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14
MAY

South Africa’s national and provincial elections Low Voter Turnout

South Africa’s national and provincial election last week saw the lowest voter turnout in its history. Only 65.99% of voters turned up at voting stations which saw the victory of the African National Congress who won with 230 seats. Historically the voting turnout has been fluctuated with the first record being in 1999 where there was an outstanding turnout of 89.3%. However, in the years the voter turnout in the national and provincial elections in the country seemed to fluctuate in the 70 per cent mark. So for the first time in the history of the country, it is the first time that the national voter turnout is at sixty per cent.

We are joined by:

• Elnari Potgieter, project leader for the South Africa Reconciliation. Barometer at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
• Ipsos director and political analyst , Mari Harris.
• Gabriel Crouse, associate at the Institute of Race Relations.
13
MAY

IEC declares the ANC as National government

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says democracy has emerged victorious with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declaring the 2019 free and fair. The electoral body has released the results of the country's sixth general elections within seven days as specified in the Electoral Act. The commission declared the African National Congress (ANC) the overall winner with 230 seats in the National Assembly followed by the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters with 84 and 44 seats respectively.

To assist us on the environment before elections we speak to:
• Professor Cherrel Africa, analyst joining us from the University of the Western Cape’s politics department.
• Prof Sean Gossel, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
• Grant Masterson Program Manager African Peer Review Mechanism Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy Africa (EISA).
09
MAY

Preliminary Election Results

Results are trickling in at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results operating centre in Pretoria, South Africa. Thirty-percent of the votes have been counted so far. Although they are not yet conclusive, a picture is starting to emerge; the African National Congress (ANC) is in the lead with 53.89%, trailed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 27.14%, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with (7.83%), Freedom Front Plus (FF+) at 3.52% and the Ikatha Freedom Party (IFP) with 1.59%.

We are joined by:

Dr Theo Venter from the North West University

Dr Shingai Mutizwa – Mangiza from Western Cape University

Milton Maluleque – Channel Africa journalist

Thuto Ngobeni – Channel Africa journalist
07
MAY

6th democratic elections in South Africa.

In a matter of hours millions of South Africans will be making their way to voting stations across the country. These are the sixth democratic elections since 1994. South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world and is held back by corruption and crime. The African National Congress, while embattled, looks likely to retain its throne of national governance.
However, recent voter surveys show that the 2019 general election may be the ANC’s most daunting test of confidence in 25 years. While internal issues form part of the ANC’s uneasiness, an up swell in support for opposition parties, in particular, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has managed to chip away at the ANC’s support base, by intensifying a revolutionary rhetoric which appeals to the demands of populism.
We are joined in studio by:
Professor Cherrel Africa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Professor Sean Gossel is an Associate Professor from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Theo Venter from the University of the North West.
06
MAY

IAAF and the Caster Semenya Ruling

On Friday South African born gold medallist Caster Semenya won the 800 meters at the Doha Diamond League meet. Her win came two days after she lost her case against the International Association for Athletics Federation’s bid to change its rules for female athletes who have higher testosterone levels who compete in the 800 to 1500m events. The rules are to take effect on Wednesday 8th May – meaning if Semenya wants to continue competing on an international stage she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. Now the 28year old has not minced her words and said she would not be taking any medication.

We are joined in studio by:

Shanti Bartlett, an Academic Associate at the University of Pretoria Law Faculty in the Department of Private Law

Professor Katrina Karkazis, a Senior visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale University

Dr Mwangi Francis Mundia is a lecturer and chairman at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya
02
MAY

African Tourism Indaba

Africa's largest tourism event - The Travel Indaba - is currently underway in South Africa's Kwa Zulu Natal province. The event showcases the widest variety of Africa's best tourism products and attracts international buyers from across the world to visit the continent. Part of the focus this year's Indaba will be to bring more innovation to the tourism industry and sell Africa as a top tourist destination. To help us find more information about the event, we have :

Mr S Nhlapo – Lesotho.s Minister of Tourism Environment and Culture.

Tuli Galelekile – Marketing General Manager for Kwazulu Natal

Steve Masamba – Uganda Wildlife Society
01
MAY

South African Elections

We are exactly a week from elections here in South Africa, and as political parties intensify their campaigns voters are gearing themselves up to vote for the party of their choice. We know that 48 parties will be contesting the 2019 elections. Now with observer missions already in South Africa, the Southern Africa observers have raised concerns saying they seek protection from the government fearing a flare up of xenophobic attacks. Meanwhile the international Relations Department has assured them that the elections will be free and fair.

We are joined by:

• Sy Mamabolo: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission of South Africa

• Professor Susan Booysen: Political Analyst
29
APR

Libya Update

Libya is caught between a military strongman Khalifa Haftar who sells himself as the only one who can drive out terrorists, and a United Nations backed government under Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose attempts to hold a national vote have, so far, only entrenched divisions. On Sunday Forces backing Libya’s internationally recognised government fought house-to-house battles with troops loyal to commander Haftar in Southern parts of the capital Tripoli and appeared to be gaining ground.

To help us with the discussion we are now joined on the line by:

• Professor Bhekithemba Mngomezulu, is with the Political Sciences Department at the University of the Western Cape

• Ebrahim Dean is a Researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre
25
APR

African Union meets for Sudan reform

African leaders meeting in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday agreed to give Sudan's ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, amid pressure for a quick handover of power to civilians. The decision extends a fifteen day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power to civilians or to be suspended from the grouping. The TMC took over after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted on April 11. But, Bashir is just the latest long-standing African leader to be removed recently, just a week before Bashir, Algeria’s ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was also forced to step down. On the programme today we ask how strong is the AU’s commitment to rejecting unconstitutional changes to government as well as their power to deal with military overthrow?
• Dame Rosalind Marsden, an Associate fellow at Chatham House, she was the former British Ambassador to Sudan and then the EU Special representative for Sudan and South Sudan.
• Dr Martin Rupiya, the Director at the African Public and Research Institute.
• Professor Bhekithemba Mngomezulu from the University of the Western Cape’s Political Sciences Department
24
APR

South African general elections

The number of young people who have registered to vote in the May general elections is down substantially from 2014, despite population growth, according to News Agency “GroundUp”. Meanwhile the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) expressed concern over the number of 18- to 19-year-olds on the 2019 voters' roll was 341 236. In 2014, it was 646 313, meaning the number of new voters has dropped by nearly half (47%). When taking into account that the population has grown by approximately 7.5% over the past five years, the drop is even more profound. The reason for the drop is unclear. Could the youth just not be interested in the politics of the country or is this a form of protest on their part?
To answer those questions we are joined by:
Prof Kealeboga Maphunye, Chairperson, Department of Political Sciences, UNISA.
Grant Masterson, Program Manager, African Peer Review Mechanism
Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy Africa (EISA).
Levy Ndou, Lecturer,Political Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
23
APR

Zimbabwe's compensation of white farmers

Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation this year to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former president Robert Mugabe's land reform nearly two decades ago, the government said, as it seeks to bring closure to a highly divisive issue. Two decades ago Mugabe's government carried out at times violent evictions of 4 500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300 000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era. But land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government sees the paying of compensation to white farmers as key to mend ties with the West, and has set aside $17.5 million in this year's budget to that end. The initial payments will target those in financial distress, while full compensation will be paid later.

To take the conversation forward we are joined by:

Dr Webster Zambara
Senior Project Leader: Peace Building initiatives
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Lovemore Kadenge
President
Zimbabwe Economics Society

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