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Herman Mashaba's new political party.

Herman Mashaba says his new political party is not for pushovers. The former Johannesburg mayor launched Action SA at the end of August and officially registered it with the Independent Electoral Commission just yesterday. In an interview with him this morning, he says he will be it's prioritising the fight against crime and corruption. The party will be taking part in the next election. This is a two part interview.

FNB economist Siphamandla Mkhwanazi.

Time to go to what’s happening on the continent and today we zoom into South Africa where president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move down to level 1 of the lockdown restrictions as of midnight on Sunday.
Let’s speak now to FNB economist Siphamandla Mkhwanazi about the impact this will have on the overall economy and what major changes are we likely to see.

Country profile: Côte. d'Ivoire

In country profile today we are taking you to the West African country known for its beach resorts Côte d'Ivoire Here is an interview with Behila Angama...

Mali politics update

West African mediators have failed to persuade leaders of a military coup in Mali to immediately hand over power to a civilian government. Leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have since imposed economic sanctions after the coup saying a new president needed to be appointed. This week, ECOWAS leaders met the heads of a military government in an attempt to quicken the transition from military leadership. Last month Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned hours after soldiers seized him from his home as part of a coup following months of mass protests against alleged corruption and worsening security in the West African country.

On our program today Dr Manu Lekunze, lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, told Channel Africa that Mali's situation is a complex one where after the coup it has been difficult to manage the demands of the people and demonstrate continuity in governance. Political analyst from South Africa, Advocate Sipho Mantula argues that what is worrying in Mali is the issue which is connected to the militarization of leadership in Africa. They were speaking to Benjamin Moshatama.

International Day of Democracy

In light of the International Day of Democracy UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged governments to be transparent, responsive and accountable in their COVID-19 response. But experts say this hasn’t been the case Africa. Dr Augustine Magolowondo is the Chief of Party at the Democracy Works Foundation, says that the legitimacy of governments continues to be a challenge in Africa. Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Martin Chungong says some African countries have side-lined their parliaments. They were speaking today to Benjamin Moshatama.

Special Official Funeral for honoured late human rights lawyer and social activist Advocate George Bizos.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured late human rights lawyer and social activist Advocate George Bizos by declaring a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for this distinguished South African. The renowned human rights lawyer passed away at the age of 92. Bizos was born in Kirani, Greece. He came to South Africa with his father in 1941. He dedicated his legal career to fighting for basic human rights, while representing numerous high-profile activists in political trials including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other accused in both the 1956 Treason and 1963 Rivonia trials.
To take the conversation further as we close off the month we talk to:
Morakabe Seakhoa: Author and Poet.
Nicholas Wolpe:CEO , Liliesleaf Farm.
Nersan Govender: National Director Legal Resources Centre.

Jesmane Boggenpoel

Jesmane Boggenpoel has over 14 years of work experience, mainly in investments, private equity and as an entrepreneur. She was the Head of Business Engagement, Africa for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked for international companies and has served on several boards in South Africa, including Land Bank. Last year she launched her first book called My Blood divides and Unites, where she shares her account of overcoming apartheid, and how reconciliation can transform pain into hope and change the world.

Social Media Trends

What’s trending on twitter?

• The former human rights activist and well known lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial George Bizos died this week?

• The health and beauty brand Clicks went viral this week for posting a racially induced advert on their website. We’ve seen protests this week with some branches of the retailer being forced to shut down.

• President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa met with the South African Editors Forum this week?

Benin Country Profile

I am a country profile today we are taking you to the small West African country of Benin. Here is an interview with Souyibou Varrisou

George Bizos Tribute

Time to go to what’s happening on the continent and today we zoom into South Africa where well known human rights activist George Bizos passed away at the age of 92 this week after George, 92 years died peacefully at home of natural causes. Let’s speak now to Nersan Govender who is the National Director of the Legal Resources Centre

Global Economic Recession

This week the ratings agency, Fitch, projected that while China grows by 2.7 per cent this year the global gross domestic product is set to contract by 4.4 per cent. Fitch says that thus contraction will be “twice as deep as the great recession in 2009” while China is the only country expected to see a growth in 2020.

To look at this global phenomenon ewe speak to:

• Andries Opperman, lecturer in Economics and Manderin at Aros

• Redge Nkosi, executive director of Firstsource Money

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