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New WhatsApp policy

Users of the popular WhatsApp messaging service have until this weekend to accept its updated privacy policy.

WhatsApp sparked a public outcry in January this year with a proposed update to its privacy policy to enable it to share information with its parent company Facebook.

The backlash led to the service pushing back its deadline for agreeing to the terms to May 15.

It also reassured users the update was focused on allowing users to message with businesses and would not affect personal conversations.

To discuss this, we are joined by Journalist, Editor and Publisher, Toby Shapshak and Duncan Mcleod, Tech Central’s Founder and Editor…


Today our question is when the best time to take out a retirement plan is. The Director of Ascor Independent Wealth Manager Wouter Fourie now joins us on the line...


Time to zoom into the continent and today we look at Israel. Violence in Gaza and Israel shows no sign of abating amid continued rocket fire and air strikes. Dozens of people have so far died in the conflict. The Israeli army is believed to have put forward plans for a possible ground offensive in Gaza, which needs to be approved by army chiefs and various levels of government before any operation begins. This has been described as the worst violence since 2014, fuelled initially by weeks of Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem which led to clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Israeli journalist, Jonathan Schwartz is in Tel Aviv...

What’s trending on twitter?

What’s trending on twitter?

• The African National Congress drama continues, what is the latest on the Secretary General Ace Magashule?
• Israel is a hot topic right now as tensions continue to rise.

SA confirms COVID-19 variants identified in India, Britain

South Africa’s Department of Health has confirmed variants of the COVID-19 virus first identified in India and Britain, have been detected in South Africa. Two cases of the B.1.617.2 variant - dominant in India - have been reported in Gauteng and another two reported in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 11 cases of another variant - B.1.1.7, first detected in Britain - have been reported in the country - eight in the Western Cape, one in KwaZulu-Natal and two in Gauteng. Wits University vaccinology expert - Professor Shabir Madhi - says new variants and mutations are inevitable. However, he says the challenge now lies with the country's vaccination programme and whether the vaccines will be effective against the new variant.

Today we speak to:

• Prof Ames Dhai, South African Medical Research Council & Vaccine Ministerial Advisory Committee.

• Dr Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association.

• Prof Guy Richards, Critical-care Professor at Wits University

SA’s ANC’s Step-Aside Resolution crisis

South Africa's ruling ANC Special NEC meeting enters its third and final day with mounting calls for NEC members to go on a retreat or to hold a special conference in a bid to find ways to save the party from imploding. For the first time in over 100 years, the governing party is holding its NEC meeting with its Secretary General suspended. And as if this is not enough, its Secretary Ace Magashule was kicked out of the meeting on Saturday for defying his suspension orders. Channel Africa’s Benjamin Moshatama speaks to political analysts Levy Ndou and Gogo-Aubrey Matshiqi.

Money matters

We now go to our money segment and we look at “how to change our attitude towards money as we age?” Let’s speak to Buhle Langa, financial well-being consultant at Alexander Forbes.

Zooming into Somalia

We are taking you to Somalia where there are tensions rising and violence breaking out. Let’s now speak to Senior Researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre, Ibrahim Dean.

What’s trending?

• What is happening with South Africa’s ruling party the African National Congress and Secretary General Ace Magashule speaking out?

• The regent queen of the Zulu nation Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s memorial service

• South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is going on leave.

App developed to help empower nurses

On the 12th of May nurses around the world will be saluted for their dedication and hard work over the past year especially their commitment to fight the covid 19 pandemic which has ravaged countries all over killing millions of people in its path. But young entrepreneur Sylvester Msuthwana says nurses need to be supported and given the tools to do their work more efficiently during these Covid-19 times, he has developed the AFrinurses app to help empower nurses to have access to helping people. He now joins us on the line to tell us more about the vision behind this development...

Militants kill dozens in northeast Nigeria

More people have been killed by Islamist militants in the northeast of Nigeria. According to Reuters, dozens of people were killed on Sunday including seven soldiers in the Mafa local government area of Borno state. It has been reported that in recent months jihadists have killed more than 36 00 people in the area, and the conflict has caused more than two million to migrate from their homes. In the past few weeks, there has been an increase of attacks on army camps which are reported to come from militants linked to the Islamic state.

To get a sense of what is happening here we are joined by Matthew Page, Chatham House Associate Fellow who focuses on Nigeria and Dr Olayinka Ajala, Associate Lecturer at the University of York. We also talk to Teniola Tayo, Research officer of the Lake Chad Basin Programme Institute for Security Studies Abuja, Nigeria.

Is South Africa ready to host its local elections?

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the local government elections will take place on October 27, 2021.

This will be the sixth time under South Africa’s democratic dispensation that voters will elect leadership and public representatives at metropolitan, district and local level.

The announcement comes despite calls from the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters and some sections of Ramaphosa's own party, the ruling African National Congress, for the municipal polls to be postponed.

He said that Covid-19 had changed the way of life across the world so adjustments would have to made as how elections are conducted.

Elections are known for their long queues at voting stations which, given the pandemic, could become super-spreader events.

Is South Africa ready to host it's local elections this year?

To answer this question Benjamin Moshatama in this podcast is joined by Grant Masterson, Programme Manager at the African Peer Review Mechanism of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy and Dr Ina Gouws, Senior Lecturer, Governance and Political Transformation at the Department of Politics, University of Free State and lastly Professor Kealeboga Maphunye, Professor of African Politics at the University of South Africa…

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