Beyond Corona - South Africa and the World After the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought societies and their economies worldwide to a standstill. As a major disruptor COVID-19 changes the trajectory of political and socio-economic developments. The pandemic has revealed the weaknesses and strengths of current governance and economic systems and provides us with an unique opportunity to correct the development path we were on before the pandemic hit us. In this podcast series, brought to you by Kaya FM in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, we ask experts, futurists and independent thinkers about the potential impact the pandemic has on our future and what lessons we can learn.

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03
AUG
2020

Episode 12 : Social Cohesion

South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world and COVID-19 seems to bring out the best and worst in societies. More affluent neighbourhoods partnered with poor communities in order to support them and provide them with food and clothes. On the other hand, as resources get more scarce, social tension rises. Has the pandemic weakened our social network because of lockdown and social distancing OR has it brought communities closer together? How can we sustain the momentum of caring for each other after the pandemic? Khaya Sithole spoke to Bishop Mpumlwana, Professor Sharlene Swartz and Dr Marlene Mohokoto
27
JUL
2020

Episode 11 : Sustainability

Due to social distancing measures, lock down and a subsequent decrease in social and economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Co2 emissions have been reduced significantly. The virus has achieved in a short period of time, what nations and countries committed to the international Paris Declaration on Climate Change have not managed to achieve. Has the COVID-19 pandemic raised awareness for the need to protect the environment and promote a more sustainable pathway? To discuss this, Khaya Sithole spoke to Professor Mark Swilling and Alex Lenferna.
16
JUL
2020

Episode 10 : Social Media and Fake News

While the internet and social media provide citizens with the opportunity to inform themselves about just any topic they are interested in, they are also used as platforms to spread false information and fake news. The danger of misinformation and fake news is especially great in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Khaya Sithole spoke to Lee Mwiti, the Chief Editor of Africa Check and media academic, Professor Anton Harber about misinformation and regulation during this crisis.
09
JUL
2020

Episode 9 : Xenophobia & Migration

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, xenophobia was a challenge in our society, be it politicians making xenophobic statements during their election campaigns or some citizens expressing frustrations about their economic exclusion in relation to the perceived economic success of non-South Africans. How has the corona virus crisis brought xenophobia to the fore as citizen struggle for access to food and healthcare? In this episode, Khaya Sithole is joined by Dr Paul Kariuki, Executive Director of the Democracy Development Program and Bishop Mike Vorster of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
01
JUL
2020

EPISODE 8 : Arts & Culture

The arts in South Africa – music and theatre, dance and comedy, literature and fine art – employ more than a one million people. And yet this sector gets a very thin slice of national and provincial budgets and a modest share of corporate sponsorship. The corona virus pandemic didn’t create this situation but it has hit an already vulnerable industry especially hard. How do you perform when there are no audiences allowed? John Perlman spoke was joined by two guests: Nothando Migogo, the CEO of the South African Music Rights Organisation and Jason Goliath who is a comedian, TV Presenter, businessman and co-host of Kaya Breakfast on Kaya FM.
24
JUN
2020

EPISODE 7 : The Health System

South Africa’s health system had more than enough problems before Covid-19 – high prices and over servicing in parts of the private sector, poor service delivery in much of the public space, and massive inequalities between the two. And now the system is under more pressure than ever. Will that pressure rip apart what is already frayed? Or will it force us to confront weaknesses and face failings in ways that might drive us to create something better? In this episode, John Perlman chats to Professor Sharon Fonn who is Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand and Professor Steve Reid, the Chair of Primary Health Care at the University of Cape Town.
18
JUN
2020

EPISODE 6 : The Future of Work

Before the corona virus pandemic, unemployment was the biggest challenge South Africa faced. Covid-19 has made that crisis much worse – destroying economic value, diverting essential investment funds and crushing further the spirit of our country’s poor. In this episode we ask: Will Corona and its consequences kill off some jobs for good? Which sectors of our economy offer the best prospects for renewal and sustainable work? And is this just a matter of economics or do we need a change in attitude and values as well? John Perlman was joined by Professor Miriam Altman who is a professor at the University of Johannesburg School of Economics and Stafford Masie who is the General Manager for Africa of the company WeWork.
10
JUN
2020

EPISODE 5 : Education

In this episode we ask: Can we use the coronavirus crisis to build a more efficient and equitable education system going forward? Can we seize the moment to close the gaps in essentials like clean water and innovations like online learning? Or will we just fall back into old patterns that stifle the life chances of so many young South Africans? To get insights on these questions, John Perlman spoke to Professor Mmaki Jantjies is an associate professor in information systems at the University of the Western Cape and Dr Nic Spaull who is a senior research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch.
03
JUN
2020

EPISODE 4 : Electoral Politics

Next year, South Africans are supposed to go to the polls to vote in the local government elections. As those elections draw closer, it’s safe to say that the initial unity of purpose around the pandemic between the ruling party and those in opposition has started to unravel. How will the pandemic change our party political landscape in years to come? Joining John Perlman to discuss this are, Dr Sithembile Mbete senior lecturer in the department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and Professor Richard Calland, associate professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town.
27
MAY
2020

EPISODE 3: Governance

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African government has had to make many decisions about how to manage this crisis. Many of these decisions raise questions about the kind of government we have currently and the kind that will be formed as a result of coronavirus. Joining John Perlman for this conversation are former Public Protector, Thuli Mandonsela who is currently a professor of social justice & law at Stellenbosch University and David Bilchitz, who is a professor of fundamental rights and constitutional law at the University of Johannesburg.
20
MAY
2020

EPISODE 2 : International Relations

In The second episode we will look at how global politics have already shifted dramatically.There will be profound changes ahead in the years to come.How will tensions between china and the US affect Africa? Will the European Union grow weaker? How much will debt and economic distress determine relationships between countries and regions? To Discuss this issues,John Perlman is joined by Dr Greg Mills,Director of the Brenthurst Foundation and Dr Cobus Van Staden,A senior researcher at the south african institute of International Affairs
13
MAY
2020

EPISODE 1: Ineqality and Economic Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of South Africa’s deep inequalities. While we are still in the grip of the lockdown and a post-coronavirus world seems far off, the current moment presents an opportunity to shape the country and world we want. In this first episode of Beyond Corona – South Africa and the World after the Pandemic, we focus on issues of inequality and economic justice. Podcast host, John Perlman is joined by two guests: Professor Haroon Bhorat, Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics and Dr Nthabiseng Moleko, Senior Lecturer in Managerial Economics and Statistics at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

12 episodes