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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20
MAY
1am

WCED on reopening of schools

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that the National Command Council (NCC) and Cabinet have approved the phased reopening of schools on 1 June. The first group of pupils to return to school are grades 7s and 12s, while other grades would follow in due course. All teachers are expected to report to school on 25 May.

Joining us online is Education MEC in the Western Cape Debbie Schafer
19
MAY
2am

Feel good- Students distribute food parcels to the less fortunate

Many people are feeling the pitch of the covid 19 pandemic which has caused many countries to go on lock down and many families unable to make ends meet. Now a 19-year-old Psychology student and a few others have done their bit by providing much needed food parcels to those in need in Mitchells Plain and surrounding areas.

Joining us online is Jason Ellish
19
MAY
1am

Crime in CBD drops during level four lock-down

Crime in the Cape Town city centre during Level 4 of the nationwide lock-down has dropped by 73% across all crime categories, compared with the number of incidents recorded this time last year, according to statistics released by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Safety and Security department.

Let us chat to Muneeb Hendricks who is the CCID Safety and Security manager
18
MAY
2am

Feel good - Dear Mr President

VOC News took a trip to Heinz Park last week to get a feel of how the community is dealing with the lock-down and the challenges that they live under. Tashreeq Perry and various community members allowed Journalist Aneeqa Du Plessis to video a little message titled dear Mr President in which they highlight some of the dire conditions they live under. The video has since been viewed more than 35000 with various people coming forward wishing to assist.
Joining us online Tashreeq Perry, one of the residents who captured the attention of our listeners as well as VOC Journalist Aneeqa Du Plessis
18
MAY
1am

Stranded during covid 19 lock-down

As many South Africans find themselves stuck abroad as the covid 19 pandemic took the world by storm, government has tried their utmost best to have them returned to SA, but what about those who visited SA and are now stuck in this side during the lock-down imposed to curve the spread of the covid 19 virus.

Let us chat to Abduroaf Hanslo, a SA citizen, who cannot travel back to his home of Qatar
18
MAY
1am

Covid 19 in Witzenberg

Witzenberg has been identified as one of the hotspot areas in the Western Cape as the covid 19 figures continues to rise. South Africa yesterday saw the highest spike of new coronavirus cases in one day, with one-thousand-160 new infections recorded. Seventy-six percent of the new cases, or 890, are from the Western Cape. This brings the total number of known cases to 15-thousand-515. Seven-thousand-and-six patients have recovered so far. The Health Department says the country’s known death toll now stands at 264, after three more fatalities were recorded.
Joining us online Deputy Mayor and Mayco member for Community services for the Witzenberg Municipality
18
MAY
1am

Almost all South African smokers have been able to buy cigarettes during covid-19 lock-down

A new report published by the university of cape town research unit has found that most smokers have been able to buy cigarettes during lock-down. It established that not only did the illegally buying of cigarettes come with a hefty price tag, but there were also unfamiliar brands. Nearly 90 percent of smokers had stocked up before the ban on cigarette sales came into effect, but not enough to ensure they could survive any extensions to the lock-down period.
Let us chat to co- author of the study Kirsten van der Zee
15
MAY
1am

Reflecting on Nakba Day

The 72nd anniversary of Nakba Day coincides with the last ten days of Ramadan this year. Every year on the 15th May, Palestinians mark the anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, when the Israeli occupation dispossessed almost 1 million Palestinians from their homes and lands. In the West Bank, Palestinians are expected to mark the day with a 72-second-long siren, representing the 72 years of national mourning, launching balloons in the colours of the Palestinian flag, and hanging black mourning flags.

Well to discuss Nakba Day in the current context, we have Dr Anwah Nagia, the director of the Al Kaaf Human rights Centre
15
MAY
1am

Nurses at private hospital fear for their health

It has been brought to our attention that nurses at the private Melomed Gatesville Hospital have accused the management of putting their lives in danger by keeping mum on patients who have tested positive for covid-19. Now according to reports, nurses claimed they have been threatened with dismissal if they dare speak out. As concerns flooded our newsroom, we wanted to get Melomed on air to clarify the issue
Joining us online Sister Myra Parks, sister Naseeba Hansen-Salieas well as Shameema Adams who is the Group marketing Manager
15
MAY
1am

Heath Department provide covid 19 update

A total of 38 people has tested positive in an old-age home in Cape Town. Management of Highlands House in Vredehoek says it was confirmed that 12 residents and 26 staff members contracted the disease after almost 500 tests were done after one of the residents died almost two weeks ago. All the sick residents were isolated in the home and the sick staff are in self-isolation. This after 16 cases were confirmed in another care centre in the same suburb, Nazareth House, earlier this week.
Let us chat to the head of the Western Cape health department Keith Cloete
14
MAY
1am

Covid-19: Who should go back to school first?

As South Africa considers reopening schools amid the covid-19 crisis, a policy brief released by the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University (SU) argues that by allowing the youngest children to go back first teachers and parents will be at lower risk. The policy brief authored by Dr Nic Spaull of SU’s Economics Department is consistent with epidemiological evidence from around the world.
Joining us online Dr Nic Spaull from the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University

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