The Talking Point

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18
OCT

Basic Education Sector to Clamp down on Sexual offenders with tough new measures

Today collective agreements to address sexual offenders within education were reached with teacher unions in the basic education sector. The agreements were presented to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education today in Parliament. The Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) told the committee that the collective agreements would go a long way to creating a safe environment for learners as well as enhance stability in schools.
The most important agreement is with regards to sexual offenses committed by teachers against learners. In particular where learners are either the victim or a witness to the offense

GUEST: Nomusa Cembi, National Spokesperson for South African Democratic Teachers Union
18
OCT

The War in Yemen

UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation. Yemen has been torn apart by more than three years of civil war between the internationally recognised governments, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and based in the south, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital Sanaa. The nation of some 30 million is the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest

GUEST: Ebrahim Deen, Researcher at Afro-Middle East Centre
18
OCT

Small Business Feature – Unpacking the Black Industrialist Programme

According to the department of trade and Industry, the BIS is an incentive of the Black Industrialists Programme that aims to unlock the potential of Black Industrialist companies operating in strategic and productive sectors of the South African economy through deliberate, targeted and well-defined financial and non-financial interventions. This morning we engage the Department of Trade and Industry on the programme, and ask: What progress have they had so far, in terms of businesses /industrialists they have assisted?

GUEST: Department of Trade and Industry
18
OCT

What is the State of oncology in South Africa?

Yesterday we had a conversation with KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC; Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo says the department has significantly reduced the oncology backlogs and waiting times in the province, to just a few weeks. This after the Department dismissed reports of a backlog of 8 000 cancer patients in the province. MEC Dhlomo says the reports are untrue and that there is a deliberate and relentless campaign by certain members of the media to ignore the tremendous progress that has been made to expand cancer treatment and oncology services. This morning we are in conversation with Dr Yogan Pillay, who is the Deputy Director-General at the National Department of Health, for a national picture on the state of oncology in South Africa…

GUEST: Dr Yogan Pillay, who is the Deputy Director-General at the National Department of Health
18
OCT

Nugent report recommends Ramaphosa fires Moyane

Tom Moyane's lawyer, Eric Mabuza says retired judge Robert Nugent is acting outside the scope of his mandate. Nugent's interim report recommends that President Cyril Ramaphosa should fire Tom Moyane with immediate effect to restore confidence in the organisation. Judge Nugent cited the deterioration in tax revenue collection and the strained relationship between SARS and National Treasury as some grounds for Moyane's removal. Nugent was appointed by the President to chair the commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS during Moyane's term of leadership at the Revenue service. Mabuza says Nugent's
GUEST: Dr Dale McKinley, who is a Political Analyst
18
OCT

Does the Omotoso trial lay bare questions of patriarchy and the law?

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini says the trial of controversial pastor; Timothy Omotoso lays bare questions of patriarchy and the law. Minister Dlamini says because of the historical exclusion of women from the justice system, our society has developed a culture of trivializing crimes against women. Omotoso and two others face charges including sexual assault, rape and racketeering. To elaborate further on this, Minister Dlamini now joins me on the line...

GUEST: Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini
17
OCT

democratic dispensation did little to confront the traumatic legacies of colonial-apartheid.

Wandile Ngcaweni-Researcher at MISTRA says is his article owned for News 24, that the democratic dispensation did little to confront the traumatic legacies of colonial-apartheid. He continues to say that "People see poverty and joblessness as outcomes of compromises that helped protect the privileged status quo of people who benefited from colonialism and apartheid.
GUEST : Wandile Ngcaweni, who is a Researcher at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra)
17
OCT

Occupational Health and Safety Summit to look into safety on mines

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, together with the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), will host the 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Summit ‪on 18 – 19 October 2018. Tripartite stakeholders (government, business and organised labour) will collectively assess progress made in attaining the objective of “Every mineworker returning from work unharmed every day: Striving for zero harm”, and derive solutions that will assist the industry to improve the current situation.‬
GUEST: CEO of Mine Health & Safety Council, Mr Thabo Dube
17
OCT

Workers on Wednesday - The State of the Working Class – Can it Survive?

It is well known that South Africa enjoys the highest level of inequality in the world with poverty affecting over 50% of the population. In recent months, with the increase in fuel prices, we are likely to see an increase in transport and food costs, which make up a big portion of working class people’s expenses. With the declining strength of trade unions, it also seems that working class organisations are not strong enough to defend themselves from these attacks on their living standards.
GUESTS:

1. Dr Ebrahim Harvey – Political Analyst, Writer and Author:
2. Dr Trevor Ngwane – Senior Researcher UJ Center for Social Change:
3. Henriette Abrahams - #TotalShutDown Convenor in the Western Cape
17
OCT

Oncology waiting time reduce to 3 weeks - KZN health department

The KwaZulu-Natal health department says it has significantly reduced the oncology backlogs and waiting times to just a few weeks. The Department says reports of a backlog of 8 000 cancer patients in in the province are untrue and that there is a deliberate and relentless campaign by certain members of the media to ignore the tremendous progress that has been made to expand cancer treatment and oncology services.

GUEST: KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo
17
OCT

DA calls for closed borders and tighter immigration control

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says South Africa needs closed borders and tighter immigration control. The party says South Africa's ports of entry are in a dysfunctional state. In recent months the DA's Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has taken firm stance against illegal immigration in the city, in the same breath, Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga, also raised his concerns around the issue in a letter to home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba. For more on this we are now joined on the line by...

GUEST: DA spokesperson on immigration, Jacques Julius
16
OCT

African Perspective – Profiling the country of Morocco

Time now for our regular Tuesday feature the African Perspective. Today we profile Morocco, which is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb - the "Arab West". Arguably one of the most stable countries in the Middle East, Morocco is a melting pot of indigenous Berber, African, Arab and European influences. For more on the country we are now joined in studio by....

GUEST : Habiballah Ahmed, Chairman of the Moroccan Association in South Africa

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