Friday, December 28, 2007

28 December – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today on the last Friday of 2007 we had an interview with Frank Paco from the ever so talented Tucan Tucan - a group of musicians with different cultures and nationalities which brings on their unique sound. Frank told Sakhisizwe listeners about the aims and dreams Tucan Tucan has for the next coming year. For more information you can contact Frank on 021 705 2160 or send them an email to tucan@telkomsa.net alternatively visit their website www.tucantucan.co.za
Pic: www.fiveseasonsmusic.co.za

We were then joined by Rose and Morris Korber Art Consultants from the Rose Korber Art Salon. They told us a bit more about their studios in Sedgemoor Road in Camps Bay and also their exhibition that will be running until the 13th of January. Artists featured include William Kentridge, Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Hodgins, Wayne Barker, Colbert Mashile, Robert Slingsby, Deborah Bell, Claudette Schreuders, Nina Romm, Stephen Inggs, Richard Smith and Kevin Brand. For more information call them on (021) 438 9152 or visit their website www.rosekorberart.com

And then lastly we had an interview with Derrick Schippers who is a Cape Town born talented guitarist. He has just released his début album WHERE WE LIVE which he told us more about. The CD will be on sale in South African stores early January but if you would like more information you can call him on 072 588 1832.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

27 December - Labour

Today we played highlights of previous shows. We played an interview we had with Benjamin De Klerk - Tax Payers Service Education Coordinator. We were talking about Employees Tax. What is it and to whom is it payable to. We have the Standard Income Tax on Employees and the Pay As You Earn but the question is how do they differ - Well Pay As You Earn is the employees’ tax that is deducted by the employer from the amount of full-time employment income in excess of the SITE threshold for a year of assessment while the main objective of Standard Income Tax on Employees or SITE is to ensure that the sum of the tax deductions made by the employer is equal to the final income tax (normal tax) liability of the individual for the year of assessment. For more information you can contact your nearest SARS office or visit www.sars.gov.za

We also played an interview we had with Juan De Lora - Programme Manager from Jobstart Training Centre. Jobstart Training Centre is a skills development center where they offer unemployed people practical career-orientated skills training aimed at assisting their graduates secure employment. If you want more information about the Jobstart Training Centre you can call (021) 461 1404 or Fax them at (021) 461 1511 or visit their website at www.jobstart.org.za.

And our last interview was an interview we had with Lunga Smile – a curator from the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. This is the first township based museum in the Western Cape and the first museum to commemorate migrancy in South Africa. Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is located sentrally in the Lwandle Township, approximately 55km from Cape Town. If you more information about the museum you can contact (021) 845 6119 or visit www.lwandle.com

Monday, December 24, 2007

24 - Health

In todays show we spoke to Neil Swart – from the Boehinger Engelheim pharmaceuticals. We were talking about Chronic Venous Insufficiency, a condition that makes your legs swollen, tired, tingly and heavy. The good news is that there is a new natural food supplement on the market that treats the symptoms associated with CVI and actually helps damaged vein cells recover their functionality. Results from clinical trials indicate that if treatment with ANTISTAX commences early enough and is taken regularly, pain and swelling can be lastingly alleviated. For more information on CVI and the health of your veins, contact the Antistax help line on 0800 212 219.
PIC:health.yahoo.com

Thursday, December 20, 2007

20 December - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Advocate Lynette Myburgh – from Work-in-Solutions and Equity. She specializes on litigation, mediation and labour related matters. We were talking about Salary and Bonus disputes. This time of the year there seems to be an up rise of workers who engage in salary and bonus disputes with their employers. Bonus pay means money over and above the wages of the employees which is paid by the employers. The law does not say that an employers must pay a bonus to workers this is only seen as extra money. This is usually aid at the end of the year for good performance rendered during the year or for targets reached in production of goods. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 021 465 3500 or visit www.workinsolutions.co.za

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

19 December - Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we played best interviews from our 2007 archives. We played an interview I had with Marietta De Vaal – Head of Research Unit from the Commission on Gender Equality. The commission conducts workshops and Gender Dialogues throughout the country as a means of reaching out to the community and at the same time change the mind sets of those members of the society that need education in relation to gender equality. For more information you can contact them at 021 426 4080/3 or their Johannesburg office at (011) 403 7182 or visit their website at www.cge.org.za

We also had an interview I had with Liesel Theron – founder and CEO of Gender Dynamix. Gender DynamiX is the first and currently, the only African based organisation for the transgender community. The aim is to create awareness and visualize transgenderism. For more information about the Gender DynamiX you can contact Liesel at 083 3207691 or visit www.genderdynamix.org.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Naeema Abrahams - Specialist Scientist and chair of the South African Gender-Based Violence and Health Initiative from Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit. For more information you can contact their offices at 938-0310 or visit their website at www.mrc.ac.za/gender

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

18 December – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Alfred Lose a Senior Investigator at the Public Protector who told us what the Public Protector is about and what it has to offer to people within our communities. The Public Protector was established in order to investigate matters and also to protect the public against matters such as maladministration when it comes to the affairs of government, the improper conduct by a person performing a public function, improper act with regards to public money, unlawful enrichment of a person performing a public function. If you would like more information about the Public Protector you can contact their offices on (021) 423 8644 or 0800 11 20 40 alternatively visit their website www.publicprotector.org

Friday, December 14, 2007

14 December – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today on Sakhisizwe we focused on Cape Town's Arts and Culture scene. We had an interview with Leanda Watkin - Project Coordinator of the Katilist Theatre and Hilton Schilder a world renowned Jazz musician who supports the Katilist by performing free every Thursday nights. The Katilist Theatre is a venue where talented and creative people gather together to Katilize a better brighter Cape Town. Hilton performs there every Thursday night at 8PM and Entrance is Free – Mahala. VENUE: KATILIST THEATRE 1 Scott Road Observatory (cnr of Lower Main and Scott Rd). For more information about the Katalist contact Leanda on (021) 447 0710 or send email to katilist@gmail.com. If you would like to hear Hilton - either visit the Katilist or find his music at music stores.
Pic: www.mountain-africa.com

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for his last Arts update for the year 2007, he will be back again next year mid-January.

We then closed off the show with Gary Naidoo who is a renowned performer. Gary who is known for his roles in ‘Lets Mix It’ and Ghoema has released his brand new production Footsteps to Freedom which takes the form of a musical history lesson from the years of oppression into the new democracy and is directed by Rafiek Mammon and Gary. The production is running at the Theatre at the Pavillion till the 26th of January 2008, Thursday to Saturday nights. The show starts at 20:00 with tickets costing R95.00 per person. The show is preceded by a buffet dinner at Fascination Café, the restaurant at Theatre @ The Pavilion, starting at 18:00. A combined Dinner and Show ticket cost R180.00 per person. For bookings or more information contact the Theatre @ The Pavilion on (021) 419 7661 or send an email to lindsay@thepavilion.co.za
Pic of Footsteps to Freedom cast: www.southafricablog.co.za

Thursday, December 13, 2007

13 December – Labour

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Marius Roodt who is a Researcher for the South African Institute of Race Relations. The Institute says it believes that every sector in South Africa that relies on skilled labour is facing a shortage of skills. This has brought on much debate on whether or not affirmative action is adding to the issue of skills shortage in the country. If you would like to know more or read the report on the skills shortage that Marius wrote call SAIRR on 011 403 3600 or visit the website on www.sairr.org.za

We also spoke to Janine Myburgh – Chairperson of the Western Cape Chambers of Commerce and Industry in South Africa. Representatives of the labour and business sector held a meeting over the weekend to discuss the issues that are faced by the labour and business sector. Some of the issues that were raised include Values and Ethics, Service Delivery and Skills development. Visit the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in South Africa website on www.chamsa.org.za
Pic: www.gsb.uct.ac.za

Our last interview was with Xen De Jongh and Christelle Daniels - teachers at the Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills came to tell listeners about the school. They were also joined by two students, John Williams and Lucian Straus. Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills has recently seen some of its food studies learners amaze top chefs and food critics when they cooked up a three-course cuisine with just two two-plate stoves. We were talking about the issue of skills development and the role played by the school in addressing it. If you would like more information contact Xen on 072 146 2299 or Christelle on 073 347 5240/021 392 1213.
Pic: Lucian at work in the Bush Radio kitchen

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

12 December – Gender

On our Gender slot today we had an interview with Judith Smith – South African Media and Gender Institute Director about comments made by Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi regarding 50/50 representation. Vavi recently told a South African Communist Party gathering in Bekkersdal that those who advocate 50/50 representation in the ANC were "womanizers who wanted more women in power for sinister reasons". His comments are said to be reckless as they imply that women are mindless beings who were easily manipulated and incapable of rising to positions of political leadership without dispensing sexual favours. If you would like to know more about SAMGI you can contact their offices at (021) 424 0653 or visit www.samgi.org.za Cosatu was unavailable for comment.
Pic: www.cosatu.org.za

We also spoke to Edwina Smith who is the Organisational Manager of the New Women’s Movement and Nomaxabiso Tyawana - who is part of the Young Women’s Chapter. The New Women’s Movement is an organization that looks at women of the grassroots. It has been in existence since 1997 with branches throughout the Western Cape. In 2004 they launched the Young Women’s Chapter where young women are skilled to organize their own study circles and have their own executive. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448 2364 or send them an email to nwm@interkom.co.za.

We then closed off the show with Caroline Davids from Intersect. Intersect was founded in 2002 as an organising principle through which HIV/AIDS and violence against women and girls should and could be powerfully addressed. For more information you can contact (021) 633 5287 or visit www.intersectworldwide.org

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

11 December – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Patrick Kulati who is the Managing Director of the Paraffin Safety Association. The Paraffin Safety Association has recently developed a number of safety education resources directed at the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of harmful paraffin related domestic incidents. For more information you can contact the Paraffin Safety Association on (021) 671 5767 or visit www.paraffinsafety.org. Patrick told us about how people can use such paraffin products safely as just this past weekend it was reported that about 400 fires in less than 72 hours left hundreds of informal settlement residents homeless. People are encouraged to be cautious. For fire related emergencies contact (021) 480 7700 or 107 from any landline in the Cape area.
Pic:www.paraffinsafety.org

Then we were joined by Happy Kwetana – Senior Facilitator for the Transitional Justice Programme which is part of the Peacebuilding Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). The programme was born out of the centre’s extended commitment to understand the irregular patterns of violence in society which emerges from political conflict. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 447-2532 alternatively visit their website at www.csvr.org.za
Pic:www.umac.org.za

Then our last interview was with Michael Ohlsson – from the Concerned Parents of Missing Children or CPMC. The organisation was established by Michael and his wife Michelle after their son Matthew went missing in 1997. CPMC aims to help track down other missing children. Concerned Parents of Missing Children was initially operational only in Mitchell’s Plain, however as a result of frequent requests from parents, their service now stretches across the Western Cape. Over the past eight years, the organisation has investigated 187 cases of missing children. From the 187 cases, 165 children were traced and reunited with their families. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 372 7500 or send an email to mwscd@mweb.co.za alternatively report any missing child to CRIMESTOP 08600 10111.
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Monday, December 10, 2007

10 December – Health

Today we spoke to Nelmarie Du Toit – Assistant Director at the Child Accident Prevention Foundation at the Red Cross Hospital. We were talking about Poisoning. It is reported that hundreds of children are admitted to hospitals for treatment after swallowing poisonous substances. Some die as a result. Others are left with permanent damage. Nelmarie told us more about the preventative measures that one can take to avoid such incidents. For more information contact (021) 685 5208 or visit www.childsafe.org.za In case of an emergency contact the Red Cross Poison Center at (021) 689 5227 or the Tygeberg Center at (021) 931 6129.

We also spoke to Dr Nelis Grobbler. Dr Grobbelaar is known for his passion for people who are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. Ahead of the World Aids Day celebrations he opened his Emporium of Care at the TC Newman Hospital in Paarl. The care centre will be a place where patients will be able develop their skills receive counseling, discuss their experiences with each other and much more. For more information you can contact him on 072 341 8851.

Friday, December 07, 2007

07 December – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we played a feature by Sakhisizwe Producer Rhodé Marshall about dumping in Woodstock. A vacant plot in Woodstock on the corners of Greatmore and York Street has become the concern of many residents in the area as everyday there seems to be dumping taking place. This has raised questions of the health hazard that is being caused by the dirt and rats that have made the plot their home. Rhodé went to the site to speak to residents and also to City Health. If you have any complains of illegal dumping on properties then contact the National Housing Board on 021 483 4444.
Pic: www.dnr.mo.gov

Jackie Kefiloe Manyapeelo who is the Trainee Artistic Director at the Jazzart Dance Theatre also spoke to us about the DanceJoint Student concert that is currently on until the December 9, at the Artscape. Tickets cost R40 throughout. For bookings contact the Artscape’s DIAL-A-SEAT on (021) 421 7695 Mondays to Fridays 09:00 – 17:00, Saturdays 09:00 – 12:30. For online bookings contact Computicket or visit their website www.jazzart.co.za
Pic: www.jazzart.co.za

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for his weekly Arts update of events happening in and around the city. We then closed off the show with Luvuyo Kakaza who is from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is going to host the Queen Celebration - A Rock Show at the Artscape Opera House. The show will include all the greatest hits by one of the biggest rock bands to hit the music world. The singers that are expected to entertain audiences include Duncan Royce, Luciano Zuppa and Aviva Pelham who is known as the local diva. The event will start from the 19th till the 23rd of December. For bookings contact Artscape DIAL-A-SEAT at (021) 421 7695 or visit www.cpo.org.za
Picture of Duncan:www.duncanroyce.com

Thursday, December 06, 2007

06 December – Labour

Today on Sakhisizwe’s Labour slot we spoke to Lorraine Martin – Whistleblower Advisor and Trainer from the Open Democracy Advice Centre or ODAC. The interview was about the Protected Disclosures Act or the Whistleblowers Act. This act enables employees to disclose information relating to improper conduct and corruption in the workplace without fear of victimisation from either their fellow employees or their employer. For more information contact Lorraine on (021) 461 3096 or visit www.opendemocracy.org.za

Simazile Ntyikwe told Bush Radio listeners about the challenges he faces as an employee in a wheelchair. Simazile lost his legs during his teenage years in a train accident but this didn’t keep him down as he made news headlines for being one of the bravest people in Cape Town because of the daily struggle he proudly took on to get from Nyanga to Rondebosch to further his education. He is currently doing his experiential learning as a mechanical engineer and Simazile says he takes every struggle in life on with courage. As part of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities and its theme “Decent work for persons with disabilities" he spoke to us about his journey. If you are disabled and looking for a job you can contact Nthuse Management Staffing Solutions. They specialize in the recruitment and placement of People living with Disabilities. The number is (021) 696 5198 or visit www.nthuse.co.za

We were also joined by Melanie Shapiro who is a social worker at the Astra Centre. The Astra Centre is an organisation that aims to provide adults with intellectual disability and psychiatric illnesses with the opportunity to work. Those employed by the Astra Centre are involved in the production of high quality craft goods. For more information you can contact (021) 465 4200 or visit www.jsec.org.za

Lastly we had an interview with Zolisa Sigabi - spokesperson for the Department of Labour who told us more about the recent domestic workers wage increase. The increase came into effect last Saturday December 1. If you would like more information contact your nearest labour centre - the Bellville number is (021) 941 7000, Mitchell’s Plain (021) 376 1771/4, Cape Town (021) 460 5911/5169/5170 alternatively you can get more information from your union.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

05 December – Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we were joined by Yvonne Lungcuzo who is the Chief Executive Officer of Siyabelana. Siyabelana was founded by three women who were determined to rise above their humble beginnings and make a change to their surrounding communities. The consortium has now grown to 24 women that are active within various sectors of construction. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 422 1874 or visit their website at www.siyabelana.co.za
PIC:www.siyabelana.co.za

Mirjam van Heugten who is the organiser of the Miniskirt march joined us in studio to talk about the aim of the march. As we are in the midst of the 16 days of activism campaign, the South African Media and Gender Institute or SAMGI will be doing something different this Friday when they hold a Mini Skirt March. The March is in support of all rape survivors who most of the time have to justify themselves to family, friends, police and prosecutors for what they were wearing at the time of the attack. The march will start at 10AM on Friday at the company gardens in Adderly Street; and you are advised to join the march in a miniskirt. For more information you can contact Mirjam on (021) 424 0653 or email her to miriam@samgi.org.za

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

04 December 2007 – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Sandra Ambrose - National Co-ordinator of the Disabled Children’s Action Group. She spoke to us about the rights of persons living with disabilities. The Human Rights of all is essential but we still come across people who think that because they have rights this entitles them to discriminate against those that are disabled. Yesterday was the International Day for Persons with Disabilities and the theme for this year is "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities". Sandra explained more about the role one can play in ensuring equal rights for all South Africans. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 797 5977.
Pic: www.disabledtravel.co.za

Gahsiena van der Schaff from the AIDS Legal Network spoke to us about the Human Rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. According to reports a 1997 National HIV/AIDS review found that there was “widespread and systematic abuse of the basic human rights of people with HIV/AIDS in all 9 Provinces”. It proposed that there should be “an intensive effort to protect human rights, oppose discrimination and reduce stigmatisation. The AIDS Legal Network is a non-governmental human rights organisation that is committed to the support, security and realisation of the rights and freedom of people who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Gahsiena told Bush Radio listeners whether any change has occurred since 1997. For more information or if you want to make a complaint you can contact their offices on (021) 447-8435 alternatively visit their website www.aln.org.za

Then we also spoke to Deline Van Boom – Director of the Volunteer Centre. Tomorrow (5 December 2007) is International Volunteer Day and Deline told us more about their work and also how each one of us can give back to our communities and help make it a better place. IVD offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 674 5338 or visit www.volcent.co.za

Monday, December 03, 2007

03 December 2007 – Health

Today we had an interview with Dr Shirani Naidoo who told us a bit more about Asthma. Asthma is a chronic long-term inflammation of the airways caused by an allergy. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled and treated. Dr Naidoo told us more on how it is treated and controlled. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital alternatively you can visit www.asthma.co.za
Pic: www.asthma-nyc.org

Anthea Emmanuel the Social Development Manager of Epilepsy Western Cape joined us on Sakhiziswe to explain more about Epilepsy and seizures. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that involves the frequent action of seizures; it can also be seen as a disorder of the nervous system. The seizures occur sudden often like a dramatic “electrical storms” in the brain that affects 1 in every 100 persons in South Africa. For more information you can contact Epilepsy South Africa on (021) 447 3014 / 0860 374537 or visit www.epilepsy.org.za
Pic: stevens_mom.tripod.com

Lastly we had an interview with Dr Karin Baatjies. She spoke to us about Breast Cancer. It is said that Breast cancer is a collection of diseases. Some cases are more aggressive than others. The type and course that the disease takes varies from patient to patient comparable to the variation that exists in fingerprints. A woman can develop breast cancer any time during her adult life - even as early as in her late twenties. One out of fifteen women will develop the disease at some stage during her lifetime. For more information visit your nearest clinic or hospital, or go to www.breastcancer.co.za where you will be able to learn more about Breast Cancer
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Friday, November 30, 2007

30 November – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today on Sakhisizwe we were joined by Jonathan Munnik - a well known artist and sculptor who is the curator of The Love Day Gallery at the Upper East Side art gallery in Upper Woodstock. The Love Day Gallery will be a space for established artists and will also be available as a work and exhibition space for emerging artists. Munnik is currently constructing a 14 – 15 meter high permanent feature that will form a central focal point and backdrop to the Upper East Side development’s amphitheatre, which will host events and function as an outdoor meeting place for the residents. For more information about The Love Day Gallery call Jonathan via email automanik@ovation.co.za

Zenobia Kloppers who stars in Broadway Babies which is a musical show that is currently
showing at On Broadway came to tell us about the highly acclaimed musical show. Broadway Babies is directed by Fred Abrahamse, scripted by Marcel Meyer and will be running till the 12th of January next year. Zenobia is well known for her role in Ghoema which landed her a nomination at the Naledi awards for Best Lead in a musical. She also played the title role of Fiela in Fiela se Kind. Broadway Babies is a celebration of women Broadway stars & characters. One critic said “It’s not subtle, it’s not arty, it’s lots of end-of-the-year fun”. Tickets cost R95.00 each. For bookings contact (021) 424 1194 or visit www.onbroadway.co.za

We were then joined by Nigel Vermaas for our weekly Arts update about events happening in and around the City of Cape Town. Nigel told us about Mama Kaap aka Sylvia Mdunyelwa with her Quintet that is at the Green Dolphin tonight & tomorrow night ; Sunday: Amanda Tiffin; Monday: Sammy Hartman Trio; Tuesday: Richard Ceasar Trio; Wednesday: Ivan Mazuze Quartet; Thursday: 6 December, Friday: 7th and Saturday 8th: Mark Ginsburg Quartet. Mark is the tenor saxophone player that is out on a short visit from Australia. He’ll play originals and standards and feature Judy Campbell on vocals, Mike Campbell on bass, & Maurice Gawronsky on drums.

Then we closed our November 2007 calendar with Sam Pearce – Coordinator of the eMzantsi Carnival that is taking place tomorrow (1 December 2007) at the greater Fish Hoek area and the theme is “eMzantsipation: Free yourself!” It will feature minstrels, marimba bands, stiltwalkers, surfers, local bands, belly dancers, ballet dancers, breakdancers and more. There will also be a food and craft market. And as in Sam’s words “Bring the whole family and enjoy a multicultural jol, eMzantsi style!” For more information contact Sam on (021) 789 1665 or email her to
sam@samp.co.za


Thursday, November 29, 2007

27 November – Labour

Today we had an interview with Heidi Volkwijn from the League of Friends of the Blind or LOFOB, which is a NGO that is based in Grassy Park and provides a wide range of independence development services to partially sighted and blind people. We spoke to her about their current need for volunteers to assist with driving blind people at night and over weekends. If you want more information or you are interested you can call their offices on (021) 705 3753 or visit their website www.lofob.org.za


We also had Colin Nyoni – Owner of Nyoni’s Kraal which is a restaurant that is said to be a true representation of something that is genuinely South African. Given the latest accolade that he received - it is evidently clear that Colin is on the road to success. Colin has scooped up South Africa’s top award for emerging tourism entrepreneurs. The awards are about recognizing small to medium businesses in tourism and play a major role in job creation. It is the first time that the emerging tourism entrepreneur of the year award has been won by a Western Cape entrepreneur. Interested in their cuisine? Visit them at 98 Long Street, Cape Town or for more information you can contact them on (021) 422 0529 / 0525 or visit their website on www.nyoniskraal.co.za
Picture: www.nyoniskraal.co.za

We then closed today’s edition of Sakhisizwe with Jerry Louw and August Witbooi from the Tygerberg Association for Street People or TASP. They recently launched a job creation project in which the workers have to fix used wooden stacking pallets and sell them to freight companies. August (on the far right) is one of the homeless people helped by TASP and he says this has given him skills that he can now use to have an easier life. If you would like to know more about the project then call TASP on (021) 946 2870 or e-mail Riette Reid to rietter@iafrica.com. You can also contact Riette on 082 853 7456.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

21 November 2007 – Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Marlow Valentine – from Triangle Project. Marlow spoke to Bush Radio listeners about the 777 campaign. This campaign was inspired by the ongoing discrimination, abuse, killings and attacks on gays and lesbians specifically black lesbians in townships and rural communities. Marlow explained more about how they are highlighting this plight. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 448 3812 or send Marlow an e-mail to marlow@triangle.org.za

Matilda Matthews a Bus Driver spoke to us about what it is like for her to work in a male dominated industry as it would not be easy for any woman - but there are some that endure the pressure that comes with this and Matilda is one of them. Matilda told us about some of her highs and lows of working within a male dominated industry. Golden Arrow is currently looking for bus drivers, so female drivers out there, this is your chance. For more information you can contact Keith Robain at (021) 937 8866 or email him at keithrobain@gabs.co.za
Picture: www.gabs.co.za

Then our last interview for this edition of Sakhisizwe was with Lungiswa Memela who is the Director of the Western Cape Network on Violence against Women. Lungiswa spoke to us about the 16 days of activism Campaign. The campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children - and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one. It runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on the December 10. The Western Cape Network on Violence against Women is an organization that unites and incorporates other organizations and individuals through advocacy, public awareness, training and support with a developmental approach in order to become conscious of women’s rights to a life without any form of violence. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 633 5287 or visit www.westerncapenetwork.co.za

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

27 November – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Siyabonga Heleba – from the Community Law Centre. We were talking about the Socio-Economic Rights Project that was formed in 1997 with the aim of promoting the effective implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the socio-economic rights enshrined in our Bill of Rights. For more information or if you want assistance in any way you can contact their offices at (021) 959 3708 or visit www.communitylawcentre.org.za

We also spoke to Jennifer Preiss – Deputy Ombudsman for Long-term Insurance. Their function is to mediate in disputes between subscribing members of the long-term insurance industry and policyholders regarding insurance contracts. We were talking about Long-term insurance policies. For more information or if you want to make a complaint can contact their offices at 086 010 3236 alternatively visit their website at www.ombud.co.za

Monday, November 26, 2007

26 November - Health

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Delia Engel the Department of Health’s Child Health Manager. She told us about health and hygiene. According to the World Health Organisation, the global estimates are that about 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal disease and 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. The fraction of diarrhoeal disease is attributed to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. If you would like more information about the topic call (021) 918 1579 or visit www.childsafe.org.za

Cheryl Vermeulen – Chairperson of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of South Africa joined us in studio to tell us what Cystic Fibrosis is all about. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder that affects the lungs and the digestive system. Cheryl who is also a sufferer of Cystic Fibrosis explained more. For more information you can contact the Cystic Fibrosis Association of South Africa on (021) 557-0323 or (011) 294-3849. You can also visit their website at www.sacfa.org.za

Our last interview was with Dr. Carol Thomas – a gynecologist. We spoke about Ectopic Pregnancies. This occurs when the fertilised egg implants itself outside of the uterus. Most of these pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube of the expecting mother – but embryos can also implant in the ovaries, abdomen or cervix. But none of these places will provide the fertilised egg with enough space or nutrients to properly develop. For more information you can visit your nearest clinic or hospital.

Friday, November 23, 2007

23 November – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today on Sakhisizwe we were joined by Yasmina Charles – from the New Africa Theatre Association. Their mission is to provide access to the best education, training, and employment in Performing Arts to talented but disadvantaged young adults who would otherwise be unable to pursue such education or skilled work. Yasmina brought along some of the young people who trained with them, Thabo Mxotwa (who plays Socks Williams in the television drama series Shooting Stars), Tracy Lee Thomas (who is currently busy withthe circus training project) and Zinzisa Kente ( a current student, also a top 30 finalist in the 2007 Idols Competition). They told us a bit more about the training they received at New Africa and how it has paved their way to greater heights. New Afrika will be showcasing a student production called uMzantsi Afrika omtsha from the 26 -30th of November. If you are interested in attending give Yasmina a call on (021) 696 2392 or visit www.newafricatheatre.org
PIC:Zinzisa, Thabo, Tracy Lee and Yasmina
by Rhodé Marshall

Nigel Vermaas was also with us to give his regular Arts update about events happening in and around the city. Nigel told us about the return of Joe Barber with its fourth edition of the 8th year phenomenon. Oscar Petersen and David Isaacs will be up to their usual comedic roles at the Baxter Concert Hall from 5 December 2007 until 25 January 2008.
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And then lastly we had Dora Castle – from the Sunflower Arts and Crafts Club. They will be hosting a craft exhibition tomorrow (24 November 2007) at the St John’s Hall, Belgravia Rd in Crawford and Dora is the organizer of that event. Doors will be open at 10am and the entry fee is R5 only so go and support them. For more information contact Dora on (021) 696 5449.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

22 November – Labour

Today we spoke to Toni Wilcox. Toni is from Build Adult Learning Co-operative or Balco. Balco is a self-regulating development organisation which aims to empower those from deprived communities by building Community Learning Centres. BALCO strives to eliminate illiteracy and unemployment. They have community learning centre in different areas like Lavender Hill, Kraaifontein, and Khayelitsha to Steenberg. If you want more information about the Balco you can call their offices (021) 706 2261 or email them at balco-abet@mweb.co.za

We also spoke to Jan Truter – an attorney from Labourwise. We were talking about Employment Equity Act. The Act allows the promotion of equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination and by implementing affirmative action methods in order to allow equal opportunity. For more information about Labour Protect you can contact (021) 852 3499 or visit www.labourprotect.co.za that interview followed a short interview that Sakhisizwe Producer Rhodé Marshall had with Comair CEO Erik Venter about the dispute between Comair Limited and the Department of Labour. This follows recent media reports that Comair is not complying by the Employment Equity Act.

Our last interview was with Jose Vilandy – a Barista. We were talking about his coffee making skills and the World Barista Championships that he will be attending next year. If you would like to taste Jose’s coffee you can visit Origin Roasting in 28 Hudson Street De Waterkant or call (021) 421 1000.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

21 November – Gender

Today we played a feature produced by Nadia Samie focusing on Gender Stereotyping of women in Mainstream Media. From rap music to dishwasher advertisements, women are always portrayed in a certain way, either as subservient to men, or as less important individuals. The feature takes a closer look at this dangerous stereotyping.

We also spoke to Bernedette Muthien – director of Engender. Engender is an organisation that is devoted to tactical ways of dealing with issues of gender and sexualities, human rights and conflict resolution to help bring about a better South Africa. Engender has worked on various projects in relation to gender based violence . For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448 2112 or visit their website at www.engender.org.za
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We closed off the show with an interview with Kubi Rama - Chief Executive Officer of the Gender and Media Southern African Network. GEMSA is an umbrella organisation of individual and institutions who work to promote gender equality in and through the media. We were talking about the 16 days of activism Campaign. The campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children - and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one. It runs from the 25th of November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December. Kubi told us more about the campaign and the activities they have planned for this year’s campaign. For more information you can contact (011) 622 6597 or visit www.gemsa.org.za

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

20 November – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Dr Michael Phillips – from the Likhona Ithemba. Likhona Ithemba, meaning “There is Hope” is a non-profitable organisation based in Delft that deals with people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization has a soup kitchen. At Likhona Ithemba they strive to support needy families with food, clothing and blanket parcels. For more information or if you want to assist in any way you can, contact Dr Phillips at 083 372 6814 or email him to tphillips@telkomsa.net
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We also spoke to Vincent Moaga from the South African Human Rights Commission. The South African constitution states that everyone has the right to access to adequate housing, and that no-one can be evicted from their home or have it demolished without a court order after considering all the relevant circumstances. Vincent explained more to us about our rights when it comes to housing evictions and also the right we have of access to adequate housing. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 426 2277 alternatively visit their website at www.sahrc.org.za
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We closed off the show with an interview with Sergio Carciotto – Project Manager at the Scalabrini Centre. Scalabrini is a Non-profit Organization committed to both alleviating poverty by promoting development in the Western Cape and to offering assistance to refugees and their children. Sergio says their ultimate aim is that of fostering integration between local communities and refugees. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 465 6433. They are appealing to the members of the public to assist them by donating clothes and blankets in order to help refugees.
PICS: www.scct.ws

Monday, November 19, 2007

19 November 2007 – Health

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Nelmarie Du Toit – Assistant Director at the Child Prevention Foundation at the Red Cross Hospital. She told us a bit more about drowning prevention. Its summer time, the holidays are around the corner, the children will be roaming around beaches. A research conducted by the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMSS) indicates that there are 229 deaths resulting from drowning. The research was conducted in four metropolitan areas. Nelmarie told us more about the preventative measures. For more information contact (021) 685 5208 or visit www.childsafe.org.za

TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT DROWNING
· Never leave a child unsupervised near water as it only takes 30 seconds for a small child to drown in 5cm water.
· There must always be safety nets covering swimming pools. Safety nets, fences and tubes are not necessarily life saving but can be helpful with adult supervision.
· Do not swim on beaches where no lifesavers are on duty.
· Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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Dr Sabs Abdool-Gaffar – A Pulmonologist joined us to talk about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. People who have COPD have difficulty breathing because they develop smaller air passageways and have partially destroyed alveoli. Dr Abdool-Gaffar explained more. For more information you can contact the COPD Education Group by sending an email to info@copd.co.za or visit www.copd.co.za

Friday, November 16, 2007

16 November – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we played an interview that Sakhisizwe Producer Rhodé Marshall had with Councilor James Vos – Chairperson for the City of Cape Town’s Health Portfolio Committee. They were talking about air pollution. Air pollution in our communities is not taken as seriously as it should. It can have various hazardous effects on the lives and health of others. However the City of Cape Town has started a portfolio committee to head up projects to try and eradicate this problem within our communities. For more information call the City of Cape Town Air Pollution Task Team at (021) 590 1419.
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We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with Khanyi “Mintho” Mbongwa and Zipho Dayile from Gugulective. Gugulective is a collective of seven artists based in Gugulethu, Langa and Khayelitsha. They recently exhibited their work called Untitled that featured feature a collaborative installation by the collective in Gugulethu. We were talking about that and their work in general. For more information visit www.gugulective.blogspot.com
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