Friday, February 27, 2009

27 February - Arts, Culture and Environment

On today’s show, we heard from Zinasa May and he told us more about Ikhewzi Youth Development Theatre. Ikhwezi Youth Development Theater is an organisation that is fully aware of today's problems especially for children and young people, particularly concerning culture and education and later, in the working environment the "Global Village" has become the definition of the 21st century. For more information you can contact them on 073 201 6225 or email them on ikhwezi@thepub.co.za


We were also joined by Nigel Vermaas with this week’s Arts update.


And our last interview was with Jenny Bryce– from The Botanical Artists' Association of Southern Africa (BAASA). BAASA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting public awareness of botanical art. BAASA is open to all botanical artists, whether scientific illustrators or realistic flower painters, as well as collectors and those interested in furthering the tradition of botanical art. For more information please contact BAASA on (021) 788 1593 or visit their website on www.baasa.co.za

Thursday, February 26, 2009

26 February - Labour

On today’s show, we heard from Elton Jefhas- from the Agribusiness in sustainable Natural African Plant Products/ ASNAPP. ASNAPP is an organisation that aims to help create and develop successful African agribusinesses in the natural products sector, providing income, employment & development, through environmentally and socially conscious practices to produce high quality natural products for local, regional and overseas markets. For more information you can contact them on 021 808 2918 or visit their website www.asnapp.org

We were also joined on the line by Titus Mtsweni – from Labour Department and he spoke to us about the wage increase for farm workers and how this will benefit them. For more information call (012) 309 4885 alternatively go to www.labour.gov.za

And our last interview was with Melanie Ratkus – from the Manenberg People’s Centre. The Manenberg People’s Centre is an organisation that works towards developing and imparting training skills and to help people gain the skills necessary to build a new South Africa and to take control of their own lives. To create job opportunities that will help address the socio-economic problems in the community. For more information please contact the Manenberg People’s Centre office on (021) 691 2200 or for more information, or email them on mpccharly@yahoo.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

25 February - Gender

On today’s show, we spoke to Lillian Artz – From the Gender Health and Research Unit. The Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit is an organisation that conducts progressive research concerning women’s rights. Due to the high levels of violence against women in South Africa, the Unit is dedicated to improving access to health and justice services for survivors of gender-based violence. The Unit uses interdisciplinary methods from various academic fields including law, the social sciences, and public health to contribute to policies and laws and to advocate for social justice. For more information visit their website on www.ghjru.uct.ac.za or call them on (021) 406 6023.

We closed of the show with an interview with Sharon Jackson –Deputy Director of Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (OIA) which is an organisation that celebrates the addition, in the South African Constitution, of the clause prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The Festival is set out to address the lack of visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals in South African society and to counter negative images of this society that prevail in traditional and religious communities, and to serve as a platform for discussion and debate about the situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex individuals in a newly founded democracy. Sharon will be telling us more about the mini festival that was held this past weekend, its success and any festivals that will be coming up in the future. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 461 4027 or visit www.oia.co.za

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

24 February - Human Rights

On today’s show, we were also joined in studio by Fatima Daniels – from the Bellville South Home Support Literacy Project which is a project that aims to help eradicate illiteracy and to ensure and enhance skills and educational development of all adult learners. For more information call (021) 951 4370 opr send an email to fatima.daniels@capetown.gov.za
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We were then joined on the line by Bukelwa Voko – Communications officer for ACESS. ACESS is a non-profit alliance of almost 1 200 children’s sector organisations, who work to provide an efficient and effective social security system in South Africa which is accessible to all poor children, and which ensures their socio-economic rights as guaranteed in the South African Constitution. For more information you can contact (021) 761 0117 or you can visit their website www.acess.org.za
And our last interview was with Imke Gooskens and Liliane– from the Human Rights Media Centre. The Human Right Media Centre is a project that aims to promote an awareness of human rights by allowing organisations and members of different communities to tell their life stories to the public through a variety of media forms and today we spoke about one of their projects called In our shoes which is a 40 minute documentary that focuses on the discrimination of refugees and asylum seekers in Cape Town their everyday experiences. For more information you can contact (021) 761 3303 or send an email to admin@hrmc.org.za

Monday, February 23, 2009

23 February - Health

On today’s show we have an interview with Tereza Hough – From the Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa. We will be talking about Osteoporosis and if milk plays some sort of role in having healthy bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa is a non-profit organisation that works towards helping people who suffer from osteoporosis to improve their lives and allow them to live as normally as possible. Osteoporosis is a systematic disease that causes ones bones to become more prone to fractures, especially wrist, spine and hip. For more information visit their website on www.osteoporosis.org.za or call the centre on (021) 931 7894

Then we will be having a feature piece that was done by Myrna Lemmen a Dutch intern about the Hout Bay Community Health Clinic, where she did home visits with Dr Peul.

We will close the show off with an interview with Damaris Fritz – Chairperson of the Metro Community Health Forum. We will be talking about the Metro Community Health Forum (MCHF) Plenary that was held on Saturday 14th February 2009. The significance of the plenary was that it provided the MCHF with the space to dialogue and engage with the MEC for Health, Marius Fransman.

Friday, February 20, 2009

20 February - Arts, Culture & Environment

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Brett Bailey – Curator for Infecting the City Performing Arts Festival. The Festival presented by the Africa Centre, will take place in the Cape Town CBD from tomorrow the 21st till the 27th of February. An innovative component of Infecting the City 2009 is the creation of collaborative works made by teams of artists from Europe, South Africa and some SADC countries. We were also joined Instudio by an artist from Europe whose work will be part of the Festival. Rimini Protokoll’s Sebastian Bringer is here to showcase their production titled Call Cutta In A Box. An Intercontinental Phone Play. He explained more on how it works. Call Cutta In A Box will be at the Scalabrini Centre and tickets costs R30. If you want any additional information about the festival contact Felicia on (021) 422 0468 or visit their website www.infectingthecity.com

We also heard from Mbulelo Samby – Artscape Associate Drama Consultant. He was here with the cast members of Romeo and Juliet Unplugged, Anele Situlweni, Briony Horwitz and Lungi Phinda. This production is presented by the Artscape in collaboration with Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company. This collage of Shakespeare’s play, which runs for eighty minutes, is the acoustic version, without the full-on electronics. It has been compiled by master educator, publisher and writer, Robin Malan and adapted by popular, leading actress Anthea Thompson, who will also direct the play. Booking for the play, which opened with low-price previews on 19 and 20 February and runs until 8 March, can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Thereafter the play will tour to schools. For schools’ bookings and further information please contact Fatima Dike on (021) 410 9925 or email her at fatimad@artscape.co.za

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 Esma Le Roux – from the World Wide Fund for Nature. We were talking about Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative which calls on individuals, businesses, governments and communities to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM. The action is a show of support for action on climate change and more specifically for a fair, effective and science-based global deal to be negotiated by world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference at the end of this year. Esma explained more about the importance to commit to action on climate change. South Africans are urged to pledge their commitment at www.earthhour.org.za or send an sms to 34017.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

19 February - Labour

On today’s show, we were joined in studio by Dianne Womersly – From the Shaster Foundation. We were talking about their Indlovu Project. The Shaster Foundation is a Cape Town based project that works towards alleveing poverty within different communities. The Indlovu Project wich is one of the Shaster Foundation’s largest projects is entirely community driven, based on community needs and skilled volunteers from all over the world. For more information visit their website on www.shaster.org.za or call the centre on (021) 657 1026.
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We also heard from Culverwell Bowa – Researcher for the South African Graduates Development Association or SAGDA. The organisation has over the period of more than a decade strove to tackle the challenge of graduate unemployment and unemployability. They offer programmes such as job readiness, life and business skills, career advice and guidance, exposure to entrepreneurship opportunities, network opportunities to its members, experiential learning (internships) and placement opportunities to graduates. They say they have had great achievements over the years and in the very same equation though, they have faced many challenges. Culverwell explained more on those challenges. If you want more information contact their offices on (011) 838 5647 or visit www.sagda.org.za

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

18 February - Gender

On today’s show we interviewed David Wolstenholme –Exhibition Director of the Women’s Show. The Women’s Show is an exhibition and lifestyle event that pays tribute to every aspect of a women’s complex life. It is an interactive and experiential platform where women are able to enjoy informative exhibits, discussions and demonstrations, providing them with the tools and solutions to improve their lives. The Women’s Show will be at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 20th till the 22nd of February. Tickets cost R 60 per person per day and can be purchased at the gate. So go on invite your sister, mother, partner, friend, career woman and homemaker to be extraordinary at The Women’s Show! To honour and inspire you, 130 companies will be showcasing products and services tailor made for the female market. To compliment, we have put together a line-up of entertainment and information to get your 2009 off to a great start. For more information contact (021) 671 0935 or visit www.thewomensshow.co.za

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

17 February - Human Rights

On today’s show, we heard from Shirley Gunn - Director of the Human Rights Media Centre. The Human Right Media Centre is a project that aims to promote an awareness of human rights by allowing organisations and members of different communities to tell their life stories to the public through a variety of media forms and through a number of projects. For more information you can contact (021) 761 3303 or send an email to admin@hrmc.org.za


We were also joined on the line by Kathy Scott – from the National Association for Child Care Workers. It is a non-profit organisation that works to help promote the best standard of care for orphaned, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth. For more information call (021) 762 6076 alternatively go to www.naccw.org.za


And our last interview was with Ratula Beukman – Black Sash. We were talking about Social grants. Black Sash is a non-governmental organisation that works towards advancing equality and social justice. They are urging 14-year-olds who are in need of financial assistance to apply for grants. It will take about thirty working days for your application to be processed and checked and either approved or refused. If you have any problems applying for the Child Support Grant, please contact the Black Sash office on (021) 461 7804 or for more information, you can visit their website on www.blacksash.org.za

Monday, February 16, 2009

16 February - Health

On today’s show we were joined on the line by Cassey Amoore – from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. We were talking about Teen Suicide Prevention. This week is the Teen Suicide Prevention Week and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will be focusing on educating the public about the serious issue of teen suicide. In South Africa, suicide is said to be the second leading cause of death in the 15 – 24 age group. It is vital to address feelings of depression, suicidality and low self-esteem in teens as early as possible to prevent teen suicide. Cassey explained more about the warning signs and what action to take if one identifies those signs. If your teen has become withdrawn and socially isolated, his/her school performance and participation in sports has declined, he/she is neglecting their appearance, and has started giving possessions away, there could be cause for concern and it is advisable to get the help of a trained mental health professional as soon as possible. SADAG is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0800 567 567 or SMS 31393. Alternatively you can contact SADAG at (011) 262 6396 or visit their website at www.sadag.co.za for more information.

Friday, February 13, 2009

13 February - Arts, Culture and Evironmental

On today’s show, we heard from Petra Vandecasteele – from Kids of Nature. Kids of Nature is an organisation that addresses the problem of Nature Deficit Disorder, which means the alienation of children from their natural environment, which could result in emotional imbalance, violence, mismanagement of natural resources and climate change. They contribute to building a generation of well-balanced and globally responsible decision makers. For more information you can contact her on (021) 856 5683 or send an email to petra@kidsofnature.org alternatively visit www.kidsofnature.org

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 Shane Mafuto – from the G-Force Arts and Culture Development Programme. At G-Force they work with the youth of Atlantis and surrounding rural areas, in order to improve member achievement and develop a culture of positive attitude. For more information you can contact him on 078 016 2998 or Mr Japie Van Zyl on 082 056 4604.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

12 February - Labour

In today's show we spoke to Zimbini Mangele – Project Manager at Ikhaya Trust Centre. The centre situated in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, was established in 2002, when a small group of residents saw a need in the community. Ikhaya Trust Centre is owned by the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust and aims to bridge the division between various communities in the greater Stellenbosch district. The trust focuses on sustainable projects in cultural and artistic development, educational sponsorship for children, and developing entrepreneurial skills and self-sufficiency for Kayamandi residents. We spoke about the Ikhaya Trust Centre and how they intend on empowering residents in becoming self sufficient. For more information visit their website on www.ikhayatrust.co.za or call the centre on (021) 889 8774 or 889 8937.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

11 February - Gender

In today's show we spoke to Adéle Grosse – from InTouch Parenting. We were talking about the Proud Parent Skills Development Programme. InTouch Parenting is a community service that is there to inform, enable and encourage parents to create a safer and more incorporated and non-violent society. They aim to bridge the gap between youth and their parents. For more information about the Proud Parent Skills Development Programme you can contact their offices on (021) 447 8302 or go to www.intouchparenting.co.za

Mauritz – from Men Understanding Respect and Love or MURAL was also part of the show. 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 (Founder) on 082 342 2864.

We heard from Collette Solomons – Deputy Director of Women on Farms. This is a non-governmental organisation that works with women who are involved with commercial agriculture, mainly in the Western Cape. The project was started as an initiative aimed at meeting the specialised needs of women who live and work on farms. If you would like to find out more, you can call them on (021) 887 2960 or visit www.wfp.org.za

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10 February - Human Rights

On today’s show we spoke to Ntombizanele Nyathi –Training for Transformation coordinator. Training for Transformation is an organisation that is committed in helping each and every person meet their fundamental human need, sharing the fruits and nurturing the resources of the Earth. Ntombizanele explained more about the services they provide. For more information they are available on (028) 271 3410 or (028) 271 5153 go to www.tft.org.za

We heard from Robert Schrire – from the UCT’s Department of Political Studies and Anthony Mothethi – from PASSOP. We were talking about the recent developments in Zimbabwe’s political circus. About two weeks ago MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to share power with rival Robert Mugabe, both parties took the first steps to forming an inclusive government. One Zimbabwean Political Analyst said this brings hope on the surface that there may be better things to come and at the same time Zimbabweans remain skeptical. Professor explained about what does the new deal means for Zimbabwe and what will be the way forward. PASSOP is available at www.passop.co.za
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And our last interview was with Titi Pitso – An election and political processes manager at the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa. According to the Institute allowing South Africans living abroad to vote would be a "logistical nightmare" and could further delay the announcement of an election date. This comes after the Pretoria High Court ruled that South Africans living abroad should be allowed to vote. If you want more information about the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa you can contact their offices on (011) 482 5495 or visit www.eisa.org.za

Monday, February 09, 2009

09 February - Health

In today’s show, spoke to Professor van As - from the Red Cross Children's Hospital. We were talking about Burns. Burn Victims face prolonged and painful treatment and in many cases are physically disabled and scarred for life. So please protect your children especially when they are small. Give them the supervision their age requires. Teach children the hazards of fires and burns and teach them to avoid foreseeable dangers.

We were also joined on the line by Charlene Villinger – a Dietician from the University of Stellenbosch’s Nutrition Information Centre. This week is the Pregnancy Awareness Week. According to experts, many factors influence the outcome of pregnancy, but it is widely accepted that the correct diet in pregnant women, plays a major role in the health of the unborn baby and the mother. A healthy diet also plays an important role especially in the baby’s weight at birth. So Charlene explained more about how much weight should you gain during your pregnancy. Remember a mother should follow a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy to gain the correct amount of weight and to ensure the health of her baby. For more information you can contact NICUS’s offices on (021) 933 1408, send an email to nicus@sun.ac.za or visit www.sun.ac.za/nicus alternatively visit your nearest clinic.

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Mike Levin – a pediatrician and the Chairman of the National Asthma Education Programme. We were talking about the Influenza vaccine. Before the winter is out, it is thought that one in four of us will have had flu or a similar virus. But how can we really tell we have the flu rather than a severe cold? And when is the best time to have a flu vaccine to make sure it is effective – and who should absolutely not go without a flu vaccine? The influenza vaccine is hailed by medical experts the most effective way to reduce a person’s chance of contracting the 'flu. But, how effective is the vaccine really? Who should be vaccinated and who shouldn’t well Dr Levin explained more. Remember it takes the immune system about two weeks to produce specific antibodies against the 'flu strains in the vaccine, and six to eight weeks for the development of a maximal immune response to vaccination. This means that the best time to be vaccinated against the 'flu is during the months of February through to April, before the 'flu season typically starts. In fact, companies and individuals should plan their 2009 vaccination drives now! For more information you can contact your nearest hospital or send an email to flu@oz.co.za

Friday, February 06, 2009

06 February - Art, Culture and Environment

On today’s show, we were joined by Nigel Vermaas – our arts fundi to tell us what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

We closed off the show with an interview with Janneke Strijdonk-Xulu – MMINO Co-ordinator. Mmino provides funding to both organisations and individuals and attempts to establish and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships between Norway and South Africa in the field of music. Again this year they are inviting South Africans wishing to start music projects in South Africa and Norway to apply for the funding. There is also the opportunity for exchange projects between South Africa and Norway. Janneke explained more about the application process. Application forms are available at the Mmino office or can be downloaded from www.mmino.org.za, the closing date for this funding session is 4th of March 2009 at 12h00. Only applications on the official Mmino application form will be considered and faxed or e-mailed forms are not accepted. The forms can be delivered to the Mmino office (66, Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown) or sent to P.O. Box 500, Newtown 2113 or contact her on (011) 838 1383 for more information.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

05 February - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Professor Willem van Riet – International Relations Officer for the Peace Parks Foundation. The Peace Parks Foundation facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (peace parks) and develops human resources, thereby supporting sustainable economic development, the conservation of biodiversity and regional peace and stability. Professor van Riet explained more about the projects they have. For more information go to www.ppf.org.za or contact them on (021) 887 6188.

We also heard from Vuyokazi Ngaye – From Business Place Philippi. The Business Place is a network of walk-in centres for entrepreneurs - with relevant support and information services clustered under one roof. It has emerged as a leading small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) development service in Southern Africa. They have a strong (but not exclusive) focus on the youth. They create an inspirational, enabling environment that stimulates creativity, innovation and opportunity in order to unleash individual potential. Vuyo explained more about their services. If you have any queries about the Business Place Philippi, you can contact their offices on (021) 371 3350 or visit www.tbp.co.za

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

04 February - Gender

On today’s show, we spoke to from Anna Turley – Information’s Manager for the Association for Women's Rights in Development or AWID. This is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. Last year they hosted over 1,500 women's rights leaders and activists from around the world here in Cape Town for their forum titled “Power of Movements”. Anna explained more about the activities they have planned for 2009. If you would like any information about the AWID, you can visit their website www.awid.org or call them on (021) 425 3682.

Our last interview was with Colleen Aspeling – from the Gender Social Transformation Education. This is an organisation that creates a way for women to take responsibility for their own lives. Women who are working towards the whole communities attaining redress through community development and economic development projects initiated and driven by themselves. If you would like to find out more, you can call them on (021) 697 5999 / 082 663 3364 or send them an email to gendersteps@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

03 February - Human Rights

On today’s show, we were joined on the line by Melanie Burke – Senior Programme Director at Common Purpose. Common Purpose runs educational programmes that engage and inspire the rising generations of leaders to shape the future of their city or region. They offer a wide variety of programmes designed to suit every kind of emerging or established leader. Melanie explained more about their programmes. If you would like to find out more about what they do contact their offices on (021) 670 1756 / 1671 or visit www.commonpurpose.org.za alternatively send an email to melanie.burke@commonpurpose.org

We were also joined by Mr Courtney Sampson – IEC’s Provincial Electoral Officer. As South Africans we are aware the that elections are around the corner, soon the President will announce the Election Date but to vote in National, Provincial and Municipal elections, you have to register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless your voting district changes. For those who need to re-register this coming weekend is the last registration weekend. Voting stations will open between 08:00am till 5:00PM. You need to register in person. So bring your South African, green, bar-coded ID book or a Valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) if you don’t have an ID book. For more information call 0800 11 8000 toll free from a landline or SMS your ID to 32810 if you are already registered to check your details alternatively go to www.elections.org.za and click the “Am I registered?” tab.

Our last interview was with Dr Keith and Mrs Catherine Borien – from the Borien Education Foundation for Southern Africa. Their aim is to provide education and training for the many people of South Africa and beyond, who have been excluded, for whatever reason from learning. They want to enable rural and township schools and the communities they serve to become agents for change, responsible for their own development. Their motto is to reduce poverty through education. We all know education is a basic human right. Dr and Mrs Borien explained more about the projects they run. For more information, you can visit their website on www.befsa.org alternatively send an email to keithborien@befsa.org or catherineborien@befsa.org

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Monday, February 02, 2009

02 February - Health

On today’s show, we spoke to Dr Jeanine Marnewick – Senior Researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Oxidative Stress Research Centre. We were talking about the health benefits of Rooibos tea. In 2005 Dr Marnewick conducted a research that showed drinking rooibos tea might be a reliable way of preventing cancer. Not only that last year in December, Dr Marnewick was part of a team from CPUT’s Oxidative Stress Research Centre that conducted another research and the results showed that Rooibos significantly reduces the risk of heart disease. Dr Marnewick explained more about both these studies and what it means for those who never miss a cup. So go on make yourself a cup of Rooibos tea not only will help fight against cancer or heart conditions but it helps you recuperate after a hangover.

We also heard from Dr Anthony Figaji - head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Red Cross Children's Hospital. We were talking about Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of fluid within cavities called ventricles inside the brain. It is reported that Hydrocephalus can lead to physical incapacity, mental retardation, blindness and ultimately death. Dr Figaji explained more about the causes. Unfortunately there is no known way to prevent or cure hydrocephalus. It is reported that up to now, the most common treatment is surgical insertion of a shunt. For more information about this treatment you can contact the Red Cross Children's Hospital on (021) 686 7860 or visit www.hydroassoc.org