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12
MAR

Judicial System in Africa

Today we focus on the judicial system on the African continent. We investigate how free and transparent it is and if those who execute it do so without fear or favour. How far does political interference play in intimidating or stifling judicial independence around the continent? How far does the judiciary go in promoting and protecting human rights and the role as the guardian of the constitution?

We are joined by:

Carmel Rickard. Carmel has been writing about the law and judicial politics for many years. She currently writes and edits a weekly newsletter for the Judicial Institute for Africa. It's specially aimed at judges in Africa, to help them stay up to date with new judgments delivered by their colleagues in other African countries.
11
MAR

River Nile Dispute

Ethiopia and the United States are accusing each other of being “undiplomatic" in a row over the controversial construction of a major dam on the River Nile. This follows Ethiopia's decision not to participate in US-led talks with Egypt and Sudan held on February the 27th and the 28th in Washington. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt were set to sign an agreement to guide Ethiopia's operation of its six-thousand megawatt dam on February the 28th. The US says no filing of the dam reservoirs should happen without an agreement and Ethiopia has responded by saying the US has no right to make such demands. Egypt sought the intervention of the US in negotiations in 2019, because of concerns that the dam will affect water flow downstream to its territory.

We are joined by:

• Dr Rudo Sanyanga, independent water ecologist

• Andualem Sisay, commentator joining us from Addis Ababa

• Coletta Wanjohi, Channel Africa correspondent and journalist
10
MAR

Covid-19 (Corona virus) Update

Cases of coronavirus have so far been few and far between in Africa but the numbers are rising rapidly as Nigeria and South Africa on Monday announced new cases and the first death recorded in Egypt. Egypt has 55 cases more than half of all confirmed cases in Africa; it remains worst-hit by the virus on the continent. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) nine African countries have reported more than 90 cases of the corona virus. In South Africa, four more people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases to seven. All of the new infections are from the same group of ten people who returned from vacation in northern Italy in early March, the minister said. The group of ten were already in self-isolation.

1. Dr Angelique Coetzee, is the Chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA)

2. Prof Ian Sanne, CEO of Right to Care and an infectious diseases specialist.

3. Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma Deputy Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
09
MAR

South Africa's recession

South Africa has officially entered into a recession as gross domestic product numbers for quarter four of 2019 show that the economy shrank 1.4%. The fall means the country now finds itself in a technical recession which can be described as two consecutive quarters of negative growth after the economy declined by 0.8% in quarter three. In total the economy in 2019 grew 0.2%. The growth is less than the already lacklustre projections by the IMF, World Bank and Moody’s rating agency which said the economy would grow by 0.7%, the Reserve Bank’s 0.6% and National Treasury’s paltry 0.3% estimate.

1. Prof Mark Ellyn University of Cape Town Department of Economics

2. Anabel Bishop Chief Economist Investec

3. Ross Harvey Independent Economist
06
MAR

Lebo Mashile

Award winning South African poet, author and actress Lebo Mashile is a household name that is most recognised for her poetry which has captivated audiences in 28 countries over the last two decades. Here is an interview I had with her this week
06
MAR

Sierra Leone Country profile

I am a country profile today we take you to Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. Here is an interview with Rose Marie Bangura.
06
MAR

COVID-19 Corona virus

What’s making news on the African continent; we are zooming into the developing story around COVID 19 which is the corona virus which is rapidly spreading in the continent and beyond. In Africa seven countries have confirmed cases of corona virus with Algeria with the highest number of cases so far. Most recently South Africa recorded its first case of the virus and government says while its not clear at which port of entry the patient landed, South African health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that a tracer team had been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal Province and the man is now self-isolated. Here is an interview with a member of the Pan African Parliament Honourable Rose Marie Bangura.
05
MAR

Cape Town Refugee Crisis

Following a Court order to vacate the church and the central business district they have been occupying over the last four months, the foreigners then moved on to occupy a police station and the surroundings of this law enforcement facility. The government and several NGO’S have been scrambling to find a speedy solution to the crisis. Refugees now say they no longer want to remain in South Africa anymore and call for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to repatriate them to a third country. However, the UNHCR has reiterated it will not be able to resettle this large group of refugees because the move might lead to thousands of other foreigners living in South Africa demand to be included in the repatriation programme.

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Papy Sukami, Congolese human rights activist

• Jo Vearey is an Associate Professor with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand.

• Ruvi Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, School of Law
04
MAR

Corona Virus

It has been reported that six African countries have recorded cases of Coronavirus or also known as COVID-19, with Morocco being the latest to confirm a case. As the number of infections is close to reaching one hundred thousand people globally the World Health Organisation has highlighted that public health officials are working in “uncharted territory”. Currently most African countries have put in place screening at major points of entry, especially airports.
03
MAR

South Sudan Unity Government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir last week appointed his long rival Riek Machar as his first vice-President. The government of Unity comes after a brutal civil war that has seen more than 400,000 deaths and has displaced 3.5 million in South Sudan since 2013. Meanwhile the transitional government in South Sudan could be unduly delayed following disagreements over ministry and portfolio balance between President Salva Kiir and first Vice President Riek Machar.

• Prof Dirk Kotze Political analyst

• Sabir Ebrahim Consultant Sudan Liberation Movement in South Africa
02
MAR

Africa Energy Indaba Conference

Tomorrow energy experts, business leaders and stakeholders in government will be attending the Africa Energy Indaba Conference, taking place in Cape town, South Africa. The twelfth edition of the conference will bring together these delegates to speak on energy generation on the African continent. With growing African economies over the last ten years, Africa has had the challenge of providing energy supply to its infrastructure to support its industries. Today on the show we are joined by delegates who will speak on these modern challenges and opportunities in the energy sector.

We are joined by:

• Seydou Kane Managing Director for Eaton Africa

• Gregory Nott | Director, Norton Rose Fulbright

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