The Forum@8

SAfm  |  Podcast, ±47 min episodes every day  |  Broadcast schedule
The Forum@8 is a feature of AMLive with in-depth and interactive discussion on the main story of the day. The Forum@8 is on every week day from 8 to 9am on SAfm radio 104-107 FM nationwide.
25
MAY
Today is Africa day. The day is celebrated annually on 25 May across the African continent. It marks the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, which changed its name to the African Union in 2002. It also chart the progress made by the continent to advance democracy, peace, stability and socio-economic development. Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Professor Bheki Mngomezulu from Department of Political Science at the University of the Western Cape and Senegalese author and political analyst Adam Gaye.
24
MAY
On the Forum@8 this morning, we continue our conversations on the state of South Africa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki who says in order to understand the country today we need to ask who were the winners and losers in the country's first ever multi-racial elections and what they have done with that power. Mbeki says South Africa failed to modernise its economy when it modernised its political system and this is what caused its triple malaise of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
23
MAY
Gang-related violence appears to be on the rise in South African communities. According to a study released in 2013 by Mexican NGO Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, South African cities were among the top 50 most violent urban areas on the planet. A 2016 report by the Igarapé Institute in Brazil concurred with this report. Its results showed that Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City are among the 50 most violent cities in the world. The high murder rate in these cities is linked to gang-related activities. Last week, we spoke to an SAfm listener Thulani Mbaza - a resident of Mangaung in the Free State. He says they are living in fear as teenage gangsters run amok in the city. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Former gang member 31 year old Sergil January from Retreat in Cape Town who lost his eyesight in a gang fight and a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand Dr Kelly Gillepsie
22
MAY
Since the tragic death of Karabo Mokoena, news and social media platforms have been bombarded by missing persons posters and calls for the public and police to help find missing girls. South Africans have now been forced to reflect or talk about the perceived inaction in our communities and to find solutions to the growing phenomenon of violence against women and children, abductions and murders. A recent study by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has revealed that intimate partner violence is widespread in the country, with 8% of women who were interviewed conceding to have experienced physical violence in the past year and one in five reporting that they had experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lives. Meanwhile Social Development Minister , Bathabile Dalmini , has called on Minister responsible for women, Susan Shabangu‚ to do something about the minimum sentence for those convicted of violent crimes against women. On the #Forum@8 we continue our discussion on how the abuse of women can be addressed with National Head of Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigation, Major General Tebello Mosikili, spokesperson at the Human Rights Commission, Gushwell Brooks and Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane...
19
MAY
The South African music industry is no stranger to accusations of corruption. Just a couple of weeks ago, at the Metro FM Awards, record labels were accused of buying awards to secure wins for their artists. More recently, the SA Music Awards disqualified two of rapper Nasty C's music videos from this year's awards, stating that their investigations revealed that the videos were submitted for entry on 24 January 2017, they further determined that the videos were not flighted before the closing date of the entries of 31 January 2017 as required by the SAMA rules. On the Forum@8 this morning we discuss the processes involved in Music Award Ceremonies and how best they can be handled to ensure that all artists are judged and awarded fairly. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to founder and president of Native Rhythms, Sipho Sithole and Music Lawyer, Jonathan Shaw...
18
MAY
The issue of violence against women and children has once again come under the spotlight after the remains of a number of women and and a child were found in open velds across the country in recent days. This past weekend, the chared body of three-year-old, Courtney Pieters from Elsies River, on the Cape Flats was found in a shallow grave in Epping at the weekend, Here in Gauteng, bodies of four women were discovered in and around Soweto. Last month, the burnt body of Karabo Mokoena was discovered in an open veld north of Johannesburg. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to 24 year old Bukelwa Moerane who was kidnapped at gun point at the Baragwanath Taxi Rank in Soweto and Researcher Specialising in Gender Violence at the Wits City Institution, Lisa Vetten
17
MAY
Positioning the national system of innovation for the future. Since the implementation of the 1996 White Paper on S&T, the demographics of the NSI has undergone significant transformation, How do we consolidate, transform and expand the system as we move towards a knowledge economy? How do we Decolonize Science? On the Forum@8 this morning we discussion decolonisation of science in South Africa. Krivani Pillay spoke to Chief Director: Human Capital Development at the DST, Dr Phethiwe Matutu; Director of Research at the University of Western Cape, Dr Thandi Mgwebi; Prof Karabo Ntwampe of the Cape Town University of Technology's Bio-resource Engineering Research Group; Director for the Center for High Performance, Dr. Happy Sithole; Co-founder of Adia Engineering, Skhumbuzo Ndlovu...
16
MAY
Journalists frequently put their lives on the line when covering community protests. Recently, South Africa has been engulfed by service delivery protests which are often violent. Last week in Vuwani in Limpopo, an SABC camera man was hit on the head with a bottle, when the windows of his car were smashed. In another incident, stone-throwing protesters damaged two SABC vehicles. In Coligny in the North West, community members attacked an SABC reporter. In Eldorado Park in Johannesburg , a Star reporter was hit on the upper body by a rock, and journalists were forced to take refuge in residents' homes several times. The DA has condemned the acts, and its spokesperson on communications, Phumzile van Damme, says the media has a pivotal role in covering what is happening and has urged protesters not to direct their frustrations with the government against journalists. On the Forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC journalists, Lucas Mothibedi, Witness Tiva and Horisani Sithole on their experiences reporting on protests....
15
MAY
The Forum@8 today puts the spotlight on the move by political parties and civil society groups taking political battles to the courts. In the latest developments, President Jacob Zuma is now appealing the decision by the North Gauteng High Court Judge Bashir Vally that he must hand over his reasons and record of decision to explain his cabinet reshuffle. This follows an application by the Democratic Alliance to the High Court in Pretoria to force President Zuma to produce the intelligence report he used for his decision to reshuffle the Cabinet. Meanwhile Lobby group My Vote Counts and the Helen Suzman Foundation have also turned to the Constitutional court to challenge the changes and to get the court to remove President Jacob Zuma from office. Some law experts say the judge's ruling was right and that it shows that the state is not above the law. However the ANC has raised its concerns on the matter saying the judiciary is playing into the political space and that this is a judicial overreach. Last month, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) went to court in a bid to have a vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma
12
MAY
On the Forum@8 we host South African Television actress Florence Masebe. Masebe was born in Limpopo and studied Drama at the University of Cape Town. She started acting professionally in 1993. She is known for her roles in Soul City, Muvhango and Generations. In 2014 she starred in the first ever short Tshivhenda movie, Elelewani, which she co-produced. Her portrayal won her the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards...
11
MAY
A report by Equal Education has put the spotlight on education in the Eastern Cape and its many challenges. The report titled Planning to Fail, found that government has failed to meet its mandate. But it also highlights the progress and improvements made. The report gives details on problems such as inappropriate school buildings, overcrowding, and lack of sanitation. It's found that of the 60 schools surveyed, 13 were either entirely or substantially inappropriate, 42 had access to water, five had no working toilets, and only 15 had flush toilets. The Eastern Cape Department of Education blames the failure to meet its deadline for improved infrastructure on under funding. It also acknowledges there is a shortage of teachers and says it is working tirelessly to address this. Meanwhile ,the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed it will conduct an investigation into the Eastern Cape Education Department for their failure to deliver top-up textbooks to more than 40 percent of schools in the province. On the Forum@8 we put the focus on the State of Education in the Eastern Cape, Superintendent General at the Eastern Cape Department of Education, Themba Kojana and Equal Education Deputy Head of Eastern Cape, Masixole Booi....
10
MAY
South Africa is once again engulfed by service delivery protests. Police have been on high alert in areas such as Vuwani in Limpopo, Coligny and Lichtenburg in the North West and Eldorado Park in Gauteng. Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), Nomfundo Mogapi, says protest actions are a last resort by frustrated communities who are trying to get the attention of those in power. According to a Municipal IQ report released in February this year, service delivery protests in 2016 were the lowest since 2011, but were characterised by violence. On the Forum@8 we look at the current service delivery protests with Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Nomfundo Mogapi...