Documentary

Saying Goodbye

6 EPISODES | SAYING GOODBYE |  Series, ±17 min episode total time 1 hr 47 min
A series of conversations with Cape Town business owners and innovators, cultural architects, anchors and ordinary folks, who have, in ways big and small, meant something to us. It's a chance to celebrate what we love most and mourn what we've lost so abruptly in the wake of Covid-19. Hosted by writer, poet and Cape Town transplant, Hailey Gaunt.
ENGLISH Read by Original music by Bryan Keidel. Cover art by Katerina Sonntagova. South Africa Society & Culture · Documentary

South African Border Wars

82 EPISODES | DESMOND LATHAM |  Podcast, ±20 min episode every 1 week
Much has been written about the South African Border war which is also known as the Namibian War of Independence. While the fighting was ostensibly about Namibia, most of the significant battles were fought inside Namibia’s northern neighbour, Angola.

South Africa’s 23 year border war has been almost forgotten as the Cold War ebbed away and bygones were swept under the political carpet. South African politicians, particularly the ANC and the National Party, decided during negotiations to end years of conflict that the Truth and Reconciliation commission would focus on the internal struggle inside South Africa.

For most conscripts in the South African Defence Force, the SADF, they completed matric and then were drafted into the military. For SWAPO or UNITA or the MPLA army FAPLA it was a similar experience but defined largely by a political awakening and usually linked to information spread through villages and in towns.

This was a young person’s war which most wars are – after all the most disposable members of society are its young men. Nor was it simply a war between white and black. IT was more a conflict on the ground between red and green. Communism and Capitalism.

The other reality was despite being a low-key war, it was high intensity and at times featured unconventional warfare as well as conventional. SADF soldiers would often fight on foot, walking patrols, contacts would take place between these troops and SWAPO. There were many conventional battles involving motorised heavy vehicles, tanks, artillery, air bombardments and mechanised units rolling into attack each other. The combatants included Russians, American former Vietnam vets, Cubans, East Germans and Portuguese.

The Friendship File

25 EPISODES | PODCART |  Podcast, ±19 min episode every 1 week, 2 days
Do you ever wonder how your friends really see you? What would life be like if they weren't around? Parents, partners, children all come and go, but our friends stay - witnesses, cheerleaders, therapists, playmates. Each friendship is unique. But what makes it work? Two friends answer 17 questions about each other - on their own and without conferring. Each episode is a combination of those answers, flipping open the blueprint of one of the world's most valuable things - a friendship.

Whence We Came

12 EPISODES | NEWS TALK 94.1 |  Podcast, ±51 min episode every 6 days
News Talk 94.1/AM 1600 presents Whence We Came, hosted by the Upper Cumberland’s own John Owen. Each week, John will trace the history of our nation through the eyes, ears, and stories of Upper Cumberland residents. The hour is spent painting a picture of family members, their remembrances, and a look at life in our region.

The show airs each Sunday at 2pm on News Talk 94.1 and will be available on demand every Sunday afternoon.

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