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SANDF Deployement extended

SANDF Deployement extended

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the employment of the South African National
Defence Force in gang-ridden parts of the Western Cape until 31 March next year.
The president first authorised the original employment of the SANDF in July 2019 for a
two-month period ending on Monday, 16 September.
Members of the regular and reserve forces of the SANDF were expected to undertake
operations in cooperation with the police, and support the prevention and combating
of crime and maintenance and preservation of law and order in the Western Cape.
The deployment has been seen as something of a disappointment by some who wanted
the SANDF to be deployed in a peace keeping mission style instead of random
appearances on the Cape Flats.



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Beautiful News

19 February 2020 10:00 PM

Guest : Karien de Waal | Founder at Join Bands, Not Gangs|

In the Cape Flats, rival gangs are experiencing unexpected harmony. While violence has
infiltrated many of the neighbourhoods, composer and music director Karien de Waal is
offering these communities an alternative.
JOIN BANDS, NOT GANGS is an initiative that empowers the youth to make music
instead of giving in to the violent call of gang affiliation. Music has the power to change
lives

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Calvinia Community Chases Gangsters out of Town

19 February 2020 9:56 PM

Guest : Selvin Theys | founder and community leader at Operation Calvinia Clean-up |

As reported by News24, four members of the Terrible Joster gang has fled the Northern
Cape town of Calvinia, after the community made it clear that they are no longer
welcome.
In photos and videos posted online on Facebook by community leader, Selvin Theys, the
community can be seen marching in an endless stream down the town’s dusty streets.
Theys and other leaders formed Operation Calvinia Clean-up’, an initiative which aims
to tackle crime and bring criminals to justice.

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#Im4theArts #ArtistsLivesMatter

19 February 2020 9:37 PM

Guest : Sibongile Mngoma | Founder of Facebook group at Im4theArts |

Late last month opera singer Sibongile Mngoma tweeted: I have been silent for a very
long time about the plight of the Arts and Artists in this country for a very long time.
Now I'm choosing to do something about it. I'm an Artist. A very good and passionate
Artist. What I have experienced in this country boggles the mind. Poverty is standard.
Theft of IP is business as usual. Funding from the DSAC is reserved for those who have
connections. When you open your mouth bazokuvala. Otherwise your reputation
becomes fair game.
This is the script for many artists in SA and now you're making a stand and start the
support group #Im4theArts - you're speaking out just as director Mmbatho Montsho did
earlier today when she tweeted an open letter at President Ramaphosa detailing some
of the issues that bothers artists.
The inequality that is still found in the entertainment world is one of the issues that
Mmabatho talked about. Mmabatho tackled issues such as the differences in budgets
between productions for black content and those of white content, such as MNet. She
also talked about inequality, how women are still sexually harassed and exploited. In
her letter, the actress said the opinions and problems of black storytellers are only
important to the government when elections come rolling in. She made sure that the
letter's content was backed by all her colleagues before sharing it on social media,
tagging the president.

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Hepatitis C treatment needs to be provided to people who use drugs. No more #stigma and #discrimination #INHSU2020 Africa

19 February 2020 9:04 PM

Guest : Shaun Shelly
             Dr Andrew Scheibe

This week the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU 2020) is
currenty taking place in Cape Town with the aim of discussing and lobbying for policy
to eliminate Hepatis C and HIV im people who use drugs in Africa
But that’s not the focus of the interview I want to have tonight. I want to talk about
atient-centred approach that can be used to reduce the harms related to drug use.
Specifically when it comes to hepatitis c.

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Is the spekboom, really a climate saviour?

19 February 2020 8:34 PM

Guest : Elzanne Singels | Department of Archaeology PhD Candidate Department of
Archaeology, University of Cape Town at University of Cape Town |

Right now, the cute indigenous succulent plant, Spekboom (aka Portulacaria afra) is a
darling of the local and international media. It grows easily and is drought tolerant.
People are planting it all over the place because of its apparently unsurpassed ability
to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “Accept the #spekboomchallenge:
plant a spekboom and do your part to fight climate change” is the chorus on social
media.
It’s easy – just pick a cutting, put it in the ground, add some water and, hey presto, you
have a brand-new baby spekboom. Big planting plans are being made by city councils,
businesses, schools and NGOs.
The City of Cape Town wants to plant 100 000 spekboom, a wine farm in the Little Karoo
1 million and outside Stellenbosch a great spekboom labyrinth is being laid out in
fynbos country...

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Dark Tourism in Africa - tourists visiting sites of genocide

18 February 2020 9:55 PM

Guest : Lerato Mogoatlhe | Author |

This evening we want us to have a conversation about Dark Tourism, the concept of
visiting sites of genocide, disasters, slavery, assassinations and other places where there
was massive loss of life or terrible infringement on human rights has occurred.
But what is dark tourism? Is dark tourism ethical? How can you be a ‘good’ dark tourist?
But why do we flock to sites of tragedy?

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Apartheid was fundamentally evil — and FW de Klerk must face that fact - Father Michael Lapsley

18 February 2020 9:36 PM

Guest : Father Michael Lapsley | Director at Institute for Healing of Memories |

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Panel discussion: Comprehensive Sexuality Education panel

18 February 2020 9:01 PM

Guests : Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng | Commissioner for the Commission of Gender Equality|
               Tracy Engelbrecht | at Young Moms Support |
               Riaan Van Wyk | Sex Therapist

Comprehensive sexuality education

Online group #LeaveOurKidsAlone says it is waging a war against an ideology
sponsored by the United Nations and put in practice by the department of basic
education (DBE).
The group was established to oppose the implementation of comprehensive sexuality
education (CSE) and scripted lesson plans in schools, and claims to have more than 100
000 members.
The Facebook group last week planned pickets across the country against
comprehensive sexuality education. It said the protest is a shot across government’s
bow and that the group’s members are against what they call the “brainwashing” of
children.

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Kogel's Baai beach glows bright blue - what is bioluminescence?

17 February 2020 9:47 PM

Guest : Krish Lewis

Residents in the Gordon’s Bay Area were treated to an unforgettable show as the beach
came alive with bright blue lights on Sunday, February 16, according to an article
published on Cape Town etc today.
Kogel Baai beach was filled with a subtle blue hue as the waves crashed in gorgeous
luminescent flashes and residents said the display was a treat to see.

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