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This week on Africa of the Future we bring you an exclusive interview with the Cuban Ambassador to South Africa, his Excellency Rodolfo Benitez Verson talking about Cuban President’s birthday on the 13th of August. Fidel Castro would be 93 years old on this day had been alive. We discuss the significance of his birthdate and what it means for the people of Cuba. We also discussed Cuba-South Africa and Africa relations and the dangerous and toxic political environment in the Caribbean and Latin American region where Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua face repeated United States attempts to illegally overthrow their governments.
This week on Africa of the Future we find out how South Africa has performed in the UN Security Council in the first six months of its twenty four month term. We feature Jerry Matjila, South African Ambassador to the United Nations and Gustavo de Carvalho, a Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Also in the programme we focus on Africa’s energy challenges to see why the continent has not been able to sufficiently develop its energy sector
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future we further engage three more participants at the just ended 3rd annual Youth Academy held in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme: “Youth Contribution to Prevent/Mitigate Electoral and Political Violence in African Countries”. It is organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat. The aim of the academy was to have in-depth discussion on the cause and effects of electoral and political violence as well as to identify the actors of the violence.
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future we engage participants at 3rd annual Youth Academy currently held in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme: “Youth Contribution to Prevent/Mitigate Electoral and Political Violence in African Countries”. It is organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat. We find out why Rwanda is the right place to host the academy and its significance.
In week’s edition of Africa of the Future, we focus on challenges Africa faces with regard to scarce water resources featuring Chris Dickens of International Water Management, a global non-profit organization based in Sri Lanka with five offices on the continent. We also feature Ander Berntell, executive director of 2030 Water Resource Group, a public-private civil society initiative bringing together multinational companies in food and beverage industries, development agencies, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It has a presence in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future, we talk to the divisional manager of Arc Skills which has just trained thirteen young unemployed youth to build low cost houses in South Africa. The learning programme known as TVET On Wheels is a unique programme to rapidly skill up unemployed youth in a practical working environment. We also showcase two of the thirteen who benefitted from the programme and proceeded to not only found a company but also won a contract to build low cost houses. Also in the programme Bheki Kunene, now a celebrated entrepreneur talks to us about his company MindTrix Media which is thriving despite very many difficulties at the beginning
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future we take a look at the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative which entails linking the world’s continents through infrastructure such as roads, highways, ports, high speed transnational rail networks and digital infrastructure in order to increase connectivity and trade with China. We find out if it is a good thing for Africa and South Africa to go along with the trillion dollar idea.
In this week’s Africa of the Future we talk to two young people about the role of the youth living in and out of the continent in shaping the Africa We Want as envisaged in Agenda 2063 of the African Union. We go on to showcase young Bheki Kunene, founder MindTrix which is a creative design agency based in Gululethu Township, Western Cape. He made it against odds, to become one of most celebrated entrepreneurs
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future, we bring part of an exclusive interview with former president Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. First broadcast by our sister television station – the SABC, the interview touches on a variety of issues including the crisis in Sudan where the president was recently dethroned leaving the country the control of the military, the crisis in Cameroon and his involvement in elections in a number of countries on the continent.
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future we shine a spotlight on historical journey of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) since it was formed in 1963. We look at the circumstances under which it was formed, its tasks and how it was transformed into the African Union (AU). We feature Dr Matlotleng Matlou of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Dr Siphamandla Zondi of the Institute for Global Dialogue and Sidney Mufamadi, the director of the School of Leadership at the University of Pretoria.
In this week’s edition of Africa of the Future we shine a spotlight on Young African Champions, so recognized by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA)-NEPAD. These are young Africans doing amazing stuff on the ground to improve the lives of others, like Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who co-founded and is CEO of Reach Robotics, a company that creates a digital platform for entertainment and education. What they do contributes to “the Africa We Want” of Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 is the AU’s blueprint for development which envisages a free and prosperous Africa in fifty years.
In this edition of Africa of the Future we focus on the last SADC multi-stakeholder Water, Energy, Food Nexus dialogue which took place in Johannesburg late March 2019. We find out what it means and its objectives. SADC’s WEF nexus dialogue happens every two years and brings together experts, academia and government representative to share ideas on how to manage water, energy and water resources in a holistic and coordinated manner. We feature various stakeholders, including Ashwin Sitaal of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research based in Pretoria, South Africa.
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