Breakfast Beat

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±8 min episodes every 13 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 Najma Bibi Noor Mohamed.

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Lavender Hill receives baby saver to address unsafe abandonment

The Philisa Abafazi Bethu South Africa organisation in Lavender Hill is the recent recipient of the baby saver project. An initiative facilitated by Project Life aimed at preventing the unsafe abandonment of babies in South Africa.

In the latest incident, the body of a newborn baby was found dumped in the Capricorn area and is currently under investigating.

For more on this, VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier, spoke to the director of Philisa Abafazi Bethu and founding member of the René Roman Search and Rescue, Lucinda Evans as well as the volunteer and founding member of the baby saver project, Sandy Immelman.
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Cost for repeat umrah pilgrims increase due to Saudi Arabia's new visa regulations

Muslims throughout the world travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regularly for umrah pilgrimage, are now required to pay an additional SR2000. The fee for South African mutamireen is equivalent to nearly R8000 and was recently implemented by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia, on Muharram 1, 1440.

The changes forms part of the new visa regulations and applies to individuals that have performed umrah within a 5 year period.

For more on this, VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier, spoke to the secretary of the South African Muslim Travel Association
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Reflecting on symbolic protest action by Cape Muslims during the Hijri year, 1439

Muslims worldwide marked the start of the new Hijri year, 1440 last night, with the South African Muslim community officially declaring Muharram 1, 1440, on September 11, 2018. The first month in the Islamic calendar is also known as the period in which Muslims celebrate the Hijrah of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) from Makkah to Madina.

During the previous Hijri year 1439, social activism appeared to be on the increase in the Western Cape with residents of Bo-Kaap embarking in symbolic protest action against gentrification and in protection of their Islamic heritage.

For more on this, VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier, spoke to the chairperson of the Claremont Main Road Masjid and local activist, Imam Dr Rashid Omar.
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SA national crime statistics reveal an increase in the country's murder rate

According to the latest national crime statistics released in Parliament earlier this week, an average of 57 people is murdered in South Africa per day.

The figures also revealed that contact crime at 10 stations in the province had increased including Nyanga and Mitchells Plain listed among the top 3. The criminal offences include murder, attempted murder, and assault.

For more on this, VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier spoke to University of Cape Town crime expert, Anine Kriegler.
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The City of Cape Town's decision to lower water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5 met criticism

The pressure on Cape Town residents to save water was recently eased following the decision by the City of Cape Town (CoCT) to reduce water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5 next month.
In a statement released earlier this week, deputy executive mayor Ian Neilson said the lowering of the restrictions follows an increase in average dam levels, which currently stands at 68 per cent.

"This will bring tariff relief of between 26, 6 per cent and 70 per cent per kilolitre of water depending on the usage and tariff category.’’

Meanwhile, the decision to lower water restrictions has not been met without criticism from water activist raising awareness about the situation in the City.

VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier, spoke Stop CoCT founder, Sandra Dickson and spokesperson for Justice 4 Cape Town, Anne Smith.

Image source: Michelle Cancino‎ Facebook
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The City of Cape Town has announced plans to lower water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5

Following months of questions about the state of the City’s dams, the City of Cape Town recently announced plans to lower water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5 come October 1 this year. In a statement released earlier this week, deputy executive mayor Ian Neilson said the lowering of the restrictions follows an increase in average dam levels, which currently stands at 68 per cent.

The City’s dams stood at 38 per cent this time last year. The increase in dam levels has been ascribed to good rainfall and conservation methods implemented by residents.

VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Goolam Fakier, spoke to the deputy executive mayor Ian Neilson.
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Cape Town woman escapes alleged abductors

A 22-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, says she escaped abductors earlier this week . The woman was allegedly pulled into an unknown vehicle at the Mitchells Plain Town Centre bus terminus by three males and instructed to handover her bag, which contained cash and a cell phone. According to SAPS, the woman escaped the suspects near the Strandfontein Pavilion.

VOC's Breakfast Beat host, Ashraf Kenny, spoke to the woman's mother whose identity is known to VOC News.
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Bonteheuwel teenager escapes attempted abduction

A 16-year-old female pupil from Bontehuevel narrowly escaped an alleged attempted abduction earlier this week.

According to the girl’s father, his daughter described how two male occupants tried to lure her into their vehicle. She also identified the vehicle as a white Toyota Yaris with tinted windows and claims one occupant had a scar on the left side of his face.

VOC Breakfast Beat presenter, Ashraf Kenny, discussed the report with the father of the young girl, whose identity is known to VOC News, and the chairperson of the Bishop Lavis Community Police Forum, Graham Lindhorst.
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Hout Bay Civic condemn closure of hospital

The Department of Health in the Western Cape recently announced the temporary closure of the Hout Bay Community Day Centre a medical facility that provides healthcare to residents in the area.

This follows the recent protest action that erupted after Durick van Blerk one of three fishermen who were allegedly confronted by anti-poaching officials went missing at sea a few weeks ago
Two of his crewmen were arrested, but the 25-year-old has not been found?
It's unclear if he fell or jumped in the water to avoid being arrested. The incident sparked violent protests.
The temporary closure of the Day Hospital has been condemned by the Hout Bay Civic Association claiming the community were not consulted.

VOC Breakfast Beat host Ashraf Kenny speaks to spokesperson for the Hout Bay Civic Association, Roscoe Jacobs
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PANEL DISCUSSION ON BONTEHEUWEL

Access to the area of Bonteheuwel was recently closed, during a shutdown protest by residents voicing concern about the ongoing gang violence and crime in the community.

This follows the recent increase of fatal shootings, including the latest incident, in which six people were killed within 24 hours. Three people, including two females and one male aged between 40 and 52 were released on a warning shortly after their arrest yesterday.

Councilor Angus Mckenzie joins us online with In studio guest, chairperson of the Bishop Lavis CPF precinct overseeing Bonteheuvel, Graham Lindhorst, and residents of Bonteheuvel Nadia Mayman, Shahied Khan and Soraya Salie.
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MEC Dan Plato on Community Shutdown protest

Earlier this week access to the area of Bonteheuwel was closed by residents during the Shutdown protest against ongoing gang violence and crime in the area.

This follows the recent increase of fatal shootings, including the latest , in which six people were killed within 24 hours.

Three people , including two females and one male aged between 40 and 52 were arrested during the shutdown protest and subsequently released on a warning.

VOC spoke to MEC Dan Plato the Minister of Community Safety in the Western Cape

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