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Optimizing is a podcast produced by Professor Barry Dwolatzky (also known as "The Grand Geek"). Season 2 features Prof Barry and Kerryn Gammie in conversation with thought leaders and role models in the South African and African digital community. Each conversation is based on the metaphor of a relay race in which the guest is asked to reflect on how they received the baton and what they will pass on to Kerryn and her generation [Evan Wigdorowitz (Edit and Logo Design); Callum Kuhl (Music )]
 
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In this episode we chat around dying, death and grief. Covid times have resulted in many people losing acquaintances, friends, relatives and immediate family members under often abnormal circumstances. Sudden deaths and long illnesses cause grief and loss that needs to be dealt with differently. We chat about personal loss and the grief process tha…
 
In this show, just before Christmas, we chat about toys, their value and what toys to buy for your kids. Cherry Howell dispels the myth of educational toys vs fun toys. Every toy is and should be educational or rather have a developmental purpose. Child play is vital to the development of every child and this is fundamental in choosing toys for you…
 
In this show we introduce our new guest expert on early childhood development. Cherry Howell comes with almost 50 years in education and brings a wealth of knowledge in area of early childhood development and child's play. She talks about how important it is for parents to understand the phases of their child's development. She corrects a few myths…
 
We dedicate this show to Will Marais who was our guest in August sharing about his terminal diagnosis and how God has carried him through. Will served God full out till his death last Friday and modelled to us how we need to serve God with passion until it's our time to meet Jesus at His appointed time. So it's with sadness that we replay this prog…
 
These crazy times we live in arising from Covid-19 and lockdown has especially impacted moms, many who have either lost their jobs or given up working to care for their children. This has placed pressure on income and relationships and forced them to come up with ideas to work from home to supplement family income. In this edition we chat with Sara…
 
In this edition we chat with social worker and CPF public relations officer Lorraine Moko about social issues that separate communities and how what impacts one community will spill over to other communities. We also discuss the Victim Empowerment Programme that is being revamped to bring trauma counselling and information to victims of crime in af…
 
Brenda van Straaten is the national director for Mercy Ships here in South Africa. We chat about Mercy Ships and the amazing work of their hospital ships in West Africa serving the poorest of the poor with life changing surgeries. Latest news is that the newest ship the Global Mercy has been completed and handed over to Mercy Ships. She will reliev…
 
Don't stay away from your doctor if you have a chronic condition is the message from Dr Charles. These conditions need to be managed and tell-tale signs of problems don't get picked up on video or audio consultations. So 3-6 month doctor visits are essential for those who have these conditions or are elderly.…
 
In this show Dr Charles chats about some of the challenges of medicine in general practise, how it has impacted doctors but more importantly how its impacted patients. He says that doctors can recover lost income but patients with especially chronic conditions are heavily impacted by not seeing their doctors for extended periods. This has resulted …
 
Perceptions eventually become our reality and how we deal with those perceptions impacts how we relate to others. In this edition Lina talks about dialogue between communities to change these perceptions. Vrygrond is a misunderstood community because more affluent communities do not engage with them, dialogue and build bridges. this show is eye ope…
 
IN this episode Nico discusses inflation and how it impacts us both now and in the future when applied to pensions and retirement annuities. He also chats about the 4th industrial revolution and the impact on careers that our youth choose to pursue and how this impacts them. What course they choose to study and the subjects contained in those cours…
 
The scourge of our society is the prevalence of predators preying on our children. This hidden pandemic has to be stopped hence the importance of Child Protection week focusing on child abuse and how it can halted. In this episode we chat with Lorraine Moko a local social worker and PRO for the Muizenberg CPF about child abuse, it's lifelong effect…
 
Our emergency services workers are under extreme pressure while performing their daily service to our communities. Besides the robberies and assaults on ambulance crews they have to cope with being frontline workers in a Covid pandemic which adds another layer of stress and trauma. Dr Shaheem de Vries chats to us about his amazing team of self-sacr…
 
In this episode Linamandla Deliwe talks about his community of Vrygrond, the challenges and successes. It's a community that has been marginalised yet has pushed through revealing a vibrant, motivated and passionate desire to bring development and success to its people. He shares how people have stood up to be counted and taken their place in socie…
 
Optimizing - Leading Africa's Digital Future is an inter-generational conversation about the digital economy and digital society in Africa. Season 3 will feature conversations led by Prof Barry Dwolatzky and his young co-host with people who have made a huge contribution to the digital world. This episode introduces Season 3. TheGrandGeeks.Africa…
 
Dr Wellington chats to us about the latest developments in diabetes as well research that he is involved in with diabetes patients. He gives information helpful to those suffering from type 2 diabetes on how they can live normal lives while watching their diets. Some are able to reverse their diabetes through healthy lifestyles.…
 
Michael Swain of FORSA - Freedom of Religion South Africa gives us an update on the challenges of freedom of religion faced by the Church in South Africa. Legal challenges and legislation are at the top of the list. He encourages the church to pray and support those fighting for our freedom in the courts and before government especially as we exit …
 
Our education system has huge paradigm changes taking place and because of this there are consequences to our learners. In this episode Dr Beulah discusses some of these consequences and the implications that arise from them. The primary one is that although online education has come into its own, face-to-face interactions between teachers and lear…
 
In this episode we talk to Dr. Joanne Corrigall a public health specialist collaborating with the Department of Health and other government departments to bring correct information to the public around the vaccination programme in South Africa. She dispels myths about the vaccines and shares how Covid 19 vaccinations will impact citizens.…
 
Ray Haakonsen chats with Wayne about the importance of leaving a legacy especially after the trying times we've had with lockdown. Many of us have been touched or impacted by the death of someone important to us during lockdown and have needed to pause and reflect on our lives. Ray gives an encouraging chat about how we can leave legacies that impa…
 
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