Wednesday, October 31, 2007

31 October – Gender

Today we spoke to Fatima Shabodien – Director of Women on Farms Project. The project aims to push equality, respect and dignity that all women on farms deserve. Their vision is to have an alternative South African rural landscape in which women play active leadership roles within family, community, labour, economic and government structures. We were talking about Social Security for Women Farm workers. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 887 2960 or visit

We also spoke to Azola Goqwana – coordinator for the one man can campaign. The Sonke Gender Justice Network and the Center for Digital Storytelling are creating a series of short digital stories that narrate the lives of men working within AIDS and gender activism. We were talking about that project. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 447 1935 or visit their website at

We closed off the show with an interview with Nolitha Mazwayi and Keagan Lakay from the Commission on Gender Equality. The Commission on Gender Equality is having its 16 days of Activism – largely focusing on gender based violence starting on the 25th of November until the 10th of December. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 426 4080/3 or visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

30 October – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Prilene Ezaus – a field worker from the Elsies River Community Centre. Elsies River is one of the oldest cimmunities in Cape Town. They face various social issues including crime, gangsterism, prostitution, drug and alcohol abuse, particularly in the poorer sections. Prilene told us more about the services they provide to uplift the community. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 931 5331.

We also spoke to Braam Hanekom – from People Against Suffering Suppression Oppression and Poverty or PASSOP. They recently highlighted the treatment of refugees and their struggles to receive their asylum status because of long queues and delays at the refugee home affairs in Cape Town. We were talking about their role in the fight to respect Human Rights. If you want more information contact Braam on 083 256 1140 or visit

Monday, October 29, 2007

29 October – Health

Today on Sakhisizwe as part of our Health theme we interviewed Dr Arina Schlemmer. She spoke to us about Hypertension or High Blood Pressure. According to reports hypertension is very common among South Africans aged 16 years and older. It further states that 16 out of 100 people have hypertension. I’m sure you know a person or two who has high blood pressure so if you want to know more about the causes and how it can be prevented contact your local doctor or clinic.

We were joined by Gerhard Pieterse from Autism Western Cape. Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. It is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Gerhard explained more about the symptoms and whether it is treatable or not.
If you want to know more Autism Western Cape can be contacted on (021) 557 3573 / (021) 556 2600 alternatively you can send an email to or visit

We closed off the show with Katherine Alexander the Vice Chairperson of Psoriasis Association. We spoke about Psoriasis as today is World Psoriasis Day which aims to raise more awareness about this condition. It is a non-contagious skin disorder and it affects one to two percent of the population but if you want to know more, you can contact the Psoriasis Association at (021) 981 1650 or visit alternatively send snailmail to P. O. Box 801, Brackenfell, 7561

Friday, October 26, 2007

26 October – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we were joined by Warren Adler, Grant Swaby (played Ryno on Isidingo) and Qunta – cast members of StringCeasar. The film explores the life of Julius Ceasar in a visually and conceptually dynamic way. Some shots will be filmed in Pollsmoor Prison giving inmates the opportunity to work alongside well known actors. The filming in Pollsmoor will start on Monday. For more information you can visit
PIC:Taken by Rhodé Marshall

We also spoke to Amos Nomnabo – a Baritone from Cape Town Opera, and a cast member in Manon, a Cape Town Opera production in collaboration with the UCT college of Music. The production is about a woman who is determined to live life on her own terms but her superiors do not agree with this and makes sure that she pays a price for her progressive attitude. Directed by Michael Gieleta the opera promises to reflect the prejudices of its original 19th century audience. Manon we will be at the Artscape Opera House from the 1st -10th of November. For more information contact (021) 410-9800 or visit

Nigel Vermaas gave his weekly Arts update in and around the City of Cape Town.

We closed the show with interview with Rozanno Davids from the Community Video Education Trust or CVET as well Kazi from State of Cassava who spoke to us about the Youth Festival taking place at the College of Cape Town in Athlone this weekend. The Youth Festival forms part of the Trojan Horse Massacre footage which was digitized and will be screened at the Festival. The Trojan Horse Massacre occurred on the 15th of October 1985, when three young people aged 11, 15 and 21 were killed and 13 adults along with 2 children were injured when shots were fired at them by police under the Apartheid regime at the corner of St. Simons and Thornton Roads in Athlone. For more contact (021) 696 4584 or Rozanno on 072 424 3360.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

25 October 2007 – Labour

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Asanda Fongqo – Spokesperson for the Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa or Denosa. We spoke about the recruitment of nurses from India due to the lack of registered nurses in the country. According to Denosa the prevalent gross staff shortages of nurses impacts directly on efficient service delivery in the health sector. For more information you can contact DENOSA at (012) 343 2315 or visit


Roger Brown – an attorney from Labour Protect joined us to talk about unlawful retrenchments. Retrenchments occur for various reasons, but a clearly demonstrated reason to initiate retrenchment, relating to the business's "operational requirements", must exist for a lawful retrenchment to take place. But if you want to hear more about Labour Protect you can contact 0860 522 687 or visit

And our last interview today was with Christian Lackay – Tafelsig Youth League Against Crime Project Manager. The organisation is offering free sewing and arts & Crafts training to the Tafelsig community members. If you want to hear more give them a call on 073 292 0574 or (021) 391 7414.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

24 October – Gender

Today we spoke to Noluthando Ntlokwana - an Attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre. She explained more about the Women’s right to access to land and housing. With the assistance of Women on Farms Project, the Women’s Legal Centre says it hopes to bring an equal pay claim on behalf of women farm workers who are not being paid equal pay for work of equal value. Research done showed that the average wage for women who work on farms in the Western Cape is R480 per month, while the average wage for men is R640 per month. The WLC developed a memorandum on behalf of Women on Farms Project, Centre for Rural Legal Studies and Lawyers for Human Rights advocating for amendments to the Extension of Tenure Security Act 62 of 1997. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 421 1380 or visit their website at

We were joined by the Women in Construction Award winner Sharon Isaacs who is the Managing Director and majority shareholder of Amabamba Fencing which was launched in 1996. Monday evening the Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Marius Fransman hosted the “Women in Construction” Awards. The initiative aims to provide opportunities to women who work in the male-dominated industry. For more information contact the Women in Construction Helpdesk on 0800 778 226 or visit

John Mentiey Advocacy Co-ordinator from the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce or SWEAT also came in studio. We spoke about Male Sex workers. This is normally known as a women’s job but lately more and more men are seen in this field. SWEAT work with sex workers around health and human rights. They also lobby and advocate for the decriminalisation of adult sex work in South Africa. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448 7875 or visit their website at

And our last interview was with Palesa Lebenya, Vuledzani Nemukula and Lebo Sekodu – Members of the South African Students Congress at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) – Cape Town Campus. We spoke about the Woman Emancipation Program. They told us more about the program, how are they empowering female students and who is eligible to join them. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 460 3546 alternatively send them an e-mail to

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

23 October – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Sello Hatang – from the Human Rights Commission. We were talking about the Access to Information Act. Our constitution gives every person the right of access to information, held by a public or private body that is required for the exercise or protection of any right. Sello explained on how to make a request for access to information, what assistance is available from the information officer of a public body, when access to information may legally be refused, and what legal remedies there are in cases where information is illegally withheld. If you want more information contact the commission on (021) 426 2277 or visit

We also spoke to Lucas Muntingh - Project coordinator for the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative or CSPRI. The initiative aims to improve the human rights situations South African Prisoners face through conducting research-based lobbying and advocacy. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 959 2950 or visit the community law center website at
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And our last interview was with Mzwanele Zulu – spokesperson for the Joe Slovo Task Team. Joe Slovo residents are refusing to move to Delft in order to make way for the Gateway project. They have been protesting against the decision to have them removed from the land that has been earmarked for the next phase of the N2 Gateway housing project. According to media reports the Joe Slovo residents are to give the high court reasons why the department of housing should not be given a final eviction order and the matter is to be heard in December. According to Mzwanele, they will be appearing in court tomorrow in connection with the N2 Highway protest that took place two months ago. If you want more information contact him on 076 385 2369.
PICS: (left above) Joe Slovo residents during the protest (right above) Mzwanele Zulu

Monday, October 22, 2007

22 October – Health

Today we spoke to Dorothy Du Plooy – regional manager from Cancer Association Cape Metropole. We were talking about Lung Cancer - an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in lung tissue. It is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1.2 million deaths annually. It is said that cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase risk. Treatment also depends on the stage, or how advanced it is. For more information contact 0800 22 66 22 or the Cansa on (021) 689 5347 or visit alternatively visit your nearest hospital.

Our last interview was with Tereza Hough – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced and the micro-architecture of bone is disrupted. This leads to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is called the silent disease because it progresses undetected for many years. According to reports, more than one-third of women over the age of 50 and nearly half of those over age 70 are affected by this disease. Osteoporosis in men is on the increase, and one in 5 men will develop this disease. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (021) 931 7894 or their Help line: 0861102265 for those who have access to the internet visit

Friday, October 19, 2007

19 October – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we played an interview I had with Aaron – a band member of Freshlyground. They have a new album out titled Macheri – featuring the pot belly track which is currently receiving massive airplay by radio stations throughout the country and they will be touring the country in November. For more info about the tour visit
PIC:Busisiwe -presenter, Aaron & Tina - Sakhisizwe's producer
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We also spoke Abe Taylor - from Konek. Konek received financial support from Vukani Gaming to fund their projects. The funding enables them to implement projects in over 24 schools in the greater Grassy Park area. Konek’s projects consist of sports, academic, arts and cultural development projects for primary and high school children. Abe told us more about the projects.They currently have a Cycling development program and learners will participate in Argus Cycle Tour and they are also busy with the Academic excellence program in 6 high schools, for 30+ grade 10 learners to be fast tracked in math, science, business and computer studies. For more information about Konek you contact (021) 703 7942 or Abe on 083 435 3577.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. A last reminder to Writers, Choreographers, Directors, Dancers and Actors who are interested in taking part at THE PANSA 48-HOUR FESTIVAL @ THE THEATRE IN THE DISTRICT that today is the deadline to submit a brief CV (writers 5 pages of your work) to Final decisions will be announced by Friday 26 October. This festival is on the weekend of the 2 -4 November.

We closed off the show with an interview with Mxolisi James Majola – an author. We were talking about his poetry book titled “Yesterday’s dream”. For more information about the book, maybe you want a copy call Mxolisi on 072 529 3283 or email alternatively visit Clarke’s shop in Long Street, Cape Town.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

18 October - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Adrian Selfe – Managing Director of F.I.T Personal Training Academy. They are offering ten bursaries to sport-crazy, hard working students looking for a career in the health and fitness industry. F.I.T Principles is the only internationally recognized personal training course available in South Africa. The course consists of 300 hours of practical training as well as a written theory exam. Interested parties must contact Adrian on 079 491 0154 or fax cv and cover letter (021) 794 7173 or e-mail

We also spoke to Lesiba Seshoka – spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers or NUM. The Union says it is appalled at the continuing escalating number of mine deaths in the country which continues unabated. According to the union ignorance and negligence is the main source of the escalating fatalities. They are calling on the Department of Justice and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to start with the process of prosecuting those responsible at these mines.

Our last interview was with Michael Mokgoting – owner of Melody Hill Trading. Michael runs his own sand and stone delivery business that delivers to both large companies and smaller concerns in and around the city. Melody Hills Trading was started by Michael with the assistance of RED DOOR business advice centre and has been operational for almost two years. For more information you contact him on 072 229 0549 or (021) 845 4719.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

17 October – Gender

Today we played a feature by Tina George. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is inviting females with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis to take part in their research trial. Participants will visit Tygerberg hospital for a once-off blood sampling and a neurological examination. They must not be taking Interferon or supplements of essential fatty acids (Omega3 and 6), salmon oil or Evening Primrose Oil. For more information you can contact Sister Treska Botha on 084 583 2747.

We also spoke to Geraldine Young – from the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Line. They provide counselling for rape survivors and abused women, Programmes around drugs for teens at risk, HIV/AIDS prevention, Paralegal services and Employment services. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 392 2000 or send a fax to (021) 392 2887. They are located at Room 13/1 OGS Building, c/o 1st & 4th Avenue, Town Centre in Mitchell’s Plain.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

16 October – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Amanda Zar – Marketing and Development Manager of MaAfrika Tikkun. This is a charity organisation which creates community transformation and upliftment projects, including primary healthcare and Youth Leadership Programs. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 4616404 or visit
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We also spoke to Roy Abbet – from the South African Guide-Dog Association for the Blind. Their mission is to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people and also advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities. If you want more information contact (021) 674 7395 or visit

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Monday, October 15, 2007

15 October – Health

Today we spoke to Katie Pereira – a community dietician from the department of health. We were talking about nutrition. Last week we were celebrating Nutrition week and it is celebrated each year from the 9th – 13th of October. This year’s theme was “The Right to Food”. Katie told us more about the nutrients that play an important role in the health and well-being of the people especially pregnant mothers and the unborn babies. Remember the Constitution of SA provides the foundation of Government’s commitment to Nutrition. The Bill of Rights guarantees that everyone has the right to access to sufficient food and every child has the right to basic nutrition. For more information on nutrition you can contact your nearest health care centre. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Dr Christina Lugner – We were talking about Anxiety Disorders. Many people with anxiety disorders are not aware that they can be helped with treatment. Therapy for anxiety disorders often involves medication or specific forms of psychotherapy. Medications, although not cures, can be very effective at relieving anxiety symptoms. In these days, there are more medications available than ever before to treat anxiety disorders. So if one drug is not successful, there are usually others to try. Dr Lugner explained more on the causes and of course the available treatment. For more information you can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group at (011) 783-1474. For a suicidal Emergency contact us on 0800 567 567 alternatively visit their website at or the Mental Health Centre at (021) 938 9229.

Our last interview was with Cari Corbet-Owen – a Clinical Psychologist and founder of the Mind over fatter program. We were talking about Obesity because this week is Obesity Week. It is said that obesity is the major cause of our high prevalence heart diseases and diabetic rates and as well as numerous other illnesses. More people are becoming obese without realizing the danger that might cause to their health. Cari is an anti-diet advocate and her passion is helping others escape from Diet City so they can live in tune with their body without pills, powders or potions. She explained more about her Mind over fatter program. You can email Cari with your questions at or visit for more information.

Friday, October 12, 2007

12 October – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Phelix Barends – Technical Operational Support for City parks. We were talking about the cutting of grass in parks and sidewalks. If you have a problem with uncut grass in parks or sidewalks you can contact City parks general call centre number on (021) 400 3439.

We also played played a feature done by Sakhisizwe Producer Tina George. On the winner of the Vuleka Art Competition that was held in September. Vuleka is hosted annually by the Arts Association of Bellville in conjunction with Sanlam.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. Writers, Choreographers, Directors, Dancers and Actors who are talented, inspiring, professional and passionate about art are invited to take part in the PANSA 48-HOUR Festival @ the THEATRE in the District. If you're available and you'd like to participate, please submit a brief CV (& writers 5 pages of your work) to no later than Friday 19 October. Final decisions will be announced by Friday 26 October. This festival is on the weekend of the 2 - 4 November.

We closed off the show with an interview with Denzel Ramedies – Station Commander from the Wynberg Fire and Rescue Services. The city of Cape Town wants to stomp out stompies. They are set to take action against people who throw their cigarettes butts from their cars. The Fire Safety Amendment By-Law regulates the fire safety in the Cape Metropole. The latest amendment stipulates that a person who throws a lit match or cigarette, that is likely to cause a fire, from a vehicle, will be culpable to a fine. Residents who witness transgressions of the by-law can phone the 24 hour Emergency Control Centre on (021) 424 77 15. You must provide the location, date and time of the incident and a description of the vehicle.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

11 October – Labour

Today we interviewed Graham Jiles – Associate of the Institute of Development and Labour Law. We were talking about the employment law ranging from employment equity, strikes, retrenchments etc. Graham will be facilitating a workshop that focuses on the essentials of employment law and it runs until the end of November. If you want more information about the workshops you can contact Irena Wasserfall on (021) 650 5621.

We were also joined by René Strydom – from the South African Council of Businesswomen. One of this organisation’s aims is to provide their members with value-added service that will stretch across all demographic, sociographic and geographic aspects and ensure true empowerment, upliftment, development and job creation for South Africans in general. If you are interested in joining association or for more information you can contact (021) 949 9316 or visit Entries for the business women of the year can be faxed to Norine at 0866 1155 35.

Our last interview was with Witty Netshilonwe – from Sign-A-Rama Illovo. We were talking about the Umsobomvu Youth Fund Voucher Programme. Sign-A-Rama Illovo was appointed as a service provider by the Umsobomvu Youth Fund Voucher Programme to assist a vast number of young entrepreneurs in accessing services provided by the voucher programme. The voucher programme is aimed at aiding aspiring entrepreneurs with non-financial services to help them kick start their businesses. Criteria to Qualify:
· 18-35 years (males)
· 18-over (females)
· Has a registered business

If you are interested you can contact Witty on (011) 880-5310 or (021) 425 7616.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

10 October – Gender

In today’s show we spoke to Liziwe Ngcokoto-Qubeka – Owner of Liziwe’s guest house in Gugulethu. Liziwe and other business women in the township are planning to put their B&B businesses on the map. Last month they launched an association called Dibanani Guest House Association with the aims of encouraging tourists to visit their establishments. We were talking to Liziwe about her business and also some of the challenges she faces as a woman in the business industry. For more information or for bookings you can contact (021) 633 7406 or visit

We also spoke to Anna Marie de Vos – Director of the ISIS Legal Clinic for women and Children. They provide free legal representation to all women and children in civil matters within the limits prescribed by the applicable Law Society. These are some of the areas they cover: Child abuse and neglect, Maintenance, Domestic violence, Labour law, Credit transactions, Evictions and land issues. For more information you can contact her on 082 417 9019 or send an email to

Our last interview was with Professor Jane Bennett – Head of the African Gender Institute. We were talking about gender equality in the media industry. The African Gender Institute develops theoretical and practical understandings of gender and its importance in the process of social transformation in Africa. For more information you can contact (021) 650 2970.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

09 October – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Richard Brook – Treasure of Home of Hope. It is a voluntary association and a registered non-profit organisation as well as a public benefit organisation established to help abused, abandoned, neglected and HIV infected Babies. If you want more information contact 0860 109 089 or visit

We also spoke to Michele Twomey – from the Phoenix Burn Project. Their mission is to promote burn prevention and works to improve the quality of life for child burn survivors. They advocate for the rights of the burn survivors. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 447 45 15 or visit their website at

And our last interview was with Nelly Burrows – coordinator and fundraiser of the Salesian Institute. They run a range of projects for youth at risk. Nelly told us more about the institute. If you want more information or you want to volunteer your services contact (021) 425 1450 alternatively visit

Monday, October 08, 2007

8 October - Health

In today’s show we had an interview with Mr Ramsook Loykisoonlal from the department of Health. We spoke about the chemical safety campaign. Exposure to hazardous, toxic and poisonous chemicals poses a great risk to health. The dangers posed by hazardous chemicals differ with mode of exposure. We dealt with the dangers associated with chemicals and the aims of having such a campaign. For more information you can contact the poison centres at (021) 658 5308 (UCT) or (021) 938 9596 (University of Stellenbosch).

We also spoke to Dr. C.L Willies - An Ophthalmologist. This week is the Eye Care Awareness Week and SA eye specialists will be doing free cataract operations as part of an annual nationwide programme to restore the sight of people suffering from cataracts. Visit for more information on eye diseases and conditions and to find an ophthalmologist in your area or contact Magda Naud on 082 452 5878.

Our last interview was with Arlene Kleinhans – Director of the Mental Health Information Centre of South Africa. On Wednesday it is World Health Mental Day. Arlene explained more on mental health and Anxiety disorders. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 674 9160.

Friday, October 05, 2007

5 October – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we kicked off with a feature interview done by Tina George, Sakhisizwe trainee producer. She spoke with Chris Leonard, a climatologist from the University of Cape Town and addressed the growing weather concerns and issues that many people have.

We also had an interview with Kat Masike –Associate producer of the Rock Challenge Show. The pressure to be cool results in many school learners making choices that affects their wellbeing negatively. Some learners find that the easiest way to gain respect from their class mates is to follow the herd. This includes decisions like taking drugs and drinking alcohol. The Rock Challenge Show addresses those issues and provides workshops for learners in a fun and creative way. The last leg of the show will take place tonight in Khayelistha at the Oliver Tambo Sport Centre at 18:00, entry is free. For more information you can contact (021) 422 5451 or visit

We ended off the show with an interview with Jackie Manyaapelo –Trainee Artistic Director of Jazzart Dance theatre. The theatre is hosting a show called Cargo, a cutting-edge contemporary dance production directed by Mark Fleishman. It is the seventh in a series of inspired collaborations between two of South Africa’s most exciting movement theatre companies, Jazzart Dance Theatre and Magnet Theatre. Slaves were a major part of the lucrative trade that existed and forms the heart of the Cape as we know it today. Cargo is an attempt to use performance to get at what has been left out. Through voices and body movements, Cargo re enacts shattered lives, their abuse and their pain. For more information and bookings for tickets, contact Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695

Thursday, October 04, 2007

04 October – Labour

In today’s show, we were joined by Anthony Landon and Tyrone Stellenboom – from the Community Roofing Initiative. This is a business venture that was started with the aim of empowering women by helping them set up corrugated iron and roof sheets selling business. If you are interested in joining this business venture or for more information you can contact (021) 703 9462.

And we were also joined by Michael Ansell – Dean of Business Academy from the Louis Group. The Business Academy offers free internationally accredited business programme, in association with the University of Stellenbosch Business School. The Academy offers individuals practical suggestions on how to manage their business effectively. If you are interested you can contact Wendy-Lynne Dunlop on (021) 529 4600 or visit Closing date for 2008 applications is on the 7th of November 2007. You can also download the application form on their website or visit us here on Bush Radio, we are at 330 Victoria Rd in Salt River.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

3 October - Gender

In today’s show we spoke to Brenda Baliso – A Bodybuilder. Bodybuilding is a sport that is normally well-known in men. It can be done for recreation, for personal betterment or as a competitive sport and has become Brenda’s extreme passion. She has been selected to represent South Africa in world bodybuilding championships taking place in Madrid, Spain in November. Brenda is also in dire need of funds to purchase her ticket for the championships. If you are able to assist her in way or need more information you can contact Brenda on (021) 592 5060 / 078 526 9755.

We also spoke to Elizabeth O’Leary, Women for Housing Executive director. They facilitate opportunities for women who are involved in the housing sector. For more information you can contact their offices at (011) 275 0268 or visit

Our last interview was with Priscilla Southgate – Owner of PB Creations. Priscilla considers herself someone who takes risks and chases after hopes and dreams. And it’s these qualities that stood this Mitchell’s Plain entrepreneur in good stead when she started her own business in 2001. For more information you can contact her on (021) 397 8396 / 072 154 1881 or e-mail her at

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

2 October – Human Rights

In today’s show, we spoke to Riana Scott – from Metrorail about their plan to introduce an express train from Cape Town to Khayelitsha. It is reported that the train will cut normal traveling time by 20 minutes. The train will have five carriages and a capacity of 250 people

We had a feature by Henry Booysen on the Eradication of the bucket system. President Thabo Mbeki made an announcement during the State of the Nation Address last year that government had resolved to completely eradicate bucket toilets by 2007 and provide those households with adequate sanitation. The government further claims that there is only 45 000 bucket toilets countrywide, Henry went to investigate the truth in that statement and also the progress made since then up to now. Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right. The government is violating that right if there are people who are still using the bucket system in a so called democratic country.

Our last interview was with Christopher Motabogi - Communications Officer and Garth Jonkers an Attorney from the Legal Aid Board. This tax-funded organisation provides legal advice and representation to poor and vulnerable South Africans has particular focus on vulnerable groups, such as women, children, rural poor and the landless. But you must pass a means test, based on income, to qualify for assistance. If you want more information contact 0861 053 3425 or visit You can also report incidents of maltreatment on their Ethics Hotline on 0800 204 473, it's a toll free number.

Monday, October 01, 2007

1 October - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Carly Tanur – founder of Mamelani. We were talking about the launch of An- Apple - A -Day Club. Mamelani is a registered South African charity that supports educational programs in disadvantaged communities. For more information or to join the club you can contact Carly at (021) 685 4608 or visit their website at

We also spoke to Karen Borochowitz – from Dementia South Africa. We were talking about Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a collective name for conditions in which progressive degeneration of the brain affects memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease and most of the other dementias has yet to be established. Many theories have been put forward. Like most medical disorders, Alzheimer’s disease is probably caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental influences. Karen told us more on how you can take care of someone who has Alzheimer’s. For more information you can contact Alzheimer’s South Africa on 0860 102 681 or visit their website at or Dementia South Africa on (021) 421-0077 / 78 or visit