Upfront with Refilwe Moloto
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Homeless killings: Where are the statements and hashtags?24 June 2019 | 17 Minute Listen
Refilwe speaks to Alex Mitchley | Journalist at News24. Why aren't the murders of 5 men in the same area in Pretoria eliciting the kind of response we've become used to when you're dealing with a particularly strange spate of crime? Campaigns, statements from organisations and of course politicians. This... appears to be the work of a serial killer. The police won't go so far, but it appears like the likely outcome.
Lucid Dreaming24 June 2019 | 12 Minute Listen
Refilwe speaks to Achilleas Pavlou PhD Researcher on Lucid Dreams at University of Essex. Isn't it boring when people want to tell you about their dreams? Dreams are strange and very personal manifestations of whatever is going on in the mind of the dreamer, right? It's forever a sort-of inside joke. Today, we are going to talk about something far cooler. Have you heard of lucid dreaming? The idea that you are AWARE that you are dreaming which sometimes allows you to direct what happens in that dream. Or... something like that? Achilleas Pavlou studies lucid dreaming and is exploring some interesting ways it can be used by many of us. Including, how to purposefully bring it about.
Eskom Unbundling?24 June 2019 | 14 Minute Listen
Refilwe speaks to Hilton Trollip Energy Research Centre Researcher at UCT. Eskom is mess. As all those financial publications keep saying: It's not exactly a going concern. Is it the priority of the government to fix that? It should be. It seemed like it! At this year's first SONA, President Ramaphosa announced the unbundling of the massive company. But last week... dololo.
Zindzi Mandela: You know better, do better24 June 2019 | 27 Minute Listen
Refilwe speaks to ANC and government veteran Mavuso Msimang. On Friday, 14 June 2019 Her Excellency, Ms Zindzi Mandela, South African Ambassador to Denmark, released a distinctly undiplomatic tweet that instantly went viral. It precipitated a deluge of comments, many of which supported her take on South Africa's emotive land-ownership debate. Dear Apartheid Apologist," said Mandela, "your time is over, you will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally, #TheLandIsOurs." She went further and made reference to "white cowards and shivering land thieves".
Imbongi from //Hui !Gaeb leads parliament in Khoekhoegowab21 June 2019 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Bradley van Sitters. Bradley van Sitters was a rapper from Athlone, Cape Town, in his youth. But it was his rhythmic, melodic praise-singing in the endangered Khoekhoegowab language on Thursday night that really got people sitting up as they watched the 2019 State of the Nation address on their television screens. An emotional Van Sitters told News24 shortly afterwards that he was proud to have represented the first nation with his "uttering" in the National Assembly. "[Ramaphosa] allowing for the first time for the language to be heard at SONA, that says a lot. The mood shifted in the place," he said. "I could feel there was definitely ancestral workings happening there. People felt touched. It was powerful." Anyone hoping to impress their guests around the braai or dinner table might want to sign up for a language course. The University of Cape Town is offering a short course at the moment and indicated an intention last month for Khoekhoegowab to become a fourth language at the institution. KhoeKhoegowab was the original language spoken by the first inhabitants in the Cape and is the most populous and widespread of the Khoisan language. Today there are 2 000 speakers of the language in the Northern and Western Cape, 150 000 speakers in Namibia and
Day Zero for Chennai21 June 2019 | 10 Minute Listen
Guest: Jayaram Venkatesan. Chembarambakkam and the three other reservoirs that have traditionally supplied Chennai are nearly all dry, leaving the city suffering from an acute water shortage, said Jayaram Venkatesan, an activist in the city. Due to an inability to collect sufficient rain water combined with low groundwater levels, the Tamil Nadu state government has been struggling to provide water to residents. With the reservoirs dry, water is being brought directly into Chennai neighborhoods in trucks. Every day, hundreds of thousands of residents have no choice but to stand in line for hours in soaring summer temperatures, filling dozens of cans and plastic containers.
Judith February: No magic in president's sober Sona21 June 2019 | 20 Minute Listen
Guest: Judith February | Senior research associate at Institute For Security Studies. From lower data costs to more than 100,000 jobs, President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined seven priorities for the new administration when he delivered his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night. So, what exactly does the president have in store for South Africans? While it's not clear how exactly Ramaphosa's government will deliver on his 7 big promises, EWN has summarised what voters can look out for.
US spy drone shot down by Iran21 June 2019 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Paula Slier Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone Thursday in the first direct military contact between the two nations in more than 30 years. But where it happened is in dispute. Iran said it was over their territory, while the U.S. said the plane was over international waters. The drone left a corkscrew smoke trail as it fell tens of thousands of feet into the sea after being hit by an Iranian missile, a direct attack by Iran on a U.S. military aircraft.