Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday - Labour Issues - Stop the xenophobic attacks!, Kazika pleaded to South Africans.

On todays show i spoke to two gentlemen Destino Nzonzidi Kazika  and Evans Elphas Bungu , Destino belongs in organisation called UNNC , Union des Nouveaux Nationalist du Congo which means The Union of New Nationalist of Congo.They assist other Congolese Learners with HOME WORK, any DIFFICULT SUBJECTS(tutoring), organize the WORKSHOP which we focus about STUDYING MANAGEMENT and CARRIERS GUIDANCE, provide FREE ACCESS on the INTERNET for their school work, assisting WITH APPLICATION FORM (to enroll at universities or colleges) and providing the necessary BURSARIES for them.Their organisation seeks to promote unity , equality and peace among congolese through education.

Today we based the interview not only on UNNC but also on the xenophobic attacks that have been taking place in KZN and now spreading in Gauteng. Destino reminds south Africans of the time where some of  our south Africans people went to exile in the other African countries.  He fails to understand why our african brothers and sisters are attacking only the foreigners from african countries if it is really a socioeconomic matter. He adds that this is not what Nelson Mandela wanted for this country as he liaised very well with neighboring African countries in the apartheid regime. Evans adds that he is deeply hurt and wishes this kind of behavior will soon be over and that he too wants to go back to his country of birth with honors and degrees . 
Destinos dream is to return to his country of birth and save his country through education. 

Thursday - Labour issues - Chrysalis Academy encourages youth development.

Everyday we learn new things and lessons in life and we find purpose to our existence.I found myself uttering these words after a great interview i had with Lucille Meyer. Lucille Meyer is the chief executive officer at the Chrysalis Academy, their vision is to become the leading Academy for youth development in the Republic of South Africa. And indeed they will be with the phase that they with , me thinks. We started the interview with Lucille introducing the Academy - 

 Chrysalis Academy is an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Cabinet, established in the year 2000 at Porter Estate in the suburb of Tokai. Its foundation was a response by the Provincial Government to the high crime rate in the Western Cape, which is one of the highest among the provinces in South Africa, especially due to substance abuse and an active gang culture in Cape Town’s mainly disadvantaged communities.

The result is a holistic and sustainable 5-year youth development program based on 3-month empowerment training that focuses on the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual development, which is still unique to our knowledge. The Chrysalis Programme is a preventative initiative, as opposed to rehabilitative. It is registered as a NPO (Non Profit Organization) and mainly funded by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Community Safety.

One of the main important question that i asked Lucille was -what are the challenges that the young people in South Africa seem to be facing at the present moment , and because she works very close with young people. She responded by highlighting three among the most important challenges.
1. Crime\violence, she elaborated that when a child grows up in a household were violence is the only thing they are exposed to they are most likely to caring that thorough-out their childhood and possibly in their lifetime. 
2. Unemployment, she adds that the issue of unemployment is what young people are facing . She continues saying that "We have young people that went to Collage , University yet still they are still unemployed'' . 
3. Lastly the Education system Lucille explains that the education system is not doing enough is terms of equipping young people in whats necessary for them in life generally which is numeracy and literature.

 I closed the interview with these words;We need young people that are physically, mentally and spiritually well developed , one that will look beyond their obstacles to achieve greater things in life.  A youth that will not wait to be handed things on a silver plate but one that goes looking for opportunities and if the aren't any make ways and means to create them. A youth that will comprehend the social economic state of our country and work towards improving it than pointing fingers as to who is responsible for the issue within. An active youth that does not feel like the county owes them anything.

For more information visit Chrysalis Academy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wensday - Gender - Sisters Incorporated

Today i also spoke to Deleen from Sisters Incorporated , Sisters Incorporated is helping women to help themselves by making a difference and improving their own lives for a better future. They are a private welfare organisation  , founded in 1959 with the intention of taking in women that are pregnant and are not able to take care of themselves as well as their babies.

 They later observed that the are more and more women in south Africa that are in live under domestic violence and they wanted to make a change to this. Now Sisters Incorporated offers help to women that have been abused physically and emotionally.

Deleen adds that one obstacle that seems to be standing in the way of them taking more numbers of women at the center -are funds. If you can help in a way possible please do call  021 797 4190. 

Wensday - Gender - How health and gender come together!

Today i spoke to Patrick Godana from Sonke Gender Justice. He starts the interview by condemning and pleading South Africans especially in Durban KZN to restrain the xenophobic attacks that have happening. He continues to quote the words of our former president , Thabo Mbeki " I am an African , i owe my being to the hills and valleys , the mountains and the glades, the rivers , the desert , the tree , the flowers , the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land."By these words he hopes our sisters and brothers will come together and stand against xenophobia and remember that we are all Africans and we should unite.

We moved on to having a conversation on health and incorporating it with gender so ? . Well he continues to elaborate more - men mine workers tend to suffer from silicosis and when they come back home it is the women responsibility to take care of them. He adds that a womens role in this case is as important as a the men that goes to the city seeking for a job to support the family , simply because the women are left with a responsibility to run the household.

Lastly he closes of by highlighting how the man dominates in most household , even in the bedroom  they tend to make decisions for the women in terms receiving contraception how they receive it and when. They make decisions on the use of protection too in terms of a women being allowed and welcome to use the Female condom if she decides.

For more information please visit the Sonke Gender Justice.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday - Health -Awareness on World Hemophilia Day on the 7th April 2015!!

Today we spoke to someone from the South African Hemophilia Foundation regarding the World Hemophilia Day thats on the 17th April 2015. We needed to find out more about the the disorder and the day in which its celebrated.

Theme for 2015: Building a family of support.
World Haemophilia Day is commemorated on 17 April, giving haemophilia organisations around the world an opportunity to increase awareness of haemophilia.

World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989. The World Federation of Haemophilia (WHF) chose 17 April in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day.
The day in 2015 will be used to raise awareness about bleeding disorders and the need to build a family of support for those living with them.
Families come in many forms but they all share the ability to support and advocate. World Hemophilia Day provides an opportunity to talk to your extended family and friends, colleagues, and caregivers to raise awareness and increase support for those living with an inherited bleeding disorder.

You can also go one step further and have a local landmark, a light in your home or office, or your front porch light lit in red on April 17 to show your commitment to the bleeding disorder community.
This year connect the global bleeding disorder family on the World Federation of Hemophilia social media network and encourage your online community to join the global family.

For more information about the awareness please call 021 758 7140

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday - Gender Related issues- Faces and Phases a book by Zanele Muholi

Today marks yet another highlight to Sakhisizwe as we had an interesting interview with Zanele Muholi.
Zanele Muholi is a photographer and visual activist who affirms and celebrates the multiplicity of human identity and sexuality. Representing the black female body in an honest and compelling way, her intimate portrayal of love reveals beauty and tenderness, and asserts the joy of close relationship with radical and liberating energy.

Zanele has played a significant role in creating awareness on the rights of the LGBTI community in this new democracy , she specifically focuses on the black lesbian in South Africa as they are the people who inspire her to continue doing her amazing works. Now today's interview also focused on the book launch of  a long awaited book called Faces and Phases. Faces and Phases portraits were created between 2013 and 2014 and form part of an expanding archive of lesbian , gay , bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) community in South Africa. Zanele's integrity and affinity with those she photographs establishes deep trust and creates dignified visual statements.  

Zanele continued to explain that the compilation of  this book has been a journey that's still continuing as long as black lesbians in South Africa  are being victims of brutality and hate crime. She adds that in 2006 she was inspired by a young black lesbian women and each year young lesbians are murdered  and those are the stories she documents.

For more information visit her blog and find more of her work.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday- Human Rights -Know your consumer rights!!!

On today show i had an interesting interview with Buyile Nopote from Consumer Protection speaking to us about the rights of consumers. Now we needed to understand the term consumer what does it mean in simple terms. Buyile went to explain that when we say consumer we simply mean a person that goes to the shop\store to buy something and it can be anything that you are purchasing.  Bad quality products , broken promises and contract foul-ups are just some of the problems faced regularly by consumers. But the rights of South African consumes are protected by law , which means they can be demanded redress . These are some of the rights that we as consumers are suppose to know.
An understandable, credit agreement in plain language.
A quote pre-agreement statement, binding for five days.
Adverting and marketing which contain all the information in the cost of credit.
Limited credit sales whilst you are at work or at home.
Feedback as to why a credit application was unsuccessful.
 For more information about these rights and more of them , please visit 
011 554 2600