Monday, June 30, 2008

30 June 2008 - Health

Today we had an interview with Michelle May from the Cancer Association of South Africa who told us a bit more about Prostate and testicular cancer. It is reported that more than 96% of testicular cancers can be cured if caught at an early stage. Even when the tumour spreads, the cure rate is over 80%.Treatment may be very intensive, but most patients cured will have no long-term side effects from the treatment but Michelle explained more. For more information contact the Cancer Association of South Africa on 021 689 5347 or visit Today is the last day for the Men’s Health Month, created to raise awareness around men’s health. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We were also joined on the line by Zetta Scheisser from Retina South Africa who spoke to us about Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration. Retinitis Pigmentosa is the name given to a group of hereditary diseases of the retina of the eye. The retina is a delicate layer of cells which picks up the pictures and sends them to the brain. Zetta explained more on it and whether it is common amongst South Africans. For more information contact Retina South Africa on (021) 911 0340 or 082 423 9948. Visit their website on

We closed off the show with an interview I had earlier today with Dr Chris Verster who is a Psychiatrist from Stikland Hospital. We looked at Borderline Personality Disorder. According to experts, Borderline sufferers have extreme and long standing instability in their emotional lives, as well as in their behaviour and their self-image. Dr Verster will explain more about the symptoms and whether it is a treatable condition or not. For more information visit the South African Society of Psychiatrists on or the Mental Health Information Centre, on (021) 938 9229.

Friday, June 27, 2008

27 June - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we were joined by Nazli George. We were talking about her latest play called Rootz. Rootz is a light-hearted satire, written and performed by Nazli. It is said that Rootz creates a voice for women from all backgrounds. It explores their identity, recognises their worth, and claims their various places in everyday South African society. It opened at Artscape Arena on Wednesday, June 25th and will run till the July 13th. There is a performance tomorrow between 8 - 10pm. Bookings can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Tickets costs R80 and R70 for block bookings of 10.
PIC:by Rhodé Marshall

We heard from Bongani Skhotha Tulwana – A musician. Skhotha studied music at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he got his degree. He started playing a music instrument with a guitar at standard 8 later was under the wing of Soul Jazz Band as a saxophone student. He then became a bassist for 4x4 Jazz Band, after sometime he decided to form his own band called the ‘Mo Jazz Band’. He has recently recorded a 13 track solo album which will be released by Outrageous Records scheduled for release in August; he is currently promoting his debut single soul crashing. For more information contact (011) 648 9343 or go to

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

Thursday, June 26, 2008

26 June 2008 – Labour

Today we had an interview with Cheryl Nesbitt from the Capsicon Chef School. Capsicum Culinary Studio is gearing up for their July 2008 intake, with only a few weeks left to enrol, Capsicum are offering their learners a variety of Professional Chef Qualifications with international career path, depending on which Professional Course they elect to enrol on. Capsicum will be holding their annual Grade 12 Cooking Competition from the 9th – 11th July 2008. The winner will receive a bursary to the value of R 40 000, this will enable the learner to study a Professional Chef Qualifications through Capsicum. The closing date for entries is the 30th June 2008. For more information contact their offices on (021) 531 6602 or visit

And last but not least we spoke to George Pambason - Director of the Alliance for Refugees. The alliance was established in 2005 by George and other refugees from different African countries living in Cape Town, with a shared vision of uplifting the lives of refugees and making them an asset rather than a liability to the host Nation by engaging them in socio-economic and cultural activities. If you want more information contact the Alliance on (021) 421 2348 or George on 072 883 4781. Visit their website

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

25 June 2008 – Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we were joined by Cornelia De Lillie who hails from Mitchell’s plain, she started her real estate business with no money but none the less tackled it and today she is successful and is about to head off to Mauritius to build a hotel. We were speaking to this dynamic woman about her journey thus far and what keeps her going. For more information go to

And we were also joined in studio by Caroline, Dylan* and Calvin*. We spoke about transgenderism. All three of them are transgendered. According to experts, People who are identified as transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body.” For example, a person who identifies as transgender or transsexual may have typical female anatomy but feel like a male and seek to become male by taking hormones or electing to have sex reassignment surgeries. Taking the decision to be true to yourself about who you are takes a lot of courage and my guests shared how the journey was like with them when they first realise that they were born in wrong bodies so to say. If you want more information on this you can contact Gender Dynamix offices on (021) 633 5287 or visit
*Not their real names

To close off the show we spoke to Benita Britten who is the founder of the Women’s Inspirational Training Hubs which is designed for women to empower each other through sharing their personal stories, challenges & victories. This is a platform for women to take passionate ownership of sustainable personal development strategies. They have training on Saturday, June 28, at The Settlers High School. Starting at 14h30 PM, Entrance is only R50.00. For more information contact Benita on 082 732 5707.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

24 June 2008 – Human Rights

Today we spoke to Michael Moyakhe from Bread of Life which is an organisation that was established after the need for youth development and HIV/AIDS programs was identified. This is because they believe that the youth are the most at risk. If you want further information about Bread of Life or you would like to get involved with the organisation give Michael a call on 079 688 7009 or phone the Bread of Life offices on 021 695 2123. You can also e-mail them -

Then we were joined by Rosie Mashala from Baphumelele Children’s Home which aims to provide a home and refuge to children who are handicapped, orphaned, abused, abandoned and vulnerable. If you would like to get in contact with Baphumelele Children’s Home call their offices on 021 361 8631 / 082 7188 275 or visit their website on

Lastly we had Ellen Smith from the Family Law Clinic who spoke to us about the work that they do and their legal services they offer people in the community who is not able to afford it. You can call them on 021 465 7320 if you need any legal assistance in divorce, custody and maintenance battles. They are also in search of unemployed women who can be trained in the legal field. So if you are interested give them a call.

Monday, June 23, 2008

23 June 2008 – Health

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Dr Lize Weich from the Tygeberg Hospital who spoke to us about Substance Abuse. The Department of Health is stressing the need for people to live a healthy lifestyle by not abusing alcohol and drugs, combating the trafficking of psychoactive drugs, maintain sobriety among young persons. For more information contact SANCA on (021) 945 4080/1 or visit Alternatively contact the Stikland Hospital on (021) 940 4500. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We were then joined on the line by Dr E.V. Rapiti who is a family physician and he spoke to us about Deep Vein Thrombosis. Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most of the deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh – they can also occur in other parts of ones body. A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. Dr Rapiti explained more on it and why it is common amongst South Africans. For more information contact his practice at the Gatesville Medical Centre on (021) 397 6029.

We then closed off the show with Dr Dave Whitelaw a Rheumatologist who told us a bit more about Osteoarthritis. Tomorrow is a national Osteoarthritis Day, so the aim of this interview is to raise more awareness about this condition. It is reported that Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects up to 10% of the world's population. According to experts, most people don't feel the symptoms of Osteoarthritis before age 40. Dr Whitelaw explained more about those symptoms and whether it is treatable or not. For more information visit

Friday, June 20, 2008

20 June 2008 – Arts, Culture and Environment

On the Friday edition of Sakhisizwe – Building the Nation – Bou die Nasie – we were joined by Lorraine Tanner who is the Managing Director of the Jungle Theatre Company, a non profit organisation that makes use of interactive and fun performances to empower children, young people and even adults with specific skills and knowledge about environmental, social and cultural issues. They also provide theatre skills training to children and young people from different social backgrounds. For more information or to book a performance call (021) 788 5641 or visit their website on

We heard from Nkosazana Dimande who is an Opera Singer. This talented 31-year-old from Gugulethu has been selected from more than 100 of her peers in the world to complete her master’s degree at a university in Sweden. She spoke to my Producer Rhodé Marshall this morning about her journey thus far.

And then we were joined by the talented Nigel Vermaas who gave us his weekly dose of Arts update.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

19 June 2008 – Labour

Joining us today was Denis Stevenson who is the President of the Cape Windjammers Education Trust. They promote off-shore training-under-sail as a way to improve individual, social and leadership development within young people. Mr Stevenson explained to us about what they do and how young people can get involved. For more information contact their offices on (021) 448 1618 or visit their website on

And last but not least we spoke to Heidi Hochstenboch from the Whisper Boat Building Academy which is an organization aimed at uplifting and inspiring deaf students by providing them with skills in the Boat Building Industry. The students who form part of this project come from the Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha. Heidi explained more about the Academy and the skills they provide to those that participate in the project. If you want more information call them on 087 805 9570 or visit

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

18 June 2008 – Gender

Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke to Kevin Rutter the Founder of - a website which is used as a resource centre for fathers. Their primary goal is to help fathers “become a success in the eyes of their children”. They believe in changing a “fatherlessness” society into a “fatherfull” society. Kevin explained more about the website and the seminars that they host. For more information you can visit their website at or you can send him an e –mail to
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We also heard from Andrew Fulton from the Mankind Project. Through this project, men and women are empowered to live to their full potential, trusting that they will co-create the healthy solutions needed by society. They facilitate a weekend workshop titled the New Warrior Training Adventure, which is said to be a process of initiation and self-examination that is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self. Their training adventure begins on June 20. For more information go to

Lastly we were joined on the line by Fezeka Dyani who is the Administrator at Iziko Lo Lwazi, a non profit organisation that provides training and work for women with a primary objective of empowering them through education and employment. Fezeka explained more about their work. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 790 2273 or visit

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

17 June - Human Rights

Today we heard from Antonet Langa – from the Novalis Ubuntu Institute. The Institute was founded to make a creative contribution to the educational, social and cultural problems of our time. Up to now the Institute has developed and delivered a wide range of innovative educational and social programs in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape. Antonet explained more about those programs and whether they have been effective or not. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 797 1857 or go to

And we were also joined on the line by Paul Roux – Chairperson of the Kidzpositive Family Fund. The Kidzpositive Family Fund is dedicated to improving the health of HIV-positive children in Southern Africa. Their goal is to generate funds for the grassroots support of mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Paul explained more about their projects and how one can contribute to the fund in order for them to continue funding organisations that provide care for significant numbers of affected families. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 686 9710 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Rose Damon - Deputy Head at EDULIS. We were talking about the Mobile Library Project. The project has changed the way learners in schools in the rural areas of the Breede River/Overberg, South Cape/Karoo and the West Coast/Winelands districts view education. Through this project, a culture of reading has been developed amongst learners, which has assisted them with their school projects and enables them to read to their illiterate parents, enhancing their quality of life. Rose shared with us how this has enhanced communication skills between parents and learners. For more information contact her on (021) 957 9626 or send an email to

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 16 - Health (YOUTH DAY)

Today as we commemorate youth day, we focused on youth health. My guests who were part of today’s show, includes Xolani Tshandu – From Planned Parenthood South Africa. We explored various aspects about youth health like sex and sexuality issues, disability amongst youth, the availability and accessibility of youth friendly services and lastly, the Promotion of healthy lifestyle to reduce risky behaviour amongst young people. For more information contact their offices on (021) 365 0880 or go to for listing of youth friendly service centers. That interview was proudly brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We were also joined Instudio by Ilhaam Hoosain – a young trainee journalist who is diabetic. She says that when she was first diagnosed with diabetes she was in denial and didn’t really follow the doctor’s orders about living a healthy lifestyle. Ilhaam is now 21 –years – old and is fully responsible for the everyday management of her diabetes. She shared with us whether she has had any opportunity to meet socially with other young people to discuss diabetes and to develop their own support structures. If you young and diabetic make sure you gather all the information that is available on diabetes. Remember, to be diagnosed with diabetes is not the end of the world, you will get used to living life with diabetes. Try and get as much information as you can. For more information contact Diabetes South Africa on (011) 886 3721 /3765 alternatively visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Prof A Okreglicki – an electrophysiologist or a heart specialist. We were talking about Cardiac Rhythm Disorders in young people as we are commemorating youth day. It is said that Heart rhythm Disorders are often misunderstood and under - diagnosed. According to the Professor screening is the most important way of preventing arrhythmic cardiac events. Screening involves having your ECG taken. Professor explained more about the symptoms and the available treatment. For more information you can visit your nearest hospital or if you have access to the internet then go to

Friday, June 13, 2008

13 June - Arts, Culture and Environment

A recap of today’s show, we spoke to Dr Rozena Maart – Author of the Writing Circle. Dr Maart’s book was launched yesterday at Exclusive Books in Cavendish. This novel is said to be a beautifully written, heartbreaking piece that will open your eyes to not only the issues of sexual assault, but to racism and biased viewpoints as well. Dr Maart was born here in Cape Town, District Six but now lives in Canada. She published a book titled Rosa’s District 6 in 2006 composed of five short stories. She shared with us what influences her writing and her views on South Africa post Apartheid. For more information on Dr Maart go to The book is available at Exlcusive Books for more information go to

We were also joined by Augustine Morkel – from SANBI. We will be talking about the World Environment Day that was commemorated last Thursday the 5th of June. The national theme for this year was “All hands on deck-for a lower carbon economy. While the international theme was “Kick the Habit for A lower carbon economy”. This year’s theme was meant to highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life styles such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco friendly consumption. Augustine explained more on the role that we can play in saving our environment. For more information visit the United Nations Environment Programme at

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Naledi Mphuthi and Luvuyo Mpofu – from City at Peace. They were instudio to talk to us about Amazwi Ethu: An Imbizo for Youth Expression that will be happening on youth day, June 16, featuring artists like Camagu, Ikamva Youth, Rainbow Arts Group and more. City at Peace – Cape Town is a youth development organisation that uses the performing arts to teach a diverse group of young people about cross-cultural understanding, non-violent conflict resolution and leadership for social change. The event will be at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre between 10H00 and 15H00 and entrance is free. For more information contact on (021) 465 0408 or go to
Pic by:Busi Mtabane

Thursday, June 12, 2008

12 June - Labour

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Jaco Kleynhans – From Solidarity. Solidarity has called on government to come up with a comprehensive plan to curb increasing fuel prices. A report published by the trade union offers a number of ways in which fuel taxes, among other things, can be kept under control. Jaco explained more on the recommendations that might relieve the burden imposed on struggling consumers by the rising cost of fuel. For more information visit or contact their head office on (012) 644 4300.

We also heard from Mark Mitchell – From UCT’s Graduate School of Business. The UCT Graduate School of Business will launch a programme that will provide South African school leaders with valuable business acumen and enhance their leadership capacity. The course, which runs over two modules, is for educationalists who are first time principals, vice-principals, heads of departments, or teachers with four or more years experience who are eager to enhance their core management skills. Mark, the course director explained more on this new programme. For more information contact Dudu Mahlangu on (021) 406 1268 or email

And last but not least we spoke to Stuart Marshall – from the National Education Health & Allied Workers Union or Nehawu. The union has rejected the 10.5 percent wage increase proposed by the Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. The minister announced that public servants will get a wage increase of 10.5 percent with effect from July 1st but Nehawu says they want genuine negotiations and expect the wage offer to be based on an informed CPIX forecast. Stuart explained more. If you want more information about NEHAWU contact on (021) 424 4580 or visit

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

11 June - Gender

In today's show we heard from Caroline Bowley – From Gender Dynamix. They will be facilitating a Gender Diversity Seminar on Friday the 13th of June at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Woman and Children in Manenberg. Between 09:00 to 13:00. The seminar is to inform and enlighten people about gender related topics and issues they hardly ever talked about. Entrance is Free but a donation of R35 would be appreciated. For more information contact Caroline on (021) 633 5287 RSVP by: 5:00PM Today. Or send an email

We closed off the show with an interview with Nthabi Mofokeng – A Hip Hop Artist. Much of the hip hop music and many videos specifically convey, promote, and propagate negative images of women. All women, black in particular are seen in popular hip hop culture as sex objects. Hip hop has sometimes been criticized for such portrayal of women, but the question is how female MCs have played a role in this genre, from its beginnings to what it is today. Nthabi shared with us how she has managed to stay on top on this male dominated genre. Her debut album titled “Welcome to Me” will be released in mid 2008! For more info visit

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

10 June - Human Rights

In today’s show, we heard from Nathan Geffen – Spokesperson for the Treatment Action Campaign. Various Health and Human Rights Groups like the TAC, AIDS Law Project and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa jointly condemn Mayor Helen Zille, for her continued insistence on setting up internment camps in remote locations throughout the Cape Town Metro area to deal with the thousands of people displaced by xenophobic violence and harassment last month. They have called on the Mayor and Premier Ebrahim Rasool to work together to ensure that displaced persons find shelter as close to their original homes as possible, by opening all public facilities under the jurisdiction of the city and the province to temporarily house these individuals as the first step towards community reintegration. Nathan explained more on this. The good news is that an interim court order has been granted compelling local authorities to re-open community halls for thousands of people displaced by xenophobic violence. The order was granted by the Cape High Court late last night. For more information on the TAC you can contact their offices on (021) 447 2593 or go to

We also spoke to Judith Cohen – From the Human Rights Commission. We were talking about the role of the Xenophobia crisis committee that was established to assist the Xenophobia crisis that we face in the country. On Sunday, a group of Somalis from the Soetwater refugee camp allegedly attempted a mass suicide, as a desperate measure to draw the world's attention to their plight. While Refugees at the Blue Waters safety site in Strandfontein have abandoned a hunger strike following intervention by the Human Rights Commission which called on them to consider the children and women housed in the camp. Judith explained the current situation and whether there is a way forward. If you want to know more information you can contact their offices on (021) 426 2277 or visit

And our last interview was with Michael Benu – Secretary for the Khayelitsha Development Forum. The Khayelitsha Development Forum is working on re-integrating displaced foreign national back to the community. Many Foreign nationals though say they are not willing to go back and live next to the same people that terrorized them and looted their home. They say they live in constant fear as they are always looking over their back fearing they could be attacked again. We heard from Michael that they have held formal talks with the foreign nationals and how have they progressed in re-integrating them back to the community.

Monday, June 09, 2008

09 June - Health

Today we spoke to Michelle May – from the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about the most prevalent cancers among South African men. It is reported that Socio-economic factors and lifestyle choices have an impact on the types of cancers men in South Africa get - far more so than genetic factors, recent research appears to point out. June is Men’s Health Month, initiated to raise awareness around men’s health. For more information contact the Cancer Association of South Africa on 0800 22 6622 or visit

We closed off the show with an interview with Samantha Galliet – Breast Cancer Survivor and founder of breast cancer advocacy group PinkLink. We were talking about 5 minutes to LIVE test, which is designed to quickly estimate a woman’s potential risk levels of invasive breast cancer. Samantha explained more about the test and how it works. To take the test go to or

Friday, June 06, 2008

06 June - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we heard from Charles Banjatwa – from Artscape and André Swart. We were talking about the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival that will be taking place on Saturday the 21st of June at the Artscape Theatre. The Youth Jazz Festival’s focus is firmly on development and the education of young jazz aspirants and is guaranteed to attract jazz lovers of all ages because of its very high standard and varied repertoire. André is one of the mentors to the youth taking part in the festival. Booking for the Artscape Youth Jazz Music opens on 19th May 2008. Tickets cost R30 and will be available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit

We were also joined by Manfred Zylla – An Artist. Manfred works in a wide range of media including painting, drawing and woodcuts. As a social commentator Manfred uses his art as a tool to demonstrate and illustrate shortcomings and inequalities within his society. He is currently exhibiting his recent work at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery at number 63 Shortmarket Street, in Cape Town. They are open Monday – Friday, between 10:00 - 17:00 and Saturday, between 11:00 - 13:00. For more information contact (021) 422 2762 or go to

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Maphello Landingwe – A musician. We were talking about his debut album. Maphello hails from Gugulethu and started his music career in 1998. He is described as a very vibrant sensational singer and dancer. Maphello’s Album is available in stores or for more information and bookings contact Vibrations Recording Studio on (021) 461 2385 / (021) 465 0740.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

05 June 2008 – Labour

Today on Sakhisizwe’s Labour slot we had an interview with Charles Maisel from Black Umbrellas which was established in 2005 to support Small Micro Medium Enterprises. It is believed that South Africa has a 90% failure rate for small enterprises and has one of the lowest levels of entrepreneurial activity in the world. Therefore some of the problems being addressed by Black Umbrellas are to offer vital business skills to those who are starting their own business without any knowledge of how it works. For more information contact them on (021) 448 9000/1/2 or email him to

Also on the show was an interview we had with Farinaaz Samaai the Director of Nthuse Management Staffing Solutions which specializes in the recruitment and placement of People living with All Disabilities. This interview was heard again today because of the wonderful work that they do helping those who are overlooked many times. Nthuse’s mission is the successful integration of People Living with Disabilities into the workforce, across all industries and across all levels of employment. For more information you can call their offices at (021) 696 5198 or visit

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

04 June 2008 – Gender

On Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Sally Shackleton from Women’s Net and we spoke about Gender Budgeting. Gender budgeting is a method of examining a government budget to determine how it impacts on women and men, girls and boys of different social and economic or racial groups. Sally explained how Gender Budgeting impacts our lives. For more information contact the Women’s net on (011) 429 0000 or visit their website on

We were then joined in studio by Police Officers Thobile Ngantweni and Patrick Raolane. They were here to talk about the 20 Men Project. The project was launched last month by 20 Khayelitsha police officers, with the aims of upholding the standard of manhood and empowering men to be better equipped in dealing with personal and social problems. They also aim to change the public perception about the police service. They simply call themselves “men with a vision in the police service”. They are planning to join the Million Men March that will be taking place on the 10 of June in Pretoria. Thobile and Patrick are appealing for financial support, so if you can help with funds or for more information about the Project contact Thobile on 079 953 5375 or Patrick on 072 1484 456 alternatively the Chairman of the project Mluleki Mbhele on 078 552 1012.

We closed off the show with Desmond Dube – Director of the Million Man March. The Million Man March is an anti-crime initiative formed as a direct response to the unacceptable levels of crime in South Africa. On the 10th of June million or more people are expected to turn up at the Union Buildings to handover a petition to urge the government to act decisively on the crime and criminal crisis. Desmond explained how each South African can get involved in putting a stop to crime. You can also join the fight against crime now! By SMSing the word ENOUGH and your comment on crime to 34764. SMS charged @ R2.00 per SMS. If you want to sponsor the Million Man March or for more information contact them on (011) 435-1502/3/4 or visit or e-mail: Remember sponsorship is voluntary and it can be in any form and not just about money.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

03 June 2008 – Human Rights

On Sakhisizwe today we were joined by Nina Oberzaucher, Brandon Como and Tanki Molefe (pictured on the left) from the Global Development for Peace and Leadership who spoke to us about their Emerging Leadership Programme. Global Development for Peace and Leadership is an NGO with the aim to educate and train innovative young adults and students with skills to improve their capacity in leadership and peace building. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 462 5341 alternatively visit their website:
Picture taken by Rhodé Marshall

Jill Buchanan the President of the Cape Town and Suburban Clothing Guild joined us on the line to talk about what they do to help keep the poor warm during winter – the organization established with the purpose of providing warm winter clothes for those in Cape Town that are in need of it. The Cape Town and Suburban Clothing Guild provides organisations with new clothes at the beginning of winter. We were speaking to Jill about the work they do as winter is approaching. If you want to know more about the organisation or you would like to donate contact their offices on (021) 794 3637 or send a fax to (021) 794 7065.

And last but not least we played an interview conducted by Henry Booysen Bush Radio’s news reporter, who was out in Soutwater, one of the many camps that were established to accommodate foreign nationals who have flee from xenophobic aggression from various townships across the province. Henry spoke to a Congolese national about his experience.

Monday, June 02, 2008

02 June 2008 – Health

On the first weekday of June we had an interview with Nelmarie Du toit from the Child Accident Prevention Foundation - we spoke about Child Injuries. June is Child Protection Month so most of our interviews will focus on that. It is reported that Children and adolescents are at high risk for many injuries that can lead to death or disability. Drowning is said to be the second leading cause of injury death among children 14 years and younger. But Nelmarie gave us a breakdown in terms of common child injuries and preventative measures that parents or caregivers need to take. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (021) 685 5208 or visit This interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union.

Also joining us was Dr. Andro Theart a pediatrician and together we looked at abdominal pain in children. According to Health 24, Recurrent abdominal pain is common in childhood, occurring in at least 10 percent of preschool and school-age children. It further states that in children younger than two-years-old, there is usually a cause which can be found and treated. But in older children only about 10 percent of cases with abdominal pain have a so-called organic cause. Dr. Theart explained more. For more information you can contact (021) 930 5522 or visit for a listing of pediatrician near you.

Speaking to us about the dangers of detox dieting was Shân Biesman-Simons, a registered dietician and the Director of Nutrition and Education at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. According to an article issued by the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, people who turn to a detox diet as a way of ‘cleansing' or ‘detoxifying' their bodies can damage their immune system. Experts say there is little evidence that extreme regimens such as the Master Cleanse or Fruit Flush do anything more than lead to unpleasant, unhealthy side effects. Shân explained more on such diets like the famous cabbage soup diet or Beyoncé’s lemon juice mixed with maple syrup concoction. Remember, healthy people already have a built-in detoxification system. By including fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of fibre (like I do), lean meat and fish high in omega 3, low fat dairy products and plenty of water in your diet, your body will naturally detox itself. For more information on a healthy balanced diet and heart healthy habits contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 or visit