Friday, May 30, 2008

30 May - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Fatima Dike – Director of a one-woman autobiographical show called I Promised Myself a Fabulous Middle Age. This is a story of Award-winning author, storyteller, motivational speaker and actor Sindiwe Magona. It is said to be a hilarious, thought-provoking gambol down memory lane as the author reviews her life from village to slum, domestic worker to UN employee working and living in posh New York. The show will be at the Baxter’s Sanlam Studio on Sunday, the 1st of June, at 5PM. Tickets costs R30 and you can book through Computicket. For more information contact (021) 680 3964.

Nigel Vermaas was also joined us on the line for the Arts update in and around the city. In light of the xenophobic attacks in the country, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa or PANSA will bring together artists from all over Africa to make themselves heard on Sunday 1 June at 15h00 in the ‘We All Benefit’ concert at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets cost R50 and will be available from Computicket later this week. The ‘We All Benefit’ performance will be a showcase of well-known artists, directed by Luke Ellenbogen and MC'd by Mark Elderkin and Faniswa Yisa. For more information contact Erica Glyn-Jones on 083 567 8989 alternatively email her to or Karen Jeynes on 083 946 8526 or email

We closed off the show with an interview with Phumla Buyaphi – Organiser of the Peace March that will be taking place in Khayelitsha tomorrow. The march was prompted by the recent xenophobic attacks that have left thousands of foreign nationals displaced. The march is supported by well known artists like Odidi Mfenyana and Zolani Mahola. It will start at Oliver Tambo Hall at 10 AM to Andile Msizi Hall. So people of Khayelitsha and surrounding areas please go out and support the march “Say No to Xenophobia”. For more information contact Phumla on (021) 465 6892 or 074 550 3300.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

29 May - Labour

Today we were joined on the line by Dr Wouter van Wyk - a Professional Career Advisor. We were talking about ensuring that your CV’s makes an impression. We all know the feeling of being hopeful and applying for a job but when you fail to clench that interview you feel despondent. But just imagine how many CV’s are submitted and according to statistics, recruiters who are often given this tough job by companies only spend an average of 17 seconds per CV. For more information advice go to or email him to

We also spoke to Muriel Susa – Chairperson of the Athlone Informal Traders Task Team. Traders in Athlone are privileged enough to have their own Informal Traders Task Team which deals with various challenges that they face as they try to make a living. Muriel explained more about the issues that are faced by informal traders and how they are addressing such issues. The Athlone Traders meet every Tuesday at 10 am. For details call (021) 696 7681 or 073 797 4246.

And last but not least we heard from Adrian Lackay – Spokesperson for the South African Revenue Service or SARS. On the 15th of May the South African Revenue Service announced details for the 2008 Tax Season that, for the first time, place specific emphasis on the central role of employers in the Personal Income Tax system. These changes will affect the way in which employers submit their annual PAYE declarations to SARS which must reflect deductions made from the salary of employees and whether these have been paid to SARS on behalf of employees. It will also affect the way companies issue IRP5 certificates to employees for a particular tax year and the traditional way in which individuals receive, complete and submit their annual tax returns to SARS. Employers who do not comply by the 29th of August 2008 will face strong penalties. For more information contact SARS National Call Centre on 0860 12 12 18 or visit

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

28 May 2008 – Gender

On Sakhisizwe we spoke to Colleen Higgs from Modjaji Books which is a new publisher for women in South Africa. They are inviting submissions for their upcoming short story anthology and are looking for innovative stories that characterize the world from a woman’s perspective. The topic for the anthology is “BED”. The stories must be in English and consist of 3000 to 5000 words. Stories should be unpublished and should somehow involve the theme of BED. All entrants must be women and citizens of a Southern African country (countries include: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Moçambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) Entries should be sent by e-mail to If you need anymore information feel free to send them an e-mail or visit their website

We were also joined by Melanie Judge from OUT. About two weeks ago, OUT celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia by highlighting many gains achieved for the legal recognition of lesbian and gay people in South Africa. The International Lesbian and Gay Association chose the 17 May as a special date to launch a yearly report on State homophobia around the world.The report illustrates the extent of State-sponsored homophobia in the world. Melanie shared with us how widespread the attacks of homophobia are in South Africa. Currently we are fighting against another phobia in this country – Xenophobia. Hate-driven crimes seem to be on the rise in this country of my skull. For more information about OUT please contact (012) 344 5108 or visit And let’s all stand together to fight discrimination in OUR COUTRY!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

27 May 2008 – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe, Building the Nation, Bou die Nasie we were joined in studio by Vivian Tobie from Action on Elder Abuse. Elder abuse is a phenomenon, not only in South Africa but globally and is rising as a social problem. Elder abuse occurs across all economic, ethnic, religious, gender and cultural groups. Persons who are engaged in detecting or in identifying abuse should have good skills, knowledge and abilities to do so. Many of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse can be attributed to changes brought by ageing; therefore elder abuse can easily be “misdiagnosed” or not identified at all. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 424 0574 or fax them to (021) 426 5530 alternative visit their website To report any elder abuse you know of, phone 0800 00 3081.
Picture taken by Sakhisizwe Trainee Producer Rhodé Marshall

On the line we had Eliza James and Nobathembu Rhululu from the African Scholars' Fund. Their goal is to ensure that no child whose progress is satisfactory is prevented from proceeding with his/her schooling at the High School level for reasons of finance. If you want to know more about the fund you can contact their offices on (021) 689 9094 or visit Interested in applying? You can do so by submitting your June exam report by the 31st October.

As South Africa has reached a sad point where the human rights of foreign nationals are being denied we spoke to Ilhaam Hoosain and Henry Booysen from the newsteam who went to visit Soetwater where refugees were being cared for in a camp site. The City of Cape Town is continuing to accommodate people who have been forced to flee from xenophobic aggression in six temporary Safety Sites around the metro region, as well as in many community halls across the city. To report incidents of xenophobic violence call the police on 10111 or your local police station. To report any life-threatening emergencies dial 107 or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone. These numbers must be used for emergency purposes only.
In the picture are some of the foreign nationals who are being housed in tents in Soetwater.

Monday, May 26, 2008

26 May 2008 – Health

This week on our Health slot we spoke to Marius le Roux the Provincial Health Coordinator who spoke to us about World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the 31st of May as World No Tobacco Day and every year WHO provides a theme to guide the commemoration of this Day. The theme for this year is “Tobacco-Free Youth”. Marius explained more about the Awareness Campaigns that the department is running. To smokers: It is never too late to quit smoking, be informed that you take an immediate decision to quit smoking you will increase your life expectancy by 10 to 15 years. QUIT SMOKING AND HAVE CONTROL OVER YOURSELF. To the young people and non-smokers: “STAY SMOKE FREE”, it’s a Good healthy choice and lifestyle that you can pursue. If you want to quit, here is a quitline: (011) 725 1514 or (012) 312 0180. For those non-smokers who come across restaurants that do not comply to the law which says that they should have smoke free zones – you can report them on 021 400 4291. That interview was brought to you by the National Department o f Health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Dr Sharon Kling from the Asthma Clinic at the Tygerberg Hospital about Asthma. According to media reports changing lifestyles lead to rise in Asthma case in South Africa. The Tygerberg hospital gets about 1000 people who suffer from Asthma every year and sadly many still die from it. Dr Kling explained more about the treatment therapies that are available to control Asthma. For more information you can contact the Tygerberg hospital on (021) 938 4911

Our last interview was with Cassey Amore – From the South African Depression and Anxiety Group or SADAG. Together we looked at Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mood disorder characterised by extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. This day is of critical importance not only to the many people living with Bipolar Disorder or their family and friends, but for the many people who have not had the courage to speak to their doctor, family or a therapist about the symptoms they are experiencing. Matsepo explained more about those symptoms and the available treatment. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and GSK have a Bipolar Support Helpline that is a vital lifeline for patients and their families. The line is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and can be reached on 0800 078 377 or 0800 567 567. Patients can also access information on the website at alternatively contact SADAG via sms on 31393.

Friday, May 23, 2008

23 May - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Mike van Graan – Newly Appointed Executive Director of the Africa Centre. Mike is an award-winning playwright/producer and a leading arts activist. The Africa Centre is a non-profit organisation that seeks to document, promote and celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of the African continent. Its major projects since its inception in 2007 have been the launch of the biennale Spier Contemporary visual arts exhibition, the Spier Poetry Exchange and the Spier Performing Arts Festival. We were talking about the programmes they have that promotes the arts and cultural heritage of Africa. On Sunday we are celebrating Africa day, so go out there and be a proud African. For more information about the Africa Centre visit or contact (021) 881 3116.

We were also joined by Nik Rabinowitz - South Africa's top Jewish, Xhosa-speaking Comedian and yes he can speak Xhosa. We were talking to him about his new show IN THE NIK that’s on Broadway. It is co-written by Tom Eaton and directed by Brent Palmer. The show promised to take the audience where no man has gone before. It’s On Broadway, number 88 Shortmarket St in Cape Town, From Wednesday till Sunday at 8:30pm. Tickets costs R75 and will be running till the 8th of June. For more information contact (021) 424 1194.

Nigel Vermaas was also joined us on the line for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with Kesivan Naidoo and Lee Thompson – Musicians. They came to the rescue of popular Observatory’s Independent Armchair Theatre after previous owners struggled to keep it afloat. The venue is well known for showcasing local talent especially music. Kesivan and Lee shareed with us some of their plans for reviving the Armchair and the role that the arts and culture community can play in support of their efforts. If you would like to offer support please contact Lee on 082 775 6868 or Kasivan on 073 169 0854 alternatively e-mail him to

Thursday, May 22, 2008

24 May - Labour

In today's show we were joined on the line by Anton Steenkamp - Practising attorney and partner in the employment law department at Edward Nathen Sonnenberg law firm. We were talking about Pornography in the workplace. According to labour law experts, some form of pornography such as child pornography are illegal and employers can face criminal charges if they fail to report it to relevant officials. Anton explained more on the legal implications of viewing porn during work hours. For more information about Edward Nathen Sonnenberg visit or contact (021) 410 2500.

We also spoke to Shanaaz Voterson from Sikho-Sonke Youth Development Agency. They are currently looking for unemployed people who have experience but no papers in the following fields: welding: electrical: construction; brick laying and carpentry - grade 10 is the minimum requirement. Register at the unit 1 and 2, Spes Bona building, Harmony Square, Town Centre. For details call Shanaaz on (021) 391 7414. And last but not least we heard from Abel Mbilinyi– Country Representative: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He was in Sea Point attending a conference on the Challenges and Opportunities brought about by International Migration. The current xenophobic attacks in our country have tainted our rainbow nation and needs a strong condemnation. The Parliamentary Committee of Home Affairs has proposed, amongst other interventions, a need to visit affected communities to educate people to learn to live with foreigners. The SA Human Rights Commission, on the other hand, advocates for the passing of a hate crimes law as a measure to deal with xenophobia.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

20 May 2008 – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Nomfundo Mogapi – Manager of the Trauma and transition programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. We spoke about the xenophobic violence that has marred the country. The attacks that started last week in Alexander has left at least 24 people dead, many more injured. What started small has now spread to several other townships, as well as the Johannesburg CBD.
The question everyone is asking is – what went wrong, what prompted this and how do we solve this problem and make sure it does not spread to other provinces as well? If you want to know more about their organisation you can contact their offices on (011) 403 5650 or visit, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral committee member for safety Dumisani Ximbi said in a statement, that the spread of these attacks has prompted the city to ensure that similar incidents are not instigated on a similar scale. He has appealed to communities and leaders across Cape Town to discourage any forms of violence or intolerance and to inform the police immediately of any incidents.

Lastly we were joined by Helen MacGregor – Programme Coordinator at the Development Action Group to talk about Upgrading Informal settlements. The Development Action Group’s Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme aims to influence the dominant approach to upgrading toward a pro-poor multi-sectoral approach guided by the principles of inclusive participatory development. Early this year in his budget speech the Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel said about R2, 2-billion will be spent on upgrading informal settlements. Helen explained more about their programme and how successful it has been so far. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact their offices at (021) 448 7886 or visit
Pic: DAG Staff members -

Monday, May 19, 2008

19 May 2008 – Health

On our Health slot this week, we had an interview with Dr Neil Cameron – Head of the Department of Community Health, at the University of Stellenbosch about Influenza. Yes this is the season for flu so you need all the information you can about it but I guess the most important message we are trying to spread is that each and everyone needs to be vaccinated. The influenza virus is very contagious and easily spread from infected persons to others around them. It is different from the common cold, it begins suddenly and symptoms are much more severe. Get vaccinated at your nearest health facility against influenza especially if you are at high risk because of underlying medical conditions. For more information contact your nearest pharmacy, clinic, or hospital. That interview is brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We were then joined by Professor Theresa Lorenzo the Western Cape Chairperson of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa - together we looked at what Occupational therapy is, as part of Occupational Therapy Awareness Week which was celebrated last week. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the client to achieve a maximum level of function and independence in all spheres of life, namely work, social functioning, personal care and leisure activities. Occupational therapy looks at the client holistically addressing his physical, psychological and functional needs. Conditions that can be treated by Occupational Therapists include: Burns Amputations of limbs, Spinal cord injuries. Any injuries to the hand, Neurological conditions: Stroke, Head injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Psychiatric conditions etc. For more on Occupational Therapy you can contact the Occupational Therapy Dept at the University of the Western Cape (021) 959 3151 or the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa at (011) 482 1000 alternatively you can visit

We closed off the show with Dr SK Gautam – A registered Medical Acupuncture Practitioner who explained to us the health benefits of acupuncture, how it works and conditions that can be treated using acupuncture. If you would like more information or you would like help, contact him on (021) 591 9269 that is his surgery in Goodwood or try the Kraaifontein Surgery on (021) 988 9133 alternatively contact him via email to

Friday, May 16, 2008

16 May - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined on the show by Busi Maqubela from the MTN Science Centre. We were talking about the progammes and activities that they will be hosting in celebrating the National Science Week - an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology which aims to excite South African youth in the field of science at a young age. It also aims to develop an interest in studying mathematics and science subjects in schools. If you wanna know more science visit the MTN Science Centre in Canal Walk – I heard that the place was buzzing yesterday. For full programme visit or contact (021) 529 8100.

We also spoke to Louise van Rhyn – Coordinator of the international celebration of life stories. The International Day of Sharing Life Stories was initiated by the Museum of the Person, an international network of virtual museums of life stories, located in Brazil, Canada, the USA and Portugal, and the Centre for Digital Storytelling, based in Berkeley, California. This initiative aims to encourage South Africans to share their stories, thereby creating opportunities for new insights and understanding. Louise explained more about this concept. Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay, will be hosting this event at the Hout Bay Community Centre, facilitated by Paul Sedres of the UCT South African College of Music at 7.30pm until 9.30pm and there is no entrance fee and tea only will be served. For more information contact Dwyn Griesel on 082 331 4062. Simon’s Town’s eMzantsi Carnival coordinator Liz Danks is also gathering a group of women from Red Hill and greater Simon’s Town to come together and share their life stories. Their storytelling session will be facilitated by eMzantsi project manager, Sam Pearce together with Liz Danks and Geoff Brundrit. At the Cape Farmhouse Restaurant in Red Hill from, well they started at 12 already but a second story circle will be held from 1pm till 3pm. The second group welcomes men and women to share their stories. Tea only will be served at both events and there is no cost to participate. For more info contact Liz Danks on 082 266 7556. The Katilist in Observatory will also be hosting a session but entrance fee is R40. For more information contact Leanda on 076 314 6529. If you want to be part of the movement contact Louise via email to

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Philip Dlabantu – from the Red Dazzlers Isicathamiya. This a group of 10 males, who sing about Africa affairs, animals, slavery, love, the streets of South Africa and the spirit of the people. They sing traditional music with lots of colour, rhythm, movements and humour. The Red Dazzlers Isicathamiya will be sharing the stage with the Purdue Varsity Glee Club Choir, a group of 50 male voices from Lafayette, in America at the Cape Town City Hall on Wednesday, May 28 at 20:00. The Cape Town audience will be entertained with a few South African favourites such as Shosholoza, Mama Tembu’s Wedding and the National anthem. Tickets costs R100 and R120. Book at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or visit For group bookings please phone (021) 461 3746.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

15 May - Labour

Today we spoke to Virgil Seafield - Executive Director from the National Department of Labour. We were talking about Child Labour. Child Labour is very common in this country and those who are found guilty will face the might of the law. Members of the community can report any form of child to (012) 309 4000 or visit

We also spoke to Professor Barney Jordaan - Director of Maserumule Employment Consultancy. According to Professor Jordaan in terms of the South African common law there is a price that the employer is obliged to pay for being able to issue instructions and being able to practice control over his employees. The price he is referring to is that of being held liable for the wrongful acts of those that he employs. Professor Jordaan explained how this influences employers and employees. If you more information contact their offices on (021) 914 3321 or visit

And last but not least we heard from the labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana. He was addressing the media yesterday evening. Some of the issues he tabled were Employment Equity, Sectoral Determination of salaries in the hospitality industry and the skills development progress. Trade Unions have a responsibility to make sure that companies comply with the Employment Equity, this is according to the minister. He says certain companies like Verimark have demonstrated commitment to comply with the Employment Equity law. When it comes to the issue of salaries in the hospitality industry, the minister says the Sectoral determination provides for a three tier wage structure which differs in terms of a number of employees employed by a given establishment.
PIC:Membathisi Mdladlana

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

14 May 2008 – Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Zwelethu Jolobe who is a Political Analyst from UCT. We spoke about the effect war has on women. Countless women and girls all over the world suffer the trauma of war - as widows or orphans, perhaps displaced from their homes, sometimes detained. They are often separated from loved ones and become victims of violence and intimidation. War has an extremely negative effect on women, mainly because they fall victims of rape, abuse and having to care for children in a danger zone. The effects of a war will continue even after the violence has ended as they are caught up in armed conflict. The question is could women’s plight in wartime, be improved if the rules of humanitarian law were fully respected?

We were also joined by Vanessa Coulson and Thato Molomo, Social Workers at the Cape Town Refugee Centre. We looked at the experiences of women refugees in South Africa and outlined the challenges they face as they try to survive in a country far from home. According to an article titled Refugee Women: The Authentic Heroines by Nooria Mehraby, Refugee women can find themselves overwhelmed with a multiplicity of settlement problems such as language difficulties, financial problems and a lack of knowledge about public transport, housing, employment, the legal system, education and other services in a new country. While refugee men have greater opportunities to socialize and learn the language of their new country, refugee women are often left isolated looking after their children and completing house duties. They lose the traditional social support provided by the extended family and social gatherings. For more information about the refugee centre please contact (021) 762 9670 or visit

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

13 May – Human Rights

Today we heard from Zweli Mkhize – From the Khulumani Support Group. The Khulumani Support Group is a national membership -based organisation of victims and survivors of Apartheid human rights violations. The group was started in 1995 by the survivors and families of victims of Apartheid. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact their offices at (011) 403 4098 or visit

We also spoke to Fahima Mohammed, Simphiwe Mzayifani and Patrice Kabwe – Peer Educators from Africa Unite. Africa Unite is a community based organisation that promotes human rights and also empowers young adults who comes from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds. They were here to speak to us about their Human Rights Peer Education Project. So if you want to know more about their organisation or this particular project you can contact their offices on (021) 467 7626 or visit

Monday, May 12, 2008

12 May 2008 – Health

In this week’s Health slot on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Yolisa Siziba – a Social Worker from the Cerebral Palsy Association of South Africa who spoke about Cerebral Palsy. It is a disability that affects movement and body position and comes from brain damage that happened before the baby is born, at birth or after a baby is born. Yolisa told us more about Cerebral Palsy and whether is it preventable or not. For more information contact their offices on (021) 685-4150. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We closed off the show with Janine Lloyd – a Life Coach. She told us about emotional eating. If you eat in response to your feelings, especially when you are not hungry, you are an emotional eater. Emotional eating means your emotions -- not your body -- dictate when and/or how much you eat. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by feelings which means that most of us are guilty of using food to cope with emotions. Janine gave us some practical steps for changing eating for comfort patterns. Remember Eating, though an enjoyable activity, should be based on hunger. If you would like more information or you would like help contact a professional life coach.

Friday, May 09, 2008

09 May 2008 – Arts, Culture and Environment

To kickstart your weekend we had a special interview with Calvin Peters, Clive and Natasha Torkley. They joined Sakhisizwe to talk about the Tony Schilder’s benefit Concert. Tony, one of the Cape music icons was hospitalised after he collapsed at his Tableview home and had to go for an operation – doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of pulling through and he is currently on life support. In order to raise funds for his hospital costs, friends and other musicians are hosting this concert tonight at Westend in Rylands from 6PM. Some of the artists who will be performing include Allou April, and yes Richard Ceaser will also be perfoming, Alistair Izobell, Terry Fortune, Sammy Webber, Vernon Castle, Leslie Kleinsmith, Zayne Adam, Glen Roberts, Black Currant, Del Segno, Take Note, Tucan Tucan, Darryl Andrews & The Jonathon Rubain bands. Pledges and donations can be deposited into the following account:

A. SchilderFNB - Montague GardensCheque
Account: 54821161450
Branch Code: 204/709
For more information contact Calvin Peters on 082 950 8625. Tickets are R50.00

Pic: Tony playing the piano:

We also spoke to Gcobani Mhlabeni who is a composer, arranger and performer. He won the 1999 “Shell Road to Fame” competition and entered the South African music industry by storm and won the South African Music Award in 2001. He has a new album out titled No Taxi. Gcobani shared with us some of the highlights of his blossoming career. His new album is out in music stores so go and buy it.

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

We closed off the show interviewing Kirsty Cockerill from the Association for Visual Arts. We spoke about the AVA's Artreach fund. The Artreach programme is an initiative aimed at broadening opportunities for visual artists in South Africa by creating artmaking possibilities, by encouraging art education, by promoting through exposure, and by advancing cultural production across a wide spectrum of visual arts media. They are currently inviting applications for artists who are in need of funding. For details with regards to applications Please check (021) 424 7436.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

08 May 2008 - Labour

Today on our weekly Labour slot we spoke to Jan Truter who us a labour law specialist from Labourwise. He spoke to us about a new legislation to crack down on child molesters – meaning that the employment of certain sex offenders will soon be strongly regulated. This new legislation will, under certain circumstances, prohibit certain employers from hiring or continuing to employ sex offenders. Labourwise is an advisory service developed to assist HR practitioners in bigger organisations with their duties to get support. Visit their website on or call them on (021) 852 3499.

Discussing the believed staff crisis at the Western Cape police 10111 emergency call centre was Superintendent Riaan Pool. Claims have been made that the call centre is being run by untrained operators who are unable to handle the volume of calls that comes in over weekends and public holidays when a lot of fatalities occur. It has been further reported that the call centre runs with a skeleton staff – placing more stress on those who are on duty. Superintendent Pool told us: “There is no staff crisis at the emergency call centre. These allegations are not true.” He said the statements in the newspapers were made by a disgruntled employee. Posts to work at the call centre are advertised in newspapers in July each year.

Our last interview was with Mandla Malgas from the CCMA who joined us in studio to discuss Resignations and Disciplinary Actions. Employees sometimes resign in the face of disciplinary action but the question is - does the employee have the right to resign, and if so, can he still refer a dispute of unfair dismissal to the CCMA after such resignation? Mandla explained the best way to handle this situation. For more information you can contact the CCMA on (021) 469 0111 or visit

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

07 May 2008 – Gender

In this week’s Gender slot we had an interview with Dr Bronwyn Bock-Jonathan an outgoing Captain for the South African Netball team. At the age of 32 she has 5 Degrees and a doctorate in Sport Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch. We spoke to this dynamic young woman about her achievements. Sadly for us she has taken up a new job, as coach of the ACT Academy team and the Canberra Darters, as well as Athletic Development Officer at the ACT Academy in Australia and will be leaving the country in June.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

06 May 2008 – Human Rights

Today we had an interview with Gillian Burrows – National HIV/AIDS Coordinator from the Disabled People of South Africa (DPSA). As people who were non whites were discriminated against during the Apartheid era – the same way the disabled are continuously left out from the rest of society, mainly because people have not changed their mindset towards the disabled. Gillian joined us to take a closer look at the issue. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact their offices at (021) 422 0357.
Pictured: Busisiwe Mtabane - Sakhsisizwe's Presenter and Gillian from DPSA

We also heard from Tania Moodley – Project Manager for Child Protection & Support Services Unit from RAPCAN who spoke to us about Child Neglect. Last year it was reported in the media that Cape Town was the most dangerous city in South Africa for a child to live in. South Africans have watched the headlines with a growing sense of alarm as violent crime against children have become increasingly worse. So if you want to know more about RAPCAN you can contact their offices on (021) 712 2330 or visit

Monday, May 05, 2008

05 May - Health

We spoke to Sheila Clouw - from the National Society of Midwives of South Africa. Today is an International Midwives Day. It is an occassion to celebrate and promote the profession of midwifery. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises midwives as the health professionals best able to deliver safe, cost effective maternity services to the majority of families. A midwife is educated to give all necessary care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn period and believe that childbirth is a normal and significant life event for women and their families. For more information contact their offices on (021) 406 6449 or visit

We were also joined by Dr Davie van Velden and we were talking about Physical Activity. Being physically inactive is a problem. Lack of exercise is a risk factor for both heart disease and high blood pressure. In comparison to those people who exercise regularly, inactive people have twice the risk of suffering a heart attack and three times the chance of dying immediately after such an attack. 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.

Sister Nono Ngxono – From the St Luke’s Hospice joined us on the line to talk about Hospice Palliative Care. This week is the World Hospice and Palliative Care Week. The Theme is Palliative Care as a Human Right. Palliative Care is defined by the World Health Organisation as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. For more information contact their offices on (021) 797 5335 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Ivan Bromfield who is the City of Cape Town’s acting Director of Health. He was speaking to us about the situation at Edgemead High School and also the state of MDR TB in the City. A week ago the Western Cape Department of Health and the City of Cape Town’s Health Department was made aware of learner at Edgemead High School who was suspected to have Multi Drug Resistant TB. If you would like more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital.

Friday, May 02, 2008

02 May 2008 – Arts, Culture and Environment

With an extra public holiday, there was lots to do in and around the city here on Sakhisizwe we had some interviews to help you decide what to do.

We were joined by Tucan Tucan a group of musicians with different cultures and nationalities which brings on their unique sound. They spoke about their weekly Friday night performance at Mojo Jazz Café in Observatory. If you want any information about the band visit their website on

Christine Crouse who is the Artistic Manager of a production called Werther which is staged at the Artscape Opera House. Werther is directed by Staffan Aspegren and performances starts in June. If you would like to know more about this well loved production - call the Artscape at 021 410 9800 or book at Computicket.

Nigel Vermaas then joined us to give his weekly arts update of events happening in and around the city.

Then lastly we had Deon Lotz who is one of the actors from the theatre production Kringe in ‘n Bos which is at the Artscape theatre. Kringe in ‘n Bos will probably be known to those who did Afrikaans as a first language in matric as Kringe in ‘n Bos is a prescribed book. If you would like to see this production you can do so by visiting or call the Artscape on 021 421 7695. Kringe in ‘n Bos will be showing from the 6th of May until the 17th.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

01 May 2008 – Labour

On this weeks Labour slot, which is on the same day that we commemorate the workers who contribute siginificantly to our society, we spoke to Leonard Gentle about May Day – or Workers Day. Leonard is the Director of the International Labour Research and Information Group. ILRIG as it is also known is an NGO that provide education, publications and research for the labour and social movements in South and Southern Africa. Visit their website on

We were then joined in studio by Mack Manuel who is a Labour and Human Resources Consultant who spoke to us about the role of a union. Mack is also the owner of MC Consulting Services which offers labour consulting, training, and labour relations services. So if you want to contact Mack you can do so by phoning him on 083 533 5726 or email