Mark Heywood (Get Up! Stand Up!), Glynnis Breytenbach (Rule of Law), Malebo Sephodi (Miss Behave) and Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers) on what it takes to step up to the plate and make a difference. With author Nechama Brodie (Knucklebone).
Writers Mandla Langa (Dare Not Linger) and Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi) examine the complicated legacy of Nelson Mandela and find fresh inspiration for a nation going forward. With University of Pretoria academic Sithembile Mbete.
In the #MeToo age toxic masculinity has come under the microscope.702’s Bongani Bingwa asks fellow parents, Pumla Dineo Gqola (Reflecting Rogue), Jonathan Kaplan (Winging It) and biographer Joanne Jowell (Winging It) how to raise decent males.
Richard Peirce (Cuddle Me, Kill Me), James Clarke (Overkill) together with specialist Dr Kelly Marnewick (Endangered Wildlife Trust), discuss the monstrous practices of canned lion hunting and captive lion breeding, and the ongoing steps being taken to protect Africa’s wildlife. Chaired by conservationist Tim Neary.
Enterprising chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu chats to Sunday Times Food Editor Hilary Biller about her book Through the Eyes of an African Chef, which she describes as a “cultural barrier-breaker and bridge-builder”.
Pierre Lombart, co-founder of the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) will share with us clues in the engagement with an artwork by William Kentridge and will take us through the journey of the Foundation to date.
Two of SA’s most urgent and admirable voices, Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home) and Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi) riff on their concerns about patriarchy, politics and building a humane nation.
It is said the aim of satire is the moral reform of society. Christopher Hope (The Café de Move-On Blues), Angela Makholwa (The Blessed Girl) and Zukiswa Wanner (Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts), on their relish for ridicule. Cartoonist Carlos Amato eggs them on.
How do adopted and emigrant children build a sense of identity? Can they know who they are if they do not know where they came from? Sara-Jayne King (Killing Karoline), Paula Gruben (Umbilicus), Jonathan Kaplan (Winging It) and Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose) share their thoughts with cultural commentator Victor Dlamini.
South Africa is justly proud of its investigative journalists who called out the corrupt and their cronies. Bongani Bingwa walks Karima Brown, Joanne Joseph, and Eusebius McKaiser through the sleuthing and hard slog. Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers) adds to the discussion.
Maxine Case (Softness of the Lime), Claire Robertson (Under Glass), Bianca Marais (Hum If You Don’t Know the Words) and Carol Gibbs (All Things Bright and Broken) unearth unforgettable tales from South Africa’s rich social and cultural history. With author Fred Khumalo (Dancing the Death Drill).
Environmental scientist and weatherman Simon Gear tackles pressing climate issues with Wits academics Vishwas Satgar (The Climate Crisis) and Michelle Williams (The Climate Crisis), and turns to writer and healer Mmatshilo Motsei (Reweaving the Soul of the Nation) for indigenous African wisdom on the matter.
Colour Me Yellow tells the moving story of Thuli Nhlapo’s horrific childhood. Rejected by her mother and bullied at home and school, it was only when she learned the truth about her birth that she could move forward. She talks to 702’s Andiswa Makanda
Can President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC deliver on his promise of “a new dawn”? Three of SA’s most acute commentators, Ferial Haffejee, Ray Hartley and Jonathan Jansen, assess his chances and envision the way forward. With eNCA’s Jeremy Maggs (Win!)
Claire Robertson (Under Glass), Ayobami Adebayo (Stay with Me), Kate Furnivall (The Betrayal), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) and Gregg Hurwitz (Hellbent) raid their shelves for the books that have meant the most to them over the years. With Sunday Times doyenne Michele Magwood.
From the supernatural to deadly epidemics and the nuclear threat, three novelists explore subjects that keep us awake at night. Nechama Brodie (Knucklebone), Fiona Snyckers (Spire) and Jassy Mackenzie (Bad Seeds) talk to author Fred Strydom (The Inside-Out Man)
Joni Peddie (The FAB Quotient), Dr Ela Manga (Breathe – Strategising Energy in the Age of Burnout) and Grant Senzani (When the Golden Goose Doesn’t Lay Eggs) tell entrepreneur Ntsiki Mkhize how to kick start your life and fulfil your true potential.
Akin Omotoso’s searing film Vaya draws on real life stories from the Homeless Writers’ Project. He introduces one of his subjects Anthony Mafela, and talks to urban chronicler Tanya Zack (Wake Up, This Is Joburg) about people living on the margins of the city. Chaired by The Project’s Harriet Perlman.
Cape Talk’s Sara-Jayne King talks to Helena Dolny about her important book Before Forever After: When Questions about Living Meet Questions about Dying which urges us to have conversations with those close to us about better living and easier dying.
Cucina in South Africa is a unique approach to Italian cuisine. Cecilia di Cecco is an Italian musician living in South Africa. Her recipes are adaptable to all diets and tastes. Join Cecilia as she shares healthy and tasty meals with an Italian flair with Hilary Biller.
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (Democracy and Delusion), Frans Rautenbach (South Africa Can Work) and Claire Bisseker (On the Brink) spin out scenarios for the nation’s economic recovery with Standard Bank’s Goolam Ballim.
Emma Sadleir (Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones) and Nikki Bush (Tech-Savvy Parenting) warn of the perils of posting online and outline a survival guide for teens and parents alike. Journalist Sue de Groot draws out the stories.
Novelist Yewande Omotoso explores the idea of food as solace with Ayobami Adebayo (Stay with Me), Nompumelelo Mqwebu (Through the Eyes of an African Chef) and Nozizwe Cynthia Jele (The Ones with Purpose).
What is the mysterious process that authors go through to get their stories onto the page? Rehana Rossouw, (New Times), Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers) and Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose) compare notes with 702’s Phemelo Motene.
In 2012 Josh Crickmay was a suicidal, autistic teenager when he discovered birding. Together with his remarkable parents he set off on an incredible worldwide journey to find and photograph birds. Along the way he found his life’s purpose. The result is a beautiful book Josh’s Big Year. Join Josh and his mother Kathy Crickmay for an inspirational hour, including a visual presentation.
Good Things Guy – Brent Lindeque and his partner Andrew Ross regale us with tales of their (My Kitchen Rules, South Africa) MKRSA and Great Food Trip journeys while sharing one of their signature recipes.
Eusebius McKaiser and Redi Tlhabi often speak in secret about the critics of their writing. What are their private critiques and WhatsApp reflections on criticism, critics, book reviewers and even of uncritical love affairs some book lovers have with their work? Come hear them speak back to criticism. They both love a good chat – and debate – and invite you to bring any and all criticism of the five books they’ve written between them to what promises to be a fun session.