By Their Fruits Part 2

In October 2015 Special Assignment broadcast a documentary titled By their Fruits, the first part of an ongoing investigation into the government’s land reform policies. We focused on Nirwanda - a De Doorns grape farm, nestled in the Western Cape’s Hex River Valley. The farm…

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Indians Can’t Fly

In 1971, 29-year-old Ahmed Timol, a Roodepoort teacher and anti-apartheid activist fell from the 10th floor of the security police building in Johannesburg. The security police soon coined the phrase 'Indians can't Fly'. A police inquest concluded that Timol committed suicide while under interrogation, but…

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Bare Witness

This week Special Assignment looks at South Africa’s highly covert Witness Protection Programme; designed to protect witnesses whose lives may be at risk because the evidence they supply in court can lead to the convictions of dangerous criminals. David Bruce, an independent researcher in policing,…

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People Live Here

n this week’s episode of Special Assignment we visit Lapland, one of the largest informal settlements in Gauteng, situated a few metres from Eldoradopark and Pimville in the south of Johannesburg. The shocking conditions that the poorest of the poor are living in in present…

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Searching for belonging: autism part II

This week in the second of a two part series on autism, Special Assignment unpacks a controversial intervention for autistic children based on behavioural modification. Opponents of the so-called Applied Behavioral Analysis Approach (ABA) say the intervention is too intense and robotic, demanding long hours…

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Autism – Making sense of the spectrum

Autism experts talk of a global epidemic. One in every fifty children is now diagnosed with the disorder. A few decades ago this disorder was almost unheard of. Triggered in seemingly normal babies and young children, Autism Spectrum Disorder can render a child unable to…

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Madina’s Dream

A recently released 2015/16 Amnesty International Report strongly criticises the South African government, as signatories to the Rome Statute, for failing to arrest and surrender Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, to the International Criminal Court in June 2015, for his alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes…

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Endler Konsertreeks 27 – 28 Feb

Konsert 27 Feb Die Endler Konsertreeks stel op 27 Februarie die internasionaal beroemde Israeli pianis en ‘n Van Cliburn-wenner Aviram Reichert bekend. Hy lewer ‘n program van musiek van Schubert en Franck. Gedurende die eerste helfte speel hy ‘n seleksie van vier impromptus van Schubert…

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Young lives, Wrong Turns

Due to the overwhelming response to our broadcast of Young Lives, Wrong Turns, Special Assignment will rebroadcast this episode which looks at the growing gang problem in various townships in the Vaal Triangle, with a particular focus on Sebokeng. Residents have been plagued with gang…

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Desperate Farmers

In this week’s episode of Special Assignment, we bring you the stories of drought stricken farmers in the North West Province who have had to resort to desperate measures to secure the livelihood of their starving animals. This includes resorting to desperate measures such as…

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