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#BusinessOnWednesday - Tourism

On the eve of tourism month, we’re expanding on the net of tourism and we’re tapping into local culture and heritage to deepen the native narrative. We’re zooming in on rural tourism and the need to focus on rural areas for local economic development.

The Xolo Caves and Umzumbe River Trail in KZN are an example of how tapping into our native and tribal ways, can bring expansion and development to rural tourism.

Guest: Dr Sipho Nzimande - Chairperson | Ugu South Coast Development Agency Chairperson

Guest: Nkosiyazi Shaun Makhanya - Operator of KwaXolo Caves

IFP: A year under President Velenkosini Hlabisa

President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Velenkosini Hlabisa – he succeeded Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi last year, it has been a year since the party has been under his leadership. We engage him on the State of the country; his year in office since taking office from Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi; the changes in the management structure of the IFP since the he took over.
We will also get his views on how the party intends to attract more young people - not only ahead of the 2021 elections but in the future.

Guest:Velenkosini Hlabisa - President | Inkatha Freedom Party

#TheAfrikanNarrative: Can we use African Indigenous Knowledge to tackle COVID-19?

“One positive reflection we should gain from the current global pandemic is that we should prioritise and value our own knowledge systems. We need to do better in investing in our cultural identity and indigenous knowledge.

We need to ensure that it can be used as more than just gimmicks to attract Western tourists who expect us to ‘perform Africanness’ for their entertainment.” These are the words of Nombulelo Shange, a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State.

Guest: Nombulelo Shange - Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State


Prof Ari Sitas was awarded The Order of Mapungubwe in Silver for his contribution to social science scholarship and progressive policy-making. He is also a renowned storyteller and poet.

He is a multitalented scientist who moves effortlessly between profound knowledge production and the arts.
Prof Ari Sitas was born on 5 December 1952. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984.

Guest:Prof Ari Sitas - Sociologist AND Chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT)

TakeOver - Prof Pitika Ntuli

Born in Springs, situated east of Johannesburg, Pitika Ntuli grew up with a keen interest in art. As a young man, he got involved in politics, and he was an active member of the struggle against the apartheid government to which resulted in him being exiled from South Africa.

He arrived in the UK in 1978, after having spent a year in solitary isolation in a death row prison cell in Swaziland. Ntuli was released into exile due to international pressure that was placed on the South African and Swaziland authorities. Not long after his arrival in the UK, Ntuli immersed himself in the culture and became an active member as he engaged with the politics and general cultures of both his home and host countries.

Guest: Prof Pitika Ntuli - sculptor, poet, writer, and academic


HIGHER HEALTH – the centre devoted to student health, wellness and psychosocial wellbeing, in the post-schooling education sector – today launched 10 fully furnished mobile clinic units that will greatly enhance health services at TVET, CET colleges and universities around the country. The roving fleet of clinics was unveiled by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande during a visit to the Zululand District.

Guest:Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia - CEO of Higher Health

How have young people become custodians of heritage? How are they embodying & embracing their cultural identities?

Ashley Raphala, aka ‘Shimza’ was the first artist to live stream from Robben Island in a historic event on Mandela Day. Shimza, and his foundation SHIMUZIC along with the Siya Kolisi Foundation had partnered in a drive to raise funds for those negatively affected by Covid-19 as well as Robben Island itself.

A dedicated philanthropist, Shimza has been hosting his One Man Show events for over a decade, raising funds for underprivileged children and causes close to his heart in South Africa.

Guest: Ashley Raphala - Shimza - Founder of the Shimuzic Foundation, DJ and entreprenuer

Take over interview-1:The work of the Museum and the importance of heritage in the SA context

Thabo Seshoka is a Curator and Academic. He is currently the Senior Manager: Heritage and Research at Robben Island Museum. In this role he oversees the Museum’s Creative, Exhibitions, Natural Environment, Research, Archives and Collections.

He previously served as the Specialist: Art Curator for Absa Group Limited. At the age of 24, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Absa Gallery, while concurrently curating one of the largest Corporate Art Collections globally. Seshoka is also the former acting Chief Curator and Head of Museum Africa, a role he was appointed to at the age of 23.

Guest: Thabo Seshoka - Senior Manager for Heritage and Research at Robben Island Museum

#TAKEOVER: Morongoa Ramaboa - Senior Manager for Heritage and Research at Robben Island Museum

Morongoa Ramaboa kick started her career in the travel & tours industry serving as a Project Manager for Limpopo Homestays during the 2010 World Cup hosted in South Africa. Morongoa's career highlight was exceeding the provincial occupancy rate of Limpopo based homestays as reported by Limpopo Tourism & Parks.

Needless to say, nine (9) years later she's back in the tourism sector managing the reputation of one of South Africa's national heritage sites and a monument of freedom - Robben Island Museum (RIM).

Guest:Morongoa Ramaboa


Could #BlackGirlMagic be the secret recipe for success in SA workplaces?

Black African women who bring their #BlackGirlMagic and ubuntu management style to the South African workplace provide leadership that is more culturally relevant to transformed and diverse organisations and leads to better business performance.

Guest: Dr Phumzile Mmope - Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and one of the contributors to the 2020 Women’s Report

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