Wednesday, November 24, 2010

24 November - Gender - Call to Action: join the 16 days of Activism against Violence and Abuse of Women and Children march

In today’s show, we heard from Reverend John Oliver - Member of the 16 days of activism alliance. To commemorate the 16 days of Activism against Violence and Abuse of Women and Children, the alliance is organising a march for the 9th of December to express their concern around violence and the abuse of women and children and to lobby and advocate for women and children’s rights. The march will start at 10AM at Muir Street Mosque at Keizersgracht Street. For more information you can contact (021) 447 5766 or visit www.sangoco.org

Fighting together against child sexual abuse


We also heard from Amanda Jones - Corporate & Community Fundraiser at PATCH, the Helderberg Child Abuse Centre. PATCH aims to support all child victims of sexual abuse in the Helderberg and strives to prevent the incidence of this horrific crime committed against innocent children. Mandy explained more. PATCH together with Rape Crisis Helderberg is kindly requesting Cakes, Tarts & Cup Cakes. Come and support their worthy cause by donating your baking. These delicious goodies will be sold on Saturday, the 11th of December outside the PATCH office in Dorhill Road, back entrance to Southey’s Vines. Drop of your baked goods at PATCH on Friday, 10th December before 4pm. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. For more information contact their offices on (021) 852 6110 or visit www.patch-helderberg.com alternatively contact Rape Crisis Helderberg on (021) 852 5620.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

23 November - Human Rights - Khayelitsha Health Forum hosts a health summit


On today’s show, we were joined on the line by Mr Wandisile Ngeyi – from the Khayelitsha Health Forum. Last weekend, the Khayelitsha Health Forum hosted a health summit, with the aim of bringing together all the role players within health, human rights and related sectors working in the Khayelitsha area in order to provide a platform for the community of Khayelitsha to share their lived realities and the factors affecting health. The summit was hosted in conjunction with the People's Health Movement South Africa, Mr Ngeyi explained more. If you would like to find out more about the forum do contact their offices on (021) 361 3273.

Monday, November 22, 2010

22 November - Health - This week is the Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Week

In today’s show, we were joined by Dr Nils Bergman - Kangaroo Mother Care pioneer. This week is the Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Week. Infants are considered for KMC if they have a low birth weight but are in a stable condition. Kangaroo mother care is defined as early, prolonged and continuous skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn low birth weight infant, both in hospital and after early discharge, until at least the 40th week of postnatal gestational age. Kangaroo mother care does not need sophisticated equipment, can be applied almost anywhere, could contribute to the humanisation of neonatal care, and contain costs. Dr Bergman explained more on the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care. For more information visit www.kangaroomothercare.com

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

And I also played a feature on a Lung Cancer Awareness event I attended. November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. To mark the occasion and raise Awareness of the disease, Matrixads, an advertising agency based here in Cape Town on behalf of Roche Products organised a rather scorching Lung Caner Awareness Campaign last week Thursday. Wally Abrahams – Firefighter for 25 years who suffers from a Lung disease, also got an opportunity to share his story. According to Oncologist Dr Jacqui Hall, even though the most common cause of lung cancer is smoking there is also a genetic factor in some cases. For more information go to www.cansa.org.za or the global lung cancer coalition at www.lungcancercoalition.org
PIC: Ex-Firefighter Wally Abrahams and his wife.

Friday, November 19, 2010

19 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory to be screened at Alliance Française of Cape Town

In today’s show, we spoke to Walo Deuber - A Swiss filmmaker and journalist. We were talking about his film Fading Traces: Postscripts from a Landscape of Memory. The film is a slice of European history in today's Ukraine. For years the survivors of the Holocaust have kept their memories of a lost Jewish community to themselves. Now they ask the world to share their memories with them. The film brings together witnesses of the present with those of the past. In a fascinating, spell-binding landscape, an exchange of memories takes place between witnesses still alive and those who, through their writings and music, long ago fashioned a memorial to the largest ever Jewish cosmos. It will be screened on Thursday, the 25th of November at 7pm at the Alliance Française in collaboration with Pro Helvetia. Walo, who is in South Africa on a research residency courtesy of Pro Helvetia, will do a Q&A after the screening. Entrance is R20. For more information you can contact Pro Helvetia offices on (021) 465 9033 or check www.prohelvetia.org.za alternatively Nazeer Ahmed at nazeer@encounters.co.za or (021) 465 4686.

Arts & Culture Trust calls for grants applications and Arts Update


Peter Jacobs – General Manager at the Arts & Culture Trust joined us on the line. The Arts & Culture Trust calls for applications for the ACT Building Blocks Programme, sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. New, emerging or established South African arts, culture or heritage organisations are invited to submit funding enquiries for Special Grants up to a maximum of R200, 000 in total and Once-off Grants ranging from R10, 000 to R50, 000. The ACT Building Blocks Programme aims to build the capacity of South African arts, culture and heritage organisations and other community organisations in order to strengthen these economically, culturally and socially. The programme is aimed at cultural organisations that serve the community at large and is not intended to serve individual artists. The programme focuses on sustainable capacity building for organisations that provide broad access to the arts. Applicants are required to complete an Application Form by the 31st of December 2010. Visit the ACT website at www.act.org.za for more information about the programme, to submit an online application or download instructions on how to submit an application manually alternatively contact (011) 712 8403.

We heard from Nigel Vermaas for the Arts Update.

Khaya plans to make waves in the music industry

We closed off the show with an interview with Khaya – An upcoming artist. Khaya has just finished working on his debut album, which is produced independently through his production company, IT Productions. Influenced by Mafikizolo, he plans to make it big in the music industry. To order an album contact him on 079 589 5747 or check www.facebook.com/Khaya-Kilibane, a copy will cost you only R50.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

16 November - Human Rights - Emergency Services Trauma Support intensifies their services

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Christopher Skippers – Director for the Emergency Services Trauma Support. They based in the Belhar area and provide counseling and trauma support around the peninsula. They are also in need of theology students to volunteer as trauma workers. For more information contact 072 436 9564 alternatively send an email to estraumasupport@gmail.com

Western Cape Provincial Government brings Integrated Community Outreach Programme in Mitchell’s Plain

We also heard from Beverley Gardener – From the South African Social Security Agency. The Western Cape Provincial Government together with local, provincial and national departments is embarking on the Integrated Community Outreach Programme in Mitchell’s Plain today and tomorrow. This programme is similar to a previous programme, known as the Jamboree programme. The programme will see departments such as Home Affairs take on applications for ID’s, birth certificates, while SASSA will administer to community members who would like to apply for grants such as pensions, child support grant and disability grant. The Programme is running today and tomorrow between 07:30 – PM.

Monday, November 15, 2010

15 November - Health - Egg Donors needed!!!

In today’s show, we spoke to Nosipho Mkhize – Founder of Egg Donor Portal. The Egg Donor Portal is an Egg Donor database designed by Nosipho who has donated her eggs many times. As an egg donor she realized that there is a huge scarcity of donors, not because young girls were not willing to donate, but because there is a lack of knowledge about the egg donation process. She explained more on how one can go about in donating. For more information you can contact her on (021) 551 1573 or email her to eggdonorportal@hotmail.com alternatively visit www.eggdonorportal.com or check their facebook page on www.facebook.com/eggdonorportal

Friday, November 12, 2010

12 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Tony Mhayi talks about the future of Art and craft in South Africa


On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Tony Mhayi - Independent Arts and Crafts Professional. We were talking about his work and the future of arts and crafts in South Africa. Tony is currently working on his solo exhibition, which will be ready sometime in 2011. For more information check him on facebook www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-AlbertMhayi

Maurice Hermès Mbikayi visits Sakhisizwe & Arts Update

We also heard from Maurice H. Mbikayi - Visual Artist. Maurice’s main areas of interest are photography, mixed media sculpture and painting, installation and public performances, as a way of engaging the public and interrogating social boundaries around current socio-political issues. We talked more about his influences and his future plans. His new exhibition will be on the 24th of January 2011 at the AVA Gallery. For more information visit www.mauricembikayi.blogspot.com

Nigel Vermaas joined us on the line for this week's Arts Update.

Isango Portobello presents Ragged Trousered Philanthropists or Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo

We closed off the show with an interview with Mandisi Dyantyis – Co-music director of Isango Portobello’s Ragged Trousered Philanthropists or Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo premiered on the Fugard Theatre stage on the 21st of October, running till the 20th of November. The play is based on the famous novel written by Robert Tressell in 1910. The original novel is set in the UK during a time when the socialist worldview was gaining support but Isango’s new production moves the action to Cape Town of the 1950’s. Isango Portobello is offering a free bus service from Khayelitsha to and from the Fugard Theatre next Wednesday to see their acclaimed production. There are 14 places available on the bus and people can purchase a discount ticket of only R60 and sign up for the free transport at Pub Chill, I Section, 188 Mahlungu Street in Khayelitsha. The bus will leave at 6pm for the performance. The performance finishes at 10pm and the bus will return everyone to Pub Chill. The show only runs until the 20th of November. Tickets can be booked at the Fugard Theatre or by calling the Fugard Theatre box office on (021) 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com

Thursday, November 11, 2010

11 November - Labour - SABEF to host a Funding Convention and Business Enterprise

In today’s show, we heard from Vuyisa Qabaka – National Spokesperson for the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum. The South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum is hosting a Funding Convention and Business Enterprise on the 13th of November at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. The event is aimed at educating SMME's on how to go about in getting funding, on how to complete the documentation needed or to meet the criteria expected of them for funding and tender application and ultimately to get them networking with relative funders and investors. They would also like to sign up as many members to SABEF in order to get them working on growing their business. Registrations are open from 08:00AM and event will close at 17:00PM. For further information, please contact the provincial office on (021) 418 2004 or send an email to westerncape@sabef.co.za alternatively visit www.sabef.co.za

Paul Cooley to co-facilitate a workplace discipline workshop

We also heard from Paul Cooley – Labour Law Specialist and founder of Workplace Strategies. Paul will be co-facilitating a one day workshop on the labour law pertaining to workplace discipline presented by The UCT Professional Development Project of the Faculty of Law in partnership with the Institute of Labour Law and Development. He is frequently asked to act as an independent chairperson for disciplinary hearings and as an accredited facilitator, regularly trains in the area of employee discipline. He explained more about what you need to know about discipline in the workplace. The workshop is opened to anyone involved in managing people or addressing employee discipline including HR professionals, middle-managers, line-managers, finance managers, small business owners or labour attorneys. At R1500.00, per delegate. Please contact Irèna Wasserfall or Shani Vavruch at the Professional Education Project on (021) 650 5621 or 650 5413 or email irena.wasserfall@uct.ac.za / shani.vavruch@uct.ac.za If you would like any information on the topic or to invite Paul for a workshop, you can call him on 076 299 7807 or visit his website at www.workplacestrategies.co.za

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

10 November - Gender - Great Women International promotes Economic Advancement of women


In today’s show, we heard from Puleng Mpokotho – CEO and Chief Editor of Great Women International. Great Women is a Professional and Business Networking Site tailor-made for the Economic Advancement of Women Globally. The platform seeks to forge solid Business relations among Professional and Businesswomen on an international scale. Great Women is determined to rid women of the ‘Victim’ tag by replacing it with that of Heroines, Conquerors and Leaders. Puleng explained more on the vision for the network. For more information contact (021) 447 0676 or go to www.greatwomeninternational.com

Free Gender fighting against homophobia in Khayelitsha

We also heard from Funeka Soldaat - Coordinator at Free Gender. Free Gender is a lesbian organisation based in Khayelitsha. Their aim is to fighting against homophobia within the townships. For more information contact her on 082 068 0440 or (021) 362 9491 alternatively send an email to freegender2008@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

09 November - Human Rights - The People's Health Movement SA intensifies the "Right to Health Campaign"

In today’s show, we were joined Instudio by Brian Moody – from the People's Health Movement South Africa. We were talking about the "Right to Health Campaign". The People's Health Movement South Africa held a second public hearing at the Manenberg People's Centre, with the aim to provide a platform for the community of Manenberg to share their lived realities and the factors affecting health. The public hearings are part of the PHM SA's "Right to Health Campaign” that includes workshops on the Right to health as expressed in the SA constitution. The PHMSA also conducted Right To Health workshops in Khayelitsha and the next public hearings will be held in partnership with a range of other organisations under the umbrella of the Khayelitsha Health Forum scheduled for the 20th and 21st of November. If you would like to find out more about their campaign do contact their offices on (021) 447 2024 or visit www.asnahome.org/peopleshealth

Monday, November 08, 2010

08 November - Health - Today is the World Radiography Day

In today’s show, we heard from Ms Mable Kekana - Chairperson for the Professional Board for Radiography and Clinical Technology. Today is the World Radiography Day, which commemorates the discovery of X-rays by Professor Wilhelm Roentgen. The aim of World Radiography Day is to raise awareness about the profession, stimulate interest in radiography as a career and also address the shortage of Radiographers in South Africa. Miss Kekana explained more. For more information go to www.hpcsa.co.za or contact their offices on (012) 338 9300.

Novo Nordisk Diabetes Youth Ambassador talks about living with diabetes

Tshepo Howza Mosese - Novo Nordisk Diabetes Youth Ambassador joined us on the line. We were talking about living with diabetes. Howza was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2003. His father had lived with Type 2 Diabetes all his life yet Howza’s own symptoms were not recognised until his condition was at an advanced stage so he wants to demythologize the condition and move it beyond set assumptions. This week is the National Diabetes Awareness Week. Since his diagnosis Howza has made it one of his life’s missions to increase awareness and use his music, celebrity and life experience to make a difference in the lives of others. He composed a song titled "I choose to live”, and the music video will be released on the 10th of November 2010 to partner with World Diabetes Day. Celebrated every year on 14 November, World Diabetes Day is a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance regarding diabetes and keeps it firmly in the public spotlight. To learn more about diabetes and World Diabetes Day, visit www.idf.org or you can like the “I choose to live” on Facebook page and follow “I choose to live” on Twitter @ichoose2live.

Linda talks about the importance of giving the "Gift of Life"


We also spoke to Linda Peel – Executive Director for the Organ Donor Foundation. We were talking about organ donation. The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity, established to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns. Last week a 12 year old boy received a heart transplant in Cape Town. According to the foundation, currently there are over 3,500 South Africans waiting for organ and tissue transplants. Sadly, as a result of this critical shortage less than 1,000 of them will receive a transplant and the "Gift of Life" this year. Linda explained more on how one can go about in giving the “Gift of Life”. Remember there is no cost charged to register as an organ donor. To register or for more information contact the Organ Donor Foundation on 0800 22 66 11 or visit www.odf.org.za

This week is CPR Week

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr Heike Geduld – Metro Emergency Medical Services Medic. We were talking about CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. CPR is an emergency procedure performed if someone has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped and this week is the CPR week, so Dr Geduld explained more about the role of the lay rescuer/first-aider. The emergency number is 10177 or visit www.metroems.org.za for more information on CPR.

Friday, November 05, 2010

05 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Blank Projects presents In Transit and Arts Update

In today’s show, we were joined by Jonathan Garnham – Founder of Blank Projects. Blank projects is an independent, artist-run exhibition space dedicated to new developments in contemporary South African Art and encourages experimental practice from both emerging and established artists. Yesterday they opened a new exhibition by Laurence Bonvin titled In Transit, a travelling exhibition of Photographic Works. The travelling exhibition, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and FMAC (City of Geneva), will run till the 25th of November, before relocating to Johannesburg and other centers in 2011. For more information contact Jonathan on 072 198 9221 or send an email to info@blankprojects.com alternatively visit www.blankprojects.com

Nigel Vermaas was here for the Arts Update.

Rockstone Band releases an album

We closed off the show with an interview with Denve and the Rockstone Band. Rockstone is a South African based Reggae Band which started in 2000 in a shed in their hometown Ceres with minimal equipment. The band came together against all odds as they all shared the same vision and love for music and very compassionate towards their own ability as musicians. We spoke more about their musicical influence. For more information about Denve and the Rockstone Band contact him on 072 337 9930 or send an email to denve.rockstone@gmail.com alternatively check their facebook page on www.facebook.com/Rockstone-Band

Thursday, November 04, 2010

04 November - Labour - Department of Labour embarks on UIF taxi rank road shows


In today’s show, we spoke to Franco Mabuya - Labour Department’s Unemployment Insurance Fund Spokesperson. The department of Labour is embarking on taxi rank road shows around the province this week. Fifteen taxi ranks will be visited throughout the Western Cape. The purpose of the road shows is to ensure that as many taxi workers as possible are registered and have access to the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s services. According to the Unemployment Insurance Act 63 of 2001, all workers who work for more than 24 hours a month are required to register with the Fund. The Fund acts as a safety net when workers lose their jobs. Today they are in Paarl & Wellington. For more information about the Unemployment Insurance Fund contact their helpline on (012) 337 1680 or visit www.labour.gov.za

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

03 November - Gender - Shukumisa Campaign determined on stirring social attitudes


On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Lisa Vetten – Director at Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre. We were talking about the Shukumisa Campaign. The Campaign is aimted at stirring and shaking up social attitudes to sexual violence and the treatment of survivors in their encounters with state services throughout the criminal justice process. It was developed by the National Working Group on Sexual Offences, a network of 26 civil society organisations from around South Africa in 2003 to ensure that effective and appropriate laws around sexual offences were passed. Lisa explained more. For more information go to www.shukumisa.org.za

Rape Crisis Cape Town launches new user-friendly mobi site


We also heard from Nikki Rossouw – Communications and Fundraising Coordinator at the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust now boasts a new user-friendly mobi site, enabling people to obtain valuable information on rape from their cell phones. The focus of the mobi site is on ensuring easy and convenient access to information for survivors of rape. The site is free to access but mobile networks like Vodacom, MTN and Cell C will charge for the data at the rate of a few cents per visit to the site. To view five pages would cost the user approximately 20 cents. Nikki explained more. To visit the mobi site visit www.rapecrisis.mobi

Red Card against child sexual exploitation campaign hits the streets of Cape Town

We closed off with an interview with Leader Kanyiki Ngooyi – from Sonke Gender Justice Network. We were talking about the Red Card against child sexual exploitation campaign. This is a is a joint campaign by Sonke Gender Justice Network and Grassroot Soccer to prevent child sexual exploitation in Southern Africa during and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is reported that child sexual exploitation affects millions of girls and boys globally and is a growing problem in southern Africa. They are currently hosting workshops in various communities about the campaign. Leader explained more. For more information contact their offices on (021) 423 7088 or 078 769 0523 alternatively visit www.genderjustice.org.za

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

02 November - Human Rights - Education Coalition of South Africa is committed in the advancement of education

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Clive Barrows – Chairman of the Education Coalition of South Africa or EDCOSA. It is a voluntary association for NGOs, government, civil society and those interested in the advancement of education in South Africa. The new body was launched last month to strengthen civil society structures which provide educational services to marginalized communities through a process of networking, information-sharing, partnerships and joint ventures. According to Mr Barrows, EDCOSA is committed to accountability, avoiding partisanship and conflict of interest. If you would like more information you can contact Mr. Barrows on (021) 786 1314 or send an email to cliveb@esst.org.za alternatively his cellphone on 084 887 9210 or his assistant, Samantha Makhandla on 072 198 3535.

Citizens Advice Bureau offering free advice on legal and consumer issues


We also heard from Prince Mdazula – from the Citizens Advice Bureau. The Bureau offers independent, impartial, free and confidential advice to members of the community. It assists people to assert their rights and know their responsibilities. Prince explained more about their services. For more details contact their offices on (021) 361 1455 or send an email to citizensab@telkomsa.net

Monday, November 01, 2010

01 November - Health - Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust to raise funds for a new Surgical Skills Training Centre

In today's show we spoke to Phillipa Douglas – from the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust. We were talking about the Sea Harvests Kids for Kids Campaign. The Children's Hospital Trust, the Fundraising Arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, and Sea Harvest are running a fundraising campaign from this month to January 2011 to help raise funds for a new Surgical Skills Training Centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. For more information visit www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za or contact (021) 686 7860.

Friday, October 29, 2010

29 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Amani Arts Festival hits Khayelitsha

In today’s show, we spoke to Suzy Bell - Amani Arts Festival Director. This an annual arts festival in Khayelitsha presented by African Artists Unite as One, a voluntary community of Pan African and local South African artists based in Cape Town who cross-culturally collaborate. As cultural activists they present this site-specific arts festival in celebration of African Human Rights Day and cultural diversity. The festival will be at the Lookout Hill tomorrow from 11AM and is open for free to the public. Come hear true street hip-hop from Phillipi, Gugs, Langa and Khayelitsha bare its soul. There will be yummy Pan-African snacks and beautiful original music with songs and poems especially written for this festival. For more information, visit www.uniteasone.org.za or www.facebook.com/unite.as.one

Bridgetown Theatre Company and Arts Update

We also heard from Naomi Phiri – From the Bridgetown Theatre Company. Twelve of Bridgetown theatre company’s members are chosen to be part of the Performing arts network of South Africa’s (PANSA) upcoming 3 original one act musicals. According to the BTC artistic Director, they are very proud of their 12 member’s selection into the cast of prestigious PANSA musicals. Their selection brings to fruition one of BTC’s aims of providing a platform and opportunity for their members to excel. The exposure they will receive for being part of the PANSA musicals will stand them in good stead for the future performing arts career. Naomi explained more about the Bridgetown Theatre Company. For more information check www.bridgetowntheatre.wordpress.com or send an email to bridgetowntheatre@gmail.com alternatively their offices on (021) 637 6723. The PANSA festival will be on Sunday 30 October at 6.00pm at the District theatre (Next to District six museum) Buitenkant Street (Near the castle) Cape Town. Tickets costs R50. To book please call Nono (021) 448 3513.

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Blaze determined to challenge the land issue

We closed off the show with an interview with Blaze – A Rastafari music group. Based in Hout Bay, the group is part of the people who were evicted in Hangberg. They say they are community activist using art as a tool to raise their concerns. Tonight Blaze will be performing at the District Six Museum in an event organised by the Cape Cultural Collective from 7PM. The theme of tonight’s event is “This Land is our Land”. They feature artists like Jahm, Blaq Pearl, Noni D Poni and many more. For more information about Blaze contact on 078 536 3668 or send an email to johan.october@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 28, 2010

28 October - Labour - Young People for Development


In today’s show, we spoke to Stanford Dzititi – from Young People for Development. The organisation is based in Hout Bay and they run a resource center to empower young people from that area. If you would like to assist the organisation with resources or for more information you can email Stanford to youngpeoplefordevelopment@gmail.com or check their facebook page at www.facebook.com/youngpeoplefordevelopment

Workplace Challenge Programme pushes productivity

We closed off the show with an interview with Justice Tshifularo – Senior Manager for the Workplace Challenge Programme. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a supply side measure of the dti, managed by Productivity SA. Their mandate is to improve productivity and competitiveness of South African firms and sectors through constructive labour relations and the implementation of continuous improvement principles at the workplace. Justice explained more on how they do that. For more information visit www.workplacechallenge.co.za or www.productivitysa.co.za

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

26 October - Human Rights - Institute for Healing of Memories opens a dialogue on Community Healing


In today’s show, we spoke to Alphonse Niyodusenga - Programme Evaluator and Researcher at the Institute for Healing of Memories. Tomorrow they will be hosting A Dialogue on Community Healing at the Mowbray Town Hall. One of the objectives for this dialogue is to reflect on the dynamics and issues that hinder the community healing in our new Democratic Society. If you would like more information you can contact their offices on (021) 683 6231 or send an email to alphonse@healingofmemories.co.za alternatively visit www.healingofmemories.co.za

Join the Right to Know Campaign march to Parliament


We also heard from Mark Weinberg – National Co-ordinator of the Right to Know Campaign. The R2K is an umbrella campaign representing a broad front of civil society groups. The Campaign is concerned that the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before Parliament will fundamentally undermine hard won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. Tomorrow they will be marching to Parliament and members of the public are asked to wear red and blow their vuvuzela's to show their support for the campaign. The March will commence from Keizersgracht Street at 10:00 AM and they will be at Parliament at 12:00PM. For more information contact Mark on 074 103 6We also heard from Mark Weinberg – National Co-ordinator of the Right to Know Campaign. The R2K is an umbrella campaign representing a broad front of civil society groups. The Campaign is concerned that the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before Parliament will fundamentally undermine hard won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. Tomorrow they will be marching to Parliament and members of the public are asked to wear red to show their support for the campaign. The March will commence from Keizersgracht Street at 10:00 AM and they will be at Parliament at 12:00PM. For more information contact Mark on 074 103 6704 or visit www.facebook.com/Right-2-Know-Campaign alternatively www.r2k.org.za

Monday, October 25, 2010

25 October - Health - Beauty Without Cruelty hosts Africa’s first Veggie Pride Parade

In today's show, we spoke to Toni Brockhoven – from Beauty Without Cruelty. This week is a World Vegan Week and they will be hosting Africa’s first Veggie Pride Parade on the 30th of this month. Toni explained more about the parade and we also apoke about their Meat Free Monday’s campaign, which they say is an attractive way for individuals to reduce carbon emissions in order to slow the rate of climate change, protect the environment, improve your health, and express compassion for the rights and needs of animals. For more information visit www.bwcsa.co.za or www.supportmfm.co.za

Headache Clinic warns about the Hay fever headaches

We also spoke to Dr Elliot Shevel - Chairman of the South African Headache Society. We were talking about the hay fever headaches. It is said that October and November are peak allergy months in Cape Town, and with the Western Cape now consistently recording pollen counts of over 30 - considered extremely high - allergic people should be sure to seek help soon because there is still a long time to go. Hay fever headaches cause a dull, deep, throbbing pain. Some of the symptoms of hay fever headaches are pressure like pain in one specific area of your face or head, face is tender to the touch, pain is worse with sudden movements of the head and bending forward and worse pain in the morning. They are caused by an inflammation in your sinuses. Headaches often begin as soon as you get up in the morning, and may be better by the afternoon. Dr Shevel explained more about the available treatment. For more information contact the Headache Clinic on 0861 678 911 or send an email to www.headclin.co.za

SSISA opens registrations for the OptiFit Running Programme

We closed off the show with an interview with Kathleen Mc Quaide-Little – from the Sports Science Institute of SA. We were talking about the OptiFit Running Programme. This 12 weeks to 10km or 8 weeks to 21.1km hands-on training programme is designed for novices and trains people to take part in races of different distances. You will also undergo various fitness and health assessments and can select either a dietary or running injury risk assessment. There are up to three evening sessions a week and one weekend session on the 21.1km programme and you are fully trained by Sports Scientists. On completion of the course, all your health and fitness assessments are redone and the entire group participates in an official 10km or 21.1km event (Two Oceans) together. The 10km course starts in Cape Town on the 23rd of January and the 21.1km programme on the 28th of February 2011 and there are limited places available, so book now. You are also given the opportunity of joining the SSISA’s Fitness Centre at special rates. For further information about the programme, e-mail optifit@ssisa.com or phone (021) 659 5631 and visit www.optifit.co.za

Friday, October 22, 2010

22 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - While You Were Sleeping presents the Most Dangerous Man In America

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Andreas Späth – from While You Were Sleeping. While You Were Sleeping is a Cape Town-based non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences. This coming Moday they will be showing The Most Dangerous Man In America, a Documentary about freedom of information at the Labia in association with the Right2Know Campaign and the Tri- Continental Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia on (021) 424 5927. This is a once-off screening and they strongly recommended that you reserve tickets to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit www.whileyouweresleeping.wordpress.com or contact Andreas on 084 772 1056.

Urban Voices International Poetry and Theatre Festival hits Cape Town and Arts Update

We also heard from Roshnie Moonsammy – Director of the Urban Voices International Poetry and Theatre Festival. The 2010 poetry and theatre festival will feature international award winning artists from hip hop theatre and performance poetry eclectically influenced from Asia, USA, Puerto Rico and South Africa. “Urban Voices 2010¨ continues with its programmes of mutual learning with Africans on the continent and in the diaspora which the organization says it must capture the enthusiasm over South Africa and the continent, particularly building on the social gains of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The poetry menu is filled with voices that will fill the soul, and they are: From New York: Patricia Smith and Lemon Andersen, From Los Angeles: Asian-American Beau Sia and various poets from South Africa including Natalia Molebatsi. The poetry festival will be at the Baxter on Wednesday, the 27th of October at 8pm and on Thursday, the 28th of October at 11am and 8pm. Tickets costs R120 and you are expected to buy tickets at www.Computicket.com early to avoid disappointment. For more information check www.urbanvoices.co.za

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Southern Youth Film Festival opens call for Entries for the 2010 Youth Film Competition


We closed off the show with an interview with Nicole Klassen – from the Cape Music Industry Commission. We were talking about the Southern Youth Film Festival. The Southern Youth Film Festival in partnership with the Minor Foundation for Major Challenges, DigiCape, NUFF, Tvibit and the Bart’s African Foundation has opened a Call for Entries for the Youth Film Competition 2010. The festival accepts short films in the genres / sub – genres of drama, action, thriller, comedy, animation and factual. Films can be between 5 minutes and 15 minutes in length. This competition is open to youth filmmakers from all over the world between the ages of 14 and 35 years old. The top 4 films at the SUFF Film Festival in December will win the opportunity to attend and screen their films at the Nordic Youth Film Festival held in Tromso, Norway in June 2011 along with many other great prizes! Should their films be selected filmmakers must guarantee that permission from the rights holder is secured for a minimum of 4 screenings at the Southern Youth Film Festival 2010. Filmmakers are requested to submit DVD PAL and MOV or AVI screeners of their films and a brief filmmaker biography. Once selected, filmmakers will be forwarded the official application details and festival regulations. Please note that no screeners will be returned. The entry deadline is 25th of November and the Southern Youth Film Festival is running from the 19th till the 21st of December. For more information contact Nicole on 082 552 7500 or send an email to marketing@suff.co.za

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

20 October - Gender - Kojo takes the helm of Destiny Man

In today’s show, we heard from Kojo Baffoe - Newly appointed editor of DESTINY MAN. Destiny Man is Ndalo Media’s alternate-monthly men’s business and lifestyle magazine. Kojo’s career ranges from writer, poet, columnist and speaker, to scriptwriter, content producer, television producer and media consultant. He has worked for numerous publications, including Blaque magazine and City Pulse, a supplement for City Press newspaper and is the founding member of Monstafunk Productions. We were talking about the future of the magazine and the general overview of their target market. Make sure you get a copy of November-December issue as it features a man who's been under unsympathetic scrutiny by the media, Mr Sandile Zungu. For more information visit www.destinyman.com and www.destinyconnect.com
PIC: www.mediaupdate.co.za

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

19 October - Human Rights - LoveLife is looking for groundBREAKERs


In today’s show, we heard from Mr. K. Chiliza – LoveLife Youth Centre Coordinator and Luthando Dumakude - Groundbreaker. Through their programmes they are promoting a holistic lifestyle approach aimed at encouraging youth to maintain an HIV-free lifestyle and achieve their aspirations through youth leadership and self-motivation. Currently they are running the groundBREAKER leanership that is opened for the youth from the ages of 18 to 25. Mr Chiliza explained more about the requirements. For more information contact (021) 695 0003 or at kchiliza@lovelife.org.za for those who wish to email their CV and the closing date of this opportunity is 25th of October 2010. They can also fax their CVs to (021) 695 3848 for the attention of the Youth Centre Coordinator Mr. K. Chiliza.

The Right to Know Campaign launches week of action


We were also joined by Nkwame Cedile - Western Cape Organiser of the Right to Know Campaign. The R2K is an umbrella campaign representing a broad front of civil society groups. The Campaign is concerned that the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before Parliament will fundamentally undermine hard- won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. The Right to Know Campaign believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information. This week they are running the Right to Know week of action and Nkwame explained more. For more information contact Nkwame on 078 227 6008 or visit www.facebook.com/nkwamecedile or go to www.r2k.org.za

Monday, October 18, 2010

18 October - Health - Wednesday marks the National Down syndrome Awareness Day


In today’s show, we spoke to Tineke Boshoff - from the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape. She was joining us on the line to talk more about Down syndrome as we know that on Wednesday the 20th of October is the National Down syndrome Awareness Day. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. Tineke explained more about this condition. For more information you can contact the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape on (021) 919 8533 or visit www.downsyndrome.org.za

Friday, October 15, 2010

15 October - Arts, Culture and Environment - G2 Art presents artwork by Diane Harper


On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Di Smith – from G2 Art. G2 Art provides diverse original contemporary South African art including painting, ceramics, sculpture, prints and photography. We were talking about a mixed exhibition by Cape Town based artist, Diane Harper titled: “a place, a memory, a feeling”. The exhibition opened on Wednesday and features beautiful pieces like “All about us” and “Distant”. Diane says her paintings are mostly meditative, with clues to or glimpses of the details that make up our world forming a continuous thread. The exhibition closes on the 27th of October. For more information contact (021) 424 7169 or visit www.g2art.co.za for the gallery opening times.

Overberg Municipality gets 2010 Cleanest Town Competition Award and Arts Update

We also heard from Belinda Langenhoven – Project Manager for the Cleanest Town Competition. Last night they awarded the 2010 Cleanest Town Competition Award to Overberg Municipality. The 2010 competition engaged 20 local municipalities as participants for the annual prestigious award. It is reported that since, inception in 2001 the provincial round of the Cleanest Town Competition has enjoyed greatly improved participation, clearly showing its significance to municipalities in the province. Belinda explained more.

Nigel joined us on the line for this week's Arts Update.

New Africa Theatre presents 11- 41

We closed off the show with an interview with Clare Stopford – from New Africa Theatre. The New Africa Theatre Association’s graduate training programme is presenting, 11-41, based on a script by Gary Wentworth and Andre Darling. Originally performed to critical acclaim at Artscape in 2009, this new version is directed by Clare Stopford, assisted by Mbulelo Grootboom and performed by the New Africa Theatre Trainees. The play strongly features the incisive work of struggle-and-beyond poet James Matthews. The play will run at the New Africa Theatre in Sybrand Park from the 20th of October to 6th of November 2010. Tickets are available at the door. To book call (021) 696 2392 or 082 786 8044 or email amulet04@gmail.com

Original script by: Gary Wentworth and Andre Darling
Produced by: New Africa Theatre Association(NATA)
Director and reworking: Clare Stopford
Assistant Director: Mbulelo Grootboom
Actors: NATA trainees
Special consultant: James Matthews

Dates:
Previews: 15th & 19th Oct 2010
Opening: Wed 20th Oct 2010
Close: Sat 6th Nov 2010

Times:
All evenings: 19h30
Matinees (Saturdays only) 15h00

Ticket prices:
Previews Donations
General: R 60
Students and pensioners: R 30
Block bookings (10 or more): R 40

For more information you can visit their website www.newafricatheatre.org or contact (021) 696 2392.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

14 October - Labour - Fairtrade Trade Label South Africa wins "Be Fair Award South-South"

In today’s show, we heard from Arianna Baldo – from Fairtrade Trade Label South Africa. In its efforts to promote fair trade, sustainability and poverty reduction, Fairtrade Label South Africa in conjunction with Fair Trade South Africa scooped the Be Fair Award South-South. The prize is awarded to an organisation that has shown initiatives for the promotion and sales of fair trade products and services. The project embraces the wider variety of fair trade initiatives, therefore including the agricultural, craft and tourism sector. Arianna explained more about what they do. For more information contact (021) 448 8911 or go to www.fairtradelabel.org.za

Cape Town Society for the Blind continues to equip visually impaired persons with skills

We were also joined by Vincent Daniels – from the Cape Town Society for the Blind. They are a vehicle to facilitate sustainable employment opportunities of Visually Impaired Persons. It is reported that less than 3% of blind people are employed in South Africa, and due to lack of opportunities to learn skills, and a lack of resources to start businesses most are left dependent, or earn low incomes, they have poor self-esteem and live in social isolation. Mr Daniels explained more about their programmes. For more information contact their offices on (021) 448 4302 or visit www.ctsb.org.za alternatively email virgenia@ctsb.org.za

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

13 October - Gender - Planet Kids hosts Single Parents Play Date

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Andy Schwab – Founder of Planet Kids. Planet Kids is a huge indoor play centre for children with all abilities up to the age of 12 years based in Muizenberg and this coming Sunday they will be hosting a Single Parents Play Date in conjunction with Mommalicious Mammas, a community forum and chat for single moms. For more information contact (021) 788 3070 or go to www.planetkids.co.za alternatively visit www.mommalicious.co.za

Breast Friends for Life Network


We were also heard from Dee Jacobs – Member of the Breast Friends for Life Network. As part of a worldwide, celebrity-driven campaign for breast cancer in October, the "Breast Friends" campaign focuses on the importance a "Breast Friend" has on women throughout a breast cancer experience. They say it's all about friendship and having a supportive friend to be available at such a difficult time. Anyone can be a "Breast Friend" from a partner, relative or close friend. Dee explained more. For more information contact their hotline on 083 306 1941 or visit www.her2.co.za

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

12 October - Human Rights - Changeable Development Centre to host a Reentry Conference

In today’s show, we spoke to Jephney Ngobeni – Director at Changeable Development Centre. They provide services that help ex-offenders get settled upon release from jail, residential, substance abuse recovery program, or following any difficult life transition. We were talking about the upcoming Reentry Conference. The conference is aimed to promote and engage organizations, families and communities to assist offenders with education and development while reintegrating into the communities and to ensure quality of care, treatment and well being for offenders and the community. The reentry conference is important for communities, private and public leaders to exchange ideas about social reintegration and is free to all community members and organizations. The organisation would welcome donations as they are struggling financially. If you would like more information or to help you can contact Japhney on 083 475 7955 or send an email to changeable@live.co.za

Community Members urged to join the Right2Know Campaign to fight the Secrecy Bill!


We also heard from Abdul Karriem – Member of the Right to Know Campaign. The R2K is an umbrella campaign representing a broad front of civil society groups. The Campaign is concerned that the Protection of Information Bill also known as the Secrecy Bill, currently before Parliament will fundamentally undermine hard won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. The Right to Know Campaign believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information. You can sign the online petition by visiting www.r2k.org.za

Students for Humanity creating a united voice for students around the globe

We closed off the show with an interview with Nonkululeko Godana – Mentor for the Students for Humanity Project. This initiative was started in 2008 by three online mentors working with youngsters in the Netherlands and students from Khayelitsha. Their aim is to create a united voice for students around the globe. Through this project, they mix of students from privileged and underprivileged communities by connecting online. They currently looking for mentors and students intersted in becoming part of the initiative. For more information on Students for Humanity visit www.studentsforhumanity.com or send an email to nonku@studentsforhumanity.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

11 October - Health - National Nutrition Awareness Week


In today’s show, we spoke to Hilary Goeiman – Deputy Director of the Nutrition Programme. From the 9th – 115th of October is the National Nutrition Awareness Week. It is reported that stunting and being underweight are the most common nutritional disorders afflicting South Africa’s preschool children, with the 2005 National Food Consumption Survey showing that nearly one out of 10 children aged 4 – 6 years is underweight and four out of 20 are stunted. It’s against this backdrop that the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development, along with UNICEF, the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, the Consumer Education Project of Milk SA and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, embark on National Nutrition Week 2010 under the theme Healthy Eating for Preschool Children. The campaign aims to encourage healthy eating among preschoolers to ensure adequate nutritional intake, essential for positive growth and development and the establishment of long-term healthy eating behaviours. Hilary explained more about the nutrients that play an important role in the health and well-being of children. For more information on nutrition you can contact your nearest health centre. To support preschool teachers in educating children around healthy eating, the Department of Health, ADSA and the CEP, with the assistance of stakeholders, have developed a Teacher Support Pack, filled with information designed to help teachers plan activities and lessons on nutrition, to order the support pack contact (021) 483 2275.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month


We also spoke to Bukeka Mqumbisa – Counselor at Empilweni. Empilweni is a mental health center for children based in Khayelitsha. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and their families within their communities by providing culturally appropriate, child centered, community based mental health support and counselling. October is Mental Health Awareness Month with the aim of creating public awareness about mental health and to prevent mental disorders. Bukeka explained more about mental health and the stigma attached to it. They would welcome some financial assistance as the organisation is struggling to survive as an NGO. For more information contact (021) 361 7063 or visit www.empilweni.org

Friday, October 08, 2010

08 October - Arts, Culture and Environment - check Colours of the Sun at the Raw Vision Gallery and Arts Update

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined on the line by Jocelyn Jacobson Cole – An Artist. We were talking about her current exhibition Colours of the Sun, which is on at the Raw Vision Gallery. Jocelyn grew up in Zimbabwe but lived for many years in both Botswana and South Africa. She has also traveled extensively throughout most of the Southern African countries including Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland and currently she is in the UK. It is through these travels that she found her inspiration to be that of Africa. It is said that her enduring love for her homeland is apparent in her work, seen in her bright colours and humorous paintings. She explained more about her influences. The exhibition will run till the 19th of October at the Raw Vision Gallery at number 89 Sir Lowry Road in Woodstock. They are open Monday – Friday, between 09:00 - 17:00PM. For more information contact 076 581 9468 or go to www.rawvisiongallery.com

Nigel Vermaas was here for the Arts Update.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

07 October - Gender - banish loneliness join Kingdom of Hearts


In today’s show, we heard from Kate Shuttleworth – Founder of Kingdom of Hearts – a social romantic network. Their objective is to banish loneliness and offer the hope of companionship, friendship and romance combined with a frisson of excitement. According to experts, when you put your prlfile together make sure your profile serves you well. You want your profile to reflect your best self, so invest the time to make it well written and lively. Kate told us more about her services. For more information visit www.kingdomofhearts.co.za alternatively call (021) 811 9900 or 071 609 9292.

To share or not to share - Couples Dilemma

We also heard from Charmian Altamirano – A relationship expert from Imago Relationship Therapy. We were talking about whether sharing passwords with a partner is ever a good idea. Charmian explained more about the importance of open communication in a relationship. For more information on her services visit www.imagocapetown.co.za or send her an email to chaltamirano@telkomsa.net

Friday, October 01, 2010

01 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - One City, Many Cultures Project hosts Senior Citizens Day

In today’s show, we spoke to Ryland Fisher – Executive Chairperson of the One City, Many Cultures Project. The One City, Many Cultures Project which incorporates the Cape Town Festival in collaboration with the Cape Town Partnership will host 700 elderly at the first annual Senior Citizens Day event tomorrow, the 2nd of October at the Cape Town Convention Centre between 09h00 and 14h00PM. The line up includes “Mama Kaap” Sylvia Mdunyelwa, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the band, Authentic headed by Sam Pono, from the Ntonga Music School. The Senior Citizens Day event forms part of the One City, Many Cultures Project and the CTF’s pre-festival activities designed to carry the message of tolerance, integration and unity to the people of Cape Town throughout the year, ahead of the ever-growing flagship event in March. For more information, visit http://www.capetownfestival.co.za/ or email info@capetownfestival.co.za

Artscape presents Indigenous Music, Dance and Praise Poetry show and Arts Update

We also heard from Sindile Moya – Chairperson of the Marimba All Stars Project and Stage director for the Indigenous Music, Dance and Praise Poetry show. The show is taking place Artscape Theatre from yesterday till tomorrow the 2nd October at 20:00PM. This production forms part of the Artscape’s Indigenous Arts Department which was established in 2007, aiming to develop, mentor and preserve South African indigenous customs through the arts at grassroots level. For more information check www.artscape.co.za and for ticket bookings contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or the Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Ticket price is only R40.

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Dr. Philip Tabane & Malombo to rock Langa tomorrow


We closed off the show with an interview with Neo Muyanga – from the Pan African Space Station. The Pan African Space Station or PASS is an annual 30-day music intervention from the 12th of September to the 12th of October, on the internet, as well as live in venues across the city of Cape Town. Tomorrow they will be hosting a big bash at Guga S’Thebe Centre in Washington Road, KwaLanga. The event will feature Johnny Cradle, Thandiswa Mazwai Trio, Dr. Philip Tabane & Malombo and many more. Tickets costs R30 pre-booked and R50 at the door. Tickets are available via Computicket visit www.computicket.com or call 083 915 8000.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

29 September - Gender - Mommy + Delicious = Mommalicious

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Lisa Bulpin – Creator of Mommalicious Mammas. It is a community, forum and chat for moms, a perfect place to share their joys, struggles and triumphs. They say Mommy + Delicious = Mommalicious. Lisa explained more about the origins of the concept and the services they provide. If you want any information or to join visit www.mommalicious.co.za

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

28 September - Human Rights - Today is a Global Day of Action


In today's show we heard from Gillian Parenzee – from the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. We were talking about the Global Day of Action. Civil society organisations in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana supported a global call to fully finance the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for the next three years through a day of action which is today. Several public demonstrations, press conferences and other community actions are being organised in support of the Third Voluntary Global Fund Replenishment Meeting to be held on the 4th and 5th October in New York City, at which governments and donors will signal their financial commitment towards the Global Fund. Gillian explained more. For more details, go to www.arasa.info or contact them on (021) 422 5463.

Adult Learning Forum promotes Adult Literacy


We also sopke to Lin Helme – co-ordinator of the Adult Learning Forum Western Cape. ALF is an organisation which advocates and mobilises for adult and lifelong learning. The organisation is a strong role player in the adult learning sector. We were talking about Adult Literacy. According to UNESCO, in the world today there are about 1billion non-literate adults. This 1 billion is approximately 26 percent of the world’s adult population.98 percent of all non-literates live in developing countries. In the least developed countries, the overall literacy rate is 49 percent. If you would like more information you can contact their offices on (021) 851 1427.

Monday, September 27, 2010

27 September - Health - Empilweni doing it for the children of Khayelitsha

In today’s show, we were joined by Maboyce Donald Mfuniselwa and Mhongwe Mtshotshisa – from Empilweni. Empilweni is a mental health center for children based in Khayelitsha. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and their families within their communities by providing culturally appropriate, child centered, community based mental health support and counselling. My guests explained more on their services. They would welcome some financial assistance as the organisation is struggling to survive as an NGO. For more information contact (021) 361 7063 or visit www.empilweni.org

Tibb the universal trend to complementary therapies

We were also joined by Kumeshnee West – from the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb. Tibb is a pioneering exponent of holistic medicine and is said to be at the forefront of the universal trend to complementary therapies. If you want more information you can call their offices on (021) 638 4487 or visit www.tibb.co.za They located at the Saartjie Baartman Centre, Klipfontein Rd in Athlone.

“Workplace wellness” highlighted during the World Heart Day

We closed off the show with an interview with Lauren Petersen – A Dietician from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We were talking about Heart Awareness as yesterday was a World Heart Day and the theme was “workplace wellness”. As most of us spend over half our waking hours working, the workplace is ideal to promote heart-healthy messages and raise awareness about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Lauren explained more on the importance of “workplace wellness”. The Foundation urges South Africans to wake up to the fact that they should assess their risk of heart disease, have a good look at their diet and lifestyle and maybe make necessary changes. During September, Heart Awareness Month, the Health & Stroke Foundation is offering free blood pressure screenings country-wide - for more details or nutritional advice, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours, or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za SMS heart to 321243 for a health tip and stand a chance to WIN an iPod Touch with some cool features. SMS charged at R5 and entries close on the 1st of November 2010.

Monday, September 20, 2010

20 September - Health - LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign launches the Cancer Anti-Stigma Initiative


In today’s show, we spoke to Lungi Melane–Njeza – Project Manager of the Cancer Anti-Stigma Initiative. The Cancer Anti-Stigma Initiative is part of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort to reduce the global cancer burden. It is reported that this year, cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide. This disease, which claims eight million lives a year more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined has now moved beyond high-income countries of the developed world to the middle and low-income countries of the developing world. Lungi explained more about the initiative. For more information contact (012) 346 7490 or send an email to info@jsi.co.za alternatively an sms to 071 408 6489.

Save your sight: South Africans urged to get their vision checked this Retina Week


We also heard from Claudette Medefindt – from Retina South Africa. As it is retina awareness week, we were about the retina. Retina Week for the Prevention of Blindness hopes to raise awareness about the vision impairing disease Age-related Macular Degeneration and about Retinal Degeneration in general. Retina South Africa urges all South Africans affected by retinal degenerative conditions to register with them. They offer free advice, counselling and information an all forms of retinal vision loss. They are looking for young people who may be eligible for imminent gene specific therapy. If you want more information you can call their offices on 0860 59 59 59 or visit www.retinasa.org.za to donate: SMS Vision to 38267, SMS charged at R10 each, all prices include VAT, Free SMS's do not apply.

Tomorrow is World Alzheimer's Day


We closed off the show with an interview with Cathy Sham - from Alzheimer's South Africa. We will be talking about the Alzheimer’s disease. Tomorrow is World Alzheimer's Day. It is reported that currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Many research programs, however, are pursuing promising studies focused on halting or preventing the disease process completely. For those who are currently suffering from AD, there are medications that can help control symptoms of the disease. Cathy explained more. For more you can call 0860 102 681 or visit www.alzheimers.org.za

Friday, September 17, 2010

17 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - the University of Stellenbosch presents “Brothers”


On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Father Austen Jackson – producer of a musical titled “Brothers”. The musical is telling a story of two priests who were deported in the 1970’s by the apartheid government, CR Fathers Robert Mercer, the previous rector of St. Mary’s in Stellenbosch and Bernard Chamberlain, the chaplain of the University of Stellenbosch. It is directed by the internationally acclaimed playwright Peter Krummeck and is collaboration between the Diocese, the drama department and students of the music department of the University of Stellenbosch. The production kicks off from 21st until the 25th of September. Organizations may buy as many tickets as they wish and they may sell it to family members and friends. Tickets are available at COMPUTICKET at all Checkers and Shoprite Money Market counters. The tickets for the matinee will be sold for R40. The tickets for all other performances will be R60. For enquiries you can contact Father Jackson on 082 814 6201.

The District Six Museum and the AIDC Film Society to launch "The Prodigal Son”

We also heard from Kurt Orderson - Filmmaker. Kurt will be launching his film “The Prodigal Son” on Tuesday, the 21st of September at the District Six Museum as part of their Heritage Week celebrations. The film retraces the epic journey and legacy of his great grandfather, Joseph Orderson who came from Barbados to Cape Town in the 1890’s and was part of the universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by the great Marcus Garvey, the father of contemporary Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism. The launch is presented by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) Film Society and the District Six Museum, and will commence from 18h00PM at the District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street in Cape Town. To RSVP contact Andre Marais on 083 886 7164 or email andre40marais@gmail.com to check some of Kurt’s films visit www.azaniarizing.co.za

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Going Green: talking green issues from an African Perspective

We closed off the show with an interview with Justice Sirikah – Project Manager at Amabhubesi Conferencing and Training. They will be hosting a conference titled, Going Green: African Perspective. This two-day event will bring together policy- makers and experts to advocate stewardship of the natural world and the sustainable administration of its resources through alterations in public policy or corporate and individual conduct. It will look at saving energy and water, cutting down on the dependence of finite fossil fuels, being materials efficient and creating sustainable livelihoods, among other areas of interest. For more information visit www.amabhubesi.com or contact (011) 326 0353.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

16 September - Labour - SABCOHA to host the 3rd HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Research Conference


In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Brad Mears – CEO of SABCOHA. Their vision is to mobilise and empower business in South Africa to take effective action on HIV/AIDS in the workplace and beyond. We were talking about the upcoming 3rd HIV and AIDS in the Workplace Research Conference. The conference offers the private sector an opportunity for business to step back and reflect on HIV/AIDS programmes, using the lens of research and practice to consider what has worked and what lessons can be extracted. The government’s HIV/Aids Technical Assistance Guidelines, recommends that employers establish HIV/Aids workplace committees, the mainstreaming of HIV/Aids and gender issues, as well as the development of policy on prevention of the disease. Brad explained more about the conference. To register for the conference visit www.sabcoha.org/conference Delegates can either register online or by downloading the relevant form. For more information contact their offices on (011) 880 4821.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

14 September - Human Rights - Get Up, Stand Up Campaign to embark on a seven-day walk against Afrophobia

In today's show we were joined by Nkwame Cedile and Willard Kambeva – from the Get Up, Stand Up Campaign. They will be embarking on a seven-day walk around the Peninsula to raise awareness about what they term Afrophobia. The aim is to raise community’s awareness on human rights and constitutional protection of Foreign Nationals following the xenophobic attacks that sparked throughout the country in 2008. The walk will start on the 25th of October till the 2nd of November. For more information contact Nkwame on 078 227 6008 or Willard on 078 927 4738.

LoveLife still making headway

We were also joined by Gwen September – From LoveLife. Through their programmes LoveLife is promoting a holistic lifestyle approach aimed at encouraging youth to maintain an HIV-free lifestyle and achieve their aspirations through youth leadership and self-motivation. Gwen explained more about these programmes. For more information visit www.lovelife.org.za or contact the Youth line on 0800 121 900 or the Parent line on 0800 121 100 or the goGogetter line on 0800 121 500, alternatively their offices on (021) 488 9918.

Monday, September 13, 2010

13 September - Health - This week is a National Stroke Week

We spoke to Erica Ketterer – A Dietician from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We were talking about Stroke Awareness. This week is a National Stroke Week and forms the basis for supporting public education about stroke awareness and prevention in the community. Erica explained more on what preventative measures we need to take. During September, the Heart & Stroke Foundation is offering free blood pressure screenings countrywide. For more details or nutritional advice, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za

Sunday was World Oral Health Day


We also spoke to Professor Neil Myburgh – Deputy Dean for Postgraduate and Research at the University of the Western Cape Dentistry Faculty. We were talking about Oral Health. The Professor explained exactly what oral health means and some of the common problems associated with oral health. Oral refers to the mouth, which includes the teeth, gums, and support­ing tissues. It is easy to take your oral health for granted, but it is key to living each day comfortably. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day using a toothpaste with flouride. For more information visit your nearest dentist.

Friday, September 10, 2010

10 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Kilmany opens her first solo exhibition

In today’s show, we spoke to Kilmany – Jo Liversage – An artist. We were talking about her first solo exhibition, currently on at Erdmann Contemporary Art Gallery. Kilmany is an award winning artist who has been included in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad. Her art focuses on issues such as HIV/Aids and TB, with the skull becoming a recurring symbol in her work. The exhibition will run till the 6th of October at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery at number 63 Shortmarket Street, in Cape Town. They are open Monday – Friday, between 10:00 - 17:00 and Saturday, between 11:00 - 13:00. For more information contact (021) 422 2762 or go to www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za

Iziko Museums kicks-off Heritage Week programme & Arts Update


We also heard from Melody Kleinsmith – from Iziko Museums of Cape Town. We were talking about their Heritage Week programme. As you know that September is Heritage Month, Iziko has a jam-packed programme of activities for the whole family to celebrate our heritage. For enquiries you can contact their offices on (021) 481 3890 or visit their website at www.iziko.org.za

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

African Hip Hop Indaba celebrates 10th Anniversary

We closed off the show with an interview with Shaquile and Tanswell – from Heal the Hood. We were talking about African Hip Hop Indaba. This year the African Hip Hop Indaba celebrates 10 years of Positive Youth Activity through Hip Hop Culture. They say the money raised at this event will go towards teaching youth free Hip Hop Skills in several areas around Cape Town and offering talented youth the opportunity to earn an income from teaching in their communities. The festivities kick off with the MC, DJ & Beatbox competition at Flatline Lounge on the 17th of September and the Hip Hop Dance competition 0n the 18th at the Good Hope Centre. Tickets are available from Heal the Hood & Computicket for R50 each. At the door on the night it will cost you R60. For more information call (021) 706 0481 alternatively check www.africanhiphopindaba.co.za

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

07 September - Human Rights - Grade 10 & 11 learners invited to enter the National Schools Moot Court Competition

In today’s show, we heard from Cherryl Botterill - Programme Coordinator for the National Schools Moot Competition. The Universities of Pretoria, Venda and the Western Cape, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Department of Basic Education and the Foundation for Human Rights are running the first annual National Schools Moot Court Competition for grade 10 and 11 learners. The Competition is aimed at creating greater awareness in schools and communities in South Africa about the Constitution and the values that it embodies through active participation. For more details on the competition visit www.up.ac.za/law or email Cherryl to cherryl.botterill@gmail.com alternatively call 082 780 4647.

Registration to Access to Healthcare in Africa conference open

And we were also joined by Professor Ron Summer – Convenor of the Access to Healthcare in Africa conference. This international forum will be attended by healthcare professionals from various disciplines who are involved in HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria treatment programmes for them to share insights and learn from experiences regarding challenges posed to treatment, primary level initiation, quality of medicines and other important issues. Access to Healthcare in Africa‘s mission is to contribute to the improvement of access to quality health care services in developing countries. Professor Summer explained more about the conference. Register now to benefit from the regular registration fee on the conference website of ARV Access for Africa or directly contact the conference committee on (012) 665 0448 or send an email to conference@aa4a.co.za

Monday, September 06, 2010

06 September - Health - Metro Emergency Medical Services strives to provide high quality service


On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Dr Cleeve Robertson - Provincial Director of the Metro Emergency Medical Services. Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a directorate within the Department of Health that provides EMS services to 5.3 million of the Western Cape public. We were talking about their services and how they strive to provide highest quality of service. The EMS Emergency number is 10177 or 112 from a cellphone.

This week is the Kidney Awareness Week


We heard from Sister Rasieda Samai – from the National Renal Care and the Kidney Foundation of South Africa. This week is the Kidney Awareness Week and the campaign is aimed at raising awareness about kidneys and more importantly, ways to reduce the risk of kidney disease. According to medical experts, kidney disease is often ‘silent’, having few symptoms especially in the early stages. If left unchecked, the disease can progress or lead to kidney failure. If detected early, appropriate treatment can help delay or even prevent end-stage kidney failure. Sister Samai explained more. Remember to have your kidneys checked regularly, especially if you are at ‘high risk’. For more information contact the National Kidney Foundation of SA on (011) 447 2531 or visit www.nkf.co.za alternatively www.nrc.co.za

Tomorrow the National Renal Care staff will be doing screeings at the Promande in Mitchell's Plain, between 9AM -2 PM. Contact Sister Samai on 079 528 8019 for further details.

Explore ways of maintaining optimal health with Ayurveda and Yoga


We closed off the show with an interview with Jennifer Stevens – from the Brave Foundation. The Brave Foundation provides support, services and therapy to anyone in recovery from physical trauma. This coming Saturday, 11th of September they will be hosting a workshop where they share the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga. These two sciences work in harmony with nature using food, herbs, mindful movement and the breath as tools to achieve and maintain optimal health and happiness. The workshops can be attended by parents, family, care givers and teachers. Donation is R350 including notes. For more information send an email to bravekidsa@gmail.com or contact 082 717 4825.

Friday, September 03, 2010

03 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - MTN Science Centre to relocate


In today's show, we spoke to Julie Cleverdon – Director of the MTN Science Centre. It is reported that the MTN Science Centre is closing down from the 12th of September, and will be relocated and re-launch as the “Cape Town Science Centre”. The Science Centre will be relocating to a temporary base from where it will run its outreach programme and an intensive fundraising drive. But Julie explained more about the move. To contribute to their future growth and help the Cape Town Science Centre take its next step, please contact Julie directly on 083 276 9501 or email julie.cleverdon@mtnsciencentre.org.za For enquiries and bookings you can contact their offices at (021) 529 8100 or visit their website at www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

Check Bonello's artwork at G2 Art


We also heard from Di Smith – from G2 Art. G2 Art provides diverse original contemporary South African art including painting, ceramics, sculpture, prints and photography. We were talking about a mixed media art exhibition by Cape Town based artist, Tanya Bonello titled: In Search of Truth & Beauty. The exhibition opened on Wednesday and features beautiful pieces like the Solar and Lunar series where she uses gold and silver to pay homage to the stars, the Sun, and the Moon. The exhibition closes on the 15th of September. For more information contact (021) 424 7169 or visit www.g2art.co.za for the gallery opening times.

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Science Fiction South Africa invites submission from science fiction budding writers


We closed off the show with an interview with Gavin Kreuiter – from Science Fiction South Africa. They are running their annual Nova Short Story Competition for budding writers of science fiction and fantasy short stories. The competition encourages writing in the science fiction and fantasy fields and promotes local talent. The closing date is midnight of 30th of September. For more information visit www.sfsa.org.za or contact Gavin on 084 830 0608.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

02 September - Labour - Migrant Workers Committee fight for better working conditions

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Leader Kanyiki and Princewill Asika – Members of the Migrant Workers Committee. They deal with various issues pertaining to migrant workers like applying for work permits and other necessary documentation. They are inviting migrant and refugee workers in Cape Town to join them in the fight for better working conditions. For more information about the Committee contact Leader on 078 769 0523 or the Save A Soul Brigade offices on (021) 761 5831.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31 August - Human Rights - Retired teachers vow to help matrics

In today's show, we spoke to Nazeema Omar - CEO of the Western Cape Retired Teachers’ Association. The Association is offering free classes to matriculants affected by the public servants strike action. They will be starting classes this Saturday, the 4th of September from 9am till 12 noon at the Dullah Omar Community Centre in Hazel Road, Gatesville. For more information you can contact her on 082 562 9784 or email nazeemaomar@mweb.co.za

dti runs the Returns and Refunds Campaign


We closed off with an interview with Busiswa Simoyi – from the Department of Trade and Industry. The Department of Trade and Industry is hosting the Western Cape leg of the Returns and Refunds Campaign to raise awareness about the provisions relating to the new Consumer Protection Act. The purpose of the campaign is to empower consumers to understand their rights and obligations under the new Act and assist business people to prepare themselves for compliance. Today they are in Mbekweni, Paarl and tomorrow they will be in Bonteheuwel at the Thusong Service Centre from 10AM. For more information visit www.thedti.gov.za or the www.ncf.org.za