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Zimbabwe's Financial Situation

A United Nations human rights envoy says Zimbabwe’s deteriorating political and economic situation is causing anxiety as hopes fade for a long-awaited improvement in living conditions. Many Zimbabweans are frustrated that the November 2017 departure of long-time President Robert Mugabe, who died September 6 of this year in Singapore, did not lead to a quick economic recovery or end the heavy-handed tactics of authorities in the country. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that annualised inflation in Zimbabwe hit almost three-hundred percent in August, and called on Harare to intensify reform efforts.

• Professor Tapiwa Chagonda, an Associate professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg

• Professor Willie Chinyamurindi, Associate professor Department of Business Management, research leader – Faculty of Management and Commerce University of Fort Hare

• Takura Zhangasha, analyst in Zimbabwe


In Africa today numerous challenges continually confront millions of people living with albinism first as individuals and as a demographic group within the continent. The prevalence rate of albinism in Nigeria is ranked amongst the highest in the world with an estimated figure of over two million albinos living in the country. In an earlier interview I had with Nigerian born Ikponwosa Ero is the first United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. I started by asking her as a person with albinism how did her upbringing contribute to the work she does today…

Nigeria Country Profile

On I am a country segment: We are taking you to the West African country of Nigeria. Nigeria shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Let’s listen to this interview with Dr Jimmam Lar from the University of Jos Jos in Nigeria

Egyptian Protests

What’s making news on the African continent, today we zoom into Egypt and look at the on- going protests. Egyptians are calling for their president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. I am joined on the line by Ibrahim Dean a researcher at the Afro Middle East Center:

• Nearly 2,000 arrested as Egypt braces for protests against president Abdel Fattah al Sisi protests. More rallies are expected today?
• What is at the heart of these protests?
• Authorities are accusing the media of inaccurate reporting of protests?
• Authorities in Egypt have also blocked news websites and disrupted access to messaging platforms, according to monitoring groups?

Social Media Trends

Social media with Tumelo Zulu what’s trending?

• It has been finally decided that Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will be laid to rest in his hometown of Zvimba?
• The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making waves in South Africa visiting a number of organisations.

74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Heads of states in the world are meeting this week at the 74th session of the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) which is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York. The gathering seems pivotal this year with multiple issues at hand which are polarizing the world; from the unpredictability of the Brexit deal to disagreements on how to deal with climate change and not forgetting recent tensions between the United States and Iran. However, what made headlines regarding the United Nations has been the speech by Greta Thunberg, a young climate change activist, who told world leaders at the Climate Action Summit that they were failing her generation saying; "And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"

To look at this Benjamin Moshatama spoke to:

• Dr Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza, department of politics at the University of the Western Cape

• Kumi Naaidoo, Secretary-General of Amnesty International,

• Vishwas Satgar, associate professor at Wits Department of International Relations

President Mugabe's Burial

The matter can now be put to rest – it’s been decided Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe would be buried at the National Heroes Acre monument, in about 30 days, once a mausoleum was built for him. Mugabe's burial has been a point of dispute between his family – who wanted to bury him at his rural homestead Zvimba – and the government, which pushed for the body to rest at a national monument in the capital. He died during a medical trip to Singapore aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans torn over the legacy of a man who is some still lauded for his role as a colonial-era liberation hero.

• Simon Muchemwa Channel Africa Correspondent in Zimbabwe

• Advocate Sipho Gideon Mantula Researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa A Human Right Defender for Peace and Justice in Africa

Heritage Day

Heritage Day used to be known as Shaka Day in KwaZulu-Natal, according to South African History Online. The day was made into a holiday to commemorate the Zulu king, Shaka Zulu. In 1995, the Public Holidays Bill was presented to the new democratic Parliament of South Africa but it didn’t include Shaka Day. In response to this, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, objected to the bill.
Eventually, parliament and the African National Congress (ANC) managed to reach a compromise with the IFP. They agreed for the day to become a holiday where all South Africans observed and celebrated their diverse cultural heritage.

Jane Mufamadi CEO Freedom Park
Souayibou Varissou Executive Director African World Heritage Fund

Spanking Banned

It has been ruled by South Africa’s Constitutional Court that the spanking of a child by a parent is unconstitutional. The court delivered a ruling last week stating that “reasonable and moderate parental chastisement” could end you up in jail. This judgement trended on social media platforms with South African users debating the social merits and demerits of the judgement. A non-profit organisation Freedom of Religion says that this decision may hamper parent’s rights to raise children according to their religious belief, while University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute declared the judgement as a landmark moment for children in South Africa.

To look at the implications of the constitutional court’s decision we speak to:

• Carmen de Vos, Senior Social Worker, parent education facilitator, counsellor and counselling supervisor at the Parent Centre
• Michael Swain, Executive Director of Freedom of Religion
• Maryke Huijbreg, Chief of Child Protection and Social Policy for UNICEF SA

Gender Equality

The United Nations says gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Currently, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. In South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa himself admitted that women and children are under siege saying there is a need to recognise the reality that we are confronting a crisis of violence and intolerance. I’m joined in studio by Commissioner Mbuyiselo Botha from the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) a man that has fought for women and men’s rights for many years, as well advocated for boy children to be mentored from an early age.

South Africa Country Profile

On I am a country segment we are taking you to the Republic of South Africa exactly where I am. South Africa is the largest country in the world by land area with over 57 million people…here is an interview I had earlier with Channel Africa’s resident analyst Izak Khomo.

Social Media Trends

Social media with Tumelo Zulu what’s trending?

• The Constitutional Court in South Africa has made a landmark ruling that spanking your child is unconstitutional?
• South African drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda returned home after serving eight years in prison for drug trafficking?
• The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are coming to South Africa

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