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South African SME CEO Fund

This year South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa launched SA SME CEO fund Circle; aimed at ensuring that small medium enterprises in the country grow and are efficiently supported by the government. Today, we look at since how far have these initiatives tried to create a support system for small, medium and micro businesses in the country since the launch of the fund. We also discuss how can South Africa find ways in empowering and supporting small medium enterprises in South Africa.
We are joined by:
• Lisa Klein, the executive director from the CEO Circle
• Ketso Gordhan, the CEO of the SME Fund

SADC to address security threats.

Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who met in Tanzania have agreed to address rising security threats facing the region, including terrorism. Leaders urged SADC member states to implement comprehensive response plans to tackle the recurrent drought and food insecurity in the region.
There was an overall decline in food production in the region during 2018-2019 crop seasons. Furthermore the leaders noted with great concern the slow growth in the intra-SADC trade levels, saying the region continued to export unprocessed raw materials to the rest of the world, forfeiting the potential benefits of the resource endowments.
To help us with this discussion we are now joined on the line by:
• Dr Shinagi Mutizwa-Mangiza is from the political sciences department at the University of the Western Cape .

Bea Hackula

This week as we continue marking women’s month we focus on women and the economy. How can women form part of growing the economy of South Africa and the continent? Can women own successful businesses and most importantly be financially independent. Earlier I spoke to founder and president of Women to Women’s conference Bea Hackula. And I started by asking her how she started her organisation

eSwatini Profile

On our I am a country segment we are taking you to the Kingdom of eSwatini, a country bordering between South Africa and Mozambique. Here is an interview with Dr Mike Matsebula who is the Chairman of the National Agricultural Marketing Board (NamBoard) in eSwatini…

Eswatini Cold Chain Summit

Last week the Kingdom of Eswatini hosted the Cold Chain Summit, which brought together farmers, input suppliers, exporters and retailers among others. The aim of the summit was to maintain an uninterrupted cold chain management system within Eswatini’s fresh produce markets. But is the country’s tourism industry thriving? I spoke to Linda Nxumalo the CEO of the Eswatini Tourism Authority

Standard Bank Top Women Conference Part II

Standard Bank Top Women Conference and awards aims to build a trusted network of gender-empowered companies and female entrepreneurs to accelerate the realisation of gender parity in Africa and the world. Launched in 2003, the brand showcases and awards gender-empowered companies, and gives iconic female leaders a platform from which to share their success stories with the next generation of women achievers. To tell us more about the two-day event at Emperors Palace just outside Johannesburg, South Africa, we have :

1) Lindiwe Matali, Fouder and CEO of African Teen Geeks Non-Governmental Organisation

2) Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder and President of Avtar Group, India

3) Khensani Mabuza Executive Communications Relations of Ithuba Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Top Women Conference

Olympic gold medallist Caster Mokgadi Semenya was the headline speaker for the Standard Bank Top Women Conference taking place at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on 14th and 15th August 2019. The annual conference is a gathering of entrepreneurs and business leaders who are passionate about driving gender empowerment. Supported by UN Women and the Gender Commission of South Africa, this year’s event focuses on the advancement of women and girls on the African. To tell us more we have:
1. Sola David-Borha, Executive for Africa Regions for Standard Bank.
2. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Head of SA Fashion.
3. Mich Atagana, Head of Communications for Google SA

Johannesburg Business Raids

The South African Police last week raided the Johannesburg CBD area in search of counterfeit goods being sold. Gauteng premier David Makhura has confirmed that at least 600 people were taken in by police on Wednesday to verify whether they are in the country legally. They were arrested in the Joburg CBD during a search operation. Firearms and counterfeit goods were among the items recovered in various buildings. In a turn of events as many as 10 police officers accused of wrongdoing during last week's raid on counterfeit goods in the Johannesburg CBD were on Monday sent back to jail by magistrate Lucas Van Der Schyff, who presided over the matter in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. They were arrested last week for allegedly soliciting bribes, tipping off illegal vendors of imminent raids and trying to sell confiscated goods. The police officers face charges including extortion, theft, corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

Dr Abdul Karim Elgoni Chairperson African Diaspora Forum

Leon Isaacson Managing Director Global Migration

Izak Khomo Channel Africa expert

Eswatini Prime Minister

It’s important that if Eswatini is to trade with more African countries that it diversifies its offerings in the agriculture sector. This is the sentiment from the Eswatini Prime Minister Mandvulo Dlamini who spoke exclusively to Channel Africa at the Cold Chain Summit which took place last week at the Mavusi Trade and Exhibition Centre in Manzini. Speaking at the summit, which focuses on how to better value chain systems in the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Dlamini says that since the country has ratified the African Continental Free Trade Agreement it has to diversity the agricultural goods it offers.
Today on the show we speak to

• Honourable Mandvulo Dlamini, Eswatini Prime Minister

• Jabulani Mabuza, Eswatini Agriculture Minister

Cold chain summit in Swaziland

The Cold Chain Summit 2019 is underway at the Mavusi Trade and Exhibition centre at Manzini, Eswatini. The summit bringing together various keyplayers and stakeholders in the agricultural sector on the continent is focusing on the importance of maximising value chain systems in agricuture. Organised by NAMBoard, a stragetic organisation in Eswatini which facilitates local and export sales in the country, the summit is being attended by farmers input suppliers, academics and cold chain suppliers to transport providers and retailers. According to Namboard CEO Sphephiso Dlamini the summit will also increase investment in cold chain technology by all players involved in the fresh produce market.
Channel Africa today spoke to various experts at this event:
• Trevor Dukes, chairman of the Produce Markerting Association 's Africa regional office.
• Mancoba Hlatshwako, direcor of SANI FARMS.
• Nicholas Tshotsho, packhouse manager of Lusuthu Neluboyane Luyasondla (Pty) Ltd.

Mozambican peace accord.

Mozambique's government and the ex-rebel group Renamo completed a long-awaited peace pact on Tuesday, inking a final deal aimed at ending years of conflict. The deal was signed by President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade in Maputo's Peace Square and witnessed by former presidents and regional and continental leaders. The pact brought the curtain down on marathon negotiations initiated by Afonso Dhlakama, the historic leader of the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo), who died in May last year.

1. Ephraim Khumalo: Channel Africa: Executive Producer.
2. Egidio G Vas Raposa: Political Analyst.

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