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Discussions with people working in the arts,business, academia and civil society in South Africa. Listen to new perspectives on issues of race, gender and transformation.The host, Nicholas Claude, is a freelance writer based in Johannesburg. He was born in London, raised in Durban and returned to So… read more

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110: Edgar Pieterse-Director, The African Centre for Cities, UCT

July 12th, 2020

Edgar Pieterse is the director of the African Centre for Cities (ACC)  based at the University of Cape Town. He is an urbanist trying to make sense …

109: Goapie Kabe-Cinematographer

June 29th, 2020

Goapie Kabe grew up in Soweto, Johannesburg. A school outing to a live recording of a TV show planted a seed that eventually led her to changing  …

108: Vedhant Maharaj-Architect

May 31st, 2020

Vedhant Maharaj is an architect and head of the Rebel Base Collective architecture and design studio.

I recorded this interview a few weeks back …

107: Prof Shabir Madhi-Professor of Vaccinology, and Director of the MRC Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at University of the WitwatersrandWits.

May 22nd, 2020

Prof Madhi has recently co-authored a number of articles about South Africa’s route out of lock down. So we chatted about how this might look. He …

106: Michael Sachs-Adjunct Professor, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand.

May 15th, 2020

My guest this week is Michael Sachs, Adjunct Professor at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand .  

He has recently co-authored a number of articles looking at the impact of …

105: Erik Esbjörnsson-Africa correspondent, Dagens Nyheter(Swedish national daily newspaper)

April 20th, 2020

Erik Esbjörnsson has been the Africa correspondent for the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 2010. He spent six years in Nairobi before moving to Johannesburg in 2016. 

He had an inkling things were about to …

104: Ndoni Mcunu-Phd student at the Global Change Insitutue, CEO Black Women In Science

April 5th, 2020

She is a PhD student at the global change institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her PhD is looking at the potential for diversification and scale in small scale farming. Ndoni is also the founder and CEO of …

103: Dr Jackie King-Aquatic Ecologist, Winner 2019 Stockholm Water Prize

March 25th, 2020

Dr Jackie King is an aquatic ecologist specialising in fresh water, that is to say riverine/inland water systems. She is a pioneer in her field and …

102: Africa Podfest virtual panel discussion-"Radio's Place in a Podcasting World."

March 19th, 2020

This is a special edition of Voices from SA. A virtual panel discussion arranged by Africa Podfest that I moderated entitled "Radio's Place in a Podcasting World.

Africa Podfest was due to take place in Nairobi 12-13 …

101: Father Michael Lapsley-Priest, Founder of The Institute for Healing of Memories

March 4th, 2020

Father Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand, today he considers himself a citizen of the world. He moved to South Africa in 1973 to continue his training as a priest in an order of the Anglican Church. In 1976 he was …

100: Obakeng Leseyane-An advocate for access to quality education, founder of Ed Connect Labs

February 21st, 2020

At the age of fourteen Obakeng won a scholarship to the prestigious Bishop's School in Cape Town and his life changed forever.

Since then he has …

99: John Clarke-Social worker and activist

February 14th, 2020

John Clarke has been working with the Xolobeni community and the Amadiba Crisis Committee for more than a decade in the fight against proposed mining …

98: Dr Zubeda Dangor, Director of the Nisaa Institute For Women's Development and Executive Head of the National Shelter Movement.

February 6th, 2020

Zubeda is a founder, and the director of the Nisaa Institute for Women's Development. The organisation has the goal of "enabling women and children …

97: Bertha Dlamini-President, Women in Electricity and Power; entrepreneur, consultant,

January 29th, 2020

Bertha  is an entrepreneur with interests in the Energy, Transport, Telecommunications and Management Consulting Sectors, delivering solutions and …

96: Frank Meintjies-Activist

January 22nd, 2020

This is Frank's third appearance on the podcast. Frank is a former trade unionist and I turn to him when I am looking for a fresh perspective on things. 
He is incredibly well connected and has some interesting things …

95: Richard Poplak-Journalist and filmmaker.

January 15th, 2020

Richard is better know to South Africans as journalist at large for the Daily Maverick where he  writes under nom de plume Trainspotter. 

He is recognized  for his acerbic wit, biting satire and razor sharp …

94: Ebrahim Fakir-Researcher and Analyst, ASRI

December 18th, 2019

I had Ebrahim on the podcast earlier this year in the build-up to the national elections. This time he is on the podcast to review some of the …

93: Professor Jane Duncan, Head of Journalism, Film and TV, University of Johannesburg

December 11th, 2019

Professor Jane Duncan is the Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and TV at the University of Johannesburg. She is one of the founders of the …

92: Nomanzi Palesa Shongwe-Filmmaker and teacher

December 4th, 2019

Nomanzi PalesaShongwe is a filmmaker and teacher.  Her short film uNomalanga and the Witch won Best Short Film at the Durban International Film Festival (2015), and The Baobab Short Film Prize at Film Africa, UK …

91: Muitheri Wahome-Investment professional

November 27th, 2019

Muitheri Wahome has been working in the field of asset management since moving to South Africa from Kenya in 1995. She is currently writing a book about the history of asset management in South Africa.

After visiting …

90: Rebone Masemola-Digital marketer and strategist, anthroplogist, activist and founder of WokePROJECT

November 20th, 2019

Rebone Masemola is an anthropologist, a digital marketer and strategist, an activist and the founder of Woke PROJECT. 

Rebone established Woke …

89: Lebohang Pheko-Feminist, activist, consultant and commentator.

November 6th, 2019

Lebohang is the Managing Director of the Four Rivers Trading Consultancy and a research fellow at the progressive think tank, The Trade Collective.

88: Chippy Olver-Environmental activist, author, medical doctor

October 31st, 2019

Chippy was one of my early guests on the podcast. He had recently published his first book, How To Steal A City which looked at state capture and ANC corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay.

His new book, A House Divided …

87: Motlatsi Khosi-Philosophy lecturer, UNISA

October 24th, 2019

Motlatsi embarked on a career as an academic, teaching philosophy, by chance, after flirting briefly with both medicine and law. 

Born and raised in Johannesburg she has been teaching at UNISA for five years. Her areas …

86: Dr Joel Modiri-Senior Lecturer, Department of Jurisprudence, University of Pretoria.

October 3rd, 2019

Dr Joel Modiri is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria.

His PhD thesis was entitled “The Jurisprudence of Steve Biko: A Study in Race, Law and Power in the ‘Afterlife’ of …

85: Niren Tolsi-Journalist

September 25th, 2019

Niren Tolsi is an award-winning South African journalist,a former Ruth First Fellow and an avid cricket fan. He covers issues around social justice, …

84: Prof Giorgio Romano Schutte-Associate Professor of International Relations and Economics at the Federal University of São Paulo

September 18th, 2019

Prof Schutte is currently an associate professor of International Relations and Economics, and member of the post-graduate courses in World Political …

83: Siya Jentile-Founder and President of Not In My Name, activist and public speaker

September 11th, 2019

thought in the light of the current protests and public anger around the recurring issue of gender-based violence I would revisit an interview I …

82: Mohamed Motala-Researcher and activist

September 4th, 2019

I met Mohamed back in the mid-1980's when he was an organiser for the Chemical and Industrial Workers Union. Mohamed grew up in Umzinto on the …

81: Pooven Moodley-Executive Director, Natural Justice

August 28th, 2019

Pooven Moodley grew up in Mandini, Northern KwaZulu-Natal in the shadows of a coal-powered paper mill. His lungs suffer from that childhood exposure …

80: Leonie Joubert-Science writer

August 21st, 2019

Leonie Joubert studied journalism at Rhodes University after giving up art school at the same campus. She got into science writing after sailing to …

79: Rev Dianne Willman-Prosecutor and priest.

August 14th, 2019

Dianne Willman has worked for the National Prosecuting Authority for twenty years. She is also a Catholic priest.

Being neither religious nor …

78: Edgar Kasenene-CEO Rest of Africa, Retro Rabbit

August 7th, 2019

Edgar Kasenene was born in Uganda, lived in Kenya and Swaziland as a child and studied for an MA in engineering in the UK. He has lived in South Africa for the last seven years.

He joined Retro Rabbit earlier this year …

77: Victor Stephanopoli-COO, MzansiSat

July 31st, 2019

Victor Stephanopoli is a citizen of the world having lived in a number of countries over the years. The son of French and German parents he has lived …

76: Mavuso Msimang-ANC veteran, activist

July 17th, 2019

Mavuso left South Africa in 1963 at the age of 21. He returned with his family in 1993.He helped build the ANC armed wing uMkhonto weSizwe from scratch. While in exile he underwent military training in the USSR, studied …

75: Dr Lwazi Manzi-Executive Producer, Spier Films

July 10th, 2019

Lwazi worked in the emergency room at Somerset West Hospital in the Western Cape for twelve years before taking the leap into film producing. She joined Spier films as an Executive Producer in 2018. 

Her first foray …

74: John Clarke-Social Worker and Activist

July 3rd, 2019

John has been an activist since his student days. A qualified social worker he has supported the Xolobeni community and the Amadiba Crisis Committee …

73: Mpho Phalane-Founder and Owner of Food I Love You

June 26th, 2019

Mpho left a successful career in advertising to follow her dream of making a living out of food. She now runs the experiential catering company Food …

72: Faith Pienaar-Senior Programme Manager, Accountability Lab South Africa.

June 24th, 2019

Faith Pienaar left a promising career in wine-making to join Accountability Lab and work for, among other things, a better public service for all citizens of South Africa.

Faith is the Senior Programme Manager for …

71: Kevin Bloom-Journalist

June 12th, 2019

Kevin Bloom is an author and journalist. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Maverick online news site where he has recently written a series of …

70: Prof Francois Engelbrecht-Climate Modeller, Global Change Institute.

June 5th, 2019

Prof Engelbrecht is a climate modeller based at the GCI (Global Change Institute) at Wits University, Johannesburg. Prof Engelbrecht joined the institute earlier this year after a ten years at the CSIR (Council for …

69: Cas Coovadia- Managing Director, Banking Association of South Africa

May 29th, 2019

Cas Coovadia is the Managing Director of BASA, the Banking Association of South Africa. The BASA website states, "The role of The Banking Association …

68: Brad Holmes- Bassline/Bassline Fest

May 22nd, 2019

I met Brad Holmes about 15 years ago before Kajsa and I moved back to South Africa in 2010. He was already a well-established reprobate and a legend …

67: Ronnie Kasrils-Author and activisit.

May 15th, 2019


This is a repeat of an episode published in early 2018. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I was left without my planned guest for this week.

Ronnie is a founder member of the ANC's armed wing Umkhonto we …

66: Angelo Fick-Head of Research ASRI.

May 7th, 2019


I spoke to Angelo two days before the South African general election. Angelo is a political analyst, writer and head of research at ASRI. Angelo has …

65: Sam Sole-Journalist

May 1st, 2019


My guest this week is veteran South African investigative journalist Sam Sole. He is the co-managing partner of the amaBhungane, a non-profit …

64: Gabi Ncobo-Artist, Curator, Educator

April 24th, 2019


Gabi Ncobo describes herself as a disruptor. As a curator she wants to unlock new ways of thinking about art. She describes herself as an artist, curator and educator but is wary of being labelled or put into a …

63: Dr. Meriting Thokoane-Prosthodontist, Traditional Healer

April 17th, 2019


Dr. Meriting Thokoane is a prosthsodontist, lecturer and traditional healer. She is currently doing an MA in Maxillofacial Prosthetics Rehabilitation …

62: Frank Meintjies-Activist, Organiser, Writer, Explorer

April 10th, 2019


I chatted to Frank a few months back when he was travelling through South-East Asia searching for "…the radical ubuntu that connects the marginalised around the world." We had a great chat and decided then to have a …

61: Ebrahim Fakir-Programme Director ASRI, Policy Analyst

April 3rd, 2019


Ebrahim Fakir is the Programme Director for Auwel Socio-Economic Research Unit (ASRI). He is also a well-know policy analyst and political …

60: Dr. Sithembile Mbete-Academic, Teacher and Political Commentator

March 27th, 2019


Dr. Mbete lectures in politics at the University of Pretoria. She is also a Democracy Works Fellow.

The subject of her Doctorate is South Africa's  …

59: Toby Shapshak-Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Stuff Magazine(SA), Tech Geek

March 20th, 2019


My guest this week is Toby Shapshak the publisher and editor-in-chief of of Stuff magazine in South Africa. He is a journalist in his own right, a commentator on the digital economy and a proper tech geek.

Toby and I …

58: Steve Collins-Executive Director, African Safari Foundation and environmental activist

March 13th, 2019


Steve Collins is an old friend of mine. We met at the University of Natal in Durban back in the mid-1980's. Steve was a student activist and member …

57: Sam Mkokeli-Journalist

March 6th, 2019


Sam Mkokeli started his career in journalism as a student sending photos to the Daily Dispatch in East London. An inability to do technical drawing having put paid to his engineering studies.

Over the last 20 years …

56: Pippa Green-Press Ombudsman

February 27th, 2019


Pippa Green has worked as a journalist since 1982 when she joined The Argus newspaper in Cape Town.

Over the years she has worked for a number of news organizations across a variety of media. She has a Masters in …

55: Lwando Xaso-Constitutional Lawyer and Writer

February 20th, 2019


Lwando Xaso is a constitutional lawyer and a writer. She has clerked at the Constitutional Court and is a trustee of the Constitutional Court Trust. She is also the convener of the Including Society discussions.

Lwando …

54: Milisuthando Bongela-Journalist, writer, film-maker

February 13th, 2019


Milisuthando Bongela only started dealing with apartheid once it was over. She was about 8 years old.

Today she has reached a stage of spiritual …

53: Larry Nelson-Entrepreneur

February 6th, 2019


I met Larry at a hangout in Orlando East in Soweto one Saturday afternoon. This was a few years ago and he had just started his t-shirt printing business.

Four years in, and while you get a sense things are not easy, …

52: Kieron Jina-Performance Artist and Teacher

January 30th, 2019


Kieron is an interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary performance artist and a teacher at City Varsity in central Johannesburg.

Kieron is not tied down …

51: Yondela Silimela-Development Planning Consultant

January 23rd, 2019


Yondela Silimela fell into town and regional planning by accident. Since studying at ML Sultan College in Durban in the early 1990's she has forged a …

50: Frank Meintjies-Activist, poet, traveler

January 16th, 2019


I met Frank Meintjies briefly a few times many years ago in Durban in the mid to late 1980’s as far as we can put it together. He was working, as a communications officer for Diakonia.  He joined trade union federation …

49: Nozipho Mbanjwa-Moderator, facilitator, activist and entrepreneur

January 9th, 2019


This is the last in the end of year series of repeats from Voices from SA. I interviewed Nozipho a few months ago. She is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm.

Nozipho's earliest memories are her wrapped on her mother's …

48: Dipak Patel-Special Advisor to Minister of Public Enterprises

January 2nd, 2019


This is the third episode in a series of holiday season repeats. I first interviewed Dipak shortly before the ANC conference of December 2017 that …

47: Professor Ruth Hall-Land affairs expert

December 26th, 2018


This is the second episode of four end of year reruns. Normal service will be resumed January 16 2019.

I chatted to Prof. Hall a few months ago. Since our discussion she was appointed to an advisory panel on land …

46: Sisonke Msimang-Author and commentator

December 19th, 2018


I will be away for the next few weeks and will be playing some of my favorite episodes from 2018.

My chat with Sisonke was the first episode of Voices from SA I published. I will always appreciate the fact that she …

45: Sisa Ntshona-CEO, SA Tourism

December 12th, 2018


Sisa Ntshona was appointed CEO of SA Tourism two years ago and he is a man with a mission.

After a number of years in the banking sector Sisa was looking for a new challenge, and a way to contribute to the growth and …

44: Felix Laband-DJ, Composer, Artist

December 5th, 2018


I have been aware of Felix Laband for many years, and we may well have been in the same bar or club at one time or another over the years, but we only met and spoke for the first time a few months ago.

We chatted about …

43: Melusi Tshabalala-Advertising Executive, Author "Melusi's Everyday Zulu"

November 28th, 2018


Melsusi Tshabala gained renown in South Africa for his recently published book "Melusi's Everyday Zulu" He is the founder of the advertising agency …

42: Keval Harie-Director, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)

November 21st, 2018


Keval Harie grew up in a conservative Hindu household outside Johannesburg. A lawyer by training, he has been the director of GALA for the last two …

41: Letsika Mokoena-Senior First Officer, South African Airways.

November 14th, 2018


I met Letsika by accident at the Living Room in downtown Johannesburg one sunny Sunday afternoon a few years back. When I found out he was a pilot I badgered him for hours that day for stories and experiences of being a …

40: Monde Nkasawe-Writer and public servant

November 7th, 2018


Monde Nkasawe is the head of the secretariat to the Eastern Cape provincial government. He is also the author of eight books(7 self-published), …

39: Elias Ribeiro-Film producer and Director of the Market at Cape Town International Film Market and Festival

October 31st, 2018


Elias Ribeiro moved to South Africa from Brazil via various European countries eight years ago. Through Urucu Media, Elias and his business partner Cait Pansegrouw, have bought a number of award-winning films to the …

38: Sanele Sibanda-Senior lecturer, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand

October 24th, 2018


Sanele Sibanda is a senior lecturer at the School of Law at Wits University in Johannesburg. He was born in Zimbabwe to a Zimbabwean father and a …

37: Nicholas Wolpe-Founder and CEO, Liliesleaf Museum

October 17th, 2018


Nicholas Wolpe grew up in exile in the United Kingdom. In the early 2000's he took the first steps that would eventually lead to the development of …

36: Sinenhlanhla Nzama-Head Product Actuary, Investec

October 10th, 2018


Sinenhlanhla Nzama is the Head Product Actuary for South African financial services giant Investec. As such he is responsible for product development, risk and underwriting for Investec's insurance arm.

While we did …

35: Gontse Nxumalo-Founder, Orlando Sneaker Care Technicians

October 3rd, 2018


I met Gontse Nxumalo at a street party in Orlando East a few years back. He was just formulating the idea that would become Orlando Sneaker Care …

34: Nyiko Shikwambane-Student, activist, communicator

September 26th, 2018


My guest this week is Nyiko Shikwambane. Nyiko is currently busy with her master thesis in African Literature at Wits University. Nyiko was …

33: Pearl Pillay-Director, Youth Lab

September 19th, 2018


Pearl Pillay grew up in Chatsworth, an Indian township south of Durban on the South African East Coast. She is a director at Youth Lab, a Johannesburg think-tank that works “to provide various platforms for young people …

32: Kolosa Madikizela-Head of the Built Environment Unit, Aurecon.

September 12th, 2018


Kolosa Madikizela was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. She has worked in the construction and engineering industry for fifteen years and is the …

31: Rorisang Tshabalala-CEO, Chapter One Innovation

September 5th, 2018


My guest this week is Rorisang Tshabalala. Rori is a business strategist with a focus on business model research and development, who looks for …

30: Prof. Imraan Valodia-Dean of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand

August 29th, 2018


I met first Imraan at the University of Natal in the mid-1990's when he worked for the Trade Union Research Project (TURP) that was based on the campus. We used to play football on the weekends.

These days he is the …

29: Dan Moyane-Broadcaster and Communications Executive

August 22nd, 2018


Dan Moyane started his media career with the English-language service of Radio Mozambique in 1979 after fleeing South Africa, the security police on …

28: Nozipho Mbanjwa-broadcaster, moderator, entrepreneur

August 15th, 2018


My guest this week is Nozipho Mbanjwa. She is a broadcaster, moderator and entrepreneur. Nozipho has worked as an anchor for CNBC Africa, has moderated discussions for the World Bank, IMF and BRICS, and runs The Talent …

27: Prof Ruth Hall-Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape

August 8th, 2018


My guest this week is Prof Ruth Hall. Ruth is based at PLAAS, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian studies based at the University of the Western Cape.

Find out more about the work of PLAAS at

26: Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

August 1st, 2018


My guest this week is Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.  She officially took up her position at …

25: Prof Christi van der Westhuizen-Academic and author

July 25th, 2018


Christi van der Westhuizen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. She is the author of two books. Her first book, "White Power", …

24: Clive Barker- South African football coach

July 18th, 2018


My guest this week is an icon of South African football. Clive Barker coached the South African football team Bafana Bafana to victory in the African Cup of Nations on home soil back in 1996. Along the way he coached a …

23: Chippy Olver-Consultant, activist and author

July 11th, 2018


My guest this week is Chippy Olver. Chippy is a medical doctor who has devoted his adult life to the liberation struggle starting with the End …

22: Nomso Kana-Founder Sun n Shield, broadband entrepreneur and gender activist

July 4th, 2018


Nomso Kana is a young broadband entrepreneur and gender activist. She started a career as a nuclear researcher but after being frustrated by slow internet speeds she started the fibre optic manufacturing company Sun n …

21: Siya Jentile-CEO and founder of Not in my Name SA

June 27th, 2018


My guest this week is Siya Jentile the founder and CEO of Not in my Name SA. Siya formed the organization with a group of friends about a year ago in response to the murder of Karabo Mokoena . On May 3, 2018 Sandile …

20: Thandi Ntuli-Pianist and band leader

June 20th, 2018


Thandi Ntuli has been playing piano since the age of four and is a future legend of South African music.

Jackson Sinnenberg for wrote …

19: Ahmed Bawa-CEO, Universities South Africa

June 13th, 2018


My guest this week is Professor Ahmed Bawa. Ahmed is the CEO of Universities South Africa, the membership body for all universities in the country. …

17: Sintu Ndzube-saxophonist

June 10th, 2018


Hello again and welcome to another episode of Voices from SA, my name is Nicholas Claude. My guest this week, episode 17, is the saxophonist Sintu …

18: Ayana V Jackson-artist

June 6th, 2018


Ayana is a photographer who divides her time between Brooklyn, Paris and I am happy to say Johannesburg.

Her biography describes her work. "Ayana V Jackson’s work examines the complexities of photographic …

16: Batuk-electronic dance band

May 23rd, 2018


Batuk are producer Ntatho Mokgata (Spoek Mathambo) and singer Carla Fonseca (Manteiga). We met on the eve of the release of the first single,  Deep Ocean Deep, from the duo's second album Kasi Royalty.

The sound is a …

15: Loyiso Gola-comedian

May 16th, 2018


Loyiso Gola is a world-famous South African comedian who divides his time between Johannesburg, London and wherever his next gig takes him.

Loyiso …

14: Ryan Cummings-Director of Signal Risk, security analyst.

May 9th, 2018


Ryan Cummings is a security and risk analyst, and Director of the Cape Town based risk management consultancy Signal Risk. A graduate in …

13: Albie Sachs-former judge, icon of the anti-apartheid struggle.

May 2nd, 2018


Albie Sachs was blown up by apartheid security forces in Maputo in 1988. He survived solitary confinement, exile and the attack to become one of the …

12: MXO-singer, songwriter

April 25th, 2018


MXO is a Johannesburg-based singer and songwriter who burst onto the local music scene in 2004. Since then he has released a number of albums and performed around the world. He has worked and performed with the likes of …

11: Dr Lulu Gwa Gwa-Business woman and philanthropist

April 18th, 2018


Dr Lulu Gwa Gwa is the CEO of Lereko Investments. She has a PhD in Town Planning from University College London and is a former Deputy Director  …

10: Jefferson Tshabalala-writer, performer, director.

April 11th, 2018


This is the tenth episode of Voices from SA. Yippee. My guest this week is writer, performer and director Jefferson Tshabalala. He is part of the new wave of South African theatre.

Tshabalala creates works across …

9: Paul Hanmer

April 4th, 2018


My guest this week is South African jazz pianist and composer Paul Hanmer. Over the years he  has worked with some of the giants of South African …

8: Thenjiwe Nkosi

March 28th, 2018


This week my guest is the artist Thenjiwe Nkosi. She was born in the USA to a South African father and an American mother. The family moved back to South Africa in 1992. Our discussion covers a number of topics …

7: Dipak Patel

March 21st, 2018


Dipak Patel is a former MK commander, a former Director-General in the Department of Transport and now an investor and social entrepreneur who spends his time between Johannesburg and New York.

In this episode Dipak …

6: Kumi Naidoo

March 14th, 2018


In the sixth episode of Voices from SA, host Nicholas Claude speaks to lifelong activist Kumi Naidoo, shortly before his appointment as Head of …

5: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

March 8th, 2018


Mpofu-Walsh is an academic, author, activist and rapper who released his book Democracy and Delusion, accompanied by a rap album, towards the end of …

4: Yamkela Tywakadi

March 1st, 2018


The fourth episode of Voices from SA is an interview with the young South African author Yamkela Tywakadi, the author of ten books. She has written …

3: Ronnie Kasrils

February 21st, 2018


The third episode of the recently launched podcast, Voices from SA, is an interview with Ronnie Kasrils, a founding member of the armed wing of the ANC, uMhkonto we Sizwe(MK). The interview took place on the eve of the …

2: Kagiso Lediga

February 14th, 2018


Kagiso Lediga is a pioneering South African comedian as well as an actor, writer and producer. His directorial debut Catching Feelings will be released in cinemas across South Africa on March 9, and around the world in …

1: Sisonke Msimang

February 6th, 2018


Sisonke talks to Nicholas about growing up in exile, gender violence, fake news and the potential of the Fees Must Fall movement.

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