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Tonight with Lester Kiewit
We need more cops

We need more cops

Guest : Eldred de Klerk| Senior Policing and Community Conflict Specialist at Africa
Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis |

In a recent interview Police Minister Bheki Cele stated that for South Africa to meet
United Nations international standard police officer to citizen ratio of 1 to 220 we'd
need to employ an additional 60 000 cops, currently the SA ratio is 1 to 383.
Minister Cele also highlighted government's predicament , they cant afford to employ
the needed police due to economic restraints while the high crime rate is negatively
impacting the economy.
SAPS currently has 5,000 trainees with a further 14,000 set to be added in the next two
Herein lies the problem, we cant wait 5 years for the required number of officers neither
can we afford to fast track them through their training.
Cele also mentioned that boosting SAPS numbers without strengthening the entire
criminal justice system from cops on the beat to prosecutors, judges & Correctional
Services will all be in vain.
For more on this story we are joined by Eldred de Klerk ,Senior policing and community
conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis

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What the Faf is this?

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An interesting Facebook post by former journalist Simone Heradien asked a interesting
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KZN Tornado

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Video's on social media shows tornado's ripping through KZN earlier today. In New
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11 November 2019 10:04 PM

Guests : 

Will Ronquest-Ross
Glittering sunlight beckons at the end of the cobalt tunnel. Glide across the water’s
surface, dance with the sway of the board, and feel the rush of the wave collapsing.
Surfing is one of the most thrilling ways to experience the ocean. But it’s expensive. The
cost of the sport, from lessons to surfboards and wetsuits, keeps many people onshore.
Luckily, nine-year-old Will Ronquest-Ross is helping other kids catch their big break.
Ronquest-Ross comes from a family of passionate surfers, which is how he began
navigating the waves at the age of five. Wanting to share this phenomena with friends,
he went door-to-door in Hout Bay asking children to join.
That’s when he realised that even those living in close proximity to the beach were
unable to afford the magic of surf. So began his quest for equality. Ronquest-Ross
started a BackaBuddy campaign, which raised enough money for him to give others an
opportunity to learn.
Coached by the Cape Town School of Surfing, Ronquest-Ross practises with kids from
Imizamo Yethu. His proudest moment has been hearing his friends speak excitedly
about their first time riding a wave. By sharing what he loves, Ronquest-Ross is making
surfing an accessible sport for all.
Yazdaan Ally
Shoneez Ganie had a difficult pregnancy. Her son, Yazdaan Ally, was born prematurely
and doctors didn’t give him long to live. But Ally survived. At the age of six, he was
diagnosed with autism. Not understanding the neurobehavioral condition, his mother
struggled at first.After extensive research, she learnt how to stand alongside Ally as he
creatively conquers life.
Children with autism may experience a range of challenges. In Ally’s case, he battles
with writing, speaking, and muscle coordination. With his mother’s encouragement,
Ally uses art as a form of release and expression. Ally’s colourful pictures depict sunny
days, soccer games, and even include an impressive portrayal of Bigfoot.
These illustrations allow Ally’s mother to understand his world. Together with the right
knowledge and tools, she’s helping him excel. With faith, determination, and
unconditional love, they’re demonstrating that the idea of normal is only relative.
Nelisiwe Zuma.
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California. Unable to contain her excitement, Zuma joined her friends to celebrate her
big break. But on her way home, their car flew off the road. Zuma woke up three weeks
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physical trauma seemed insurmountable.
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her body changed, Zuma became increasingly depressed. But in the process of
recuperating, she began to realise how incredible it was to have survived. Her scars
were a symbol of life, a reminder to cherish her body and her second chance.
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with her scars on show, an image of resilience. With her site, Madame Blogger, Zuma
offers an honest account of her experiences and creates a space for others to share
theirs. While she still has bad days, Zuma is embracing her path of healing. Along this
journey, she’s found a greater purpose.
Lookout Sibanda
Lookout Sibanda is a man of few words. Instead, he prefers to craft his expression
through art. Sibanda’s creative flair sparked in high school when his friends taught him
to paint. So when he couldn’t afford to study after matric, he chose to pursue his
passion by decorating ceramics with brushes of colour. But adding the final touches
wasn’t enough. Sibanda felt compelled to learn pottery from inception.
Working for established ceramists Elza van Dijk and Nicole Kingston exposed Sibanda
to their techniques. Even without formal classes, he learnt to produce pots, bowls, and
plates. Soon, Sibanda started promoting his wares at markets and exhibitions in Port
Elizabeth, building a reputation under the name Lookout Ceramics. Today, Sibanda
holds success in the palm of his hand. His signature work features abstract and
geometric patterns, with vivid colours inspired by the blankets his grandmother used to
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talent. Despite his accomplishments, Sibanda is conscious of the challenging course it’s
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Help Up

11 November 2019 9:54 PM

Guest : Georgia Mctaggart

Georgia Mctaggart from the group Help Up held a clean up operation in
at the canal in Langa this weekend, they and volunteers were able to pick up 1,6 tons of
garbage from the canal in about 3 hours.The Help Up Community Initiative trains and
pays unemployed people to clean up their environment. To pay the helpers they raise
money on Back A Buddy , they also do weekly clean ups at the Black River in Mowbray &
pay the Help Up Avatars with the money raised by the crowd sourcing initiative.

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Paddy Upton- The Barefoot Coach

11 November 2019 9:31 PM

Guest : Paddy Upton

Joining us in studio is Paddy Upton, to talk to us about his book "The Barefoot Coach:
Life-changing Insights from Coaching the World's Best Cricketers"
Paddy joined Gary Kirsten in 2008 as part of the Indian Cricket Team & they went on to
win the ICC Cricket World Cup with the team in 2011 .
But way before that he worked with the Protea's as the cricket worlds first fitness
trainer ,he transitioned to mental coaching in professional sport, and in 2012 became
head coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Since then, he has
coached five teams in thirteen seasons across three of the world’s premier T20 leagues.
One of the topics we will be discussing with Paddy is how sport can affect the psyche of
a nation.

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Andrew Thompson, The Cost of Chopped Veggies

11 November 2019 9:02 PM

Guest : Andrew Thompson

Pre-chopped vegetables are predictably more expensive than whole ones but
sometimes the convenience can cost almost double & certain veggies that are harder to
chop up cost even more.
Andrew Thompson went out & did some research that he will be sharing with us
tonight. Did you know that in one well known shop a diced kilogram of sweet potatoes
costs R49.98 per kilogram compared to R19.99 per kilogram whole??

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