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Burundians have approved a new constitution which will allow the country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power until 2034. Late yesterday, Burundi’s electoral commission confirmed that seventy three percent of voters were in favour of the amendments which will extend Nkuruziza’s presidential term from five to seven years. Before the outcomes of the referendum are yet to be announced, the opposition was challenging the process. Agathon Rwasa, leader of the main opposition party, the National Liberation Forces, says the process was neither free nor fair. We are now joined by: • Prof. Babatunde Fagbayibo, associate professor in the department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at UNISA • Rachel Nicholson, researcher for Rwanda/Burundi at Amnesty International
Last week South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa co-chaired the 28 member Commission on the Future of Work, together with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven. The global body, set up by the International Labour Organisation, is assessing the rapid transformations taking place in the world of work, and identifying the key challenges and what must be done to make the future of work better and fairer. To discuss this further we are joined in studio by: • Deborah Greenfield is the deputy director general for policy at the International Labour Organisation • Neil Coleman is from the Institute for Economic Justice • Jakkie Cilliers is the head of African futures and Innovation at the Institute for Security Studies
Israel is facing widespread condemnation after its forces reportedly killed more than sixty Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Many countries including Britain, France and Russia slammed the US decision to move the embassy, while some nations have backed a UN resolution condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We are now joined by: • David Saks, the associate director Vice of South Africa’s Jewish Board of Deputies, • Naeem Geen, Director of the Afro Middle East Centre • Roshan Dadoo, representing the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
: According to an Oxfam report Sub-Saharan Africa which is home to approximately 950 million people is the most electricity-poor region. More than 600 million people lack access to electricity, and millions more are connected to an unreliable grid that does not meet their daily energy service needs. Most countries in this region have electricity access rates of about 20%, and two out of three people lack access to modern energy services. Now the African Utility week brings together over 7000 decision makers to source the latest solutions and meet over 300 suppliers. It focuses on all aspects of the provision of energy services to the African market. To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by: • Dom Wills is the CEO of Solar Future • Romain Py is the Investment Director and head of transactions at African Infrastructure Investment Manager • Debmalya Banerjee is the Regional Director at the Indian Chamber of Commerce
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the national government to taken over the North West Province of South Africa. This comes after there were political clashes over service delivery and political leadership in the province. This prompted President Ramaphosa for the first time to apply section 100, (of sub section 1) of the constitution that says the province will be controlled and run by the national government. The North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo is known to be one of former President Jacob Zuma’s strong allies, and it is expected that he is not going to take this one lying down. The task team that is working on the province is led by former AU Commission Chairperson and current Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: • Levy Ndou Political Analyst • Gary van Staden Political Analyst • Prof Dirk Kotze Political Analyst
Former Mozambican guerrilla leader Afonso Dhlakama, who was due to run for the presidency next year, died more than a week ago, aged 65. Dhlakama, who headed the former rebel Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) movement, was found dead in the central town of Gorongosa. Some analysts have said that his death could have major implications for Mozambique with no clear successor. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: • Milton Maluleke is a journalist at Channel Africa • Zenaida Mahcado is the Angola and Mozambique researcher in the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch • Eduardo Namburele is the external affairs secretary for Renamo Party
According to media reports United States President Donald Trump signed proclamations granting a select number of countries exemptions until June 1. These countries include the European Union, Mexico, South Korea, Australia and Argentina among others. The US is imposing a 10% ad valorem tariff on imports for aluminium products and 25% ad valorem tariff on imports for steel. Furthermore SA Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies made submissions to US delegates on the matter but fell on deaf ears. To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by: • Prof Fiona Tregenna who is South African research chair in Industrial Development and professor in the department of economics and econometrics at University of Johannesburg • Lumkile Mondi is a senior lecturer at the Wits school of economics and business science • Sizwe Pamla is the national spokesperson of the congress of south African trade unions COSATU
Technology has over the past several years defined how people travel and there is no denying its operational efficiencies and impact on the expectations of travellers. While there has been much talk about the coming 4th Industrial Revolution and its impact on manufacturing, there has been little discussion about the further Integration of technology on the service industries. At the currently underway Africa Travel Indaba hosted in South Africa's port city of Durban, tourism specialists discussed how exploiting the potential of new technology could cater for some 1.8 billion international tourists expected to descend on African soil by 2030. To tell usmore about the other topics being discussed we have: 1. Amanda Kotze Nhlapo – Chief Convention Officer at the South African National Convention Bureau 2. Hamish Erskine – CEO of the Dube Tradeport Corporation 3. Desbo Mohono – Tourism MEC For South Africa’s North West Province
Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018 is taking place this week at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban South Africa. Themed, “Africa’s Stories, Your Success”, the platform affords the over 6000 delegates from around the world a chance to acquaint themselves with the 21 exciting travel experiences on offer on the continent, and to engage with a view of forging dynamic tourism partnerships. Africa’s Travel Indaba also offers industry players and its stakeholders an opportunity to meet and engage on the challenges and opportunities that affect the advancement of tourism on the continent. ) at a workshop aimed at identifying opportunities for entrepreneurship and best practices concerning the advancement of Coastal and Marine Tourism on the African continent. Channel Africa is there, and to tell us more we have : 1. Tom Foster – from Kruger Lowveld Tourism 2. Mock da Bahar – from the Ministry of Tourism Handicraft Mali Tourism Promotions Agency 3. Itumeleng Magongoa of Detour SA Media
President Jao Lourenco was quoted in media reports as saying they were going to re-launch fishing and agriculture and open the country to foreign investment. His government is seeking to increase the annual fish catch by sixteen per cent over the next four years to 614,000 tonnes. Meanwhile, it is aiming for a fifty per cent increase in fishmeal production to 30,000 tonnes over the same period. To demonstrate his commitment, Lourenco has visited fish factories and promised to help with resources. To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by: • Dr Alex Vines is the head of the Africa programme at Chatham House in London • Ross Harvey is a senior researcher under the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs
The South Africa-India business summit was aimed at increasing and maximising economic opportunities between the two BRICS countries. South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies said the two countries should develop strong links to address issues pertaining to inclusivity and curbing poverty and inequality. Davies has expressed his interest in increasing South African companies foot prints in India, meanwhile there are currently 130 Indian companies doing business in South Africa employing about 18 000 citizens and injecting millions into the local economy. To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by: • High Commissioner of India to South Africa, Her Excellency Ruchira Kamboj • Jameel Chand is the Acting CEO of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency • Amanda Fitchen is senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at UNISA • Abdullah Verachia is senior executive programme for Africa at the Gordon Institute of Business Science
The SADC Extraordinary Double Troika meeting met last week in Luanda, Angola. At the top of the agenda were Lesotho, DRC and Madagascar. The Chairperson of SADC who is also President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa opened the meeting acknowledging that whilst there were various challenges in the region, considerable progress had been made and the region was stable. With elections coming up in countries like Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and the DRC, the SADC meeting conceded that there would need to be a commitment from ruling parties and opposition parties to ensure smooth, free and fair elections. To help us answer that question we are joined on the line by: 1. Prof Shadrack Gutto Political Analyst UNISA 2. Levy Ndou Political Analyst Tshwane University of Technology
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