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Africa Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum(OB)

Each year the AWIEF Awards recognize, honour and celebrate Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Africa and across industry sectors, for their economic performance and contribution to Africa’s growth and social development. AWIEF salutes these women for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent. The AWIEF Awards cover emerging and established entrepreneurship in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Pioneers or not, AWIEF Awards candidates are women who have demonstrated outstanding vision and inspiration, and have overcome challenges to make a significant social impact and/or become successful in their businesses along AWIEF’s core areas of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and socio-economic development.
To tell us more we have :
Josh Ghaim – Chief Technical Officer at Johnson and Johnson Family of Consumer Company.
Barbara Makhubedu – Chief Financial Officer for Shell Downstream South Africa
Dr Ameenah Guris-Fakim – 6th President of Mauritius

The growing problem of unemployment

Last month Stats SA released the Labour Force Survey for the third quarter showing that unemployment increased by 0.3% to 27.5%. This means that 6.2 million South Africans are jobless compared to 6.1 million people in the prior quarter. The expanded definition of unemployment which includes people, who have stopped looking for work, also rose slightly to 37.3% from 37.2% in the third quarter. More worryingly, Stats says youth unemployment is at a record high of 52.8%.

We are joined by:

• Nkululeko Ndlovu is the organiser of fighting against graduate. unemployment march held yesterday at the union buildings
• Statistician-General and Head of Statistics South Africa Mr Risenga Maluleke.
• Mamogkethi Molopyane is a labour analyst.

Customary marriage law

Recently with the customary marriage law court case in which Lerato Sengadi won to be recognised at the hip-hop rapper HHP’s customary wife the issue of traditional marriages was brought to focus. The public discussion in the mainstream and social media became about the legal process which must be observed in a customary marriage or how the process of lobola is incorporated in the legal system. n his judgment, Judge Mokgoatlheng said that HHP and Lerato Sengadi complied with all necessary requirements under the customary law and therefore Sengadi was HHP’s customary wife. Customary law only recognises three requirements: that both must be over the age of 18; Lobola must be agreed upon and that there must be a celebration.
We are joined by:
• Advocate Sabelo Sibanda, law and human rights expert.
• Nomboniso Gasa, senior research associate at the Centre for law and society within faculty of law at the University of Cape Town.
• Professor Pitika Ntuli, expert in African indigenous knowledge systems.

DRC elections

In October the United Nations Security Council headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the December elections, amid tensions between Congolese authorities and the UN and concerns over a risk of poll violence. The DRC elections are set to take place on the 23rd of December, president Joseph Kabila has meanwhile vowed to host free and fair elections and that the country will cover the full cost of the elections.
We are joined by:
• Sylvain Saluseke from the Congolese citizen movement Lucha.
• Charles Nyuykonge is a research fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Gambia

Last year The Gambian government announced that it will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate abuses committed during ex-President Yahya Jammeh's rule. Recent reports from the country reveal that 11 Commissioners were appointed this year to preside over this commission including the designated Chairperson Mr Lamin J. Sise, and the Deputy Chairperson Ms Adelaide Sosseh. Making the announcement of this TRC last year, the justice ministerm Abubacarr Tambadou said that the finances of Jammeh would be investigated. The minister also encouraged witnesses to come forward and reiterated that victims who may have suffered from Jammeh’s regime would be compensated. The former regime was accused of widespread torture and enforced disappearances during its 22-year rule.
We are joined by:
•Jeggan- Grey Johnson: Communications and Advocacy officer with the Africa Governance, Monitoring and Advocacy Project at the Africa Foundations of the Open Society Foundations.
•Prof. Leon Wessels, former human rights commissioner.
•Charlie Khumalo, executive producer at Channel Africa.

Should religion in South Africa be regulated or not?

The CRL Rights Commission is a constitutional body established in terms of the South African Constitution of 1996. The Commission was established in order to protect and promote the cultural, religious and linguistic community rights. Its mandate is achievable through both proactive and reactive approach. The CRL Rights Commission is set out to build the nation by providing space for each of the cultural, religious and linguistic communities and to promote unity amongst diverse communities. But does this obligation include the regulation of churches and how can churches be regulated without infringing on people’s right to practice whatever religion they choose to?

To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:

• Prof David Mosoma, is the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) /

• Solomon Izang Ashoms - the facilitator of the False Prophets Must Fall march and journalist, (STUDIO GUEST

Trade war and sanctions

A trade war is an economic conflict resulting from extreme protectionism in which states raise or create tariffs or other trade barriers against each other in response to trade barriers created by the other party. Increased protection causes both nations' output compositions to move towards their autarky position. China and the United States are locked in an ongoing trade war as each country has introduced tariffs on goods traded with the other. US President Donald Trump had promised in his campaign to fix China's "long-time abuse of the broken international system and unfair practices". Starting in January 2018 the U.S imposed a tariff on solar panel imports, most of which are manufactured in China. So today we look at this as topic of discussion.
To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:
• Terry Bell Political, economic and labour analyst
• Amanda Fitschen Independent Economist

South African Investment Conference.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's investment drive
Saw domestic and international business pledge hundreds of billions in investments over the next few years. Ramaphosa announced a combined amount of R290 billion in investments in South Africa.
The pledges came as Ramaphosa hosted more than 1 300 local and international business leaders as part of his drive to raise more than $100bn in investments in the next five years. The investment commitments span across sectors such as mining, telecommunications, media and manufacturing.
To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:
•Pieter Laubsher, is a consulting economist at the Bureau of Economic Research
•Terry Bell is a political, economic and labour analyst

South African Defense Budget Cut

The national army chief Lt-Gen Lindile Yam has criticised government for budget cuts that have hampered the military's defence capacity at home and its ability to participate in foreign peacekeeping operations. Yam also highlighted that the army wasn’t even able to procure simple things like uniform. Currently the army’s budget is less than 1% of the GDP as opposed to during the apartheid government where it was around 28% of the GDP. In his speech Yam stressed that South Africa was not immune to extremist attacks, pointing to an Islamist insurgency that erupted a year ago in neighbouring Mozambique. Early this year, South Africa’s former finance minister Malusi Gigaba in his budget speech announced the cut of the defence ministry’s budget to R47.9 billion for the 2018/2019 financial year, from R48.9 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year.

To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:

• Dr Sam Gulube Secretary of Defence Department of Defence

• Prof Thomas Mandrup Associate Professor: Security Institute of Governance & Leadership in Africa Stellenbosch University

• Helmoed Heitman Defence Analyst

United Nations Day

As the world marks United Nations Day, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the men and women working for the UN to continue tackling the world’s many challenges despite growing inequalities. Guterres made clear the Organisation’s determination to implement climate action, fight for human rights and the life of peace that everyone deserves to enjoy. United Nations day commemorates the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945, with the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

We are joined by:

• Nardos Bekele-Thomas is the Head of the United Nations in South Africa (in studio)

• Prof Vishwas Satgar, is a professor of International Relations at Wits University

• Faith Mabera, is a senior researcher at the Institute for Global Dialogue

Brexit in chaos

The British prime minister Theresa May is facing a backlash from hardline Brexit supporters in her own party, after she told European Union leaders that she would consider extending her country's post-Brexit transition period by another year. Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a second public vote on the terms of Brexit. What has been at contention recently is the trade agreement that the United Kingdom will have with the European Union before it separates itself from the political and economic union.

We are joined by:

• Prof. Gerhard Erasmus, Associate at the Trade Law Centre,

• Asmita Parshotam, dmitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a researcher in our Economic Diplomacy Programme

• Jameel Ahmad is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Market Analyst at FXTM

In mermory of Albertina Sisulu

Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu was a political activist and nurse and one of the most important leaders of anti-Apartheid resistance in South Africa. She acted on her ideal of human rights throughout her life, assisted by her late husband and fellow activist, Walter Sisulu. She attended the first conference of the ANC Youth League where she was the only women present. In 1948 she joined the ANC Women’s League and in the 1950s she began to assume a leadership role – both in the ANC and in the Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW). She was one of the organizers of the historic anti-pass Women’s March in 1956 and opposed inferior `Bantu’ education. Her home in Orlando West in Soweto was used as a classroom for alternative education until a law was passed against it.
To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:
• Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Deputy Minister Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services
• Elinor Sisulu Author of Albertina Sisulu and Executive Director at

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