Drivetime

The Voice of the Cape  |  Podcast, ±11 min episodes every 12 hours
The Drivetime Show is hosted by Shafiq Morton and has a national and international flavour. During the show the interviews will focus on issues making news nationally, be it the enquiry into the Arms Deal to the current famine in the Horn of Africa. The after five interview on Drivetime, will usually be the analysis slot where the biggest story of the day or week is analyzed. During this show listener participation is encourage via the station’s sms facility.
24
AUG
1pm
In studio with us today we have Imam Dr. Achmat Salie is former Imam of the Bellville South masjid. He has been in the USA for the past 17 years with his family, where he has served as Imam of the Islamic Centre of Greater Detroit. He is founding Director of the Islamic Studies program at the University of Detroit Mercy and president of AAMPAC (American Arab and Muslim Political Action Committee). Guest: Dr. Achmat Salie Position: Founding Director of the Islamic Studies program at the University of Detroit Mercy
22
AUG
5pm
Kurdish Human Rights Group is hosting a high-powered Kurdish delegation from Turkey, Syria and Iraq here in South Africa.The main purpose of the visit is for the delegation to interact with the leadership, the South African Government and the African National Congress (ANC), on the issue of Kurdish people facing repression and human rights abuse in the four regions of Middle East and the increased repression faced by the members of HDP parliamentarians, in particular in the passing of legislation which revokes the immunity of the members. In studio today we have the Commander of Women Protection Units (YPJ)... Guest: ShahaAbduh Position: Commander of Women Protection Units
22
AUG
4pm
Dr Yumna Moosa, whose video about harassment and racism at a public hospital went viral last week said that justice has yet to be served. Even though Moosa has been assessed and found to be competent, her former employers are still pushing for her to be seen as “clinically incompetent”. Despite letters from various other medical practitioners testifying to her abilities as a medical doctor. Guest: Yumna Moosa Position: Former Medical Doctor
22
AUG
4pm
According to news reports the Israeli army has fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel, causing no injuries or damage. Israel ended its permanent military presence in the Gaza Strip in 2005 in what it called the "Gaza disengagement". However, the area remains effectively occupied as Israel retains control of its airspace, seafront and all vehicle access, blocking trade and free movement for the territory's two million residents. Guest: Belal Albashati Position: Resident in Gaza
22
AUG
4pm
The video of Omran Daqneesh went viral, just like the video of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was found washed ashore in near Bodrum, Turkey, as he and his family fled Syria to find refuge in Canada. H was saved by Syrian Civil Defence volunteers - also known as the The White Helmets - after surviving an air strike in the opposition-held neighbourhood of Katarji in Aleppo. Daqneesh is five-years-old, and so far he has not lived a second of his life away from war. This image is not new... Guest: Firas Al Khateeb Position: UN Refugee Agency in Syria
22
AUG
4pm
Turkey on Friday detained dozens of academics suspected of backing Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of last month's failed coup, while pressing ahead with raids on businesses linked to the US-based Muslim preacher. Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide, the private Dogan news agency reported, while the state-run Anadolu agency said Istanbul authorities were separately hunting 62 academics from the city's main university.To the alarm of its Western partners, Turkey has pressed ahead with a vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters in the wake of 15 July military action seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. Guest: Turkman Terzi Position:Turkish journalist (living in SA)
19
AUG
4pm
Lidudumalingani was announced as the winner of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled “Memories We Lost” published in The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things. At the announcement, Chair of Judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley said, “The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia. this is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between two young siblings in a beautifully drawn Eastern Cape. Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”. Guest: Lidudumalingani Position: Writer, Photographer and Filmmaker
18
AUG
5pm
Swaziland assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the first time ever on Wednesday, despite protests from within Swaziland and abroad that the small absolute monarchy is not fit to chair the organisation.The charter of the SADC is clear that member states should observe basic human rights such as the right to strike and gender equality, and one of the main objectives of SADC is to support “regional integration, built on democratic principles”, something that SADC’s new chair Swaziland clearly does not. Guest: Peter Kenworthy Position: Sociologist and Journalist, Writes for Afrika Kontakt in Denmark
18
AUG
4pm
The 15th annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture was held at the University of the Witwatersrand under the theme “Violence and Rage”. Held every year in commemoration of assassinated anti-apartheid activist Ruth First, the 2015 lecture, which had delivered a heated debate about race in South Africa, would be a tough act to follow. But the 2016 Ruth First Fellows didn’t hold back. Giving a keynote address at the event, educationalist Leigh-Ann Naidoo gave an appraisal of the achievements of South Africa’s student movement, but cautioned that it should not “get stuck in a politics of shutdown”. Guest: Leigh Ann Naidoo Position: Educationalist and Researcher at Wits University
18
AUG
4pm
South Africa’s big cities have become more turbulent places in recent years, despite the creation of relatively strong metropolitan municipalities. The cumulative effects of growing unrest and disorder are far-reaching, given the importance of cities to national stability and prosperity. So has South African cities become ungovernable? The Human Research Council hosted a seminar which draws on a chapter in the State of the Nation volume to consider current threats to city governance and the underlying causes of disaffection. Guest: Ivan Turok Position:Executive Director, Economic Performance and Development Unit, HSRC
17
AUG
5pm
Week after week, year after year, the endless stream of cruelties and occasional barbarism across the Middle East seems only to widen and deepen.Routine criminal deeds using barrel bombs, chemical weapons, starvation sieges, shooting of children, torture and rape, mass imprisonment, destruction of hospitals and schools, and death by drones and missiles are committed by all actors in the region, including governments, rebel groups, etc... Innocent civilians pay the heaviest price. The rule of law and its global human rights and international humanitarian law protection remain elusive, with no serious signs of either deterrence or accountability measures to stop the atrocities. Nowhere in the world is this statement more salient than for the people in Yemen... Guest: Hisham Al-Omesy Position: Political/Information Analyst in Sana'a