Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday - Motivational speaker Kisa!



Kisa Zuu Leviticus is an inspiration to all young people ...those who came from the Eastern Cape with a dream of going to Universities and completing their studies and getting a job.Not everyone gets it right but those who try are the ones who know what hard work and dedication is,they rebel against words like giving up becos they never gave up ‪#‎OnlyTheStrongWillServive‪#‎LifeIsForLiving

Thursday - #Young Achievers Of South Africa - Mawande Sobethwa!

Today we spoke to Mawande Manez Sobethwa - a Copy-Writer , Mc , Comedian , founder of #KasiInstaWalk , part of Creative Data Base and co-founder of Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement . He is one of the most influential people we have in Cape Town through arts he has managed to bring young people together and positively lives a life he is leading.Look up some of the amazing works Manez does he is truly an inspiration to young people and indeed our #YoungAchieverOfSA.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday - Gender related issues and current affairs in South Africa - The Pink Ladies Organisation.

Today we spoke to Dessie Rechner , whom is no stranger at Bush Radio. I was delighted to talk to her about the services that they offer in our communities . We urge that we people don't waste time  should your loved one go missing .Contact www.pinkladies.org.za ASAP . 


The Pink Ladies are an independent group of volunteers, affiliated and associated with The Pink Ladies (a registered Section 21 NGO). The organisation was established for the primary purpose of reuniting missing and endangered children and loved ones with their families and/or caregivers. The group does not charge for its services which are provided by The Pink Ladies strictly voluntarily and performed for the love of children everywhere in South Africa regardless of colour, creed or circumstance.

Not all cases of missing and/or exploited children make headlines and a large percentage are never reported to the police or social workers.

We assist by taking an interest and assisting where possible. We act within strict protocols and operate within the laws of our country. We do not act in a vigilante manner, nor do we condone such behaviour. Among our members and volunteers are lawyers, psychologists, pastors, private investigators and criminologists as well as ordinary members of society, all of whom lend their professional skills to assist in the recovery and return of missing, exploited and runaway teenagers and spouses. This is done in a variety of ways including raising awareness, assisting with the reporting of missing children and adults and referring to specialist guidance as and when required.

The South African Police Service is almost always involved and we have a fine professional relationship with them. We are independent volunteers driven by passion and our love for children. All donations are most welcome and dealt with in accordance with the laws which govern a registered NGO company.



Youth Citizen Action Programme ...making a difference!

I spoke to Amanda Blankfield - Koseff  CEO and Founder of YCAP .Here a bit more background about what they do. 

Empowervate is a youth development NPO that was registered in 2013. The flagship programme it runs, The Youth Citizens Action Programme, was born out of Afrika Tikkun, a well-established NGO, in 2008, initially as a youth dialogue. When the national youth programme, which works through the Department of Basic Education, grew too large to be housed under a community development organisation, Empowervate was born.
Powered by Empowervate, The Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) is a competition-based programme that encourages grade 10 learners from underperforming high schools to enter projects that they have undertaken to improve an identified problem within their school or community.

The Youth Citizens Action Programme will expand as Empowervate grows, but for the past four years, it has been a schools programme for Grade 10 learners exclusively.
·      A minimum of 10 schools per district, and a minimum of 4 districts per province are invited to participate in YCAP in all 9 provinces.
·     There can be up to 10 learners per group and more than one group per school but only the best group per school enters the district competition.
·     The aim of the competition is to get the Grade 10s to choose a project and follow the guidelines and structure as described in the toolkit. The learners must look at the problems in and around the school and choose an issue they want to solve, and then follow the action steps recommended.
·    In 2013, YCAP introduced a new element to address a gap that was identified during previous years, namely the need for financial literacy. Learners are required to show that they are able to budget for their projects and track the money that they raise and spend. They must also show realistic projections of what they would do with the prize money should they win.
·    The goal is to show how empowered the Grade 10 YCAP team is by putting together a professional portfolio and presenting the information orally in a clear and confident manner. 
Recently had an event on the 25th July 2015 ..see pictures below. For more information contact: www.empowervate.org.za Facebook www.facebook.com/empowervate 











Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Human Rights - Tuesday - Cesvi Foundation contributes in building a nation!!

On today's show i spoke to Luvuyo Zahela from Cesvi Foundation in South Africa , Cape Town. We spoke about the services offered by the Hub Partners @ Khanyisa Community Centre. 

- Sizakuyenza - Safe Home , HIV\AIDS programs , Substance Abuse , Psycho social support for Orphaned and vulnerable Children( OVC'S) , Womens Network. 

- Ons Plek - After School care program for orphaned and vulnerable children . 

-Mosaic - Gender Based Violence Workshops , Counselling , Preparation of Victims for court appearance. 


- Inyanda- Youth Network - Communicating Cross Cutting Issues such as HIV\AIDS , Crime, Substance Abuse , GBV and many more using  performing arts. 



Cesvi, established in 1985, is a secular, independent association, working for global solidarity. In the values guiding Cesvi, the moral principle of human solidarity and the ideal of social justice are transformed into humanitarian aid and development, reinforcing an affirmation of universal human rights.
Cesvi believes strongly that helping the underprivileged in developing countries, or those in difficulty due to war, natural calamities and environmental disasters, does not help only those who suffer, but contributes also to the well-being of all of us on the planet, our “common home” that needs to be looked after for the sake of future generations.
I WE DON'T EXIST TO SURVIVE, WE EXIST TO CHANGE
- Immediate help to ensure survival and to overcome emergencies;
- The rehabilitation and reconstruction of systems destroyed by war or natural calamities;
- Cooperation programs and projects for the development of underprivileged social groups and poor communities. 


Cesvi mission to people in need around the world can be divided into three main categories:

Visit their website : www.cesvi.eu 






Monday, July 27, 2015

Mandela Month!!

As part of the Mandela month we  went to the Masigcine Childrens home that’s situated in Mfuleni were we played and helped with a few things at the Home. It was heart warming to see the smiles in the children’s faces, the hugs and love we received was overwhelming.

Thank you for having us!!!

Masigcine (which means, "let us cherish") is a registered Children’s Home, in Mfuleni, where 28 orphaned, abandoned and HIV infected little children between the ages of 3–months and 6–years of age live. These children are referred to Masigcine by Social Workers via the Children’s Court.


See the pictures below.











Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gender Issues - Women all around Africa unite!!

Yesterday I also spoke to Vainola Makan (R2K),Nomaceno(R2K), Mary Tal ( World Wide Women) Wendy Pekeur ( Ubuntu Women’s Movement ) Natalie as well as Tilda.

“Women in
Africa Conversation”   

Women in Africa will be coming together in a dialogue to commemorate Africa Day on Sunday 24th May at Salt River Community House.            
  
The purpose of the dialogue amongst other things is:
To bring Women from Africa together to share their experiences with respect to living on the continent as women; 
To amplify the voices of women with respect to speaking out against all forms of violence and discrimination on the continent.
To create a safe space for women to share their experience of living in South Africa to distinguish and celebrate what we have in common: and
To discuss how we can build relationships and solidarity with respect to each other's struggles. 

Context and Rationale:
The dialogue happens at the backdrop of violence, poverty and socio-economic inequalities escalating in our countries on the continent. African women and their families living in South Africa are being at risk of what is called xenophobic violence. During the Xenophobic violence that flares up in South Africa intermittently and again recently, many reasons are sited for what is happening and many actions are taken by different actors to show their dissociation with the violence. Some are blaming the contestation for scarce resources, others attribute it to the country’s violent past, inadequate service delivery and the influence of micro politics in townships, involvement and complicity of local authority members in contractor conflicts for economic and political reasons, failure of early warning and prevention mechanisms regarding community-based violence; and also local residents claims that foreigners took jobs opportunities away from local south Africans and they accept lower wages, foreigners do not participate in the struggle for better wages and working conditions. We will create safe spaces for women both local and migrant, including refugees and asylum seekers to confront issues affecting them as women; these will include unemployment, poverty, intergenerational abuse, and the burden of poverty on women and how to seek solutions for the improvement of the status of women.

Reasons for the attacks differ range from some blaming the contestation for scarce resources, others attribute it to the country’s violent past, inadequate service delivery and the influence of micro politics in townships, involvement and complicity of local authority members in contractor conflicts for economic and political reasons, failure of early warning and prevention mechanisms regarding community-based violence; and also local residents claims that foreigners took jobs opportunities away from local South Africans and they accept lower wages, foreigners do not participate in the struggle for better wages and working conditions.

The event assert that when the women voices are being heard and come out stronger in these difficult times, solutions would be found that is lasting and workable to take everybody on the continent forward in our question for peace and fight for the quality and human rights for each person on the continent.

This event will be a mixture of cultural exchange, talking together, listening to each other, educating and learning from each other and strategising together to build a strong sisterhood in the face of many challenges that the women have in common.  
      
Please contact Vainola Makan from Right to Know Campaign at 0620144969 or vainola2@gmail.com Mary Tal at World Wide Women at wwwomen@mweb.co.za and Wendy Pekeur from Ubuntu Women's Movement atwendy.pekeur@gmail.com