Friday, August 31, 2007

31 August – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Cheryl Beaton – From Woodside Special Care Centre and Shafiek Rajap – from the Eoan Group School of the Performing Arts. Woodside Special Care Centre is a home for profoundly intellectually and physically disabled children and young adults. The school has been chosen as the beneficiary of the 2nd annual benefit concert which is presented by The Eoan Group School of the Performing Arts. The “We live to serve” benefit concert takes place tonight and tomorrow at the Joseph Stone Auditorium at 8pm. Tickets costs R40 per person per night. For more information contact Cherly at (021) 6962811 or (021) 637 1268 to book tickets.

We also spoke to Pamela Mtati – Founder and Director of Likhwezi Art Project. The project consists of a group of talented performing artist who has achieved recognition in different arts disciplines. The group’s repertoire combines song and dance from a variety of Southern African Cultures, accompanied by marimba, drums & percussion. For more information about Likhwezi or if you want to book a performance you can contact Pamella at 083 499 1553.

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. The South African Script Writers' Union will be giving a Radio Drama Serial Course from the 8th of September till the 5th of November 2007. The course costs R600 for SASWU members and R1000 for non-members. Apply to: taylora@netactive.co.za or send a sms to Nigel at 083 984 2294. Seats are limited so apply now.

We closed off the show with an interview I had with Howza and Martin Phike. They both signed up with Faith Records, Kabelo Mabalane and D-Rex. uMartin noHowza are here in Cape Town to promote their albums. Tomorrow they will be performing at Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School eMfuleni. Guys go and support the performance it’s for a good course. The line-up includes Ghetto Lingo, Martin, Howza, SST and more!!!
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30 August – Labour

On Thursday, we were joined by Adwine George – A Shop Steward at Ellen Arthur clothing company. Adwine is the member of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union or SACTWU and we were talking about the role of unions in the workplace and the relevance of the trade union movement in the democratic South Africa. For more information about SACTWU you can contact their offices at (021) 447 4570 or visit www.sactwu.org.za

We also spoke to Mirriam Fredericks – from the Trauma Centre. The Trauma Centre and the Direct Action Center for Peace and Memory provide extensive life skills training course called “Stepping Out: Tools for Living. And 10 ex-combatants who underwent the training will be graduating tomorrow at the Trauma Centre in District Six. For more information you can contact about the training you can contact the Trauma Centre at (021) 465 7373 or visit www.trauma.org.za

Peter Kratz – National Director of the Men on the Side Road Project also came in studio to talk about this project. Unemployment is a major issue we are faced with in our society, people are left without jobs as they either don’t have the necessary skills to perform the certain job required or just because it’s plain hard to find a job so this project tries to address that issue. If you want more information you can contact Peter at (021) 448-9000/1/2 or visit www.employmen.co.za

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

29 August – Gender

Today we spoke to Kailsh Bhana – Director of the Gender Education and Training Network or GETNET. They focus on women's empowerment and men's gender training; GETNET is at the forefront of social transformation strategy in South Africa. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 697 5355 or visit their website at www.getnet.org.za

We also spoke to Marcia Raymond – Chairperson and convenor of the Friends of Central Library. The Central Library hosted talk on "Special Protection that South African Women enjoy from the Law: What every woman should know" by Advocate Denise Beukes Senior Legal Advisor to the Western Cape SAPS yesterday. Marcia told us more about some of the issues that were tackled.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

28 August 2007 – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Mandisa Nongonongo – from Thuthuzela Care Centre. The National Prosecuting Authority established the centres in partnership with the Departments of Health, Justice and Constitutional Development, Social Development and the SA police service, to strengthen the fight against the abuse of women and children. If you would like more information about the Thuthuzela Care Centre you can contact their Mannenberg offices at (021) 691 6194, 690 1011 or their 24hr line at (021) 690 1103.

We also spoke to Jill Nasser - from the Centre for Early Childhood Development. Children need to be equipped with the necessary resources and skills to excel in life the centre are doing a great job in providing that platform. If you would like more information about the Centre for Early Childhood Development you can contact contact their offices at (021) 683 2420 or visit www.cecd.org.za.

And our last interview was with David Lewis and Moosa Salie Co-chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. The Network grew out of users’ and survivors’ demands for recognition and representation. Originally meeting at the biennial World Federation for Mental Health conferences, it is now a permanent international organization. They are currently busy working on a new project called Ubuntu Centre. Moosa says the centre is an expression of their desire to create alternatives in their lives and the lives of other people. If you want more information you can contact Moosa at (021) 511 5776 or try him on his mobile at 082 486 5953 alternatively visit his blog at http://moosa-salie.oism.info

Monday, August 27, 2007

27 August – Health

Today we spoke to Petra Fordelman – Nursing Service Manager. We were talking about Oncology. Oncology is the branch of medicine that studies cancer and seeks to understand their development, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. For more information you can contact the Oncology Nursing Society at (021) 843 1323 or visit the Cancer Association of South Africa’s website at www.cansa.org.za

We also spoke to Lindie Lea – Natural Health Practitioner from the Ozone Lifestyle Centre. We were talking about natural health. They say through cleaning out the lymphatic system and boosting the immune system, they believe many symptoms of disease can be alleviated, allowing the body's natural defence systems to work properly again. For more information or contact their offices at (021) 979 2740 or call her on 076 261 1441 alternatively visit www.o3lifestyle.co.za

Our last interview was with Dr Andre van Niekerk – a pediatrician and pulmonologist. We were talking about Flu. Each winter, thousands of people suffer from colds and influenza. Both are highly transmissable infections caused by viruses. Flu spreads easily from person to person through droplet distribution when an infected person coughs or sneezes or, quite commonly, through hand-to-hand contact. For more information you can contact your nearest hospital

Friday, August 24, 2007

24 August 07 - Arts, Culture and Environment

Today had interview I had earlier this week with Sylvia Mdunyelwa – better known as “Mama Kaap” about a concert they are orgarnising together with Sbongile Khumalo a special tribute to Busi Mhlongo. This is a very special Womans Month musical production entitled 'Sistas Healing our Souls' at the Cape Town City Hall on the evening of 29 August. Mama Kaap is currently in Gauteng busy with rehearsals for the concert. The 'Sistas healing our Souls' concert will feature solo performances and collaborations by some of South Africa’s most loved and respected divas, including principal performers Abigail Kubheka, Gloria Bosman, Tina Schouw and Xolisa Dlamini, who will be backed by a 24-piece backing band of top musicians from across the country, such as jazz trumpeter Feya Faku, Cape Town saxophonist Shannon Mowday and trombonist Kelly Bell. It will be held at the Cape Town City Hall on Wednesday, the 29th of August 2007, at 20:00. Tickets to the concert are R100 and bookings can be made at any Computicket office or telephonically on 083 915 8000. Alternatively visit www.computicket.co.za.

And we also had an interview with Fatimah Dike – Director of “The Living”. This drama is about a Gugulethu young man who is trying to find answers about his father’s death. It’s at the Artscape for the 3rd Artscape Spring Drama Season. The Play features Mhimhi Mabona, Wandisile Makana and Lungi Phinda. For bookings contact (021) 421 7695. Tickets range from R40 to R60. We also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city.

And we also spoke to Maxie Oosthuizen – Coordinator of the Vuleka Art Competition. Vuleka is hosted annually by The Arts Association of Bellville in conjunction with Sanlam. The overall winner will walk away with a cheque of R7000 and a return flight ticket to Paris. The competition closes on Wednesday the 19th of September. For more information you can contact Maxie at (021) 918 2301 or send an email to maxie.oosthuizen@capetown.gov.za

Our last interview was with Noel Ashton – a Scientific Illustrator from Oceans of Africa. Noel developed Oceans of Africa after many years of experience working within the environmental sector. He develops scientific illustrations, whale and dolphin paintings and sculptures along with his researched information, and used to them develop conservation and educational material. For more information you can contact (021) 424 2086or visit www.ifaw.org

Thursday, August 23, 2007

23 August 07 - Labour

Today we spoke to Wesley Diphoko – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Next Billionaire Club. The Club was designed to empower young people with business information by inculcating the entrepreneurship spirit. This coming Saturday the Next Billionaire Club will be presenting the “Next Billionaire Mind Lecture at UWC. For more information you can contact Wesley by sending him an email to wesley@nextbillionaire.co.za, alternatively visit www.nextbillionaire.co.za.
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And our last interview was with Jeanne Bonnema – Marketing Manager from False Bay College. The College has double intake in a bid to tackle skills crisis. School leavers can now study plumbing, construction, engineering and Information Technology. And that will help in terms of getting employment given the current situation with skills shortage in the country. If you want more information you can contact them at (021) 712 1080 or visit www.falsebaycollege.co.za
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

22 August 07 - Gender

Today we interviewed Gahsiena Van Der Schaff from The AIDS Legal Network (ALN), on behalf of the One in Nine Campaign, is staging an event at the Cape High Court on 23 August 2007 from 12h00 to 14h00 to ‘resuscitate’ justice. During this dramatic two-hour event, paramedics and rescue workers will descend on the scene and attempt the ‘resuscitation’ of justice for more information on AIDS Legal Network you can visit: www.redribbon.co.za or www.oneinnine.org.za or alternatively you can call (021) 447 8435

Our second interview was with Peter Morne – spokesperson for the provincial government of the Western Cape. The interview was about the Service Delivery Jamboree in Gugulethu today. The jamboree is essentially a meeting of the different departments of government which stay in an area for 2 days so that the community can benefit from enquiring about anything and everything. There are going to be more Jamborees around Cape Town and for more information the number to call is 086 014 2142. This number can also be used for any government service queries.

And our last interview was with Zintle Mnyaka–from Imbiza Women – Founder of Imbizo Woman is to become a vital component in the building and the upliftment of women. They also strive to assist women, into helping and making each other advance further in their careers and socially. Website you can visit is www.bwz.co.za and there will be a link to click on for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

21 August 07 - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Marcella Naidoo – National Director of Black Sash. They Work to advance equality, social justice and human rights in South Africa by providing a paralegal service to those who need help in a variety of matters, including child support and other social grants, labour problems, debt counselling and citizenship applications. If you would like more information about Black Sash you can contact their offices (021) 461 7804 or visit their website at www.blacksash.org.za.
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And our last interview was with Charles Mutabazi from the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy or Aresta. ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylums seekers, helping refugees develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 633 8762 or visit www.aresta.org.za
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Monday, August 20, 2007

20 August 07 - Health

Today we played an interview I had earlier today with Anette Du Toit - Owner of For goodness sake. They provide alternative medicine for allegies. We were talking about Hay fever and other allergies. For more information you can contact her at (021) 551 1566 or send her an mail to forgoodnesssake@polka.co.za.

Our next interview was with Nobuntu Habe – from New Start Voluntary Counselling and Testing. We were talking about the importance of knowing your status. For more information you can contact their office at (021) 425 5843 or visit their website at www.newstart.co.za.

And we also spoke to Melody Du Plessis from the Durbanville Educare. They offer first aid classes to leaners. For more information or contact their offices at (021) 979 2307 or alternatively visit www.edugroup.co.za.

Our last interview was with Mariki Muller – Health Programme Coordinator from the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about Skin Cancer. Summer is around the corner so it is very important that we keep our skin healthy. For more information you can contact the Cancer Association at (021) 689 5347 or visit www.cansa.org.za.

Friday, August 17, 2007

17 August 07 - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined by Given Nkosi – a member of the UCT Opera School. UCT Opera School and Cape Town Opera, in collaboration with Artscape, the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and the Mellon Fund, present LA RONDINE, an opera performance about a beautiful young girl who has to choose between true love for a handsome young man and the financial advantages of belonging to a rich elderly banker. La Rondine is directed by Angelo Gobbato and Conducted by Olivier Cuendet and will be at the Baxter Theatre from the 18th till the 25th of August. Tickets costs R140 and R120. Contact (021) 685-7880 or visit www.baxter.co.za for more information.

And we also had an interview with Martin Phike. We know him from Ghetto Lingo. He has launched a self-titled debut solo album under newly formed Faith Records and Martin will be performing with Ghetto Lingo here in Cape Town on the 1st of September at Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School eMfuleni. The ten track album will be available in stores at the end of August.


We were also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. The South African Script Writers' Union will be giving a Radio Drama Serial Course from the 8th of September till the 5th of November 2007. The course costs R600 for SASWU members and R1000 for non-members. Apply to: taylora@netactive.co.za send a sms to Nigel at 083 984 2294.


Our last interview was with Lindie Buirski – Environmental Education Coordinator. The City of Cape Town’s Youth Environmental School programme will host an Energy and Climate Change Awareness Weeks from 13 – 24 August 2007. Schools will be invited to attend different programmes as part of the YES Energy and Climate Change Weeks. For more information you can contact (021) 487 2284 or visit www.capetown.gov.za/environment

Thursday, August 16, 2007

16 August – Labour

Today we spoke to the National Director of the Building Bridges Nationwide or BBN – Mr Joe Cook. BBN’s vision is to facilitate the working together of business and the larger community in ways that inspires, encourages and supports many more to become entrepreneurs so that more employment opportunities are created and crime reduced. For more information you can visit their website at www.bbn.co.za or email them at info@bbn.co.za

We also spoke to Ntsiki Mlotywa – Section Head of Skill Development from the City of Cape Town. The city of Cape Town launched a pilot project 18 months ago that provided a group of about 144 unemployed people in Nyanga with self-supporting skills. The Nyanga job centre forms part of the city’s skills development efforts to equip school-leavers with skills. For more information you can contact Andiswa Philisan at (021) 483 9028 or Eric Nontshiza - Project Manager of the Nyanga Job Centre at 084 315 2435.

And our last interview was with Denise Damon – from Community Connections. Community Connections offers a range of Organisational Development Services for community workers. For more information you can contact them at (021) 371 2909 or (021) 371 2986 alternatively visit www.connectionsafrica.org.za

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

15 August 07 - Gender

Today we spoke to Frank Maphosa – from Wola Nani. Wola Nani, Xhosa for ‘we embrace and develop one another’, was established in 1994 as a non-profit organisation to help bring relief to the communities hardest hit by the HIV crisis. Formed against a background of economic curtailment on welfare spending and a huge increase in the number of HIV and AIDS cases, Wola Nani initiated programmes to help HIV+ people in the local community cope with the emotional and you can contact their offices at (021) 447 2091 or visit www.wolanani.co.za.

Our last interview was with Dawn Fish – Assistant Project Manager from Mosaic women’s training service and healing centre. Mosaic delivers a range of social support services and projects to members of the society mainly women and female youth caught up in gender violence, and in more recent years because of the strong correlation between rape/sexual violence and the chances of becoming HIV+, to those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 761 7585 or send an email to admin@mosaic.org.za alternatively visit www.mosaic.org.za

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

14 August 07 - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Bulelwa Kuse - from the Iziko Labazali Teen Parenting Skills and Support Group. They are based in Gugulethu and Nyanga. They provide an opportunity for mothers to meet informally, share ideas and support each other. If you want more information you can contact Bulelwa at 073 226 4312 or visit www.theparentcentre.org.za

We also spoke to Shafieka Moos-Training Coordinator, from the Trauma Centre for survivors of violence and torture. The Trauma Centre is committed to the transformation of South Africa into a non-violent society and the development of a culture of respect for human rights. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 465 7373 or visit www.trauma.org.za

And our last interview was with Joshua Ogada – from FAHAMU. Fahamu supports the struggle for human rights and social justice in Africa. They have a vision of the world where people organise to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognise their social responsibilities, respect each other’s differences, and realise their full potential. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 761 0324 or visit www.fahamu.org alternatively visit the Pambazuka News - a weekly electronic newsletter covering news, commentary, analysis and a range of other resources on human rights and development in Africa. Their website is www.pambazuka.org

Monday, August 13, 2007

13 August 07 - Health

Today we spoke was Dr. Dilshaad Asmal a dermatologist and we were talking about Acne. For Acne sufferers psychological effects are far worse than the physical effects but Dr Asmal says people need to know that acne can be treated. For more information you can contact her practice the number to call is (021) 687 9400.

We also spoke to Dr. E V Rapiti – a Family Physician. We were talking about Headaches and Migraines. Migraines affect 15% of the general population, with the majority of migraine sufferers being female. Unfortunately, people not suffering from migraine tend to disbelieve the severe pain and debilitating effects of a migraine. This makes it all the more important to take a medication that will quickly and effectively treat the migraine attack, and return the sufferer to normal functioning. Dr Rapiti explained more about the available treatment. For more information you can contact him at (021) 397 6029 or visit http://www.mymigraine.co.za/

Friday, August 10, 2007

10 August 07 - Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Anthea Houston – Chief Executive Officer of the Development Action Group. They will be exhibiting a compelling visual illustration of the struggles faced by women living in informal settlements, backyards, and overcrowded conditions. The exhibition is called In The City Shadows and is currently showing at the Artscape till tomorrow. For more information you can contact Kathy Aranes at (021) 448 7886 or email her to Kathy@dag.org.za.

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

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

08 August 07 - Gender

Today we spoke to Jennifer Ferguson – from Dignity for Abused Mothers or D.A.M. Every year about 40 women and their children end up on the streets of Cape Town as result of a violent crime. The group Dignity for Abused Mothers is devoted to helping women who are single parents, who have no fixed income and who are the survivors of a traumatic event beyond their control. DAM aims to empower them by giving them counseling, offering financial assistance, teaching them self defence and educating them on their rights. If you wish to volunteer your time or assist in any way, please call Jennifer at (021) 782 4179 / 072 297 4951.

And we also spoke to Anne Siroky – winner of this year’s Shoprite/Cherckers on the Sports Category. Anne became the number one beach volleyball player in South Africa at the age of 37 and has travelled all over the world to represent her country. She is currently running The Future Factory, which she started six years ago in two schools and is now working in 50 schools. Ms Siroky was seven years old, when she was diagnosed with club feet and after many surgeries doctors told her parents that she would never be able to play sports. She was determined to prove them wrong and played provincial soccer, basketball and volleyball. Last year she was diagnosed with cancer, fought it and won, and has now returned to dancing and teaching. She is really a remarkable woman. For more information about the Future Factory you can contact 073 190 8208 or visit www.thefuturefactory.co.za.
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Our last interview was with Darky Mablisa from the Pan Africanist Women Organisation of Azania. They will be hosting a mini- rally in Nyanga tomorrow and are inviting women to be part of the event. For more information you can contact her on 072 2370 941 or (021) 694 8695 alternatively contact Nongqele Kalasha on 083 7375 651.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

07 August 07 - Human Rights

Just a recap of today’s show, we spoke to Mthunzi Funo – Programme Manager at EDUCO AFRICA. Educo Africa provides leadership development through outdoor-based experiential learning. Educo Africa focuses primarily on youth development in South Africa through leadership, life skills and employability training programmes. The organisation is committed to excellence in the field and to serving the needs of South African youth, more specifically those from under-resourced, marginalised and impoverished communities who have experienced trauma and are considered to be “at risk”. If you want more information you can contact (021) 761 8939 or visit www.educo.org.za.
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We also spoke to Dr Greg Fried – Coordinator of the Philosophy Programme at the University of Cape Town. The Philosphy department is hosting a philosophy for leaners in Grade 10,11 and 12 for three successful Thursdays. On completion of the programme all participants will receive a certificate. If you would like to be part of the programme or want more information you can contact Dr Fried at 083 301 8624.


And our last interview was with Kim Mclean - well known as the Shark Lady pioneered White Shark Cage Diving and Surface viewing in South Africa in 1992, after working in the research circles with Great White Sharks. August is the Biosciences Month and the MTN Science Centre will be hosting different events in highlighting this month. Ever wondered what it feels like to be eye to eye with a Great White Shark? The Sharklady, Kim MacLean will present a talk on getting up close and personal with this majestic animal, and set the record straight for the public misconception of a "Great White Threat" as generated by much media hype tomorrow at 7:00 PM. If you want more information you can contact the MTN Science Centre at (021) 529 8100 or the Shark lady at (028) 312-3287 or visit www.sharklady.co.za
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Monday, August 06, 2007

06 August 07 - Health

Today we spoke to Pat Gelderbloem and Edna Mapela – from the St Luke’s Hospice. St Lukes Hospice provides palliative care to people who are approaching the end of their lives and 40% of their patients have AIDS. Their aim is to provide facilities and services within the Greater Cape Town area to respond to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals and their families having to deal with an illness which no longer responds to curative treatment and having a short life expectancy; and to demonstrate, teach and promote values, skills and knowledge to this end. 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 Dr Christo Benecke – a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. We were talking about Menopause. Menopause is defined as absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. The menopausal transition starts with varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period. For more information you can contact the at (021) 423 4149 or visit www.samenopausesociety.co.za

Our last interview was an interview I had earlier with Professor Bongani Mayosi-Professor of medicine at Groote Schuur and UCT. We were talking about Rheumatic Fever as we know that this week is the Rheumatic Fever Week. Rheumatic fever affects children from as young as five years old and develops after the child has had repeated throat infections known as “strep throat”. Rheumatic fever affects children from as young as five years old and develops after the child has had repeated throat infections known as “strep throat”. People with rheumatic fever may develop heart inflammation, which reoccurs when they repeatedly get it. This leads to scarring and damaging of the heart valves. For more information you can contact your local clinic or day hospital.
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Friday, August 03, 2007

03 August 07 - Arts,Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Professor Eugene Cairncross - Co-Director of the CPUT’s newly launched Environmental Resource Centre and Marion Davids – a lecturer at CPUT. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology launched its Environmental Resource Centre yesterday and Centre will focus on the impact of environmental degradation on people, in particular marginalized communities, as well as environmental degradation caused by unsustainable human activities. For more information you can contact (021) 959 6926.

And we also had an interview with Margie Pankhurst – from Artscape. We were talking about the School Arts Festival; she is the project coordinator of the festival. The festival is an educational showcase for learners of all ages throughout the Western Cape. For more information you can contact her at (021) 410 9986 or visit www.artscape.co.za.

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

Thursday, August 02, 2007

02 August – Labour

Today we spoke to Takalani Rathiyaya - Regional Manager at the Department of Trade and Industry. The department will host free workshops for small business owners at the Ekwezi Community Centre in NY 2, Gugulethu on Wednesday the 9th of August. They invite small business owners from Langa, Gugulethu, KTC and Newcross Road. For more information you can contact Zandile Makune at (021) 480 8050 or 072 231 3154.

We also spoke to Gregory Bunyard – from Ka-ching World. Ka-Ching develops practical and participative courses for children between the ages of 6 and 15. The courses aim to help parents and schools teach vital entrepreneurship skills and wealth creating principles. For more information or to make an order you can contact 0860 639 929 or visit www.ka-ching.co.za
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

01 August 07 - Gender

Today we spoke to Emerentia Esterhuyser – Social Worker at the Postnatal Depression Support Association of South Africa. The association was founded to break the conspiracy of silence about mood disorders associated with childbirth and to de-stigmatize perinatal depression and anxiety. Emerentia told us more about what they do. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 797 4498 or the national helpline at 082 882 0072 alternatively visit www.pndsa.co.za.

And we also spoke to Bernedette Muthien – Director of Engender. We will be talking about one of their project called Reclaiming Indigenous Women’s Power in Southern Africa: the Khoisan. Because today decision making and leadership structures in the Khoisan communities are dominated by men and reflect the internalised values of over 300 years of patriarchy and economic inequality, this project tries to challenge that by empowering women. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448 2112 or visit www.engender.org.za.

Our last interview was with Sarah Riodan – Board Member of Hers SA. Their mission is to develop and offer accessible education, training and development programmes for women working in the higher education environment. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 763 7156 or visit www.hers-sa.org.za.