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09
MAR
2018

In conversation with activist, veteran journalist and editor, Mr Joe Thloloe.

His career spans over six decades. He's worked as a journalist for publications such as The World, Rand Daily Mail, Golden City Post and Drum magazine, and is a former Press Ombudsman. He has played an important role and has had a valuable contribution in the journalism profession. He has been honoured with many awards, among them, the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1988, and the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism in 1982. In 2012, he received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver. On the Forum at 8 this morning, we host we are in conversation with activist, veteran journalist and editor, Mr Joe Thloloe.
08
MAR
2018

we speak to Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, for the latest on the extent of the Listeriosis outbreak problem

The listeriosis outbreak is beginning to have a negative impact on South Africa's exports to parts of the continent. This week saw several SADC countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana ban the import and sale of certain South African processed meat products. At the weekend, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that samples from the Enterprise factory in Polokwane had tested positive for the disease. He said both Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken Limited have been issued with safety recall notices. Since January 2017, the number of laboratory confirmed cases of listeriosis in South Africa stands at 948 - and at least 180 people have died. The World Health Organisation has described the outbreak as the largest ever recorded globally.
08
MAR
2018

We discuss the burning labour issues in South Africa.

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.
06
MAR
2018

We speak to political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, about political party re-alignments that are beginning to show.

The Electoral Commission has called on all South Africa's eligible voters to visit their voting stations this coming weekend, to update the voters' roll in preparation for the 2019 elections. The IEC says the registration weekend (this Saturday & Sunday) is a milestone towards the culmination of a two-year project to obtain addresses for all registered voters. It is an opportunity to ensure that voters are registered in the correct voting district segments. All 22 612 voting stations around the country will open for the public between 08:00 and 17:00 this Saturday & Sunday.

On the Forum@8 this morning, We speak to political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, about political party re-alignments that are beginning to show already, as political parties also begin to gear up to kick off their electioneering, more than a year before the 2019 general elections.
05
MAR
2018

We take a look once again at SASSA as April 1st deadline looms closer.

The Social Security Agency SASSA only has about a month until a new grant payment system is in place. The agency says it is making progress to ensure the payment of grants is in-sourced.

One of SASSA's key goals is to manage and pay social grants without the use of a third party contractor as is currently the case. It has already made direct transfers into approximately 2,4 million personal bank accounts for March 2018.
02
MAR
2018

"The battle for land is a battle for equality, NOT votes": Former PAC leader, Dr Motsoko Pheko

On the Forum@8 we host former President of the Pan Africanist Congress, lawyer, author, historian, theologian and academic Dr. Motsoko Pheko. Dr Pheko is a writer of books like 'Apartheid: The Story Of A Dispossessed People and 'South Africa: Betrayal Of A Colonised People.' He is a former representative of the victims of apartheid and colonialism at the United Nations. Sakina Kamwendo began by asking him about his earlier years....
01
MAR
2018

Ingonyama Trust under the spotlight

The Ingonyama Trust has been making headlines as calls to dissolve it intensify. And, those against the move are equally determined to stop the process. The trust was created in 1994 by the KwaZulu-Natal government, in terms of the KwaZulu Ingonyama Trust Act. According to the Ingonyama Trust Board, the mandate of the Trust is to hold land for "the benefit, material welfare and social well-being of the members of the tribes and communities" living on the land. In November last year, a high-level panel, led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, recommended that the act be repealed and the land be transferred to the rural development and land reform department, which would act as a custodian of the land, and distribute it in a fair manner. Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has warned of the sensitivity around the issue and that the trust should not be meddled with. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to IFP MPL and National Chair, Blessed Gwala; Independent researcher, Mary de Haas; Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board, Judge Jerome Ngwenya and Direcor of Land and Accountability Centre, Anika Classen
28
FEB
2018

❝ Land expropriation without compensation will be bad for the economy ❞ : FF-Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald

The National Assembly passed the ANC's amendment to the EFF's motion for land expropriation without compensation. The amendment, which was accepted by the house, inserts a clause about improving food security. The resolution will now be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee which must report back to Parliament by the 30th of August 2018. The motion passed by 241 votes to 63, with the DA, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and ACDP opposing it. The DA says any change to the Constitution will be a recipe for disaster in South Africa.
On the Forum@8 spoke to FF-Plus leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald; COPE leader, Mosiuoa Lekota and ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe.
26
FEB
2018

❝ Who owns land in SA and how much of it do they own? ❞

South Africa's land reform programme has been described by many as generally moving at a snail's pace, thereby creating uncertainty in the agricultural sector. Some of the most contentious issues in South Africa, include Land ownership, and agricultural land ownership, which require accurate data available, that will inform any policy decisions about how best to distribute and utilise land. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform recently released its long awaited Land Audit Report. Six years in the making, the report provides information about the ownership of 37 million hectares (a portion owned by individuals) of the 111 million hectares of land identified as farms and agricultural holdings. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo asked who owns the land, and how much of it with Economic Freedom Fighters member repossible for Land and Agrarian Reform issues, Sam Matiase and Head of legal Intelligence at Agricultural Business Chamber, Theo Boshoff.
23
FEB
2018

❝ Be excellent at whatever you do ❞ : Designer, David Tlale

Today we are in conversation with one of South Africa's leading designers, Mr David Tlale. With a career spanning 15 years, he has showcased his unique designs at all premium fashion week platforms. In 2014, he was awarded Designer of the Year at the African Diaspora Awards held in New York City and the African Icon of Hope award in Nigeria. London-based New African Magazine voted him amongst 100 Most Inspiring Africans and he was also featured in Time Magazine as one of the designers shaping Africa's fashion landscape. In addition to his many accolades, Tlale has worked with several local and international brands. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to him in our Johannesburg studios
22
FEB
2018

Tough times ahead for consumers following VAT increase

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba tabled his 2018 Budget speech on Wednesday. He described the budget as tough, but hopeful and said it required the ministry to make difficult, but necessary trade-offs, to ensure that it becomes a platform for renewal, inclusive growth and job creation. He announced an increase in VAT from 14 percent to 15 percent and said the new tax measures to increase VAT and personal income tax will raise an additional 36 billion rand in 2018/19. On the 1st of April, old age grants will increase from R1600 to R1690 and child support grants will go up from R380 to R400. The cost of fuel will increase by 52c per litre. Government will also phase in free higher education to students from poor and working class families. In light of the water crisis looming in the country, government has set aside 6 billion Rand in its 2018/19 budget for drought relief. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Senior Economic Analyst at FNB, Jason Muscat ; Chairman & Chief Executive at Pan-African Research, Iraj Abedian and Regional Manager at Black Sash, Evashnee Naidu
21
FEB
2018

Mixed reaction to proposed Mining Charter

The Chamber of Mines says it is encouraged by President Cyril Ramaphosa's commitment, during his State of the Nation Address last week, to resolve the impasse over the Mining Charter, and to facilitate a process of developing a New Charter through negotiation. This comes as both government and the Chamber have been accused by the communities affected by mining, of making deals behind closed doors. The Mining Affected Communities United in Action, Macua, have also expressed their disappointment at the Chamber of Mines which agreed with the Presidency to postpone a high court application challenging the Mining Charter. The third version of the Mining Charter proposes among others, an increase in the ownership targets for historically disadvantaged South Africans to 30%; the creation of more onerous ownership requirements for suppliers to the industry and also demands that research and development be focused locally, ideally at previously disadvantaged universities. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwenso spoke to Natural Resources Manager for Action-Aid South Africa, Christopher Rutledge ; (Mining expert, Peter Leon ; mining and labour analyst, Mamokgethi Molopyane

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