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12 June 2019 9:57 PM

Guest : Balini Naidoo | Fashion and Textile Designer at Balini

If your clothes could talk, what would they say? Designer Balini Naidoo believes an
outfit can do more than make a statement. Naidoo’s uncle is visually impaired, and she
realised he struggled to identify his clothing. Choosing what to wear and reading the
size and wash care details on a label can be a challenge for people who can’t see.
“Fashion should be inclusive,” Naidoo says. So she began creating garments which
enable people to become more self-reliant. With her range of braille apparel, she’s
altering the industry.
In 2018, Naidoo founded her eponymous line, Balini, designing clothes with a braille
identification system printed on them. Each item has a pattern of raised blocks,
explaining what would typically go on the label as well as the colour and style. The
garments are also reversible, making them easier to wear. Naidoo’s range is as
fashionable as it is practical, keeping to a minimalist aesthetic and soft tones. With a
degree in Fashion and Textiles from Durban University of Technology, she’s determined
to thread social responsibility into her work.
For each purchase, Naidoo donates a percentage of the profit to the Cape Town Society
for the Blind, ensuring empowerment on multiple levels. Her innovative creations prove
that fashion can have a tremendous impact, while sending a message to other
designers. “Continue thinking out of the box and address social challenges that are
close to you,” Naidoo says. She’s the only person in South Africa creating clothing
especially for people who are visually impaired. As Naidoo redefines the possibilities of
her craft, she’s transforming lives. Inclusivity looks good on everyone.

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Beautiful News feature: Food Flow

1 July 2020 10:00 PM

Guest : Ashley Newell

Food Flow is a new initiative pioneered during this crisis in Cape Town – with donations they buy produce from small-scale farmers who would usually supply the restaurant business – to make up essential vegetable boxes to distribute to communities facing food insecurity.
Thus, protecting the supply chain for the future, keeping small farmers afloat – Food Flow shifts the flow of produce coming from farms to those most vulnerable. 
FoodFlow then matches the farmer with a community organization in their vicinity who distributes harvest bags or cooks a meal for their beneficiaries. FoodFlow works to sustain food livelihoods, enabling farmers to continue sustaining their business despite the loss of restaurant, hotel and market clients and ensures fresh nutritious food keeps flowing to those who are most impacted by food insecurity

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1 July 2020 9:55 PM

Guest : Akhona Mashaya 

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Online Children’s Conference

1 July 2020 9:26 PM

Guest : Lawrence Manaka 
              Liyema Saliwa

Today,  Equal Education held an online Children’s Conference, bringing together learner members of Equal Education (Equalisers) and education officials from various provinces, to discuss how to address the challenges faced by learners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the realisation of a Charter for the Equal Education organization. 

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Athlone school starts crowd-funding campaign 'Save Sunnyside Primary'

1 July 2020 9:04 PM

Guest : Chantal  Bredenkamp | Grade 3 teacher  at Sunnyside Primary School

The last few months have been tough on the education sector. 
Schools were one of the first institutions to shut down even before the nationwide lockdown was announced and soon all classes turned digital. 
As the economic repercussions of lockdown led to job losses and pay cuts, many parents found themselves battling to pay school fees. 
The effects have been dire. But one school refuses to go down without a fight. 

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Mars 2020 launch slips again

1 July 2020 8:49 PM

Guest : Dr Pieter Kotze | Head at Geomagnetism Group At Hermanus

The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission.
NASA announced June 30 that the mission, previously scheduled to launch July 22, would be delayed to investigate “off-nominal” data from a liquid oxygen sensor line during a wet dress rehearsal of the mission’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle June 22 at Cape Canaveral, Florida - according to 

The mission was originally scheduled to launch July 17, the beginning of its launch period, but has slipped three times. None of the slips have had to do with issues with the Mars 2020 spacecraft itself - NASA announced. 

The Mars 2020 project (carrying a rover named Perseverance) will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, regardless of what day it launches during the current launch period. The rover will land in Jezero Crater on Mars for mission designed to last at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days. Perseverance’s instruments will reportedly look for signs of past life on Mars, but the mission’s biggest purpose is to cache samples of Martian rock for later return to Earth.

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98 Economists and Researchers Say The Supplementary Budget Reneges on the President’s COVID-19 Rescue Package

1 July 2020 8:32 PM

Guest : Dick Forslund | Economist & Researcher at Alternative Information & Development                                        Centre |

Close to 100 economists have rallied together and written an open letter to the Standing Committee on Finance to reject the newly released supplementary budget (as tabled by the Minister of Finance on Wednesday 24 June 2020).   
The open letter and submission from South African economists, economic and business analysts, and others on the Supplementary Budget (tabled 24 June 2020) argues that the Supplementary Budget Reneges on the President’s COVID-19 Rescue Package and poses dire risks to the country.   
South Africa is in an unprecedented crisis. The Minister projected a fall in GDP of 7.2% and estimates of jobs at risk vary to as high as 2 million.  Millions will be plunged deeper into poverty if action isn’t taken immediately.   

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Pet abandonment skyrockets amid lockdown Level 3

30 June 2020 10:06 PM

Guest : Marcelle Du Plessis | Fund Raising and Communications Manager  at Mdzananda                                                 Animal Clinic Khayelitsha

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha has recorded a sharp increase in dog abandonments since the implementation of lockdown level 3. The clinic say this is an unusual increase.

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Equal Education to hold Children’s Conference on learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic

30 June 2020 9:59 PM

Guests : Tracey Malawana DG secretary for Equal Education
               Lawrence Manaka 

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Life for the homeless in Cape Town is cruel - where to from here?

30 June 2020 9:08 PM

Guest : Anna James | member at OBS CAN (community action network)

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