Tuesday, July 31, 2007

31 July - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Arina Smit – National Programme Specialist - from the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders or NICRO. NICRO is a national crime prevention non-profit organization working towards improving safety in our country. They have different programmes that help both offenders and victims of crime. If you want more information you can contact (021) 462 0017 or visit www.nicro.org.za

We also spoke to Anna Brom – founder of the Anna Foundation. The foundation was created to provide support to underprivileged schools and to help create a stimulating environment for the children in those schools. Anna told us more about the services they provide. If you want more information you can contact their offices at 082 857 1538 or visit www.helpkids.org.za

And our last interview was with Maggie Kidd – an attorney from Kidd and Visser Attorneys. We were talking about Corporal Punishment. According to the law, corporal punishment is not allowed in schools and also at home. Corporal punishment was previously used as a form of punishment for school pupils but the Department of Education decided to do away with this form of punishment in schools because it was in conflict with the Constitution instead they provided schools with a set of guidelines that look at different forms of punishment other than physical punishment. The purpose of these guidelines is to create a more effective and friendly environment for learning. As for parents can they smack their kids at home or would that be considered as abusive well the law states that there is a difference between punishing a child and disciplining them. If you want more information you can visit the constitutional court’s website at www.concourt.gov.za

Monday, July 30, 2007

24 July – Health

Today we spoke to Sister Louise Goosen from the Mowbray Maternity Hospital – We were talking about Breastfeeding. As we know that this week is Breast Feeding Week. Experimental evidence suggests that, with few exceptions, human breast milk is the best source infants. Experts still disagree about how long one should continue to breast feed, and how much extra risk is involved in using breast milk substitutes. For more information you can contact the Mowbray Maternity Hospital at (021) 659 55 99 or visit www.breastfeeding.co.za

We also spoke to Irene Labuschagne – Manager at the Nicus - Nutrition Information Centre at the University of Stellenbosch. We were talking about Nutrition. For more information you can contact the Nicus - Nutrition Information Centre at (021) 933 1408 alternatively your nearest clinic or Hospital and you can visit their website at www.sun.ac.za/nicus
PIC: www.stpaulcareers.umn.edu

Our last interview was with Michelle May from Cancer Association of South Africa. This week is the Cancer Prevention week and Michelle told us more on what to do to prevent cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer may be difficult to handle. People involved may experience different and sometimes confusing emotions but the good news is that some cancers are preventable like Skin Cancer. For more information you can contact the Cancer Association at (021) 689 5347 or visit www.cansa.org.za Thier toll free number is 0800 22 66 22.


A range of activities are planned for Cape Town:
-Click's Somerset Mall will have an exhibition at their pharmany on the 3rd and 4th of August.
-Bonteheuwel Cancer Care group will host a cancer survivor's day on the 5th of August in Bonteheuwel Civic centre from 3-5 pm. All family members and freinds who lost loved ones due to cancer as well as survivors of cancer are welcomed.
Pink Ribbon: www.rhettsmith.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

27 July – Arts, Culture and Environment

Just a recap of today’s show, we spoke to Tanya Surtees – Director of from the hip: Khulumakahle. They are based in Cape Town and seek to form an ensemble of theatre clowns who will initiate a living tradition of South African physical performance and performance education that is accessible to all South Africans. For more information you can check their website at www.fthk.co.za contact their offices at (021) 448 2838. PIC: www.fthk.co.za

And we also had an interview with Thozama Yawa – a writer. She and a team of other Xhosa experts - oomakhwekhwetha kulwimi lweesixhosa – have created a Xhosa study guide that will help educators and learners especially grade 12’s. The team consists of writers who saw the need after realizing that matriculants are struggling with their matric exams. The study guide is available for both teachers and learners at Maskew Miller for only R75. For more information you can contact her at 083 766 5421.


We also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city.


Our last interview was with Carla Garapedian – Director of Screamers – which is featuring at this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Screamers is a movie that focuses on genocide and the consequences of it. And the big question is why do politicians do nothing about it? Screamers won the coveted Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles last year. Carla works as a producer and director. With her work she has exposed the brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan in Lifting the Veil, Russian war crimes in Chechnya in Dying of a President and the links between Mark Thatcher, mercenary Simon Mann and the failed coup in Equatorial Guinea. Her quest for truth has also led her to Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran. The film will be screened tonight at 10:15 PM at Cine 8 and on Saturday the 4th of August at 6pm. For more information you can contact the Encounters at (021) 465 46 86 or visit www.encounters.co.za Encounters is giving away five double tickets to the members of the public to see the documentaries if you are interested then contact Natalie at (021) 465 46 86.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

26 July – Labour

Today we spoke to Tyrone Fulani – a technician from the Khayelitsha Business Computer Centre. The centre was set up by the Smart City project with partners, Internet Solutions, Zenzele Training and Development and Microsoft South Africa. This project is provided by the city to be utilised by the local and emerging small businesses and the community at large. Tyrone is one of three technicians at the centre. For more information you can contact them at (021) 361 1840.

We also spoke to Henrietta Abrahams from the Business Skills Development Centre and Siwe Ndlumbini. Tomorrow a group that attended one of their training courses are graduating. For more information you can contact them at (021) 447 2745.

And our last interview was with Solomon Shikwambana – Manenberg’s People’s Centre. The centre hosts a number of NGO’s that implement various projects in the area and are equally involved in local government initiatives but Solomon explained more about what they do. For more information you can contact (021) 691 2200.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

25 July – Gender

Just a recap of today’s show, we spoke to Lee Loyns – Youth Service Director at Boys Town. They help boys who are Neglected, Orphans or have Behavioural Problems. They believe in the uniqueness and potential of every child to mature and grow to responsible adulthood. For more information about Boys Town you can contact their offices at (021) 857 3930 or visit their website: www.girlsandboystown.org.za

We also spoke to Claudia Van Niekerk – Director of the St Michaels Home. The home is for abused teenage girls in Plumstead, and looks after about 20 girls. St Michaels offers them a place of safety and stability, but needs assistance in the day-to-day caring of the teenagers. They would welcome donations in the form of toiletries, clothing, stuffed toys, games, books and stationery. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 797 4186.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

24 July – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Anthony George - from the Greater Bulls Disabled Sports Club. The club is looking for members to expand. People who become disabled are limited to emotional support and this initiative is a hope for individuals to feel part of the community and not feel like an outcast. They meet every week at the Portland indoor sports centre for practises. Anthony Goerge is appealing for wheelchairs. If you want more information you can contact (021) 391 0783 or 391 0071 alternatively his cell phone 073 333 9204.
PIC: www.basketball.co.za

We also spoke to Eva Solomons – Eye on the Child Programme Volunteer at Child Welfare. The Eye on the Child Programme aims to protect children from maltreatment, neglect, physical or mental harm, including sexual abuse or exploitation, and afford young victims of abuse and neglect the opportunity to recover within a nurturing, healing environment and to reconstruct their lives. If you want more information you can contact her at (021) 7062261 or child welfare (021) 6383127 or their toll free number 0800 4345 754 alternatively visit www.helpkids.org.za

Monday, July 23, 2007

23 July – Health

Today we spoke to Nobuntu Habe – from the New Start Voluntary Counseling and Testing. We were talking about the work that they do and also the PEPFAR Initiative. PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) is America's $15 billion initiative to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. In total, many hundreds of organisations help PEPFAR to plan and implement activities in the Emergency Plan's 15 "focus countries". These partners range from local community groups to large international organisations, commercial companies and government departments. The partners that receive funding directly are called "prime partners", whereas the rest are known as "subpartners". For more information you can contact their office at (021) 425 5843 or visit their website at
PIC: www.newstart.co.za

We also spoke to Jan Hendrick Botha – an Optometrist. We were talking about eye health. There are many different types of eye infections with different causes and treatments. Some eye infections are common while others are rare. Eye Infections are eye ailments that are caused by bacterial, viral, or other microbiological agents. For more information you can contact your nearest Optometrist or Dr Botha at (021) 557 5011.
PIC: www.achd.net

Our last interview was with Cancer Association Volunteer fundraiser Attie Laubscher and ReneƩ Sabor - Metropolitan CSI Specialist. Attie along with 19 other volunteers will be spending 4 days battling the elements and the treacherous waters of the Berg River to raise much needed funds for the CANSA Association. They begin their annual 230 km river journey on Wednesday 25 July in Paarl. While Renee has been involved with this initiative for three years and every year he goes down the river with the team. For more information you can contact Attie at 083 427 2488 or ReneƩ at (021) 9405275.
PIC: www.cwwc.co.za

Friday, July 20, 2007

20 July – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Mandisa Zitha - Encounters Film Festival Director. This year they have a programme of 50 films – provocative, stimulating and engaging – from South Africa and the rest of world. They will also be hosting workshops that will assist 10 documentary companies’ grow capacity so that they can operate optimally. Top industry professionals, specialists in their chosen fields, will run the three-day workshops. The documentaries will be showing in Johannesburg at NU METRO HYDE PARK started from the 13 - 22 July 2007 and here in Cape Town at NU METRO at the Waterfront from the 20th of July to the 5th of August 2007. For more information or bookings visit www.encounters.co.zaor contact (021) 461 6964.
And we also had an interview with Duane Lawrence – a Break-Dancer and the host of the SA Hip Hop Cup. Duane and his crew, Ubuntu, competed in the 2006 World Cup. On their road to the Finals, Ubuntu, had to challenge every team in the competition, including the defending World Cup champions – Korea. Ubuntu now holds the title of World Cup Champions and they just returned from Paris this month where they clinched a second spot. Their story is also featured in this year’s Encounter film festival directed by Tamsin de Beer.
Nigel Vermaas was also in the studio for the Arts update in and around the city and he also attended the memorial service of the most loved South African Actor, Bill Flynn. Flynn died last week and according to reports, he had suffered a heart attack.

Our last interview was with Vincent Moloi – a film maker. We were talking about his short film – A Pair of Boots & a Bicycle*. This film is about the significant contribution of South Africa’s black soldiers during the World War 2. And it focuses on the life and actions of one soldier called Job Maseko. Vincent has made a number of documentaries, including Men of Gold for the series Black on White, which won the Jameson Encounters Audience award 2006. He was nominated by Encounters as an African Trailblazer at MIPDOC 2007. The film will be screened on Tuesday at 6:45 PM at NU METRO at the Waterfront. For more information you can contact the Encounters at (021) 465 46 86 or visit www.encounters.co.za

Thursday, July 19, 2007

19 July – Labour

Today we spoke to Ian Miller – Fundraising Coordinator from Softec Innovations. Softec aims to provide a hand up for vulnerable people, economically disadvantaged, disabled, homeless people and recovering addicts. Individuals are encouraged to put good ideas into practice using the support available at their centre. For more information you can contact them at (021) 788 4808 office or send an email to softec@telkomsa.net

We also spoke to Chris Hinrichsen – Managing Director of Thembalitsha Foundation. Thembalitsha focuses on community development within some of the previously disadvantaged areas of South Africa. Instead of creating dependency on hand-outs, they provide education and training opportunities that encourage people to take the initiative in using their abilities and talents. They do this via a number of community-based projects. For more information you can visit www.thembalitsha.org.za or contact (021) 529 4600.
PIC: www.thembalitsha.org.za

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

18 July - Gender

In today's show we spoke to Yumna van der Schyff – a Social worker from Ons Plek. The only intake shelter for girls in Cape Town. They provide for the girls’ basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, education and love. Once the children have crossed the threshold into Ons Plek they are not seen as street children, but as children who are looking for a new place in society. They are not looking for an identity as former street children either, but want to be seen as ordinary children. For more information about Ons Plek you can contact their offices at (021) 448 6529 or visit www.onsplek.org.za

And we also spoke to Nazma Hendricks – Counselling coordinator at Rape Crisis. An NGO that believes in challenging power imbalances in society on which sexual violence is based. They seek to confront and prevent sexual violence and empower survivors through working with individuals, communities and other social structures in order to provide accessible services. Their approach is integrated, holistic, feminist, developmental and empowering. For more information about Rape Crisis you can contact their offices at (021) 633 5287 or visit www.rapecrisis.org.za

Our last interview was with Wiebke Ortman from UCT's Graduate School of Business. They will be hosting a “Women in Business” Conference in August to encourage women to study business and to provide opportunities for networking. This year’s theme is the “Diary of a Woman Entrepreneur”. Tickets cost R175 and R120 for students. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 406 1426 or visit www.gsb.uct.ac.za

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

17 July – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Siphokazi Xhameni - from Siyaphambili Orphan Village. Siyaphambili Orphan Village is a registered non-profit organisation working with orphaned and vulnerable children and their caregivers. The organisation is situated in Langa Township. And they are currently for volunteers, so if you can help please contact Ndileka at (021) 695 2264 or send an email to siyaphambili@gmail.com

We also spoke to Tony Wilcox - Project Coordinator at Balco or Build Adult Learning Co-operative. BALCO is a non-profit, non-government organisation involved in the struggle against illiteracy and unemployment. They are inviting young people who are interested in baking to be part of their bakery learnership if you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 706 2261 or send an email to balco-abet@mweb.co.za
PICS: courtesy of BALCO

And our last interview was with Meriel Bartlett - Marketing Director of the National Sea Rescue Institute. The National Sea Rescue Institute is a countrywide non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people in distress whether at sea or on inland water. These brave men and women, who all work on a voluntary basis, have saved over 1500 lives since the NSRI came into being in 1967 and over thirteen thousand people have been assisted in operations carried out by them. The NSRI runs on corporate sponsorships as well as through a number of fund raising activities. If you want more information about the NSRI you can contact their offices at (021) 434 4011 or visit www.nsri.org.za
PICS: www.nsri.org.za

Monday, July 16, 2007

16 July – Health

Today we spoke to Margaret Humby – a Psychologist. We were talking about Depression. Depression has many different symptoms - some are easy to recognize and then there are others that are more difficult. The first sign of depression is often a change in the person's usual behavior. For more information you can contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group at 0860 103 645 or the Suicide and Crisis line at 0800 567 567 alternatively visit www.sadag.co.za

We also spoke to Dr Klaus Wiswedel - Director of the Cape Fertility Clinic in Claremont. We were talking about Infertility. Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a man or a woman to contribute to conception. It may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. There are many biological causes of infertility, some which may be bypassed with medical intervention and Dr Wiswedel explained more. For more information you can contact the Cape Fertility Clinic at (021) 674 2081 or send Dr Wiswedel an email at organicw@iafrica.com alternatively your nearest clinic or Hospital.
PIC: www.capefertilityclinic.co.za

Our last interview was with Linda Godlieb – from Nicorette. We were talking about the dangers of smoking and ways of fighting smoke addiction. By now we all know that smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease; that it can shorten your life by 14 years or more; and that the habit can cost a smoker thousands of dollars a year. For more information you can visit their website at www.nicorette.co.za
PIC: www.pekingduck.org

Friday, July 13, 2007

13 July – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Brenda Ngxoli – an actress. She played Mimi in Chacha and Vuyokazi in Home Affairs season 1 and season 2. Brenda completed a BA Theatre and Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama at the UCT in 2000. Besides acting Brenda has other talents including public speaking, motivational talks and facilitating workshops on issues such as business proposal writing and health etc. Brenda made her directing debut in 2004 when she directed Through Thick and Thin by Khanyi Magubane at the Market Theatre. She told us about her journey and some of the challenges she faces as an actress in this country. We wish her all the best.
pic taken by: Busisiwe Mtabane

We also spoke to Duncan Rice – a principal at the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy and four learners from the Academy. The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is an international and Africa's largest community-based drama school for young people from 5-18 years of age and adults. The Academy operates worldwide with over 50,000 students. For more information about the academy you can contact (021) 6747478 or visit www.dramaafrica.com
pic taken by:Ilhaam Hoosain

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city.

And our last interview was with Siya Bingwa and Aubrey – from the Cape Town Opera. We were talking about Orphans of Qumbu – an opera about three travellers who find themselves in Qumbu Valley. It is written and directed by Michael Williams and features choristers from Kwamfundo Secondary School and ID Mkhize High School. It is currently at the Artscape Theatre at 11 o clock and from July 18 – 26 will @ Joseph Stone Auditorium 11:00. It runs for approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes and entrance only cost R30.00. For more information you can contact (021) 410 9820 or visit www.capetownopera.co.za
PIC:www.artscape.co.za

Thursday, July 12, 2007

12 July – Labour

Today we spoke to Benjamin De Klerk - Tax Payers Service Education Coordinator from the South African Revenue Services. We were talking about Employees Tax. What is it and to whom is it payable to. He explained the Standard Income Tax on Employees (SITE) and the Pay As You Earn (PAYE). For more information you can contact (021) 417 1400 or 0860 121218 alternatively visit www.sars.gov.za

We also spoke to Sheila May - Organiser of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union. We were talking about the rights of Domestic Workers and Domestic Workers Act. Most domestic workers don't know their rights and still face exploitation when it comes to Minimum wages, working conditions and employment contracts but the new Domestic Workers Act sets out minimum wages for domestics and specifies working conditions such as hours of work, overtime pay, salary increases, etc. Sheila told us more about the act. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448 0045/6.

And our last interview was with Brandon Guy – Attorney from Guy and Associates. We were talking about the Strike or Industrial Action. We have seen a spate of such strikes in the country but the question is what contributes to the increase of industrial action and figures released by the South African Reserve Bank last year, show that the number of working days lost as a result of strike action increased from about 700 000 in the first half of 2005 to 1, 6 million in the first half of 2006. According to experts this was the highest figure in 10 years. Brandon shared some light about the contributing factors and whether political tensions play any role.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

11 July – Gender

Today we spoke to Jake Dandenberg – from Inspiring Women – a Network for South African Professional and Businesswomen. They serve women in business by raising their profile, contributing to the achievement of their goals and by providing exposure to a diverse range of business success models. For more information about Inspiring Women you can contact their offices at 084 361 3606 or visit www.inspiringwomen.co.za
PIC: www.inspiringwomen.co.za

And we were also joined by Phumzile Nywagi and Zukile Ngqashe – from Khululeka Men’s Support Group. This is a support group for HIV-positive men who are mainly on antiretroviral treatment. Their aim is to promote gender equality and encourage men to speak freely about their HIV status in an all men environment. They meet every Sunday at no: 29 in NY 91 in Gugulethu. For more information about the Support Group you can contact uBhuti Phumzile at 072 577 1989.

Our last interview was with Vivian Gongota – a manager from the Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa. PPASA was established in 1931 when 7 young women gathered together, they discussed the desperate needs of birth control for tired and overburdened mothers. In February 1932 they opened the first mother’s clinic Observatory and currently PPASA runs workshops for men and women (12 men & 12 women) to discuss sexuality. These workshops give men the opportunity to listen to women and to ask difficult questions. PPASA also started a peer educator programme for groups of 15 men at a time. If you want more information about PPASA you can contact their offices at (021) 365 0880 or visit www.ppasa.org.za

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

10 July – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Kate Evans – from Hip2b2. They are searching for twenty bright learners who excel in Maths and Science to act as brand ambassadors for the Shuttleworth Foundation Hip2B2 Programme. If you are in grade 10 or 11 then this is your chance. The deadline for applications has been extended from 25 June to 10 September 2007. For more information you can visit www.hip2b2.com or contact Kate at (021) 970 1232.
PIC:www.hip2b2.com

We also spoke to Lucy Jamieson - Senior Advocacy Coordinator for Child Rights from the Children’s Institute. We were talking about the New Children’s Act. The Children's Act No 38 of 2005 came into effect last Sunday and it has been welcomed with mixed reactions. The new Act will give children from the age of 12 various rights - including the right to abortions, contraceptives and HIV medication and according to others this will encourage sexual activity among children but Lucy says the act will protect South African children from abuse and neglect. If you want more information about the Children’s Act you can contact the Children’s Institute at (021) 689 5404 / 8343 or visit www.ci.org.za
PIC:www.ci.org.za

Monday, July 09, 2007

09 July – Health

Today we spoke to Dr Bongi Siphamla – from St Lukes Hospice. We were talking about HIV/AIDS. St Lukes Hospice provides palliative care to people who are approaching the end of their lives and 40% of their patients have AIDS. For more information you can contact their office at (021) 371 0444 or visit their website at www.stlukes.co.za

We also spoke to Michelle May - Health Programme coordinator from the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about the Colorectal Cancer. Colorectal Cancer is on the rise because of unhealthy diets. It is the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death among cancers in the West. Many colorectal cancers are thought to arise from a type of abnormal growth in the colon. For more information you can contact the Cancer Association of South Africa at 0800 22 66 22 alternatively you can visit their website at www.cansa.org.za

Our last interview was with Glynnes kolzing – a nurse from Clicks Pharmacy. We were talking about Obesity in Children and how obesity can cause diabetes. South Africa's young generation are having trouble fighting obesity. By combining an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with easy access to high fat, low-fiber fast food, children are growing heavier. The poor diet of South African youth is also stunted growth in some children. For more information you can visit a dietician or your nearest hospital.

Friday, July 06, 2007

06 July – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Jacques Totowa – Tour manager at the Gold of Africa Museum. If you want to experience the ancient relationship that exists between Gold and the African continent then this museum is just a place to visit. It houses a collection of about 350 West African Gold artefacts as well as objects from the ancient gold civilization of Southern Africa. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 405 1540 or www.goldofafrica.com
PIC:www.footstepstofreedom.co.za

And we also had an interview with Thembelani Ngenelwa – an author of a book titled “The Day I Died”. Imagine being shot five times and dragged to the railway line for the train to smash you into a mince meat but miraculously survive all that horror to tell the whole story. Well it happened to Thembelani and he wrote about his ordeal. The book is available at exclusive books and other book stores and it only cost R95.00 – go get it its worth reading.
PIC: www.exclusivebooks.com

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city.

Our last interview was with Glenda Raven – Coordinator for the Cape Action for People and the Environment Capacity-Building Programme. C.A.P.E. is a programme of the South African Government, with support from international donors, to protect the rich biological heritage of the Cape Floristic Region. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 799 8790 or visit www.capeaction.org.za

Thursday, July 05, 2007

05 July – Labour

Today we spoke to Zolisa Sigabi – spokesperson for the Department of Labour. We were talking about the second wage hike in the taxi industry. As from the beginning of this month, the wages for drivers and administrative staff will increase from R1432.35 to R1552.66 per month, Rank Marshals from R1145.88 to R1242.13 per month, while the wages for general workers such as fare collectors, and cleaners will increase from R1002.65 to R1086.87 per month. According to the department, this is in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and other relevant labour laws. The Department has issued a notice requesting interested parties to submit their inputs regarding minimum wages and conditions of employment for the sector. The current sectoral determination will expire in June 2008. For more information you can contact the department of Labour at (012) 392 4000 or visit www.labour.gov.za
PIC:www.elidz.co.za

We also spoke to Greg Duncan – an attorney from Bagraims Attorneys they are Labour Law Specialists. We were talking about Retirement/ Pension Fund. This fund provide people with an income, or pension, during retirement they also known as pension schemes. Mr Duncan explained more about the fund. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 422-2860 or visit www.bagraimsattorneys.co.za
PIC:www.bagraimsattorneys.co.za

And our last interview was with Jaco Kleynhans – spokesperson for Solidarity. Three Unions (the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and metalworkers union Numsa) are meeting with Eskom today to try to resolve their wage dispute. The workers are demanding a 12% pay increase while Eskom is offering only 6%. Jaco says they will not embark on a strike action due to a court interdict obtained by the company against the unions on Monday.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

04 July - Gender

Today we spoke to Ferose Oaten – Vice President of the Business Women Association. The association was formed in 2000 when three women's organisations merged and is now the largest association of business and professional women in the country. They have a bursary for members who want to further their studies and also the BWA Magazine which is distributed quartely to the members. For more information visit www.bwasa.co.za or contact their offices at 0861 292 278.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

03 July - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Makwenkwe Tengwa – coordinator of the Concerned Resident Movement or KTC Coremo. Their mission is based on good governance, accountability and transparency. They strive for community development, advocacy and proper governance. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 386 0401 or send an email to seemont@webmail.co.za

Monday, July 02, 2007

02 July – Health

Today we spoke to Eric Reurts – General Manager of Novo Nordisk South Africa. Novo Nordisk recently launched “The Changing Diabetes Bus” that will visit different areas in the country to educate the people about diabetes. Currently the bus is in Mangaung in the Free State Province. For more information you can visit www.novonordisk.co.za

And we also had an interview with Dr Ozayr Ameen - Specialist Neurologist at the Cape Sleep Centre at the Gatesville Medical Centre. We were talking about Sleep Disorder or somnipathy. If you are struggling to sleep or you fall asleep spontaneously and unwillingly you might suffering from a sleep disorder, so visit your doctor for further examination. For more information contact the Cape Sleep Centre at (021) 637 8869 or visit www.capesleepcentre.com
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