Friday, March 28, 2008

28 March – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we played a feature produced by Tina George. On Wednesday Tina and I attended the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s ‘Free Community Concert’ at the Greenmarket Square. Hundreds of jazz lovers made their way to the concert where they were entertained by the likes of the UCT Big Band, Jonathan Rubain and the Well-known Jimmy Dludlu. In the feature we heard what the attendants thought of the concert which was staged a day prior to the main festival.

We also spoke to Philip de Villiers - Award-winning singer-songwriter and director of Vivacious Voice. Philip formed South Africa’s first Songwriting Academy in the Western Cape with “The Songwriter’s Toolkit” course, which empowers songwriters creatively and financially. He will conduct workshops at the Katilist Theatre in Observatory. The workshop is tonight at 7:30 pm and admission costs R30. For more information and for bookings contact the Katilist on (021) 447 0710 or 076 314 6529 alternatively email The Academy is giving away scholarships for talented musos and songwriters, for more information contact Colette on 082 621 1305.
PIC:Tina George

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update and focused on the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and will be reporting back on the Festival and other arts events next Friday.

We closed off the show with an interview with Ilchen Retief - PR, Events and Fundraising Manager for the Amy Biehl Foundation. The Amy Biehl Foundation will be hosting Performance and Art Workshop at the V&A Waterfront from the 31st of March till the 4th of April. The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose programmes are designed to develop and empower youth in the townships and contribute to community building efforts as a mechanism to reduce the levels of crime and violence in these areas and to give these children a brighter

Thursday, March 27, 2008

27 March - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Lesiba Seshoka – National Spokesperson for National Union of Mineworkers. According to the Union, Mine fatalities are on the rise in South African mines. Recently the decomposed body of a mineworker was exhumed after 20 days after being trapped in Goldfields‘s Beatrix mine near Welkom. Along with that a total of nine mineworkers died in the past two weeks. NUM says they urge the employers to review the manner in which rescue teams are remunerated, so that there could be a sense of urgency when such incident occurs. For more information about NUM contact (011) 377 2042 or visit

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

26 March – Gender

In today’s show we were joined Instudio by Stacey, Samantha, Lucia and Elise from the Children’s Resource centre’s Circle of sisterhood. Today children, especially young girls are faced with many challenges. Many girls are being left to bear the responsibility of having to head up a household, having to drop out of school in order to take care of their household. The children’s resource centre, a girl movement aims to build an organisation through which children can help build a better world for children. In the movement the “circle of Sisterhood” is a group of girls who address issues facing young girls of our society today. For more information about the Children’s Resource centre’s Circle of sisterhood call (021) 686 6898 or visit
PIC:by Tina George

We also spoke to Mary Hames – Director for the UWC’s Gender Equity Unit. We will be talking about a theatre piece called Reclaiming the P…word. “Reclaiming the P… Word” is a theatre piece developed by the Gender Equity Unit to inform the campus community as well as broader society on issues of the embodiment, sexuality and sexual rights of women. It is said to be provocative, powerful and personal sprinkled with some other positive p… words. Mary explained more about this piece. If you want to see the performance go to the Katalist Theatre at no1 Scott Rd in Observatory on the 29th of March at 8:00PM admission is R30. For more information you can contact 076 3146 529 (021) 447 0710.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

25 March – Human Rights

In today’s show we played a feature produced by Tina George. Last week Thursday, People Against Suffering Suppression Oppression and Poverty or PASSOP members from the townships, Somalians, Congolese, and Zimbabweans were protesting against the victimisation of Somalians in front of Parliament. They say they are completely against the continued attacks on immigrants in the townships, particularly the Somali community. If you want more information about PASSOP you can contact Braam Hanekom on 083 256 1140 or visit

We also spoke to Charles Cooper – from the City of Cape Town. The City of Cape Town has issued a warning to Householders to be vigilant about visits from bogus City officials. The City has been receiving reports of criminals posing as City Electricity Services workers to gain access to various homes. Mr Cooper explained more on how can residents identify genuine city officials. To verify city officials call 0860 103 054 for Water, 0800 220 440 for Electricity and for general enquiries call 0860 103 089.

24 March – Health

In today’s show we were joined by Professor Kalla – a Rheumatologist and Dr Ayanda Celu – A trainee Rheumatologist from the Groote Schuur Hospital. We were talking about Rheumatoid Arthritis. Today is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the peripheral joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet, usually on both sides of the body, potentially resulting in damage. It is reported that about one per cent of the population is affected, by Rheumatoid Arthritis although in South Africa there are no accurate prevalence figures. Women are affected about two to three times more often than men. The incidence increases with age difference. Rheumatoid arthritis is seen around the world and all races are affected. The two experts explained more about the characteristics and treatment available for Rheumatoid Arthritis. For more information about Rheumatoid arthritis you can contact your nearest hospital or visit

21 March – Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we were joined on the line by Billy Domingo – Director at espAFRIKA. Every year Capetonians gets a special treat during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival of a ‘Free Community Concert’. The free concert offers a great evening of jazz and jazz fusions for all those Cape Town music fans who may not be able to attend the two nights at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, as well as those fans who do have tickets but still wouldn’t miss this annual festival ‘warm-up’. espAFRIKA, the organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has staged this free concert for the people of Cape Town a day or so prior to the main festival. This year it will again be held in the lovely confines of Greenmarket Square, in the heart of the city, and will take place on Wednesday the 26th of March, from 5 pm till 10 pm. Billy explained more about the idea behind the free concert and the aspect it has added to the festival. The artists appearing at this year’s concert will be, UCT BIG BAND (13 piece), Jonathan Rubain, Ananda Project, Gerald Albright and Jimmy Dludlu. Each artist will perform for approximately 30 minutes, and the show is expected to finish at 10 pm. The good news is that there will be special trains scheduled for the return journeys after the event.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

20 March – Labour

In today’s show we played an interview conducted by Sakhisizwe’s Producer Tina George. She spoke to Jenni Kerswil - owner of family first. They are looking for au-pairs, nannies and housekeepers who are interested in working for Family First. If you are interested or for more information contact (021) 794 6275/ 084 475 2605.

We were also joined on the line by Fred Guest - a Registered Industrial Psychologist and Chairperson for the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa. We were talking about Job rejection. It can be completely disheartening to lose out on a job, especially if you are desperate. It’s hard to accept that rejections are a part of the job search. But Fred explained on how to deal with Job Rejection. For more tips on how to better prepare for an assessment visit

And last but not least we were joined by Anna Majavu – From the South African Municipal Workers Union. The union is to embark on a nationwide strike in two months' time in protest against dismissals or suspensions of its members and privatisation of services by municipalities. According to Samwu, workers are unhappy about non-service delivery and privatisation of council services and had decided to go on strike on May 30. For more information contact (021) 697 1151.

19 March – Gender

We were joined Instudio by Glen De Swart – From Cape Town Pride. We were talking about homoprejudice. The word homoprejudice means discrimination against gays and lesbians. It is also linked with homophobia. It is prejudice, based on the belief that lesbians and gays are immoral, sick or somehow inferior to heterosexuals. It is reported that the ugliest fa├žade of homoprejudice is the fact that black lesbians living in the township areas are at an increased risk of the so-called “corrective” rape – based on the assumption that rape can change them. Glen explained more on the role that the community can play in fighting such acts. If you want more information about Cape Town Pride contact (021) 425 6461 or visit

18 March – Human Rights

In today’s show we spoke to David Rabe – Owner of Meggar Property brokers. We were talking about Property Development in Maitland. If you want more information you can contact David at (021) 510 3690.

We also had an interview with Howard Tylor. We were talking about non-violent Communication Workshops that he facilitates. In the workshops you will discover a world where people can peacefully resolve differences and enrich life for each other but Howard explained more on non-violent communication. Howard will be facilitating a workshop tonight between 7:30 – 10PM at Gatehouse, in Constantia and tomorrow at the Katilist in Obsevatory. Each workshop cost R50. If you want more information or for bookings call (021) 972 1916.

And our last interview was with Faith Dibakwane – a Librarian. This week is the National Library Week and the theme this year is Local to Global at your Library. To mark this occasion, Iziko Museums will be opening its three research libraries to the public. If you want more information contact their offices at (021) 481 3800.

Monday, March 17, 2008

17 March - Health

Today we spoke to Tineka 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

We were also joined by Sister Rasieda Samai – from the Kidney Foundation of South Africa. We were talking about kidneys. Last week Thursday was the World Kidney Day. The theme for this year’s campaign is the same as last year’s “ARE YOUR KIDNEYS OK?” It is reported that 1 out of 10 adults in the world has some form of kidney damage. It is therefore crucial that we learn how important our kidneys are in our lives. For more information contact the National Kidney Foundation of SA at (011) 447-2531 or visit Both those two Interviews were brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also spoke to Dr E.V. Rapiti – A family physician and a regular here on Sakhisizwe. This week we were talking about depression. Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. Symptoms can include Sadness, Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, change in weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death or suicide. It is reported that depression is much more common in women. Dr Rapiti explained more on it and why is it commom amongst women. For more information contact his practice at the Gatesville Medical Centre on (021) 397 6029.

We closed off the show with an interview with Professor Mike James – an Anaesthesiologist. Two weeks ago, thousands of anaesthesiologists from around the world converge on the Cape Town International Convention Centre to discuss and share ideas on the latest management principles of Anaesthesiology from around the world. The World congress of Anaesthesiologists was awarded to South Africa to host in 1996 following the country’s return to the world medical fraternity after the collapse of apartheid. According to the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists foundation, South Africa, despite many years of international isolation is still regarded as one of the best countries in the world in regards to Anaesthesiology training. Professor James explained about the availability of anaesthetic care in the country. For more information visit / or contact (011) 463 0684 / 086 010 3137

Friday, March 14, 2008

14 March - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today’s show, we spoke to Mandla Yeki - spokesperson of the MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, MEC Whitey Jacobs. His department launched the Easter sport and cultural festival yesterday. According to the department, the festival was conceived as a strategic intervention to ensure the youth participate in arts, culture and sports activities and that there are sufficient alternatives to keep them occupied during the entire Easter Weekend. For more information check your local newspapers like the City Vision, Tygerburger, Plainsman etc.

We were also joined by Lonwabo Kilani – an Artist. Lonwabo is a young artist who has received numerous awards for his work including the Adult Learning Conference - Gold Medal for "Most Dedicated Artist" in 2001. He is a former member of the Gugulective – a collective of young artists based in Gugulethu, Langa and Khayelitsha. Lonwabo exhibits regularly at the Everard Read Gallery at the Waterfront. To see his work visit the Gallery at number 3 Portswood Road, at the Waterfront or call (021) 418 4527, they are open Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm, Sundays and Public Holidays by appointment.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. He won't be coming in next Friday because it's Easter but will be joining us on the 28th to tell us more about the Cape Town Jazz Festival, happening in few weeks time.

We closed off the show with an interview with Councillor Demetri Qually. We were talking about the Dumping at Solo Street Public Sports Field in Retreat. Councillor Qually recently held an on_site inspection and promised residents that he would arrange for a system that will prevent dumping to be put in place. For residents who want to get involved in keeping the area clean or if you witness any illegal dumping please contact Alderman Morkel on (021) 701 9963 or 084 224 0100.

Keep listening to Bush radio 89.5 fm. From the Sakhisizwe Team, have a safe weekend till next time cheers!!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

13 March - Labour

In today's we were joined byArchie Hearne – from the South African Municipal Workers Union. On Monday morning 30 workers at the Bellville Nursery went to work only to find that their workplace had been completely shutdown. The union says they view this sudden and unilateral closure of the Bellville Nursery to be an illegal lockout. Archie explained to us about the plans to take any action to challenge this. For more information call 076 896 7288.

We also spoke to Lillian Helleman – Owner of Au Pair @ Home. Lillian has been involved in the au pair placement field since early 1993. According to her Au Pair @ Home have the special knowledge, understanding and experience to assess the family's needs and the ability to match these to the ideal au pair. For more information call (021) 683 7776 or visit

Pearle George - Course facilitator from the Professional Liaison Academy also joined us on the line to talk about the academy. The Academy was started in 2007 as a Community Based Project. They focus mainly on unemployed matriculants, existing customer care & sales consultants and entrepreneurs. For more information you can contact 082 363 0100 or (021) 392 2931.

And last but not least we were joined by Brad Page – Managing Director at SA Nylon Spinners. Various factors have hit hard at workers at a Bellville SANS factory. The workers find themselves jobless after the company gave them two months retrenchment notice in October last year. This has left the community sad as the unemployment rate keeps growing higher and higher especially among the youth. Mr Page explained more about the factors that led to retrenchments. Well we wish the retrenched workers all the best. Hopefully they’ll find new jobs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

12 March - Gender

In today's show we were joined by Bronwyn Van Graan – ex_Sakhisizwe presenter and award winning Actress. Bronwyn who has participated in a number of theatre productions like Angels Everywhere, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Christmas Wonderland and Stoutgatpassie was awarded with the Naledi Theatre Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role/Cameo: Play or Musical last week, for her performance in Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. We spoke to her about the award and also some of the ups and down of her career as an actress.

We also played a feature in response to the recent attacks on two women by taxi drivers for wearing miniskirts. The two incidents happened in two different provinces but that made me think as a woman first and as a taxi commuter – what if this barbaric act had happened here in Cape Town and happened to me. Majority of the taxi drivers I spoke to strongly condemn what happened saying such act will never happened here. Well I take their word for it because they seemed genuine.
Denise Erasmus – an entrepreneur. Denise is a mother of two who decided to break away from the normal routine of working under a male boss to start her own business where only she would have to dictate to herself. Her business has been running for about two and half years now and is growing stronger everyday. She shared with us some of the obstacles she had to endure when she first started and how has that influenced her as business woman. If you are interested in buying Denise’s accessories or for more information you can contact her on (021) 952 9746 or 084 959 3384.

We closed off the show with an interview with Ana Agostino – Co-Chairperson of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and a Feminist Task Force Representative. According to the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, 70% of the world's poor are women. They are calling for more and Better Aid to fund an end to the feminisation of poverty. They say world leaders need to consider Debt Cancellation to lift the burden on poor women and their families. Ana shared with us some of the challenges still faced by women around the globe. For more information go to

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

11 March - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Mzawanele Zulu – From the Joe Slovo task team. Yesterday the Cape High court ruled that more than 4000 dwellers at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa vacate the area. The piece of land that they are living on is earmarked for the second phase of the N2 Gateway Housing Project. This comes after numerous and sometimes violent protests by the residents who were against the relocation. It is reported that the community will appeal the matter on Thursday in the Cape High Court before making any other plans. According to Mzwanele, they are currently seeking legal advice on what action to take but will not divulge about Thursday's appeal. If you want more information you can contact him on 076 385 2369.

And our last interview was with Dessie – from the Pink Ladies. The Pink Ladies is an independent group of volunteers, across South Africa, who shares the same objective of reuniting missing and endangered children and loved ones with their families and/or caregivers. The valuable service provided by The Pink Ladies is strictly voluntary and performed for the love of children everywhere in South Africa, regardless of colour, creed or circumstance. Dessie shared with us how they assist in a case of a missing person. For more information about the Pink Ladies visit their website at or contact 086 680 0490 or their 24 Hour Cell Number on 072 214 7439.
PIC:By Tina George

Monday, March 10, 2008

10 March - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Johan Nel – From Tygerberg Hospital’s Renal Unit. We were talking about kidney disease. Thursday is the World Kidney Day and the theme is Early Detection and Prevention. It is reported that the majority of individuals with early stages of Chronic Kidney Disease go undiagnosed, particularly in the developing world. The early detection of kidney impairment is essential and allows suitable treatment before kidney damage or deterioration manifests itself through other complications. Dr Nel explained more on how you can check if your kidneys are in good condition. For more information contact The National Kidney Foundation of SA at (011) 447-2531 or visit

We were also joined by Nonkosi Dyakala – From the department of Health to talk about Healthy Lifestyle for women. Research has shown that South Africa, like other developing countries, is experiencing an increase in the burden of chronic diseases of lifestyle such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. These conditions are also link to obesity. The reason behind the increasing numbers is that people are living a desk-bound lifestyle. According to experts women who are obese often suffer from irregularities in the menstrual cycles and infertility. If a woman is obese during pregnancy it increases the risk of death of both the mother and the child. It also leads to an increase the risk of maternal high blood pressure by 10 times. Nonkosi explained more about the benefits of healthy lifestyle. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital.

Dr E.V. Rapiti – a family physician also joined us on the line to talk about Diarrhoea. It is a common problem that is usually not serious and can be effectively treated however severe or persistent diarrhea requires specific diagnosis and treatment. There are many causes of diarrhoea, including food poisoning, infection, malabsorbtion and inflammatory disease of the gut. In most cases diarrhea is often caused by viral stomach flu or food poisoning. Dr Rapiti told us more on how one can treat diarrhea and the difference between Infectious and Non-infectious Diarrhoea. For more information contact his practice at the Gatesville Medical Centre on (021) 397 6029.

We closed off the show with an interview with Justin Villiers – Director of 1st Step out-patient addiction programme. 1st Step is an out-patient addiction programme in the center of Cape Town which offers the opportunity of treatment for those who cannot attend in-patient centers. They see a range of people from drug addicts to sex addicts; Justin explained more about their programmes. If you would like more information or contact their offices on (021) 423 6431 or log on to

Friday, March 07, 2008

07 March - Arts, Culture and Environment

Today's show was very interesting, we spoke to Albert Ashraf Webster – From the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Unit, Mandisi – chairperson of the Cape Town High Schools Programme and Katlego. They were here to talk about a musical play that is focusing on life skills, substance abuse and other challenges faced daily by the youth. The play was conceptualised and developed by the participants of the Cape Town High Schools Programme, funded by the city. The New Africa Theatre Association will stage this original play at the Artscape Arena from the 7th of March till the 9th. There will only be four performances. A donation of R20 will be required. A contribution of the proceedings will be going to a selected rehabilitation centre. Albert says schools who are intersted in booking a perfomance to educate their learners about the dangers of substance abuse can do so. If you want more information about the play or you would like to book a perfomance contact Albert on (021) 400 4573.
We were also joined by Greg Moolman – A Dance instructor. Greg gives dance classes at Westridge Civic Centre every Thursdays from 7PM till 9PM. Dance styles include Social, competitive ballroom dancing, Latin and jazz. If you think you have what it takes to Cha_cha, rumba or Jive or for more information contact Greg on 082 564b4505 or (021) 414 4089.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. He’ll be back again next week Friday.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dale Yudelman – a photographer. We were talking about his exhibition titled I am. Yudelman is a professional photographer with long experience of working as a journalist. His photographs from his critically acclaimed ongoing series Reality Bytes have been featured in numerous shows in South Africa, Europe and the USA. Now this current exhibition pursues a more personal account of the individuals who apply for work on public notice boards and will be running till the 5th of April at the Photographer’s Gallery at 63 Shortmarket Street in Cape Town. They are open on Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00. For more information call (021) 422 2762 or visit
PIC:Busi & Dale
Taken by: Tina George

Thursday, March 06, 2008

06 March – Labour

Today we spoke to Ines Meyer – from Community Connections. The organisation provides training in community development, non-profit legislation, fundraising and report writing, and administration and financial management, as well as computer literacy classes to other NGO’s in the province. For more information call (021) 371 2986 or send an email to

We also spoke to Vuyo Ngaye – from The Business Place Philippi. The centre offers a free walk-in-business support service and basic training for entrepreneus. They also have workshops on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They are located at the Cnr of New Eisleben and Lansdowne Rds. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 371 3350.

We closed off the show with an interview with Lesiba Seshoka – National spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers. The National Union of Mineworkers has remained adamant that they will not discuss retrenchment with any particular comapnay which argues power blackouts as their reason for cutting jobs. It was announced that 6900 Gold Fields jobs were at risk due to the current electricity crisis. Lesiba told us more about the outcome of the meeting that was held last week to discuss this issue. If you want more information about the National Union of Mineworkers visit

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

05 March – Gender

Today we joined by Zoliswa Gila – A Crane Operator at the Green Point stadium. This 31-year old mother of one, who was unemployed for five years, operates one of the 17 state of the art, tower cranes shipped to South Africa from Germany. Gila’s office is 80m above ground, where she towers over the site and has a bird eye’s view of Table Mountain. She has defied the male-dominated field and believes that she is the only female crane operator in the province. We wish her all the best with what she does; hopefully more women will venture in this field.

We also spoke to Rashieda Ebrahim – from the Farm Ladies Club. The aim of the club is to empower women in the community of Montrose Park. They invite all women who are in arts and crafts, baking, sewing and more. Other women in the club are unemployed and do the crafts to generate an extra income but Rashieda told us more about the club. If you are interested in joining the club or for more information you can contact Rashieda at (021) 376 1430.

And last but no least we were joined by Vuyokazi Nguqu – a very ambitious young woman from Khayelitsha. Vuyokazi or Vovo to those who know her was born with a chromosomal disorder as a result she is only half-a-metre tall at the age of 23. But the good news is that her height is not stopping her from dreaming big and her biggest dream is to be an actress. She shared with us some of the challenges she faces as young woman. Vovo has appealed to the members of the public to help her by donating a laptop because she wants to do computer training. If anyone can help Vovo please contact 079 744 0458
PICS:Vovo in studio, on the right Vovo and Busi
Taken by: Tina George

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

04 March – Human Rights

In today’s show we played a feature produced by Chanel September. Education Minister Naledi Pandor last week unveiled a pledge that government would like all school learners to recite during their morning assemblies. The pledge is based on the preamble of the South African Constitution, and concerns have been raised by opposition parties, questioning the political motive behind it. The department has however published the pledge for public comment for a period of 30 days, with the hope of formally introducing it in schools around March 21st, on Human Rights Day. Chanel took a look at the issue around the new schools pledge and also spoke to the Deputy Minister of Education Mr Enver Surty.

We also had an interview with Michael Roodt – Co founder of the Future Factory. A large number of learners in South Africa are using and abusing alcohol. Future factory a youth awareness project is urging learners to think before they drink. They run different projects that highlight the dangers of using alcohol. If you want more information about the Future Factory you can contact their offices at (021) 713 3274 or visit

We were also joined by Brian Herbet - Principal of the CBA educational services. We were talking about free adult literacy and numeracy classes that they will be offering in the community of Hanover Park. The classes will start from Thursday March 6 at the City Mission from 10 am. Education is one of the basic human rights, however it is also well known that education is too expensive and services are limited for many people in our communities but the CBA educational services is making an effort in addressing that. If you want more information you can contact Portia at (021) 691 9574.

And our last interview was with Councilor Elizabeth Thompson - Mayco member from the City’s Transport, Roads and Stormwater department. The city of Cape Town has launched its new Dial-a-Ride service - an upgraded low-cost public transport system for disabled and visually impaired passengers. The project, which is supported by both National and provincial government and the City was launched earlier this month. People with Physical and Visual Impairments struggle a lot when it comes to accessing public transport and the City is trying to address that problem. The City’s transport motto is “putting people, public transport and quality of life first”. For more information about the Dial-a-Ride services you can call 0800 600 895 or if you want to make bookings email to report any misconduct by drivers call 0800 65 64 63.

Monday, March 03, 2008

03 March – Health

Today we were joined by Dr James Nuttall – Pediatric Infectious disease specialist from the Red Cross Hospital. We were talking about a new vaccine called Diftavax (Td). The Department of Health has added this new vaccine to the Childhood Immunisation Schedule as from the 1st of February 2008. Td is administered to children at the age of 6 and 12 years. Td replaces tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccine, which was previously administered to children at 5 years. Dr Nuttall explained more about the new vaccine and why the department decided on changing the vaccines. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also spoke to Win Van der Berg – Chairperson of the Western Cape Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa. We were talking about Muscular Dystrophy and the work that they do as the Foundation. The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa is a non-profit organisation which supports people affected by Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular disorders. They support affected people and their families by offering emotional support and genetic counselling. They also support research projects undertaken in South Africa. For more information contact their offices on (021) 592 7306 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Deepeka Patel – A Podiatrist. If you not sure what a Podiatrist is – well She is a specialist who treats the foot, both medically, surgically, as well as biomechanically. Podiatrists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of systemic and local conditions which may affect the feet and lower limb such as: General foot problems, Growth & development, Diabetes, Arthritis, Circulation problems and Sports injuries. Podiatrists also analyse the biomechanics of the lower limb and foot. Abnormal movement may result in foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain in the young and elderly. Deepeka explained more about her profession especially on biomechanics. If you would like more information or you would like a check-up on your feet contact Deepeka for an appointment on (021) 531 6691 or the South African Podiatry Association on 0861 100 249 or log on to for the details of your nearest podiatrist. Remember that podiatrists are registered with the Health Professions Council, so you can claim their fees from your medical scheme.