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Zahraa Hendricks
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.
Hendricks’ decision to play rugby tackles more than one misconception. “A lot of
Muslim girls may feel that there isn’t a place for them in contact sport,” she says.
Hendricks proves otherwise. The kit isn’t as covered as she requires, so she’s adapted
the gear to suit her needs. “The topic of hijab is constantly under scrutiny,” she says. But
in Hendricks’ team, the headscarf is seen as part of her identity – just as it is to her.
Bolekwa Salusalu
Bolekwa Salusalu has no hands, but she sews every single day. The 62-year-old is a
designer and creator of immaculately stitched wedding dresses, traditional outfits, and
school uniforms. Draped around her modest studio are a range of colourful garments,
each pattern more interesting than the next. Her friend Luluma Mnyute is perpetually
bowled over by Salusalu’s talent. Salusalu works tirelessly to provide for her family
from her home in the Eastern Cape, but she does it with style.
As a little girl, Salusalu watched her grandmother make her own clothing. She eagerly
soaked up lessons in sewing at school, but her family’s limited finances forced her to
drop out in Grade 8. In spite of this, the young seamstress pursued her passion and soon
blossomed into a talented designer. After working as a tailor for 28 years, she began
experiencing pain in her arm. Upon examination, doctors found that she had developed
gangrene. That year, Salusalu had both her right hand and her leg amputated, but she
kept on sewing. And even when she lost her left hand, she never gave up.
Despite the barriers she faces, Salusalu has come up with innovative ways to keep living
life on her own terms. Crickets chirp outside her window, and the whirr of the sewing
machine fills her room. Though surrounded by noise, Salusalu’s demeanor is always
calm.
Not one to be deterred from passion, Salusalu has made a point of proving the ease in
simply doing what needs to be done. Beyond dressing her community in the finest
fashions, she offers something far more profound to South Africa: inspiration. In just
being herself, Salusalu demonstrates how we can do anything we put our minds to, no
matter the limitations. “With my stompie,” she says, “I’m going to show you.”
Faith Mamba
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, the matriarch placed the young girl in an orphanage. When her
grandmother died, Mamba was left to face life on her own. Social workers and
caregivers reached out by offering Mamba 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 Mamba
noticed the saxophone. Her newfound interest drove her to enrol at the institution.
There, the shiny gold instrument fast became her favourite and enabled Mamba to
channel her emotions.
Mamba’s dedication has turned her life into a symphony. Today, the university student
has reached Grade 6 in Classical Music and remains loyal to the family that supported
her.



More episodes from Tonight with Lester Podcast

Blackey Tempi Quintet

17 October 2019 9:59 PM

Guest : Blackey Tempi

Township trumpet titan Blackey Tempi and his quintet combine big sounds, swinging
township melodies, with sophisticated soulful harmonic vocals and a celebratory
African rhythmic tempo.
He has been shaping South African jazz since the 70’s. Known for his stylish blend of
rhythmic African music an American traditions and his brilliant big band presence, he
has recorded with the likes of Winston Mankunku and Errol Dyers.
He started playing trumpet and frugal horn in 1977 after dropping out of school after
the Soweto riots of 1976. He is largely self-taught although he joined Jazz Workshop in
1979 to study further. In 1982, he started his first band ‘Fever’ which played mainly
cover music of the day and played regularly in the Cape Town nightspots.
Between 1982 and 1985, he played with numerous bands in and around Cape Town and
in 1985 toured Namibia for three months with the musical “African Follies”. On his
return, he moved to Gauteng to play with a wide variety of bands.
In 1998, he returned to Cape Town to participate in a three year jazz programme under
Professor Mike Campbell but regrettably had to leave the programme due to financial
constraints.
During this time, Blackey had been playing with an 8 piece big band called “Tandanani”
playing original African music, but he felt that a more commercial band was needed to
appeal to a broader band of customers and in 2000 “The Brotherhood” was born.
Between 2002 and 2012, Blackey toured extensively with hit tribute show “Diamonds
and Dust “ and a further two years with other Barnyard tribute shows before returning
home to start a successful B & B with his wife which is a hit on the Coffee Beans Route
whilst performing at corporate events and festivals.
Blackey Tempi quintet comprises:
Blackey Tempi on trumpet, Anathi Mobo on vocals, Clayton Pretorius on bass, George
Werner on keys and Thulani Mkhatshana on drums.

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Bonga The Stand Up Poet

17 October 2019 9:38 PM

Guest : Bonga Ndziweni

Bonga Ndziweni is a multi-slam winning poet who began writing poetry in high school.
He has performed on various stages all over South Africa and the continent including
the SANAA Africa Arts Festival and the Word and Sound Live Literature International
youth poetry festival to name a couple. Bonga recently wrote and recorded a poem for
CapeTalks’s birthday celebrations and has performed together with Jazz greats Gloria
Bosman and Jimmy Dludlu. Copywriter by day and poet by night – Bonga uses the power
of words to try and make a difference in people’s lives.

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Hiking with Tim Lundy

17 October 2019 9:10 PM

Guests : Tim Lundy
                Lizelle Louw
               Julian Louw

The Raw Food Company
Rescue recap
Safety recap

My details:
FB: Cape Town Hiking with Tim Lundy
Twitter : @hikingcapetown
You Tube: Cape Town Hiking
Instagram : capetownhiking

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The end of the DA's black leader experiment?

17 October 2019 8:44 PM

Guest : Sanusha Naidu | Political Analyst

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) post-2019 election review report recommends that
party leader Mmusi Maimane step down.
The DA’s disappointing run in the 2019 general election saw the knives come out for the
charismatic leader — its first black party head.
In 1994, the DA got 1.7% of the vote. In 1999 it got to 9.5% of the vote and grew steadily
to a high of 22.3% in 2014.
But the 2019 election saw the DA slump for the first time in its history — to 20.7%
The review report committee was led by former DA chief strategist Ryan Coetzee.
A party source said: “There’s a recommendation that the leader step down.”
But those in Maimane’s corner said he will put his faith in council delegates. One of
these said: “The report will be tabled on Saturday; it’s the only thing on the agenda.
From there they will deliberate and it is up to council to decide.”
The report is also thought to contain a suggestion that the party’s chief executive, Paul
Boughey, leave.
READ MORE: Paul Boughey, CEO of the DA has resigned
Boughey seems to have preempted this, with his resignation late on Thursday.
In his resignation letter, Boughey said that he had “reached an agreement in principle”
with the party to step down, adding that the full details of the agreement would be
revealed in the coming days.
In a statement released by the DA, noting the resignation of Boughey, the party lauded
his service to the party and the “Democratic project”.
UCT political analyst Sanusha Naidu joins us live for her thoughts on this development

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Beautiful News

16 October 2019 9:57 PM

Guest : Riyaad Avontuur

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. Avontuur spent 10 years in and out of rehabs and missed
out on being there for his family. Recovery isn’t instant. This time, Avontuur needed to
fill the days of sobriety with positive intent. He took up running alongside his daughter –
an activity that’s given both Avontuur and his community in Bonteheuwel a head start to
success.
Every time Avontuur and his daughter ventured out for a sprint, children would
approach them: "Uncle, can we come run with you?" he recalls them asking. Avontuur
realised the kids needed to occupy themselves and keep away from negative
influences. “There's so much more in my community beyond drugs and crime,” he says.
By approaching principals in nearby schools, Avontuur 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 Avontuur 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. “I finally feel that I can
contribute something,” he says. Avontuur is turning each step of his recovery into great
strides, both for himself and the kids of Bonteheuwel.

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BBC 100 women of 2019

16 October 2019 9:50 PM

Guest : Lucinda Evans

Our very own Lucinda Evans was one of the amazing women honoured by the BBC, they
describe her as as a voice for women. who leads nationwide marches, rallying thousands
of women in the streets of Cape Town, challenging government to translate policy into
action.

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Shnit Film Festival

16 October 2019 9:36 PM

Guest : Sean Drummond | Festival Organisor

The Shnit Short Film festival is an eleven-day event with a unique concept – a
transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in multiple cities on five
continents worldwide, running from the 17th to the 28th of 17-28 October in venues in
and around Cape Town.

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Lisa Joshua Sonn on Trauma

16 October 2019 9:06 PM

Guest : Lisa Joshua Sonn |

 You are not what happened to you :

I believe we underestimate the impact on trauma on our lives. Trauma is not about
language. It is about feelings, memories, messages, fears, doubts, anxiety, vulnerability
and so many common triggers.
Mostly triggers are everyday things: a banging door, a setting sun, footsteps towards
your bedroom, quick walking behind you, the sound of thuds behind a closed door,
someone shouting, a stare, a look, the sound of a belt or zip being undone, the rustle of
leaves in a bush as you walk by, the list of triggers is endless.
They talk about the fight or flight response to trauma, but what about freeze? When we
are traumatised we choose one of these options, some people take the risk and the
courage to fight back and others take the personal safety option of fleeing the situation.
There are countless examples in our lives where people flee, there are children who
choose to live in the streets, there are adult children who choose to move to other
countries, or there are those who as soon as they have the means will terminate toxic
relationships which cause them trauma.
There is no wrong way to deal with trauma as in my opinion, we are individuals born to
connect with other people and have relationships. Babies yearn for a parents’ touch,
toddlers are always seeking attention and acknowledgement. No man or woman is an
island and can possibly operate in isolation from the rest of the world. Many try, even
though it is unnatural. We need human contact, support, acknowledgement and love.
As people we have become so accustomed to masking hurt, pain and trauma. We have
put on pretences to ensure we navigate through the challenges, drawing as little
attention to ourselves as possible. The other options include people living in the misery
of the trauma and not really knowing what their options are. They become their trauma
as opposed to counting the trauma as something or many things that happened to them.
They are not what happened to them, it is part of their lives and their history. There are
various processes we can embark on to not take our trauma into our futures. We must
be willing to take a look and to change how we see it. Trauma is part of life. Some get
more than others; few escape this life without trauma.
Eventually we all have choices to make and it is the quality of our relationships that
inform the actions we take. When we feel supported and heard, it is easier to share life
challenges with professional therapists, close friends or members of your family. I have
discovered that sharing with people I trusted helped me to heal and to move on from
the events. It isn’t an easy process and it is a lot more complex and difficult until you
choose to acknowledge that you have been hurt by someone or others whom you loved,
trusted or had an unfortunate traumatic engagement.
A reality for me is that the world is moving so fast, everyone has a “get on with it! get
over it!" attitude. These approaches have not worked ever. Until you work on healing
and being in recovery from trauma, it will not leave your thoughts, your actions and
reactions in the world.
We need to know our traumas, we will do ourselves a service acknowledging what
happened and what we made it mean. Sometimes, what happened is so traumatic that
we make it mean something about ourselves: I am weak, I am not enough, I am not
worthy, I won’t amount to anything, it is me not them. The other outcomes of trauma are
that the person who is traumatised has no other role model but to cause trauma
through the way they show up in the world. There is a truth which teaches us that hurt
people hurt people. Nobody is born to be a bully or to cause pain and problems with
their being. We are all formed by our experiences and what we witness as normal.
For me, trauma always goes with violence physical or silent violence, every type of
abuse where one person or group dominates another. It is always interesting for me to
hear the stories of some people who appear to have the most successful, enviable lives
or jobs and when we actually listen to where they come from, many made a decision
when they were young to leave a legacy, to prove their worth or to never be poor or
vulnerable again.
Sometimes the trauma we experience runs our lives, we become like machines. We lose
our empathy, we are defensive, we are doubtful or suspicious. It really is such a waste
that more of us don’t take the time to show each other love, empathy and
understanding. A problem halved is a problem shared. Not everyone who wants to know
our stories are comforters, some are just curious busy bodies but we get to choose how
and whom we trust. It is such a personal process; it takes small steps or big audacious
ones. We get to choose.
There is an inspirational story about two brothers who grew up in a violent, abusive
home. The one became a loving family man and the other became a violent abusive
adult. When asked how and why, both of their responses were: "When you come out of a
home like that, what are your choices!?"
As a society many live with wounds and traumas, we need to be kinder to ourselves and
to others. It is actually pretty hard to be kind to ourselves and being kind to others is a
lot more rewarding than living alongside, and not with, the groups you associate with.

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No Dagga growing for locals

16 October 2019 8:49 PM

Guests : Christopher Clark is a freelance journalist and filmmaker
               Ricky Stone | Attorney and cannabis activist

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Older women preying on young boys

15 October 2019 9:59 PM

Guest : David Bruce | writer and researcher specialising in the field of policing, criminal                                           justice, violence and crime.
            Tony Lawrence | from the the Child Protection Collaborative

According to reports more than 1 boy was involved in sexual relations with a Bishops
teacher, school principal Guy Pearson said in a statement on that several boys were
involved over a number of years.
The teacher left school when the story broke and her father David Mallet has issued a
statement in connection with the incident.
It's also been reported that the boy tried to break off the relationship but the teacher
refused, the school has also called on other pupils that have information to come
forward.

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