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The end of the DA's black leader experiment?

The end of the DA's black leader experiment?

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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Lisa Joshua Sonn - Why our laaities are dying

20 November 2019 9:56 PM

Guests : Lisa Joshua Sonn
               Alex Tabisher|columnist with the Cape Argus

Tonight on our weekly slot with Lisa Sonn we have a guest, Alex Tabisher, a columnist
with the Cape Argus who wrote an thought provoking column" Dear coloured parent,
our laaities are dying..."

Dear coloured parent
Our laaities are dying...
Our laaities are dying because 5-year-old Joshua was never taught to respect his elders.
Our laaitjies are dying because it was cute when 2-year-old Chad learnt his first swear
They are dying because when teachers sent rude Kyle home, Mommy came to school to
defend her baby...
We are dying coz in Grade 4 daddy told me to go back and fight Keenan, “Don’t leave it
like that...” instead of just teaching me how to walk away
Our laaities are dying coz mommy buys 10-year-old Jade the most expensive takkies
just to make up for not always being around...
They are dying because Uncle Shaun couldn’t discipline Raldo...
“You are not his father, leave my child alone.”
Our laaities are dying because self-respect went out the window...
Our laaities are dying not because we are stupid, or have no ambition, or want to live
like that...
Coloured parent, our laaities are dying because we never had good role models to look
up to...
Most people will be quick to say it's the fault of government that we can no longer
discipline or kids but the issue runs much deeper than that, we have abdicated our
responsibility of raising & disciplining our kids.

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Eastern Cape drought

20 November 2019 9:24 PM

Guest : Kaylynn Palm| EWN Reporter

Drought conditions are causing headaches for schools situated in Makhanda as they
experience daily shortages.
The Eastern Cape was declared a drought disaster area last month.
Some schools in parts of the town are affected by the ongoing drought which are
causing sanitation problems.
At Archie Mbolekwa Primary School, after 10am almost every day, the taps run dry.
The toilets stop flushing, so learners can't use them and they are forced to use the
bushes instead.
A nearby school, Ntiska Secondary, faced closure not so long ago but principal
Madeleine Schoeman was determined not to let it come to that.
Schoeman's school was lucky though in that it got a Gift of the Givers' borehole on the

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Museums returning stolen artifacts

20 November 2019 9:04 PM

Guest : Ciraj Rasool

European museums are stuffed with artifacts looted all over the world or as they would
say "obtained" thru conquest or just plain theft but there is a growing movement
wanting these artifacts to be returned to their rightful owners . Museums argue that
they are the best place for these ancient and valuable items to stored and are holding it
for the benefit of future generations .
Ciraj Rasool directs UWC’s African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies,
managed in partnership with Robben Island Museum. He is a trustee and of the District
Six Museum and the South African History Archive. He is also a Councillor of Iziko
Museums of Cape Town and previously served on the councils of the South African
Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and the National Heritage Council.

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Not interested in retirement

20 November 2019 8:44 PM

Guest : Johan van Straaten
             Roxy Dallas | Recruitment Specialist

Johan van Straaten is a 74 year retired resident engineer in road construction, his job is
his life & passion and he's not enjoying retirement.
He has approached recruitment agencies but no luck, what is a man passionate about
his work to do? Some might say he should stay at home, find a hobby and leave the
work to the younger folk but Johan feels he has so many years of expertise he can pass
on to the new breed of road engineers. 

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Simon's Town Ghost Tours

19 November 2019 10:01 PM

Guest : Andre Liebbrandt

Are you afraid of ghosts? then maybe the Simons Town ghost Walk is not for you.
Andre Liebbrandt has been giving guided tours in the town for a couple of years and
during the walk will keep you entertained with stories of mass murder the mysterious
Lavender Lady who haunts the museum, butchering barbers and even exhumed
At R100 a person the walks takes place Friday and Saturday evenings, kids are also

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Motoring with Melinda Ferguson

19 November 2019 9:32 PM

Guest : Melinda Ferguson

Our motoring correspondent Melinda Ferguson is in Johannesburg for the launch of the
new Renault Kwid

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Infecting The City

19 November 2019 9:07 PM

Guest : Sikhumbuzo Makhandula

Infecting the City has been going since 2007 and has become one of the longest running
public performance arts festivals in the country. Infecting the City feature local &
International artists performing in everyday public spaces.
Tonight we feature artist Sikhumbuzo Makhandula whose piece Zizimase is inspired by
the biographical narrative of Lydia Williams who was born into slavery at Zonnebloem
Estate, District Six.

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Shot in court

19 November 2019 8:48 PM

Guest : Tim Flack| Gun Owners South Africa
             William Booth| Criminal Lawyer

KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating the fatal shooting of a senior State advocate in
a courtroom in what appeared to be a "freak accident".
It is believed a loaded gun was brought into the courtroom as part of the evidence in a
case that was being heard in uMzimkhulu on Monday.
A bullet from that gun was somehow fired and Advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt was

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Susanna Kennedy : What is a cacao ceremony?

18 November 2019 10:07 PM

Guest :  Susanna Kennedy
              Nisreen Ismail 

What is cacao?
Cacao has been used in ancient ceremonies by South Americans (the Maya) for
thousands of years. It has an active ingredient in it called theobromine — which can be
translated to, ‘Food of the Gods’.
So it makes sense that cacao was given its sacred status, and enjoyed in communal
ceremonies by the Maya with their Gods.
The word cacao actually came from the Maya word Ka’kau, and the Maya word
Chokola’j — which means to drink chocolate together.
You probably already know that cacao comes from the cacao bean — which is also used
to make chocolate.
But the cacao plant is seen as a medicinal plant, and has been used for a number of
spiritual, medicinal and ceremonial purposes throughout history.
It’s different to chocolate?
Like I mentioned, cacao has a very different taste to the chocolate you’re probably used
Milk chocolate usually only contains around 20–40% cacao, with milk and sugar
making up the rest of the ingredients. Ritual cacao is made from mostly cacao beans,
some water, cacao butter, and then mixed with a little bit of natural sugar to taste.
It is always consumed in a warm liquid form out of a cup or mug, and usually has a very
bitter taste to it. Different spices can be added such as chilli, cinnamon, nutmeg, or
vanilla, depending on what you like.
So when they say that eating chocolate is basically the same as eating a salad, because
it comes from a plant — that’s true, but only when it comes to raw cacao, and not your
typical selection box.
Cacao is naturally high in iron, magnesium, and B-complex vitamins — which gives it a
number of physical benefits as well as the spiritual benefits it has long been connected
What can you expect from a cacao ceremony?
Shamanic healing is one of the oldest holistic healing practices, which has been used by
ancient cultures worldwide for centuries.
Cacao ceremonies are actually a type of shamanic healing, but they don’t have
hallucinogenic or “out of body” effects, unlike some of the other shamanic experiences.
Cacao ceremonies are rooted in helping to rebalance the energies within us, and
restore good health.
There are so many different ceremonies in existence today. Some will lead you a
journey of dance, while others will center on meditation and inner reflection.
Many cacao ceremonies will involve a group of people sitting in a sacred circle, taking
prayer, and setting intentions to be received. Each person shares what they want to let
go of, and what they are calling into their hearts.
This often involves opening up to complete strangers in the circle, and creates a safe
and intimate space where everyone’s fears, hopes, sufferings, and dreams can be
What we often find is that most of us humans have very similar problems and fears, as
well as hopes for our lives. This means that the people in the circle act as a mirror for
each other.
The ceremony the ends in dance, which allows the cacao to activate within the heart
and body, and create transformation.
Through opening the heart, cacao enables us to hear our true self, work through
blockages and past traumas, dissolve any pent up negative energy, and help us align
with who we truly are.
It’s also a wonderful time to give ourselves mental and physical space and peace. You
get to switch off, and retreat inwards, helping you to learn more about yourself, and
gain clarity on where you are and where you’re headed.

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Panel Discussion: History of the Chinese Community in SA

18 November 2019 9:44 PM

Guests : Francis Lai Hong | Deputy Chairperson of TCA |
              Taryn Lock | Founder of Proudly Chinese South Africa |
              Jacky He | member of the new immigrant community |

On 25 November 2019 The Chinese Association's (TCA) legal case against 12
respondents accused of hate speech, harassment and unfair discrimination will resume
in the South Gauteng High Court (sitting as an Equality Court). The case concerns a
series of comments made by individuals, which were posted on the Facebook pages of
Carte Blanche and the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary in early 2017. The case returns to court
after having started in March this year. At the court inquiry next week, TCA will present
evidence on the harmful, hurtful and discriminatory effects of these comments on the
local Chinese community.
The speech being challenged includes statements that Chinese people are “not human”,
are “vile and barbaric”, and that South Africa should “get rid” of the Chinese. Further
statements are that they should be “wipe[d] out” and that “we should start killing their
children”. .
TCA brought the case on behalf of over 40 organisations and prominent people from
across the local Chinese community, including the All Africa China Association,
the South African Chinese Enterprises Association, the China-Africa
Women's Association, the SA-Chinese People’s Friendship Association, the South African
Guangzhou Association of Trade and Cultural Exchange, and the Sino South African
Chamber of Commerce.

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