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The latest statistics suggest that around the world over 330 thousand people have tested positive for Covid19 and just over 14 thousand have died as a result of the virus, whilst just over 99 thousand have recovered from it. So today we look at the effects of the virus on Education, Sports and Transport systems. Most countries have closed boarders and have imposed certain bans on activities. In South Africa the Minister of Police announced last week that liquor stores would operate for a short time, as alcohol is seen as one that may worsen the spread. To help us unpack all these we are joined by:

•Bafana Magagula
Chief Strategic Manager
The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO)

•Lebohang Dube
Sports Reporter

•Prof Mary Metcalfe
Education and Change Director

Phakamile Hlubi –Majola

Tomorrow the 21st of March marks Human Rights Day in South Africa. Historically the date 21 March 1960 is linked to events of Sharpeville, a township in South Africa. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in protest against the Pass laws. This day marked an affirmation by ordinary people, rising in unison to proclaim their rights. On the show today I speak to Phakamile Hlubi –Majola a writer, social activist, and public speaker. She is also the National Spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). I’m going to be speaking to her about workers’ rights and young people’s rights. What rights are young people yearning for right now and how can it be achieved?

Cameroon Country Profile

I am a country profile today we take you to Cameroon, Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Here is an interview with Cameroonian journalist Mimi Mefo.

Impact of Covid-19 on Sports

What’s making news on the African continent; we are zooming into impact of CORONA virus in the sports arena. The coronavirus outbreak has decimated the sporting schedule and affected some of 2020’s biggest events.
A range of sports have had to take action to prevent the spread of the virus, with Euro 2020 put on hold for 12 months and postponements also hitting domestic football here in South Africa. To assist us with this we are now joined in studio by Channel Africa’s Executive Producer for Sports, Thabiso Ntema.

Ramaphosa's two years in Office

President Cyril Ramaphosa is the Fifth post-apartheid President. He inherited a government riddled with corruption and dysfunctional State Organ Enterprises. On assuming office he pledged to bring a new dawn to the masses who were traumatised and frustrated by the weak and unaccountable administration of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Two years later is he still adamant that he will deliver a new dawn to the impatient nation?

We are joined by two political analysts:

• Levy Ndou

• Prof Dirk Kotze

Social Media and Human Rights

Last week, a 15-year-old boy was arrested in Zambia for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu in Facebook posts, as critics accuse the regime of turning increasingly authoritarian. The juvenile faces a maximum five-year jail term. Lungu, in power since 2015, faces mounting complaints that he is cracking down on dissent and seeking to consolidate power ahead of next year's elections. But, Zambia is not the only such African country interfering with peoples’ right to use social media platforms. In Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cameroon and more governments have shut down the internet due to anti-government protests. Human rights advocates have been arguing that when governments disrupt the internet, they are grossly violating individual rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Access to social media allows people to share information about human rights abuses at home and abroad.

To discuss this we are joined by:

• Dr George Ogola from the School of Journalism, Media and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire

• Verlie Oosthuizen partner at Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys and head of the social media law department

• Maiko Zulu is a human rights activist in Zambia

Economic Impact of Covid-19

The Dow Jones Index in New York last week opened seven per cent lower, prompting an automatic temporary suspension of trading. European markets, have also fallen in response to the plunge in New York. This follows the US President Donald Trump's cancellation of travel from 26 European countries to America for the next 30 days, beginning last week Friday at midnight in light of the corona virus. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a raft of measures to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa, including a national state of disaster. He says this will help in combatting the spread of the virus. This follows a cabinet meeting to discuss measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa. Ramaphosa says 61 cases of the virus have now been confirmed in South Africa.

To discuss this we are joined by:

• Lukman Otunuga, FXTM senior research analyst

• Dr Christie Viljoen, PwC economist

• Ian Cruickshanks, independent economist

Anne Githuku-Shongwe

March the 8th marked International Women’s Day a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The theme of International Women’s Day 2020 was “I am Generation Equality”: Realizing Women’s Rights.
According to the United Nations, the world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality. I have on skype one of the women who has been bestowed with the responsibility of ensuring that we realise this vision. Anne Githuku-Shongwe is the Representative for UN Women's South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO), which is responsible for women's empowerment and gender equality in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia as well as South Africa, where the office is based.

Togo Country Profile

I am a country profile today we take you to Togo, the small West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. Here is an interview with David Dosseh.


What’s making news on the African continent; we are zooming into economic impact of the CORONA virus also known as COVID 19. According to media reports, surveys of China’s manufacturing and services sector plunged to record lows in February. Although the outbreak appears to have slowed in China, COVID-19 and its impacts have gone global. Infections are mounting in Europe, South Korea, Iran, the United States, and elsewhere, with authorities implementing increasingly restrictive measures to contain the virus. Europe and Japan are likely already in recession territory given their weak fourth quarter performance and high reliance on trade. Here is Chief economist at Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt.

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