DIARY: 05 October with Lunga Nene

DIARY: 05 October with Lunga Nene

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It’s Wednesday the 5th of October and as always Wednesdays are always reserved for our Educated Woman Crush. We have a very beautiful lady coming to studio today, but I’ll tell you about her a bit later.

Let’s start with “What Now”, as we always do in our first hour of the show.  As expected the headlines in the papers are all leading with the #FeesMustFall protests, particularly at Wits University where things have taken a turn for the worst. What was meant to be peaceful demonstrations yesterday turned into an ugly confrontation between the students and the police. It is sad that we still have to talk about police brutality in 2016. The Sowetan also lead with the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela interviewing the Guptas about the on-going State Capture allegations involving the wealthy family.

On Twitter the #VPDebate was trending. With the US presidential elections not too far away, it was the turn of the potential Vice Presidents to have their debate. Mike Pence the Republican candidate is reported to have had the upper hand on his Democratic opponent Tim Kaine, so it will be interesting to see if there will be a president and vice president from different camps in America.

It is also World Teachers’ Day today. These are the most underrated people in the world by far. Most of us have that one teacher that we remember that once said something to us and changed our lives forever. Or maybe have one that took a particular interest in you and mentored you to be the person you are today. So we salute those men and women with the chalk in their hands every morning shaping the future of the world.

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We welcomed our #EWCW in the second hour of the show, and her name is Lunga Nene. She works at the Nelson Mandela Foundation as a media analyst, and holds a Communications Sciences degree from theAssumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. She also laments what is happening at our campuses right now, and that students have been pushed to a point where they have to fight for the very education that is their right, and not a privilege. However, she says there’s a lot of things we need to understand that the people in government are dealing with. One piece of advice she gave to our listeners is that Nelson Mandela and co did what they had to do at the time they had to do it, now it’s our time to do what we have to do and fight for what’s ours.

Azizzar informed us about Income Tax today and how to make sure you have your tax returns done. I haven’t done them and might find myself in trouble with the law, but I’m hoping to get them done soon. Speaking of tax, we had an interesting discussion about “Black Tax”. We all know that as black people we have the responsibility to take care of each other. We are our brothers’ keepers and this is where black tax comes in. Once you start working, there’s a certain amount of money that you give to your family members to help plug the gaps at home. It could be contributing towards groceries, even if you don’t stay at home. It could even be putting your siblings through school since you’re the elder one and simply need to show appreciation to your parents by offloading some of that pressure off of them. It is a bit tricky though and nothing is cast in stone. Some people do feel that it is their responsibility and do it willingly with love, but the other side of the coin is that some people they feel that they’re being taken advantage of and end up being resentful towards their families. This is just one of those awkward situations that were hatched by being the direct victims of the apartheid system. Our parents were disadvantaged by it, so being the first generation after that government and hearing it from our parents and not history books, we were always going to bear the brunt.

That’s our show for today then. We certainly hope you enjoyed it. See you again on the morrow at 6 AM.