The Talking Point

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Newsmakers and Guest Experts offer their insights and perspectives into the national and global discourse on politics, economics, education, social matters and comprehensive dialogues on cultural diversity and other essential issues of public interest like, poverty alleviation, unemployment rate and health related issues.

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35% of senior managers in the Public Service do not possess the required qualifications.

The Public Servants Association yesterday (Tuesday) said that they were shocked by the revelation to Parliament that nearly 35% of senior managers in the Public Service do not possess the required qualifications. One of the problems they point to is that of cadre deployment and to explain the impact this is having on the public service,

Guest: Reuben Maleka- General Manager at the Public Servants Association
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Land seizure of white farmers

MEC for Community Safety in Mpumalanga, Vusi Shongwe yesterday clarified his controversial comments about land seizure of white farmers. The MEC was reported to have said “the land of white farmers who abuse black farm workers must be confiscated”. He has since corrected that statement saying this specifically applies to farms that belong to the state.

Guest: Christo van de Rheede – AgriSA’s executive director
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Municipal Watch: State of municipalities in the North West Province

A report by AfriForum has revealed that none of the municipalities in the North West province are performing well. The report has also shown that many communities do not enjoy weekly refuse removal by their municipalities and that water supply is still extremely challenging. What is going on there and where does the problem lie?

Guest: Dr Eugene Brink - Manager of AfriForum’s Centre for Local Government
Guest: Mmoloki Cwaile – Northwest MEC for North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

Guest: Matjoi Mogale – Community member from Itsoseng which falls under the Ditsobotla Municipality
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Personal development with Kabelo Ncholo

Our guest this morning has an amazing uplifting journey that took R350 to turn his life around. He has just written an inspirational book that he says shares his personal philosophy and belief system. The book also covers his spectacular failure, known as the ‘Rick Ross saga’.

Guest: Kabelo Ncholo – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Yourself Management
13
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Personal Finance with Bryan Hirsch

Today Bryan discusses the different types of investments for short, medium- and long-term time horizons.

GUEST: Bryan Hirsch, Chairperson of Bryan Hirsch, Colley & Associates (Pty) Limited
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Thinking Point: ‘Vandalism of rail infrastructure

The United National Transport Union yesterday (Monday) called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to deploy the South African National Defence Force to safeguard what is left of the passenger rail infrastructure. Railway infrastructure has been vandalised for many years across the country with government seemingly unable to deal with the situation. As far as the union is concerned, where are things going wrong and who is behind the thuggery?
Guest: Sonja Carstens – Spokesperson for the United National Transport Union
12
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How do we better capitalise on our hard earned freedom?

As you’ve heard in that song by Letta Mbulu entitled, Not yet Uhuru, which is a Swahili word for freedom. She describes the state of freedom in our country and what it really means. Looking at the state of the country’s economy, joblessness, corruption, free education and the list goes on, how do we capitalise on the hard earned freedom so many people died for? The 27th of April should be a day of jubilation in the country, but with so much happening on the ground, how do we look forward to that day? What do we say to those who are facing hardships today? As a politician, how do I use the names of those who passed on before me to improve somebody’s life out there?

Guest: Dr pali Lehohla – Former Statistician General

Guest: David Letsoalo – A Sankarist, activist and law academic

Guest: Tshidi Setai – Social Commentator
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Road maintenance in SA

Last week Thursday was international road maintenance day which focuses on challenges around the impact road maintenance has on the country. Our guest is of the view that the country’s road network has a pivotal role to play in the country’s economic recovery but the condition of some of our roads is preventing this. As far as he’s concerned, what are the major challenges and where are the solutions?

Guest: Philip Hendricks - President of the South African Road Federation
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Where is the Amending of Section 25 of the Constitution?

The Ad Hoc Committee on Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation is a step closer to finalising its work. Today it received inputs from the Ministers of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille, Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe as well as Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola. These were the last inputs on the matter following nationwide public consultations.

Guest: Dr Mathole Motshekga – Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution
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The Thinking Point: ‘Hlophe found guilty

Legal experts are warning that Western Cape judge president, John Hlophe's conduct will seriously affect the public's confidence in the country's judicial system. The warning comes after a Judicial Service Commission tribunal found Hlophe guilty of misconduct in that he improperly attempted to influence two Constitutional Court judges. Well this issue of judge Hlophe has been in the media for many years now and to help us pin it together for an understanding on how we go to where are now regarding this case, we are joined on the line by

Guest: Karyn Maughn - Senior Legal Journalist
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Customary Marriages amendment bill of 2019

We revisit the issue of customary marriages, an issue that the country has been battling with for many years. Well, the good news is that cabinet has approved the submission of the recognition of Customary Marriages amendment bill of 2019. The Customary Marriages Act of 1998 was declared unconstitutional and has now been amended. To find out exactly how it discriminated against women and what the new amendments mean, we are joined on the line by….

Guest: Shani Van Niekerk - Senior Associate and Attorney at Adams & Adams
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The Thinking Point: ‘Cosatu changes its mind on ANC support

In February this year, COSATU said it will convene a Special Central Executive Committee meeting to review its support of the ANC in the upcoming local government elections. They also said that they will urgently meet the SACP to discuss its support for the ANC in future elections. Let’s take a listen to what it’s president Zingisa Losi and general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali had to say then…

Guest: Solly Phetoe – Cosatu’s deputy general secretary

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