The Talking Point

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25
MAR

Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission recently began in the country to investigate alleged rights abuses during the 22-year-long rule of Yahya Jammeh. Created under an act of parliament, the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) aims at using openness and a court-like approach to investigate, over two years how abuse began and became systemic and the impacts it had on the country, and its people.

GUEST: Kwezi Mngqibisa – General manager of operations at the African centre for the constructive resolution of disputes (ACCORD)
25
MAR

How are Corruption and Class linked in the context of SA?

Professor Karl von Holdt says Corruption in South Africa isn’t simply a matter of bad morals or weak law enforcement. It’s embedded in processes of class formation – specifically, the formation of new black elites. This means corruption is primarily a matter of politics and the shape of the economy.

GUEST: Professor Karl von Holdt is a Senior Researcher (former Director) of the Society Work and Politics Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he has been based since 2007.
25
MAR

Wage strike looms at SARS

The Public Servants Association has confirmed that employees South African Revenue Service, SARS will proceed with a national strike on Thursday. Trade union NEHAWU and the PSA are demanding an 11 percent wage increase, while SARS is offering between six and seven per cent.

GUEST: Takalani Musekwa, who is the Executive for Remuneration and Benefits at South African Revenue Service, SARS
25
MAR

SASCO says the NSFAS historic debt settlement is a short-term solution to long-term problems

Not all students' organisations are happy that Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor has allocated almost a billion-rand to settlement of the historic debt to universities. The issue has been one of the causes of protests at different universities. Yesterday, Pandor announced that an additional 967-million-rand had been set aside to settle historic debt owed by over 52-thousand NSFAS-funded continuing students. However, students' organisation SASCO says the historic debt settlement is a short-term solution to long-term problems.

GUEST: Luyanda Tenge, deputy president of the South African Students Congress (Sasco)
25
MAR

Whites to blame for Cyclone IDAI

Black First Land First (BLF), President Andile Mngxitama has blamed Tropical Cyclone Idai on the West saying it is "a direct consequence of the white, Western system of ecological assault for profits”. The BLF want the African Union to demand reparations and relief from the West for the disaster.
GUEST: BLF president, Andile Mngxitama
25
MAR

What influence did the Gupta family have on the state?

ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe has responded to the testimony of ANC head of Elections Fikile Mbalula at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Mbalula told the commission last week that when he raised the issue of the Gupta family during an NEC meeting he was attacked. Speaking while on a campaign trail at Kathu in the Northern Cape Mantashe said the party was doing something regarding the influence the Gupta family had on the state.

GUEST: ANC head of Elections, Fikile Mbalula
22
MAR

FRIDAY MUSIC WIND DOWN: TRESOR - NOSTALGIA

South Africa-based Congolese musician Tresor.
Nostalgia, as the title suggests, induces feelings of nostalgia. The album combines the sound of ’80s pop as well as disco, house and Afropop; all while maintaining an African sensibility. This morning we get to know the man behind the album, while also playing for you some sounds from the Album.

Guest: Tresor – Musician
22
MAR

#MenTalk - Infertility in men

Up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. This means they aren't able to conceive a child, even though they've frequently, tried for a year or longer. Fertility problems can leave men with intense feelings of anger, shame, resentment and confusion. This morning on our #MenTalk feature we look at some of the reasons behind Male infertility and the impact on the mental and overall health of men.

GUEST: Dr Tiny Mhinga – Medical practitioner at Razorite Fourways and member of the men's health forum.
22
MAR

O.B KZN GOOD GREEN DEEDS CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Today we are broadcasting live from the Wembley stadium, in Edendale Township in Pietermaritzburg for the launch of the “Good Green Deeds Clean-up Campaign”. KwaZulu Natal is seen as one of the dirtiest provinces and the KZN Provincial Government has embarked on this Clean-up campaign to shed this image.

guest: KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube
guest: Andries Carl Nel, the Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
22
MAR

O.B KZN GOOD GREEN DEEDS CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Today we are broadcasting live from the Wembley stadium, in Edendale Township in Pietermaritzburg for the launch of the “Good Green Deeds Clean-up Campaign”. KwaZulu Natal is seen as one of the dirtiest provinces and the KZN Provincial Government has embarked on this Clean-up campaign to shed this image.

GUEST: Nomvula Mokonyane - Minister of Environmental Affairs
22
MAR

O.B KZN GOOD GREEN DEEDS CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

Today we are broadcasting live from the Wembley stadium, in Edendale Township in Pietermaritzburg for the launch of the “Good Green Deeds Clean-up Campaign”. KwaZulu Natal is seen as one of the dirtiest provinces and the KZN Provincial Government has embarked on this Clean-up campaign to shed this image.

GUEST: Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize - Co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister
22
MAR

South Africa’s new demerit system is unconstitutional says AA

We now look at South Africa’s new demerit system, which the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa say is unconstitutional and more focused on collecting revenue than punishing offenders. Earlier this month, the National Assembly passed the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill and sent it to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law. The bill plans to introduce a new demerit system, a block on obtaining driving and vehicle licenses when failing to pay traffic fines

GUEST: Layton Beard, the spokesperson for the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa

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