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POWER Talk is a mid-morning talk show programme, hosted by political scientist Lukhona Mnguni. The show delves deeper into the news of the day along with larger societal themes, inviting listeners to help unpack issues on the day’s current affairs agenda and topics close to their hearts. Mnguni also interviews the biggest newsmakers and experts in South Africa, helping listeners makes sense of their world.

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View of The Nation: Women, GBV, Land Rights & The Law

On the 28th of January, this year the President assented to laws that strengthen the fight against gender-based violence (GBV). He heralded this as a major step forward in fighting against the GBV epidemic and in placing the rights and needs of victims at the center of interventions. Feminist and analyst, Nomboniso Gasa and executive director of Gender Links, Kubi Rama. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

46m
Aug 08
The World Today: More Countries Adopt & Embrace A Four-day Workweek

  Trade unions across Europe are calling for governments to implement the four-day working week, and some countries like Iceland, Spain, New Zealand, Japan have embraced the idea and in Scotland, a government trial is due to start in 2023 while Wales is also considering a trial. In this conversation, we look at the feasibility of a four-day working week, its pros, and cons and how this will change the world of work and labour movement.       See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26m
Aug 08
This Week's Diary

In this segment, we look at some stories that made the newspapers on Sunday and set the news agenda for the coming week. We are joined by Political Journalist for Daily Maverick, Queenin Maswabi. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

18m
Aug 08
SPOTLIGHT: THANDISWA MAZWAI

Waiting for a Thandiswa Mazwai album has become something of a national quagmire, a stasis we are forever trying to jolt ourselves out of. As one of the most influential musicians on the South African music scene today, she began her career in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of the pioneering bands of Kwaito. After 6 award winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she ventured onto a solo career and her first project 'Zabalaza' (2004), reached double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora award for Best African Female Artist and Four South African Music Awards.  Lerato Mbele catches up with Singer and songwriter, Thandiswa Mazwai. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47m
Aug 05
TRUE LOVE SURVIGING THE DIGITAL AGE

Editor-in-Chief, True Love MagazineTRUE LOVE, Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa speaks to Lerato Mbele about the magazine ability to survive the digital age. When I was growing up True Love magazine was regarded as one of the most influential fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publications for black women in South Africa. It was the go-to handbook and style guide for women who believe that their magazine should be stylish and thought-provoking. And despite the challenges faced by print media, with closing down of top publishing companies in the country in the country, True Love has stood the test of time. So, what is their secret to the magazine’s survival in a world where digital media is taking to over.   See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23m
Aug 05
World Breastfeeding Week: Step up for breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week takes place from 1 to 7 August 2022. South Africa has one of the lowest rates of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for infants from 0 to 6 months on the continent. At a rate of less than 32% in 2016, it is unlikely that the country can meet the Who's (World Health Organisation's) global target of a 70% EBF rate by 2030. In line with international codes, the country has regulations in place to protect breastfeeding and to limit the formidable marketing powers of infant formula producers. So, what more needs to be done? To discuss this further we are now joined by Maria Van Der Merwe, who is the president of the Association for Dietetics In SA. President, Association For Dietetics In SA, Maria Van Der Merwe speaks on the matter. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Aug 05
Entrepreneurial Edge: Madri Scherman

While studying at Stellenbosch University, Madri Scherman began making leather clutches for fun. At the time, it was just an extracurricular activity. But soon she realized her fascination with leather was more than just a side project; it was also an important part of her academic career. So, she started a business, Masch, for which she designs and makes hand-stitched leather bags and accessories. Madri Scherman joins us now from the UK to talk about her business. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23m
Aug 04
Leadership Guest: Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba is a gifted entrepreneur who together with wife Connie, overcame almost impossible odds to build a substantial business called Black Like Me. Through the business, Mashaba, achieved success during the dark days of apartheid.  Mashaba reluctantly decided to take the values of success he learned in business and using them to change the face of South African politics. So why would a successful entrepreneur, who could be enjoying his wealth and resting, decide to rather tackle politics? Herman joins us now to share his journey into politics.           See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 7m
Aug 04
Culture Corner:  Knowing Your Family Tree

According to the experts, simply looking at the family tree and understanding it can be healing. Even more so than whatever we do with the information we find. To help us understand how Nomfundo Mogapi, founder and CEO of the Centre for Mental Wellness and Leadership.        See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23m
Aug 03
Wheels Corner: Female Horse Breeder in SA

Phindi Kema has been described as one of SA’s best commercial horse breeders and the only black woman in the business. Few breeders have enjoyed both the longevity and success of Phindi Kema. Perceptive, goal-oriented and a true horsewoman in the highest sense of the word, Phindi continues to be a driving force in a tough fickle breed. And today we get the chance to speak to her about her horse breeding journey.          See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

19m
Aug 03
The EELC & Equal Education Steadfast in The Fight Against School Infrastructure Changes

EELC and EE made a written submission to the DBE in response to its proposed school infrastructure law changes. The organisations urged the department not to scrap the accountability and urgency necessary for school repairs. The draft amendments to the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure (the school infrastructure law) were published in the Government Gazette on 10 June 2022. Under the new draft amendments, deadlines have been removed for when government must eradicate pit latrines and provide basic services such as water and electricity.      See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

15m
Aug 03
Community Protests in South Africa

Over the years, there has been a rise in violent protests against service delivery in South Africa and there are fears that the riots will spread to other communities.  But why do they spread and what impact does it have on the communities?    See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25m
Aug 03
Purse Strings: Is the Basic Income Grant Feasible?

According to Fitch, a basic income grant for South Africa is expected to be in place from next year. However, it is unclear how these additional expenditures will be paid over time. To discuss this, we are now joined by the founding director of the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation, Duma Gqubule. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23m
Aug 02
Combating Sexual Violence — Is 'Chemical Castration' A Valid Method?

The ANC Women’s League has proposed that the country needs to apply chemical castration to rapists and sexual abusers of children, women, and adolescents. This has aroused a great debate in country, as many have spoken out against this, and others hope that our government will succeed in approving it in order to apply it to all those convicted of this crime. To discuss raising the efficacy of the sentence and its effectiveness as a deterrent to sexual violent crimes, we are now joined by advocate Romeo Nthambeleni and Dr Thato Maoto - Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

20m
Aug 02
Numsa On the Edge of Collapse?

NUMSA is the biggest union in South Africa and on the African continent with a 35-year-old history which has been a shining example of democratic worker control, open, robust and frank debates with tolerance, mandating and accountability at the centre of every organisational aspect and expression. The melee leading up to the interdicted union’s 2021 congress laid bare an ideological battle for the heart of the country’s largest trade union, with factions accusing each other of aiding efforts by external forces to capture the union. In this conversation, we locate the role of NUMSA in the country’s labour movement, reflect on the recent congress and look into talks by industry insiders that the union is in the verge of collapse.               See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Aug 02
Master Class: The importance of company narratives

Your narrative as a business, whether it’s what you put out there yourself or what others are saying about you, has lasting power. To understand how corporate narratives can effectively shape reputation, character, and overall success, we are now joined by the group CEO and co-founder of The Africa Communications Media Group, Mimi Kalinda.                See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25m
Aug 02
World View: The role of the presidential debates

Nowadays, political debates have become an integral part of election campaigns. Their stated intention is to enable citizens to access comprehensive information that will help them decide whom to elect. The election cycle is seen as an important indicator of democracy throughout the world. In principle, the political debate is a forum to showcase these aspiring leaders’ visions. So, what happens when a candidate doesn’t show up for the debate? We are now joined by professor Leadership Expert, Mazwe Majola and Policy and Governance Expert from Kenya, Gabriel Muthuma. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22m
Aug 01
Diary of the Week

In this edition of diary, we look at stories that made the news over the weekend and set our news agenda for the week. Joining us to discuss the stories is political editor at Newzroom Afrika, Nolukhanyo Calata. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Aug 01
Spotlight: Robert Marawa

Robert Marawa is an established sportscaster, who has won all major radio and TV journalism awards in South Africa for his excellent work on football, the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the All-Africa Games and has hosted numerous popular, mainstream functions, both locally and internationally. He joins us a guest on this week’s edition of “In the Spotlight”. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47m
Jul 29
Looking at A Social Compact For South Africa

There is a need for South Africa to develop a more inclusive social order that unites government, labour, and business.  In his inauguration speech on 25 May 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africans to forge a social compact predicated on growth and economic opportunity. In his recent letter to the nation, the president said the delay in the finalisation of the comprehensive social compact that he promised to deliver within 100 days of his February State of the Nation Address (SONA) is owing to the fact that full agreement on a common objective has not yet been reached. In this conversation, we talk about the social impact on South Africa. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22m
Jul 28
Looking at A Social Compact For South Africa

If you’re thinking about starting a design business, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Starting a business takes a lot of work and will require you to use a wide range of skills when marketing your business and seeking new clients. A veteran of the interior design industry, Nthabi Taukobong has a career spanning more than two decades. With all this experience, it was only fitting that we invite her to come and share some of the wisdom she’s gained over the years. She joins us now to tell us more about this journey that consists of her working on esteemed residential and leisure projects for presidents, African royalty, captains of industry and five-star hotels, to name just a few.           See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22m
Jul 28
Leadership Dialogue: The Role of Church In Meeting The Growth And Survival Of The Society

The church as a religious and social organization, driven by moral and social principles as contained in the fundamental teachings and doctrine of Christian faith, is expected to play an important role towards the social change and the improvement on society’s value system. This will lead to the transformation of the social life and put society in a holistic growth- and development-oriented direction. In this week’s edition of the leadership dialogue, we attempt to examine the role of the church in meeting the growth and survival of society. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44m
Jul 28
Culture Corner: Who Are The Khoisan?

This week on our culture corner segment, we explore this unique group of Khoisan, a people very distinguished by their appearance, language, culture, and history yet, a group that is rarely discussed. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43m
Jul 27
Future of Cities Campaign: People and Leadership Segment

In this last segment of the Future of Cities Campaign, we talk about people management and leadership change in municipalities. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Jul 27
Wheels on Wednesday: Looking into The Safety and State Of Working Conditions Of Uber Drivers

The Washing Post has revealed that Uber knowingly put its drivers in South Africa at risk, according to a report drawing on the Uber Files which helped it to quickly go from subsidising its startup operations in Johannesburg and Cape Town to making a profit while those drivers got poorer. The Uber Files is a leak of more than 120,000 items, mostly emails but also WhatsApp messages and other media, over a period between 2013 and 2017. In this conversation, we speak about the safety and working condition of e-hailing service drivers in South Africa. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Jul 27
IPP Companies Struggling to Reach Financial Close Because Of Rising Costs

In this conversation we discuss the role and associated opportunity costs of IPP’s in addressing South Africa’s energy crisis and whether they are able to meet the demands of the quantity of electricity needed by the country. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22m
Jul 26
The Masterclass: The Caring Economy – A Look at Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

Corporate Social Investment is one of the sub-components of CSR and aims to uplift communities in such a way that the quality of life is improved and safeguarded and encompasses projects that are external to the normal business activities of a company and not directly for purposes of increasing company profit. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of SCI, why companies should have these programmes, how the public benefits from these and best practices for CSI. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25m
Jul 26
Purse Strings: Consumers Leveraging on Loyalty Programmes

Traditionally, the loyalty programmes offered were limited to frequent airline flyers, financial services, and retail industries. However, the demand for loyalty programs continues to grow across other industries, including leisure, wellness, B2B, and even corporate social responsibility. In this discussion and referencing the country’s current economic climate, we look at ways in which customers can leverage loyalty and rewards programmes to stretch their money. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

20m
Jul 26
View Of The Nation - Sbu Zikode

Abahlali base Mjondolo is a democratic mass movement of the oppressed in South Africa. The movement advocates for the rights of people living in shacks including access to decent housing, services and education.  Almost twenty years later, the organisation continues to fight for housing issues and the rights of the poor in society. The president and founder of Abahlali base Mjondolo, Sbu Zikode joins us to give his view of the nation.          See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47m
Jul 25
View Of The Nation - Sbu Zikode

Abahlali baseMjondolo is a democratic mass movement of the oppressed in South Africa. The movement advocates for the rights of people living in shacks including access to decent housing, services and education.  Almost twenty years later, the organisation continues to fight for housing issues and the rights of the poor in society. The president and founder of Abahlali base Mjondolo, Sbu Zikode joins us to give his view of the nation.              See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

24m
Jul 25