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Deployment of SANDF in the Western Cape.

In the next few days the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to descend onto the Cape Flats in the Western Cape Province of the country to offer support to the police and enter ten identified areas of the Cape Flats. South African Police Commissioner Bheki Cele announced last week that President Cyril Ramaphosa had given him the green light for the army to be deployed. Meanwhile it was another bloody weekend in the Cape Metro with one hundred and forty-three arrests, and forty-three murders were committed over the same period. Residents have been urging government to urgently assist to quell the gang related violence in their community.
We are joined in studio by:
• Dr Ntsikelelo Breakfast, from the School of Security and African Studies at the Faculty of Military Science at Stellenbosch University.
• Helmoed Heitman is a defence analyst.
• Dewa Mavhinga is the Southern Africa Director at the Human Rights Watch.

State Capture Commission Former President Jacob Zuma

Former South African president Jacob Zuma on Friday confirmed that he will be attending the State Capture Commission, or known as the Zondo Commission. On Friday, outside of the Randburg Magistrate's Court, Zuma spoke to the media saying "We'll see how it goes,” when asked about his lawyers making a showing at the commission today. The commission is a year in now, and Jacob Zuma's name has been mentioned loosely in multiple witnesses claiming that he had been linked to forging deals for the Gupta deals to wanting to fast-track the Russian nuclear deal. The testimony which has blatantly put the former president into the centre of the state capture controversy is that of former head of state protocol Bruce Koloane, who this week said he never apologised to Zuma and two ministers for using their names to land the Gupta family at the Waterkloof air force base. The Gupta family landed a commercial aircraft at the air force base without permission. It carried about 200 guests who were invited to attend the family's lavish wedding at Sun City.

We are joined in studio by:

• Levy Ndou, political analyst

• Elvis Masoga, political analyst

• Christine Botha Manager of the Centre for Constitutional Rights

World population day part 2

Yesterday it was World Population Day, a day celebrated to raise awareness about population issues. And we spoke to two experts on how countries especially African countries can better prepare themselves for the inevitable growth of their populations. Accessible family planning, strong education system for young people so they can make better choices and a strong political will were some of the recommendations raised by the panel. Taking our discussions forward today I am joined in studio by
* Dr Julitta Onabanjo who is the Regional Director for East and Southern Africa at the United Nations Population Fund.

World Population Day 2019

Today is World Population Day, a day celebrated to raise awareness about population issues. According to the United Nations the current world population of seven point six billion is expected to reach eight point six billion in 2030 and nine point eight billion in 2050. World Population Day is also used to educate youth to avoid unwanted pregnancies. World Population Day was established by the governing council of the United Nations Development Program on July 11, 1989.

Justine Coulson is the Deputy Regional Director at the United Nations Population Fund East and Southern Africa

Jacques van Zuydam is the head of the National Population and Development Unit at the Department of Social Development in

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

About 500 people gathered at Gallagher Convention Centre to discuss the future of the SA economy in the digital age. The gathering was the result of the work of Fourth Industrial Revolution SA (4IRSA), an initiative between the universities of Fort Hare, Johannesburg, Wits, the government and major private-sector players such as Telkom and Deloitte SA. The digital economy summit was the first of its kind for SA, though similar gatherings have become commonplace in many other countries across the world. At the Summit many South Africans were encouraged by governments commitment to look forward to the revolution and the introduction of cutting-edge technologies, such as fifth-generation mobile internet connectivity (5G). The Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said the government would finalise and review key policy frameworks such as the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, in order to make them responsive and adaptive to 4IR.
1. Ross Harvey an Independent Economist.
2. Toby Shapshak an ICT Journalist.


All the countries making up the Economic Community of West African States have agreed to join hands in forming a single currency for the region by the year 2020. The region, also known as ECOWAS, aims to make trade in its territories easier while decreasing facilitation payments and transaction costs. Already, two currencies are used in the region which include the West African CFA franc, used in eight West African countries, and the Central African CFA franc, used in six Central African countries. So, it is said that the new eco-currency would replace these currencies with a gradual introduction after the ECOWAS countries lay out criteria in the months to come.

To look at the significance of this new currency we are joined on the line by:
• Trudi Hartzenberg Executive Director, t r a l a c, or the Trade Law Centre
• Dr Oscar van Heerden, scholar of International Relations (IR), where he focuses on International Political Economy

African Continental Free Trade Area

African heads of state and governments met in Niamey, Niger on the weekend to officially launch the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area. It is reported that if successful it will unite one point three billion people, and usher in a new era of development. The agreement will pave the way for free movement of goods, services, investments and people around the continent. It is hoped that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - the largest since the creation of the World Trade Organisation will help unlock Africa’s long obstructed potential by boosting intra-regional trade, strengthening supply chains and spreading expertise.

Our guests today are:
• Tinashe Sithole, from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg
• Liesl Louw-Vaudran is a senior research consultant with the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) is currently in Niamey

Smart Cities of Africa Summit

The Smart Cities Africa Summit has heard that partnerships are important in achieving smart cities. The summit took place over two days at Emperors Palace, east of Johannesburg in South Africa. Senior business executives and respected city leaders are discussing best practices and high tech solutions for smart cities realization needs. Director of an e-mobilityTo help us analyse some of the talking points, we have:
William Fick – an independent consultant
Hiton Pamar – Director of an E-mobility company
John Bosco Arends – Executive of EOH company
Vincent Mbonye – of the University of Kwazulu/Natal.

African Dialogue

African countries have high rates of suicide rates and depression, however it is difficult for researchers to pinpoint the exact reasons why. The World Health Organisation has reported that the country with the highest rates of suicide is Kenya, with countries such as Nigeria and Ivory Coast surpassing the figures of European countries, China and the US. South Africa is reported comes sixth in the highest number of suicides, with 800 000 people take their own lives every year.
Our guests today are:
• Tawanda Makombo, analyst for the Centre for Risk Analysis .
• Hopolang Matee , Clinical psychologist, also with South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

G20 Osaka Meeting

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump together with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to resume trade talks in agreement made at the G20 summit in Japan over the weekend. The G20 summit brings together industrialised and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy. The agreement between China and America comes after a long row that has contributed to a global economic slowdown. Trump had threatened additional sanctions on China, however, backtracked on the sidelines of the summit announcing that America would not impose any new tariffs on Chinese exports. Other issues of climate change also stood out as an area of contention among the world leaders attending.
We are now joined in studio by:
• Dr Oscar Van Heerden is a political commentator and scholar of International Relations (in studio)
• Taka Pfende (pronounce Fende) is an independent investment specialist and owner of African Dominion
• Dawie Roodt is chief economist at Efficient Group – Professor Bheki Mngomezulu, is a political sciences lecturer at the University of the Western Cape

Egyptian Politics

Egypt's Former President, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, collapsed in court during a trial and died. State Television has cited a medical source and said Morsi died from a sudden heart attack. Meanwhile the United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the death of Morsi, a move that was heavily criticized by the Egyptian Government saying the UN is politicizing the death of its first democratically elected president. Morsi had been Egypt's elected president following the abdication of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but was deposed after a military coup in 2013 that installed General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi into power.

• Dr Shingai Mutizwa- Mangiza, of the Department pf Political Sciences at the Western Cape

• Dr Ahmed Jazbhay Senior Lecturer Political Sciences UNISA

Refugees in Africa

South Africa has witnessed violent attacks on foreign nationals, with locals accusing them of taking up all the jobs. In some cases foreign nationals have had to seek refuge at police stations for fear of their lives. So what challenges do refugees in South Africa face and how best can they be supported?
We are now joined on the line by:
• Amir Sheikh, is the spokesperson of the Africa Diaspora Forum.
• Kyasha Bhoola, from the National Identity Management Commission.

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