One-On-One with Sean Davison
South Africa’s laws currently prohibit assisted dying. It is DignitySA’s belief that it is a ‘Basic Human Right to Die with Dignity’, and that those afflicted with a terminal illness should be allowed the option to end his or her life with assistance in order to preserve personal privacy and dignity as well as alleviate suffering. DignitySA believes that assisted dying should be legalised.
DignitySA was launched on 25th September, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sean Davison wrote his memoirs in the book Before We Say Goodbye published in 2009, documenting the final days of his mother’s life. His mother was a highly respected and popular medical doctor. Following a long battle with cancer she chose to end her life by going on a hunger strike but though she got weaker and weaker death eluded her. She then sought and got the assistance she needed to pass into the next life from her son.
A leaked copy of an early manuscript of the book revealed that he gave his mother a dose of morphine to help end her life, following her desperate pleas. Sean Davison was subsequently arrested for the attempted murder of his mother and stood trial in New Zealand in October 2011. After accepting a plea bargain he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assisted suicide and was sentenced to 5 months house arrest in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Dignity SA is the direct result of the experience of assisting his mother in her wish to die with dignity. Like Dignity NZ, Dignity SA follows the principles of the original Swiss Dignitas organisation founded in 1998 byLudwig Minelli, a Swiss lawyer.
Guest: Professor Sean Davison
Organisation: Dignity SA
The Monat-Dixon Line
Donald Monat & June Dixon were performers and producers of many hit SABC/Springbok radio shows in the 1960s and 70s, and are still working artists today. They just started a podcast called the Monat Dixon Line, a mix of old radio content mixed with contemporary commentary. You can see more at http://www.themonatdixonline.com/.
You can also find their podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-monat-dixon-line/id592789960
The WHEAT Trust
The Women’s Hope Education and Training (WHEAT) Trust is a women's fund that supports grassroots women making a difference in their communities.
Through supporting grassroots women to seek local solutions to local problems, WHEAT invests in education, training and capacity building to foster women's leadership and to empower women to uplift themselves and their communities. To achieve this, WHEAT promotes a culture of giving primarily by providing grants and other resources to grassroots women-led organisations that would otherwise not been able to access these on their own. WHEAT supports these CBOs when they need to learn new skills that will enable more sustainability.
Furthermore, WHEAT actively encourages CBO's to gain accountability and good governance.
Guest: Soraya Matthews
Organisation: Wheat Trust
Position: Executive Director
Tech & Tea
1 BBM to soon become available on Apple and Android devices.
2 Burger King releases video of their CPT launch.
3 Blackberry CEO announces lower-priced phone.
4 Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela fired over tweet.
5 SA app “PriceCheck” wins BlackBerry Achievement Awards App of The Year
Guest: Sibongile Mafu
Let's Talk Travel with Kate Turkington
Kate spoke a little more about Tuscany as well as making us all jealous as we were talking toher from a chateau in France.
Guest: Kate Turkington
Position: Author and travel writer
Financial Fitness with Paul Roelofse
Paul continued his chat about property as an Investment particularly with the power of leveraging; and took listeners calls.
Guest: Paul Roelofse
Organisation: Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk
Position: Resident Personal Finance expert
Kleptomania: Impulse Control Disorder
The causes of kleptomania have not been fully understood but preliminary research and clinical experience suggests an interaction of psychological, environmental and biological factors.
•Inside the brain of a kleptomaniac: A decrease in the availability of neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain has been associated with a tendency toward risk taking behaviors. Serotonin regulates emotions and mood of a person. There may also be an increase in the level of dopamine which produces feelings of pleasure and reinforces the stealing.
•Stolen objects are a symbol for something else: In many cases of kleptomania, some deep wishes which he or she is scared to acknowledge and suppresses. The stolen object fulfills these wishes in a symbolic and complicated manner.
Guest: Dr Helgo Schomer
Organisation: Private Practice
Clean the City Campaign
Khethi Ngwenya from School Media spoke to Tim and Que about the launch of a cleaning initiative to encourage a cleaner neighbourhood by educating the community about waste sorting, recycling and the benefits of living in a clean environment called “Clean the City” campaign.
Guest: Khethi Ngwenya
Organisation: School Media
Position: Managing Director
Tel: 011 720 7174
Effectiveness of non-traditional sponsorship
Tim and Que spoke to Kim Taylor, a specialist environmental PR and marketing consultant for Two Oceans Aquarium, about the effectiveness of non-traditional sponsorship as a great way to emphasise a company’s good news stories and chatting about the power of environmental sponsorship.
Guest: Kim Taylor
Organisation: Kim Taylor Publicity
Tel: 083 564 4237
Que debated the proposal that first-year students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will from next year have to enrol for a compulsory isiZulu course and pass in order to graduate. This was hugely debated with listeners highlighting the unfairness that it brings back the group areas act, that Zulus also should be made to learn another African language. Some listeners compared the proposal to studying abroad e.g In France or Brazil where one might be compelled to learn a certain language as a prerequisite.
A listener pointing out that in order for some students to be accepted in varsity they write an English test to see if they can communicate and write well in the language
Open Line with Katie MacDonald
Katie opened the show by looking at introducing compulsory indegenous language courses at tertiary level. She asked listeners whether it would not be better for indegenous languages to be taught from primary school level.
Listeners commented about how they found it easier to grasp new languages at a young age than when they are older, and how indegenous languages need to be respected more in the country.
Listeners also commented about the oddest thing they have ever left behind or forgot.
Katie also revealed a study which states that South Africa is one of the most racially friendly nations in the world. Listeners commented on why or why they do not agree with this study.
The most intensely discussed topic on the show was of how to combat the high number of casualties in traditional Xhosa circumcision schools. Katie expressed her concern about Mpumalanga's Health MEC's reluctance to take decisive action on the death of initiates in Mpumalanga this past week.
Listeners commented on how the practice needs to be modernised and regulated more, especially since there are more deaths from traditional circumcision now than in the past, and there the reality that there are bogus initiation schools that are operating.