Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday - Out of the Dark Ages

The Labia is one of the oldest cinemas in Cape Town. Ludi Kraus is the owner of the theatre, that has recently sourced crowd funding in order to finance the switchover form analogue to digital projectors. We called Ludi, as he has another crowd-funding project; this time friends of the Labia came to him suggesting to look for crowd-funding in order to give the theatre the makeover it needs (e.g. digital sound system and upgrading the interior). Ludi also told us that it is much needed as in some of the seats people need seat belts in order to be able to remain in the seat.  

Click here if you'd like to read more about the crowd-funding campaign.

images are courtesy of 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday - #10dayspaternityleave

Financial Manager Henri Terblanche recently started a campaign that will see men being able to have a 10-day paternity leave. The non-for-profit organisation National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has acknowledged the petition and we spoke to Wessel van den Berg from the MenCare programme of NCOP. Wessel said that the 10-day paternity leave will helpthe relationship between the father and newborn, as both will have time to establish a bond. More importantly, Wessel said, is that it will relieve the mother, as the father would be able to help her out. He also told us about a recent case in which a same-sex male couple at UCT was only allowed 6 days leave between them. Wessel think it's great that there is a buzz for the matter now, but thinks that it will take a couple of years before a 10-day paternity leave will be enshrined in law.

There are countries in Scandinavia that have a very progressive policy when it comes to paternity leave. In Sweden for instance, men and women are allowed 60-days off each and then have the possibility of sharing 360 days amongst the mother and the father (source: Guardian, 2013).    

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday - How you can save a life

Today we chatted to Samantha Volschenk from the Organ Donor Foundation, an organisation that creates awareness around organ donation. She told us that 1 organ donor can save 7 lives by donating 5 solid organs (2 kidneys, your lungs, liver, heart, pancreas), but also that you can improve the quality of life of up to 57 lives by donating your tissues. South Africa was actually the first country in the world where a heart transplant took place (in the Groote Schuur Hospital).

In SA there are over 4,000 people awaiting an organ and cornea transplan.

If you would like to know more before deciding whether or not you want to become an organ donor and want to read more info about the Organ Donor Foundation just visit their website or call toll free: 0800 22 66 11.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday - Sakhisizwe Mandela Day special

Today is Mandela Day, the day during which we honour Madiba and everything he stood for. On this day we, at Bush Radio, like many others in more than 120 nations around the world, dedicated 67 minutes to a good deed. We broadcast Sakhisizwe from outside our studio building. One of the themes of this Mandela Day is food security and that is why we gave free soup and sandwiches to the many passers-by (some of whom you can see on the pictures below).

Click here if you want to find out more about Mandela Day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday-Human Rights_ Right2Know! presents Vula'Ma Connexion Community Workshops

Today on show  we spoke to -John Haffner from the Right2Know community House in Salt River. The Right2Know presents

Vula’Ma Connexion a campaign that has spent much of the year advocating for a change in many ways in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) are delivered to the people.They will be running workshops in three province Cape Town 17th July, Durban 22nd July, Johannesburg 29th July 2014 .The Campaign targets all south Africans in hope that we will be able to connect with all our loved one from afar even of we don't have airtime nor data communication . The workshop is to workshop ideas in which we can make all this possible. For more information please visit
campaign’s website.OR email

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday -Health- How MMC can be beneficial.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading wildly – at a rate of 1,400 new infections in South Africa every day - according to NGOs. Half of those affected will not be treated and therefore won’t survive. TB expert Prof. Robin Wood commented on this saying that the impact can be limited by medical male circumcision (MMC). Today we called Dr. Don Pupuma (a family physician in private practice in Soweto, who conducts MMCs on a regular basis) about this issue. 

If you'd like to read more about MMC, you can do so on the website of the Western Cape government

Prof. Wood is Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at UCT. More info about him can be found here.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday -Arts and Culture- Street Dreams

Today in studio  we were joined in studio by Mbovu Malinga from the Ithemba Labantu Community Centre . He was here to tell us about the Production Street Dreams , which is a performance that includes dance , poetry, sing and so much more. MORE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION....

STREET DREAMS IS an original play
written and performed by a company of young people from
An original play written and performed by 60 young people from Philippi, Nyanga,
Khayelitsha and Crossroads Townships, about their hopes, dreams, fears and perceptions of the world they live in.
This ensemble collage plays explores the lives of 60 young people aged 14 - 19 from
the Townships of Cape Town. Using original poetry, songs, stories and spoken word
drama this play reveals the unique, creative and passionate thoughts and feelings of
young people living with the challenges of today...but dreaming of tomorrow.

All the shows are for free from the 11 July -13th July 2014 , each shows have their different venue if you are interested and would love to attend . Please contact