Episodes

Episode 1: Culture

Rise is an intergenerational talk show that hopes to impact the lives of young African women as they navigate through their lives in a society where they’re more prevalent to being infected with HIV/Aids.

Rise hosts and guest Dr Pumla Gqola in this episode unpack cultural practices, patriarchy and feminism, debating the relevance of these in today’s world.

Episode 2: Alcohol

Rise hosts discuss the relationship South Africans have with alcohol and why that relationship is often a toxic one. Author Zoleka Mandela joins the hosts as a guest and shares her struggles with substance abuse and how she feels these impacted on her life and her relationship with her children and the men in her life.

Episode 3: Body Image

Rise hosts discuss the “desired” body images thrown at them by society and the media. They will also share what physical attributes they’re most insecure about, or at least made to feel insecure about.

Guest Dr Mashadi Motlana joins the conversation and talks about several causes of low body esteem and the ways in which young girls can get rid of these.

Episode 4: Informal settlements

The challenges of living in an informal settlement are profound and deep-rooted. Rise hosts debate what Government’s role should be in eradicating informal structures and making sure everyone has access to basic human rights. Two young women also share their experiences of living in informal settlements and how they deal with or have overcome some of their challenges.

Episode 5: Unplanned pregnancy

Shame, fear and disappointment are some of the emotions that burden women who have unplanned pregnancies. Rise hosts in this episode engage the Health Minister on the different and complex elements surrounding this nationally prevalent issue and find out more about his ministry’s family planning programme.

Episode 6: Friendship and trust

A celebration of friendships. In this episode Rise hosts talk about the delights of good friendships and the lessons of bad ones. The hosts also confront the different kinds of friendships and debate whether or not they all have room to exist. Two ladies, who have been friends for more than a decade, join the ladies in studio for a funny and endearing conversation about their bond.

Episode 7: Financial literacy

Money is something we all want more of, but does our relationship with it allow us to save it and reach our financial goals? In this episode hosts talk about financial health and chartered accountant Mamatsabu Maphike gives the audience tips on how they can overcome bad spending habits and make the little they have go a long way.

Episode 8: Secrets

The burden of secrets. Rise hosts share their heavy and light-hearted secrets and discuss how these have affected the way they interact with themselves and others. The hosts later sit down with Sis Dolly to give advice to people across the country that have written in to the show about the secrets that have caused them shame, fear and have weighed down on them heavily.

Episode 9: Cycles of abuse

Have you ever been in an intimate relationship where you experienced any form of abuse? In this episode we speak to a victim of intimate partner abuse and a reformed abuser to try and understand cycles of abuse and how people can escape abuse before it is too late.

Episode 10: School challenges

South African pupils have a right to education but even after more than two decades of living in a democratic country, learners are still faced with challenges that interfere with their studies. One of these challenges is sanitation. In this episode we discuss the challenges young schoolgirls in informal settlements and townships are going through and give them information on ways to overcome these.

Episode 11: Contraceptives

Studies show that there is an increase in the number of men and women with multiple sexual partners, but people still continue to abandon condoms and other contraceptives. Rise hosts talk about why this could be the reason. A health practitioner also joins hosts and together they discuss the different types of birth control and condoms available to women and find out when and how to use these.

Episode 12: Dating

Many of us women find ourselves in relationships but more often than not, we find that we haven’t defined them with the people we’re supposedly dating. In this episode the hosts discuss and debate dating and what it means to both men and women today. They also discuss monogamy, marriage, and some of the situations we find ourselves in when in intimate relationships.

Episode 13: Transactional sex

Has transactional sex become more acceptable today than it was 10 years ago? What is at the root of it and why is sex such a strong symbol in society? Are women exercising their rights to have a meaningful stake in the bedroom or do men still hold all the power? These are some of the questions discussed in this episode of transactional sex, with blogger and lawyer Mike Maphoto.

Episode 14: Looking good

As women we interpret the phrase ‘looking good’ differently. Others look to external factors while others look within themselves to feel good. In this episode, Rise hosts discuss the things that make them feel and look good and young women are taught tricks to make-over their outfits so that they can look and feel good.

Episode 15: Reading

Reading serves different functions for different people. This episode aims to urge young people to explore and expand their worlds by reading. One guest shares an inspiring story about going back to school as an adult, while another guest talks about encouraging young people to read and write through her organisation.

Episode 16: Living positively with HIV

It is estimated that more than six million people in South Africa are living with HIV. In this episode, Rise hosts and guests discuss how people can avoid stigma and myths surrounding HIV so that they can live positively and lead healthy lives. The guests are two young women who speak about HIV activism and living positively with the virus.

Episode 17: Depression

What is depression, what are the symptoms and can it be cured?

Guest Bonnie Mbuli talks about her experience with depression and how writing her autobiography was an outlet for her pain. A SADAG representative also helps Rise hosts understand depression and dispels some myths surrounding it.

Episode 18: Bouncing back

‘Never a failure, always a lesson’. Mistakes, no matter how big or small, can be a burden and paralyze us from living to the most complete expression of ourselves. In this episode Rise hosts talk about mistakes young people make and how to bounce back from them. Guest Lebogang Motsumi reflects on her own mistakes as a young woman.

Episode 19: Young women raising children

Many young people, particularly women, have their youth cut short and are forced to look after their siblings after losing their parents to death or abandonment. Rise hosts are joined by young women who speak about the challenges they face and the support systems available and unavailable to them.

Wilma Calvert and the Rise Young Woman Pamela Mbantsini and Priscilla Thami join us in studio.

Episode 20: Keeping safe

Many young people, particularly women, have their youth cut short and are forced to look after their siblings after losing their parents to death or abandonment. Rise hosts are joined by young women who speak about the challenges they face and the support systems available and unavailable to them.

Wilma Calvert and the Rise Young Woman Pamela Mbantsini and Priscilla Thami join us in studio.