Get ready to pay more for South African wine

Cape Town, 9 May 2018 – Wine producers in the Western Cape have suffered a 200-thousand ton loss, as a result of the ongoing drought. This year’s harvest is the lowest in12 years. Industry experts say this is why consumer prices have to be increased. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa reports.


Cosatu’s Western Cape chairperson steps down

Cape Town,  1 May 2018 – With a career in activism spanning more than 40 years, Cosatu’s Western Cape Provincial chairperson says it’s time to leave his position. Tony Ehrenreich says his activism began when he was just 13, at a solidarity march after the 1976 massacre in Soweto. On this May Day, eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa takes a brief look at his career. Watch the full story here. 

Philippi Horticulture Area still under threat

Cape Town, 29 April 2018 –  It’s been called Cape Town’s own vegetable basket, in the heart of the city. The Philippi Horticultural Area contributes almost one-billion rand to the local economy, and indirectly employs 30-thousand people. But the most productive part of this urban agricultural hub, is under threat from development. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa explores.

Reaction to progress towards free higher education

Cape Town, 24 April 2018 – Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, earlier today gave feedback on government’s progress towards implementing free higher education. For some reaction, eNCA reporter, Pheladi Sethusa, speaks to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Lauren Kansley.

Cape Town underspends allocated budget

Cape Town,  19 April 2018 – Close to R2-billion of the 2017/2018 budget that has been allocated to Cape Town has not been spent, even though the city is in the grips of its worst drought ever. Mayor Patricia de Lille has vowed not to let this money be misspent. Watch full story here. 

[EXCLUSIVE] Former apartheid agent speaks about targeting #WinnieMandela

George, Western Cape, 8 April 2018 – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the target of the apartheid regime’s most concentrated propaganda campaign. A former security operative of Stratcom has said there were spies planted in the Mandela Football Club. Paul Erasmus has now also claimed, for the first time, that the entire club and others close to Winnie Mandela were spies. Xoli Mngambi sat down with him.

NOTE:  Was lucky enough to help with interviewing Erasmas for this piece, unforgettable experience hearing all he had to say.


BTS: A trolley full of outtakes

A short behind the scenes look at the shoot for the VAT story I just posted. There were many more takes, TV isn’t as easy as it looks.

The effort it took from a technical point of view, had a bit of a workout pushing around the 100kg’s that is Kyle Haffajee.

No April fools as SA reacts to VAT increase

Cape Town, 1 April, 2018 – The recent VAT increase will take its toll on low-income households, which often use most of their money on consumable goods.

Unions and NGOs say the planned review of zero-rated goods is necessary to offset the financial burden of the increase.

There are 19 basic food items that are not affected by the VAT increase.

They include brown bread, milk powder, maize meal and vegetable oil.

This list is meant to be a way of reducing the VAT burden on low-income consumers. Watch full story below.


#SAHealthcare – Mental health in the Western Cape

Cape Town, 26 March, 2018 – eNCA’s special coverage on the public healthcare system in South Africa all day today on #DStv403. Painful lessons emerged from the Life Esideimeni tragedy. Forcing provincial health departments to up their efforts on oversight. In the Western Cape, a drive to license all facilities housing more than four patients, is underway to do just that. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa reports. Courtesy #DStv403 

Land for the Living march in Cape Town

Cape Town, 21 March, 2018 – While many South Africans were commemorating Human Rights Day yesterday, a group of Capetonians took to the streets. Marching under the banner Land for the Living, marchers called for more urban land to be prioritised for affordable housing. eNCA’s Pheladi Sethusa filed this report. Courtesy #DStv403