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18
JAN

Zimbabwe's Upcoming Elections

In its latest concern Zimbabwe’s opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of militarising villages around the country saying they have proof pointing to the fact that thousands of army officers in civilian attire have been deployed into the countryside for the purposes of carrying out clandestine political campaigns on behalf of Zanu-PF. But, Mnangagwa has assured regional leadership that peaceful elections will be held later this year. To discuss this further we are joined in studio by: • Simon Muchemwa Channel Africa Corrospondent • Dr Ibbo Mandaza who is a politician and academic • Jusit Moyo Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
17
JAN

Tunisian Clashes

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in a number of Tunisian cities this week, calling for the government to scrap new austerity measures which include a hike in fuel prices and taxes on goods. According to state-run TAP news agency at least one man died in clashes that broke out Monday night between dozens of protesters and security forces in the town of Tebourba, near the capital Tunis. Meanwhile Tunisia's Interior Ministry on Tuesday denied reports that the dead man was run over by a police car and said it was investigating the cause. So far police have arrested 328 people. More protests have been called for, as a new youth movement and opposition lawmakers try to put pressure on the government to overturn the austerity measures. The protests have raised fears of wider unrest in Tunisia, the North African nation which spawned the 2011 Arab Spring movement but has since been seen as a zone of relative stability in a troubled region. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Ibrahim Dean Senior Researcher Afro-Middle East Centre 2. Issandr El Amrani Project Director: North Africa Project International Crisis Group
16
JAN

Two Centers of Power in the ANC

The newly elected ANC leadership has its hands full as they rebuild the party that has shown signs of division in the run up to its December elective conference. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has made his stance against corruption and unity clear. Meanwhile the matter of having two centres of power is yet to be addressed and dealt with. Ramaphosa has admitted that the matter of whether President Jacob Zuma will be removed before his terms ends is a matter that is yet to be discussed and has to be handled with the utmost dignity. To discuss this further we are joined in studio by: • Gabriela Mackay: Research analyst focusing on Politics and Government SA Institute for Race Relations • Thapelo Tselapedi Political analyst • Dr Thabisi Hoeane Unisa Dept of Political Sciences
15
JAN

Looking forward to 2018

The year 2017 was a very eventful year full of its dramas and headlines. One of the most notable ones was the forced removal of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Now today on the show we look at what are some of the most interesting events and topics one should look at out for. We will look at countries and the African continent as a whole to unpack. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Prof Shadrack Gutto Political Analyst 2. Mr Levy Ndou Political Analyst 3. Dr William Mpofu Political Analyst
11
JAN

H&M Marketing Error

This past Monday Twitter and Facebook were on a rampage against an H&M ad showing a black boy wearing a hoodie sweater with the phrase “Coolest Monkey In the Jungle” written on it. World renowned pop star The Weekend stood against this ad as he expressed on his Twitter account that he will be cutting his association with the international retailer. After this international disapproval to their ad, H&M apologised for the image and removed it from their website; however marketing analysts suggest that the retailer may loss profits due to this mishap. To assist us on this discussion we are joined by: • Tshepo Sefotlhelo, our Executive Director of Operations • Chris Moerdyk, marketing advisor and analyst
10
JAN

President of Liberia George Weah

The position of Striker in the soccer field is one of those that guns for victory and guaranteeing a win for the team. Former soccer star and current President of Liberia George Weah has promised the people of Liberia change in their country and further economic redress. The former Chelsea, AC Milan and Manchester city striker has undertaken a dramatic career shift since hanging up his boots in 2003. The 51-year-old won the first round of the election process with 38.4 percent of the total votes cast - shy of the 50 per cent required to claim an outright victory. So today on the show we look at this former soccer star and his government. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Dennis Kadima Executive Director Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy 2. Itumeleng Makgetla Political Analyst Political Analysis South Africa
09
JAN

Free Higher Education in South Africa

Time is ticking and government is yet to reveal its funding plan for free higher education as announced by President Jacob Zuma in December. Zuma announced that poor and working class students with a combined annual income of up to R350‚000 will be fully subsidised for their higher education fees. However, last week, the Minister for Higher Education Hlengiwe Mkhize said the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba was very much part of the process and had asked government not to probe into the funding details of the new higher education funding policy. Meanwhile the announcement was met with mixed reactions with some arguing that this could put pressure on the already pressurised higher education system while other believe it would bring much needed relief to those who need it. To discuss this further we are joined in studio by: • Sisakhe Ntlabezo – Equal Education Chief of Staff • Prof Bheki Mngomezulu – Lecturer of Political Sciences at the University of the Western Cape • Prof Suellen Shay – Dean of Centre for Higher Education Development
21
DEC
2017

Bitcoin Crypto currency

In January 2009, the bitcoin network came into existence with the release of the first open source bitcoin client and the issuance of the first bitcoins, with Satoshi Nakamoto mining the first block of bitcoins ever (known as the genesis block), which had a reward of 50 bitcoins. Over the past few years it has gained momentum and has seen a lot of investors. So today we look at Bit coin and define what is really is… To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Dawie Roodt Chief Economist Efficient Group 2. Kathy Nicolaus Management and Public Sector Consultant Illicit Financial Flows Expert 3. Mpho Dagada South African Cryptocurrency Millionaire
20
DEC
2017

World Inequality Report

Today on African Dialogue we unpack the World Inequality report which positions South Africa as one of the world’s most unequal countries. Put together by the World Inequality lab, the report shows that South Africa’s top 10 percent earners have captured 66 percent of the country’s income. What is staggering about the report is that it shows that income inequality is increasing internationally, however at different speeds. To discus this further we are joined by • Isobel Frye Director at Studies in Poverty and Inequalities Institute • Thembinkosi Dlamini: Taxation, Public Finance and Economic Specialist at Oxfam • Leo Czajka, Researcher of the report
19
DEC
2017

African Dialogue

It has been reported that hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya. The country is the main transit hub for refugees and migrants attempting to reach southern Europe by sea. They are coming from countries like Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan and Somalia. Thousands more have lost their lives at sea. The United Nations Refugee Agency has appealed to the rest of the world to help in the rescue efforts underway, but says they have received very little support. The UNHCR aims to vacate 1300 people by end of January next year. To discuss this further we joined by our guests on the line but before we go to them lets listen to this insert. Our producer Ayanda Mkhwanazi spoke to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s spokesperson Cécile Pouilly. She started off by asking her how far they were with evacuation of refugees still trapped in Libya… To discuss this further we are joined in studio by: Viriri Itayi International Organisation for Migration spokesperson Sara Gon she is a policy fellow at the South African Institute of Race Relations.
18
DEC
2017

African National Elective Conference

Voting for top officials is still underway at the African National Congress' 54th National Elective Conference in Nasrec South of Johannesburg. The voting started last night and went through the night. The ANC will learn of its fate and who will usher it into the new future later in a few hours today. Former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa stand as the only two candidates vying for ANC presidential seat following their official nominations last night. Other positions to be voted for include that of the Deputy President ,chairperson, Secretary general,Deputy secretary general and Treasurer general and the National Executive Commitee.4776 delegates will participate in the lengthy process to elect their new leaders. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Thapelo Tselapedi Political Analyst (Studio) 2. Ronesh Dhawraj Specialist Researcher SABC 3. Super Zuma Secretary General ANC KZN
13
DEC
2017

Listeriosis breakout

This week it was reported that a pregnant woman died in Pretoria, South Africa, as a result of listeriosis, a food-borne disease. At that stage the Gauteng Health Ministry had confirmed that there were over five hundred cases that were detected this year, and over thirty deaths recorded in the last eleven months. It is still unclear what the source of listeriosis is and there are still investigations that are underway under the auspices of South Africa’s health department. To help us chat about this, we are joined on the line by: • Aaron Motsoaledi, Honourable Minister of Health • Dr Juno Thomas, the Head of Centre for Enteric Diseases of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases • Ms. Matlou Setati, Executive: Food Safety Initiative, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa.

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