Model UN Conference

World leaders have gathered in New York for the start of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Emphasising ‘peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’, the 193 member states will be meeting until the 25th of this month. On Saturday, over 500 high school learners from across South Africa participated in the annual South African Institute of International Affairs Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference, to discuss many of the same issues facing the General Assembly. In what is the largest event of its kind in Southern Africa, outstanding bright young minds spent the day negotiating and debating key global issues such as Cyber Security, Migration, Water and Famine Crisis. Joining us here in our studio are some of the bright minds that attended from the Sandringham High School in Johannesburg, and have won the Best Delegation Gold Award. The students are: Stin Mulunda, Abigail Sokoni Nokwanda Dube Siwaphine Madubela SAII Intern and Organiser of the Conference

Zimbabwe's Political Violence

Politically motivated violence has reportedly flared up in Zimbabwe in recent months, as the southern African nation gears up for presidential polls in 2018, a report says. According to Bloomberg, a rights group, The Zimbabwe Peace Projects, claimed that at least 745 people were attacked in August alone, up from 435 in July. The group alleged that about 94% of the attacks were carried out by the ruling Zanu-PF party, and the country's security forces. To help us unpack this violence ahead of the 2018 polls, we are joined on the line by: Clement Ncube: Chairperson of the Zimbabwe association – The Alliance of Mosi-0a-unya( AMOT ) Simbarashe Herbert Stanley Makoni : A Zimbabwean politician and was a candidate for the March 2008 presidential election against incumbent Robert Mugabe. He was Minister of Finance and Economic Development in President Robert Mugabe's cabinet from 2000 to 2002. Juset Moyo: Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)

Steve Biko's 40th Commemoration

Today South Africans celebrate the life of Steve Biko as the 12th of September commemorates his death under the hands of apartheid government. Steve Biko is known for his views against racism in South Africa and his philosophy which was inspired by Black Consciousness. As a leader of the South African Students Organisation he expressed his strong pro-black views through the Frank Talk publication which became problematic for the apartheid regime because it affirmed blackness. Today South Africa's president Jacob Zuma will be commemorating Biko by visiting the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre where the social and political activist died. We are now joined by: • Zithulele Cindi, AZAPO secretary general • Professor Wally Serote, Writer, Poet, Anti-apartheid cultural activist

Togo Protests

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Togo, calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. These demonstrations have been taking place across the country since August. Opposition leaders had been hoping to force the government to initiate reforms. In 1992, former president Gnassingbe Eyadema, actually did introduce a new law which limited the presidential term to two electoral periods. He however rescinded it 10 years later, in order to stay in power until his death in 2005 when he was succeeded by his son. Last week, the cabinet passed a draft bill which would amend the constitution and introduce presidential term limits. But the opposition is buying none of it, accusing the government of not acting in good faith. To look at this and other related isues, we are joined on the line by: Liesl Louw-Vaudran: Senior Research Consultant |Peace and Security Research Programme: Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria Mathias Hounkpe: Senior Researcher: Open Society Initiative For West Steven Gruzd: Senior Researcher: South African Institute of International Affairs

SADC ICT Ministerial Meeting

The Southern African Development Community ICT Ministerial meeting in Balito in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal enters its second day today.The South African Government through the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and Department of Communications are hosting the gathering of SADC ICT Ministers responsible for Communications, ICT and Postal services from the Region, as well as its representatives of private sectors, ICT Industry players and other relevant stakeholders. For more on this we are joined by: • Moss Gondwe, General Manager of Public Sector at the Liquid Telecom • Robert Nkuna, Deputy General of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Office • Phera Ramoeli, the acting director for Infrastructure at SADC Secretariat

Kenya Post Elections Part II

It has been announced by the Kenya’s Electoral Commission that the country will hold fresh presidential election on October 17. The commission also confirmed that the ballot will have Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga will be on the list, along with the running mates. This comes as the Supreme Court in the country overturned the results of Kenyatta as President in last month’s poll. Odinga deemed the decision of the court as the first one in history of African democratisation. To look at this decision and its consequences we are joined on the line by: • James Shimanyula, Channel Africa Nairobi Correspondent • Sekou Toure Otondi, Political Science and Public Administration expert at the University of Nairobi

Political Diplomacy

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was recently in South Africa for a three-day visit, during which attended a question session addressed by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Thursday. During his stay, the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, called for South Africa to end its quiet diplomacy on Hichilema’s arrest. In other news, Recently, Riek Machar, the ex-vice-president of South Sudan, has been reported as a “de facto prisoner” in a farmhouse outside of Johannesburg and restricted from political activity. Clearly, from this we see from this that South Africa plays a huge in political interventions on the continent. Today, we look at the current role that South Africa in diplomatic issues. To help us on this we are joined by: • Mr Roland Henwood, lecturer in political science at the University of Pretoria • Prof, Shadrack Gutto, from Unisa

Woman Leadership

TOP STORIES ON AFRICA MIDDAY AT THIS HOUR ** Former Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister - Mothejoa Metsing has fled the country.......... ** Cameroon authorities has arrested several cable television distributors................... ** and.............................. Kenya has almost reached the African Union's target of investment in Research and Development in both higher learning institutions and other agencies................ ** in business news ...................All South African exports of poultry products have been halted due to the recent Avian Flu outbreak........... ** and in sports...............South Africa's Bafana Bafana looking for a favourable result against Cape Verde in their 2018 World Cup qualifier ..........

African Leadership Forum

The issue of peace and security in Africa took centre stage last week at the African Leadership forum in Boksburg, East of Johannesburg. The two-day sitting was convened by the former Presidents of South Africa and Tanzania, Thabo Mbeki and Benjamin Mkapa. Former Heads of State from Nigeria, Tunisia, Malawi and Somalia led the robust debate. A key concern that was raised is how Africa continues to fail to resolve conflicts in countries which have been destabilized by either civil war, terrorism or regime change. To assist us on this we are joined by: • PROF ANTHONI VAN NIUWKERK, from the WITS SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE • PROF MAMMO MUCHIE, FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE AT THE TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY


Statistician General Dr Pali Lehohla has released the South African Poverty statistics which painted a bleak picture. Poverty amongst the black majority remains high. More South Africans are slumping back into poverty as previous gains have been being reversed since 2011. The “Anaemic” economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment rate and educational failures are according to Statistics South Africa’s “Poverty trends in South Africa major contributors to this. For policy-makers and government this diagnostic report raises deeply worrying questions about the continued pursuit of policies that fail to bring about change. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Thembinkosi Dlamini Taxation, Public Finance and Economic Specialist Oxfam 2. Prof Theo van der Merwe Economics Department of Economics UNISA 3. Dr Pali Lehohla Statistician General Statistics South Africa

Angolan Elections

Angolans have gone to the polls today, in what has been marked as a historical election which sees the end of the presidential reign of President Eduardo dos Santos. Dos Santos, the leader of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola has decided to go on retirement after 38 years in power in a the country that has had many economic challenges during his rule. Today on our programme, we are looking at how the elections are going today and get a feeling of the importance of today for Angolans. joining us is : • Phil Nelo, Channel Africa correspondent based in Luanda • Alcides Sakala, political analyst • David Matshine, Amnesty International’s Researcher for Southern Africa,

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