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African Union

The Organisation of the African Union was established on this day in 1963 with the aim of promoting political, economic and social integration among the family of African States, and to eradicate colonialism, apartheid and neo-colonialism from the African continent. The organisation was transformed into the African Union on 09 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, to achieve greater unity, cohesion and solidarity between African countries and nations. This year's celebration coincides with South Africa's one-year tenure as Chair of the African Union. It also takes place amid the continent's advancing efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Joining us on the line is:
• Edwin Ikhouria ONE in Africa Executive Director in Abuja.
• Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park.
• Lucky Masilela CEO of ZA Central Registry.

Cecilia Molokwane

In October, last year South Africa was crowned the 2019 Africa Netball Cup Champions in a tournament in which South Africa remained unbeaten throughout! It’s the first time South Africa has secured the award in a decade. Netball South Africa, the federation that runs the sport, was crowned the Federation of the Year, while its president, Cecilia Molokwane, won the Administrator of the Year prize. In April Cecilia contracted COVID 19 but has since been cleared.

Social Media Trends

What’s trending on twitter?

• South African schools will reopen to grade 7s and 12s on the first of June? I imagine some parents are still hesitant what is social media saying?

Schools re-opening

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga said schools cannot remain closed, even if there is a danger of Covid-19 with them reopening. And, while she cannot guarantee that nobody will die, people must have access to education. Motshekga said it was impossible to wait for the complete eradication of the virus before proceeding with plans to reopen schools. She made an example that the virus might only cease to exist in 2022 and it is not possible to keep schools closed until then. “Life has to move on,” she said. Here is Motheo Brodie an education researcher with Section27.

Africa celebrated for COVID-19 response

The manner in which African countries have managed the coronavirus pandemic has set an example for the rest of the world. That was the message of the United Nations Secretary General in an exclusive interview with SABCNEWS in New York on the occasion of the global organisation's release of a policy brief on COVID-19 in Africa. The document addresses issues of economic strain, food security, peace and security and human rights as regions and countries grapple with best practices amidst the public health emergency. The UN Chief lauded South Africa's response, lamented the lack of international solidarity while pledging to do everything in his power to ensure the equitable access to and distribution of a future vaccine for call.

Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

• Dr Lucille Blumberg, Deputy Director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the founding Head of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response.
• Dr Yenew Kebede Tebeje, head of laboratory systems and networks at the Africa Centre for Disease Control
• Dr Mary Stephen technical officer at the World Health Organisation for Africa

Lesotho's New Prime Minister

Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as Lesotho's new prime minister, a day after his predecessor resigned under pressure over a scandal involving the killing of his wife. Majoro, was previously finance minister. Eighty-year old Thabane is one of Africa's oldest leaders and has spent most of his working life as a politician. No stranger to political rivalry, Thabane once fled to South Africa, alleging a coup plot by the military and had to be escorted back to Lesotho by the police. About three months ago police named him and his current wife Maesaiah as suspects in the murder of his former spouse Lipolelo in a case that has plunged the mountain kingdom into a political crisis.

Channel Africa presenter Benjamin Moshatama speaks to analysts Professor Bheki Mngomezulu and Kwezi Mngqibisa to look at the country's new leader and what the exit of Thabane means for Lesotho's political situation.

Lockdown impact on Business

It's no secret that the longer government extends the lockdown, the worse the impact will be on the economy and jobs. While businesses fear closures over the uncertainty of the length of lockdown, they are also unable to guarantee that the spread of Covid-19 will be avoided in their operations. Some of South Africa’s struggling state owned entities are also hanging in the balance SAA business rescuers were stopped by the Labour Court from proceeding with retrenchments and Public enterprises Minister has refused an additional bail out and wants a concrete plan from the airline.

Joining us on the line is:

• Sandile Swana from the Wits School of Governance

• Dawie Roodt is the chief economist at Efficient Group

Andrew Mlangeni

Andrew Mokete Mlangeni was born on 6 June 1925 at Prospect township in Soweto. Although Mlangeni started schooling at the age of 10, financial problems drove him to seek work at the age of 12 to assist his mother in maintaining the family. Faced by poverty and financial problems, Andrew was unable to continue with his studies. After 1946 he worked in several industries and factories where he experienced worker exploitation. As a result, when working as a bus driver for Putco he was active in the strike for better working conditions and a living wage. In 1951 he joined the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and later in 1954 he joined the ANC.

Social Media Trends

What’s trending on social media?
• South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Wednesday and a lot of people took to social media asking what was the address about and I suppose most anticipating a drastic change.

Sports during Covid-19.

International sporting events are slowly being in process of re-starting the events during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, there have been discussions for the twenty English Premier clubs to start training with restarting games behind closed doors games in June. Amongst these events that are being discussed is German Bundesliga games to start playing in the second half of May with no fans in stadiums. Meanwhile in Spain, which has been devastated by COVID-19; aim to see their two top divisions returning for training to see the La-liga competition resume in June.
• Tiyani w aka Mabasa, FARPost editor.
• Neto Chemane, Channel Africa newsreader.

Sanctions during COVID-19

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting almost all countries around the world, there are some that are finding navigating through the pandemic even more difficult because of sanctions that have been imposed on them by powerhouses like United States. The UN has asked that sanctions be loosened during this crisis but the US has done the opposite. Many US allies have broken with them and sent medical aid to some of these countries. African countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe also face the dilemma

To help us unpack all these we are joined by

* Dr Webster Zambara
Snr Project Leader: Peace Building Initiatives
Institute of Justice & Reconciliation

* Prof Patrick Bond
School of Governance
University of Western Cape

COVID 19 cases in Africa

According to the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention there are over sixty-four thousand COVID 19 cases in Africa and over two-thousand two hundred deaths so far. While South Africa still carries the highest cases on the continent with over 10 000, Egypt and Algeria are not so far behind. But, Lesotho remains the only country on the continent to be virus free. There are also countries that still have relatively low numbers such as the Seychelles, Mauritania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Comoros and even Botswana they all have cases below one –hundred.
Joining us on the line is:
• Dr Mary Stephen is a technical officer at the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office
• George Mhango is our correspondent in Malawi.
• Spencer Mogapi, Deputy Editor Botswana Standard Newspaper.

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