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VOW FM 88.1 is a campus-based community radio station operated broadcasting from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The station has a variety of music and talk show that reflect the life of the youth, students, politics and tackles social issues.

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The Cover Report: Parents and teachers fearful as more learners return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic

Schools across the country have started reopening amid the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown. But as more learners return to classrooms, the surge in the Covid-19 pandemic has many parents, teachers and learners worried about their health and safety. Lucky Xazi who is a teacher at a school in Fourways says while schools have put measures in place they are not trained to deal with Covid -19. He has pleaded with the government to close schools as infections peak. Another guest, a parent to four learners. We also spoke to parents who feared for their families and children as they returned to school.

The Covid Report: Early childhood development centres are-open amid a Covid-19 pandemic

The Pretoria High Court ruled on Monday 6 July that private nursery schools that comply with Covid-19 safety measures can open immediately. Siphosihle Mbuli and Gamelihle Bovana speak Anton van der Merwe, who is the SA Childcare Association’s Group Managing Director. They also spoke to Tansy Venter who is a Principal at Maylill Nursery school. Venter says they have put in place measures to ensure that the children are safe at school. She said that while children under 5 are not required to wear masks, a majority of them went to school wearing the masks.

The Covid Report: The Impact of the COVID-19 on theatre productions, can they survive?

The old adage says "the show must go on", but in the face of a global pandemic that's left scores of damage in its wake, & now with Advanced Lockdown Level 3 permitting cinemas and theatres to reopen to no more than 50 people at a time - regardless of the size of the theatre - as well as all of the financial implications of that, The Covid Report asks, can the show go on? Chris Avant-Smith Siphosihle Mbuli and Gamelishle Bovana us to unpack the way forward for the film, theatre & events industries, and the ways is which adaptation is essential.

The Covid Report: UIF investigating fraudulent covid-19 claims, and outstanding amounts to be settled

Minister of Labour and employment Thulas Nxesi told MPs on Friday that the UIF is working on detecting instances of fraud. If necessary, forensic audits will be conducted. Nxesi furthermore states that since the national lockdown started, the UIF paid out R28 million in Covid-19 TERS benefits, covering 520 000 employers and six million laid off employees and telling the MPs that June will be the last month of Covid-19 payments. We speak to Teboho Maruping, who is the UIF Commissioner speaks to us about their plans and how they will continue to support businesses during the pandemic.

The Covid Report: Has online learning compromised the quality of higher education?

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many industries and sectors to change and embrace technology. Institutions of Higher learning have had to forgo contact learning and interactions among the academic community and resort to online learning in an attempt to try and save the academic year. The question is, how has this affected teaching and learning? Has online learning compromised the quality and the integrity of the education? To unpack this, Siphosihle Mbule speaks to Omhle Ntshingila a Masters Student and Kamogelo Matsoso, a lecturer at Afda.

The Covid Report: Funeral gathering are hotspots for covid-19 infections, stay home if you can

As South Africa sees a surge in the number of coronavirus infections following government’s decision to ease lockdown regulations, there are warnings that Gauteng, because of the size of the population in sheets density will become an epicentre. Speaking to Gamelihle Bovana, the Department of Health in Gauteng’s spokesperson who recently contracted covid-19 says they are urging citizens to please stay at home as they continue to fight the battle. We also hear from 19 year old Nkosi Mnisi who is recovering from a Covid-19 infection and is self isolating at home.

The Covid Report: South Africa is facing a job loss bloodbath amid Covid-19

Labour union Numsa says they have never had to deal with so many retrenchment notices. Numsa’s national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says the situation can be only be define as a ‘jobloss blood bath’. Numsa says the companies have to change behavior and ensure that workers are protected, training be provided to staff and Personal Protective Equipment instead of focusing maximizing profits.

The Covid Report: Impact of covid-19 in informalities settlements

Informal Settlements interview: Are the conditions in informal settlements conducive to preventing Corona? On the Covid-Report today we unpack how the pandemic affects informal settlements. Siphosihle Mbuli and Gamelihle Bovana speaks to Phumeza Mlungwana - International Budgeting Partnership SA

The Covid Report: Some small scale farmers will not survive post covid19 pandemic without financial support

While the agriculture and food sector value chain were declared as essential during the lockdown, small scale farmers who sell directly to markets and consumers were adversely affected as they could not reach customers. Dr Lennox Xolile Mtshagi, President of Black Farmers Association of SA says some of the small scale farmers are not going to be able to revive their business post the Covid 19 pandemic if they do not receive any funding from government. Some farmers have had to sell some of their equipment to keep up with their monthly expenses during the lockdown period. Mtshagi says big retailers continue to sideline black farmers, making it impossible for them to grow their businesses. Another farmer, Mpho Mpfuni co-founder of Mulilo Holdings, says the have to cut down the number of employees from 15 to 8 as they could not afford to pay their salaries as the UIF and grants took long.

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