The Special Focus

The Special Focus

By Zāhid Jadwat
A weekly show interrogating the biggest sociopolitical headlines of the week; hosted by Zāhid Jadwat from our studios in Johannesburg, South Africa. Catch it live on Salaamedia every Thursday between 15h00 and 16h00 (GMT+2) or listen to the podcast here.
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SONA20: President Ramaphosa met expectations, but was rather ambitious
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the annual State of the Nation Address in Parliament last week Thursday. Did it meet the expectations of the average South African? That's what you'll find out in this week's episode of The Special Focus. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Hermann Pretorius and Jimmy Ramokgopa.
48:10
February 20, 2020
What is climate change and why you should be concerned
Scientists are warning of catastrophic conditions as a result of global warming and unpredictable climate changes. To help us get a better understanding, Zahid Jadwat speaks to a panel of environmental experts in this weeks episode of The Special Focus. Panel Guests: Khalid Mather - environmental scientist at WildOceans Nazeer Jamal - lead environmental scientist at Khweza Environmental Consulting Ulrich Steenkamp - environmental justice activist at Earthlife Africa Aired: Thursday, 13 February 2020
37:29
February 13, 2020
Land Debate (Part 2): What are the consequences of EWC?
After interrogating the need for land expropriation without compensation last week, we turn the focus once again to the land expropriation policy to find out from experts what is the likely outcome of the implementation of such a policy. Zahid Jadwat speaks to Daily Maverick columnist Ivo Vegter and BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.
36:50
February 6, 2020
Land Debate (Part 1): Is there a need for land expropriation without compensation?
This week, Zahid Jadwat spoke to analysts Martin Van Staden and Kim Heller to get opposing views on the land debate that has grabbed South Africans' attention. Martin Van Staden is a legal and public policy analyst at the Free Market Foundation and Kim Heller is a political analyst and writer.
38:02
January 30, 2020
Exclusive interview with leader of the BLF, Andile Mngxitama
In this exclusive interview with Zahid Jadwat, President of the Black First Land First movement Andile Mngxitama weighed in on the land debate, former-President Jacob Zuma, the controversial Gupta family and much more.
35:32
January 24, 2020
Loadshedding remains a threat as Eskom's woes deepen
The threat of loadshedding remains whilst power utility Eskom's woes deepen. The power supply has been under massive strain due to aging infrastructure, amongst other factors. Senior energy expert Ronald Chauke explains the current situation.
10:21
January 16, 2020
ANC January 8 statement: Is it just more talk?
The African National Congress recently held its birthday celebrations in Kimberley, NC. The January 8 statement, which is said to have set the tone of the party's course of action in 2020, has been received with mixed reaction by the public and analysts. Guests: Nkosikhulule Nyembezi - Political analyst & Co-chairperson of the National Coordinating Forum Sara Gon - Analyst at the Institute of Race Relations
24:51
January 16, 2020
Amaarah Garda on the fight against gender based violence
With gender-based violence on the rise, many women have also risen to take a stance and stand up to the scourge. Activist Amaarah Garda explains.
30:05
January 12, 2020
Labeebah Latib on GBV
With gender-based violence on the rise, many women have also risen to take a stance to stand up and stop the scourge. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Labeebah Latib, a young woman who fought off attackers at campus.
13:47
January 12, 2020
ICYMI: #TheSpecialFocus Full Show - 9 Jan 2020
Full show of #TheSpecialFocus, 9 January 2020.
44:59
January 9, 2020
Politics: Here's what to look out for in 2020
Zahid Jadwat speaks to News24 journalist Jan Gerber to get a quick look at the political calendar of 2020.
08:40
January 9, 2020
The truth about farm attacks in SA
Is this the beginning of a "White genocide", as some white nationalists have claimed, or is this just another genuine crime within South Africa's broader crime problem? Zahid Jadwat speaks to AfriForum's Ernst Roets on the issue of farm attacks in South Africa.
29:20
January 9, 2020
Harrismith in serious trouble as municipality fails to deliver basic services
Operational Coordinator of Water Heroes Willem Konig reveals the extent of dysfunction in the Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in the Free State province. Water Heroes is a non-government organization which has intervened to deliver basic services to residents of Harrismith.
14:19
December 26, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus is now on Salaamedia - here's what you can expect
The Special Focus is now being aired every Thursday afternoon, hosted by myself Zahid Jadwat every Thursday afternoon between 15h00 and 16h00. I spoke to Inayet Wadee on the Alternative View on Salaamedia to unpack what you can expect to hear on the show!
13:05
December 18, 2019
Sara Gon on coalition politics
Following a drastic shift in the leadership of Johannesburg last week, Sara Gon explains why coalition politics isn't the best form of governance. Ms Gon is an analyst at the Institute of Race Relations.
12:45
December 13, 2019
Eskom is "living on ICU" - energy expert
Senior energy expert Ted Blom speaks to Zahid Jadwat to unpack the situation at Eskom after South Africans were hit with the worst loadshedding in history this week. Produced by Shazia Zubair /Salaamedia.
11:36
December 13, 2019
SANCO proposes a R150 flat-rate on electricity
Sowetans collectively owe power utility Eskom nearly R20bn in unpaid debt. Zahid Jadwat spoke to Mpho Sesedinyane to find out if a R150 flat-rate on electricity for residents is the solution. Mr Sesedinyane is the Chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). Produced by Shazia Zubair /Salaamedia.
13:00
December 13, 2019
The impact of ocean drilling and climate change
In this week's episode of #TheSpecialFocus, Zahid Jadwat spoke to Mr. Khalid Mather on the impacts of ocean drilling and climate change. Mr Mather is an environmental scientist and a member of the Oceans Not Oil campaign. Produced by Shazia Zubair (Salaamedia).
15:26
December 12, 2019
SAA crisis from a union perspective
Zahid Jadwat speaks to NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola to get the union's perspective on the SAA crisis. Catch #TheSpecialFocus live on Salaamedia every Thursday afternoon between 15h00 & 16h00.
11:38
December 5, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus: Is the DA in crisis?
In this week's episode of #TheSpecialFocus, Zahid Jadwat spoke to analyst Hermann Pretorius to discuss the so-called 'crisis' that has erupted following senior member's resignations this week.
31:19
October 27, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus: Eskom admits to inadequate maintenance on its power plants
In this week's episode of #TheSpecialFocus, Zahid Jadwat spoke to Eskom's Deputy Spokesperson Ms Dikatso Mothae to interrogate the nightmare that is loadshedding. Listen as Ms Dikatso elaborates on the "9-point plan" and how the embattled power utility is recovering funds lost through state capture.
13:56
October 26, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus: Exclusive interview with Honorable MP, Ganief Hendricks
Zahid Jadwat speaks to member of parliament and leader of the Al-Jamah Party, the Honorable Ganief Hendricks. From sleeping under the kitchen to taking South Africa's first Islamic party to parliament, Hendricks speaks about his life and the role of Muslims in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership and much more.
33:15
October 19, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus: Are boycotts effective?
Zahid Jadwat speaks to Muhammed Desai about boycott campaigns and the main question is: "are boycotts effective?" Desai is the Director of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South (BDSSA).
14:37
October 4, 2019
#TheSpecialFocus: Nasheed artist Waleed Bata
South African Nasheed artist Waleed Bata speaks to Zāhid Jadwat about his life, career and the nasheed industry in general.
18:55
September 19, 2019
Azhar Vadi - Humanitarian journalist and co-founder of Salaamedia
South African humanitarian journalist and co-founder of Salaamedia, Azhar Vadi, speaks to Zahid Jadwat on #TheSpecialFocus.
31:35
August 23, 2019
SPECIAL FOCUS: The Balloon Foundation
In this week's edition of Special Focus, we turn the focus onto The Balloon Foundation and what they're doing.
33:28
July 10, 2019
SPECIAL FOCUS: What is happening in Sudan? Dr Ehab Lithey explains
Protests in Sudan lead to Omar al-Bashir letting go of power after a turbulent 30 year reign. But, militants have crushed the country's hopes of prosperity just when it was about to begin. Sound credits: The Guardian
20:14
June 17, 2019
SPECIAL FOCUS: Yumna Patel - Founder of Project O
Speaking to Yumna Patel about Project O and how they're serving an underprivileged community in Johannesburg.
23:06
June 2, 2019
SPECIAL FOCUS: Irfaan Mangera on the role of youth activism
Speaking to Irfaan Mangera on the role of youth activism and his journey through activism. He is the national secretary of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) as well as the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation's Youth Activism Programme education, training and information officer.
20:03
May 28, 2019