The highlights from John Maytham's weekday show
Guest: Prof Stremlau publishes extensively on foreign affairs and is a frequent media commentator on international network news programmes. He wrote ‘The International Politics of the Nigerian Civil War' and has edited several books. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest:Violinist Elinor Speirs brings her unique violin talent and charisma in to The Cape Talk studio to give John a sneak peak to the creative performance that you can expect at The 2021 Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Vol 3. There is something amazing that happens when cultures converge. There is surprise and enchantment, chaos and dispute, but in the end, there is always something new. That is where violinist Elinor Speirs likes to set up residence - at the cusp of the conversation. The progeny of a viking and a celt, raised at the southern tip of Africa with ashkenazi jewish heritage, it was almost inevitable that Elinor would flee the constraints of the orchestra and join the fire and dance of improvised music. Versatility and flair for style have ensured her place in musical genres across the board. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
John's bookshelf this week: Fiction The Book of Magic Alice Hoffman Silverview; John le Carre Before and Laughter; A life changing book Jimmy Carr Non Fiction The Storyteller Tales of Life and Music; Dave Grohl See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: acclaimed theatre director and designer, Fred Abrahams, to celebrate the launch of Yukio Mishima's THE LADY AOI. Having played to standing ovations and critical acclaim in the USA in 2014 and 2019, Abrahamse & Meyer Productions are thrilled to announce that their celebrated production of Yukio Mishima's modern Noh masterpiece THE LADY AOI has finally come home to the Mother City. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Daily Maverick Journalist Tembile Sgqolane to discuss the controversial Shell Seismic Study. Marine activists in the Eastern Cape have voiced their anger after Shell announced that it will start a three-dimensional seismic survey in search of oil and gas deposits from Morgan Bay to Port St Johns starting on December Shell has appointed Shearwater GeoServices to conduct the survey, which will last from four to five months and cover 6,011km² of ocean surface. The survey area is located more than 20km from the coast, with its closest point in water depths ranging between 700m and 3km. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: South Africa's musical icons, Des Linberg, to discuss the moving literary memoir that has been published this month to recount the musical legacy and unique journey that he shared with his late wife, Dawn Linberg. The original biography manuscript 'Des & Dawn; Every Day is an Opening Night; Our Journey Together' was completed before the tragic loss of Dawn in December 2020. The book now stands in honour of her life, telling the tale of two pioneers of South African entertainment in their own words. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Prof Penny Moore, Acting Head of HIV Virology Section at the National Institute for communicable diseases See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Patrick Leydon joins John to explain and assess the reasons for the abandonment of The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Mining Charter Judgment. The Pretoria High Court Judgment declared that the Mining Charter is a policy instrument and not binding legislation and that the Minister is thereby empowered to make law. The Department of Mineral Resources decided not to appeal and intends to drive transformation in the sector by enforcing the terms of existing mining rights while it works to amend the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA). Patrick Leydon is a corporate lawyer practicing across a number of industry sectors but specializing in the mining and energy sectors within Sub-Saharan Africa. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Dr Nicholas Crisp | Acting director-general at Department of Health South Africa's acting director-general of health, Dr. Nicholas Crisp, brings answers to critical questions put to John by callers on The Afternoon Drive as the COVID virus evolves each day to the response of new concerns of personal health, medical science, medical treatment and public and social governance. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Prof Lee Berger, Research Professor in Human Evolution at Wits University joins John to discuss an exciting new study that has revealed the evolutionary trail towards the very human trait by which we walk the walk. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Tony Leon elaborates on the extent that South Africa's new coalitions and mayoral chains have delivered a poisonous chalice that must be carried forward into a complex political future at a local, municipal and national level. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: GroundUp journalist James Stent joins John to bring an alternate perspective to the issue of the precautionary suspension of the CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Zolani Matthews. Cape Talk listeners have brought questions and opinions on the matter, and James Stent joins the debate. Matthews was appointed CEO in February, following years of leadership instability at the entity. He is chairperson of the Ports Regulator and was previously a councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The suspension was explained by PRASA as being on justified by an "alleged sensitive matter" of a security breach and other contractual obligations associated with Matthews' employment contract. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Helen Zille joins John to discuss the unexpected results that arose out of the country's 6th municipal elections , the unprecedented coalition negotiations that these imposed on South African politics and her impression of the “extraordinary results” that define where we stand today and ultimately what the municipal elections say about the larger political arena going forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Anant Singh It all began with Charlie Chaplin, flickering in black and white on a makeshift screen in their modest home in Springfield, which later led to the neighbourhood children happily handing over their coins to 10-year-old Anant Singh and his younger brother Sanjeev. At age 13, deeply affected by the passing of his father, Anant found solace and escape in the moving image to which his father had introduced him. The combination of a deep and abiding passion for film and an entrepreneurial spirit were the sparks that lit the flame for Anant as he rewound 16mm reels in a film rental store in Durban, first for R1 a day and then for R25 a week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, ran a story yesterday saying that British-based fans of Marks & Spencers will now be able to rent items of clothing from the store for as little as £13 or R270. The clothing will be offered via the website, Hirestreet, as the chain becomes first British high-street brand to make fashion available for hire. Well, a little scouting around and we found that you can do the same thing in Cape Town. To find out more, we're joined by Natasha Liesner, co-founder of StyleRotate, an online fashion rental platform. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Dr. Greg Mills, the director of the Johannesburg - based Brenthurst Foundation. Dr. Mills elaborates on his assessment of the 'Four scenarios and the funeral(s)' situation that faces Ethiopia whereby 'the powder keg is ready to explode in tragic ways.' The war is marching closer to Addis and there is little evidence of a government plan to stop the advance by the rebel Tigray Defense Forces. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: 'The Cabbage Bandit' Djo BaNkuna in September after the Tshwane Metro Police raided his veggie patch because they explained it to be illegal to plant vegetables on the council-owned pavement.BaNkuna remained defiant, refused to back down and replanted his garden.On 17/11/2021, The Cabbage Bandit received a letter from the Acting Director for Municipal Courts Prosecution notifying him about the withdrawal of the case See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Director of Accountability Advocate Paul Hoffman joins The Afternoon Drive to talk to John about the precautionary suspension that has been imposed by The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on the Group CEO Zolani Matthews. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Cito (Martin Otto) It's been twenty-five years of non - stop music making and stage - stomping for the WONDER brothers of Joburg, and there's no sign of stopping. This gang of four continuously strive to outperform the last version of themselves by always creating, reinventing, and nurturing the chemistry they share on and off stage, acknowledging that the WONDERBOOM organism is greater than the sum of its parts. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the band have personally selected their favourite WONDERboom tracks, creating a compilation of songs aptly titled WONDERboom 25. Spanning from their tender formative years to now, this re-mastered collection includes all the hits you've come to love over the years plus brand new single, Prodigal Son. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Guest: Filmmaker Bryan Little to discuss the documentary, 'Ours not Mine'. Mining Companies have a plan for the West Coast of South Africa that will destroy hundreds of kilometers of pristine coastal environments, disrupting local communities, fisheries, tourism and the rugged natural beauty of this globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. The film sheds light on the destructive mining practices on the West Coast of South Africa and its impact on local communities and the environment. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.