The Xenophobia Debate

Xenophobia is defined by the free dictionary as fear, hatred, or mistrust of that which is foreign, especially strangers or people from different countries or cultures. In today’s episode of the Thabo Mogaswa Report, we take a few steps back, looking at events that took place on 24 February 2017 at the city of Tshwane, where local citizens protested against what they called illegal immigrants, who commit crimes in South Africa. The march and the protest were considered by many as an anti-foreign and Afrophobic.

Both the president and the minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba responded by saying South Africans are not xenophobic, how true is this statement from the South African government?

Two main question which we ask in this dialogue:

  1. What is Xenophobia? 
  2. Can we define what happened in Tshwane recently as xenophobic?

The one important question we ask is what really is Xenophobia, Can we define what happened recently as xenophobic?

In the studio today we have Mr JP Louw who is the Managing Director at Thero Group and executive chairperson of NGO called Building tomorrow foundation. He is a communication and behaviour specialist. We are also joined on the by Mr Marc Abeoussi a member of the African Diaspora Forum and the chairperson of Ivorian Community in South Africa.

In the second segment of the show, we engage with Mr Koketso Marishane, the deputy chairperson of  AAPI SA, on his organisation’s position regarding the recent xenophobic attacks.

The 2017 Budget Speech Review with Bohani Hlungwani

On the 22nd of February in South Africa the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan delivered the 2017 Budget Speech.

In this episode, we speak to Mr Bohani Hlungwane, Senior Vice President of Trade Finance at HSBC,  based in Hong Kong to review the 2017 budget speech. He helps us look and analyse the budget speech from an international perspective. All the way from Hong Kong, He outlines to us the state of South Africa’s finance as compared to the rest of the world. He does not only stick to the budget but he looks into various aspects including the relevance of education, not to say education is not important but how to balance our skills acquirements as a nation. As well as the competition between the countries, to emphasize that we are no longer competing nationally but globally.
He bring insightful ideas on how we could grow the economy of the nation, what steps can be taken and a forecast in his idea on how long it would take us to reach a point where we are producing at least 5% growth in the economy. Among questions asked, we had to ask “if we already owing large sums of money and paying 169 billion in interest alone, why do we have to borrow more money, can’t we generate the money locally?

DOT-Africa gets registered as a domain.

In 2014 the ZA Central Registry undertook a journey to register the DOT-Africa global Top Level Domain (gTLD) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN. The bid to register and control the DOT-Africa gTLD was also contested by DotConnectAfrica (DCA), an entity registered in Kenya.

ICANN awarded the rights to operate the DOT-Africa gTLD to ZA Central Registry in 2015. However, following ICANN’s decision and announcement DCA launched a motion to challenge the decision. The challenge took the whole of 2015 and 2016. In December 2016 DCA’s first Motion for Preliminary Injunction was denied by a California Superior Court.

On 9 February 2017, ICANN announced that a California Superior Court has denied DCA’s second Motion for Preliminary Injunction to stop the delegation of the DOT-AFRICA gTLD to ZA Central Registry. Soon afterwards on 15 February 2017, the DOT-Africa gTLD went live for the first time. This spelt out a new dawn for the continent of Africa and her people.

In this edition of the Tech Report, we talk about the DOT-Africa gTLD with the CEO of ZA Central Registry, Mr Lucky Masilela, who take us on a journey on how they got here with the team.

A man of many caps Sthembiso Mtshali

Discovery desk, that is exactly what we do. Discover the unknown. Today in Studio Mr Sammy is joined by a Man of God, businessman, motivational speaker and a founder of the fine print movement. in his discussion, he leaves no stone unturned as he speaks about purpose.

He says a lot of people mistake a purpose for a degree, company or job. A purpose is a reason you do something. Where the question why is answered. He tells us what is the difference between destiny and purpose. He says destination is where you are going.

He answers the question who decides your destination.

The minimum wage and inequality

In today’s episode, we ask if the national minimum wage is a silver bullet, which will help reduce the inequality gap and poverty and support economic growth. Studies show that countries which have introduced the national minimum wage, experience sustainable levels of economic growth.

To help us unpack the national minimum wage question we are joined by Isabel Frye, the director of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute.

We also speak to Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla on COSATU’s stance on the latest development around the national minimum wage.

Siphiwe Xaba deputy director of Finance at TUT

Discovery desk, that is exactly what we do discover the unknown. In today’s show, Sammy G talks to Siphiwe Xaba from TUT about student funding. They talk about what funding options are available. before being a deputy director of finance, she was a lecturer at TUT. The criterion and the process of accessing the funds.

She deals with the second stream income, which specifically speaks to students who pay for themselves among others. she also touches a bit on the issue of #FeesMustFall. This is an important discussion for students or someone with family members who are currently studying or who will be studying in the near future.

The 2017 State of Nation Discussion

Welcome to the Thabo Mogaswa Report, This is A News, Opinion and Analysis Podcast.

Today we take a look at the State of The Nation Address, as delivered on 9 February 2017 by President Jacob Zuma, the president of the Republic of South Africa.

The State of the Nation Address is an annual event, in which the President reports on the status of the nation, during the joint sitting of Parliament.
It always comes with its own spectacle, but beyond the spectacle what are the core issues of what the President is talking about. We speak to three distinguish gentlemen, Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Mr Tshetlhe Litheko and Councillor Joel Kgomotso Masilela Mahlangu.
Dr Siphamandla Zondi is with the department of Political sciences at the University of Pretoria. He is also with the Institute of strategic and political affairs at UP. He is also a member of the Archie Mafeje institute which is dedicated to Afrocentric scholarship. He is also the director of the Institute for Global Dialogue.

Mr Tshetlhe Litheko who is famously known as the thinking patriot is an expert development and engagement specialist with management expertise in Social Development, Enterprise development, Rural development and Innovation inclusiveness.

Mr Joel Kgomotso Masilela Mahlangu is a Ward Councillor of the City of Tshwane municipality.

Botswana sensational artist Brenda Taukobong

Discovery desk, that’s exactly what we do. We discover new things unknown. On today’s show, we discover Brenda Taukobong from Botswana. She produced her one and only album called Ka jalo (meaning it’s time), the name of the album is used as an explanation of her journey. She has been an artist for 28 years and only now she has an album under her name.

In a nutshell, she shares her journey with us, the challenges and hurdles she’s had to jump over and continues to do so to get to where she is today. She lets us in, on her life. The life of being a wife, being in the entertainment industry, and having her husband as her manager. We find out how they draw the line and where they draw it, to say now we are at home and not at work.

Fees must fall 2017 & ANC cliques

In this episode of the Thabo Mogaswa Report, we take a microscopic look at two issues currently in the national discourse. We speak to EFFSC media and communications officer Naledi Nokukhanya Chirwa on issues relating to free education. She still stands by the decision taken by students from October 2015 to say we want free education and we want it now. They as a student voice say NSFAS is not enough. She explains to us the ratio of 1 in 100 students who start together in grade 1 but only one actually makes it to tertiary graduation. She also touches on the language policy of the University of Pretoria on the #AfrikaansMustFallMovement that took place last year in 2016.

We also speak to Mr. Dumisani Hlophe who is a political analyst and speaks on the ANC’s ongoing challenges and problems. He focuses on how they could deal with their cliques which cause disunity, mistrust and organizational weaknesses as stated by the vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa. He explains to us the difference between a clique and faction and why he chooses to call what is happening in the ANC cliques and not factions. He analyses the situation deeper to tell us what in his professional opinion is the problem with the ruling party

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