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We continue with our focus on young people this time turning the focus on empowerment issues. An annual summit dubbed - Brightest Young Minds is taking place this week with the aim to empower young people with the training, support and learning they need to enhance their employment and self-employment prospects. The five day meeting will see hundreds of the continent's most innovative young leaders coming together to discuss with the nation's decision makers and craft solutions to the developmental challenges outlined in the national development plan. How does a summit of this nature motivate and inspire young people to think positively?
The Jaziel Brothers have been silent for quite some time now and most people were probably wondering what they have been up to all this time. In one of the entertainment articles, they are described as a brand that continues to stand the test of the South African music industry’s woes, where a lot of musicians, duos and bands fade away through time and space. What is it that keeps them going?
Often when we have discussions about the situation pertaining to young people in society, then the question is raised over how we can help. Well some NGO’s and the private sector do come up with initiatives that hardly make it on the media agenda. A non-profit organization by the name Moving Ahead Development Agency is helping young boys who are raised without fathers to further their education especially in the technical and engineering sector. Why the focus on boys though?
Today (15 June) being World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we use the opportunity to learn more about the plight of elderly people in our country. What is their situation like and also do we show appreciation for the elderly? Is the situation so bad that we should even dedicate a day to their plight?
This week Thursday marks exactly 40 years since the June 16 Soweto uprising. A tragic event that made international headlines where school children were shot and killed by the apartheid police while protesting against the use of Afrikaans a medium of instruction. This morning we speak to Letepe Maisela who published a novel called ‘The Empowered Native’ which is based on the activities of the 1976 Soweto student uprising. What for him still stands out about that day and also why write a book with such a title?
Devamrita Swami who is an educator and author in the Krishna bhakti tradition is in the country to attend the Ahmed Kathrada memorial lecture. This morning we talk to him about one of his books entitled “Hiding in Unnatural Happiness”. In this book he gives his perspective on the quest for happiness. With so much unhappiness in the world even among rich people, how should humanity find that happiness with money and other material needs?
Focus: An Monday we brought you an interview about the private sector meeting with government and the SMME sector at Constitutional Hill about a way forward for how companies can assist in resolving challenges faced in our economy while also scoring BEE points. Well one of the solutions that came out from it was the Inyosi Supplier Development which is aimed at giving black owned suppliers access to finance. How exactly does this work? Guest: Luvuyo Rani – MD Silulo Ulutho Technology
Focus: As we start off Youth Month today, we turn our focus on the challenges we always hear about regarding young people in the country. This year marks 40 years since the uprising and often a picture is painted about just how they are not showing interest in their future. Looking back to what those in the 70’s did to shake the country, are we expecting too much from the youth of today? Guest: Ntsako MKhabela – Founder of the Mzansi Spelling BEE and also daughter of one of the June 16 activists
Focus: We discuss how cleanliness and punctuality can positively affect development on the African continent. Our guest argues that when you look at African cities you see dirt, unkempt gardens, unkempt fences, chaotic traffic. And these cities according to him run on “African time”, itself a discredited concept. As Africans what do we need to do to change or modify our attitudes? Guest: Sandile Swana, Lecturer at Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand