Tuesday, September 30, 2008

30 September - Human Rights

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Abrie De Villiers – CEO of Learning through Fun. The Learning through fun NPO exists to bring fun-based, innovative, learning programmes to previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. The intention is for the children and adults of those communities to experience that learning can be easy and fun, thereby expanding their knowledge quicker and increasing the likelihood of them earning a higher income and reducing the levels of dependence and poverty. We spoke about the organisation and how children can learn while maintaining a certain level of fun. If you would like to find out more about the organisation, you can email Abri to learningthroughfun@whatspossible.co.za

We were also joined Instudio by Nobuntu Nkanyuza – Director of Ikhaya Labantu Homeless Shelter and Eyabantu Educare. The purpose of the shelter is to provide a sanctuary to anyone who finds themselves in the traumatic position of being homeless. The home helps to rehabilitate people and help them gain skills in order to find a job and a place to live back in the community. They also support some young people through high school and others into further education. We all know education is a basic human right. We spoke about the shelter and the programs they run to help those in need. If you would like to find out more about the shelter, you can call 071 284 7423 or e-mail nnkanyuza@hotmail.com

We heard from Ingrid Cupido – from Age in Action. This week is the week of the Elderly and tomorrow is the International Day of the Elderly. The importance of these days is not only to highlight the valuable contribution made by Older Persons to the globe but also to stress their basic human rights. Many older persons in South Africa are unaware of their rights and how to enforce them, due to a variety of reasons. They are victims of terrible abuse and crimes. We spoke about the rights of Older Persons and also the role that members of the society can play in respecting and enforcing those rights. If you want more information about Age – In – Action you can contact their offices at (021) 426 4249 or visit http://www.age-in-action.co.za/.

And our last interview was with Penny Henwood – A Social Worker from Cape Town Child Welfare. The organisation aims to promote, protect and enhance the safety, well-being and healthy development of children. With the high rate of teenage pregnancy and teens giving their unwanted children up for adoption, there is a great need for adoptive parents. However, for many, the process of adoption has proven to be a tedious task for many parents wanting to give a home to those who have been abandoned. We were talking about the process of adoption and the criteria that has to be met in order for a child to be adopted. If you want more information about the organisation, you can call their offices on (021) 638 3127 or visit their website http://www.childwelfare.org.za/

Monday, September 29, 2008

29 September - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Roy Abott - from Retina South Africa. As it is retina awareness week, we were talking about the retina, and also Roy told us more about what they do at the association. Retina Week for the Prevention of Blindness hopes to raise awareness about the vision impairing disease Age-related Macular Degeneration and about Retinal Degeneration in general. If you want more information you can call their sharecall on 0860 59 5959 or send a sms for their fundraising campaign on 38267, sms costs R10, alternatively contact Roy at the Tygerberg Association of the Blind on (021) 939 6999.

We also played an interview I had with Win Van de Bergh - Chairperson of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa. September is the Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month. Muscular Dystrophy is the name given to a group of more than 70 neuromuscular disorders, resulting in progressive wasting and weakness of the muscle. Men, women and children of all ages and races can be affected by Muscular Dystrophy. In South Africa the overall incidence of these disorders is approximately one in 1200. For more information you can (021) 592 7306 or visit http://www.mdsa.org.za/

We also spoke to Corina Avni – a physiotherapist. We were talking about Incontinence. This month is the Continence Awareness Month. It is reported that although it’s a common condition, fewer than 40 percent of incontinent individuals seek medical advice. Rather than seek treatment, the vast majority adapt to their “problem” by altering their lifestyle. Reasons for failing to report symptoms include the perception that incontinence is “normal” with advancing age or that symptoms are not severe enough to treat. Corina explained more about the available treatment. For more information contact the Continence Association of South Africa’s Help line number on 072 210 8769 or visit http://www.incontinencesa.org/. You can also download exercise tips from http://www.pelvicfunction.co.za/

We closed off the show with an interview with Loretta Erasmus - from the department of education. Loretta is the HIV and AIDS district coordinator. The Department of Education has declared the September month as “Life Skills: HIV and AIDS Month.” Annually, during this period, the Department of Education conducts social mobilisation campaigns in all educational institutions through life skills, HIV and AIDS activities. This month is dedicated to educating primary school children about the HIV and AIDS virus. We were talking about the program and awareness campaigns arranged by the department. For more information on Schools HIV and AIDS month, you can call the department on (021) 659 4300.

Friday, September 26, 2008

26 September - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today’s show, we were joined by David Lurie - an internationally recognised photographer and author. David was born in Cape Town and went on to study economics, politics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He is currently busy with his fourth book- Fragments from the edge, which will be released at the Cape Town Book fair next year. He will also be exhibiting his latest collection of photographs at the Joao Ferreira Gallery from 1st October till the 1st of November 2008. Seeing as the month of September is dedicated to photography, we spoke about the exhibition, also entitled Fragments from the edge. If you want more information about the exhibition, you can call the Joao Ferreira art Gallery on (021) 423 5403.

We also heard from Paul Birchall - an artist who is exhibiting his latest work called ‘Wood’ at the Dorpstaad art Gallery in Stellenbosch till the 23rd of October. Born in London, Paul studied art at Wimbledon School of Art and Delhi School of Art. He has a BA Honours in Fine Art Painting. He later moved to Cape Town to further his career in art and is involved in various art teaching classes. We spoke about the current exhibition and also about the work Paul does. If you want more information, you can visit the website http://www.spencerstreetstudio.com/.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update, told us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Nigel will be away for a couple of weeks and I’ll have a surprise reviewer next Friday.

We closed off the show with an interview with Barbra Wildenboer - a photographer who has taken photography to new levels. When most people hear ‘photography’ they would immediately think of pictures printed on glossy paper. But with her first solo exhibition, choosing to use the art form of liquid emulsion, Barbra has set a benchmark for aspiring artists to follow. We spoke about Barbra’s up and coming photography exhibition entitled PRESENT ABSENCE / ABSENT PRESENCE, which will be at the Photographers Gallery ZA from the 27th of September till the 31st of October. If you want more information about Barbra’s exhibition, you can call the Photographers gallery on (021) 422 2762.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

25 September - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Derek Haupt – vice chairperson of FEDUSA. We were talking about the rights of union workers. Employers won't listen if one worker asks for more money. An employer will just say 'you must leave the job'. Some of the other problems facing workers are bad working conditions, lack of respect, grievances not dealt with, neglect of workers' health and safety, retrenchment and no chance to get more skills. So all in all the employer has a lot of power compared to the worker but what happens if the employer is a union who do you turn to in order to protect your rights. If you want to know more about SACCAWU, you can contact their offices on (021) 424 3137 or FEDUSA on (021) 422 1610 or go to www.fedusa.org.za

We also heard from Delene Roberts from the Carpenters Shop. The Carpenter’s Shop is a NGO which provides rehabilitation services for the poor and unemployed people in Cape Town. Vagrants, who have the desire to better their situations, with the skills taught at the Carpenters Shop, are able to help themselves by learning carpentry skills. The Shop also offers professional help from social workers as well as a temporary residence for those people who show progress. The organisation aims to develop the trainees existing skills as well as teaching them new skills by assisting the trainees in finding their way back into society with regular employment. We spoke about the work done at the carpenters shop. For more information about the Carpenters shop, you can give them a call on (021) 461 5508.

Our last interview was with Irvin Paulsen – from the Department of Labour to talk about Employment Equity. The department of labour has embarked on an employment equity national roadshow that aims to share information on various employment equity tools available in assisting employers in their preparation for the submission of reports ahead of the October 1, reporting deadline. The Employment Equity Act requires Employers to draw up an employment equity plan, setting out the steps they intend taking to achieve employment equity, over the next one to five years. To do this, they need to analyse their workforce profile as well as their employment practices and policies. In drawing up the plan they must consult with unions and employees to get consensus around it. Employers need to report their equity plans regularly to the Department of Labour, which then monitors implementation. Irvin told us more about what will happen to those who don't report to the Department of Labour. Reports must be delivered to the local Department of Labour office. For more information you can contact their offices at (012) 309 4000 or email ee@labour.gov.za

24 September - Gender
On Heritage Day we heard from Amelia September – Chairperson of Proudly Manenberg. We spoke about their gender sector. Proudly Manenberg is mobilizing the community in taking forward the struggle for building a vibrant, proud and dignified Manenberg. For more information contact (021) 691 2198.

We were also joined on the line by Dr. Lesley Shackleton - who is facilitating the HERS-SA academy currently taking place at UCT’s Graduate School of Business till the 27th of September. HERS-SA is a registered voluntary organisation, endorsed by the Minister of Education- Naledi Pandor. According a survey done by the organisation in 2007, even though women make up 50% of the higher education workforce in South Africa, women only comprised 21% of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and 21% of the Executive Directors in business. The organisation was formed to address the shortage of women in senior positions in the higher education sector in the country. We spoke about the academy currently taking place. If you would like to find out more, you can visit their website www.herssa.org.za or call their offices on (021) 763 7156.

Sally Shackleton no relations to Dr Lesley though – From Women’s net was also part of the show. We were talking about the Take Back the Tech Campaign. The campaign aims to re-claim ICTs to end violence against women - and to highlight where ICTs are used as a tool to opress women. For more information about the campaign go to www.takebackthetech.net or for more information on Women’s net their webpage is www.womensnet.org.za

And our last interview was with Jay Tshemese – A Female Basketball player. Jay is part of Hoops 4 Hope, which is a non profit organization that supports youth development in Zimbabwe and South Africa by working with schools, shelters, and community organizations. She told us more on how she got into basketball. For more information on Hoops 4 Hope to go www.hoopsafrica.org or contact (021) 461 8250.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

23 September - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Joey Hasson - from Equal Education Khayelitsha. This is a community advocacy organisation that has been working in Khayelitsha over the last 8 months. Equal Education works with school educators and learners in communities as well as academics and activists to address inequality in South Africa's public education system. We all know education is a basic human right. If you would like to find out more about what they do contact their offices on (021) 361 8160.

We were also joined by Willem Van der Velden from the Centre for Creative Education. Willem is the Academic Head of the Centre for Creative Education and trainer on their programme for Primary Teacher Education. He was accompanied by Eefka Young - one of the trainers for Early Childhood Development. The centre believes that children who are taught in a creative way will learn to appreciate their schooling. Creativity creates the desire to discover and to work together with others. Based on Waldorf Education, the Centre for creative Education aims to make learning fun. Through the training provided teachers educate through art, movement, music, story-making and telling, handwork and craft. We spoke about the centre for creative education, focusing specifically on the critical stages of a child’s learning. If you want more information, you can contact the centre on (021) 797 6802 or visit their website www.cfce.org.za
And our last interview was with Vuyiswa Mvumvu – from the South African National Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. This is a non governmental organization which focuses on the prevention and treatment of drug abuse which is currently a serious social problem in South Africa. SANCA has 6 offices in the Western Cape. SANCA Athlone will be hosting an Awareness Day at the Gugulethu Sports Centre in NY1 tomorrow the 24th of September from 10Am – 14:30PM. The aim of the day is to increase awareness of the services SANCA provides in Gugulethu/Athlone Areas, like Sinethemba Comprehensive Programme and other rehabilitation programmes. They promise to have drama, competition and lots of fun. If you would like to find out more about SANCA Athlone, you can contact their offices on (021) 683 5116 or visit their website on www.sancawc.co.za or Khayelitsha office on (021) 364 6131 or the Mitchells Plain Office on (021) 397 2196.

Monday, September 22, 2008

22 September - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Dr Sydney Carstens - an occupational medicine specialist working in the department of community health. We will be talking about asbestos. Asbestos has poisonous qualities that could have harmful effects on your health if inhaled too often. It is considered to be so toxic that its usage has been banned in many countries. But because this versatile substance is so affordable, here in South Africa, this materiel is often used in roofing of subsidised housing projects. Being in regular contact with asbestos can lead to serious illnesses. We were focusing on the effects asbestos has one ones health. For more information contact your nearest health facility.

We heard from Dr Felix Potocnik – from Stikland Hospital. We were talking about dementia, what exactly is it and what kind of treatment is available for it. According to medical experts, a proper medical diagnosis is needed whenever anyone develops dementia-like symptoms and does not appear to be getting any better because it opens the door to support services for the person with dementia and those who care for him or her, helping to make life easier. Dr Potocnik explained more about those signs and symptoms. If you would like more information you can contact Dementia South Africa on (021) 421 0077 / 78 or visit www.dementiasa.org (under construction) That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union.

And we also spoke to Dr Paul Boisie Soko - Group Manager of Clinical Services at Medi-Clinic. We were talking about Urinary Tract Infection or UTI in Children. A UTI is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract and is extremely common, accounting for more than 8 million doctor's visits a year. It is reported that throughout childhood, the risk of a UTI is 2 percent for boys and 8 percent for girls. The symptoms are not always obvious to parents, and younger children are usually unable to describe how they feel. Recognizing and treating urinary tract infections is important as untreated UTIs can lead to serious kidney problems that could threaten the life of your child. Dr Soko explained more on the available treatment. If you would like more information on UTI, contact a nearest pediatrician or Dr Soko is available on (021) 809 6844.

Our last interview was with Michelle May - From the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about Cervical Cancer because September is a Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Care for the woman in your life. Has she gone for a Pap smear?” Everyone must check that their wife/partner, mother, sister, granny and adult daughter have all gone for Pap smears. With two new vaccines registered in South Africa and improving early detection methods, the Cancer Association of South Africa says there is hope that cervical cancer can be eradicated this century. Michelle exlpained more about their awareness campaign. For more information you can contact the Cancer Association of South Africa on (021) 689 5347 or visit www.cansa.org.za or call the toll free number 0800 220 6622.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

19 September - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today’s show we were joined by Billy Nell - from Africa Aeorspace and Defense. AAD has been exhibiting Africa’s largest aerospace, defense and security air show since Monday and the AFB Ysterplaat international air show will be taking over the sky from the 20th and the 21st of September. All of the major suppliers of civil and military aerospace, defence, and security equipment to the South African government will be represented in Cape Town by top ranking executives. So we were talking about the Air show. If you want any additional information about the show, you can contact the Africa Aerospace and Defense media centre on (021) 511 5141 or visit their website www.aadexpo.co.za

We also heard from Jenny Altschuler - from the South African Centre for Photography. Jenny is the 2008 director of this dynamic Triennial festival of Photography. The festival will display photographs taken by 115 photographs from all over South Africa and the pictures can be viewed at a number of art galleries in and around Cape Town. We were talking about the Emergence and Emergency photography festival that will be running till the end of November. Information can be accessed through www.photocentre.org.za or through the centre's office on (021) 462 4911 or call Jess on 082 681 5513, Jenny on 0829355522 or Rima on 0827406543.

Khadija Heeger and Harrison Makubalo were also instudio. They were here to talk about Badilisha! – An African Poetry X- change that will be launched at the Africa Centre on Heritage Day. Formerly known as the Spier Poetry Exchange this project - which in late January 2008 took the form of a one-week festival with a series of educational community-based satellite activities – has been further developed by the curators Malika Ndlovu and Lorelle Royeppen –Viegi in a range of poetry and related activities throughout the year. Khadija and Harrison will be part of the feast of ten Cape Town - based poets who will perfom during the launch of the first series of events - a National Heritage Day event entitled Belongings: A Poetic X-ploration of Heritage. It will be hosted at the Africa Centre in 44 Long Street on Heritage Day from 15h00 to 17h00PM. Be there or be squared!!!
PICS: Cindy Witten

We closed off the show with an interview with Carol Kaufmann - curator of African Art at the Iziko Museum. They will be exhibiting “Voices of the Ancestors” which is a display of musical instruments from South, East and Central Africa draws on the collections of the Iziko Art Divison and the large holdings of the Iziko Social History Division. Many of these instruments have not been exhibited to the public before and some are virtually unknown today. We were talking about the exhibition to take place at the Iziko South African National Gallery on Heritage Day Wednesday 24th of September. For more information you can call Iziko on (021) 467 4661 or visit their website www.iziko.org.za

18 September - Labour

In today’s show we spoke to Jan Truter – Director at Labourwise. LabourWise offers logical and practical information for business owners, HR specialist and manager to support them in the successful management of their labour force. This includes guidelines in labour and employment related matters such as labour laws, employment contracts, labour disputes, unfair dismissal, retrenchment, arbitration, and strike action. We were speaking about different types of leave and the terms and conditions of taking leave as well as briefly touching on the Unemployment Fund. If you want to know more about LabourWise, you can contact their offices on (021) 852 3499 or visit their website www.labourwise.co.za

We also spoke to Theresa Joffen - from the Camphill Village West Coast. This organisation aims to provide care and employment for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities - particularly those who are at risk within their families or communities. The work and home environments at Camphill Village West Coast have been made mutually therapeutic and culturally and spiritually fulfilling to all. We were talking about the Village and the types of projects they run. If you want to know more about Camphill Village, you can contact their offices on (021) 571 8600 or visit their website www.camphillwestcoast.org.za

We heard from was Brendan Guy – an attorney working in the field of Labour relations from Maserumule Incorporated. The company exists to provide sustainable, efficient and professional legal services to their clients. We were talking about poor work performance and absenteeism. It is reported that Absenteeism in the workplace could be costing the South African economy as much as R12-billion a year, that is according to the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob). Some Employers feel that absenteeism is a form of sabotage as it impacts on the bottom line over time. Brendon explained more on that. If you have any queries about the topic discussed in the interview, you can contact the Maserumule offices on (021) 418 7151 or visit their website www.maserumuleinc.co.za

17 September – Gender

On Wednesday, we spoke to Freddy Nkosi - from Sonke Gender Justice Network. We were talking about their Refugee Health & Rights Project. Sonke's work with refugees and migrants focuses on addressing the specific gender and HIV vulnerabilities of refugees and migrants, on challenging xenophobia and the frequent violations of rights faced by refugees and migrants and on advocating for access to vital health and social services. Freddy explained more. For more information go to www.genderjustice.org.za or contact (021) 423 7088.

Sharon Cox and Marlow Valentine from the Triangle Project were also part of today’s show. Their mission is to contribute towards eradicating discrimination against and within the LGBT community. We were speaking about bisexuality. The topic of bisexuality is not as well understood as gay or lesbianism. So we discussed the factors surrounding bisexuality to give our listeners a better understanding. For more information about the Triangle Project, you can visit their website www.triangle.org.za or call them on (021) 448 3812.

We also spoke to Lindiwe Bardill – Associate Reseacher at AWID. We were talking about the 11th AWID International Forum titiled the Power of Movements. The International Forum on Women's Rights and Development is both a conference and a call to action. The AWID Forum brings together women's rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth. It will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Center in November. Participation in the AWID Forum is open to anyone who works or has an interest in women's rights, international development, and social justice. AWID particularly welcomes women and men from the Global South, young women, and marginalized groups that have had difficulty getting their agenda heard on a global stage. For more information to go www.awid.org or contact Lindiwe on (021) 425 3682.

We closed off the show with an interview with Mary Magdalene Wuin-Tale – From the Whole World Women Association. The organisation was founded in 2002 as a self help support group for refugee women in the Western Cape. Their primary purpose is to empower refugee women and improve their self image, self esteem & quality of life. With the recent xenophobic crisis in the country, people have turned to the organisation for help. Mary explained more on the role they playing in assisting displaced refugee women. For more information or if you like to assist contact Mary on 083 723 7809.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

16 September - Human Rights

We were joined on the line by Charlotte Powell - from the City of Cape Towns Disaster Risk management. This year we have experienced quite a long winter season. And with it comes heavy rains and in recent months, even flooding. The city’s disaster risk management team has been on high alert to assist where flooding has taken place. So you can imagine how busy the department has been. We discussed the recent flooding that the city attended to. To report emergencies, contact the department on (021) 597 5000 or 0860 103 054 to report emergencies.

Sarita Sirmongpong - from the Christine Revell Children’s home was also here today. This Athlone based home is a sanctuary for abandoned, neglected and orphaned children. The centre strives to help young children in need, regardless of their race or gender and works towards a successful re-intergration into a family and the community. We spoke about the home and what they do at Christine Revell. If you would like to find out more about Christine Revell Children’s home, you can call the home on (021) 697 1748, alternatively, you can type “Christine Revell Children’s home” into your search-engine and you will find linked sites.

We were also joined by Brian Amery and Peter Meankin - from the South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation. This Cape Town based organisation aims to benefit the public by making land affordable for everyone through challenging all the South African tax and land tenure laws that contradict the Bill of Rights. We spoke about the organisation and the court action they planning to take against the South African government. If you would like to find out more about the South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation, you can contact them on (021) 683 4349 or visit their website on www.sacprif.org

Our last interview was with Adam Kane-Smith, A trustee at the Just Do It foundation. Adam is the co-ordinator for most of the important events arranged by JDI. The foundationacts as a catalyst that enables and inspires members to make a difference in people's lives in South Africa, by offering their time, skills and energy. We spoke about the Just Do It foundation in general as welll as the “Do it day” event which is scheduled for the end of this week. If you would like to find out more about JDI or the events run by them, you can visit their website www.jdi.org.za or contact their offices on (021) 794 2705. If you'd like to get involved with Do It Day on Friday, visit www.doitday.co.za to register.

Monday, September 15, 2008

15 September- Health

In today’s show we spoke to Nathan Charles - a community health worker at Hope Cape Town. Hope Cape Town Trust and association is a non-profit organisation specialising in HIV, AIDS and TB in the Western Cape. They provide outreach programs and counselling, in various communities, to those affected and infected with the diseases. HOPE Cape Town is co-located and associated with the Ithemba Infectious Paediatric Ward at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and linked to the University of Stellenbosch. We spoke about the organisation and how their health workers better the lives of the patients they serve. If you are interested in finding out more about Hope Cape Town trust and Association, you can call their offices on (021) 938 6660 or visit their website http://www.hopecapetown.com/.

Zulfa Abrahams – from the Health & Stroke Foundation was Instudio to talk about Stroke and Heart Awareness. This week is a National Stroke Week and forms the basis for supporting public education about stroke awareness and prevention in the community. It is reported that currently about 195 South Africans – or 13 minibus loads – die each day, usuku ngalunye, elke dag, letsatsi ka le tsatsi from heart disease. Of these, heart attacks are responsible for about 33 deaths per day and are twice as prevalent among men as in women, while about 60 people die a day due to strokes and about 37 due to heart failure. Zulfa explained more on what preventative measures we need to take. “Know your risk” is the message for this year’s awareness. The Foundation urges South Africans to wake up to the fact that they should assess their risk of heart disease, have a good look at their diet and lifestyle and maybe make necessary changes. During September, Heart Awareness Month, the Health & Stroke Foundation is offering free blood pressure screenings country-wide - for more details or nutritional advice, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 or you can call (021) 447 4222 during office hours, or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Dr John Lazarus – A Urology Specialist at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children Hospital. We were talking about Urinary Tract Infection or UTI. A UTI is an infection anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract makes and stores urine and removes it from the body. Dr Lazarus explained that the symptoms include: Pain or stinging when you pass urine.
•An urge to pass urine a lot, but not much comes out when you go.
• Pressure in your lower belly.
• Urine that smells bad or looks milky, cloudy, or reddish in color. If you notice these signs or if you see blood in your urine, tell a doctor right away or visit http://www.urology-health.org/ to get more information about UTI.

We closed off the show with an interview with Luzette van Niekerk – from the Provincial Health Department. The department is running the Vitamin A Campaign. According to the Department of health Vitamin A plays an important role in strengthening the children body’s resistance to infection and children who are Vitamin A deficient suffer an increased risk of death and illness particularly measles and diarrhea. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness in children. This preventable deficiency increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections. A lack of Vitamin A is a public health problem in more than half of all countries, especially in Africa, mostly affecting young children and pregnant women in low-income countries. Luzette explained more about the role that parents and caregivers can play in making sure their children get the Vitamin A supplement. So they need to sign a consent form and send it to the school/crèche together with a clinic/baby/Road to Health card. For more information you can contact Luzette van Niekerk on (021) 483 3985.

Friday, September 12, 2008

12 September- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we were joined by Langa Mancunga – from LMN Entertainment. We were talking about the Speak the Mind Poetry Session, which is presented by LMN Entertainment and the Artscape. We also spoke to Bulelwa Basse - Founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an organisation which seeks to elevate the profiles of writers from marginalised communities through community publishing projects, performance poetry, cultural and corporate events. Bulelwa will be hosting the Opening Performance on Tuesday the 16th at the Speak the Mind Poetry Session, which is presented by LMN Entertainment and the Artscape.

We also heard from Phumlani Msutu and Wanelisa Albert - members of the Lyrical Base Project they will be performing on that night. Speak the Mind Poetry Session starts on Tuesday the 16th till Saturday the 20th of September at the Artscape Arena. Tickets range from R30 to R50. For further information go to http://www.artscape.co.za/ or book via Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or at the door (Artscape Box Office) alternatively through Computicket http://www.computicket.com/. The line up includes: local aspiring poets such as Ndlulamthi, Sakhile, Black Rose, Sivu & Qhama sharing the stage with the more established names like Kadija, Burni Aman (of Godessa fame), Jitsvinger and subversive sounds of DJ Kenzhero. Be there or be squared!!!

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Allen Perrins – Director of the Cape of Goodhope SPCA. The organisation received reports that populations of non-endemic wildlife on Robben Island were starving and in a poor condition after suffering from malnutrition due to depletion of natural grazing areas. The SPCA says they are committed to finding the best possible way to solve the issue concerning wild animals living on Robben Island. They have assessed the condition and the well-being of the animals and will make recommendations regarding the immediate dilemma of the animals. At the time, many of the animals risked starvation due to severe over-grazing as a result of over-population. If you would like to offer any assistance you can call the SPCA on (021) 700 4154.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

11 September- Labour

In today’s show we spoke to Paul Cooley – Labour Law Specialist and founder of Workplace Strategies. In the workplace, legally, an employer has every right to set standards of work ethics, behaviour and excellence. These standards must however be reasonable and must be made known to all employees. Many employees do not know their rights when it comes to laws in the workplace, so we were discussing unfair dismissals and disciplinary procedures. If you would like any information on the topic of disciplinary procedures or unfair dismissals, you can visit their website at www.workplacestratergies.co.za

We also heard from Sphetho Siyengo - Director of Buyolo Business Advisory Services. We were talking about the Black Economic Empowerment. According to the government, South Africa's policy of black economic empowerment (BEE) is not simply a moral initiative to redress the wrongs of the past. It is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the country's full economic potential. Black economic empowerment is not affirmative action, although employment equity forms part of it. Nor does it aim to take wealth from white people and give it to blacks. It is essentially a growth strategy, targeting the South African economy's weakest point: inequality. Sphetho is an expert in issues of transformation and his company offers workshops to help employers deal with the complex issues around Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, so if your company is not yet BEE compliant then make sure you register for their next workshop that will take place at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in the Bellville Campus on Tuesday the 23rd of September, Thursday the 14th of October and the last one is on Thursday the 6th of November. For more information contact their offices on (021) 979 3233 or go to www.buyolo.co.za. You can also e-mail Spetho on ssiyengo@buyolo.co.za

Our last interview was with Hawa Tayob - Director of the Early Learning Foundation - Montessori. Hawa founded the Early Learning Foundation Montessori Teacher Training programme in May 1995. This non-profit organisation aims to provide quality preschool education while empowering women economically to realise their potential in the market place. We were talking about their training programme as well as the ABSA SOWETAN ECD award the organisation received. For more information on ELF-Montessori you can call them on (021) 447 3712 or Hawa on 072 335 8530. Alternatuvely you can e-mail the ELF on elf.montessori@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10 September- Gender

In today’s show we heard from Theresa Raizenberg and Maureen Levenberg - from Out in Africa which is the Southern Africa Gay and lesbian Film festival. Even though the right of gays and lesbians are protected by the South African law, many same-sex relationships are still frowned upon by South Africans. This year celebrates the 15th year of Gay cinema in South Africa. The festival aims to highlight difficulties faced by homosexuals. We spoke about the Film festival as well as the challenges faced in Gay cinema. It will be at Nu Metro – at the V&A Waterfront, from Thursday the 11th till Sunday the 21st of September. If you would like any information about the festival, you can visit the Out in Africa website http://www.oia.co.za/

We were also joined on the line by Lauren Crofton. Lauren owns two successful businesses and wrote an article for the Parents guide - a magazine publication that shares necessary information with parents. The article is about what Lauren termed “Momproneurs” where Lauren wrote about millennium mothers - who start their own businesses. We were talking about Momproneurs as well as the stigmas attached to working mothers. If you want any information about the parents guide, you can visit the website http://www.parentsmag.co.za/ or about the kids emporium http://www.kidsemporium.co.za/

Our last interview was with Ilse Pienaar - Associate Publisher of Top Women in Business & Government. We were talking about the Top Woman awards, an initiative that was created 5 years ago. They are unique because they are the only awards that publicly acknowledge and celebrate the contributions, achievements and successes of those people, companies and government departments who have changed the South African economic and political landscape through their commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women. From grassroots to corporate, from corporate to Government – The Top Women Awards covers the entire spectrum. We also touched on the role of women in South African business. If you would like to find out more, you can call them on (021) 791 7100 or Ilse Pienaar on 083 216 5357. You can also visit their website http://www.businesswomen.co.za/

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

09 September - Human Rights

Today we were joined Instudio by Clive van Zyl – Manager of the Monte Rosa home for the aged. This centre is owned by Badisa, which acts as an umbrella for numerous other organisations that assist people in various ways. We briefly spoke about Badisa’s function as a whole, and focused on Monte Rosa, specifically with regards to elder abuse. For more information, you can call Badisa on (021) 957 7130 or the Monte Rosa Home on (021) 423 8173. You can also check out their website on www.badisa.org.za

Lenin Nzulu Gona – from the Social Justice Coalition were also here today. The Social Justice Coalition is an independent group that believes in freedom, equality, non-violence and human rights, and was launched in June 25th. One of their aims is to actively use the South African Constitution to ensure that private and governmental policies and conduct are always based on consideration of the needs of poor and marginalised people. He told us more about what they do. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 422 1490 or him on 073 637 9418.
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And our last interview was with Anthea Van Der Berg - from the Centre for Rural Legal Studies. Based in Stellenbosch, The Centre for Rural Legal Studies is a non-profit organisation that promotes a sustainable rural culture where resources are equally distributed. Anthea works in the Law Clinic and provides farm workers with legal advice and support services on labour issues. We spoke about the Centre as well as the role of the Law Clinic. If you want any information you can call the Centre for Rural Legal Studies on (021) 883 8032 or visit their website www.crls.org.za

Monday, September 08, 2008

08 September- Health

Today we heard from Leana Olivier – from the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research. We were talking about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is the most serious set of permanent physical and mental birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Tomorrow is the World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day. This day is held each year at nine minutes past nine on the ninth day of the ninth month to draw attention to the fact that women should not drink alcohol for nine months whilst pregnant. If you would like more information you can contact the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research at (021) 686 2646 or visit www.nofas.org

We also spoke to Margot Mc Chomsky - from Diabetes South Africa. We were talking about diabetes and what can be done to lead a normal life if you suffer from diabetes. Diabetes South Africa aims to inform, encourage and support those who have diabetes. Their work also includes negotiating for better fascilities as well as for more affordable medication. Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as Diabetes is a disorder, usually hereditory, that results in high blood sugar levels. It can also be caused by environmental conditions. Most people with diebetes find it difficult living because of the strict dietry factors. If you would like any information on diabetes, you can call (021) 425 4440 or visit www.diabetessa.co.za

Our last interview was with Anne Maria Steyn – a Physiotherapist. We were talking about the Physiotherapy Back Week. This is an initiative by the Society of Physiotherapists that aims to raise awareness of the back and how to manage back pain for overall health at work, at home and at play and also today is the Physiotherapy day. For more information you can contact the society of physiotherapists on their toll free number 0800 001 870 or (021) 531 2717 or your nearest hospital. Alternatively you can go to www.physiosa.org

Friday, September 05, 2008

05 September- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show we were joined by Ed Scott- Co-director of Aviva, a volunteering company based in Cape Town and is said to be one of the leading volunteer organisations in South Africa. Aviva aims to provide volunteers with the most affordable packages so that they can experience a wide range of carefully researched projects, providing our own unique tours throughout the country. Aviva strives to be the company of choice for international volunteers traveling to our beautiful country. For more information you can call AVIVA on (021) 557 4312, or visit their website http://www.aviva-sa.com/

We also spoke to Sarah Struys - Events & Centre Manager at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. We were talking about the Chelsea Spring Festival that is happening at Kirstenbosch from today till the 14th of September. This is an opportunity for the whole family to spend a relaxed day at the glorious Botanical Garden to see floral art, botanical art, gardening talks as well as special offers to get you and your garden in trim. The Garden is open from 08:00am till 19:00pm. The entrance fee is R32 for adults and R20 for South African students with student ID cards. Fees for school children between 6- 17 years old are R10. Children under 6 years old and Botanical Society members have free entry. All events taking place inside the garden are Free. For further information on the Chelsea Spring Festival call the Kirstenbosch information Desk: 021 799 8783 or visit Kirstenbosch what’s On page http://www.sanbi.org/.

Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city. He spoke about the up and coming Zimfest, South Africa’s first Fundraising music festival for Zimbabwe, which will now be held in the main arena of the indoor Good Hope Centre tomorrow. It will feature performances from Freshlyground, The Rudimentals, The Dirty Skirts and seventeen other live acts. Including CODA, IKE MORITZ, HOT WATER, COLD HAND(!) Starts at 1130 in the morning, ends over 12 hours later!The one-day mega-festival will feature a 4500-sq. metre quadruple-domed indoor arena, raised indoor seating and a spacious VIP area. Also expect a seven kilometer-long bar, ample catering, band merchandise, plenty of parking, security and traffic control, and of course, loads of live local music! The venue has a capacity of 5500 in total, plus an outdoor area for ‘chilling and milling.’ Zimfest 08 in Cape Town will donate the proceeds from ticket sales to primary beneficiary PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty: a community based NGO that advocates for refugee and immigrant rights http://mailinglist.overtone.co.za/sendlink.asp?HitID=1220348873215&StID=3826&SID=14&EmID=2889411&Link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5wYXNzb3AuY28uemEv. TICKETS http://www.zimfest.co.za/; http://mailinglist.overtone.co.za/sendlink.asp?HitID=1220348873215&StID=3826&SID=14&EmID=2889411&Link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jb21wdXRpY2tldC5jb20v; via EFT (Kindly remember to include your name under proof of payment). Banking details on zimfest.co.za

Thursday, September 04, 2008

04 September- Labour

Today we spoke to Waseema Herabai - a disability employment specialist. Waseema started a company called Extrinsic last year, which aims to find employment for disabled persons after putting them through learnership and internship programs. Even though the employment rate of people with disabilities has increased, Waseema says that the current figure falls short of the employment equity target. She believes that those people suffering with disabilities deserve to be given sufficient opportunities to develop their skills. We were talking about disabilities in the workplace as well as the laws implemented to protect people living with disabilities. For more information on Extrinsic call (021) 633 4335.

We also heard from Shaun Hattingh - from the International Labour Research and Information Group. This Non-governmental organisation provides education, publications and research for the labour and social movements in South Africa. We were talking about the importance of unions and the rights of employees to join unions. For more information about ILRIG go to http://www.ilrigsa.org.za/ or contact (021) 447 6375.

We featured a short documentary entitled Rural information centres in Ghana.

We ended the show with Eugene - from the Rural Development Support Program. The organisation recognises the high levels of poverty in rural areas. RDSP supports initiatives to bring about positive change in underprivileged communities. They aim to create environments that will support rural leadership. We were talking about what it is that the organisation does and how they aim to achieve this. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 462 4555 or visit http://www.sacbc.org.za/

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

03 September 2008- Gender

Just a recap of today’s show, we heard from Jenni Williams - National Coordinator for the Women of Zimbabwe Arise or WOZA. Later today the African Gender Institute and the International Center for Transitional Justice will launch the report titled “Counting the Cost of Courage: Trauma Experiences of Women Human Rights Defenders in Zimbabwe” produced by Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). WOZA creates space to allow Zimbabweans to speak out on issues they may be too fearful to raise alone. The movement has conducted peaceful protests on various issues of civil rights and social justice in its six-year existence. WOZA activists have been consistent at standing up to oppression despite arrest, harassment and imprisonment. The report seeks to quantify the mental and emotional trauma suffered by the activists, in the hope that healing can be prioritised in any transition. Some of the women interviewed have a 30-year record of civic activism and have never been recipients of any form of counselling or reparation. Jenni will be a speaker at the launch and also Magodonga Mahlangu andTrust Musiwa, both from WOZA.The launch will be held today between 5 and 6pm at All Africa House, Middle Campus, at the University of Cape Town. For more information contact 078 371 5665 or visit their website http://www.wozazimbabwe.org/

We were also joined on the line by Reinette Evans – from the Helderberg Rape Crisis Centre. Rape Crisis Helderberg is a non-profit organization committed to help survivors of rape and abuse overcome their trauma through caring counselling amongst all the people in the Helderberg bowl and surroundings.
They are currently busy with a donations drive and they need donations in the form of goods for their second hand shop. They need bestsellers include: suitcases, linen, blankets, carpets, kitchenware, children’s clothing, anything you no longer want - even old furniture. They are more than prepared to even come to collect these items from your premises. For more information or if you would like to help call contact Reinette on (021) 852 5620 or go to http://www.crisiscentre.org.za/. You can even call the rape crisis line on 083 484 9409.
We also played a feature about being a woman in the 21st century. On Saturday I was part of women in Conversation volume 1 that was hosted in Gugulethu – where young women were discussing issues around the role of young women in Urban Culture.

And our last interview was with Mdebuka Nthwazi from Sikhula Sonke. The organisation focuses on early child development and trains parents as well as child care practitioners from Khayelitsha to better understand their roles as care givers. Many men underestimate the necessity for a strongly-involved male parenting role. Doing a good job as a parent is one of the most self-satisfying accomplishments. We spoke about the role of a father and the importance of having a strong male figure in a child’s life. If you would like to find out more, you can call them on (021) 467 1163 or visit their website http://www.sikhulasonke.org.za/. And you can call Mdebuka on 072 626 0565.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

02 September- Human Rights

Today we spoke to Vuyani Nohashe – from the Western Cape Education Department. He is the acting deputy chief education specialist who deals primarily with assessment. This week is dedicated to adult literacy, so we were talking about Adult education and training. Earlier this year the education department embarked on a Mass Literacy Campaign, aimed at reducing adult illiteracy in the province. Research showed 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 were set to be at community centres, schools and churches across the country. Mr Nohashe explained how that campaign has progressed. I hope that more and more adults plan on applying to broaden their knowledge, because like they say, one is never too old to learn. If you are interested in finding out where you can get information on training courses, you can contact the Western Cape Education Department on (021) 467 2000 or visit their website on wced.wcape.gov.za

Mlu Dywili from the Quaker Peace Centre was in studio today. We were talking about the Alternative to violence project, which is a 3-day program that aims to steer youth away from violence and crime. People living in poor communities as well as those in correctional facilities are readily exposed to violence and crime. Too often these people are unable to respond in a non-violent and effective way to conflict. AVP teaches youth to respond to violence in an effective way. For more information, or to find out more about the various workshops offered by the Quaker Peace Centre, you can call them on (021) 685 7800 or Mlu on 076 473 3612 or visit www.quaker.org/capetown/

We also spoke to Daven and Simone - from the Human Rights Torch Relay. We were talking about what the HRTR does as well as “the art of greater good”, an art exhibition that will be taking place at the V&A waterfront. The exhibition consists of works from over twelve artists with paintings that focuses on truth, compassion and tolerance. These artists come from various backgrounds and are diverse in terms of professional experience, artistic styles and cultural upbringing. However, they share a commonality. The exhibition will be in Lampside Court at the V&A Waterfront from the 9th till the 22nd of September. The exhibition will be show casing paintings from more than 12 Chinese artists which emphasises themes of Harmony, Adversity, courage and Justice. For more information contact Daven on 078 142 5825 or Simone on 079 551 2735 alternatively you can e-mail them on artexhibit@fastmail.net or go to http://www.falunart.org/

We closed off the show with an interview with Nkwame Cedile – from the Peoples Health Movement. The Peoples Health Movement and several other organisations will embark on a seven-day walk around the Peninsula to raise awareness about xenophobia. The aim is to raise communities awareness on human rights and constitutional protection following the xenophobic attacks that took place earlier this year. Nkwame explained more about the walk. For more information contact him on 084 793 7932

Monday, September 01, 2008

1 September- Health

Today we spoke to Lucretia Petersen – from UCT’s Audiology department we were talking about hearing loss. This week is the Deaf Awareness Week and it is dedicated to educating the public about hearing loss, Deafness, Deaf Culture and Sign Language. The aim is to ensure that hearing people understand Deafness and the culture of the Deaf Community. Remember to always remain positive and relaxed when communicating with the Deaf. Show that you care – your attitude can build confidence. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union. Please contact the Audiology department at your local provincial hospital for further assistance. For information, call the Audiologists Association on 086 1101 924.

We also spoke to Gary Black from the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa and Ian Craggs - who is a Pharmacist at Graceland Pharmacy in Khayelitsha. We were speaking about generic medication and how the quality differs from original brands. The use of Generic Drugs has been steadily increasing internationally as a result on economic pressure on Drug Budgets. In many countries throughout the world, the practice of Generic substitution is strongly supported by health authorities and South Africa is no exception. We discussed various types of generic medication and how they differ from the original brands. For more information you can contact the Gary at the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa on (021) 683 7313 or visit their website http://www.pssa.org.za/. Alternatively you can contact Ian on (021) 361 8934.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Jilles Van Cutsem – from Medicines Sans Frontiers or just Doctors without borders. The organisation, operates is based in Site B Khayelitsha. This international humanitarian aid organisation provides emergency medical assistance to communities who are in danger. This week is dedicated to kidney awareness and seeing that HIV and Aids is so prevalent in the community they work with, it would be appropriate to speak about the kidney and how it is affected by HIV and Aids. The kidney is one of the most important organs in the human body as it rids the body of waste products produced by ones metabolism. The kidneys also regulate blood pressure and the volume of blood in the body that is why it is important for one to take care of your kidneys. If you would like to know more about keeping your kidneys healthy, you can contact your nearest health care centre or the Site B clinic on (021) 364 5490 or visit http://www.msf.org/