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Chad and its turmoil

At least four people were reported to have been shot and wounded over the weekend in Chad’s Mandoul region. This took place on Saturday when security forces were said to have fired at a crowd demonstrating against the military taking over the country’s government.

Protesters continued to gather over the weekend in other parts of the country such as in the town of Sarh, where they stood in defiance of the military junta’s takeover. On Sunday the military council, which is now run by late president Idris Deby’s son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, announced its new government while reiterating it will hold elections within 18 months.

Despite this promise thousands of Chadians protested against the militia and meanwhile the opposition has insisted on a call for a transitional government to be formed led by a civilian president and a military vice president.

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Kwezi Mngqibisa, Director for M4Insight

• Samuel Okunade, an academic in Conflict Transformation and Peace

Impact of COVID-19 in SA

South Africa has the highest number of Covid-19 cases on the African continent with more than 50 000 reported deaths.

The economic cost of the pandemic is evident on the streets, with healthcare facilities having been under considerable strain during the waves of the pandemic.

Just over 300 000 people have received their jobs, however, the country’s rollout is proceeding at a pace much slower than expected.

The government has been criticised for not actively engaging in vaccine procurement through other avenues at an earlier stage.

We are joined by OB Sisay, Africa Covid 19 lead at the Institute for Global Change and Dr Aslaam Dasoo,Convenor with the Progressive Health Forum to discuss this…

Money matters

On our money segment today we look at how to get out of personal debt. We are now joined by the COO of Debt Rescue Anneline van der Poel.

Zooming into Mozambique

Time to go to our third segment where we zoom into a country on the African continent. Today we look into Mozambique. The Mozambican government says it plans to invest over a billion dollars in the country's Northern region. Already underway, it says, is a 100 million dollar emergency programme to support health and education. Meanwhile the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is pushing for 3000 military troops to help Mozambique fight terrorism and violent extremism in the region. To tell us more we are now joined by Milton Maluleke Channel Africa’s correspondent in Mozambique.

What’s trending on twitter?

• South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa took the stand at the Zondo Commission of inquiry this week in an unprecedented move.

• The unexpected death of the Zulu queen, Shiyiwe Mantombi Dlamini-Zulu, just after she has taken over the throne following the death of her husband, King Zwelethini.

SA celebrates Worker's Day

On the first of May, South Africa will enjoy Worker's Day. Worker's Day celebrates the role played by Trade Unions, the Communist Party and other labour movements in the struggle against Apartheid. According to Statistics South Africa more than 500 000 people lost their jobs between December 2019 and December 2020 when the country underwent different levels of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stats SA said 565 000 of the 594 000 people believed to have lost their jobs during that period were full-time employees. Many of those who remained employed were earning less. As South Africa prepares to mark Workers Day tomorrow we speak to the first President of the congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), Mike Shingange, on the past year’s highs and lows...

SA President appears before State Capture Commission

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is finally appearing before the State Capture Commission. Speaking about the ruling party African National Congress’ cadre deployment policies, Ramaphosa said the appointments of individuals, such as Brian Molefe, Matshela Koko, Arthur Fraser and Dudu Myeni, to key positions at state owned enterprises bypassed the ANC’s deployment committee. Meanwhile the opposition party Democratic Alliance has criticised Ramaphosa for defending the cadre deployment committee, which he once chaired.

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Dr Ivor Sarakinsky
Political Analysts
Wits School of Governance

• Dr David Monyae
Political Analyst
University of Johannesburg

Kenya’s Dadaab, Kakuma camps face possible closure

The United Nations Refugee Agency says it is in discussions with the Kenyan government on a way forward regarding the possible closure of the Dabaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

The camps host more than 40 000 people.

Last month, Kenya's High Court suspended the government’s move to shut down two camps that hold hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn neighbouring countries.

On this programme we ask the question: Why is it that the refugee camps have been a sore point for the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government?

To unpack this, presenter Benjamin Moshatama speaks to Professor Douglas Yates, an American Political Scientist residing in Paris and Dr Christiano D’orsi, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (affiliated with the University of Johannesburg)…

Freedom Day Discussion

Freedom Day, a holiday celebrated in South Africa, commemorates the first elections to take place in the new democratic dispensation in 1994. We look at how the deepening inequalities, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, have impacted the social and economic freedoms achieved in South Africa’s democracy.

We speak to Happy Khambule, political Advisor for Green Peace South Africa and Shenilla Mohamed, Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa. We also get the views of rural transformation Advisor at Oxfam South Africa, Fundiswa Ndlela.


On our money segment today we look at the benefits of saving and those of investing. What is the difference? Is there a difference and which one is most effective?

Let’s listen to this interview with Gerald Mwandiambira the Chief Executive Officer at the South African Savings Institute...


Time to go to our third segment where we zoom into a country on the African continent. Today we look into Chad. This week, re-elected President Idriss Deby died a day after he was declared winner of the elections. The army said the President had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on Election Day on April 11. Professor Douglas Yates from American Graduate School of African studies in Paris says Deby died a warrior.


• Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have resigned from his case.

• The George Floyd court case has finally come to an end with the former police officer Derek Chauvin being found guilty on all three counts.

• The South African government has lifted the suspension of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

• The Cape Town fires in South Africa have wreaked havoc this week.

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