Thursday, April 26, 2007

26 April – Labour

Today we spoke to Dr Mzukisi Qobo – a Research Fellow with the University of Stellenbosch’s Politics Department. He is also an Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker. We were talking about Entrepreneurship. Young people are facing the problem of unemployment which makes them vulnerable to social ills like crime and drugs but Dr Qobo says there is a growing appetite among a section of youth to play a more meaningful role in society through entrepreneurship development. For more information about entrepreneurship, if you want to start your own business you can contact Red Door offices at (021) 376 2377 or fax them at (021) 376 4524 Or Contact the Khayelitsha office at (021) 362 6621 they provide free advice to people who want to start small businesses.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

25 April – Gender

Today we spoke to Ingrid Le Roux – a Medical Doctor. We were talking about the Philani Nutrition and Development Project. The project was established in the “illegal” squatter community of Crossroads in 1979 to provide basic child health and nutrition services to a community ignored and neglected by the health authorities of the apartheid era. It now operates in nine communities in Cape Town. They also provide income generating programmes for the women in those communities. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 387 5124 or visit www.philani.org.za

And we also had an interview with Fairouz Nagia – project coordinator from the Gender advocacy programme or GAP. GAP's main aim is to serve as a medium between key decision-makers and marginalised women. They seek to ensure women's equal access to and full participation in structures of power and decision-making at all levels of government, political parties and communities. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 465 0197 or visit their website at www.gender.co.za

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

24 April – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Patricia Kama – Principal at the Noluthando Pre-School. The children from Noluthando visited the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court last week to learn more about their rights. Mrs Kama says “children should know about the law and their rights.

And we also spoke to Siviwe Minyi from the Department of Community Safety. We were talking about the Hands Off Our Children Campaign .The campaign was launched in March 2002 to help deal with child abuse in the Western Cape. The Campaign works with communities to raise awareness about child abuse develop prevention strategies and assist victims. HOOC sees child abuse as a complex problem that needs to be addressed from different angles by everyone in society. If you want more information about the campaign you can contact (021) 483 5717 or visit www.capegateway.gov.za

Our last interview was with Marcus Moloeli from the Umsobomvu Youth Fund. We were talking about the Global Youth Service Week. The Global Youth Service Week is an annual event held on a designated weekend every April which celebrates the year-round contributions young people make to their communities and world through voluntary service. To mark the event more than ten thousand young people from the Western Cape will undertake safety and security activities in 130 schools, 45 railway stations, and 15 community patrols. For more information you can contact (011) 651 7000 or the Umsobomvu Youth Fund offices at (021) 465 8293.

Monday, April 23, 2007

23 April – Health

Today we spoke to Patricia Gomba-Sipoyo from the Department of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, No. 181 Of 1993 states that every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of his employees. If you want more information about you can contact (021) 441 8000 or the Bellville office at (021) 941 7000.

And we also spoke to Gerard Ferreira – a Dentist at the Gugulethu Dental Clinic. He provides community service to the people of Gugulethu and surrounding areas free of charge. If you more information about the services provided at the clinic, you can contact them at (021) 6379055/6.

Friday, April 20, 2007

20 April – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Phillip Boyd – Director of Dance for All Youth Company and Community Outreach Programme. Dance for All is a community based project which seeks to uplift the children in underprivileged communities by providing the opportunity for enjoyment and promotion of self-esteem through the medium of dance. For more information about Dance for All feel free to contact their offices at (021) 683 7046 or email to info@danceforall.co.za
PICS: www.danceforall.co.za

And we also had an interview with Mario Pissarra from the Africa South Art Initiative. Their aim is to promote a vision of post-colonial, post-apartheid transformation that privileges critical and constructive engagement between artists and associated professionals and institutions on the African continent. They are currently running an exhibition called ReCenter at Look-Out Hill in Khayelitsha. The exhibition features the following artists: Ernestine White, Donovan Ward, Mario Pissarra, Xolile Mtakatya, Randolph Hartzenberg, Garth Erasmus and Gerry Dixon. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 511 2827 or email info@asai.co.za alternatively you can check www.asai.co.za
PIC:www.asai.co.za

Nigel Vermaas also joined us for arts update in and around the city. Nigel will be a regular on Fridays doing Arts update on Sakhisizwe at 1:10PM.

Our last interview was with Tanya Surtees – Chairperson of From the Hip! Khulumakahle. They offer access to theatre training for the Deaf community and they also prepare Deaf and hearing performers for entrance into both the professional theatre industry and for integration into their Company. If you more information about their projects you can contact their offices at (021) 448 2838 or visit www.fthk.co.za
PIC: www.fthk.co.za

Thursday, April 19, 2007

19 April – Labour

In today's show we played an interview I had with Jimmy Wales earlier today. Jimmy is the founder of Wikipedia - a free web-based encyclopedia and is in the country to attend Africa's first Digital Freedom Expo to be held at the University of the Western Cape, today and tomorrow. The expo aims to promote the use of free software and free or open content, including showcasing the business opportunities created by free operating systems, applications and tools. For information about the expo go to digitalfreedom.uwc.ac.za

And we also spoke to Janice Williams – from the Durbanville Labour Exchange. The programme has provided employment to more than 6 000 people from different areas in the peninsula. The Labour Exchange is located at the Durbanville taxi rank and is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 11am. For more information contact Janice at 082 726 9750.

We also spoke to Evelyn Swartbooi – owner of the Silusapho Homestay in Khayamandi, Stellenbosch. The business was launched four years ago and caters both for foreign and domestic visitors. For more information you can contact Evelyn at (021) 889 5699.

Our last interview was with Lieneke Thyssen – Manager of the Red Door Small Business Advice Centres. The RED Door is a one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for help and advice, from the most basic to the most sophisticated. They have helped a number of entrepreneurs in establishing their small businesses. For more information you can contact Red Door offices at (021) 376 2377 or fax them at (021) 376 4524 alternatively send an email to infomplain@reddoor.co.za Or Contact the Khayelitsha office at (021) 362 6621 or email InfoKhayelitsha@reddoor.co.za

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

18 April – Gender

Today we spoke to Viola Manuel – Executive Director of the Cape Information Technology Initiative or CITI. They are encouraging women from the Western Cape to apply to an entrepreneurship competition aimed at women who owns small IT business. The winner will receive R100 000 to fund her technology business. The closing date for the entries is the 30th of April. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 409 7000 or visit www.citi.org.za
PIC:www.citi.org.za

And we also had an interview with Dean Peacock and Juliana Davids – from the Sonke Gender Justice Network. The Sonke Gender Justice Network recently facilitated a workshop for 15 Goodwood Prison inmates on how behavior affects the way they socialize and interact with the members of the opposite sex. They run various project aimed at promoting Gender Equality like the One Man Can Campaign and the Men as Partners Network that aims to involve men in communities in preventing gender violence and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 423 7088 or visit their website at www.genderjustice.org.za

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

17 April – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Mukelani Dimba – Training Consultant from the Open Democracy Advice Centre. Their mission is to promote open and transparent democracy and also to foster a culture of corporate and government accountability. So if you want more information about the Centre you can contact their offices at (021) 467 5673 or their whistleblowing helpline at 0800 525352 alternatively visit www.opendemocracy.org.za

And we were also joined by Mireille Affa’ a Mindzie – Senior Project Officer from the Centre for Conflict Resolution. The centre aims to contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Africa by promoting constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of conflict through training, policy development, research, and capacity-building. They recently hosted a seminar on the rights of children affected by armed conflicts in Africa. The subject was “Strengthening the African Union Framework for the Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict”. If you want more information about the Centre for Conflict Resolution you can contact their offices at (021) 689 1005 or visit ccrweb.ccr.uct.ac.za

Our last interview was with Mildred van der Scholtz, Sam hristov and Ibrahim Ajam from the South African Law School. The school provides training for legal support staff of professional practices, financial institutions, corporations and those wanting to embark upon a legal career. If you want more information about the Law School you can contact their offices at (021) 422-5610 or email info@lawschool.co.za or visit their website at www.lawschool.co.za

Monday, April 16, 2007

16 April – Health

Today we spoke to Erika ketterer - A dietician from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. We were talking about stroke. A stroke or brain attack occurs when a blood vessel supplying oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts or becomes clogged with a blood clot. A build up of fatty material in the walls of arteries causes gradual narrowing of these arteries. For more information you can contact Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa at (021) 447 4222 or visit their website at www.heartfoundation.co.za

And we also had an interview with Sister Anne Cruickshank - Coordinator from the Western Cape Haemophilia foundation. Haemophilia is a rare inherited disorder that leads to abnormal bleeding, and specifically the inability to stop bleeding. Tomorrow is a World Haemophilia Day different awareness events are planned for the day. And on Wednesday there will be an event at the Site B Khayelitsha Hospital in Khayelitsha between 09h - 12h30PM. For more on Haemophilia you can contact the South African Haemophilia Foundation at (021) 785 3220 or Sister Anne at (021) 404 3369 alternatively you can visit www.haemophilia.org.za

Friday, April 13, 2007

13 April – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Ameera Patel – an actress. Ameera is currently featuring in Athol Fugard’s latest play, Victory. The play is at the Baxter Sanlam Studio started yesterday till the 19th of May at 8.15pm, and then transfers to The Market Theatre from 21 May to 1 July. Booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or the Baxter Theatre Centre on (021) 680 3989. For low-price corporate, schools or block bookings, fundraisers and charities, contact Sharon on (021) 680 3962.
PIC:www.baxter.co.za

We were also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. Nigel will be doing Arts updates on Sakhisizwe at 1:10PM every Friday. Nigel is an award-winning radio drama writer and director and he is very clued up about what is happening around the Arts Industry.
PIC:www.apm.co.za

We also spoke to Mark Fleishman - Director and Managing Trustee of the Magnet Theatre. One of their aims is to develop the language of physical theatre in South Africa as a means to overcoming vast language diversities. For more information about the Magnet Theatre feel free to contact their offices at (021) 4807173 or visit their website at www.magnettheatre.co.za
PIC:www.magnettheatre.co.za

Our last interview was with Wendy Vosloo – Project Manager of the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa. The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa is one of the leading environmental organisations in South Africa and their mission is to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. They have adopted a holistic approach to environmental issues and are involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives. If you want more information about their projects you can contact their offices at (021) 701 1397 or email wendy@wessa.wcape.school.za alternatively visit www.wessa.org.za

Thursday, April 12, 2007

12 April – Labour

Today we spoke to Tim Leher from the Khayelitsha Cookie Company. The company’s mission is not only to produce the best cookies in South Africa, but also to radically change the lives of everyone involved in the company. For more information about the Khayelitsha Cookie Company or if you want to make orders you can contact their offices at (021) 510 2300 or email them at kcc@khayelitshacookies.co.za
PIC:www.khayelitshacookies.com

And we also had an interview with Anna Richerby from the Sibanye Economic Empowerment. Sibanye is a non profit organisation that helps create income for HIV affected and infected people in and around Khayelitsha by producing crafts. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 364 1187 or email info@sibanye.org.za
PICS:www.sibanye.org.za

Our last interview was with Ashanti Tyabule - Recruitment & Placement Officer at Zanokhanyo Home Management Training Centre. The project was started due to high unemployment rate in the Khayelitsha area and lack of income which prevents women from providing the basic needs of food, clothing and adequate shelter for their children. If you want more information about the centre you can contact their office at (021) 363 1782 or send a fax to (021) 363 0392.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

11 April – Gender

Today we spoke to Jennifer Radloff – from Gender in Africa Information Network or GAIN. Their aim is to facilitate communication, discussion and information sharing between organisations and people interested in gender and women's issues in Africa. For more information about GAIN you can contact their offices at (021) 650 2970 or Jennifer at (021) 788 9642 alternatively email her at jenny@apcwomen.org

And we also spoke to Vanessa Ludwig – Acting Director and Programme coordinator for the Gender Equity Unit at the University of Western Cape. The Gender Equity Unit is committed to the goal of gender and racial transformation at the University of the Western Cape and in the wider South African society. They work to improve women and other marginalised groups’ access to tertiary education, so that they in turn may improve their access to economic and social resources in our society and enjoy their rightful claim to full human rights. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 959 2812 or email gender@uwc.ac.za


Our last interview was with Patricia Matolengwe from the Victoria Mxenge and the Peace Lillies Project. This is a project started by homeless women who learnt about every aspect of building as they designed and constructed their own homes. After being trained as tourist guides they initiated an art and craft project. Their crafts are sold to a large retail chain, affording an income for the woman. If you want more information about the project you can contact their office at (021) 371 9625 or email Patricia at matolengwezp@telkomsa.net. They are located in Phillippi off Landsdowne Road in Victoria Mxenge.
PIC:www.zdf.de

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

10 April – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Ntuthu Ntwana – Coordinator for the Simelela Rape Survivors Center. The Simelela rape survivors centre is a response to the high degree of sexual violence against women and children in South African townships. Simelela provides medical care and psychosocial support and has integrated with other service providers to offer forensic examination and police assistance to rape survivors. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 361 0543.

And we also had an interview with Gillian Burrows from Disabled People of South Africa. They directly promote the human rights and development of all South Africans with disabilities. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 422-0357 or visit their website at www.dpsa.org.za

Thursday, April 05, 2007

05 April – Labour

Today we spoke to Martin Jansen – Workers World Media Production Director. Workers world will be hosting the second annual Labour Film Festival. The festival runs from the 18th to the 20th of April at the community house in Salt River. Entry is free, remember to book the tickets prior the event. For more information contact Lynne at (021) 447 2727.
PIC:www.wwrp.org.za

And we also had an interview with Alice Hopley – Administrator at Act of Grace. Act of Grace is a non-profit organisation in Athlone. They will be offering a free entrepreneurial training course for young people to accelerate young business ideas. If you want more information about the training you can call Alice at (021) 696 4625 or 082 425 2054.

Our last interview was with Dominique Swartz – from the Food and Allied Workers Union. FAWU members employed by Blue Ribbon bakeries have embarked on a strike until their demands are met. FAWU is also mobilizing its members and COSATU affiliates to engage in a consumer boycott of Premier products. For more information about FAWU or if you want to find out about the consumer boycott you can contact FAWU’s offices at (021) 637 9040 or fax them at (021) 637 9190.
PIC:www.cosatu.org.za

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

04 April – Gender

Today we spoke to Dumisani Nqina – from Embizweni. They conduct workshops with men on gender equality, domestic violence, abuse in general and parenting skills. For more information about Embizweni you can contact Dumisani at 072 588 6044 or Aubrey at (021) 364 0464 or email them at embizweni@telkomsa.net

And we also had an interview with Colleen Aspeling – Director of the Gender Social Transformation Education at Gender Steps. Their vision is to create a forum for women to take responsibility for their own lives working towards whole communities attaining redress through community development and economic development projects initiated and driven by themselves. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 715 1207 or Fax (021) 715 1207 alternatively email: gendersteps@yahoo.com

Our last interview is with John Mentiey from Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce. SWEAT is involved in direct outreach work with sex workers around health and safety as well as public awareness and advocacy work. If you want more information about SWEAT you can contact them at (021) 448 7875 or visit their website at www.sweat.org.za

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

03 April – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Jacqueline Gallinetti – From the Community Law Center. Jacqueline is a senior researcher on children’s rights project. The Children's Rights Project works towards the recognition and protection of children's rights within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 959 2950 or visit their website at www.communitylawcentre.org.za

And we also have an interview with Melanie Judge – Advocacy Manager at OUT. The organisation was established in 1994 and it works towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples’ physical and mental health and Human rights related issues. For more information you can contact their offices at (012) 344 5108 or visit their website at www.out.org.za

Monday, April 02, 2007

02 April – Health

Today we spoke to Juanita Arendse – from the Western Cape Health Department. We were talking about Polio. Polio is a viral infection which has a wide range of signs and symptoms. These can range from minor, flu-like illnesses, to weakness and paralysis of various muscle groups. For more information about Polio you can contact your nearest clinic or the provincial health department at (021) 918 1545.

And we spoke to Collet Aubert – From the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about Oesophageal Cancer as we know that April is the Oesophageal Health Awareness Month. Oesophageal cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in South African black males. The limited efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents to treat this disease has prompted a search for potential new chemical entities with anticancer properties. For more information you can contact the Cancer Association of South Africa at 0800 226622 alternatively you can visit their website at www.cansa.org.za

Our last interview was with Karen Barochowitz – Executive Director of Dementia South Africa. Dementia is a collective name for conditions in which progressive degeneration of the brain affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Symptoms may include: loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, personality and mood changes. For more on Dementia you can contact (021) 421-0077 / 78 or (021) 418 5888 alternatively email info@dementiasa.org