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Will Ronquest-Ross
Glittering sunlight beckons at the end of the cobalt tunnel. Glide across the water’s
surface, dance with the sway of the board, and feel the rush of the wave collapsing.
Surfing is one of the most thrilling ways to experience the ocean. But it’s expensive. The
cost of the sport, from lessons to surfboards and wetsuits, keeps many people onshore.
Luckily, nine-year-old Will Ronquest-Ross is helping other kids catch their big break.
Ronquest-Ross comes from a family of passionate surfers, which is how he began
navigating the waves at the age of five. Wanting to share this phenomena with friends,
he went door-to-door in Hout Bay asking children to join.
That’s when he realised that even those living in close proximity to the beach were
unable to afford the magic of surf. So began his quest for equality. Ronquest-Ross
started a BackaBuddy campaign, which raised enough money for him to give others an
opportunity to learn.
Coached by the Cape Town School of Surfing, Ronquest-Ross practises with kids from
Imizamo Yethu. His proudest moment has been hearing his friends speak excitedly
about their first time riding a wave. By sharing what he loves, Ronquest-Ross is making
surfing an accessible sport for all.
Yazdaan Ally
Shoneez Ganie had a difficult pregnancy. Her son, Yazdaan Ally, was born prematurely
and doctors didn’t give him long to live. But Ally survived. At the age of six, he was
diagnosed with autism. Not understanding the neurobehavioral condition, his mother
struggled at first.After extensive research, she learnt how to stand alongside Ally as he
creatively conquers life.
Children with autism may experience a range of challenges. In Ally’s case, he battles
with writing, speaking, and muscle coordination. With his mother’s encouragement,
Ally uses art as a form of release and expression. Ally’s colourful pictures depict sunny
days, soccer games, and even include an impressive portrayal of Bigfoot.
These illustrations allow Ally’s mother to understand his world. Together with the right
knowledge and tools, she’s helping him excel. With faith, determination, and
unconditional love, they’re demonstrating that the idea of normal is only relative.
Nelisiwe Zuma.
Things were looking up for Nelisiwe Zuma. The Durbanite had just been offered a job in
California. Unable to contain her excitement, Zuma joined her friends to celebrate her
big break. But on her way home, their car flew off the road. Zuma woke up three weeks
after the crash in ICU. Her friend who’d been driving didn’t make it. The emotional and
physical trauma seemed insurmountable.
In the months that followed, Zuma had to undergo multiple surgeries, including a spinal
fusion and a skin graft on her stomach. She was also dependent on a colostomy bag. As
her body changed, Zuma became increasingly depressed. But in the process of
recuperating, she began to realise how incredible it was to have survived. Her scars
were a symbol of life, a reminder to cherish her body and her second chance.
Today, Zuma advocates for people to accept themselves, blemishes and all. She models
with her scars on show, an image of resilience. With her site, Madame Blogger, Zuma
offers an honest account of her experiences and creates a space for others to share
theirs. While she still has bad days, Zuma is embracing her path of healing. Along this
journey, she’s found a greater purpose.
Lookout Sibanda
Lookout Sibanda is a man of few words. Instead, he prefers to craft his expression
through art. Sibanda’s creative flair sparked in high school when his friends taught him
to paint. So when he couldn’t afford to study after matric, he chose to pursue his
passion by decorating ceramics with brushes of colour. But adding the final touches
wasn’t enough. Sibanda felt compelled to learn pottery from inception.
Working for established ceramists Elza van Dijk and Nicole Kingston exposed Sibanda
to their techniques. Even without formal classes, he learnt to produce pots, bowls, and
plates. Soon, Sibanda started promoting his wares at markets and exhibitions in Port
Elizabeth, building a reputation under the name Lookout Ceramics. Today, Sibanda
holds success in the palm of his hand. His signature work features abstract and
geometric patterns, with vivid colours inspired by the blankets his grandmother used to
make.
In 2018, knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo chose to mentor Sibanda as a result of his
talent. Despite his accomplishments, Sibanda is conscious of the challenging course it’s
taken for him to get here. That’s why he hopes to share his skills by tutoring potential
students.For this potter, passion is the tool to triumph.



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OTC penis enhancing pills - safe or harmful?

12 December 2019 10:06 PM

Guest : Dr Anthony Smith | General Practitioner at Dr Anthony Smith private practice |

Ads for over the counter penis-enlargement products and sex enhancement procedures
are everywhere.
You’ve seen the plethora of Rock Hard, Mojo Nights, Lightning Rod, Black Mamba and
Bullet Proof pills, pumps weights, exercises and sometimes even surgeries that claim to
increase the length and width of your penis or promise to RAMP up your stamina (to
hours of pleasure) during sex.
But are these pills safe to use or will they do more harm?

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#speakyourfreak #livestorytelling Raunchy Renditions event

12 December 2019 9:44 PM

Guest : Sophie Joans | Co-founder at Raunchy Renditions |

Think of The Moth podcast but with heaps of sex positive stories in the voice of ordinary
Capetonians.
That’s exactly what the Raunchy Renditions event is all about – a live storytelling
evening for titillating tales. As their tag line suggests – the want YOU to
#speakyourfreak.
Their next event is next week Wednesday and they’ve curated line-up of brave souls
who will share their real-life sex experiences from first times to going solo, to
everything in between and after.

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Giant cigarette butt installations in Cape Town

12 December 2019 9:03 PM

Guest : Clive Amsel

If you see giant cigarette butts scattered on gorgeous Llandudno beach or even strewn
across the face of Lion’s Head this festive season – its not your head playing tricks on
you – the giant cigarette butts have been placed there deliberately to not only deface
the natural beauty of your surroundings but to get YOU thinking and talking about the
impact of litter on the environment.

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Hiking feature with Tim Lundy: Is it ever wise to hike while sick?

12 December 2019 8:48 PM

Guest : Tim Lundy

How dangerous can it be to hike when you have been sick or still sick?
If you have something as simple as a cold or minor chest infection should you
considering a hike? How long should you wait after being sick to start a hiking again?

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Britons vote in high-stakes general election [dominated by Brexit]

12 December 2019 8:38 PM

Guest : Benjamin Fogel

Voting is under way in the United Kingdom's snap general election, with millions
expected to deliver their verdict on the Brexit crisis engulfing British politics.
Thursday's ballot will shape how, or whether, the UK will finally exit the European Union
after months of parliamentary deadlock over how to execute the result of its 2016
referendum on membership of the bloc.
The vote brings to an end a campaign period during which Prime Minister Boris
Johnson's Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have offered starkly
different visions for resolving the impasse and rebuilding the UK after a decade of tough
economic conditions.
Johnson wants to action a swift exit from the EU, while Corbyn is committed to holding
a second referendum over the issue.
Polls opened at 7am and close at 10pm local time with final results expected by early
Friday morning.

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Beautiful news

11 December 2019 10:00 PM

Guest : Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’i | Founder at Ketsh Up ZA |

It is an initiative that aims to motivate more women from all walks of life (particularly
African women) to acquire cycling and swimming skills in order to destroy stereotypes
and diversify the triathlon scene.
Ketsh Up, was started in 2016 in PE by Rebecca Nyangaresi-Gatang’I and her friend
Bianca Reichelt as a fitness movement to encourage women from all walks of life to
join them in taking up running, swimming, and cycling.
Since then, the NPO has grown into a sizeable club of over 100 women whose members
swim, cycle and run in triathlon events

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Lisa Joshua Sonn: How to make peace with living with the inconvenience of load shedding?

11 December 2019 9:39 PM

Guest : Lisa Joshua Sonn

Social Activist Lisa Joshua Sonn joins us for her weekly update on the social issues that’s
on her mind.
Tonight, we talk about loadshedding, how useless it is moaning about it and what we
can do to live with this irritation.

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Everything 'Friends' is doing to celebrate its 25th anniversary, from special merch to traveling couches

11 December 2019 9:07 PM

Guest : Dillon Khan | VP at Comedy Central Network |

It's been 25 years since a group of twenty-somethings first gathered around a nowlegendary
orange couch at Central Perk on the hit television show "Friends."
And in September of this year, the 10-season show (which ran from 1994 to 2004)
celebrated this anniversary milestone by organizing several events and product releases
for superfans everywhere.
As part of the global celebration of the well-loved sitcom, Comedy Central Africa, is
taking the Friends couch to the Mother City for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.

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10 Things you need to know about Medical Malpractice

11 December 2019 8:52 PM

Guest : Johann Roux

Are medical malpractice claims were skyrocketing in SA?
It's emerged that at least eight children have died allegedly at the hands of two
Johannesburg doctors at Netcare Park Lane Clinic due to negligence, EWN reported
earlier today.
A warrant of arrest has been issued for pediatric surgeon Dr Peter Baele and
anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi after 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed died following a
routine surgery.
The pair are facing culpable homicide charges after Sayed’s lung collapsed and he died
in intensive care unit in October. It's understood a total of 21 families have also come
forward to sue Baele and Mushni for negligence. The two doctors will have to appear
before a court on charges of culpable homicide once they have been arrested.

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Eskom media briefing: Cyril's response to load shedding and SA's energy crisis

11 December 2019 8:32 PM

Guest : Solly Moeng


Ramaphosa decided to return home from a state visit to Egypt on Tuesday. This was
earlier than planned to “deal with domestic priorities”, including the electricity crisis
and the floods in parts of the country.
The president faced backlash for leaving country moments after Eskom announced an
unprecedented stage six lead shedding earlier this week.
Earlier today, Ramaphosa, was locked in a meeting with Eskom’s management at its
headquarters at Megawatt Park to find a solution to the crisis.
Meanwhile, load-shedding has been downgraded to stage two on Tuesday.

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