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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02
JUL
5am

Nuclear physicist Professor Zeblon Vilakazi – New position

As you’ve hear about the appointment of Nuclear physicist Professor Zeblon Vilakazi to the position of vice-chancellor and principal of Wits University with effect from January 1 2021, we thought to invite him for a chat on his appointment and the direction he will be steering the institution into. He is taking over from Prof Adam Habib who is leaving the university to head the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Prof Vilakazi takes over the position at a time where universities are in the news for all the wrong reasons….
Guest: Professor Zeblon Vilakazi – Newly appointed vice-chancellor and principal of Wits University
02
JUL
5am

Labour Talk: Talking to a Concerned employee

Often when we hear about retrenchments and the unemployment stats, we look at the issue as a number and never put a face to it. Well this morning we hear directly from an affected employee about what it’s like to lose your job and the kind of mental battle one has to deal with

Guest: Kgalalelo – SAA employee
02
JUL
4am

Business feature: Taking township markets global

The township economy is often mentioned in political speeches during election time. Politicians talk so much about improving township economy with no real results. Well let’s talk now about an initiative by the Youth Employment Service called Masks4All. It is sold as a way that could show the way for township businesses to improve their quality and competitiveness to the point that they can tap not only into local corporate markets but more significantly, export markets. To tell explain how it works and the kind of assistance they give to these business, we are joined on the line by…

Guest: Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville - CEO of the Youth Employment Service
02
JUL
4am

ANC supports joint election

Yesterday the ANC’s Secretary-General Ace Magashule announced that the ANC is supporting the call to merge the country's national, provincial and local government elections. He was briefing the media on the outcomes of the NEC meeting held over the weekend. Magashule says that they will be engaging other parties on the issue. Let’s listen to what he had to say….

Guest: Terry Tselane - Executive Chairperson at the Institute of Election Management Services in Africa (He will speak more as a former IEC official about the practicality – We can do him for 5/10 minutes and release him)

Guest: Lulu White - Lulu White Election Management Consulting Agency of Africa (She will take it more on both practicalities and politics)
02
JUL
3am

Thinking point: ‘Municipalities in shambles

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has blamed municipalities’ failure to adhere to prescribed regulations for the increase in irregular and wasteful spending to 32 billion rand in the 2018/2019 financial year. This as an increase of 7-billion rand from the previous financial year. Only 20 of the country's 257 municipalities received clean audits, most of them in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Apart from the 32 billion rand in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, unauthorised spending exceeding the agreed budgets amounted to 11-point-nine-billion rand. Makwetu released his report in a virtual media briefing. To give us more insights into his report, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu now joins us on the line..

Guest: Kimi Makwetu - Auditor-General
01
JUL
5am

International Reggae Day..

****CLIP OF BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH AND LUCKY DUBE**

Focus: Today is International Reggae Day, something very big to those who appreciate the genre. As you’ve heard just now from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and our own Lucky Dube as to how they describe the genre. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has added reggae to its list of cultural institutions worthy of protection and preservation. What is it about this music that separates it from the rest and makes it stand out? To help us navigate this subject, we are joined on the line by……

Guest: Fikile Makhalemele – Promoter at Lioness Productions (She has been to Jamaica and can talk about reggae in that part of the world)

Guest: Ras James Mange - former Robben Island political prisoner (Can also touch on his use of reggae on the island)
01
JUL
5am

Ear infections and what we should understand

On our health feature today, we talk all things about the ear. Many people suffer from ear infections which we don’t really take seriously. We expose our ears to so much, from dust, earphones, loud music and so on. How many of us really pay attention to how we should treat our ears? Things like infections, how seriously do we take them?

GUEST: Dr Makhosonke Maseko – Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist as well as a head and neck surgeon
01
JUL
4am

Impact of the Covid-19 on the agricultural sector

Agriculture is one of those very important sectors in the world because it talks to food security. But now with the Covid-19 upon us, experts are worried about the sector and the sort of impact this may have. What should we be worried about the most?
Guest: Rodney Managa – Researcher at Africa Institute of South Africa research programme in the Human Sciences Research Council (He is currently completing his PHD in Horticultural Sciences with the University of Pretoria
01
JUL
4am

POPI KICKS IN TODAY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Today (Wed 1st July 2020), the Protection of Personal Information Act kicks in. This brings to an end the sale of personal information and warning to transgressors as those guilty face very heavy fines of up to R10-million. What is it we should know about this?

GUEST: Sizwe Snail kaMtuze- Attorney and part-time member of the Information Regulator
01
JUL
3am

THINKING POINT: SAA – Drama for the employees?

Judge Dennis Davis yesterday (Tuesday) criticised SAA’s business rescue practitioners for what he called “faffing around” for six months. This he said during an appeal against a labour court ruling in May ordering them to halt planned retrenchments at the airline. Earlier in the week the Department of Public Enterprises withdrew from the forum that was supposed to develop a new business plan for the airline. Where does this leave the employees? Let’s first hear from the acting Director General
Guest: Irvin Jim – General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers
30
JUN
5am

UIF QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Today being Tuesday, we continue bringing you the UIF representative to field your questions and deal with your problems. Please remember to keep your questions very brief and listen on the radio for answers.

GUEST: Tshiamo Molema – Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation in the Commissioner’s Office
30
JUN
4am

Importance of election observers

Malawi's new President Lazarus Chakwera has officially been sworn-in as the new President. He took his oath of office following victory in the rerun election on Tuesday, that's being seen as a democratic first in Sub-Saharan Africa. He defeated incumbent, Peter Mutharika with just over 58-percent of the vote. Regional electoral observer bodies from the African continent and beyond did not deploy their mission teams to oversee the elections due to travel restrictions. Since there were no observers, where does this put the credibility of the election and how do we gauge it?
Guest: Advocate Sipho Mantula - RESEARCHER: THABO MBEKI AFRICAN SCHOOL ON PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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