Wednesday, April 30, 2008

30 May - Gender

Today we spoke to Sub-Lieutenant Thandeka Snail - a naval officer from Simons Town. She is the first black woman to join one of the world’s top naval frigates on an eight month training trip around the world. She has been chosen as a guest on the ARA Libertad – which belongs to the Argentinean Navy for two months.

We also had an exclusive interview with Danneline Noach who was arrested in Saudi Arabia conducted by my producer Rhodé Marshall. Danneline’s Kraaifontein family did not know she was arrested and made various attempts to the South African embassy in Riyadh to trace her. Rhodé spoke to Danneline about her experience of being arrested in a foreign country.

We closed off the show with an interview with Phumeza Runeyi – TAC Youth Coordinator in Khayelitsha. Hundreds of Khayelitsha activists have pleaded to their neighbours to stop stigmatizing rape survivors. The plea was made during their mass protest against gender based violence in the township on Saturday. The Treatment Action Campaign and the Western Cape Youth Commission say young women are often too scared to come forward fearing judgment from community members who blame them for the attacks. Protesting young women demanded the freedom to wear what they want to without having to fend off rapists who use the way women dress as a justification for sexual assault. Phumeza shared with us the extent of stigmatization in Khayelitsha. If you want more information about the TAC maybe you have been victimised because of your HIV status contact their Khayelitsha office on (021) 364 5489 or the Cape Town office (021) 422 1700 alternatively visit

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

29 April 2008 – Human Rights

Today on the Tuesday edition of Sakhisizwe, we played a feature by Rhodé Marshall and Ilhaam Hoosain where they took a look back at South Africa’s first democratic elections fourteen years ago. Most people who voted on the 27th of April 1994 still remember that day very clearly, as it was a historic moment for a majority of South Africans to cast their vote for a free, just and democratic country. But it’s been over a decade already and many are crying for this beloved country because things like poverty, crime and corruption are spiraling out of control. With the 2009 National Elections coming up, those who are not a registered voter can do so at their local Municipal Office.

Joining us in studio was Pamela Mjuleni the Principal of the St Francis Adult Education Centre. St Francis has been providing education for adults from disadvantaged communities for the past 30 years. They aim to provide relevant programmes and initiatives that enhance self-development and promote employment. They have various courses like the Enrichment and Life Skills, Music Project, Fashion and Sewing Project, Technology Project and Computer Project. So if you want to know more about their courses you can contact them on (021) 694 1801 or visit Those who would like to contribute towards this project through a donation can kindly contact Mrs. Philips on the above telephone number or

Friday, April 25, 2008

25 April - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we were joined on the line by Pam Warne – Curator of Photography and New Media at Iziko National Gallery. We were talking about a photographic exhibition that runs at Iziko South African National Gallery until 25 May 2008. The exhibition demonstrates an engagement with a wide range of concerns and forms: the personal is given new weight; and issues around identity, self-representation and gender are explored alongside landscape and post-apartheid memory. The following photographers are represented in Reality Check: Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ratcliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko. The Gallery is open daily from 10:00-17:00 except Mondays. For more information contact Pam on (021) 467 4660 or visit

We also spoke to Eugene Mthethwa – Chairman of the Association of Independent Record Companies. We were talking about the Take Charge Anti-Crime Campaign. The campaign is aimed at encouraging a collective responsibility in fighting against crime through a number of activities that involves different stakeholders including SAPS, Community Police Forums, Business sector, NGOs and Musicians. One of the messages carried by the “Take Charge” campaign is a message against piracy which remains a great criminal challenge to the livelihood of the music industry. For more information contact the Association of Independent Record Companies of South Africa on (011) 447 1199 or visit

Nigel Vermaas also joined us on the line for the Arts update in and around the city. The Cape Winelands Film Festival in Stellenbosch ends tomorrow. So if you haven’t been yet, get to the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre or one of the other venues in Stellenbosch. Phone Jana Hattingh at (021) 809 7380 for info.

We closed off the show with an interview with Keegan Williams and the band. Keegan started playing drums at the age of 9. He has played with some of the best Jazz musos like the legendary Robby Jansen, Camillo Lombard, Jimmy Dludlu, Wanda Baloyi and more. He shared with us some of the highs and lows of his music career. For bookings contact Stan on 073 415 5281. The band will be perfoming on the 27th of April at the Lenteguer Hospital in Mitchell's Plain.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

24 April - Labour

Today we spoke to Andrew Etzinger – Eskom’s Manager for demand side Management. At the moment Eskom is facing a skills challenge which is associated with the new power stations that are being built and need to be operated. It is reported that they are currently recruiting 1 500 technical skilled workers into the utility every year. Andrew explained more about the recruitment process, which has been on the go for the past 18 months. He says it’s aimed at both local and international talent, at the moment they have a team in the USA which is recruiting skills to bring back to South Africa. If you want more information visit or send an email to

We also heard from Gugu Mjadu - From the Umsobomvu Youth Fund. The UYF, launched the Invite a Person with a Disability to Work Campaign and has already secured 65 companies to host people with disabilities in the workplace in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape. The campaign was established after Umsobomvu Youth Fund commissioned research as a basis for developing a disability framework for the employment, management and provision of reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities within UYF itself. According to research it is estimated that approximately ninety nine percent of people (99%) with disabilities remain unemployed. UYF is implementing the campaign to create awareness amongst employees and employers about disability issues in the workplace and provide young people with disabilities with an enriching educational experience by exposing them to the workplace. If you want more information you can contact 08600 96884.

And last but not least we were joined by Phelisa Mbawu – Business Advisor from the Red Door. The RED Door project is an initiative of the Enterprise Development within the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. With the aims of promoting the development of small and/or black-owned enterprises. For more information you can contact the Red Door Office in Khayelitsha on (021) 021 362 6621 / 24 / 25, or the Mitchell's Plain office on (021) 376 2377 / 376 2387 / 376 2404 alternatively visit

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

23 April - Gender

We spoke to Banyana Banyana Ex-captain Desiree Ellis. As a former captain of Banyana Banyana Desiree is one of the top Women’s Soccer players in South Africa. She is also an activist for women’s rights, particularly around issues of girl’s involvement in sport and recreation activities.

We also played a feature produced by Tina George. She asks the question – why do men cheat. She took to the streets to find out the different views that members of the public have about cheating in general.

We closed off the show with an interview with Lone Neckel – trauma worker from the Convention Intervention Centre. We will be talking about Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence is one of the most destructive forces that breaks down the family unit. It is a complex and difficult situation to access and ease. So many women and men remain in abusive situations for years and never get help as they feel they deserve this treatment or can change the abuser with their love. The Convention Intervention Centre is offering free trauma support to the community but are also in need of more volunteers to be trained as trauma workers. For more information contact their offices on (021) 529 9390.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

22 April - Human Rights

In today's show we were joined instudio by John Bydell – founder of South African Interested in the Nation’s Transformation. We were talking about his organisation and the work that he does for his community. Over two months ago John Bydell converted his front stoep into a coffee shop and restaurant for the poor and needy and is now catering for the local police as well, charging only a nominal fee for the meals he serves. As a community worker he says he has become aware of what police do and go through. Anyone interested in assisting John can contact him on (021) 692 1131 or 078 269 5297.
PIC:by Tina George

Councillor Johannes Burger - ward councillor for Retreat also spoke to us about a public meeting he will be hosting next Tuesday addressing issues such as tik, liquor and other substance abuse. They are inviting community organisation who deal with the issue of substance abuse to be part of the meeting. According to Councillor Burger, a concerned parent once said many people talk about the abuse of substances forgetting about the suffering endured by the family of those addicted. So this will be the focus of the meeting. The meeting starts at 7 PM on the 29th of April at the Retreat Community Hall. If you want more information you can contact (021) 712 9077.

And our last interview was with Thandi Musi - Programme Officer for the Youth Exchange Programme at the Volunteer centre. It is a non – profit organisation formed 29 years ago and has cultivated relations with communities on a national and international scale. Volunteers, mentors and coach learners, assist mothers in bread-feeding clinics, provide home- based care for HIV/Aids patients, and administer life- saving TB drugs in their communities. The have orientation on the 29th of April. For more information about the Volunteer Centre visit their website at or contact (021) 674 5338 or the Mitchell's Plain office on (021) 376 3741 alternatively the Khayelitsha Office on (021) 364 5326.

Monday, April 21, 2008

21 April 2008 - Health

In today’s show we spoke to the Western Cape Health MEC, Mr. Pierre Uys. The Western Cape Health Department opened an upgraded Specialist Burn Unit at the Tygerberg Hospital last Monday. According to the Minister, treatment of severe burn wounds is a painful process for patients and to be successful - specialised medical knowledge applied in a special, customised ward with modern medical equipment is needed. He says the unit has personnel with exceptional expertise who are able to achieve world class results and he also explained more about his department’s commitment in providing world class medical care. For more information contact the department’s offices on (021) 483 4625.

We were also joined by Dr. Neil Cameron from the University of Stellenbosch, where we dealt with the topic of Malaria. Malaria is not common in this province but if you visit malaria high-risk areas it is important to take precautionary measures to avoid malaria infection. When it comes to symptoms, Fever is the most common one accompanied by headache, sweating, shivering, weakness and body pains. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital.

We spoke to Constance Mlobi – social worker from Epilepsy South Africa. We were talking about Epilepsy. Epilepsy is not a disease. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder -- a physical condition -- which causes a malfunction of the electrical signals which control the operation of the brain. It is characterized by sudden, brief seizures whose nature and intensity varies from person to person. The word "Epilepsy" means nothing more than the tendency to have seizures. For more information contact their offices on (021) 447 3014 or the Lansdowne office on (021) 703 9420 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Calissa Panieri-Peter – From Valkenberg hopsital. We were talking about Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong brain disorder. People who have it may hear voices, see things that aren't there or believe that others are reading or controlling their minds. In men, symptoms usually start in the late teens and early 20s. They include hallucinations, or seeing things, and delusions such as hearing voices. For women, they start in the mid-20s to early 30s. Other symptoms include: Unusual thoughts or perceptions, Disorders of movement, Difficulty speaking and expressing emotion,Problems with attention, memory and organization. According to, there is currently no physical or lab test that can absolutely diagnose schizophrenia - a psychiatrist usually comes to the diagnosis based on clinical symptoms. Dr Peter says this is still the case here in the country. If you would like more information contact (021) 440 3294.

Friday, April 18, 2008

18 April - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Keith Mackintosh - Ballet Master and head of Audience Development & Outreach Programmes at Cape Town City Ballet. The Cape Town City Ballet in conjunction with the UCT School of Dance, the Cape Junior Ballet and the friends@capetowncityballet present their annual open day tomorrow the 19th of April from 10am till 3pm at the studios of the UCT School of Dance in Rosebank. Activities include demonstrations by the students and staff of the UCT School of Dance, in African Dance, Contemporary and Spanish. Admission to Open Day is R10 for children and adults. Tickets for the two Fund Raising Performances at 12h45 and 13h45 are available on the day at R40 from the CJB table. The entire proceeds from the day go towards Cape Town City Ballet's Development Training Programmes. For more information contact (021) 650 2400 or visit

We were also joined by Zoë Moosmann - A photographer. We were talking about her Solo Exhibition titled 'The Great Equaliser' it will be opening on the 21st of April till the 09th of May at the Ava Gallery number 35 Church Street, in Cape Town. The photographs were taken at two frail care homeless shelters - one in Woodstock run by the Night Haven and one in Faure run by The Ark. Zoë looks at destitution, old age and displacement across class, culture and race. She explained more about her work and the inspiration behind it. For more information contact the Gallery (021) 424 7436 or visit
Taken by: Tina George

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with Karen Meiring - Cape Winelands Film Festival Co-Director. The Festival will take place in Stellenbosch from today till the 26th of April. The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre will serve as the Festival centre but films will also be screened at 6 other venues in Stellenbosch which include The Ikhaya Trust centre in Kayamandi, JC Le Roux Auditorium, HB Thom Theatre, Protea Cinemas in the Neelsie and the Protea Hotel Dorpshuis. For programme detail visit or Bookings can be made at Computicket. For enquiries contact Jana Hattingh on (021) 809 7380 or

Thursday, April 17, 2008

17 April - Labour

Today we spoke to John Lloyd - Business Growth Strategist, Speaker - Columnist and Seminar Leader. We were talking about negotiating a salary that you deserve. You know many people are taught not to ask for money. The question is if you need to ask for the salary you deserve, even if this makes you uncomfortable how do you do it without feeling like you are greedy or you too forward. John explained the factors you should consider before negotiating for a better salary. Remember a salary negotiation isn't over until you've discussed benefits (holidays, insurance, pension, etc.) For more information on John go to or call 083 638 8788.

We also heard from Wendy Lavita – From the Cape Flats Development Association or CAFDA. They run training courses in pattern making, basic sewing and advanced sewing. CAFDA is a non-profit Child and Family organisation that provides numerous services to disadvantaged communities on the Cape Flats. If you want more information you can contact their offices at (021) 706 2050 or visit their website at

And last but not least we were joined by Mandla Malgas – from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. We were continuing our talk about Insubordination. It is broadly defined as an unwillingness to submit to authority either through an open refusal to obey an order or through a failure to carry one out, is a common problem in the workplace. Mandla explained the appropriate response to insurbodination and discipline is one of the best responses. For more information you can contact the CCMA on (021) 469 0111 or visit

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

16 April - Gender

In today’s show we heard from Nomsa Nkatha – Chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneurs’ Network or SAWEN. That interview was conducted by Tina George. SAWEN is a networking forum for individuals and organisations that are committed to the promotion and advancement of women entrepreneurs. It is a dti project that aims to represent and articulate the aspirations of all women entrepreneurs (existing and potential) in the SMME sector. They will be hosting an Economic Development Conference, taking place on the 18th of April for all women entrepreneurs at the Belmont Square Conference Centre in Belmont Road, Rondebosch. For more information contact (021) 425 5017 / (021) 425 2149.

We also spoke to Evelyn Moses – Training public awareness co-ordinator from Athlone Rape Crisis. They are in need of volunteers. They are looking for women and men who are 23- years and older who would like to make a difference in their community by becoming a Rape Crisis community development worker. The specific areas dealt with are rape and sexual abuse. Application forms can be collected at Grassroots Resource Centre, Klipfontein road, opposite Elite Supermarket in Gatesville. Closing date is 28 April 2008. For more information contact their offices on (021) 684 1180.

We closed off the show with an interview with Sharon Masinga – Programme officer from Women on Farms project. We will be talking about Abuse of women and children on farms. Children on farms in the Western Cape are among the most vulnerable persons in our society. Their extreme vulnerability and marginalization exposes them to a great number of social ills and health risks that place them at a great developmental disadvantage. The Women on Farms Project strives to strengthen the capacity of women who live and work on farms to claim their rights and fulfill their needs. They do this through socio-economic rights-based and gender education, advocacy and lobbying, case work and support for the building of social movements of farmwomen. Sharon shared with us some of the challenges they deal with. For more information contact their offices on (021) 887 2960 or visit

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

15 April - Human Rights

Hennie van Wyk – Chairperson for the Homeless People’s Sanctuary joined us on the show today to talk about plans to start a computer school for the youth of Retreat and Steenberg. Lessons start this month, at the Retreat community hall and are free. Applicants must take their ID and be prepared for an interview with a social worker. We all are aware that these you have to be computer literate in order to get a meaningful job. And having a job is in a way a human right because if you have a job – you’ll fulfill your basic human right of having a shelter, food on your table and just being able to live. Mr van Wyk explained more about the sanctuary and the work that they do. For more information contact Mansoor on (021) 701 0357.

We also spoke to Takki Amera – From the City of Cape Town. We were talking about the Western Cape Liquor Bill. Capetonians who are concerned about the uncontrollable growth in the approval of liquor licences have only a day left to provide input on the revised Western Cape Liquor Bill that was published on the 14th of March 2008 for public comment. Councillor Pieter van Dalen (Kuilsriver ward councillor) recently experienced how easily liquor licences can be approved. A liquor store was opened opposite a children’s play park in the residential area of Jagtershof. He says the Community is outraged that they were not properly consulted in the process and is now on a mission to get the revised Bill amended in order to protect local communities. In the wake of that the City of Cape Town has set up a task team to create and put together a response to the content of the Bill. Chairperson of the team, Takki Amera – says there are various issues to be addressed in the proposed Bill. The Bill provides for extended liquor trading hours. Bars and restaurants will be able to trade non-stop for 20 hours, from 8am the one day to 4am the next day. Bottle stores will be allowed to trade seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. If you want more information you can contact the liquor Board on (021) 483 4498 or 483 3091.

We were also joined on the line by Gert Witbooi – Western Cape Education spokesperson. We were talking about the Mass Literacy Campaign, aimed at reducing adult illiteracy in the province. Research shows that 161 000 out of 4,7 million adults, who have never attended school and cannot read, write nor count, are living in the Western Cape. The education department hopes that by 2012 these adults will all have attended adult literacy classes. The classes will be at community centres, schools and churches across the country. If you want more information contact their offices at (021) 467 2000.

And our last interview was with Peter Ucko – Director of the National Council Against Smoking. We were talking about the legislation aimed at closing loopholes in tobacco control that has been tabled in parliament. The draft tobacco products control amendment bill will bring South African law in line with the World Health Organisation’s tobacco control convention by banning sales to children under the age of 18. Peter explained more about the legislation and whether it will help address the issue of under-age smoking. If you want more information contact their offices at (011) 725 1514 or visit They also have a helpline for those who want to quit smoking on (011) 720 3145.

Monday, April 14, 2008

14 April - Health

Today we spoke to Professor Hein Odendaal – From Stellenbosch University. We were talking about the Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant. Smoking while pregnant should be a cause for concern. It puts both mother's and baby's life at risk. Cigarette smoke contains a cocktail of drugs and poisons which are very harmful to your unborn baby. It also reduces the oxygen level in your blood, which deprives your baby of oxygen and can cause a host of health problems. For more information on the dangers of smoking go to

We were also joined on the line by Sister Renette Olivier - Nursing Coordinator for the Western Cape Hemophilia foundation. Haemophilia is a rare inherited disorder that leads to abnormal bleeding, and specifically the inability to stop bleeding. This week is the Haemophilia Week and Sister Olivier explained more about this condition and the activities they planned in raising more awareness about this condition. For more on Haemophilia you can contact the South African Haemophilia Foundation at (021) 785 322 alternatively you can visit That interview was also brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

Dr John Lazarus – from the Groote Schuur Hospital joined us on the line to explain more about Prostate cancer. It is reported that one in ten men will develop clinically significant prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. It occurs when cells of the prostate mutate and begin to multiply out of control. These cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, especially the bones and lymph nodes. Prostate cancer may cause pain, difficulty in urinating, erectile dysfunction and other symptoms. But the good doctor explained more about those symptoms and the available treatment. For more information visit your nearest hospital or contact the Cancer Association of SA on (021) 689 5347 or visit

And last but least we were joined by Theresa Hugh – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa. We will be talking about Osteoporosis. It is a condition that causes bones to become thin and brittle. The most common sites of osteoporotic fracture are the wrist, spine and hip. According to experts 1 in 4 women and at least 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. But it is important to keep in mind that Osteoporosis can strike at any age and is often called the “silent thief” because bone loss occurs without symptoms. If you want more information contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa on (021) 931 7894 alternatively visit

Friday, April 11, 2008

11 April - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today's show we were joined by Mariana Olivier – from the Western Cape Genealogical Society of South Africa. Were your ancestors pirates or perhaps some of the original inhabitants of the Cape? There’s only one way to find out and that is to climb up the family tree and trace your genealogy. Mariana does exactly this, she helps people find their roots. The next meeting of the Cape Genealogical Society of South Africa will be tomorrow at the Goodwood Library Hall at 2PM, for more information contact (021) 466 8100.

We also spoke to Bennie Rabinowits – Chairperson of the Seafront for All. Members of the Seafront for All will be protesting against the development of the Sea Point Promenade. Community members concerned about plans to construct a hotel, gym and shopping mall complex on the Sea Point promenade are invited to join a protest gathering against this development on 13th of April, which is on Sunday. Seafront for All is a non-profit organisation established, on a volunteer basis, by concerned citizens of the Western Cape. Its purpose is the protection and conservation of the Public Open Space along the Atlantic seaboard. The protest will take place on the Cape Town side of the Sea Point Pavilion, adjacent to the swimming pool. Events kick off at 2pm. The formal protest will commence at 4pm and will culminate at 4:30pm when a petition consisting of over 10,000 signatures will be handed over to a city official. For more information contact (021) 434 9104 or visit

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city and we also played a feature produced by Anele Siwa. Anele attended an event that took place at CPUT where Afro-Pop Sensation Ntando and Bongi Dube were performing. He got a chance to chat to them about their careers and the future of South African music.

We closed off the show with an interview with Themba Shibase – An Artist. We were talking about his exhibition titled Umhlaba kabani? - (Whose land?) that will open on Wednesday at the Photo Gallery. Themba is a Durban based artist and lecturer – this is his first solo exhibition. He is an MTN New Contemporaries 2008 nominee. His recent works portray a wide subject matter, ranging from depictions of juxtaposed urban and rural architecture to expressively rendered portraiture of both ordinary and extraordinary individuals. For more information contact the Gallery on (021) 422 2762 or visit

Thursday, April 10, 2008

10 April - Labour

In today’s show, we played an interview conducted by Sakhisizwe’s Producer Tina George. She spoke to Councillor Basil Lee – From the Rondevlei Sub-council. He was talking about the Leaners Licence Project. The Rondevlei Sub-council’s learner’s and driver’s licence programme - Help our People Excel project - was initiated last year and was designed to help learners get their driver’s licence before leaving school to increase their chances of finding employment in the near future. For more information call (021) 710 8394.

We also heard from Sue Viljoen – From the Institute for Best Employment Practice. We were talking about the Importance of Employment Contract. It is reported that many employers out there do not provide employment contracts but according to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act – section 29, every employer is required by the law to provide the employee with a written contract of employment not later that the first day of commencement of employment. If you want more information you can visit the labourguide website at

And last but not least we were joined by Jaco Kleynhans - spokesperson for Solidarity. Soildarity has welcomed the move by the Chamber of Mines to tackle the growing issue of skills shortage. The Chamber announced on Tuesday that they wish to implement a job creation and skills development agency to train unemployed South African as masters of craft. Jaco says Artisan training should take priority, because we find ourselves in a real skills crisis. For more information on Solidarity contact 0861 25 24 23 or visit

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

09 April - Gender

In today’s show we were joined Instudio by Adelaide Moore – From Woman to woman network. The Woman to Woman Network is an organisation for women in business to network, communicate and share ideas and information. It empowers and uplift and educate women to reach their full potential through networking and workshops. Currently they have two branches, one in Mitchell’s Plain and one on Ottery. Membership fee is R200 per year or R20 per month. For more information you can contact Adelaide on 082 929 9049 or (021) 371 6112 alternatively contact Avril Arrison on 073 923 0330 or (021) 705 0690.

We closed off the show with an interview with Stephanie van Wyk – Director of Beauty for ashes, Yunna Goliath and Rachel. Beauty for Ashes is an NGO that provides transition for ex-female prisoners from prison to society. They encourages the reestablishment of relationship with family and eventually return to their own communities. Rachel, an ex-prisoner says people need to give them a second chance. She says the stigma is still there, most people are unforgiving. Stephanie told us more about the organisation. For more information or if you want to lend a hand contact Stephanie on (021) 686 9897.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

08 April - Human Rights

In today’s show we were joined on the line by Mansoor Jaffer – Project manager of the Imbizo Focus Week. The National Imbizo Focus Week started on Monday, the 7th of April, with the Western Cape hosting 15 izimbizo. Twelve are community izimbizo whilst three are sectoral, single-issue meetings. The theme for the week is “Building Communities, Changing Lives”. The izimbizo will give residents a chance to interact with senior government officials. There will an imbizo tonight in Mitchell's Plain at Westridge Civic. Premier Ebrahim Rasool, MEC Lynn Brown and MEC Richard Dyantyi will be in attendance to answer some of the residents questions. For more information contact 084 407 1503 or 082 665 6479 alternatively go to

We also spoke to Dr Tony Booysen – From the Western Cape Health Department. The Western Cape health department formed a task team to relieve the service pressures at community health care centres in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The team aims to develop and improve management systems of severe services within the primary health care facilities. Dr Booysen explained more. If you want more information you can contact the Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Care Centre Facility Manager on (021) 391 5903.

Lastly we were joined Instudio by Alison and Lili Goldberg – They run a Community outreach project. Lili, a grade 10 pupil at St Cyprian High School is not like most girls her age who spend their spare time at the mall. Instead this 16 year old serves lunch to hundreds of homeless people in town. Lili and her mother run this project but need community involvement in order to feed more homeless people. If you want more information or you would like to help call 082 784 5053.

Monday, April 07, 2008

07 April - Health

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Peter Johnston – A Climatologist from the University of Cape Town. We were talking about Climate Change. Today is World Health Day and the focus is around climate change and how it affects our health, how it’s going to affect our future and how we can lessen the damage. Climate change is a worsening national challenge destroying lives and livelihoods, hampering development and leaving millions in greater vulnerability. The earth will become warmer than usual. We will experience warmer winters and extremely hot summers. Rainfall patterns will change and there will be a rise in sea levels. Bigger disasters like the Tsunami are an example of man-made disasters mistakably considered being natural. In fact, climate change causes such disasters. Help create an environmentally aware South Africa; communities are encouraged to think globally while they act locally. That interview was also brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

Michelle May – Health Programme coordinator from the Cancer Association of South Africa also joined us on the show. We were talking about the Cancer of the oesophagus or Oesophageal Cancer. It is reported that countries, such as Turkey, China, India and South Africa have very high rates of this type of cancer. Cancer of the oesophagus or gullet develops as a result of cell changes in the lining of the oesophagus. The disease is three times more common in men than in women and is more common in people over the age of 60. Michelle explained more about the symptoms and the available treatment. For more information contact CANSA on (021) 689 5347 or visit

And last but least we were joined by Gerhard Pieterse – from Autism Western Cape. Gerhard is a Parent of a child with Autism and is responsible for the Project Management of Autism Western Cape. Last week Wednesday was the World Autism Day and Autism Western Cape’s focus was creating more awareness on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Gerhard explained more about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Children with autism may fail to respond to their name and often avoid eye contact with other people. They have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behavior. If you want more information contact Autism Western Cape on (021) 557 3573 or (021) 556 2600 alternatively visit

Friday, April 04, 2008

04 April – Arts, Culture and Environment

Today’s show was very exiting and lively, we were joined Instudio by Jonathan Rubain – Jazz Musician. Jonathan is very young but he is already the bass player of preference for legends such as Mac McKenzie and Alvin Dyers. He wowed the crowd at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival ‘Free Community Concert’ last Wednesday. This young man is said to be destined to become an important player on the SA music scene. He told us more about his music. He will be performing at Manenberg’s on Sunday night. If you want to book him for a performance contact 073 461 4000 or email him to

We also joined by Mrs Sheryl Lee Ralph – an acclaimed veteran of film, television and stage. In the country we know her as Dee from the popular sitcom, Moesha. Tomorrow she will be performing her one woman show called "Sometimes I Cry" that will be staged at the Artscape Theatre. “Sometimes I Cry” creatively examines the female struggle when coping with HIV and AIDS, and offers an engaging window into the unique difficulties women face. There will be only two performances at 2:30 in the afternoon and at 20:15 in the evening. Tickets costs R250 and are available at Computicket or at the Artscape. For more information contact (021) 410 9800 or visit

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview I had with councilor James Vos – Health Portfolio committee from the City of Cape Town. According to the City of Cape Town’s pilot air pollution study that was conducted in Khayelitsha, the air quality in the area often falls below safety levels with pollution on average being 70% more than it is in the city centre. The Khayelitsha Air Pollution Strategy is a pilot project to improve air quality in informal areas and it involved a detailed survey of households, business, a traffic survey and other sources of air pollution in the area. Councilor Vos says the outputs of this survey will also lead to the development of appropriate air quality forecasting and planning tools.

PICS:by Tina George

Thursday, April 03, 2008

03 April - Labour

Mandla Malgas – from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration was instudio to talk about Insubordination. It is broadly defined as an unwillingness to submit to authority either through an open refusal to obey an order or through a failure to carry authority and is said to be a common problem in the workplace. Examples of insurbordination include: actively challenging or criticizing a superior's orders, interfering with management, showing open disrespect toward a supervisor, making threats or using coercion or physical violence, using abusive language or making malicious statements and ignoring instructions. Mandla explained the appropriate response to insurbodination and discipline is one of the best responses. For more information you can contact the CCMA on (021) 469-0111 or visit

We also spoke to Zolisa Sigabi – Spokesperson for the department of Labour. We were talking about the Compensation Fund. The revenue of the Compensation Fund consists mainly of annual assessments paid by the registered employers on a basis of a percentage or fixed rate of the annual earnings of their employees. The Act makes provision for the payment of compensation to employees sustaining an injury on duty. The employer is protected against all civil claims which may be instituted against him in the event of an injury on duty, even in the event of alleged negligence. The Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund announced on Tuesday that employers have until April 30th to submit their Return of Earnings forms. Employers failing to submit after the new deadline would face having to pay penalties. Zolisa explained more on that. For any further enquiries, clients can contact the Fund on 0860 10 5350 or fax forms through to (012) 357 1817.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

02 April – Gender

Today we spoke to Mpho Mathebula – from Men as Partners in Macassar. The Men as Partners program grew out of an urgent need to foster constructive male involvement strategies to effectively respond to the twin epidemics of HIV/AIDS and violence against women which currently threaten the lives of millions of South Africans. Mpho told us more on how they challenge the attitudes and behaviors held by men on HIV/AIDS and violence against women and children. For more information contact their offices on (021) 365 0880 or Jaco Brink - MAP Coordinator at (021) 808 3136 alternatively Rodney Fortuin - Programme Officer at EngenderHealth on (021) 4488126.

We were also joined by Lynette Lerm – Training Manager at the Cape Women’s Forum. Their mission is to contribute to the building of a motivated and skilled agricultural workforce in South Africa through the provision of high quality accredited outcome-based training and development programs that enable learners to obtain credits towards a formal national qualification aligned to the National Qualifications Framework. Lynette explained more about the training they provide. For more information contact (021) 883 2490 or visit

We also spoke to Commissioner Yvette Abrahams – from the Commission on Gender Equality. The commission conducted an in-depth countrywide study on experiences of widowhood in different cultures and in different geographic areas in South Africa. They recently released the findings of the Widowhood Project which highlighted the plight of many widows and widowers in the Western Cape who have experienced gross violation of their constitutional rights after the death of a spouse. Discrimination, abuse, harassment and hate speech are common experiences during widow(er)hood. The commissioner told us more about the findings and what can be done in addressing some of the identified challenges. Remember all widows and widowers have the right to full and equal enjoyment of the rights and freedoms as stated in the Constitution. If you more information about the Commission on Gender Equality contact their offices on (021) 426-4080 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Pamela Stretton – an artist. Pamela will be exhibiting at the João Ferreira Gallery opening tonight at 6PM. She says her artwork deals predominantly with the female body, focusing on issues such as beauty ideals and the body’s relationship with popular culture, fashion, health and food. She told us more about it and also the exhibition. It opens today and will be up till the 26th of April 2008. The João Ferreira Gallery is at number 70 Loop Street in Cape Town. For more information go to or contact (021) 423 5403.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

01 April – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Robert Schrirre – Head of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. We were talking about the Zimbabwe Elections. It’s been three days since the elections but no official announcement of who exactly won the overall polls. There have been growing international concerns over election results delay and the US has urged the Zimbabwean election commission to publish them as quickly as possible. Both the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and independent challenger Simba Makoni accused President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party of trying to rig the ballot. For the latest on the Zim elections listen to Bush Radio news every hour or go to

We were also joined by Moosa Salie and David Lewis – from the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. A groundbreaking declaration calling for an end to all forced and coerced psychiatric procedures and for the development of alternatives to psychiatry was signed at Cape Town’s Robben Island Gateway in a ceremony held last week, Monday. Members of Mind Freedom International and local and international psychrights activists gathered to witness the historic occasion. The document was handed over to Moosa Salie. It recognizes South Africa’s contribution to the struggle and the need to eliminate all forms of torture and coerced treatment. If you want more information contact Moosa on 082 486 5953 or (021) 511 5776 alternatively visit or
PIC:David (on the right) and Moosa
Pic taken by Tina George

And our last interview was with Councilor Glen Kleinsmith – From the City of Cape Town. We were talking about Bellville interchange improvements. The City of Cape Town’s Bellville Sub-council has set up a multi-disciplinary task team to combat crime, grime, traffic congestion and the presence of more than 600 illegal minibus taxis at the Bellville public transport interchange this comes after numerous complaints from local residents and businesses. The interchange, flanked by Voortrekker, Modderdam and Tienie Meyer Roads and close to the Transnet railway marshalling yard, is currently the largest in the Metropole. It is estimated that more than 1100 minibus taxis make use of the facility and that 50 000 commuters use these taxis on a daily basis. For more information contact (021) 918 2054.

31 March – Health

Today we spoke to Derek Esterhuizen – Provincial Manager of the South African National TB Association. According to our health calendar last week Monday was the World TB Day and the South African theme for this year was “Stop TB… because you can”. The campaign is aimed at educating the communities about TB and also stresses the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own health and doing something to fight the spread of TB. There have been disturbing reports in the media about XDR and MDR TB patients who run away from hospitals before they finish their treatment and we know that TB can be spread easily. So if you have TB make sure you stick and finish the treatment. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union. Are you coughing, tired, have night sweats and lack of appetite, you might have TB. Go to the nearest clinic for free TB testing and treatment. Be a champ fight TB!!!!!!! For more information contact SANTA on (021) 715 8901 or visit

We also spoke to Dr Gert van Zyl - a Medical Virologist, from the Tygerberg Hospital. We were talking about Polio. The week of the 6th to the 12th of April is the National Polio Eradication Awareness week in South Africa. The Department of Health would like to encourage members of the public to report Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) cases and ensure that their children are fully immunised against childhood vaccine preventable diseases. Countries are expected to conduct AFP Surveillance in all the districts and report to World Health Organisation on weekly basis. But Dr van Zyl explained more about the poliovirus and how is it transmitted. For further information please contact your nearest clinic, primary health care centre or hospital. That interview was also brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

Dr E.V. Rapiti – A family physician and a regular here on Sakhisizwe was part of the show again today and this week we were talking about Asthma. Asthma is a condition affecting the airways or bronchi of the lungs. It is a common condition affecting about one in ten people and is said to be twice more common in boys than girls, not sure why but the incident equalizes in adulthood. The bad news though is that Asthma is not curable but can be controlled by proper medication, Dr Rapiti explained more about the available medication. For more information contact his practice at the Gatesville Medical Centre on (021) 397 6029.

Our last interview was with Professor Robin Green – Head of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University of Pretoria. We were talking about Flu. Yes people are already suffering from the sniffilist. Influenza, commonly called "the flu", is an infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, airways, and lungs) caused by the influenza virus. Two types of influenza virus, A and B, cause the flu. Although flu is similar in some ways to the common cold, it begins suddenly and symptoms are much more severe than those of a cold. Professor explained more about the causes and the treatment available. If you are sure that you have the flu it is reasonable to rest at home and take symptomatic medication as needed. If you are unsure or have questions visit your nearest clinic, primary health care centre or hospital.