Monday, October 14, 2019

The importance of Cryo-save

Joining us in the studio was one of the Western Cape Representatives and court blood specialists for cryo-save, Claire Stewart. She had completed her bachelors in Human life at the University of Stellenbosch and is now doing a BA Honours degree in psychology, she arrived at the studio to inform us in detail about what work she does and what work Cryo-save actually does.

One of the many things Cryo-save do is "Cord Blood Therapy" which is a form of treatment for over 80 blood diseases, the treatment is made from the preserved blood of a newly born baby's umbilical cord.

The blood is used to treat an unexpected or unpredictable blood disease that someone might get. Surprisingly there is a very minimal risk in this procedure seeing as the baby is already born and the mother will not have to worry about any invasion issues.

Claire explained that since the blood is removed from the umbilical cord right after the child has been born, the stem cells are still new and impressionable and have not had any negative influences. With this being the case the cells can replicate at a faster and better rate than stem cells given by older people.

Besides Claire's studies, as a Western Cape Representatives and court blood specialists for cryo-save she goes to all Western Cape hospitals to teach nurses and doctors how to perform the procedure as well as informing gynecologists, obstetricians and pediatricians as to what a cryo-save bank can do for there pregnant clients and save many other lives at the same time.

For more information, you can contact them on:

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Importance of blood donations

The Western Cape blood service is a non-profit organisation which supports all communities in the region by supplying them with safe blood products as well as safe blood. Here today to give us more information about the importance of blood donations is the Cooperate Public Relations officer at the Western Cape Blood service, Michelle Vermeulen

The Western Cape Blood Services main focus is to make sure that there is enough safe and sufficient blood in the Western Cape for those who are in need of it, as well as having enough blood banks being opened.

Even though they focus on collecting enough safe blood for the Western Cape, the biggest problem is that they are dependent on people, since they need authentic and not artificial blood . The organisations main issue is that not many people care nor think about donating while others are aware about donations, but just do not donate. Their are people who donate blood occasionally, but will not be able to due to religion, sickness, weather or other issues.

If you are able to donate you must be 16-75 years old, weight more than 50 kg and must have taken enough food and liquid before the donation. However if you have any disease that is transmittable via blood, you wont be able to donate, as well as if you are sick on the day. You will be able to still donate if you have a chronic disease depending in what stage it is at, but you can consult with the on site sister about that.   
The more blood banks being opened and the more people donating their blood allow for more peoples lives to be helped. The Western Cape Blood Service needs approximately 165 000 units of blood so that they can save about 495 000 peoples lives.

Saving a life is actually easy and you get juice and a cookie at the end, it does take 30 minutes of your time but the result is worth the wait.

For more information, you can contact them on:
Number: 021 507 6300

Being stigmatized in workplace

Lesley Burns is an occupational therapist; she has been in the field for more than twenty years with experience in the assessment of adults with all kinds of physical, cognitive and psychological problems.

Lesley has added a workshop on understanding and managing mental illness in the workplace to her services. This is due to the increasing causes of disability in the workplace worldwide being due to conditions such as depression and anxiety and still having those be the most misunderstood condition.

We spoke to her in depth about mental illness. She firstly began with highlighting that there are numerous mental illness, close to 300 types.

Although many employers provide counselling services, many people still feel ashamed to use the services, because then people will know that they are suffering with a mental illness. Unlike cancer or any other disease, mental illness carries a stigma attached to it. Some people still view people with mental illness as being crazy and unpredictable.

When some do move away from thinking of mental illness as craziness only then they think of it as weakness and too often the advice they give hear is "get over it" or "I've been through it too, just exercise and eat better".

Mental illness is different for everyone and isn't as simple as it looks. The most appropriate things to do and say is just being there for someone, making them feel valid for going through what they're going through, and just treating it like any other disease - with compassion and empathy.

Lesley also explained the disease Burn Out, which is when a person becomes completely exhausted through overwork. It has earlier this year become recognized as a disease but still not listed as a disabilities.

For more information contact: 
TeL: 011 646 9649

Friday, August 30, 2019

Female-identifying photographers listen up.

Orms is celebrating the next generation of women in arts through it's new mentorship programme - Orms Circle.. Launching this women's month, Orms strongly believes that belonging to a network of women can be a re-affirming and powerful form of increasing visibility for women Artists.

The programme will give one young female-identifying artist the platform to break into the art industry, by giving them access to facilities to help them create a body of work to be exhibited in collaboration with Orms in February 2020.

Gemma Mary Sheppard, who is a Social Content Assistant and Photographer came in to speak to us about. She explained how hard it actually is to break into the industry and even once in its still hard to be seen and heard as a female photographer. The industry, like many, is male dominated and that is why this opportunity would benefit the female-identifying artist so much.

Gemma Mary Sheppard 
The opportunity is available to female-identifying photographer between the ages 18 - 30 years old. Who have not had a solo exhibition but are actively pursuing photography, you will be required to submit a portfolio as part of the applications. No experience or technical training is required.

Apart from the portfolio, the other requirements are that you demonstrate authenticity and a serious desire for the opportunity.

"Persevere and you need to get back up because you will be rejected", is the advice Gemma gave to other women pursuing photography.

To get more details then follow them on social media and you will be able to see the link on there for the Orms Circle opportunity.

Applications close on 13 September 2019.

Instagram: Orms Direct
Facebook: Orms Direct

Do apply!!!

Opportunity for Grade 6

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation was created in 2005 as part of Allan Gray’s vision to make a sustainable, long-term contribution to Southern Africa by nurturing the emerging entrepreneurial potential from the region.

To ensure that they nurture the emerging entrepreneurial potential of Southern Africa, they offer 3 programs: scholarship, fellowships and associations.

Litha Mkatini spoke to us about these programs and in depth about the scholarship which is now open to all Grade 6 pupils, who are 12 years old in Grade 6. This scholarship offers children the opportunity to be able to take charge of their futures so that they can improve their lives and positively influence the lives of others.

The requirements are that the student should show academic excellence, financial need, and be a RSA citizenship. They should also demonstrate: intellectual imagination - creativity, courage and seek to make a difference.

The programs Allan Gray Orbis Foundation allow the people that come through it to be able to have entrepreneurial mentally. An entrepreneurial mentality has proven to be one of the keys to success during this unemployment crisis that the country has been in.

Litha says that they have seen the success of the programs because people who come through them go off to open business and opportunities in their communities.

Application are open until 13 September 2019.

To apply and get more info go through the below:

Contact no.: 086 123 2463 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

"We need to be strong and support each other."

"We need to be strong and support each other", said Thobeka Mdiza as her advice to women.

Thobeka Mdiza is an entrepreneur, self-taught designer and a women who believes in the elevation of other women. She os the owner of To Bead Africa, which is a BEE company that specializes in training, designing, manufacturing, embellishing, marketing, exhibiting and distribution.

In 2006 Thobeka was working at a bank but then she left her job to start her business, To Bead Africa. She noticed how some women depended on their partners or someone and wanted to see more women being independent. She then took a decision for them to start making bead wore. This is a skill she had learnt during her childhood in a rural area in the Eastern Cape.

Thobeka Mdiza in one of her designs
The business started off with her teaching the elderly women, who weren't skilled enough to be hired by companies in Cape Town. As time went by more people became interested in her work and then reached out and asked for her training services. She has been invited to teach in the USA, Dubai and Kenya along with many other places.

To Bead Africa makes clothing and beaded accessories. She prefers to refer to herself as a fashion entrepreneur instead of fashion designer because unlike fashion designers she does not first draw the designs on paper but simply starts sewing and it comes together as she does.

Thobeka says that determination and networking are some of the things that will make you a successful entrepreneur. Through networking she has been able to get her designs in some of the most known retailers in South Africa and recently she worked with Women Zone and they are now putting together an event that will take place on the 31st of August.

This will be taking place at her store, shop 52, in Junction Mall in Phillipi from 2pm till 4pm. There is transport from Woman Zone, Ground Floor Artscape, to use the transport you have to be there by 1pm on that day and before the day RSVP to or call 082 490 6652.

If you want to find out more about Thobeka and her business then you can always pop into her store or call her on 079 304 1952.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Music that makes you feel something.

Thandeka Louisa Mfinyongo is a musician born and raised in Nyanga East, Cape Town. Mfinyongo’s love and passion for performing arts started at a very young age while at church. In 2017, she graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Music and in 2018, graduated with an Advanced Diploma in African Music, both from the University of Cape Town.

Mfinyongo has performed in various stages including the Baxter Theatre and ArtsCape Theatre. In 2008, she joined a drama, dance and music group called Rainbow Arts Organisation and soon after, sang in the His Favour Gospel choir, which recorded an album in 2013. In May 2018, Mfinyongo released her first single called Wenza Ngabom and made her debut on local TV station show called Hectic99 where she performed the song.

Starting in church, she never really know that she could sing at first. At the beginning she didn't know that she wanted a career in music but then as time went on she realised that this is what she wanted to do.

Thandeka draws her inspiration from everything, all life events and life in general inspire her to write the music she sings.

She plays indigenous instruments. It does come together with other instruments plays with a band. Her aim is to to preserve African music through playing African instruments, specifically Xhosa instruments.

She also blew us away with an amazing performance. Go onto our Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peak. After the performance we were blown away definitely felt something. She responded to that with a "it's meant to make you feel something".

For more information, you can contact them on: 
Facebook: Thandeka Mfinyongo
Instagram: Thandeka_Mfinyongo