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ANC supporter wears a portrait of Jacob Zuma on 19 December in Bloemfontein

Bridges with Africa - Radio show: Zuma still on top

On air: 21 December 2012 7:35 - 28 December 2012 12:55 (Photo: AFP)

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has retained the leadership of the African National Congress. This time around, will the party that fought against apartheid manage to combat unemployment and economic inequality?

This week’s Bridges with Africa has more on that story, a report on a new medical telephone helpline for Ethiopians and a trio of star-studded interviews. Our local correspondents speak with David Kuria, Kenya's first openly gay candidate for senate, Johannesburg singer Lira and American actor Forest Whitaker.

Listen to the full show by clicking on the play button immediately below. For highlights, click on the clips that follow.

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With President Zuma still on top, what will it take to turn South Africa’s fortunes around? Africa analyst Robert Schrire gives his insight.

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David Kuria has played down rumours that he withdrew from the Kenyan senate race due to a lack of resources to run his campaign. Hear what he has to say.

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Multi-platinum record-winning singer Lira is scheduled to perform for US President Barack Obama. Listen to how she's getting ready.

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Ethiopia's rapidly growing mobile usage means even those in remote areas can get a medical check-up by phone. That is, thanks to the new helpline Hello Doctor.

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American actor Forest Whitaker has spent time in South Sudan, encouraging young people to use social media as a peace-making tool. More on that here.

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