Local Elections and The State Of the Nation with RW Johnson


I jumped out of retirement to cover the local elections with RW Johnson and discuss the results of the opposition party, the reaction of the ANC and the future of the South Africa.


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Read RW Johnson’s analysis of the local elections. 

The Last Show: Final Thoughts on The State of South Africa with host Stephen Reardon

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The guest this week is…. Me, Stephen Reardon. This week’s show is guest hosted by Russell Lamberti and we discuss a wide range of topics from liberalism, the student movement, my most surprising guests, what I’ve learnt about South Africa and the story of ZAR podcast.

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Stephen is a business executive who has worked in a wide range of businesses and industries. He has always had a keen interest in politics and social issues and most recently founded, produced and hosted the podcast ZAR.
ZAR podcast has grown into a 20 part series that has featured prominent guests such as the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Tony Leon, RW Johnson, Zizi Kowda and many other prominent South African commentators.

The Opposition View with DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe


My guest today is DA national spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe.

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We discuss the state of the Democratic Alliance, race based legislation, racism, DKB, local elections and economic policy.

Refiloe has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Cape Town, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing. During her years at UCT, she was a national executive member of the South African Liberal Students Association in the 1990s and joined the DA in 2001.

After qualifying at university she held a range of marketing positions in various corporations including: The Foschini Group, Capespan, SAA, ABSA and SABC.

She was appointed in 2009 as the DA’s National Director of the LEAD programme which increased communication with voters in traditional ANC support areas. She left this position when she became the councillor for Ward 24 in Ekurhuleni in 2011.

In 2012, while still a councillor, she was appointed as the DA’s Gauteng provincial spokesperson. After the May 2014, she was elected as a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and is currently the Shadow MEC for Social Development and a member of the Health Portfolio. She is also the DA Political Head for Kempton Park and Tembisa.

On the 10th of May 2015 she was elected one of the three Deputy Federal Chairpersons for the DA.

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The State of the ANC with National Spokesman Zizi Kodwa


My guest today is Zizi Kodwa.

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Zizi Kodwa is the national spokesman of the African National Congress.
We spoke in his office in Luthuli house in downtown Johannesburg (please excuse the sporadic hooting). Our discussion covers Land reform, the ANC alignment with China and the upcoming local elections.

He previously held the position of South African Presidential Spokesperson from 2010 – 2011. He is a former Marketing Manager for Denel Swartklip Division and Spokesperson for the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

Kodwa also serves on the Board of Trustees of the South Africa International Marketing Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape.

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South Africa’s Love Affair with China – With Phillip De Wet

Phillip-de-Wet-327x327My guest this week is Phillip De Wet.

Phillip is the deputy editor of the Mail and Guardian. This week we discuss South Africa’s love affair with China, why we still don’t understand China, why the ANC doesn’t buy its own rhetoric but why others do and the future of media relations in SA. It is worth noting we spoke in October just before the ANC’s NGC.

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, weird stuff, and the areas where all of these collide.

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Over the past decade and a half, he has also written about telecommunications, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), property development, civil liberties, riot policing, mining, movies, the media, and UFOs, among other topics.But never about serious sport, which he knows nothing about.He studied journalism and has never been anything other than a journalist, except for ill-considered stints as a media trainer and starting up new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business.

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