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President Ramaphosa's First 30 Days in Office

The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa could be described as a new broom sweeps clean. In his one month in office he has already reshuffled his cabinet with some significant changes, in what he himself has described as a ‘transitional cabinet’. Ramaphosa has also committed himself to turning the economy around. To discuss this further we are joined on the line by: Mavuso Msimang: ANC Veteran Terrence Corrigan: Projects Manager at South African Instiotute of Race Relations

Taxi Fight

The rivalry between Meter cab operators and app operated cabs Uber and Taxify have been at each other’s necks for past few years. The people bearing the brunt of the squabbles are the unfortunate consumers/customers who need to commute from point A to B. Traditionally the meter cabs have been known to be a little more costly and the vehicles not in the best of conditions. There also hasn’t been a real clear body that held them accountable when customers had complaints. Whereas with Uber and Taxify the cab can be requested at the convenience of the client and the prices are reasonably cheaper. In Gauteng we have seen the rivalry intensify to a point where some uber/taxify cabs have been torched and drivers assaulted for picking up clients. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined by: 1. Mr Duncan Phopi Secretary Metered Taxi Association 2. Mr Collen Msibi Head: Communications Department of Transport

Oxfam Brics Meeting

Following its’ establishment, the New Development Bank (NDB) opened its South African branch of the Africa Regional Center (ARC) in Johannesburg, in August last year with the intention to facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions. Last week, Oxfam South Africa held a dialogue between the bank and civil society organisations to provide inputs on BRICS through a Civil BRICS working group. Civil BRICS is planning a multi-stakeholder roundtable to initiate this engagement. Some areas of concern that will fall within the Bank’s five areas of operation are: clean energy; transport infrastructure; irrigation, water resource management and sanitation; sustainable urban development. The meeting comes as South Africa will host the 10th BRICS summit in July 2018. To discuss this further we are joined on the line by: • Namhla MnikiExecutive Director at African Monitor • Marianne Bueneventura-Goldman Project lead for South-South Corporation at Oxfam South Africa • Tumisang Moleke Acting Director General at the New Development Bank’s African Regional Centre

Listeriosis Update

South African Activist and Human Rights Lawyer - Richard Spoor - and the United States Food Safety Law Firm, Marler Clark, have teamed up to file a class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands. The lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the families of people who died after eating processed meat contaminated with listeria produced and distributed by the company. This comes after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's announcement that the source of the listeriosis outbreak in the country is two brands of polony by Tiger Brands of Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken. The company has already recalled the processed meat products. Richard Spoor says the class action lawsuit is aimed at bringing justice to the victims.. My colleague Tumelo Zulu spoke to Dr Gwen Ramokgopa Gauteng MEC in health asking her about where the listeriosis crisis started in South Africa… To further help us look at the current situation, we have: • Dr Charlotte Nkuna, Interim CEO of the South African Poultry Association • Dr Selva Mudoly, President of the South African Institute of Environmental Health • Dr Juno Thomas, Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at South Africa’s National Institution of Communicable Diseases

Sierra Leone Elections

Sierra Leone people have taken to the polls recently. Counting of the ballots is currently underway, with what is said the two front runners Julius Maada and Samura Kamara being neck and neck. The elections come after the outgoing President Bai Koroma served his maximum two terms in office. Spectators say the election has been so far a very peaceful one. The winner of this election will be tasked with kick starting the economy of the country as well as rehabilitate the country that has seen in the 1990’s a civil-war fuelled by diamonds. Other key areas the incumbent would have to focus on are the drop in prices of iron ore which is its main export as well as to intensify the fight against EBOLA. To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by: 1. Prof Shadrack Gutto UNISA Political Analyst 2. Fatou Jagne Senghor West Africa Director for Article 19 3. Paul ADEYEMI Proprietor of SIERRA Express Media

Legalising Sex Work

This past Monday South Africa’s parliament discussed the whether or not to decriminalise sex work at its multi-party women’s caucus. This was as the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) presented its report which recommended that full criminalisation of sex work must remain a law in the country. Various arguments came out of the discussion at the caucus with some arguing that partial criminalisation should be considered, while others suggested that the voice of the sex workers themselves was excluded in the report. To discuss this further we are joined by: • Susan Tolmay Women and Marginalised Groups Rights Officer Amnesty International South Africa • Dellene Clark Lead researcher on the project 107 sexual offences investigations

Price Water Cooper’s worldwide report on Economic Crimes

77% of South African organisations have experienced some sort of economic crime, this according Price Water Coopers report on economic crimes globally. According to the report by the PWC fraud committed by consumers ranks the second most reported crime in South Africa. With economic crimes in South Africa now at its all-time high over the past decade, the report further suggests that 6% of executives in South Africans did not know if their organisations were affected by economic crimes or not. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Trevor White PWC Partner , Forensic Services and South Africa Survey Leader 2. Dr Ivor Sarakinsky WITS University School of Governance 3. Patrick Craven Spokesperson for South African Federation of Trade Unions

Patent Medicines

The international medical humanitarian agency, Doctors Without Borders or MSF has reiterated its concern about what it says is an increasing barrage of intense criticism that India faces for its progressive patent law and policies, not only from multinational pharmaceutical companies but also from developed countries. India remains a critical producer of affordable medicines, and competition among generic drug manufacturers in there has brought down the price of medicines for diseases like HIV, TB and cancer by over ninety percent. Some of the world's poorest countries rely heavily on generic medicines manufactured in the South Asian country, known as the pharmacy of the developing world. MSF argues that any changes that erode the safeguards included in India's patent law would keep medicine prices too high. To assist us on this topic we are joined by: • Claire Waterhouse, advocacy advisor for MSF's Access Campaign in South Africa • Lotti Rutter, campaign manager for the Treatment Action Campaign

Land Expropriation

South African Members recently voted in favour of a motion to begin a process that will allow land expropriation without compensation. Now our neighbouring country Zimbabwe went through the same process of fast tracking land reform and displaced commercial white farmers, replacing them with blacks, but the results were not as desirable as many would have wanted. Can South Africa do the same process so it doesn’t have the results it had on Zimbabwe. To discuss this further we are joined by: •Jackie Dugard Associate professor at the Wits School of Law •Ndabezinhle Ziqubu Programmes coordinator for the Association for Rural Advancement

World Hearing Day

The World Health Organisation has declared the 3rd of March every year “World Hearing Day”. The day is used to commemorate people with hearing impairment and to raise awareness on and about induced hearing loss as well as measure to prevent it. Now according to the WHO over 5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss, with the majority of people with disabling hearing loss living in low- and middle-income countries. A further approximately one third of people over 65 years of age are affected by disabling hearing loss. So today on our show we will be talking to the deaf community LIVE on radio in our studio, something which is rarely seen in radio broadcast: 1. Veliswa Nqaba Teacher Sizwile School of the Deaf 2. Xolani Mahlangu Learner Sizwile School of the Deaf 3. Mariah Morgan Learner Sizwile School of the Deaf 4. Bruno Managing Director Studio 05

Mandela the Icon

The Nelson Mandela Foundation unveiled a two-year programme to honour its founder; Nelson Mandela Madiba would have turned 100 years old in 2018. Under the theme "Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018 Be the Legacy", the foundations hopes that the values of integrity, respect, service, transformation and transparency to be the pillars of society. To discuss this further we are joined in our studio by: • Sahm Venter (IN STUDIO)Senior Researcher Nelson Mandela Foundation • Dr Brown Maaba (IN STUDIO)Author/Historian • Dr Albino Jopela (TELEPHONIC)Head of Programmes African Heritage Fund

Chaos in Syria

According to media reports medics in Syria say a child has died and a dozen more are being treated after another suspected chlorine gas attack. At least 23 people were killed on Monday, despite a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire. The UN’s Secretary General Antonio Gutteres was quoted as saying ‘it is high time to stop this hell on earth in Syria’s embattled eastern Ghouta region. To discuss this further we are joined in our studio by: • Prof Fanie Vermaak, lecturer Department of Ancient Near Eastern Culture • Imitiaz Sooliman Gift of the Givers • Matshidiso Motsoeneng Afro Middle East Centre

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