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The Shared Value Africa Initiative Summit

Africapitalism is about the intersection of economic prosperity and social wealth! This was the theme of The Shared Value Africa Initiative summit taking place today at Liliesleaf Farm just outside the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. High powered business people of all ages are meeting to strategically assess challenges facing business on our continent and set an agenda for 2019 to 2020. To tell us more, we have :
• Sanda Ojiambo(Kenya) - She leads the Corporate Responsibility Department that coordinates the integration of the SDGs, Sustainability Reporting, Technology for Development Products and the Safaricom and MPESA Foundations

• Nichole Yembra (Nigeria) The Chief Financial Officer for Venture Garden Group and Managing Partner at Green House Capital the VGG’s International arm.

• Simba Mhuriro (Zimbabwe) The Founder and Managing Director of Oxygen Africa a renewable energy development company.

• Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala (Uganda) Founder and CEO of Bakulu Power a renewable energy company

Water scarcity in Africa

According to the United Nations, it is estimated that by the year 2030 there will up to seventy-five million to two-hundred and fifty million people in Africa who will be living in areas that are water stressed. Due to the extreme weather conditions experienced the entire world has suffered from clean water scarcity; however, Sub-Saharan Africa has been identified as the region with the largest number of water-stressed countries. What makes the water scarcity problem worrying in African countries is that few governments have implemented any reliable systems and plans to deal with the unpredictable weather patterns. To confirm the seriousness of the situation, NASA has reported in a research report that out of the 37 world’s water sources about 21 of those are under pressure as a result of human consumption and misuse.
But to try and make sense of it all we are joined on the line by:
1. Sputnik Ratau Spokesperson Department of Water and Sanitation RSA
2. Dr Matthys Dippenaar Lecturer Engineering, Geology and Hydrology University of Pretoria.
3. Dr Thabo Nkambule Senior Lecturer Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability Research UNISA.

Zimbabwe protests

Early this week there was heavy police presence on Zimbabwean streets as more violence was expected on day two of the national shutdown. Angry protesters in Zimbabwe's capital Harare barricaded roads and burned tyres after President Mnangagwa announced a massive fuel price hike. In Bulawayo, police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters. Reports have suggested that five people have sustained gunshot wounds following the unrest. Mnangagwa announced over the weekend a more than 100 percent rise in the price of petrol and diesel. The government was also accused of shutting down the internet with communication on the popular WhatsApp platform impossible from mid-morning and access to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook restricted.
To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined in studio by:
• Lovemore Kadenge, president of the Zimbabwe Economics Society.
• Gideon Chitanga, researcher and analyst from Political Economy Southern Africa.

The ANC manifesto

Unveiling the African National Congress’s election manifesto President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared to transform the economy through the creation of 275,000 jobs each year by boosting local demand for goods, investing more in mining, manufacturing, agriculture and expanding export markets. Ramaphosa further promised to accelerate social transformation and making education and health accessible to all. He added that he will step up the fight against corruption throughout society and safeguarding the integrity of the state and ethical leadership, among other things.
To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined in studio by:
• Melanie Verwoerd is a former ANC MP, now political analyst
• Professor Joeleen Steyn- Kotze is a senior research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council.
• Dr Ina Gouws, senior lecturer for governance and political transformation at the University of Free State.

DRC - Internal and external pressure

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court has seven days to respond to an application made by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu who is asking for a recount. Last week the electoral commission announced opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as the winner with 38-percent, however, Fayulu alleges a backroom deal between the declared winner Tshisekedi, and President Joseph Kabila. Meanwhile the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through its chairperson Zambian president Edgar Lungu has urged political parties in the DRC to consider forming a government of national unity in light of the disputed election results.
To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined in studio by:
• Everiste Kambala is the spokesperson of the Congolese Community in South Africa
• Advocate Sipho Mantula is a researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa

Profile of the African National Congress

The year 2019 is set to be a very busy year for most around the world. Some have named it the year of elections especially on the African continent. The ANC has recently held its January 8th statement rally, which marked 107 years of the existence of the party. The event saw President Cyril Ramaphosa flanked by his predecessor Jacob Zuma attend the rally. Ramaphosa took the opportunity to address the divisions of the party and also clear the air between him and Zuma. So today we look at the journey to elections. Does the ANC go to the polls united or are the divisions irreparable?

We are joined for the 1st time this year to unpack all those by:

1. Mr Elvis Masoga Political Analyst

2. Prof Sipho Seepe Political Analyst

3. Ms Lebohang Pheko Political Analyst

A new school year

Millions of learners in South African schools walked into the classrooms this morning to kick off their schooling careers or return to class for the 2019 academic year. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is in KwaZulu-Natal visiting schools that performed dismally last year. The department says some regions in this province had the worst results last year with some achieving a 0% pass rate. Now the education system is never without any challenges, such as overcrowding in classrooms, cost of uniforms, preparations by parents to register their children, among other things. Nonetheless the Department has emphasised its readiness for the start of the New Year.
To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined by:

• Matakanye Matakanye is the General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB)

• Johannes Mutuna is the Vice President of the Professional Educators Union (PEU)
• Elijah Mhlanga is the Spokesperson for the National Department of Education in South Africa
• Chris Malemetsa is the Gauteng Provincial Chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO)

The DRC awaits Election Results

According to media reports the United Nations Security Council has put off a planned session on the Democratic Republic of Congo and it’s closely watched presidential election as the country continues waiting for delayed results. A council discussion initially set for Tuesday was postponed to Friday after Congolese officials indefinitely postponed the release of the first results which were due Sunday.

To help us unpack this discussion we are now joined in studio by:

• Nixon Katembo is a producer at Channel Africa Swahili Service (in studio)

• Everiste Kambanga is the spokesperson of the Congolese Community in South Africa (in studio)

• Advocate Sipho Mantula is a researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa

Looking Forward to 2019

The year 2019 is set to be a very busy year for most around the world. Some have named it the year of elections especially on the African continent. So! today on the show as we have said earlier, we take a look at the events and stories that will likely make the headlines for the year, both local and internationally.

We are joined for the 1st time this year to unpack all those by:

1. Prof Patrick Bond Political Economist/Analyst

2. Dr Martin Rupiya Executive Director The African Public Policy & Research Institute

Democratic Republic of Congo elections

The much anticipated Democratic Republic of Congo elections- due to take place on Sunday - may be postponed for a week, according to media reports. This after electronic voting machines were destroyed in a suspected arson attack on a warehouse last week. An official, from the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that both the presidential and legislative polls could be delayed. President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to step down after nearly 18 years in power following the elections - which are already two years overdue.
• Nixon Katembo is a producer at Channel Africa Swahili Service and Migration researcher.
• Dennis Kadima is the Executive Director at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy.
• Khumbelo Munzhelele is a reporter at Channel Africa.

Africa in Review - 2018

The year 2018 was a busy year for the continent of Africa, From the forced ousting of long-time Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, to the majority of African Union members signing a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement. From worldwide renowned former soccer player George Weah being inaugurated as Liberia 25th president to the shocking news of Boko Haram kidnapping 110 school girls in a girls boarding school in Dapchi, a town in north-east Nigeria. In Today’s programme we take a look back at 2018 with the help of :
Dr Shingai Mutizwa- Mangiza from the political department at the University of the Western Cape.

Nixon Tasakana – From the Kiswahili section of Channel Africa

Rwanda - Kagame

Rwandan prosecutors say they will appeal a High Court ruling acquitting government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Rwigara of insurrection and forgery. Media reports say the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) would file an appeal in the Appellate Court seeking to re-examine evidence pinning the Rwigaras to possible wrong doing. It is believed that their acquittal came after sustained pressure from rights groups and the international community, who accused the government of cracking down on dissent and freedom of expression. The Rwigaras' release was seen as a sign by government yielding to pressure, but some observers argue that the court confirmed its independence.
We are joined in studio by:
• Prof Dominique Ewizeyimana, associate professor at the school of public management and public policy at the University of Johannesburg –
• Victor Kgomoeswane is a political commentator and author of ‘Africa is Open for Business.
• Charles Nyonkonge a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Dialogue.

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