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The complex legacy of John Magufuli

The Republic of Tanzania is currently observing a 14 day period of the morning following the death of their President John Magufuli. Magufuli aged 61 succumbed to heart failure at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Notably, the late statesman will be remembered for his covid-19 denialist position even after the world health organisation urged countries to put in strict measures to try curbing the spread of the virus. He was only six months into his second term as president. Samia Suluhu Hassan who was the vice president called for unity after she was sworn in making her the first-ever female president of the country.

Radio broadcaster and journalist Benjamin Moshatama unpacks this topic as he speaks to:

• Prof Aldin Kai Mutembei
Political analyst
University of Dar es Salaam

• Dr Dan Paget
University of Aberdeen

• Brian Kagoro
Program Support Division Director of the Africa Regional Office
Open Society Foundation

Human Rights Day and many rights unrealised.

Human Rights Month is commemorated in March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. This year’s Human Rights Day is commemorated under the theme: “The year of unity, socio-economic renewal and nation-building.” On 21 March 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, embarked on a protest march to protest against pass laws. The apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters at Sharpeville, many of them shot while fleeing. Many other people were killed in other parts of the country. The tragedy came to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre and it exposed the apartheid government’s deliberate violation of human rights to the world.

• Wayne Ncube is the National Director at the Lawyers for Human Rights

• Alef Meulenberg is the CEO at the Afrika Tikkun Centre.

Patrice Motsepe appointed President of CAF

Patrice Motsepe, the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), says it has to put itself in the shop window of the world to reap great financial rewards. Motsepe was installed as the eighth president of the football governing body during the 43rd CAF congress in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday. On Tuesday Motsepe held his first press conference in South Africa since his election; he said that the Africa Cup of Nations should be held every two years. There has been an argument that a Nations Cup every four years would increase the value and competitiveness of the competition‚ and perhaps ease some of the club-vs-country battles for players to be released. Motsepe was elected unopposed.

• Jeff Katala is an African sports analyst
• Lebohang Dube is an SABC sport journalist

The Future of Work

The World Forum’s latest Future Jobs Report has found that COVID-19 has caused the labour market to change faster than expected. The research released indicates that what used to be considered the “future of work” has already arrived. By 2025, automation and a new division of labour between humans and machines will disrupt 85 million jobs globally in medium and large businesses across 15 industries and 26 economies. The report says there is an urgency to reskill the labour force. Well, how do we survive the digital era that we are in? Can we reinvent ourselves? Well, some believe the answer lies in being creative in everything you do from the moment you conceptualise an idea to executing it.

To take the conversation further as we close off the month we talk to:

• Lien Potgieter is an entrepreneur, author, colour therapist, and creativity teacher.

Muyiwa Fasakin is an Advisory Board Member of United Nations World Creativity and Innovation Day. He is also the Coordinator at the School of Creativity Nigeria.

International Women's Day

The United Nations says International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality. Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, community organisers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. This year’s theme is "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world".

To take the conversation further as we close off the month we talk to:

• Mary Izobo is an International Human Rights Lawyer and Gender Advocate. She is with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. She is also the founder of the Amazon Leadership Initiative.

• Mandisa Ncgobo is the Chief Operating Officer at Asali Capital

• Bea Hakula, is the President of Africa for Africa Women

Phil Molefe

We start with our one on one now and we will be speaking to Mr Phil Molefe a Business Development and Strategy Lead at Fabrik, is a veteran journalist and Media Executive with decades of experience in the media industry. Tech Company, immedia has invested R10-million and launches its Digital Leap programme to help African media entrepreneurs to build sustainable community radio by using Fabrik, a set of cloud-enabled digital tools that empower media entities to live-stream shows, grow and engage with audiences around the world, and benefit financially by monetising their audiences via a mobile app. As part of its Digital Leap programme, immedia will be giving its platform to qualifying media entrepreneurs across Africa for free for a year. This includes consultation, training and support to help monetize the technology, cumulatively valued at R10 million.

Covid-19 in South Africa one year later

Time to go to our last segment and today we are zooming into South Africa. The country today marks one year exactly since the first case of covid 19 was confirmed. Since then more than more one million people have been infected and over 50 000 have lost their lives to the virus. Two weeks ago South Africa began the Johnson and Johnson vaccine roll out giving hope to many, however some health specialists are still sceptical and say that government needs to strengthen it health systems going forward. Here is an interview with Professor Alex van den Heever he is the Chair: Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies and the Wits School of Governance.

Tigray region conflict unpacked

Amnesty International says hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed by Eritrean soldiers last November during the height of the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. The rights group says the mass execution of civilians by Eritrean troops may amount to crimes against humanity. Ethiopia's government claimed victory of the region at the end of last year - after the Tigray People's Liberation Front withdrew their forces.

Today to unpack the situation Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

* Ambassador Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam, Ethiopia's ambassador to South Africa

* Ebrahim Deen, senior researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre.

Edwin Ikhouria

Let’s start our first segment with our one on one, and today I am joined by Edwin Ikhouria who is ONE in Africa Director. ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. More recently the organisation spoke out against vaccine nationalism that European countries were securing more doses than they needed. Before Joining ONE in 2014, Edwin worked for the Development Impact Evaluation Unit of the World Bank. His advocacy work covers pro-poor policies and transparency in public finance, health, agriculture and food security among other things. He joins us now on the line from Nigeria…

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Budget Speech by South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Time to go to our last segment and today we are zooming into South Africa and taking a look at the budget speech delivered this week by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. No major tax increases were announced - but fuel, carbon tax, sin tax and national debt saw an increase. Mboweni did say that government debt was unfortunately extremely high. To speak more on this we are now joined on the line by Domnic Brown from the Alternative Information & Development Centre.

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