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Guest : Corné Uys

Tiny hooves pounded the earth. Terrified animals were desperately fleeing the crackling
flames as raging fires devoured Hermanus. All Corné Uys could think of was whether
they’d make it out alive. The teenage conservationist realised that the slowest animals
had the slightest chance of survival.
. Distressed families bundled their belongings and sped away from the streams of
smoke overshadowing their houses. Instead, Uys packed his father’s car with
emergency supplies and raced out into the blaze. He had tortoises to save.
Running back and forth between the flames, Uys risked his life to rescue the little
critters. The uncertainty of whether each tortoise he found would survive brought him
to tears, but the teenager kept going. Surrounded by smoke, many of the animals were
injured and on the verge of being suffocated in their shells. That evening, Uys and his
father cleaned each creature by hand at their home. All 33 tortoises made it through
the night.
A certified snake catcher at just 17-years-old, Uys’ passion for animals has always run
wild. Though he models himself on the character of famed conservationist Steve Irwin,
he acted on pure instinct during the fires earlier this month. Thanks to his tenacity, the
tortoises began their second chance at life at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
His selfless act is a reflection of the courage and compassion of all South Africans, and
proof that our creatures are in good hands. “Wildlife deserve to be appreciated and
looked after,” Uys says. “Without them, we can’t survive.”
Corne's story is currently sitting on 1,268,379 Views and he is on his way to chasing his
dreams of becoming the South African Steve Irwin.



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Ramaphosa leads call for national day of prayer & religious activities resume

26 May 2020 10:13 PM

Guest : Bishop-elect Joshua Louw | Bishop-elect of Table Bay at Anglican Church |


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allowed to operate in some form soon? South Africa will find out from President Cyril
Ramaphosa on Tuesday night.
Earlier this evening, Ramaphosa lead the call for a National Day of Prayer through a
televised broadcast at 7:30pm nationwide.
During the address, the president is also expected to provide an update on provisions
for the religious sector following a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command
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interfaith leaders.
There have been calls from some churches to declare places of worship an essential
service from lockdown level 3.
Places of worship have been closed since lockdown began on 27 March.

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Overcoming loneliness

26 May 2020 10:11 PM

Guests : Kate Solomons | internship-coordinator at TraumaClinic Foundation |
               Robyn Rosin | Clinical Psychologist|
          
The great irony is that as we become increasingly "connected"—on social media, video
calling, and messaging—we simultaneously feel increasingly lonely.
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Though COVID-19 restrictions are easing, many people continue to feel lonely with
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How Covid-19 will affect student housing

26 May 2020 10:07 PM

Guest : Sean Kenealy | Director at STAG African |

The phased-in return of university students to campus under Level 3 lockdown has
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In order to provide a controlled environment where hygiene protocols and residencebased screening can be enforced, on-campus accommodation needs to limit social
interaction, without losing the vitally important aspect of community.
Moving forward, the design of student accommodation will need to account for the
certainty of similar pandemics in the future.

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Beautiful News feature: Your bravery can move mountains

25 May 2020 9:59 PM

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Africa Day & its impact on the continent

25 May 2020 9:49 PM

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Local TV series 'Melody' aims to rectify stereotypes about coloureds

25 May 2020 9:30 PM

Guest : Celeste Williams

Melody, a brand-new TV series, filmed entirely on location on the Cape flats and Cape
Town and starring local actors, has been well received on SABC 2 and will be renewed
for another season.
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a form of escapism from her impoverished background and abusive father. When she
gets an opportunity to audition for a music scholarship, will she stand up against her
tyrannical father and follow her dreams?

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Brand SA unites the continent with a song to honour Africa Day 2020

25 May 2020 8:58 PM

Guest : Vincent Manzini | Founder & MD at Blank Kanvas |

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Today (Monday 25 May) marks the 57th Annual Commemoration of Africa Day, the day
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(OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU). The day is intended to celebrate and
acknowledge the successes of the continent in the fight against colonialism and
apartheid, as well as the progress the continent has made, while also reflecting upon
the common challenges it faces in a global environment.


To mark this important date, Brand SA collaborated with musicians , producers, DJ Loyd
& Sir Vincent to develop a song in honour of the day.

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Follow up: #EidAtHomeSA - lockdown photography project

25 May 2020 8:50 PM

Guest : Parveen Banderker

With the month of Ramadan ending, Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival celebrating the end
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Muslims across the world experienced an Eid like never before
Traditionally, the important celebration would be spent with communal prayers in
mosques and big gatherings with family and friends, but this year it looked different
with many Muslims celebrating Eid creatively at home.
Some joined virtual gatherings or used social media (like WhatsApp) to keep connected
with extended family and friends.

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