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Shark Night

Shark Night

Guest : Renee Leeuwner

During the second week of October, the Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting the fifth
Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium. This symposium is designed for scientists
and researchers who specialise in sharks and rays, but with content that is too good not
to share, we are making it possible for you to learn more about sharks from some of the
world’s best researchers and practitioners at Shark Night on Tuesday 8 October 2019.
Renee Leeuwner from the 2 oceans Aquarium joins us on the line.



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CHEP Heritage Day Walk (7:40)

22 September 2019 9:58 PM

Guest : Ernestine Dean

Ernestine Deane is a co-director of the project The Constantia Heritage and Education
Project which is a non-profit organisation established to educate, celebrate and
preserve the rich history of the former residents, forcibly removed from Constantia- and
to build community relationships. Her family was one of those removed from their
Constantia farmland in the mid 60's.
The work at CHEP and the annual event has been a great source of education and a
beacon of hope for many on the Cape Flats. Many of the youth being quite unaware of
the legacy of our collective history BEFORE the Group areas act and forced removals
created the Cape Flats. For some of the elders, it has been an opportunity for great
healing, to visit the graves of their loved ones in Constantia, or to walk the lanes of
what was once their farmland, reminiscing about the rich community life in the
Constantia of old.

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Community Container (15:26)

22 September 2019 9:49 PM

Guest : Mbuyiseli Blayi

Mbuyiseli Blayi, opened a chicken restaurant / community hub/ internet cafe/ learning
centre in Langerug outside Franschhoek in an abandoned council container. Each
month he ploughed 20% of his profits back into the community, buying school shoes
and menstrual pads and doing everything he could to help keep the children in school.
He provided computer literacy training, helped with CVs and job applications and
school work. He was constantly being threathened with eviction by the DA council and
a host of companies and individuals got together to purchased and kit out his own
container.
The council did not even manage to remove their container as arranged so this too was
undertaken by the group. He still need books for the library, school shoes, stationery,
white metal roof paint for the interior and Perspex sheets so people can sit in a
weatherproof area outside the colourful container.

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Indian Root Culture Of Camissa Africans (19:31)

22 September 2019 9:31 PM

Guest : Patric Tariq Mellet

In Heritage month Patric Tariq Mellet has been exploring the 195 hidden root cultures
among those Camissa Africans still classified by the Apartheid label ‘Coloured’ His
exploration of the Indian contribution is a personal one tracking his ancestor Caterina
van Malabar who arrives in the Cape in 1662. He connects her to the Kerala region in
India known as the land of the Gods where women carry heritage. This is what This is
what heritage month is all about he says- getting to know the “Ties that bind Us”.

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Boet Fighter, The Game (17:23)

19 September 2019 9:55 PM

Guest : Louis du Pisani

BOET FIGHTER is a mega-schweet faaghting video game where Hard Eddy and his
taaghtest charnas must moer all of Fourways in the face, as they faaght to reclaim his
stolen binnet!
Louis du Pisani, the CEO of Cali4ways Games joins us on the line to chat about this new
game, the inspiration, development and the gaming industry in South Africa.

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Hiking with Tim Lundy (20:37)

19 September 2019 8:53 PM

Guest : Tim Lundy

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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
competition

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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
party.
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
adult.
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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