Why the youth vote could decide SA's election | Don't Hold Back podcast

Why the youth vote could decide SA's election

Not since 1994 has there been this much hype for a South African election! And young voters may swing the outcome, despite many expressing apathy and gloom at South Africa's current state. 

Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba pictured with Dr. Sithembile Mbete
East Coast Radio

Renowned political scientist Dr. Sithembile Mbete tells Don't Hold Back podcast host Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba exactly why every single vote does matter, and reveals why singer Lenny Kravitz holds a special place in her heart!

The discussion covers the potential for coalition governments, the introduction of a new voting system, and addresses young people's disenchantment with the electoral process. Listen below.

Meanwhile, in a previous episode: Chef Wandile Mabaso's hard shifts in the kitchen have taken him from coveted restaurants in the USA and France to cooking for world leaders in South Africa. Not bad for a man from Soweto whose peers once laughed at him taking cooking classes! 

Born into a world where his passion was deemed unfit for a man, Chef Wandile Mabaso navigated through the challenges of poverty, racism, and the demanding kitchen environments of New York and Paris to emerge as a celebrated chef.

Amidst sleeping on the streets and surviving on $1.50 a day, he never lost sight of his dream. Hear  - or watch - Chef Wandile share his story below.

Cyberbullying expert

Meanwhile, for lawyer Emma Sadleir, there are tough cases, and then there are cyberbullying cases. The growing trend is victims are getting younger, and perpetrators are harder to catch. In the previous episode of 'Don't Hold Back,' host Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba was joined by cyberbullying expert Emma Sadleir to unpack the dark side of our digital lives. 

They kick things off by talking about the massive impact of social media - the good, the bad, and the downright ugly aspects like cyberbullying. 

Sextortion is rife

Sadleir - co-author of 'Don't Film Yourself Having Sex' and ‘Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones’ - sheds light on the disturbing trend of sextortion, explaining how it's become alarmingly common and what victims can do. 

The duo then dives into actionable advice for battling cyberbullying, covering everything from legal measures to practical tips for staying safe online. 

Finally, for the young ones and parents listening in, they drop some golden nuggets on how to navigate social media smartly and safely. Listen or watch below:

Also, if you are affected by cyberbullying or know someone who is, do check out Emma's blog for information on how to handle cyber harassment.

ALSO READ: 'Got fired into my dream job'


South African presenter Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba is well known for her HIV-AIDS activism and YouTube channel. After her own HIV diagnosis in 2013, Nozibele made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey. Now a published author and respected authority on the subject, the 33-year-old’s work was named as one of the web’s Top 15 HIV YouTube channels.  She recently completed a second season of her TV show called #YesIHaveHIV, where she assists others to disclose their HIV statuses to friends and family. In May of 2023, her presenting skills earned her an international nomination in the "Presenter of the Year" category at the Association of International Broadcasting awards. With her direct, engaging, and empathetic hosting style, she's the perfect fit to address taboo topics - and to say: Don't hold back!

Check out "Don't hold back" on our RSS feed and your favourite podcast app:

Leave us a rating or review if you've got a minute! You'll help others find "Don't hold back".

‘Don’t hold back – say it loud’  is a co-production between German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio.

Don’t hold back – say it loud’ is both an audio and video production.

Show's Stories