From speeches that start out the same, to similar pronouncements about foreigners, to policies that lean heavily on the role of big-business Herman Mashaba and Donald Trump seem to be turning out to be similar in many interesting ways. Rori and Andrew explore the question further – joined by Tony Taverna-Turisan, Director of Communications at the Office of the Executive Mayor of City of Johannesburg, and gold-star political analyst, Justice Malala.
In this show Andrew and Rori look back at 2016 and all the WTF moments of the year. In studio they are joined by comedians Alfred Adriaan and John Vlismas.
Numerous votes of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma have failed. After a vigorous three-week debate, the ANC NEC has pronounced that the case of Zuma’s leadership is now closed as far as they are concerned. On this show Andrew and Rori speak to Lawson Naidoo of the Save SA campaign and political analyst Justice Malala to ask: What happens now that Zuma has managed to live another day?
State Capture has dominated the South African socio-political landscape recently, culminating in an explosive report by the Public Protector outlining various cases of politicians being compromised by wealthy businesspeople. Others have argued that the focus on the Guptas and others is misplaced and should rather be directed at the looting of the state by a group of powerful businessmen referred to as the ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ – people like Andile Mngxitama have insisted that individuals such as Johan Rupert need to be investigated. In this explosive show Andrew and Rori speak to Jan Bosman of the Afrikanerbond and political analyst Ralph Mathekga, to find out whether the Stellenbosch Mafia really exist and what their impact on the South African socio-political and economic landscape is.
What would you give up for a better South Africa? Andrew Levy opens with an extract from a short story called The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. Andrew speaks to a number of guests including Vinayak Bhardwaj, Kevin Foster, Kayan Leung, Maloba Tshela, and Tizi Merafe to discuss this question.
The common refrain from the middle-class has been that Trump voters are unintelligent deplorables acting irrationally, but what might we be missing out on by writing their actions off as irrational? In this show Andrew and Rori speak to Tinashe Chuchu to unpack what is really happening in the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans.
Twenty-two years into democratic South Africa, demographics still reflect that poverty is concentrated along race lines in the country. Some have argued that after so long, apartheid can no longer be blamed for this. In this show Andrew and Rori speak to the Statistician-General, Dr Pali Lehohla and social activist Athi-Nangamso Nkopo to interrogate this issue.
It tends to seem that the 90’s babies have found their place and their voices in shaping and making their mark on the South African political landscape, while the 80’s babies have struggled to do the same. Andrew and Rori speak to fellow 80’s baby, DA Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Human Settlements, Makashule Gana, to find out if 80’s babies will be remembered as inconsequential to the political history of the country.
Andrew Levy explores what the future of tertiary education could look like. He speaks to trends analyst Dion Chang and founder of ‘We Think Code’, Arlene Mulder.
In the fourth episode in the series, Andrew and Rori follow up the conversations that have been had on what it means at an individual level to be black, with a discussion on what it means at an organisational level. There are a range of organisations in South Africa that describe themselves and indeed prefix their names with the word “black”; the question that is explored in this show – with the help of Sandile Zungu of the Black Business Council and Tryphosa Ramano of the Association for Black Securities and Investment Professionals – is how their stated blackness impacts on their values, culture, strategy, and operations.