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African Dialogue

Among the topics covered is violence against women - looking back at the week in South Africa where we saw violence against women spiraling out. We spoke to a gender specialist on how or why South Africa is not overcoming the hurdle of gender based violence.

Algeria Politics

The Prime Minister of Algeria, Noureddine Bedoui, is set to resign to pave way for the country’s elections. This comes after the country’s army chief insisted that the country should hold elections latest in December this year. General Ahmed Gaid Salah said that the election, which would see the leader to succeed the ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, could no longer be delayed. Recently Algeria has seen protests which are calling for the current prime minister’s departure; this comes after protest pressure forced Bouteflika to step down after twenty years in office. This is not the first time this year that elections were announced as the July 4 planned election was postponed due to a lack of candidates. The failure of the July elections left a constitutional vacuum in the country as the mandate of the interim head of state, Abdelkader Bensalah, had expired in the same month.
To look at the leadership vacuum in Algeria and the roadmap to the possible elections later in the year we are joined by:
• Dr Ahmed Jazbhay Senior Lecturer in Political Sciences at the University of South Africa

• Ibrahima Kane, senior policy advisor at the Open Society Foundations Africa regional office

BREXIT and Britain

According to media reports, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has only been Prime Minister for seven weeks, but it appears he is already out of ideas on Brexit. On Monday night, Johnson suspended Parliament, a move that came after a punishing evening in which his government lost two parliamentary votes adding to his four losses from last week. Johnson's suspension of Parliament comes at a critical moment in the Brexit process and has set the scene for a frenzied few days in just over a month's time. Parliament will return on October 14.

Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk, lecturer political sciences at the University of South Africa

Johannesburg violence Aftermath

From music stars boycotting performing in South Africa to businesses which have their origins in the country being snubbed by customers based in African countries, the impact of xenophobic attacks in South Africa has meant that the country could be isolating itself from the rest of the continent. Last week Zambia’s national soccer team cancelled a friendly match against South Africa citing security concerns because of the anti-immigrant violent attacks the country is recently experiencing. The South African multinational mobile telecommunications company MTN closed down its Nigerian offices and business outlets last week as it had become the target of protesters in Nigeria. These are handful examples of the kind of impact the xenophobic attacks have had for South Africa, not forgetting that countries such as Rwanda and Malawi, amongst others, pulled out of attending last week’s World Economic Forum.

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Steven Gordon, Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) Programme in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

• Unathi Sonwabile Nenama, Tourism analyst

• Dr Jimam Lar from the Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos, Jos-Nigeria.

Robert Mugabe Tribute

Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe for almost four decades, has died aged 95, leaving behind an indelible stain on his country’s human rights record, according to Amnesty International. His early years as leader of Zimbabwe, following the transition from British colonial rule, saw some notable achievements through his heavy investment in social services. Areas including health and education saw dramatic improvements, with the country still enjoying one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. However, he later eroded his own track record. During his 37 years in power, he presided over the brutal repression of political opponents and established a culture of impunity for himself and his cronies, while his government implemented a series of policies that have had disastrous consequences.

• Dr Webster Zambara, senior project leader: Peace building initiatives at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
• Advocate Sipho Mantula, researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolutions in Africa

International Literacy Day

Sunday is International Literacy Day, celebrated an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates. According to data released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation or UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, literacy rates for adults and youth continue to rise. Meanwhile South Africa is facing what some may call a reading crisis. 78% of pupils in their fourth year of primary school cannot read for meaning. Earlier I spoke to Lorato Trok an early literacy consultant and expert in developing reading for pleasure books for young children especially in African languages. I started by asking her when her love for reading began.

Social media trends

Social media with Tumelo Zulu what’s trending?

• The world waking up to the news of the death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe?
• South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa coming out and addressing the nation yesterday some may say it has taken a while?

Botswana Profile

On our I am a country segment we are taking you to the Republic of Botswana one of Africa's landlocked countries, located in the south-west part of the continent. It is surrounded by four countries - Namibia to the west and north, South Africa to the south and Zimbabwe to the east. Let’s listen to this audio with Deputy Editor of Botswana’s Standard Newspaper, Spencer Mogapi. Botswana’s Standard Newspaper…

What’s making news on the African continent

What’s making news on the African continent, today I am joined by our resident Africa analyst here at Channel Africa Izak Khomo.

• A lot happening on the streets of South Africa no doubt the violence has been making headlines this week?
• Let’s look at the World Economic Forum in Africa taking place in Cape Town. How can South Africa rebuild its reputation to the world after this week’s events?

We’d like to end the show with a short clip of former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. It’s reported he died in the early hours of this morning. Let’s listen to this clip of Mugabe addressing the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in December 2015.

World Economic Forum

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told potential investors that South Africa is poised to be amongst top 50 best investment destinations in the world. He was addressing an interactive breakfast session which was part of the build-up of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which started yesterday and ends on Friday. However South Africa’s hosting was muddied by the recent conflict of South Africans and foreign nationals. Yesterday, the World Economic Forum has confirmed that it has received communications from the governments of Rwanda, DRC and Malawi that their leaders will no longer be attending the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town. WEF spokesperson Oliver Cann says the forum received the notices last week. He however, could not confirm if the withdrawals from WEF have anything to do with the violence and looting against mainly foreign nationals...

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Dr Peter Karungu, political economist at Wits University

• Ian Cruickshanks, Chief Economist at the South African Institute of Race Relations

• Akinwale Ojomo, CEO, Diaspora Innovation Institute

Johannesburg Protests

Five people have been killed in what many call xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the police say as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down on what he described as "acts of wanton violence" and the African Union and Nigeria sounded the alarm. Police fired rubber bullets and arrested 189 people in the township of Alexandra on Tuesday, a day after clashing with looters who local media said targeted foreign-owned businesses in several parts of the city. Most of the deceased were South Africans, police said. All this happens at a time when South Africa is hosting the World Economic

Lirandzu Themba
Spokesperson: Minister of Police

Hugo Van der Merwe Director: Research Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

World Wildlife Conference

The triennial World Wildlife Conference, known formally as CoP18 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), concluded last week after adopting a list of decisions advancing the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife across the globe. The Conference revised the trade rules for dozens of wildlife species that are threatened by unstainable trade linked to overharvesting, overfishing or overhunting. These ranged from commercially valuable fish and trees to charismatic mammals such as giraffes to amphibians and reptiles sold as exotic pets. It further concluded to increase quotas for trophy hunting of adult male black rhinos, almost doubling the current quota of five, subject to strict controls; however, proposed trade in southern white rhino horns from Eswatini (Swaziland) and live animals and hunting trophies from Namibia were not accepted.

We are joined by:

• Pelham Jones, Chairman of South Africa’s Private Rhino Owners Association
• Ross Harvey is a freelance conservation economist

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