Thursday, July 31, 2008

31 July - Labour

Today on Sakhisizwe we played an interview I had with Benjamin De Klerk - Tax Payers Service Education Coordinator. We were talking about Employees Tax. What is it and to whom is it payable to. We have the Standard Income Tax on Employees and the Pay As You Earn but the question is how do they differ - Well Pay As You Earn is the employees’ tax that is deducted by the employer from the amount of full-time employment income in excess of the SITE threshold for a year of assessment while the main objective of Standard Income Tax on Employees or SITE is to ensure that the sum of the tax deductions made by the employer is equal to the final income tax (normal tax) liability of the individual for the year of assessment. For more information you can contact your nearest SARS office or call 0860 12 12 18 alternatively visit www.sars.gov.za

And last but not least we spoke to Sharmiela Garnie – From the Job Creation Trust. The primary objective of the Trust is to minimise unemployment. The subsidiary objectives and programmes of the trust include Youth Employment, Aids Awareness and Women and Rural Poverty alleviation. Sharmiela explained more. If you want more information about the Trust contact (011) 339 1486 or visit www.cosatu.org.za

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

30 July- Gender

Today we spoke to Rodney Johnson – from the Family Life Resource Centre. We were talking about Single Parenting. Family Life Resource Centre is a non-profit community-based organisation, specialising in family development. They are intent on bringing timeless and holistic principles into the lives of individuals, family and marriage relationships, through their programmes and workshops, this they believe to be an essential part of building a successful and happy nation. Rodney will explain more about their programmes. For more information contact their offices on (021) 859 5308 or go to www.flrc.co.za

We also spoke to Huenu (pronounced Whe-noo) Solsana – Director for the Adventure Boot Camp for women. Adventure Boot Camp is a four week outdoor programme of fitness instruction, nutritional counselling and motivational training. Their mission is to inspire and motivate all women throughout South Africa by providing a fun and innovative alternative to conventional exercise programmes along with encouragement and useful information so that they are able to create positive changes within themselves, both physically and mentally. The next boot camp will be on the 11th of August. For registration or if you want more information contact their offices on (021) 671 1741 or visit www.adventurebootcamp.co.za
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We closed off the show with an interview I had with Roleen Kaplan – A motivational Speaker and founder of RoKap International Global Performance Solutions. She was one of the nominees for the 2007 Shoprite / Checkers Women of the Year award. She is also a Research Sport Psychologist and an International Conference Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Transformation life coach. And we were talking about “The Power of Being a Woman”. For more information you can contact (011) 656 6008 or visit www.rokapi.co.za

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

29 July- Human Rights

Today we heard from Salim Patel – Chairman of the Western Cape Rental Housing Tribunal and Simone de Wet – Acting Manager. The Rental Housing Tribunal provides a free service to tenants and landlords in the Western Cape. One of their main objectives is to inform landlords and tenants of their rights and obligations should unfair and unlawful practices arise. If you want more information you can contact their offices on 086 010 6166 or (021) 483 2111, they are located at number 27 Wale Street, in Cape Town.

We also spoke to Mncedisi Twalo - from the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. This is an organisation that helps fight against evictions of families from their homes, water cut-offs and poor health services. Instead they hope to obtain free electricity,secure housing and opposing police brutality. The AEC is currently an umbrella body for more than 15 community organisation, concerned residents and crisis organisations that have come toogether to organise and demand their rights for basic services. Mncedisi told us more about the cause they are fighting for. If you want more information you can contact him on (021) 637 2403 or visit www.antieviction.org.za

Lastly we spoke with Elroy Paulus – from the Black Sash. We were talking about their Rights Education Projects. Black Sash educates and informs individuals and groups of their rights to enable them to take action and access these rights within the area of social protection. Elroy told us more about what they do. Black Sash is currently running the Child Support Grant Campaign and you can support its fight to extend the Child Support Grant to 18 by signing their petition to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. The petition is available on their website www.blacksash.org.za or if you want more information contact (021) 461 7804.

Monday, July 28, 2008

28 July - Health

Today we spoke to Ruth Nugent – a Social Worker from Epilepsy South Africa. We were talking about Epilepsy. It is reported that approximately 65% of people newly diagnosed with epilepsy have no obvious cause. Of the remaining 35%, the more common reasons include stroke, conditions we are born with, brain tumors, trauma and infection but Ruth explained more. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union. For more information contact Epilepsy South Africa on (021) 703 9420 or visit www.epilepsy.org.za

We also spoke to Michael. Michael was diagnosed with Schizophrenia few years ago and has been coping very well with this condition. We were talking about Living with Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the brain that usually appears at a young age (that’s according to experts) and can cause severe disability and loss of function if not treated correctly. Michael shared with us how life has been like for him since being diagnosed with Schizophrenia. If you are diagnosed with schizophrenia and need support in coping with it then contact the Cape Support for Mental Health. They give support to families of people affected by schizophrenia and other prolonged mental illnesses. They can be contacted at (021) 671 1573 or www.capesupport.org.za alternatively contact the Fountain House on (021) 447 7409.

Lastly we spoke with Vuyelwa Mehlomakulu – from the Human Sciences Research Council. We were talking about HIV Prevalence Study. It is reported that South Africa is currently the country with the highest infection and transmission rate of HIV/AIDS in the World. In order to gain a better understanding of the perceptions, problems and implications of this epidemic, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be leading the 3rd South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey. The study will reach about 28 000 people in 15 000 randomly selected households from all parts of the country, over a period of about 5-6 months. The study aims to provide information which will inform policy makers about the HIV/AIDS situation in our country, improving and expanding HIV/AIDS programmes and services. Vuyelwa explained more about the study and how you can participate. For more information visit www.hsrc.ac.za

Friday, July 25, 2008

25 July-Arts, Culture and Enviromental

Today we spoke to Senza Kula – Director of Ilitha lomso Environmental Youth Organisation. Ilitha Lomso is a community based organisation that works on environmental issues in poorer communities. The organisation also runs two programmes which are: Ithontsi Water Project which concentrates on water demand in the communities and the Intelezi Nature Conservation Project which is run to teach the people how to manage their natural resources. For more information contact Senza on (021) 363 1935 or email ilithalomso@kingsley.co.za

We also spoke to Carlton Fillis – A Senior Forecaster at Weather SA. In celebration of Antarctica Month, Carlton presented a talk on Antarctica and Islands: A journey of discovery. He told us more about the weather and climate there and its importance for South Africa's weather. Tomorrow make sure you don’t miss a rare opportunity to explore the SA Agulhas that takes researchers and scientists to icy Antarctica. In East Pier at the V&A Waterfront from 10:00 AM till 15:00 PM. There is no charge to attend the event. For more information or bookings, please call (021) 529 8100 or visit www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

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

We were then joined in studio by Nomfusi Gotyana - singer/songwriter from Khayelitsha. Nomfusi is said to be a phenomenal performer and songwriter who is currently working on her debut album. Nomfusi would like to perform at Zimfest in September. You can vote for her by clicking on the following link: http://overtone.co.za/musicblog/vote-now-who-do-you-want-to-see-at-zimfest For more information on her music go to www.vivaciousvoice.com
Pic by: Busi Mtabane

Thursday, July 24, 2008

24 July-Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Heloise Monnet - From the South Africa Education and Environment Project. We spoke about their gap year project. SAEP is an organisation that works with severely under-resourced townships within Cape Town, which consist mostly of families who are recent economic refugees. SAEP runs a Gap Year Project that helps matriculants from these different families and help them by giving them training to either to go study further or gain skills in order to find employment. Heloise will tell us more about their services. For more information contact their offices on (021) 685 3431 or visit www.saep.org

We also heard from Underé Deglon - chief executive Officer for the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise. DWDE has partnered with government and the private sector to empower the disabled and to offer sustainable job creation. On the 7th of August they will be launching a ready-to-wear women’s clothing range at Artscape Theatre Foyer from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. For more information contact DWDE on (021) 685 0736.

And last but not least we spoke to Mr Lenny Clink – Deputy Principal at the Athlone School for the Blind. This is an institution that assists partially sighted and completely blind people by teaching them social, economic and personal skill in order to allow them to gain employment in the world at large. If you want more information about the school you can contact her on (021) 951 2234 / 5 or email to fisher@athloneblind.wcape.school.za

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

23 July - Gender

In today’s show, we were joined instudio by Nokubonga Magazi and Ruby Steyn – from the New Women’s Movement's Young Women's Chapter. The movement mobilizes women around issues that affect them the most such as cost of living issues, child support and violence against women. They have various events planned for the Women's Month. For more information contact their offices on (021) 696 2833.
PIC:by Busi Mtabane

And we also spoke to Marietta de Vos – Executive Director of Mosaic Training Service and Healing centre for women. Their mission is to heal and empower people, specifically women, against abuse and domestic violence in their homes and communities and to contribute to the building of communities where people stand for their human and legal rights. Marietta explained more about their programmes. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 761 7585 or visit www.mosaic.org.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Bernadette Muthien – from Engender. We were talking about the Take Back our Bodies for our Own Pleasure workshop. The goal of the workshop is to empower women to appreciate themselves, their bodies and bodily functions. Lisa explained more. If you want more information contact (021) 447 6290 or go to www.engender.org.za

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

22 July-Human Rights

Today we heard from Peter Meakin – From the South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation. Their mission is to challenge the validity of the South African land tenure laws and practices when measured against the Constitution and particularly the Bill of Rights. If you want more information you can contact him on (021) 683 4349 or visit www.sacprif.org

We also spoke to Nola Roman – from the Geneva Crisis Centre. At Geneva they provide help for abused and homeless women and children. Through their programmes like welding, cabinet making and Arts and culture these women are helped to develop their potential. Nola explained more about the services that they provide. If you want more information contact her on (021) 904 9912.

Our last interview was with Patsy Benjamin – from the Gender Advocacy Programme or GAP. One of their aims is to ensure that they represent the experiences and interests of women from marginalised communities, by facilitating interaction between decision-makers and women from civil society. Patsy will tell us more about what they do. If you want more information contact (021) 465 0197 or visit www.gender.co.za

Monday, July 21, 2008

21 July- Health

Today we spoke to Carla Johnson - National Organiser for the Association for Voluntary Sterilisation of South Africa. This week is Sterilization Week and aims to inform and educate men and women on the benefits of Sterilization as a final method of contraception. We were talking about Voluntary Sterilization. According to the association, Voluntary Sterilization is a positive step taken by responsible men and women who want to take charge of their lives to uplift themselves and their families by choosing this form of permanent contraception. For more information contact your nearest clinic or the Association for Voluntary Sterilization of South Africa on (021) 531 1665.

We also spoke to Dr Surita van Heerden – a Psychiatrist from Stellenbosh University. We were talking about mental health. July is mental illness awareness month with the aim of creating public awareness about mental illness and to prevent mental disorders. Dr van Heerden explained more about mental illness and the stigma attached to it. If you need more information, please visit your nearest health service provider or your nearest welfare organization. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union.

Our last interview was with Magdalene Seguin - Research Co-ordinator from the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. According to experts, Leukemia can affect anyone at any age, but is more likely to strike the very young and people over 40. Magdalene explained more about the available treatment. For more information contact the Cancer Association of South Africa on 0800 22 66 22 or visit www.cansa.org.za.

Friday, July 18, 2008

18 July - Arts, Culture and Environment

Today we spoke to Andile Siyo – from Inkcubeko Community Arts Development and Sustainability. Inkcubeko strive in unifying young people from different background in the cause of exchanging experiences and creating a platform of addressing educational issues affecting young people both locally and beyond. For more information contact (021) 637 0657 or email him to toloent@mweb.co.za

We were joined in studio by Nigel Vermaas who was here for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with David Gore – Director and Founder of the College of Magic. The College of Magic is the only specialist training organisation for young and old alike which offers a diploma program in the magical arts. They also have an outreach project that allows students from all social backgrounds to experience the life-changing benefits their magical training offers. David explained more about their programs. For more magical information contact (021) 683 5480 or go to www.collegeofmagic.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

17 July - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Marcelle Coetzee - From Más Employ. This is a project of the Masincedane Community Service based in the Somerset West and Strand area. It operates three programmes: a home-based care service, a training division and an employment placement agency. Mas-Employ aims at self-help through training in employable skills and placing learners in the tourism, cleaning and home care sectors. Marcel explained more about their services. For more information contact their offices on (021) 854 6303 or send an email to Mas-employ@xsinet.co.za

Alfred Gcilitshane – from Eagles Rising Training Centre also spoke to us today. At Eagles they inspire, encourage, teach, equip and mentor students to believe that the future can be different from the past and that they can significantly impact society. They seek to be a bridge between their current circumstances and a new way of living where they are secure in employment or study opportunities. For more information contact their offices on (021) 856 4486 or visit www.eaglesrising.org.za
We also heard from Christo van der Rheede – from the Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans or Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA). We were talking about the organisation and the services that they provide. The core vision of the SBA entails the promotion of Afrikaans speakers’ communication ability, their self esteem and empowering them with life skills. The outcome of their core focus is to lay a solid foundation which will enable their focus group to enter the labour market with confidence and dignity and to join the formal education sector at a later stage to improve their qualifications. For more information contact him on (021) 481 8304 or send an email to crheede@media24.com
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And last but not least we spoke to Dr Susan Steinman - founder and chairperson of the Workplace Dignity Institute. We were talking about work trauma and how to deal with it. According to experts Trauma isn't the same as being stressed, however it is a specific event that triggers an intense emotional response of helplessness, terror or horror. Symptoms includes flashbacks, persistent anxiety, sleep disturbance, distraction, nervousness and a desire to avoid stimuli associated with the event. But effective trauma management in the workplace can reduce staff absence and lead to better health among employees. Dr Steinman explained more. If you want more information go to www.worktrauma.org

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

16 July - Gender

Today we spoke to Rita Edwards – Acting Director for the Gender Education and Training Network. Their mission is to play a dynamic role in the transformation and equalisation of power relations between women and men. They have activities that are aimed at strengthening civil society and enabling government in South Africa and in the Southern African Development Community to implement strategies for gender equality. Mrs Edwards explained more about their programmes. For more information about the services that they provide contact their offices on (021) 697 5355 or go to www.getnet.org.za

And we also spoke to Simphiwe Dyasi – Coordinator for the Blaahz Men Association. They focus on HIV/AIDS, Counselling services, domestic violence, abuse in general, and gender equality. Members are from various communities like Gugulethu, kwaLanga and Khayelitsha. On sunday they will meet kwaLanga. If you want more information contact him on 082 402 6875.

We closed off the show with an interview with Marlene Le Roux – Director of Artscape Audience Development and Education. We were talking about the Artscape Women’s Festival that was launched earlier today. The theme is women and disability. If you want more information contact (021) 410 9800 or go to www.artscape.co.za
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Tuesday - Human Rights

Kristin Poulter - A remedial teacher was instudio to talk about a remedial teacher. A remedial teacher therapeutically assists pupils to overcome their specific learning disabilities. Children with specific learning disabilities usually have average or above-average intelligence but cannot cope effectively with certain aspects of school work. These disabilities emerge for example, as an inability to integrate letters into words, reversal of words and numbers, misspelling of words and an inability to do arithmetic. If you want more information go to www.wced.wcape.gov.za

And our last interview was with Moosa Salie - from the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and David Lewis – from Mind Freedom. Last Saturday they hosted a MadPride international event to highlight human rights abuses in the mental health system, by celebrating differences and diversity amongst people. Mad Pride is a movement that celebrates the human rights and spectacular culture of people considered very different by our society. If you want more information contact Moosa on (021) 511 5776 or David on 082 425 1454 alternatively go to www.madpridect.wordpress.com
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Monday, July 14, 2008

14 July - Health

Today we heard from Dr John Gardiner – from Constantiaberg Medi Clinic. We were talking about Meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the layers of tissues, which cover the brain and spinal cord. It is curable if treated early, but can result in permanent brain damage or death if not treated early. Dr Gardiner explained more about the sings and symptoms and the available treatment. For more information contact your nearest clinic or hospital. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Erica Stander – from the Hout Bay ADHD Group. We were talking about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the services that they provide as a support group. Attention Deficit Disorder is a label given to children and adults with significant problems in four main areas of their lives: Inattention, Impulsivity, Hyperactivity and Boredom. The term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is used when hyperactivity is a symptom. If you wanna know more contact the Hout Bay ADHD Group on (021) 790 4178.

Friday, July 11, 2008

11 July - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we spoke to Peter Salter – from the Simon's Town Flora Conservation Group. Simon’s Town Flora Conservation Group is an organisation that helps control invasive foreign vegetation in the greater Simon’s Town area. The aim of this organisation is to expose the beauty and endless variety of plants and flowers. For more information contact Mr Salter on (021) 786 1620 or visit www.simonstown.com

We heard from Karina Andersen - Founder and CEO of SmilingOne’s. We were talking about her Self Help book, titled The Responsible Individual. Karina launched the book at the Cape Town Book Fair last month and will be instores soon. For more information go to www.responsibleindividual.com

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Solomon and Vinchenza Kamwendo – From City at Peace. City at Peace is a youth development organisation that uses the performing arts to teach a diverse group of youngsters about cross-cultural understanding, non-violent conflict resolution and leadership for social change. For more information contact (021) 465 0408 or visit www.cityatpeace.org.za

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

10 July - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Xolani Mbanga – Managing Director of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. We were talking about the foundation’s Entrepreneurial Development programme. The programme focuses on the individual, identifying capacity and orientating them into a deep understanding of and belief in entrepreneurship. For more information contact their offices on (021) 446 7800 or visit www.allangrayorbis.org.

Gregory Bunyard – from the Ka-Ching Foundation joined us on the line. Ka-Ching! develops practical and participative courses for children between the ages of 6 and 15. The courses aim to help parents and schools teach vital Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship techniques, success skills and wealth creation principles. We were focusing on the Hout Bay Community Intervention Initiative. The Ka-Ching! Community Intervention Initiative for Hout Bay is a project that has recognised a practical way for children and their parents to develop the mindset of an entrepreneur where they learn skills such as money-management, maths and business skills that will help them learn to become self-sufficient. The Community Intervention Initiative for Hout Bay is an all-round project that will help address the educational and unemployment challenges facing this area. For more information contact their offices on (021) 788 3574 or send him an email to info@ka-ching.co.za

We also heard from Etienne Vlok – from the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union. It has been reported that the clothing and textile industry is battling to survive due to the slow economy. 24 factories closed shop this year leaving more than four thousand workers jobless. More companies are expected to close down but SACTWU says they will contest these closures. We were talking about possible solution to this crisis. For more information SACTWU on (021) 4474570.

And last but not least we spoke to Candice Collins – from Learn to Earn. At Learn to Earn they train and equip unemployed people in various skills, like sewing or garment making and carpentry, so that they may become self-supportive and independent. If you want more information contact (021) 361 5972 or visit www.learntoearn.org.za

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

09 July - Gender

Today we heard from Rachel Petersen – from the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children. The centre helps women and children from abusive homes by offering them safe accommodation, legal help and job skills training. The organisation also provides on-site counselling and economic empowerment. For more information about the services that they provide contact their offices on (021) 633 5287 or go to www.saartjiebaartmancentre.org.za

And we also spoke to Melanie. We were talking about Polyamory. Polyamory means having more than one loving person in your life at the same time. It is reported that polyamorous relationships might or might not be sexual, but they are loving. They are more about freedom of choice in loving relationships. Melanie is in a polyamorous relationship and she shared with us the disadvantages and advantages of being a poly. For more information go to www.polyamory.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Liezel van Schalkwyk – from Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. Rape Crisis’s training and public awareness programme has an active and important role in creating awareness around gender-based violence and rape. The advocacy and lobbying programme work aggressively to make changes in the legislation and policy around sexual violence. If you want more information contact (021) 447 1467 or (021) 684 1186 alternatively visit www.rapecrisis.org.za

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

08 July - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Dana Myers – from Project Abroad. We were talking about their Human Rights placements. This project gives volunteers the opportunity to work on a really worthwhile project alongside respected humanitarian organisations, whilst also gaining first hand experience of human rights law in practice. Dana explained more about the project. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 685 1998 or visit www.projects-abroad.org.za

And we were also joined instudio by Edith Sithole and Alex Moss – from Help2Read. Help2read is a child literacy NGO based in Cape Town that operates in primary schools through a volunteer workforce and they are currently looking for volunteers to volunteer for as little as an hour a week, free training will be provided. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 671 0824 or visit www.help2read.org
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We closed off the show with an interview with Charlene May – from the Legal Resource Center. The Legal Resource Center works for the development of a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality, by providing free legal services for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the poor, homeless, and landless people and communities of South Africa who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic, and historical circumstances. For more information contact (021) 481 3000 or visit www.lrc.org.za

Monday, July 07, 2008

07 July - Health

In today's health show we spoke to Sister Sheryl Mains – From the Karl Bremer Hospital. We were talking about Family Planning. Family planning programs help millions of people, providing reproductive health care that saves lives, avoids unintended pregnancies, and offers more choices. For more information contact your nearest family planning center or clinic. That Interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

Professor Lynette Denny - From the Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project also joined us on the line to talk about a new vaccine that has been discovered and is believed that it can prevent cervical cancer. The vaccine is expected to be able to prevent at least 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. It is designed to enhance the immune response and increase the duration of protection against cancer-causing virus types. Cervical Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in South Africa and particularly prevalent in black women. Professor explained more about this new vaccine. For more information contact the Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project on (021) 361 0853 or (021) 361 3576.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Sindeep Bhana - An Endocrinologist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. We were talking about the “Restore the Man” Campaign that aims to provide innovative and holistic solutions that promote men’s health. Men’s health is more than ever in the focus of the public discussion. But it needs an even more proactive approach to discuss with men specific health issues. ‘Restore the Man’ encourages healthcare providers, men together with their partners, to recognize that “Male” health issues such as erectile dysfunction and testosterone deficiency syndrome share common underlying conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, abdominal obesity and hypertension. Dr Bhana explained more about the “Restore the Man” Campaign. For more information contact (011) 465 3596 or email questions and comments to men@medicineandyou.co.za

Friday, July 04, 2008

04 July - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we were joined instudio by Cyrille Masso – A pioneer of Cameroonian independent cinema. Cyrille is a guest of this year’s Encounters Film Festival. His film titled The Encounter is about a young Cameroonian young woman who’s got nothing but love for HipHop. This filmmaker has produced numerous fiction films and documentaries, some of which have won prizes at international festivals. We were talking about this film and his involement with the Encounters Film Festival. The film will be screened tonight at 6:15pm at Nu Metro in V&A Waterfront. Tickets costs R29.50For more information contact (021) 465 4686 alternatively you can visit www.encounters.co.za for a list of other films. The festival ends next Sunday the 13th of July.


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

We closed off the show with an interview with Shafiek Rajap – Chairperson of the Eoan Group School of Performing Arts. The Eoan Group-School of Performing Arts is a cultural community organisation based in Athlone (Cape Town) where the youth of different areas get together to learn various forms of performing arts. Most of the students are from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information contact their offices on (021) 637-1268/9 or visit www.eoangroup.co.za

Thursday, July 03, 2008

03 July - Labour

In today's we spoke to Robin Coxson – General Manger of the South African Institute for Entrepreneurship. The Institute has a vision of a dynamic culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa that promotes a positive mindset in youth and adults and assists in the eradication of poverty through the creation of effective entrepreneurs and enterprises. For more information contact their offices on (021) 447 2023 or visit www.entrepreneurship.co.za

And last but not least we spoke to Petrina Roberts – from the Micro Enterprise Network of NGO's. They help organisations that work in the economic development field in order to help people in the community to build up business skills. We were talking about the Community Organic Vegetable and Herb Gardening Project. If you want more information contact 083 281 71 98 or (021) 761 2373 alternatively send an email to menngos@mweb.co.za

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

02 July - Gender

Today we heard from Noluthando Ntlokwana – An attorney from the Women’s Legal Centre. We were talking about the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act. The Act was passed in 1997 and gives women the option to have an early, legal and safe termination according to their individual beliefs. Before this act, many women died from having illegal “backstreet” abortions. According to the Act, woman or a girl is only able to have an abortion or terminate her pregnancy within the first three months (12 weeks) of her pregnancy but the Act sets out conditions under which a women or girl can have the procedure of this time period. Sis Noluthando explained more on those conditions. For more information about the services that they provide contact their offices on (021) 421 1380 or go to www.wlce.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Bruce Nkala – From Ebuhlanti Men Against Aids. They provide counseling, education and training on HIV/AIDS related issues. Bruce explained more about the services they provide. If you want more information contact him on (021) 633 3458.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

01 July - Human Rights

Today we heard from Professor Nomvula Mtetwa - Chairperson of the Community Plough Back Movement. The movement’s mission is to promote and co-ordinate active citizenship through the development of learning communities. They serve as a forum to discuss & implement community development programmes to contribute towards the reduction of unemployment & poverty. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 638-0484 or send an email to cpbm@telkomsa.net.

And we were also joined on the line by Jeremie Munyabarame -from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. We were talking about the 17th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition that is held at the University of Pretoria, from yesterday till July 5th. Students, academics and judges from all over Africa were invited to participate. The Competition aims to prepare a new generation of lawyers to argue cases of alleged human rights violations before the newly established African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which was to become operational sometime this year. The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is said to be unique in giving the youngest and the brightest future African lawyers the opportunity to critically examine the human rights situation on the continent, with a view to improving it through the use of the persuasive tactics of logical legal argument based on the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. For more information you can contact their offices on (012) 420-3587 or visit www.chr.up.ac.za/moot/en/

We closed off the show with an interview with Carly Tanur – From the Mamelani Projects. At Mamelani they believe that every human being has the right and responsibility to have a basic understanding of how their body works and what steps can be taken to stay healthy. This information should not be limited to certain groups, but should be accessible to all people. We spoke to Carly about the Mamelani Wellness Program that provides a hands-on, practical approach to living with major illnesses such as AIDS and TB through proper nutrition and a positive outlook. For more information contact her on (021) 685 4608 or visit www.mamelani.org.za