modise back In the fray

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Tim Modise says he has come back to top talk radio at the right time, with the country is political realignment and the world facing financial turmoil.

Speaking to Sowetan two days after stepping in behind the mike as co-host of AM Live with Tsepiso Makwetla, and as host of SAFM's TheAfter Eight Debate, Modise was upbeat.

"So far it has been okay," he said. "It felt like coming back to familiar territory and the concerns of the public are still the same.

"But with the current realignment of the country's politics, affecting mainly the ANC but with far-reaching implications in a wider sense, these are indeed interesting times."

The veteran radio man regrets not rejoining SAFM earlier because it means he has missed a great deal in terms of following Barack Obama's robust campaign to become the US's first black president.

"Other stories we will have to tackle is the world financial turmoil and our BEE changes in the mining sector,"Modise said. " These are the stories to follow."

Yesterday, on his second day on radio, he tackled the issue of the swapping of director-generals in the ministries of Sports and Correctional Services.

On his first day on Monday he flew into a political storm as the new host of the prime time talk show The After Eight Debate .

Modise, who discussed the story of the moment - the imminent formation of a new political party by Shikota dissidents - was talking to a high-powered panel of political analysts.

The analysis was interesting, the points of view coherent and the facilitation by Modise quite mature and enlightening.

The analysts were University of Johannesburg's head of political studies Chris Landsberg, Prince Mashele of the Centre of Security Studies and Susan Boysens of Wits.

Modise resigned last month as spokesman for the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee.