Tuesday, June 30, 2009

30 June - Human Rights

We closed off the show with an interview with Nandi Mokoena - Manager of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at the Competition Commission. The Competition Commission has initiated an investigation against major South African supermarket chains, Pick ‘n Pay, Shoprite/Checkers, Woolworths and Spar, as well as the major wholesaler-retailers, Massmart and Metcash for alleged contraventions sections 4(1)(a), 5(1) and 8(c) of the Competition Act. The investigation has been prompted by concerns raised by various stakeholders and the public in general. The investigation has been prompted by concerns raised by various stakeholders and the public in general. Concerns raised fall within the food and agro-processing sector, which has been identified as a priority by the Commission. Nandi explained more. For more information visit www.compcom.co.za or contact (012) 394 3200.

Monday, June 29, 2009

29 June - Health

In today’s show, we heard from Dorothy du Plooy - Head of Health Programmes for the Cancer Association of South Africa in the Western Cape or CANSA. CANSA launched their Men’s Health campaign this month to generate awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the benefits of early detection and screening by empowering men with research- based knowledge and information. CANSA has developed the P- ball, it’s a small blue ball that is placed inside the urinal. If a man can urinate on it and disintegrate the ball it means there aren’t likely to be tumours or problems with his prostate. During June and July, CANSA in association with Pathcare, is offering PSA blood tests at a reduced tariff of R65 a test. For information, contact CANSA at (021) 689 5347 or 0800 22 66 22 or visit their website at www.cansa.org.za

Friday, June 26, 2009

26 June - Arts, Culture & Environment - The Lilliput Children's Theatre Company!!!

In today's show we heard from Elton John Duffy – Founder of the Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company. The company has been around for four years they have staged over 500 shows to children across South Africa. The Lilliput Children's Theatre Company will be performing their brand new show, The Three Little Pigs, at the Baxter Theatre from Saturday 27th June until Saturday the 18th July. The show will run from Monday to Saturday at 10:30am. The show has already been seen by over 100 schools during the month of June, with more than 25000 children watching this production. Now it is time for the public to join in all the holiday fun at the Baxter Theatre over school holidays. Tickets are R32 per person and bookings for The Three Little Pigs can be made at www.computicket.com For school block bookings or queries, please call Elton on 083 364 8284 or (021) 558 2650. For more information, call the Baxter Theatre on (021) 685 7880. For information on the Lilliput Players, go to www.lilliputplayers.co.za

Samuel Beckett's First Love!!!

We were also joined on the line by Fahiem Stellenboom – From the Baxter Marketing Department. We were talking a production presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre and Gare St Lazare Players in Ireland called First Love. Adapted from the novella by Samuel Beckett, starring Conor Lovett is having its African debut at the Baxter before heading off to the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. First Love will be at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a limited one-week season from June 29 to July 4, at 7.30pm nightly. Prices range from R85 - R120. For block bookings of 10 or more, contact Sharon Alexander on (021) 680 3962, Yandiswa Quwe on (021) 680 3391 or Taryn Hendriks on (021) 680 3993 during office hours. For information about performances at the Baxter Theatre Centre, visit www.baxter.co.za

Arts Update and Art Film Project

We also heard from Mishkah Anthony with this week Arts update.

We closed off with an interview with Reneé Holleman – from the Goodman Gallery. We were talking about their Art Film Project. The Goodman Gallery presents a selection of films by contemporary artists who embrace a diverse array of attitudes and approaches to film as a visual medium. These include films made using original footage, documentary style interviews, stop frame animation, and editing of found footage into a single narrative. From the directly political to the whimsical and absurd, the ARTSLOT introduces a range of video works from both established and up and coming artists to Encounters 2009. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (021) 462 7573/4 or visit www.goodmangallerycape.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009

25 June - Labour

In today’s show, we spoke to Mohamed Salaam – From the Old Mutual Education Trust. We were talking about the Old Mutual Education Trust scholarship. The Old Mutual Education Trust provides scholarships for higher education to members and staff of DENOSA, NATU, NEHAWU, NUM, PEU, POPCRU, SACCAWU, SACWU, SADTU, SASBO, and their dependants. The scholarship provides funding to study on a full time, part time or on a distance basis, for a first time undergraduate degree or diploma (including BTech) at an accredited Higher Education Institution. The scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic ability and the financial needs of the applicants and covers Registration and Tuition Fees, Prescribed books and other approved study materials and accommodation and meals in a residence administered by the Higher Education Institution for students studying on a full time basis. Closing date for the applications is the 31st of July 2009. For more information contact (021) 509 4592 or send an email to OMEducationTrust@oldmutual.com alternatively go to www.oldmutual.co.za/educationtrust

African Home - local crafts

We also heard from Claudette Davis – Managing Director at African Home. African Home is a creative initiative, which harmonises fair trade principles with the empowerment of local crafts people and the simultaneous production of beautiful crafts, homeware and decor products. Claudette explained more on how they create work for disadvantaged communities with high levels of unemployment. For more information contact them on (021) 551 1052/ 461 1700 or go to www.africanhome.co.za

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

24 June - Gender

In today’s show, we spoke to Mthetheleli Hugo – City of Cape Town’s Local Area Tourism Development Manager. The City of Cape Town’s Tourism Department recently honoured women who have made significant contributions to the city’s tourism. The Women in Tourism Awards was about acknowledging the role that women play in tourism. For more information go to www.capetown.gov.za

Cabs for women

We also spoke to Marion Woolf – Owner of Cabs for Women. This is a metered cab service owned by women and it also hires women drivers and staff. The say by hiring all women drivers and staff, they offer women the opportunity to excel in what has historically been a male dominated industry. It is said that there is a growing international trend of taxi companies dedicated to women. They already exist in Russia, the UK, Iran, India and the UAE. The rationale behind all of these companies is the same: an increasing awareness of the need for a safe and reliable service which allows women to feel comfortable. Marion explained more on what sets her company’s service apart from the rest. For bookings call 0861 777 778 or visit www.cabsforwomen.co.za

Abortion awareness for men

We also heard from Zithulele Dlakavu - A trainer at Sonke Gender Justice Network. We were talking about a workshop they hosted on abortion awareness for men in Khayelitsha about two weeks ago. This forms part of their TOP project which aims to involve men on the issues of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. For more information, call (021) 423 7088 or visit www.genderjustice.org.za

Fathers should they view their role as an incredible privilege

We closed off the show with an interview with Mark De la Rey – A Clinical Psychologist. We were talking about the role of a father. We just celebrated Father’s Day – a day that is said to be far too overlooked than Mother’s day and the question is why is that? Could it be that most fathers are not emotionally devoted to families than they should? According to experts fathers need to look at the roles they play in their child’s life as this carries an important message of respect, balance and responsibility to the child, which will define how a child creates human relationships and self-respect as an adult. Mark explained more on this issue. Mark is based at the Kenilworth Clinic and is available on (021) 763 7851 or (021) 763 4538 for more information.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

23 June - Human Rights

In today's show we heard from 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 were talking about the organisation and a new initiative aimed at using soccer to educate, bridge social divides and promote a culture of Peace and Unity through Diversity called Dlala Africa. In order to make this innovative project a reality DLALA AFRICA requires a further R 18 000 which will be raised through public donations. Financial or other contributions to the value of R 5000 or more will receive banner advertising on the DLALA AFRICA website. For more information on DLALA AFRICA go to www.sapeacealliance.org.za

UWC's Community Rehabilitation Project

We also spoke to Ruwayda Hull – Co-ordinator of the UWC’s Community Rehabilitation Project. We were talking about the newly launched Early Childhood Development Project. The project is aimed at educating parents and caregivers about stimulation, play, development and other topics in Children. Ruwayda explained more about the project and how parents can be part of it. For more information contact her or Aletta Knoop on (021) 371 1707/6.

Mitchell's Plain Disability Forum

We closed off the show with an interview with Beverlyn Steiger – Project Co-ordinator of the Mitchell’s Plain Disability Forum. The forum is aimed at assisting disabled people in the community with various services like income generating projects and other activities, Beverlyn explained more. They currently need donations for their weekly feeding scheme at the Weltevreden recreation centre. For more information contact Beverlyn on (021) 392 5132 or Fanie September on 082 747 2179.

4 CD giveaway on Sakhisizwe

Busisiwe is giving away four CD's in her programme Sakhisizwe which is broadcast weekdays between 12 and 2 pm on 89.5 FM
To enter the lucky draw, sms the keyword NATION + your name to 32158 (sms cost R 1, 00 and free minutes do not apply)

The draw takes place during Sakhisizwe on the 10 July 2009
The CD pack contains:
CODA - Believe
Theo Kgosinkwe - I am
Sharon Dee - Ekhaya
DJ Cleo - Es'Khaleni Unit 5

Monday, June 22, 2009

22 June - Health

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Rashidah Hargey – A Natural Health Practitioner. We were talking about the Bowen Technique Therapy. It is said that the Bowen Technique is possibly the greatest discovery of a complementary therapy and is revolutionising healthcare worldwide. Many academics and members of the medical profession have been impressed by the results this modality has achieved. Bowen produces an integrated body response and consequently improves circulation, lymphatic and venous draining, assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins, joint mobility, postural imbalances, normalization of cellular physiology and tissue integrity. Here are some of the conditions that can be treated by the Bowen Technique: Back and neck pain, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Migraines and headaches and many more but Rashidah explained more on other conditions and on how this technique works. To find out more about the Bowen Technique visit www.bowentherapy.co.za or contact her on (021) 696 5928 alternatively her cellphone on 083 294 4429 she is based in Rondebosch East.

Acupuncture - alternative healing method

And we also spoke to Dr Bianca Benjamin – A registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist. We were talking about acupuncture. Dr Benjamin explained to us the health benefits of acupuncture. How it works and conditions that can be treated using acupuncture. If you would like more information contact the Melinca Clinic on (021) 422 5140 she is there Monday and Thursdays alternatively visit www.melincaclinic.co.za

Ayurveda Therapy

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Suresh Vassen – A Natural Health Practitioner. We were talking about the Ayurveda Therapy. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old holistic system of natural healing from India. Ayurveda encompasses a wide range of techniques to prevent and treat illness and to encourage general wellbeing, including: yoga, massage, diet, breathing and relaxation exercises, herbal remedies, and skin and body products. The goal of Ayurvedic treatment is to restore balance, good health, and harmony in one's life. Sacred organic oils are used in most treatments to purify the mind, body, and soul but Dr Vassen explained more. For more information send an email to drsvassen@viamediswitch.co.za or contact him on (021) 671 0307 he is based at 57 Belvedere Road in Claremont.

Friday, June 19, 2009

19 June - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we heard from Marlene Le Roux – Director of the Artscape Audience Development and Education. We were talking about Mȃ Ravan a production brought to you by Artscape in association with French Institute of South Africa. Mâ Ravan pays homage to the ancestral spirits of the rebellious slaves who worked on the islands' sugar cane plantations. The cast hails from Reunion Islands, Mauritius and Madagascar. This production will be at Artscape from the 25th to the 27th of June. Tickets will cost you R80 and R60 for Pensioners & students. For bookings contact Artscape Dial-a-Seat, on (021) 421 7695 or computicket by visiting www.computicket.com

World Refugee Day

We were also joined Instudio by Dr Lawrence Mgbangson – Senior Liaison Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and George Pambason - Director of Alliance of Refugees in South Africa. We were talking about World Refugee Day and related issues such as xenophobia and social cohesion. Tomorrow is the World Refugee Day and the Alliance for Refugees in South Africa in partnership with the 2010 soccer unit in the provincial department of Cultural Affairs and Sports, collaborating with UNHCR and other stakeholders will host a series of activities to promote integration, social justice and spirit of Ubuntu. Every year on June 20 the world honours the courage, resilience and strength of refugees. On this anniversary of the United Nations designated World Refugee Day, thousands of civil society organizations in hundreds of countries will come together to focus global attention not only on the plight of refugees and the causes of their exile, but also on their determination and will to survive and on the contributions they make to their host communities. The event will take place at Langa Sports Complex from 9:00 in the morning till 5:00pm. If you are interested in knowing more about this event you can contact the on (021) 421 2348 or go to http://www.afrisa.org/

Weekly Arts Update

We also heard from Mikhaila Crowie with this week Arts update and she will be back again next week.

Ikapa Dance Theatre

We closed off with an interview with Tanya Arshamian - Assistant Director of Ikapa Dance Theatre. Ikapa is an innovative Dance Company of international standard, that aims to reinvigorate classical dance in South Africa as a vibrant performing art that not only has the power to entertain and delight, but also empower and educate. Finding its inspiration in the tribal roots of African Dance and infusing it with classical artistry, iKapa is perfectly positioned to bring dance to South Africans of all walks of life. iKapa aims to be a company that will encourage, nurture and empower young, up and coming artists, whilst fostering and enhancing an appreciation for the performing arts throughout South Africa, ncluding historically disadvantaged communities. Next month they will performing at Artscape from the 2nd till the 4th of July. If you want more information you can contact their offices on (021) 424 0139 or visit www.ikapadancetheatre.co.za

Thursday, June 18, 2009

18 June - Labour

In today’s show we spoke to Dr Sarah Riordan - An Industrial Psychologist and Academic with over 25 years' experience in human resource development. As more and more women take up management and leadership positions, there is an increasing need among them for empowerment and skills to make a success of their new roles and careers. To address this need the University Of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development Ltd and Dr Riordan presented Conscious Career Strategies for Women in May this year. This strategic workshop was aimed at making women more aware of issues affecting their careers. She explained more about the workshop. For more information you can contact the University Of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development Ltd on (021) 808 9111 or (021) 918 4240, alternatively send an email to info@usb-ed.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

17 June - Gender

In today’s show, we heard from campaign is set to lobby for policies that will keep women safe from gun violence. This week is the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence to raise awareness, campaign for better gun laws and push for stronger regulation of the global arms trade. Civil society organisations, governments and UN agencies will organise events to draw attention to the human toll of small arms proliferation and misuse. This year there will be a particular focus on the mobilisation of civil society calling for their governments to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty in the discussions at the United Nations in July. The Disarming Domestic Violence campaign will be another major theme of this year's Week of Action. This is the first international campaign aimed at protecting women from gun violence in the home. The main goal is to ensure that people with a history of domestic abuse are denied access to firearms, or have their licenses revoked. According to the Ceasefire in South Africa one in every three women killed by her husband was shot. Laura explained more on the campaign. For more information visit www.ceasefire.org.za or send an email to stopwar@mail.ngo.za alternatively contact their offices on (011) 403 5315.

One in every three women killed by their partner in South Africa

We also played a feature produced by Cindy Witten on femicide. In 2006 it was reported that South Africa's femicide rate is the highest in the world. A study by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation one South African woman is killed every six hours by an intimate partner. Statistics showed that the Western Cape had the highest number of femicide cases with about 37 deaths, and KZN the lowest, with 21 deaths. With the recent report about the kidnapping and death of 20-year-old Stellenbosch University student Erin van Rensburg, many have raised concerns about the amount of women’s deaths that take place in our country.

Monday, June 15, 2009

15 June - Health, National Epilepsy Week

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Ndileka Mlobi - from Epilepsy South Africa. This dynamic organization provides developmental services nationally to promote equal opportunities for people with epilepsy and other disabilities. This week is the National Epilepsy Week. 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) 447 3014.

Friday, June 12, 2009

12 June - Arts, Culture & Environment -- Encounters Film Festival

In today's show we heard from Mandisa Zitha - Encounters Film Festival Director. She says it has been a challenging and an enlightening experience organising this year’s Festival because the current financial crisis and recession that impacted badly on the festival. Encounters made a public plea for support when it was announced that the SABC would withdraw its support – and many individuals and organisations have since pledged both money and in-kind donations. Encounters is making a last appeal for members of the public to join the Friends of the Festival club. To join the club Encounters requests a donation of R 1000 or more by the 18th of June 2009. This year the programme features 40 films includes 15 World Premières, 14 multiple international-award winning films, Q&A sessions with 21 guests and 3 Panel Discussions. In addition there will be two Master Classes. The documentaries will be showing in NU METRO at the V&A Waterfront from the 1st to the 19th of July 2009. For more information visit www.encounters.co.za or contact (021) 461 6964. For bookings contact 086 124 63 62 or visit www.numetro.co.za Tickets costs R33.00.

Gumba Squared Theatre

We were also joined Instudio by Sinethemba Twani, Thukela Maka and Phila Nkuzo – Founders of the Gumba Squared Theatre. It is a non profit organisation based in Gugulethu. Their main objective is to use their passion of theatre to educate the society about issues that affect people in our daily lives like crime and HIV/Aids. On July they will be showcasing their new play called Joyce’s Counseling Club. We spoke about that play and of course the organisation in general. If you are interested in knowing more about this organisation you can contact Sinethemba on 078 461 1733, Thukela on 073 677 6743 or Phila on (021) 633 4220.
PIC: by Busi Mtabane

Arts Update and the Cape Town Book Fair 2009!!!

We also heard from Mikhaila Crowie with this week Arts update and then we heard from Vanessa Badroodien – Cape Town Book Fair Director. The event will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from tomorrow till next Tuesday the 16th of June. We giving away 5 double tickets so call us on (021) 448 5450.

Youth Empowering Youth Outreach Organisation

We closed off with an interview with Mo Achedien – Co founder of the Youth Empowering Youth Outreach Organisation or YEYO. The organisation based in Mitchell’s Plain focuses on working with young people with programmes ranging from Arts, Sports and many more. Their vision is to inspire and motivate a better future for the youth of Mitchell’s Plain. If you want more information about the organisation, you can contact him on (021) or send an email to yeyoutreach@yahoo.com

Thursday, June 11, 2009

10 June - Gender - Girl Eng

Today we were joined Instudio by Emily Schuiling, Wiebke Toussaint, Sarah Kiggundu – from Girl Eng, a subsidiary of the South African Women in Engineering. South African Women in Engineering is a non-profit, student-run body, which was founded at the University of Cape Town in 2005. Its mission is to act as an anchor and support base for young female students of all backgrounds and engineering disciplines. Girl-Eng is an extension of SAWomEng. It is aimed at attracting female students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 into engineering. They explained more about their 2009 programme. For more information visit www.sawomen.org.za or email girlengwc@sawomen.org.za

11 June - Labour - World Day Against Child Labour

In today's show we heard from Mr. Phiroshaw Camay – Chairperson of the Network Against Child Labour. We were talking about the World Day Against Child Labour that will be celebrated tomorrow the 12th of June 2009. Whilst celebrating progress made during the past ten years, the World Day will highlight the continuing challenges, with a focus on exploitation of girls in child labour. According to the International Labour Organisation, around the world, an estimated 100 million girls are involved in child labour. Many of these girls undertake similar types of work as boys, but often also endure additional hardships and face extra risks. Here in Cape Town I see on the streets how children sell fruit, newspapers, how they work on taxis as taxi guardjie but we forget that this is something illegal and steals from the child’s childhood. Mr Camay explained more on how widespread the issue of child labour is in our country. For more information contact the Network Against Child Labour on (011) 836 9942.

The World Economic Forum on Africa 2009

We also played a feature on the World Economic Forum done by Sakhisizwe’s producer Umika Pidaparthy. The World Economic Forum on Africa 2009 is taking place here in Cape Town. The hot topic of discussion here has been how the global economic crisis has impacted the African continent. Keeping in mind the recession here in South Africa, one interactive session addressed unemployment and shifting skills needs. It looked at what training should be done to make sure the right people with the right skills were matched with the right jobs. Umika, our producer who attended the World Economic Forum presents a report on what was discussed at the session and interviewed the Vice President for the African Region of the World Bank Obiageli Ezekwesili on this topic.
PIC: Obiageli Ezekwesili & Umika

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

09 June - Human Rights

In today’s show, we spoke to Candice Jansen - media relations liaison from Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust. In 1999, the Ford Foundation set up an award program called the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust. This program annually recognizes unique initiatives that have had some sort of positive impact on our community. They can range from HIV treatment centers to a landfill site that has been registered as a nature conservancy area. This year Impumelelo will celebrate its 10th anniversary and present its awards in July in a different manner. The 2010 sustainability Awards is an incentive for government, business, and civil society to think creatively and innovatively about how we can become “greener” in all aspects of our lives. If you have demonstrated your expertise in addressing any of these challenges through a project or programme that is novel, creative and innovative, Impumelelo invites you to apply for the 2010 sustainability Awards the closing date for the submissions is the 31st of July. Visit www.impumelelo.org.za to download the submission form or contact Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust on (021) 424 6360 for more information.

Heideveld Education Forum

We also heard from Roy Prinsloo – spokesperson for the Heideveld Education Forum. The forum aims to tackle challenges within the education system and hopes to facilitate social transformation of the community through education. Mr Prinsloo explained more about the forum. Teachers and SGB members from within the Heideveld Community are invited to come forward with ideas on the content of the education forum. For more information you can contact Mr. Prinsloo on (021) 637 5366 during lunch time.

The Haven Night Shelter

We closed off the show with an interview with Hassan Khan - CEO of the Haven Night Shelter. The very popular night shelter was started in 1977 by residents of Green Point and Sea Point who wished to address the problem of vagrancy in the area. Today the Haven organisation has 14 operating shelters with 73 staff members and 83 volunteers rendering services to on average 1500 persons per day. Mr. Khan explained to us more about the services they provice and about the three hundred thousand rand grant they just received from the City of Cape Town. It is to be spent entirely on sustaining the existing services rather than adding new ones, Mr. Khan says he estimated the money would buy 1 000 blankets, 12 tons of food and 500 kits of basic amenities. For more information about the Haven Night Shelter and for anyone that wants to volunteer you can contact (021) 461 7830 or email them at info@haven.org.za alternatively visit their website at www.haven.org.za

Monday, June 08, 2009

08 June - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to was Dr Paul Sinclair a nephrologist, and we spoke about kidney infections and its causes. Kidney infections occur when bacteria or other infectious organisms enter the kidney and cause infections .When this happens the kidney swells up and becomes inflamed, this disease can be extremely dangerous and should always be treated. If it is left untreated it could lead to permanent kidney damage or blood poisoning. For more information visit your nearest clinic.

World Heart Rhythm Awareness Week

And we also heard from Prof A Okreglicki – an electrophysiologist or a heart specialist. We were talking about Cardiac Rhythm Disorders. It is said that Heart rhythm Disorders are often misunderstood and under - diagnosed. According to the Professor screening is the most important way of preventing arrhythmic cardiac events. Screening involves having your ECG taken. Professor explained more about the symptoms and the available treatment. For more information you can visit your nearest hospital or if you have access to the internet then go to www.paceafrica.org.za

National Blood Donar Month

We closed off the show with an interview with Leandi Le Roux – from the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service. June is Blood Donor Month - the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service has issued a call to all Capetonians to help alleviate pressure on the province's blood supply by attending donation clinics. According to the organisation the current cold spell and an increasing number of regular donors suffering from colds and flu have impacted negatively on their blood supply. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service will be hosting a number of donation clinics on Thursday, the 14th of June (World Blood Donor Day) to encourage new donors and to thank those who help them make a difference. Leandi explained more on this year’s theme. For more information or if you want to donate contact their offices at (021) 507 6300 or visit www.wpblood.org.za or sms 33507 then they will call you back.

Friday, June 05, 2009

05 June - Arts, Culture and Environment

In today’s show, we heard from Arne Purves – Project Manager at the Cape Town Green Map Project. The project focuses on greening initiatives, carbon reduction and offset, water conservation, sustainable transport, integrated waste management, biodiversity awareness, green procurement, responsible tourism and environmental awareness. We were talking about the importance of the World Environment Day, which is today. Comemorating this day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action and the theme for 2009 is 'Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change'. To know more about the Green Map project visit them at www.capetowngreenmap.co.za.

Beached whales controversy

We were also joined Instudio by Mr. Allan Perrins – CEO of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and Kira Joshua - the Senior Wildlife Inspector. We were talking about the Mass Whale Beaching Tragedy. On Saturday about 55 false killer whales many pregnant females and calves, beached around dawn in Long Beach, Kommetjie. Community members came to the rescue but tempers flared and emotions spilled over when Mike Meyer, a scientist with Marine and Coastal Management, ordered that 41 or 42 whales be shot as it was considered to be the most humane option. He says the whales were slowly dying of organ failure and were suffering but his call has angered a lot of people. One Captain Paul Watson of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Canada has called on the government of South Africa to dismiss Mr. Meyer. Mr Perrins and Kira explained more on what to do if such tragedy strikes. If you are interested in knowing more about the incident or about whale beaching in general you can visit the SPCA at www.spca-ct.co.za or call them at (021) 700 4140

Weekly Arts update

Regular Arts update with Nigel Vermaas.

Diesel and Dust

We also heard from Obie Oberholzer - an acclaimed photographer. We were talking about his latest solo exhibition, titled Diesel & Dust that opened on Wednesday the 3rd of June and closes on the 16th of July at the Photographers Gallery in Shortmarket St opp On Broadway. Oberholzer taught photography as a professor at Rhodes University until he retired in 2002. He now works on his own photography and takes pictures to go with stories on Africa that appear in high-end magazines, such as Condé Naste Traveler and German magazines including Stern. If you want more information about the exhibition, you can call the Photographers Gallery on (021) 422 2762 or go to www.photographersgalleryza.co.za

Thursday, June 04, 2009

04 June - Labour,Chronic theft in the workplace

In today’s show, we spoke about chronic theft in the workplace and how it could be overcome with Roger Brown - An attorney from Labour Protect. It is said that the current international and South African climate is causing a large number of companies to experience severe financial difficulties. Customer orders are waning, budgets are being cut, profits are dwindling, cash flows are tightening and it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay creditors and staff salaries. In addition to the international economic downturn, crime is having a seriously detrimental effect on the finances of employers. According to experts, Theft of company stock and equipment costs employers many millions in losses every year which leads to local and international companies’ reluctance to risk labour-intensive investment in a country where theft-related losses are so high and where violent crime is out of control. Mr. Brown explained more about the seriousness of this issue.

Building Industry Bargaining Council

We were also joined Instudio by Henry Strydom - from the Building Industry Bargaining Council. The council is calling on members of the community and homeowners to be aware of their social responsibility when it comes to hiring building contractors who don't pay their staff a minimum wage. With the slow down in the economy and an increase in unemployment in the building sector there is a growing tendency to exploit labour, by paying workers less than the minimum wage. Mr. Strydom explain more on this issue. For more information contact the council on (021) 950 7400 or visit their website www.bibc.co.za or you can contact the Master Builders Association Western Cape on (021) 685 2625, or Boland branch on (021) 863 3330

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

03 June - Gender

In today’s show, we played an interview I had earlier today with Gcobisa Ngalo – A Social Worker at FAMSA Western Cape Khayelitsha Branch. FAMSA Western Cape is a non-profit organisation specialising in relationship counselling. They believe that “healthy families create healthy communities” and are the foundation of the society. We were talking about a skills training they will be providing for unemployed women starting this month. The skills training will be in baking, cooking, and painting. Gcobisa explained more on the requirements in order to be part of the training. For more information contact her on (021) 361 9098.

Simelela Rape Center

We also heard from Ntuthu Ntwana and Nomlindi Sishuba – from the Simelela Rape Center. Simelela Rape Center started in 2003 in Khayelitsha and continues to provide support and medical help to rape victims from all kinds of backgrounds. They explained more about the centre and its focus. For more information about Simelela Rape Centre you can contact their offices on (021) 361 0543.

Women in Film and Tevevision South Africa

We closed off the show with an interview with Vuyokazi Matu – from the Women in Film and Television. Women in Film and Television South Africa is an active organisation focussed on providing a professional platform for women in the film and television industry to network and learn. As an affiliate of WIFT International, a group that spans 14 countries and has over 10 000 members, WIFTSA offers its members access to contacts all over the world. Tomorrow they will be hosting speed mentoring event. Through this you will get an opportunity to ask Moonlighting Films’ Genevieve Hofmeyr, and ETV’s Showbiz Report’s Nicky Greenwall how they got to where they are. Based on the concept of “speed dating”, “speed mentoring” gives you 5 minutes of invaluable face-to-face time in which to ask for tips and advice from successful, influential women in the film and television industry. The event will be hosted at the Runway Resource Centre, behind Waterfront Studios between 19h00-20h00PM. PLEASE NOTE: It is essential to pre-book your 5 minute slot by emailing info@wiftsa.org.za. For more information on WIFTSA visit www.wiftsa.org.za

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

02 June - Human Rights

In today’s show, we spoke to Gabrielle Ritchie – Programme Director 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. They are calling in for nominations on the following categories: Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy: Youth in Philanthropy: Women in Philanthropy: Community Philanthropy and Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. Gaby will tell us more on how you can nominate outstanding people in your community. Remember nominees must have made a sustainable difference to a community or to a particular organisation or institution. The closing date for the nominations is the 30th of June. Visit www.inyathelo.co.za to download the nomination form or contact Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement on (021) 465 6981 for more information.

National Paraffin Safety week 1 -7 June

We also heard from Patrick Kulati - Managing Director at the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa. Yesterday it was the National Paraffin Safety Day, this is the brain child of the Paraffin Safety Association and it is intended to draw the attention of the nation to the plight of the consumers of paraffin fuel and appliances who experience injuries and poisonings. According to the Paraffin Safety Association, the issue of paraffin safety remains critically relevant as millions continue to use paraffin and its appliances. Mr Kulati explained more about paraffin safety measures that we can take as we are entering the cold/wet winter months. For more information, you can contact their offices on (021) 671 5767 or visit www.paraffinsafety.org

Africa Youth Summit

We closed off the show with an interview with Bryan Peach and Williams Adebola – from the Global Changemakers to talk about the Global Changemakers’ Africa Youth Summit. Tomorrow students from different parts of the world will meet at the University of Cape Town for the Global Changemakers’ Africa Youth Summit 2009 from tomorrow till June 12th. The Global Changemakers’ is organized and run by the British Council and is a global network of youth activists. In this summit, 80 African students and other global participants will not only discuss key issues but will be exposed to organizations that can bring about social change. Five of the participants will have a chance to take part in the World Economic Forum on Africa. For more information on the Global Changemakers’ program visit them at www.global-changemakers.net or contact the local British Council on (021) 460 6660.

Monday, June 01, 2009

1 June - Health

today’s show, we heard from Dr Martin van Lierde – from the Vincent Pallotti Hospital and he was talking about snoring. Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be rather loud and quite unpleasant. The structures are usually the uvula and soft palate. Until recently, snoring has been largely ignored by medical science. While the snorer sleeps undisturbed, the sleepless listener develops the chief symptoms of a disease that afflicts also the unafflicted. Snoring is more widespread then generally believed. Up to 45% of adults snore occasionally, while 25% are habitual snorers. Snoring is more common in males, increases with age in both sexes and is 3 times more common in the obese. It is reported that majority of people over the age of 65 snores. For more information you could call Dr Martin van Lierde – from the Vincent Pallotti Hospital on (021) 532 2156 or visit http://www.blaauwberg.net/

Iron overload

And we also heard from Dr Maritha Kotze – from the University Stellenbosch and we will be talking about iron overload. Iron overload a little known disease that has just been thrust to the forefront this past month. Iron overload occurs when, after many years, the body absorbs an abundance of iron which builds up in organ tissues such as the heart and/or liver. Iron overload is a serious chronic condition that must be properly diagnosed and treated. Undiagnosed iron overload can lead to haemochromatosis - a potentially life-threatening disease. So Dr Kotze will be explaining to us more about the workshop they ran on the 20th of May at the University of Stellenbosch to raise awareness among doctors of iron- related diseases especially hereditary haemochromatosis. For more information contact Dr Kotze on (021) 938 9324.

World No Tobacco Campaign

We closed off the show with Dorothy Du Plooy – from the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about the No Tobacco Campaign. Yesterday it was the World No-Tobacco Day and the Cancer Association launched the No Tobacco Campaign that is aimed at educating people especially the youth about the dangers of smoking and what solutions they can use to quit smoking. The theme for this year World No-Tobacco Day was “Tobacco Health Warnings" which highlights the health warnings appearing on packs of cigarettes as one of the strongest defences against the global epidemic of tobacco. It is reported that in South Africa, more than 43 000 people die every year from diseases directly and indirectly related to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke contains at least 4 000 chemicals of which many can cause cancer. Dorothy explained more about the dangers of smoking. To learn more on this campaign go to www.cansa.org.za or send an email to info@cansa.org.za