The Talking Point

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Common African Heritage – Is it possible?

As South Africans celebrate Heritage Month; events around the attacks against foreign nationals are putting strain on the celebrations. How then do we as South Africans celebrate while this is going on in our country and how do we forge a common heritage as one Africa to preach a message of unity? Where is the Ubuntu principle and how do we revive it under these circumstances?

GUEST: Professor Pitika Ntuli, is a sculptor, poet, writer, cultural activist and an academic
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Scopa Concerned With Lack of Consequences to Municipal Officials Who Did Not Comply With Supply Chain Processes

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) says it is concerned about the lack of consequences from almost all the municipalities that appeared before the committee on Tuesday. Scopa met with six municipalities who had failed to obtain a clean audit for three consecutive financial years. The committee wanted to understand from the municipalities what has led to the near collapse of financial management in these municipalities. These municipalities are Mogalakwena, Mopani District, Thabazimbi, Vhembe District, Joe Morolong and Phokwane municipalities.

GUEST: Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Chairperson of Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa)
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African consumption of illegal drugs set to soar

New research warns that African consumption of illegal drugs is projected to become a public health emergency. According to the study by ENACT - a European funded project, it is anticipated that by 2050 there will be a total of twenty-three million drug users in Sub-Saharan Africa. The continent's looming drug crisis is said to be fuelled by organised crime and poor policy. For more on the findings of the research here's Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, ENACT, Martin Ewi...
GUEST: Martin Ewi, Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, ENACT
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Green scorpions

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has released the 2018/19 National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report which outlines the work done by the Green Scorpions in the past financial year. One of the things it pointed out is that the financial year continued to display a similar pattern to previous years in relation to the most prevalent types of environmental crimes being detected by the various EMI Institutions. What is the most important aspect we should know as the public?

GUEST: Frances Craigie – Chief Director of Enforcement at the Department of Environmental Affairs’ legal authorization, Compliance and Enforcement branch
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Workers on Wednesday”: Xenophobia and Labour

Since 1994, South Africa has experienced xenophobic attacks against African and Asian migrants and refugees. In 2008, 2015 and now in 2019 we’ve seen widespread flare-ups, especially against African migrants who are alleged to be taking away jobs from South Africans and the source of crime, such as drug dealing. Most notable hotspots this year have been street vendors plying their trade in Johannesburg’s CBD who were initially harassed by the local SAPS and repelled by the vendors and at the same time unemployed truck drivers attacking foreign drivers. Armed male hostel-dwellers then staged violent and random attacks in the CBD against street traders that then morphed into rioting and looting in other areas. In today’s show we look at the issue of xenophobic violence from a labour perspective.
GUEST: Amir Sheikh, spokesperson for the Africa Diaspora Forum
GUEST: Mametlwe Sebei, president of the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA)
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Language and tertiary and business

The Human Science Research Council will be hosting a symposium on language practices in South African higher education institutions this coming weekend. The big issue is how an overwhelming majority of instruction at tertiary institutions and business is still conducted in English or Afrikaans which continues to marginalize a large group of the black student population. We use this opportunity now to talk about the difference a change in language policy will make for the marginalized group

GUEST: Dr Alude Mahali - Conference convener for the Human Science Research Council
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What the law says on religion in public schools”

Religious practices and teachings in public schools has always been a very sensitive and hotly contested debate. The current national policy on religion and teaching prohibits public schools from adopting one religion to the exclusion of others. So, should pupils in public schools take part in religious practices or education even if the school has non-believing pupils? This morning we will look at: What the law says on religion in public schools

GUEST: Nadene Badenhorst - An advocate with the Legal Counsel of Freedom of Religion SA, a legal advocacy organisation working to protect religious freedom
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Francophones VS Anglophones: Linguistic divisions in Cameroon

Cameroon is divided by two languages; English speakers in that country want independence against the largely French-speaking government. For decades Francophones and Anglophones lived in relative harmony until the country violence experienced spurred by linguistic divisions. Francophones control a large portion of Cameroon's government and some English speakers say they're denied equal representation and access, as a result. This morning we will look at the conflict between Anglophone separatists and government, and where this linguistic divide stems from...
GUEST : Izak Khomo, Who is Channel Africa's Producer for a show known as "Spotlight Africa"
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Communism vs. Capitalism on xenophobia

Yesterday many of you (listeners) were not happy with the things our guest from the Zimbabwean Communist Party was saying regarding going back to communism. Over the years, those who believe in socialism believed that if the world embraced their ideology, then we would not see incidents like xenophobia and so on. But then we have seen how this didn’t work in countries like Russia. And also Capitalism is seen as being anti-poor. What then is the solution to what we are seeing in our country since it all seems like it’s about bread and butter issues?

GUEST: Reverend Dr Tshawane – Founder of the Centre for Non-Violence Conflict Reconciliation
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Understanding the RAF

We talk to the Road Accident Fund to remind you our listener and the public in general about how to approach the Road Accident Fund and what the new changes of directly claiming mean. For many years lawyers defrauded the fund millions of rands as they gave very little to victims. Since the changes how has the public been dealing with the fund?

GUEST: Advocate Khathu Magadani, Promotions and Activation manager at the Road Accident Fund
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Diageo Empowerment Trust calls for applications from sorghum farmers nationwide

The Diageo Empowerment Trust South Africa (DETSA) has embarked on a search for ambitious sorghum farmers across South Africa to supply the United National Breweries. The tender is open to emerging black farmers who qualify in line with the generic Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes. To find out more, we're joined on the line now by Sinethemba Mafanya, spokesperson for the Diageo Empowerment Fund...

GUEST: Nobaku Msutu, from the Diageo Empowerment Fund

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