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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18
JUL

Economists expect SARB to cut repo rate

South African economists are expecting the Reserve Bank to cut repo rate by 25 basis points. But why is the repo rate so significant to us as ordinary citizens? To answer this and more, we our now Joined on in studio by our SABC Senior Economics reporter, Tshepo Mongoai, to give us the latest economic outlook in the country

GUEST: SABC Senior Economics reporter, Tshepo Mongoai
18
JUL

Bloodshed on the horizon if calls to declare a new federal state in Southern Ethiopia aren’t heard

One of the biggest tests of the administration of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since coming to power in April last year was the question of Sidama, a zonal administration under the Southern Regional State which is opting for establishing itself separate regional state. Sidama is currently part of the multi-ethnic Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, which is represented in the country's ruling coalition by the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement. The Sidama, who make up about 5 percent of Ethiopia's 105 million people and are the largest of more than half a dozen ethnic groups in the Southern Nations region, say they will declare their own region today (18/07/2019) unless granted a referendum. This morning we are in conversation with Izak Khomo, Who is Channel Africa's Producer for a show known as Spotlight on Africa. He says we could witness a similar situation here in South Africa…

GUEST: Izak Khomo, Who is Channel Africa's Producer for a show known as Spotlight on Africa
17
JUL

ANC veterans react to Zuma spy allegations

The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) national council say former president Jacob Zuma is a liar, this follows Zuma's allegations against the MKMVA's national chairperson, Siphiwe Nyanda, and Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Earlier on I spoke to ANC Veterans League president, Snuki Zikalala about the allegations Zuma made the state capture inquiry..
17
JUL

State Capture: Cross examination VS seeking questions for clarity

Tensions flared on former President Jacob Zuma's second day on the stand in the State Capture Inquiry. Zuma's lawyer, Thabani Masuku, raised concerns over what he said was the way in which Commission's evidence leader, Paul Pretorius, was questioning his client. Masuku says that the current process of cross-examining the former President is in breach of the Commission's rules…

GUEST: Ms Phephelaphi Dube, who is an Independent Constitutional law expert
16
JUL

BLF deregistered as party

The Freedom Front Plus has welcomed the Independent Electoral Commission's decision to deregister Black First Land First as a political party. The IEC today ruled in favour of an appeal lodged by the Freedom Front Plus that the BLFs exclusion of membership based on race was contrary to the Electoral Act. The Commission had originally approved the BLF's 2016 registration on the basis that its constitution did not exclude white people from the party's membership. In a statement, the IEC says subsequent admissions by the BLF in its response to the appeal have however clarified Black First Land First’s exclusionary policy...

GUEST: BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama
16
JUL

IN CONVERSATION WITH ZUMA’S SON EDWARD, ABOUT HIS FATHER’S TESTIMONY AT STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY

Former president Jacob Zuma says he has been provoked into spilling the beans about intelligence information that he has. Yesterday he told the State Capture Inquiry that there were numerous efforts over the years to assassinate his character. Meanwhile, Zuma claims that his children have suffered greatly as a result of the lies told about their father. He says numerous efforts over the years to assassinate his character have affected his children's livelihood…

GUEST: Edward Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma
15
JUL

Talking all things electricity with Eskom

Last week many of our Safm listeners who use prepaid electricity complained about the rising costs if electricity in the country. Some of you complained about how you do not get value for your money when purchasing electricity vouchers. So we have invited an Eskom representative to give us comprehensive information about how prepaid electricity works, and we will also look at Illegal Connections and Ghost Vending, which has proven costly and problematic for Power utility Eskom

GUEST: Daphne Mokwena, Senior manager for Customer Services at Eskom
15
JUL

Former president Jacob Zuma set to testify

Former president Jacob Zuma is set to appear before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture this morning. The commission recently confirmed that it had received a written undertaking from Zuma through his attorneys that he will appear before it from this morning until July the 19th. Loyalists to Jacob Zuma are reportedly mobilizing in their numbers and have gathered outside the venue where the commission sits in Parktown, Johannesburg…

GUEST: Mzwandile Mbeje, SABC Senior reporter
15
JUL

Rampedi accuses former colleagues of conniving against him over SARS Rogue unit

Former Sunday Times journalist, Piet Rampedi has accused several of his former colleagues of being involved in what he terms as a cabal to prevent him from writing and further exposing the so called 'Rogue Unit at SARS. Rampedi resigned after the publication retracted its reports on the so-called Sars "rogue unit" in 2015. Rampedi, who is currently an Investigations Editor at Independent Media as well as editor at African Times, claims his former colleagues are conniving against him for exposing the rogue unit…

GUEST: Piet Rampedi, Investigations Editor at Independent Media as well as editor at African Times
12
JUL

Friday Wind Down – Profiling Advocate Pansy Tlakula

Time now for our regular popular Friday feature: The Friday Wind Down, in the spotlight today is former IEC chairperson, Advocate Pansy Tlakula. Currently Advocate Tlakula is the chairperson of South Africa's Information Regulator, a body that is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance and handling complaints related to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). Advocate Tlakula has also occupied leadership positions in independent constitutional bodies nationally and on the African continent. For more on her life, work and Journey, she now joins me in our Auckland Park studios...

GUEST : Advocate Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of South Africa's Information Regulator and former IEC chairperson
12
JUL

In conversation with author James-Brent Styan about Steinhoff, SAs biggest corporate crash

The collapse of retailer Steinhoff has been South Africa's biggest corporate crash to date. It's also been one of the most scandalous involving claims of fraud, racehorses and a mistress. In 2017 the group was worth R193 billion and in Just 24 hours later that year, 60 percent of that value had been wiped out. Now the company is hardly a shadow of its former self. This morning we are in conversation with James-Brent Styan, the author of "Steinhoff: Inside South Africa's biggest corporate crash", to look at how the Steinhoff Empire which took 50 years to build, crumbled overnight. James-Brent Styan joins us now from our SABC Sea Point studios in Cape Town..

GUEST: James-Brent Styan - The author of "Steinhoff: Inside South Africa's biggest corporate crash"
11
JUL

Unpacking the Mineral Resources and Energy budget vote

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe says the country's stable and predictable mining policies and regulatory framework have resulted in positive spin-offs for the industry. Mantashe was delivering his department's budget vote speech in Parliament yesterday. He says despite the decline in mining in the first quarter of the year due to load shedding, electricity prices and a five month long strike in the gold sector new jobs have been created in the industry.

GUEST: Ms Bavelile Hlongwa, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy

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