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Afternoon Drive with John Maytham

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The highlights from John Maytham's weekday show

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The Actionists – Free at Last

September 19, 2023 16:22 - 6 minutes - 5.72 MB

Guest: The Actionists is a project launched by photographer Thom Pierce to bring attention to the people who won’t stop working for the change they want to see in the world. Actionist Wayne Jean-Pierre Johns John to explain how and why he has dedicated the last decade to the complicated task of helping others clear their criminal records. See for privacy information.

Millions of children not officially registered

September 19, 2023 15:21 - 7 minutes - 6.73 MB

Guest: Paula Proudlock – senior researcher at UCT's Children’s Institute / Mbonisi Nyathi – legal researcher at UCT’s Children’s institute John Maytham speaks to UCT’s Children’s Institute about a case due to go before the Pretoria High Court about people whose identity documents are ‘blocked’ by the Department of Home Affairs. See for privacy information.

Rugby and colour blindness

September 19, 2023 14:40 - 9 minutes - 8.32 MB

Guest: John Maytham speaks to freelance writer, Johan de Meyer, about being colour blind and the benefits of the new Springbok rugby kit. See for privacy information.

Russian doll: Who assassinated Frans Mathipa?

September 19, 2023 14:27 - 6 minutes - 6 MB

Guest: Open Secrets Investigative Journalist Hennie Van Vuuren joins John to shed light on the second phase of the Open Secrets investigation. Who assassinated Frans Mathipa and how is the SANDF involved?’To support Open Secrets visit: Support Open Secrets. See for privacy information.

Charl Kinnear murder anniversary

September 19, 2023 14:08 - 7 minutes - 6.89 MB

Guest: On the three-year anniversary of the assassination of anti-gang unit detective, Charl Kinnear, John Maytham speaks to Stellenbosch University criminologist, Dr Guy Lamb, about the failure to bring someone to justice in the murder. See for privacy information.

Fish Hoek Beach

September 19, 2023 13:58 - 9 minutes - 8.32 MB

Guest City of Cape Town Manager Gregg Oelofse joins John to address concerns expressed by a listener about the state of Fish Hoek Beach. See for privacy information.

Cadre Deployment Bill

September 18, 2023 15:59 - 5 minutes - 4.85 MB

Guest: Dr Leon Schreiber joins John to discuss the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) End Cadre Deployment Bill that is due to be served before the National Assembly tomorrow 19 September. See for privacy information.

The new SOE Bill

September 18, 2023 15:24 - 9 minutes - 8.3 MB

Guest: Dr Azar Jammine, Director of and Chief Economist at Econometrix, joins John Maytham to discuss the draft National State Enterprises Bill, approved last week by Cabinet. See for privacy information.

XL Bullies

September 18, 2023 14:49 - 6 minutes - 6.03 MB

Guest: UK Correspondent Gavin Grey joins John to discuss the decision to ban the American XL bully in the UK by the end of the year. See for privacy information.

Will Mkhwebane be entitled to any payments

September 18, 2023 14:42 - 6 minutes - 5.62 MB

Guest: John Maytham speaks to News24 journalist, Muhammad Hussain, about whether ousted Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, will still be entitled to an end of tenure payout. See for privacy information.


September 18, 2023 14:38 - 7 minutes - 7.09 MB

Guest: Daily Maverick's Sports Editor, Craig Ray, joins John for a Rugby World Cup update. See for privacy information.

Cricket ODI

September 18, 2023 14:13 - 7 minutes - 7.33 MB

Guest: Cricket journalist Neil Manthorp joins John to celebrate South Africa’s 3rd straight match win after beating Australia 3-2 in ODI series ahead of Cricket World Cup. See for privacy information.

High seas over the weekend

September 18, 2023 13:55 - 5 minutes - 5.18 MB

Guest: Ghomsi Frank, a PhD candidate in UCT’s Dept of Oceanography specialising in sea levels, speaks to John Maytham about the particularly high Spring Tide this past weekend. See for privacy information.

Yoh Vote

September 18, 2023 13:40 - 5 minutes - 4.97 MB

Guest: Yeshav Sewlal is Co-Founder and Campaign Manager of an App that allows users to "date" political parties by answering a set of questions to see which South African political party they align with the most. He joins John to explain the purpose and value of the connection. See for privacy information.

Standard Bank Money Market Select - The difference between saving and investing

September 18, 2023 10:27 - 5 minutes - 4.94 MB

Often people confuse saving and investing as the same thing. There is a difference. Thopi Mhloli, Product Owner: Savings & Investments at Standard Bank discussed this with John Maytham.  See for privacy information.

Under the Mango tree

September 15, 2023 16:19 - 4 minutes - 4.32 MB

Guest: Pula Twala is daughter to Hugh Masekela, the late legendary South African trumpeter. She joins us to celebrate that he lives on with the announcement by the Trinidad and Tobago band, Siparia Deltones of the release of their new single called Mango Tree featuring her father. See for privacy information.

A vegan killed my marriage

September 15, 2023 15:38 - 6 minutes - 5.82 MB

Guest: Aaron McIlroy joins Lester as the lead of ‘A vegan killed my marriage’ that will be on stage at The Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from Tuesday September 19 to Sunday October 8th. See for privacy information.

Postbank Resignations

September 15, 2023 15:23 - 8 minutes - 7.88 MB

Guest: Ntomboxolo Nikki Mbengashe is The CEO of the Postbank South Africa and she joins Lester to consider the resignation letters of Postbank's chair and several board members. See for privacy information.

Is a house without parking a deal breaker?

September 15, 2023 15:15 - 5 minutes - 5.08 MB

Guest: Ask Ash Muller is a national property brokerage that specialises in the leasing of commercial real estate within the Western Cape, Gauteng and PE. She joins Lester to consider Cape Town's growing urban real estate trend to create offerings that do not include garage or parking. See for privacy information.

#AnHourWith Tiaan Massyn

September 15, 2023 15:07 - 4 minutes - 4.32 MB

Guest: Tiaan Massyn, The Singing Optometrist From Pretoria joins Lester to chat about what you can expect on Sunday when he will take over the playlist in another edition of #AnHourWith. See for privacy information.

Myths about spending of grant monies

September 15, 2023 14:27 - 9 minutes - 8.9 MB

Guest: Professor Leila Patel joins Lester from The Centre for Social Development in Africa at The University of Johannesburg to consider the way SASSA grants are spent by those that depend on them. See for privacy information.

The Safe Passage Programme: Young Urbanists South Africa

September 15, 2023 14:07 - 5 minutes - 5.05 MB

Guest: Roland Postma, 27, is the managing director of the nonprofit organisation, Young Urbanists South Africa. He joins Lester to introduce the Safe Passage Programme, ‘South Africa's first public and private partnership’ and to invite listeners to a big event on 23rd of September. Begins at 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town. RSVP to [email protected] [email protected] See for privacy information.

Rugby upcoming

September 15, 2023 13:56 - 8 minutes - 7.63 MB

Guest: Mark Keohane is a Rugby Specialist, Publisher and Editorial Director and he joins John to consider what we can expect from the Rugby World Cup this weekend. See for privacy information.

A former drug addict and street beggar says “don’t give handouts”

September 15, 2023 13:40 - 13 minutes - 12 MB

Guest: Lester Kiewit speaks to Daniella Beukman, a former heroin addict and street beggar, who was a common sight in the Milnerton area for many years. Her recovery is one that inspires, as she is now gainfully employed and reunited with her husband and daughter. She wants to share the message that we should not be giving handouts as it will only benefit the drug dealers. See for privacy information.

Decline or shifting distribution? A first regional trend assessment for white sharks

September 14, 2023 15:44 - 9 minutes - 8.61 MB

Guest: Matt Dicken joins John from the KZN Sharks Board to consider the findings of a paper that studied the causes and consequences of drastic changes to white shark populations around South Africa. See for privacy information.

Lindiwe Zulu's news conference

September 14, 2023 15:22 - 5 minutes - 5 MB

Guest: EWN Contributor Veronica Mokhoali joins John to explain the outcomes of briefing that has been held by the Ministers of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and Communications and Digital Technologies, Mr Mondli Gungubele, to discuss the technical glitch that resulted in delayed payments of social grants last week. The briefing aimed to explain the causes of the system outage and to outline measures by both SASSA and Postbank to prevent similar events from recurring in the future. See...


September 14, 2023 14:55 - 6 minutes - 6.14 MB

Guest: John Stegmann is the founder of the CYCLE TOUR and he joins John to celebrate the launch of his book this Saturday at the Trails End Bicycle Museum in Grabouw. See for privacy information.

The Hlope impeachment to be revived

September 14, 2023 14:42 - 8 minutes - 7.36 MB

Guest: Lindsay Dentlinger joins John to consider the decision that has been made by Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional services to proceed with suspended Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's impeachment matter. See for privacy information.

Springboks hooker Marx ruled out of Rugby World Cup Craig Ray

September 14, 2023 14:21 - 8 minutes - 8.01 MB

Guest: Craig Ray is the Daily Maverick sports editor, and he joins John to consider South Africa’s announcement that Malcolm Marx has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup through injury. The hooker sustained a knee injury in training and will not feature in any of the Springboks' remaining fixtures, including Sunday's match against See for privacy information.

One ton giant pumpkin

September 14, 2023 14:06 - 5 minutes - 5.38 MB

Guest: Henri Combrink from the Cullinan Farmers' Union chairman joins John to discuss the significant milestone that the organisers of the 20th annual Goliat van Gat are building up to for the competition that is to take place in Pretoria on 9 March 2024. See for privacy information.

Solar PV and battery system installation

September 14, 2023 13:50 - 10 minutes - 9.25 MB

Guest: Kadri Nassiep is The Executive Director of Energy at City of Cape Town and he joins John to lay out the precautions issued to Capetonians in a recent notice as to how we must choose safe and legal installations and apply for authorisation, which is a national requirement. See for privacy information.

The outcomes of the G20 summit

September 13, 2023 15:38 - 7 minutes - 7.12 MB

Guest: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos is The Chief Executive of The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and she joins John to reflect on the outcomes of the G20 summit and the current discussions between Kim and Putin in Russia. See for privacy information.

Solly Msimanga is the DA Premier Candidate to rescue Gauteng

September 13, 2023 15:21 - 6 minutes - 6.41 MB

Guest: John is joined by the newly elected premier candidate, Solly Msimanga, to discuss the campaign that the party believes will ‘rescue the great province of Gauteng in the 2024 election’. See for privacy information.

The Proposed ban on Islamic headscarves for nurses feels like an attack on our belief system

September 13, 2023 14:53 - 6 minutes - 5.95 MB

Guest: Sister Honey Allee joins John from The Islamic Medical Association of SA to express concerns that the health department’s proposed regulations regard a headscarf as an adornment that can't be worn with a nurse's uniform instead of as part of their religious identity. See for privacy information.

Rewilding the rhinos

September 13, 2023 14:32 - 9 minutes - 8.9 MB

Guest: The Farm Manager Donovan Jooste joins John to explain the projects underway on the 8,500-hectare farm recently bought from wildlife tycoon John Hume’s and home to 2,000 white rhinos – the world’s largest privately owned population of the pachyderms. See for privacy information.

Two new Club Med resorts in South Africa

September 13, 2023 14:24 - 8 minutes - 7.49 MB

Guest: Murray Collins is the CEO of The Collins Group and he joins John to describe the first all-inclusive Club Med resorts that are in development with a R2-billion local investment in northern KwaZulu-Natal, through a joint venture between Collins Residential and the international hospitality group. See for privacy information.

The draft neighbourhood plan for Woodstock and Salt River

September 13, 2023 14:11 - 7 minutes - 6.67 MB

Guest: Ute Kuhlmann is a Woodstock committee member and she joins John to consider The City of Cape Town call on residents to comment on the draft local spatial development framework (LSDF), or neighbourhood plan, for Woodstock and Salt River, inclusive of University Estate and Walmer Estate. The closing date for comments is 11 November 2023. For more info, send an email to [email protected]. See for privacy information.

The Seven Sins of Localisation: Can South Africa afford this costly policy?

September 13, 2023 13:54 - 11 minutes - 11 MB

Guest: Ann Bernstein is a South African analyst and commentator who is executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise. She joins John to define and critique the government commitment to a policy of ‘localisation’. See for privacy information.

2023 Apple announcement: iPhone 15 models, new Apple Watch, updated AirPods

September 13, 2023 13:33 - 9 minutes - 8.97 MB

Guest: Duncan Mcleod Tech Central joins John from Tech Central to break down the new product offerings announced by Apple at the 2023 event in California on Tuesday. See for privacy information.

The Promise

September 12, 2023 16:05 - 8 minutes - 7.71 MB

Guest: Kate Norminton joins John as one of the cast member of the Club Dezza Productions and The Market Theatre world premiere of the stage adaptation of Damon Galgut’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Promise that will be on stage between 16 - 17 Sep at The Star Theatre District Six Homecoming Centre. 20:00 PM R200 - R300 Webtickets. See for privacy information.

Eskom’s New Grid Access Rules

September 12, 2023 15:36 - 8 minutes - 7.38 MB

Guest: Energy Analyst Chris Yelland joins John to consider the rationale of the decision of Eskom to relax its new rules for access to the national power grid after earlier angering independent power producers (IPPs). See for privacy information.

Zuma back in court

September 12, 2023 15:21 - 5 minutes - 5.05 MB

Guest: EWN Reporter Bernadette Wicks joins John to describe the High Court in Johannesburg decision to set aside Jacob Zuma's private prosecution of President Cyril Ramaphosa on account of it being ‘an abuse of process’. See for privacy information.

Pit latrines in KZN and E Cape

September 12, 2023 14:51 - 6 minutes - 6.22 MB

Guest: Marion is the Director of Breadline Africa, and she joins John to describe a project that is determined to eliminate pit latrines entirely in KwaZulu-Natal and The Eastern Cape. See for privacy information.

The Bitterness of Olives

September 12, 2023 14:38 - 11 minutes - 10.3 MB

Guest: Andrew Brown joins John to discuss his recently released novel, ‘The Bitterness of Olives’. See for privacy information.

‘SA Amandla’

September 12, 2023 14:10 - 9 minutes - 8.66 MB

Guest: Captain Russel Duse joins John to proudly introduce ‘SA Amandla’ The standby tug. See for privacy information.

Trevor Noah

September 12, 2023 13:35 - 7 minutes - 6.6 MB

Guest: Tourist Expert Gillian Saunders joins John to consider the possibility that Trevor Noah will be hired to feature on a five-minute promo to endorse South Africa as a top tourist destination. See for privacy information.

Public Protector

September 11, 2023 15:38 - 4 minutes - 4.54 MB

Guest: Babalo Ndenze See for privacy information.

Multinational companies bullied SA vaccine negotiations

September 11, 2023 15:14 - 8 minutes - 7.63 MB

Guest: Dr Nicholas Crisp: The Deputy Director General of National Health Insurance joins John to explain that South Africa’s government was not allowed to reduce the amount of Covid vaccine it had ordered and was forced to follow Europe and the US in the long queue for supplies, despite paying a staggering R14.1bn upfront for 60-million doses.   See for privacy information.

Visa partners with Crypto

September 11, 2023 15:04 - 5 minutes - 5.41 MB

Guest: Steven Boykey Sidley’s Guest Essay in the Daily Maverick entitled, See for privacy information.

The dangers of The General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill of 2023

September 11, 2023 14:59 - 8 minutes - 8.02 MB

Guest: Constitutional Law Expert Pierre de Vos joins John to explain how and why The draft bill – the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill of 2023 – makes for disturbing and even shocking, reading. The legislation radically expands the definition of “national security” and will open the door for the intelligence service to spy on individuals and organisations in South Africa who are involved in lawful political activity, advocacy, protest or dissent.  See for pri...