Morning Talk

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SA’s state of education & healthcare - what can we learn from Finland?

We hear from the Finland delegation that is currently visiting South Africa with the aim of establishing relations with our educators and health professionals. They will tell us more about what they’ve been doing on teacher education and on learning environments. Guests (studio): Ms Roseanna Avento, Coordinator for Global and Transnational Education at the University of Eastern Finland Mr. Markku Saarelainen, Development Manager at the University of Eastern Finland

‘Prison S.M.A.R.T programme’

Often members of the public get very angry at anyone who is showing sympathy to those who are in prison. The feeling is that they deserve to be in there as they committed crimes. Well the International Association for Human Values in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation have implemented the Prison S.M.A.R.T programme in South Africa which they say is aimed at making a life transforming difference in the lives of all people within the criminal justice system. What is it exactly and how is it used to better the lives of those who are in prison? Guest(Studio): Veron Sirkissoon - One of the volunteers and course facilitator for the Prison SMART programme

‘The role of Afrikaners in a democratic SA’

South Africa’s Afrikaner community – what kind of country they envisaged post ’94? And what is their contribution now in moving South Africa forward? ‘Tapping into minds and hearts of the Afrikaner community in South Africa’. Guest (studio): Dr Dan Roodt, Afrikaner Author and Activist, he is also Director of Praag (Pro-Afrikaanse Aksiegroep)

‘Day of the Imprisoned Writer’

Today (15 November) is marked as the ‘Day of the imprisoned writer’. On this day writers gather to highlight and campaign on behalf of their counterparts who face unjust imprisonment, attacks, harassment and violence for their free expression work. What would they say are some of the reason why writers are being targeted and in 2017 why are we still seeing writers being persecuted? Guest: Nokukhanya Mncwabe - Project Coordinator at PEN SA

‘Soweto Theatre remembers Gibson Kente’

The Soweto Theatre will be paying tribute to one of South Africa’s legendary playwrights, Gibson Kente. He is known as the father of township theatre. Why have they decided to the honour him now in 2017 and how is the theatre capitalizing on his legacy to draw the crowds? Guest(Studio): Makhaola Ndebele - Artistic Director at Joburg City Theatres

‘Michael Jackson comes alive in SA’

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson may be dead and buried, but his spirit lives on in Michael Jonathan. He has traveled internationally performing as Michael Jackson which left many audiences astonished. He is in the country now to show us what his made of and also to tell us why he is keeping Michael Jackson alive….. Guest(Studio): Michael Jonathan – French Michael Jackson performer

‘Living with it’

November being about men’s health, we use the opportunity to get a man’s perspective on cancer. Dale Clarke is someone who was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Being a sports loving person who used to train four times a week and play different types of sports, how has this affected him and how does make it through the day? Guest: Dale Clarke – Diagnosed with testicular cancer

‘Challenges facing students in South African universities’

How do we address the historic and still existing imbalance between black and white students, and what role should universities play in this? Dr Gideon Nomdo explains how participation in development programmes profoundly affects black students’ sense of identity and their feelings of self-worth. Guest: Dr Gideon Nomdo, Course coordinator: Language in Humanities at the University of Cape Town

‘Plight of children in SA’

Child Welfare SA has raised serious concerns about the state of the abuse of children in the country. For the past few months, the media was dominated by stories of sexual abuse of children at schools and at home. They are now calling on the public and celebrities to help raise awareness on the issue. As far as they are concerned, what is behind this scourge and what can we do as a nation to help? Guest: Jackie Dunn – Manager at Child Welfare SA

‘The contribution of tourism to the economy’

Reactions still continue to come in from different sectors about the Midterm Budget Speech which highlighted how the economy is not doing too good and how things need to be changed around. We hear now from the tourism sector as last year they contributed 9.3% to the overall GDP. What is their reaction and what are their concerns moving forward? Guest: Penny Ndlela – CEO of Soul Traveller Tours

‘Negotiating peace between rival taxi groups’

As we come to the end of Transport Month, we turn our focus on the issue of solving taxi disputes. In Alexandra, two taxi associations ARMSTA and ATA have been at loggerheads for many years mostly about routes as it is a common fight in the industry where many drivers and owners lost their lives. They have finally signed a peace agreement which was initiated by the Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The big question is how did they do it and what can other association learn from this? Guest(Studio): Mr Mpho Motsumi – President of the Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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