Breakfast Beat

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±8 min episodes every 14 hours  | 
The Breakfast Beat show focuses mainly on issues that are of concern to the community that Voice of the Cape serves. The show is actuality based and will feature interviews with prominent politicians, community activists and leaders. During the 3 hour morning drive show, listener participation is encouraged and the lines are open for the full duration of the show. From time to time, the Breakfast show also hosts roundtable discussions on topical issues like the work of the National Planning Commission to Metrorail. The idea behind the Breakfast show is to inform, uplift and educate the community and their suggestions are always taken into account. This show is hosted by Sabera Sheikh-Essop.

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03
APR
2am

A Capetonian in New York describes the eerie state of quiet and calm across the city

New York City has become the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S with over 47,000 cases. New York’s COVID-19 death count more than doubled in 72 hours to 1,941 as of Wednesday. The pandemic has forced millions of New Yorkers into their homes as local and state government enforce another 30 day stay-at-home order to try and flatten the curve.

This morning we chat to a Capetonian living in New York. Prof Marcelle Mentor is originally from Macassar and has been in New York for 15 years. She is a professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University.
02
APR
10am

: Police Ombudsman asks citizens to lodge service delivery complaints against SAPS

We have received many complaints from our listeners, with video and image evidence displaying excessive force used during the national lock down period South Africa is finding itself in due to the rapid spread of the Covid 19 virus. In videos circulating on social media, various officials can be seen using excessive force and swearing at residents in various communities. Is this acceptable behaviour, lets chat to Johan Brand who is the Western Cape Police Ombudsman
02
APR
1am

Call for financial relief during Covid 19 pandemic

Many financial institutions have frozen some accounts to ease the financial burden for residents in South Africa during the lock down period which has financially impacted each and every one of us, however City Municipalities have not implemented plans to assist with relief from paying municipal bills, water and sewage etc, now STOP COCT urges the Metro City of Cape Town Municipality to approve and implement the following relief for the aftermath of the COVID-19 Worldwide Pandemic and current State of Disaster in South Africa.
Joining us online is Sandra Dixon administrator of dearcapetown.com website an independent platform educating public about importance of public participation and awareness on the water situation in Cape Town
02
APR
12am

Saudi tells Muslims to wait on Hajj plans amid coronavirus crisis

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims to wait until there is more clarity about the coronavirus pandemic before planning hajj. The Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Mohammed Saleh Bente, was addressing Saudi television on Tuesday night. Just last month, Saudi Arabia suspended the umrah pilgrimage over fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam's holiest cities - in what was an unprecedented move that has raised uncertainty over hajj.
01
APR
1am

Companies acting as essential services against lock-down regulations

Following the announcement of the lock down for 21 days, we have heard multiple complaints from people far and wide about companies acting unlawfully and refusing to abide by the rules and regulations imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Now in recent days the ANC Youth League was also made aware of companies refusing to abide by the rules and regulations and telling their workers that they form part of essential services and therefore are required to work during the lock down period.

We are now joined by ANC Deputy Chief Whip and Shadow Education MEC in the legislature Khalid Sayed
01
APR
1am

Health specialist on Covid 19 and medical supply shortage

With the number of covid 19 increasing at a rapid pace, the question now is does SA have enough medical supplies to combat the number of cases in the country? While the health department says it has sufficient supplies "depending on the number of people who succumb to Covid-19", spokesperson Popo Maja said plans were in place to fly to countries that could supply medication and medical equipment while Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said medical supplies and equipment were running out globally, due to the panic buying of masks, gloves and sanitizers.
Joining us online is Dr Zameer Brey, Global Health special
31
MAR
1am

Covid 19- Can Townships be locked down

The first of Covid 19 has been recorded in the Khayelitsha area over the weekend leaving many concerned. Health experts and government have long expressed concern that any infection in the township will have a catastrophic effect on impoverished communities. Experts have warned that the virus could spread rapidly due to a lack of proper sanitation and water. Now we saw many reports stating that many are not adhering to the rules implemented by President Cyril Ramaphosa, but how does one lock down townships and informal settlements, and is this even possible?

We are now joined by Prof Alex Broadbent Director of the institute for the future of knowledge and professor of philosophy at the university of Johannesburg
31
MAR
1am

SASSA pay-out during national lock down

With social grant payments for the elderly and disabled officially underway, we have received many complaints from our listeners with regards to the way the process was conducted. The South African Social Security Agency said that it would provide early payment of social grants for the month of April by two days to lower the risk of COVID-19 infections. Other grants, including child support, will be collected from 1 April.
SASSA national spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi chats to us now
30
MAR
1am

Will COVID-19 increase poverty and hunger? What can South Africa do?

When President Ramaphosa announced a 21-day national lockdown to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, he also announced a set of interventions to “cushion our society” against the economic and human consequences of the impending lockdown. Now today marks day 4 of the shutdown and it now seems that more emphasis has been placed on the economy and how to keep companies afloat than protecting the wellbeing of the most vulnerable people.

Joining us online is SA/UK Research Chair in Social Protection for Food Security, Dr Stephen Devereux
25
MAR
2am

How to stay mentally healthy during Covid 19

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Now to discuss ways to stay calm and stress free, we are joined by Mark de la Ray, a Psychologist at Akeso Kenilworth who will help us unpack the matter a bit further

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