Guest Info

Omar Essack is a leading entrepreneur in the region whose career paved the way for social change post-apartheid. He is celebrated and revered for his stance during the trying times of ethnic division. He is well known for his radio station.

About the Show

In this captivating podcast, Chief Explorer Rajan Nazran embarks on a powerful journey to South Africa, delving into the haunting legacy of apartheid and its profound impact on individuals of Indian origin. Through a heartfelt conversation with the remarkable Omar Essack, they shed light on the psychological toll of apartheid and the discrimination faced by Indians, even based on their names.

Omar fearlessly recounts the derogatory term “Coolie” and the hurtful accent used to belittle Indians, revealing the painful experiences that marked their lives. He shares his personal story as the first person from his community to work for the radio station. In this pivotal moment, he challenged the deep-rooted biases of the time.

Reflecting on post-apartheid South Africa, Omar bravely confronts the lingering existence of discrimination, questioning whether proper integration has been achieved. He explores the discomfort in accepting societal transitions, pondering if we have become more polarised than ever before. Drawing attention to the present world, he compellingly argues that the struggle has shifted from race to class, offering thought-provoking insights into the complex dynamics at play.

Furthermore, Omar addresses the alarming rise of drug addiction and alcoholism among the youth, sharing how they spearheaded initiatives to combat these social viruses during his early radio career. With an unwavering passion for social change, he shares his biggest fear: South Africa not evolving into a fully integrated society.

Don’t miss out on this captivating podcast, where Omar Essack candidly shares his experiences, exploring apartheid, discrimination, the power of radio, and much more. Prepare for a profound history lesson that will leave you enlightened and inspired.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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