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Egyptian Politics

Egypt's Former President, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, collapsed in court during a trial and died. State Television has cited a medical source and said Morsi died from a sudden heart attack. Meanwhile the United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the death of Morsi, a move that was heavily criticized by the Egyptian Government saying the UN is politicizing the death of its first democratically elected president. Morsi had been Egypt's elected president following the abdication of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but was deposed after a military coup in 2013 that installed General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi into power.

• Dr Shingai Mutizwa- Mangiza, of the Department pf Political Sciences at the Western Cape

• Dr Ahmed Jazbhay Senior Lecturer Political Sciences UNISA

Refugees in Africa

South Africa has witnessed violent attacks on foreign nationals, with locals accusing them of taking up all the jobs. In some cases foreign nationals have had to seek refuge at police stations for fear of their lives. So what challenges do refugees in South Africa face and how best can they be supported?
We are now joined on the line by:
• Amir Sheikh, is the spokesperson of the Africa Diaspora Forum.
• Kyasha Bhoola, from the National Identity Management Commission.

SONA Review

In his third State of the Nation Address, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that the state of the economy was not making it conducive for job seekers especially young people. Ramaphosa announced a ten year plan which would create two-million jobs for youth through working with the private sector and investment drive. He emphasised that it was essential to strengthen the state owned enterprises such as Eskom which contributed to the shrinking of the economy. In addition Ramaphosa said his government would work tirelessly to ensure better education outcomes.

• Professor Lorraine Greyling, is with the Department of Economics at the University of Zulu Land

• Associate Professor Ivor Sarakinsky is from the Wits School of Governance

• Marubini Raphulu (experience in Africa’s energy sector) (11:05 to 11:25) he is the Chief Executive Officer of Hulisani – a black-managed company committed to meaningful socio-economic development.

State Of the Nation Address

Millions of South Africans will wait with baited breath as the President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA). The economy is dwindling, unemployment crisis is leaving many young people anxious about their future, and key state enterprises such as Eskom and SAA are crumbling, will the president show political will to change the situation in South Africa? On the backdrop of this previously we remember that president announced that Eskom would be broken down into three, he is also on a path to raise millions of dollars of investment for the country.
On the line we are joined by:
• Levy Ndou, is a political sciences lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology
• Lara Hodes is a chief economist at Investec
• Professor Peter Baur is from the University of Johannesburg

South African AIDS Conference 2019.

South Africa has committed to reinvigorating the response to the HIV/Aids epidemic, as announced at the country’s ninth Aids conference. The message formed part of the closing plenary at the four-day conference, which heard much about how “donor fatigue” and societal complacency had hampered the fight against the disease. The 2019 conference confirmed that: About 7.9 million people in South Africa were currently living with HIV; over 4.4 million people in South Africa were on treatment. While the incidence was declining, new infections among youth – particularly adolescent girls and young women – remained persistently high and progress towards the 2030 global epidemic control targets was not adequate, among other things.
On the line we are joined by:
• Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia is the Chief Executive Officer at the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme.
• Professor Khangelani Zuma is the Executive Director: HIV/AIDS, STI’s and TB Research Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Lesotho cabinet

Lesotho Prime Minister Thom Thabane has fired five members of the national executive of his party All Basotho Convention (ABC). Thabane said the five have brought the party into disrepute, but they're adamant he didn't follow procedure to expel them and say they are staying put. The two factions of the party have been at loggerheads since the organisation's elective conference in February. Meanwhile a motion of no confidence is looming for Thabane, after the High Court in Lesotho endorsed a motion of no confidence against him.
• Professor Bheki Mngomezulu, is a political sciences lecturer at the University of the Western Cape.
• Tlohang Letsie is a senior lecturer and the department of political and administrative studies at the University of Lesotho.

Youth Unemployment in South Africa

The latest numbers from Statistics South Africa show that South Africa’s economy has shrank by 3.2 percent in the first quarter. Experts claim that that the country could be already experiencing a recession, as this has been the worst performance in this quarter in a decade. Adding pressure the country’s economic performance is the unemployment rate which is now at 27.6 percent, in half of that percentage is of young people who don’t have any work. Today on our Youth Month program, we look at how the country can change the tide for young people regarding the unemployment problem.
Our guests today are:

• Serapelo Mofokeng, head of learning and development at Miway Insurance

• Errol Freeman, Lulaway Marketing Director

Ebola Virus Outbreak

The number of Ebola cases has risen dramatically to two thousand people who have been detected to have the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Now to deal with this rising outbreak medical experts are resuscitating the use of an experimental vaccine which was used in an earlier outbreak. The virus has left more than eleven thousand people dead since it affecting three West African countries in 2014.

We spoke to:
• Nicole Fassina, Ebola Virus Disease Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross Crescent Societies
• Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson of the World Health Organisation

ANC on the reserve bank.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has considered the debate on the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) closed after he made a pronouncement on the matter. The African National Congress’s Head of Presidency, Zizi Kodwa, said the issue would not be open to any discussion despite the top six meeting yesterday. ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, drew the attention of top officials when he said the National Executive Committee (NEC) had resolved that the mandate of South African Reserve Bank be expanded to include growth and employment. But ANC head of economic transformation Enoch Godongwana, entered the debate and disputed Magashule’s statement saying there was no such decision or resolution. He was backed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who said the mandate of the Reserve Bank will not be reviewed.
On the line we are joined by:
• Dawie Roodt, chief economist from Efficient Group.
• Professor Chris Malikang from the Wits School of Economics .
• Professor Tinyiko Maluleke a political analyst.

Unrest in Sudan

In the latest escalation by protesters demanding an end to military rule, a civil disobedience campaign in Sudan has brought the country's capital to a standstill, closing down restaurants, banks and other businesses and turning streets desolate. The mass showing of government defiance follows a military crackdown that has reportedly left more than 100 killed by security forces in Khartoum over the past week. Government forces also cut off mobile data, which most Sudanese use to access the Internet, posing major difficulties in getting basic information out of Sudan. Furthermore Sudanese security forces have arrested two opposition leaders shortly after they met with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during reconciliation talks in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.
On the line we are joined by:
* Sabir Ebrahim, Respresentative of Sudan Liberation Movement in South Africa.
* Mossaad Mohamed Ali, Executive Director at the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Jok Moduk Jok Director from from Suud Institute.

Young Parliamentarians in the South African National Assembly

Last month Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed president of South Africa by members of parliament who were also sworn on the same day. Although there were many changes to consider in parliament on the day such as new political parties featuring in the national assembly for the first and those parties which had fewer seats this year around one major fact stood out. This was the number of young people who were being sworn in to be part of the 400 members to be part of parliament’s National Assembly. What was noteworthy was the point that a majority of these youths were aged in their early to late twenties. Today we speak to some of these members of parliament and have a conversation on the importance of youth participation in governing structures.

On the line we are joined by:

• Peter Keetse EFF, Member of Parliament

• Sibongiseni Ngcobo, DA member of Parliament

South African Public Protector

South Africa’s National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise is seeking legal advice on how to take appropriate action pertaining to
a request made by the Democratic Alliance to have Parliament initiate proceedings to consider the removal of the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. In her latest report, the Public Protector found that the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan had violated the Constitution when he granted former SARS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay early retirement with full benefits in 2010. Gordhan has since filed a review application in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria seeking to have the report's findings set aside. Meanwhile, some sectors of society have called for Mkhwebane to resign while some political parties such as the African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters have expressed their support for Mkhwebane.
To assist us on the day’s discussion we are joined in studio by:
•Theo Venter, is a political and policy specialist and lecturer at the North West University’s Business School.
• Dr Ina Gouws, is a senior lecturer for Governance and Political Transformation at the Department of Politics at the University of the Free State.
• Dr Thabisi Hoeane from the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa.

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