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 alternatively visit their website

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 If you would like to hear Hilton - either visit the Katilist or find his music at music stores.

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
Pic of Footsteps to Freedom cast:

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

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

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 Cosatu was unavailable for comment.

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

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

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 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.

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

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 alternatively report any missing child to CRIMESTOP 08600 10111.

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 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.

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 where you will be able to learn more about Breast Cancer