Friday, October 31, 2008

31 October- Arts,Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined Instudio by Mark Oglivie – from the Cape Town Environment Education Trust. One of their primary objectives is to provide quality, affordable Environmental Education Programmes to youth from all communities in the Cape Metropolitan Area. Mark explained more about those educational programmes. For more information contact mark at 072 183 3772 or (021) 706 8523 or visit http://www.zeep.co.za/


We also heard from Mbulelo Samby – from the Artscape. We were talking about one of the major production running during the 4th Artscape Spring Drama Season. The play titled The Return is written by one of South Africa’s leading playwrights, Fatima Dike. It is a project of the Artscape New Writing Programme and explores some of the difficult issues facing South Africa’s cotemporary Black society. The production is directed by leading director and theatre producer, Roy Sargeant. The cast stars famed veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni, Mzwakhe Mdidimba, Roshina Ratnam and Phakamisa Zwedala. Set and costume designs are by Dicky Longhurst and the lighting design is by Alfred Rietmann. Booking for the play’s season, which opens with low-price previews on the 13th and 14th of November and runs from the 15th to the 29th of November, can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. There are also discounted tickets for early shows on Tuesdays. For block bookings and discounted ticket prices please contact Daniel on 072 474 1079 or springseason@mweb.co.za

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with David Johnson – An actor. David is featured on Yellowman, Lara Bye’s production opening at the Baxter’s Sanlam Studio on 6 November till 29th at 20:15PM. The production explores the tension between light and dark-skinned African-Americans through the heartbreaking story of childhood sweethearts ‘yellaman’ Eugene and the big and dark Alma. The production has just returned from a tour of Holland and winner of the Kanna Best Production at the 2008 ABSA KKNK. For block bookings call Sharon Alexander on (021) 680 3962 during office hours or book through Computicket at http://www.computicket.com/ or visit http://www.baxter.co.za/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

30 October - Labour

In today’s show, we heard from Richard Hoffman – a senior consultant at Labour Justice. We were talking about workplace discipline focusing on Disciplinary procedures, Grievance procedures, Disciplinary hearings & Warnings. Richard designs and drafts specialized Codes for Discipline and Companies and presides at hearings. For more information about Labour Justice go to www.labourjustice.com or contact their office on (021) 511-6385.

We also heard from Sizwe Pamla – From the National Education Health & Allied Workers Union or NEHAWU. NEHAWU claims that their members, 52 security personnel were suspended by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) for alleged incitement and promotion of an illegal industrial action. According to the union, ACSA found some of their members guilty in absentia during a hearing without affording them an opportunity to answer for themselves or get representation from union officials. Sizwe explained more about those allegations, unfortunately Nothemba Noruwana – ACSA spokesperson failed to be part of this conversation to tell their side of the story. For more information about the union go to www.nehawu.org.za or call their office on (011) 836 2902.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

29 October - Gender

In today's show,we spoke to Cynthia Mbuyazwe – from Women of Steel. Their mission is to create self sustaining income primarily for unemployed women in poorer communities. This is achieved by setting them up in their own business then training and supporting them and their business. Cynthia explained more on how they operate. For more information contact her on 082 357 0462 or Lizeka Rhali on 082 423 0188

We also heard from Shaun Phillips – from Hearts of Men. Hearts of Men strives to provide mentoring, educational and social guidance to young people at risk in order for them to become community builders contributing to sustainable peace and crime prevention. Shaun explained more about other services. For more information contact Shaun on 073 411 3783 or (021) 845 5325 or send an email to sharp@africamail.com
We closed off the show with an interview with Jean Beukes – an activist. A group of South African feminists have joined Zimbabwean sisters to say enough is enough. They say Zim leaders should stop the reign of terror, end illegal arrests of women activists and implement the global political agreement now. Yesterday they marched to voice their demands; Jean explained more about other actions they planning to take. For more information contact her on 083 721 3966 or Sipho Mthathi on 082 576 2990 alternatively try Lucille Kennedy on 073 199 0592.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

28 October - Human Rights

In today's show,we were joined by Anaclet Mbayagu – From the African Disabled Refugee Organisation. Adro provides advocacy, material and moral assistance to disabled refugees or asylum seekers. Anaclet explained more about other services they provide. If you want more information about the organisation, you can contact him on 073 195 0594 or send a fax to (021) 421 7105 alternatively send an email to adro@webmail.co.za

We heard from Lezete Engelbrecht – Home Care Director at the Highway Home Project. This is an organisation that offers care to abandoned, abused and neglected children, who are referred to them by welfare agencies and some who have been on the street. Their mission is to provide a safe residential care facility, offering opportunities for the healthy development of children, combined with effective community service and family support programmes, contributing to family reconciliation, reunification and preservation. Lezet explained more about other services that they provide. For more in formation call (021) 510 4554 / 083 393 1596 or go to www.highwayhome.co.za

And our last interview was with Deputy Mayor Councillor Grant Haskin and Sandra Morreira – Director of the Homestead the first shelter for street children in Cape Town. The City Of Cape Town will host street people conference in conjunction with Western Cape Provincial Government on the 30th and 31st of October. The conference will be assessing whether the City’s efforts and resources are being used effectively and efficiently in improving the quality of life of people in this marginalised and stigmatised group. Sandra shared some of the challenges they face as service providers. The conference will be at Good Hope Centre. For more information visit www.capetown.gov.za, you can contact the Homestead on (021) 419 9763 or visit www.homestead.org.za

Monday, October 27, 2008

27 October - Health

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Katherine Alexander – Vice Chairperson of Psoriasis Association. We were talking about Psoriasis as today it is World Psoriasis Day which aims to raise more awareness about this condition. Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder and it affects one to two percent of the population. Unfortunately there is no cure for Psoriasis, but many different treatments, both topical (on the skin) and systemic (throughout the body), can clear psoriasis for periods of time. For more information you can contact the Psoriasis Association at (021) 556 1141 (all hours)or (021) 981 1650 or visit the website at www.psoriasis.org.za send an email to psoriasis@blaauwberg.net.

We were also joined by Stanley Nondo – from the Department of Health. We were talking about promoting good water, food and sanitation related diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, the global estimates are that about 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal disease and 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. A fraction of diarrhoeal diseases is attributed to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Stanley explain more on what we can do to maintain good hygiene practices and prevent spread of diseases . That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also spoke to Dr Simone Honikman – From the Perinatal Mental Health Project based at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. The project is a collaborative and innovative endeavour involving a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, nursing staff, public health experts and researchers. It provides a holistic mental health service to vulnerable pregnant and postpartum women attending the maternity hospital. Screening, counselling and psychiatric care are provided on-site and are seamlessly integrated into the maternal care package. Dr Honikman explained as this is the only service of its kind in South Africa how have they progressed in changing women’s lives. For more information on depression contact the SA Depression and Anxiety Group on 0800 567567 or Mosaic at (021) 761 7585.

We closed off the show with an interview with Vanessa Damon – co-coordinator at War against Malnutrition, Tuberculosis and Hunger or WARMTH. WARMTH is a community based nutrition project that operates in the underprivileged areas around Cape Town. With the escalating food prices and the nation wide food crisis, more and more of the poorest of the poor in Cape Town are unable to feed themselves and are starving as a result of food shortages. Often, having insufficient food leads to malnutrition. At WARMTH it is believed that no-one in the Western Cape deserves to go to bed hungry. Their aim is to relieve hunger, malnutrition and chronic diseases by providing low cost nutritious food to disadvantaged communities, through a network of community kitchens and healthcare workshops, thereby stimulating community development. We spoke about the organisation, focusing on malnutrition. For more information call (021) 696 1313 or visit www.warmth.org.za

Friday, October 24, 2008

24 October - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today's edition of Sakhisizwe we were joined Instudio by Tambu Sibanda and Thijs Boer – from Greatmore Art Studios. In celebrating their tenth birthday, Greatmore Studios will be hosting an exclusive art raffle. The raffle comprises of selected work on paper from a collection of images donated by local and international artists. Artists who will be featured include David Koloane, Cecil Skotnes, Sue Williamson, William Kentridge, Tyrone Appolis, David Goldblatt, Helen Sebidi, Peter Clarke and more. By buying a raffle ticket for R1 600 you stand a chance to win one of over 112 Artworks generously donated by artists that have been associated with Greatmore in the past ten years. The number of tickets sold have been limited to 224 to ensure ticket holders have a 50% chance of winning an original artwork. The final draw will take place at Greatmore Studios on Friday the 14th of November. You can view 112 artworks being raffled at www.greatmoreart.org/catalogue_01.htm or contact (021) 447 9699 for more information.
PIC:Tambu and Thijs by Busi Mtabane

We also heard from Fatima Abdool – Co_Editor of IZZiT Magazine. IZZiT is a new bi-monthly lifestyle magazine that addresses the needs of people of mixed heritage what you call coloured or ‘brown' people. It is under the editorship of Fatima and Erald Felix from 50/50. Fatima says the focus of this magazine will be lively, practical and contemporary, with the aim of enhancing readers' information, knowledge and skills base about themselves and the coloured community in general. It will carry regular features, columns, one-off articles and special, themed sections. IZZiT is available at R19.95 from bookstores and other stockists serving the community, as well as on subscription at R100 for six issues. But shame they forgot about Cape Town. For Further details and subscription forms go to www.izzitmagazine.com or send an email to info@izzitmagazine.com

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Tessa Dowling – Language Expert from African Voices. African Voices is involved in a number of different areas relating to Southern African language and culture. Tessa explained more on what they do. For more info visit www.africanvoices.co.za or contact (021) 788 3954.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

23 October - Labour

In today’s show, we played an interview I had with George Pambason - Director of the Alliance for refugees. The alliance was established in 2005 by George and other refugees from different African countries living in Cape Town, with a shared vision of uplifting the lives of refugees and making them an asset rather than a liability to the host Nation by engaging them in socio-economic and cultural activities. If you want more information contact the Alliance on (021) 421 2348 or visit www.afrisa.org.za

We also heard from John Peters – Regional Manager for Small Enterprise Development Agency or SEDA. We were talking about Entrepreneurship. SEDA in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry hosted the first Entrepreneurs Day in Cape Town yesterday. The aim of the event is to reach mainly pre-start up as well as existing enterprises that have been in operation for less than two years, providing information, advice and networking opportunities. John explained more about the future of entrepreneurship in our province. For more information about the services that SEDA provides call (021) 949 2227 or visit www.seda.org.za

Our last interview was with Nerine Kahn -Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. The CCMA is hosting a conference on the International Perspectives about Workplace Dispute Resolution. This event will bring together Agency Heads of similar Dispute Resolution Agencies from Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada and New Zealand. The CCMA believes that this conference is pivotal in understanding the challenges for promoting labour market stability, not only in South Africa but in the SADC Region at large. This conference is also a key platform for people with a passion for industrial relations to learn and debate employee relations concerns affecting stakeholders world-wide. Nerine explained more about some of the focal areas that were addressing during the conference. For more information about the CCMA go to www.ccma.org.za or their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22 October - Gender

Today on the show, we spoke to Rachel Georgia - Communication & Project Officer at the National Community Radio Forum or NCRF. The NCRF in partnership with Constitution Hill will be hosting a dialogue on Women in Media on the 11th of November. Women in Media will be represented by various sectors within media; this is part of teaching and encouraging young females to become involved in the different sectors within media. Rachel explained more about the objectives of the dialogue. For more information to go www.ncrf.org.za or contact (011) 403 4336.

We also heard from Pam Jackson – Director of Ons Plek. Ons Plek is the only intake shelter for girls in Cape Town tomorrow they will be launching a book on the work of Ons Plek with girls in need. According to Pam the book has a unique and easy-to-read approach to the subject of girls living on the street, focuses on the daily realities of providing a full range of structured therapeutic and development opportunities for the children. The launch is at the Rondebosch United Church opposite St Joseph’s College at 17:00PM. The book will cost R140 but if you attend the launch you’ll get an Early Bird Special and pay R80. Pam says this book is for anyone interested in people because it is written in the form of stories. It is not necessary to be a professional to enjoy it. For more information about the book or Ons Plek, you can visit their website www.onsplek.org.za or call them on (021) 465 4829.

We closed off the show with an interview with Jennifer Williams – From the Women’s Legal Centre. The dissolution of a relationship is always difficult, so today as part of our gender talk we decided to talk to Jennifer about fair access to resources, on ensuring women get a fair share of the assets of the partnership irrespective of religion. For more information on the services that the Women’s Legal Centre provide go to www.wlce.co.za or contact (021) 421 1380.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

21 October - Human Rights

Today we spoke to Noluvo Rhasmeni – Western Cape Coordinator of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS or NAPWA. NAPWA is a national organization that co-ordinates the needs and resources of all people living with HIV/AIDS. One of their objectives is to ensure that the human rights of all infected and affected people are recognized and upheld. But Noluvo explained more about the work they do. If you want more information about the organisation, you can contact their offices on (021) 425 6860 or visit www.napwa.org.za but that website is still under construction.

We heard from Elroy Paulus – Advocacy program manager at Black Sash. Black Sash in partnership with other Human Rights organisations will hand over a petition to parliament today, signed by over 12 000 supporters, appealing that the age limit of children eligible for child support grants be extended to 18 years old. Elroy explained more about that call. For more info contact them on (021) 4617804 alternatively their website on www.blacksash.org.za

And our last interview was with Vivienne Budaza – from Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids or GAPA. GAPA started as a self help project in Khayelitsha. They host workshops that cover topics such as vegetable gardening, human rights, elder abuse, accessing social grants, drawing up a will and business skills. Grandmothers are also invited to attend support groups held in area representatives homes once a week. uGogo Budaza explained more on the communities they work with. For more information on GAPA you can go to www.gapa.org.za or contact (021) 364 3138.

Monday, October 20, 2008

20 October - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Cleeve Robertson - Provincial Director of Emergency Medical Services. We were talking about Trauma. Trauma is defined as any body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury as from accident, injury or impact. According to research deaths from physical trauma decline where there are organized trauma systems. Dr Robertson told us more about trauma. That interview was brought to you by the department of Health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Tereza Hough – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced and the micro-architecture of bone is disrupted. This leads to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is called the silent disease because it progresses undetected for many years and the first sign of this disease is usually a fracture. According to reports, more than one-third of women over the age of 50 and nearly half of those over age 70 are affected by this disease. Osteoporosis in men is on the increase, and one in 5 men will develop this disease. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (021) 931 7894 or their Help line: 0861102265 for those who have access to the internet visit www.osteoporosis.org.za

Today was also Down Syndrome Awareness Day and Tineke Boshoff - from the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape joined us on the show to talk more about Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. Tineke explained more about this condition. For more information you can contact the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape on (021) 919 8533 or visit www.downsyndrome.org.za

Our last interview was an interview conducted by my former producer Cindy Witten on Asthma. Cindy attended a debate on whether self management is the way forward in improving Asthma control and decrease Asthma related deaths, well we will hear more on that interview Cindy had with Professor Robin Green and Professor Charles Feldman – both head of Pulmonology at Pretoria University and Wits University.

Friday, October 17, 2008

17 October - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined by Twinky Laubscher – An Artist. According to write ups about the artist, Twinky has the ability to fill a space in an amazing way. We were talking about her exhibition titled “Colours”. The exhibition reflects universal concepts in an abstract, yet obvious manner. In placement of form, determination of shape, size and selections of line, colour is presented in a playful manner. The exhibition can be viewed at CafĂ© Manhattan, until the end of October. For more information you can call the gallery on (021) 421 6666.

We also heard from Michael Pettit, an internationally acclaimed and professional artist. His work has been exhibited widely over many years, as well as being published in many books and magazines. Michael has a very unique way of painting which can be seen in his latest works namely figurative paintings and lyrical abstracts. We spoke about his double exhibition to be displayed at the AVA gallery as well as the Jao Ferreria art gallery up until the 1st of November. For more information contact the gallery on (021) 423 5403 or go to http://www.joaoferreiragallery.com/or the AVA on (021) 427 7436 or go to http://www.ava.co.za/

Sakhisizwe’s producer Cindy Witten joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Nigel is away for a couple of weeks, so Cindy is our arts fundi, if you want her to review any of your play, performances or exhibition then send an email to nation@bushradio.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Carol Thorns and Nick Matthews – members of CODA. CODA is said to be South Africa’ Hottest Fusion Band. The Band’s diversity has resulted in a new style of South African music that appeals to a larger audience. Their new single ‘It’s still the music” is being play-listed by radio stations across the nation! And you can get it from mxit. The full album will be launched on the 28th of November. If you want to see them perform live and hear some of their mesmerizing melodies, you can go to venues like the Zula Bar in Long Street, and other venues. CODA ALBUM LAUNCH on Friday 28th of November at Cape Quarter in Greenpoint at 8 PM, For more info email carol@codamusic.co.za, or nicci@capequarter.co.za. And it’s Free.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

16 October - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Phillip Magcobo – Manager of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), as well as the project manager of a Service Delivery Jamboree to take place in Langa this week. It is a well known fact that many of the residents from poorer communities in the province do not have Identity documents or even birth certificates. This makes it almost impossible for such people to find employment, and better their standard of living. The Western Cape Provincial Government will be hosting the Service Delivery Jamboree, focussing on the communities of Langa and Bonteheuwel. The Jamboree will see departments such as Home Affairs take on applications for ID’s, birth certificates, while SASSA will administer to community members who would like to apply for grants such as pensions, child support grant and disability grant. We spoke about the impact this jamboree will have on the lives of these residents. The Jamboree starts on today and runs until Saturday afternoon the18th of October between 07:30 – 4pm daily. It will be held at the Langa indoor sports complex. For more information you can call 082 687 2465.

Jackie Malherbe – from the Hope Factory was Instudio to talk about the services that they provide. The hope factory is a non-profit organisation that aims to dramatically impact and improve the lives of previously disadvantaged South Africans by providing Technical Skills, Business Skills and Life Skills, together with, Job and Wealth Creation opportunities. The vision of The Hope Factory is to develop, empower and inspire previously disadvantaged South Africans to become self-reliant and productive. We spoke about how the hope factory intends on bettering the lives of the people involved. For more information call (021) 975 5060 or go to www.thehopefactory.co.za

We also heard from Suraya Jawoodeen – spokesperson for National Education and Health Workers Allied Union. (NEHAWU) say they demand a moratorium on nurses salary deductions in the province this follows a decision by the Provincial health department to reverse salary increase of up to R7 000. According to media reports, Nurses will now have to pay it all back. Health MEC spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila is quoted as saying “There was a misunderstanding with the administration. The issue does affect nurses across the board, but it is being dealt with. Corrective measures are being put in place” Our efforts to get a comment from the health department failed. I was told that department officials are out in George on a governmental visit. Meanwhile Nehawu demands that the deductions be stopped and that salaries remain on the notch that they were elevated to. For more information on Nehawu go to http://www.nehawu.org.za/

Our last interview was an interview I had with Lunga Smile – a curator from the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. This is the first township based museum in the Western Cape and the first museum to commemorate migrancy in South Africa. Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is located centrally in the Lwandle Township, approximately 55km from Cape Town. If you more information about the museum you can contact (021) 845 6119 or visit http://www.lwandle.com/

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

15 October - Gender

In today’s show, we spoke to Clive Human – Spokesperson for Standing Together to Oppose Pornography or STOP. Their mission is to promote a society in which children are nurtured in an environment of sound family values and in which women and children in particular are protected from sexual crime, sexual exploitation, abuse and violence in accordance with their constitutional rights. Clive explained more on how the organisation was formed and how they are opposing the widespread pornography in our society. If you are also concerned about the escalation of pornography and child pornography on the Internet, Television or Magazines then complain and speak out against such offensive material or join STOP. For more information to go www.stop.org.za or contact Clive on (021) 715 3216.

We also heard from Sharon Cox and Marlow Valentine from the Triangle Project. 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 closed off the show with an interview with Dr Trudy Smith - Principle Specialist in Gynaecology at Johannesburg Hospital. We were talking about Women’s Health – focusing on Atrophic Vaginitis. Women of menopausal age frequently experience symptoms of this condition. Vaginitis involves Inflammation of the Vagina. It is usually caused by a disruption in the normal chemical balance of the Vagina or from infection by Detrimental Microorganisms. Dr Smith explained to what extent can atrophic vaginitis affect a woman’s quality of life - and in particular what effect does AV potentially have on their sexual relationships and What can women do when atrophic vaginitis strikes. For more information on vaginal dryness or the menopause, please email women@oz.co.za or contact a Gynecologist.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

14 October - Human Rights

In today’s show, we were joined by Ashraaf Cassiem and Evelyn Mokoena - from the Western Cape Anti- Eviction Campaign. Two weeks ago an incident took place at a home in Symphony way where it is alleged that about 15 police officers illegally invaded a resident’s home, destroying the property in the process. According to the Anti-Eviction Campaign, the officers were unable to provide a copy of a court order or proof of permission from the City. We spoke discussed the incident in depth. We were also joined on the line by Steve Hayward - Project Manager for the City of Cape Town's Informal Settlement Management to tell us their side of the story. If you want more information about the Anti-Eviction Campaign, you can contact Ashraf on 076 186 1408.

We heard from Nikki Arendse - from the National Institute for crime prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders or NICRO. This national non-profit organisation regards crime as a threat to democracy and individual rights. Through people centered development and services to victims, offenders and communities, NICRO strengthens a human rights culture and a safer South Africa. The organisation aims to build and strengthen a democratic society, based on human rights principles through crime prevention and development. We spoke about the diversion programs run to make it possible for troubled teens to be reintegrated into society. For more info contact them on (021) 944 3980 – Bellville Office, (021) 397 6060 Mitchell’s Plain OR the Cape Town office on (021) 422 1690 alternatively their website on www.nicro.org.za

Our last interview was with Braam Hanekom – from the Human Rights group PASSOP. PASSOP says Western Cape Premiere Lynne Brown needs to prioritise speeding up service delivery at the Cape Town refugee centre. The organisation says service delivery at the centre has still not improved, claiming this is only upsetting the foreigners more. We also heard from Dr Hildegarde Fast – head of Provincial Disaster Management about what steps is the provincial government taking in dealing with the issue of refugees. For more information on PASSOP you can go to www.passop.co.za or contact Braam on 084 256 1140.

Monday, October 13, 2008

13 October - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Ayesha Seedat – A Dietician from the Heart and Heart Stroke Foundation of South Africa. This week is the Obesity and Nutrition Week. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, Obesity is now recognised as a major public health problem in many countries like Australia, America, UK, Mexico, Brazil as well as South Africa. Worldwide statistics show that 22 million children under the age of five are overweight. We spoke to Ayesha about what causes obesity and the risks associated with being obese. Remember, balance an active lifestyle for your child with a healthy diet - by limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. Teach children healthy eating habits that will last their entire lifetime! For more details and nutritional advice from registered dieticians, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours, or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, has a School Tuck Shop Programme designed to address the problem of unhealthy eating amongst school children. The main objective of the programme is to enable children to make healthier choices when faced with a range of options. To achieve this they strive to encourage school tuck shops to serve more nutritious snacks and meals. For more information about this programme, visit our website www.heartfoundation.co.za or email ayesha@heartfoundation.co.za.That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We heard from Suzanne Hotz – A Clinical Psychologist. We were focusing on the psychological effects of obesity. It is reported that an obese person may experience some psychological effects of obesity such as loss of self-esteem and depression. According to medical experts, obesity is not just a result of too much eating and leading sedentary lives. There are many factors that contribute the obesity that people should never hesitate to consult a professional regarding their situation. Suzanne explained more on how one can deal with being obese. Remember the best way to fight obesity is to acknowledge the situation and to get some help from professionals. For more information contact Suzanne on (021) 762 0931.

We closed off the show with an interview with Trudy Stegmann - A councillor for Le Leche League. The aim of Le Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. As the month of October marks International breast health awareness month, we were concentrating on the nutritional side of breast feeding. For more information about the support groups run for new mothers, you can visit their website www.llli.org

Friday, October 10, 2008

10 October - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, I played an interview I had with the Essop twin brothers Hassan and Hussain – they are photographers. In their work they repeat their own images in digitally enhanced photographic mise en scenes exploring their life-issues in Cape Town with an emphasis on their experiences as Muslims. They are Art South Africa's tenth Bright Young Thing for 2008. They explained more about what influences their work. Some of their work can be viewed at the Goodman Gallery Cape. They are invited to participate on the tenth Havana Biennial in Cuba (March 27 – April 20, 2009). For more contact the Goodman Gallery Cape on (021) 462 7573 / 4 or visit http://www.goodmangallerycape.com/.

We also heard from Natalia Da Rocha - one of South Africa’s renowned pioneers in the arts and entertainment industry. She joined us to talk about Applauz Arts Initiative. Through this initiative Natalia is uplifting South African youth in disadvantaged communities and turning them into up and coming artists. One of their main objectives is to use the Performing Arts, as a tool for Social Advancement. Applauz Arts Initiative is currently running its second SongStar programme, this time in collaboration with Fairhills - a joint development project founded by 22 wines farms in the Rawsonville area. The next round of eliminations will be held tomorrow the 11th of October with the gala dinner and announcement of the winner set for the 8th of November. If you want more information go to http://www.applauz.org.za/ or contact (021) 794 0420.

Sakhisizwe’s producer Cindy Witten joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Nigel is away for a couple of weeks, so Cindy is our arts fundi, if you want her to review any of your play, performances or exhibition then send an email to nation@bushradio.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Rantebeng Makapan – An actor. You may recognise this young actor in various Local soapies, such as 7de Laan or as Thomas Mashaba in generation. He has also featured in television commercials for Mnet and MTN and performed in corporate events for SABS, ABSA and Liberty Life. So he is quite a busy man. But today we were talking about his latest work, where he plays the role of Sticks, a scheming, streetwise 'middleman' in the Comedy called Mooi Street moves. The production will be showcased at Theatre on the Bay until October 18th. If you would like to go and see the comedy, or for more information you can call the Theatre on the Bay on (021) 438 3301. Or you can make a booking at Computicket.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

09 October - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Salim Patel – Director of Labour Research Service. It is a non-profit company that provides support to trade unions and allied organisation in South Africa. This is done by providing information, education and research to trade unions. Mr Patel explained more about LRS. For more information call their offices on (021) 447 1677 or visit www.lrs.org.za

Marlese Vanbroembsen - Architect and convenor of the new programme entitled Masters in Social Justice, soon to be launched by the University of Cape Town joined us on the line to talk more about the Programme. UCT is launching this landmark programme to breathe new life into efforts to empower the poor and marginalised in South Africa. The launch of Masters in Social Justice is a first for the country as UCT is the only university in South Africa running a programme of its kind. Run by the Institute of Development and Labour Law, the program combines law, social justice and development. Major local legal and development experts have joined forces to provide a great service to empower those who need it the most. For more information you can email mardeo@icon.co.za or sheryl.ronnie@uct.ac.za or call 082 3751 53.

We were also joined by Mansoor Mohamed - City of Cape Town’s Executive Director of Economic, Social development and Tourism. Results of an international study done by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, confirms Cape Town as being the most entrepreneurial City in the country. The mother City was ranked number 1 out of 34 countries, with entrepreneurial statistics being 190% higher than South Africa’s national average. We spoke about entrepreneurship in Cape Town. For more information you can visit www.capetown.gov.za or (021) 400 2589.

Our last interview was with Debbie Engelbrecht – From Staff Training. At Staff Training they offer a range of training workshops designed specifically around the challenges encountered by the local workforce today. Debbie told us how can we sustain motivation levels at the workplace and get our staff to implement what they have been taught in such workshops. For more training advice and workshops on offer visit www.stafftraining.co.za or email ct@stafftraining.co.za, alternatively call Debbie on 082 687 8583.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

08 October - Gender

In today’s show, we spoke to Nikki Newman - Board Member at the Women in Film and Television SA as well as Calvyn Du Toit - from Visual Impact. WIFTSA is a network of women dedicated to advancing the professional development and empowerment of women working in the film and television industry. WIFTSA is an inclusive organization for women of all backgrounds. Its members work at all levels of the industry - from the owners of production companies to directors, entertainment lawyers, actresses, camerawomen, make-up artists and students. Women in Film and Television SA, in partnership with Visual Impact present a workshop called Get Technical to discuss the future of High Definition that will be happening on the Thursday the 16th of October. We were talking about the workshop and how women will be empowered through the skills taught. The workshop will discuss the future of High Definition (HD) and give participants a chance to “get technical” with a range of video equipment. It will be held from 18h00 PM -20h00PM at Visual Impact’s premises Number 1 Glynnville Terrace, in Gardens and is free, and open to everyone, but you must book your spot early as space is limited. RSVP to Alison at info@wiftsa.org.za, or call (021) 794 2286.

We also heard from Shehaam Abrahams - from the South African Network for Women in Transport (SANWIT). We were talking about the role of women in the transport sector in South Africa as well as the launch of its Western Cape Chapter. SANWIT is an association of women who support the idea of strengthening the role of women in transport. This network is aimed at recruiting women or women groups as members and co - ordinate them into the SANWIT umbrella body. For more information you can call Shehaam on (021) 387 7369 or visit www.transport.gov.za/SANWIT.

Our last interview was with Madeline Nkunu - Founder and CEO of Leading Women in Africa. To reach its objective of promoting unity of women and creating a united mouthpiece of women of Africa, Leading Women of Africa is striving to be present in every African Nation by 2011. To date the Organisation is officially represented in ten countries with partners across the globe. The presence of the organisation in every African Nation, will fast track the connection with women in different communities on the continent and will assist to assess their empowerment needs in various aspects. We spoke about the organisation and how it was started. For more information call (021) 551 9929 or go to leadingwomenofafrica.com

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

07 October - Human Rights

In today’s show, we were joined instudio by Ruth Martin - from Child Line Western Cape. In the dangerous and crime ridden society we live in and the soaring rape and abuse statistics in the country, children can be assured that help is out there. Life Line Western Cape aims to offer a safe space and emotional support for troubled children and teens. The organisation provides accessible confidential and non-directive counselling services 24 hours a day. They provide skills training for volunteers and staff as well as working with various non-profit organisations to enhance their community service. We spoke about the organisation and the service that they provide. To report abuse contact childline's tollfree on 0800 55 555 or For more information contact them on (021) 461 1113 or go to www.lifelinewc.org,.za

We also heard from Lucille Kennedy - from the community corrections and care organisation. For many ex- prisoners, there are few opportunities to be successfully reintegrated into the communities they find themselves in. Based in Mitchell’s Plain, the organisation aims to develop a community based approach to the correctional service system that provides opportunities to rehabilitate and integrate ex- offenders into the community with the co-operation of the authorities. We discussed the various programs run at the community corrections and care organisation. For more information you can call (021) 391 0317 or send an email to ccco@mweb.co.za

Monday, October 06, 2008

06 October - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Dr Ziskend – An Ophthalmologist from the University of Stellenboch. This week is the Eye Care Awareness Week and annually during this period eye specialists normally perform free cataract operations as part of an annual nationwide programme to restore the sight of people suffering from cataracts. Last year the attention was on the prevention of childhood blindness in support of the World Sight Day that is on Saturday the 11th of October. Dr Ziskend explained more on what measures we can take in order to prevent eye infections that can lead to permanent Blindness. Visit the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa’s website at www.ossa.co.za for more information on eye diseases and conditions and to find an ophthalmologist in your area.

We heard from Professor Dennis Viljoen – from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. We spoke about Inherited Disorders. Last week Wednesday the 1st of October was the National Inherited Disorders Day and the theme was “Know about Birth Defects”, so Professor Viljoen will explain more about Birth Defects and on whether they are preventable or not. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union. For more information on Birth Defects you can contact the Southern African Inherited Disorders Association on (011) 489 9213 they will help you, or refer you to other provincial departments and stakeholders or the department of Health on (012) 312 0269. Remember there is help out there please do not hide your children or family members with birth defects. Take effort to know about birth defects. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and funded by the European Union.

We also spoke to Megan Pentz_Kluyts – a nutritionist will be joining us on the line to talk about Nutrition. From the 9th – 13th of October is the Nutrition Awareness Week. According to the National Food Consumption Survey released last week, South African children suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition while 10 percent of all youngsters across the country can be classified as overweight. Last year’s theme was “The Right to Food”. Megan told us more about the nutrients that play an important role in the health and well-being of the people especially pregnant mothers and the unborn babies. For more information on nutrition you can contact your nearest health centre.

We closed off the show with an interview with Julie Martin - Western Cape branch and education Manager at the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa. The 12 October marks international arthritis awareness day and seeing as many people are unaware of the details about the disease, we though it best to call in the experts to talk to us about arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa aims to help those suffering from arthritis to achieve a better life by providing education and offering support. The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa is the only body in our country providing non-medical support for arthritis patients, their families and carers. We spoke about Arthritis. For more information you can call the arthritis foundation of South Africa on (021) 425 2344 or visit their website www.arthritis.org.za

Friday, October 03, 2008

03 October - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined by Paul Weinberg - Founder and Member of Afrapix photographic agency. Paul is a photographer and is very committed to photographing South Africa and exploring it’s people, life, culture and environment. He has been involved with various non-governmental organisations and was a founder member of New Ground Magazine where he serves as a photographer and picture editor. Over the years Paul has also curated many exhibitions. We spoke about Changing Perspectives that will be on exhibition until the 24th of October at CAPE, number 10 Spin Street, Cape Town. If you want more information about the exhibition, you can call (021) 480 7151.

We also heard from Jay, Messenger, Lucifer, Pharmacist and more – from the Black Ink Art Movement. They are a group of theatre performers, from the community for the community; based in Du Noon community this vibrant and talented group fuses acting, singing and dancing (mainly hip-hop) while they integrate visual art with poetry and musical performances. They told us more on what they are all about. If you want more information on the Black Ink Art Movement, go to http://www.myspace.com/ or Jay on 078 60 86695.

Sakhisizwe’s producer Cindy Witten joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Nigel will be away for a couple of weeks, so Cindy will be our arts fundi, if you want her to review any of your play, performances or exhibition then send an email to nation@bushradio.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Charline Mckie – Manager of Wolfgat Nature Reserve. The City of Cape Town’s Wolfgat Nature Reserve will host a Youth Environmental Day with the theme "Youth Against Waste" tomorrow the 4th of October. Representatives from various communities around the greater Cape Town area will hike through nature reserves and pick up litter. We spoke about the “Youth Against Waste” initiative. If you would like to help out with the clean up you can get the hikers at Swartklip Parking Area on Baden Powell Drive, at 9:30am tomorrow or at the end at Mnandi Beach Resort where a City Councillor will address the hikers. For more information call Charline on (021) 371 5141 or (021) 371 2952.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

02 October - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Zimbini Mangele – Project Manager at Ikhaya Trust Centre. The centre situated in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, was established in 2002, when a small group of residents saw a need in the community. Ikhaya Trust Centre is owned by the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust and aims to bridge the division between various communities in the greater Stellenbosch district. The trust focuses on sustainable projects in cultural and artistic development, educational sponsorship for children, and developing entrepreneurial skills and self-sufficiency for Kayamandi residents. We spoke about the Ikhaya Trust Centre and how they intend on empowering residents in becoming self sufficient. For more information visit their website on http://www.ikhayatrust.co.za/ or call the centre on (021) 889 8774.

We also heard from Advocate Murray Zimbla – from the Institute for Best Employment Practise. The practice is contracted by Labour protect, which is an organisation that provides information on various labour related issues. When it comes to the topic of retrenchment, many people are confused about how it differs from being dismissed. We spoke about retrenchments and employees rights after he or she has been retrenched. If you would like more information on retrenchments, you can visit http://www.labourprotect.co.za/

We were also joined by Laura Phillips, Tara Weinberg and Tariq Desai – they are members of the UCT Students and Workers Alliance. The UCT Students’ and Workers’ Alliance is formed by a group of students and workers who have come together to support the workers’ struggle at UCT. One of their aims is to work towards creating a strong student-worker connection. They told us more about what they do. For more information contact them Laura on 084 426 0669, Tariq on 083 775 5621 and Tara on076 787 2966 alternatively send an email to uctswa@gmail.com

Our last interview was with Jonathan Foster_Pedley – Director of the Smart Strategy course which will be run by the UCT Graduate School of Business this month. The UCT GSB Executive Education unit, had a global top ten rating in 2005 and 2006 from the Economist Intelligence Unit, and in 2007 was listed by the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) – the leading global body for the advancement of executive education – as one of six leading business school innovators. The course aims to give attendees a rounded understanding of strategy and of the skills and confidence to become effective strategists in practice. We spoke about the Smart strategy course and how strategic thinking leads to the running of a more efficient business. email Junita Abrahams to abrahams@gsb.uct.ac.za or call (021) 406 1323 for more information.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

01 October - Gender

In today’s show, we heard from Trudy Stegmann – a councillor for La Leche League. The aim of La Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. We spoke about the support groups run for new mothers as well as how the woman go about providing support groups. If you would like any information, you can visit their website on http://www.llli.org/.

We were also joined on the line by Graham Roman – Volunteer Worker at Geneva Crisis Centre. Situated in Eerste River in the Northern Suburbs, the centre strives to help people better their lives. The Crisis Centre accepts all people, all races. The centre has links internationally, as there are many women and children from African countries. Geneva Crisis Centre is a place of living, shelter, hope and a place for all. We spoke about the Geneva Crisis centre and how the centre helps out those in need. For more information you can contact the centre on (021) 904 9912.

Our last interview was with Harry Guta – Project manager of the Human Chain against Gender Abuse from FAMSA. The FAMSA group will be commemorating those who have fallen prey to crimes of gender abuse by forming Human Chain against Gender Abuse in the community of Kensington and Factreton. The community of Kensington/Factreton is a community that is affected by domestic violence which forms an integral part of gender abuse. They believe that the silence around abuse must be broken because children, women and men are being abused on a daily basis. We spoke about gender violence and the Human Chain against Gender Abuse. FAMSA has invited all churches, schools and political leaders in Kensington and Factreton to participate in the Human Chain against Gender Abuse, which also forms part of the 16 Days of Activism. The Human Chain will take place on the 9th of October between 12h30 and 14h00. It is anticipated that at least 1500 learners and community members will attend the Human Chain. The chain will be formed from 18th Avenue and 5th Avenue between Nyman Street and Dapperweg. For Further information please contact Harry on 083 366 8456 or If you want more information about gender violence, you can visit FAMSA’s website on http://www.famsa.org.za/ or call them on (021) 447 7951.