Friday, August 29, 2008

29 August - Arts, Culture & Environment

Today we were joined on the line by Yasmine Colley – From City Parks. In celebration of Arbour Month in September, the City of Cape Town will embark on a project which plans to plant 738 trees throughout the City. The tree planting initiative is part of the municipality’s commitment to promote a healthy environment and to beautify the city. We were talking about the ‘Plant a tree for life’ project that will kick off on the 1st of September at the Company’s Garden. Various community events have been planned where ward councillors, local businesses, schools and communities will join hands to plant trees. For more information, you can call Yasmine on (021) 400 3269.

We also spoke to Karam Singh – Tricontinental Film Festival Director. Xenophobia comes under the camera lens at this year’s Tri Continental Film Festival, which screens at cinema complexes around the country in August and September. In the wake of the recent hate attacks against foreigners that swept through South Africa, a group of filmmakers came together to address this issue. Calling themselves Filmmakers Against Racism (FAR), these filmmaker-activists have produced a series of nine short documentaries aimed at stimulating dialogue and debate, which will be screened at the festival. Karam told us more about the festival. The screening is at Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront till the 31st of August. Thereafter, the film festival travels to Pretoria’s Brooklyn Nouveau from 29 August to 4 September, and wraps up at Gateway Cinema Nouveau in Durban from 5 to 11 September. Tickets cost R30. Go to www.3continentsfestival.co.za for the full festival line-up.
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Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with Rob Small - From the Peoples Garden Centre, better known as Abalimi. Abalimi is a Non Governmental Organisation working to empower the disadvantaged through urban agriculture and environmental programmes and projects. We spoke about the different programs run by the centre which enables communities to plant their own gardens which will inevitably lead to a better and healthier life style. For more information contact Abalimi on (021) 371 1653 or visit www.abalimi.org.za

Thursday, August 28, 2008

28 August - Labour

Today we spoke to Crosby Booi – from SACCAWU. SACCAWU members at Pick 'n Pay will kick off its campaign in support for the workers wage demands with a mass protest and marches in four major cities around the country scheduled for tomorrow. These protests will all involve mass march culminating in the handing over of memorandums from the SACCAWU to Pick 'n Pay management. The marchers will converse on Pick 'n Pay offices in Kenilworth. And then on the 12th of September SACCAWU members at Woolworths will be embarking on a protected strike. The union is accusing Woolworths of taking industrial relationship back to the dark days of Apartheid when workers had to embark on industrial relations to have their unions recognised. They claim that Woolworths for years now had embarked on an intense union-bashing campaign. Crosby explained more about what will be happening tomorrow. Woolworths last week issued a statement that the company will ensure that such action causes minimal disruption to customers and employees and Should the union demonstrate that they have sufficient representation, Woolworths will grant the union full recognition. As for Pick ‘n Pay our efforts to get a comment from the management failed. If you want more information about SACCAWU contact their offices on (021) 424 3137.

We also heard from Tim Jenkins. We were talking about the Community Exchange System which is an internet based network that allows people to trade goods. It enables sellers to trade their goods for others that they will make better use of. Internet networks are becoming ever popular in the corporate world and the community exchange system is just one of the many companies that will help ordinary people to do extraordinary things with their money. Tim told us more on how it works. For more information about Community Exchange System visit www.ces.org.za or contact Tim on (021) 685 4741 alternatively his mobile on 083 354 9374.

Benjamin Inno – Training Manager at Zenzele Training & Development was part of the show today. At Zenzele they provide skills training, entrepreneurial development and business support to individuals living in the most underdeveloped and poverty stricken communities in the Western Cape and tomorrow some of their trainees will be graduating. And as from Monday they are taking in new trainees, their course lasts 8 weeks and comprise 7 weeks of skills training and 1 week of basic business skills training. Benjamin explained more about the requirements. For more information or if you would like to donate or volunteer your services contact their offices on (021) 361 1840 or go to www.zenzele-training.co.za

Our last interview was with Mmabatho Matiwane – Acting CEO for the South African Women Entreprenuerial Network or SAWEN. The network facilitates and monitors the socio-economic advancement of women entrepreneurs and their positive impact on the country’s economy. It was established after South Africa faced the need of having an organisation that would enable women entrepreneurs to start, grow and sustain their own enterprises. We were talking about what the organisation does as well as the Bavumile Launch that will take place on the 2nd of September. The launch invites woman with skills in textiles arts and crafts to show off their abilities and teaches woman to start their own successful businesses. For more information contact Pinoki Twala at SAWEN on (021) 425 5017. Alternatively you can contact the SAWEN head office on (012) 394 1657 or visit their website at www.sawen.org.za

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

27 August - Gender


We spoke to Mary Ovenstone. We were talking about a workshop that Mary will be facilitating about 21st Century Relationship in September at UCT. According to the facilitators, this workshop will empower you as an individual and as a couple with valuable information and useful communication, legal and financial skills for your relationship, marriage or partnership. Mary explained more about what kind of challenges 21st Century relationships face and what could be the contributing factors. The workshop will be on September 20th at UCT’s Leslie Bldng between 9 and 5PM and it costs R750 per person and R1000 per couple, so a friendly advice drag your partner along even if it’s your ex coz you will pay less. If you want more information or for bookings you can contact Nooshin on (021) 761 8312 or send an email to info@maryovenstone.com

Later we spoke to Waheeda Amien – Muslim Marriages Forum. We discussed Muslim Marriages. Last week the Commission on gender equality hosted a dialogue on Muslim Marriages. One of the issues they tackled was about legalizing Muslim marriages. Waheeda explained more about the outcomes of that discussion and the action they planning to take in legalizing Muslim Marriages. If you want more information about the commission call (021) 426 4080 or e-mail Waheeda on waheeda.amien@uct.ac.za

Our last interview was with Khanyisile Mbongwa, Zipho Dayile and Liziwe Dabula. They were here to talk about a gathering they are organizing that will take place this coming weekend termed “Women in Conversation Vol1”. As young women they are trying to find the role of a woman in this modern society. When I was young I was told the role of a woman is in the kitchen to be a homemaker but things have changed women have careers now they head big corporations some are big shot academics so what is the role of a woman now. If you have an answer to that question or you’ve been asking yourself the same question then make sure you don’t miss that this gathering organized by women for women kwa Mlamli in NY146 – 15, Gugulethu between 14h00 – 18h00PM on Saturday the 30th of August. The programme is as follows: Opening Dance by: Vulidlela Dance Group
Conversation led by Khanyisile Mbongwa, Liziwe Dabula and Ziphozenkosi Dayile
Drumming Session by: Nosipho Singiswa
Play List includes: Gabi Ngcobo, Hannah Loewenthal and Qhama Dayile. If you want more information contact Khanyisile Mbongwa on 079 269 1697 or via email to khanyisilembongwa@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

26 August - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Patricia Matolengwe – Director of the Homeless People’s Federation. The federation was founded to transform the suffering of shack dwellers in South Africa and provide them with the opportunities and choices they'd been denied under apartheid. The Federation is part of Shack Dwellers International - a world wide organisation of homeless people which helps to provide the poor with opportunities that otherwise they would never have. Most of them live in shacks. The Federation of Homeless People have now built nearly 10,000 houses themselves throughout South Africa - a remarkable contribution to the government's housing target. There are now nearly 600 houses in various stages of construction at Victoria Mxenge and the related developments of Hazeldean and Vukuzenzele. If you want more information about the Federation contact Nokhangela on 073 150 0762.

Phumzile Nteyi - Communications Coordinator at the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa was also Instudio today. The Paraffin Safety Association will be hosting a Household Energy Safety Seminar to discuss strategies and share best practices around Household Energy Safety on Sunday, August 31st at UCT. Phumzile explained more about the seminar and its objectives. The seminar is FREE but does require registration. For more information or for registration contact him on (021) 671 5767 or visit www.paraffinsafety.org

We also spoke to Dr Mireille Affa’a Mindzie - Senior Project Officer at the Centre for Conflict Resolution. She works on the human rights and conflict management project, but specializes in the African Union’s human rights frame works as well as being involved with children’s rights. We were talking about the book launch of "Africa's Human Rights Architecture". If you are interested in hearing more about the book or want information on the centre, you can contact Yazeed Fakier, at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, on (021) 689 1005 or www.ccrweb.ccr.uct.ac.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Johan Dreyer – National Coordinator at the Gateway International. Gateway International is a registered non‐profit organisation with the vision to “Equip, Develop and Encourage the Youth to reach their full potential”. They work with various schools throughout the country. Johan explained more about the projects they runs in order to equip young people. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact the head office on (012) 330 0718 or visit www.gateway.co.za

Monday, August 25, 2008

25 August - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Diabeng Malefane – from the Gugulethu Dental Clinic. As it is an Oral Health Month we were focusing on Oral Health in Children. According to findings, there are a lot of children who experience tooth decay, which is a condition that can be prevented. We all know how notorious they are when it comes to indulging in foods like cakes; sweets, ice cream and drinks containing sugar that contributes to tooth decay. It is reported that Children with tooth decay lose school days due to pain, discomfort and visits to dental clinics for treatment. Dr Malefane advised us parents and caregivers on how we can help our children prevent tooth decay. Parents and caregivers should have children’s teeth checked regularly, at least twice a year, before problems start. This enables oral health care workers to detect oral health problems, especially tooth decay at an early stage, when it can still be treated and stopped, and thereby prevent the loss of teeth. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union. For further information please contact your nearest dental clinic. The Gugulethu Dental Clinic can be reached on (021) 637 9055.

And we also spoke to Dr Felix Potocnik. We were talking about the Alzheimer’s disease. It is reported that currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Many research programs, however, are pursuing promising studies focused on halting or preventing the disease process completely. For those who are currently suffering from AD, there are medications that can help control symptoms of the disease. Dr Potocnik explained more about such medications. He will be giving a talk on Thursday from 18:00PM at the Auditorium in the Nursing College, Stikland Hospital, in Bellville. For more information contact Madeleine Swart, on (021) 940 4591 or 082 434 7377.

We closed off the show with an interview with Gairoo Essop - from the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association. This week is the Cerebral Palsy Week and they are trying to raise more awareness about this condition. Gairoo explained more about cerebral palsy and the available treatment. They are looking for volunteers and donations in order to continue with their community outreach service. For more information contact the association on (021) 685 4150.

Friday, August 22, 2008

22 August - Arts; Culture and Environment

Today we were joined by Marcus Dosando - staff director at Cape Town Opera. We were talking about Mozart’s Don Giovanni. An opera inspired by the legend of Don Juan - the notorious ladies' man. This is presented by the Cape Town Opera in collaboration with UCT School of Music. Marcus is the director and says this production promises to be an out-of-the-ordinary where nothing about the sets will be symmetrical, representing the somewhat skewed look on life of the wicked Don. Will be On at Baxter Theatre opening on the 31st of August at 18h00 in the schools performances on the 3rd and,4th of September at 11h00AM. Prices start at R100. Group bookings of 10 or more enjoy a 10% discount. To enquire about Student and Senior citizen discounts call (021) 421 7695. For more information contact Thanduxolo Zulu at Cape Town Opera on (021) 410 9928 or visit http://www.capetownopera.co.za
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We also spoke to Daniel Popper – An Artist. We were talking about the New Comic Art Exhibition that will be on at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery. It will feature artists like Karlien de Villiers, Mxolisi Sapeta, Leonora van Staden and of course Daniel Popper. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 27th of August at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery at number 63 Shortmarket Street, in Cape Town. They are open Monday – Friday, between 10:00 - 17:00 and Saturday, between 11:00 - 13:00. For more information contact (021) 422 2762 or go to www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za/ www.danielpopper.blogspot.com/www.afrikaburn.co.za
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Nigel Vermaas was also in today for the Arts update in and around the city.

We closed off the show with an interview with David Keuning – from Afrobeat. David gives djembe drumming lessons at the Katalist in Observatory every Thursday at 7 to 9pm. So if you want to learn some new rhythms from various parts of the world, African, Caribbean, Asian and more make sure you go for those lessons. They cost R40 and R10 for drum hire or bring your own. For more information contact 084 566 0531 or send an email to afrobeat@mailbox.co.za
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

21 August - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Paul Cooley – Labour Law Expert and founder of Workplace Strategies. We were talking about Employee Retention. According to experts, key employee retention is critical to the long term health and success of your business. Managers readily agree that retaining your best employees ensures customer satisfaction, product sales, satisfied coworkers and reporting staff, effective succession planning and deeply imbedded organizational knowledge and learning. But the question is what encourages great employees to quit their jobs? Paul explained more on why Employee retention matters. It is reported that organizational issues such as training time and investment; lost knowledge; mourning, insecure co-workers and a costly candidate search aside, failing to retain a key employee is costly. Various estimates suggest that losing a middle manager costs an organization up to 100 percent of his salary. The loss of a senior executive is even more costly. For more information about Workplace Strategies visit www.workplacestrategies.co.za or email him to paul@workplacestrategies.co.za / 076 299 7807 or send a fax to 086 689 6815.

Lastly we heard from Crosby Booi – from SACCAWU. SACCAWU members at Woolworths are at an advanced stage in preparation to embark on a protected strike in terms of the Labour Relations Act. The union is accusing Woolworths of taking industrial relationship back to the dark days of Apartheid when workers had to embark on industrial relations to have their unions recognised. They claim that Woolworths for years now had embarked on an intense union-bashing campaign. Crosby will explain more about those allegations. Our attempt to get a representative from Woolworths failed instead they email us a press statement that says Woolworths has been very consistent in its approach to employee rights of freedom of association. Woolworths recognises the right of the union to organise its members and embark on a protected strike. The company will ensure that such action causes minimal disruption to customers and employees and Should the union demonstrate that they have sufficient representation, Woolworths will grant the union full recognition. If you want more information about SACCAWU contact their offices on (021) 424 3137/ 082 336 5703.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

20 August - Gender

Today we spoke to Cathreen Mundey from FAMSA. We were talking about the Prepare and Enrich Training. This is a one day training for counsellors who work with pre-marital or married couples. It offers counsellors tools that facilitate the couple's awareness of their relationship strengths and work areas. The programme focuses on 12 relationship aspects and heightens the couples awareness and understanding of the relationship on a whole. For registration or if you want more information contact their offices on (021) 946 4744 or 082 231 0370 / 082 231 0371 alternatively go to www.familylife.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Adéle Grosse – Parenting Skills Facilitator at Intouch Parenting. Their focus and strategy is to encourage parents to practice pro-active parenting instead of re-active parenting. They aim to empower, enable and sustain parenting in and around South Africa. Adéle explained more. For more information contact her on (021) 447 3637 or visit www.intouchparenting.co.za

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

19 August - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Neville Saboi – Manager of the Elsies River community advice office. The advice office provides the previously disadvantaged communities and organisations with advice, advocacy help and help with issues such as Human Rights, family and labour law, accessing government social grants, environmental problems and youth issues. The aim of the office is to create more awareness in the community on their rights and wants people to develop skills to improve their quality of life.

We then spoke to Dr Clint Le Bryns – one of the founding members of the Ethical Leadership Project was also part of today’s show. The Ethical Leadership Project is aligned with the constitution of the country and follows a strong Human Rights culture. Their mission is to empower leaders at all society levels with skills, knowledge and values in order to promote moral change. For more information contact (021) 959 6843 or visit www.elp.org.za

We also spoke to Fatima Hassan – An attorney from Aids Law Project. The Aids law project wants to promote equality and justice for all. Their main focus is on people living with HIV and AIDS. They experience a lot of discrimination in the workplace, proper medical treatment and their rights are usually violated. The aids law project helps people with aids to deals with these issues.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dan Brown – coordinator of the Learn to Live project. Learn to live is one of the first schools specializing in the education of street children. The school caters for about 100 children depending on shelters and street children organisations. The school and teachers strive to make a positive influence on the children’s lives. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact their offices at (021) 425 1450.

Monday, August 18, 2008

18 August - Health

Today we to spoke to Fawzia Desai - Deputy Director for the department of health’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation. We spoke to Fawzia about the importance of Immunisation. Remember Immunisation is an effective, safe and free way to protect your child against disease. For further information please contact the department of health’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation on (021) 483 5691 / 3156 or nearest hospital, primary health care centre or clinic. AUGUST IS NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH: “BUSINESS UNUSUAL – ENCOURAGING WOMEN AND MEN WORKING TOGETHER IN CHOOSING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE”.

We closed off the show with an interview with Ricardo Siljeur - from the Sports Science Institute of South Africa’s Community Health Intervention Programmes This week is the Health Promotions School Week, so we will focus on their Healthnutz programme that is offered at schools for learners in the foundation phase. Under this programme, learners participate in fun, non- competitive physical activity as part of the life orientation focus area. The education component focuses on health awareness, social skills and life skills. Ricardo explained more about the Healthnutz programme. For more information contact (021) 659 5608 or visit www.ssisa.com/ochips

Friday, August 15, 2008

15 August - Arts, Culture, Environment

Today we were joined by Riaison Naidoo - from the Department of Arts and Culture. We were talking about the Timbuktu Manuscript Exhibition which is taking place at the Castle of Good Hope until the 3rd of September. The manuscripts on display cover astronomy, medicine, mathematics, science, poetry, religion, commerce, law and social relationships. The exhibition includes displays of artifacts and clothing from Timbuktu and the Sahel region. Presented in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, the exhibition will travel to major centres throughout South Africa. For Enquiries contact Lalou Meltzer on (021) 464 1263 or Lindsay Hooper (021) 481 3835 alternatively visit www.iziko.org.za

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Eugene Lebreton – Co Chairperson of the Durbanville Folk Music Society. It is a non-profit society dedicated in bringing the most innovative and diverse acoustic and folk musicians to Cape Town's Northern Suburbs with the purpose to preserve and promote folk and acoustic music. On the 29th of August Durbanville Folk Music Society presents legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Bill Knight at Villa Pascal House of Music in Durbanville. Bill Knight’s music is best described as Cape Roots Music, Infused with the sound and rhythms of Cape Town. Bill is also one of the founding members of Durbanville Folk Music Society. Tickets costs R80 or R50 to Folk Music Society Members. Doors open at 18h00PM and the Show starts at 19h00PM. Bring Picnic basket and enjoy a great evening out. Book by phoning (021) 975 2566. For group bookings phone Eugene on 082 569 4147.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

14 August - Labour

Today we spoke to Etienne Vlok – From SACTWU. Earlier this week SACTWU announced that thousands of metro area clothing workers in the country will be getting extra wages at the end of this week. This is because the union reached an agreement with clothing employers for extra wages when a public holiday falls on a Saturday. In the Western Cape, the agreement states that when a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday, workers will be paid 5-and-a-half hours' extra wages if no work is performed on such a day so because this year, the National Women's Day fell on a Saturday these extra payment provisions accordingly applies. Etienne will explain more about the agreement. For more information contact their offices on (021) 447 4570.

We also heard from Wendy Oliver - Recruitment Consultant from Candidate Connect. Candidate Connect is a Cape Town based recruitment consultancy with a successful track record of linking high calibre candidates to the right company, at the right time, for the right job. We were talking about finding employment. What makes a good CV.? Your CV works for you 24 hours a day. It has ability to both open and close doors for you. It is worth spending time on it to do it properly. And we also focused on that make or break moment, The Interview. The client is looking for an ideal candidate for their organisation. Wendy explained more on how you can be that ideal candidate from the many they see. For more information on Candidate Connect you can contact their offices at (021) 461 9595 or visit www.candidateconnect.co.za

Lastly we spoke to Bridgette Brukman – from Ikamva Labantu. Ikamva Labantu is a self-reliant and sustainable Community Based Organisations facilitating positive social change. Their mission is to build the capacity of other Community Based Organisations and to achieve effective and efficient delivery of four core services, which are health, education, capacity building, food, security and poverty alleviation and land and buildings. Ikamva Labantu also offers workshops that help people improve themselves economically and allow them to become more economically self-sufficient. We were talking about their Agriculture, sewing and crafts workshops. If you want more information about their workshops contact (021) 461 8338 or visit www.ikamva.org
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

13 August - Gender

Today heard from Nadia Isaacs – from PASCaP. PASCaP is an accredited training provider organisation that aims at strengthening the capacities of poor communities by addressing socio-economic and inequalities. The primary groups that are targeted are women, the youth and the unemployed. We were talking about the Big Sister Seminar that they hosted on Monday as part of the Learning Cape Festival. The seminar is aimed at encouraging and keeping the Girl Child in school. For more information about the work that they do contact their offices on (021) 713 0754 or go to www.pascap.org.za

We also spoke to George Dingiswayo – from Embizweni. Embizweni is a group that provides different workshops for men to teach them about gender equality, parenting skills, domestic violence and abuse. Embizweni also offers counselling for perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse. For registration or if you want more information contact 083 542 1537 alternatively send an email to embizweni@telkomsa.net

We closed off the show with an interview with Nomantombi Dumani – from the Red Door Khayelitsha. The Real Enterprise Development initiative or RED Door is aimed at harnessing and increasing the entrepreneurial drive of Western Cape citizens. It offers advice and support to those who are unemployed and who wish to run their own enterprises. And next week Wednesday they will be hosting Women in Business seminar aimed at business women in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas. For more information contact her on (021) 362 6621 or email her to InfoKhayelitsha@reddoor.co.za

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

12 August - Human Rights

Today we heard from Corlett Letlojane – Director at the Human Rights Institute of South Africa or HURISA. This is a non-governmental organisation which offers professional services towards the promotion of a human rights culture, peace and democracy. HURISA works with civil society organisations, governmental institutions and vulnerable groups in South Africa and on the continent of Africa. Corlett explained more about the services they provide. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (011) 403 0850 or www.hurisa.org.za

Lastly we also spoke to Beverly Barry – CEO of the Cape Learning Festival. The festival aims to create awareness that lifelong learning is an important way of redressing past imbalances in access to education. It is held every year and this year’s theme is “What do you have to say” It is a call to say that you have a right to be heard and the right not to be excluded. The festival will kick start tomorrow the 13th of August in Worcester, Over the next three weeks, large numbers of learners, of all ages, are expected to flock to mini festivals, all featuring careers exhibitions and on the 30th of August they will be in Manenberg at the Phoenix Hall from 9am to 5pm. They will close off with the exhibition in Khayelitsha at the Goodhope College on the 6th of September from 9am to 2pm and from 4 to 6pm learners will pit their rapping talents against each other, hoping to claim the prize of spending a day in a recording studio. If you want more information you can contact him on (021) 422 0923 or visit www.learningcape.org
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Monday, August 11, 2008

11 August - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Bronwen Hendricks – from the Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project. The Project is based at two different clinics in Khayelitsha, Site B Day Hospital and Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital. We were discussing cervical cancer and the importance of pap smears. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among South African women and accounts for 18.5% of all cancers in women in this country. About 1,500 women die to cervical cancer every year. Hence it is important for women to go for a pap smear to know their status and to detect the cancer early. The health department has developed a policy that every woman should take a free pap smear once every ten (10) years in her lifetime from age 30 years onwards. The aim of the health department is to screen at least 70% of women in the target age group to reduce morbidity and mortality by 60%, so to all the women make sure you go for a pap smear it can save your life. For more Information you can contact the hospital at (021) 361 0853. That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Professor Neil Myburgh – Deputy Dean for Postgraduate and Research at the University of the Western Cape Dentistry Faculty. We were talking about Oral Health. The professor explained exactly what oral health means and some of the common problems associated with oral health as you are aware that August is the Oral Health Month. Oral refers to the mouth, which includes the teeth, gums, and support­ing tissues. It is easy to take your oral health for granted, but it is key to living each day comfortably. For more information visit your nearest dentist.

We closed off the show with an interview Sasha Forbes had with Professor Robin Green – Professor of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University of Pretoria. We were talking about Asthma. Asthma can’t be cured, but it can be managed and with appropriate treatment it should not alter the quality of life of people who have it. Professor Green explained more about the treatment therapies that are available to control Asthma. For more information visit www.asthma.co.za or www.pulmonology.co.za

Friday, August 08, 2008

08 August- Arts; Culture and Environment

Today we were joined by Gerrida Dickason – From Cape Town Opera. Cape Town Opera in collaboration with St Cyprians Girls High will showcase One False Move, A 35minute Opera that addresses bullying. The opera One False Move puts a face on girls’ fears and illustrates how social dynamics can play out in a school setting. And will be staged at St Cyprian’s Girls High, Rietenbosch Primary and Rhenish Girls High in Stellenbosch, Rustenburg Primary and Nassau Centre. Seating is limited - Book now for a performance close to you. It’s only R10 per learner. From 12noon till 12:35 – Opera - One False Move and from 12:35 till 12:55 - A Talk and Questions and Answer session with a Psychologist. It is recommended for Girls from Gr4 and up. For more information contact Thanduxolo Zulu at Cape Town Opera on (021) 410 9928 or visit http://www.capetownopera.co.za/
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We also spoke to Marlene Le Roux - Director of Artcape’s Audience Development and Education Department. We were talking about the Artscape School Arts Festival. The festival, starts from the 11th of August to the 28th, and is expected to attract nearly three thousand learners from 90 schools throughout the Western Cape. The top 15 performances at the festival will be invited to perform at a gala event on August 28th. This will be followed by a performance by the College of Magic on August 30th. Make you don’t miss this exciting event. Participating Schools include: Athlone Academy of Music, Belhar High School, Bella Vista High, Blackheath Primary, Bonga Primary in Gugulethu, Brackenfell High, Eben Donges High in Kraaifontein and more.Tickets cost R30 and are available from Artscape Dial-a-Seat, on (021) 421 7695 or Computicket by visiting http://www.computicket.com/

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Themba Mngomezulu –
From Darkie Clothing. Darkie will showcase its brand new spring/summer range at this year's Cape Town Fashion Week next Friday, the 15th of August at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Darkie design team says you can expect fresh and fast forward streetwear, innovative cuts, funky prints and a show inspired by music from the past, present and future. From 9pm – they is an AFTER PARTY at the AUTO ATLANTIC MINI SHOWROOM, 19 Hertzog Boulevard / Cnr of Heerengracht & Hertzog Boulevard. For more information contact (021) 447 7610 or visit http://www.darkieclothing.co.za/
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

07 August - Labour

Today we heard from Dorothy Du Plooy – from St Annes Home. We were talking about their Skills Training Programme which equips women with different skills that allow them to enter the economic world and allows them to become more self-sufficient. For more information contact their offices on (021) 448 8513 or visit www.stanneshomes.org.za

Lastly we spoke to Raymond Sizani – from the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders or NICRO. We were talking about the Economic Opportunities Project. This project helps those who want to start up their own businesses by providing them the required skills and support to make sure that their business ventures are successful. This non-financial programme creates awareness of viable business opportunities that will be able to exist in the formal sector. If you want more information about the project contact (021) 397 6063 or visit www.nicro.org.za

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

06 August - Gender

Today we heard from Joanie Fredericks – Director of the Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health or REACH. We will be talking about the South African Rural Women’s Day Campaign, themed Passport to Peace...Stamp out community violence! The campaign focuses on a 10 step plan to address community violence. As a tradition the campaign also features the introduction of the "Face of REACH", each year REACH chooses a woman from a farming community who exemplifies empowerment and triumph in the face of adversity. Joanie explained more about the campaign. For more information contact their offices on (021) 633 5287 or go to www.reach.org.za

We also spoke to Vuyelwa Qingavika – From Parliament Media Management Unit. On the 19th till the 20th of August Parliament will be hosting Women’s Parliament under the theme “Parliament empowering women for poverty eradication”. The theme is derived from Parliament’s 2008 theme, “Parliament empowering communities for poverty eradication”, which is in line with Millennium Development Goal number one, which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. For registration or if you want more information visit www.parliament.gov.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Aadiela Moerat – Regional Co-ordinator of the Women in Water and Forestry. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is conducting a nationwide consultation with women; this will culminate with the formation of Women in Water Affairs and Forestry Organisation to be launched by the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Lindiwe Hendricks. The Western Cape will host two consultative workshops at Mbekweni Community Hall in Paarl as well as at the Thembalethu Thusong Service Centre in George. These workshops are being launched in order to recognise women in the sector who contributed to the water and sanitation initiative, especially from civil society and the community. Aadiela explained more about the objectives of the Women in Water and Forestry Organisation. For more information contact (021) 950 7100 or visit www.dwaf.gov.za

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

05 August - Human Rights

Today we heard from Moefeeda Kagee – RAPCAN. We were talking about the Child Protection and Support Services Programme. The programme promotes and protects the rights of children within the criminal justice system through the facilitation of multi-disciplinary services for children and their caregivers for the advancement of both healing and justice. Moefeeda explained more about it. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (021) 712 2330 or www.rapcan.org.za

We also spoke to Paulin Mbecke – From the Refugee Children’s Project. The Refugee Children’s Project is planning to launch a handbook on the refugee children’s rights. The handbook aims at raising awareness on refugee children and unaccompanied minors’ rights in South Africa. It will particularly enable service providers, schools, refugee community and the local community as a whole to become more familiar with the refugee’s rights and provide them with the tools to facilitate its subsequent implementation. Paulin explained more about the book. If you want more information you can contact him on (011) 333 9266 or send an email to rcpsa@rcpafrica.org.za

Monday, August 04, 2008

04 August - Health

Today we spoke to Louise Goosen and Linda Glynn – From Milk Matters. We will be talking about Breastfeeding. This week we are celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week and the theme for this year is: “Mother Support: Going for the Gold”. Milk Matters, is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation that feels very strongly about informing the public and all related parties of the advantages of breastfeeding. It is reported that Breastmilk is the best food for a baby. Babies do not need any other foods or water, except breastmilk until they are 6 months old but Louise and Linda explained more. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union. For more information contact Milk Matters on (021) 659 5599 or visit http://www.milkmatters.org.za/

We also spoke with Dr E Bhettay – a Rheumatologist. We will be talking about Rheumatic Fever as we know that this week is the Rheumatic Fever Week. Rheumatic fever affects children from as young as five years old and develops after the child has had repeated throat infections known as “strep throat”. People with rheumatic fever may develop heart inflammation, which reoccurs when they repeatedly get it. This leads to scarring and damaging of the heart valves. Dr Bhettay explained more about the dangers of rheumatic fever. For more information you can contact your local clinic or day hospital.

Our last interview was with Fouzia De Sai – from the department of health. We were talking about Immunisation as it is an Immunisation Awareness Week. Remember Immunisation is an effective, safe and free way to protect your child against disease. Fouzia explained more about the importance of completing the full course of immunisations. For more information contact the department of health’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation on (021) 483 5691 / 3156.

Friday, August 01, 2008

01 August - Arts,Culture and Enviroment

Today we were joined by Gabi Ngcobo – Curator of Scratching the Surface Volume 1. Scratching the Surface Vol.1 combines new and re-visited visual and performance work by artists creating individually and in collaboration. This exhibition will feature artists like Dineo Bopape, Gugulective, Bandile Gumbi and more. The exhibition will be at AVA Gallery, in 35 Church Street, Cape Town. It opens on Monday, the 4th of August from 6pm and closes on Thursday the 21st of August at 1pm. For more information contact (021) 424 7436 or visit http://www.ava.co..za/

We also spoke to Jacky Manyaapelo – from Jazzart Dance Theatre. We were talking about a production titled BeautyFull, which is running at Artscape as part of Women’s Festival week. The production includes Remix Dance Company, Jazzart Dance Theatre and the SA Circle of Dance Academy on the 7th and 8th of August. Tickets cost R60 and are available from Artscape Dial-a-Seat, on (021) 421 7695 or Computicket by visiting http://www.computicket.com/

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Ernestine Deane – Singer/ songwriter. Ernie’s professional life as a singer started when she was only fifteen working with the hip-hop crew Black Noise. A few years later she made her mark in the country as the lead vocalist for Moodphase5ive with whom she released two albums. Last year she released her Album with soulful songs like the watersong and my favorite Think Again. She was also involved in the theatrical collaboration Womantide. Working with singer/songwriter Tina Schouw and performance poet Malika Ndlovu, the three women weave music and poetry to produce a production that focuses on the feminine “in honour of the human spirit.” Currently she is busy with her album that will be released I think next or in two weeks time. For more information on her music go to www.myspace.com/ernestinedeane
Pic By: Sasha Forbes