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African Dialogue

Date: Jul 29, 2021

The programme discusses current issues pertaining to South Africa and the continent as a whole. The talk show hosts various experts on interesting and important issues affecting Africa and the globe.

In today's programme: 

Zimbabwe limits strikes for medics

Zimbabweans have raised concern over the new punitive Health Services law that was gazetted on Friday last week.

The law restricts doctors and nurses from protesting and criminalizes incitement of protests by Labour organisation leaders.

This is happening at a time when Zimbabwean health professionals have been complaining of poor working conditions, paltry salaries and shortages of Personal Protective Equipment amid a COVID-19 pandemic.

We speak to  Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch and Enock Dongo, President of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association. 


President Kais Saied removes Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

On Sunday, President Kais Saied removed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, who was also in charge of the interior ministry, and suspended Parliament.

He also suspended the immunity of members of parliament, insisting his actions were in line with the constitution.

In his speech, Saied said he would assume executive authority with the assistance of a new Prime Minister.

The announcement was condemned as an attack on democracy by his rivals but was greeted by others with celebrations on the streets across the country.

To assist us we are joined by:  Riccardo Fabiani, our North Africa project director and Ibrahim Dean is a researcher from the Afro Middle East Centre.


Social Grant Extension


This past Sunday South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated the social relief of distress grant for unemployed South Africans. 

Addressing the South African citizens in a televised address on the country’s response on Covid-19 pandemic, Ramaphosa said that the relief grant will last until March 2021.  

There have been mixed responses in the last twenty-four hours with some questioning whether South Africa can afford such an implementation while others are saying the amount of the grant is too little.    

Can the country afford this government initiative? To answer this question Benjamin Moshatama speaks to Dawie Roodt, a Chief Economist at Efficient Group and Isobel Frye, the director of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute.



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