CAPE TOWN 02 JUNE 2017 – Leading South African corporates have committed to creating more than 300,000 jobs annually, following the announcement that a staggering 58 percent of South Africa’s 14.6 million unemployed people are aged between 15 and 35. Watch full story here.
CAPE TOWN, 17 May 2017 – Fatigued from working in the town’s shops, one woman created her own opportunity, she takes people on guided 3 to 9 kilometre forest walks, or township tours showcasing small entrepreneurs. Watch full story here.
CAPE TOWN, 16 May 2017 – Close to 5 percent of the tourists who visit the Western Cape do it for medical treatments. From face lifts to fertility treatments, one can get it done in South Africa at a third of the cost charged elsewhere. Watch full story here.
CAPE TOWN – A visual artist in Cape Town has come under fire for trying to get white South Africans to reflect. But despite a violent backlash to their work, the artist is determined to continue promoting anti-racism. Watch here.
**Really enjoyed my chat with Dean, so many parts of our conversation I didn’t get to use, but that’s the business.
Got to cover “the lighter” side of this year’s budget speech, via the annual Budget Speech Competition. Twenty finalists battled it out to win over R400 000 in cash prizes for their essays, outlining what economic fixes there are for some of South Africa’s most pressing issues.
Day one was a simulation game that involved allocating and re-allocating the national budget, watch here.
The group also had individual interviews that day with a panel of judges, to motivate why their innovative ideas(s) deserve the win.
They were given a keynote address by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan the following night, at a fancy pants dinner – winners announced on the night as well. Watch that report, here.
“CAPE TOWN – Jewellery that brings Cape Town’s Cape Flats to life – designed from childhood memory. Stacy Beukes’s concept range, Sweets with Change, is selling like hot cakes.
Inspired by life on the Cape Flats, this jewellery speaks to distinct childhood memories. Aptly-named concept range, Sweets with Change, draws on trips to corner shops in Grassy Park.”
Watch full report from 16min26sec here.
“CAPE TOWN – Daily struggles with an ill-fitting swimming cap has led a Cape Town mother to think out of the box.
The saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ proved true, as her unique creation – borne out of frustration – shows.
Swimma Caps cater for big hair, like creator Numvuyo Treffers’ long dreadlocks.
She previously opted not to swim because of her hair.
The caps come in two sizes: afro regular and afro large, using waterproof silicone material.
Different sizes and colours are being developed, and Treffers says sales are going swimmingly.
Watch full story here.
“CAPE TOWN– An audience at a special screening at Pollsmoor was brought to tears by big screen images of the tale about life inside the maximum security prison. The story, scripted by the former prison inmate, also details his life on the Cape Flats.”
Watch full story here: http://www.enca.com/media/video/life-of-former-pollsmoor-prison-inmate-hits-the-big-screen
** I loved this movie and think everyone should see it. Beautifully written, masterfully directed and the actors were brilliant in their roles.
“CAPE TOWN – Fewer than 500 great white sharks remain along South Africa’s coastline.
Stellenbosch University researchers say the apex predators face possible extinction.
Using genetic and photographic methods, researchers have tracked down the entire population — and they are worried about the low numbers.
Poaching, pollution and excessive use of shark nets in public waters have been cited as leading contributors.
Shark jaws and fins are sold for millions of rands, and researchers say protection, increased regulation and fewer nets would benefit the species.
“Our white sharks are in danger, there are very few left. So we’re trying very hard to get the nets out of the ocean,” said Stellenbosch University professor Conrad Matthee.
“But it’s a complicated issue because the nets also provide a false sense of security towards humans – they think because there are nets there won’t be shark attacks, therefore the tourism industry is booming.”
Without the predators in our waters, the entire ocean eco-system could fall off kilter.”
DE AAR – With the local government elections around the corner, people around the country are becoming more vocal about what they want in their communities.
Residents in the Northern Cape town of De Aar say while they are desperate for basic services, job creation is more important.
People in the small town say if they had jobs, they would be able to afford services like electricity.
Some say they haven’t made a cent in years.
And those who have managed to open businesses, say it’s a struggle to stay open.
* Watch full story here.