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The world mourns the loss Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

On the Forum@8 this morning, we pay tribute to a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela. Affectionately referred to as the Mother of the Nation, Mrs Winnie Madikizela Mandela passed on Monday at the Milpark hospital here in Johannesburg. She was 81. Tributes continue to pour in. Ike Phaahla spoke to last living leader of the Women's March, Sophie de Bruyn and Communication Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane

New initiative aims to empower one million youth South Africa

his is a business-led partnership with government, labour and civil society which aims to empower one million young South Africans by offering paid quality work experiences over the next three years. President Cyril Ramaphosa together with Business leaders and Labour formally launched the service yesterday. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to CEO of the Youth Employment Service, Tashmia Ismail-Saville

Will Africa Trade Agreement improve ease of trade and investment in the continent?

South Africa and 43 other African countries signed a protocol at the African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda last week, that will enable free movement of people and encourage trade and investment. The declaration is aimed at establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area which will create the world's largest free trade zone after 40 years of negotiations. The African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is intended to remove barriers to trade, such as tariffs and import quotas, and allow the free flow of goods and services between member countries. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Author of Africa is Open for Business, Victor Kgomoeswana and DDG international trade and economic development, Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Book claims ❝ Zuma was directly involved in creation editorial policy at ANN7 ❞

On the Forum@8 this morning we are in conversation with Rajesh Sundaram, a former editor at ANN7, whose new book claims former president Jacob Zuma was directly involved in the creation and editorial policy of the controversial Gupta-linked news channel. Rajesh worked as a consulting editor at ANN7, and he claims they were being forced to take pro Zuma stances on the GUPTA TV. Rajesh Sundaram claims in his book, that the then president Jacob Zuma shaped the policies at ANN7, suggested the name of the channel - ANN7 and even went so far as interefering in HR processes by suggesting names of people he wanted on board.

❝ This is NOT time to celebrate, we are NOT even half way home ❞ : Veteran journalist Joe Thloloe

South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day. This public holiday is a reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa's constitution, which gives equal rights to all. Experts say the country still faces modern day human rights abuses such as Marikana tragedy, racism , high levels of poverty and violence, particularly violence against women and children. According to the South African Human Rights Commission , South Africa has very good infrastructure in terms of laws, policies and institutions but the implementation still remains a problem. On the Forum@8 this morning we look at how far we have come, are Human Rights celebrated by all in South Africa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to veteran journalist and editor, Joe Thloloe and Writer, rapper and political activist, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

What can be done to turn SOEs around?

On the Forum@8 this morning we discuss the state of our the country's public entities.The problems facing state owned enterprises have been on the spotlight, particularly the absence of permanent CEOs and the looting that has driven many public enterprises closer to financial collapse. Many are in deep trouble, embroiled by sheer incompetence and corruption. entities like South African Airways and the South African Broadcasting Corporation reporting money problems and asking for government bail out. Serious questions are being asked about the legality of multi-billion rand procurement at Transnet and the state power utility Eskom...Ratings agencies have also made it clear that they're closely monitoring the country's finacial state. All this indicates that unless the lust to loot is curbed, South Africa is slipping deeper into a crisis. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Political Analyst, Ralph Mathekga...

Are teachers under siege?

On the Forum@8 we shine a spotlight on violence against teachers. A week ago, a video showing a pupil throwing what appears to be an exercise book at a teacher in the classroom went viral. In the video the teacher walks out of the classroom. Teachers unions say incidents similar to this one are common in our schools and that teachers are being attacked by learners daily with very little being down to stop this violence. In another incident, A group of teachers is undergoing trauma counselling after being assaulted by learners at Rearabilwe Secondary School in Lehurutse in the North West. Two grade 10 learners, aged 18 and 20, assaulted five teachers after being reprimanded for disrupting teaching by playing loud music on their cellphones. The South African Council of Educators suggest that cameras be installed in schools to curb the violence and learners organisation- COSAS calls for workshops to equip both pupils and teachers on dispute management. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to President of Congress Of South African Students (COSAS), John Macheke,Spokesperson of the South African Council of Educators (SACE), Themba Ndlovu; Secretary of Governors' Alliance, Kathy Callaghan; Spokesperson for the department of basic education,Elijah Mhlanga

NUMSA,Transform SA win interdict to prevent Energy Minister from signing deals with 27 renewable energy producers

Metalworkers union, NUMSA and Transform SA have won an urgent court interdict to prevent Energy Minister Jeff Radebe from signing deals with 27 renewable energy producers. NUMSA believes the signing of these contracts would be detrimental for the working class of Mpumalanga and the country as a whole. On the Forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo spoke to NUMSA spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi ; SA Renewable Energy analyst, managing director and investigative editor at EE Publishers, Chris Yellend

We continue to put the spotlight on the burning labour issues in South Africa.

Last week we put the spotlight on the burning labour issues in South Africa and this morning we continue the discussion. Government is currently considering changes to South Africa's labour laws. Labour analysts and trade unions say they are concerned about the government's intention to amend the Labour Relations Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the implementation of the National Minimum Wage Bill. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the changes will be an attack on the working class as they could limit their right to strike. Meanwhile, Carin Runciman, a Senior Reseacher at the Centre for Social Change, says if these proposed amendments become law it will be a significant defeat for workers. She adds that the details about the country's much-heralded national minimum wage show that, in practice, it may be unenforceable.

We seek to know if the equality court has been site of notable human rights victories since it's establishment in 2003.

, we focus our attention on the scope and functions of Equality Courts. This, as the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness on the existence of Equality courts. It is part of the national commemoration of the Human Rights Month which takes place annually in the month of March. Equality Courts are meant to adjudicate matters specifically relating to infringements of the right to equality, unfair discrimination and hate speech, among others. They're also intended help eradicate the ever present post apartheid spectre, which divided South Africa along racial, gender and monetary related lines.

Forum@8 puts spotlight on Tobacco and Health

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi did not mince his words at the opening of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco and Health last week. He has vowed to implement stricter tobacco controls. He's also acknowledged that South Africa has slacked in taking action and has promised much stricter legislation governing tobacco. According to a Health-e report, tobacco consumption has increased by 52 percent in Africa since 1980, and 77 million Africans now smoke. Experts say that if the current trend continues, 500-million Africans will be smoking in the next 30 years, bringing increases in cancer, heart and lung diseases. Elvis preslin spoke to Peter Ucko - CEO Tobacco , Alcohol and Gambling Advisory Advocacy and Action Group and Lorato Mahura - Acting Director for Health Promotion at the National Department of Health

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