Workers On Wednesday  5 December
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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Since 1994, the African National Congress has consistently captured the majority of black working class voters. Consequently it has been the ruling party since the first democratic elections. But in recent years it has suffered a major credibility crisis due to its brutal repression of strikes and protests, failures to deliver services to poor communities, mismanagement and corruption, as well as direct theft from the poor as in the SASSA and VBS cases. Already, this has caused the ANC to lose power in major metros such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. In today's show, we assess and analyse where the votes of the majority of South Africans, the black working class, are likely to go.

GUESTS

  • Shaheed Mohamed - Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party
  • Dale Forbes - independent political analyst

Workers On Wednesday  28 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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The cost of living is ever increasing for the majority of people in South Africa while their income at the same time has been in steady decline. Many struggle to cope with paying for food, housing, travel, school-fees and other living expenses. In our reality of widespread poverty, many people turn to borrowing money. Little wonder then that South Africans are ranked as being among the most indebted in the world. They mainly borrow from family and friends, but for many, private informal money-lenders are the easiest and quickest way of obtaining extra cash.

However, this leads many workers into a permanent debt trap, often ending up with nothing at the end of the week or month. What is being done about chronic debt and is there a solution?

GUESTS

  • Dr Dale McKinley - Right2Know

Workers On Wednesday  21 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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Every year nearly 700,000 high school students write the matric examinations in South Africa. In recent years about 70% of them pass annually. Only 18% of matriculants manage to access tertiary education. That means that over 500,000 matriculants become part of South Africa’s labour market annually while at the same time over 40% of the adult working population is unemployed and the economy is in recession and shedding jobs.

GUESTS

  • Noncedo Madubedube - General Secretary of Equal Education
  • Professor Rasigan Maharaj - Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology

Workers On Wednesday  14 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 420
Whatsapp voice note number 061 410 4107

Since the huge voter turnout in the 1994 national elections we’ve seen a steady decline, with millions of South Africans becoming disillusioned and not participating in elections every five years. However, a new far-left party has successfully registered recently and will participate in the 2019 elections. It is the NUMSA initiated Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), that came about when the union adopted a few ground-breaking political resolutions at its special congress in December 2013.

It’s been nearly five years since the “NUMSA Moment” and in today’s show we assess what the SRWP is all about and its prospects in next year’s elections.

GUEST

  • Phakamile Hlubi - Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

Workers On Wednesday  7 November
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 420
Whatsapp voice note number 061 410 4107

Even though the majority of South Africans now reside in urban centres, millions of South Africans still live in rural areas. Many live in poverty with limited access to resources and services such as transport, telecommunications, electricity and water. Many are farmworkers and have to survive on low wages and bad working conditions.

In today’s show we look at the situation of rural workers and what is being done to improve their lot

GUESTS

  • Nomhle Links – Spokesperson Boland/De Doorns Labour Community Media Forum

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