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#TheAfrikanNarrative – Changing Street names and Removing statues of colonial leaders

In 2015, activist Sulyman Stellenboom campaigned to draw awareness to colonial and apartheid-era statues around the Cape Town central business district. The same year students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) successfully lobbied for the statue of one of the institution’s major benefactors — Cecil John Rhodes — to be removed from campus. Last week, the statue of Orange Free State president Marthinus Theunis Steyn was removed from in front of the University of Free State (UFS).

Guest: Dr Mwirigi Kinyua

Human Rights violations

Professor Allan Boesak will be in conversation with the Founding Director of the Alkass Human Rights Centre, Dr Anwah Nagia.

They are zooming into a couple of issues relating to Human Rights violations; and how those who were violated stood strong and garnered international support. Dr Nagia believes that the many challenges that we see in the world (immigration, poverty, racism, civil wars, GBV) are a result of the endless violation of human lives.

Also a founding member of District Six Museum, and having done a lot of work around the Group Areas’ Act and its everlasting impact on the people who were violated, Dr Nagia has done extensive work in the Human Rights sector and various spheres of civil society and his conversation with Prof Boesak is guaranteed food for thought.

Guest: Dr Anwah Nagia - Founder and director of the Alkaas Human Rights Centre (and Palestine Museum) // He’s also one of the founding members of the District Six Museum // He was also a formers Senator and Councilor of the University of the Western Cape // Dr Nagia says he’s also building a Harry Porter library

#TuesdayTakeOver – Rev Prof Allan Aubrey Boesak

Rev Prof Allan Aubrey Boesak is the recipient of 13 honorary Doctor's degrees and several awards. Among those awards, are the Robert Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award. He was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He is also the author of 22 books and has been teaching across the world. Prof Boesak continues his teaching and preaching while remaining active in global struggles for human rights.

Boesak's involvement in public life and South Africa's freedom struggle began in 1976. In 1983, he called for the formation of the United Democratic Front, which would grow into the largest, nonviolent, non-racial anti-apartheid formation in the history of the struggle. He became their most visible leader at home and abroad. He worked with Mr Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Rev. Frank Chikane and a whole array of world leaders to end apartheid.

Guest: Rev Prof Allan Aubrey Boesak


Gauteng’s infections have increased dramatically from 17,261 to 63 404 in a matter of days. The province now faces a major increase in fatalities, The DA in the provinces says we should prepare for mass burials and a mass lockdown is being touted – but not confirmed. There are also concerns that the province is not as well prepared for an influx in coronavirus cases as the Western Cape is. There are five quarantine sites in the province, while no field hospitals have been built and the shortage of beds is expected to reach 5,000 in two weeks.

Guest: Dr Bandile Masuku - Gauteng health MEC

Moral Regeneration Month 2020

July marks the commemoration of Moral Regeneration Month, an initiative of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), which is aimed at encouraging people to recommit to efforts of building communities grounded on positive values and rededicate to building a caring society in pursuit of creating lasting peace and prosperity in the country.

The commemoration takes place specifically in July to coincide with the celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July and the birthday month of former President Nelson Mandela, an icon who is considered to be the main leader of the formation of the Moral Regeneration Movement, and Mark the adoption of the Charter for Positive Values on 28 July 2008.

Guest: Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa - Chairperson of the MRM - Moral Regeneration Movement

The relationship between farm owners and Farm Dwellers

We’re talking about relations between farm dwellers and farm owners in South Africa. A few days ago, the African Transformation Movement opened case after three families residing at Bampoen farm in Mkhondo Mpumalanga lost 14 of their cows after they were allegedly poisoned by the farm owner. They say they’ve been staying there for decades and the new farm owner said they should have a maximum 20 cattle in the farm.
This is not the first time that we get reports of clashes between farm dwellers and farm owners. This has been happening for decades and some of these clashed have seen hundreds of thousands worth of livestock and crop being lost. The reasons for these clashes vary – it could be burial right, ownership, a farmer refusing the community to access a river through his farm or compensation issues.

Guest: Prince Zolani Mkiva - General Secretary of CONTRALESA – Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa

Guest: MJ Dlamini - Chairperson, Gert Sibande region - African Transformation Movement

#StudentNight: Higher education and Training COVID-19 measures rolled out

HIGHER HEALTH, the health and wellness agency of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) that is dedicated to student and staff wellbeing, has been supporting the post-schooling education sectoral response to COVID-19.
H.H. has been training institutional management, student support services, campus health officers, academia, student leadership and the peer education networks to implement the protocols as the phased return to campuses starts.

We hear more about their two sets of tailor-made guidelines that will form the foundation for all other initiatives - these guidelines outline why and how students and staff may be impacted and how to assist individuals that may experience problems. We will also touch on lessons that they believe can be drawn from the challenges faced by the basic education department.

Guest: Dr Diane Parker - Deputy Director General for University Education – Department of Higher Education ad Training

National Drug Master Plan 2019 – 2024

Last week Friday, the Minister of Social Development finally announced the National Drug Master Plan. The document had been coming for a long time and the delay saw some of the crucial information in it being dropped. However it does show a shift in focus from the unrealistic goal of a drug-free South Africa to one of aiming to reduce the levels of dependence and harm that the use of certain drugs can cause.
Joining us, we have the South African Network of People Who use Drugs and they believe that this shift will mean less criminalisation of people who need help and hopefully a focus on the social challenges that have caused people to use drugs.

Guest: Shaun Shelly - Founding member and chair of SANPUD - South African Network of People Who use Drugs

The inhumane nature of evictions in South Africa

The South African government issued directives imposing an immediate suspension on all evictions at the beginning of the lockdown. However, despite the moratorium, people have been evicted in different parts across the country during the lockdown.

Using the recent brutal eviction of Empolweni residents in Khayelitsha Cape Town by the Anti-Land Invasion Unit and metropolitan police as a basis point, we zoom in on the nature of evictions in South Africa. It is unfortunate that a man was evicted in that manner – what is more worrying, is how evictions have gone on ‘as usual’ to a point where the protection of human dignity no longer exists. The blatant disregard of people’s right to housing and dignity portrayed by the City of Cape Town is unfortunately shared by various municipalities across the country. Evictions are inhumane – no eviction is ‘nice’ – but the manner in which they have been carried out has dehumanized people for far too long and there is no recourse.

Guest: Edward Molopo - Research and Advocacy Officer at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

Guest: Stan Henkeman - Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation


e-Commerce retailer Yebo Fresh, which serves townships communities in the Western Cape, has secured significant investment from a Canadian fund to increase its distribution capacity. The lockdown and public fears around coronavirus has seen an explosion in demand from township communities for the grocery delivery service [Yebo Fresh] which started in 2018. They have secured two-million-rands funding from Canadian-billionaire-backed relief fund, the Scheinberg Relief Fund.

Guest: Jessica Boonstra - Founder and CEO of Yebo Fresh

Cultural and Creative Industry responses to COVID 19 pandemic

All 9 Provinces have started announcing their adjudication committees that are going to be working with the CCIFSA (Cultural & Creative Industry Federation of South Africa) on artists’ relief funds. This process is going to be different from those of the national relief funds and the funds will come from the provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
The fund is for all artists who have lost income during these trying times and have a proof of the work that they were supposed to do between March and June.

Guest: Ayanda Roda - Secretary General of CCIFSA (Cultural & Creative Industry Federation of South Africa

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