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Television is a powerful medium
through which to reach a very wide audience. In 2004, the
Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust put forward a proposal to the
SABC for a television series that would tackle some of South
Africa's most pressing socio-political issues.
The Roundtable was born
- a 13-part series hosted by John Perlman - probably best
known in his role as talk show host on SAfm radio.
The series aired on SABC 3 between
January and April 2005. Each
week, four panellists, drawn from different sectors and holding
wide-ranging views, debated challenging questions around poverty
and inequality, black economic empowerment, morality and HIV/Aids,
and transformation in sport, amongst others.
The Wolpe Trust conceptualised
the topics, commissioned the background research, and co-sponsored
the production of the series.
Copies of individual episodes or the whole series are available for purchase from the SABC.
The following provides a snapshot
of the 13 debates and the panellists.
Episode 1: Closing the
- We have seen economic
improvements, but millions have not benefited. Why?
- Is the free market
economy the solution or the problem?
- Do we need more government
intervention or less?
Sampie Terreblanche (University
of Stellenbosch), Jabu Moleketi (Deputy Minister of Finance), Nico Cyzpionka (Economic and corporate finance analyst), Phillip Dexter (South
African Communist Part)
Episode 2: Land reform
in South Africa
- Can land reform help
to reduce poverty and inequality?
- Can new farmers succeed
without government subsidy and support?
- Could land reform put
our national food supply at risk?
(National Land Committee), Ben Cousins (Programme for
Land & Agrarian Studies), Laurie Bosman (Agri-SA),
Leon Louw (Freemarket Foundation)
Episode 3: South Africa
- Is South Africa's economic
expansion beneficial, or are we becoming the 'Yankees
- Will NEPAD bring benefits
to everyone, or just the strong?
- Will doing business
in Africa boost our own economy?
Darlene Miller (Rhodes
University), Dot Keet (Alternative Information Development
Centre), Shadrack Gutto (University of South Africa),
Stanley Subramoney (NEPAD Business Foundation)
Episode 4: Equity versus
excellence in sport
- Are we levelling the
playing fields in South African sport?
- Are we paying the price
for concentrating on elite and money-spinning sports?
- Would promoting sport
for all boost our standing in global competition?
Ntambi Ravele (Netball
South Africa), Mark Keohane (Independent sports analyst),
Michael van Roodt (The Future Factory), Reverend Makhenkesi
Stofile (Minister of Sport & Recreation)
Episode 5: Black economic
- Is black economic empowerment
enriching only a few?
- What does broad-based
black economic empowerment actually entail?
- Is BEE undermining
Zwelinzima Vavi, (COSATU),
Kennedy Bungane (Association of Black Securities and
Investment Professionals), Leslie Maasdorp (Batho Bonke
Capital), Duma Gqubule (Independent economist and analyst)
Episode 6: Environment
- Can a country battling
poverty afford the luxury of putting the environment
- Will ignoring the environment
eventually undermine economic growth?
- Do we have the capacity
and vision to balance these concerns?
Tasneem Essop (Western
Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs & Development
Planning), Dr Christo Marais (Working for Water Programme),
Cathy Kay (Independent environmentalist), Michael Rubin
(Golf Estate Developers' Forum)
Episode 7: Social security
- Would a more comprehensive
social wage make a sustainable impact on poverty?
- Is there a trade-off
between social security and economic growth?
- Is social security
Ravi Naidoo (National
Labour & Economic Development Institute), Pumi Yeni
(Basic Income Grant Coalition), Lawrie Schlemmer (Helen
Suzman Foundation), Kuben Naidoo (Budget Office, National
Episode 8: Women in
- Has government policy
helped to empower women economically since 1994?
- Is the global free
market creating economic opportunities for women,
or making them more vulnerable?
- Will growing the informal
economy help to reduce women's poverty?
Mohau Pheko (Gender and
Trade Network in Africa), Sabina Khoza (Fair Deal Training
Centre), Mummy Jafta (COSATU), Pat Horn (Streetnet International)
Episode 9: Job creation
- Do government's economic
policies help or hinder the creation of jobs?
- Has South African business
done enough to create jobs?
- Could we end up creating
jobs that still leave people desperately poor?
Tony Leon (Democratic
Alliance), Charles Maisel (Men on the Side of the Road
Project), Ebrahim Patel (SACTWU), Haroon Bhorat (Development
Policy Research Unit)
Episode 10: Higher education
- Is what our universities
are teaching relevant to South Africa now?
- Should universities
concentrate mainly on skills that the labour market
- What's more important:
training people to "do" or to "think"?
Saleem Badat (Council
on Higher Education), Francis Petersen (Mintek), Ivor
Blumenthal (Services Sectoral Education & Training
Authority), Nthabiseng Ogude (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
Episode 11: Violence
against women and children
- Do traditional and
religious values encourage or prevent gender-based
- Has the quest for gender
equality fuelled violence against women?
- Have socio-economic
changes in our society set men and women at odds?
Reverend Bafana Khumalo
(Commission on Gender Equality), Elaine Salo (African
Gender Institute), Cheryllyn Dudley (African Christian
Democratic Party), Patekile Holomisa (Congress of Traditional
Leaders of South Africa)
Episode 12: Morality
- If condoms can save
lives, should morality come into it?
- Should people have
to disclose their HIV status in the face of prejudice?
- Is it moral to provide
antiretrovirals when not everyone can benefit?
Cardinal Wilfred Napier
(Catholic Church), Fatima Hassan (AIDS Law Project/Treatment
Action Campaign), Richard Yell (HIV+ inspirational speaker
and writer), Takalani Dube (Doctors For Life)
Episode 13: Critical
thinking and debate for democracy
- Which serves our democracy
better: consensus or debate?
- Do we have too many
sacred cows in our society?
- How can we ensure that
critical thinking becomes a force for change?
Zackie Achmat (Treatment
Action Campaign), Judith February (Institute for Democracy
in South Africa), Ferial Haffejee (Mail & Guardian),
Murphy Morobe (The Presidency)