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Listen: Jonathan Jansen discusses Making Love in a War Zone on Cape Talk

‘My father-in-law did not show up for the wedding. My future wife had to leave her family home the moment we asked permission to ‘go out’ together, a tradition in those days. There were certain members of the family whom she visited on her own; my presence was not welcomed. I was a confident human being and a proud black man, but those things stick when it comes to flesh and blood.’

– Jonathan Jansen

Can racism and intimacy co-exist? Can love and friendship form and flourish across South Africa’s imposed colour lines?

Who better to engage on the subject of hazardous liaisons than the students Jonathan Jansen served over seven years as Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State.

The context is the University campus in Bloemfontein, the City of Roses, the Mississippi of South Africa. Rural, agricultural, insular, religious and conservative, this is not a place for breaking out.

But over the years, Jansen observed shifts in campus life and noticed more and more openly interracial friendships and couples, and he began having conversations with these students with burning questions in mind.

Ten interracial couples tell their stories of love and friendship in their own words, with no social theories imposed on their meanings, but instead a focus on how these students experience the world of interracial relationships, and how flawed, outdated laws and customs set limits on human relationships, and the long shadow they cast on learning, living and loving on university campuses to this day.

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, after serving for many years as the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. Jansen has a formidable reputation for transformation and a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. He holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards including the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jansen recently discussed the inspiration and journey behind Making Love in a War Zone with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk. Take a listen:

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“I tried to find a way to make a book which told the stories of women from all backgrounds around the world.” Co-author Geoff Blackwell discusses 200 Women on Classic FM

In 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World, 200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity.

From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Co-author Geoff Blackwell recently discussed the motivation behind writing the book with Tamara LePine Williams on Classic FM.

Listen to the podcast here.

200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World

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Herman Mashaba: ‘The current government took advantage of the goodwill of our people’

Why would a successful South African entrepreneur, who could be enjoying his wealth and resting, decide to tackle politics?

Herman Mashaba, author of Black Like You and Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, recently joined Gareth Cliff on Cliff Central to answer this question. During a brutally honest interview, the DA mayoral candidate for the City of Johannesburg addressed various pressing matters.

Black Like YouCapitalist Crusader“The current government took advantage of the goodwill of our people,” Mashaba says, explaining why he believes it is time for a change in power in South Africa.

He shares his remarkable life story, as written about in Black Like You, and stresses that his main concern and priority is equality, “for every South African to be given the opportunity to do things for themselves”.

Mashaba says that this was why he wrote Capitalist Crusader – to get people to embrace self-reliance. He believes that as mayor of Johannesburg he would be able to turn things around, not only for the people who live there but those who are witness to the city.

Mashaba gets a lot of criticism for his participation in politics, specifically because of his joining the Democratic Alliance. Listen to the podcast to hear how he feels about this:


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Mbilwi Secondary School excels again – Redi Tlhabi speaks to top matriculant and principal to find out how

How to Fix South Africa's SchoolsMbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo – one of the remarkable schools featured in Jonathan Jansen and Molly Blank’s book How to Fix South Africa’s Schools: Lessons from Schools that Work – has excelled once again.

Talk Radio 702′s Redi Tlhabi spoke to Hamandishe Mathivha, top 2015 Mbilwi matric pupil, and Cedric Lidzhade, principal of the school, to hear how they overcome various obstacles like overcrowded classrooms and poor infrastructure to produce some of the country’s best science students.

Mathivha got 100 percent in Mathematics, Physical Science and Geography in his final matric exams. He says it was easy, because he loves the subjects so much:

From a really young age I’ve been curious about mathematical concepts and scientific facts; it’s just my passion and I’m really curious about the world. I want to know stuff, and that curiosity really developed a passion in me and a love for science and mathematics.

I think that it’s really important to, as a student, love the subjects you do because then it’s never really work. Then, it’s not like when you are studying you are working. You’re playing; it’s your hobby, your thing.

The young man ascribes his joy in these subjects to his dedicated teachers who remain motivated and sacrificial in their approach to education. Principal Lidzhade, a past pupil of the school, says that he expects his teachers to be energised and eager; to give education their all. They focus on the younger learners to build strong foundations, which makes it easier for senior students to excel.

When asked how they get pupils to enjoy science and maths so much, Lidzhade stresses that they do not treat these subjects like punishments. They impart excitement about knowledge and the discovery of facts and hope that the kids will catch on.

Listen to the inspiring podcast to find out how Mbilwi Secondary School succeeds despite strenuous circumstances:

Watch a short film about Mbilwi Secondary School, created as part of the project that lead to How to Fix South Africa’s Schools:

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Black tax and non-bloody racism: Eusebius McKaiser talks about his book Run Racist Run (Podcast)

Cover Reveal: The New Book from Eusebius McKaiser

If ever there was an important book to read to stay in tune with the spirit of the time, and what is going on in South Africa, it would be Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser.

Run Racist RunHe recently spoke to The Voice of the Cape’s Drivetime host Shafiq Morton (author of Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers) to introduce potential readers to this new work of non-fiction. “This certainly is a book that addresses all the issues that sometimes people are too scared to talk about – sometimes they might just whisper about them. In this particular book,” Morton says, “Eusebius gets in your head and scratches your eyeballs from behind.”

During the interview, McKaiser explains what sets his book apart from other books on racism and why he focuses on what he calls “non-bloody forms of racism”. He breaks down the concept referred to as “black tax” and explains why he does not believe in equal opportunity on principle.

McKaiser also addresses white liberals “who think that because they hate someone like Steve Hofmeyr that that means they are not capable of the spectrum of racist attitudes” and shares with Morton why he used Max du Preez as an example to illustrate his point. To end the conversation, McKaiser breaks down the matter of “literary apartheid” which blew up last year after an event moderated by him at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Listen to the fascinating interview:

For a taste of Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism, read an excerpt from the first chapter:


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“Let Us Treat All 60 million South Africans as Equal Citizens of this Country” – Herman Mashaba (Podcast)

Capitalist CrusaderHerman Mashaba, entrepreneurial businessman, was recently interviewed about his new book Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Shannon de Ryhove for Polity as well as by Shafiq Morton on his Voice of the Cape radio show.

Mashaba spoke to De Ryhove about why South Africa should embrace a free market economy instead of the democratic values of economic freedom. He says “as a country, we don’t just want to live, we want to be successful. And success comes from economic growth, and economic growth can only be driven through free market.”

Governments need to act as “refereea”, Mashaba says, because the rule of law and personal safety is important for an effective free market. But apart from this, governments should leave the capitalist system alone for optimum economic growth.

Mashaba explains why he regards the capitalist system of free individuals as the most “natural system”, and links this with his vision for the economy in South Africa.

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In his discussion with Morton, Mashaba speaks about why he decided to write Capitalist Crusader, and says he had three important motivations. First, he wanted to encourage civil society action, because he regards this as essential if South Africa is to “really get democracy to work and succeed”. Second, Mashaba hopes to persuade South Africans to “embrace the free market system” because government, in his view, does not create economic growth. Finally he wants to say: “South Africa, let us do away with all race-based discrimination – let us arrange to treat all 60 million South Africans as equal citizens of this country.”

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Eusebius McKaiser Debates White Privilege with Ernst Roets of AfriForum (Podcast)

Run Racist RunEusebius McKaiser, political commentator and Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism, recently took part in a conversation about White Privilege on The Khonza Show on Cliff Central.

McKaiser spoke with Ernst Roets of AfriForum and listener and guest Kristi Hansen in a conversation hosted by Rori Tshabalala and Andrew Levy. The group set out to unpack white privilege and the extent to which it is a bad thing.

“It’s a huge deal, in our country, that people benefit based on their skin colour if they are white,” McKaiser says.

The conversation gets heated as Roets looks at the matter and the conversation from a very different perspective, saying the question about whether or not white privilege exists is “flawed” and arguing for the existence of black privilege.

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“My Unfiltered Sort of Story” – Gareth Crocker Chats About Ka-Boom (Podcast)

Ka-BoomGareth Crocker was recently interviewed by Jenny Crwys-Williams and Redi Tlhabi on The Book Show on CapeTalk about his newly published memoir Ka-Boom.

In the interview, Crocker talks about why he wanted to write this book. He says that his first work of non-fiction “was a bit of an experiment”.

“I wanted to write something that wouldn’t necessarily be censored in any sort of way; it was going to be my unfiltered sort of story,” Crocker says.

Crocker goes on to explain the type of reader he hopes to reach with this book – people who are not “big readers”. He also shares some of the anecdotes he relates in his memoir, including an illegal ride on a truck after he and his friends had spent their bus fare in downtown Johannesburg.

Crwys-Williams says: “I do admire your mother, after all the things you did as a child.”

Listen to the podcast (the interview starts at 24:55):


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Nikki Bush’s Advice for Parents on “Suicide Hour” – That Tricky Time at the End of the Day

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, recently shared advice about effective parenting during “suicide hour” with Redi Tlhabi on CapeTalk / Talk Radio 702.

In the podcast, Bush says that the last few hours of the day are hard on parents because they might be tired from work, and “a lot of stuff needs to happen in the last two to three hours of the day”.

Bush advises that parents do what air-hostesses always say: “You must use your oxygen mask first.” Parents need to be able to inhale when they are “feeling pap” before they can care for their children. She gives a few practical tips for getting this right.

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The Rise and Fall of Mxit, South Africa’s Social Media Messaging Start-up (Podcast)

Really, Don't Panic!Moenie stres nie!Mxit, South African-made social media messaging platform once hailed as “a success story the likes of Facebook in its own context”, has been closed down as a commercial operation.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, internet entrepreneur and editor of Really, Don’t Panic! (Afrikaans: Moenie stres nie!), acquired Mxit in 2011. But he was not, for a number of reasons, able to innovate fast enough to safeguard the company’s user share against the rising tide of smartphone messaging and social media apps.

Knott-Craig Jnr recently resigned as Mxit’s CEO. Read Stuart Thomas’ article about what he did for the company:

It makes sense then that he describes thinking of the maverick entrepreneur as a “breath of fresh air” at the time.

While Marshall acknowledges that there was a little bit of organised chaos, largely down to each of the World of Avatar CEOs wanting a slice of Mxit’s resources, he says he was inspired by the sense that Knott-Craig was there to knock down all the old walls at Mxit and was willing to try new things.

He’s not alone either. In an article published on Memeburn shortly after Knott-Craig’s departure, former Mxit employee Frans de Villiers describes him as “Mxit’s Barack Obama”, there to bring fresh ideas to a company that had “lost a lot of its amazingness”.

Despite his initial optimism, it’s clear that Knott-Craig knew that Mxit was up against it from the start of his short tenure as CEO. In early 2012, he told a press conference that Mxit had “one last chance” to get back on track or the company would collapse.

Ben-Carl Havemann, spokesperson for Mxit, spoke to Mike Wills on CapeTalk about the commercial closure and the future of the messenger as part of the Reach Trust, a charitable arm of the company.

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Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, tech-expert and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was asked to comment on the closure of Mxit by Sibusiso Tshabalala for Quartz Africa.

Goldstuck said that the closure of the messaging app was not surprising, but there is still much that other start-ups could learn from the rise and fall of Mxit.

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“The first thing [Mxit] did wrong is that they became complacent when they were at their peak. They made the same mistake Netscape made in the 90s— it underestimated Microsoft, and two years Netscape was wiped out. It was not only the rise of smartphones that led to Mxit’s decline, it was also the rise of other social networks. They woke up too late,” said Goldstuck.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
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