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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FRIDAY WIND DOWN - Gospel singer Verona Pillay

Time now for our regular Friday Music feature the Friday Music Wind Down. Today the spot light is on Gospel singer Verona Pillay, who was away from the recording scene for nearly 12 years. Verona Pillay was mentored by the great Rebecca Malope after she won the YoTV Child Star competition, at an early age in her life. Her hit single "Unconditionally" was selected for The 30 Most Amazing Gospel Hits of 2008 along with Kirk Franklin; she was the only South African. Verona was also nominated for Best Woman in Gospel at the 2019 Awards.

GUEST: Gospel singer Verona Pillay
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Men Talk: Why Do Men Cheat

Time now for our regular feature Men Talk, today we will look at some of the reasons why men cheat - Both married and unmarried men. Yes, I understand that women also cheat but this is our Men Talk feature so the focus is primarily on men but we will also touch on why and how women cheat too. Frustration in the marriage or relationship is one of the most common triggers, but phone in and tells us what interferes with your ability to maintain or remain in a committed relationship? We will take a look at a number of risk factors and causes for cheating. Whether cheating is a cry for help, an exit strategy out of a relationship, or a means to get revenge after being cheated? Is the cheater alone responsible for cheating? Why are men more likely to have affairs than women? And also why is it that men want to be forgiven when they are caught cheating BUT find it hard to forgive a woman who cheats on you? Once a cheat, always a cheat: do you think this is true?

GUEST: Fredrick Mamabolo - Productivity and life Coach, Speaker and Corporate strategist
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Vatican Summit

For years the Catholic Church has been plagued by sexual abuse scandals, which have tarnished its reputation. Yesterday Pope Francis handed the world's top Catholic bishops guidelines to shape the debate at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling clerical sex abuse. Yesterday Roman Catholic bishops representing almost 150 countries met at the Vatican to discuss their response to the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy. The summit is been convened by Pope Francis and aims to educate the top bishops who will then return home with clear ideas on how to spot and deal with abuse and paedophilia. It also aims to tackle the continuing sexual abuse scandal, which again hit the Church in 2018 in countries across the globe, including Chile, Germany and the United States. Why has it taken the church so long to get this right?

Guest: Father Russell Pollitt, S.J. – Director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa
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Transformation in Botswana

While addressing Parliament during a response to Botswana’s country Budget Speech, President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Advocate Duma Gideon Boko called on government to be more transparent. He said the budget speech lacked in providing practical direction as to how the country should progress in creating jobs, growing the economy and socially uplifting Batswana citizens. While SA is itself dealing with ailing state of State Owned Enterprises, Advocate Duma Gideon Boko says about Botswana’s State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) that the country’s failure in economic transformation in recent years indicated by its large number of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE), the majority of which while paying relatively good salaries, deliver no value for money. What according to him, is necessary to uplift the lives of the Botswana people?

GUEST: President of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Advocate Duma Gideon Boko
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the Performers Protection Amendment Bill faces opposition

We are now in conversation with Veteran actress and activist, Florence Masebe about the Performers Protection Amendment Bill, which strengthens the moral and economic rights of performers. The Bill is currently before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). Florence has been fighting against exploitation and for the fair treatment of artists in the industry. Last year she challenged members of parliament to pass the Performers Protection Amendment Bill, to protect the financial interests of actors and performers. The Bill has also been met with opposition. For more we are now joined on the line by…

guest: Veteran actress and activist, Florence Masebe
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The history of Student Protests, Movements and activism in South Africa

South Africa has a long history of student protests dating to the anti-Apartheid marches that predated South Africa's democracy. Since 1994, when democracy was established, South African students have had their own struggles. In recent years, there has been a wave of student protests action. The 2015 protests by UCT's students was a historic moment, were University of Cape Town's students protested for the removal of Cecil John Rhodes' statue. That same year saw the birth of #FeesMustFall, the student-led protest movement that began in mid-October 2015 in South Africa. This morning we journey back to student movements during apartheid & then come back to the student movements, activism and protest actions post democracy. How has student activism and movements evolved over time?

GUEST: Former Unisa vice-chancellor, Professor Barney
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Small Business Feature - The Entrepreneurship Development Academy

The Entrepreneurship Development Academy is the heart of entrepreneurial development and thinking at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). The Academy specialises in understanding entrepreneurship in constraint, enabling business owners to understand the environment within which they work, and thrive within it. This morning we find out more about the work the academy does, but also learn more about the grant funding from a US-based global company to assist South African township entrepreneurs across the country in retail-oriented pursuits.

GUEST: Sean Smith is Gordon Institute of Business Science senior manager: monitoring, evaluation
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What is the role of the Office of the Ombud for Financial Services Providers, in terms of complaints against banks?

Are you a bank customer who has a complaint or complaints against your bank or banks? Then listen up, this next interview is for you. We are going to discuss some of the most common banking complaints received by the Ombudsman for Banking Services, such as fraud-related disputes, illegal debit orders, credit card problems, issues with Internet banking, cellphone banking or any other issues related to the sector. We will discuss the process one should follow when a bank client has a complaint about a bank product or service....

GUEST: Mashite Makgoo, a Case Manager from the Office of the Ombud for Financial Services Providers (FAIS Ombud)
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Mboweni has expressed serious concern about the state of SOEs .

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has raised tough questions in Parliament relating to poor governance issues at State Owned Enterprises. He was delivering his maiden budget speech in the National Assembly. Mboweni has given cash strapped Eskom 23 billion rand to undertake its electricity market reform from tax adjustments. Mboweni has expressed serious concern about the state of SOEs ...

GUEST: Dr. Dale McKinley, an independent writer, researcher, lecturer and political activist
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Old Mutual

We are now in conversation with Daniela Lamparelli, a Wits University finalist of the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition. The competition was launched in 1972 as a platform to empower and create exposure for the country's brightest young minds. The Competition calls on tertiary students across South Africa to put themselves in the shoes of the Minister of Finance by submitting their interpretation of the budget speech and come up with innovative and solution-oriented ideas to address key national challenges. The process culminates subsequent to the reading of the National Budget Speech by the Minister of Finance on 20 February 2019 at a Gala Dinner hosted by both Nedbank and Old Mutual and attended by the Minister of Finance. One undergraduate and one postgraduate student are selected as the winners based on how it complements the Minister's Speech in addressing the main issues of the day.

GUEST: Daniela Lamparelli, a Wits University finalist of the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition

GUEST: Esther Bosha, who is also a Wits University finalist of the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition
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International Mother Language Day

Tomorrow is International Mother Language Day; the day originated in Bangladesh in 1952 and was officially launched in 1999 by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. This day has been commemorated annually ever since on, 21st February, and aims to encourage linguistic diversity and fuller awareness of cultural traditions throughout over 215 countries around the world. This morning we will focus on the Importance of mother tongue language, particularly for children. How parents can encourage their children to speak their mother tongue but most importantly by being examples themselves....

GUEST: Elinor Sisulu, the Executive Director of Puku Children's Literature Foundation

GUEST: Lorato Trok, Specialist Multilingual Editor at Puku Children's Literature Foundation
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What the attitudes towards Intercultural marriages in South Africa?

Marriage is a relationship that takes two very different people with their own unique perspectives and joins them together for a lifetime of blissful togetherness. This morning we will look at Intercultural marriages, which are more popular now than in the past, due to greater levels of cultural awareness and tolerance. We will discuss the dynamics, benefits and challenges of wedding a partner from another culture, nation, religion or ethnicity...

GUEST: Phumla Madiba - A Cultural Activist, a rural grown woman and Anthropologist

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