Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
Episodes in this series
Situation in Tunisia28 July 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Dr Claire Spencer Tunisia is facing its worst political crisis in a decade of democracy after President Kais Saied earlier this week ousted the government and suspended parliament with help from the army. This came after violent mass protests nationwide on Sunday as anger over the handling of a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, together with dissatisfaction about the country's economic and social turmoil boiled over. The move has been denounced as a coup by the country's main parties.
Public sector wage deal28 July 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Thabang Rapuleng | Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Following three months of talks with public sector employees, the government's has finally secured a wage agreement with unions after the Public Servants Association said it was on board, taking the deal over the required 50% threshold. The agreement gives workers a below-inflation 1.5% pay hike and a monthly cash allowance of over R1,000 for a year. However, two of the sector's largest unions, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), and POPCRU, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, have rejected the deal and say they hope to block its implementation.
WTO refusal of a vaccine rights waver28 July 2021 | 10 Minute Listen
Guest: Fatima Hassan | Founder at Health Justice Initiative (HJI) The World Trade Organization has again failed to agree to a proposed waiver of intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines in order to boost production and increase access for poor nations. South Africa, together with India, has been pushing for a temporary suspension of some IP rights which could allow local manufacturers to produce the jabs. WTO states held talks yesterday at the its headquarters in Geneva but failed to reach a consensus. We get comment from Fatima Hassan, director of the Health Justice Initiative and a human rights lawyer.
Virtual African Bird Fair28 July 2021 | 8 Minute Listen
Guest: Mark Anderson Bird Life South Africa will be hosting its annual African Bird Fair this coming weekend which gathers together birders from across the continent. After a very successful virtual event last year which saw a record number of attendees, it will be held online again.
Cost of keeping troops in Cabo Delgado28 July 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Helmoed Heitman | Military and Defence Analyst President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that it will cost South Africa just over R984 million to deploy some 1,500 SANDF members to help Mozambique fight terrorism. He says he has authorised the deployment of the soldiers who will be helping Maputo to combat acts of terrorism and violent extremists in the Caba Delgado province. The peace-keeping force will be stationed in Mozambique until 15 October.
Two UCT graduates and SA authors on Booker Prize 2021 long list27 July 2021 | 8 Minute Listen
Guest: Sindiswa Busuku Two South Africans, both of them University of Cape Town graduates, have been long-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize. They are twice shortlisted Damon Galgut for his book, "The Promise", a story about a white family that has failed to keep a promise to the black woman who has worked for them her whole life. And Karen Jennings for "The Island", which follows the tale of an old lighthouse keeper who finds the unconscious body of a refugee on his beach.