Africa Rise and Shine

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±56 min episodes every day  | 
It's an early morning show that begins at 05h00 and ends at 09h00. The content is strictly current affairs and includes news bulletins. It focuses on politics, human interest, education, science and technology, environment, economics and sports stories. Most stories are usually hard-core politics.

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11
MAY

RAMAPHOSA NEC

South Africa's ruling African National Congress President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on suspended Secretary General of the party, Ace Magashule, to publicly apologise to all party structures, after the former sent him a suspension letter. This is part of the outcomes of the weekend's virtual National Executive meeting. For more on this, Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to political analyst, Dumisani Tembe...
11
MAY

SA WAGE-TALKS

South Africa's Public sector Unions and Government representatives have met once again to try and break the deadlock in the wage talks. Unions are demanding a seven-percent increase, while government wants to keep wages at current levels. This is the last-ditch attempt to avoid a national strike by public sector workers which could paralyse public services in the country. To discuss this further, Khumbelo Munzhelele spoke to Reuben Maleka from the Public Servants Association, one of the country's largest public sector unions...
11
MAY

SA HEALTH EXPERTS STUDY NEW COVID VARIANTS

Health experts in South Africa are trying to make sense of how the new COVID variants already detected in the country will behave. This, amid the country witnessing a rise in daily new infections of the virus. Although it remains to be seen if the upward trend signals the start of the feared third wave, the Gauteng province in particular is said to be already worrying. To help us make sense of the COVID situation in the country lately, Khumbelo Mumzhelele spoke to clinical virologist, Dr Ramokone Maphoto …
11
MAY

KAZUNGULA BRIDGE OPENING

Botswana and Zambia have opened the 260 million dollar Kazungula bridge, which may help alleviate congestion at one of Africa's busiest border crossings in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The 923 metre road and rail bridge offers a faster and cheaper alternative to a route via Beitbridge on Zimbabwe's border with South Africa. Kazungula has a one-stop border facility located near the quadripoint that links Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and Zambian President Edgar Lungu presided over the ceremony on Monday to mark the opening of Kazungula. More from Hilda Akekelwa...
10
MAY

AFRICA-VACCINATIONS

With vaccination for COVID-19 lagging in Africa, the World Health Organisation and the Global Vaccine Alliance are urging countries that have received doses to increase vaccine uptake. It has been revealed that the continent has administered only one per cent of the worldwide COVID-19 vaccine. Experts warn that if vaccine hesitancy continues, the region risks wasting vaccines after working hard to get them. Jane Rabothata has more…
10
MAY

India could see one million Covid deaths by August 1

India could see one million Covid deaths by August 1. The terrifying prediction of US researchers published by Lancet has spread disquiet. The authorities face suspicions of fudging numbers in India, where daily cases crossed 400-thousand, for the fourth time this month. Single-day casualties are hovering at around four-thousand. From New Delhi, Correspondent Rana Sen reports...
10
MAY

Ethiopian parliament endorses recent cabinet decision to classify Tigray People's Liberation Front

The Ethiopian parliament has endorsed a recent cabinet decision to classify the Tigray People's Liberation Front -TPLF, which has long dominated Ethiopian politics and until recently ruled the Tigray region, as a terrorist organization. The resolution, which was unanimously passed by ruling party MPs, also includes the Oromo Liberation Army -OLA, an armed group active in the Oromia and Amhara regions. The classification of the TPLF as a terrorist entity makes the prospect of peace talks in Tigray even more complicated, six months after the federal army launched a major military operation to overthrow the regional authorities there.
According to Professor Constantinos Berhuetefsa, who is an Ethiopian Political expert, the designation of the two groups as terrorists will jeopardise mediation talks.
10
MAY

SA’s ANC NEC urged to save the party from imploding

South Africa's ruling ANC Special NEC meeting enters its third and final day with mounting calls for NEC members to go on a retreat or to hold a special conference in a bid to find ways to save the party from imploding. For the first time in over 100 years, the governing party is holding its NEC meeting with its Secretary General suspended. And as if this is not enough, its Secretary Ace Magashule was kicked out of the meeting on Saturday for defying his suspension orders. Ntebo Mokobo has more…
07
MAY

African health ministers to meet on Saturday

African health ministers will meet this Saturday, to review the Covid-19 strategy that the continent set at the beginning in 2020, to tackle the pandemic and seek better ways to keep the continent with minimal cases. Africa is preparing itself to avoid another surge of the COVID -19 pandemic, as it watches India closely. Colleta Wanjohi has more from Addis Ababa...
07
MAY

SA's data science academy expands

South Africa's world-leading data science training institute the Explore Data Science Academy will soon be offering its range of online data science and data engineering coursed in Africa, focusing on Nigeria and Kenya. For more on this, Lulu Gaboo spoke to the Chief Executive Officer of Explore Data Science Academy, Shaun Dippnall...
07
MAY

ANC infighting continues

South Africans have been watching the infighting within the ruling African National Party since the announcement that the party's Secretary General, Ace Magashule was temporarily suspended until his corruption case is finalised. In response to this Magashule made his own attempt to suspend the party leader and president, Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa responded to this suspension by telling parliamentarians that the letter of suspension issued to him by SG as null and void. Magashule insists he remains the secretary-general as he has lodged an appeal with the party. He said the party's 2017 resolution called for all those facing allegations of corruption to step aside and not just those facing corruption and serious charges. For more on this, Lulu Gaboo spoke to Political Analyst, Dumisani Tembe...
07
MAY

Memorial service held for Slain Lindani Myeni

Former South African rugby player, Lindani Myeni, has been described as a gentle giant who loved people. Myeni's family and friends gathered at the Empangeni Rugby club in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province to remember him. Twenty-nine-year-old Myeni was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in Honolulu in Hawaii in the United States last month, after they responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a location near his home. Nonhlakanipho Magwaza reports ...

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