Friday, February 29, 2008

29 February – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we were joined instudio by Ongama Mona and Wandile Zintwana – members of Warongx. This duo from Khayelitsha will blow you away with their mixture of Afro-Pop and Jazz music. They say their aim is to make music that reminds them of their roots. If you want to see them perform live and hear some of their mesmerizing melodies, you can go to venues like the Zula Bar in Long Street, Bra-Joes eGugs and other venues. For more information contact Ongama 083 374 6510.

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

28 February – Labour

Today we spoke to Mary-Joe Emde – CEO of Results Workplace Coaching SA. We were talking about workplace coaching. According to Results Workplace Coaching International - External coaching for executives is rapidly being accepted worldwide as one of the most effective ways of improving workplace performance. Mary-Joe explained what the coach's job is and the importance of a workplace coach. For more information contact their offices at (031) 312 0978 or visit

We also spoke to Noxolo Ntenetya - A Register from the Western Cape Tourist Guide Registration Office. We were talking about registering as a tourist guide. What steps to follow and about the requirements. For more information contact their offices at (021) 483 8734 or send an email to

Our last interview was with Zolisa Gidi – senior consultant from Productivity SA. Productivity SA, is an organisation dedicated to the development and enhancement of South Africa’s productivity, and contributes to socio-economic development, competitiveness, and ultimately the general improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans. Productivity SA will host the continent’s first ever World Productivity Congress entitled, “Competing in the Global Economy: Leading through Productivity” at Sun City, from 21-24 September 2008. Zolisa told us more about the congress. If you would like more information contact their offices at (021) 910 1591 or visit alternatively email them to

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

27 February - Gender

In today’s show we spoke to Commissioner Yvette Abrahams – From the Commission on Gender Equality. The Commission will host a press conference in order to give a response on the tabling of the report of the Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the Chapter 9 and Associated institutions. The commission is also a chapter 9 institution. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 426 4080/3 or visit their website at

We were also joined on the line by Candice Jansen – A photographer. We will be talking to her about some of the challenges she faces as a photographer and what inspires her work. Candice’s work is currently on display at Don Pedro in Woodstock as part of the Month of People’s Photography’s Home Sweet Street Exhibition. For more information you can contact her on 083 453 9647 or visit their website at

We also spoke to Pearl Motolwana – Board Member from the Abigail Women’s Movement. The Abigail Women’s Movement is a service centre for the elderly. Pearl told us more about the service they provide. For more information contact their office at (021) 387 4775 or email her at abigail'

We closed off the show with an interview with Christina Phika – Founder of Mama Africa. Mama Afrika Ithemba does a lot of outreach in their surrounding communities and prison. Mama Afrika Ithemba not only teaches women skills on how to bake or sew but they also learn how to become more self-sufficient by selling what they make. Christina will appreciate help from members of the society by donating sewing material or anything that will be helpful in their empowerment efforts. For more information you can contact Christina on 083 961 7155.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

26 February - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Elma Geswindt – Cosatu Provincial Administer. Last week Western Cape Senior Citizens marched to the Provincial Government in a bid to express their unhappiness against the low pension rate. The march was organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Cosatu. Elma explained more about the senior citizens grievances. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 448-0045 / 6 or email her to

We were also joined instudio by Hassan Khan – CEO of the Haven Night Shelter to talk about the shelter and the services that they provide for adult people living on the streets. One of their missions is to promote community awareness of the social problems arising out of destitution and to encourage the participation of the public in the alleviation of such problems. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 461 7830 alternatively visit their website at

Our last interview was with Veronica and Charles Nicholas. Veronica and Charles work as volunteers at the Grassy Park victim comfort room. The victim comfort rooms were established in various police station in the Western Cape in order for victioms of crime to feel more comfortable in giving their statements to police, or get counselling there for the trauma they were experiencing. We heard more about the support services that the Grassy Park Victim Comfort Room renders to the members of the public. For more information you can contact the station at (021) 700 3900 or Veronica at 072 243 6936.
PIC:by Ilhaan Hoosain

Monday, February 25, 2008

25 February - Health

The Tik Epidemic has taken over Cape Town communities, children as young as 15 years old are addicted to this dangerous drug. TIK induces psychotic symptoms, such as seeing or hearing things that are not there, and violence. According to users, the drug gives an immediate, extremely pleasurable rush or “flush”. The rush only lasts a few seconds, but is followed by euphoria (a high) which lasts for several hours. In today’s show we were joined on the line by Grant Jardine – Director of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre to talk about the long term effects of this drug. What does it do to one’s brains – Once you stop using can you fully recover. TIK is a highly addictive, if you are using it and would like to quit contact the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre at (021) 447 8026 or visit for more information.

We have started again with the series of interviews brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union and this week we were talking to Maureen McCrea – Assistant Director for Health promotions. We were talking about healthy lifestyle. The Department of Health is always stressing the need for people to live a healthy lifestyle by not smoking, being physically active and eating healthy. Maureen explained more about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. So as from start exercising, eat healthy and stop smoking will you. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital.

And we also played a feature produced by Tina George focusing on teenage binge drinking. It is reported that in the Western Cape, more than a third of teenagers are involved in binge drinking. A survey conducted last year among eight city schools shows that this has become a social norm amongst young people.

We closed off the show with an interview with Philippa Douglas - Executive Director of the Organ Donor Foundation. 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. If you would like more information on how you can be an organ donor contact the Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 22 66 11 or check

Friday, February 22, 2008

22 February - Arts, Culture and environment

Today we spoke to Ravi Naidoo – Founder and Host of the Design Indaba. This event will be taking over Cape Town's International Convention Centre from tomorrow till next Friday the 29th of February. The Indaba is a hive of creative energy, attracting leading designers and students from around South Africa and the world. Speakers from past indabas have included over 250 industry leaders from the fields of product design, fashion, architecture, interiors, graphic design, trend forecasting and new media. For more information visit or contact their offices at (021) 465 9966.

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Francois Raubenheimer – from the Month of People's Photography. We spoke to him about their annual free exhibition that aims to exhibit pictures taken by photographers from all walks of life. This year they encourage people to bring their own photographs to the grand opening event that will take place at the National Art Gallery from 3PM today. Month of People's Photography or MOPP was initiated by a group of independent photographers whose intention was to create not only a platform for their own work but a social interaction with photography outside of the bounds of “dictated media”. The exhibition runs from today till the 22nd of March 2008 at the South African National Art Gallery Annexe in Plein Street (or St Johns Street), Cape Town. And wait for this, entrance is FREE- mahala. For more information about the exhibition contact Francois on 082 940 9191 or visit
Photo: Ilhaam Hoosain

Thursday, February 21, 2008

21 February - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Seth Tladi – Director of Development and Research from the Triple Trust Organisation. The organisation acts as a market development facilitator and designs and manages projects that will enable poor communities to meaningfully participate in markets. Seth will tell us more about their programmes. For more information visit or call (021) 689 6000.

We were also joined on the line by Eric Ntabazalila – spokesperson for the MEC for Transport and Public Works, Marius Fransman. We were talking about the study bursaries that the minister will be awarding this afternoon to more than 124 students studying engineering and other scarce skills. This is part of the Masakh’ iSizwe Programme which was coined by the Minister about two-and-a-half years ago. For more information you can contact the Bursaries Programme Manager at (021) 483 5851 alternatively send him an email to

And last but not least we were joined by Benjamin Inno – Operations Manager at the Zenzele Training & Development Center. Zenzele is a non-profit organisation based in Khayelitsha. They provide residents from disadvantaged communities with skills training and business development training and economic empowerment programme. If you want more information about Zenzele you can contact their offices at (021) 361 1840 or visit

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

20 February - Gender

Today we heard an inspiring story of how a shelter has contributed in changing the lives of previously destitude and homeless women. Dorothy Du plooy – Director of St. Annes Home joined Sakhisizwe on the line to talk about the work they do. The organisation’s vision is to see women with children living free from abuse, poverty and discrimination by offering the world a model of care and social empowerment. Dorothy told us more about their programme. Dorothy has called on the members of the public to donate baby formula, clothes and toys for the shelter. For more information you can contact (021) 448 6792 /488 8513 or visit

We were also joined by Lindie Buirski – City of Cape Town’s Environmental Educationn Coordinator. We were talking about the Women Orchid Legacy Project. The project was founded with the purpose and aim of offering unemployed women training in how to grow orchids and run a nursery. The city of Cape Town is the co-founder of the project. For more information you can visit

We closed off the show with Kemang Lehulere - Member of CitySkin. We were talking about the unveiling of the Ikhwelo Wire Mural that they were working on for past four weeks. This project has collected the thoughts and images of hundreds of youth to be broadcast as a message to the world. The unveiling is today at 3PM at Spier Estate in Stellenbosch. CitySkin invites the public to this free jam session, featuring the Gugulethu All NYs spinning music and spoken word, with Coriander as MC. Go and see for yourself this dynamic art project created by the people of the Mother City united.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

19 February - Human Rights

In today's show we spoke to Mark Lawrence – chairman of the Children's Protection Fund of South Africa. The organisation provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of South Africa who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. They pay particular attention to the needs of poor, underprivileged and abused children and those with disabilities. Mark told us how they have made a difference since the start of the organisation. On the 24 May 2008 the CPFSA will be hosting an event and welcomes any form of donation. For more information you can contact Mark on 082 9354910 or alternatively email them at

And our last interview was with Vivian Budaza – Executive Director of Grandmothers against Poverty and Aids - GAPA. This is a voluntary organisation that aims to build capacity and empower grandmothers to overcome the effects of HIV/AIDS in their families. They do this through a growing network of grandmothers who all are affected by the pandemic. GAPA will be hosting a 3 day workshop in Khayelitsha on the 26-28 February 2008. If you want more information about the organisation or you would like to join them you can contact (021) 3643138 or visit

Monday, February 18, 2008

18 February – Health

Today we were joined on the line by Azola Goqwana and Thami Nkosi – From the Sonke Gender Justice Network. The Sonke Gender Justice Network will be launching a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) awareness raising campaign event in Gugulethu, at Yona taxi rank on the 22nd of February, from 11AM. Their Peer educators will be educating commuters about STI’s, HIV/AIDS and gender based violence. Your partnership in this initiative will be highly appreciated. Their slogan is “Lets work together to raise awareness about gender based violence and prevent HIV in our communities”. For more information contact their offices at (021) 423 7088 or visit

This week is the Teen Suicide Prevention Week and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be focusing on educating the public about the serious issue of teen suicide. In South Africa, suicide is said to be the second leading cause of death in the 15 – 24 age group. It is vital to address feelings of depression, suicidality and low self-esteem in teens as early as possible to prevent teen suicide. And in today’s show were joined by Cassey Amor – from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Who explained more about the warning signs and what action to take if one identifies those signs. For more information you can contact SADAG at (011) 262 6396 or visit their website at alternatively you can try their toll free line at 0800 567 567 or the sms line on 31393.

And we played a feature produced by Sakhisizwe’s producer Ilhaam Hoosain. Ilhaam spoke to Professor Erick Erickson, International specialist in the field of Osteoporosis, who was in the country to give talks on the latest developments and research on Osteoporosis. According to reports, Osteoporosis is a deadly epidemic affecting millions that does not appear frequently in the news. The visible part of the epidemic is the bone fractures that result in disability, dependency and death. The good news is that this epidemic is not only preventable but can be effectively treated. For more information on Osteoporosis go to or contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa on (021) 931 7894.

We closed off the show with an interview with Alan Marriott, a member of the British Academy of Hypnosis and a fully qualified and recognised Hypnotherapist. Alan has put together a full hypnosis and weight loss programme to help you lose those extra kilos– successfully. The course called “Successful Secrets of Permanent Weight-loss” will be running monthly, starting in the South Peninsula and will run for 6 sessions at the Fish Hoek Senior School in Fish Hoek. He explained how the programme works. For more information contact Alan on (021) 781 0410 or 076 687 2132.

Friday, February 15, 2008

15 February – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Brent Meistre. Meistre is a photographer and academic living and working in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. We were talking to him about his photographic exhibition titled Class currently on at the Photographers Gallery in town. The exhibition is running till the 5th of March. To see Brent’s work visit the Photographers Gallery at 63 Shortmarket Street in Cape Town or call (021) 422 2762 or visit

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. The Baxter Theatre Centre is calling for applications from young South African actors who will be under 30 years old in June this year, who wish to audition for the Brett Goldin Bursary for 2008. Auditions will take place at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town during the week of 25 February with the finals on 7 and 8 March. The closing date for applications is Friday, 22 February at 5PM. The organisers of the Brett Goldin Bursary have decided to hold the event every second year, so the next call for applications is only expected in 2010 and will take place in Johannesburg. So make sure you don’t miss this opportunity. All enquiries should be directed to Roz van der Vyver on (021) 680 3988. Applications should be clearly marked and addressed to her and should be faxed to (021) 689 1880, e-mailed to or delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch by no later than 17:00 on Friday, 22 February.

We closed off the show with an interview with Unathi Sigenu and Kevin McCauley – artists from CitySkin. CitySkin is an association of artists devoted to the creative redesign of public space in its various forms. We were talking about the Spier Contemporary Mural Painting Project. The mural project is open seven days a week from 10h00 until 18h00 and runs concurrently with the Spier Contemporary Exhibition until 20 February when this magnificent mural will be unveiled. The Africa Centre and CitySkin invite all students and young artists, school and youth groups, community organizations and creative people in general to participate in this dynamic art project. For more information go to or email Kevin your messages to if you want them to be included on the mural.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

14 February – Labour (VALENTINE’S DAY)

In today’s show we were joined by the Director and Project Manager of the WorkNow – Ronald Bownes. WorkNow is a non profit organization, funded by the Department of Social Services. Their aim is to help low to medium skilled workers find employment. Ronald explained more about the organisation. For more information you can visit their website at or call (021) 790 1539.
Pic of WorkNow

We also spoke to Dr Sidney Luckett from the Western Cape department of transport and Public Works. The department initiated a programme that will see 69 young graduates entering the scarce skills job market over the next few months. The programme called Masakh’ iSizwe has provided bursaries for about 640 engineering students, most of them from poor backgrounds, since its launch about two-and-a-half years ago. Dr Luckett explained more about the programme. For more information you can contact the Bursaries Programme Manager at (021) 483 5851 alternatively send him an email to

And our last interview was with Wendy Oliver – Recruitment Consultant from Candidate Connect. Candidate Connect is a Cape Town based recruitment consultancy with a successful track record of linking high calibre candidates to the right company, at the right time, for the right job. We were talking about finding employment. What makes a good CV? Your CV works for you 24 hours a day. It has ability to both open and close doors for you. And we also focused on that make or break moment, The Interview. The client is looking for an ideal candidate for their organisation. Wendy explained on how you can be that ideal candidate from the many they see. For more information on Candidate Connect you can contact their offices at (021) 461 9595 or visit

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

13 February - Gender

Today we spoke to Fundiswa Zenzile. Fundiswa has been volunteering her services in building low cost houses through out the province and was recently sent to do training on building houses and she hopes to start her own building project in the near future. She is currently busy with the 1000 Volunteer Housing Programme in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein whereby community members are invited to take part and build 100-150 houses in 3 month for communities in identified area as part of People Housing Processes. For more information you can contact her at 083 318 5055.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

12 February - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Thulani Dasa - Fieldwork Coordinator from Uthango Social Investments. Uthango is a unique investment and development company with a special focus on bridging the digital divide, micro-enterprise development, intercultural dialogue, crime prevention, community mental health and most importantly, infrastructure development. They specialize in social innovation to implement best practices in sustainable development. Thulani explained more about the services they provide. If you want more information about uthango you can contact their offices at (021) 7832363 or 0827881115 alternatively visit

Our last interview was this Andy Du Plessis – Director of Peninsula School Feeding Association. The Association has been providing meals to hungry children in primary schools and other educational institutions since 1958. Their mission is to combat the prevalence of hunger in children attending schools or other educational institutions in the Western Cape, through school feeding and developmental initiatives, that will promote self-sufficiency and household food security. Andy told us how they have grown since then. If you want more information about the Association or you want to make donations you can contact their offices at (021) 447 6020 or visit

Monday, February 11, 2008

11 February – Health

Today we spoke to Dr Prithy Ramlachan - from the Southern African Sexual Health Association. We were talking about Sexual Health as this week is the Sexual Health Awareness Week. The Southern African Sexual Health Association’s mission is to provide credible information and education on sexual health issues from a multidisciplinary perspective for the general public, the media and healthcare professionals. Dr Ramlachan told us the aims of having Sexual Health Awareness Week. To get help if you experience a sexual problem you can phone their helpline from Mon to Fri from 09h00 to 17h00 on 0860 10 02 62 or visit

We were also joined by to Jan Webster – Director of Comacare. They take care of people who are comatised. At Comacare they believe that people in coma are working to be more aware of potentially meaningful experiences and can often be reached through special communication methods. Jan explained to us how they work. For more information or maybe if you have a loved who is in coma and would like them to help you contact Comacare at (021) 797 9995 or check their website at

Dr Neil Cameron from the Provincial Health Department was also Sakhisizwe’s telephonic guest today. We were talking about Polio. It was reported in the media last week that health workers in the Western Cape fear that polio might make a comeback due to lack of crucial follow-up immunisations of toddlers in clinics. In 2006, a free polio immunization campaign swept across the province – where parents, guardians, caregivers and the general public were urged to take all children under five years to their nearest clinic or Community Health Centre for polio immunization, irrespective of their immunization status. Dr Cameron explained that there is no truth in the recent reports of a possible polio comeback but urged parents to take their kids for immunisation. For more information you can contact the Health Department offices at (021) 483 3235 or 483 2627 alternatively visit your nearest clinic for more information on Immunisation

We closed off the show with an interview with Tineke Boshoff - from the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape. We were talking 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

Friday, February 08, 2008

08 February – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we were joined by Nigel Vermaas for the Arts update in and around the city. Nigel mentioned that the very popular teenager life-skills theatre programme Sithi@baxter kicks off its first cycle for 2008 on Friday, 22 February, and interested young enthusiasts are invited to apply immediately. It’s aimed at teaching young people life-skills through the medium of theatre. Sithi@baxter is for interested teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18, and applications to join the programme should be sent to the Project Manager, Nicolette Moses, on (021) 680 3964 or via email to

Fatima Dike, Fikile Mahola and Morena Medi were our guests in studio. We were talking about a play called Woza Albert. Fatima is the Director of the play. Fikile and Morena are lead actors. This classic play is about people under oppression who in their darkest moments are given hope by their faith in God. Woza Albert is presented by Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company in association with Artscape and will be at the Artscape Arena from the 16th of February till the 2nd of March. Tickets range from: R40-R60. For more information contact (021) 410 9800 or visit
Pic of Fikile &

Thursday, February 07, 2008

07 February - Labour

Today we spoke to Oliver Gartner - Owner & Managing Director of the Medical Education Center. We were talking about the Basic Fire Fighting training course they provide. Their courses are conducted strictly according to the guidelines of the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa. If you want more information you can call their toll free number at 0800 70 1000 or visit

We also spoke to Deline Van Boom – Director of the Volunteer Centre. The Volunteer Center is an organisation that mobilizes and places volunteers in organizations. They also provide training in Effective Volunteer Management for organizations utilizing volunteers or for individuals interested in working with or managing volunteers. Deline explained more on steps that one can take in being part of their volunteering team. If you would like more information contact (021) 674 -5338 or visit

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

06 February - Gender

We had an interview with Riaan van der Merwe the coach of a women’s rugby team, the Tukkies womens rugby team. According to women are being oppressed in such a male dominated sport for more information contact Riaan at 083 310 3972 alternatively visit

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

05 February - Human Rights

Today we had an interview with Jeff Burton about The Carpenters Shop. The school of industry, originally brought into being with a grant of 500 pounds from Lady Catherine Bell, closed in 1975 after being in existence for 133 years. After lying insolvent and somewhat derelict for five years, the Trustees granted the use of this large building to The Carpenter’s Shop.
They aim to provide daytime accommodation for those otherwise without any prospect of regular employment they also develop the trainees existing skills as well as teaching them new skills. Lastly they assist the trainees in finding their way back into society with regular employment. For more information you can contact them at (021) 461 5508/8766.

Monday, February 04, 2008

4 February - Health

On today's show we had an interview with Louise Goosen from milk matters. Milk Matters is a Cape Town based charity organisation that collects donated breastmilk and supplies it to babies deprived of their mothers’ own milk, giving them the best possible start in life. To contact them you can email them on Alternatively contact Jenny Wright 083 771 6230 or Louise Goosen, Linda Glynn on 021 659 5599. Visit their

Our last interview was with Dr. E.V Rapiti a family physician who discussed dying and dealing with death. Losing someone is a powerful, life-changing experience that most people find overwhelming the first time. Although grief is a natural process of human life, most of us are not able to deal with it alone. At the same time, others are often unable to provide aid or insight because of discomfort with the situation and the desire to avoid making things worse. If anybody needs any help or counselling you can contact Dr. Rapiti's office at (021)397 6029.

Friday, February 01, 2008

1 February - Arts, Culture and Environment

Today on the show we had an interview with Guy Buttery a musician who recently returned home from Australia and will be performing three shows in and around Cape Town. You can catch him on the 7th at the Zula Sound Bar – Long Street then on the 9th he’ll be at Capri Cottage Club –Noordhoek and on the 10th of February he’ll perform at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Obz. For more information you can contact 082 361 0615 or email him on, and further information you can visit

After that we have a feature on the Spiere's Poetry Festival that Busisiwe Mtabane attended on Wednesday.

We also spoke to Fritz Marx from the City of Cape Town on the launch of a photo exhibition for models with disabilities. Under the theme ‘Aesthetic and Disability’, the exhibition takes place from February 2 to 29, at the Cape Town Civic Centre. Entrance is free. For more information you can contact (021) 400 1302.

Nigel Vermaas was in updating us about events happening in Cape Town.

And to end off the Friday edition of Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Phillip Bam talking to us about a soccer tournament for the blind. South Africa’s blind community can look forward to a number of sporting and recreational activities. The game is played with a small soccer ball that rattles sending out sound and is the guide for the players. For more information on the soccer tournament and the other activities, you can contact Phillip Bam on (021) 705 3753 or 083 658 3885.