The rate at which the world switched from analogue to digital is amazing, the new normal is online now. How does a man whose job it is to report on the news and the fabric of society stay sane in lockdown? What role does Justice Malala’s wife play in his morning routine, even though she’s in America while he sits in Kalk Bay, Cape Town? As the individual cost of not connecting physically with others comes to the fore, we need people to also report on the possible socio-economic factors at play daily in this pandemic economy. Can the country afford to deal with an outbreak of Covid-19? There’s a fine line between social obedience and tyranny, is South Africa’s military putting large scale public safety on a knife edge? We’ve seen military and state vehicles in townships before, but last time we had Nelson Mandela to placate the restless masses… can Cyril Ramaphosa do the same?

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”These people have regressed!” This is how Tumi Morake speaks about her own children and their struggle to adapt to the Covid-19 lockdown. This might explain why her children say she is driving them crazy. An interesting decision was made about leaving their new home in America to go and join family elsewhere in the States, and the situation has turned into a real life sitcom. With her usual wit and candour we hear about her struggles with mental health and how that battle is going in these self-isolation times. If you plan for a rainy day in Rands but now the rain comes in Dollars, what then? A fascinating revelation about what they could sacrifice as a family following coronavirus only goes to show how conscious the comedian is. Which softer sides of humanity will we see following this pandemic? And the Covid-19 lockdown rule number one… ”Embrace your rotundness and let the kids be free willy!”

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What happens when you have an immune challenged or compromised child, and the most contagious health pandemic of the modern age strikes… how should a parent react to this? Should America be copying China with their measures to control their citizens? Should the response be taken to the federal government in the fight against Covid-19? The things we take for granted like a take-away meal are not what they were – Jen gives her tips about how to be safe from infection from your food containers. The fashion industry has pulled together which is brilliant news. Build up your strength, you are going to need it, Covid-19 is just getting started unfortunately!

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After seeing too many people he knew going to jail for gun possession charges, not because they robbed or killed somebody, but just because they had the gun… Maj Toure was inspired to make a change. He ended up forming Black Guns Matter in 2016 – a grassroots organisation that educates people in urban communities on their Second Amendment rights and responsibilities through firearms training and education. Gareth has a frank discussion with the North Philadelphia-raised activist on gun rights, freedom, politics and how these all affect each other.

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03.04.20 Pt 2 – If you have furry friends, just be aware that vets are part of essential services and pet stores are open. In a time of international lockdown, how on earth do travel companies survive? Keeping clean makes you feel better… do it, stay clean and wash your hands you detty pig! Adversity will reveal the weather of your consciousness and if you are dependent on alcohol or other stimulants or depressants, 21 days of going cold turkey could be rough.

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03.04.20 Pt 1 – Remember when you could touch people, and the days when load shedding was your biggest problem? If you say “Coronavirus”, your video can be demonetised on YouTube. Let’s be honest, amateur singing – especially when you try and syncronise – is a disaster. How tough is it to tell your parents that Covid-19 can kill them and they must stay at home? Some people take cleaning to another level… they’re a threat to us.

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02.04.20 Pt 2 – South Africa might be a decent country to live in after all, if you go by a queue at a shopping centre. The response to market factors at play in a crisis can be tricky, are street vendors less important than big chain stores? Ford is making ventilators… does this actually matter in the bigger picture? The media has a massive duty in reporting responsible and verified information in times of crisis, how do we ensure this happens? Waldimar Pelser details this for us. The ANC is still stealing, please don’t let Covid-19 plaster over that, stay woke!

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02.04.20 Pt 1 – Should you feel guilty for enjoying the solitude of lockdown? Hey, maybe you don’t need your best friend around every 3 days… don’t tell them though, could be awkward. Honey is good for you, and your skin, nectar of the gods. Madonna in the bath is just brutal viewing. If you are going to murder people, don’t do it during a pandemic at the beach, the cops are watching. Comforts of home can be dangerous, what do you do when it’s time to cook your own 3-course meal? And April Fool’s Day took a back seat this year – there’s a little Coronavirus situation going on.

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Is information overload better or worse than no information at all in a pandemic? What does a doctor do when he’s stuck on the West Coast of America, but he lives on the East Coast? In a bittersweet sequence of events, a new life has joined the Goodman family, while so many are clinging on to theirs. Dr Dennis Goodman (Clinical Professor of Medicine & Director of Integrative Medicine: NYU) unpacks the essence of what we understand about Covid-19 from a medical point of view at this stage. Price gouging with ventilators has reared its ugly head in America, but the US government has come to the rescue. The greatest challenge we now face as humanity is that, to truly comfort those you love, you have to stay away from them. The good doctor urges us to practice humanity… even if it’s just a virtual hug.

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“Perfection is the enemy of the good when it comes to emergency management!” So said Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation when asked how Covid-19 could be contained. Poignant words indeed especially considering the pandemic which the world is gripped by currently. The Italian Chamber has a bilateral allegiance to both South Africa and Italy, and the latter has been ravaged by Covid-19. Will South Africa learn from Italy’s unfortunate circumstances? If Pamina Bohrer has anything to do with it, both countries can rest assured they have a heroine who will do her utmost to ensure both nations prosper. She speaks about what geo-political and global economic landscapes may look like after Covid-19, where hope has sprung eternal before, and what her role is in liaising on behalf of the land of Picasso in Madiba’s Rainbow Nation.

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