Monday, December 22, 2008

Alcohol Poisoning!!!

Today we spoke to Dr Lize Weich – From the Stikland Hospital. We were talking about Alcohol Abuse. It is reported that Alcohol, specifically ethanol, is a potent central nervous system depressant, with a range of side effects. The amount and circumstances of consumption play a large part in determining the extent of intoxication; for example, consuming alcohol after a heavy meal causes alcohol to absorb more slowly. Hydration also plays a role, especially in determining the extent of hangovers. After excessive drinking, unconsciousness can occur and extreme levels of consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning and death. Dr Weich explained more about the dangers of alcohol poisoning. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union. The Department of Health is always stressing the need for people to live a healthy lifestyle by not abusing alcohol and drugs, combating the trafficking of psychoactive drugs, maintain sobriety among young persons. For more information contact SANCA on (021) 945 4080/1 or visit www.sancawc.co.za alternatively contact the Stikland Hospital on (021) 940 4500.

Friday, December 19, 2008

19 December - Arts, Culture & Environment - Living your life like a circus with the South African Circus School

Nicky Slavis – Co-founder of the South African Circus School. The school was built with the purpose of offering children an alternative career in Circus Performing Arts. Many of their young trainees have already moved on to achieve international recognition and they have performed successfully at many local, national events and festivals. Nicky explained more about the activities they have planned for this festive season. For more information contact (021) 692 4287 or send an email to sacircus@mweb.co.za

Having great old fun at Planet Kids!!!

Andy Schwab – founder of Planet Kids was instudio to talk about the activities they have at the centre. Planet Kids is a huge indoor play centre for children with all abilities up to the age of 12 based in Muizenberg. It is a fun, safe and spacious environment where kids can play off their boundless energy. They also host birthday parties and run craft workshops. They are open for the festive season 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm. Kids of all abilities are welcome. The centre is wheelchair friendly. Tickets costs R30 for 1 hour, book now. For more information contact (021) 788 3070 or go to www.planetkids.co.za
PIC:Mishkah Anthony

Arts Update!!!

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was instudio to tell us about what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector and this is his last update coz lucky him he is going on holiday and will be back again on the 16th of January but Mikhaila Crowie will take over that slot while Nigel is away. You can email us events happening to your community to nation@bushradio.co.za

Help SA_MAST by sponsoring a sterilisation

We closed off the show with an interview with Tamsin Nel – Founder and Director of the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust or SA MAST. SA MAST was established in July 2006 with the mission of radically reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born into communities that are unable to support and care for them, by providing a free sterilisation service to the residents of those communities. Currently they work with the community of Khayelitsha and from December 2006 to August 2008, they sterilised over 1500 cats and dogs, mostly in Khayelitsha and would like donations from the members of the public in order to continue with their mission. For more information contact SAMAST on (021) 794 3761 or visit www.samast.co.za

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Labour - International Day for migration

we spoke to Reiko Matsuyama - Regional Project Manager at the International Organization for Migration. Today is the International Day for Migration. It is reported that outside Southern Africa little attention has been given to the lively debates, particularly within South Africa, about migration, economic integration, racism/xenophobia and exclusion. Reiko explored more on the challenges faced by migrant labours and how are these challenges being addressed especially in this country. If you want more information on the IOM visit www.iom.org.za or report any human traffic cases to their counter traffic programme toll free on 0800 555 999.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gender - Men Against Abuse

we heard from Dorothy Williams – founder of Men Against Abuse. This organisation was formed with the aim of educating men and boys about their roles and responsibilities to stop family violence. For more information about Men Against Abuse and the activities they have contact their offices on (021) 376 2780.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16 December - Human Rights (Reconciliation Day) - Paving the way towards human rights and equality: Living the values of the Universal Declaration of

Today we heard from Jody Kollapen – Chairperson at the South African Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a commemorative two-day event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations last week Tuesday. The event, themed “Paving the way towards human rights and equality: Living the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the SA constitution” kicked -off with a seminar, where various speakers reflected on how the application of the declaration can be strengthened locally. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has as its core values, inherent human dignity, justice, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality which apply to every human being and must be promoted and protected. To read up the Universal Declaration for Human Rights go to www.sahrc.org.za

Changing lives and building stronger communities through sport

We were also joined on the line by Mpumelelo Lali – Project Manager at Sports Coaches' OutReach or SCORE. SCORE is a non-governmental, community development organisation that uses sport and physical activity as a medium of development. Their vision is to change lives and build stronger communities through sport. Mpumelelo explained more about their activities. For more information contact (021) 461 0466 or go to www.score.org.za

Monday, December 15, 2008

Health- Sperm wash

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Yusuf Dasoo – from the BioArt fertility centre. BioART is the acronym for Bio Assisted Reproductive Technology. BioArt is said to be the first clinic in Africa to have a tele-medical Fertility Quality Control (fqc) system. They offer a unique experience in fertility treatment. We will be talking about Sperm washing and artificial insemination. For more information about the BioArt fertility centre, please go to
www.bioartfertility.co. or contact (011) 484 5119 / 5168.

Health- Ectopic Pregnancy

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Carol Thomas – a gynecologist. We were talking about Ectopic Pregnancies. This occurs when the fertilised egg implants itself outside of the uterus. Most of these pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube of the expecting mother – but embryos can also implant in the ovaries, abdomen or cervix. But none of these places will provide the fertilised egg with enough space or nutrients to properly develop. For more information you can contact (021) 671 1738.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gender pay discrimination

Kimani Ndungu – Research Director at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute or Naledi was part of the show to talk about Gender pay discrimination. According to an article on MyWage.co.za, Gender pay discrimination still happens a lot not only in South Africa but worldwide. This stems from the different value placed by society on jobs or tasks mainly carried out by women and those mainly carried out by men. According to a study conducted by Equal Opportunities Commission in 2006 women are routinely missing out on senior jobs, starting on lower salaries and taking longer to get promoted, largely because they are more likely to take career breaks to have children. Kimani explained more about Gender pay discrimination. For more information about Naledi contact their offices on (011) 403 2122 or visit www.naledi.org.za

Labour Brokers

We also heard from Roger Brown – an attorney at Labour protect. We were talking about Labour Brokers. Employing people via a labour broker is often seen as a hassle-free solution by employers. But everyone concerned needs to know and understand their rights and obligations, as employees of labour brokers are still employees and have rights. According to the Congress of South African Trade Unions, labour brokers are not doing the workers a service. People who are employed by labour brokers have no pensions, no benefits – in the end they are just dumped. Cosatu feels that labour broking is a form of human trafficking. Mr Brown explained more on the aspects of labour broking. For more information on Labour protect contact (021) 421 8631 or visit www.labourprotect.co.za

LABOUR- Enhance your skills

In today’s show, we spoke to Jenny Van Niekerk - CEO of the International Computer Driving Licence or ICDL. The ICDL mission is to enable proficient use of ICT that empowers individuals, organisations and society, through the development, promotion and delivery of quality certification programmes throughout the world. For more information you can contact you can contact (021) 671 1070 or visit www.icdl.org.za.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gender - Closing the 16 Days of activism against Gender based violence campaign with a street soccer festival!!!

Today we spoke to Leo Mbobi – from the Sonke Gender Justice. Yesterday Sonke hosted a street soccer festival as part of the 16 Days of activism against Gender based violence. The festival was co-ordinated by Leo who says they hoped to harness the energy around the sport to get men to look at issues that are important in our communities. During the festival they talked to people, especially men and boys, about testing for HIV and taking ARVs, and stopping violence against women and children. Leo explained more about the outcome of the festival. For more information about Sonke Gender Justice and the activities they have contact their offices on (021) 423 7088 or visit www.genderjustice.org.za

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Human Rights - Director of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa challenges Immigration Policies

Today we played an interview I had with Corlett Letlojane – Director at the Human Rights Institute of South Africa or HURISA. This is a non-governmental organisation which offers professional services towards the promotion of a human rights culture, peace and democracy. HURISA works with civil society organisations, governmental institutions and vulnerable groups in South Africa and on the continent of Africa. Corlett explained more about the services they provide. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (011) 403 0850 or www.hurisa.org.za

The Refugee Children’s Project launches a handbook on the refugee children’s rights

We heard from Paulin Mbecke – From the Refugee Children’s Project. The Refugee Children’s Project launched a handbook on the refugee children’s rights. The handbook aims at raising awareness on refugee children and unaccompanied minors’ rights in South Africa. It will particularly enable service providers such as schools, refugee community and the local community as a whole to become more familiar with the refugee’s rights and provide them with the tools to facilitate its subsequent implementation. Paulin explained more about the book. If you want more information you can contact him on (011) 333 9266 or go to www.rcpafrica.co.za

Monday, December 08, 2008

Health - Be sunsmart this summer!!!

Today we spoke to Michelle May – Health Programme Co-ordinator at the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about the sunsmart project that aims to make people aware of skin cancer and the early detection of it. As part of this project they will be running beach clinics in December and January. At a beach clinic there will be a dermatologist and 3 volunteers that are going to the beaches at special dates and the people there can have a skin screening for free. These beach clinics will take place on the weekends in December and January. Yesterday they were in Clifton beach. Next weekend they will be at Muizenberg beach on Saturday and at Camps Bay on Sunday between 11am-2pm, As we spend more time outdoors this summer, remember to check your skin regularly for changes, unusual marks or moles. An annual medical check-up should include a skin check to detect possible skin cancer early. Everyone exposed to the sun is at risk of developing skin cancer whether you have light or dark skin. For more information, contact CANSA toll free number on 0800 22 66 22 or go to www.cansa.org.za

Celebrating Patient Safety Day

Mrs. Milly McClachlan – A lecturer at the Western Cape College of Nursing was part of today’s show to talk about patient safety. It is reported that patient safety is a serious global public health issue. Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care.

In developing countries, the probability of patients being harmed in hospitals is higher than in industrialized nations. The risk of health care-associated infection in some developing countries is as much as 20 times higher than in developed countries. The report further states that in recent years, countries have increasingly recognized the importance of improving patient safety.

In 2002, WHO Member States agreed on a World Health Assembly resolution on patient safety. Mrs McClachlan explained more about the importance of improving patient safety. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union. For further information please contact the Western Cape College of Nursing on (021) 684 1203/2 or send a fax on (021) 638 6988.

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic turns 50

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Heydn Bellardie – an orthodontist from the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. The clinic is the only one of its kind in South Africa that meets the World Health Organization requirements in relation to the services it offers.

Last week they celebrated 50 years of life changing existence. The clinic performs approximately 45-50 primary surgeries and about 20 secondary surgeries annually. About 20% of the primary surgeries are on patients with isolated cleft lips. About one-third of the primary surgeries are on patients with cleft lip and palate and the remainder is on patients with isolated cleft palates. Dr Bellardie explained more about the services they provide. For more information contact the clinic on (021) 658 5448.

Mamelani: a support structure to the health care system

We also spoke to Carly Tanur - Founding Director of the Mamelani Projects. Mamelani Projects is a registered non-profit organisation that serves as a support structure to the health care system and addresses the great need to empower vulnerable communities with accurate and practical information regarding health and nutrition. Carly explained more about their services. For more information contact (021) 685 4608 or go to www.mamelani.org.za

Friday, December 05, 2008

5 December - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Sam Pearce – Project Manager of the eMzantsi Carnival. The 4th annual eMzantsi Carnival will take place tomorrow the 6th of December. This year’s theme is “eMzantsi – putting the Unity back into Community” is a positive challenge to xenophobia and cultural stereotyping in all forms. Around 1500 people from all over the valley join in the colourful parade and stageshow, including minstrels and marimba bands, gumboot dancers and gospel singers, break dancers and belly dancers. This year, the Carnival will also feature cultural highlights of our pan-African neighbours, with contributions from Zimbabweans, Somalians, Malawians and others living locally. Spectators are advised to park at the Sun Valley Mall and walk down Ou Kaapse Weg to the fourway junction to watch the parade approach from each side of the Kommetjie Road from 10am. The free stageshow, compered by comedian Mark Sampson, runs from 12pm on the Sun Valley green opposite Pick'n'Pay. There will also be a mini-football tournament, bouncy castles, the Rainbow Reconciliation Labyrinth and quality gifts at the Valley Craft Market. The Kommetjie Road will be partially closed between Masiphumelele and the fourway junction from 10am on Saturday 6th December, and traffic delayed along Ou Kaapse Weg until 11.30am. And in Sam’s words “Bring the whole family and enjoy a multicultural jol, eMzantsi style!” For more contact Sam on (021) 789 1665.

We also heard from Nico Dekker - CEO of the Cape Town Film Studios. The Cape Town Film Studios is the largest investment allocation to the country’s film industry and will boost much-needed investment in an under-capitalised industry and further drive the Western Cape’s turnover. Mr Dekker explained more about the new developments regarding this project. For more information visit www.capetownfilmstudios.co.za or contact (021) 462 1838.

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Thoko Ntshinga – from Nants’ingqayi Arts Development Foundation. Nants’ingqayi provides the community with platforms for the development of various forms of artistic expression, upskilling in a number of performing art and related disciplines helping to create a vision for the community while promoting moral regeneration. Tomorrow they will be hosting a jazz for life event at the Johnson Ngwevela Hall in KwaLanga. These bands consist of young people from KwaLanga who have been involved in Nants' ingqayi arts development programmes and are now able to stand on their own. There will be food and beverage stalls at the event, adequate security and parking facilities. This provides a great opportunity to get a holistic view of the oldest township in South Africa, engage and socialise with the people of Kwa Langa and gain valuable insights on the arts, culture and music of this community. Doors open at 18h00PM, there will be live Jazz bands performing as well as a deejay. Admission costs R70 and R80 at the door. For any further information contact uSis’ Thoko 076 224 8997 or Bulela Kubukeli on 076 305 2322 alternatively Jama Katangana on 082 755 3475.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

04 December - Labour

Today we spoke to Advocate Lynette Myburgh – from work in solutions. We were talking about Bonuses. Yep it’s that time of the year when workers are crossing their fingers hoping for big bonuses for Christmas especially now as we face financial crisis. According to Labour expert there is no law that forces the employer to pay out any sort of bonuses. It is entirely up to the employer to decide whether he wishes to pay bonuses or not. Advocate Myburgh explained more about the issue of bonuses. For more information visit www.workinsolutions.co.za or call (021) 465 3500.
We also heard from Roger Brown – an attorney at Labour protect. We were talking about a very interesting topic. When does an applicant become an employee? According to an article published on IOL, The courts have found that an employee is considered to be fully employed and therefore protected under labour law legislation from the moment the employment contract is concluded. Even if the employee has not yet actually started work. This applies even if nothing has been put into writing or signed, and the contract of employment has only been verbally agreed between the two parties. Mr Brown explained more how to define an employee and when one is considered an employee. For more information on Labour protect contact (021) 421 8631 or visit www.labourprotect.co.za
We closed off the show with an interview I had with Luvuyo Rani – Managing Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. At Silulo they help you to better understand computers and how you can use them in order to be prepared for the job market. The courses last three or six months. For more information you can contact (021) 361 3212 / 072 267 2472 alternatively visit www.silulo.co.za
Pic taken from: www.silulo.co.za

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

3 December - Gender

In today's show, we heard from commissioner Yvette Abrahams speaking to my producer Mishkah Anthony together with the National Parliament Deputy Speaker, Nozizwe Madlala_Routledge. Mishkah was part of the Women’s Place consultative meeting that was hosted by the Gender commission, Engender and other women-focused organisations in Parliament under the theme “Women’s spaces, women’s voices, women connecting”. The Women’s Place is a collaboration of various women-focused partners, including Parliament and legislatures, government, civil society, trade unions, academia and the corporate sector with the purpose of providing a platform for women to be acknowledged and honoured for their roles. For more information about the Women’s place contact Engender on (021) 447 6290 or visit www.engender.org.za alternatively contact the Commission on Gender Equality on (021) 426 4080.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

2 December - Human Rights

In today's show, we were joined by Nkosikhulule Nyembezi – Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager. As part of its vision to "make human rights real", the Black Sash has launched a consumer protection campaign – called “Keep the Festive Season Festive! Know Your Credit Status, Know Your Rights!” - to help vulnerable South Africans who are struggling to cope in this tough economic climate of high interest rates and inflation, rising food, fuel and utility costs and harder-to-get credit. Mr Nyembezi explained more about the campaign. The campaign, which will run for the first two weeks of December - will coincide with the publishing of the second edition of their concise and easy-to-use book, ‘Debt and Credit: A reference guide for paralegals’. In partnership with the Credit Bureau Association, the Black Sash will be offering FREE rights education, advice and credit reports during the first two weeks of December. For more information contact (021) 461 7804 or go to www.blacksash.org.za

Monday, December 01, 2008

01 December - Health (WORLD AIDS DAY)

Today we were joined on the line by Dumisani Gabula - from the Provincial Department of Health’s AIDS Directorate. Today we commemorate World Aids Day and the theme for 2008 is “Leadership and Unity to stop HIV, AIDS and TB”. World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, education and fighting prejudice. This Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done. Mr Gabula explained more about the programmes that the department is running in the fight against AIDS. For more information you can contact them on (021) 483 4071. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We also heard from Dr David Pienaar – ARV Coordinator from the department of health. We were talking about HIV/Aids and the prevention methods. If you want more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital.

And last but least we were joined by Phillipa Douglas – Executive Director for the Organ Donor Foundation. We were talking about organ donation. The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity, established to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns. According to the foundation, currently there are over 3,500 South Africans waiting for organ and tissue transplants. Sadly, as a result of this critical shortage less than 1,000 of them will receive a transplant and the "Gift of Life" this year. Phillipa explained more on how one can go about in giving the “Gift of Life”. Remember there is no cost charged to register as an organ donor. To register or for more information contact the Organ Donor Foundation on (021) 426 0198 or visit www.odf.org.za

Friday, November 28, 2008

28 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Zenariah Barends – from the Cape Cultural Collective. The Cape Cultural Collective is an inter-generational, non-sexist, non-racist volunteer cultural group that promotes social activism. Late today they will be hosting an event at the District Six Museum to celebrate Mirriam Makeba. The event will feature poets and musicians like Bradlox, Chris Ferndale, Amanda Nodada and more. It starts at 7PM till 9PM at the District Six Museum number 25A Buitekant Street in Cape Town. For more information contact the District Six museum on (021) 466 7200 or Zenariah on 082 441 0433.

We also heard from Dizu Plaatjies - Indigenous music maestro. We were talking about Embo – A place in time which is a project of the Artscape Indigenous Arts Department. Researched and written by Fatima Dike this production will feature Dizu Plaatjies, Ibuyambo Ensemble, Maskandi Waseendulo ,Utyityimbo Dance Group and also Guest Artist Hilton Schilder. It will run from the 4th till the 6th of December at Artscape Theatre. Tickets costs R35 book now. For more information contact (021) 410 9800 or go to www.artscape.co.za

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Paul Slabolepszy – A veteran actor. Paul is currently on at Theatre on the Bay with the comedy FOR YOUR EARS ONLY, set in a Radio Drama studio and runs until Saturday, the 13th of December. The cast includes Michael Richard, Molefi Monaisa, Mpho Osei-Tutu, Louise Saint-Claire, Buddy-Bo Butler, Mark Rayment and Paul himself. For more information or for bookings contact Theatre on the Bay on (021) 438 3301 or visit www.theatreonthebay.co.za

Thursday, November 27, 2008

27 November - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Victor Lakay – Western Cape representative of the South African National Aids Council or SANAC. On World Aids Day SANAC is asking South Africans to take action at noon starting with a minute of silence for their first ever workplace stoppage. The campaign is supported by government, trade unions, businesses and civil society. Victor explained more about the campaign. On Sunday they will be hosting a World Aids' Day pre_event at Mzoli's Place in Gugulethu from 12:00 till 5PM. If you want to know more about this campaign, you can contact the TAC offices on (021) 422 1700 or send an email to sanacdeputy@alp.org.za
Peter Milne - media expert and General Manager of Mediaweb was also part of today’s show. We were talking about how can Cape Town’s entrepreneurs and businesses maximise their Public Relations, without breaking the bank. In the current economic crisis, companies are constantly thinking of ways to cut costs. Now budgeted items such as Marketing and Public Relations are seen as extras and not necessities but Peter disagrees he says “In trying times, your company’s visibility and reputation is the most important factor, this will indeed bring consumer traffic to your door”. With a wealth of media and syndication expertise, Peter is well placed, as one of SA’s leading media commentators. For more information go to www.mediaweb.co.za or contact him on (021) 419 3144.
We also heard from Nora Jurie – General Secretary of South African Domestic and General Workers Union. The Department of Labour has announced the annual minimum wage increase for all domestic workers as defined in Sectoral Determination 7. The Minimum Wage Increase will be effective from the 1st of December to the 30th of November 2009 and all employers are obligated to increase their domestic workers' wage as from this day. Nora explained more about the current minimum wage and what will happen to the employers who do not comply. Remember the increase is not negotiable it is in acted by law. If an employer does not comply the employer is acting unlawfully. If you have any queries about the in the new Wage Increase, you can contact the union offices on (021) 852 6205 or visit the department of labour’s website to download the new domestic worker minimum wage tables www.labour.gov.za
Our last interview was with Envor Barros – Regional Sectretary of Confederation of South African Workers Union or CONSAWU. One of their aims and objectives is to eradicate poverty, exploitation and discrimination in all workplaces. They also strive for the building of a united working force regardless of race, colour, creed or gender. We were talking about some of the issues they deal with and how the current economic crisis affects workers. For more information you can their offices at (021) 426 5191 or visit www.consawu.co.za
PIC: Mikhaila Crowie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

26 November- Gender

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Marjolijn Dijksterhuis - Women in Leadership programme Course Director. Women business leaders will be given a unique space to grow both personally and professionally when the Women in Leadership programme kicks off at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) in February next year. The Women in Leadership course is designed to be a catalyst for personal leadership transformation and participants need to share their challenges and experiences to achieve the desired outcome. Women in Leadership is aimed at middle and senior women business leaders looking to enhance their leadership ability at a level beyond that of just technical skills. It takes place over two modules – the first looking at personal leadership and the second focusing on leadership within the broader organisational context. Dr Dijksterhuis says “to be an authentic leader means knowing who you are and living out your values in your professional role, while at the same time understanding and respecting the diverse perspectives of the people you manage”. Those who register for Women in Leadership before the 8th of December 2008 will get a significant discount on the course fee. For more information and to apply contact Junita Abrahams on (021) 406 1323 or abrahams@gsb.uct.ac.za.

We also heard from Commissioner Yvette Abrahams – from the commission on Gender Equality. Tommorrow they will host a Women’s Place consultative meeting in Parliament under the theme “Women’s spaces, women’s voices, women connecting”. The Women’s Place is a collaboration of various women-focused partners, including Parliament and legislatures, government, civil society, trade unions, academia and the corporate sector with the purpose of providing a platform for women to be acknowledged and honoured for their roles. For more information about the Women’s place contact Engender on (021) 447 6290 or visit www.engender.org.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Aloma Matthews – from Gender and Youth Network. They have various activities planned for the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children. If you would like to know more about those activities or Gender and Youth Network in general contact their offices on (021) 692 0248 or Aloma on 071 973 6574 alternatively send an email to agenda@smartcape.org.za

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

25 November - Human Rights

In today's show, we were joined by Anna Brom – Founder of the Anna Foundation. The mission of the organisation is to uplift rural communities by providing academic, social and environmental support and equipping children with skills for life long learning. Anna explained more about the projects they have. All activities initiated and implemented by the Anna Foundation rely on funding and donations. A donation received, no matter how big or small, will change the lives of the children they work with so if you would like to donate or volunteer your services contact (021) 880 2183 or go to www.annafoundation.com

We heard from Dr Helen Scanlot – From the International Centre for Transitional Justice. The International Center for Transitional Justice assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved. Dr Scanlot explained more about activities they are involved in here in South Africa. For Further information please contact their offices on (021) 674 0448 or visit www.ictj.org

And our last interview was with Lindsay Coetzee - Director at Won Life. Won Life is an organisation that aims to help existing health and educational services in under-privileged areas, with a special focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. For more information on the work that they do contact (021) 979 5719 or go to www.wonlife.org.za , alternatively you can email Lindsay at lindsay@wonlife.org.za

Monday, November 24, 2008

24 November - Health

In today's show, we spoke to Martha Molete – Head of Communication at the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were discussing Skin Cancer. It is reported that skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa and it affects all people – those with light skins and dark skins. That is why the Department of Health and the Cancer Association of South Africa are encouraging all South Africans to be SunSmart this summer. Summertime is EXTRA protection time. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented if people respect the sun and learn how to be SunSmart by following advice from Cancer Association of South Africa. For more information, contact CANSA’s toll free on 0800 22 66 22 or visit www.cansa.org.za That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union. November is Red Ribbon Month-- 'STOP HIV AND AIDS, RECOMMIT YOURSELF'.

And we also spoke to Professor Mark Nicol – from the UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. We were talking about Cholera. The recent cholera outbreak in the troubled Zimbabwe has left 294 people dead and up to 2 500 people are being treated for the disease. In South Africa, three people have been treated for the disease in Gauteng hospitals and one in Kwazulu-Natal thus far. Cholera is one of the most rapidly fatal illnesses known, and infected patients may die within three hours if medical treatment is not provided. Professor Nicol explained about the causes and the kind of treatment that is available. Cholera occurs through ingesting food or water that is contaminated with cholera vibrios. The disease progresses from the first liquid stool to shock in 4 to 12 hours, with death following in 18 hours to several days, unless oral rehydration therapy is provided. So if you have diarrhoea, especially severe diarrhoea and think you may have been exposed to cholera, seek treatment right away. For more information contact your nearest health care centre.

We closed off the show with an interview with Julie Martin – from the Western Cape Arthritis Foundation. We were talking about Complementary Therapies. On Thursday the 27th of November is the Complementary Therapies Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness about alternative therapies that can be used along with medical treatment to help the patient feel better. There is growing recognition that complementary therapies can play an important role in our healthcare. Julie explained more the role of complementary therapies. For more information contact the Foundation on 0861 30 30 30 or go to www.arthritis.org.za

Friday, November 21, 2008

21 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Phumezwa Mgxashe – Communication Manager at Table Mountain National Park. We were talking about Tourist Safety Programme. Table Mountain National Par and the Western Cape provincial government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism have completed an agreement that is aimed at improving the safety and security of tourists and hikers on Table Mountain. Tourists and members of the public will be able to hire accredited mountain guides at a rate of R150 per day, plus R35 per person, up to a limit of six people. The 14 guides are employed by the TMNP on a retainer for guiding on the Hoerikwaggo Trail and through this partnership with the Department, are able to earn additional commission for guiding the public on additional routes. For bookings, visitors should call the Table Mountain National Park Hoerikwaggo Trail office on (021) 465 8519, between 07h30 and 16h00PM, week days.

We also heard from Professor Jimmie Earl Perry and Professor Jan du Toit – from Stellenbosch University’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management. The Africa centre in association with the Artscape will host a World Aids Day gala concert that aims to bring hope to the people. It will feature guest vocalists like Golda Schulz, Janelle Visagie, Rouchelle Liedemann and many more. The concert will be held at Artscape Theatre on Monday the 1st of December from 7PM. Tickets costs R80 and are available at Computicket and you must dress formal. For more information contact Bianca Farao on (021) 808 3006/ 808 3707 or go to http://www.aidscentre.sun.ac.za/

We closed off the show with Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

20 November - Labour

In today’s show, we were joined in studio by Pieter van Rynsberg – from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. The department will be hosting a workshop tomorrow the 21st of November at the Cape Sun Hotel. They are inviting SMMEs to an information session on procurement opportunities in the department. They are looking at encouraging entrepreneurs and groups to register with the department for them to be in a position to be called upon for services that includes catering, performing artists, equipment hire and other community entertainment services. Procurement in the department is undertaken in line with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and therefore they aim to attract communities, groups and individuals from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 950 7161 or Rosa on 950 7117.

We also heard from Hams Pettenburg-Perwaord – A debt counsellor from Debt Therapy. If you are struggling to pay your debts, you can approach a debt counsellor and ask him or her to review your situation. This procedure is provided for in the National Credit Act, which became fully effective in June last year, and applies to credit agreements entered into before and after that date. Debt counselling is expected to offer people who are over-indebted a way to negotiate a more affordable repayment plan with their creditors. At Debt Therapy they help you deal with your debt problems if you are overindebted especially now as we face financial meltdown. For more information contact Debt Therapy on 0800 20 4728 or visit www.debt-therapy.co.za

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

19 November - Gender

Thank you, to the guests who were part of today’s show, we spoke to US Consulate General Alberta Mayberry. We were talking about the International Education Week. This is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Campaign on study in the USA will be launched tomorrow at the newly opened USInfo@Central, a PAS outpost in the Cape Town Central Library. This will include a talk on Education USA's services, and posters around the library and the distribution of informational sheets regarding study opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the U.S. For more information on International Education Week, please go to http://iew.state.gov/index.cfm

We also heard from Cherith Sanger – From the Women’s Legal Centre. We were talking about the One In Nine Campaign. The Campaign was established in February 2006 at the start of the rape trial of Jacob Zuma, to ensure the expression of solidarity with the woman in that trial as well as other women who speak out about rape and sexual violence. The One In Nine Campaign works for social justice in a society where the sexual rights of women are respected, upheld and advanced. The One In Nine Campaign works with organizations and institutions involved in HIV/AIDS, violence against women, women's rights, human rights, and lesbian, gay and bisexual activism to ensure that the issue of the sexual rights of all women is addressed through. For more information go to www.oneinnine.org.za or contact (011) 642-4345 alternatively the Women’s Legal Centre on (021) 421 1380.


We closed off the show with an interview with Marleen Don – national convener for the Poor People’s Movement and Theunys Andrews. PPM is a movement of organized communities that use savings and loans as a foundation for social and economic mobilization. The primary focus area of the PPM is income generation. It has started innovative local economic development projects across the country, including Mama’s Coin Factory, the West Coast Snail Industry, and the Karoo Brick Making Business. They are launching a16 savings scheme in 16 days, intiative on the 25 November in conjuction with the 16 days of activism. For more information contact their offices on (021) 949 3669 or Marleen on 083 963 6051.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

18 November- Human Rights

In today's show, we were joined by Liat Davis – From the Social Justice Coalition. The Social Justice Coalition is an independent group that believes in freedom, equality, non-violence and human rights. One of their aims is to actively use the South African Constitution to ensure that private and governmental policies and conduct are always based on consideration of the needs of poor and marginalised people. Last week Tuesday they staged a mass rally at St Georges Cathedral to demand an independent inquiry into the Arms Deal. In addition the SJC also addressed the need for Safety and Security for all on the basis of social justice. They say they want to share facts about the arms deal to increase people's understanding, and increase pressure on the government to institute a commission of inquiry. Liat explained more. For Further information please contact Liat Davis on 083 299 9718 or you can contact their offices on (021) 422 1490.You can also visit there website on

We also spoke to Thea Vermaas – Director at Little Angels Children with disabilities. Little Angels was initially established to serve as a resource to parents with disabled children through the provision of a day-care service but was later converted to provide permanent care. Thea explained more about the services they provide. For more information go to www.littleangelssa.com or contact (021) 851 0908 or Thea on 078 444 4115. You can also email them at ltlangel@mweb.co.za.

And our last interview was an interview I had with Neville Hendricks – Chairperson of the Homeless People’s Crisis Committee. The committee’s mission is to develop, implement and facilitate programs to meet people's basic needs. Mr Hendricks explained more on how they working towards achieving their vision of improving the life by proving skills training, building capacity by empowering people. For more information on the work that they do contact 082 346 2680 or send a fax to (021) 705 8356 alternatively you can email them at hpvv@webmail.co.za

Monday, November 17, 2008

17 November - Health

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Professor Eric Bateman - Professor of Respiratory Medicine and director of the UCT Lung Institute. We were talking about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Tomorrow is World COPD day and the theme of this year’s World COPD Day is “Breathless not Helpless.” This positive message emphasizes that effective treatments are available to help people who have been diagnosed with COPD feel better and live more active lives. In addition, it raises awareness that breathlessness is not just an inevitable part of getting older. For people who have not been diagnosed with COPD, breathlessness is a signal that they should see their doctor and ask about a spirometry test to check their lung function. People who have COPD have difficulty breathing because they develop smaller air passageways and have partially destroyed alveoli. Professor Bateman explained more. For more information you can contact the COPD Education Group by sending an email to info@copd.co.za or visit www.copd.co.za

We were also joined by Erica Ketterer – A Dietician from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, we were talking about Blood Pressure and Hypertension. Hypertension causes your heart to work much harder than it should because it has to compensate for the increased blood pressure. Once diagnosed, hypertension can be treated successfully, provided the patient takes responsibility for his/her condition by modifying his/her lifestyle and following the treatment regimen prescribed by the health professional. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a community-based organisation established to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the population of South Africa by providing education and supporting research. To find out more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Blood Pressure and Hypertension visit the website www.changingdiabetesbus.co.za or call (021) 447 4222.You can also call the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222. That interview is brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also joined Instudio by Dr Sharon Williams – Ear, Nose and Throat specialist from the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital. We were talking about sinus, sinusitis and the endoscopic sinus surgery. Sinuses are air- filled spaces at the front of the skull that are connected to the inside of your nose. Sinusitis is caused by the infection of the mucous membrane that lines the sinuses. It causes symptoms of pain, a blocked nose, discharge, reduced sense of smell and the feeling of mucus at the back of your nose or throat. Dr Williams also explained about the endoscopic sinus surgery and its benefits. The aim of the surgery is to widen the passage between the sinus and your nose so that mucus does not become trapped anymore. This should prevent the sinusitis from coming back. For more information on this you can go to your nearest health care centre or call Doctor Williams practice at (021) 422 2229.
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We closed off the show with an interview with Professor Mohamed Haffajee – Professor of Urology and Head of Urology at Wits University. We were talking about Prostate Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundations Awareness Campaign. Every man is at risk of prostate cancer although just 1-in-6 men will be diagnosed - and if diagnosed early, prostate can be cured. The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to engage all South Africans through education, advocacy and research in addressing the prevention, treatment and ultimately cure prostate cancer. The most common symptom of Prostate cancer is: A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, Difficulty in starting to urinate or holding back urine ,Weak or interrupted flow of urine, Painful or burning urination, Frequent pain or stiffness of the lower back, hips or upper thighs. For more information contact the Prostate Cancer Foundation Helpline on (011) 921 5096 or go to www.prostatecancerfoundation.co.za

Friday, November 14, 2008

14 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Mark Hoben - from Soundtrack 4 Life. Soundtrack 4 Life equips high school communities of the Western Cape with skills to face the challenges of HIV and Aids. It offers life skills training and performing arts at schools, enabling participants to explore personal choices in an interactive environment. The 2008 leg of the Soundtrack 4 Life is already underway and has so far reached 8 schools, 88 learners and 31 educators with a series of exciting and intensive theatre workshops aimed at creating vibrant, interactive audience participation that could result in sensible decisions in real life situations. High school learners from all communities are invited to attend these workshops as this work helps to empower the youth participants with life skills and some theatre arts training in an interactive manner. For more information on Soundtrack 4 Life, contact Mark on 082 397 9868 or 021 410 9986 or email them at st4l@artscape.co.za.

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Tanya Surtees – Chairperson from the Hip Khulumakahle. After the running of the very successful Gumbo the team from the FTH:K brings us another production called Ek Roep Vir Jou Vanaand devised and performed by an all-Deaf team, with assistance by Liezl de Kock. This is a heart-warming story about a young boy dealing with the loss of his father. This is a work-in-progress showing of 30 minutes long, followed by a post-production discussion of about 30 minutes. The production will be at the Intimate Theatre next week - on Thursday at 6.30, Entrance is R70. Book at (021) 448 2838 or 073 586 8208 or call Tanya on 083 528 3501.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

13 November- Labour

In today’s show, we heard from Roger Brown – An Attorney from Labour Protect. We were talking about polygraph testing at the workplace. Labour Protect specializes in assisting employees facing labour problems at work. It is reported that employers are often faced with misconduct or criminal activities such as misappropriation of property or theft in its work environment, without knowing exactly where, how and by whom it is committed. So as this ends crippling the business, some employers come up with their own solutions. Some of the measures they take tend to be illegal like sending all the employees for a polygraph test but can one trust the results of a polygraph test? It has been widely accepted by the Labour Court and the CCMA that, polygraph testing in the workplace is highly contentious and the admissibility of its results remains debatable. Roger explained more about polygraph testing in the workplace. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 421 8631 or visit www.labourprotect.co.za

We also heard from Advocate Murray Zimbler – from Work in Solutions and Equity. They specialize on litigation, mediation and labour related matters. We were talking about dismissal due to pregnancy. The Constitution contains equality provisions, which enshrines the right of everyone to equal protection and benefit of the law, and to the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. It also ensures everyone the right to fair labour practices. And according to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, of 1997 there are certain minimum standards that a contract of employment must comply with. This Act provides that no employee may be expected to work for the first six weeks after the birth of her baby. A medical practitioner or midwife may however certify that you are fit to work, in which case you may resume work if you so wishes. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 465 3500 or visit www.workingsolutions.co.za.

we also had an interview with Sindiso Malaku - Public Relations Manager at the Industrial Development Corporation. In September the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) launched a R1 billion Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme to serve the financing and entrepreneurial needs of South Africa’s marginalised groups. The Scheme has been designed to facilitate the development of targeted marginalised entrepreneurs and enable them to access financing as well as serve as a propeller for new entrants into the formal sector entrepreneurial activity. Sindiso explained more about the scheme. For more information about the Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme go to www.idc.co.za or contact (011) 269 3000 or for enquiries call 086 069 3888.

we closed off the show with an interview I had with Tony Ehrenreich – Regional Secretary of COSATU. COSATU in partnership with the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Metropolitan and Absa will be hosting Proudly SA Expo and Conference. The expo The Expo will profile and market local firms, facilitate business linkages and encourage demand for the products of local industries, all of which help to prevent job losses. The Expo and Conference will be held at the Grand West Arena and Market Hall, Goodwood, on the 17th and 18th of November. For more information contact Geraldine Kennedy on (021) 448 0046.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

12 November- Gender

In today's show,we spoke to Cindy Clark – Executive Director for the Association for Women's Rights in Development or AWID. AWID is hosting an International Forum on Women's Rights and Development at the Convention Centre till Monday the 17th of November. The forum titled the Power of Movements is the largest recurring event of its kind that brings together women's rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth. Cindy explained more about the forum. For more information about AWID Cape Town contact their offices on (021) 425 3682 or go to www.awid.org

Monday, November 10, 2008

10 November- Health

In today's show,we were joined on the line by Margot McCumsky – From the Diabetes Association of South Africa. On Friday is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. It is reported that Diabetes affects 2.6 % of men and 3.9 % of women according to the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey. This is made up in population categories for men as 1.8 % of the African population, 11.4 % of the Asian population, 3.1 % of the Coloured population, 8.6 % of the White population. But Margot will explain more. For more information you can contact the Diabetes Association of South Africa on (021) 425 4440 or go to www.diabetessa.co.za That interview is brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We were also joined by Dr Lindiwe Phemba – medical advisor for Novo Nordisk South Africa. We were talking about diabetes in children. The Interview focused on World Diabetes Day with a special focus on diabetes in children. We also focused on the free of charge diabetes screenings offered to the public on the Novo Nordisk Chaging Diabetes Bus. The Changing Diabetes Bus will be transversing the length and breadth of our country during the next 5 years, in an attempt to share information and help contain one of the world’s most pressing healthcare crises. All screenings on the bus are offered free of charge, and include checking out all those important numbers: blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and waist circumference measurements. With these in hand community members will be able to assess their personal risks of developing the disease, or will discover they’re already there. Trained nurses on the bus also refer those at risk – or who have the disease - to their nearest clinic, health centre or medical professional so that they’ll be able to find out more about preventing or managing their diabetes and how best to take control. To find out more about the Changing Diabetes Bus and the Changing Diabetes Campaign visit the website www.changingdiabetesbus.co.za

And we also spoke to Dr Cleeve Robertson – Head of the Metro Emergency Medical Services. We were talking about CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. CPR is an emergency procedure performed if someone has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped and this week is the CPR week, so Dr Robertson explained more about the role of the lay rescuer/first-aider. For more information on CPR go to your nearest health care centre.

We closed off the show with an interview I had earlier today with Dr Peter De Jong a gynecologist we were talking about Endometriosis. It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain is often with menstruation, however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Another symptoms is infertility, and some women with endometriosis also experience severe fatigue. For more information go to www.endometriosis.org or contact him on (021) 422 3290 he is based at Chris Bernard Memorial Hospital.

Friday, November 07, 2008

7 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Alison Kelly – Blue Flag programme National Co-odinator. South Africa launched the 8th season of Blue Flag on Wednesday, the 5th of November. At the start of the new season, South Africa has 35 beaches participating in the programme. Of these thirty-five, nineteen received official Blue Flag accreditation for the next year. Cape Town and Port Elizabeth between them managed to have 10 of the 19 beaches that were officially awarded Blue Status. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to implement the Blue Flag programme and since 2001, the programme has become a truly global initiative with 38 countries participating and a further seven countries undertaking the feasibility stage. Alison explained more about the aims of the Blue Flag programme. In Cape Town the following beaches have a Blue Flag accreditation: Bikini beach in Gordon's Bay, Mnandi Beach, Strandfontein, Clifton 4th beach, Camps Bay beach, Muizenberg beach, and Strandfontein beach. For more information on Blue Flag, visit www.blueflag.org or contact Alison on (033) 330 3942 or send an email to alisonk@wessa.co.za

We also heard from Rizqah Majiet – A photographer. Ricky is exhibiting a collection of her work which looks at South Africa on a positive perspective. She and Noer Abrahams have joined hands for the Adversative Exhibition at Artscape that consist of paintings and photographs showing current affairs in an upbeat way. The exhibition is in the Marble Hall at Artscape and will run till Sunday the 23rd of November. To see more of Ricky’s photographs go to www.monsoon-media.co.za

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.


We closed off the show with an interview with Scott Sparrow and Nick Pauling. They are starring in Edward Albee's famous hit play the Zoo Story. The action of the Zoo Story revolves around a bench in Central Park New York where the two characters Jerry and Peter engage in a conversation that catapults them into life altering consequences. My art fundi Nigel Vermaas says the Zoo Story is as relevant in our world of increasing alienation and the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots even though is was written fifty years ago in 1958. He says it’s funny, it’s intense and it’s really worth seeing. So tonight go to the Intimate Theatre and see it at 20H15PM it closes on the 15th of November. Tickets costs between R40 – R60. Bookings via email: drm-theintimatetheatre@uct.ac.za or call 082 636 0083.
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

6 November- Labour

We heard from Tinus Boshoff – Director of Labourguide. On the 19th of November Tinus will facilitate a workshop on the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the responsibilities of Management. This course is intended for all managers who should know the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the consequences of non-compliance. The Act was introduced to provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery. Tinus explained more about the importance of legal compliance and fundamental elements of effective safety management. The workshop will be at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town. It costs R 980 per delegate. The price includes course material, certificates, legislation and catering/ refreshments and Safe and secure parking. For more information about the workshop contact Magda on (012) 661 3208 or send an email magda@labourguide.co.za

We closed off with an interview with Dr Dhesan Moodley – President at Proudfoot Consulting. According to survey findings released by Proudfoot Consulting, South Africans workers are as productive as workers in Germany, Brazil, France and the United States but are lowly paid. The study’s findings are based on a survey of 1,276 managers in 12 countries. Dr Moodley explained more about the purpose of the study. For more information about the Productivity survey findings go to www.proudfootconsulting.com

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

5 November- Gender

In today's show, we spoke to Adil Peters, Lesley van Rooyen, Jaymien Batts, and Christine – from the Reach for Life Foundation. They will be starting a support group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community in Manenberg. Their goal is to connect with others in discussions of common concern and provide a safe and supportive environment. For more information contact Christine on 074 282 1627 or Adil on 079 615 6574.

We also spoke to Nontembiso Mevana – from Sizakuyenza. Their vision is to see the most vulnerable getting protected from abuse, comprehensive access to health services, strong awareness around the major health and social risks, opportunities to participate in their own development. For more information contact their offices on (021) 374 0800 or 083 772 4331 or 074 111 2442 or visit www.courc.co.za
We closed off the show with an interview I had with Dr Steven Pretorius - Founder of Fathers-4-Justice South Africa. Fathers4Justice is a pressure group of aggrieved fathers who are denied access to their children. They are campaigning for justice and equality in family law for children, their parents and grandparents who spend thousands of rands in their quest to become hands-on dads. Dr Pretorius told us more about the organisation. For more information you can contact Dr Pretorius at 083 790 0911 or visit www.fathers-4-justice.co.za

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

04 November - Human Rights

In today’s show, we were joined by Advocate Paul Hoffman – Director at the Centre for Constitutional Rights. The Centre operates as a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation and reports to the Foundation’s Board through the Executive Director. Their mission is to uphold the constitutional accord of 1993-1996, as articulated in the 1996 Constitution. Advocate Hoffman explained more about their activities. For more information go to www.cfcr.org.za or contact (021) 930 3622.

We also spoke to Dr Fanie Du Toit – Executive Director at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Last week the institute launched the Truth Justice Memory, which is a twelve part DVD video clips, each about 20 minutes in length, covering a series of important aspects in the TRC's work. This first-of-its-kind course, conceptualised as part of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation's Education programme, aims to expose learners to the TRC event in a sensitive but forthright manner. The TRC DVD and Coursebook is available at R250. For orders and enquiries contact (021) 763 7128 or go to www.ijr.org.za
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We heard from Thembi Sithole from Habitat for Humanity South Africa. Habitat for Humanity South Africa has been actively building in South Africa since 1996 and to date over 2200 families have been served across 17 communities. As a community development organisation Habitat for Humanity SA engages with local communities in the greater Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg areas. Thembi explained more about other projects they are currently busy with here in Cape Town. For more info contact them on (021) 670 2044 alternatively their website on www.habitat.org.za


And our last interview was with Sheila Gastro – from Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. Tomorrow they will be hosting their second annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which acknowledges individual philanthropists in South Africa for their contribution to society and their dedication to building a sustainable South African civil society. The award ceremony will be held at Walled City, in Ratanga Junction. For more information on the work that they do you can go to www.inyathelo.co.za or contact (021) 465 6981.

Monday, November 03, 2008

03 November - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Neil Cameron – from the University of Stellenbosch. We were talking about Malaria. The World Health Organisation agree that greater awareness is needed. The world health community recognizes malaria as a global emergency that knows no borders. This week is the Tourist Malaria Awareness Week with the aim of informing the public to take precautionary measures if they visit malaria high-risk areas to avoid infection. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.
We were also joined instudio by Dr Hubrecht Brodey – an Ophthalmologist from the Cape Eye Hospital and Sharon Munnik from the Eye Bank. We were talking about cornea transplant. The Eye Bank is a registered non-profit organisation, authorised by the Department of Health to obtain and distribute eye tissue to Surgeons for transplant purposes in order to restore or improve the sight of persons who are blind or partially blind. The Eye Bank would like to encourage all South Africans to consider becoming a donor and thereby give the gift of sight and improve the lives of the thousands who are waiting for a corneal graft. The need for donor corneas is never satisfied as new patients are continuously being added to the waiting list. So if you would like to donate or for more information contact the Eye Bank on (021) 447 5151 or visit www.eyebank.org.za. Dr Brodey is available on (021) 948 6333 or visit www.lasikeyesurgery.co.za
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Friday, October 31, 2008

31 October- Arts,Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined Instudio by Mark Oglivie – from the Cape Town Environment Education Trust. One of their primary objectives is to provide quality, affordable Environmental Education Programmes to youth from all communities in the Cape Metropolitan Area. Mark explained more about those educational programmes. For more information contact mark at 072 183 3772 or (021) 706 8523 or visit http://www.zeep.co.za/


We also heard from Mbulelo Samby – from the Artscape. We were talking about one of the major production running during the 4th Artscape Spring Drama Season. The play titled The Return is written by one of South Africa’s leading playwrights, Fatima Dike. It is a project of the Artscape New Writing Programme and explores some of the difficult issues facing South Africa’s cotemporary Black society. The production is directed by leading director and theatre producer, Roy Sargeant. The cast stars famed veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni, Mzwakhe Mdidimba, Roshina Ratnam and Phakamisa Zwedala. Set and costume designs are by Dicky Longhurst and the lighting design is by Alfred Rietmann. Booking for the play’s season, which opens with low-price previews on the 13th and 14th of November and runs from the 15th to the 29th of November, can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. There are also discounted tickets for early shows on Tuesdays. For block bookings and discounted ticket prices please contact Daniel on 072 474 1079 or springseason@mweb.co.za

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with David Johnson – An actor. David is featured on Yellowman, Lara Bye’s production opening at the Baxter’s Sanlam Studio on 6 November till 29th at 20:15PM. The production explores the tension between light and dark-skinned African-Americans through the heartbreaking story of childhood sweethearts ‘yellaman’ Eugene and the big and dark Alma. The production has just returned from a tour of Holland and winner of the Kanna Best Production at the 2008 ABSA KKNK. For block bookings call Sharon Alexander on (021) 680 3962 during office hours or book through Computicket at http://www.computicket.com/ or visit http://www.baxter.co.za/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

30 October - Labour

In today’s show, we heard from Richard Hoffman – a senior consultant at Labour Justice. We were talking about workplace discipline focusing on Disciplinary procedures, Grievance procedures, Disciplinary hearings & Warnings. Richard designs and drafts specialized Codes for Discipline and Companies and presides at hearings. For more information about Labour Justice go to www.labourjustice.com or contact their office on (021) 511-6385.

We also heard from Sizwe Pamla – From the National Education Health & Allied Workers Union or NEHAWU. NEHAWU claims that their members, 52 security personnel were suspended by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) for alleged incitement and promotion of an illegal industrial action. According to the union, ACSA found some of their members guilty in absentia during a hearing without affording them an opportunity to answer for themselves or get representation from union officials. Sizwe explained more about those allegations, unfortunately Nothemba Noruwana – ACSA spokesperson failed to be part of this conversation to tell their side of the story. For more information about the union go to www.nehawu.org.za or call their office on (011) 836 2902.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

29 October - Gender

In today's show,we spoke to Cynthia Mbuyazwe – from Women of Steel. Their mission is to create self sustaining income primarily for unemployed women in poorer communities. This is achieved by setting them up in their own business then training and supporting them and their business. Cynthia explained more on how they operate. For more information contact her on 082 357 0462 or Lizeka Rhali on 082 423 0188

We also heard from Shaun Phillips – from Hearts of Men. Hearts of Men strives to provide mentoring, educational and social guidance to young people at risk in order for them to become community builders contributing to sustainable peace and crime prevention. Shaun explained more about other services. For more information contact Shaun on 073 411 3783 or (021) 845 5325 or send an email to sharp@africamail.com
We closed off the show with an interview with Jean Beukes – an activist. A group of South African feminists have joined Zimbabwean sisters to say enough is enough. They say Zim leaders should stop the reign of terror, end illegal arrests of women activists and implement the global political agreement now. Yesterday they marched to voice their demands; Jean explained more about other actions they planning to take. For more information contact her on 083 721 3966 or Sipho Mthathi on 082 576 2990 alternatively try Lucille Kennedy on 073 199 0592.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

28 October - Human Rights

In today's show,we were joined by Anaclet Mbayagu – From the African Disabled Refugee Organisation. Adro provides advocacy, material and moral assistance to disabled refugees or asylum seekers. Anaclet explained more about other services they provide. If you want more information about the organisation, you can contact him on 073 195 0594 or send a fax to (021) 421 7105 alternatively send an email to adro@webmail.co.za

We heard from Lezete Engelbrecht – Home Care Director at the Highway Home Project. This is an organisation that offers care to abandoned, abused and neglected children, who are referred to them by welfare agencies and some who have been on the street. Their mission is to provide a safe residential care facility, offering opportunities for the healthy development of children, combined with effective community service and family support programmes, contributing to family reconciliation, reunification and preservation. Lezet explained more about other services that they provide. For more in formation call (021) 510 4554 / 083 393 1596 or go to www.highwayhome.co.za

And our last interview was with Deputy Mayor Councillor Grant Haskin and Sandra Morreira – Director of the Homestead the first shelter for street children in Cape Town. The City Of Cape Town will host street people conference in conjunction with Western Cape Provincial Government on the 30th and 31st of October. The conference will be assessing whether the City’s efforts and resources are being used effectively and efficiently in improving the quality of life of people in this marginalised and stigmatised group. Sandra shared some of the challenges they face as service providers. The conference will be at Good Hope Centre. For more information visit www.capetown.gov.za, you can contact the Homestead on (021) 419 9763 or visit www.homestead.org.za

Monday, October 27, 2008

27 October - Health

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Katherine Alexander – Vice Chairperson of Psoriasis Association. We were talking about Psoriasis as today it is World Psoriasis Day which aims to raise more awareness about this condition. Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder and it affects one to two percent of the population. Unfortunately there is no cure for Psoriasis, but many different treatments, both topical (on the skin) and systemic (throughout the body), can clear psoriasis for periods of time. For more information you can contact the Psoriasis Association at (021) 556 1141 (all hours)or (021) 981 1650 or visit the website at www.psoriasis.org.za send an email to psoriasis@blaauwberg.net.

We were also joined by Stanley Nondo – from the Department of Health. We were talking about promoting good water, food and sanitation related diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, the global estimates are that about 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal disease and 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. A fraction of diarrhoeal diseases is attributed to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Stanley explain more on what we can do to maintain good hygiene practices and prevent spread of diseases . That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also spoke to Dr Simone Honikman – From the Perinatal Mental Health Project based at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. The project is a collaborative and innovative endeavour involving a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, nursing staff, public health experts and researchers. It provides a holistic mental health service to vulnerable pregnant and postpartum women attending the maternity hospital. Screening, counselling and psychiatric care are provided on-site and are seamlessly integrated into the maternal care package. Dr Honikman explained as this is the only service of its kind in South Africa how have they progressed in changing women’s lives. For more information on depression contact the SA Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 567567 or Mosaic at (021) 761 7585.

We closed off the show with an interview with Vanessa Damon – co-coordinator at War against Malnutrition, Tuberculosis and Hunger or WARMTH. WARMTH is a community based nutrition project that operates in the underprivileged areas around Cape Town. With the escalating food prices and the nation wide food crisis, more and more of the poorest of the poor in Cape Town are unable to feed themselves and are starving as a result of food shortages. Often, having insufficient food leads to malnutrition. At WARMTH it is believed that no-one in the Western Cape deserves to go to bed hungry. Their aim is to relieve hunger, malnutrition and chronic diseases by providing low cost nutritious food to disadvantaged communities, through a network of community kitchens and healthcare workshops, thereby stimulating community development. We spoke about the organisation, focusing on malnutrition. For more information call (021) 696 1313 or visit www.warmth.org.za

Friday, October 24, 2008

24 October - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today's edition of Sakhisizwe we were joined Instudio by Tambu Sibanda and Thijs Boer – from Greatmore Art Studios. In celebrating their tenth birthday, Greatmore Studios will be hosting an exclusive art raffle. The raffle comprises of selected work on paper from a collection of images donated by local and international artists. Artists who will be featured include David Koloane, Cecil Skotnes, Sue Williamson, William Kentridge, Tyrone Appolis, David Goldblatt, Helen Sebidi, Peter Clarke and more. By buying a raffle ticket for R1 600 you stand a chance to win one of over 112 Artworks generously donated by artists that have been associated with Greatmore in the past ten years. The number of tickets sold have been limited to 224 to ensure ticket holders have a 50% chance of winning an original artwork. The final draw will take place at Greatmore Studios on Friday the 14th of November. You can view 112 artworks being raffled at www.greatmoreart.org/catalogue_01.htm or contact (021) 447 9699 for more information.
PIC:Tambu and Thijs by Busi Mtabane

We also heard from Fatima Abdool – Co_Editor of IZZiT Magazine. IZZiT is a new bi-monthly lifestyle magazine that addresses the needs of people of mixed heritage what you call coloured or ‘brown' people. It is under the editorship of Fatima and Erald Felix from 50/50. Fatima says the focus of this magazine will be lively, practical and contemporary, with the aim of enhancing readers' information, knowledge and skills base about themselves and the coloured community in general. It will carry regular features, columns, one-off articles and special, themed sections. IZZiT is available at R19.95 from bookstores and other stockists serving the community, as well as on subscription at R100 for six issues. But shame they forgot about Cape Town. For Further details and subscription forms go to www.izzitmagazine.com or send an email to info@izzitmagazine.com

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Tessa Dowling – Language Expert from African Voices. African Voices is involved in a number of different areas relating to Southern African language and culture. Tessa explained more on what they do. For more info visit www.africanvoices.co.za or contact (021) 788 3954.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

23 October - Labour

In today’s show, we played an interview I had with George Pambason - Director of the Alliance for refugees. The alliance was established in 2005 by George and other refugees from different African countries living in Cape Town, with a shared vision of uplifting the lives of refugees and making them an asset rather than a liability to the host Nation by engaging them in socio-economic and cultural activities. If you want more information contact the Alliance on (021) 421 2348 or visit www.afrisa.org.za

We also heard from John Peters – Regional Manager for Small Enterprise Development Agency or SEDA. We were talking about Entrepreneurship. SEDA in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry hosted the first Entrepreneurs Day in Cape Town yesterday. The aim of the event is to reach mainly pre-start up as well as existing enterprises that have been in operation for less than two years, providing information, advice and networking opportunities. John explained more about the future of entrepreneurship in our province. For more information about the services that SEDA provides call (021) 949 2227 or visit www.seda.org.za

Our last interview was with Nerine Kahn -Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. The CCMA is hosting a conference on the International Perspectives about Workplace Dispute Resolution. This event will bring together Agency Heads of similar Dispute Resolution Agencies from Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada and New Zealand. The CCMA believes that this conference is pivotal in understanding the challenges for promoting labour market stability, not only in South Africa but in the SADC Region at large. This conference is also a key platform for people with a passion for industrial relations to learn and debate employee relations concerns affecting stakeholders world-wide. Nerine explained more about some of the focal areas that were addressing during the conference. For more information about the CCMA go to www.ccma.org.za or their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22 October - Gender

Today on the show, we spoke to Rachel Georgia - Communication & Project Officer at the National Community Radio Forum or NCRF. The NCRF in partnership with Constitution Hill will be hosting a dialogue on Women in Media on the 11th of November. Women in Media will be represented by various sectors within media; this is part of teaching and encouraging young females to become involved in the different sectors within media. Rachel explained more about the objectives of the dialogue. For more information to go www.ncrf.org.za or contact (011) 403 4336.

We also heard from Pam Jackson – Director of Ons Plek. Ons Plek is the only intake shelter for girls in Cape Town tomorrow they will be launching a book on the work of Ons Plek with girls in need. According to Pam the book has a unique and easy-to-read approach to the subject of girls living on the street, focuses on the daily realities of providing a full range of structured therapeutic and development opportunities for the children. The launch is at the Rondebosch United Church opposite St Joseph’s College at 17:00PM. The book will cost R140 but if you attend the launch you’ll get an Early Bird Special and pay R80. Pam says this book is for anyone interested in people because it is written in the form of stories. It is not necessary to be a professional to enjoy it. For more information about the book or Ons Plek, you can visit their website www.onsplek.org.za or call them on (021) 465 4829.

We closed off the show with an interview with Jennifer Williams – From the Women’s Legal Centre. The dissolution of a relationship is always difficult, so today as part of our gender talk we decided to talk to Jennifer about fair access to resources, on ensuring women get a fair share of the assets of the partnership irrespective of religion. For more information on the services that the Women’s Legal Centre provide go to www.wlce.co.za or contact (021) 421 1380.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

21 October - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Noluvo Rhasmeni – Western Cape Coordinator of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS or NAPWA. NAPWA is a national organization that co-ordinates the needs and resources of all people living with HIV/AIDS. One of their objectives is to ensure that the human rights of all infected and affected people are recognized and upheld. But Noluvo explained more about the work they do. If you want more information about the organisation, you can contact their offices on (021) 425 6860 or visit www.napwa.org.za but that website is still under construction.

We heard from Elroy Paulus – Advocacy program manager at Black Sash. Black Sash in partnership with other Human Rights organisations will hand over a petition to parliament today, signed by over 12 000 supporters, appealing that the age limit of children eligible for child support grants be extended to 18 years old. Elroy explained more about that call. For more info contact them on (021) 4617804 alternatively their website on www.blacksash.org.za

And our last interview was with Vivienne Budaza – from Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids or GAPA. GAPA started as a self help project in Khayelitsha. They host workshops that cover topics such as vegetable gardening, human rights, elder abuse, accessing social grants, drawing up a will and business skills. Grandmothers are also invited to attend support groups held in area representatives homes once a week. uGogo Budaza explained more on the communities they work with. For more information on GAPA you can go to www.gapa.org.za or contact (021) 364 3138.

Monday, October 20, 2008

20 October - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Cleeve Robertson - Provincial Director of Emergency Medical Services. We were talking about Trauma. Trauma is defined as any body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury as from accident, injury or impact. According to research deaths from physical trauma decline where there are organized trauma systems. Dr Robertson told us more about trauma. That interview was brought to you by the department of Health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Tereza Hough – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced and the micro-architecture of bone is disrupted. This leads to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is called the silent disease because it progresses undetected for many years and the first sign of this disease is usually a fracture. According to reports, more than one-third of women over the age of 50 and nearly half of those over age 70 are affected by this disease. Osteoporosis in men is on the increase, and one in 5 men will develop this disease. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (021) 931 7894 or their Help line: 0861102265 for those who have access to the internet visit www.osteoporosis.org.za

Today was also Down Syndrome Awareness Day and Tineke Boshoff - from the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape joined us on the show to talk more about Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. Tineke explained more about this condition. For more information you can contact the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape on (021) 919 8533 or visit www.downsyndrome.org.za

Our last interview was an interview conducted by my former producer Cindy Witten on Asthma. Cindy attended a debate on whether self management is the way forward in improving Asthma control and decrease Asthma related deaths, well we will hear more on that interview Cindy had with Professor Robin Green and Professor Charles Feldman – both head of Pulmonology at Pretoria University and Wits University.