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https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/koketso-tube
Koketso Tube’s series of photos capture the quiet moments and experiences of a
diversity of people. A man pushes a trolley cart across an intersection. A mother and
child observe the sunset. A young girl takes a minute to rest outdoors. Honest and
simple, they are immediately recognisable.
Seeing the everyday frozen in time allows us to examine the emotions of others.
Through them, we can see a reflection of our own lives, despite our different
backgrounds. “We are more similar than we think,” Tube says. The concept for the
project came to him at a time when he felt emotionally trapped. Taking photographs of
others gave him clarity. “I stopped looking within and started looking out,” he says.
https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/hanli-prinsloo
Even from the middle of South Africa, a young Hanli Prinsloo could hear the seaside
calling her. Raised on a horse farm, she already had an unbridled love for the
environment. But it’s at sea that she discovered how deep her passion was. She started
freediving and soon broke over 11 national records. Being underwater opened her eyes
to marine conservation. Now, Prinsloo’s focus is on changing the tides for kids who live
near our coastlines.
https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/tegan-phillips
Tegan Phillips was en route to an office job. The prospect bored her. While completing
her studies, a competition to win a bike and cycle across Spain caught her eye. Phillips
had no touring experience, just a need for adventure. The 22-year-old doodled a
humorous comic as her entry – and won. During her journey through unfamiliar towns
and mountains, Phillips illustrated her experiences as cartoons. Upon her return, she
realised she’d caught a travel bug. So Phillips got back on her bike, her bags stuffed with
pens and notebooks, and set off on a new path.
In 2015, Phillips and her family crossed 11 000 kilometres through Southern and Eastern
Africa. Phillips then designed a 25-day Iron Man-style triathlon across New Zealand.
She faced anxiety, exhaustion, and fears of swimming in freezing waters. Along the way,
Phillips kept drawing. Contentment followed with each scratch of her pen. But so did
uncertainty.
https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/lebogang-mokwena
Lebogang Mokwena only learnt to ride a bicycle at the age of 30. When she did, it
changed her life. Her newfound skills opened up a world of freedom and accessibility.
But many miss out on the chance, having never owned a bicycle. So she’s made it her
mission to level the playing field by offering mobility to others. It all begins with
teaching people how to ride.
While living in New York, Mokwena began cycling with an organisation that provides
free lessons. She felt liberated, and vowed to bring the initiative back to South
Africa. Based in Cape Town, her classes are intimate, thoughtfully designed, and include
bicycles, helmets and water. The process is explained from start to finish.
Mokwena begins by removing the pedals, allowing riders to scoot around until they find
their balance. Once they’re set, the real fun begins. Squeals of delight punctuate the
occasional crash or fall. The once two-wheeled symbol of inability turns into a vehicle
of strength.
https://www.beautifulnews.co.za/stories/shumeez-scott
Glimmers of dancing light bathe the room as Shumeez Scott walks in. The sparkles may
be a reflection of her sequinned dress, but it’s the woman herself that leaves onlookers
in awe. This is the effect Scott has, both on the runway and among the people who know
her. Scott is a professional model. She also has Down Syndrome. In every aspect of her
identity, the 19-year-old glows with pride.



More episodes from Tonight With Lester Podcast

The dangers of the unstructured resumption of the sale of alcohol

2 June 2020 9:54 PM

Guest : Shaun Shelley | Organiser at SA Drug Policy Week |

The lifting of the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages in South Africa may not
be as insignificant as we would like to think it is. The implications for those who depend
on alcohol are severe.
On 1st of June 2020, South Africa moved from ‘level 4’ to ‘level 3’ restrictions
promulgated by the government in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic
The South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD) note with alarm the
significant size of the crowds that have gathered outside of retail liquor outlets and the
celebratory atmosphere accompanying them.

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''As a recovering addict I am taking the Government on, as one of the 10 co-applicants in the BATSA case'

2 June 2020 9:40 PM

Guest : Melinda Ferguson | Motoring Jounalist|

During Lockdown there are many addicts who have relapsed on hard drugs because
they couldn't access or afford tobacco. Heroin and cocaine.. Tik.. Meth.. Nyaope.
All these "hard" drugs are all much cheaper than cigarettes at the moment.
As a recovering addict I am taking the Government on, as one of the 10 co-applicants in
the BATSA case. I am acting within my own rights as a recovering addict who has had to
deal with the trauma of this senseless prohibition.
I speak for all of us addicts. There was little thought put into this prohibition and there
has been an enormous infringement on our mental health, our financial sanity and
autonomy over our bodies.

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Littering down 50% but what about more plastics in your packaging?

2 June 2020 9:08 PM

Guest : Xanthea Limberg | Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Services
                                            at City Of Cape Town |

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Police brutality in SA - is Ipid complicit or incompetent?

2 June 2020 8:56 PM

Guest : Daneel Knoetze |

While we are enraged at the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and many others, remember in SA
1 person a day is killed by police action on average, according to IPID stats.
Torture, rape, killings, assault. According to Viewfinder.org.za, Ipid took in more than 42
000 criminal complaints against the SA Police Service since 2012. It only helped secure
531 criminal convictions.

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Lockdown regulations declared invalid and unconstitutional by high court

2 June 2020 8:32 PM

Guest :  Lawson Naidoo | Executive Secretary at Council For The Advancement Of The
                                          Constitution (Casac)|

The Pretoria High Court has declared the regulations promulgated for COVID-19
lockdown levels four and three as unconstitutional and invalid.
Reyno Dawid de Beer and Liberty Fighters Network challenged the regulations as set by
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
arguing that they encroached on and limited their rights as contained in the Bill of
Rights in the Constitution.
The court found that the lockdown regulations indeed did not satisfy the rationality test
and were not justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human dignity,
equality and freedom as contemplated in Section 36 of the Constitution.

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Lockdown business: A popular swimwear maker switched to selling fresh food - within 48 hours

1 June 2020 9:35 PM

Guest : Andrew Thompson, freelance writer for Business Insider 

A few weeks before President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Covid-19 a national disaster, a
local swimwear company called Granadilla had no idea that it would soon have to set
aside its range of quirky board shorts and bikinis - and would instead be delivering
actual fruit and vegetables.
But the retail industry has taken a hard knock since South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown.
And business partners Joshua Meltz and Adam Duxbury had to do something urgently.
Business Insider freelance writer Andrew Thompson joins us on the line on their story
and other businesses being forced to "get creative" to stay afloat


To read more of Andrew's fascinating research and informative articles, visit:
www.Andrew-Thompson.com

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Sturks Tobacco Shop, the oldest company in South Africa has to close because of the ban on tobacco sales

1 June 2020 9:07 PM

Guest : Diane Chakim | Owner at Sturks Tobacco Shop |

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk —
including the livelihood of emerging farmers.
Sturks Tobacco Shop, the oldest company in South Africa must close because of the ban
on tobacco sales

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A Call on Faith Leaders to Provide Moral Leadership for Life and Livelihoods

1 June 2020 8:56 PM

Guests :  Bishop Ivan Abrahams | General Secretary at World Methodist Council |
                Reverend Keith Vermeulen | retired presbyter of the Methodist Church of
                                                              Southern Africa and former South African Council of                                                                Churches' Public Policy Liaison Officer at World                                                                      Methodist Council |

We, a group of concerned faith leaders, remind all moral communities that the primary,
intended
purpose of the lockdown, announced by President Ramaphosa, is “to protect the lives
and livelihoods”
and that this call must precede the clamour for or against the opening of places of
worship on 1st June
2020

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Child Protection Week 2020 – How do we protect children during COVID-19?

1 June 2020 8:36 PM

Guest : Lucy Jamieson | Senior researcher at Children's Institute (UCT)| 

31 May - 7 June 2020 is Child Protection Week.
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise
awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of
South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).
(The campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure
that children are cared for and protected. While the initiative is led by the Minister of
Social Development, it is every citizen’s duty to a role in protecting children and
creating a safe and secure environment for them.)
The COVID-19 pandemic is stripping families and communities of the resources they
need to protect children.
The government is calling on us to “protect children during COVID-19 and beyond” but
experts at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town ask how can we protect
children in such constrained circumstances?

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