Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
Is the R350 distress grant a far cry from a Basic Income Grant?
Guest: Isobel Frye | Director at Studies In Poverty And Inequality Institute The Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) will be reinstated until March 2022. The grant of R350, administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), will also be extended to unemployed caregivers who currently receive child support grants. Should the president consider increasing the amount and can it be made more permanent. Isobel Fyre, Director at Studies In Poverty And Inequality Institute talks about what the next steps are to realising a Basic Income Grant.
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#elections2021 - Western Cape IEC provincial electoral officer outlines preparations for registration weekend16 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Michael Hendrickse | Western Cape provincial electoral officer at IEC Voter's registration for the local government elections will be taking place this weekend, 17th and 18th September. In the Western Cape, 1 577 voting stations and registration venues will be open from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Western Cape provincial electoral officer, Michael Hendrikse, outlines preparations ahead of registration.
Universities South Africa on mandatory vaccines for tertiary students16 September 2021 | 11 Minute Listen
Guest: Prof Ahmed Bawa | CEO at Universities South Africa (USAf) Should tertiary students be vaccinated to for the continuance of classes in person - is something currently under discussion. Last week, the SA Committee of Medical Deans (Sacomd) and the SA Committee of Dental Deans (Sacodd) called for the compulsory vaccination of all health science students. The South African Union of Students, while encouraging students to vaccinate, the student union is opposed to mandatory vaccinations. Ahemd Bawa, discusses Universities South Africa's stance on whether getting the jab should be compulsory.
Contralesa concerned illegal initiation schools may go ahead this summer15 September 2021 | 4 Minute Listen
Guest: Kgosi Maputha Mokoena | President at Congress Of Traditional Leaders Of South Africa (Contralesa) Provinces such as Free State, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and North West conduct initiation school in summer. It is now the time of year where ingoma holders in these provinces would under normal circumstance be preparing to open the initiation schools. Contralesa is concerned that should the government remain silent on initiation schools it will lead to schools operating illegally.
Finance: The financial importance of drawing up a will15 September 2021 | 9 Minute Listen
Guest: Gerald Mwandiambira | Certified Financial Planner Every year the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) promotes National Wills Week, 13 to 17 September, where they encourage law firms to offer free Will drafting in an effort to raise awareness around the importance of Wills. There is an inconceivable statistic that more than 75% of South Africans pass away without a valid Will in place.
Parasitic worms can affect vaccine efficacy14 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Fungai Musaigwa | PhD candidate the Department of Pathology at University of Cape Town While vaccine coverage of the African continent is still low there is an added worry, the effectiveness of vaccines in developing countries, particularly those with very high levels of chronic parasitic infections. Schistosomiasis for instance - about 90% of the people requiring treatment for this debilitating parasite are sub-Saharan Africans. For this reason treatment for schistosomiasis should be considered an important part of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination campaigns where the parasite is commonly found.
Elections 2021 -New voter management devices will prevent multiple voting14 September 2021 | 14 Minute Listen
Guest: Masego Sheburi | Deputy Chief Electoral Officer: Electoral Matters at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) The IEC says has procured 40,000 Voter Management Devices which will be used for the first time over the registration weekend and are meant to speed up the verification process. The system will replace the old “zip zip” device and will prevent a multiple voting phenomenon.
Travel&Tourism: Cape Town named top city in Middle East and Africa14 September 2021 | 7 Minute Listen
Guest: Alderman James Vos | City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Tourism Cape Town has topped the 2021 Travel + Leisures World's Best Awards for the number one city in the Middle East and Africa. The survey was open for voting from January 11 through May 10, 2021 and allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. According to the award the Mother City's allure will make even "the most wanderlust-fueled traveler consider settling down"
#elections2021 - IEC on preparing for voter registration weekend13 September 2021 | 6 Minute Listen
Guest: Masego Sheburi | Deputy Chief Electoral Officer: Electoral Matters at Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Voter registration for the 2021 Municipal Elections will take place on 18 and 19 September. It’s an opportunity for new voters to register and for existing voters to update their details. The IEC's Masego Sheburi details how planning for the upcoming registration weekend is forwarding ahead.
National Liquor Traders welcomes the ease of restrictions on the alcohol sector13 September 2021 | 8 Minute Listen
Guest: Lucky Ntimane | Convener at National Liquor Traders The president addressed the nation last night with an update on the country's covid response. In his address he eased some of the restrictions placed on the alcohol industry.- The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will now be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 10pm.
Property: Out with one-year lease agreements, in with month-to-month leases13 September 2021 | 6 Minute Listen
Guest: Shanaaz Trethewey | CEO at RentMaster In these difficult financial times, the demand for choice and flexibility over set contracts means that more and more landlords and tenants are opting to give month-to-month leases a chance because of their ability to respond to non-payment by a tenant. Shanaaz Trethewey, CEO of RentMaster runs through some considerations for why landlords should more readily give shorter term leases a try.