07.04.20 Pt 2 -Dr Robyn Spring details the challenges of Covid-19 for women who are pregnant or have young babies, and miraculously she has the internet in the Eastern Cape, so that was a nice surprise. What does flattening the curve actually mean, because everyone says it, but what do the stats and metrics say is the most effective way to curb the tide of coronavirus? Danny K joins to tell us how Shout SA has ensured that masks can be produced and sold at cost en masse, with a view to making it affordable for medical professionals and those who really need them. When your father is Julius Caesar, the expectations would have been too much for many, but not for Augustus. Blind History season 3 rolls on. In this episode we detail the emperor of all emperors.

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As Pesach comes around in 2020, the Holy Day will for the first time in living memory be observed without mass gatherings globally. However, perhaps the engagement via technological platforms has brought the global Jewish community closer than ever. The Rabbi is speaking to gatherings in countries he would never have spoken to, and as seder approaches, the message is, “Even if you are alone, you need not feel lonely.” Kindness, sensitivity and caring would be the signs of a brave new world post Covid-19 – there is no going back, there is only higher consciousness and togetherness after this collective trauma. It may be the worst of times, but the wise Rabbi has declared unreservedly, a bias to positivity and spoken without hesitation, “It can also be the best of times.”

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07.04.20 Pt 1 – How old is Boris Johnson? It doesn’t matter that he’s dating a 32-year-old who is about to have his baby, which makes him a winner. If you need to buy an iron while in lockdown, should that be an essential item? Has this lockdown made Cele and co power hungry? Imagine having a child with a compromised immune system during Covid-19? God still needs your tithes please, private jets don’t pay for themselves. If you are feeling sad, just bake and everything else becomes the ‘yeast’ of your problems.

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When you have crevices in your systems – whether it be in governance, business or your personal life – stress and trauma turn those into canyons. South Africa’s societal and economic inequality has led to the application of a pastiche Chinese and European Covid-19 lockdown, seeming somewhat inhumane in the eyes of many. This has not been helped by outbreaks of a seemingly puritanical, heavy-handed response to citizens on the lower rung of our economic sector of society. Is it down to citizens or our leaders to tackle these philosophical dilemmas? The brutality of having to choose whether to save lives or to save the economy may soon be on the agenda for global leaders… should they seek to be popular or fiscally prudent? Often trauma forces us to ask questions which we would have preferred to answer at a different time, but leadership is needed when the chips are down, and Covid-19 has placed at the feet of leaders around the globe, a challenge not seen before.

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Some entertainment can happen without fans and none of the allure of the artist or art is lost, but stand up comedy needs the crowd, it’s not a vibe otherwise. They say comedy is not only there to entertain, but also to teach us about the human condition, but what does a stalwart of the comedy world have to learn about himself as he faces the lockdown solo, with Coco, who might be a stripper? When is Covid-19 scheduled to get funny, because some comedians have already made jokes and it’s been received awkwardly because of the timing? If you are used to being an entertainer, how do you entertain yourself? If your ex brings you food, how do you make sure it’s not poisoned? Dave’s routine – just like him – is hilarious!

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Since time immemorial, the court jester has always been held in high regard by the masses, and with good reason. Now David Scott is no idiot or fool, but he has perfected the art of satire – especially when satirising the highest members of South African society. What is the role of satire if it has a role at all in tough times? How has The Kiffness developed from a small band into an industry leader in South Africa? How does a partner adjust to living with a creative soul in a confined space? How long does the process of creating his songs take? What’s lockdown been like for a social commentator, since he can’t get out to interact with the world? His response about his wife and how happy they are together is something to be cherished for life. May the road rise to meet you too good sir!

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06.04.20 Pt 2 – So it seems even tigers can get Covid-19! If you love to complain, during this pandemic, you can watch Contagion on SABC3… misery loves company. Should Bill Gates speaking about deadly viruses be taken seriously, just because he’s absurdly rich? Who was the real talent in Destiny’s Child – Kelly and Michelle right? The other woman just married Jay-Z. The Kiffness has a wife who is a chef and doesn’t mind him singing the same note for an hour in lockdown, and yet the best he could muster is “I’m relatively happy!” By the way, would you rather be killed by a deadly virus or a ravenous lion?

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06.04.20 Pt 1 – Are Easter eggs a cure for all viruses in general? Should Damon be given his share of the trillions that will be made from selling hot water and lemon to the masses? If you want to employ a sexy voice, Leigh-Ann Mol is your person… Mbuleo however has a voice that’s about as sexy as a rotten carrot in a toilet bowl. He’ll die alone. If family invites you to digital drinking games, what do you do if you are nearly out of booze? And Putin does not like people talking about his kids in public.

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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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