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Riyaad Avontuur has been clean for 390 days and counting. But it’s been a long journey
to get here. When he got involved with the wrong crowd and started using drugs, life
became increasingly difficult.
Riyaad spent 10 years in and out of rehabs and missed out on being there for his family.
Recovery isn’t instant. This time, he needed to fill the days of sobriety with positive
intent. He took up running alongside his daughter – an activity that’s given both he and
his community in Bonteheuwel a head start to success.
Every time Riyaad and his daughter ventured out for a sprint, children would approach
them. He realised the kids needed to occupy themselves and keep away from negative
influences. By approaching principals in nearby schools, Riyaad gathered learners who
were interested in athletics and eager to have someone coach them. Earlier this year, he
began the Bonteheuwel Central Athletic Club with just two members. It’s now grown to
over 60 children chasing their purpose.
Running the club has guided Riyaad away from his old vices, and towards a position of
leadership. His past has shown him how easy it is to veer off track. But it’s also taught
him it’s possible to move on, no matter where you come from.
***
Kierran Allen believe Durban doesn’t get enough credit. Despite its warm beaches,
balmy climate, easy-going folks, and art nouveau architecture, the seaside metropolis
seldom features among the country’s major attractions. Used to seeing it from every
angle, local photographer Kierran was surprised at how many others miss out on its
beauty. To showcase the splendour of the city, Allen embarked on a grand project.
Using his own funds, Kieran set about capturing the landscape with Warren Hill and
Nathan Pellow-Jarman, his partners at Novos Digital Cinema. Their drone shots offer
new perspectives of the environment, while time-lapses provide glimpses of the
changing cityscape. Dedicating up to five hours of shooting to every sequence, the
process of perfectly encapsulating Durban took two years to complete.
He's now collated his work into a three-minute film, Titled, Enter Durban, the video
received hundreds of thousands of views, an outpouring of appreciative messages, and
phenomenal acclaim. Locals and visitors alike were entranced by the landscape’s
unassuming charm. This year, Durban was voted Africa’s Leading City Destination by the
World Travel Awards. Allen’s work reveals the beauty that lies right before us.
***
Classrooms just got a whole lot cooler. The Department of Basic Education recently
announced that they’re introducing coding to the South African curriculum. But not
every school has access to computers. While some students are equipped with the
knowledge to contribute to the country’s technological growth, others lack the
resources to study even the basics. The results of this dichotomy become more
pronounced later in life. This was the experience for 17-year-old Nadine Maselesele to
boost their skills, Maselesele went back to her alma mater.
At Salt River High School, she began tutoring Maths and Science while advocating for IT
education. As a result of her efforts, Nadine was chosen as a fellow of the Facebook
Community Leadership Programme. She received the opportunity to visit Facebook’s
headquarters in California – and $50 000 to build a fully equipped computer lab at her
old school. The students can now develop their basic computer skills, complete
assignments, learn to code, and create online portfolios to assist their future job
applications.
Technology in the classroom can either be a major distraction or a great asset in
sparking interest. Resources like this allow students to take control of their education.
And Nadine has been instrumental in driving this development. Though she’s barely out
of high school, she hasn’t hesitated to give back.
***
Zahraa Hendricks had a game to win. To her, scoring tries was the challenge, not
wearing a headscarf. The young hijabi didn’t expect to make headlines in her first rugby
match. But when Hendricks ran onto the field, pictures of her were taken and posted to
social media. Instantly, they went viral. Hendricks’ amendments to her kit had caught
onlookers off-guard. For protection and as a symbol of modesty, Muslim women veil
their hair. Because of it, they’re often doubly painted with the stigma of being
oppressed. Zahraa says this is not true. And that she's free to choose for herself.
The kit isn’t as covered as she requires, so she’s adapted the gear to suit her needs. And
in her team, the headscarf is seen as part of her identity – just as it is to her.
. By sporting the hijab on the field, Hendricks breaks stereotypes and channels the
embracing attitude of South Africa’s people. Our unity escalates our freedom.
***
Music was the first sign of Faith Mamba’s bright future. She didn’t know much about
melodies – except that they provided her with the warmth she yearned for. After
Mamba’s mother passed on, her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Foreseeing
the impending outcome,her grandmom placed the young girl in an orphanage. When
her grandmother died, faith was left to face life on her own. Social workers and
caregivers reached out by offering her a host of recreational activities. In sonorous
sounds, she discovered profound comfort.
It was while attending a student concert at the Durban Music School that faith noticed
the saxophone. Her newfound interest drove her to enrol at the institution. There, the
shiny gold instrument fast became her favourite and enabled her to channel her
emotions.
Today, the university student has reached Grade 6 in Classical Music and remains loyal
to the family that supported her. Using her saxophone, she is creating her own
repository of resilience against adversity. As long as she has an instrument in hand, she’s home.



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Guest : Clive Amsel

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Guest : Tim Lundy

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Britons vote in high-stakes general election [dominated by Brexit]

12 December 2019 8:38 PM

Guest : Benjamin Fogel

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expected to deliver their verdict on the Brexit crisis engulfing British politics.
Thursday's ballot will shape how, or whether, the UK will finally exit the European Union
after months of parliamentary deadlock over how to execute the result of its 2016
referendum on membership of the bloc.
The vote brings to an end a campaign period during which Prime Minister Boris
Johnson's Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have offered starkly
different visions for resolving the impasse and rebuilding the UK after a decade of tough
economic conditions.
Johnson wants to action a swift exit from the EU, while Corbyn is committed to holding
a second referendum over the issue.
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Beautiful news

11 December 2019 10:00 PM

Guest : Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’i | Founder at Ketsh Up ZA |

It is an initiative that aims to motivate more women from all walks of life (particularly
African women) to acquire cycling and swimming skills in order to destroy stereotypes
and diversify the triathlon scene.
Ketsh Up, was started in 2016 in PE by Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’I and her friend
Bianca Reichelt as a fitness movement to encourage women from all walks of life to
join them in taking up running, swimming, and cycling.
Since then, the NPO has grown into a sizeable club of over 100 women whose members
swim, cycle and run in triathlon events

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Guest : Lisa Joshua Sonn

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Guest : Dillon Khan | VP at Comedy Central Network |

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10 Things you need to know about Medical Malpractice

11 December 2019 8:52 PM

Guest : Johann Roux

Are medical malpractice claims were skyrocketing in SA?
It's emerged that at least eight children have died allegedly at the hands of two
Johannesburg doctors at Netcare Park Lane Clinic due to negligence, EWN reported
earlier today.
A warrant of arrest has been issued for pediatric surgeon Dr Peter Baele and
anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi after 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed died following a
routine surgery.
The pair are facing culpable homicide charges after Sayed’s lung collapsed and he died
in intensive care unit in October. It's understood a total of 21 families have also come
forward to sue Baele and Mushni for negligence. The two doctors will have to appear
before a court on charges of culpable homicide once they have been arrested.

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Eskom media briefing: Cyril's response to load shedding and SA's energy crisis

11 December 2019 8:32 PM

Guest : Solly Moeng


Ramaphosa decided to return home from a state visit to Egypt on Tuesday. This was
earlier than planned to “deal with domestic priorities”, including the electricity crisis
and the floods in parts of the country.
The president faced backlash for leaving country moments after Eskom announced an
unprecedented stage six lead shedding earlier this week.
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headquarters at Megawatt Park to find a solution to the crisis.
Meanwhile, load-shedding has been downgraded to stage two on Tuesday.

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