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In this short podcast series, we follow Sunday Times top investigative journalists as they cover the real stories that make-up SA’s national headlines.Boots on the ground is a true piece of mobile journalism — all interviews, voices and sound effects have been gathered using nothing but smartphones.Boots on the ground is a production of MultimediaLIVE, a division of Arena Holdings.PLEASE NOTE: This podcast may contain explicit and sensitive content. Listener discretion is advised. #COVID-19, #SALockdown, #Coronavirus, #Investigation, #Police

Latest Episodes

Murdered over a mine: the story of Fikile Ntshangase's assassination

ESix bullets. That’s what it took to silence 65-year-old KwaZulu-Natal grandmother and anti-mine activist Fikile Ntshangase. Her crime? Standing firm in opposition to the expansion of a coal mine in her community. In today’s episode of Boots on the Ground: Behind SA’s National Headlines, we look into the assassination of uMama Ntshangase, an anti-mine activist from northern KwaZulu-Natal, and we consider the environment of intimidation in which she and other vocal anti-mine activists find themselves.

22 min1 w ago
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Murdered over a mine: the story of Fikile Ntshangase's assassination

Marikana | Justice delayed is justice denied

EWhen the ninth anniversary of the Marikana massacre comes, the trial of the police officers implicated in the murders of five people who were killed at the mine on August 13 2012 — three days before the massacre — will be nowhere near conclusion. This as the court case, which is being heard in the North West High Court, was postponed on Friday. Both the state and defence agreed to have the matter postponed to May 10 2021. When the case returns to court then, it will only sit for three weeks before being postponed again to July.

22 minOCT 31
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Marikana | Justice delayed is justice denied

A war is raging: cash-in-transit heists escalate

ESA’s cash heist season has struck early with armed gangs launching waves of deadly attacks which have already left 24 people dead and dozens injured this year. Criminologists and CIT companies say driving the surge, which began in August two months ahead of the annual November heist peak, is the easing of lockdown regulations. Despite the lockdown, SA Banking Risk Information Centre data, showed a 29% increase in cash van attacks between 2019 and 2020.

23 minOCT 17
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A war is raging: cash-in-transit heists escalate

The killing of Kinnear: a community demands justice

EIn this episode of Boots on the Ground: Behind SA’s National Headlines, we look into the assassination of Lt-Col Charl Kinnear, one of SA’s most respected police officers and commander of the police's anti-gang unit. The Boots on the Ground podcast is dedicated to unravelling some of SA’s biggest news stories. It follows Sunday Times reporters as they investigate the stories making the headlines.

17 minOCT 11
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The killing of Kinnear: a community demands justice

Survivors recount their farm attack experiences

EWhen she hears of a farmer and their family brutally attacked, tortured or murdered, emerging Bloemfontein farmer Mimmie Jakobs has flashbacks to the moment three men burst into her home. Stabbed multiple times, beaten to a pulp, her jaw broken, face fractured and left for dead, Jakobs, who farms lucerne and pecan nuts, stumbled for nearly 14km through neighbours fields through the dark before she found help. Seven months since her attack in February, and following multiple week long hospital admissions, Jakobs, likes hundreds of established and emerging farmers who have survived violent attacks, is battling to get back onto her feet and keep her farm productive. In todays episode, we follow Sunday Times senior reporter Graeme Hoskens as he talks to the survivors of farm attacks.

23 minOCT 1
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Survivors recount their farm attack experiences

The uncollected dead of Covid-19

EA new directive from the health department that anyone who dies of natural causes outside a hospital be tested for Covid-19 before a death certificate is issued has thrown the funeral industry into confusion. The instruction, issued on Wednesday by health director-general Sandile Buthelezi, has sparked anger and confusion among undertakers and health professionals who say it will delay burials and pose health risks. The directive states that "testing must be done before the human remain[s] are released to the funeral undertaker". The new regulation is aimed at improving statistics on the number of Covid-19-positive people dying outside of hospitals. This data could affect SA's Covid-19 death toll, which is currently 2%. Health experts believe the number could be four times higher.

21 minAUG 17
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The uncollected dead of Covid-19

The collateral death toll of Covid-19

EAccording to the official figures released on Sunday night, 10,408 people have died in SA as a result of the coronavirus. While more than over 10 000 deaths is already a significant number, funeral parlours have reported a spike in the funerals they are being required to cater for. They report numbers which are much higher than the official reported death toll. So what are we dealing with here? Our reporter Graeme Hosken spent the week combing through the death-toll figures with SA’s undertakers.

22 minAUG 10
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The collateral death toll of Covid-19

Prospective transplant patients face a Catch-22 decision due to Covid-19

EIt’s month four of SA’s national lockdown, and while most of us have begun to settle into the new normal, the danger Covid-19 presents for our country has not yet dissipated. SA is now one of only five countries to have recorded over a half million confirmed Covid-19 cases. While these are daunting numbers for all of us, for South Africans desperately waiting for a live-saving organ transplant, the mounting risks have them praying for a vaccine. In this episode of Boots on the ground, we discuss how the pandemic has affected South Africans who are waiting for an organ transplant. What are their fears, given the extraordinary risks, would they accept a transplant right now, and how has added pressure on hospitals affected the care they are able to receive? This short podcast series follows Sunday Times reporter Alex Patrick and senior reporter Graeme Hosken as they track, record and reflect on the real events and people that make up SA’s biggest Covid-19 news stories. Follow this link to become an organ donor: https://www.odf.org.za/organ-donor-registration

19 minAUG 2
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Prospective transplant patients face a Catch-22 decision due to Covid-19

Trouble brews over the latest alcohol sales ban

EPresident Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale and distribution of alcohol for the second time on July 12, citing “clear evidence”, that the use of alcohol places undue pressure on medical facilities. However, the president's evidence is still hotly contested in the Ministerial Advisory Committee. This episode of Boots on the ground: behind SA's national lockdown looks into the scientific validity of the latest ban.

27 minJUL 27
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Trouble brews over the latest alcohol sales ban

The fight to prepare: Will SA's hospitals be ready for the worst of Covid-19?

EIt's week 14 of South Africa’s national lockdown, and it is crystal clear that preparations of the most morbid sort are underway. From the development of field hospitals to the creations of added burial capacity, there is a mad dash underway in SA's health sector. The questions the country face is: have we done enough, and are we ready for what comes next? In today’s episode, we consider those very questions. This short podcast series follows Sunday Times reporter Alex Patrick and senior reporter Graeme Hosken as they track, record and reflect on the real events and people that make up SA’s biggest Covid-19 news stories.

27 minJUL 12
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The fight to prepare: Will SA's hospitals be ready for the worst of Covid-19?

Latest Episodes

Murdered over a mine: the story of Fikile Ntshangase's assassination

ESix bullets. That’s what it took to silence 65-year-old KwaZulu-Natal grandmother and anti-mine activist Fikile Ntshangase. Her crime? Standing firm in opposition to the expansion of a coal mine in her community. In today’s episode of Boots on the Ground: Behind SA’s National Headlines, we look into the assassination of uMama Ntshangase, an anti-mine activist from northern KwaZulu-Natal, and we consider the environment of intimidation in which she and other vocal anti-mine activists find themselves.

22 min1 w ago
Comments
Murdered over a mine: the story of Fikile Ntshangase's assassination

Marikana | Justice delayed is justice denied

EWhen the ninth anniversary of the Marikana massacre comes, the trial of the police officers implicated in the murders of five people who were killed at the mine on August 13 2012 — three days before the massacre — will be nowhere near conclusion. This as the court case, which is being heard in the North West High Court, was postponed on Friday. Both the state and defence agreed to have the matter postponed to May 10 2021. When the case returns to court then, it will only sit for three weeks before being postponed again to July.

22 minOCT 31
Comments
Marikana | Justice delayed is justice denied

A war is raging: cash-in-transit heists escalate

ESA’s cash heist season has struck early with armed gangs launching waves of deadly attacks which have already left 24 people dead and dozens injured this year. Criminologists and CIT companies say driving the surge, which began in August two months ahead of the annual November heist peak, is the easing of lockdown regulations. Despite the lockdown, SA Banking Risk Information Centre data, showed a 29% increase in cash van attacks between 2019 and 2020.

23 minOCT 17
Comments
A war is raging: cash-in-transit heists escalate

The killing of Kinnear: a community demands justice

EIn this episode of Boots on the Ground: Behind SA’s National Headlines, we look into the assassination of Lt-Col Charl Kinnear, one of SA’s most respected police officers and commander of the police's anti-gang unit. The Boots on the Ground podcast is dedicated to unravelling some of SA’s biggest news stories. It follows Sunday Times reporters as they investigate the stories making the headlines.

17 minOCT 11
Comments
The killing of Kinnear: a community demands justice

Survivors recount their farm attack experiences

EWhen she hears of a farmer and their family brutally attacked, tortured or murdered, emerging Bloemfontein farmer Mimmie Jakobs has flashbacks to the moment three men burst into her home. Stabbed multiple times, beaten to a pulp, her jaw broken, face fractured and left for dead, Jakobs, who farms lucerne and pecan nuts, stumbled for nearly 14km through neighbours fields through the dark before she found help. Seven months since her attack in February, and following multiple week long hospital admissions, Jakobs, likes hundreds of established and emerging farmers who have survived violent attacks, is battling to get back onto her feet and keep her farm productive. In todays episode, we follow Sunday Times senior reporter Graeme Hoskens as he talks to the survivors of farm attacks.

23 minOCT 1
Comments
Survivors recount their farm attack experiences

The uncollected dead of Covid-19

EA new directive from the health department that anyone who dies of natural causes outside a hospital be tested for Covid-19 before a death certificate is issued has thrown the funeral industry into confusion. The instruction, issued on Wednesday by health director-general Sandile Buthelezi, has sparked anger and confusion among undertakers and health professionals who say it will delay burials and pose health risks. The directive states that "testing must be done before the human remain[s] are released to the funeral undertaker". The new regulation is aimed at improving statistics on the number of Covid-19-positive people dying outside of hospitals. This data could affect SA's Covid-19 death toll, which is currently 2%. Health experts believe the number could be four times higher.

21 minAUG 17
Comments
The uncollected dead of Covid-19

The collateral death toll of Covid-19

EAccording to the official figures released on Sunday night, 10,408 people have died in SA as a result of the coronavirus. While more than over 10 000 deaths is already a significant number, funeral parlours have reported a spike in the funerals they are being required to cater for. They report numbers which are much higher than the official reported death toll. So what are we dealing with here? Our reporter Graeme Hosken spent the week combing through the death-toll figures with SA’s undertakers.

22 minAUG 10
Comments
The collateral death toll of Covid-19

Prospective transplant patients face a Catch-22 decision due to Covid-19

EIt’s month four of SA’s national lockdown, and while most of us have begun to settle into the new normal, the danger Covid-19 presents for our country has not yet dissipated. SA is now one of only five countries to have recorded over a half million confirmed Covid-19 cases. While these are daunting numbers for all of us, for South Africans desperately waiting for a live-saving organ transplant, the mounting risks have them praying for a vaccine. In this episode of Boots on the ground, we discuss how the pandemic has affected South Africans who are waiting for an organ transplant. What are their fears, given the extraordinary risks, would they accept a transplant right now, and how has added pressure on hospitals affected the care they are able to receive? This short podcast series follows Sunday Times reporter Alex Patrick and senior reporter Graeme Hosken as they track, record and reflect on the real events and people that make up SA’s biggest Covid-19 news stories. Follow this link to become an organ donor: https://www.odf.org.za/organ-donor-registration

19 minAUG 2
Comments
Prospective transplant patients face a Catch-22 decision due to Covid-19

Trouble brews over the latest alcohol sales ban

EPresident Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale and distribution of alcohol for the second time on July 12, citing “clear evidence”, that the use of alcohol places undue pressure on medical facilities. However, the president's evidence is still hotly contested in the Ministerial Advisory Committee. This episode of Boots on the ground: behind SA's national lockdown looks into the scientific validity of the latest ban.

27 minJUL 27
Comments
Trouble brews over the latest alcohol sales ban

The fight to prepare: Will SA's hospitals be ready for the worst of Covid-19?

EIt's week 14 of South Africa’s national lockdown, and it is crystal clear that preparations of the most morbid sort are underway. From the development of field hospitals to the creations of added burial capacity, there is a mad dash underway in SA's health sector. The questions the country face is: have we done enough, and are we ready for what comes next? In today’s episode, we consider those very questions. This short podcast series follows Sunday Times reporter Alex Patrick and senior reporter Graeme Hosken as they track, record and reflect on the real events and people that make up SA’s biggest Covid-19 news stories.

27 minJUL 12
Comments
The fight to prepare: Will SA's hospitals be ready for the worst of Covid-19?
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