African Dialogue

Channel Africa  |  Podcast, ±54 min episodes every 2 days
The programme discusses current issues pertaining to South Africa and the continent as a whole. The talk show hosts various experts on interesting and important issues affecting Africa and the globe.
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AUG
The economic well-being of the African continent is dependent on the speeding up of infrastructural development. Regional and continental integration through transport corridors and the implementation of regional strategies for transportation and energy needs are pillars to ensuring greater development. Next week international delegates will converge on the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the sixth annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum.The event is aimed at initiating joint actions by both Public and Private enterprises across Africa. To tell us more we have: Nelisiwe Magubane, Chairperson of Matleng Energy and former South African Director General of Energy, Nigel Gwynne-Evans Chief Director for Industrial Development at the South African Department of Trade and Industry:
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AUG
South Africa has accepted the of Chairpersonship of the SADeC Council of Ministers, in Pretoria . The baton was handed over by outgoing Chairperson of the Council, Prince Hlangusemphi Dlamini, who is the Minister of Economic Planning and Development of Swaziland, to South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. To tell us more about the 37th SADeC Council of Ministers meeting in Pretoria we have: Claysen Monyela – Head of Public Dipolmacy at South Africa’s Department for International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax – Executive Secretary of the Sothern African Development Community SADC.
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Sporadic protests have erupted in parts of Kenya, particularly in areas that strongholds of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Unconfirmed reports say several people have died but acting interior minister Dr. Fred Matiang'i is adamant that nobody has been killed and no live ammunitions have been use don protestors. The situation remains tense in the East African after the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta retained his seat as head of state. To help give us an analysis of the situation we have : Sarah Kimani – SABC news Correspondent based in Nairobi Kenya
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AUG
Kenya opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has rejected provisional results claiming that Kenya’s IT system was hacked in order to manipulate Tuesday's election results. Meanwhile the electoral commission has denied opposition claims. Chief electoral officer Ezra Chiloba has told reporters in a press conference that the systems were not compromised at any point. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a strong lead as votes are counted after Tuesday's election. Figures show that with 95.3% % of results in he has 55% of the vote against 44% for his rival, Raila Odinga. However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results, saying election officials have not produced documents to prove their validity. The electoral commission is urging people to wait calmly for full results. To look at this we are now joined on the line by: Abdullahi Halakhe, A Researcher with Amnesty International’s East Africa office in Nairobi
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AUG
South Africa marks Women's Day on the 9th of August this year . The day commemorates the more than twenty thousand women who marched against the pass laws during the Apartheid regime in 1956. Under the theme "the Year of OR Tambo: Women united in moving South Africa forward'' celebrations took place around the country with the min one being in Kimberley. In this edition of African Dialogue we take a special look at African Women and the roles they are playing in business, and the problems they face. To help us look at the issues we have : Zandi Nakabinde – a past Winner of the South African Young Achiever of the Year. Joyce Akama – A Senegalese Hairdresser now working in South Africa. Stella Kilonzo A Businesswoman in Kenya. Boki Khalessele - A Businesswomen from Botswana
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AUG
State Owned Enterprises are supposed to be the pride of any nation in a functioning democracy. There has been a decline of proper and effective management of SOE’s in South Africa costing the SA government millions of rands to keep them afloat. Entities like the SABC and SAA have found themselves requesting for government guarantees as a result of overspending. On the other hand the minister of finance Malusi Gigaba has been under increasing pressure to steer South Africa's economy away from further credit ratings downgrade. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Mr Themba Godi Chairperson Standing Committee of Public Account (SCOPA) 2. Ms Cheryl Carolous ANC Veteran Politician & Trustee of the Constitutional Court 3. Prof William Gumede Director Programme for the Management of Public Enterprises Wits School of Governance 4. Joachim Vermooten Aviation Economist
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AUG
Paul Kagame has won a third term as president of Rwanda with an overwhelming 98 percent of votes from Friday’s election. Kagame received 6.6 million votes while the two opposition candidates received only 80, 000. The exceedingly impressive win of a fresh seven-year term has been seen as symbolising the transforming Rwanda from its history of a genocide to a society with a transforming economy. To help us on this: • Simon Allison, the Mail and Guardian Africa editor • Dirk Kotze, African political analyst
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The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union is advising white South African farmers to agree to a deal to share land with the black majority. He says this should be done to avoid suffering the same fate as their Zimbabwean counterparts. You’ll recall white Zimbawean farmers were violently evicted from their properties as a result of the controversial land reform program in that country. The union's President, Peter Steyl, says it would be better if white South African farmers gave away a little bit of their land now, than risk losing everything later. Land redistribution is a burning political issue in South Africa and has divided the ruling African National Congress - ahead of a December conference where President Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader will be chosen. To discuss this emotive issue, we are joined on the line by: Prof. Andries du Toit: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies Director: Theo de Jagger: President of World Farmers Organisation Willem van Jaarsveld: A Farmer, Agri Economist and CEO Agri Limpopo Vuyo Mahlati – President of The African farmers' association of South Africa
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AUG
The second Southern African Development Community’s Industrial Week enters its second day this morning. It was launched in August 2015 on the margins of the SADC Heads of State Summit in Botswana and has since established a secretariat that resides at the New Partnership For African Development Business Foundation. The theme of the Week is Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains. The Strategy and Roadmap of this Industrialisation Week, sets out three potential growth paths, namely agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and downstream processing value chains. We today in our outside facility here in Sunninghill, west of Johannesburg, we are joined by: Mapolao Rosmary Mokoena of the Southern African Development Community Secretariat (Botswana) Dr Monanne Monanne – also from the SADC Secretariat. Mohan Vivekanandan – Group Executive of the Strategic Department of the Development Bank of Southern Africa Charl Harding Business Development Manger at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa
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Botswana yesterday confirmed it will allow the Dalai Lama to visit next month as "a foreign dignitary" in the face of China's fierce opposition to the Tibetan spiritual leader. Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign governments who welcome him. Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told lawmakers that the visit was "purely private" but added that the Dalai Lama would be granted the status of a foreign dignitary. She did not confirm a government announcement last week that he would meet President Ian Khama, which prompted a stern response from Beijing. China is a key investor across Africa. To help us chat about this, we are joined on the line by: • Ngodup Dorjee: Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Africa • Shadrack Gutto, Director for the Centre for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa
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Last week, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities released its final report on the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems saying that religious organisations and practitioners should be regulated. Amongst its other regulations was that they should also be licenced. The report comes after there were media reports which documented pastors in parts of South Africa were allegedly feeding their congregants snakes, rats, human hair and in some cases there were those who were instructed to drink petrol in order to receive miracles. In its findings‚ the commission found that the laws in place were not protective of people. • Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) CEO Edward Mafatso • Director: South African Pagan Rights Alliance Damon Leff • Executive Director of FOR SA Michael Swain,An organisation standing for several catholic divisionsE
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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has declared a state of emergency in part of the country’s north-west. Reasons for the decree have not been made available. The state of emergency is expected to last for three months. The conflict in South Sudan has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million since 2013. The last state of emergency was in 2014 in Unity State in the north and Jonglei in the east, as rebels fought government forces. Tensions continue between both sides as heavy fighting has also escalated in the east of the country. To help us unpack this, we are joined on the line by: • His Excellency Ambassador Natana: South Sudan Ambassador to South Africa • Jok Madut Jok, executive director of the Sudd Institute • Kwezi Mnqibisa, researcher at ACCORD.