The Talking Point

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25
MAY
5am

The Role of Indigenous Healers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While scientists around the world are working very hard to find a cure against Covid-19, the debate around traditional medicine is gaining momentum especially after Madagascar announced the use of their herbal cocktail in dealing with the pandemic. Taking the debate forward, the University of KwaZulu-Natal is presenting its 3rd in a series of public webinars discussion entitled: The Role of Indigenous Healers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Before we talk about the seminar, let’s first listen to this report from our journalist Zeblon Maine….

Guest: Prof Nceba Qqaleni - Head: Discipline of African Traditional Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Guest: Siyabonga Africa Mkhize – Executive Director: Umsamo Institute
25
MAY
4am

GBV under lockdown

Gender activists around the country have been very worried about the possibility an increase in gender based violence during the current lockdown. Police statistics show that more than 2300 calls were recorded at the national GBV Command Centre during the first week of the lockdown. One hundred-and-48 were immediately registered as criminal cases. Sadly this issue has been with us for many years with no concrete solution. We are going to try again to find out what some of the major reasons are behind it and why the fear around the lockdown period as we welcome…
Guest: Koketso Moeti – Gender Activist

Guest: Lisa Vetten - PHD Fellow at Wits City Institute

Guest: Dr Chandre Gould - Senior research fellow at the justice and crime prevention programme of the ISS and founding member of the SA Violence Prevention Forum
25
MAY
3am

Thinking Point: SA dropping to level 3: What does it mean for our psychology?

President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday dropped the Covid-19 lockdown alert to level three as of the first of June. He was addressing the nation from Pretoria. He went on to say that this will allow for the further opening of the economy – with the continued fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Ramaphosa says 429 people have now died from coronavirus and that the number of infections now stands at 22 thousand 583. He says 128 people are in intensive care with COVID 19 - the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Guest: Dr Saths Cooper, who is the President of the Pan-African Psychology Union
22
MAY
5am

Couples under the lockdown

That song by Bill Withers says it all. It talks about couples and how they can make it if they try. Those who understand the romantic space will give you all sorts of remedies about how to keep a marriage going and how to spice things up. Under the current lockdown, some couples can’t stand each other while other are using the time as a honeymoon period where they reconnect and get to know each other in many ways. What is the difference between these two scenarios and why the different approach to the lockdown?

Guest: Jenna Bayer - Psychologist
22
MAY
5am

Lockdown and the SA on-line consumer

The Consumer Pulse research from GfK South Africa which looks into the behaviours of online consumers during lockdown has revealed that 85% of consumers who usually work full time reported significant impact on their working habits. It goes on to say that nearly half of fulltime employees were able to remotely, 74% of which claim to have worked less than normal. What are we to read into this and how will it change the way we do things beyond Covid-19?

Guest: Rachel Thompson – Insights Director at GFK South Africa
22
MAY
4am

Recovery strategies for the organised labour in the era of covid-19

We bring you this special feature this hour exploring recovery strategies for organized labour in the era of Vovid-19. What role can organized labour play in contributing towards the country’s socio-economic recovery? What are some of the practical solutions that will benefit all aspects of the economy? To help us navigate through this discussion, we are joined on the line by….

Guest: Dr Petrus De Kock - Brand South Africa’s general manager for research

Guest: Zwelinzima Vavi – SAFTU’s General Secretary

Guest: Zamikhaya Maseti – Political Economist

Guest: Matthew Parks – Cosatu’s Parliamentary Coordinator
22
MAY
3am

Thinking point – Day in the life of a nurse

This morning’s thinking point comes in the form of a live interview. The idea is to get an idea of what nurses go through on a daily basis especially under the Covid-19 period. What is a typical day like for them? What are their fears? What sort of training are they given in a time like this and can they ever be fully prepared? What are their fears?

Guest: Yomelela Mnqabashe – Former Secretary of DENOSA’s National Student Movement and currently a practicing nurse
21
MAY
5am

Reaction from the SRC

To get a sense of what students make of the minister’s announcement,

Guest: Moses Nkundako – SRC chairperson at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville Campus
Guest: Akha Tutu – SRC President at the University of Cape Town
guest: SIPHELO NQABENI – STUDENT LEADER AT FORTHARE UNIVERSITY
21
MAY
4am

Education and disabilities

We’ve heard the minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announce the opening of school on the 1st of June. Unions and other stakeholders have raised their concerns about health safety for both learners and teachers. Parents are also not really sure whether to send their children or not. But have we forgotten about those living with disabilities? Where do they fit in regarding this debate? If you are a parent with a child living with disabilities, what are your worries?

Guest: Robyn Beere – Deputy Director of Equal Education Law Centre
21
MAY
4am

Water consumption under the lockdown

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we are constantly reminded to wash our hands. The strange thing about our country is that we are battling with the supply of water in many areas, but where water is available there a lot of wastage. Councils depend on water metres to try and contain the consumption of water by households, but how accurate are they? Well to look into this issue, we are joined on the line by…

Guest: Edwin Sibiya - Group CEO of Lesira-Teq
20
MAY
5am

how do we mitigate against deepening inequality so that the poor are not left behind?’

Professor Adam Habib who is Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Wits was part of a discussion to mark Africa Month yesterday (Tuesday) as part of the “I Meditate Africa Series” hosted by The Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values. The issue he was addressing was “In a world that is moving online, how do we mitigate against deepening inequality so that the poor are not left behind?”
Guest: Professor Adam Habib - Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Wits
20
MAY
4am

Relationship of Mining and communities

As you may have heard in the news and this show how we’ve been covering incidents of mineworkers contracting Covid-19. Communities living in mining areas are worried about the danger they may be exposed to. Let’s stalk now about the relationship between mines and communities they are operating from. Are mines contributing in any positive way to those communities and how should we describe the state of relations between the two?

Guest: John Capel – Executive Director at the Benchmark Foundation

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