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Guest : Ahneesh Valodia

Ahneesh Valodia’s love for Bollywood dancing lights up his eyes and ignites his soul. At
the age of eight, he began learning moves intrinsic to the genre by watching Bollywood
movies. As the vibrant colours saturated the screen, Valodia’s hands would mimic the
extravagant gestures. He dreamt of performing the Indian art form on stage for the rest
of his life. Then Valodia was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The degenerative
muscular disorder confined him to a wheelchair, rendering him unable to perform.
But Valodia would not let go of his passion.
To keep it in his life, Valodia founded Taare, an academy located in Cape Town that
unites young people in the preservation and promotion of Bollywood dance. In addition
to creating this platform for budding performers, Valodia is also the artistic director and
choreographer of the troupe. With his knowledge of various Indian dance styles,
Valodia fuses these forms to create a unique experience that portrays its diversity.
Taare have performed their crafted shows at prestigious establishments such as the
Artscape Theatre Centre and Taj Hotel. They’ve also contributed to fundraisers for
cancer awareness and autism. In pursuing the life he’s always wanted, Valodia is
empowering others.

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Weekend markets

5 December 2019 9:38 PM

Guest : Heather van Harte

Joining us tonight is Heather van Harte who runs the One & Only Obs Night Market,
open from 4h30- 9h30 tomorrow evening.

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Hiking with Tim Lundy

5 December 2019 9:03 PM

Guest : Tim Lundy

Holiday walks

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

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New approach to drug use

5 December 2019 8:41 PM

Guest : Tara Garady

Yesterday a drop in centre for people who inject drugs in the Cape Town CBD was
opened by NGO TB HIV Care as part of approach to reduce harm associated with
disordered drug use. People who inject drugs are at particular risk for blood-borne
infections such as HIV and hepatitis
B and C. The Step Up Project aims to reduce these risks by providing a
package of wellness services which includes sterile injecting equipment, opioid
substitution therapy, HIV testing and screening, and psychosocial services.

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Beautiful news

4 December 2019 10:04 PM

Guest : Barbara Kingsley

Who finds out they have HIV and then starts running ultra marathons? An accomplished
athlete, maybe. But Barbara Kingsley had never run before testing positive almost two
decades ago. Coming to terms with her diagnosis proved to be the motivation the
paralegal secretary needed to complete both the Comrades Marathon and the Two
Oceans Ultra Marathon.
Kingsley discovered she was HIV positive in 2000, a time when information was scarce
but stigma was rife. Despite thinking she would die soon after, she showed no sign of
illness for eight years. Her initial good health fuelled her denial and refusal of
But in 2008, her CD4 count plummeted to 86 and she had to be hospitalised. Barely able
to move, Kingsley finally began taking ARVs. Within two weeks, her strength grew and
she couldn’t wait to start doing the things she had previously taken for granted. Running
from one lamp pole to the next, she built up the strides until she reached the fivekilometre
mark. Then 10 kilometres. Then 15.
Since coming out of denial and working with her status, Kingsley’s physical and
emotional health has improved. Living openly as an HIV-positive person, she runs as
part of the Positive Heroes team to raise awareness. As the world acknowledges World
AIDS Day, Kingsley remains proof of the importance of getting tested, starting treatment
and realising your potential to live a full life.

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Is a hungry man an angry man?

4 December 2019 9:51 PM

Guest : Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabasos| Grow Great Executive Director

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Chad Esau

4 December 2019 9:33 PM

Guest : Chad Esau

Chad Esau, a 21 year old from Bellville South grew up with the rare skin disorder Vitiligo
and it really affected him, he was bullied during his school years & he struggled to come
to terms with his condition.
After school he studied to be a computer technician but during one of his late shifts at a
coffee shop an agent approached him & asked him if he wanted to be a model & that's
how his modelling career started.
He's now in the running to be MR SA 2020
To vote for Chad'Esau, SMS MRSA74 to 40439.

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Pro gun lobby responds to gun free campaign

4 December 2019 9:01 PM

Guest : Tim Flack 

Last night we spoke to Suleiman Henry from Sonke Gender Justice about their
campaign "Don’t Groom For Violence!" that encourages parents to not buy toy guns for
their kids, we were approached by Gun Owners South Africa's Tim Flack for a chance to
air their side of the story.

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Why did Simba have to die?

4 December 2019 8:37 PM

Guest : Linda Park| Director at Voice 4 Lions

Local conservation body CapeNature has confirmed that it euthanised the lion cub
which was rescued from a home in Athlone earlier this year.
'Simba' the lion cub made headlines back in August when he was found in the suburb on
the Cape Flats following a police operation.
At the time, it was reported that the cub had been taken to safety.
It has now emerged that the animal was euthanised the same day that it was handed
over to CapeNature in August.
CapeNature spokesperson, Loren Pavitt, says the organisation was faced with the
"hardest decision to make in conservation".

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Beautiful News

3 December 2019 9:59 PM

Guests : 

Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’i
More and more people are trying to catch up with Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’i. She’s a
fitness fanatic who often participates in triathlons, despite only learning to swim and
cycle a few years ago. In addition to these sporting events still being male-dominated,
there are also misconceptions about people of colour which can hold many back.
Nyangaresi-Gatang’i is leading the race to get more women involved in sport – and
smashing stereotypes along the way.
In 2016, she began Ketsh Up with her friend Bianca Reichelt. Based in Port Elizabeth, the
NPO encourages women from all walks of life to join them in taking up running,
swimming, and cycling. Offering beginners’ lessons, training sessions and coaching,
they’re giving future triathletes a head start.
Over 100 women have since joined the club, which has no membership fees. “We are an
inspired group who are determined to conquer our fears,” Nyangaresi-Gatang’i says.
Beginning a new activity can be scary. But together, these women are pushing their
limits and succeeding. “You’re a winner no matter what,” Nyangaresi-Gatang’i says.
Rika du Plessis
The Clanwilliam cedar is one of the few trees to have survived the Ice Age. Endemic to
South Africa, they’re the namesake of the beloved Cederberg mountain range. Standing
tall across the Karoo plains, the trees support an ecology known only to this region. But
today, there are only about 13 000 left in the wilderness, earning their place on the
IUCN Red List. Fortunately, their plight is being met by Rika du Plessis, a Cape Nature
Conservation Manager working to restore their population.
“The Clanwilliam cedar is part of our heritage,” Du Plessis says. But it faces many
threats. The hardy wood and bark make for appealing construction material, leading to
an uproar in deforestation. Their thriving nature is a catch 22 – the trees need fire to
ignite their growth, but recent outbreaks have burnt them to their core.
Global warming is hampering the natural fertilisation of spores that already take over
30 years to grow. With so many factors against them, Du Plessis is germinating as many
Clanwilliam cedars as she can.
Animals are not the only species that need to be protected. “Without any trees in the
world, there won’t be any life,” Du Plessis says. “We can never have enough voices to
promote and speak out for nature because nature can’t speak for itself.” There is still
hope for the Clanwilliam cedar, rooted in those ensuring the planet succeeds.
Tom Vilakazi
Skateboarding is beneficial for dogs – just ask Tom Vilakazi. His canine companion
often tries his paws at skating. The hound isn’t always successful, but he doesn’t need to
be as Vilakazi is the one using his board to make a difference. “I skate to save dogs,” he
says. By harnessing his passion for the sport, Vilakazi is creating a better life for the
animals in his community. This year, Vilakazi began UThando Lwenja, which means “for
the love of dogs”. He provides skateboarding lessons to kids in Sweetwaters, KwaZulu-
Natal and uses the profits to help animals in rural areas receive medical attention.
“Dogs are far more than
just protection,” Vilakazi says. “They have feelings too and they need to be loved.”
Having learnt to value them through Funda Nenja, he’s now passing on his knowledge
and experience to other youth.
“Improving the life of dogs makes me feel like I’m contributing to society,” Vilakazi says.
“I’ve realised that we are nothing without animals in this world.” With each trick on a
skateboard, happier days are guaranteed for these dogs.
Dudu Ramorwalo
If you contracted HIV, who would you turn to? Discovering your status is life-changing.
But disclosing it can make the situation more complex. Those who test positive still have
to brave stigma and some may even refuse treatment to avoid being victimised.
Dudu Ramorwalo initially responded to her diagnosis with disbelief. When she shared
the news with her family, their reassurance helped her adjust. But at her local clinic in
Johannesburg, Ramorwalo noted that other HIV-positive people had no support. “Most
people living with HIV were scared that they would be rejected,” she says. To ease their
fears and isolation, she founded the Asibambaneni Support Group in 2014.
Charlie Jacobs, a Mr Gay South Africa finalist, was also in denial until he realised the
pageant could be a chance to inspire others. “I started the Change the Stigma Project
after I saw the opportunity to show that ordinary people are actually living
extraordinary lives,” he says. One such person is Saidy Brown, who discovered she was
HIV-positive at the age of 14. She chose to share this in a tweet. “I could never have
imagined the reaction I have gotten simply by posting my status on Twitter,” she says.
“We live in a generation where people are more open to talking about these things.”
Activists such as Ramorwalo, Brown and Jacobs are changing perceptions about HIV
within the communities they’ve built. “Everyone deserves a chance in life to live without
being judged or discriminated,” Jacobs says.

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The Sub's Bench- the Ballon d'Or 2019

3 December 2019 9:53 PM

Guests : Sizwe Mbebe
              Akhona Mashaya

Lionel Messi claimed a record sixth Ballon d’Or award on Monday, beating Liverpool’s
leading nominees and Cristiano Ronaldo to lift soccer’s most prestigious individual
The Argentine, who won the Liga title with Barcelona but only managed third place in
the Copa America with his country, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015
He finished above Dutchman Virgil van Dijk and Portugal’s third-placed Ronaldo, who
has won the award five times.
Megan Rapinoe earlier won the women’s Ballon d’Or after leading the United States to
a record-extending fourth World Cup title in France this year as they retained the
The 34-year-old midfielder, the standout player at the June-July tournament, succeeded
Norway’s Ada Hegerberg who did not take part in the World Cup.

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