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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17
MAY

Malawians set to vote in country’s presidential and parliamentary elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission has begun distributing ballot materials to polling stations ahead of next Tuesday's presidential and parliamentary elections. Incumbent president Peter Mutharika will be seeking a second and final term, while his vice president, Saulos Chilima, who left the ruling party in 2018 and is running to defeat Mutharika. President Peter Mutharika has since dissolved his 20 member-cabinet.

GUESTS: Undule Mwakasungula, who is a Malawian Human Rights and government activist and also a consultant
17
MAY

Update on SABC diesel spillage

Yesterday the SABC advised all staff members who work at the Radio Park building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg to only report for work on Monday, as clean-up operations were still on-going following Tuesday's diesel spillage. For the latest update on the situation we are now joined on the line by SABC spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu…

GUEST: Vuyo Mthembu, SABC spokesperson
17
MAY

Are government killing off businesses?

Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), the V&A Waterfront desalination plant owner, has terminated its water supply contract with the City of Cape Town. The City was notified of this decision on 7 May. The City is disappointed with this unilateral decision and is now considering the legal ramifications," according to a 9 May media statement from the City. Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) was founded in 1996 and has been supplying filtration and water treatment equipment to the food & beverage, pharmaceutical, industrial and mining sectors and also to municipalities.

GUEST: Musawenkosi Ndlovu, Director of Quality Filtration Systems
16
MAY

Getting to know Rhulani Baloyi

This morning we are going to profile one of our own, Rhulani Baloyi. She is a TV presenter, SABC Journalist, Motivational Speaker and Casual Day ambassador. Rhulani is best known for co-hosting the SABC1 youth talk show Shift and she was also the talk show presenter of SAFM's Intune, which used to broadcast live every Saturday. Intune was a youth programme which includes Takalani Sesame and Soul Buddyz, among many others. She is a multi-talented woman, who excels in everything she does, this despite being visually-impaired. This morning she will be co-hosting the final few minutes of the Talking Point with me. But first let’s get to know who Rhulani is…

GUEST: Rhulani Baloyi, a TV presenter, SABC Journalist, Motivational Speaker and Casual Day ambassador.
16
MAY

Sudan's public prosecutor has charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan's public prosecutor has charged ousted President Omar al-Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters during the mass protests that led to the end of his decades-long rule, as security forces reportedly opened fire on demonstrators with live rounds. Bashir is also facing an investigation over allegations of money laundering and financing of terrorism. The charges were announced as Sudan's military council and opposition groups reached an agreement on a power structure for the country's transition. For more we are joined on the line all the way in Sudan by Ahmed Elzobier, a researcher on Sudan for the rights group Amnesty International…

GUEST: Ahmed Elzobier, a researcher on Sudan for the rights group Amnesty International
16
MAY

SME Feature: Is entrepreneurship the solution to unemployment?

Statistics South Africa revealed an increase in the unemployment rate. It reported that the number of unemployed people increased by 62-thousand to six-point-two-million in the first quarter of the year. The country's unemployment rate was recorded at 27-point-six per cent in the first quarter of this year from 27-point-one per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018. This morning on the Talking Point we will look at innovative solutions for unemployment, such as entrepreneurship...

GUESTS: Gugulethu Xaba, Founder and Chairman Adamo Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
16
MAY

The Importance of health and safety in the workplace

The SABC has advised all staff members who work at the Radio Park building in Auckland Park, not to report for duty today, as clean-up operations are still underway following yesterday's diesel spillage. The public broadcasters’ internal systems had switched from City Power to its back-up generator following a power outage. This morning we will look at the Importance of health and safety in the workplace…

GUEST: Kabelo Selesho, CEO of Isipho Sempilo SHEQ Solutions, Health and Safety Specialist
16
MAY

Verwoerd’s grandson heads to parliament

The grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd, Wynand Boshoff is making his way to the sixth Parliament. Boshoff is leader of the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) in the Northern Cape which managed to win 1 seat in the provincial legislature post-elections. Verwoerd was an Afrikaner nationalist who is dubbed the architect of apartheid. Boshoff says he is ready to take on the new challenge.

GUEST: Dr Wynand Boshoff, Who is the leader of the Freedom Front Plus, in the Northern Cape
15
MAY

Workers on Wednesday: The DOL's threat of Deregistration - A help or threat to Unions?

Recently, one of the largest and most powerful trade unions in the country, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) was again in the news. This time, not so much for its strike activity, but rather the Department of Labour's threat to deregister the union. Some have speculated that this was due to the trade union's strike activity in the mining industry and opposition to Cosatu affiliated and ANC aligned, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). In today's show we explore this development and more broadly the role of the state in regulating trade unions.

1. Terry Bell, who is an Independent Labour Analyst

2. Ms Sellinah Mahlangu, Directorate for Collective Bargaining at the Department of Labour
15
MAY

Where to now for APC’s Themba following election defeat?

We are now in conversation with Themba Godi, the leader of the African People's Convention, APC. Themba Godi has chaired the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, SCOPA, for the last 14 years. Godi will not be returning to parliament as his party failed to secure enough votes to keep its seat in the National Assembly. The APC garnered just over 19 thousand votes in the elections.

GUEST: Themba Godi, the leader of the African People's Convention, APC
15
MAY

Economic outlook of SA’s economy post elections

This morning we are in conversation with SABC Economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki to look at South Africa's economy post the recent general elections, this also in the wake of the unemployment rate which has increased to its highest level since late 2017. Stats South Africa recorded it at 27.6% at the end of the 1st quarter of 2019. For the latest outlook on the country's economy, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki now joins me in studio...

GUEST: SABC Economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki
14
MAY

AngloGold Ashanti set to close shop in SA

We are now in conversation with Gideon du Plessis, the General Secretary of Solidarity. The trade union says it is disappointed with AngloGold Ashanti's announcement that it would possibly sell Mponeng, its only remaining mine in South Africa, along with all its other mining operations…

GUEST: Gideon du Plessis, the General Secretary of Solidarity

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