Thursday, April 30, 2009
We were also heard from Tara Weinberg, Thembi, Junaid and Mr X - they are members of the UCT Students and Workers Alliance. The UCT Students’ and Workers’ Alliance is formed by a group of students and workers who have come together to support the workers’ struggle at UCT. One of their aims is to work towards creating a strong student-worker connection. Earlier this year the Alliance launched a petition which signals the support of students and staff for the outsourced workers at UCT and for their struggle for better working conditions. So today at one o’ clock they handed over that petition to the UCT management. They explained more about the march. For more information contact Tara on 076 787 2966 alternatively send an email to mailto:email@example.com
We heard from Jamie Lee, a breath and voice technician. Jamie also owns his out company which trains people in public speaking. We spoke about some of the consultancy services provided. If you are interested in reading up on Speak Out, you can visit their website www.speak-out.synthasite.com or call (021) 701 6920.
We were scheduled to close off the show with an interview with Mr Ray Hartel – from the University of Cape Town. Mr Hartel was not available to respond to the allegations tabled by the UCT Students and Workers Alliance, as he was at the march to receive the petition. Mr Hartel did however send his response, on behalf of the University, to some of the questions posed. Please see below:
· What is the Universities immediate response to the petition drawn up by the Student Workers Alliance?
Outsourcing is not a new initiative at UCT. In fact, the outsourcing of some services was agreed by the University council in 1999.
At the time of the decision to outsource, the UCT Council adopted a resolution that ensured the outsourcing programme was allied to a progressive employment framework. Employees of outsourced service providers were paid, at the very least, a 'living wage' as set by independent agencies such as the Bureau for Economic Research.
In addition, the Council agreed to pay employees of service providers a “Supplemented Living Level” allowance, which is considerably higher than the minimum living wage levels. This “allowance” is fully paid by the university and in 2009 the SLL set a monthly minimum wage of R3 491.35 for employees of service providers in full-time employment and servicing UCT. The average monthly minimum wage paid to workers in the market is R2 100.
UCT also ensured the implementation of a rigorous code of conduct for service providers in respect of fair labour practices.
We welcome the recent establishment of the UCTSWA (UCT Student and Worker Alliance) and look forward to working with them as well as with other relevant bodies on matters that affect UCT, these being the contractors (service providers) and the people employed by the contractors (employees).
· Workers claim that they are not allowed to mobilise and form part of a union. Are you aware that workers fear intimidation from the University?
I think we need to be clear that the university is not the employer but that the outsourced service providers are the employers of the workers in those operational areas and services that have been outsourced. So, I don’t think that in this instance, a charge is being made that workers fear intimidation from the university. Certainly, even if that charge were made against the university as a third party, UCT is not engaged in any acts of intimidation.
· Workers are angry surrounding the issue of outsourcing; would you say that the companies UCT deals with are reputable?
These companies are subjected to UCT’s procurement policy and to the extent that we have full confidence in the checks and vetting processes inherent in that policy, we have no reason to doubt the bona fides of our service providers. People are entitled to challenge our policies or even appointments made in terms of those policies and there are obviously processes to be followed in that regard.
In addition, UCT has developed a code of conduct which these service providers have to comply with. This is a very progressive initiative and the code sets out a range of requirements, including matters such as the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, working conditions, minimum wages, overtime pay, etc. Each company is required to submit a report every six months, indicating their compliance with the code and the employers are given the opportunity to respond. At a recent meeting, service providers and employees committed to the rigorous implementation of the code.
UCT has also provided consultants to assist employees prepare responses and to better engage with the process. Commencing in 2009, service providers are required to report how they have responded to employees' complaints.
Furthermore, the consultants will assist in ensuring that the Employee Representative Committees are properly and fairly established and that the voices of the employees are heard on matters that impact on their rights in terms of the UCT Code of Conduct.
· Staff who enrol their children at UCT pay fees that have been heavily subsidised, why are general workers not entitled to this benefit as well?
As indicated before, the workers employed by the outsourced service providers are subject to that employment relationship and contract and are not contracted to UCT.
All other matters raised by the workers will be for the employers' attention and it is important to clarify that UCT will not be assuming the role of proxy employer as this is not what is intended nor is it legally appropriate.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We also heard from Dr Clint Le Bryns – one of the founding members of the Ethical Leadership Project. The Ethical Leadership Project is aligned with the constitution of the country and follows a strong Human Rights culture. Their mission is to empower leaders at all society levels with skills, knowledge and values in order to promote moral change. For more information contact (021) 959 6843 or visit www.elp.org.za
We closed off the show with an interview with Ntuthu Ntwana from the election monitoring network. She operated as a mediator during the elections. We spoke about her role as as a mediator and the future plans of the organisation. For more information call (021) 696 2910.
Friday, April 24, 2009
We were also joined on the line by Fabian Petersen – from Heal the Hood. Their mission is to create a sustainable network of youth artists nationally and internationally through which jobs and new skills are created; arts products and arts related information can be distributed. We were talking about the Cape Flats Uprising Hip Hop fundraiser concert that they will be hosting at Zula Bar tomorrow. Cape Flats Uprising is an ongoing fundraising project to assist youth with transport costs, as well as schools fees. Heal the Hood recently assisted a good student, Shaakirah Denton of Sid G Rule, that needed financial assistance. These ongoing fundraisers will make it possible to help more needy youth. The concert starts at 10PM till late. Tickets costs R30. If you want any additional information about the concert contact Fabian on (021) 706 0481 or 073 136 6140.
And Nigel Vermaas, our arts fundi was here for this week’s arts update.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We also spoke to Peter Jacops – Chairperson of Whisper Boat Building Academy. This is a non-profit organization created in 2004, which aims to teach previously disadvantaged deaf students the art of boat building. Their school is situated in Khayelitsha but they also run a yard in Paarden Eiland. The Whisper Boat Building Academy is financed by the Provincial government, sponsorship from corporates and by the sales of their boats. Unfortunately, the credit crunch is now challenging their programme due to cuts in government funding, sponsorship and a reduction in the sale of their boats. In an ultimate attempt to save their school they came up with a design called “Whisper Floating soccer balls” intended as a branding vehicle for big sporting events, he explained more about that initiative. For more info go to www.whispersoccerballs.webs.com or www.wbba.co.za alternatively give him a call on 072 776 8508.
We closed off the show with an interview with Mario Jacobs – SAMWU Provincial Organiser. Last week a group of approximately 100 SAMWU Members gathered outside of the Civic Centre in protest against what they call blatant undermining of workers’ rights. They say the city management’s conduct is tantamount to old Apartheid style management tactics. They further claim that the DA led Administration has done nothing to improve the working life of municipal workers and as SAMWU they shall continue to fight such practices. Unfortunately the City is not willing to be part of this interview. I received a response from Kylie Hatton - City of Cape Town’s Media Manager and it says “Unfortunately, a representative from the City will not be available to participate in your on-air debate today. City representatives met with members of the South African Municipal Workers Union on Tuesday and both parties have agreed to go back to their relevant organizations. Due to these discussions happening we would prefer not to participate in the on-air debate. The City is willing to respond to enquiries as further information is available”. For more information on SAMWU you can visit www.samwu.org.za or contact their offices on (021) 697 1147.
Pic: by Yamkela Xhaso
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We heard from Nokuthula Mbethe – Coordinator of the Young Women in Leadership project at the Quaker Peace Center. The project’s objective is to create and sustain a platform for young women to voice and address issues of concern to them and to form qualitative partnerships with other organisations fighting for human rights, gender issues and other issues that concern women but uSis Nokuthula explained more. For more information go to www.quaker.org/capetown/gender.htm or contact their offices on (021) 685 7800.
We spoke to Nomcebo Manzini – from United Nations Development Fund for Women or UNIFEM. The women's fund was established in 1976 and it provides financial and technical assistance to innovative approaches aimed at fostering women's empowerment and gender equality. Today the organization's work touches the lives of women and girls in more than 100 countries. uSis Nomcebo explained more on how this fund has impacted South African women’s lives. For more information contact their offices on (011) 517 1579 or go to www.unifem.org.
We closed off the show with an election update again from Cindy Witten at the IEC Results Centre, Victor J in Hanover Park and Sasha Forbes in Lansdowne.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We closed off the show with an interview with Fredalene Booysen and Damaris Fritz – from Sangoco. The Metropolitan Community Health Forum in association with a range of stakeholders hosted a Health Summit between the 17th and the 18th of April. HIV and AIDS remains one of the most glaring issues facing South Africa and the World today. Voluntary Counselling and Testing has been shown to be effective in HIV prevention by decreasing risky behaviour. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together under one roof all the role players within health and related sectors with an opportunity to interact and share ideas on how best the various partners can approach and deal with issues of accelerated healthcare and related services with the view of ensuring health rights for all. We spoke about the highlights of the summit. For more information contact SANGOCO on (021) 447 1217.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I was joined by Nchilo Madutung, an optometrist at the SAMWUMED clinic in Mitchell’s Plain. We spoke about cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but interestingly enough; the disease is one of the less serious eye disorders. It has been reported that just about everyone will develop a cataract if they live long enough. Usually, the development of a cataract is a result of aging and is common among older people. For more information about cataracts, call (021) 391 4143.
My last interview was with Euginie Rawson, author of ‘There’s a remedy for that’, a book she wrote on homeopathy. We spoke about homeopathic medication and the types of ailments that can be treated by the using homeopathic medication. If you would like to find out more about Euginie’s book, you can visit www.theresaremedyforthat.com or call their call centre on 0825680908.
Friday, April 17, 2009
We were also joined on the line by Karien Thorine – Community TV Station Manager. Cape Town TV is dedicated to providing the people of Cape Town with a television service that is entertaining, informative and educational. The channel is run by a non-profit organisation and is licensed as a community television station. Tomorrow they will be staging a live show that will showcase the station’s capacity to broadcast live events from the newly completed AFDA studios. The performance lineup will consist of top Cape Town talent including dance acts, bands, DJs and poets. The entertainment on offer will appeal to a youthful audience and a variety of musical tastes including Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, House and Trance. Dance performances by Black Noise and Ubuntu and magician Larry Sofer will enthrall with his astounding feats. The doors will open at 19h30 and live performances will run from 20h30 to 22h30, after which time the DJs will take over until the event ends at 02h00. The actual broadcast will take place over three hours, from 20h30 to 10h30. Tickets for the event are sold at R100 each through StrictlyTickets www.strictlytickets.com or through the call centre on 073 725 7381 or 083 250 2690. For more information call or email Melanie@capetowntv.org at 021 448 0448.
We also heard from Nigel Vermaas with this week Arts update after that we played a feature produced by Sakhisizwe’s Producer Cindy Witten. Cindy attended the launch of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival that is happening in July.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
PIC:by Cindy Witten
We also heard from Ncedo Mafuya – Content Manager at Brightest Young Minds. This is an initiative of young people passionate about exploring, demonstrating and implementing ideas and alternative solutions to the problems plaguing humanity. We will be talking about the ninth annual Brightest Young Minds summit that will be hosted in July in Stellenbosch. They are inviting university students and recent graduates to apply to attend. Ncedo explained more about the summit. One hundred delegates, representing the brilliance and diversity of our country, will be selected on criteria of innovation, leadership and academic accomplishments. At the summit the 100 delegates will get the chance to interact with some of the top thinkers and most inspiring individuals in the country as well as have the opportunity to develop new ideas and innovative solutions to some of the challenges facing our society. The theme for the 2009 summit is 'Opportunity in Crisis' if you would like to apply to be part of the summit, applications are available at www.bym.co.za and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org the closing date is 7 May, alternatively send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Successful applicants will be able to attend the summit free of charge.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
PIC: by Yamkela Xhaso
Thursday, April 09, 2009
In today’s show, we joined on the line by Craig O’ Flaherty – Director at the UCT Graduate School of Business Centre for Coaching. The Centre for Coaching is launching a Coaching Mastery Programme this April. According to Craig the three-year programme will be the continent’s most senior qualification in coaching. Craig explained more on who can enroll and according to Janine Everson, Academic Director of the Centre for Coaching “The coaches that emerge from this programme will be masters of their vocation. They will set important benchmarking standards for the profession and a level for new coaches to aspire to; this will help to raise the general standards of the South African and African coaching industries.” For more information, contact the Centre for Coaching on (021) 406 1493 or visit www.centreforcoaching.co.za
We also heard from Stephen Curry - Cape Town Branch Manager at Umsobomvu Youth Fund. The Youth fund was created by government in January 2001, and gave it the task of promoting entrepreneurship, job creation, skills development and skills transfer among South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35. Stephen explained more about their services and also about the Siyanceda Youth Service project. This initiative provides people with intellectual disability with skills training and employment opportunities. Siyanceda initially started with only 20 young people in the Cape Town townships however it has since grown in numbers – it now boasts 100 participants spread across five districts of the Western Cape. For more information you can call (021) 415 2040 or go to www.youthportal.org.za
We also spoke to Paul Lensen - Director at the Visual Impact Academy 2010. Visual Impact Academy, along with its partners, is hosting 4-day courses that will teach people how to be production, camera and sound assistants for the 2010 World Cup. The 2010 Bootcamp course will cover the following: communication etiquette; conflict resolution; punctuality; basic gear check; pre-location planning and preparation; tripod set-up; camera set-up; cable management; monitor set-up; basic sound recording and monitoring; boom swinging; how to set up microphones on people; 3-point lighting and striking; effective communication on set; international terminology; camera preparation; audio preparation; GPS navigation; navigating the Cape; and other basic technological skills. The price of the course is R2 850 including VAT, and the course will be run on the following dates: 23 – 26 April
- 7 – 10 May
- 4 – 7 June
- 30 July – 2 August
- 3 – 6 September
- 5 – 8 November
All course material, HD equipment, sound and lighting gear, and lunch will be included in the cost of the course. Acceptance into the course runs on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to apply for the Visual Impact Academy 2010 Bootcamp course, download the application form from www.visuals.tv and email it to email@example.com, or fax to 021 461 7983. If you would like to apply for CFC sponsorship for the 2010 Bootcamp course, contact Abigail at Abigail@capefilmcommission.co.za, or call her at 021 483 9070. For more info go to www.visuals.tv/Visual_Impact_Academy.asp or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We closed off the show with an interview with Collette Fransolet – from the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise. We were talking about the DWDE Disability International Small Business Conference that was hosted to empower entrepreneurs in the disability sector. Some of the topics that were touched on includes the role SMME’s can play in sustainable economic development and job creation of people with disabilities but Collette explained more about the outcomes of that conference. For more information on DWDE you can visit www.dwde.co.za or contact their offices on (021) 674 6139.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
PIC:by Busisiwe Mtabane
We also played a feature produced by Sakhisizwe’s producer Cindy Witten. Last week Cindy attended the launch of the Women’s Justice Empowerment Initiative that is set up by the United States Agency for International Development in conjunction with the South African National Prosecuting Authority and Department of Justice’s Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit. The Women’s Justice Empowerment Initiative will increase access to justice and support services for survivors of rape and sexual assault by upgrading and expanding the network of one-stop Thuthuzela Care Centres countrywide. If you are a victim or know a victim of gender violence and would like to get in touch with a councillor at the Thuthuzela Care centre, call (021) 691 6194.
We closed off the show with an interview with Marlow Valentine - Deputy Director - Triangle Project. Last night the Triangle Project hosted an open forum with key political parties contesting the national & provincial elections in the Western Cape. They say it is imperative that the issues of Citizenship & LGBTI Human Rights be put onto the agendas of political parties. According to Triangle Project despite legislation and the constitution, gender and LGBTI rights are not a given especially with the rise in conservatism and fundamentalism. Marlow explained more about the outcome of the open forum. For more information on Triangle Project go to www.triangle.org.za or you can contact their offices on (021) 448 3812.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
We also heard from Gilad Isaacs – from the Social Justice Coalition. The Social Justice Coalition is an independent group that believes in freedom, equality, non-violence and human rights, and was launched last year in June. One of their aims is to actively use the South African Constitution to ensure that private and governmental policies and conduct are always based on consideration of the needs of poor and marginalised people. They say the refusal to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama prompted the Coalition to call a pre-election mass public gathering to protest the lack of accountability, transparency and moral leadership in government and political parties. According to the Social Justice Coalition the Dalai Lama debacle is symbolic of the many persistent obstacles to social justice in South Africa. Last Saturday they met in Thibault Square for a Human Rights Protest. The event was organised in conjunction with other organisations and individuals including the faith based sector. If you have any queries about the SCJ, please visit their website on www.socialjusticecoalition.org
We closed off the show with an interview with Sophie van der Berg – from the Clothing Industry Health Care Fund. We were talking about the Substance Abuse Indaba that they hosted last week Thursday. The Clothing Industry Health Care Fund is a non-profit organisation privately funded by contributions from employers and employees of the clothing Industry and provides a core package of primary care services to clothing workers and their families who are from previously disadvantaged communities. Sophie explained more about the objectives and the outcome of the Indaba. For more information contact the Clothing Industry Health Care Fund on (021) 460 4111.
PICS:by Busi Mtabane
Monday, April 06, 2009
We also heard from Scarlett Steer - from Operation Smile. Operation Smile South Africa is a non-profit, volunteer medical services organisation that provides free reconstructive facial surgery and follow up health care to children and adults around Southern and Central Africa with cleft lips and cleft palates while simultaneously providing education and training to build capacity. Scarlett explained more about the organization and how they go about helping people get reconstructive surgery to ‘fix’ their condition. For more information go to www.operationsmile.org.za or contact her on (021) 481 9034 alternatively her cell on 082 416 2471.
We closed off the show with an interview with Ndileka Mlobi - from Epilepsy South Africa. This dynamic organization provides developmental services nationally to promote equal opportunities for people with epilepsy and other disabilities. Epilepsy is a common condition affection about 50 million people worldwide. It is a neurological condition that causes people to experience seizures. Living with epilepsy may have its problems but with the right attitude they can be overcome, Ndileka explained more on living a productive life with epilepsy. For more information about epilepsy visit www.epilepsy.org.za or contact (021) 703 9420.
Friday, April 03, 2009
We were also joined on the line by Bukhosi Sokoyi – from the Nyanga Arts Development Centre. The NADC is a project initiated by the Nyanga Arts initiative, intended to contribute to the arts skills and enterprise development in the Nyanga community and surrounding areas and it is based at the Zolani Multi Purpose Centre. They currently busy with a production titled Beyond the Moon in collaboration with Artscape. This is a two hour celebration of the evolution of the rich arts and culture traditions from the Nyanga community. This production is an initiative of the Creative Street Project and represents both professional and semi-professional artists but we spoke more about the Nyanga Arts Development Centre. If you want any additional information about the center contact their offices on (021) 385 1751.
We also heard from Chris Grobler - logistics organiser of the Franschhoek Oesfees. This second annual harvest festival at Solms-Delta wine estate promises to be a feast of traditional Cape music and food, for visiting wine-lovers, music lovers and farm workers alike. It will be in full swing from 13h00 - 21h00PM at Solms-Delta Wine Estate - Delta Road, off the R45, Franschhoek Valley (less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town). Tickets cost R150 per person and include two glasses of wine and a hearty meal. Come and join the party! Tickets available through Computicket. For more details visit www.solms-delta.co.za, call Solms-Delta on 021 874 3937 or email email@example.com
We closed off the show with an interview with Barry Coetzee - Head of Integrated Waste Management Policy for the City of Cape Town. The City plans to introduce a new waste management by-law which will control recovery and recycling activities, and set minimum requirements for waste storage and infrastructure. We spoke about the Integrated Waste Management By-law. The by-law aims to ensure that all residents, organisations, businesses, visitors/tourists and government departments receive services from a legitimate waste management service provider. It explicitly spells out Council’s rights in respect of waste management services and its obligations regarding cleaning and cleansing – including for disaster management. These include the responsible disposal of waste that cannot be recovered for recycling; collection and recovery for recycling, and the processing and treatment of waste and recyclable materials. For more information call him on (021) 400 2992 or email him to Barry.Coetzee@capetown.gov.za
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
We heard from Fouzie Ryklief – from the Parent Centre. The Parent Centre is a primary prevention centre that was initially established to be a branch of Cape Town Child Welfare about 20 years ago. It was created in order to provide education and training workshops in order to help prepare parents for the challenges ahead. If you are a parent and you finding it hard to deal with your child or children then you can call them on (021) 762 0116 or visit their website www.theparentcentre.org.za
We closed off with an interview I had with Mauritz – from Men Understanding Respect And Love or MURAL. This is a support group for abusers, it consists of those who have stopped and those who are trying to stop physical, emotional, verbal, financial and/or sexual abuse of their partners. Their motto is men can and do change. Mauritz explained more on how they encourage abusers to seek help. If you would like any information about MURAL, you can visit their website www.muralhelp.co.za or contact him on o82 828 1287 or Bearnard O' Riain the founder on 082 342 2864.