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Climate change

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems in August 2019. The Special Report was a response to proposals from governments and observer organisations to the IPCC. It assesses the existing science to date on how greenhouse gases are released and absorbed by land-based ecosystems, and the science on land use and sustainable land management in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation, desertification, land degradation and food security. The findings are of great importance to decision-makers across Africa and the world.

1. Happy Khambule Political Advisor with Green Peace

2. Dr Chris Moseki Specialist Scientist: Climate Change Research Department of Water and Sanitation

South Africa at the UN Security Council

More than six months since South Africa took up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020 how has it fared? Some analysts believe that South Africa has played a visible and important role in the council thus far, stating that it in one instance, during the tense debate on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this year, South Africa blocked the council from releasing a statement that it deemed premature. In another example the situation in Sudan in June displayed how South Africa can take an independent stance against other council members, especially permanent members. South Africa pushed back against pressure from Germany and the United Kingdom and prevented the UNSC from issuing a public statement before the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) could meet on Sudan. But can this be sustained in the 18 months to follow?

To look at this we are joined by:

• Professor Malte Brosig is an Associate Professor in International Relations at the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand

• Sanusha Naidoo an analyst from the Institute for Global Dialogue

• Kwezi Mngqibisa is General Manager: Political and Policy Advisor at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (ACCORD)

Nigeria- South Africa Relations

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in South Africa last week for a three day state visit. The visit, the first by a Nigerian leader since 2013 comes after incidents of violence in South Africa targeted at both locals and foreign nationals. The violence in which at least 12 people were killed - sparked fury in Nigeria and saw hundreds of migrant workers repatriated to the country. The visit is took place under the theme "Forging a new era in collaboration between South Africa and Nigeria.

To look at this we joined by:

• Prince Akinwale Ojomo, CEO of the Diaspora Innovation Institute and analyst joining us from Lagos Nigeria

• Professor Mills Soko, professor of International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School

Solly Phetoe

Solly Phetoe’s career can be traced to the early eighties during the launch of SABC TV 2 & 3. He left the organisation and came back in 1998 at SABC News. He later became the National Editor of the SABC Radio Current Affairs before joining Channel Africa in 2012. Since joining the SABC, ‘Bra Solly’, as he is popularly known, has been in charge of a number of national radio news projects that include National Elections, Local Government Elections, World Summit on Sustainable Development – WSSD, World Racism Conference - WRC, to name just a few.

Country Profile: Libya

On I am a country segment: We are taking you to the North African country of Libya. Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, lets listen to this interview with researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre Ebrahim Dean…

Social Media Trends

Social media with Tumelo Zulu what’s trending?

• The South African Broadcasting Corporation has been given a R2 billion rand life line?
• Nigeria’s President’s state visit to South Africa an effort to mend the strained relations?
• The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in Johannesburg this week?

Rwanda High Commissioner Vincent Karega

: What’s making news on the African continent, today we zoom into Rwanda. Rwanda has agreed to take in hundreds of African refugees and asylum-seekers held in detention centres in Libya under an agreement reached with the UN refugee agency and the African Union. Here is an interview with Rwanda High Commissioner Vincent Karega…

South African Economy

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has stressed that a new growth strategy needs to be adopted to turn the economy around. Ramaphosa said the country is taking firm action to grow the economy and create jobs. This week the president revealed his new economic advisory council, according to Ramaphosa the council will aim to ensure greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy and ensure that government and society, in general, are better equipped to respond to changing economic circumstances. The new economic advisory council is also intended to build a capable state. This is on the backdrop of rising unemployment and the job crisis facing the country.

• Professor Raymond Parsons is a professor at the North-West University School of Business and Governance.

• Professor Jannie Rossouw is the Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand

Egyptian Protests

Egyptian police mounted a huge show of force in central Cairo last week and closed off entrances to Tahrir Square on Friday after calls for protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following opposition accusations of corruption, which he denies. Protests broke out on Sept. 20 in Cairo and other cities following online calls for demonstrations against alleged graft by Sisi and the powerful military. Sisi, who was in New York this week attending the U.N. General Assembly, returned to Cairo on Friday morning, where he was greeted off his plane by senior ministers and later stopped to speak to a crowd of supporters on the roadside. Sisi also appeared to repeat his earlier rejection of allegations of corruption posted online by Mohamed Ali, a former contractor and actor, in the run-up to the protests. Ali's videos have attracted a wide following.

To look at this we joined by:

• Dr Lucia Ardovini, Research Fellow (MENA Programme)The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

• Mr Mohammed Taha, a PHD candidate from the SOAS University in London

Africa to Africa Women's Conference on Leadership

The final day of the Africa for Africa Women conference currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa women around the African continent gathered in solidarity to address matters of Africa’s transformational leadership. The conference theme this year is “women in leadership for sustainable growth – creating a progressive workplace for growth and sustainability”. Speaker after speaker stressed the importance of gender equality in positions of leadership. This comes at the backdrop of a South Africa that is witnessing high numbers of gender based violence and attacks targeted at foreign nationals.

• Venete Klein, former Eskom board member

• Honourable Florence Mutua – Waingah, member of the Kenya parliament

• Dr Jessie Kabwila, former member of the Malawian parliament and chair of the women’s caucus

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…

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