Burning Issue

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±55 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 seasoned photo-journalist and writer Yazeed Kamaldien who has a passion for community news, 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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Yazeed Kamaldien in conversation with Mark Rossouw the Spokesperson for the Steenberg CPF; : Abie Isaacs from the Mitchells Plain CPF; Moulana Hashiem Cassiem Imam at Sidique Masjid Elsies River & to Dr Simon Howell who is the Senior Researcher at the Centre of Criminology at UCT.
All the above mentioned is on the same topic of tackling the issue of mob justice and what exactly that entails


Yazeed Kamaldien in conversation with Zaahir Manuel who is the executive committee member at Gun Owners South Africa; Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo from SAPS; Adv John Walsh the SAGA spokesperson & Adele Kirsten from Gun Free South Africa tackling the topic of " Are our police reliable to deal with this massive exercise?"

Minstrel issues under the spotlight, yet again

Reports on Facebook about violence at the Voorsmaakie minstrel’s parade in Bo Kaap went viral last week, raising serious concerns around the safety of minstrel participants and their supporters. On this station, many listeners were up in arms, some saying that only certain teams should be allowed to walk in the historic area. Others raised the issue of the gang element in the minstrels, the disregard shown to the community, the politics between the associations and why more safety measures have not been put in place by the City of Cape Town for these events.

With the Tweede Nuwe Jaar carnival around the corner, tonight we discuss two things: the importance of safety for all those concerned and why certain groups are allegedly being excluded by the city.

In-studio we have:
Seeham Samaai, an activist and lawyer from Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association

Later in the show, we have Sedick Soeker from the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association as well as JP Smith from the City of Cape Town.

The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) initially agreed to join us but they later withdrew from the discussion.

Who holds defaulting travel umrah operators accountable?

Despite its challenges, the haj industry has improved over the years and hajj is for the most, managed well. The problems, however, persist in the umrah industry.

During the festive season, when umrah travel picks up in South Africa, serious issues with umrah operators often surfaces. Recently on air, our news team has been covering the story of New Heights travel, an umrah operator which owes more then R4 million to many mu’tamireen, most of whom were meant to travel in September this year. Their trips were cancelled by the operator Fazila Malek due to new changes in the visa system. These pilgrims are now taking legal action.

Tonight, on Burning Issue we ask the question, who holds defaulting travel umrah operators accountable? And what is needed to seriously tighten the industry?

In-studio, we have Sedick Steenkamp, chairperson of the SA Travel Haj Operators Association (Sathoa) and a little bit later on, we’ll chat to Shaheen Essop from the South African Haj and Umrah Council (SAHUC).

Goolam Fakier unpacks this matter.

Measures the city put in place to ensure a crime free festive season

The City’s safety and security directorate is gearing up for its festive-season readiness plan, during the holiday period. This plan of course entails a multitude of stakeholders who need to deliver
different services, such as the police, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, traffic services or the Disaster Risk Management Centre. The roll out of such a plan takes immense planning, as you can imagine.

How the Solomon family made a success of their restitution

Over the past decade, VOC has been following the restitution story of the Solomon family of Cape Town, as they battled to reclaim their prime property in the leafy suburb of Constantia.
Their land, which was once a farm on Ladies Mile Road, had been forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act during the apartheid era. The farm had been their home until 1960, when 30 households were given five years to sell their homes and move out. The family ended up scattered across the Cape Flats, Grassy Park and Retreat.

But their challenges didn’t stop there. It took two decades for restitution to be completed and in a classic David versus Goliath story, the Solomon family trust faced numerous objections in the establishment of its first commercial venture on the land, the Constantia Emporium

The shopping centre finally opened its doors last Tuesday – marking the end of a very long journey and the start of a new one for the Solomon Family Trust.

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