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The 15th gathering of investigative journalists from across the continent and the world is underway in Johannesburg South Africa. Over 90 speakers and delegates from at least 36 countries are attending the conference. It is three days of celebrating the work of the continent’s best journalists, networking, sharing stories, and training. This year’s event will include financial investigations into public and private sectors; the growing relationship between civil society and investigative journalists; how to deal with physical and online security threats; the surge in cross-border investigations; the latest in data journalism and multimedia storytelling. So the big question is – is there still room for investigative journalism?
• Vanessa Offiong assistant editor at Daily Trust Newspaper, Abuja, Nigeria. (being a woman investigative reporter: issues in investigative reporting)
• Benon Oluka Ugandan multimedia journalist, and from the Global Investigative Journalism Network (tools and techniques: resources for upping your investigative game) .

Democratic Alliance

According to media reports the Democratic Alliance (DA) is set to have a new all white leadership following several resignations including those of two prominent black members. It further says that supporters of new federal chair Helen Zille are planning a clean sweep as it grapples with a leaderless organisation. Last week saw now ex leader Mmusi Maimane, former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip, chief executive officer (CEO) Paul Boughey and Herman Mashaba resign from the party. This came days after Zille’s come back to the party’s powerful position of federal council chair.


• Levy Ndou is a political analyst from the Tshwane University of Technology

• Gary van Staden political analyst

Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

It is not often that we are graced with an opportunity to sit down with our previous leaders, especially with such a rich and vast history. I am sitting opposite Her Excellency Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza, she has accomplished so much in her life, just to name a few being a recipient of an honorary degree of Doctor Philosophy at the University of Durban-Westville and a recipient of a degree of Doctor honoris causa at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in the United Kingdom. Her last post was the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that was from 2001 to 2009.

Mozambique Country Profile

On I am a country segment: We are taking you to Mozambique a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches. Here is an interview with Grant Masterson from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa

A look at South Africa's Opposition Party

What’s making news on the African continent, today we zoom into South Africa, and this past weeks has seen internal fighting within the opposition party the Democratic Alliance. The party has seen the resignations of two prominent leaders in just one week – what implication does this have on the party and opposition politics in the country?

Russia Africa Summit

About 40 African heads of state and government, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and 2,000 companies, among them several from South Africa, are attending the economic forum and summit in Sochi Russia. In his opening of the two day summit Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said his country was determined to expand its presence in Africa. Russia was offering systematic development assistance to Africa. The economic forum is showcasing the economic opportunities which Russia has to offer the African continent.

Joining us today is:

• Sanusha Naidoo, a political analyst from the Institute for Global Dialogue

• Amanda Fitchen an independent economist

• Dr Malte Brosig, an associate professor with the Department of International Relations

Botswana Elections

Africa's biggest diamond producer - Botswana - is preparing for elections on Wednesday. These come at a time when the country is facing a mammoth task of addressing sluggish economic growth, inequality, poverty and unemployment. The country has enjoyed relative political stability and economic growth since gaining independence from Britain in 1966. Leader of the Botswana's main opposition party, the Umbrella for Democratic Change, Duma Boko, has cast doubt on the credibility of the elections to be held on Wednesday. Boko says the opposition is being harassed by the intelligence services, making it difficult for it to campaign around the country. Over 920-thousand Batswana are expected to vote in what is believed to be the fiercely contested elections in the history of Botswana.
Joining us today is:
• Dr Gladys Mokhawa, senior lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Botswana

• Grant Masterson (Studio Guest) Program Manager at EISA, (The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa )

• Sentleeng Lehihi, SABC journalist

• Spencer Mogapi of the Botswana Standard Newspaper

Rwanda and ICT

Rwanda is fast becoming a beacon of a progressive country in Africa. It has increased its women representation in Parliament, beating its current world record of 64 percent. This means out of a total parliamentary membership of 80, women occupy 54 seats. Meanwhile the country has unleashed the first Smartphones Made Entirely in Africa; the Mara Group has opened a new plant in Kigali to manufacture two smartphones, the Mara X and Mara Z. On the other hand a few years ago Rwanda made headlines as the first country to pilot blood deliveries by drone. Technology can save lives and this is a reality in Rwanda where drones are used to deliver medical supplies in remote areas. Finally President Paul Kagame has offered his country as a pilot for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).


• H.E Vincent Karega : Former High Commissioner: Rwanda to South Africa Currently Ambassador of Rwanda to the DRC

• Toby Shapshak: Editor in Chief & Publisher Stuff Magazine

The water question in Southern Africa.

Over 150 senior leaders from the water sector attended the 5th Annual Water Stewardship Event which took place at the Crowne Plaza – Rosebank, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event hosted by the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN), the Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS), the National Business Initiative (NBI), and the Royal Danish Embassy, explored strategies to further develop and test alternative water management and water delivery solutions to overcome some of the nation’s most pernicious water challenges and help meet the nation’s water service objectives.
To assist us on this we are joined by:
• Mark Dent, Regional manager at the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
• Andre Kruger, Programme Manager at the Nepad Business Foundation.

South Africa's Economy

Earlier this month South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the newly appointed 18 member economic advisory panel. It is hoped that the new panel will steer the country’s economic down turn towards the right direction and will bring tangible change. In an earlier interview I had with Professor Richard Parsons from the North West University he stresses the importance of South Africa taking bold steps now so that our economy can start to strengthen and for that he says we need bold leadership. He says his love for economics started when he was a young boy.

Egypt Country Profile

On I am a country segment: We are taking you to Egypt, country located in the northeastern corner of Africa. Egypt’s heartland, the Nile River valley and delta, here is an interview with researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre Ibrahim Dean..

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