M&G Newsroom: Getting through to Tlokwe’s voters

As the Marikana massacre’s anniversary draws closer, M&G Newroom takes a look at the changes in the area. Workers And Socialist Party spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei will explain how labour relations and politics have changed at Lonmin’s mine after the killing of 44 miners on August 16 2012.

The Zimbabwe election took place under much scrutiny last week and Robert Mugabe was elected president for another term. But Africa and the west are at odds over the legitimacy of the polls. Will his leadership help stabilise the country?

The battle for Tlokwe will continue to the September 8 by-elections. The ANC and the DA have been at loggerheads over the premiership of the municipality, with some ANC members supporting the DA in voting out Premier Maphetle Maphetla. But at the by-elections last week, the DA failed to unseat the ANC, showing that the opposition party failed to get through to the voters even though they won allegiance from some ANC members. ANC North West chairperson Supra Mahumapelo will talk us through some of the party's future plans for ward 9.

The Weekly Choon this week will be dedicated to Dina Pule after it was revealed by the Sunday Times that a high-level police investigation is under way into whether her boyfriend hired someone to kill parliamentary ethics committee chair Ben Turok and registrar of members’ interests Fazela Mohamed.

M&G Newsroom will also bring you an update of the weekend's big entertainment stories.

Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def brought the party to Jo’burg on Saturday. The M&G’s Sthembile Gasa will tell us whether the concert was worth the hype and its R450 price tag.

Meanwhile, the Oppikoppi festival kicked off to an interesting start when one of its headliners, Jack Parow, issued a fake statement saying he was detained by "the authorities" ahead of his much anticipated performance. Grethe Koen will give us the lowdown of the festival.

The music in this week's show is dedicated to the hip-hop heads, with one track from Mos Def's definitive albums and another from one of South Africa's strongest hip-hop acts at the moment, Reason.

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