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Rich report raises minimum wage issue again

18 Jan 2017 08:21

A torrent of dissenting views regarding a national minimum wage has been unleashed following Monday's release of Oxfam’s inequality report at its South African headquarters in Braamfontein. The NGO’s report, titled "An Economy for the 99 percent", shows how the combined wealth of three men in South Africa is greater than the wealth of the bottom 50 percent of the country combined; and advocates for progressive wage policies which it says will bridge income and wage disparities. Meanwhile, the report claims the gap between rich and poor is greater than had been feared, detailing how big business and the super-rich are fuelling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics. In South Africa, the richest 1 percent of South Africans have 42 percent of the total wealth. Is this inequality a sign of a broken economy, from global to local, and the lack of will from the government to change the status quo? Lawrence talks to senior research and policy manager at Oxfam, Ronald Wesso and Ian Cruickshanks from the South Africa Institute for Race Relations for more.

NFAS hounding students for cash

18 Jan 2017 06:59

The National Financial Aid Scheme is hounding graduates who are yet to repay their loans by chasing them with debt collectors as part of a raft of measures it uses to improve its low recovery rate. The use of private debt collection agencies, however, has raised fears that this will place a further financial burden on the majority of graduates already facing financial problems to pay. Lawreence talks to senior legal advisor at the national credit regulator Nthupang Magolego on the legalities of this.

Kenya registers voters ahead of August 2017 election

18 Jan 2017 06:48

Kenya's election commission began a national drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the August presidential poll, with rival parties encouraging their supporters to sign up on time. Kenyans will go to the polls on August 8 in what is set to be a hard-fought general election decided in large part by the core support of candidates' ethnic constituencies. The reason why voter registration has become the epicentre of combat is because voting has been turned into an ethnic census. Political coalitions, which are essentially an amalgam of ethnic entities, want to herd their kindred into voting blocs and use their numeric strength to wrest power. Lawrence talks to Royal News Services News Editor, Mac Otani, on how Kenyans are responding to the registration.

South Sudan: The Failure of Forced Peace

18 Jan 2017 02:44

A report has come out to say that the UN peace force currently in the country would not be able to come up with proactive strategies to protect civilians, in the even that a civil war breaks out in South Sudan. Thabo Mdluli speaks to conflict advisor and PHD candidate at the University of Essex Andrew Edward Tchie about the findings of the report and gets an update on the current situation in South Sudan.

National Pride Is Key To Transformation

18 Jan 2017 01:30

Tshetlhe Litheko, an expert development and engagement specialist, explains to Thabo Mdluli why he believes that the foundation to transforming the economy and building a winning nation is rooted in how we build our national pride.

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