In the wake of the controversy surrounding the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh campaign, where black learners openly protested what they referred to as racist and discriminatory rules on the hair of black learners at the highly-regarded Pretoria High School for Girls, the nation was once again divided. While there was overwhelming support for the learners’ cause, there was also a dissenting view from those who feel that the whole issue is, at the least, a storm in a teacup… and at the most the work of racist agitators and petulant learners who, instead of focusing on their studies, are causing trouble. Andrew and Rori speak to Mishka Wazar, Melissa Kuhn, Logan Young and Sean Pretorius.
In the wake of Wayde van Niekerk’s epic, world record-breaking victory in the Olympics 400m race, instead of celebrating as one, naturally, South Africans quickly turned the moment into a racially-polarised tweetstorm. On the one hand was those who celebrated under #colouredexcellence, arguing that it was time for coloured people to celebrate being coloured after having been taken for granted for a long time; on the other hand were those who were insisting that coloured people identify as black people. Andrew and Rori speak to journalist, Karima Brown and filmmaker Dylan Valley.
Four years after the Marikana massacre that left 41 miners dead from the bullets of police officers, Andrew and Rori reflect on the commemorative events of the fatal day (16 August 2012) and ask whether they don’t suggest that in spite of what politicians say, general society has long since stopped caring about the people of Marikana and the families of the fallen miners. Politicians seem to only raise Marikana when there are political points to be scored, and on this day the people of Marikana are still crying out for justice. They speak to Joseph Mathunjwa, President of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the Democratic Alliance’s spokesperson, Mabine Seabe.
Ever wondered what your domestic worker thinks about the way you treat her? Behind every successful man in pinstripes and woman in heels in the corporate boardroom is a humble woman in a maid’s outfit back home walking the dog, feeding the kid and making sure that the whites remain white and that the darks don’t fade. Andrew and Rori speak to domestic workers about how they are treated, and they reveal shocking ways in which even the more “enlightened” among us make them feel like slaves.
On the day of the municipal elections in South Africa, Andrew and Rori set up camp outside a voting station to engage with voters about who they are voting for and what informs their voting decisions.
It’s that time again for the critically acclaimed CEO SleepOut™… and even after a resounding success in the first year where R26m was raised, it appears that the initiative does not have everyone won over. Andrew and Rori tackle and explore the various critiques of the event and ask, do the ends justify the means?
Is the SABC censoring the news or taking control of the national narrative? The media is often criticised for only focusing on the “negative” and SABC, for one, appears to have decided to change that through an editorial policy that has been labelled as censorship. Media Freedom Organiser at Right2Know, Micah Reddy, joins Rori to help explain whether what the SABC is doing is censorship.
In this second instalment of the series, Andrew and Rori extend the question to CEO of YFM, Kanthan Pillay, self-proclaimed foe of Frankly Speaking Roman Cabanac, and Pastor Greg Tait of the God First Church – who put a different twist to the question, leaving us asking ourselves if we are closer or further away from the answer than we were when we started.
The team has kicked Rorisang out of the studio and are having a frank discussion amongst whites about what they must do. This is not a prescriptive ‘How To’ guide… rather an in-depth look at different viewpoints and perspectives about what white people must/can/should do in SA.
A question heard on the street in midst of the Tshwane unrest has been why Thoko Didiza, a Zulu person, has been sent to be mayor in a majority Sotho area, when it would be unheard of for a Sotho person to be a mayor in KZN. President Zuma has also been accused of having a disproportionately Zulu cabinet. Andrew and Rori are joined by Sipho Hlongwane, Prince Mashele, Justice Malala and Muzi Kuzwayo to discuss whether this perception is fact or fiction.