Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
Situation in Tunisia
Guest: Dr Claire Spencer Tunisia is facing its worst political crisis in a decade of democracy after President Kais Saied earlier this week ousted the government and suspended parliament with help from the army. This came after violent mass protests nationwide on Sunday as anger over the handling of a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, together with dissatisfaction about the country's economic and social turmoil boiled over. The move has been denounced as a coup by the country's main parties.
Latest episodes in this series
'Sisonke Boxing Club'16 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Jonny Cohen Sisonke Boxing Club exists within a small building at the top of Imizamo Yethu Informal Settlement in Hout Bay. If you walked by on a Friday night, it is unlikely that you could imagine the energy, education and empowerment that is taking place inside. The Boxing Club is the pride of a Non Governmental Organization dedicated to using the sport to advance the athletic skill as well as to train athletes to use boxing to skillfully strike and defend and to find strength, control - in and out of the ring. The club strives to build professional athletic careers. Most of all it exists to inspire young athletes to 'fight the good fight' and to give them a space to do just that. One of the NGO Directors, Jonny Cohen, will discuss the NGO and its future potential.
Maths and Science16 September 2021 | 11 Minute Listen
Guest: Nkosinathi Moshoana An article in the Citizen newspaper at the end of august detailed the outcome of the latest Science, technology and innovation indicators report, which stated that the poor performance ln maths and science in this country is hampering innovation and impacting the economy. In December it emerged South African grade five learners placed third worst in both mathematics and science among the 64 countries assessed for that age bracket. Fifty-nine per cent of grade nine learners did not have basic maths knowledge, and 64 per cent lacked basic competency in science The Department of Basic Education estimates that learners lost between 50% and 75% of a normal year's worth of learning in 2020, placing a huge amount of pressure on those Grade 12s in under-resourced schools. The Primestars’ #StandingWithTheClassOf2021 matric Maths and Science revision programme addresses this crisis, transporting learners across the country to cinemas that are transformed into theatres of education.
An innovative Surf Rescue Jetski won The Innovation & Technology Award at International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards15 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Alan Geeling A South African team won the Innovation & Technology Award at the International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards for their adaptation to a Jetski that greatly enhances its value for surf rescue. An inflatable apron is wrapped around the Jetski to increasing stability and rescue capacity.
Madagascar Vanilla Industry - Corruption, Money Laundering and Criminality15 September 2021 | 6 Minute Listen
Guest: Julia Stanyard Julia Stanyard represents The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to discuss the investigation into the corruption, money laundering and criminality of The Vanilla Trade in Madagascar. About 80% of the world’s vanilla is grown in the mountainous regions of Madagascar. Extraordinary price rises in recent years have brought rising criminality including organised and violent thefts, money laundering and related corruption. Now, in response to falling prices, the government has imposed minimum prices for exports, but this has provided an opening for new forms of money laundering and corruption.
The Case of 'The Cabbage Bandit'15 September 2021 | 6 Minute Listen
Guest: Djo Bankina Tshwane Metro Police officers have formally charged the “cabbage bandit” Djo Ba Nkuna, who planted vegetables on the side of the road to help his wife feed poor communities in the capital city. Nkuna has been at loggerheads with Tshwane Metro Police officers after they received a complaint about his vegetable garden. He was threatened with arrest if he did not desist with his cabbage patch activities, as they were against the by-laws in the City of Tshwane. The battle over the cabbage patch took a legal turn, as the police served him with a notice to appear in court, for allegedly interfering with municipal property. Djo Ba Nkuna claims to have been served with a notice to appear at the Wonderboom Municipal Court on November 23, 2021.
Renewable energy: a viable solution to climate problems and an opportunity for change15 September 2021 | 8 Minute Listen
Guest: Prof Guy Midgley | Professor of Global Change Science at Stellenbosch University There is a growing vision that renewable energy could be a viable solution to South Africa’s unemployment, Eskom’s problems and the looming effects of the climate crisis. Several panelists took part in the Sanlam webinar, “Climate choice or climate challenge?” Professor Guy Midgley, a climate scientist at Stellenbosch University, joins us to explain the argument that he presented at the webinar and the argument for the possible solutions that renewable energy may bring.
Will the 43rd Cape Town Cycle Tour Go ahead on the 10th October 2021?15 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Dave Bellairs | Event Director at The Cycle Tour The 43rd Cape Town Cycle Tour has been confirmed for 10 October 2021. Cyclists await the COVID regulations, limitations and protocol to be enforced. Dave Bellairs, The Director of The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust will discuss the go-ahead decision and the rules that must apply.