Friday, January 30, 2009

30 January - Arts, Culture and Environment

On today’s show, we were joined on the line by Amos Ziqubu – co-founder of the Life Cycling Academy. The Life Cycling Academy is a non-profit organization that is spearheading the transformation of cycling in South Africa. The organization applies a step based approach to give the youth from previously disadvantaged communities the opportunity to participate in cycling with programs that include mass participation and competitive cycling. These programs include school education programs through to elite level participation programs. Amos explained more about the Academy. If you want any additional information you can caontact Amos 082 476 7725 or Ayanda on 082 385 7888 or visit their website www.lifeacademy.co.za

We also heard from Nathan Roberts and Randy McKnight – Owners of Sibanye Restaurant. Sibanye, meaning (we are one in Xhosa) is a new restaurant that opened in Mandela Park, Hout Bay. The restaurant is said to be the talk of the town where you get a cultural infusion expressed through food, atmosphere and experience. If you plan to go for lunch, booking is essential. To make reservations call 082 568 7978 or visit their website www.sibanye-restaraunt.com

Picture By: Sasha Forbes

Nigel Vermaas – Our Arts fundi was here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Sipho Makhasa – from the Institute of Waste Management. According to the Institute, South Africans needs to be educated on the importance of recycling waste to help slow the release of methane gas into the atmosphere. IWM president Vincent Charnley said there were 1 200 landfill sites which not only compounded the problem of asthma because of the quality of air, but also affected marine creatures as they were exposed to mercury. Mr Makhasa explained more about the importance of recycling. For more information you can call the Institute on (011) 675 3462/4 or visit their website www.iwmsa.co.za

Thursday, January 29, 2009

29 January - Labour

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Chance Chgunda - From Jobstart Training Centre. Jobstart is a skills development organisation that offers practical career-orientated skills training to the unemployed in order to assist them in finding secure employment. If you want more information about the Jobstart Training Centre you can call (021) 461 1404 or Fax them at (021) 461 1511 or visit their website at www.jobstart.org.za

We also heard from Jane Notten - an established entrepreneur. We were talking about her book titled “My Success, Your Success”. This book features 26 South African top women entrepreneurs who share the secrets to their success and what they think women need in order to be successful business women. She hopes their stories will encourage you to follow suite. My Success Your Success is published by Oshun Books and will be on the shelves this February. For more information go to www.oshunbooks.co.za

We closed off with an with Rediwaan Abrahams – from the Cape Flats Development Association or Cafda. This is a non-profit organisation that provides numerous services to disadvantaged communities in and around the Cape Flats. Cafda has premises in Retreat and Grassy Park and has pioneered social assistance in the entire Cape Flats and plays a major role in the community it serves by providing support for the entire family and creating educational and social opportunities for the people. For more information contact their offices at (021) 706 2050 or send an email to www.cafda.org.za
PIC:by Sasha Forbes

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

28 January - Gender

Today we spoke to 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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

27 January - Human Rights

In today's show we spoke to Desiree Uys – From the Cape Town Child Welfare. This is the oldest and second largest organisation in the country, caring for children in crisis. They operate in over 100 areas in the Cape Peninsula and are responsible for approximately over 1 million children between the ages of 0 and 12 years old. Desiree explained more about some of the challenges they face as they try to address the issue of child welfare. For more information they are available on (021) 638 3127 or visit www.helpkids.org.za

We heard from Jacob van Garderen – National Director for Lawyers for Human Rights. It is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. Lawyers for Human Rights provides free legal services to poor and indigent people from six law clinics around the country. We spoke to him about the services they provide and the plans for 2009. For more information they are available on (021) 887 1003 or visit www.lhr.org.za

We also spoke to Anna Versfeld – from the Capoeira Educational Youth Association. This organisation aims to strengthen our democracy and help the youth of many disadvantage communities by using the skills and values of Capoeira. For more information contact her on 072 658 0561 or visit www.ceyassociation.wordpress.com

We closed off the show with an interview with Luyanda Kota – from IkamvaYouth. Their main aim is to drive social change in South Africa by helping disadvantaged youth to access post-schooling opportunities in tertiary education. Luyanda explained more about their projects. For more information, or to find out more about the various workshops offered by Ikamva, you can call them on (021) 362 7771 or visit www.ikamvayouth.org

Monday, January 26, 2009

26 January - Health

In today’s show, we heard from Professor Gail Todd – Head of Dermatology at the University of Cape Town. We spoke about Leprosy. Tomorrow is the World Leprosy Day and the theme is “Healing, Restoring, Empowering”. Leprosy mainly affects the skin and nerves and clinically appears in most of the cases as patches with discoloration and numbness of the affected area. If untreated, there can be progressive and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Professor Todd explained more about the causes and the available treatment. And the good news is that Leprosy is a curable disease and when treated in the early stages, disability can be avoided. With minimal training, leprosy can be easily diagnosed on clinical signs alone. Professor Todd says there is a fantastic drug called Selodomide that helps leprosy but it’s very expensive so those who can help her in getting that drug can contact her via email to dermatol@uct.ac.za. For more information on Leprosy contact your nearest hospital or a dermatologist alternatively visit www.leprosymission.co.za

Friday, January 23, 2009

23 January - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Megan White – from the Cart Horse Protection Association. This is a non-profit organization that provides static and mobile clinic services, support, education and training to under developed communities living on the Cape Flats who use horses and carts to collect scrap metal as a means of generating an income for themselves and their families. For more information visit www.chpa.org.za or contact (021) 535 3435.

We also heard from Mirjam Asmal-Dik - Managing Director at CAPE Africa Platform. At CAPE they are busy with Cape Town’s second biennale exhibition of contemporary African Culture that will take place from the 2nd of May till the 21st of June 2009. The exhibition aims to culturally connect Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the diaspora by creating a ground-breaking contemporary African art event - rooted in the local but global in impact. Titled Convergence, this year’s exhibition is about life today: the people, the connections and networks they make up. They will present exhibitions, public interactions and interventions that reimagine the city of Cape Town as an activated, participatory project space, focusing how we move and engage with each other. Exhibition sites traverse the socio-economic and geographic divides of Cape Town, and include the Metrorail Station, the city centre, Langa and Khayelitsha, as well as moving exhibitions on taxis. For more details about the exhibition, venues, artists and events visit www.capeafrica.org and the local press alternatively contact (021) 461 2325.

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

We closed off the show with an interview with Rob Murray – Director of Pictures of You. Created by a conspiracy of clowns, in association with FTH:K. This quirky, visual love story explores the darker truths of a picture-perfect marriage using an imaginative blend of different theatre forms. According to reviewers this initiative promotes Cape Town as the crucible for artistic innovation and collaboration. Pictures of You will be presented at the Artscape Arena from January 30th and the 31st and will be at the Baxter Sanlam Studio from the 2nd to the 21st of February nightly at 20h15. Ticket prices are from R65 to R85. Book through Computicket at www.computicket.com or call 083 915 8000 or visit any Checkers/Shoprite store. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings contact the Baxter Sales office on (021) 680 3991 or (021) 680 3962. Tuesdays is “Twos-days” at Pictures of You. Pay R65 for 1 ticket and get two! Or conctact the Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit www.artscape.co.za alternatively contact Tarryn Saunders on 021 680 3993 between 9am and 2pm or email tarryn.saunders@uct.ac.za

Thursday, January 22, 2009

22 January - Labour

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Annelie Rabie – Managing Director at Bergzicht Training centre was also part of today show. Bergzicht Training centre is a non-governmental organization dedicated to skills development. Their success is based on their commitment to assist in empowering those with little education and minimal skills. By teaching people skills and providing them with the tools needed to break cycles of poverty, Bergzicht is addressing one of the most pressing needs facing vulnerable communities. Dr Rabie explained more about the training that they provide. For more information about the training contact their offices on (021) 887 0081 or visit www.bergzichttraining.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

21 January - Gender

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Nadia Thonnard - Wellness Practitioner from Inner Minds. We will be talking about the consequences of a divorce. Her mission with “Inner Minds” is to bring in the awareness that we are all in control of our thoughts, whether good or bad, and that we have the ability to change our thought pattern. She says we can improve our lives by changing our thoughts, even if our environment remains the same because it is our thoughts that make us. Nadia will share with us on how we can handle divorce in a very amicable way. If you want more information or for bookings you can contact Nadia on 082 344 3343 or visit www.innerminds.co.za

We heard from Professor Tebello Nyokong – Winner of the Africa-Arab State 2009 L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science. Professor Nyokong won the award for her pioneering research into photodynamic therapy which looks at harnessing light for cancer therapy and environmental clean-up. According to reports she is the third South African Scientist to receive this award. We were talking about her involvement in science and the future of women in science. The L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science were in created in 1998 as the first international awards dedicated to women scientists around the world. More than 10 years and 57 Laureates later, the programme is a benchmark of international scientific excellence, and an invaluable source of motivation, support, and inspiration for women in the scientific field. The Awards alternate each year between Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, recognising work that addresses major challenges in modern science. The Laureates serve as role models for future generations, encouraging young women around the world to follow in their footsteps. We closed off with a documentary that focuses on gender issues in Africa.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

20 January - Human Rights

In today's show ,we were joined by Mapeete Mohale – from the South African Institute of Race Relations and David Miller – Chairperson of NAPTOSA. We were talking about the matric pass rate. The South African Institute of Race Relations has speculated that the effective matric pass rate is far lower than the 62.5% cited by the minister of education, Ms Naledi Pandor. Information from the Institute’s South Africa Survey shows that in 2007, there were 920 716 pupils in Grade 11. Of those only 64% went on to write their matric examinations in 2008. Of these only 333 681 or 36.2% of the original 2007 cohort passed matric in 2008. According to the Institute’s deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, ‘This figure of 36.2% is a more accurate reflection of the real effective matric pass rate than the 62.5% cited by the minister’. According to Cronje, ‘The low pass rates, the low throughput rates, and the low rates of university entry passes are perhaps now the greatest single crisis facing South Africa. He says South Africa will not become a successful industrialised economy if the education authorities continue to produce such inadequate results. Our attempts to get a comment from the department of education failed, Lunga Ngqengelele – education spokesperson said his department needs to look at the report first and they will respond after going through it.

We heard from Dr Joelien Pretorius – a political analyst from the University of the Western Cape. Like the rest of the world we were focusing on the inauguration of President – Elect Barack Obama. We touched on the expectations and the challenges that the new President will face as he makes history as a first African-American man to occupy the White House. Looking at the economic crisis, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, instability in the Middle East, the list is endless. Well According to Dennis Simon, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University Obama has "the credibility and the political capital" for success. We wish him all the best for the future and in his daughter Malia’s words, “First African-American president better be good”.

Monday, January 19, 2009

19 January - Health

Today we heard from Garth Kent – founder of sevenpointfive. We were talking about the Live Blood Analysis. This is an unestablished diagnostic test promoted by some alternative medicine practitioners, who assert that it can diagnose a range of diseases. But according to reports it has been described by an expert on complementary and alternative medicine as a fraudulent means of convincing a patient that they are ill and require treatment with dietary supplements. The Live Blood Analysis involves a pin prick of blood taken from your finger and placed on a microscope. They then have a look for imbalances, deficiencies and problems in your body but Garth the expert explained more on it. Contact 0860 770 055 for enquiries or visit www.sevenpointfive.co.za

We were also joined instudio by Sylvia Mguga – Klipfontein Health Promotion Officer. We were talking about Diarrhoea. According to health officials this is the diarrhoea season. Diarrhoea is a common problem that is usually not serious and can be effectively treated however severe or persistent diarrhoea requires specific diagnosis and treatment. There are many causes of diarrhoea, including food poisoning, infection, malabsorbtion and inflammatory disease of the gut. In most cases diarrhoea is often caused by viral stomach flu or food poisoning. Sis Sylvia explained more on how one can treat diarrhoea and the difference between Infectious and Non-infectious Diarrhoea. For more information contact her on (021) 633 2010, 083 392 3373 or send a fax to (021) 633 2050.

Friday, January 16, 2009

In today's show, we were joined by Astara Mwakalumba – An Actress. She is one of the cast members in Shakespeare’s As You Like It that is currently on at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre till the 14th of February. The production features an all-star cast directed by acclaimed Shakespeare director Geoffrey Hyland. She plays Celia, Duke Frederick’s daughter and Rosalind’s cousin. As You Like It is presented by Artscape, the Maynardville Theatre Trust and NAC. Special performances for learners and students take place on January 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, February 2, 3 and 4 at 19:45; the remaining Thursday to Saturday performances are open to all patrons at 20:15. A special Valentine’s Day performance takes place on February 14 with lots of prizes to be won! Book now at Computicket outlets countrywide or www.computicket.com or Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695. For more information visit www.artscape.co.za or www.maynardville.co.za

We also heard from Chad Abrahams – from Party with a Purpose Productions. We were talking about the KIT A KID 4 SCHOOL Campaign. The campaign is aimed at dressing 100 Primary School Learners for the 2009 school year by giving away vouchers to the value of R100 but Chad explained more about the campaign and how community members can get involved in making it bigger and better. Tomorrow they will be doing handouts at the Observatory Community Centre, off station road in Observatory between 10:00 and 13:00PM. For more information about this campaign or maybe if you would like to donate please contact Chad on 072 455 9452 or (021) 447 6567.

Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.
We closed off the show with an interview with Majozi Mbiza – from the Thomas Mbiza Athletic Club. We were talking about the “I want to run” campaign. Through this campaign they are asking people to donate a pair of old running shoes. On the 11th of February they will host a 10KM night race and 50KM fun run/walk in Simon’s Town. Companies are invited to assist as development partners to the “I want to run campaign”. For more information contact Majozi on 073 767 9760, Madoda on 073 208 8058 or Lucky on 073 040 8310 alternatively send an email to majozitainment@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday, January 15, 2009

15 January - Labour

In today’s show, we heard from Lorna Fortuin – from New Horizons Computer Learning Centre. New Horizons provides comprehensive and cost-effective training for individuals looking to expand their IT skills in their current professions or looking to take the first step toward new careers. Lorna explained more. If you are interested in receiving training with them you contact their offices and quote this reference number for a discount:LOF or For more information call 0861 111 460 or visit www.newhorizonsct.co.za

Alaric Jacobs and Devi Baleni – were here in studio representing the Western Cape FET College sector. FET colleges strive to provide high-quality education and training to help you equip yourself with the qualifications and skills you need to start out on a chosen career path. We were talking about the courses that are offered at FET Colleges because having just a matric means nothing these days, so it is important to get further training. If you want more information about FET colleges in the Western Cape go to www.fetcolleges.co.za or contact the Cape Town College on 086 010 3682.

We also heard from Simon Hill – A lecturer at the Faculty Training Institute to talk about the training they provide. The Faculty Training Institute is a private training company that specialises in offering world-class career-oriented training courses for professional knowledge workers, mainly in the corporate world. They focus at the high-end, mid-career rather than entry-level training but Simon explained more. For more information about the services that SEDA provides call (021) 683 4506 or 0860 227 337 alternatively visit www.fti.co.za

Our last interview was with Daniella Smith – from the Cape Town Flight Training Centre. They provide high standard of flight training available for those wishing to work towards their private or commercial license. They also offer a comprehensive range of services to qualified aviators who are interested in advancing their ability, or simply keeping their licenses current. Daniella explained more about the training they provide. For more information about the Cape Town Flight Training Centre go to www.cape-town-flying.co.za or their offices on (021) 976 7053.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Human Rights - 13 January

In today’s show, we were joined by Yousuf Gabru – Member of the African National Congress. We discussed the issue of Palestine. Last week Friday IOL reported that about 600 local Palestinian supporters joined the protest against Israel's ongoing military assault in the Gaza Strip at a public meeting in Mowbray hall. ANC members outside the hall handed out pamphlets condemning the attacks, which have left hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, dead. One of the themes of the meeting was an appeal to all South Africans to band together to help end the attacks. On Thursday the city was brought to a near standstill when thousands of marchers protested against the Israeli attack on Gaza. The marchers called on the government to sever diplomatic relations with Israel and implement sanctions. According to a statement issued by Owen Futeran – Chairperson of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Town council) says the Jewish community deplores the loss of any life, Palestinian or Israeli, that is taking place within the current conflict. They take no joy in any death or injury of any human being. However, they firmly support the right of any sovereign nation, including Israel, to defend its citizens against attack, in this case vicious and ongoing attacks that have come in the form of thousands upon thousands of bombs and rockets rained down with the stated intention of killing civilians. They understand that the conflict in the Middle East is a very emotional once for many South Africans and they urge all communities to ensure that the conflict is not imported from the streets of Gaza into the streets of South Africa. They pray that peace and a duly negotiated settlement will be reached as soon as possible.

We also spoke to Charlotte Powell – from the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. In October last year, Disaster Risk Management started a campaign to reduce the number of fires in informal settlements. As part of the campaign, Disaster Risk Management staff distributes pamphlets that provide practical tips on how residents can reduce their vulnerability to fires. Last week Friday, the team visited the Egoli Informal Settlement in Philippi Farmland, which is listed as one of the city’s high fire risk areas. Charlotte will explain more about the campaign. Charlotte explained more about the campaign. For Further information please contact her on 021 597 5000.

And our last interview was with Mathipa Mwamuka– Trafficking Co-ordinator of the Activists Networking against the Exploitation of Child Domestic Workers. Anex is a child rights organisation, who focuses on child domestic labour. The establishment of the organisation was inspired by the plight of the girl child, who is sourced or trafficked from the rural to the urban areas to work in the domestic work sector. For more information go to www.anexcdw.org.za or contact 0800 555 999.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Health - 12 January

In today's show, we also spoke to Alexis Grewan – from the South African Reflexology Society. We were talking about Reflexology and how it works. Reflexology is said to be a Holistic Healing technique that treats the whole person’s Body, Mind and Soul. Remember the Reflexologist does not HEAL only the body Heals. Reflexology only helps to balance all the bodily systems, thus stimulating under active areas and calming the overactive ones. Alexis explained more. For more information contact the South African Reflexology Society on (021) 558 9868 or visit http://www.sareflexology.org.za/ Remember that reflexologists are registered with the Health Professions Council, and you may, therefore, claim their fees from your medical scheme.
We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Ivan Bromfield -- Director of City Health and Stanley Nondo from the Provincial Health Department. Last month two cases of cholera were reported in Khayelitsha. Two women were admitted to GF Jooste Hospital and Karl Bremer hospital. The Provincial Health Department and City Health issued a joint statement that they are confident that the cases are linked, however there is no wide-scale outbreak, so people need not to worry for now. They have assured Capetonians that the situation around the cases has been contained, as no further cases have been reported from the immediate surrounding area. But Dr Bromfield explained more about preventative measures that they have in place in case of a potential outbreak. Cholera occurs through ingesting food or water that is contaminated with cholera vibrios. The disease progresses from the first liquid stool to shock in 4 to 12 hours, with death following in 18 hours to several days, unless oral rehydration therapy is provided. So if you have diarrhoea, especially severe diarrhoea and think you may have been exposed to cholera, seek treatment right away. For more information contact your nearest health care centre.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Arts, Culture and Environment

In today's show, we were joined by Craig Parks – Cape Town Jazzathon Festival Producer. The Cape Town Jazzathon festival takes place at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, from yesterday till Sunday the 11th of January and once again the show is set to unleash new talent while showcasing young and upcoming musicians. It is sponsored by the City of Cape Town, The Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Department of Arts and Culture. Program runs from 13h00-21h00PM. Today you can see The Verses Project, Tracey Appolis, Celeste Williams, Claire Phillips and Judith Sephuma. Patrons are reminded that no alcohol is allowed in the amphitheatre (drinking of alcohol is limited to the licensed venues around the V&A Waterfront complex). For regular updates on the Cape Town Jazzathon, go to www.jazzathon.co.za
We also heard from Graham Weir - founder of Not the Midnight Mass. They are described as the wildy whacky, hugely entertaining, extremely talented and beautifully sounding acapella group. Directed by Allan Committee NTMM features Graham and Christine Weir, Amanda Tiffin, Pierre Van Heerden and Jason Ralph they are currently entertaining the masses at the Theatre on the Bay till the 25th of January. Graham shared with us what have kept them going for so long as they celebrate their 21st birthday this year. Tickets range from R90 to R125 for the show only and for the Dinner/Theatre Package you pay R230. For bookings call (021) 438 3301 or through Computicket’s Call Centre on 083 915 8000 alternatively visit www.theatreonthebay.co.za
Mikhaila Crowie – our arts fundi was also here to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with comedian Stuart Taylor and Heinrich Reisenhofer. Stuart have teamed up with director Heinrich to create the definitive relationship crash course for the modern South African man. Revealing tips and secrets from his soon-to-be-published book Learner Husband. This hysterically funny step-by-step programme prepares you to survive the most perilous of all driving tests … marriage! It’s currently on at the Baxter Concert Hall until the 24th January. Performances are Monday to Saturday at 20.15. Tickets cost R80 and R60 for UCT staff, students, senior citizens and block bookings of 10 people or more. Book at Computicket, the Baxter, Shoprite Checkers outlets and on line www.computicket.comor call Sharon at the Baxter for block bookings and charities on (021) 685 7880.