The Talking Point

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Good news from Westbury

Westbury has been in the news for all the wrong reasons last year and the year before. The community made headlines when community members decided to stand up and do something about the crime and gangs in the area. Well today we have a good story coming out of there. A good example of making a difference in one’s community. Youngsters starting soccer team against all odds.

GUEST: Brandon Morris, who is a soccer Player and Byron Foster, who is a soccer Coach
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Pretoria mother concerned about son living in china as Coronavirus continues to spread

We now speak to one of our listeners Koekie Saint-Quinton, from Pretoria, a mother who is concerned about her son, who is living in Nanyang, China, an area approximately 400km away from Wuhan, where the Coronavirus was first detected. The Coronavirus now termed COVID-19 is a virus that causes severe lung disease. The coronavirus has infected over 70 000 people in China as of 16 February, with 1,770 of them dying.


GUEST: Koekie Saint-Quinton, Safm Listener
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Adam Habib resigns

Professor Adam Habib, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, has resigned and will leave the University at the end of December. He has accepted an offer to serve as the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) based in London as from 1 January 2021.

GUEST: Professor Adam Habib, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Are politicians exploiting GBV for political points?

Gender activists are waiting for an apology from President Cyril Ramaphosa for government's failure to adequately address the rate of gender-based violence in the country. They are expressing anger over the manner in which accusations of GBV were raised during yesterday's State of the Nation debate - after ANC MP, Boy Mamabolo, accused EFF leader Julius Malema of abusing his wife. Malema denied it and in return accused Ramaphosa of having abused his late wife, Nomazizi. Malema was asked to leave the house, resulting in all EFF MP's walking out. Dozens of women have now taken to social media, slamming MPs for using gender-based violence as a political tool.

GUEST: Themba Masango, secretary-general of #NotInMyNameSA
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Focus on Africa: Black history month

This morning as we mark black history month, we turn our focus on the Trans-Atlantic-Slavery. Last year mark 400 years of the dreadful slave trade. What were the dynamics involved and what should we know about it?

GUEST : Izak Khomo – Presenter/Producer of Spotlight Africa at Channel Africa
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City of Cape has seven days to enforce by-laws on Methodist Church refugees

The City of Cape Town has welcomed the Cape High Court ruling that will allow it to enforce its by-laws outside the Central Methodist Church where hundreds of foreign nationals are sheltered. The court yesterday granted the City an interim order to remove the group of foreign nationals living on the pavement outside the church. The City applied for an interdict last year after members of the group who couldn't be accommodated in the church moved onto Green Market Square where they were sleeping, cooking and washing.

Guest: Chris Nissen, Human Rights Commissioner for the Western Cape
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SABC campaign against Femicide and rape: No means No

SABC Education has launched a campaign against Femicide and rape. The year-long campaign aims to raise awareness against the abuse and killing of women. SABC Education says “we need to teach our sons to respect ALL women”.

Guest : Neo Nthite, SABC Education marketing manager
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Talking Finance with Bryan Hirsch

The different investments one can make before the end of February which have tax savings benefits.

GUEST : Bryan Hirsch, Chairperson of Bryan Hirsch, Colley & Associates (Pty) Limited
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Why has the ANC not acted on the TRC?

Since the controversy around former president FW De Klerk’s comments on apartheid, different views have been coming through mostly in an angry tone. Interestingly, people are starting to link the TRC to this matter and questioning what all of that evidence means and also why the ANC has not acted on the information that came out during the hearings. How does all of this put the spotlight on the TRC?

GUEST: Yasmin Sooka – Former TRC Commissioner and currently a human rights lawyer
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Legally Speaking: The right to basic education for undocumented children

Time now for our regular Monday feature Legally Speaking. This morning we will look at the right to basic education for undocumented children. This after the department of basic education published a national circular notice to all schools to allow undocumented pupils access to education following a landmark judgment by the Eastern Cape High Court in Makhanda in December, which ruled it was unconstitutional and unlawful to deny undocumented pupils a right to education. However, some schools were still turning away undocumented immigrant children despite the ruling

GUEST: Cecile van Schalkwyk, an Attorney at Legal Resources Centre
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Eskom staff to be subjected to lifestyle audits

Eskom announced yesterday that it will stop rotational loadshedding but the probability of loadshedding during the week remains. Over the weekend the embattled power utility implemented Stage-3 power outages, due to low emergency reserves. Meanwhile Eskom's new CEO, Andre de Ruyter, says he will extend lifestyle audits to lower level staff, in renewed efforts to curb wastage and cleanup the power utility.

GUEST: Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha
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Invest in reading, writing instead of coding – Education analyst

78% of Grade four learners can't read for meaning in South Africa. Nic Spaull, a Senior Researcher at Research on Socio-Economic Policy at Stellenbosch University's Department of Economics says instead of addressing that issue with books and meaningful teacher training, we're instead going to invest in coding and robotics for young children. Nic Spaull was responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech which touched on the issue of introducing coding and robotics in primary schools.

GUEST: Nic Spaull, a Senior Researcher at Research on Socio-Economic Policy at Stellenbosch University's Department of Economics

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