Wednesday, January 31, 2007

31 January – Gender

Today we spoke to Bernadette Muthien – Director of Engender. Engender focuses on changing patterns of violence and inequality in South African society. For more information you can contact their offices at 021 448 2112 or email info@engender.org.za or visit their website at www.engender.org.za

And we also spoke to Maggie Makhanza – Director of Gender Education and Training Network or GETNET. GETNET is at the forefront of social transformation strategy in South Africa with its focus on women's empowerment and men's gender training. For more information you can contact them at 021 697 5355 or fax them at 021 697 5560 or visit their website at www.getnet.org.za

And our last interview was with Sbongile Ndashe – an attorney from the Women Legal Center. The center litigates cases which advance women’s rights and are in public interest particularly constitutional cases. For more information about the center you can contact their offices at 021 421 1380 or visit their website at www.wlce.co.za

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

30 January – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Rosemary Kahn and Andy du Plessis – Director of Peninsula School Feeding Association. The organisation is feeding under-privileged primary school children in different areas around the peninsula. The work that they do have progressed from a feeding scheme into something big so much so that they now have four organic vegetable gardens in four primary schools. If you want more information about the association or want to make donations you can contact their offices at 021 447 6020 or if you have access to the internet you can visit their website at www.psfa.org.za or email at info@psfa.org.za
PICS:http:www.psfa.org.za

Monday, January 29, 2007

29 January – Health

Today we spoke to Steven Putter – Director of IdeaLife4U Drug Rehabilitation centre. We were talking about drug rehabilitation. Steven is a recovered addict and is currently running IdeaLife4U rehabilitation centre helping other addicts to get their lives back in order. For more information you can contact IdeaLife4U rehabilitation center at 021 461 7545 or visit their website at www.idealife4u.co.za.

And we also spoke to Dr Keith Scott – Author of Medicinal Seasonings - The Healing Power of Spices. Dr Scott is a medical doctor who has explored many healing traditions including acupuncture and Ayurveda, He has made a thorough study of spices and found that there's a lot to indicate that they're very good for you, both therapeutically and to prevent disease. For more information you can contact Dr Scott at 084 682 1813 or visit www.medspice.com.

Our last interview was with Lennox Olivier from the Pebbles Project. Lennox is a student from the University of Stellenbosch and he decided to do something about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome after witnessing the constant alcohol abuse by pregnant farm laborers who work in different farms in the area. He is a member of the pebbles project and they run different projects for children who are victims of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. For more information about the work that he does or about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome you can contact him at 083 230 8780 or visit the Pebbles Project website at www.pebblesproject.co.za

Friday, January 26, 2007

26 January – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke Rebecca Pretorius – a publisher from Heinemann Publishers. Heinemann publishes local content textbooks and imports text books from the UK. Rebecca explained about their book series on arts and culture. If you want more information about Heinemann Publishers or you want to make an order you can contact their Johannesburg office at (011) 322 8600.

And we also spoke to Jo Huysamone from the International Police Association. The association will host a car and bike show in Plumstead tomorrow and Sunday. For more information about the event you can contact Jo at (021) 797 2582.

At 1:30 we spoke to Morten Minothi Kristiansen. He is a musician and they have a festival for improvised music. On The Edge of Wrong promotes improvised music as a search for "a music" which is immediate and unbound by stylistic conformity. The festival will be held at the College of Music in Cape Town on the 3rd of February. For more information about the event you can contact Morten at 073 860 4865 or email minothi@gmail.com or contact Bryden Bolton at 082 824 2115.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

25 January – Labour

Today we spoke to Shamila Ownhouse and James Mkalipi – Job coaches from the Siyanceda Youth Service Programme. The Programme is an initiative of the Cape Mental Health Society as part of the Training Workshops Unlimited programme. Through the project, young people with mild intellectual disabilities are trained to perform certain types of work and are then placed in organisations within the community where they gain practical experience of the work environment. The project is run in different areas like Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone and Khayelitsha. Organisations and companies interested in applying to take on board the Siyanceda trainees and make use of the cleaning services offered on a volunteer basis can contact any of the Job Coaches during business hours or call the Siyanceda Project Manager on 021 638 3143 or email stephan@trainingworkshops.co.za

Project Manager Stephan Pretorius Tel: 021 638 3143 Cell: 084 598 9894

Athlone Job Coach James Mkalipi Tel: 021 638 3143 Cell: 073 521 7630

Khayelitsha Job Coach Churchill Mqingwana Tel: 021 361 1936 Cell: 073 651 0239

Mitchell's Plain Job CoachShamila Ownhouse Tel: 021 376 7809 Cell: 082 406 8162

Retreat Job Coach Marion Ford Tel: 021 712 5880 Cell: 082 422 5005

24 January – Gender

On Wednesday we spoke to Dr Renate Volpe - CEO of HIRS Women's Development Consultancy. The HIRS will be running the Strategic Women in Leadership Programme in March. The programme has been designed specifically to assist women in management positions to better manage, lead and gain leverage within their organisations. If you want more information about the programme you can contact their Johannesburg office at (011) 455 0769 or visit their website at www.hirs.co.za or email renate@hirs.co.za

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

23 January – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Richard Freedman – Director of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. The centre is currently running an exhibition titled- Witnessing Darfur. It is a multimedia expo to raise awareness about the current humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan. The expo was opened on the 17th of this month by Mr Jody Kollapen, Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission and will be running till Thursday the 25th of January. If you want more information about the expo you can contact the Cape Town Holocaust Centre at 021 462 5553.
PIC: www.ctholocaust.co.za

And we will also be talking to Elaine Connell from the South African Riding for the Disabled Association. SARDA provide the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational horse riding for disabled people so that they might benefit in all aspects of their mental, physical and social lives. For more information about SARDA or if you want to volunteer your services you can contact their offices at 021 794 4393 or email sarda-ct@iafrica.com or visit their website at www.sarda.co.za
PIC: www.sarda.co.za


And our last interview was with Alawiyah Alie – coordinator of the Omama Bamaqhawe Memorial Bursary Fund from the Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory. The organisation will be handing over bursaries to ten students on Friday. The selected students are sons and daughters of ex-combatants, ex-prisoners and ex-political activist who fought in the struggle against apartheid in the Western Cape. For more information about the organisation or the Omama Bamaqhawe Memorial Bursary Fund you can contact Alawiyah Alie at 021 448 5760 or visit their website at www.capetownpride.co.za or email them at info@dacpm.org.za.
PIC:www.dacpm.org.za

Monday, January 22, 2007

22 January – Health

Today we spoke to Veronica Williams from the Vuyani Frail Care Organisation. We were talking about the Aids Awareness Drive that her organisation has embarked on. The Vuyani frail care organisation gives assistance to elderly and sick people daily and they also provide food and help to those who are too weak to take care of themselves. She operates from her house and she pays all the expenses with her own money. For more information about the organisation or if you want to make donations you can contact Veronica at 021 858 1617.

And we also spoke to Robert van der Feyst – Executive Director of Narconon Drug Education. Robert is running Drug Education and they are looking for 20 young people who are socially conscious – to train in drug prevention. If you are interested in being a peer educator then this might be a good opportunity for you. For more information you can contact their offices at 021 510 6160 or you can email info@narconon.org.za or visit their website at www.narconon.org

Friday, January 19, 2007

19 January – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Peter Loftus from the Stellenbosch Municipality. The frequent pollution of the Eerste River by the Stellenbosch sewage works has left farmers fuming as their irrigation water is contaminated by raw sewage. According to reports an investigation conducted by the Stellenbosch Municipality has found that a raw sewage spill that took place over the weekend was caused by human error and the municipality is considering disciplinary action against that employee. Peter has made an appeal to the members of the public to report any littering that might have bad impact on the environment to 021 808 8111.

And we also spoke to Vincent Meyburgh from Jungle Theatre Company. The Jungle Theatre Company uses music, mime and puppetry to entertain and at the same time educating the public. They perform to schools, Festivals, townships, theatres and they also conduct different workshops. Vincent is a founding member of the company and he is also a performer. For more information about the company or to book a performance you can contact their offices at (021) 788 56 41 or email them at info@jungletheatre.co.za or visit their website at www.jungletheatre.co.za
PICS: cuepix.ru.ac.za

Our last interview was conducted by Parker Mah. Parker is an intern here at Bush radio and he attended the Cape Town Jazzathon last week and he spoke to a range of people, from organizers, performers, to the members of the public who were at the event. The annual Cape Town Jazzathon is a four day jazz and music festival promoting top South African musicians to local and international markets and it’s free to the public.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

18 January - Labour

Today we spoke to Darlene De Jager – Project Manager of the centre for Early Childhood Development. The center is looking for about 30 people to train as childhood development practitioners. If you want more information about the programme you can contact their offices at 021 683 2420 or email cecd@iafrica.com

And we also spoke to Mark Whitmill. Mark is the general manager for the Youth Discovery Programme and they organises overseas working holidays for young people especially students. For more information about the Programme you can contact their offices at 021 423 1583 or visit their website if you have access to the Internet at www.ydp.co.za

And our last interview was with Epaph Mbesi – owner of the Ikhaya Restaurant in Khayelitsha. The restaurant is not only an eating place but also a conference and activity center. It hosts formal functions like weddings and anniversaries, as well as less-formal occasions like corporate functions, seminars - and even press conferences! The space is also available for promotional events. For more information about the restaurant you can contact Epaph at 073 530 6858.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

17 January – Gender

Today we spoke to 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. Naeema told us about the work that they do and also about some of the researches they have conducted. For more information you can contact their offices at 938-0310 or visit their website at www.mrc.ac.za

And we also spoke to Marietta De Vaal – Head of Research Unit from the Commission on Gender Equality. The commission is planning workshops and Gender Dialogues to be conducted 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


And our last interview was with Dr Raghavan Charudattan – a US expert on Biocontrol of pest plants and Allan Wood from the South African Society of Plant Pathologists. Dr Charudattan is here as a guest of the SA Society of Plant Pathologists and Stellenbosch University. He will present an address at the Society's conference in Benoni next week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

16 January – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Ashraf Cassiem from the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. About 300 shackdwelling residents face a forced removal by the City of Cape Town to a wasteland without water, roads, sanitation, electricity, clinics, schools or transport in two weeks time. The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign and the Cape Town Anti-War Coalition have condemned the apartheid style forced removal practices and they say they demand an end to the use of hundreds of police in unjust evictions, and houses for all. If you want more information about the evictions you can contact Ashraf at 082 480 5489 or Eleanor Hoedemaker from the Zille Rain Heights Residents Association at 072 4490436. If you want to hear more about this issue – make sure that you listen to newsline on Thursday at 7 o’clock in the evening or the rerun on Friday at 8PM, Thando Mfengwana will be speaking to different parties involved including Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich about his call for land invasion.

And we also spoke to Siphelo Guwa – coordinator of the Langa tennis club. We were talking about children participation. According to the UN Convention, children have the right to participate in decision - making, and that due weight should be given to their opinions, according to their age and maturity. For more information about the Langa Tennis Club or if you want to join them you can contact Siphelo at 073 342 9142.

And our last interview was with Brian Kruger from Cape Town Pride. PRIDE is an International Brand that has featured on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans-gendered & Intersexed, event calendars World-wide for the past number of years. Their mission statement is to celebrate and strengthen the pride that members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities have in themselves, their diversity and their city as is done in most of the major cities of the world. And they will be organising the 11- day annual Cape Town Pride Festival. For more information about the festival you can contact Brian Kruger or Ian Mc Mahon at 425 6461 or 083 274 3579 or visit their website at www.capetownpride.co.za

Monday, January 15, 2007

15 January – Health

Today we spoke to Eloiuse Casey – a dietician working for the department of Health. We were talking about malnutrition. Malnutrition is a major cause of illness and death throughout the world. The most common form of Malnutrition is iron deficiency and it affects up to 80 percent of the population.

And we also spoke to Glenda Luker from the HIV AIDS Clinic. Glenda is a trained Cell Biologist and she has been actively involved in the clinical science of HIV/AIDS for about five years. She explained about the HIV AIDS clinic – what kind of work are they doing and which communities are they working with. If you want more information about HIV / AIDS Clinic you can contact their offices at (021) 448 8788.

Friday, January 12, 2007

12 January – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Laurence Mitchell from the Cape Film Commission. The Cape Film Commission is running a film exhibition in Guga Sthebe kwaLanga. The idea is to get more people to watch local product and become aware of the Job Opportunities in the industry. The first session is in Animation and covers the history of Animation. The second workshop is on Scriptwriting, and encourages young people to realize that what they live is a story and is worth telling. For more information about the event you can contact the Cape Film Commission at (021) 483 9070.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

11 January – Labour


Today we spoke to Randall Howard from the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU). The Union has threatened to strike in protest against the South African Airways planned retrenchments. SAA announced in November last year that it planned to retrench about 1,000 employees to curb high operating costs. If you want more information about the matter you can contact SATAWU offices at (021) 461 9410 or (011) 333 6127.
PIC:www.satawu.co.za

And we also spoke to Lauren Shantall - Design Indaba Expo curator. The Expo will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center next month from 23 – 25 February 2007 and about nineteen companies will show their products. The exhibitors include two architectural firms, one interior designer, two advertising practitioners, three fashion designers, several product designers and crafters. Expo public opening hours are: Friday 23 February (11:00 – 20:00); Saturday 24 February (10:00 – 19:00) and Sunday 25 February (10:00 – 18:00). No pre-booking is necessary. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of R40 for adults, R20 for students and pensioners, R15 for children under 18, while children under five enter free of charge. For more information you can contact Lauren Shantall at 021-418 6666 / 083 438 1472 or email her at Lauren@interactive.africa.com or visit www.designindabaexpo.com.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

10 January – Gender


Today we spoke to Liesel Theron – founder and CEO of Gender Dynamix. Gender DynamiX is the first and currently, the only African based organisation for the transgender community. Their aim is to create awareness and visualize transgenderism. If you want more information about Gender DynamiX you can contact Liesel at 083 3207691 or email her at liesel@genderdynamix.org.za
PIC:www.genderdynamix.co.za

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

09 January – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Berth Peterson from GreaterGood South Africa. GreaterGood South Africa is a non profit organisation and it encourages more South Africans to make giving a part of our everyday lives. If you want more information about GreaterGood South Africa you can contact their offices at (021) 794 0580.

And we spoke to Ikamva Labantu Chief Executive Officer Mr Sipho Puwani. Ikamva Labantu is a non governmental organisation with a vision of being a self-reliant and sustainable Community Based Organisation facilitating positive social change. One of their values is to promote and protect the rights of the people they serve. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 461 8338.

And our last interview was with Gillian Murray from Feedback. Feedback distributes food in impoverished communities around Cape Town but they have since expanded into Johannesburg, Durban & Pietermaritzburg and now provide sufficient food for more than 20,000 meals each day. For more information about Feedback or if you want to make donations you can contact them at (021) 685 0484.