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.
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JUL
On the Forum@8 this morning we host retired politician and businessman, Mbhazima Samuel Shilowa. Shilowa grew up in Limpopo and in 1979 moved to Johannesburg to look for work. He has made an enormous contribution to South African politics. In 1997 he became a member of the ANC , and was Premier of Gauteng from 1999 to 2008. He is co-founder of the Congress of the People and served as its Deputy President . He also played a prominent role in the formation of trade union, Cosatu. He is now retired and says his family sees him a man of leisure...
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JUL
SABC's suspended acting CEO James Aguma resigned with immediate effect yesterday, while in the middle of a disciplinary hearing. Aguma had been accused of providing false information under oath during the disciplinary proceedings brought against former Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Aguma had also been accused of tender irregularities and fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The Public Broadcaster has confirmed Aguma's resignation. The SABC's interim board is also said to be on a mission to retrieve millions of rands paid to former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Meanwhile, the Communication Workers Union, CWU, says it's unhappy with Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and the interim board. The union says it's dissatisfied with the performance of the Interim SABC board, whose term ends at the end of September. On the Forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo spoke to President of BEMAWU, Hannes du Buisson, CWU General Secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala and General Secretary of Media Workers Association of SA, Tuwani Gumani on some of the challenges facing workers at the public broadcaster.
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JUL
After last week's discussion on commercialization of religion with the Chairperson of the Commsision for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Commnunities, our listeners called for a discussion on traditional healers. We have invited the CRL Rights Commission again to look at this issue. Many have been conned out of their pension money by scrupulous traditional healers. Reported cases of traditional healers using human body parts have also risen. Last week police arrested a traditional healer after finding a human skull and tongue at his home in Bloemfontein. Last month about two hundred traditional healers marched and handed over a memorandum to the National Prosecution Authority at the Thohoyandou High Court in Limpopo. They were opposing the granting of bail to suspects in ritual related murders. According to the SABC report, Vhembe has the highest number of ritual murder cases in Limpopo. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, a man died after using traditional medicine. Calls have been made to regulate traditional healers.
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JUL
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties has invited members of the public and interested organisations to make written comments on the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties. This, after political parties in the National Assembly unanimously agreed that funding of political parties needed to be reviewed. The National Assembly believes that funding of political parties would help boost their effective functioning, which is fundamental to the promotion of constitutional democracy in South Africa. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo speaks to the Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Vincent Smith.
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JUL
The South African Communist Party (SACP) concluded its 14th national congress over the weekend where it discussed the state of the ANC-led tripartite alliance and proposals to strengthen the party. The Communist Party has resolved to contest elections independently. It has been critical of the ANC and has repeated calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. Calls have also been made within the SACP for the party to consider contesting elections independently. The Communist Party is now seeking ways to ensure that it renews itself and ensures that ts membership is of high moral standing. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to first deputy general-secretary of South African Communist Party, Solly Mapaila
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JUL
The ANC is to continue with plans to reduce from 9 to 6, the number of provinces in South Africa. It's a decision the party took in 2007. A call was made at its policy conference last week, for a Presidential Commission to be set up and for its work to be completed before the party's elective conference in December. The ANC says the call for the reduction is a bid to improve service delivery, and has nothing to do with the upcoming elections in 2019. Sakina Kamwendo spoke with ANC NEC member, Obed Bapela and Political analyst, Joe Mavuso
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JUL
The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) has released its final report on the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people's belief systems. The study, which ran from November 2015 to March 2016, involved religious leaders from across the country. One of the recommendations in the report released on Tuesday is that all religious leaders and their places of worship should be registered. Religious leaders from other countries wishing to set up a church in South Africa should go through stringent vetting processes. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion of the Rights of Cultural, religious and Linguistic Communities, Thoko Nonhle Mkhwanazi-Xaluva
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JUL
On the Forum@8 this morning, we weigh in on the some of the on-going headline grabbing stories here at home from calls for the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors to investigate allegations of improper conduct by auditing firm KPMG for its 2014 audit of Linkway Trading, the company alleged to be involved in the Free State dairy and Gupta wedding scandals and the alleged involvement in Gupta-related business dealings by a top US consultancy McKinsey South Africa Director. The have also been mixed reactions to an apology by British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, which has been accused of stoking racial hatred in South Africa when it did work for the Gupta owned Oakbay company. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to CEO of Pan African Investments, Dr Iraj Abedian, Executive Director at Corruption Watch, David Lewis and Investigative Journalist with Amabhungane,Susan Comrie on whether or not an apology by implicated companies is enough...
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JUL
We're in conversation this morning with Professor Pitika Ntuli, about the role that artists, writers and art institutions can play in the complex process of decolonising the Arts. Professor Ntuli has written to us about this subject, and emphasises that since South Africans' sense of aesthetics (appreciation of beauty) was rendered backward and barbaric by colonisation, it is now encumbent upon us to re-evaluate and re-define this concept. Professor Pitika Ntuli's here with me in the studio, so we can talk about these..
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JUL
Many people believe that Life can be tough, and at the best of times confusing, for a person who is single and living in a big city like Johannesburg. This could be the reason online-dating (even if it's still unchartered territory for many) is gaining popularity. On the Forum@8 this morning, we interrogate the difficulties faced by some in their efforts to find love in the 21st century. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to dating and relationship coach, Bonita Grobbelaar
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JUL
The Full implementation of the Government's "National Health Insurance (NHI) White Paper" was one of the ANC's prioritised policy programmes. This, in a bid to fast track the implementation of the party's electoral mandate. These included among others, Universal access to ICT in schools to support learning, and Urgently improving the governance, delivery and alignment of SOCs to support the implementation of the NDP. Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, ANC NEC Member presented the NHI white paper to the party's Education and Health Commission, where he emphasised that the new proposed health care insurance scheme will bridge the divide between private and public health care sector. the NHI scheme is aligned to the national development plan. On the Forum@8 this morning, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on when South Africa can expect the full implementation of NHI....
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JUL
INTRO: We continue with our coverage of the African National Congress's (ANC) National Policy Conference at NASREC in Johannesburg. About four-thousand delegates are meeting for six days to discuss not only critical policy issues, but also how the party works. On the Forum@8 this morning, we have invited the ANC's alliance partners (SACP, COSATU & SANCO) to talk about these issues.