Radio New Frame

Radio New Frame

Radio New Frame gives you a weekly progressive take on politics, culture and sport with interviews, features and music.


July 1, 2022 50 min

In an exclusive interview, singer and activist Billy Bragg talks about making music with meaning, Marx, refusing to give in to Boris Johnson – and passion on an Italian volcano.



02:04 - Billy Bragg 1

29:45 - Billy Bragg 2

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With more than 7 000 languages globally, we look at mother tongues. Can Kiswahili be Africa’s lingua franca? And we explore two people’s complex relationships with their languages: Setswana and Arabic.


02:20 - Kiswahili

19:27 - Setswana

29:42 - Arabic

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June 17, 2022 60 min

To mark June 16, we unearth Afrikaans’ Black roots and focus on contemporary Black Afrikaans. Also, a new book on how Nelson Mandela led Umkhonto weSizwe to war against Africa’s strongest army.


02:34: Hein Willemse

29:24: Emile YX

41:05: Paul Landau

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Shamed by 2020 exposés of forced sterilisations at public hospitals, the health department vowed to act – but victims still await justice. Also, is the Saxonwold Shebeen open for a drink?


03:13 - Bongekile Msibi

16:09 - Baragwanath

21:21 - Women’s Legal Centre 

31:55 - Guptas

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June 3, 2022 42 min

Banyana are not treated well, despite being one of the favourites to win the Women’s Afcon in July. Could their American counterparts’ equal-pay victory help our national women’s football side?


2:47 - US Women's Soccer

8:24 - Amanda Dlamini

22:22 - Joseph Mkhonza

32:12 - Busisiwe Mokwena



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The murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh sent shockwaves around the world. But will it change US-Israel relations? And the full story of legendary scribe Can Themba finally gets told. Chapters:

02:58 - Shireen Abu Akleh

11:12 - Can Themba

31:41 - Joe Thloloe

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May 20, 2022 47 min
Abortion has been legal since 1997 in South Africa. Despite this, more and more women are risking their lives by going to unlicensed abortionists. We ask why.


02:33 - Abortions down town

08:39 - Catherine Burns

28:17 - Emihle Ntuli

33:51 - Matthew Kavanagh

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Unemployment in South Africa is soaring and many are forced to take any job they can get. Our 100th episode focuses on casual workers, who have the most precarious jobs.


01:58 - Annah Moreki

10:51 - Who are casual workers?

18:55 - Casual workers protest

22:39 - Rights and numbers

25:56 - What about the working class?

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Amazon workers finally get a union with ripple effects in US politics expected. And liberation theology helped end apartheid. What role does it have in politics, inequality and exploitation today?


01:45 - Amazon scene setter

12:25 - John Logan

32:54 - Liberation Theology scene setter

38:02 - Mzwandile Molo

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In this bumper edition, find out why politicians spoil the religious vote and so many Jews fought apartheid. Also, meet SA’s chief satanist and hear the music that makes Muslims dance.


04:04 - Mbhazima Shilowa

18:24 - Jonathan Ancer

30:46 - Lael Bethlehem

42:09 - Satanic Church

59:43 - Sufism

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Indian activist-doctor Yogesh Jain believes inequality in public healthcare is a global crisis. And, we look at religion’s role in instilling outdated attitudes towards sexuality.


1:48 - Dr Yogesh Jain

7:49 - Gender and religion

20:38 - Gay and Muslim

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More than 100 000 South Africans have died officially from Covid-19, some anonymously and buried in paupers' graves. Hospital and mortuary workers tell the stories of the unclaimed.


02:15 - Covid’s nameless graves 

18:16 - Mojak Lehoko

27:56 - Song

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Sexual assault in South African jails is widespread but grossly under-reported. We lift the veil on this scourge. And, we pay tribute to murdered land activist Ayanda Ngila.


01:31 - Tebogo Mokobori

18:25 - Doreen Gaora

30:12 - Rebecca Gore

39:12 - Ayanda Ngila

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The struggle continues for Cape West Coast small-scale fishers after their court victory against seismic blasting. And, why is Yemen’s bloody seven-year-long war largely forgotten?


01:49 - Seismic Survey

17:07 - Wilmien Wicomb

26:06 - Aisha Jumaan


Host: Tebadi Mmotla

Guests: Martin Blake, Solene Smith, Wilmien Wicomb, Aisha Jumaan

Production: The Good People at Between Productions

Editor: Charles Leonard


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Progressive Russians say no to war. Is Covid-19 petering out? And though essential, did the world miss out during the cultural boycott against apartheid South Africa?  


02:22 - Russian anti-war

21:58 - Francois Venter

31:41 - Pacific Express

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A new book celebrates Frantz Fanon’s seminal work as a shack dwellers’ movement applies his ideas 60 years on. Also, a Kenyan woman’s challenge to experimental music.


01:56 - eKhenana

16:52 - Nigel Gibson

33:05 - Nyokabi Kariũki

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Amnesty International explains why Israel is an apartheid state. An iconic Soweto cinema makes way for a mall. And we revisit the jazz haven, Club Pelican, a place of love and Black consciousness.


02:28 - Saleh Hijaz, 

18:53 - Eyethu Cinema 

28:01 - Mphethi Morojele

36:27 - Boitumelo Mofokeng

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February 18, 2022 45 min

Xenophobia is raising its ugly head again in South Africa under the guise of protecting jobs, and it’s threatening to turn violent. We speak to those at the centre of it: migrants.



01:25 - Xenophobia scenesetter

09:08 - Patrick Ilunga

13:59 - Edith Chikwana

17:10 - Sylvestre Kabasidi 

23:52 - Janet Munakamwe

43:05 - Song

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The Afcon tournament in Cameroon was full of the politics, passion and pain of African football. We talk about the cup’s pan-Africanism, ask who’s to blame for the deadly stampede and get a Bafana star to weigh in on our team’s future chances.


02:06 - Sean Jacobs

23:18 - Maher Mezahi

38:34 - Matthew Booth

54:49 - Song

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We look at solutions as students tell us about their struggle to afford university as the academic year begins. And, we visit the first nightclub opened in Soweto with veteran jazzman Khaya Mahlangu.


02:24 - Higher education

18:24 - Salim Vally

37:38 - Club Pelican

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