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Tonight with Lester Kiewit
Dangers of Hookah Pipes

Dangers of Hookah Pipes

Smoking of hookah pipes (also known as water-pipes) represents an emerging trend in
tobacco use. Hookah smokers are at risk for the same diseases caused by cigarette
smoking - cancer, respiratory and heart diseases, and other complications. According to
UWC PhD candidate Zainab Kader, her research has shown that the smoking of hookah
pipes by children 10 years and younger is increasing and a need for intervention has
become evident.

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Poor kids lose more in life (15:3)

19 September 2019 8:31 PM

Guest : Anusha Lachman

Some 250 million children under five (43%) in low to middle income countries are at a
higher risk of not achieving their full potential due to extreme poverty and not
receiving nurturing care .
Although an increasing number of children in developing countries are surviving
beyond birth, they start life at a major disadvantage because of multiple adversities in
their early, formative years, says Dr Anusha Lachman, the South African representative
of the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH).
The combination of poverty, poor health and nutrition, leading to difficulties in learning
and academic performance, not only affects the child’s future earning potential, but
also contributes to transferring poverty to the next generation.
Joining us on the line is Dr Anusha Lachman who is the South African representative of
the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health who addressed
delegates from across the continent attending the third African Diaspora Global Mental
Health Conference in Cape Town yesterday.

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Beautiful News (6:18)

18 September 2019 10:03 PM

Guest : Corné Uys

Tiny hooves pounded the earth. Terrified animals were desperately fleeing the crackling
flames as raging fires devoured Hermanus. All Corné Uys could think of was whether
they’d make it out alive. The teenage conservationist realised that the slowest animals
had the slightest chance of survival.
. Distressed families bundled their belongings and sped away from the streams of
smoke overshadowing their houses. Instead, Uys packed his father’s car with
emergency supplies and raced out into the blaze. He had tortoises to save.
Running back and forth between the flames, Uys risked his life to rescue the little
critters. The uncertainty of whether each tortoise he found would survive brought him
to tears, but the teenager kept going. Surrounded by smoke, many of the animals were
injured and on the verge of being suffocated in their shells. That evening, Uys and his
father cleaned each creature by hand at their home. All 33 tortoises made it through
the night.
A certified snake catcher at just 17-years-old, Uys’ passion for animals has always run
wild. Though he models himself on the character of famed conservationist Steve Irwin,
he acted on pure instinct during the fires earlier this month. Thanks to his tenacity, the
tortoises began their second chance at life at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
His selfless act is a reflection of the courage and compassion of all South Africans, and
proof that our creatures are in good hands. “Wildlife deserve to be appreciated and
looked after,” Uys says. “Without them, we can’t survive.”
Corne's story is currently sitting on 1,268,379 Views and he is on his way to chasing his
dreams of becoming the South African Steve Irwin.

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Akhona on the RWC (21:8)

18 September 2019 9:50 PM

Guest : Akhona Mashaya

The kick off to the Rugby World Cup is 2 days away with the host nation Japan going up
against Russia? yes Russia has a Rugby team , we play the All Blacks on Saturday.
Akhona Mashaya our sports analyst joins us for a look at the rugby worlds biggest

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Boys to Men (14:11)

18 September 2019 9:32 PM

Guest : Lisa Sonn

Tonight we welcome social activist Lisa Sonn to the show for what we hope will be the
first of a regular feature on the show were we have a look at the hard task of raising
boys to be productive men in society.
Below is a opinion piece written by Lisa
I have heard this joke many times over the years: “I have thought about murder, but
never divorce!” It is usually met with roaring laughter at a wedding anniversary
celebration or some wise advice from an experienced spouse at a wedding reception
Is it not ironic that this is now an inappropriate joke to be used to illustrate love, loyalty
and commitment to a good marriage? A woman is murdered every eight hours in South
Africa by a significant other, husband or partner. That is an average of three women
daily, Monday to Sunday, 365 days at a time.
The most recent murders in the media are the girlfriend of a policeman who wanted to
break up with him after finding out he was still married. He shot her, her sickly mom and
then fatally wounded himself. Leaving behind a wife and two children, and two other
women with three children between them. There is no logic and this doesn’t sound like
love. He may have loved each of these women, but if he was self-aware and secure
about who he was, he wouldn’t need to cheat and lie and disrupt so many lives with
self-centeredness and searching.
The other shocking story this week was about a school administrator who had been
married for 30 years and was the mother of two young adult daughters. Her husband
has been arrested and charged with her murder. Not only was she murdered, her car
and body were then set alight late the night that she disappeared. This case will run for
months and many lives have been changed as a result of poor choices made.
Two years ago this week, two young women Sinoxolo Mafevuka and Fransizka
Blochliger, were brutally raped and murdered. Their bodies abandoned - one in a
communal toilet in Khayelitsha, the other, among the bushes in Tokai forest. These
young women were living - one on her way to a communal loo in a township early on a
Tuesday night, the other having a quick jog in broad daylight at a popular forest.
I am empathetic and holding the families afflicted with grief and loss in my thoughts.
My thinking, however, keeps returning to the perpetrators of these acts, which to us
seem senseless. What is it that drives someone to murder, injure, and overpower
another? Why is it becoming more and more common to hear these stories and not be
shocked into some form of civic duty?
There must be space for some innovative solutions around raising boys to be men who
care for themselves and other people and raising young girls to be women who choose
partners carefully and are clear about how they are treated as equals, women and
partners. I think a successful girl-to-woman progression is when as a young woman,
getting married or being in a relationship are among your life choices and not the main
and only objective. Many young independent women in this day are getting themselves
educated, travelling, exploring their passions and pastimes and are not in a particular
hurry to nest or settle for a partner who is not independent and sure of himself.
I am a tad traditional - read very. Violence is not a third or fourth option, it should be a
last resort and in self-defence. I think getting married and sharing a family name and
having the children after being married are some of the traditions that can be passed
along with great success. However, where there is abuse or a consistent threat of
violence or isolation, then the woman should probably leave. A great thought is that
children will rather come from a broken home than live in one.
I recently heard an interesting fact at a trauma workshop. Many women in abusive
relationships are safer in that dangerous environment where they are regularly
assaulted and abused than if they plan and choose to leave. There are many situations
where the partner is so caught up in their behaviour and their idea of how things should
be that they will stalk, harass or kill their partner rather than give them their freedom.
So many heartbreaking cases where parents use their children to punish the other
This scourge is daily. Many organisations work tirelessly to raise awareness, guide and
support the abused. Simultaneously, I feel strongly that violence against women is a
‘man problem’. More men need to speak out and act to support a change in society, not
only to restore the image of a role model man, but to deter other men from leading
with examples of violence, aggression and self-centeredness.
Speaking up and out against violence, exploitation, abuse and derogatory humour about
women in locker rooms, at the office, at the water fountain, at the braai and all social
gatherings will make a difference in society. Silence is compliance. Fathers, lead your
sons. Raise them and teach them how to use their words and not their fists.
Awareness, acknowledgement and action are three steps to repairing the damage
caused and working towards a more equal, safe and just society.

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MSF- a frontline response to sexual violence in Rustenburg Pt2 (8:25)

18 September 2019 9:17 PM

Guest : Lebogang Seketama

Yesterday we spoke to Kate Ribet, Communications Manager for MSF about
their DRIVING CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA initiative , it tells the story of Lebogang
(Lebo) Seketama, one of eight MSF drivers who each day transport survivors of sexual
and gender based violence for medical and psychological care in one of four clinics
supported by MSF in the mining region.
Lebo knows first-hand the suffering and pain caused by sexual violence and it has
changed his life. Each day, he collects survivors and transports them to the nearest
clinic for mental, physical care and social support in MSF-supported clinics, often
returning them home again.
The majority of survivors collected by the drivers are women. As they are often the first
person a survivor meets following an incident, MSF’s all-male drivers have received
psychological first aid training in how to support survivors from the start.

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Legal Hour with William Booth (34:40)

18 September 2019 8:54 PM

Guest : William Booth

Last week during the GBV protests many were calling for death penalty to be brought
back, no bail to be granted to rapists & also no parole to be granted for sexual
offenders. The anger was understandable but as we discussed a while ago with our
resident legal expert the concept of bail is enshrined in our constitution for a reason &
any attempts to deny it to any accused irrespective of the crime they are accused of is a
slippery slope.
Also in the news is the trial of Convicted child rapist Nicholas Ninow of the infamous
Dros rape case. he plead guilty but the court rejected the plea. Why would the court
reject a guilty plea? Does pleading guilty help the accused when it comes to sentencing?

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Heritage Comedy Festival (24:45)

17 September 2019 9:57 PM

Guests : Pius Xulu
               Sophie Joans

Tonight we are joined in studio by comedian Pius Xulu and & Sophie Joans, they are on
stage at the heritage Comedy Festival happening at the Bertha Movie House at
Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha on the 27th September.

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Cars with Melinda Ferguson (19:21)

17 September 2019 9:34 PM

Guest : Melinda Ferguson

Volkswagen’s new Polo SUV: T-Cross makes its debut at Festival of Motoring
Volkswagen is expanding its SUV family downwards with the T-Cross. The Polo-based
crossover model aims to score points in the small car segment with independent design,
a flexible interior and impressive features.
The T-Cross, which will join the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg, is set to arrive
locally in September.
The T-Cross, manufactured in Navarra, Spain, will soon be captivating hearts in the
South African market with its combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity
and fuel economy.
At launch in the third quarter this year, the T-Cross will be powered by the automaker's
1.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine delivering 85kW. T-Cross will also be available with
the more powerful 1.5 TSI three-cylinder engine delivering 110kW from the fourth
quarter of 2019 and the entry level 1.0 TSI engine delivering 70kW from the first quarter
of 2020.

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SANDF Deployement extended (22:20)

17 September 2019 9:00 PM

Guest : Shaun Shelley

Shaun Shelley is Deputy Secretary Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic and Sub-
Saharan Africa Representative of the International Drug Policy Consortium
Management Advisory Committee. We chat to him tonight about the SANDF
deployment extension & what he thinks should be done differently.

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MSF- a frontline response to sexual violence in Rustenburg (12:5)

17 September 2019 8:31 PM

Guest : Kate Ribet

Lebogang Seketema is one of eight drivers working in an MSF project in Rustenburg, the
heart of South Africa’s Platinum Mining Belt which treats survivors of sexual and
gender-based violence in a network of MSF-supported clinics. In 2015, an MSF survey
found that 1 in 4 women living in Rustenburg had experienced rape in her lifetime. Lebo
knows first-hand the suffering and pain caused by sexual violence and it has changed
his life. Each day, he collects survivors and transports them to the nearest clinic for
mental, physical care and social support in MSF-supported clinics, often returning them
home again. The majority of survivors collected by the drivers are women. As they are
often the first person a survivor meets following an incident, MSF’s all-male drivers have
received psychological first aid training in how to support survivors from the start.
Since 2015, MSF has worked with the North West health department to expand access
to free, high quality and confidential care for survivors of sexual and gender-based
violence in Rustenburg’s Bojanala district through four dedicated clinics, known as
Kgomotso Care Centres. MSF teams, including forensic nurses, psychologists, registered
counselors, social workers and social auxiliary workers, provide clients with an essential
package of emergency and follow up care.
An increasing number of survivors are being referred from MSF’s community-based
initiatives in Rustenburg’s Freedom Park and Sondela areas, which includes a schools
health program that educates learners about sexuality and gender-based violence. In
South Africa, MSF is calling for all survivors of sexual violence to have immediate access
to complete medical, psychological care and social support.

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