A weekly show interrogating the biggest sociopolitical headlines of the week; hosted by Zāhid Jadwat from our studios in Johannesburg, South Africa. Catch it live on Salaamedia every Thursday between 15h00 and 16h00 (GMT+2) or listen to the podcast here.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the annual State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week Thursday. Did it meet the expectations of the average South African? That's what you'll find out in this week's episode of The Special Focus. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Hermann Pretorius and Jimmy Ramokgopa.
Scientists are warning of catastrophic conditions as a result of global warming and unpredictable climate changes. To help us get a better understanding, Zahid Jadwat speaks to a panel of environmental experts in this weeks episode of The Special Focus.
Khalid Mather - environmental scientist at WildOceans
Nazeer Jamal - lead environmental scientist at Khweza Environmental Consulting
Ulrich Steenkamp - environmental justice activist at Earthlife Africa
Aired: Thursday, 13 February 2020
After interrogating the need for land expropriation without compensation last week, we turn the focus once again to the land expropriation policy to find out from experts what is the likely outcome of the implementation of such a policy. Zahid Jadwat speaks to Daily Maverick columnist Ivo Vegter and BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.
This week, Zahid Jadwat spoke to analysts Martin Van Staden and Kim Heller to get opposing views on the land debate that has grabbed South Africans' attention. Martin Van Staden is a legal and public policy analyst at the Free Market Foundation and Kim Heller is a political analyst and writer.
In this exclusive interview with Zahid Jadwat, President of the Black First Land First movement Andile Mngxitama weighed in on the land debate, former-President Jacob Zuma, the controversial Gupta family and much more.
The threat of loadshedding remains whilst power utility Eskom's woes deepen. The power supply has been under massive strain due to aging infrastructure, amongst other factors. Senior energy expert Ronald Chauke explains the current situation.
The African National Congress recently held its birthday celebrations in Kimberley, NC. The January 8 statement, which is said to have set the tone of the party's course of action in 2020, has been received with mixed reaction by the public and analysts.
Nkosikhulule Nyembezi - Political analyst & Co-chairperson of the National Coordinating Forum
Sara Gon - Analyst at the Institute of Race Relations
With gender-based violence on the rise, many women have also risen to take a stance to stand up and stop the scourge. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Labeebah Latib, a young woman who fought off attackers at campus.
Is this the beginning of a "White genocide", as some white nationalists have claimed, or is this just another genuine crime within South Africa's broader crime problem? Zahid Jadwat speaks to AfriForum's Ernst Roets on the issue of farm attacks in South Africa.
Operational Coordinator of Water Heroes Willem Konig reveals the extent of dysfunction in the Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in the Free State province. Water Heroes is a non-government organization which has intervened to deliver basic services to residents of Harrismith.
The Special Focus is now being aired every Thursday afternoon, hosted by myself Zahid Jadwat every Thursday afternoon between 15h00 and 16h00. I spoke to Inayet Wadee on the Alternative View on Salaamedia to unpack what you can expect to hear on the show!
Following a drastic shift in the leadership of Johannesburg last week, Sara Gon explains why coalition politics isn't the best form of governance. Ms Gon is an analyst at the Institute of Race Relations.
Senior energy expert Ted Blom speaks to Zahid Jadwat to unpack the situation at Eskom after South Africans were hit with the worst loadshedding in history this week. Produced by Shazia Zubair /Salaamedia.
Sowetans collectively owe power utility Eskom nearly R20bn in unpaid debt. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Mpho Sesedinyane to find out if a R150 flat-rate on electricity for residents is the solution. Mr Sesedinyane is the Chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). Produced by Shazia Zubair /Salaamedia.
In this week's episode of #TheSpecialFocus, Zahid Jadwat spoke to Mr. Khalid Mather on the impacts of ocean drilling and climate change. Mr Mather is an environmental scientist and a member of the Oceans Not Oil campaign. Produced by Shazia Zubair (Salaamedia).
Zahid Jadwat speaks to NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola to get the union's perspective on the SAA crisis. Catch #TheSpecialFocus live on Salaamedia every Thursday afternoon between 15h00 & 16h00.
In this week's episode of #TheSpecialFocus, Zahid Jadwat spoke to Eskom's Deputy Spokesperson Ms Dikatso Mothae to interrogate the nightmare that is loadshedding. Listen as Ms Dikatso elaborates on the "9-point plan" and how the embattled power utility is recovering funds lost through state capture.
Zahid Jadwat speaks to member of parliament and leader of the Al-Jamah Party, the Honorable Ganief Hendricks. From sleeping under the kitchen to taking South Africa's first Islamic party to parliament, Hendricks speaks about his life and the role of Muslims in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership and much more.
Protests in Sudan lead to Omar al-Bashir letting go of power after a turbulent 30 year reign. But, militants have crushed the country's hopes of prosperity just when it was about to begin.
Sound credits: The Guardian
Speaking to Irfaan Mangera on the role of youth activism and his journey through activism. He is the national secretary of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) as well as the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's Youth Activism Programme education, training and information officer.