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Shafiq Morton

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Shafiq Morton is an award winning journalist and host of Drivetime, Mondays – Fridays from 16:00 – 18:00

Q. What brought you to the Voice of the Cape?

I was asked by the first station manager, Anwar Ismail, to come on board as news editor, which I did in August 1995. By September we had a team up and running for station launch . Been around since, in various guises: station manager, senior journalist, very senior journalist, breakfast show analyst, series such as When You Hoof Beats Think of a Zebra and Angels Unveiled; newsreader, Drivetime and outside broadcasts…

Q. What do you love most about radio?

Its immediacy, intimacy and daily freshness. Never boring. Ever.

Q. In five words, how would you sum up your show?

Drivetime is bigger than five words! Award winning. Two Vodacoms, one MTN nomination, one Liberty Life Award Nomination.  And who else has interviewed thousands of guests in over 120 different countries?

Q. What is the one thing that you are excited about that’s coming up in 2018?

My fourth book, From the Spice Islands to Cape, the Life and Times of Tuan Guru is nearing completion, my novel, Ayman, the Accidental Sufi is half-way. My editing project on the Jawhara is published this year.

Q. What drives you?


Q. Are you a morning or a night person?

Like to get going early. Surf is better in the mornings.

Q. Any pet peeves?

Over recycled guests. Plastic chairs in the studio. Mediocrity.

Q. Embarrassing moments on air?

Can’t remember. And I don’t want to remember! Maybe Yusuf Islam (the technician, not the musical one)  in the old studio passing wind so loudly it went out on air. Everyone thought it was me.

Q. Where is the worst place you could get stuck?

Mogadishu airport toilet.

Q. If you could talk to the President, what would you talk about?

Who says I want to talk to him?

Q. If you could be in a movie, what character would you play?

Ayman the Accidental Sufi.

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  1. Assalamualiakum
    Ramdaan Karriem
    Responding to your this morning request on water saving , in this instance during WADU.
    Water usage by Muslims during wadu is excessive and more so during Ramadaan .
    Our Prophet Muhammad SAW, used very little water during Wadu .
    Fill an empty 500 ml plastic bottle with water and close the lid firmly.
    Using a straight pin make a pinhole through the plastic bottle, three fingers ( about 4 cm) from its bottom.
    Open the lid slightly and a thin streak of water will pour out. Make wadu. You can control flow by opening and closing the lid.
    Water will even be left if you just wet the Wadu areas.
    Use a chair to sit, a stool to place the bottle on and let water flow into a plastic basin on floor.
    You can even save the used water in the basin for watering indoor plants etc.
    Was salaam

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