Friday, December 18, 2009

18 December - Arts, Culture & Environment - Rainbow Arts empowering the youth of Delft

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Sisa Makaula and Thembekile Komani – from Rainbow Arts. Rainbow Arts is a youth development organization that uses the performing arts to teach the youth about diversity and cross-cultural understanding, leadership and self reliance programmes and also raise awareness in HIV/ Aids and related issues affecting our community. They are based in Delft and explained more on their programmes. For more information about Rainbow Arts you can visit www.rainbowarts.net46.net alternatively contact Luvuyo on 084 6645 214 or Nkosinathi on 082 370 6100.

Exploring the Universe in Nature’s Watchmaker

We closed off the show with an interview with John Thompson – Author of Nature’s Watchmaker. In Nature’s Watchmaker John seeks to provide an answer to the enigma that has been engaging scientists and philosophers since the study of time began: a complete description of all the physical processes governing the universe from its creation to its ultimate destruction. The book is said to be an intriguing read, and the theories he expounds are turning accepted wisdom on its head. His new theory confronts the major issues currently faced by scientists including gravity, the perplexing dark matter and even more baffling dark energy. It explains why particles exist, why they have their specific properties and predicts exactly the values of certain constants previously only obtainable by experiment. John explained more. For more information go to www.natureswatchmaker.com and follow his updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/natwatchmaker The book is published by Blackhall Publishing and will be available in all good book stores for R300 as from January 2010.

17 December - Labour - Consumer Protector cautions consumers to spend wisely this festive season

In today’s show, we heard from Ashley Searle – Director at the Western Cape Office of the Consumer Protector. The Western Cape Office of the Consumer Protector has sent a word of caution to consumers to spend their hard earned cash wisely this festive season. Mr Searle says Consumers should avoid buying impulsively – the fact that something is on sale, does not necessarily mean that you should buy it. He explained more. The Western Cape Office of the Consumer Protector invites all consumers to contact them for any consumer related queries and complaints. For more information, advice and consumer queries call the toll free call centre on 0800 007 081.

Friday, December 04, 2009

04 December - Arts, Culture & Environment - On Broadway seeks big, sexy male singers

In today's show we spoke to Glen Swart – from On Broadway. On Broadway, a venue well known for it's quality cabarets, stand-up comedy and music shows, is seeking good male singers (professional and non professional) for a hot new male “Super Group” to follow in the footsteps of the fabulous and famous 3 TONS OF FUN who have emerged over the last 5 years as one of Cape Town's most loved all-female group. This new all-male trio will be based in Cape Town, tour locally and internationally, be available for major corporate functions, celebrity parties and musicals at On Broadway. They require sexy large males between the ages of 18 and 25, who sing beautifully, have a good sense of humor, can move reasonably well and are comfortable with their bodies. You will need to prepare one up tempo song and one ballad of your own choice which show off your vocal strengths. Please email Glenn on glswart@worldonline.co.za or call 083 591 4643 to arrange an audition slot or for any further information.

Why Democracy? Outreach and Arts Update

We heard from Yudhvir Ranchod – from Why Democracy? Outreach. Why Democracy? is a documentary project using film to start a global conversation about democracy. The films produced by the project have a common reference beyond the thematic. Both the global broadcast and the debates arising from the films lead to a greater understanding concerning both the conditions of governance facing people in different societies and cultures, as well as a broader understanding of democracy. And the long-term educational perspective will allow for maximum use of the combined elements of the project. The films will be accompanied by a widespread post-transmission distribution programme on DVD as part of the global project. Yudhvir explained more. Rondebosch Boys’ High School (RBHS), Rondebosch, Monday 7 December, 10.30am to 12pm. St Cyprians’, Oranjezicht, Tuesday 8 December, 11am to 12.30PM. RBHS, Rondebosch, Wednesday 9 December, 10.30am to 12pm. For queries on the Why Democracy? Project: email Yudhvir yudhvir@whydemocracy.net or visit www.whydemocracy.net

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

Celebrating the Big 5 with eMzantsi Carnival

We closed off the show with an interview with Earl Mentor – Community Coordinator for eMzantsi Carnival. The 5th annual eMzantsi Carnival will take place tomorrow the 5th of December. This year’s theme is ‘The Big 5’, but the indigenous animals they are celebrating are not lions, giraffes or elephants but our local wildlife: the penguin, the whale, the baboon, the shark – and the leopard toad! More than 1000 people from communities across the south peninsula will take part in the parade down the Kommetjie Road, including 200 primary school children who have been learning drama, percussion and recycled costume-making skills in twinned intercultural groups. Grade 4-6 learners from Imhoff Waldorf and Marine Primary, Ocean View; Bay Primary and St James Primary, Kalk Bay; Kommetjie Primary and Ukhanyo Primary, Masiphumelele; Kleinberg Primary and the LSEN School (for Learners with Special Educational Needs), Ocean View; and Simon’sTown School and Ukhanyo Primary, will parade together wearing their Big 5 hats. In addition, Grade 10 learners from the 5 south peninsula high schools of Simonstown, Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg will be modeling costumes they have made together with art-from-waste experts Ilitha Lomsa. For more information see www.emzantsi.org.za, email info@emzantsi.org.za, or call Zukie at the eMzantsi office on (021) 785 1515.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

03 December - Labour _ Is recession really over in South Africa?

In today’s show, we heard from Percy Makombe – programmes manager for the Economic Justice Network. According to Statistics South Africa GDP figures for the third quarter of this year showed the recession was over. The economy grew at 0.9 percent on an annualized basis. Media reports state that this is a hugely symbolic figure as it means the economy is growing again. Mr Makombe explained more about what this means for an ordinary person on the street. If you want to find out more about the Economic Justice Network you can visit www.ejn.org.za or contact (021) 424 9563.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

02 December - Gender _16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign intensifies

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Patrick Godana - One Man Can Campaign National Manager from the Sonke Gender Justice Network. As part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, Sonke Gender Justice Network is hosting a Men’s Project HIV/Aids and Gender Awareness Workshop in Kraaifontein today. Patrick explained more about the event.

Kleinvlei men invited to be part of the 1000 men walk in support of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign

Inspector Mthwalo – from the Kleinvlei Police Station was part of today's show. We were talking about the 1000 men walk they have planned for Saturday the 5th of December in support of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. They men will meet outsideKleinvlei Police Station from 09H00AM. All men in Greater Blue Downs, Eerste River and Kleinvlei area are invited to stand up to "Say No" to abuse against Women and Children. For more information contact the Kleinvlei Police Station on (021) 902 8300.

Mark the 16 Days of Activism Campaign by creating a massive human white ribbon

We also heard from Claire Mathonsi – Programme’s Manager for the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women. The Network, members of the public and other stakeholders will gather at Vangate Mall this coming Saturday to mark the 16 Days of Activism Campaign by creating a massive human white ribbon. Once the ribbon is in place, a dramatic and symbolic change will occur on the Network’s thought-provoking billboard to reinforce the commitment to preventing violence against women and to challenging the harmful beliefs and attitudes that keep violence against women alive. The event will start at 11am. For more information contact their offices on (021) 448 6180.

Join Positive Muslims for free HIV voluntary, confidential counseling and Testing as part of 16 Days of Activism Campaign

We closed off the show with an interview with Raoul Swart – Director for Positive Muslims. One of the organization’s aims is to create and deepen awareness among Muslims about the occurrence of HIV & AIDS in all Muslim and Non-Muslim communities and also to find and implement ways of supporting people living with HIV & AIDS to continue a positive life journey. On Saturday they will be at the Vangate Mall between 9AM and 4PM to offer HIV voluntary, confidential counseling and Testing as part of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign. There will be live entertainment and children’s activities. Be part of the event to help make a human chain. For more information visit www.positivemuslims.org.za or contact (021) 761 2249/81.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

01 December - Human Rights - Disaster Management runs Fire and Flood Awareness Campaign (WORLD AIDS DAY)

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Elmien Steyn – Deputy Director for the Mitigation Provincial Disaster Management Centre. We were talking about the annual Fire and Flood Awareness Campaign launched last month. With fire season upon us, this campaign aims to empower youth through messages of fire prevention and flood safety precautions. Through the use of industrial theatre and a poetry competition, youth are encouraged to spread these messages rather than fires, acting as seeders in their communities, as they return home and spread vital information to share with their siblings, parents and neighbours. Tomorrow they will be visiting Strand Primary School and the move to Phillipi later during the day.

Celebrating International Day for People with disabilities

Vincent Daniels – from the Society for the Blind was Instudio. We were talking about activities they have planned for the International Day for People with disabilities which is on Thursday the 3rd of December. The theme for 2009 is “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”. The theme has been selected to draw attention to and promote a better understanding of disability issues and mobilize action for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. The event will be in Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch from 9H00AM. Mr Daniels explained more their activities. For more information contact their offices on (021) 448 4302 or Western Cape Network on Disability on (021) 531 1973 alternatively DPSA on (021) 422 0357.

Marking World Aids Day with SACTWU Worker Health Programme

We also heard from Nikki Soboil – National Director of the SACTWU Worker Health Programme, Tina Manchest – a Lay councilor, Bothwe Phakathi – a Nurse and Silke. The programme is about HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness among the Union members. It aims to empower them to make decisions about their own health. We will be talking about World Aids Day which is today. World AIDS Day has been celebrated since 1988. It is about increasing awareness of HIV and AIDS, education and fighting prejudice. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done. It is reported that in Sub-Saharan Africa, 22,4 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in 2008. More than 14 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS. Although the HIV epidemic in South Africa appear to have stabilized, South Africa still has more people living with HIV than any other country. This year’s theme is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognising these as fundamental human rights. For more information contact Nikki on (021) 448 5263.

Make a difference support Gifts4Good

We closed off the show with an interview with Roxy Mitchell – Communications Manager for Greater Good SA. We were talking about Gifts4Good - an online shop that offers a range of alternative gifts to help people make a difference throughout the year. You can choose gifts that change lives for any special occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, religious celebrations, or Mother's and Father's day. Gifts are linked to five priority social development sectors: Education, Community, Health, Environment and People. Within these sectors, there are many screened and evaluated social development projects that have applied to the South African Social Investment Exchange for funding. Roxy explained more. For more information visit www.gifts4good.co.za or contact (021) 762 7944.

Monday, November 30, 2009

30 November - Health - Marking National Transplant Day

In today's show we spoke to Phillipa Douglas – Executive Director for the Organ Donor Foundation. We were talking about organ donation in line with National Transplant Day, which is on Thursday the 3rd of November. The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity, established to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns. According to the foundation, currently there are over 3,500 South Africans waiting for organ and tissue transplants. Sadly, as a result of this critical shortage less than 1,000 of them will receive a transplant and the "Gift of Life" this year. Phillipa explained more on how one can go about in giving the “Gift of Life”. Remember there is no cost charged to register as an organ donor. To register or for more information contact the Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 22 66 11 or visit www.odf.org.za

Cape Town is celebrating World Aids Day!!!

Last but least we were joined by Lucille Sinclaire, Fouzia Titus and Nazley Rogers. We were talking about an event they are planning for the World Aids Day which is tomorrow, the 1st of December. World AIDS Day has been celebrated since 1988. It is about increasing awareness of HIV and AIDS, education and fighting prejudice. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done. It is reported that in Sub-Saharan Africa, 22,4 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in 2008. More than 14 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS. Although the HIV epidemic in South Africa appear to have stabilized, South Africa still has more people living with HIV than any other country. This year’s theme is 'iBambeni - Take Responsibility'. The event will be at the Golden Acre between 9 and 12h00PM and move to Thibault Square for a human chain between 12h00 and 14h00PM. If you want more information contact Lucille on (021) 461 1124, Fouzia on (021) 461 5508 or Nazley on (021) 465 1310.

Friday, November 27, 2009

27 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Strengths and Convictions opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery

In today’s show, we played a feature produced by Busi Mtabane on the opening of Strengths and Convictions: The lives and times of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition includes unique works by artists like Feni Dumile, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Willie Bester, Araminta de Clermont and Sam Nhlengethwa. The exhibition will be running till the 28th of February in 2010. For more information contact Joe Dolby on (021) 467 4682 or visit www.iziko.org.za

Sentinel Experience hosts Hout Bay Multi Cultural Film Festival

We also spoke to Denis Goldberg – Rivonia Trialist and Chairperson of the Sentinel Experience. Sentinel Experience is hosting the Second Hout Bay Multi Cultural Film Festival with films sourced from local filmmakers, producers and production companies. The films range from social and environmental justice, to globalisation, gender relations, transformation, migration but also music, history, astronomy and democracy. The festival opened yesterday and runs till the 6th of December at the Hout Bay Library in Melkhout Crescent. Entrance fee ranges between R20 and R5. For bookings and other queries regarding the festival email nathalierosabucher@gmail.com or info@sentinelexperience.co.za You can also join their Facebook Group: Second Hout Bay Multi Cultural Film Festival

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

Join Independent Theatre Movement for a free perfomance at the Baxter

We closed off the show with an interview with Tauriq Jenkins – Director for the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa. The students of the ITMSA will present their final auditions at the conclusion of the 2009 Drama School year tomorrow at the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio. Each student will perform excerpts from the texts studied and performed this year, which include Shakespearean and classical Greek pieces and original student works. Students will also showcase excerpts from the professional ITMSA productions in which they have taken part this year. Tauriq explained more about the productions. The performance will be at the Baxter Theatre’s Golden Arrow Studio, between 10:00am to 1:30pm and entrance is free. For more information contact Tauriq on 072 782 5831.
PIC: Sani Njini & Tauriq: taken by Busi Mtabane

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

25 November - Gender - support the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign

In today's show we spoke to Kathleen Dey – Director of Rape Crisis. We were talking about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign. The Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an internationally recognised campaign held every year between the 25th of November and the 10th of December. The campaign commences with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which is today and ends with International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December. Kathleen explained more on activities that they have planned for this year including the "Stop the Bus Campaign. If you would like to know more about the campaign or Rape Crisis in general contact their offices on (021) 447 1467 or visit www.rapecrisis.org.za

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

24 November - Human Rights - Standing up against Xenophobia

In today's show we spoke to Nkwame Cedile – from Get up, Stand up Campaign and Braam Hanekom – Chairperson of PASSOP. We were talking about the xenophobic attacks in De Doorns. Last week it was reported that about 1 000 foreign nationals fled informal settlements at De Doorns following a flare-up of xenophobia. This comes after the locals claimed the foreigners - mostly Zimbabweans, were accepting lower wages than locals and robbing them of jobs. GSC have condemned the attacks on foreigners, they are calling upon all social movements, political organizations, faith-based movements, businesses, youth formations, civic structures and women groups to unite in the fight against capitalism and degrading of working conditions. Meanwhile PASSOP has set up a temporary satellite office in De Doorns to coordinate a humanitarian response to the attacks. For more information contact Nkwame on 078 227 6008 or Willard on 078 927 4738 or visit www.passop.co.za

Help the Homeless by buying the Voucher of Hope

We closed off the show with an interview with Joe Warton – Project Coordinator of Voucher of Hope programme runned by U-Turn. This initiative is aimed at encouraging the public to buy vouchers and give them to the homeless who exchange them for clothing of a meal. Joe says the voucher costs R20 and is available at most Engen Garages and Super Spar. For more information contact him on (021) 674 6119 or visit www.homeless.org.za

Monday, November 23, 2009

23 November - Health - Complementary Therapies Awareness

In today’s show, we spoke to Dr Benjamin Herr – A Homoeopathic Doctor. We were talking about Complementary Therapies. On Thursday the 26th 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. Dr Herr explained more the role of complementary therapies. For more information contact his practice on (021) 674 4476, his is practice is located close to Cavendish Square in Claremont or go to www.homoeopathycapetown.co.za or to find a Homoepathic Practitioner near you visit www.ahpcsa.co.za or www.hsa.co.za
PIC: by Busi Mtabane

Breathless not Helpless - raising awareness about COPD

We also spoke to Professor Elvis Irusen - Professor and Principal Specialist at Tygerberg Academic Hospital. We were talking about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Last week Wednesday was the World COPD day and the theme of this year 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 Irusen says one important thing is to stop smoking in order to prevent COPD. For more information you can visit www.copd.co.za or www.pulmonology.co.za alternatively www.againstsmoking.org

Friday, November 20, 2009

20 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Spoken Word Festival on at the Baxter

In today’s show, we heard from Eddy Cassar – Organiser for the Spoken Word Festival currently on at the Baxter till tomorrow. The festival showcases poetry, comedy and storytelling. Audiences can look forward to beat-box masters backing poetry, interesting collaborations featuring artists like Ewok, a spoken word artist and Durban-based actor; Teba, a ragga artist; singer, songwriter Keeno-Lee Hector. Eddy says the content of the shows is “learner friendly”, making them ideal for schools to attend. For more information, please contact Eddy by sending an email to info@eddycassarpr or call (021) 438 2595. To make a booking, visit www.Computicket.com

Greatmore’s TriLingual running till the 24th of November

We also spoke to Gary Frier - from Greatmore Studios, Linda Shongwe – a South African Artist, Portia Zvavahera from Zimbabwe and Ana Teresa Fernandez, from Mexico currently based in San Francisco. We were talking about TriLingual - an exhibition that brings together three artists who have participated in Greatmore’s three-month visiting artists’ programme. The artists have all reflected on the unique opportunity Greatmore offers for exchanging ideas and experiences. The exhibition runs until the 24th of November. Greatmore Art Studios is located at 47 - 49 Greatmore Street in Woodstock. The gallery is open weekdays from 10-4PM. For more information contact their offices on (021) 447 9699 or visit www.greatmoreart.org

Arts Update & SST

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Sivuyile and Stanza – members of SST. SST will be performing at Fourways Lounge next week Saturday the 28th of November starting from 8PM featuring Dj Fisherman from the Afrotainment stable. Tickets are on sale for R30 and R50 at the door. For more information contact Stanza on 084 674 9155.

All pics: by Busi Mtabane

Thursday, November 19, 2009

19 November - Labour - The DTI is awarding bursaries for 2010 Academic Year

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Norman Hlungwani – from the Department of Trade and Industry. The Department of Trade and Industry is awarding comprehensive bursaries during 2010 Academic year to qualifying applicants pursuing or intending to further their studies in scare skills fields aligned to the mandate of the dti. Mr Hlungwani explained more on the requirements. Among the requirements, applicants must be South African youth and they must show proof of admission to a higher education institution where the applied filed of study is offered. Application forms are available on www.thedti.gov.za. The closing date is 30th November 2009. For more information contact Mr Hlungwani on (012) 394 3423 or NHlungwani@thedti.gov.za

Pimp my Book owner wins an Entrepreneurship Award

We closed off the show with an interview with Mpodumo Doubada – An Entrepreneur. Mpodumo recently won an Entrepreneurship Award for his business called Pimp my Book. Pimp my Book started off providing secondhand textbooks to students at UCT, but has since expanded to also offer its products from premises in Parow to students from other tertiary institutions in Cape Town, as well as to Unisa students. But he explained more about his bookshop. If you want to find out more about Pimp my Book you can contact him on (021) 911 2617 or send an email to info@pimpmybook.co.za

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

17 November - Human Rights - SANAC to host AIDS Symposium

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Mabalane Mfundisi – Coordinator for the South African National Aids Council Sport and Entertainment Sector. The South African National Aids Council will be hosting the first-ever, high visibility Symposium aimed at developing a Strategic Plan of Action to be integrated with the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Symposium coordinated by the Sport and Entertainment Sector of SANAC will take place tomorrow, the 18th of Nov 2009 at Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein. It will focus on communications platforms, advocacy platforms and social mobilization platforms that could be used before, during and post the 2010 FWC to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in South Africa, within the context of the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS, TB and STI’s 2007 – 2011 but Mr. Mfundisi explained more. For more information about the South African National Aids Council visit www.sanac.org.za or contact them on (012) 312 0131.

Mandela Park residents becoming impatient regarding to housing delivery

Luzuko Solomon – from the Mandela Park Housing Crisis Committee was also part of the show. Last week the community of Mandela Park hosted a housing Indaba to address certain issues pertaining to housing and service delivery in general. The community claimed to have invited government leaders to the indaba but none showed up. But according to the Premier’s Spokesperson Robert McDonald – the premier couldn’t not make it because her schedule was busy on that day and the fact that the invite was of short notice, similar reason given by Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela who claimed to have sent a representative on his behalf. To read up about housing issues in Khayelitsha go to www.khayelitshastruggles.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

16 November - Health - Get accurate diagnosis for Knee Pain

In today’s show, we heard from Bridey-Lee Momberg – A Physiotherapist. We were talking about Knee Problems. It is reported that Knee pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. Bridey helped us better understand the causes, how to prevent them and how they can be treated. For more information you can contact her on (041) 363 5065 or visit www.omptg.co.za to find a physiotherapist in your area.

Putting Autism on top of Kilimanjaro

We also heard from Gerhard Pieterse – from Autism Western Cape. We were talking about "Putting AUTISM on TOP – Kilimanjaro" project. Eight members of Autism Western Cape will be climbing mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise awareness about Autism. Gerhard says their mission is to put Autism on the top of every South African's priority list, due to the global epidemic in diagnosis. The project will be led by Sean Wisedale, who is said to have successfully climbed Kilimanjaro 8 times. Gerhard explained more about their journey but you can be a part of the journey by following them online as they update live, all the way up to Uhuru peak visit www.zoopy.com/awckilimanjaro For sponsorship, marketing and advertising opportunities or make online donations to Autism Western Cape go to www.autismwesterncape.org.za alternatively contact (021) 557 3573/ (021) 556 2600 or 0861 AUTISM.

Friday, November 13, 2009

13 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - become a friend of Kronendal Music Academy!!!

In today’s show, we spoke to Dwyn Griesel – Director of Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay. Dwyn says the young people of Hout Bay are desperately in need of some form of moral stimulation, constructive supervision and creative outlet that is why the Academy is committed to providing an opportunity for these needs to be addressed. Kronendal Music Academy is in the process of recruiting for "Friends of KMA" membership drive. Dwyn has pledged to find a minimum of 40 people who would be willing to support them by joining at R150 a year. For more information about becoming a friend of KMA you can contact her on 082 331 4062.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

12 November - Labour - DWDE to assess disability access compliance

In today’s show, we spoke to Underé Deglon - Chief Executive Officer for the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise. DWDE has initiated a project to assess if companies do accommodate employees and customers with disabilities. The purpose of this assessment tool is to raise awareness on people with disability and their access to employment, it also aids in assessing an organization’s ability to accommodate employees and customers with disabilities. Underé explained more. For more information contact DWDE on (021) 674 6139.

Institute for rectruiters to formalise the industry

We also spoke to Henriette van Twisk – General Manager of Employment Services Certification Institute. This newly set up Institute will be a vehicle for labour practitioners to gain professional status through certification. Henriette explained more about other services they will be focussing on. For more information visit www.escichat.wordpress.com

Friday, November 06, 2009

06 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - The Artist in the Garden - The Quest for Moses Tladi is in stores

In today’s show, we played a feature about Angela Read Lloyd’s book launched at the Iziko SA National Gallery. The book titled, The Artist in the Garden - The Quest for Moses Tladi is published by Print Matters. Angela says Tladi was certainly the first black artist to exhibit in the South African National Gallery, and achieved wide acclaim. Tladi's daughter Rekiloe and her daughter Sekhubami Tladi were guests of honour at the event. The book is released in three editions (Collectors’, Subscribers’and Standard edition) and is available in all good book stores. For more information contact Publishing Print Matters on (021) 789 0155 or visit www.printmatters.co.za

Registration for Envirocon 2009 open and Arts Update

We also spoke to Emile van Druten – Director at Environmental Assurance or Envass. Envass provide a comprehensive range of services, primarily to small-medium businesses and local authorities. We were talking about Envirocon 2009. The 2009 theme is "Presenting Environmental Problems, Solutions and Opportunities", it embodies the most pertinent environmental management and conservation issues raised over the past year both within South Africa and abroad, Mr van Druten explained more. The two day conference will open on Wednesday the 11th of November at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. It is suited to anyone involved in environmental matters at strategic or operational level at Corporate, NGO, or Departmental level. For the full conference fee and Exhibition stands visit Environmental Assurance's website at www.envass.co.za or contact Retha Weir on (014) 792 0500 or e-mail envirocon@envass.co.za For complimentary tickets call Phyllis on (012) 460 9768.

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

Le Zulu Blanc to launch Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts

We closed off the show with an interview I had with the icon of South African music – Mr Johnny Clegg. He will be heading the line up and launching the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts series at Kirstenbosch on the 22nd of November. Ticket Prices: Adults – R95 per person, Botanical Society members – R85 per person, Scholars (6 to 17 Years) R70. Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Rhodes Avenue, Newlands on Sundays from 17:30 - 19:00. For further information and ticket prices call (021)799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org Over the counter tickets may be purchased directly from at Kirstenbosch from the Tuesday prior to the concert. Online booking is already open on www.webtickets.co.za

05 November - Labour - INSETA launches National Disability Awards

In today’s show, we spoke to Sharon Snell – Chief Executive Officer for the Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority or INSETA. INSETA has just launched the National Disability Awards to recognise the contributions of disabled workers in the insurance sector, and those who champion their progress. The Awards aim to honour and raise the profile of workers with disabilities who are making a remarkable difference in the insurance sector, as well as individuals and organisations supporting the advancement of people with disabilities but Sharon explained more. Award winners will be announced on December 3 and nominations are now open. Individuals and companies wishing to make nominations can call 086 130 130 to obtain a nomination form alternatively go to www.inseta.org.za Nominations close on the 15th of November 2009, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Inyathelo Philanthropy Award winners announced

We also heard from Gillian Mitchell – Programme Manager at Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement. We were talking about the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. These awards recognize extraordinary individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in the area of personal philanthropy in South Africa and who, through their giving, have made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable social change. For more information about Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement contact (021) 465 6981 or visit www.inyathelo.co.za

Monday, November 02, 2009

02 November - Health - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

On Sakhisizwe today we spoke to Leon Spamer - Brand Manager for the AstraZeneca Oncology Department. We were talking about Lung Cancer. According to experts, Lung cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men and the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in women. It is reported that lung cancer kills approximately 160,000 people in the United States each year - more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. It is responsible for over a quarter of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S. each year. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa, about 60% of all lung cancer deaths in South Africa are due to tobacco smoking and over 8% of all deaths are due to smoking. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Leon explained why there is a need for increased awareness of lung cancer. For more information visit www.mycancer.co.za

Friday, October 30, 2009

30 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - DJ Black Coffee launches a foundation & Arts Update

In today’s show, we were joined by Amaru – Chairperson of the DJ Black Coffee foundation. The Foundation was launched by DJ and Producer extraordinaire Black Coffee in a bid to help disabled people in South Africa. Amaru explained more. If there is anyone who wishes to make a donation, please do not hesitate to contact Amaru on (011) 477 9685 or 082 633 6392.

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

CODA's Carol goes solo!!!

We closed off the show with an interview with Carol Thorns – South Africa’s leading electric cellist. Carol, founding member of well known band CODA, launched her debut solo album yesterday called ‘Fireflies in the Rain’. The album consists of 11 tracks, 10 of which have no vocals. The music is composed and arranged by Helmut Meijer. Carol explained more about her music and what influence its unique style. The CD is available in stores or you can buy it online but for more information visit www.carolthorns.co.za
pic taken from:www.carolthorns.co.za

Thursday, October 29, 2009

29 October - Labour - Skills development through the Feel Good Project

In today's show we heard from William Bent – Project Coordinator for the Feel Good Store. The Feel Good Project is a partnership between the Foschini Group and Learn to Earn that aims to fight poverty by training unemployed people in skills relevant to the retail supply chain. It is reported that since its launch in May 2009, the project has provided an opportunity to the unemployed to acquire skills with the aim of enabling them to find formal employment or to become entrepreneurs. William explained more. If you want to find out more about the Feel Good Project contact Learn to Earn on (021) 361 5972.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

28 October - Gender - Workshop for 21st Century Relationship

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Mary Ovenstone - who will be facilitating a workshop about 21st Century Relationship on Saturday in Rondebosch. Mary and her panel of experts will facilitate the day-long workshop to understand emotional, financial and legal aspects for optimizing intimate relationships and partnerships. She explained more about what kind of challenges do 21st Century relationships face and what could be the contributing factors. The workshop will be on Saturday the 31st at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Campground Road, Rondebosch between 8h30 - 18h00PM and it costs R1200 per person and R2000 per couple, so a friendly advice drag your partner along even if it’s your ex coz you will pay less. Mary will also be running 4 2hr evening sessions with specific skills training, practical exercises and group discussions in November. If you want more information or for bookings you can contact Simone on (021) 761 8312 or send an email to mary@maryovenstone.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

27 October - Human Rights - Rocklands Victim Support Forum

In today’s show, we spoke to Dorita Karriem – from the Rocklands Victim Support Forum. They offer practical and emotional support provided by victim support's trained volunteers who provide a listening ear and an opportunity to talk openly in a secure environment. They work hand in hand with the Mitchell's Plain Police. Mrs Karriem explained more about their activities. For more information contact her on (021) 391 3559 or 072 202 0768.

Monday, October 26, 2009

26 October - Health - Understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain

In today’s show, we heard from Dr Corné van Graan – Specialist Urologist. We were talking about Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Chronic pelvic pain is pain that is steady, worsens, or keeps coming back for at least six months. It may also be pain that does not go away for at least three months. The pain is bad enough to cause problems with your daily activities. It may affect your physical, mental, or social well being. Dr van Graan explained more about the causes and the available treatment. For more information send an email to bladder@medicineandyou.co.za or visit www.ichealth.org

29th of October is World Psoriasis Day

We were also joined on the line by Catherine Alexander – Chairperson of the Psoriasis Association. We were talking about Psoriasis because on Thursday the 29th of October 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. On Saturday the 31st of October they will be hosting a fun walk at the V&A Waterfront from 10AM. For more information you can contact the Psoriasis Association at (021) 981 1650.

How to deal with a child woh has ADD and ADHD

We closed off the show with an interview with Leila Benelli – A Motivational Speaker and Talk Show Host who lives with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD and Dave Pughe-Parry founder of Living Addventure and Attention Deficit Disorder coach. It is reported that Attention deficit disorder is complex and the diagnosis is based on a specific and thorough medical examination and evaluation. ADD and ADHD are about chemical imbalances in the brain that have to be adjusted. The complex diagnosis cannot be made by a clinical psychologist or teacher alone. Leading experts working with this neurological condition will be partaking in a talk show helping parents understand what exactly they are dealing with when their child is diagnosed with ADHD on Saturday 31st of October in Milnerton at Milnerton Auditorium, Milnerton Library, Pienaar Street between 09h00AM till 12h00PM. To be part of this event will cost you R120 per person and you can bring a friend for only R80 extra. For bookings please contact Gwen Kloppers on 087 808 6014 or send an email to Xtraordinarywomen@gmail.com
PIC:by Busi Mtabane

Friday, October 23, 2009

23 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Cape Cultural Collective presents Green Expectations!!!

In today’s show, we were joined by Amanda Nodada – 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 reflect on the critical environmental challenges facing us, through music, poetry, dance and art. The event will feature poets and musicians like CCC poets, Roma, Mbali Vilakazi, The Independent Theatre Movement, Khoi Khonnexion, The Road Less Travelled, Sakhile Moleshe, Daniel Bloem and many more. It starts at 7PM till 21h30PM at the District Six Museum number 25A Buitekant Street in Cape Town. For more information contact Zenariah Barends of the Cape Cultural Collective on 082 441 0433 or zenariah@greymatterfinch.com or Mandy Sanger from the District Six Museum on (021) 466 7200 or mandy@districtsix.co.za

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

Communitree observes International Day of Climate Action

We closed off the show with an interview with Claire Homewood – from Communitree. Communitree is a creative collective of artists, healers and workshop facilitators, working in a shared space in Muizenberg. It provides a nurturing environment in which the unfurling potential of each individual can reveal themselves in a celebration of creativity. We were talking about International Day of Climate Action which is tomorrow the 24th of October. The intention for this event day is to create a fun, lively street community feel with the added focus of seeing what’s happening with participating projects and individuals who are working towards sustainable positive change. For more information check out their blog at www.communitree.blogspot.com or send an email to communitreemuizenberg@gmail.com alternatively visit www.350.org

Thursday, October 22, 2009

22 October - Labour - Provincial Treasury is offering full-time bursaries

In today’s show, we heard from Kennedy Ngaye – from the Western Cape Provincial Treasury. The Provincial Treasury is offering full-time bursaries as part of its initiative to assist talented students, those willing to work hard and especially those who are financially stressed so as to make a meaningful contribution in addressing the skills shortages in order to meet future demands and to provide an opportunity for qualifying students to pursue their studies. Mr Gaye explained more on the requirements. Among the requirements, applicants must be a South African youth between 17-35 years of age, preferably reside in the Western Cape, obtained an average of 60% or higher for the previous year of study at high school, university or technikon. Postgraduate applicants should already have obtained a B. degree within one or more of the fields indicated above. Differently abled persons are welcome to apply. Application forms are available on www.capegateway.gov.za through the Provincial Treasury link. The closing date is 30th of October 2009. For more information contact Charlene Miles on (021) 483 4167 or Nadia Chandley on (021) 483 4171.

National Young Workers Conference

We also spoke to Nelson Lamityi - South African Transport and Allied Workers Union Deputy General Secretary. Last week the Union hosted a National Young Workers Conference. The conference was informed by the National Congress resolution that was took in 2006, which explicitly mandated the Union to develop a platform for the advancement of Young Workers issues of interest as well as to develop a tool to recruit them to the Union structures. Nelson explained more about some of the issues they tackled. For more information on SATAWU contact (011) 333 6127 or visit www.satawu.org.za

ORT SA Gearing School leavers for Life

We closed off the show with an interview with Michael Sieff - National Director of ORT SA – an International skills development organisation. We were talking about their Geared for Life programme. This programme will allow high school pupils to obtain qualifications though an extra-curricular programme. The Geared for Life programme gives Grade 10 pupils the opportunity to attend extra-curricular classes that run parallel with their normal school academic learning right up to Grade 12. Mr Sieff explained more. If you want to find out more about the programme you can visit www.ortsa.org.za or send an email to info@ortsa.org.za alternatively contact (011) 728 7154.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

21 October - Gender - Championing the role of responsible fatherhood

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Kevin Rutter – Founder of Fathers.co.za. This is a non-profit research and education organization whose mission is to champion the role of responsible fatherhood by inspiring and equipping men to be more engaged in the lives of children. We will be talking about their Asset Building project. Through this project they are inviting men to make a difference in community by investing developmental assets into the lives of men and children. Kevin explained more about the project. For more information you can visit their website at www.fathers.co.za or email kevin@fathers.co.za

Rural Women Summit to strengthening rural women’s movement

We closed off the show with an interview with Rose Horne – Land and Housing Coordinator from Women on Farms Project. We were talking about the Southern African Regional Rural Women Summit that will be held in Limpopo next week Wednesday. The primary objective of the summit is to facilitate exchanges and create linkages between rural women from different countries in the region as a basis for strengthening rural women’s movement. Rose explained more. If you would like any information about the Women on Farms Project, you can visit their website www.wfp.org.za or call (021) 887 2960.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

20 October - Human Rights - Respecting Older Person’s rights

In today's edition of Sakhisizwe we spoke to Rudolf Kay – Coordinator of the Western Cape Older Person’s Forum. Their mission is to identify and articulate the concerns and needs of older persons and to ensure that these needs are addressed in legislation, services and programs. Rudolf explained more on their activities. They will be hosting their first Annual General Meeting on the 24th of November at 10:00AM at the Cape Town Ritz Hotel in Sea Point. Older Persons and their organisation are invited to nominate people to serve on its Board of Management. This is a voluntary position and no fees or stipends will be paid. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.saopf.org.za/wcopf.html or contact (021) 461 6976 for more information. Closing date is on the 31st of October. To report cases of Elder abuse contact the Halt Elder Abuse Helpline on 0800 00 30 81.

Philippi East Community joining hands in the fight against crime

We closed off the show with an interview with Ras Vusi Memela, Bonisile Masiza, Ntsikelelo Mvubu and Nozizwe Xotongo – they from the Philippi East Community Crime Forum and the Philippi neighbourhood watch. This neighbourhood watch was formed about two weeks ago aimed at achieving more effective crime control, reduce fears of crime, improved police service and police legitimacy, through a proactive reliance on community resources that seeks to change crime causing conditions with the help of Captain Alroy Levendal of the Philippi East police station. Contact Mr Monde Dyosi, the Chairman of the Forum on (021) 372 3806 if you are interested in joining the neighborhood watch to help fight crime.

Monday, October 19, 2009

19 October - Health - understanding Kangaroo Mother Care

In today’s show, we spoke to Dr Nils Bergman - Kangaroo Mother Care pioneer. Dr Bergman was accompanied by Jayson Philander, Joslyn Polansky, Manesty Marshall, Ian Petersen and Thomas Petersen – they are students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology who are involved in the Kangaroo Mother Care project. Through this project they promote the spread and implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care as the standard method of care for all newborn babies, both premature and full term. Dr Bergman explained more on the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care. For more information visit www.kangaroomothercare.com

The importance of Vitamin D in the development and maintenance of bones

We closed off the show with an interview 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. Tomorrow is the World Osteoporosis Day and we were talking about the importance of Vitamin D in the development and maintenance of bones. It is reported that in many cases calcium has been highlighted as the most important factor for increasing bone density, thus preventing fractures and Osteoporosis. Tereza explained why the importance of Vitamin D should not be underestimated. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation Help line on 0861 102 265 for those who have access to the internet visit www.osteoporosis.org.za

Friday, October 16, 2009

16 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Partly God opens at Artscape tonight

In today’s show, we were joined by Jackie Manyaapelo – Artistic Director at Jazzart and Chuma Sopotela – Lead Actress in – in Partly God, a Jazzart Production. The production encompasses a landscape of reality and violence as well as a dreamscape, a magic space, where anything is possible. The narrative is seen through the spirit of a boy soldier who befriends a young man who is searching for his father. Their relationship is co-dependent and delicate and the boy finally offers a path to enlightenment. It opens at Artscape tonight. It’s directed by Lara Foot, choreographed by Alfred Hinkel, Ina Wichterich-Mogane, Ananda Fuchs, Sbonakaliso Ndaba, John Linden & Jackie Manyaapelo to music composed & performed by Neo Muyanga. It’s designed by Craig Leo. Tickets cost R60 or R30 for block booking of 20 tickets or more Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. This production will run till the 25th of October. For further information go to Jazzart’s website on www.jazzart.co.za
PICS by: Busi Mtabane

New Africa Theatre Academy and Arts Update!!!

We also spoke to Marie van Schalkwyk – New Africa Theatre Academy Principal. The New Africa Theatre Academy is a one-year, full-time accredited certificate programme in Performing Arts. Their programme combines theory with strong practical emphasis. Together with classroom activities, learners engage in a number of Theatre in Education performances and tours. Students from all backgrounds and economic levels are encouraged to audition. Marie explained more about the auditioning process. Auditions are held in December and January of each year but the application forms for next year must be in before the 31st of October. For more information you can visit their website www.newafricatheatre.org or contact (021) 696 2392.

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

Promoting Sustainable Energy in Africa with SEA

We closed off the show with an interview with Ludwe Mbhele – Project Coordinator at Sustainable Energy Africa or SEA. Sustainable Energy Africa promotes sustainable energy approaches and practices in the development of South Africa and Africa. They do this through research, capacity building, information dissemination, project implementation, lobbying and networking. Ludwe explained more about what we can do . For more information on SEA visit www.sustainable.org.za or www.cityenergysolutions.co.za alternatively contact their offices on (021) 702 3622.

15 October - Labour - Join a picket for the right to food security!!!

In today’s show, we heard from Simon Vilakazi – from the Economic Justice Network. The Economic Justice Network and partner organizations are marching on parliament for the right to food security on Sunday the 18th of October. Sunday, is the last day of a Global Week of Action on Food Security so they want to use it to make their concerns about the current food crisis known to the world and the South African government. The picket will start at 11H00 in Parliament's Main Gate on Plein and Roeland Streets and will be done at 12H30. For Further information please contact him on (021) 424 9563 or COSATU’s Mike Louw on (021) 448 0044.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

14 October - Gender - Men taking lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS

In today's show we were joined Instudio by Phumzile Nywagi and Basil Mtungane – from Khululeka Men’s Support Group. This is a support group for HIV-positive men who are on antiretroviral treatment. Their aim is to promote gender equality and use their platform to fight for a transformation of male sexuality in ways that ensure that women have more control over negotiating sexual relationships. They do this through its exclusive support for men, believing that if men are able to open up to each other in the all-male support group, then they will be more likely to reflect on and reconsider their own ideas about masculinity and sexuality. We are also joined by Eric Bafo and Phathisizwe Bheshenga – Coordinators of the Abalingani Gender Programme at the Olive Leaf Foundation. The Abalingani Gender Programme addresses the issues of poverty, HIV and violence from both a man and woman's perspective, empowering South African men and women to overcome their challenges and become powerful participants in their communities. This programme is committed to educating men and women across the country on gender issues and developing the roles which men play in society. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 361 044 or send an email to eric.bafo@olf.org.za and for more information about the Support Group you can contact uBhuti Phumzile on 072 577 1989 or khululekamen@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13 October - Human Rights - Local goverment to commemorate Disaster Risk Reduction Week

In today’s show, we spoke to Heini Odendal – From the Provincial Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. We were talking about a simulated evacuation exercise that will be held on the 15th of October to commemorate the United Nation’s International Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction Week. Mr Anton Bredell, Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, together with Mr Theuns Botha, Provincial Minister of Health, will be present on the day. The Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre will evacuate 140 patients as part of a bomb explosion evacuation exercise. This campaign aims to ensure health facilities are functional during and in the aftermath of disasters. It will identify vulnerability and gaps in the health systems. This exercise will further highlight the preparedness for the upcoming 2010 World Cup. If you want more information contact Heini on (021) 483 2820.

Community empowerment provided by the Ottery Community Advice Office

Shamielah Dollie – From the Ottery Community Advice Office also joined us on the line. We were talking about the services they provide at the office. The advice office provides the previously communities and organisations with advice, advocacy help and help with issues such as Human Rights, family and labour law, accessing government social grants, environmental problems and youth issues. The aim of the office is to create more awareness in the community on their rights and wants people to develop skills to improve their quality of life. For more information contact the Ottery Community Advice Office on (021) 703 3533 or Shamielah on (021) 704 4310.

Journeying through Trail of Hope with Tendai

We also heard from Tendai Sean Joe – Biker, Streets Activist, Former Street kid, Motivational Speaker, Hip hop Artist and Author. We were talking about Trail of Hope. This is a three-month motorbike journey that he plans to take through Africa and Europe to raise awareness of the plight of children. The journey will start in Cape Town, and progressed through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, France and Germany before ending in England. The road trip is planned to end with two fundraising concerts in Berlin and London with the hope of raising R10 million for a children's project. Tendai explained more about this journey. For more information on Trail of Hope or for donation queries please visit www.trailofhope.co.za or http://trailofhope.blogspot.com

ex-convicts becomes positive role models through the Foundation for Positive Change

We closed off the show with an interview with Rashaad Allan – Chairperson for the Foundation for Positive Change. The Foundation for Positive Change is runned by ex-convicts and helps young people with information that is fundamental in achieving their personal development goals. Rashaad explained more on some of the programmes they run. On the 16th of October they will be hosting a talent show in Steenberg High from 18H00PM and on the 21st and 22nd of October will be the finals at the Baxter Theatre. For more information about the tickets contact him on 076 467 4912.

Monday, October 12, 2009

12 October - Health - Nutrition Awareness Week

In today's show we spoke to we spoke to Terry del Fabbro – 5-a-Day Trustee. We were talking about Nutrition. From the 9th – 19th of October is the Nutrition Awareness Week. It is reported that more than half of South Africa’s children under the age of nine are deficient in Vitamin A with more than one in ten being iron deficient, affecting their growth, development and school performance and according to the National Food Consumption Survey released last year, 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. The chosen theme, Healthy Eating for Children, forms part of the larger Department of Health’s, Healthy Lifestyle campaign and the three key messages to be highlighted during this campaign are enjoy a variety of foods, drink lots of clean safe water and be active. Terry eplained more about the nutrients that play an important role in the health and well-being of the people especially children. For more information on nutrition you can visit www.5-a-day-co.za or contact your nearest health centre.

Today marks the International arthritis awareness day

We heard from Judy Body - From the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa. Today marks the 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. For more information you can call the arthritis foundation of South Africa on (021) 425 2344 or visit their website www.arthritis.org.za

Tackling Rotator cuff injuries and shoulder problems in general

We also heard from Christoff Smit – A Physiotherapist. We were talking about Rotator cuff disease/dysfunction and shoulder problems in general. It is reported that shoulder injuries are fairly common, especially for people who tend to exercise a lot. Some of the most common shoulder injuries are called “rotator cuff” injuries. Christoff helped us better understand rotator cuff injuries, how to prevent them and how they can be treated. For more information you can contact him on (021) 886 9899 or visit www.omptg.co.za to find an Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy Group physiotherapist in your area.

Learning more about obesity and the risks associated with being obese this Obesity Week

We closed off the show with an interview with Charlene Goosen - A Registered Dietician from the Nutrition Information Centre at the University of Stellenbosch. This week is the Obesity and Nutrition Week. According to reports, 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 Charlene about what causes obesity and the risks associated with being obese. For more information you can contact the Nutrition Information Centre at the University of Stellenbosch on (021) 933 1408 or send an email to nicus@sun.ac.za

Friday, October 09, 2009

09 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Chelsea Flower Show exhibit

In today’s show, we were joined by Sarah Struys - Events & Centre Manager at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. We were talking about the Chelsea Flower Show exhibit. The exhibit features four of the National Botanical Gardens of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) from the following areas; Kirstenbosch (Cape Town), Hantam (Nieuwoudtville), Lowveld (Nelspruit) and Walter Sisulu (Roodepoort), the quadrants represent the vista of the region in a postage stamp styled photograph with the unique flora of the specific area growing out of the picture. It will be on till Sunday the 11th of October. This is an opportunity for the whole family to spend a relaxed day at the glorious Botanical Garden to see floral art, botanical art, gardening talks as well as special offers to get you and your garden in trim. The Garden is open from 08:00am till 19:00pm. The entrance fee is R35 for adults and R20 for South African students with student ID cards. Fees for school children between 6 - 17 years old are R10. Children under 6 years old have free entry. Entry to the exhibit is R10. For further information call the Kirstenbosch information Desk on (021) 799 8783 or visit Kirstenbosch What’s On page www.sanbi.org

Celebrating Humanity through cultural diversity

We also spoke to Brian Moore - key founder and creator of the Celebrating Humanity Programmes. We were talking about cultural diversity. Brian speaks several languages fluently, especially Zulu. He currently greets in more than 60 other languages. He received a Community Builder Award from Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his contribution to bringing peace to the once troubled Dusi Canoe Marathon. For more information you can visit their website celebratinghumanity.ning.com or www.africa-dreams.com

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

Thursday, October 08, 2009

08 October - Labour - Celebrating World Day for Decent Work

In today’s show, we heard from Gretchen Humphries – from Federation of Unions of South Africa or FEDUSA. We were talking about the World Day for Decent Work which was celebrated yesterday the 7th of October. This year’s theme was the economic crisis and the fact that most of the world is experiencing big job losses at the same time. They say the economic crisis threatens jobs, homes and futures of billions of human beings – those who never drew profit from the years of excess, whose work has been underpaid and degraded and who bear no responsibility for what is now happening. Gretchen explained why decent work is a key part of the solution to the global crisis. If you want to find out more about FEDUSA you can visit www.fedusa.org.za or contact (021) 422 1610.

Working together in combating human trafficking

We were also joined Instudio by Julayga Alfred - Director for the Activists networking against the exploitation of child domestic workers or Anex CDW. This is an organization that focuses on the eradication of the exploitation of children who are involved in cheap Labour or domestic trafficking from rural areas to urban areas. This week marks the commemoration of Human Trafficking Week which aims to create awareness of what human trafficking is, inform on child Labour and forced Labour. In addition, the week also aims to inform community members of the human trafficking helpline that exists, how to identify victims etc. Recently Anex CDW authored a submission to the South Africa Law Reform Commission in regards to the publication of the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, a bill that incorporates the Children’s Act of 2005 as well as the Sexual Offences Act of 2007. Julayga explained more about human trafficking. For more information contact Anex CDW on (021) 683 5520 or their countertrafficking helpline on 0800 555 999 alternatively visit www.anexcdw.org.za

Is Labour Brokering good or Bad for the country?

We closed off the show with an interview with Patrick Craven - National Spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions and Albert Schuitmaker - Executive Director at the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We were talking about Labour Brokering. COSATU affiliates protested against Labour brokering across the country yesterday, according to the confederation Labour brokers are the main drivers of the casualisation of labour as they have driven down workers’ wages and conditions of employment. COSATU claims that Labour brokers do not create any jobs but sponge off the labour of others and replace secure jobs with temporary and casual forms of employment. Meanwhile the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the business case for the use of agencies to supply specialist services is not being heard and Mr Schuitmaker explained more on that. If you want to find out more about the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry you can visit www.capetownchamber.com or contact (021) 402 4300 and COSATU is available on (011) 339 4911 or visit www.cosatu.org.za

All pics by:Busi Mtabane

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

06 October - Human Rights - SARDA to host a charity race

Today on Sakhisizwe, we spoke to Ann-Margret Berndt – Public Relations & Fundraising Administrator for the South African Riding for the Disabled Association or SARDA. SARDA provide the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational horse riding for disabled people so that they might benefit in all aspects of their mental, physical and social lives. End of this month they will be hosting a charity race that consists of nine races. The race will take place at the Kenilworth Race-course starting at noon and ending at 5PM. Ann-Margret explained more on how one can be of that race. For more information contact her on (021) 794 4393 Monday to Friday from 8am to 1:30pm alternatively visit their website at www.sarda.co.za

Get RICAd or your SIM card will be deactivated...

We also heard from Nicolene Visser - Vodacom Group Limited Executive Head of Corporate Communications. We were talking about the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act or RICA. The Act, which came into effect on July first this year, requires mobile operators, service providers and sellers to register on secure databases the identities, physical address and cellular phone numbers of new and existing customers who buy SIM cards. Nicolene explained more about this act and what will happen to subscribers that fail to comply with RICA within the specified time period. Unfortunately SIM cards of subscribers that fail to comply with RICA within the specified time period will be deactivated. For more information, contact your cellular network’s Customer Care Centre or visit their website. If you are with Vodacom visit www.vodacom.co.za

October is Teachers’ Month!!!

We closed off the show with an interview with Themba Ndhlovu – Stakeholder Relations Manager at the South African Council for Educators. The Council aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession, and to promote the development of educators and their professional conduct. We were talking about the World Teachers’ Day which was celebrated yesterday under the theme “Build the Future: Invest in Teachers now”. Every year on the 05th October the world celebrates teachers for their dedication to the teaching profession and the valuable role they play in shaping lives. Meanwhile, the South African Council for Educators or SACE recognizes October as Teachers’ Month and calls upon the nation to celebrate and appreciate teachers in different ways throughout the month. Mr Ndhlovu explained more. For more information contact SACE on (012) 663 9517 or 086 1007 223 alternatively visit www.sace.org.za

Friday, September 25, 2009

25 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Vote for Table Mountain!!!

In today’s show, we were joined by Collette Van Aswegen - Table Mountain National Park Marketing Manager. Table Mountain is one of 28 sites from around the globe competing for a spot in the New7Wonders of Nature contest and they are asking South Africans to vote for Table Mountain in order make it through to the final list. The campaign is run by the New7Wonders Foundation which is based in Zurich, Switzerland and works to document conservation efforts and monuments worldwide. The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign aims to raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us. Collette explained more on how we can go about in casting our votes. To vote for Table Mountain visit www.votefortablemountain.com or call 00413490255148 and vote for 7725. For information contact the Cableway on (021) 424 0015 or visit www.votefortablemountain.com

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

23 September - Gender - Intersexuality

In today's show we spoke to Sally Gross – from Intersex South Africa. We were talking about being an intersex. Intersexuality is a general term that can relate to various conditions. Many intersexed people are born with ambiguous genitalia, or sex organs that are not clearly female or male. According to experts, intersex is not an identity category. While some intersex people do reclaim "intersex" as part of their identity, most regard it as a medical condition, or just a unique physical state. Most intersex people identify and live as ordinary men and women, and are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight, Sally explained more about being intersex. For more information you can contact Intersex South Africa’s offices on (021) 447 6290 or go to www.intersex.org.za

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

22 September - Human Rights - Dlala for Peace All Nations Invitational World Cup

In today’s show, we spoke to Kieran King – Project Leader at the South African Peace Alliance. This is a registered non-profit organization that empowers individuals to proactively claim their human right to Peace and Unity by nurturing peaceenabling environments. We will be talking about the Dlala for Peace All Nations Invitational World Cup that will be hosted on Heritage Day in St. Joseph’s Marist College, Rondebosch. This Tournament will use the proven ability of soccer to bridge deep social divides and stimulate friendship between citizens of Cape Town’s global community but Kieran explained more. The entire spectrum of Cape Town’s diverse community will be participating in the day with over 150 players plus youth from SHAWCO, musicians from the Amy Biehl Foundation and many more contributing to day filled with Soccer, Smiles, Music, Guest Speakers,Creative Demonstrations and more. Come along and be a part of this fun and important event, or if you'd like to get more involved please contact Kieran on 074 195 4091 alternatively send an email to dlala@sapeacealliance.org.za

Investing in kids future through Stars In Their Eyes!!!

We closed off the show with an interview with Elton Hart – Managing Director of Stars In Their Eyes. This is a Dutch NPO that is working with South Africans to educate and train youngsters in disadvantaged and rural communities. Their programmes also integrates extensive life skills training in its processes, such as Anti-alcohol and drug abuse, HIV-Aids awareness and ‘Say NO to crime and violence’, Mr Hart explained more. For more information contact him on 082 671 3448 or send an email elton@starsintheireyes.nl

Monday, September 21, 2009

21 September - Health - Eye Care Awareness!!!

In today’s show, we spoke to Sanjay Singh - CEO of Bonang Eye Care. From today till the 19th of October is the Eye Care Awareness Month. The purpose of this initiative is to inform the public as to the ways and means of preserving eye health as well as creating public awareness. Last year’s theme was “Eyes on the future – fighting vision impairment in later life”. Bonang Eye Care was established in 2003 as an initiative of the South African Optometric association to function as an independent Incorporated Company with the aim of providing eye care services at a low cost to the economically compromised community members who do not have the support of a Medical aid. Mr Singh explained more about their services. If you want more information you can contact their offices, they based at Karl Bremer Hospital on (021) 918 1733 or the Retreat centre on (021) 712 1493 alternatively send an sms to 083 775 8273.

The truth about Incontinence during Continence Awareness Month

We also spoke to Mariette Pitlo – a physiotherapist. We were talking about Incontinence. This month is the Continence Awareness Month. It is reported that although it’s a common condition, fewer than 40 percent of incontinent individuals seek medical advice. Rather than seek treatment, the vast majority adapt to their “problem” by altering their lifestyle. Reasons for failing to report symptoms include the perception that incontinence is “normal” with advancing age or that symptoms are not severe enough to treat. Mrs Pitlo explained more about the available treatment. For more information contact her on (021) 531 7279 or the Continence Association of South Africa’s Help line number on 072 210 8769 alternatively visit www.incontinencesa.org

Friday, September 18, 2009

18 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Tri Continental Film Festival opens tonight

Today we were joined on the line by Karam Singh – Tricontinental Film Festival Director. Films that present a broader spectrum of diversity and plurality of voice than is generally seen on commercial TV will be seen at this year’s Tri Continental Film Festival, which runs between today and the 27th of September at Cinema Nouveau in the V&A Waterfront. The festival organisers specifically use films to open up discussion and debate on important issues, thereby deepening democracy. Karam told us more about the festival. The screening is at Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront till the 27th of September. Thereafter, the film festival travels to Pretoria’s Brooklyn Nouveau from the 1st till the 5th of October, and wraps up at Durban - Ster Kinekor, Musgrave Mall between the 8th and the 12th of October 2009. Tickets cost R30. Go to www.3continentsfestival.co.za for the full festival line-up.

Fezeka’s Voice World Premiere at the Tri Continental Film Festival

We also spoke to Holly Lubbock - Director of Fezeka’s Voice. Fezeka’s Voice is a feature film about one man’s inspirational mission to spread hope and confidence amongst township children, and will have its World Premiere at the Tri Continental Film Festival. It was filmed in Gugulethu and it highlights Home Affairs bureaucracy, as teens from Fezeka High school struggle to get the required identification for their debut at a prestigious international festival in the UK. Holly explained more. The film will be screened on tomorrow at 2 and again at 5PM at Cine 4. For more information you can visit www.3continentsfestival.co.za

Arts Update and PANSA's 48HourFestival

Nigel Vermaas was Instudo for this week's Arts Update.

We closed off the show with an interview with Nono Base - Performing Arts Network of South Africa 48HourFestival Co-ordinator. Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) inebhongo ngokunazisa nge48 Hour Festival will host a first Xhosa between the 2-4 October from the Theatre in the District. For more information about the festival contact Nono Base on (021) 448 3513 or Ntombi Makhutshi on 072 825 3258.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

17 September - Labour - SACTWU analysing revised wage offer

In today's show we heard from André Kriel - General Secretary for SACTWU. On Tuesday the clothing industry came to a standstill as tens of thousands of members of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union embarked on a national wage strike in support of their wage demands but the clothing employers met at a national meeting of their negotiating team on the same day and yesterday morning submitted a written revised wage offer to the trade union. Yesterday morning SACTWU was in the process of analysing the detail of the employers' revised offer but he explained why they have not yet accepted the offer. For more information go to www.sactwu.org.za or contact their offices (021) 447 4570.

Understanding debt and financial Management

We were also joined Instudio by Levin Born – National Marketing and Sales Manager for Debt Help Financial Services. We were talking about understanding debt and financial Management. 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 2007, 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. Debt Help Financial Services aims at increasing consumer awareness of the debt management and financial services industries to maintain credibility and dignity of these respective industries and help alleviate opportunistic illegal credit rescuers especially now as we face financial meltdown. Levin explained more. If you want to find out more about Debt Help Financial Services you can visit www.debthelpline.co.za or contact 0861 977 877 alternatively (021) 782 5881 (021) 782 9345 or their helpline on 082 728 7849.
PIC by: Busi Mtabane

Unions signs wage agreement with SARS

We closed off with an interview with Dirk Matthysen – National Chairperson for the Public Servants Association. We were talking about the South African Revenue Service workers strike. SARS employees went on strike on Monday over wages. According to media reports, the workers are demanding a 12.8 percent increase while SARS is offering between 9.9 and 11 percent. It is reported that yesterday the Unions signed a salary increase agreement of between 9 percent and 11 percent, putting an end to the 10 day strike two days before the filing season deadline. For more information you can contact the Union on (021) 409 7360 or visit www.psa.co.za

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

16 September - Gender - supporting the Brothers for Life Campaign

In today’s show, we were joined Instudio by Patrick Godana – From Sonke Gender Justice. We were talking about the Brothers for Life Campaign. This is a National Campaign targeting men over the age of 30. The initiative has been initiated by Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa, Sonke Gender Justice, South African National Aids Council and other key stakeholders. It is aimed at addressing the risks associated with having multiple and concurrent partnerships, men’s limited involvement in fatherhood, lack of knowledge of HIV status by many, low levels of testing and disclosure, and insufficient health seeking behaviours but uBhut’ Patrick explained more about this campaign. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 423 7088 or visit www.genderjustice.org.za alternatively www.brothersforlife.org

Bio2Biz conference to loo at the role of women in science

We also heard from Karen Eksteen - Human Capital Development Manager at Cape Biotech. We were talking about the upcoming Bio2Biz conference and the role of women in science. This is one of the topics to top the agenda at the conference taking place in Durban from September the 20th to the 23rd. The conference is a workshop involving some of the country’s leading bioscience & biotechnology brains together with business leaders who will be looking at ways to develop partnerships between these two worlds. Organising organisations include the Innovation Fund, BioPAD, Cape Biotech, eGoliBIO, LIFElab and PlantBio. For more information contact (021) 442 3780 or visit www.capebiotech.co.za to register for the conference go to www.bio2biz.org

Out In Africa, South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival currently on at the Nu Metro!!!

We closed off the show with an interview with Arthur Mataruse - Production Assistant for the Out In Africa, South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The Annual festival was set out to address the lack of visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals in South African social and cultural life after decades of apartheid repression and to counter negative images of LGBTIs that prevail in traditional and religious communities as well as to serve as a platform for discussion and debate about the situation of LGBTIs in a newly founded democracy. According to media reports 700 posters advertising the festival were removed from City lamp posts over a two-day period. The festival organizers have lodged a case of malicious damage to property with the Cape Town police. Arthur explained more about this year's festival. This year celebrates the 16th year of Gay cinema in South Africa. It is happening at Nu Metro Cinema at the V&A Waterfront, started last week Thursday till Sunday the 20th of September. If you would like any information about the festival, you can visit the Out in Africa website www.oia.co.za or call (021) 461 4027.
All Pics: by Busi Mtabane

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

15 September - Human Rights - Presidential hotline up and running!!!

In today's show we heard from Vusi Mona – head of communications in the presidency. We were talking about the Presidential Hotline that was launched on Monday. President Jacob Zuma promised the hotline during his state of the nation address in June. The hotline is meant to be a tool to allow disgruntled citizens to communicate directly with the presidency about service delivery issues. The number is 17737 and is toll-free.

Monday, September 14, 2009

14 September - Health - Stroke and Heart Awareness

In today's show we spoke to Erica Ketterer – A Dietician from the Health & Stroke Foundation. We were talking about Stroke and Heart Awareness. This week is a National Stroke Week and forms the basis for supporting public education about stroke awareness and prevention in the community. It is reported that currently about 195 South Africans – or 13 minibus loads – die each day, usuku ngalunye, elke dag, letsatsi ka le tsatsi from heart disease. Of these, heart attacks are responsible for about 33 deaths per day and are twice as prevalent among men as in women, while about 60 people die a day due to strokes and about 37 due to heart failure. Erica explained more on what preventative measures we need to take. “Work with Heart” is the message for this year’s awareness. The Foundation urges South Africans to wake up to the fact that they should assess their risk of heart disease, have a good look at their diet and lifestyle and maybe make necessary changes. During September, Heart Awareness Month, the Health & Stroke Foundation is offering free blood pressure screenings country-wide - for more details or nutritional advice, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours, or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za

Schools Aids Month targets primary schools

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

Health of the Nation challenge - giving young South Africans a Sporting Chance!!!

We closed off the show with an interview with Brad Bing - MD of Sporting Chance and Mark Khoabane - WP under 15 cricket coach. Sporting Chance is a South African youth sports development organisation that has been coaching and promoting sport to South Africa’s youth, particularly those in disadvantaged areas around the Western Cape. We were talking about the Health of the Nation challenge was started by Sporting Chance in 2006 as a solution to the growing trend of childhood obesity in South Africa. According to the Health of the Nation research project, undertaken by Sporting Chance, South Africa children were showing the same obesity trends seen in developing countries 10 years earlier. The study showed that 14% of boys and 18% of girls were overweight and that more that 3% of boys and almost 5% of girls were obese. Brad explained more on this study. Sporting Chance will be hosting the Health of the Nation challenge at the Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch from Friday the 18th of September to Sunday the 20th of September and members of the community are invited to attend. For more information about this event contact Sporting Chance offices on (021) 683 7299 or visit www.sportingchance.co.za
All pics: by Busi Mtabane

Friday, September 11, 2009

11 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Spier Contemporary 2010 call for Submissions!!

In today’s show, we heard from Farzanah Badsha – Spier Contemporary 2010 Project Manager. The Spier Contemporary 2010, the largest biennale art competition and exhibition in South Africa has opened its call to all artists living in South Africa to begin thinking about how they would like to reflect their experiences, aspirations and visions through new work submitted to this competition/exhibition. The submission deadline is the 30th of October. Ms Badsha explained more on the requirements. Artists can submit any new creative work in any medium. This includes animation, graphic design, illustration and product design. The curatorial team will select up to 100 artists and selected artists will each receive a fee of R4000. For more information, please visit www.spiercontemporary2010.co.za or contact 0860 111 458. Submission deadline is the 30th of October.

Arts Update and Changing Traditions Project Competition

We were joined Instudio by Nigel Vermaas with this week Arts update.

We also spoke to Kopano Ratele – from UNISA’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. We were talking about the Changing Traditions Project Competition. This competition is opened to primary and high school learners. Check the flayer below for more information.

Exploring indigenous music through Seedrekodz!!!

We closed off with an interview with Pumelele Lavisa and Luyolo Lenga – Founders of Seedrekodz. Seedrekodz is an Eastern Cape based record label established in 2005. Both the founders were involved in performing arts and have since realised the need for independence in the music industry. They produce original and rooted sounds from hip hop, traditional, and jazz fusion. Their production includes Izithunywa Zohlanga, Umnombo kaNtu indigenous ensemble, uMyalezo and umThwakazi. They explained more about their vision in this industry. The guys are presently working towards a promotional national tour for 4 of their current projects, so keep an eye for that. You can catch them perfoming live at the Africa Centre tomorrow from 19h00PM and between the 1st and the 3rd of October they will be part of the Pan African Space Station Festival. If you want more information about Seedrekodz go to www.myspace/seedrekodz.com


Pic & Videos by: Busi Mtabane

Thursday, September 10, 2009

10 September - Labour - SARS employees continue with the strike

Today we spoke to Suraya Jawoodeen - Nehawu provincial secretary. We were talking about the South African Revenue Service workers strike. SARS employees went on strike on Monday over wages. According to media reports, the workers are demanding a 12.8 percent increase while SARS is offering between 9.9 and 11 percent. Suraya explained more on the current situation. Unfortunately our efforts to get a comment from SARS failed. For more information you can contact the Union on (021) 424 4580 or visit www.nehawu.org.za

NEDLAC to host 14th Annual Summit

We closed off the show with an interview with Herbert Mkhize - Executive Director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council or Nedlac. On Saturday Nedlac will host their 14th Annual Summit that will look at the World Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Growth and Development. According to reports, the African, Caribbean and Pacific states are amongst those hard hit by the crisis and want solutions to focus on countering the effects of the crisis. The report furthers state that since the crisis started, these states have experienced major falls in their export earnings; foreign direct investment has slowed down, official development aid declined and remittance flows have shrunken. The summit will be addressed by the Leadership of Organised Business, Organised Labour and the Nedlac Community Constituency. Mr Mkhize explained more. If you want to find out more about Nedlac you can visit www.nedlac.org.za or contact (011) 328 4200.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

09 September - Gender - changing perspectives through Abalingani Gender Programme

In today's show we were joined on the line by Eric Balfour – Coordinator of the Abalingani Gender Programme at the Olive Leaf Foundation. The Abalingani Gender Programme addresses the issues of poverty, HIV and violence from both a man and woman's perspective, empowering South African men and women to overcome their challenges and become powerful participants in their communities. This programme is committed to educating men and women across the country on gender issues and developing the roles which men play in society. Mr Balfour explained more. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 361 8158 or visit www.olf.org.za

Promoting Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women!!!

We also heard from Doreen Solomons – from the Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women. The association has members in every continent of the world, in over 40 countries. Its primary aim is to support and bring together women around the world working in the fields of physical education and sport. They also aim to represent and promote the interests of girls and women at all levels and in all areas of physical education and sport. Doreen explained more about their activities here in South Africa. For more information you can contact 079 622 9047 or go to www.iapesgw.org

US Women Legislators visits Provincial Parliament

We closed off the show with an interview with the Western Cape Provincial Parliament Speaker Shahid Esau. The Western Cape Provincial Parliament is hosting a delegation of United States Women Legislators as part of the U.S. National Conference of State Legislatures which is currently administering a programme, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, entitled “Active and Responsible Citizenship: Empowering Women Policymakers in South Africa”. Mr Esau explained more about this visit.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

08 September - Human Rights - Mobilising the community to fight against Alcohol and Drug Abuse!!!

On Sakhisizwe today we were joined Instudio by Mona Miller and Andre Africa - Alcohol and Drugs Concerns Field Workers. Alcohol and Drugs Concerns is a non- profit community based organization working towards educating communities about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. They are doing substance abuse programmes with schools, churches, community events, sports groups and other like minded organisations within the greater Western Cape. Through these programmes are encouraging people to live a responsible life. If you would like to find out more about Alcohol and Drugs Concerns contact their offices on (021) 797 0583 or send an email to adccape@telkomsa.net