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Youth Employment - Repositioning Township Economy

Laphumilanga Youth Development Association has been embarking on a massive drive to bring together thought leaders from 14 townships in the Cape Flats to advise, partner and chart a way forward to turn disadvantaged communities into major economic hubs. According to the organisation, despite the increasing rate of unemployment in townships, it provides big opportunities for innovators in the business sector.

GUEST: Mthobeli January, Director of Laphumilanga Youth Development Association and Deputy Chairperson of the Economic; Finance Portfolio of the Cape Chamber of Commerce; Industry.

Zero Rated Items

The Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, released the report by the Independent Panel on the evaluation of the current list of items that are zero-rated for public comment by August 31. The Independent Panel was appointed by Nene after the increase in tax announcement by the in 2018 budget. VAT was increased from 14 percent to 15 percent that took effect from April 1. The independent panel has recommended that Nappies‚ sanitary products and school uniforms should be zero-rated for Value Added Tax (VAT).

GUEST: Thabi Leoka, who is an Economist and Contributor to BusinessDay, Money Marketing and Sunday Times

Workers On Wednesday - Workplace Stress in SA – How serious is it?

Over the years when discussing occupational health and safety, we normally focus on overt physical effects of work on workers such as accidents that cause death or injury or other factors such as hazardous chemicals or repetitive work strain. It seems that a neglected side of occupational health is workplace stress that often has more far reaching and long term negative consequences for individual workers, workplaces, the economy and society. In today’s show we take a close look at workplace stress – its causes and consequences. We are sure many listeners will relate to this whether you’re an ordinary worker or even at the top of the corporate ladder.


1 Julian de la Hunt, Lead Independent Consultant at Corporate Governance Framework Research Institute (Pty) Ltd

2 Mphutlane Bofelo, who is a Trainer at the Public Service Association (PSA)

Remembering Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe

Mama Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the widow of PAC founder Robert Sobukwe has died. The PAC said she passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long illness. But who was Mama Zondeni Sobukwe and what role did she play in SA’s liberation struggle? To talk about her contribution and legacy, we are joined by….

GUEST: Lebohang Pheko, political analyst and daughter of Motsoko Pheko, former PAC President

How to renew your expired gun license

Gun owners whose licenses have expired will have to surrender their firearms to the police immediately, those who failed to do so will be arrested. In June this year, the Constitutional Court ruled that gun licenses should be renewed periodically. During our Open Line yesterday, several of our callers who are firearm owners called in to express their confusion around the renewal and process of the taking in of firearms with expired licenses. Some expressed their frustration with the police's apparent inability of dealing with firearms handed in to them. So we have decided to invite the South African Gunowners' Association, to get some clarity on the matter and how the process works...

CLIP of Callers: Callers expressing their frustration and confusion around the renewal of expired gun licenses

GUEST: John Welch - Chairperson of the South African Gunowners' Association


Time now for our African Perspective, every Tuesday on this feature, we profile an African country. Today the spotlight is on South Sudan. The country gained independence from Sudan on the ninth of July 2011, following the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. The new country comprises 10 of Sudan's 25 states. South Sudan is one of the most diverse countries in Africa. For more on the country we are now joined on the line by....

GUEST: Bior Riak - A Sudanese from Juba, In South Sudan. He is currently doing his Bachelor in Mass communication. Bior is also a young, short film maker, Writer and Producer.

Ramaphosa launches government's plans to improve provision of sanitation infrastructure

President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched government's plans to improve the provision of sanitation infrastructure in mostly rural areas at a ceremony in Pretoria. This follows the public outcry over failure by the department of Basic Education to eradicate pit latrines in the country's poorest schools. The President is joined by senior officials from the United Nations Children's Fund, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and other civil society organisations to pledge support to the initiative which seeks to improve the dignity of learners.

GUEST: Department of Basic Education spokesperson, ElijahMhlanga

The Launch of the Africa Calendar

Last week The National Heritage Council of South Africa together with the Zindzi Mandela Foundation co-hosted the launch of the Afrikan Calendar .The Afrikan Calendar emanates from research work done by the Zindzi Mandela Foundation with heritage practitioners and historians who reached a conclusion on a date that is supposed to be celebrated as the “Afrikan New Year’s Day”, the 23rd of September. This month is also celebrated as the National Heritage month and the 24th day marks the National Heritage Day for the people of South Africa.

GUEST : Mr Mkhulu Ntsingizi from the Zindzi Mandela Foundation.


Are you looking to save money in 2018 and increase your wealth? Well this morning we have “The Best 100 Money Tips ever”! I'll go through some of them with Brendan Gace, the Head of Anchor Private Clients. If you take some of these tips to mind, you might just have a solid foundation for your future financial well-being.

GUEST(In Studio): The Head of Anchor Private Clients, Brendan Gace

Women’s access to land and land ownership – Land Expropriation without compensation

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Ms Bathabile Dlamini will deliver a keynote address at a seminar on Landless women of South Africa: expropriation of land without compensation. The seminar which takes place on today, is organised by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as an attempt to add the voices of women in the current debate of landlessness and expropriation of land without compensation. The outcome of these discussions will form part of a submission to the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Constitutional Review dealing with the land issue.


1 (In Studio) Professor Elmien du Plessis, who is an associate professor in Law at the North-West University

2 (On the line) Advocate Karabo Kgoroeadira, An Advocate conducting practice at the Grayston Chambers and member of the Johannesburg Bar. She has dealt with indigenous Mining Communities in the North West province for the last 12 years and continues to do so

Is the ANC indecisive and inconsistent when dealing with its members accused of corruption?

The ANC has been accused of being indecisive and inconsistent when dealing with its members who are alleged to be involved in corrupt activities, especially those deployed in government. Lately the concept of UNITY appears to be an instrument that has kept even those who have failed dismally in government unshaken. Others however argue that this perceived political expediency is necessary to get the ANC through - at least for now. Can the youth change all this. Kwazi Mshengu is the KZN Youth League Chairperson he joins us on the line

GUEST: ANC Youth League provincial chairperson, Kwazi Mshengu

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