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166 Episodes
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NSRI discusses theft, destruction of rescue craft

“It is unthinkable that somebody has stolen a rescue craft from a voluntary rescue organisation. It makes absolutely no sense at all.” So says the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) Craig Lambinon in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week. Lambinon is referring to the theft of a JetRIB…
2 Jun 11 min

New Nelson Mandela Bay mayor shares his vision for the metro

Seven mayors in as many years. That sums up Nelson Mandela Bay politics with Northern Alliance councillor and former council speaker Gary van Niekerk recently elected mayor of the Bay. Van Niekerk's election follows the ousting last Friday of former mayor Retief Odendaal of the Democratic Alliance.  In Behind The…
1 Jun 36 min

Eusebius McKaizer, the King of Vatiekakie, is gone.

Eusebius McKaiser is no more. Long live Eusebius. How does one pay tribute to this larger than-life man who died so suddenly. In this episode Rams Mabote pays tribute to Eusebius McKaiser by sharing some of Eusebius' ever lasting moments that highlighted the person, journalist, analyst and thought leader he…
1 Jun 13 min

What’s behind Bay power outages?

Nelson Mandela Bay has been hit by a series of power outages, said to be the result of sabotage. Last week, residents in KwaNobuhle went five days without electricity after a cable connecting the township was cut by suspected saboteurs. In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we…
25 May 17 min

The lowdown from John Dobson ahead of storming final

An absolutely jam-packed Cape Town Stadium — that is what Stormers head coach John Dobson is expecting ahead of Saturday’s United Rugby Championship final. The success-hungry Stormers nailed down their second consecutive URC final berth when they overcame Irish side Connacht in Cape Town earlier in May. Now, they are…
19 May 6 min

Mabuyane’s master’s issue under scrutiny

Should there be charges that emanate from the allegations of academic fraud against Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, he will be a lot more embattled because the ANC’s “step aside” rule may force him to step down until he clears his name. In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann…
17 May 9 min

Neuschafer discusses round-the-world race victory

Gqeberha’s Kirsten Neuschafer became the first woman to win a solo around-the-world sailing event on April 27. The sailing sensation claimed the 2022 Golden Globe Race off Les Sables d’Olonne, in France. After spending four months alone at sea, she crossed the finish line with thousands of people applauding her triumph. In That…
12 May 10 min

Digging deeper into recent attacks on police

Nelson Mandela Bay’s men and women in blue are living in fear following two fatal attacks on police officers in recent weeks. Sergeant Khayalethu Mbonomnyana, 42, was gunned down outside a popular shisanyama in Mgwalana Street, Motherwell, on Sunday while sitting in his car. And court orderly Sergeant Mario Nel, 41,…
10 May 22 min

Daron Mann talks to SA Deaf Rugby’s Lauren Terras

The 12-man SA team finished fourth at the recent Deaf Rugby Sevens in Cordoba, Argentina, giving a boost to deaf sport in the country. In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, we speak to SA Deaf Rugby Association acting president Lauren Terras about the tournament and the state of…
5 May 10 min

Community leader discusses Fish River Resort looting

Once a jewel along the Sunshine Coast, the Fish River Resort near Port Alfred is now in ruins after TVs, bed sets, cutlery, linen and fridges were looted at the weekend. The resort is owned by the Prudhoe community after a successful land claim. But for months, no-one has looked…
3 May 12 min

Mayor speaks out about alleged threats

“I will not be intimidated.” So says Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Retief Odendaal, responding to alleged threats to hold him hostage at the City Hall in Gqeberha. This as the metro’s electricity and energy executive director, Luvuyo Magalela, has already left the city because he had been threatened. The alleged…
26 Apr 10 min

Petzer discusses award-winning comedy career

Gqeberha-born funnyman Rory Petzer has dedicated his latest award to the people of Gqeberha — the town where his comedy career began. Petzer, 43, won the UpLIFTing Comedic Content Award at the Savanna Comics Choice Awards at the weekend, scooping the publicly voted prize. He said the award meant the world to…
21 Apr 13 min

Bala Brothers switch from recording studio to reality TV

Take one traditionalist, a peacekeeper, a rebel and a sister “who just wants everyone to get along” and what do you get? A new reality TV show — The Bala Family. The musical Bala brothers, Zwai, Loyiso and Phelo, are joined by their sister Pinky and mother, Veronica, in the…
19 Apr 12 min

Renewed hope for release of SA man held hostage

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers hopes the month of Ramadan will soften the hearts of Gerco van Deventer’s captors. The South African was kidnapped in Libya and has been held hostage since November 2017. He had moved from Afghanistan for safer working conditions in Libya, where he was kidnapped and…
14 Apr 12 min

Gift of the Givers on ‘Houdini’ hippo

It has undoubtedly been one of the strangest requests to Gift of the Givers — help find a wandering hippopotamus. The hippo put Adelaide in the headlines last week when it was spotted on CCTV camera footage strolling through the streets of the small Eastern Cape town in the early…
12 Apr 7 min

How to make new Herald app work for you

An app tailor-made to suit your needs and interests: that is what The Herald promises with its latest digital offering, myHerald. Apart from some of the usual news elements, you will be able to tailor make the app to suit your interests, joining communities that reflect what you like, making…
5 Apr 12 min

Alberts discusses new career as golf commentator

It has only been about two years since the golf bug bit but now Derek Alberts is a “disciple of it” and has managed to make the sport his career. The former Gqeberha resident is a seasoned sports broadcaster who has added golf commentating to his repertoire. On That Weekend…
31 Mar 11 min

Looking ahead on the weather front

Very disappointing and far below normal. That about sums up rainfall in Nelson Mandela Bay for the first quarter of the year. The Langkloof — where the Bay’s catchment areas are situated — fared a bit better with very nice rainfall that bought our drought-stricken region a few days, but…
29 Mar 10 min

Coaches give final thoughts ahead of Super 14 final

After several weeks of thrills and spills, the Eastern Cape Super 14 club rugby competition reaches a climax when Kruisfontein host East London Police in the final at the Sports Complex in Humansdorp on Saturday. Eastern Province’s Kruisfontein have never won the competition and they will be hoping to provide…
24 Mar 13 min

Kouga Municipality to take on land invaders

A legal battle is looming over a piece of prime land in Jeffreys Bay that has been invaded by a Khoi chief who plans to establish a Khoi cultural village there. Wayne Petersen and his family occupied the state-owned land at Papiesfontein — said to be a critical conservation area…
23 Mar 31 min
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