D'Fine Tune

AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±57 min episodes every 2 weeks, 1 day  |  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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The role of formal education in Africa.

The debate around education is that we need to start looking at a more holistic approach instead of relying on the current curriculum because we are sitting with graduates who can't be absorbed by corporate.

Entrepreneurship has presented a different side of the spectrum that says you don't really need a degree, or masters to succeed.

Could a new wave be forming of education that requires us to re-look at ways to beef up our curriculum in order to adequately prepare graduates for the reality of corporate?

On a lighter note, Kwanele.. Haven't you wondered why we had to learn Pythagoras in relation to life as you know it now? I'm reminded of the painful moments where I would spend nights cramming information for exams, information I didn't understand back then and to a large degree I still don't.

Nonetheless, there must be a place for them otherwise our education system would not be investing billions into educational programs.

That said, tonight we ask: what's the role of formal education in Africa and should we be looking at other alternatives that will get our graduates corporate ready to compete differently in the global economy?

We are joined in studio by Prof Alvin Louw, President of Monash South Africa.

The effects of depression in the workplace

According to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), one in four South African employees are affected by depression. Given the shocking statistics, that means there's a good chance the person who sits next to you has had to cope with depression at some point in their lives. It is therefore not surprisung that non-disclosure of depression as a reason for sick leave in the workplace often arises due to the stigma that comes with the condition. Employees also fear losing their jobs.

Advancing development in soccer

Soccer is more than just a game and a multi-billion dollar industry. With an estimated 3.5 billion fans worldwide, there is arguably no social phenomenon with the same power to inspire, unite and connect as soccer. As a global language, soccer can provide an incredibly effective and cost-efficient way to engage young people in environments with scarce resources. Neil Tovey joins us to unpack soccer development in South Africa.

For decades, it has been in the forefront as the sport for development in rural communities. More businesses are investing in the sport and are using the convening power of soccer to engage youth. Such is true of Hamisi Mohamed from Kenya who recently won the Arsenal Football Club and WorldRemit Future Stars” youth coaching programme.

Chronic Youth Unemployment Cripples SA's Economy With No Sign of Remedy

Youth unemployment in Africa continues to rise with South Africa being one of the countries with the most youth unemployed. What can South Africa do to address unemployment and better yet, how do we rephrase this question to focus on moving the country forward?
According to the report of the first quarter survey by the Statistical agency of South Africa, working for population up by 0,4% in the 1st of 2018 compared to the 4th quarter of 2017. The rise in both employment (up by 206 000) and unemployment (up by 100 000) over the quarter led to the rise in the labour force participation rate now standing at 59,3%. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 26.7% with the youth being the most vulnerable. There was, however, claims that this is not a uniquely South African problem, but the current economic condition disagrees.
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The Landscape of Moving-Ads Industry in South Africa - Tinashe Jacha

Tinashe Jacha currently serves as the Chief Executive and Executive Board member of mobile advertising solutions company, Moving Ads. A talented creative, business and strategy focused individual, Jacha has serviced clients such as KFC, Hand in Hand, GeoScience, Rand Water, Anglo American, MoneyGram, Standard Bank, FNB, Bidvest and his longest-serving clients Enterprise Skills Development Agency and  Multichoice. With Jacha at the helm of Moving Ads since inception in 2007, he has transformed what began as a mobile advertising and outdoor activations company and evolved it into a fully-fledged multi-million agency with a cross-functional marketing, communications and advertising offering for clients.
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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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