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Munadia Karaan

Munadia Karaan is the Programming Manager at Radio Voice of the Cape.

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    Chasing unanswered questions

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Friday, 25 November 2011
    In the last two months the Muslim community was rocked by two big scandals and in both cases, what made the haj and then halal crisis worse was that ultimately it was Muslims who weakened our own position by compromising on our standards; literally selling out our fellow Muslims for a buck. Now as both stories start to fade into the background, I have to remind myself of the many unanswered questions that remain on both scandals.

    The radio platform: where is the line?

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Saturday, 12 November 2011

    When you are the gatekeeper who determine content on air or online, you are indirectly responsible for giving a platform to people and entities. It is a fine line between providing space for fair coverage so that as many views as possible is presented, and deciding where to draw a line so that you do not present a platform for “objectionable” views.

    Going pink for breast cancer

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Wednesday, 26 October 2011

    “My gosh, do all Muslims have cancer?!” 

    This is how one white, cancer patient from Claremont described her first impression upon walking into Grootte Schuur’s cancer unit where she was confronted with a sea of scarves and fezzes. She might very well be right. On any given day up to 60% of the patients sitting there are from our community - whether they are there for breast cancer, bone, colon, prostate or any other kind of cancer.

    Invest in women's health

    Published by Voice of the Cape on Monday, 3 October 2011

    With October being International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is encouraging all women to invest in their health by learning how to detect various female cancers early. "Cancer is one of the most serious diseases women face. We want all women to care for themselves and breast self-examinations and screening tests help to detect female cancers early when treatment is more effective," said CANSA CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg.

    VOC did its part to create awareness on breast cancer awareness and as listeners gathered this weekend at the 15th VOC Festival with a Difference at Cape Town Market in Epping, breast cancer survivors used the opportunity to express their thanks. On Wednesday evening, VOC rebroadcast a Channel Islam International interview with Open Lines host, Munadia Karaan, which amongst others related her own story of surviving breast cancer. She is one of two VOC staffers to have experienced breast cancer.

    For the real heroine

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Wednesday, 28 September 2011
    As we enter the month of October during which the focus will be on cancer awareness, I am reminded of a remarkable young woman whom I had the privilege to meet a year ago.

    Munadia Karan blogs about meeting Adela Arend, a cancer patient who passed away last week. The article which Adela wrote, and which Munadia refers to, can be downloaded here.

    Open Lines in September

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Tuesday, 27 September 2011
    I've been a bit slow blogging this month, but in case you missed it, this is what I covered on Open Lines in September Mondays to Wednesday from 6 - 9pm.

    The haj drama continues

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Wednesday, 7 September 2011
    The one thing you can never say about haj reporting is that it is boring. There is always some drama and this year is no different. First there is the fact that SA got the smallest quota in probably the last 10 - 20 years. SA has traditionally been sending 5,000 - 10,000 people for haj annually over the last two decades. But for the first time this year, we can only send 3,000. No matter which way you look at it, that is not good news.

    VOC listeners maturing nicely

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Wednesday, 12 January 2011
    You never know what to expect when you open the lines for listeners to give you feedback on programs. But the VOC listeners really surprised me in more than one way on Tuesday when we asked for their suggestions on how to improve programs for 2011.

    2010: good year for debate

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Tuesday, 28 December 2010
    2010 proved to be a year during which both great maturity and immaturity was seen in the debates that dominated within the Muslim community.
    Munadia Karaan reflects on the biggest stories of the year for the Muslim community, and their responses to it.

    The tiresome task to cover haj

    Published by Munadia Karaan on Wednesday, 15 December 2010
    No journey is as important to a believing Muslim as haj. It does not matter if you have been on the pilgrimage a million years ago or still intend going somewhere in future, it holds a very special place in one’s heart; more so once you have been there, for then the sincere heart forever yearns to return. Suffice to say, this means that you can always count on huge public interest whenever we cover haj related issues.
    But let me tell you as a journalist who has looked at haj issues for most of my 20 years in this business, it can be a tiresome issue to cover. Not because of haj itself, but because of all the politics, agendas and drama behind it. Haj remains the most outstanding event I have ever covered in my career. The sheer magnitude of the operations, the massive crowd, not to mention that you view all this while you are in a state of peak spirituality…There is nothing to compare it to, no matter how long you may be in the business of journalism.
    However, I have increasingly become tired of the drama behind the management of haj.