Burning Issue

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±53 min episodes every 2 weeks  | 
The content echoes the name of the show – a platform that creates discussion around issues of religion, legal, consumer related, news and human interest stories. Hosted by presenter Riedwaan Ahmed. The 2 hour discussion show is interactive with the lines open for people to voice their opinions while the experts answer the questions.

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12
DEC
2017

Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: the SA response

Over the past few days, we have been closely watching developments in the Middle East following US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have erupted across the occupied Palestinian territories with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in what has been called the Day of Rage. Thousands have been injured in scuffles with Israeli forces who have used firebombs and teargas on protesters. On Wednesday, Capetonians are set to march to Parliament, in a protest organised by the MJC, Al Quds foundation and other solidarity organisations. In this programme, we ask how South Africa should respond? Pro-Palestinians activists say they are tired of empty meaningless lines from the South African government expressing its “support for Palestinians and the two state-solution”. As ANC branches are expected to meet at this week’s ANC Elective Conference in Johannesburg, what resolutions on Israel and Palestine should be taken?
14
NOV
2017

Why a whole-of-society approach is needed to safeguard EMS workers?

There have been more than 30 attacks on Emergency Medical Service personnel in the Western Cape alone this year‚ with the latest one proving fatal to a patient. An injured eight-year-old boy died on Wednesday afternoon after an attack on the ambulance he was in. Emergency Medical Services personnel helped the child‚ who sustained serious head injuries when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday night‚ and rushed him to Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. They were travelling on the N2 near to Borchards Quarry when the ambulance was attacked. In recent years attacks on EMS staff have escalated. In some high-risk areas police have to escort ambulances. But it seems there’s no end to these attacks in sight Tonight we chat to Emergency Medical Services staff, Alderman JP Smith from the City of Cape Town, and Rafique Foflonker from the Mitchells Plain CPF cluster
26
SEP
2017

Hajj 2017

Welcome to Burning Issue this evening, where we keep the pulse on issues relevant to our community. In tonight’s show, we bring you a hajj special, where we look back at this year’s hajj. Of course, 2500 South Africans performed hajj this year, amid the 2 million pilgrims from around the world. The remarkable organization of Hajj this year and the development in the transportation of airplanes, buses, cars, railways, accommodation facilities in camps and hotels, smooth flow of traffic, development in medical services, rapid interaction, handling and emergency response of all kinds was amazing to all. More than 55,000 soldiers were recruited by Saudi Arabia in all military, civil, medical and voluntary sectors to work on the success of the pilgrimage season this year. The Ministry of Hajj through its new minister, who makes deft use of modern technology and modern administrative measures, improved its performance and facilitated the functions of arrival and the movement of pilgrims. The Ministry of Interior developed the performance of the departments of passports and traffic and civil defense so that the rates of facilitation procedures were very remarkable and distinctive. But this Haj season was a rather challenging year as we saw temperatures rise to well over 45 degrees, which affected many pilgrims including seasoned Hajis during the days of Haj. Our guests for the next hour, -Adam Jainodeen, president of the South African Haj Travel Operators Association -Shaykh Abdurahmaan Alexander -Haafith Ismail Kholvadia, Head of Sahucs mission in Saudi Arabia
26
SEP
2017

Hajj 2017

Hajj comes with all its challenges. And the ultimate test is the gruelling physical journey. Under extreme heat conditions, even for the most active of people, it’s is very tough. Now imagine for the elderly and those with chronic conditions. The South African medical team on hajj certainly had their work cut out for them. Joining me in studio for an overview from the medical perspective, we have the well-known hajj doctor, Salim Parker. He is a regularly commentator on hajj medical matters and blogs at www.thehajjdoctor.co.za
26
SEP
2017

Hajj 2017

Welcome to Burning Issue this evening, where we keep the pulse on issues relevant to our community. In tonight’s show, we bring you a hajj special, where we look back at this year’s hajj. 3000 South Africans performed hajj this year, amid the 2 million pilgrims from around the world. The remarkable organization of Hajj this year and the development in the transportation of airplanes, buses, cars, railways, accommodation facilities in camps and hotels, smooth flow of traffic, development in medical services, rapid interaction, handling and emergency response of all kinds was amazing to all. More than 55,000 soldiers were recruited by Saudi Arabia in all military, civil, medical and voluntary sectors to work on the success of the pilgrimage season this year. In the first segment of the show, we have a well-known voice in South Africa – television and radio broadcaster Ashraf Garda. Ashraf performed haj with his wife, and also documented his experiences as a part of a series called “That’s My Hajj by Al Baraka Bank.
18
SEP
2017

Should government suspend the fishing rights allocation ?

As we know, this week Hout Bay dominated the news headlines as protests over fishing rights and housing issues erupted – similar to the protests in September 2011. Police were called to maintain order when a group of disgruntled fishers and residents staged a violent protest in Harbour Road, burning tyres and rubble. Police fired back with stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets. A 9 year old boy was caught in the protest and shot by police with a rubber bullet in the mouth. Tonight, we want to try un-cover what lead to these protests and what are the underlying issues that have been simmering in the fishing community. What we know is that fishermen are demanding the immediate suspension of the West Coast rock Lobster fishing rights allocation process. They want the West Coast rock lobster offshore allocations shifted from big companies to near shore and small scale fishers. We are aware that fishing rights organisations have met with the department of fisheries to address the challenges faced by poor fishing communities. So this evening, we chat to those on the ground, or rather at sea (lol). Later in the show, we will be joined by the Masifundise trust, fishing activists as well as representative of the department of fisheries. Of course we value your input, so do participate in the show. We will open the lines later, once we get the discussion going. Joining me in the first segment of the show: Guest: Naseegh Jaffer Position: Masifundise director Guest: Pedro Garcia Position: South African United Fishers Front chairperson Guest: Charles America Position: Representative, Ocean View Witsand Artisanal Fishers Association Guest: Siphokazi Ndudane Position: Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
04
SEP
2017

New homeowners not liable for historical debt

The precedent-setting ruling gives relief to home and business owners, who have been saddled with years of historical municipal debt – dating back to 20 years – and have been denied municipal services until the debt had been paid. The outstanding debt includes water, electricity, rates and taxes charges associated with a property. In a ruling majority written by Justice Edwin Cameron, the court found that upon transfer of a property, a new owner is not liable for old municipal debt. The court upheld a ruling by the high court in Pretoria in November last year – mainly the part stipulating that the liability of the old municipal debt rests with the previous owner. Metropolitan municipalities of Tshwane and Ekurhuleni brought an application at the Constitutional Court to appeal the Pretoria High Court ruling. Peter Livanos, managing director of municipal debt specialist New Ventures, which has represented several property owners who have carried the liability for the historical debt, was a respondent in the matter. He joins us this evening with his attorney Gary Ross. Unfortunately, the City of Cape Town could not join us tonight as their officials are still studying the judgment… Guest: Peter Livanos Position: managing director of municipal debt specialist New Ventures Guest: Gary Ross Position: attorney
04
SEP
2017

Metrorail poses threat to businesses and workers

As we discussed earlier, there is a great sense of frustration with Metrorail at the moment, given the distress caused to commuters when there are delayed services, vandalism and crime on the rail way lines. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott joins us now to unpack these problems..
04
SEP
2017

Metrorail poses threat to businesses and workers

Now in the next hour, we are going to be discussing something many of our listeners are familiar with…Metrorail or as some would say, Metrofail. Metrorail has lost 101 carriages due to vandalism since October 2015 worth R312 million. Metrorail is also operating with 60% of its fleet with punctuality dropping by more than 20% and cancellations soaring. This is having a devastating effect on its ability to render a reliable commuter service. Now according to a new survey conducted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Metrorail is at an all-time low in the opinion of local businesses, with many saying the poor rail service is a threat to their viability. Ninety-two percent of Cape Town businesses believe the Metrorail commuter service is worse today than it was a year ago. For this segment of the show, we invited Metrorail to come on air and respond to the survey, however, they said they have not reviewed its findings just yet. We plan to get Metrorail’s Rianna Scott on air a little bit later to speak generally about the rail commuters challenges. But for now we have Janine Myburgh, the president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce online this evening… Guest: Janine Myburgh Position: Cape Chamber of Commerce president

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