A survey in England says 45% of car owners in England would want an electric vehicle. March 2020 saw 33,000 used car sales – which is 14% up from last year… that’s R10 billion! Polos and Ford Rangers are still the most popular cars in South Africa. E-Racing has taken NASCAR by storm, but it’s getting tetchy because it turns out mortality is an important reason to be nice to others. And Nuro’s driverless cars can drop off your shopping, with no driver… zombie-proof retail. Powered by AutoTrader.

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The lockdown can sometimes feel like a daunting period, especially if you don’t understand why it has to happen… yes to save lives, but are there any other tangible reasons for it? From the revelation of oligarchs who may have South Africa’s economy at their beck and call, to ensuring that South Africa’s social security is kept in order – our returning champions deliver on some of the hottest speaking points as the coronavirus lockdown continues in South Africa. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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09.04.20 Pt 2 – Pesach when you are Hindu is an interesting one – especially if one of your children is Jewish. WHO will be shunned by America because it’s so China-centric. What you want to be careful about is anyone in political power using creative language. Bernie Sanders was crushed by Trump more than Biden, he was always out of the race… back to the hippie centre maybe?

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09.04.20 Pt 1 – Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the race – nobody has told Joe Biden though. Is Obama ghosting Biden? Melania Trump might just be the mother of the year. The secret to being happy is to marry for money, forget love. Quarantine in the Bahamas is not a lockdown, stop complaining! The snitch who busted Bill Clinton has passed away… thanks for the blue dress.

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Tami and Scott give an introduction to the series. They discuss why Progress SA cares about academic freedom and why it took up the fight against academic authoritarianism at the University of Cape Town. They also discuss the state of academic freedom — worldwide and across South Africa — as context for the interviews that are to follow in the rest of the series.

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Scott chats to David Benatar, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. Benatar defines academic freedom and what kinds of activities count as violations of academic freedom. Should scholars be free to ignore postcolonial and critical race theory? What role does intellectual diversity have to play in the pursuit of truth? Benatar addresses these questions and ends with a discussion of UCT’s disinvitation of controversial journalist Flemming Rose.

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Tami speaks to Prof Jonathan Jansen, past Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. They discuss the effect that student protests at South African universities since 2015 have had on academic freedom in the country. Does academic freedom mean that there should be a limitation on students’ right to protest? Should academic freedom be compromised in the interests of short-term political gain? They end with a conversation about the risk of state involvement in academic institutions’ decision making.

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Scott discusses democracy and the societal roles of universities with Prof Nuraan Davids, Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and author of a new text on academic freedom in South Africa, Universities, Pedagogical Encounters, Openness, and Free Speech. Davids highlights the democratic importance of being willing to listen to all viewpoints in the classroom, even those which conflict with political correctness.

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Dr Max Price, past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, has an opportunity to respond to criticism levelled at him by other guests interviewed in the series. Scott asks him about UCT’s legacy of academic freedom, and whether that legacy is now under threat. Price offers a different understanding of the concept of academic freedom to the one employed by other guests in the series.

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Time to level with each other, ok? You don’t have to prove you’re exercising at home during lockdown – we’ll know at the end when you roll out of your house if you did or not. I believe you’re working from home. Thanks to all the holidays, April was a write-off anyway, so we were only expecting 50% from you. Don’t feel bad if you’re not the most productive person on Earth – you’re not…

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