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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22
OCT

No need to make ‘SA Great Again'

Political Analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela asserts that ‘we don't have to make our country "great again". We are actually a great country, but we must realise the potential and turn it into reality. After all, we can't eat potential.’
GUEST: Mpumelelo Mkhabela, who is a political analyst with the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa.
22
OCT

Which word or phrases do people mispronounce the most?

On the Talking Point this morning, we highlight the challenge of calling a place, words and people's names. We examine the growing tendency by many to totally mispronounce names, often causing offence along the way. While none of us like to be corrected, many people would prefer to be made aware of their error, than discover that they have been addressing others incorrectly and in some instances, had been changing the meaning of a name.

GUEST: Dr Kim Wallmach – Who is the Director at the Stellenbosch Language Centre
22
OCT

Why do we see some women supporting an alleged Abuser, and not the victim?

Last week we saw the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) express its dismay that the women seen standing in support of rape accused Timothy Omotoso were wearing ANC regalia outside the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth. This spoke largely to women coming out to support Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso. Vusumzi Gqalane is the EFF Ward Secretary in the Nelson Mandela Bay said they see many women are supporting this man and in their view, the church is not what it says it is. It can't be that women are the ones that support a person who has committed tragic crimes like this.
In communities, in families, many times we see women supporting or standing behind the abuser, and not believing the vistim, why is this so?

Guest: Lebogang Ramafoko is CEO of the Soul City Institute
22
OCT

The effectiveness of the ANC integrity commission

The ANC’s integrity commission has come under the spotlight again following the release of the VBS report. Last week the ANC in Limpopo admitted that there were serious transgressions committed by party officials, including at municipalities, in the VBS collapse and looting. ANC provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane says their case will be handled by the party's integrity commission. This morning we interrogate the effectiveness of the integrity commission.

GUEST: Professor Ben Turok, who is Director of the Institute for African Alternatives.
19
OCT

Friday Music Wind Down – We profile, an award winning jazz artist

On our Music feature today we profile, an award winning jazz artist, born and bred in Randfontein, in Johannesburg's West Rand. Henry Philemon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, who is recognized for his guitar playing skills. He has worked with artists like Condry Ziqubu, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the late Nana Coyote and Senyaka to mention a few. He now joins us on the line...

GUEST : Henry Philemon, award winning jazz artist
19
OCT

Men Talk Feature –What are the different Shades of Masculinity?

Is there such a thing as passive toxic masculinity? How do we deconstruct the idea of what masculinity is?
FOCUS: Aggression, dominance, physical strength, and the love of sport, risk-taking, virility, frequent sexual activity and the suppression of emotions are some of the key characteristics of what society have normalized as masculinity. The expression of these behaviors, thoughts and feelings are seen as definitions of “a real man”. In 2012 Mbuyiselo Botha wrote an article saying ‘I may be a proud feminist, but I am no sissy’
GUEST: Mbuyiselo Botha – Gender Activist who is also a feminist
19
OCT

How can insects can help fight hunger in the world

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where the overall number of extremely poor people is increasing rather than decreasing, this according to the World Bank's latest Poverty and Shared Prosperity report. Dr Esther Ngumbi, however, says eating insects can help fight hunger and food insecurity. She further says eating insects is an ancient practice which is still prevalent today.
GUEST: Dr Esther Ngumbi, PhD - Distinguished Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Entomology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
19
OCT

Does South Africa need a rebrand?

Is there a need for the composition of a new, forward-looking National anthem? Solly Moeng, Brand reputation management adviser and CEO of strategic corporate communications consultancy DonValley Reputation says If South Africa wants a new dawn, maybe it needs to reconsider its country brand - starting with a new national anthem, written from scratch and rooted in the Constitution. Mr Moeng's comments follow the seemingly growing culture of corruption and unethical conduct around the country.

GUEST: Solly Moeng, who is a brand reputation management adviser and CEO of strategic corporate communications consultancy at DonValley Reputation Managers
19
OCT

What should be the proposed deposit for political parties to contest next year’s national and provincial elections.

A party contesting national and all provincial elections will have to pay a deposit of R605, 000. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has proposed maintaining the R200, 000 deposits for political parties wanting to contest in the national elections. ICE has published a notice inviting comment from interested stakeholders including political parties and members of the public on the proposed quantum of election deposits for next year's national and provincial elections. The closing date for the submission of comments is 26 October 2018. For more we are now joined on the line by....

GUEST: Sy Mamabolo, the Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission
19
OCT

Is Internet access compulsory as one of our basic human right?

Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub says data is more expensive for lower volume customers than higher volume customers because frequent data sales use up more capacity. Joosub was appearing before the Competition Commission Data Services Market Inquiry currently underway in Pretoria, yesterday. The inquiry is focus on whether data prices are higher than they ought to be, causes and remedies for high prices, and the impact of data prices and access to data on lower income groups like the unemployed. Joosub was responding to questions posed by the commission's panel members.

GUEST: Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele
18
OCT

Basic Education Sector to Clamp down on Sexual offenders with tough new measures

Today collective agreements to address sexual offenders within education were reached with teacher unions in the basic education sector. The agreements were presented to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education today in Parliament. The Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) told the committee that the collective agreements would go a long way to creating a safe environment for learners as well as enhance stability in schools.
The most important agreement is with regards to sexual offenses committed by teachers against learners. In particular where learners are either the victim or a witness to the offense

GUEST: Nomusa Cembi, National Spokesperson for South African Democratic Teachers Union
18
OCT

The War in Yemen

UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation. Yemen has been torn apart by more than three years of civil war between the internationally recognised governments, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and based in the south, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital Sanaa. The nation of some 30 million is the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest

GUEST: Ebrahim Deen, Researcher at Afro-Middle East Centre

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