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Reflecting on the AU on Africa Day, cyber-security, ANC PE tussle over Jordaan

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Call for honest reflection on African progress over Africa Day - Pityana

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: as we celebrate Africa Day - the annual commemoration of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now known as the AU (African Union) in 1963 - anti-apartheid activist and scholar Professor Barney Pityana has called for an honest reflection of African progress within the AU. Pityana - now the Programme Advisor for the Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics at Rhodes University - adds that public statements from President Jacob Zuma and AU Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have emphasized the importance for South Africans to remember and celebrate their identity as being part of the African community. In a recent opinion piece in the Mail & Guardian, Pityana explained the need to reflect on this day critically:

Any organisation that does not reflect on itself is sure to die and if it doesn't do so honestly, it will always live a life of lies about itself and would be unable to self-correct. Very often, we in Africa are inclined to be consumed by the painful current wasteful activities of our governments, by and large and so we should. But at the same time, we should never forget that we live in a beautiful continent rich in resources, languages, cultures and peoples and in many respects, we've made many advances in many respects in our continent since 1963. But in the last few years, there have been rather painful reversals in a lot of these gains and I think it begins when Africa allowed the Western nations to invade Libya at a time of what was an internal conflict and destroy Muammar Gaddafi in the way that they did.

Read Professor Pityana's piece in the Mail and Guardian 'A day to weigh up the continent' here

How technology colludes for social progress and the promotion of crime

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: before WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the world first knew of Bill Binney - once a director of the US government's National Security Agency (NSA). Binney - who first came to global prominence following his collaboration with J. Kirk Wiebe and Edward Loomis in September 2002 to ask the US Defense Department to investigate the NSA for allegedly wasting "millions and millions of dollars" on Trailblazer, a system intended to analyze data carried on communications networks such as the Internet. Briefly, Binney is one of the world's best known whistleblowers and will be a keynote speaker at the ITWeb Security Summit this week, looking the big threats are today for individuals, businesses and governments in terms of cyber-crime:

The main problem with the world today is that the internet is one of the greatest inventions for spreading information, but it also creates one of the greatest spying mechanisms that ever exists. We already had the information to stop 9/11 with the NSA, but they didn't have processes to act on that information. So now they've made themselves totally dysfunctional.

ANC internal-factional tussle over Jordaan appointment continues

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Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: weekend reports of an internal tussle in the Nelson Mandela Bay structures of the ANC over Safa President Danny Jordaan's appointment of mayor of that metro have been denied by the ANC. The City Press noted that some ANC councilors in the metro municipality are planning to sabotage Jordaan’s election through depriving the ANC of the numbers it needs to elect him Mayor, and ask the main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, to field a candidate to oppose Jordaan.Political economy analyst, Zamikhaya Maseti:

If they do that, they would be insulting the name of Nelson Mandela. I think this is just a fear of the unknown - remember, some of these guys are Members of the Mayoral Committee and they are not sure whether Danny Jordaan will shuffle his new mayoral committee, but if they do that, they would be insulting the name and the person of Nelson Mandela, while that metro is named after him.

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