of sexual harassment at the workplace. Many women workers are regularly subjected to this unsavoury and oppressive form of behaviour by their male colleagues, especially those who are in higher positions to them. Because of high unemployment, many women are also forced into sexual relations with their employers in order to obtain and keep their jobs. How widespread is the problem of sexual harassment at the workplace and what can we do to eradicate it?

1. GUEST: Ms Patricia Appolis, National Gender Co-ordinator of the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWUGUEST: Ms Chriscy Blouws, Attorney from the Women's Legal Centre in Cape Town
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Former SABC interim board members stand by decision to award 185-million rand security tender

Former members of the SABC interim board say they stand by their decision to award a 185-million rand tender to the company that scored the second-highest. The board is now under fire from the Special Investigating Unit which found that they acted irregularly in awarding the tender. The SIU says the interim board failed to give sufficient reasons why they chose the second bidder instead of considering other options. In their report, the SIU wants them to be declared delinquent and for the money lost to the SABC to be recovered. Khanyisile Kweyama, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo and John Matisonn held a media briefing in Sandton, Johannesburg yesterday to outline their plan of action…

GUEST: Krish Naidoo, former member of the SABC interim board
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‘Gauteng municipalities near being dysfunction’

The Gauteng Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance MEC, Lebohang Maile, yesterday established a committee to look into allegations of fraud and corruption in the province's municipalities. Maile says they have noted that Gauteng municipalities are at risk of degenerating to a dysfunctional level, except for Ekurhuleni and Mid-Vaal. For more on this issue we are now in conversation with the South African Municipal Workers Union, SAMWU, who have been vocal on issues of corruption at municipal level…

GUEST: Koena Ramotlou, General Secretary of the South African Municipal Workers Union, SAMWU
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Global Perspective: Profiling Cuba

Time now for our regular Tuesday slot the Global Perspective, today's destination is the country of Cuba. Cuba's Communist government has survived more than 50 years of US sanctions intended to topple veteran leader Fidel Castro. It also defied predictions that it would not survive the collapse of its one-time supporter, the Soviet Union.

GUEST: Dianelis Forestal Mejías, the Third Secretary for Press and Culture affairs of the Embassy of Cuba
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Apartheid in Somalia: Plight of the Bantu Somalis

We continue our focus on the horn of Africa, this morning our focus in on Apartheid in Somalia, where clan structure remains socially and politically important. When you think of Somalia you generally picture a homogenous society, with a common Arabic ancestry, a shared culture of nomadism and one Somali mother tongue BUT in reality the country is faced with ethnic marginalization, stigma, social exclusion and apartheid. In south-central Somalia, extremist group al-Shabaab has waged violent attacks in the past year against minorities, particularly Bantu and Christians. This morning on the Talking Point we will discuss the clan structure of the majorities which continues to exclude minorities from significant political participation and employment. Our focus is on the plight of the Bantu Somalis

GUEST: Izak Khomo, Who is Channel Africa's Producer for a show known as "Spotlight Africa"
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Talking Finance with Bryan Hirsch

As discussed last week, this morning we are going to be discussing one of the important principals of the financial plan which relates to Health Care and Disability. However, Bryan Hirsch would first like to answer the two questions from last week: Can you access your savings account from your Medical Aid? Is it compulsory for government employees to join the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)?

GUEST: Bryan Hirsch, Chairperson of Bryan Hirsch, Colley & Associates (Pty) Limited
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Small business calling on treasury to act on late payments

For many years small business have been complaining about late payments from the different government structures. Well, there’s light at the end of the tunnel as the department of small business development is calling on the budgets of various national and provincial departments that owe SMME’s large sums of money to be slashed to allow the Treasury to pay the affected businesses directly. What made the department go this route and how do they expect the problem will be solved seeing that anything regarding the law take very long to be approved?

GUEST: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Minister of small businesses development
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Makhura fails to effect changes to his executive committee

Yesterday (19/08/19) the ANC in Gauteng failed to meet yesterday's deadline that the party's NEC had set for the Gauteng Premier David Makhura to replace one of his male MEC's with a female one. The ANC had ordered Makhura to effect changes to his executive committee in line with the party's resolution. The ANC resolved that provinces that are led by males must have 60 per cent of women in their executive committee. Instead Makhura, who is also the chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng, resorted to a 50/50 gender representivity. Makhura's executive committee comprises of five men and five women.

GUEST: Gauteng ANC secretary-general, Jacob Khawe
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CR17 managers accused of enriching themselves through Ramaphosa funds

President Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters have accused the CR17 campaign managers, especially Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, of having used them to enrich themselves from the R1 billion raised for his ANC leadership campaign in 2017, this according to Investigative Journalists Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Piet Rampedi And Karabo Ngoepe. To elaborate further we are now joined on the line by

GUEST: Piet Rampedi, Investigations Editor at Independent Media as well as editor at African Times

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