Friday, November 28, 2008

28 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Zenariah Barends – from the Cape Cultural Collective. The Cape Cultural Collective is an inter-generational, non-sexist, non-racist volunteer cultural group that promotes social activism. Late today they will be hosting an event at the District Six Museum to celebrate Mirriam Makeba. The event will feature poets and musicians like Bradlox, Chris Ferndale, Amanda Nodada and more. It starts at 7PM till 9PM at the District Six Museum number 25A Buitekant Street in Cape Town. For more information contact the District Six museum on (021) 466 7200 or Zenariah on 082 441 0433.

We also heard from Dizu Plaatjies - Indigenous music maestro. We were talking about Embo – A place in time which is a project of the Artscape Indigenous Arts Department. Researched and written by Fatima Dike this production will feature Dizu Plaatjies, Ibuyambo Ensemble, Maskandi Waseendulo ,Utyityimbo Dance Group and also Guest Artist Hilton Schilder. It will run from the 4th till the 6th of December at Artscape Theatre. Tickets costs R35 book now. For more information contact (021) 410 9800 or go to www.artscape.co.za

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Paul Slabolepszy – A veteran actor. Paul is currently on at Theatre on the Bay with the comedy FOR YOUR EARS ONLY, set in a Radio Drama studio and runs until Saturday, the 13th of December. The cast includes Michael Richard, Molefi Monaisa, Mpho Osei-Tutu, Louise Saint-Claire, Buddy-Bo Butler, Mark Rayment and Paul himself. For more information or for bookings contact Theatre on the Bay on (021) 438 3301 or visit www.theatreonthebay.co.za

Thursday, November 27, 2008

27 November - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Victor Lakay – Western Cape representative of the South African National Aids Council or SANAC. On World Aids Day SANAC is asking South Africans to take action at noon starting with a minute of silence for their first ever workplace stoppage. The campaign is supported by government, trade unions, businesses and civil society. Victor explained more about the campaign. On Sunday they will be hosting a World Aids' Day pre_event at Mzoli's Place in Gugulethu from 12:00 till 5PM. If you want to know more about this campaign, you can contact the TAC offices on (021) 422 1700 or send an email to sanacdeputy@alp.org.za
Peter Milne - media expert and General Manager of Mediaweb was also part of today’s show. We were talking about how can Cape Town’s entrepreneurs and businesses maximise their Public Relations, without breaking the bank. In the current economic crisis, companies are constantly thinking of ways to cut costs. Now budgeted items such as Marketing and Public Relations are seen as extras and not necessities but Peter disagrees he says “In trying times, your company’s visibility and reputation is the most important factor, this will indeed bring consumer traffic to your door”. With a wealth of media and syndication expertise, Peter is well placed, as one of SA’s leading media commentators. For more information go to www.mediaweb.co.za or contact him on (021) 419 3144.
We also heard from Nora Jurie – General Secretary of South African Domestic and General Workers Union. The Department of Labour has announced the annual minimum wage increase for all domestic workers as defined in Sectoral Determination 7. The Minimum Wage Increase will be effective from the 1st of December to the 30th of November 2009 and all employers are obligated to increase their domestic workers' wage as from this day. Nora explained more about the current minimum wage and what will happen to the employers who do not comply. Remember the increase is not negotiable it is in acted by law. If an employer does not comply the employer is acting unlawfully. If you have any queries about the in the new Wage Increase, you can contact the union offices on (021) 852 6205 or visit the department of labour’s website to download the new domestic worker minimum wage tables www.labour.gov.za
Our last interview was with Envor Barros – Regional Sectretary of Confederation of South African Workers Union or CONSAWU. One of their aims and objectives is to eradicate poverty, exploitation and discrimination in all workplaces. They also strive for the building of a united working force regardless of race, colour, creed or gender. We were talking about some of the issues they deal with and how the current economic crisis affects workers. For more information you can their offices at (021) 426 5191 or visit www.consawu.co.za
PIC: Mikhaila Crowie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

26 November- Gender

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Marjolijn Dijksterhuis - Women in Leadership programme Course Director. Women business leaders will be given a unique space to grow both personally and professionally when the Women in Leadership programme kicks off at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) in February next year. The Women in Leadership course is designed to be a catalyst for personal leadership transformation and participants need to share their challenges and experiences to achieve the desired outcome. Women in Leadership is aimed at middle and senior women business leaders looking to enhance their leadership ability at a level beyond that of just technical skills. It takes place over two modules – the first looking at personal leadership and the second focusing on leadership within the broader organisational context. Dr Dijksterhuis says “to be an authentic leader means knowing who you are and living out your values in your professional role, while at the same time understanding and respecting the diverse perspectives of the people you manage”. Those who register for Women in Leadership before the 8th of December 2008 will get a significant discount on the course fee. For more information and to apply contact Junita Abrahams on (021) 406 1323 or abrahams@gsb.uct.ac.za.

We also heard from Commissioner Yvette Abrahams – from the commission on Gender Equality. Tommorrow they will host a Women’s Place consultative meeting in Parliament under the theme “Women’s spaces, women’s voices, women connecting”. The Women’s Place is a collaboration of various women-focused partners, including Parliament and legislatures, government, civil society, trade unions, academia and the corporate sector with the purpose of providing a platform for women to be acknowledged and honoured for their roles. For more information about the Women’s place contact Engender on (021) 447 6290 or visit www.engender.org.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Aloma Matthews – from Gender and Youth Network. They have various activities planned for the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children. If you would like to know more about those activities or Gender and Youth Network in general contact their offices on (021) 692 0248 or Aloma on 071 973 6574 alternatively send an email to agenda@smartcape.org.za

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

25 November - Human Rights

In today's show, we were joined by Anna Brom – Founder of the Anna Foundation. The mission of the organisation is to uplift rural communities by providing academic, social and environmental support and equipping children with skills for life long learning. Anna explained more about the projects they have. All activities initiated and implemented by the Anna Foundation rely on funding and donations. A donation received, no matter how big or small, will change the lives of the children they work with so if you would like to donate or volunteer your services contact (021) 880 2183 or go to www.annafoundation.com

We heard from Dr Helen Scanlot – From the International Centre for Transitional Justice. The International Center for Transitional Justice assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved. Dr Scanlot explained more about activities they are involved in here in South Africa. For Further information please contact their offices on (021) 674 0448 or visit www.ictj.org

And our last interview was with Lindsay Coetzee - Director at Won Life. Won Life is an organisation that aims to help existing health and educational services in under-privileged areas, with a special focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. For more information on the work that they do contact (021) 979 5719 or go to www.wonlife.org.za , alternatively you can email Lindsay at lindsay@wonlife.org.za

Monday, November 24, 2008

24 November - Health

In today's show, we spoke to Martha Molete – Head of Communication at the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were discussing Skin Cancer. It is reported that skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa and it affects all people – those with light skins and dark skins. That is why the Department of Health and the Cancer Association of South Africa are encouraging all South Africans to be SunSmart this summer. Summertime is EXTRA protection time. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented if people respect the sun and learn how to be SunSmart by following advice from Cancer Association of South Africa. For more information, contact CANSA’s toll free on 0800 22 66 22 or visit www.cansa.org.za That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union. November is Red Ribbon Month-- 'STOP HIV AND AIDS, RECOMMIT YOURSELF'.

And we also spoke to Professor Mark Nicol – from the UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. We were talking about Cholera. The recent cholera outbreak in the troubled Zimbabwe has left 294 people dead and up to 2 500 people are being treated for the disease. In South Africa, three people have been treated for the disease in Gauteng hospitals and one in Kwazulu-Natal thus far. Cholera is one of the most rapidly fatal illnesses known, and infected patients may die within three hours if medical treatment is not provided. Professor Nicol explained about the causes and the kind of treatment that is available. Cholera occurs through ingesting food or water that is contaminated with cholera vibrios. The disease progresses from the first liquid stool to shock in 4 to 12 hours, with death following in 18 hours to several days, unless oral rehydration therapy is provided. So if you have diarrhoea, especially severe diarrhoea and think you may have been exposed to cholera, seek treatment right away. For more information contact your nearest health care centre.

We closed off the show with an interview with Julie Martin – from the Western Cape Arthritis Foundation. We were talking about Complementary Therapies. On Thursday the 27th of November is the Complementary Therapies Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness about alternative therapies that can be used along with medical treatment to help the patient feel better. There is growing recognition that complementary therapies can play an important role in our healthcare. Julie explained more the role of complementary therapies. For more information contact the Foundation on 0861 30 30 30 or go to www.arthritis.org.za

Friday, November 21, 2008

21 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Phumezwa Mgxashe – Communication Manager at Table Mountain National Park. We were talking about Tourist Safety Programme. Table Mountain National Par and the Western Cape provincial government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism have completed an agreement that is aimed at improving the safety and security of tourists and hikers on Table Mountain. Tourists and members of the public will be able to hire accredited mountain guides at a rate of R150 per day, plus R35 per person, up to a limit of six people. The 14 guides are employed by the TMNP on a retainer for guiding on the Hoerikwaggo Trail and through this partnership with the Department, are able to earn additional commission for guiding the public on additional routes. For bookings, visitors should call the Table Mountain National Park Hoerikwaggo Trail office on (021) 465 8519, between 07h30 and 16h00PM, week days.

We also heard from Professor Jimmie Earl Perry and Professor Jan du Toit – from Stellenbosch University’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management. The Africa centre in association with the Artscape will host a World Aids Day gala concert that aims to bring hope to the people. It will feature guest vocalists like Golda Schulz, Janelle Visagie, Rouchelle Liedemann and many more. The concert will be held at Artscape Theatre on Monday the 1st of December from 7PM. Tickets costs R80 and are available at Computicket and you must dress formal. For more information contact Bianca Farao on (021) 808 3006/ 808 3707 or go to http://www.aidscentre.sun.ac.za/

We closed off the show with Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

20 November - Labour

In today’s show, we were joined in studio by Pieter van Rynsberg – from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. The department will be hosting a workshop tomorrow the 21st of November at the Cape Sun Hotel. They are inviting SMMEs to an information session on procurement opportunities in the department. They are looking at encouraging entrepreneurs and groups to register with the department for them to be in a position to be called upon for services that includes catering, performing artists, equipment hire and other community entertainment services. Procurement in the department is undertaken in line with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and therefore they aim to attract communities, groups and individuals from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 950 7161 or Rosa on 950 7117.

We also heard from Hams Pettenburg-Perwaord – A debt counsellor from Debt Therapy. If you are struggling to pay your debts, you can approach a debt counsellor and ask him or her to review your situation. This procedure is provided for in the National Credit Act, which became fully effective in June last year, and applies to credit agreements entered into before and after that date. Debt counselling is expected to offer people who are over-indebted a way to negotiate a more affordable repayment plan with their creditors. At Debt Therapy they help you deal with your debt problems if you are overindebted especially now as we face financial meltdown. For more information contact Debt Therapy on 0800 20 4728 or visit www.debt-therapy.co.za

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

19 November - Gender

Thank you, to the guests who were part of today’s show, we spoke to US Consulate General Alberta Mayberry. We were talking about the International Education Week. This is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Campaign on study in the USA will be launched tomorrow at the newly opened USInfo@Central, a PAS outpost in the Cape Town Central Library. This will include a talk on Education USA's services, and posters around the library and the distribution of informational sheets regarding study opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the U.S. For more information on International Education Week, please go to http://iew.state.gov/index.cfm

We also heard from Cherith Sanger – From the Women’s Legal Centre. We were talking about the One In Nine Campaign. The Campaign was established in February 2006 at the start of the rape trial of Jacob Zuma, to ensure the expression of solidarity with the woman in that trial as well as other women who speak out about rape and sexual violence. The One In Nine Campaign works for social justice in a society where the sexual rights of women are respected, upheld and advanced. The One In Nine Campaign works with organizations and institutions involved in HIV/AIDS, violence against women, women's rights, human rights, and lesbian, gay and bisexual activism to ensure that the issue of the sexual rights of all women is addressed through. For more information go to www.oneinnine.org.za or contact (011) 642-4345 alternatively the Women’s Legal Centre on (021) 421 1380.


We closed off the show with an interview with Marleen Don – national convener for the Poor People’s Movement and Theunys Andrews. PPM is a movement of organized communities that use savings and loans as a foundation for social and economic mobilization. The primary focus area of the PPM is income generation. It has started innovative local economic development projects across the country, including Mama’s Coin Factory, the West Coast Snail Industry, and the Karoo Brick Making Business. They are launching a16 savings scheme in 16 days, intiative on the 25 November in conjuction with the 16 days of activism. For more information contact their offices on (021) 949 3669 or Marleen on 083 963 6051.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

18 November- Human Rights

In today's show, we were joined by Liat Davis – From the Social Justice Coalition. The Social Justice Coalition is an independent group that believes in freedom, equality, non-violence and human rights. One of their aims is to actively use the South African Constitution to ensure that private and governmental policies and conduct are always based on consideration of the needs of poor and marginalised people. Last week Tuesday they staged a mass rally at St Georges Cathedral to demand an independent inquiry into the Arms Deal. In addition the SJC also addressed the need for Safety and Security for all on the basis of social justice. They say they want to share facts about the arms deal to increase people's understanding, and increase pressure on the government to institute a commission of inquiry. Liat explained more. For Further information please contact Liat Davis on 083 299 9718 or you can contact their offices on (021) 422 1490.You can also visit there website on

We also spoke to Thea Vermaas – Director at Little Angels Children with disabilities. Little Angels was initially established to serve as a resource to parents with disabled children through the provision of a day-care service but was later converted to provide permanent care. Thea explained more about the services they provide. For more information go to www.littleangelssa.com or contact (021) 851 0908 or Thea on 078 444 4115. You can also email them at ltlangel@mweb.co.za.

And our last interview was an interview I had with Neville Hendricks – Chairperson of the Homeless People’s Crisis Committee. The committee’s mission is to develop, implement and facilitate programs to meet people's basic needs. Mr Hendricks explained more on how they working towards achieving their vision of improving the life by proving skills training, building capacity by empowering people. For more information on the work that they do contact 082 346 2680 or send a fax to (021) 705 8356 alternatively you can email them at hpvv@webmail.co.za

Monday, November 17, 2008

17 November - Health

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Professor Eric Bateman - Professor of Respiratory Medicine and director of the UCT Lung Institute. We were talking about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Tomorrow is World COPD day and the theme of this year’s World COPD Day is “Breathless not Helpless.” This positive message emphasizes that effective treatments are available to help people who have been diagnosed with COPD feel better and live more active lives. In addition, it raises awareness that breathlessness is not just an inevitable part of getting older. For people who have not been diagnosed with COPD, breathlessness is a signal that they should see their doctor and ask about a spirometry test to check their lung function. People who have COPD have difficulty breathing because they develop smaller air passageways and have partially destroyed alveoli. Professor Bateman explained more. For more information you can contact the COPD Education Group by sending an email to info@copd.co.za or visit www.copd.co.za

We were also joined by Erica Ketterer – A Dietician from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, we were talking about Blood Pressure and Hypertension. Hypertension causes your heart to work much harder than it should because it has to compensate for the increased blood pressure. Once diagnosed, hypertension can be treated successfully, provided the patient takes responsibility for his/her condition by modifying his/her lifestyle and following the treatment regimen prescribed by the health professional. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a community-based organisation established to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke in the population of South Africa by providing education and supporting research. To find out more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Blood Pressure and Hypertension visit the website www.changingdiabetesbus.co.za or call (021) 447 4222.You can also call the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222. That interview is brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

And we also joined Instudio by Dr Sharon Williams – Ear, Nose and Throat specialist from the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital. We were talking about sinus, sinusitis and the endoscopic sinus surgery. Sinuses are air- filled spaces at the front of the skull that are connected to the inside of your nose. Sinusitis is caused by the infection of the mucous membrane that lines the sinuses. It causes symptoms of pain, a blocked nose, discharge, reduced sense of smell and the feeling of mucus at the back of your nose or throat. Dr Williams also explained about the endoscopic sinus surgery and its benefits. The aim of the surgery is to widen the passage between the sinus and your nose so that mucus does not become trapped anymore. This should prevent the sinusitis from coming back. For more information on this you can go to your nearest health care centre or call Doctor Williams practice at (021) 422 2229.
PIC:by Mishkah Anthony

We closed off the show with an interview with Professor Mohamed Haffajee – Professor of Urology and Head of Urology at Wits University. We were talking about Prostate Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundations Awareness Campaign. Every man is at risk of prostate cancer although just 1-in-6 men will be diagnosed - and if diagnosed early, prostate can be cured. The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to engage all South Africans through education, advocacy and research in addressing the prevention, treatment and ultimately cure prostate cancer. The most common symptom of Prostate cancer is: A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, Difficulty in starting to urinate or holding back urine ,Weak or interrupted flow of urine, Painful or burning urination, Frequent pain or stiffness of the lower back, hips or upper thighs. For more information contact the Prostate Cancer Foundation Helpline on (011) 921 5096 or go to www.prostatecancerfoundation.co.za

Friday, November 14, 2008

14 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Mark Hoben - from Soundtrack 4 Life. Soundtrack 4 Life equips high school communities of the Western Cape with skills to face the challenges of HIV and Aids. It offers life skills training and performing arts at schools, enabling participants to explore personal choices in an interactive environment. The 2008 leg of the Soundtrack 4 Life is already underway and has so far reached 8 schools, 88 learners and 31 educators with a series of exciting and intensive theatre workshops aimed at creating vibrant, interactive audience participation that could result in sensible decisions in real life situations. High school learners from all communities are invited to attend these workshops as this work helps to empower the youth participants with life skills and some theatre arts training in an interactive manner. For more information on Soundtrack 4 Life, contact Mark on 082 397 9868 or 021 410 9986 or email them at st4l@artscape.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 Tanya Surtees – Chairperson from the Hip Khulumakahle. After the running of the very successful Gumbo the team from the FTH:K brings us another production called Ek Roep Vir Jou Vanaand devised and performed by an all-Deaf team, with assistance by Liezl de Kock. This is a heart-warming story about a young boy dealing with the loss of his father. This is a work-in-progress showing of 30 minutes long, followed by a post-production discussion of about 30 minutes. The production will be at the Intimate Theatre next week - on Thursday at 6.30, Entrance is R70. Book at (021) 448 2838 or 073 586 8208 or call Tanya on 083 528 3501.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

13 November- Labour

In today’s show, we heard from Roger Brown – An Attorney from Labour Protect. We were talking about polygraph testing at the workplace. Labour Protect specializes in assisting employees facing labour problems at work. It is reported that employers are often faced with misconduct or criminal activities such as misappropriation of property or theft in its work environment, without knowing exactly where, how and by whom it is committed. So as this ends crippling the business, some employers come up with their own solutions. Some of the measures they take tend to be illegal like sending all the employees for a polygraph test but can one trust the results of a polygraph test? It has been widely accepted by the Labour Court and the CCMA that, polygraph testing in the workplace is highly contentious and the admissibility of its results remains debatable. Roger explained more about polygraph testing in the workplace. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 421 8631 or visit www.labourprotect.co.za

We also heard from Advocate Murray Zimbler – from Work in Solutions and Equity. They specialize on litigation, mediation and labour related matters. We were talking about dismissal due to pregnancy. The Constitution contains equality provisions, which enshrines the right of everyone to equal protection and benefit of the law, and to the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. It also ensures everyone the right to fair labour practices. And according to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, of 1997 there are certain minimum standards that a contract of employment must comply with. This Act provides that no employee may be expected to work for the first six weeks after the birth of her baby. A medical practitioner or midwife may however certify that you are fit to work, in which case you may resume work if you so wishes. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 465 3500 or visit www.workingsolutions.co.za.

we also had an interview with Sindiso Malaku - Public Relations Manager at the Industrial Development Corporation. In September the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) launched a R1 billion Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme to serve the financing and entrepreneurial needs of South Africa’s marginalised groups. The Scheme has been designed to facilitate the development of targeted marginalised entrepreneurs and enable them to access financing as well as serve as a propeller for new entrants into the formal sector entrepreneurial activity. Sindiso explained more about the scheme. For more information about the Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme go to www.idc.co.za or contact (011) 269 3000 or for enquiries call 086 069 3888.

we closed off the show with an interview I had with Tony Ehrenreich – Regional Secretary of COSATU. COSATU in partnership with the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Metropolitan and Absa will be hosting Proudly SA Expo and Conference. The expo The Expo will profile and market local firms, facilitate business linkages and encourage demand for the products of local industries, all of which help to prevent job losses. The Expo and Conference will be held at the Grand West Arena and Market Hall, Goodwood, on the 17th and 18th of November. For more information contact Geraldine Kennedy on (021) 448 0046.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

12 November- Gender

In today's show,we spoke to Cindy Clark – Executive Director for the Association for Women's Rights in Development or AWID. AWID is hosting an International Forum on Women's Rights and Development at the Convention Centre till Monday the 17th of November. The forum titled the Power of Movements is the largest recurring event of its kind that brings together women's rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth. Cindy explained more about the forum. For more information about AWID Cape Town contact their offices on (021) 425 3682 or go to www.awid.org

Monday, November 10, 2008

10 November- Health

In today's show,we were joined on the line by Margot McCumsky – From the Diabetes Association of South Africa. On Friday is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. It is reported that Diabetes affects 2.6 % of men and 3.9 % of women according to the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey. This is made up in population categories for men as 1.8 % of the African population, 11.4 % of the Asian population, 3.1 % of the Coloured population, 8.6 % of the White population. But Margot will explain more. For more information you can contact the Diabetes Association of South Africa on (021) 425 4440 or go to www.diabetessa.co.za That interview is brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.

We were also joined by Dr Lindiwe Phemba – medical advisor for Novo Nordisk South Africa. We were talking about diabetes in children. The Interview focused on World Diabetes Day with a special focus on diabetes in children. We also focused on the free of charge diabetes screenings offered to the public on the Novo Nordisk Chaging Diabetes Bus. The Changing Diabetes Bus will be transversing the length and breadth of our country during the next 5 years, in an attempt to share information and help contain one of the world’s most pressing healthcare crises. All screenings on the bus are offered free of charge, and include checking out all those important numbers: blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and waist circumference measurements. With these in hand community members will be able to assess their personal risks of developing the disease, or will discover they’re already there. Trained nurses on the bus also refer those at risk – or who have the disease - to their nearest clinic, health centre or medical professional so that they’ll be able to find out more about preventing or managing their diabetes and how best to take control. To find out more about the Changing Diabetes Bus and the Changing Diabetes Campaign visit the website www.changingdiabetesbus.co.za

And we also spoke to Dr Cleeve Robertson – Head of the Metro Emergency Medical Services. We were talking about CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. CPR is an emergency procedure performed if someone has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped and this week is the CPR week, so Dr Robertson explained more about the role of the lay rescuer/first-aider. For more information on CPR go to your nearest health care centre.

We closed off the show with an interview I had earlier today with Dr Peter De Jong a gynecologist we were talking about Endometriosis. It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain is often with menstruation, however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Another symptoms is infertility, and some women with endometriosis also experience severe fatigue. For more information go to www.endometriosis.org or contact him on (021) 422 3290 he is based at Chris Bernard Memorial Hospital.

Friday, November 07, 2008

7 November- Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Alison Kelly – Blue Flag programme National Co-odinator. South Africa launched the 8th season of Blue Flag on Wednesday, the 5th of November. At the start of the new season, South Africa has 35 beaches participating in the programme. Of these thirty-five, nineteen received official Blue Flag accreditation for the next year. Cape Town and Port Elizabeth between them managed to have 10 of the 19 beaches that were officially awarded Blue Status. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to implement the Blue Flag programme and since 2001, the programme has become a truly global initiative with 38 countries participating and a further seven countries undertaking the feasibility stage. Alison explained more about the aims of the Blue Flag programme. In Cape Town the following beaches have a Blue Flag accreditation: Bikini beach in Gordon's Bay, Mnandi Beach, Strandfontein, Clifton 4th beach, Camps Bay beach, Muizenberg beach, and Strandfontein beach. For more information on Blue Flag, visit www.blueflag.org or contact Alison on (033) 330 3942 or send an email to alisonk@wessa.co.za

We also heard from Rizqah Majiet – A photographer. Ricky is exhibiting a collection of her work which looks at South Africa on a positive perspective. She and Noer Abrahams have joined hands for the Adversative Exhibition at Artscape that consist of paintings and photographs showing current affairs in an upbeat way. The exhibition is in the Marble Hall at Artscape and will run till Sunday the 23rd of November. To see more of Ricky’s photographs go to www.monsoon-media.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 Scott Sparrow and Nick Pauling. They are starring in Edward Albee's famous hit play the Zoo Story. The action of the Zoo Story revolves around a bench in Central Park New York where the two characters Jerry and Peter engage in a conversation that catapults them into life altering consequences. My art fundi Nigel Vermaas says the Zoo Story is as relevant in our world of increasing alienation and the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots even though is was written fifty years ago in 1958. He says it’s funny, it’s intense and it’s really worth seeing. So tonight go to the Intimate Theatre and see it at 20H15PM it closes on the 15th of November. Tickets costs between R40 – R60. Bookings via email: drm-theintimatetheatre@uct.ac.za or call 082 636 0083.
PICS:By Mishkah Anthony

Thursday, November 06, 2008

6 November- Labour

We heard from Tinus Boshoff – Director of Labourguide. On the 19th of November Tinus will facilitate a workshop on the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the responsibilities of Management. This course is intended for all managers who should know the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the consequences of non-compliance. The Act was introduced to provide for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery. Tinus explained more about the importance of legal compliance and fundamental elements of effective safety management. The workshop will be at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town. It costs R 980 per delegate. The price includes course material, certificates, legislation and catering/ refreshments and Safe and secure parking. For more information about the workshop contact Magda on (012) 661 3208 or send an email magda@labourguide.co.za

We closed off with an interview with Dr Dhesan Moodley – President at Proudfoot Consulting. According to survey findings released by Proudfoot Consulting, South Africans workers are as productive as workers in Germany, Brazil, France and the United States but are lowly paid. The study’s findings are based on a survey of 1,276 managers in 12 countries. Dr Moodley explained more about the purpose of the study. For more information about the Productivity survey findings go to www.proudfootconsulting.com

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

5 November- Gender

In today's show, we spoke to Adil Peters, Lesley van Rooyen, Jaymien Batts, and Christine – from the Reach for Life Foundation. They will be starting a support group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community in Manenberg. Their goal is to connect with others in discussions of common concern and provide a safe and supportive environment. For more information contact Christine on 074 282 1627 or Adil on 079 615 6574.

We also spoke to Nontembiso Mevana – from Sizakuyenza. Their vision is to see the most vulnerable getting protected from abuse, comprehensive access to health services, strong awareness around the major health and social risks, opportunities to participate in their own development. For more information contact their offices on (021) 374 0800 or 083 772 4331 or 074 111 2442 or visit www.courc.co.za
We closed off the show with an interview I had with Dr Steven Pretorius - Founder of Fathers-4-Justice South Africa. Fathers4Justice is a pressure group of aggrieved fathers who are denied access to their children. They are campaigning for justice and equality in family law for children, their parents and grandparents who spend thousands of rands in their quest to become hands-on dads. Dr Pretorius told us more about the organisation. For more information you can contact Dr Pretorius at 083 790 0911 or visit www.fathers-4-justice.co.za

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

04 November - Human Rights

In today’s show, we were joined by Advocate Paul Hoffman – Director at the Centre for Constitutional Rights. The Centre operates as a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation and reports to the Foundation’s Board through the Executive Director. Their mission is to uphold the constitutional accord of 1993-1996, as articulated in the 1996 Constitution. Advocate Hoffman explained more about their activities. For more information go to www.cfcr.org.za or contact (021) 930 3622.

We also spoke to Dr Fanie Du Toit – Executive Director at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Last week the institute launched the Truth Justice Memory, which is a twelve part DVD video clips, each about 20 minutes in length, covering a series of important aspects in the TRC's work. This first-of-its-kind course, conceptualised as part of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation's Education programme, aims to expose learners to the TRC event in a sensitive but forthright manner. The TRC DVD and Coursebook is available at R250. For orders and enquiries contact (021) 763 7128 or go to www.ijr.org.za
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We heard from Thembi Sithole from Habitat for Humanity South Africa. Habitat for Humanity South Africa has been actively building in South Africa since 1996 and to date over 2200 families have been served across 17 communities. As a community development organisation Habitat for Humanity SA engages with local communities in the greater Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg areas. Thembi explained more about other projects they are currently busy with here in Cape Town. For more info contact them on (021) 670 2044 alternatively their website on www.habitat.org.za


And our last interview was with Sheila Gastro – from Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. Tomorrow they will be hosting their second annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which acknowledges individual philanthropists in South Africa for their contribution to society and their dedication to building a sustainable South African civil society. The award ceremony will be held at Walled City, in Ratanga Junction. For more information on the work that they do you can go to www.inyathelo.co.za or contact (021) 465 6981.

Monday, November 03, 2008

03 November - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Neil Cameron – from the University of Stellenbosch. We were talking about Malaria. The World Health Organisation agree that greater awareness is needed. The world health community recognizes malaria as a global emergency that knows no borders. This week is the Tourist Malaria Awareness Week with the aim of informing the public to take precautionary measures if they visit malaria high-risk areas to avoid infection. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.
We were also joined instudio by Dr Hubrecht Brodey – an Ophthalmologist from the Cape Eye Hospital and Sharon Munnik from the Eye Bank. We were talking about cornea transplant. The Eye Bank is a registered non-profit organisation, authorised by the Department of Health to obtain and distribute eye tissue to Surgeons for transplant purposes in order to restore or improve the sight of persons who are blind or partially blind. The Eye Bank would like to encourage all South Africans to consider becoming a donor and thereby give the gift of sight and improve the lives of the thousands who are waiting for a corneal graft. The need for donor corneas is never satisfied as new patients are continuously being added to the waiting list. So if you would like to donate or for more information contact the Eye Bank on (021) 447 5151 or visit www.eyebank.org.za. Dr Brodey is available on (021) 948 6333 or visit www.lasikeyesurgery.co.za
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