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Coalition talks cause division & Eskom hangs SA's hopes on renewables

This week SA has experienced confusion and contention, as a result of coalition talks among our political parties. We have also been following this political tension in the dark, as Eskom has yet again imposed large bouts of loadshedding throughout the country.

This week our panel of experts and journalists provide an update on the state of the ongoing coalition negotiations. This as the political parties are scrambiling to form governments, especially in most of the major metropolitan councils. We also delve into the politics of power generation and Eskom's approach of shedding darkness as opposed to light, as loadshedding resumes this week.

Public coalition statements are no more than bluster

This week on the Sunday Times politics Weekly podcast, our host Mike Siluma is joined by Associate Professor at the WITS School of Governance William Gumede, politics reporter's Kgothatso Madisa and Aphiwe de Klerk to talk coalition progress, after a Watergate local government election.
The panel considers the political fallout from the municipal elections, and the horse-trading taking place for control of most of the key metros. The big finding to come out of the discussion, is that most of the public statements made by parties is not reflecting the stances they are taking in negotiations.

Pre-election analysis: the number of loyalist voters is on the decline

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our panel delves into some pre-election analysis. Ahead of the polls, we will look at which major cities are likely to fall to coalition governments, and how those coalitions are likely to be structured.
After that, we will be looking at the sea change in the ANC, which has seen the return to the political forefront of key leaders, including ex-president Thabo Mbeki. What lies behind this development, and what does it mean for the ANC?

Tracking campaign efforts & top ANC official fight for their political lives

Our big stories on this week's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly with Mike Siluma include the factors that have affected the 2021 municipal elections so far, including; mounting political killings, empty promises and the seeming eradication of Covid-19 as a health concern at most political rallies. 
We also try to gauge the temperature inside the ANC, where two of its most powerful leaders, Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane and Former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, are fighting for their political lives, and why they are desperate to clear their names.

The DA sinks its own campaign & Ramaphosa loses another backer in the ANC

This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly with Mike Siluma, our learned panel considers the uncertain future of the DA in the wake of controversial election posters which have caused tensions within the party. Insiders suggest this may be a litmus test for party leader John Steenhuisen's future at the helm of the opposition party.
Also on our menu this week will be the pressure piling up on Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane after the public protector’s adverse report on him. The panel considers the effect these allegations could have on President Cyril Ramaphosa's future political career as divisions in the party continue to grow.

Behind the DA's poster own-goal & how strong is SA's judiciary?

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we try to shed light on the controversy around the Democratic Alliance’s campaign posters in Phoenix, which seemed to endorse racial attacks on black people during the July riots. We try to understand the logic behind the posters themselves and unpack the behind the scenes of the DA's eventual apology and removal of said posters.

Our panel also provides listeners with an update on the search for the country’s new Chief Justice, with the formal departure this week of the incumbent justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Joining our regular host, Mike Siluma, this week is Sunday Times legal correspondent Franny Rabkin, executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution Lawson Naidoo and Sunday Times parliamentary correspondent Thabo Mokone.

Elections: Main party manifestos and the Digital Vibes scandal

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly we discuss the main party election manifestos- who are the three main parties targeting, what are they promising and what is the likely impact on voter participation levels?

Also this week, we take a closer look at the SIU's report on the Digital Vibes scandal and the criticism of the president's handling of the situation along with the valid question - in a country that is supposed to be on a crusade against corruption, how is it no one has been convicted yet?

Our host is Mike Siluma, deputy editor of the Sunday Times along with our guests Amanda Khoza, ST politics writer focusing on the presidency, and William Gumede, associate professor at the Wits School of Governance.

Elections: besmirching the IEC's good name & COSATU continues to back the ANC

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our panel talks about the importance of public institutions, and the responsibility of political leaders, particularly those in the DA, have to support them.
Also this week our panel will try to understand what’s going on in the ANC Alliance, following Cosatu’s decision to, again, support the ANC in the municipal elections.

Elections: Political violence begins again & the new plague of undercover campaigning at vaccination sites 

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our host Mike Siluma and his all female panel, discuss the culture of violence which has entrenched itself in SA's politics, about which not much is being done.
The panel also contemplate the impact of the Covid pandemic on the forthcoming municipal elections, with a particular focus on how it has altered the face of campaigning in the country. 

Who is to blame for SA's election blunder & what are the ramifications of Zuma's medical parole?

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we start our chat by shining the spotlight on one of the most important institutions of our democracy, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). The IEC has been the subject of controversy because of its handling of preparations for the coming municipal elections.
We also try to understand the implications of the medical parole given to former president Jacob Zuma, which has also led to a predictable controversy. The parole frees the former president from jail and allows him to serve the rest of his term at home. 
This week our host, Mike Siluma, is joined by Ebrahim Fakir, electoral analyst based at the AUWAL Socioeconomic Research Institute, Sibongakonke Shoba, Sunday Times politics editor and Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst. 

The ANC's electoral candidate crisis & SA's unchecked borrowing spree 

This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, we unpack the ANC’s electoral crisis, where the party has failed to register local election candidates in a number of localities, some quite important for its performance.
With our panel, we’ll try to understand how the party could get things so wrong, after so many years of successful campaigning.
After that we’ll look at government’s efforts to extend the SA social security net, and whether we are using the correct mechanisms to address poverty in the country. This off the back of the announcement and withdrawal of Social Development’s green paper on social security retirement.

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