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Boeing 737

Last week an Ethiopian Airlines Flight a Boeing 737 Max 8, went down shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board. The accident, occurred less than five months after a Lion Air jet crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia during a similar stage in its flight, killing all 189 passengers and crew. Since last week’s tragedy, all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts have been grounded worldwide pending investigations. However, preliminary investigations show that there are similarities between the two crashes and Boeing is said to be designing a software update to strengthen its safety feature.

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

• Joachim Vermooten, an independent aviation consultant

• Guy Leitch is SA Flyer magazine editor

Earlier on producer Ayanda Mkhwanazi spoke to the Director of Civil Aviation at the South African Civil Aviation Authority Poppy Khoza who said that despite the current challenges faced by the aviation sector air travel is still the safest mode of transport

Nationalising South Africa's Reserve Bank

The ruling party in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) has in its election manifesto called for the nationalisation of the South African Reserve Bank. Meanwhile the Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago has called on the country to protect state institutions from attack by those who want to abuse power to enrich themselves. On the other hand Deputy President David Mabuza has reaffirmed the ANC's intention to nationalise the SA Reserve Bank and place "public interest and development" at the centre of central bank's existence. This move hasn’t found favour from all political parties; the Democratic Alliance has vowed it would fight against the adoption of a bill by Parliament aimed at nationalising the Reserve Bank‚ saying it opposes any threat to the central bank’s independence.

1. Anabel Bishop Chief Economist Investec

2. Prof Phillipe Burger Head of Department: Economics and Finance University of Free State

3. Leon Louw, Executive Director Free Market Foundation

Pressuring political leaders to step aside

The African Continent has seen a number of political leaders face protests from their people as a result of their leadership styles or dictatorship. In the year 2017 we saw the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe let go after 37 years of dictatorship. Now in the recent past we witnessed calls for the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to step down to which he did although with an agreement to make a coalition government. Currently in Algeria and Sudan are up in arms demanding the resignation of their presidents. So today on the show we look at this new way of pressuring political leaders to step aside. But to take the conversation forward we joined on the line by:
Ibrahim dean,Researcher:Afro-Middle East Centre.
Dr Martin Rupiya, Africa Analyst.
Dr Alex Vines, Head of the Africa Programme.

Treatment of celebrity cases by the police

Last week, the police in South Africa found themselves inundated with cases involving well known celebrities. Some have criticised their treatment of these cases especially because they involve celebrities. So on the programme today we look at the treatment of celebrity cases by the police, are the police under pressure to be seen to be doing their job due to the high reporting of these cases by the media?

To help us with this discussion we are now joined on the line by:
Dr Chris de Kock an independent crime analyst with Crime Facts South Africa.
Lisa Vetten is a mellon doctoral candidate at Wits City Institute with the University of the Witwatersrand.
Selby Xinwa a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

DRC post elections

Former President Joseph Kabila’s coalition will have a say in choosing the next Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, this is according to an agreement between his coalition and that of the incumbent president, The DRC election which was marred by violence and chaos saw Felix Tshisekedi win despite rumours that he had struck a deal with Kabila. The statement issued by the Kabila and Tshisekedi factions said the move was part of “their common will to govern together as part of a coalition government.” It further said the coalition government aims to preserve “the achievements of the historic peaceful transfer of power that took place on January 24, 2019, to strengthen the climate of peace and the stability of the country and facilitate the rapid establishment of a government".
To help us unpack this discussion were joined on the line by
• Ben Mpoko, who is the DRC ambassador to South Africa.
• Adv Sipho Mantula is a researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa.
• Dr Reuben Loffman, lecturer in African History and Deputy Director of Taught Programmes (DDTP),School of History at the University of London

International Women's Day

Tomorrow marks International Women’s day and aims to promote women’s rights. The attention tomorrow will be focused on ways to eliminate gender gaps experienced in the world and the focal point will be how to protect women in societies where patriarchal norms seem to place women below their male counterparts. Today AFRICAN DIALOGUE partners up with ONE, the international campaigning and advocacy organisation which has aligned itself to up to 40 activists from 11 African countries who have written an open letter to world leaders to address gender inequalities. On our show today we will speak to these various activists from parts of the continent to speak on gender equity in various parts of African society.
We speak to :
• ONE Africa Executive Director Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo
• Melene Rossouw, South Africa: Melene is a South African Attorney who founded the Women Lead Movement.
• Naomi Tulay Solanke, Liberia: Naomi is Founder and Executive Director of Community Health Initiative

Rwanda- Uganda standoff

Uganda’s foreign ministry has issued the first statement about the country’s relations with Rwanda, since the on-going standoff that escalated last week when the main Katuna border was partially closed. The statement released addressed three main themes, including Rwanda’s accusations that Uganda was harbouring dissidents against the Kigali regime, in addition to harassing its citizens. Meanwhile earlier the Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera accused Uganda of offering assistance to two foreign-based Rwanda rebel groups that are opposed to Paul Kagame’s rule.

Prof Dominque Uwizeyimana
Associate professor
School of public management and public policy University of Johannesburg

Victor Kgomoeswana Political Analyst

Zimbabwe's ailing economy

Zimbabwe’s economy is now experiencing its highest inflation in a decade, at 42%. Recently the country was put in the spotlight when it was reported that the country’s fuel is the most expensive in the world and that it was also experiencing shortage of bread. Last month Zimbabwe’s government announced that it would drop the US dollar and launch their own currency as an effort to revive the economy. Ever since taking over power in November 2017 President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been travelling the world on an investment drive for his country, however, it has been reported that multiple companies in various sectors in the countries have shut down, while other employees have forced their employees to go on leave.
To look at the how the country can reform its economy we speak to:
• Derek Matyszak, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies
• Dr David Monyae, co-director of the University of the Johannesburg Confucius Institute.
• Prof. Roger Southall, Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand

Effectiveness of Commissions

As South Africans keep a close watch at the hearings at the State Capture enquiry many may be asking themselves whether those officials who have been implicated in any wrong doing will face the law. The state capture commission of inquiry is looking at allegations of corruption in most government institutions in South Africa, it is estimated that it will take two years to conclude. On the other hand the country has been subjected to the Marikana commission of inquiry, the Public Investment Corporation, the Life Esidimeni and the SARS inquiry – the question remains to what degree have the recommendations by the various chairs been implemented?

To help us unpack this discussion we are joined on the line:

• Dr Cathy Powell is an Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town. Her areas of expertise are Constitutional and International Law.

• Stan Henkeman is the Executive Director at the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation

Senegal Elections Counting

Senegalese President Macky Sall is on course for victory in the February poll with nearly 60% of votes, according to preliminary figures provided by local media and a source inside the electoral commission. Local Media further say his closest rival, former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck, is said to have won 20 percent, with former tax inspector Ousmane Sonko receiving a mere 16 percent. Sall's team declared him victor on Sunday, but the opposition said their results showed he had not won the required 50 percent of votes to avoid a run-off next month against a second-placed candidate. Sall won popularity for driving economic growth during his first term, building highways and an airport and widening the electricity grid. Yet the opposition and rights groups criticized him saying he used his influence to bar major candidates from running in the election because of corruption convictions.

1. Ebrima Sall Executive Director Trust Africa

2. Jean Bwasa Africa Analyst

Nigerian Election Results

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has won a second term at the helm of Africa's largest economy and top oil producer, the Electoral Commission chairman said on Wednesday, following an election marred by delays, logistical glitches and violence. He defeated his main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. Buhari secured fifty-six percent of votes, compared with forty one percent for Atiku, a candidate for the People's Democratic Party - PDP. Buhari faces a daunting to-do list, including reviving an economy still struggling to recover from a 2016 recession and quelling a decade-old Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of people in the northeast, many of them civilians.

To help us unpack this discussion we are joined on the line by:

• Dr Jimam Lar, political analyst and also lecturer in history and international studies at the University of Jos, Nigeria

• Serah Makka-Ugbabe, Nigeria Director for advocacy group, ONE

Threats to NGO's

In its latest report called “The Global Crackdown on Civil Society Organisations” Amnesty International reveals the startling number of countries using bullying techniques and repressive regulations to prevent NGOs from doing their work. The report lists 50 countries worldwide where anti-NGO laws have been implemented or are in the pipeline. The organisation says in the past two years alone, forty pieces of legislation that are designed to hamper the work of civil society organisations have been put in place or are in the works around the world. Amnesty International says these laws include implementing ludicrous registration processes for organisations, monitoring their work and in many cases shutting them down if they don’t adhere to the unreasonable requirements imposed on them.

To help us unpack this discussion we are joined on the line by:

• Mienke Steytler is the media and digital content officer at Amnesty International South Africa

• Lisa Vetten is with Wits University and also the manager of the Care Work project; key concern is organisations which provide social care services

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