Tuesday, March 24, 2009

24 March - Human Rights

In today’s show we heard from Manala Botolo – From the National Credit Regulator. We were talking about Consumers Rights. On the 15th of March the World commemorated the World Consumer Rights Day which is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement. More importantly it is a time for promoting the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them. Manala explained more about how us consumers can stand up for our rights. For more information about the National Credit Regulator visit http://www.ncr.org.za/ or contact them on 0860 627 627 or (011) 554 2724.

Denise Jansen – from the Khanyisa School for Supportive Education was also part of today’s show. They are a special needs school based in Plumstead, and serve many underpriveleged children with learning disabilities that cannot be met by remedial intervention alone. They assist these children to receive the specialised and individualised education that they would otherwise not be able to afford. They fundraise 60% of their costs from overseas and the greater SA community, receiving some contributions from Europe, and local sponsors, local foundations and corporations. They constantly however need to increase their donor base and seek new donors, as their funding is never guaranteed. They are appealing to local individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations for their support. More information on the school is available on their website http://www.khanyisaschool.co.za/ or contact Denise on (021) 761 1709 during office hours. Alternatively you can send an e-mail to denise@khanyisaschool.co.za

We closed off the show with an interview with Iveda Smith – from the South African Council for Social Service Professions. We were talking about the role that social workers play in our society. Last week Tuesday was the World Social Work Day and the theme was Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda. The Day was declared by the International Federation of Social Workers to honour the millions of social workers, across the globe, who dedicates themselves with passion to making a difference in our world. Iveda explained more. For more information contact the South African Council for Social Service Professions on (021) 356 9940.

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