Friday, September 28, 2007

28 September - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we spoke to Peter Barends – Cape Town Cultural Extravaganza Project Coordinator. They have two events to educate communities about different cultures within our province. Today they have a youth concert that will focus on cultural diversity and acceptance and there is another event tomorrow. For more information about the Cape Town Cultural Extravaganza you can contact Peter on (021) 761 2140.

We also had an interview with George Werner and the Little Giant Members. We were talking about the Little Giants Concert that will take place on the 6th of October at St Cyprian’s High School in George Road, Gardens. Tickets costs R50 per person. For more information about the concert or to make bookings you can contact Ruwayda on 083 235 5977 or (021) 705 4694.

We were also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city and played a feature on Global Warming done by Tina George.

We closed off the show with an interview with Mario Wanza – Chairperson of the Proudly Manenberg campaign. We were talking about the Plans for Manenberg Waterfront. Creating a waterfront with recreational facilities is part of plans to replace Manenberg’s crime and grime with an environment which residents can be proud of. They will start with a cleaning and greening campaign and residents are invited to take part. For more information or if you want to volunteer your services for the clean-up campaign contact the Proudly Manenberg offices on (021) 691 0918.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

27 September- Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Euginia - from the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union. We spoke about the strike action by the workers of the Green Point stadium construction site. Last week workers downed tools, bringing construction at the stadium to a standstill. Well, at the moment it looks like workers have settled their dispute and the work is set to start today. For more information you can contact the union at (021) 425 9145.

We were also joined in the studio by Bruce Dawson – owner of Dawson Automative Engineering Company or Daeco. Daeco is the only engineering company in Athlone. Mr Dawson loves being able to offer people jobs as he sees the need of people who live on the streets. For more information you contact Mr Dawson on (021) 637 6300.

We also spoke to Lushinka Louw – project coordinator from Realcor Cape Property Development and Construction Company. Realcor is wholly owned by women. The company develops commercial, industrial and residential property. Empowering women in the construction industry is their main agenda through skills development and training. For more information about Realcor you can contact (021) 851 8133 or visit www.realcorcape.co.za

Our last interview was with Mervin Louis – Treasurer and Coordinator of the Mitchell’s Plain Youth Development Council. The Mitchell’s Plain Youth Development Council is calling on all unemployed matriculants of Mitchell’s plain between the ages of 18 and 35 years old to register on its database. The database will be used to link participants up with training and employment opportunities. If you want more information you can contact Mervin on (021) 376 1762 or Farouk on 083 339 1245

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

26 September – Gender

Today we spoke to Reinette Evans – Director of Rape Crisis Helderberg. Rape Crisis is committed to help survivors of rape and abuse, overcome their trauma through counseling and they will be starting their next crisis intervention course on the 15th of October and are inviting members of the community to be part of the course. For more information about the course you can contact Reinette on 083 484 9409 or visit www.crisiscentre.org.za

We also spoke to Nondumiso Nsibande – a Paralegal Manager from Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre. The Centre was established in 1996 to eradicate the victimization of women by the legal system, and to make the law a vehicle of social change for women. For more information you can contact their offices at (011) 403 8230 or visit www.tlac.org.za

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

25 September – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Leslie Van Minnen – Chairperson of the Rail Commuter Action Group. The Action Group represents 51 commuters injured in railway accidents in a class action lawsuit against Metrorail, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe and other authorities. More than 50 people have been injured, disfigured and killed while traveling on Metrorail in the last seven years in the Western Cape. But who should take responsibility – As commuter it is our right to be safe while travelling in trains, is it not. Leslie’s son was stabbed and killed while travelling in a train and that is when he decided to challenge the safety and security provided by Metrorail. Leslie told us how far they have come with their battle. If you support their cause and you want to know how to be apart of the Action Group then you can contact Mr Van Minnen on this number (021) 785 2508.

We also spoke to Norma Troutman –Director from the Pregnancy Health Centre. We were talking about the legalization of Abortion. Is this a good thing or it is a violation of human rights? According to the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act no 92 of 1996, any women irrespective of age can get a legal abortion for an unwanted pregnancy. You are also entitled to a Pre- and post- TOP counselling. This law has been somewhat criticized by other people but Norma shared the advantages and of course the disadvantages of legalizing abortion. If you want more information about the pregnancy Health Centre you can contact their offices at (021) 797 5000.


24 September - Health (Heritage Day)

Today we spoke to Dr Karen Figgen from the Groote Schuur Hospital. We were talking about Albinism as September is marked as Albinism Month to raise awareness and challenge some myths about this condition. For more information you can contact the University of Cape Town’s Human Genetics Department on (021) 406 6304 or the Albinism Society of South Africa on (011) 838 6529.

We also spoke to Dr Cass Hansa – a cardiologist. We were talking about Cardiac Rhythm Disorders. It is reported that Cardiac Rhythm Disorders are misunderstood therefore under diagnosed. Dr Hansa explained more about the disorder and the way people can treat it. For more information you can visit your nearest hospital or if you have access to the internet then go to www.paceafrica.org.za alternatively contact Dr Hansa on (021) 699 1720 at Gatesville Medical Centre.

Friday, September 21, 2007

21 September- Arts, culture and environment

Today we spoke to Carl Delport - from Student Music and Arts Challenge, a youth initiative whose purpose is to address the rampant drug problem and other social ills in our society. They are currently looking for young people between the ages of 14 to 21 who can sing, dance or act to enter their Student Music and Arts Challenge. If you are interested give them a call 084 269 2600 or fax them to 086 603 2129 or visit www.smaq.co.za.

We also had an interview with Rodney Leak – Chief executive Officer of the Fairest Cape Association. Their mission is to create public awareness of the consequences of poorly managed waste and the benefits of integrated waste management. Last week the Fairest Cape Association took part in the National Coastal Cleaning Day and this and next week will be doing clean ups as part of our contribution to both Heritage Day and Clean Up the World Day in schools and in communities. For more information about organisation you can contact their offices at (021) 462 2040 or visit www.fairestcape.co.za

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. We also had Malaika in the studio. They are here in Cape Town to promote their new album titled Sekunjalo.

We closed off the show with an interview with Siya Bingwa – from the Cape Town Opera. We were talking about the Voice of the Nation benefit concert that will be happening on Sunday the 7th of October at Artscape. Tickets cost R80 and can be booked from Siya at (021) 410 9937 or visit www.capetownopera.co.za

Thursday, September 20, 2007

20 September- Labour

We also spoke to Tsepang Telite – Marketing Manager of the Eziko Cooking and Catering Training Centre. Their mission is to address the unemployment that strikes the township communities which is not fully solved by formal education. Students are carefully selected and begin their training at the Eziko Cooking and Catering Training Centre where they gain some basic experience in the Eziko Restaurant. They then are placed in one of the sponsoring catering establishments for an intensive 6-month programme. For more information you can contact you can contact (021) 694 0434 or send an email to eziko@tiscali.co.za.

Our last interview was with Professor Barney Jordaan – Director of Labour wise. We were talking about Racial Discrimination in the workplace. It is by now well established that an employer may be held liable for acts of discrimination committed by the business owner, managers or employees in the course and scope of their duties. Labourwise is an on-line labour relations service aimed at assisting Small Micro Medium Enterprises with the implementation of effective labour relations. If you want more information you can visit the labourwise website at www.labourwise.co.za

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

19 September- Gender

In today’s show we spoke to Bryan Hansen – Director of the Men’s Trust Organisation. MensTrust assists men to move beyond stereotypes and discover their own uniqueness. They offer workshops in relationships and self improvement. For more information about Mens Trust you can contact Bryan at (021) 448 2175 or visit www.menstrust.org.za

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

18 September – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Leana Olivier – from the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research. We were talking about the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is a permanent condition that ranges from intellectual disability and behavioural problems to more serious brain damage, physical deformities and stunted growth. It is largely a consequence of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. If you would like more information you can contact the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research at (021) 686 2646 or visit www.nofas.org

We also spoke to Lucille Kennedy – a youth development worker from the Community Corrections and Care Organisation. The Community Corrections and Care Organisation was initiated due to the challenges that are being faced by civil society in the transformation process in our country. They have been working closely with the Department of Correctional Services and the Department of Social Development, with the emphasis on working with inmates, probations, their families and substance abuse and crime prevention initiatives. If you want more information you can contact (021) 391 0317.

Monday, September 17, 2007

17 September- Health

Just a recap of today’s show, we spoke to Erika Ketterer – a Dietician from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa.As we know that this week is the Stroke Awareness Week. A stroke occurs when an artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain bursts or becomes blocked by a blood clot And it requires immediate medical treatment when symptoms are noticed. Erika told us more about preventative measures that one can take in order to stay healthy. For more information you can contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa at (021) 447 4222 or the share call line at 0860 223 222or visit their website at www.heartfoundation.co.za

And we also spoke to Dr David Gotlieb – A Rheumatologist. We were talking about Gout, one of the most painful rheumatic diseases. Gout accounts for approximately 5 percent of all cases of arthritis. Dr Gotlieb told us more about the causes and that it is treatable. Gout has been known for more than 2000 years. It can affect men of any age. It is less common in women and only occurs after menopause. For more information you can visit www.arthritis.co.za or your nearest health care centre.

Friday, September 14, 2007

14 September – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Dathini Mzayiya – a young artist who has been chosen to create the murals at the lower cable station by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company. Dathini’s work has been displayed in different countries like Ethiopia, Switzerland and Germany. They will be starting with the mural next week. For more information about Dathini’s work visit www.asai.co.za

We also spoke to Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city and played a feature on Steve Bantu Biko done by Rhode Marshal as we are aware that 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Steven Bantu Biko, who died in police custody 30 years ago. Biko is considered as one of South Africa's great leaders, his bold ideas on race and African identity are said to have helped recuperate the anti-apartheid movement in the 1970s.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Shadrack Chirikure – Archaeometallurgist from UCT. We were talking about the African Origins Month. Dr Chirikure will be presenting a talk on how metals were worked before indutrialisation in South Africa on the 19th of September at the MTN Science Centre. For more information check MTN Science Centre Website at www.mtnsciencentre.org.za or call (021) 529 8100 to make bookings.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

13 September - Labour



In today’s show, we spoke to Veda Raubenheimer - Executive Manager of the Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative. We were talking about the Jumpstart Programme that is aimed at empowering entrepreneurs and also to assist and “coach” new entrants to the Boating Industry in the Western Cape and then put them on centre stage at the annual Cape Town International Boat show. For more information about the programme you can contact (021) 418 6134.

We also spoke to the CEO of the International Computer Driving Licence, Jenny van Niekerk and Phumelelo Zonela - from Inkululeko Technologies. Inkululeko is one of South Africa's leading open source ICT Solution Providers in the Education and Development Sectors. We spoke about their Prisons Education Project where offenders participated in an open source based skill and certification education program. ICDL is a non-profit organisation established by the Computer Society of South Africa to promote and administer the ICDL. For more information you can contact (021) 671 1070 or visit www.icdl.org.za alternatively contact Inkululeko Technologies at (021) 531 6375 or visit www.inkululeko.co.za

Our last interview was with Mzimasi Ngema – from the International Labour Research and Information Group or ILRIG. We spoke about ILRIG’s 6th Annual Globalisation School that will be starting from the 23rd to the 28th of September. Activists from a wide range of organisations throughout Africa are invited to apply. If you want more information you can contact (021) 447 6375 or visit www.ilrigsa.org.za

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

12 September – Gender

Today we spoke to Marvelyn Brown – Aids Activist. Marvelyn is HIV Positive and is helping young people get all the information and motivation they need to stay HIV free. She has spoken at over 50 colleges and universities in America to raise awareness about the issue of HIV/AIDS. She is currently visiting Cape Town to spread the message amongst young South Africans. For more information about Marvelyn’s work you can visit her website at www.marvelynbrown.com
PICS:www.marvelynbrown.com

We also spoke to Kathy Hartley – from Ubunye Woman Centre in Du Noon. Du Noon is one of the very impoverished Communities in Cape Town. Unemployment levels are high, with many of those who are being employed being domestic workers in the nearby affluent areas. The centre has different projects that help the women in the community. If you want to volunteer your services or you want make donations, contact Kathy at (021) 553 1331.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

11 September – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Jan Webster – Director of ComaCare. This is an initiative by concerned health and human rights professionals, care givers and family members moved to improve and enhance the current provision of coma care in our society. It is inspired by the belief that people in coma are in meaningful life processes. If you would like more information you can contact their offices at (021) 797 9995 or visit www.comacare.com

We also spoke to Rosa Scheepers – counselor at Options Care Centre. They offer free pregnancy testing and counseling. This is a pregnancy Crisis Centre so they offer advice to the mothers to be about the options that are available for them. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 552 5632 or send an email to optionscape@kinglsey.co.za

And our last interview was with Sandra Ambrose – National Coordinator of the Disabled Children’s Action Group. The work that they do in terms of addressing issues of children with disabilities has been recognised nationally and internationally. One of their main aims is to ensure that government and human rights bodies formulate and implement policies that will facilitate the full inclusion and participation of children with disabilities by addressing certain barriers. If you want more information you can contact (021) 797 5977.

Monday, September 10, 2007

10 September - Health

Today we spoke to Vivien Lourens – a foster mother to an 11-year-old girl who has Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. We were talking about the effects of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is the most serious set of permanent physical and mental birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Yesterday was the World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day. This day is held each year at nine minutes past nine on the ninth day of the ninth month to draw attention to the fact that women should not drink alcohol for nine months whilst pregnant. For more information you can visit your nearest health care centre or contact (021) 531 3256 or visit www.nofas.org.

Our last interview was with Claire Louw – a Physiotherapist. We were talking about the Physiotherapy Back Week. This is an initiative by the society that aims to raise awareness of the back and how to manage back pain for overall health at work, at home and at play. For more information you can contact Claire at (021) 671 4534 your nearest hospital or the toll free number at 0800 00 18 70 which is available from the 10-14 September 2007.

Friday, September 07, 2007

07 September – Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Mr Rashied Khan – Regional Director of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. We were talking about the events that the department has hosted for the Arbor Week, ngesiZulu bathi “Iviki Lezihlahla”. The National Arbor Week serves to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa, especially for the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren areas. Nawe ke you can contribute in protecting our environment by planting a tree. Trees are among the earth’s most useful and beautiful products of nature. For more information you can contact the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry at (021) 950 7100.
PIC:Mr Khan planting a tree at the Moravian Primary School taken from www.navy.mil.za

And we also had an interview with Khanyiswa Zangqa and Lindela Mjenxane – from the Beyond Expectation Environmental Project. Lindela saw a need for education about the environment and began overnight camps for primary and high school youths from communities across the Western Cape. The two-day camps provide an opportunity for the young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to experience the therapeutic surroundings of Table Mountain and learn about their environment as well as tackle social issues facing them. The project recently won the Regional Jet Community Award. For more information about the project you can contact Khanyiswa at 083 429 7064.

We were also joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. He paid a tribute to jazz guitarist Johnny Fourie who died recently. And the great tenor voice and the most popular opera singer of the 2nd half of the 20th Century Luciano Pavarotti, who died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday morning at the age of 71, One year older than Johnny Fourie.

We closed off the show with an interview with Mr Glenn Robertson – From the Glenn Robertson Jazz Band. The musical style of the band is rooted in Jazz, but covers various genres of musical styles. We spoke about his music career and also some of the community upliftment project he is involved with. For more information check their website at www.theglennrobertsonjazzband.co.za or contact him at (021) 670 2011. They will be performing tonight and tomorrow night at THE GREEN DOLPHIN, V&A Waterfront at 8PM.
PIC: The Glenn Robertson Band Members taken from www.theglennrobertsonjazzband.co.za

Thursday, September 06, 2007

06 September – Labour

Today we spoke to David Essau – Business Union Manager of Inspection and Enforcement from the Labour Department. The Labour Inspectors are busy inspecting construction sites and Private Security Sector nationwide to check if the employers are upholding occupational health and safety measures and sound working conditions in these sectors. For more information or to report an employer who is not upholding safety measures at the workplace please contact (021) 460 5911.

We also spoke to Amelia Jansen – UIF Supervisor from the Department of Labour. We were talking about the Unemployment Insurance Fund. According to the Labour Law All employers, including employers of domestic and farm workers, must register themselves and their workers with the Unemployment Insurance Fund or UIF. This fund will pay workers or their families when the worker:
becomes unemployed
cannot work due to illness
is on maternity leave
is on adoption leave
Passes away.
For more information you can contact you can contact your nearest labour Centre or call (021) 941 7000 alternatively visit www.labour.gov.za

Our last interview was with Suraya Mouton – lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Nursing College. The College is inviting matriculants to study nursing as we all know that there is a tremendous need for nurses in South Africa. If you want more information you can contact (021) 959 6087. Application forms are available at Municipal libraries in the area, from Western Cape College of Nursing in Klipfontein Road, or on the CPUT website: www.cput.ac.za Applicants must send a letter of application with their forms as well as their June 2007 results or, in the case of post-matrics, 4 copies of their matric certificate. All successful candidates will receive a bursary from the Department of Health in the Western Cape.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

05 September – Gender

Today we spoke to Romy Saitowitz – Founder and Director of Positive Moms Foundation. The Foundation was established to help HIV-positive mothers in South Africa to access life-saving treatment and medical care. They have different projects to ensure that their mission is fulfilled. They would really appreciate donation from the members of the public. If you would like to make donations or for more information you can visit www.positivemoms.org or send an email to info@postivemoms.org
PIC:www.positivemoms.org

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

04 September - Human Rights

In today’s show we spoke to Mark Esbin-Project coordinator for the Centre for the Book.This week is the Adult Literacy Week and it aims to promote literacy among old people like the Adult Basic Education. According to UNESCO, in the world today there are about 1billion non-literate adults. This 1billion is approximately 26 percent of the world’s adult population, 98 percent of all non-literates live in developing countries. In the least developed countries, the overall literacy rate is 49 percent. If you would like more information about the Centre you can contact their offices at (021) 423 2669 or visit www.bdf.org.za.

We also spoke to Bongiwe Gambu-Media Officer from the National Credit Regulator. The National Credit Regulator has been running a campaign to educate consumers about section 73 and the amnesty that the NCA is offering. For more information you can contact their tollfree number at 0860 627 627 or visit www.ncr.org.za

Our last interview was with Rosy Jacobs from Deaf Education and Support Services. We spoke about the rights of deaf people, as that was the topic of this year’s deaf awareness week. Deaf adults are still very much illiterate and unemployed in Cape Town. Deaf schools still employs qualified teachers with no requirements for SL-efficiency. If you want more information you can contact Rosy Jacobs at (021) 701 5815.

Monday, September 03, 2007

03 September - Health

Today we spoke to Win van de Bergh - Chairperson of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa. The term muscular dystrophy describes a disorder that affects the muscles, resulting in progressive wasting and weakness of the muscle. There is no cure to date. Physiotherapy is very important. Exercise programmes and orthopedic devices can alleviate some of the discomfort experienced, in some cases medication and surgery may help. For more information contact (021) 592 7306 or visit www.mdsa.org.za

We also spoke to Riaaz Ahmed - National Treasurer of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa. We dealt with pharmaceutical issues. The society is running a campaign to curb health care costs. As the cost of living continues to rise, health care costs are making dents in the pockets of medical schemes and private patients. For more information you can contact your nearest pharmacist or visit www.pssa.org.za

We also spoke to Richard Burselman - Reproductive Health Manager. We looked into the issue of cervical cancer. Research indicates that at least one in every 31 women in SA can develop can develop this cancer during her lifetime. This month is Cervical Health Month and it aims to bring awareness to members of the public. Richard says women must go for a pap smear at their local clinic where the test is done free. For more information you can visit your nearest health care centre.

Our last interview was with Professor Razieen Davids. We were talking about Chronic Kidney diseases. Last week the Western Cape Department of Health ran a Kidney Awareness Week to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle. For more information you can contact your nearest hospital or visit www.kidney.co.za