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22
MAY

Electoral expectations in South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa will be inaugurated this coming weekend as president of South Africa. Coming out of an election campaign during which Ramaphosa made a multiple of promises to the electorate from creating jobs to dealing with the land questions in the country, much is expected from his presidency. At a recent press conference his political opponent Julius Malema (of the Economic Freedom Fighters) stated that Ramaphosa has a mixed bag of challenges within his party, the African National Congress (ANC). Malema highlighted the main challenges of Ramaphosa being factionalism in the party, the land reform and issues surrounding state capture.
To assist us on this we are joined by political analysts:
• Sanusha Naidoo, Political analyst at the Institute for Global Dialogue.
• Dr Khondlo Mntshali, Politics Department of the University of Kwazulu Natal.
• Dr Thabisi Hoeane, Politics Department University of Natal.
21
MAY

Venezuela crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday proposed early elections for the National Assembly, which is headed by opposition leader Juan Guaido and is the sole body recognised as democratically legitimate by most Western nations. The opposition won a majority in the National Assembly in 2015 and the next congressional elections are currently scheduled for late 2020. Most western nations have recognised Guaido as the country’s rightful head of state, after Maduro won re-election last year in a vote widely deemed fraudulent, and stacked other state bodies with loyalists. But he retains control of state functions and the support of the military’s top brass, as well as allies Russia, Cuba and China.
• Mr Aziz Pahad Chairperson Ministerial Review Panel Department of International Relations and Corporation.
• Henning Suhr, South Africa Director of the Konrad Adenaer Foundation.
20
MAY

Malawi Elections

Malawians are expected to head to the polls tomorrow for their local, parliamentary and presidential elections. The elections are seeing seven candidates contesting for the presidential seat, amongst them incumbent President Peter Mutharika, Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera. About 6.7 million Malawians are registered to vote and results are expected by May 29.

1. Sangwani Mwafuli: Spokespersons Malawi Electoral Commission

2. Victor Chipoya : Independent Political Analyst

3. George Mhango : Channel Africa Correspondent
14
MAY

South Africa’s national and provincial elections Low Voter Turnout

South Africa’s national and provincial election last week saw the lowest voter turnout in its history. Only 65.99% of voters turned up at voting stations which saw the victory of the African National Congress who won with 230 seats. Historically the voting turnout has been fluctuated with the first record being in 1999 where there was an outstanding turnout of 89.3%. However, in the years the voter turnout in the national and provincial elections in the country seemed to fluctuate in the 70 per cent mark. So for the first time in the history of the country, it is the first time that the national voter turnout is at sixty per cent.

We are joined by:

• Elnari Potgieter, project leader for the South Africa Reconciliation. Barometer at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
• Ipsos director and political analyst , Mari Harris.
• Gabriel Crouse, associate at the Institute of Race Relations.
13
MAY

IEC declares the ANC as National government

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says democracy has emerged victorious with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declaring the 2019 free and fair. The electoral body has released the results of the country's sixth general elections within seven days as specified in the Electoral Act. The commission declared the African National Congress (ANC) the overall winner with 230 seats in the National Assembly followed by the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters with 84 and 44 seats respectively.

To assist us on the environment before elections we speak to:
• Professor Cherrel Africa, analyst joining us from the University of the Western Cape’s politics department.
• Prof Sean Gossel, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
• Grant Masterson Program Manager African Peer Review Mechanism Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy Africa (EISA).
09
MAY

Preliminary Election Results

Results are trickling in at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results operating centre in Pretoria, South Africa. Thirty-percent of the votes have been counted so far. Although they are not yet conclusive, a picture is starting to emerge; the African National Congress (ANC) is in the lead with 53.89%, trailed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 27.14%, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with (7.83%), Freedom Front Plus (FF+) at 3.52% and the Ikatha Freedom Party (IFP) with 1.59%.

We are joined by:

Dr Theo Venter from the North West University

Dr Shingai Mutizwa – Mangiza from Western Cape University

Milton Maluleque – Channel Africa journalist

Thuto Ngobeni – Channel Africa journalist
07
MAY

6th democratic elections in South Africa.

In a matter of hours millions of South Africans will be making their way to voting stations across the country. These are the sixth democratic elections since 1994. South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world and is held back by corruption and crime. The African National Congress, while embattled, looks likely to retain its throne of national governance.
However, recent voter surveys show that the 2019 general election may be the ANC’s most daunting test of confidence in 25 years. While internal issues form part of the ANC’s uneasiness, an up swell in support for opposition parties, in particular, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has managed to chip away at the ANC’s support base, by intensifying a revolutionary rhetoric which appeals to the demands of populism.
We are joined in studio by:
Professor Cherrel Africa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Professor Sean Gossel is an Associate Professor from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Theo Venter from the University of the North West.
06
MAY

IAAF and the Caster Semenya Ruling

On Friday South African born gold medallist Caster Semenya won the 800 meters at the Doha Diamond League meet. Her win came two days after she lost her case against the International Association for Athletics Federation’s bid to change its rules for female athletes who have higher testosterone levels who compete in the 800 to 1500m events. The rules are to take effect on Wednesday 8th May – meaning if Semenya wants to continue competing on an international stage she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. Now the 28year old has not minced her words and said she would not be taking any medication.

We are joined in studio by:

Shanti Bartlett, an Academic Associate at the University of Pretoria Law Faculty in the Department of Private Law

Professor Katrina Karkazis, a Senior visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale University

Dr Mwangi Francis Mundia is a lecturer and chairman at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya
02
MAY

African Tourism Indaba

Africa's largest tourism event - The Travel Indaba - is currently underway in South Africa's Kwa Zulu Natal province. The event showcases the widest variety of Africa's best tourism products and attracts international buyers from across the world to visit the continent. Part of the focus this year's Indaba will be to bring more innovation to the tourism industry and sell Africa as a top tourist destination. To help us find more information about the event, we have :

Mr S Nhlapo – Lesotho.s Minister of Tourism Environment and Culture.

Tuli Galelekile – Marketing General Manager for Kwazulu Natal

Steve Masamba – Uganda Wildlife Society
01
MAY

South African Elections

We are exactly a week from elections here in South Africa, and as political parties intensify their campaigns voters are gearing themselves up to vote for the party of their choice. We know that 48 parties will be contesting the 2019 elections. Now with observer missions already in South Africa, the Southern Africa observers have raised concerns saying they seek protection from the government fearing a flare up of xenophobic attacks. Meanwhile the international Relations Department has assured them that the elections will be free and fair.

We are joined by:

• Sy Mamabolo: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission of South Africa

• Professor Susan Booysen: Political Analyst
29
APR

Libya Update

Libya is caught between a military strongman Khalifa Haftar who sells himself as the only one who can drive out terrorists, and a United Nations backed government under Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose attempts to hold a national vote have, so far, only entrenched divisions. On Sunday Forces backing Libya’s internationally recognised government fought house-to-house battles with troops loyal to commander Haftar in Southern parts of the capital Tripoli and appeared to be gaining ground.

To help us with the discussion we are now joined on the line by:

• Professor Bhekithemba Mngomezulu, is with the Political Sciences Department at the University of the Western Cape

• Ebrahim Dean is a Researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre

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