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Locust Plague in East Africa

The Horn of Africa which is one of the world's most impoverished regions is being ransacked by billions of tiny invaders. Farmers look in horror as desert locust’s move in cloud-like swarms darkening the sky. The insects blast through fields of crops at an astonishing pace, decimating livelihoods in the process.
The pests crossed the Gulf of Aden and arrived in Somalia and Ethiopia last year. They were spotted in Kenya about two months ago in what has become the worst infestation there in 70 years. The U.N. says the region is already vulnerable to food shortages, and it warns that the international community only has a small window to prevent "looming catastrophe."

1. Dr Roger Price Research Team Manager Agricultural Research Council

2. Gerhard VerdoomOperations & Stewardship Manager for CropLife

Kallie Kriel

He is the leader of the South African African organisation focused on the interests of Afrikaners, a cultural minority group of the country's white population. The organisation is often in the headlines for defending the interests of white learners and community, but CEO Kallie Kriel says that is not what Afriforum is all about and there are many good, diverse and just causes that his organisation fight for on a daily basis.

Burundi Country Profile

I am a country profile today we take you to Burundi the landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. Here is an interview my colleague Benjamin Moshatama had with Carine Kaneza Nantuyla.

South Sudan Transitional Government

What’s making news on the African continent; we are zooming into South Sudan where South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar has agreed to re-join the government as the First Vice President on Friday, paving the way for the creation of the much-anticipated transitional government of national unity. Dr Machar, who leads the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO), met with President Salva Kiir in Juba on Thursday ahead of the February 22 deadline, and agreed to form the transitional administration. Here is the latest from Channel Africa’s correspondent James Shimanyula.

SONA Debate

The debacle between South African MP Boy Mamabolo of the ruling African National Congress and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, has raised concerns over the use of Gender Based Violence to score political points. On Tuesday during SONA debate in Parliament, Mamabolo claimed that Malema abused his wife. And in response, Malema shocked Parliament when he claimed President Cyril Ramaphosa used to beat-up his late wife. Now, the fight between Malema and Mamabolo has reached a legal point. Malema and his wife Mantoa Matlala are each suing Mamabolo for one million rand. We speak to:

• Selby Xinwa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation researcher

• Ralph Mathekga, a political analyst

• Felicity Harrison, head of Sustained Dialogues

Libya ceasefire

The United Nations supported government in Libya said it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port. Since last April, the United Nations recognised Government of National Accord, based in the capital, has been engaged in conflict with the self-styled Libyan National Army. The country’s warring sides had resumed their U.N. brokered military negotiations earlier Tuesday; however the forces of military commander Khalifa Hafter stepped up their attacks on the Libyan capital, hitting its seaport. It appeared to be the first such attack on Tripoli’s port since Hafter's forces began their siege of the city almost a year ago.

We are joined by:

• Dr Shinagi Mangiza – Mutizwa, is an independent analyst

• Ebrahim Dean is a senior researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre

State Owned Enterprises

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday. Among the issues Ramaphosa addressed were the country’s embattled state-owned entities (SOEs), such as Eskom and South African Airways (SAA), and unemployment. Ramaphosa announced that financially viable municipalities can now procure their own electricity from independent power producers. He further announced a list of seven measures to rapidly increase the capacity of energy generation outside state utility Eskom.

Joining us on the line to help us with this discussion is:

• Taka Pfende is an analyst and owner of African Dominion

• Anabel Bishop economist at Investec

Lilian Dube

She is known for her memorable role as Sister Bettina in the TV series Soul City... The bubbly and outspoken actress, who underwent surgery for breast cancer in 2008, has used her experience to spread awareness about the disease. Let’s listen to this interview.

Liberia Country profile

I am a country profile today we take you to the small West African country of Liberia; here is an interview with Allyson Brown.

State of the Nation Address

What’s making news on the African continent; we are zooming into South Africa. Yesterday President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his much anticipated State of The Nation Address. It was disrupted by over an hour by the opposition party The Economic Freedom Fighters. Here is an interview with political analyst Aubrey Mashiqi reflecting on the SONA.

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