31 episodes

Don’t Shoot the Messenger is a podcast brought to you by South Africa’s leading independent news and analysis website, the Daily Maverick. We take you into the stories behind the stories, to give you a fresh view and new insight on some of the most important topics of the moment.

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    • 4.7 • 243 Ratings

Don’t Shoot the Messenger is a podcast brought to you by South Africa’s leading independent news and analysis website, the Daily Maverick. We take you into the stories behind the stories, to give you a fresh view and new insight on some of the most important topics of the moment.

    How koeksisters and Bible verses can keep women safe

    How koeksisters and Bible verses can keep women safe

    You can only address gender-based violence in the long term through major structural reform. But South Africa’s women don’t have the long term: they need to be safe now.
    In the final episode of our third season, we’re talking to a Cape Flats activist who used the sale of koeksisters during lockdown as a pretence to offer battered women shelter. And we’re speaking to a British academic who believes her work with churches can provide a model for other countries with strong religious institutions.

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 21 min
    Would you pay for dinner to get told that you’re racist?

    Would you pay for dinner to get told that you’re racist?

    Would you pay to attend a dinner party at which you’re told that you are probably more racist than you realise? A business established by two women of colour in the USA invites white women to do just that - and hear some hard truths. In this episode, we’re talking to Saira Rao and Regina Jackson, founders of the controversial project Race2Dinner.

    MUSIC: Oh Freedom! (Slave spiritual folk song) by Sound of Joy & Oh Freedom! as sung by the Golden Gospel Singers

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 21 min
    What Rwanda got right that South Africa didn’t

    What Rwanda got right that South Africa didn’t

    Is there any way to “solve” racism? Are there any means by which we can achieve true racial reconciliation? In this episode, we’re looking at the example of Rwanda, a country torn apart by deadly ethnic divisions in the 1990s, whose government argues it has largely achieved national peace post genocide. And we’re talking to a man who bears one of the notorious surnames in the history of South Africa – who has made it his life’s mission to help undo the damage of his forebears.

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 22 min
    Nobody watches women’s sport - and other myths

    Nobody watches women’s sport - and other myths

    Women’s sport in South Africa is still decades and decades behind the state of play for men. In this episode, we’re talking to Daily Maverick’s resident sports guru and the current Springbok women’s rugby coach, exploring how the USA managed to create the world’s most successful women’s soccer industry within two generations, and busting some of those tired myths you still hear all the time – like that “women’s sport just can’t attract any money because nobody wants to watch it”.

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 24 min
    Social media: How troll tactics are being used for good

    Social media: How troll tactics are being used for good

    Social media is making us more unhappy, less safe, and in some cases just stupider. This while the power of these websites grows unstoppably: Facebook now has more adherents than Christianity. In this episode we’re taking on just two aspects of the social media problem: the way it spreads fake news, and the vicious nature of the conversation. We’re looking at a counter-intuitively simple fix for the issue of misinformation, and talking to a South African researcher who is using the tricks of trolls and bots for good rather than evil.

    Additional Resources:
    Full interview between Fairfax Media’s Ginger Gorman and ‘Mark’, the troll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNCTBtpf_pI

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 24 min
    The Museum of Toxic Statues

    The Museum of Toxic Statues

    Ever since the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was targeted in 2015, statues of apartheid and colonial figures around South Africa have been vandalised. What the hell should we do with them? In this episode, we’re asking what the best way is for South Africa to grapple with the past. We're talking to a professor who has made it his business to see Cecil John Rhodes account for his deeds - in fictional form; and to a museum curator whose job it is to collect Germany's most toxic monuments.

    Additional reading: The Trial of Cecil John Rhodes by Adekeye Adebayo (Jacana, 2021)

    Don’t Shoot the Messenger is produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and written and presented by Rebecca Davis with editing by Tevya Turok Shapiro, sound mix by Bernard Kotze and additional support by Kathryn Kotze.

    This podcast has been sponsored by Ninety One.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Jolene Wium ,

Great podcasts

Excellently produced and presented! Thank you Haji and Rebecca!

njacobs5074 ,

Insightful and illuminating

As a transplanted American living in SA, this show really helps me understand societal and cultural forces here. The episodes are well put together on relevant topics and I always come away having learned something interesting and useful. My only complaint is that it is not more frequent :)

Ellie vM ,

I’m a Long-Hauler

Thank you for your podcast on LongCOVID. I suffered badly with the virus last March for just over a week and then the symptoms persisted for a year. I now feel I am over the worst of it but I still get debilitating attacks on my heart, my lungs, by brain and my gut. Occasional chronic fatigue still gets me. I have been treating it naturally with immune boosters, vitamins and minerals and I am having to constantly work with liver cleanses because I feel my body isn’t ‘cleaning out’ properly. This podcast offered psychological support because, like you mention, it’s so difficult to get people to take me seriously especially because I’m usually so resilient and never get sick and push through most ailments. This has been terrifying and disabling.

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