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Episodes in this series
An Update on the Beirut Explosion10 August 2020 | 6 Minute Listen
Thousands of Lebanese have been left to pick up the pieces, while protestors have clashed with the police over the deadly Beirut explosion. Protesters occupied government buildings to voice discontent with government accountability and the handling of the crisis, calling for fresh elections, arrests and resignations, and even a revolution. Beirut residents have blamed its government for the negligence and accused authorities of corruption and mismanagement The Lebanese Prime Minister says it is unacceptable that a shipment of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate has been present for 6 years without any preventative measures. Ray White joined by Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent.
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation 1956 History Project10 August 2020 | 12 Minute Listen
A large army of 20 000 took part in the 1956 march to the Union Buildings, led by Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. During the march, the women chanted “wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo, meaning, you strike the women, you strike a rock, you strike a woman. The women were from different racial groups, clad in colourful regalia, some were carrying babies on their backs. But where are the 20 000 women who took part in the march? The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is calling for contributions of names of all those who took part in the women’s march. Ray White joined by Nompendulo Mkhatshwa, Board member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
President Ramaphosa deploys a special envoy to Zimbabwe07 August 2020 | 8 Minute Listen
After much agitation about the silence of the South African government in the face of reports of police brutality and the arrest of citizens, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he has appointed ANC Veteran Sydney Mufamadi and former National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete as the Special Envoy to engage Zimbabwe over the situation. The DIRCO had said in tweets that it would step in only if help is needed. To get reaction, Bongani joined by Terence Mukupe, Former Zimbabwe Deputy Finance Minister & former Zanu-PF MP.
How is Vuyani Dance Theatre coping during lockdown?06 August 2020 | 7 Minute Listen
Under normal circumstances, the Vuyani Dance Theatre would be a hive of activity. The dancers of the company perform theatre work and corporate gigs. The company also teaches dancing and does a lot of outreach work. But since the country's lockdown began, Vuyani Dance Theatre has had to adapt to a new reality. Bongani speaks to Gregory Maqoma, founder & Executive Director at Vuyani Dance Theatre