Tonight with Lester Podcast
Urban Caracal Project
Guest : Dr. Laurel Klein Serieys | Project Coordinator at Urban Caracal Project | Pictures of an elusive Caracal spotted on table Mountain by a couple of hikers have been making the rounds on social media. The wild cats are shy by nature and avoid contact with humans. But the Urban Caracal Project keeps track of the numbers and distribution of these beautiful wild animals and have tagged several of them. Joining us on the line is Dr Laurel Serieys from the Urban Caracal Project
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Guest : Kerry Mauchline | Spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer| The Council of Education Ministers has made amendments to some grades returning to school. Minister of the Department of Basic Education Angie Motshekga held a meeting with stakeholders on Thursday and announced that "After careful consideration of all the reports CEM took a decision that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday, 06th July 2020," the council said in a statement. Other grades will be phased during the month of July.
Beautiful News feature: Food Flow01 July 2020 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest : Ashley Newell Food Flow is a new initiative pioneered during this crisis in Cape Town – with donations they buy produce from small-scale farmers who would usually supply the restaurant business – to make up essential vegetable boxes to distribute to communities facing food insecurity. Thus, protecting the supply chain for the future, keeping small farmers afloat – Food Flow shifts the flow of produce coming from farms to those most vulnerable. FoodFlow then matches the farmer with a community organization in their vicinity who distributes harvest bags or cooks a meal for their beneficiaries. FoodFlow works to sustain food livelihoods, enabling farmers to continue sustaining their business despite the loss of restaurant, hotel and market clients and ensures fresh nutritious food keeps flowing to those who are most impacted by food insecurity
Online Children’s Conference01 July 2020 | 13 Minute Listen
Guest : Lawrence Manaka Liyema Saliwa Today, Equal Education held an online Children’s Conference, bringing together learner members of Equal Education (Equalisers) and education officials from various provinces, to discuss how to address the challenges faced by learners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the realisation of a Charter for the Equal Education organization.
Athlone school starts crowd-funding campaign 'Save Sunnyside Primary'01 July 2020 | 11 Minute Listen
Guest : Chantal Bredenkamp | Grade 3 teacher at Sunnyside Primary School The last few months have been tough on the education sector. Schools were one of the first institutions to shut down even before the nationwide lockdown was announced and soon all classes turned digital. As the economic repercussions of lockdown led to job losses and pay cuts, many parents found themselves battling to pay school fees. The effects have been dire. But one school refuses to go down without a fight.
Mars 2020 launch slips again01 July 2020 | 13 Minute Listen
Guest : Dr Pieter Kotze | Head at Geomagnetism Group At Hermanus The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission. NASA announced June 30 that the mission, previously scheduled to launch July 22, would be delayed to investigate “off-nominal” data from a liquid oxygen sensor line during a wet dress rehearsal of the mission’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle June 22 at Cape Canaveral, Florida - according to SpaceNews.com. The mission was originally scheduled to launch July 17, the beginning of its launch period, but has slipped three times. None of the slips have had to do with issues with the Mars 2020 spacecraft itself - NASA announced. The Mars 2020 project (carrying a rover named Perseverance) will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, regardless of what day it launches during the current launch period. The rover will land in Jezero Crater on Mars for mission designed to last at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days. Perseverance’s instruments will reportedly look for signs of past life on Mars, but the mission’s biggest purpose is to cache samples of Martian rock for later return to Earth.