In-depth Coverage

Features for Voice of the Cape radio, written, produced and narrated by Rafieka Williams

[Originally aired 17 March 2017 on the Breakfast show]

President Jacob Zuma and Social Development minister may have assured that 17 million grant beneficiaries will be paid out next month but fears of non-payment are brimming among those who most affected. VOC news spoke to some of the people to understand their thoughts and fears about the only income they receive not being paid on April 1st…


[Originally Aired on 9 February 2017 on the Breakfast show]

While the state of the Nation Address will be focusing on government’s policy, there are also many organisations that assist government and civil society in achieving development. These organisations make vital contributions when it comes to ground work where government lack’s in service delivery.

VOC’s Rafieka Williams spoke to The Development Action Group to understand the areas where the state can improve in terms of achieving adequate housing.


[Originally aired 16 December 2016 on the Drive Time show]

Despite progress since 1994, South African society remains divided. The privilege attached to race, class, space and gender has not yet been fully reversed. There have been rapid improvements in access to basic services, but their quality continues to be affected by who you are and where you live.
Rafieka Williams speaks to Benjamin Roberts from the Human Science Research Council to find out why racist attitudes continue to exist in South Africa.


[Originally aired on 8 December 2016 on Breakfast Beat show]

As part of our 16 Days of Activism coverage. Rafieka Williams looked at how male dominance, masculinity and patriarchy is considered contributing factors to the issues of gender and sexual violence.


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, hosted a public dialogue on the Identity and Being Coloured in a Black and White South Africa. VOC news reporter Rafieka William was at the event and filed this report.


The call for free decolonised education is one of the hallmarks of the current Fees must fall movement. What was last year, a movement to bring an awareness to the outcry of non-privileged students at universities across the country has now transformed to a broader agenda that speaks to the experiences of the non-privileged student, rather than just accessibility but what that accessibility entails. Rafieka Williams has more on this story…


The advent of the “rainbow nation” was an idea coined by Desmond Tutu to ensure stability and cohesion among the diverse people in South Africa. With the advent of democracy, there was a promise from the newly elected ANC government to correct the imbalances of Apartheid and create an inclusive society where all citizens had equal opportunities and freedom. But 22 years later the promise of freedom has been lost. Rafieka Williams, interrogates the idea of a rainbow nation.

Literature Talk

A list of interviews I did with writers discussing literature and the arts.

Khadija Tracey Carmelita Heeger was born Cape Town. She was raised on the Cape Flats in the township of Hanover Park. She started performing when she was nine years old, her dream was to be an actress, but at 15, she started writing seriously and this is how she expresses herself now. She is a well-known and popular performance poet. Rafieka Williams spoke to her on the significance of poetry.

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Yolisa Qunta is an associate editor at Jucyafrica.com and a columnist at allforwomen.co.za. She spent her formative years in Zimbabwe and Botswana as a child to political exiles and returned to South Africa with her family in 1993. She is the first time author of the book “Writing What We Like”, a compilation of essays which includes the voices of Shaka Sisulu, Ilhaam Rawoot, Nama Xam, Lwandile Fikeni, Sibusiso Tsabalala among others. Released last month her book is already on the top ten seller’s at Exclusive books. We chat to her today about the what has been described as a snapshot of what smart, young South Africans think about… Guest: Yolisa Qunta

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Covering a wide range of topics, including politics, history, current events and celebrity gossip, this compilation of recent and new writings contains Fred Khumalo’s trademark blend of humour and shrewd analysis, as well as his treatment of everyday issues from a uniquely South African perspective. An entertaining collection of thoughts from one of the country’s most seasoned journalists, offering many questions, and tongue-in-cheek answers, on who we are as a nation, where we are going, and how we compare to the rest of the world. Rafieka Williams spoke to Fred Khumalo on his latest book.

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