Guest : Andrew Thompson
It’s not just you, it really is getting harder to park at South African shopping centres –
Parking bays aren't getting smaller, but your car (and other people's cars) have grown a
lot larger than they were in the 1980s.
That's when the standards around parking spaces in South Africa were last updated.
The result is bakkies that don't fit into spaces lengthways – and can have trouble
opening their doors to let occupants in.
If the parking spaces at shopping centres feel a little cramped these days, it might not
be just a sign that you are getting old.
No, shopping centres aren't shaving centimetres off parking spaces either. It's just that
those parking bays are based on standards that were set some 40 years ago – and now
they are too small for some of the most popular cars in use.
Developers aren't necessarily crazy about the amount of space needed for parking, says
Stephen Whitehead, architect at Boogertman and Partners, which has built several
retail spaces and office parks in South Africa, including Sandton’s The Marc, and Cape
Town’s Standard Bank Towers – but they also know that too little or bad parking will
“A sensible developer will be careful of providing poor parking solutions” he says. “All
that has to happen is for a shopper to scratch his or her car, and they’ll lose that
shopper for life.”
That does not mean there aren't questionable design decisions, such as pillars that cut
into underground parking bay spaces, and perimeter walls that restrict door opening.
But if you are having trouble fitting your car into a space, the most likely problem is
that the sizes for parking bays are set out in national building codes that were based on
average vehicle sizes in what is starting to qualify as the distant past, in automotive
University of Stellenbosch emeritus professor and civil engineer CJ Bester co-authored a
paper about parking bays in South Africa in 2012. He points out that the basic guidelines
for parking bay sizes were set in the 1980s by the South African Department of
Since then, Bester found that the length and width of light vehicles has increased by an
average 10%. And in recent years, there has also been a significant increase vehicles
like large bakkies, vans and SUVs, that are too big for the outdated parking dimensions.
Put two or more such large vehicles next to each other, and you start running into
Parking bays are too small for some cars – and bakkies in particular
According to the 1985 guidelines, and the current South African national code, a typical
90-degree parking bay, like those commonly found in underground parking garages,
should be at least 2.5 metres wide by 5 metres deep.
They should also have an aisle - the lane leading up to the bay - of at least 7 metres to
ensure easy turning access into the bay.
But these guidelines are no longer able to suitably accommodate several of South
Africa’s top-selling vehicles.
The Toyota Hilux, which sold 40,022 units in 2018 and is South Africa’s best selling
vehicle overall, is 33 centimetres too long for a standard parking bay.
Getting out of the vehicle is often the biggest struggle for drivers and passengers,
If the driver of a Hilux parks his car in the centre of the bay, the doors can only open to
a lateral distance of 32.25 centimetres before they intrude on the neighbouring bay,
leaving a narrow wedge to squeeze out of.
Guest : Eldred De Klerk | Senior policing and Social conflict specialist at Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence PraxisLISTEN TO PODCAST
Guest : Rafieq Mammon |
Artscape has partnered with community, regional and national radio stations across the country to bring the 2020 New Voices Programme to individual South African households as radio dramas over a two-month period from June to August.
The project seeks to give an opportunity to young writers as well as restoring dignity and confidence to those who have been disregarded and under-represented in the past.
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Guest : Kerry Mauchline | Spokesperson for Education MEC Debbie Schäfer|
The Council of Education Ministers has made amendments to some grades returning to school.
Minister of the Department of Basic Education Angie Motshekga held a meeting with stakeholders on Thursday and announced that "After careful consideration of all the reports CEM took a decision that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday, 06th July 2020," the council said in a statement.
Other grades will be phased during the month of July.
Guest : Ashley Newell
Food Flow is a new initiative pioneered during this crisis in Cape Town – with donations they buy produce from small-scale farmers who would usually supply the restaurant business – to make up essential vegetable boxes to distribute to communities facing food insecurity.
Thus, protecting the supply chain for the future, keeping small farmers afloat – Food Flow shifts the flow of produce coming from farms to those most vulnerable.
FoodFlow then matches the farmer with a community organization in their vicinity who distributes harvest bags or cooks a meal for their beneficiaries. FoodFlow works to sustain food livelihoods, enabling farmers to continue sustaining their business despite the loss of restaurant, hotel and market clients and ensures fresh nutritious food keeps flowing to those who are most impacted by food insecurity
Guest : Lawrence Manaka
Today, Equal Education held an online Children’s Conference, bringing together learner members of Equal Education (Equalisers) and education officials from various provinces, to discuss how to address the challenges faced by learners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the realisation of a Charter for the Equal Education organization.
Guest : Chantal Bredenkamp | Grade 3 teacher at Sunnyside Primary School
The last few months have been tough on the education sector.
Schools were one of the first institutions to shut down even before the nationwide lockdown was announced and soon all classes turned digital.
As the economic repercussions of lockdown led to job losses and pay cuts, many parents found themselves battling to pay school fees.
The effects have been dire. But one school refuses to go down without a fight.
Guest : Dr Pieter Kotze | Head at Geomagnetism Group At Hermanus
The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission.
NASA announced June 30 that the mission, previously scheduled to launch July 22, would be delayed to investigate “off-nominal” data from a liquid oxygen sensor line during a wet dress rehearsal of the mission’s Atlas 5 launch vehicle June 22 at Cape Canaveral, Florida - according to SpaceNews.com.
The mission was originally scheduled to launch July 17, the beginning of its launch period, but has slipped three times. None of the slips have had to do with issues with the Mars 2020 spacecraft itself - NASA announced.
The Mars 2020 project (carrying a rover named Perseverance) will land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, regardless of what day it launches during the current launch period. The rover will land in Jezero Crater on Mars for mission designed to last at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days. Perseverance’s instruments will reportedly look for signs of past life on Mars, but the mission’s biggest purpose is to cache samples of Martian rock for later return to Earth.