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Trump decision to decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with mixed reactions

The United States President Donald Trump last week, officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, making the US the first country ever to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israel does consider the city its eternal and indivisible capital, and wants all embassies based there. Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has not only infuriated the Arab world, but Europe and the UN have rejected the move, saying it is a blow to peace efforts and risks causing further unrest. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to US Foreign Policy Expert, Brooks Spector; Executive Director of Afro-Middle-East Centre, Naeem Jena and Managing Director of Political Analysis South Africa, Mzoxolo Mpolase...

At no previous post-1990 conference has stakes been this high for ANC : Political analyst, Professor Susan Booysen

Political analyst Professor Susan Booysen writes that at no previous post-1990 conference has the stakes been this high for the ruling party. This as the ANC is preparing for its elective conference to be held at Nasrec Expo Centre from the 16th to the 20th of December 2017 in Johannesburg. She says the ANC in recent years has plummeted in electoral support. According to Professor Booysen this means that at the time of previous conferences the ANC still had the luxury of a buffer. It could gamble with potential splits but says this time around no such cushion exists. She adds that ‘Unity’ and the need for factions to cooperate have been a central theme in the 2017 campaign and that this could be used as a trick to subdue the CR17 campaign into compromise. She suggests that the stress on unity was mostly absent in the Polokwane and Mangaung campaigns. On the Forum@8, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Preofessor Booysen what can be expected ahead of the ANC's elective conference

Addressing food security through science

On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo focuses on whether science can tackle food security with Minister of science & technology, Naledi Pandor; Agri Research Council president, Dr Shadrack Moephuli; Director of Switzerland's Federal office for agriculture, Prof Bernard Lehmann and University of Bologna agriculture policy associate Prof, Dr Matteo Vittuari

What lessons can the SADC region learn from developments in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe's political dynamics have now shifted, and commentators believe the SADC region should draw lessons from the Zimbabwean case, and realise that over-staying in power is a source of conflict, which leads to turmoil, because the leader's exit is now imposed by the people. Former president Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades, before stepping down last month, after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was sworn in as president. On the Forum@8 , Sakina Kamwendo spoke to PESA Regional Analyst,Gideon Chitanga on what some of the key lessons from the Zimbabwean case are, for the SADC region

Listeriosis outbreak claims thirty six lives

Health Minister, Doctor Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that an outbreak of food borne bacteria, Listeriosis has claimed thirty six lives. Listeriosis is caused by a bacteria, which is widely distributed in nature and can be found in the soil, water and vegetation. Although anyone can get Listeriosis, those at high risk of developing this severe disease include newborns, the elderly, pregnant women and persons with weak immunity. 557 cases have been reported between January and November this year. Health Minister Doctor Aaron Motsoaledi has urged the public to keep clean and lookout for symptoms while authorities are still investigating the source. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Health Minister, Doctor Aaron Motsoaledi...

In conversation with SAA's new Chief Executive Officer, Vuyani Jarana

On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo hosts SAA's new Chief Executive Officer, Vuyani Jarana. The airline has been marred by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Jarana, who began his work in November, says he is aware of the strain that SAA is under and he is keeping an open mind in his approach to the state airline. He says SAA needs management and a board that is committed to transform the airline and return it to profitability....

What accounts for political degeneration of African Liberation Movements post independence?

Political analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni says African liberation movements seem to follow the same political script of being heroic in pursuing struggle against colonialism only to betray their historic role. Professor Fikeni adds that in analysing these movements, one notes that they start on a promising journey of transformative social policies at the dawn of independence but fall short. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke the Professor Fikeni on what accounts for the progressive political degeneration of Liberation Movements post independence....

We host Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC otherwise known as "The Cat" by former students.

On the Forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo hosts Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC. Born in Transkei in the Eastern Cape, Advocate Ntsebeza SC was admitted as an attorney in 1984 and represented a number of political prisoners throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995 he was appointed one of the Commissioners in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Adv Ntsebeza is a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) where he acts as the commission's spokesperson. He has also sat as a judge in various divisions of the High Court of South Africa - in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and in all the Labour Courts.

SACP decided to contest #Metsimaholo by election in October, long before former minister Nzimande was dismissed - SACP

Metsimaholo Municipality, in northern Free State, held its by-election on Wednesday. Metsimaholo has had to re-elect a council leadership after it was dissolved following the collapse of a coalition-led government earlier this year, as a result of infighting among the political parties in the coalition. In the 2016 municipal elections, the ANC won 19 seats, the DA 12, the EFF 8; civic organisation Metsimaholo Community Association got 2, and the FF Plus got one. They are now all contesting for 21 wards and 21 Proportional Representative seats. This is also the first time the SACP has contested elections independently. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo focuses on the pending outcome of the Metsimaholo Municipality by-elections with ANC Spokesperson in the Free State, Thabo Meeko; 2nd Deputy Provincial Secretary of SACP, Mojalefa Simango; EFF Provincial Chaiperson, Kgotso Morapelo and DA provincial leader in the Free State, Patricia Kopane

HSRC unveils study on HIV prevalence among male-to-male sexual partnerships

On the Forum@8 this morning, we unpack the findings of the first ever Southern African study, which looked at HIV prevention needs of male-to-male partnerships. The study has noted that HIV risk and transmission among male-male partnerships continues to be inadequately studied, and that it is also under-represented in national HIV surveillance systems. The study yields significant insights into the HIV risk taking behaviour, prevention and treatment needs of male-male partnerships in Southern Africa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to principal investigator of the study from the HSRC, Prof Heidi van Rooyen...

What can be done to better protect women and children from gang and gender based violence?

The Cape Flats is notorious for gang violence. The community has been ravaged by gang violence for decades. Research has shown that the gang activities have become increasingly violent over the years. Experts say women and children remain the most vulnerable people and continue to bear the brunt of this violence. They say children in gang-ridden communities become numb to violence at an early age. According to the Chairperson of the MJC Women's Forum in Cape Town, the Cape Flats is the heart of violent crime, drug abuse and gender based violence. To highlight the plight a silent march will held held on 29 November 2017 in Athlone Stadium on the Cape Flats under the theme "UNsilence Violence". In light of the national 16-Days of Activism, on the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo shines the spotlight on violence and abuse of women and children in gang-ridden communities with SAHRC, Reverend Chris Nissen; chairperson of the MJC women's forum, Mualima Khadija Allie and gender based violence, Shehaam Aziz2W

Department of water & sanitation to cut water supply to 30 municipalities.

All municipalities, with outstanding water bills are about to experience water cuts. The Department of Water and Sanitation has issued notices to at least 30 municipalities that their water supplies will be cut off, by Friday, 08 December 2017; should they fail to pay their water debt that has been outstanding for more than 60 days. A total outstanding water debt of R10.7 billion currently exists, with 73% of that amount being outstanding for longer than 60 days. This debt is owed by municipalities, despite Section 65(2)(e) of the Municipal Finance Management Act that obliges municipalities to pay for bulk services within sixty days of receiving the relevant invoice or statement. On the Forum@8, we look at what could be solution to this big problem that needs a big answer.

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