Burning Issue

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±51 min episodes every 2 weeks, 1 day  | 
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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09
APR

Does halal certification discriminate against other religious groups?

Now something that got quite a few of our listeners riled up last week was this issue of Christian consumers complaining over the so-called religious tax on halal certified products. Last week, we reported that the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) Commission has been flooded with letters from Christians complaining about the prevalence of halal certified food and beverages in well-known supermarkets. One of the groups we spoke to is the Christian Democratic Party who feels that the cost of halal certification is being passed on to all consumers and that this is an unfair and discriminatory practice. Of course, there were other claims that the halal industry makes R45 billion a year, some of which is spent on building mosques or paying for Islamic ‘clergy’. The CDP for one, feels this would amount to blatant discrimination against the Christian community as the same privileges are not afforded them. Well that’s the question we asking tonight: Does halal certification discriminate against other religious groups? Guests: Sheikh Thaafir Najaar - Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) director & Shaykh Achmat Sedick, director of the MJC halal trust
26
MAR

Are our police failing domestic violence victims?

Last week the Mitchells Plain Impact Association took to the streets of Cape Town demanding better police services. Among the protesters were victims and survivors of domestic violence. Dozens of residents, mainly women and children, marched from Tafelsig to Mitchells Plain Police Station with placards and posters demanding better services at the station. Their concerns include policemen not responding to calls of domestic violence and not protecting the community. The claim is that police are not taking domestic violence cases seriously. The latest statistics from the South Africa Medical Research Council (MRC) highlight that an estimated two in five men (40%) assault their partners, and that three women in South Africa are killed by their intimate partner every day. Are our police failing domestic violence victims? Well that’s the question we ask in tonight’s Burning Issue
12
MAR

Who is monitoring and testing mechanically deboned meat (MDM) imported to SA?

Now one of the biggest stories this past week has been the listeriosis outbreak and the recall of processed meat products from Enterprise and Rainbow chicken plants. Of course last Sunday the health minister announced that months of scientific medical research had traced the source of listeriosis to processed meat products from these two companies. South Africa has the world's worst listeria outbreak, which has killed 180 people in the past year. Over the weekend, it was reported that South African human rights attorney Richard Spoor and U.S. lawyer Bill Marler would file a class action suit against Tiger Brands, the owners of Enterprise meats. Burning Issue spoke to MJCHT Shaykh Achmat Sedick and SANHA's Theological Director Maulana MS Navlakhi
06
MAR

Imam Fasiegh Adams responds

Following VOC’s coverage of recent concerns within the local umrah industry, we were alerted to two families, the Anthony’s and the Patel’s, who were left stranded only days before they were scheduled to perform the spiritual journey. While the Anthony’s have requested that their story not be told at this time, Naeem Patel says that he paid Umrah Connect International R60,000 to secure the booking for his wife, Luthfiyah, and their two children. But, was later informed that since their vaccination cards were not handed over with their passports their visas could not be issued. VOC reporter, Thakira Desai, recently sat down with the co-founder and spiritual leader of Umrah Connect International, Imam fasiegh Adams and here is what he had to say.
26
FEB

Should government halt the VAT hike?

The 2018 Budget Speech and Minister Malusi Gigaba’s announcement of a one percentage point hike in VAT, a decision that has been fiercely criticised. So our burning question tonight is: Should government halt the VAT hike?
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

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