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21
JAN

Aviation Expert, Phuthego Mojapele.

South African Airways has cancelled its domestic and international flights schedule due to low demand. We now speak to Aviation Expert, Phuthego Mojapele.
Background info:
South African Airways (SAA) is in the process of consolidating selected domestic flights between the airline’s main hub, Oliver Tambo International Airport Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT), as well as between Johannesburg (JNB) and Durban’s King Shaka (DUR) airports.

SAA is working closely with its sister airline, Mango, to re-accommodate passengers on alternative services operated by both airlines to minimise disruption, and thereby ensure passengers reach their destination as quickly as possible.

On the international network, SAA is cancelling selected services between Johannesburg (JNB) and Munich (MUC). SAA will re-accommodate passengers on its services between Johannesburg (JNB) and Frankfurt (FRA) as well as London Heathrow (LHR). Some passengers travelling to Munich, and others travelling via Munich to other destinations, will be re-accommodated for some of their journey on partner airlines in the Star Alliance to minimise delays.

These decisions are in line with SAA’s usual policy of reviewing flights and consolidating services with low demand. Furthermore, during the current process of Business Rescue, these cancellations represent a responsible strategy to conserve cash and optimise the airline’s position ahead of any further capital investment.

The consolidation on the Cape Town route is also necessary as SAA has been operating training flights for pilots on the new state-of-the-art Airbus 350-900 aircraft on this route, before transferring the new planes to international routes.
The introduction of these larger aircraft has resulted in temporary surplus capacity on the route.

SAA will be reviewing further possible flight schedule amendments over the coming days. Any operational changes will be communicated to our travel trade partners and customers at the earliest opportunit
15
JAN

Sipho Ngwema from the Competition Commission

INTERVIEW: The competition commission has put measures in place with regards to the pricing of school uniforms. We’ll speak to Sipho Ngwema from the Competition Commission and we’ll also speak to a school uniform manufacturer.
14
JAN

Monalisa Sam, First Centre Manager at Maponya Mall.

Businessman Richard Maponya was laid to rest earlier today. The pioneering Soweto businessman died last week at the age of 99. Maponya Mall was built by Maponya in 2007. The Maponya family co-owns the mall with JSE-listed property company Redefine. We’ll speak to Monalisa Sam, First Centre Manager at Maponya Mall.

Guest: Monalisa Sam, First Centre Manager at Maponya Mall, 082 957 5581
• You worked under him for 2 years. What type of a boss was he?
• He also mentored you, what kind of lessons did he impart to you?
• What’s your most memorable moment with him?
• What lessons can young entrepreneurs draw from his life if they want to emulate and do better than him?

Background info:
Richard John Pelwana Maponya, GCOB,[1] (24 December 1920[1] – 6 January 2020[2]) was a South African entrepreneur and property developer best known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid and his determination to see the Soweto township develop economically.
Born in Thlabine, near Lenyenye (about 20km west of Tzaneen), Maponya, at the age of 24,[3] then a teacher, took a job as a stock taker at a clothing maker and subsequently won a promotion for both himself and his white manager. In gratitude, the manager sold Maponya soiled clothing and offcuts, which he resold in Soweto. With the capital acquired he attempted to open a clothing retailer in Soweto, but was blocked by the government's refusal to grant him a licence—–despite intervention by the law firm created by Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.[4] Instead, in the early 1950s, Maponya and his wife Marina (a cousin of Nelson Mandela) established the Dube Hygienic Dairy, which employed a fleet of boys on bicycles to deliver milk to customers in Soweto who had no access to electricity or refrigeration.[5] By the 1970s the retail empire had grown to include several general stores, car dealerships and filling stations.[4]
On 27 September 2007 Richard Maponya opened the Maponya Mall in Soweto. It holds more than 2
14
JAN

Sbonga Zungu about her decision to home school her kids.

Guest: Sbonga Zungu, Founder of iNkanyezi Tution Centre

It is through her adversity, and life’s unforeseen challenges that founder of Nkanyezi Tuition Centre, Sbonga Zungu was inspired and encouraged to embark on this journey of creating a safe space, and a place of hope not only for children and their parents/guardians, but for the nurturing or talents and potential.

Amid her son’s diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2012, Ms Zungu and her husband, struggled to secure a school that would accommodate their 5-year-old son, at the time.

The intention was to locate an institution that would embrace Nkanyezi’s unique innate talents, encourage his creativity, while supporting his mental and physical development. Customized attention has always been a crucial need to ensure that their son is afforded a conducive place of learning, and mental growth while the focus on the child’s “learning-speed” also forms part of the objective.

Being able to find a suitable school can be a tedious process, which in turn could discourage some parents. Through the birth of Nkanyezi Tuition Centre, Ms Zungu hopes to assist other parents who may have had similar journey or a lonely pathway through finding an appropriate school for their child.

Operating as one of the Equation Educators SA’s 107 centres across South Africa, the Nkanyezi Tuition Centre will serve learners with special needs, from Grade R to 7.
27
NOV
2019

Prof Thuli Madonsela

INTERVIEW: We’ll speak to Prof Thuli Madonsela who’s part of a group that’s calling for compassion for Fees Must Fall student activist Kanya Cekeshe. Cekeshe has been in Leeuwkop Prison since 2017 after he was sentenced to 5 years behind bars for public violence and malicious damage to property.

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