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AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±59 min episodes every 2 weeks, 2 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Every Saturday 13:00 CAT on www.africabusinessradio.com.
This show through a panel of experts and leader, discusses different issues affecting business growth and consequently hindering economic advancement of Africa.

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A Reflection of the musical journey of Mam Letta Mbulu.

Mam Letha Mbulu was born in Soweto, South Africa has been an active singer since the 1960’s, in her teenage years she toured with the musical King Kong. Mam Letta has been on several world tours and has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones & the late Michael Jackson. She also acted in the film Roots for which she won an Emmy Award. She is also a founding member of the South African Artists United.

The Kofi Annan That The World Doesn't Know - Victor Ochen

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family” One of my favorite quotes from The Late Mr. Kofi Annan. Today we remember Mr. Kofi Annan, who passed away on 18 August 2018 (last Saturday). Mr. Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat and served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Mr. Annan was also a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and the chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as the chairman of The Elders an international organization founded by Mr. Nelson Mandela. 
Today we are looking at the Kofi Annan you do not know, to help us with that, we have in the studio Mr. Victor Ochen, the founder and Executive director of African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), he is also a peace activist. Mr. Ochen was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Women At The Centre of Africa's Transformation

We can’t exhaust the role of women enough when speaking about transforming our continent. The role that women play in ensuring that there are diversity and inclusion in Africa can’t be downplayed no matter what. It often feels like the path to gender equity has been helped not hindered by both the regional and global commitment to women’s empowerment. National policies which have resulted in the greater representation of women across institutions, from universities to the African Development Bank, and women associations, civil society groups, and individuals in this fight for transformation. Our fight for gender equity would be much poorer without the policy commitments made at a regional and global level.
Today we are going to have a discussion about women's role in the transformation of Africa.
Joined in studio by  Sibonile Dube, the new Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Novartis South Africa and Hloni Mphahlele  Senior Manager at Alexander Forbes Health 
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The Current Political Landscape in Africa - Adetunji Omotola

While ballots in much of the continent continue to be linked to corruption, violence and political instability, recent elections in some countries have apparently confirmed a democratic transition.
Maybe it’s worth us re-examining the relationship between an individual’s experience of elections and their political attitudes and behaviors. I ask, do particular experiences of elections predispose individuals to reject malpractice or, alternatively to accept, or even demand it? If so, do voters become one of the barriers to, as well as the agents of democratic consolidation? Let’s look at Nigeria, Kenya and of course we can’t discount the interesting events happening in Zimbabwe.
We are in conversation with our residence African Analyst, Adetunji Omotola; Last year, the country elected its fifth president since independence in 1964. The main contenders were the sons of the country’s first president and vice president Jomo Kenyata and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga respectively. How objective is that?
Even then, Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga went head to head in the election
Kenya was transformed into a one-party state in 1969 and KPU was banned leaving KANU as the only party that won all seats in 1969, 1974, 1979, 1983 and 1988 elections led by Kenyatta.
Kenyatta died in office in 1978 and the presidency was continued by his vice president Daniel arap Moi who became the second president.
In 1992, President Moi restored multiple party politics after democratic pluralism swept through Africa. He won that year’s elections.
The first parliamentary and presidential polls of the post-Mugabe era are scheduled to take place on July 30. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the government was taking "comprehensive" security measures ahead of the polls, in which 23 candidates are contesting the presidency.
It is the largest field of presidential hopefuls in Zimbabwean history.
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Examining The Differences Between The Youth of 1976 and 2018 in South Africa

Are the youth of 2018 as bold as the youth of 1976 or is it a different fight and therefore the intensity of the fight is different? We touch on different issues, from 30% pass mark etc
Forty-two years ago, South African youth-led an uprising against the apartheid regime. The image of twelve-year-old Hector Pieterson dying in the arms of his fellow student after being hit by a police bullet came to symbolize the utter bankruptcy of a system that sought to make people of color servants to the twisted logic of racism. Hector was one of 566 children and youth who died at the hands of the state in this wave of protests. We remember Sam Nzima who so beautifully captured that moment. Sithi lalani ngoxolo maqhawe.
June 16th has since become a public holiday in South Africa and I couldn’t help but start reflecting on the significance of this day. As we watched on TV and listened on radio different commemorations, vigils and memorials being held at monumental places across the country, more especially at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando, Soweto. I couldn’t help but wonder what our struggle is. The youth of ’76 fought for our liberation. They fought against the Bantu Education system that forced African schools to use Afrikaans as the language of choice.
Fast forward to South Africa in 2018… We see South Africa has a progressive constitution, modeled on our own, and a parliament, much like ours, where the work of progressively realizing the rights of children and youth takes place, for the most part, in a peaceful fashion.

Are the youth of 2018 as bold as the youth of ’76 or is it a different fight and therefore the intensity of the fight is different? We touch on different issues, from 30% pass mark etc
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Africa's Investment Opportunities - Mychal Jefferson And Saki Zamxaka

Transformation and innovation is the name of the game and that is what inspires me about South Africa and the African continent. We all want to ultimately see the radical economic transformation in our continent. Undoubtedly, though faced with a number of economic challenges, Africa is becoming more resilient and is proving profitable for investments.

If Africa is to achieve a sustainable economic transformation, it cannot be by business as usual. It has to be business unusual. To start off with, the infrastructure spending in Africa is estimated to be between $130 -160 billion per annum.

To speak to us about where African investment opportunities collide with capital is Mychal Jefferson, Chairman Hamershlag Sulzberger Borg, and Saki Zamxaka.
1. What are the common investment trends that we are seeing in Africa right now?
2. With recent reports estimating that six hundred million people are without access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, significant and sustained investment is required across Africa’s entire energy generation and supply value chain.
3. According to the African Development Bank, Africa had 168GW total installed capacity in 2016 of which 33GW was installed renewable capacity. Installed renewable capacity is expected to triple by 2025. Around $65-90 billion per year will be needed to achieve universal access to electricity across the continent. Whilst the opportunities for investment are clear, investors are often cautious. How do we investors choose the right country, the right technology and the right projects to choose to invest in?
4. Much of Africa still relies on foreign aid, despite economic growth in parts of the continent significantly outpacing the global average. Is foreign investment an easy fix for Africa’s energy needs?
5. What economic disparities exist in the continent that exploit African business and hinder growth as it should?
6. What makes Africa ready to compete
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South African Consumers Lament Over The Recent Historical Petrol Price Hike

The question we’re asking is how much pressure will the fuel hike put on consumers and the agriculture sector?

The announcement of the 82c a liter petrol increase that came into effect yesterday has really got South African consumers abuzz. This comes shortly after the 15% VAT increase that came into effect in April, which, of course, has already compromised budgets of many South Africans.

After Wednesday’s increase, South Africans can now expect to pay R15.79 per liter petrol in Gauteng, and R15.20 per liter at coastal cities. This increase is the highest it’s ever been in a post-Apartheid South Africa. While this is heavy on the consumer, the figures are more aggressive on the agricultural sector.
To help me delve on the impacts of this has on the consumers and the agricultural sector, I am joined on the line by Paul Makube, the Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business.
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Funding Africa's Infrastructural Deficits Through Pension Funds -

Africa Development Bank early this year review Africa's infrastructure deficit estimated to be approximately US$90b every year for the next decade, with spending needed for new investments as well as operations and maintenance of what is already there.
Highly attractive infrastructure and private equity investment opportunities abound in Africa, but foreign pension funds’ willingness to invest in the region will depend on a more stable political and regulatory environment, and the availability of local peers to collaborate and co-invest in projects. However, before we start galvanizing for foreign pension funds, we must look within first; The South African Pension fund sector alone is sitting on up to R4.8 trillion.
On this show, Soji Akinlabi hosted a roundtable discussion with major industry stakeholders in South Africa;
Ntlai is an Executive in the Client Coverage business unit of Standard Bank CIB.
Linda Mateza is the Head of Investment & Actuarial at the Government Employees Pension Fund, South Africa. She holds a masters degree in Finance and Investments from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (South Africa) and a Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ndabe Mkhize, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst(CAIA)joined the EPPF on 1 July 2007.
Anne-Marie D’Alton is the Chief Executive Officer of Batseta. Batseta is a non-profit organization that promotes the interest of trustees and principal officers within the retirement industry.
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Disruptive Blended Finance For Economic Developmental Agenda in Africa

In conversation with Alvin Liew, COO - Monash South Africa and Andre Kruger Project Manager, Africa Investment and Integration Desk (AVID); on blended finance – an innovative tool which has been regarded as a disruptor within the financial services industry with regard to its complementary use of grant loans as well as a mixture of non-grant capital available in order to obtain the development needs and objectives that we have on the Africa continent – All whilst meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Is it sufficient? Are we seeing the role of blended finance taking place on the African Continent and more importantly, how does it fit in when it comes to meeting our SDG needs and ensuring that efficient development takes place, keeping with the theme of financial inclusion for all.
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Enterprise Risk Assessment And Socio-economic Impact Of Listeria Outbreak in SA

The disastrous listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing but hopefully resolved with the Dept of Health pinning Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory as the likely source, but with testing out on some other possible culprits.

As of March 2018, a total of 948 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases from all provinces across the country were reported to NICD since January 1, 2017, with 180 deaths recorded so far.

Today we are talking about the socio-economic impact of this outbreak and I’m joined in studio by Warren Green from Global Pre-sales Executive at Cura Software Solutions. On the line, we have Chris Smith from DSC Attorneys.

Every scientific advancement known to man has been incorporated into its design. The operational controls are sound and foolproof!” This quote went on to become synonymous with one of history’s greatest failures to adequately assess risk: the sinking of the Titanic. A contemporary example of a poorly documented risk assessment process is the current water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. With conversations about the longevity of Cape Town’s water beginning as early as 2012, how is it possible that Cape Town has become the first city in the world to run out of water? The simple answer to an incredibly complex problem is this: The strategy to prevent such a crisis was insufficient and poorly documented.
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Ethical Leadership in Corporates Africa - Urgent Attention is Needed

Ethics is a key issue for both the private and public sector, instilling confidence in its stakeholders including, staff, customers, investors as well as the public. However, there are many instances of questionable ethics that have recently been highlighted, giving rise to the question of: how can companies protect their reputation and ensure that the organization is steeped in unwavering integrity?
We are experiencing a wave of scrutiny where ‘watchdogs’ are uncovering acts of corruption and fraud. Although listed companies are heavily regulated and are also answerable to their shareholders, most often it is considered that as long as an organization is generating a satisfactory profit, the ways and means it uses to do so are left relatively ungoverned.
It is often tempting for executives to leverage the likes of nepotism, connections, and bribery for personal gain. Greed is one of the largest motivating factors behind unethical decision making. However, the short-term gains to be had from such dealings lack long-term sustainability, and negatively impacts the business on the whole. Not only is an organization’s reputation on the line, for exposure would severely damage their credibility as a trustworthy institution, but their future sustainable growth is damaged, too, as hardworking employees bear the brunt of poor decisions.
Managers are typically chosen by the board to run the business in a sustainable, profitable - and ethical - manner. However, there is often a lack of clarity about what business ethics are that can lead to confusion over management’s responsibilities and where the limits of those responsibilities are.
The board has a judicial responsibility to take accountability for any identified unethical behavior and to take action accordingly. Managers found to be acting in their own interests should be held responsible and face the relevant disciplinary action.
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SA's Property Experts are optimistic about 2018

Many industry players attest that 2017 was generally a tough year for the South African property market. Although there were pockets of excellence, the market was subdued with low average house price growth. A lot of things affected the slump in the industry, including the obvious debate of the political instability and the credit ratings.

Property experts are optimistic about 2018 with the ANC’s elective conference over and a business savvy and investor-friendly President at its helm, the hope is that we will see more stability with regards to policy and personnel. We have already seen an improvement in the value of the currency and in business confidence and if this continues maybe the optimism won’t be in vain for the property market.

Today I’m in conversation with Sylvia Milosevic (Miloshivich) from Wealth Alliance and Richard Ramplin, Engineering Director at Shaba and Ramplin
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