Friday, December 09, 2011

09 December - Arts, Culture & Environment - Darkroom Contemporary and Masifundisane dance project to host a fundraiser

In today’s show, we were joined by Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer - Mandla Sibeko and his friend Tshepo. Mandla is currently fundraising to attend the Dance Conference in Australia. The event is tonight at Club Liquid in Woodstock and is hosted by Darkroom Contemporary and Masifundisane dance project. It will feature Poetry, African Contemporary Dance, Film Screening, Drumming music and more. The event starts at 10:00PM until 12:00AM and entrance is R40 at the door. For more information contact him on 072 248 4872 or check him on

CAS launches ‘Ngaphakathi esiphakathini' & Arts Update

We also heard from Khanyisile Mbongwa - Artist. Khanyisile and Zanele Muholi put together a collaborative show around the idea of interstices, of spaces in between/in-between spaces - literal, metonymic, metaphorical called ‘Ngaphakathi esiphakathini' is directly translated as 'inside the in-between'. The artists respond to the economies of violence of the everyday, a reality of bodies marked and inscribed in particular ways. The exhibition opened yesterday and brings together photography, sculpture and video installation(s) put together by Zanele and Khanyisile, in collaboration with other artists and students. The exhibition has been put together as part of the workshop “Thinking Africa and the African Diaspora Differently: Theories, Practices, Imaginaries”, that involves the Centre for African Studies at UCT, ‘the names we give’ at Michaelis, Chimurenga, The University of the West Indies, Brown University Africana Studies and the University of Addis Ababa. Supporters of the exhibition include the abovementioned workshop and the non-profit gallery Blank Projects. If you want more information visit

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. This was his last Arts Update for 2011. This is what he had to say: "Busi, thanks for letting me sit opposite you every Friday - and I’d like to thank those theatres and PR people who’ve made it possible for me to attend some wonderful theatre and music performances this year. There have been a few unfortunate moments most notably the SOLOMON AND MARION fiasco but by & large they’ve made it easy for me to express my opinions for what they’re worth for the benefit of you the listener. And I’d like to say again: any opinion I express is my opinion; as is Zane Henry’s or Tyrone August’s or anyone else’s – it’s one person’s opinion. Hopefully, an informed one but an opinion nevertheless. Have a great Festive Season and a Happy New Year. One word: Peace." ~ Nigel.

Janie Bay to be featured at the Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival

We closed off the show with an interview with Janie Bay - South African rock artist and songwriter. We were talking about the Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival that will be held at Cape Town International Convention Centre tomorrow evening. The festival brings together 18 top South African acoustic musicians and will consist of three sets with two half-hour breaks in between and will cover the intermingling genres of folk, pop and blues. Tickets costs R180p/p presold and R200p/p at the door. Doors open at 19h30 - 23h00PM. For more information contact (021) 532 2180 or send an email to alternatively visit For more information on Janie’s music go to

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

08 December - Labour - Study finds half of Cape Town businesses have no disaster recovery plan

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Tina Mason - Area Director for Regus SA. According to a survey by Regus, almost half of Cape Town businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place for their IT and even more have no business continuity for their workplace requirements. Tina says the catastrophic spate of disasters that occurred in 2011 has driven the issue of disaster recovery to the top of boardroom agendas highlighting the huge cost to businesses that natural disasters and their aftermath can cause. One of the key findings is that globally, although larger firms are better prepared for disaster recovery than smaller companies, 26% of larger corporates still remain without a disaster recovery facility for their IT systems, and 40% have no workplace disaster recovery facility. According to Tina, as affordable products and services become available around the globe, it is likely that more businesses will finally stop hoping for the best and seriously start planning for the worst. Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. For more information visit or contact (011) 510 0500.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

07 December - Gender - Sakhisizwe visit Samila

Today Sakhisizwe, was broadcasting live at Samila Gender Counseling and Support Service, an NGO providing services and programmes to stop gender based violence in Khayelitsha.
We spoke to Hilda Mtshazi - Executive Director at Samila. Samila delivers gender violence prevention services to members of the community who are affected by gender based violence, irrespective of their age or gender.

Noxolo Guma - Samila’s Project Manager for the Youth Outreach Programme joined us to talk more about the programme.

Sylvia Mpinana - Project Manager for the Social Support Services Programme also explained more about her programme.
Sakhiwe Mbombotha - Project Manager for the Men’s Imbizo Programme says when Samila’s staff realised that there were few services available for men they created the Men’s Imbizo Programme. This programme is modeled on the centuries-old Imbizos that are traditionally held by Xhosa and Zulu men when they gather to debate and solve community problems.
We also had an opportunity to speak to some of the community members who were helped by Samila's Programmes.

For more information contact their offices on (021) 364 8521 or visit

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

06 December - Human Rights - Thembalitsha Foundation bringing hope to the poor

In today’s show, we spoke to Lara Collura – Director of Education at Thembalitsha Foundation. Thembalitsha is a Xhosa word for New Hope and they aim to bring new hope to the desperate and needy people of South Africa, developing them to a point of self-reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training. Lara explained more about their programmes, if you are in South Africa SMS 'HOPE' to 38415 to make an instant R10 donation. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 852 3425 or visit

Concerned Parents of Missing Children to host pre-Christmas lunch

We closed off the show with an interview with Michelle Olson – from the Concerned Parents of Missing Children. The organisation was established by Michelle and her husband two years after their son Matthew went missing in 1997 and aims to help track down other missing children. Over the past 12 years they have reunited more than 300 children with their parents and helped more that 150 children with drug problems. On Friday the 16th of December they will be hosting a pre-Christmas remembrance lunch for those families. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 372 7500.

Monday, December 05, 2011

05 December - Health - South Africans urged to give the “Gift of Life”

In today’s show, we heard from Samantha Volschenk – Executive Director for the Organ Donor Foundation. We were talking about organ donation in line with National Transplant Day, which was on Saturday the 3rd of December. The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns. According to the foundation, Organ transplantation is now a highly successful procedure and it is considered routine surgical practice for treating many chronic diseases. At least 21 different organs including hearts, livers and kidneys, and tissues including corneas and bone marrow can now be successfully transplanted into patients. Samantha 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

Remember to be SunSmart this summer!!!

We also spoke to Claire Mathee – coordinator of the SunSmart Campaign at the Cancer Association of South Africa. We were talking about the SunSmart Campaign that aims to raise awareness about skin cancer. As part of this campaign, they will be running beach clinics in different beaches around Cape Town. A dermatologist and volunteers are going to different beaches at special dates and beach goers can have a skin screening for free. CANSA urges all South Africans to act responsibly, while enjoying a holiday in the sun and Clicks is partnering with the organisation to raise awareness regarding the SunSmart Campaign. As we spend more time outdoors this summer, remember to check your skin regularly for changes, unusual marks or moles. An annual medical check-up should include a skin check to detect possible skin cancer early. Everyone exposed to the sun is at risk of developing skin cancer whether you have light or dark skin. For more information, contact CANSA toll free number on 0800 22 66 22 or go to

Friday, December 02, 2011

02 December - Arts, Culture & Environment - Department of Water Affairs donates toys

In today's show we heard from Malusi Rayi - Communications Manager at the Department of Water Affairs. The Department was in Lucas Mbembe Educare in Gugulethu today to donate toys. During the International Mandela Day on Monday, 18 July 2011, the Department of Water Affairs together with community volunteers cleaned Little Lotus River in Gugulethu Township. On this day the Department also created a relationship with Lucas Mbebe Educare as a base to deliberate water issues and solutions. This is also in line with the Department’s Adopt-a-River Programme aiming to keep rivers clean. For more information about the Adopt-a-River Programme visit

Magnet Theatre's summer season in full swing & Arts Update

We also heard from Jennie Reznek - Director and Trustee at Magnet Theatre. We were talking about Magnet Theatre's summer season of 3 brand new works created by young people which will be seen for the first time on the Magnet stage. KRAGBOX: Tuesday 29th of November, Wednesday 30th November. Thursday 1st December.
THROUGH THE WINDOW: Wednesday 7th December. Thursday 8th December.
FAR FROM HOME: Tuesday 13th December, Wednesday 14th December, Thursday 15th December. All starting times is 20h00PM. Ticket cost R40 and discounts are available. Contact Margie on (021) 448 3436 or book on line alternatively visit

Nigel was in for the Arts Update. launched

We closed off with an interview with Halejoetse "Hale" Tsehlana – Founder of Hale started the label in 2006 and creates well crafted trendy traditional dresses with the Seshweshwe fabrics. Their portfolio of traditional wear has expanded to dress the entire family. Men and children’s ranges are also available. Visit their show rooms at 210 Long Street in Cape Town and 2nd avenue in Belmont Park, Kraaifontein to check their rich library of pattern books to inspire you. For more information contact her on 072 906 3353 or 074 155 5979 alternatively visit

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 November - Gender - Mom publishes “For my Girls” to empower her daughters

In today’s show, we were joined by Natasha Haskins-George – Author. We were talking about her self-published autobiography titled “For my Girls”. Natasha is a working mom with two daughters and was physically and sexually abused as a child. She took a bold step of self-publishing her first novel because she has a passion for empowering young girls and women in South Africa. “For my Girls” is available at Juta Book Stores via or send an email to

FreeGender engages local councilors on gender-based violence

We were also joined by Funeka Soldaat – Founder and Chairperson of FreeGender. Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Tswaranang Legal Advocacy Centre in partnership with FreeGender hosted a panel discussion yesterday that engages local government councilors on issues of gender-based violence in Khayelitsha as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. For more information about the organisation contact Funeka on 082 0680 440 or send an email to alternatively visit

Embrace Dignity says prostitution is not the oldest profession, it is the oldest oppression!!!

Our last interview was with coordinator of Embrace Dignity - Priscilla Baleni, Nombulelo* and Sis' Lulu*. Embrace Dignity is an organisation that is striving to assist prostituted women and men who want to exit the industry. They have formed Masiphakameni project, where they meet in groups weekly and share difficulties they had to face on their daily lives. For Further information please contact Priscilla on (021) 422 4656 alternatively you can visit or send an email to

*Not their real names

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

29 November - Human Rights - Epilepsy South Africa launches the Help Keep Us Safe campaign

In today’s show, we spoke to Wynand du Toit - national office fundraiser at Epilepsy South Africa. We were talking about the Help Keep Us Safe campaign. With the commencement of National Disability Month in November, and the lead up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd of December, Epilepsy South Africa has called on all South Africans to help keep those most vulnerable safe. The campaign aims to shed the spotlight on shocking acts of violence and violations against human rights that people with disabilities often face. South Africans can pledge their support to help protect their fellow citizens living with epilepsy and other disabilities, by sending a short sms with their name and donation pledge to 082 769 9754 (Standard sms rates apply). If you would like to help or for more information contact their offices on (021) 595 4900 or visit or send an email to

GOLD paving way for the youth

We also heard from Suzannah Farr – CEO of Generation of Leaders Discovered, a Peer Education Development Agency that runs phenomenal, results driven, peer education model in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Suzannah says their programmes helps young people realise they have potential and that the decisions they make today impact not only their future but the future of their siblings and community. She explained more. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 685 5038 or visit

Centre for African Studies to host Africa Thinking Differently workshop

We closed off the show with an interview with Sabelo Mcinziba – From the University of Cape Town. We were talking about the Africa Thinking Differently workshop that will be hosted between the 13th to the 15th of December. This workshop is part of a collaborative project between the Centre for African Studies and ‘the names we give’ at the University of Cape Town, Chimurenga, the Africana Studies Department at Brown University, the Centre for Caribbean Thought at the University of the West Indies, and Faculty of Humanities at Addis Ababa University. They say there is a current crisis in the general history of thought and knowledge production. It is a crisis in which challenges for thinking and the practices of thinking itself are crucial. Within this context the central challenge posed by this workshop is that of breaking with a set of conventional academic and disciplinary frameworks and ways of working – to think, practice, perform and imagine Africa in new ways. Sabelo explained more. The workshop will happen at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, CAS Gallery, Upper Campus, Engineering Mall, Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building in Rondebosch from Tuesday, December 13th at 9:00 AM to Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. If you would like more information contact Sabelo on 073 166 8889 or visit

Monday, November 28, 2011

28 November - Health - Nicus promotes PMTCT

In today’s show, we heard from Cornelia Owens – a Dietician from the University of Stellenbosch’s Nutrition Information Centre. On Thursday is the World Aids Day and the World Health Organization has recently updated their recommendations with regard to infant feeding for HIV positive mothers, and new clinical guidelines are being used for the provision of ARVs in the government sector. Remember, HIV positive pregnant women can give birth to health babies if they get the correct treatment. They can also breastfeed their infants with a minimum risk of transmitting the virus to the baby, but it is important that they both receive the correct treatment. Cornelia explained more. For more information you can contact NICUS’s offices on (021) 933 1408 or visit or send an email to alternatively visit your nearest clinic.

Westcott Primary School wins Vitality Healthy School Competition

We also spoke to John Robertson - Principal at Westcott Primary School, the winning school of the Vitality Healthy School Competition. The programme promotes physical activity and good nutrition to learners. Schools participating in the programme agree to initiate health promoting creative and sustainable activities to promote a healthy balanced lifestyle. The school with the healthiest initiatives wins a prize and gets announced as the school with the healthiest initiatives in South Africa for 2011. Mr Robertson explained more about their programme.

Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management to host World Aids Day gala concert

We closed off the show with an interview with Professor Jimmie Earl Perry – from Stellenbosch University’s Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management. The Africa centre in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health will host their annual World Aids Day gala concert that aims to bring hope to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. It will feature guest artists like Vicky Sampson, Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo and a host of other inspiring and entertaining artists. The concert will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday the 1st of December from 8PM. Tickets costs R120 and are available at Computicket. Remember to dress formal with a touch of red. For more information contact Bianca on (021) 808 3006/ 808 3707 or go to

Friday, November 25, 2011

25 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Amazink Live rocks Khayamandi

In today’s show, we were joined by Ramaine Barreiro-Lloyd - Performer, choreographer and Owner of RBL Productions. We were talking about Amazink Live. Amazink Live is culturally authentic, interactive South African musical and dining experience which takes place at the AmaZink Theatre in Khayamandi in Stellenbosch. Ramaine and Richard Hala, give a thrilling interactive performance and are supported by an 8-piece chorus of hand-picked waiters who can both serve and sing. AmaZink Live at the Ikhaya Trust Centre is an initiative of a larger project to unlock tourism potential in Khayamandi. It tells the story of a township shebeen facing closure, but manages to keep its doors open through the magic of music. Some of the songs included are Pata Pata, The Click Song, Special Star, Skokiaan, Impi and African Dream to name but a few. For more information visit or send an email to

Enviropaedia's Eco-Logic Awards & Arts Update

We also heard from David Parry-Davies – Editor of Enviropaedia. We were talking about the Eco-Logic Awards. The awards have been created to enable and assist the consumer to participate in looking after our Planet, through the conscious use of their consumer spending power. They were initiated by the Enviropaedia and judged by a panel of highly respected, environmentally aware individuals, investigate a range of products, services and organisations with a view to recognising and rewarding those that have been produced in an eco-logical manner. David explained more. For more information visit or contact 0861 000 810 alternatively send an email to

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update.

Qhayiya Production Group to launch Umlungu: The Sakhu story

We closed off the show with an interview with Mongezi Mbebe - of Qhayiya Production Group and Sakhumzi Fonya. Qhayiya Production Group is launching a book about Sakhu, entitled Umlungu: The Sakhu story. Sakhu had a skin condition called Vitiligo at the age of 12 that has left his skin almost completely white. Vitiligo is said to be a rare skin condition that causes depigmentation of the body’s skin cells. People like Michael Jackson, Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bacchan have this condition. The book will be launched this coming Thursday and will be available for R100. For more information contact Mongezi on 079 247 3077 alternatively send an email to

Thursday, November 24, 2011

24 November - Labour - Wola Nani to host World Aids Day event

In today’s show, we heard from Sheyaam Hassim – Counselor at the Manenberg Clinic. We were talking about the Wola Nani build up programme to World Aids Day which will be held on the 1st of December 2011 with the Focus on Hanover Park. . The objective of the programme is to help prevent the spread of new infections of HIV/AIDS; Help youth to understand what life is like for people infected with HIV/AIDS and to raise awareness of the work of Wola Nani in the HIV and AIDS sector. For more information contact (021) 447 2091 or visit

Want a partner - try Business Partners Limited!!!

We spoke to Jeremy Lang – Area Manger at Business Partners Limited. They are a specialist risk finance company for formal small and medium enterprises operating in South Africa and selected African countries. The company actively supports entrepreneurial growth by providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and added-value services for viable small and medium businesses. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 464 3600 alternatively visit

PIC: Jeremy & Coréne Marx - Marketing

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

23 November - Gender - Women’sNet launches Fone4women campaign

In today's show, we spoke to Fanisa Masia – From Women’sNet. As part of the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign, Women’sNet has launched a Fone4women campaign through this campaign members of the public are request to participate by either: Following @WomensnetSA on twitter and retweet their tweets from November 09th to December 9th under the hashtag #Fone4women or donating an old cellphone and take the “I don’t forward violence pledge”. The theme for this year is “From peace in the home to peace in the world: end gender violence by 2015”. Fanisa explained more. For more information go to or send an email to

FAMSA to host Mini Men's March in support of "16 Days of Activism"

We closed off with an interview with Carlo Williams - Domestic violence prevention coordinator at FAMSA, and organiser of the Mini Men March. In support of the "16 Days of Activism" for no violence against women and children, FAMSA will host a Mini Men's March to parliament on Saturday, 26th of November from 9:30AM. For Further information please contact Carlo on (021) 447 7951n or you can send an email t0

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

22 November - Human Rights - QAWC facing financial crisis

In today’s show, we spoke to Anthony Ghillino – Project Manager at the QuadPara Association of the Western Cape. QAWC is a non-profit organisation represents quadriplegics and paraplegics in the province. They strive to improve the lives of and fights for the rights of quadriplegics and paraplegics. Currently they facing financial crisis as their Lotto Funding application was turned down. Anthony explained more. If you would like to help or for more information contact their offices on (021) 975 6078 or visit or send an email to

Tenderden House gets a thumbs-up from visitors

We also heard from Barbara Booysen – Facility Manager of Tenderden House, a place of safety for vulnerable children based in Wynberg. Last week, Western Cape MEC of Social Development, Albert Fritz led a US delegation of senators and representatives from the National Conference of State Legislatures on a visit to Tenterden House. The delegation visited to share international best practises on how to handle issues faced by the children. According to the MEC, the representatives were very impressed with the standards and level of activities that Tenterden uses to enable children to develop in a positive environment. Barbara explained more about their services. For more information contact their offices on (021) 761 2554.

Tygerberg Association for Street People needs help

We closed off the show with an interview with Pastor Jerry Louw – General Manager at the Tygerberg Association for Street People or TASP. They just bought a bakkie from a funding they received recently but Pator Jerry says they still need assistance from the members of the public to run other projects. He explained more about those projects. If you would like more information or to help contact (021) 948 5399 or send an email to

Monday, November 21, 2011

21 September - Health - Wednesday, 23rd of November is the Complementary Therapies Awareness Day

In today’s show, we spoke to Dr Craig Wright – A Homeopath and phytotherapist. We were talking about Complementary Therapies. On Wednesday the 23rd of November is the Complementary Therapies Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness about alternative therapies that can be used along with medical treatment to help the patient feel better. There is growing recognition that complementary therapies can play an important role in our healthcare. Dr Wright explained more about the role of complementary therapies. For more information contact his practice on (021) 671 4338, his is practice is called Back 2 Health located at 166, corner of Belvedere and Lansdowne Roads in Claremont or go to for more information.

This week is the Kangaroo Mother Care Awareness Week

We also spoke to Sister Louise Goosen – from the Mowbray Maternity Hospital. We were talking about Kangaroo Mother Care. 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. Sister Goosen explained more on the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care. For more information you can contact the Mowbray Maternity Hospital at (021) 659 55 99 or visit

Friday, November 18, 2011

18 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign hosts Inspiring Change Gathering

In today’s show, we were joined by Steven Granger – Manager of the Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign. Climate Smart Cape Town is a campaign to help residents of Cape Town learn about climate change and how they can take action, as well as to learn about the actions already being taken by the City of Cape Town and other leading public and private sector organisations to mitigate and adapt to climate change. From today till Sunday the 20th of November, the Climate Smart Cape Town Coalition in association with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town will host an Inspiring Change Gathering. The aim is to stimulate fresh thinking and share ideas about our city as well as foster conversations beyond policy in order to point toward new possibilities, moving the discussion away from what we have to give up toward what we can create. They are inviting the public to celebrate a climate smart Cape Town at “climate smART” in the Green Point Park on Sunday, 20th of November. From 11am until 3pm for a day of good food, fun, music, entertainment and art. For more information visit

CTICC hots the Green Expo & Arts Update

We also heard from Chris Naudé – Organiser of the Green Expo. The expo is happening today till the 20th of November at the CTICC. It will bring together all those who believe that a sustainable lifestyle is not only possible but also trendy and cool. Exhibitors will include any business or organization that is involved with, or would like to publicise their efforts in: Reducing carbon emissions by energy saving technologies or other means. The expo is open between 10AM and 6PM daily, Tickets costs R50 for adults and students/pensioners R30 at the door. For more information visit or contact (021) 689 3262.

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update.

Ethical Living mag launched

We closed off the show with an interview with Peter Townshend – Editor of Ethical Living. Ethical Living is a new magazine aimed at the engaged and caring South African consumer. The magazine notes that purchasing decisions are becoming more influenced by issues such as climate change, fairtrade, animal welfare and good governance, and therefore seeks to educate consumers about the roles companies are playing with regard to these issues. The first issue of Ethical Living is on sale at leading retailers and it looks at Personal Computers and a range of specific issues in this regard. For South Africa’s wealthy, computers are the ultimate consumer product: They represent status, have multiple uses, reflect personal identity, can be modified and upgraded, and most importantly, need to be regularly replaced in order to run the latest software. This makes the computer market ideal as the focus of Ethical Living’s first Buyers’ Guide. For more information visit or contact their offices on (011) 788 6369.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

17 November - Labour - ‘Taste the Change’ this Fairtrade Week

In today’s show, we were joined Instudio by Arianna Baldo – Marketing and Business Development Coordinator at Fairtrade Label South Africa. We were talking about the country ’s first ever Fairtrade Week and the changes that Fairtrade as a label has brought to South Africa and Africa as a whole. Fairtrade Week’s theme is ‘Taste the Change’ and encourages South Africans to learn about the incredible potential of fair trading, and the significance it plays in improving lives in farming communities and in offering consumers the possibility of an ethical choice. Fairtrade Week takes place from 14th to the 20th of November. For more information visit or join the conversation on and

Study suggets Cape Town workers are overworked

We also heard from Tina Mason - Area Director for Regus SA. According to a global survey by Regus, almost half of workers in South Africa, Cape Town work well over eight hours a day and over 45 percent regularly take work home to finish in the evening. They state that pressure on working hours has increased in recent years because of slow economic recovery in mature economies and very rapid growth in emerging ones. In South Africa, ranked 7th in the world for the prevalence of mood disorders and 6th for the prevalence of anxiety disorders by the South African Stress and Health, the long-term effects of this over-work could be damaging both to workers’ health and to overall productivity as workers drive themselves too hard and become disaffected, depressed or even physically ill. Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. For more information visit or contact (011) 510 0500.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

15 November - Human Rights - Buckets of Hope project needs community’s help with non-perishable food items

In todays show, we heard from Fatima Martin – Social Auxillary Worker at the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled. The association launched the Buckets of Hope project in 2009 to address poverty and employment that many Physically Disabled people are faced with. With community support and assistance from dedicated volunteers, 120 families received buckets filled with essential food items. But the need is far greater than 120 families, their goal this year is to distribute 500 Buckets of Hope during the festive season and they require the community’s help to reach it. They require donations of 15litre buckets with lids, non-perishable food items or sponsorship of, or towards a completed bucket (1 bucket = R150.00). If you want to help or for more information contact their offices on (021) 637 1204 or send an email to

Monday, November 14, 2011

14 November - Health - Wednesday marks the World COPD day

In today’s show, we heard from Professor Eric Bateman - Professor of Respiratory Medicine and director of the UCT Lung Institute. We were talking about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. On Wednesday is World COPD day and the theme of this year is “Are you short of breath? You may have COPD! Ask your doctor about a simple breathing test called spirometry.” This positive message was chosen to raise awareness of spirometry as the gold standard for diagnosis of COPD, and emphasize the actions a person can take to safeguard his or her lung health. In addition, it raises awareness that breathlessness is not just an inevitable part of getting older. For people who have not been diagnosed with COPD, breathlessness is a signal that they should see their doctor and ask about a spirometry test to check their lung function. People who have COPD have difficulty breathing because they develop smaller air passageways and have partially destroyed alveoli. Professor Bateman explained more. For more information you can contact the COPD Education Group by sending an email to or visit alternatively contact the UCT Lung Institute on (021) 406 6880.

Lung Cancer survivor shares her story as part of the Lung Cancer Awareness Month

We also spoke to Carla-Jane Gluckman – Lung Cancer survivor. Carla was diagnosed with lung cancer ten years ago. According to experts, Lung cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men and the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in women. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and lung cancer patients and survivors are being encouraged to share their stories of the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, and the fact that non-smokers can also be diagnosed. Carla shared her story with us. For more information visit or go to

Today is World Diabetes Day

We closed off the show with an interview with Margot McCumisky - from Diabetes South Africa. We were talking about diabetes and what can be done to lead a normal life if you suffer from diabetes. Today is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. On Saturday Diabetes SA will host the Global Diabetes Run/Walk at the South Forecourt, Cape Town Stadium - between the Stadium and the Green Point Urban Park in Sonnenberg Road. From 07h00AM – 12h00PM. If you would like more information, contact (021) 425 4440 or visit

Friday, November 11, 2011

11 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Bush radio to host climate change public dialogues

In today’s show, we were joined by Brenda Leonard – Bush Radio’s Managing Director. Bush Radio and Radio Zibonele in partnership with Sub-council 9 will be hosting a series of public dialogues about climate change leading up to the COP17 conference. The first meeting will be on Monday, the 14th of November at the Thusong Multi-Purpose Centre. That’s in Walter Sisulu Drive opposite the Khayelitsha Courts. The meeting start at 9AM till 2PM and everyone is welcome. Come join us and unite against climate change. To reduce your carbon footprint, free trees will be handed to the first 300 persons in attendance. For more information contact Tammy on Bush radio on (021) 448 5450 or visit

Nomfusi and the Lucky Charms to rock Zula Bar & Arts Update

We also heard from Nomfusi Gotyana - singer/songwriter and her Manager - Philip de Villiers. Nomfusi and the Lucky Charms will be performing at Zula Sound Bar in Long Street tonight at 10pm as part of their latest series of gigs – The Mo’phiatown Mzansi tour. After releasing their debut album, Kwazibani, Nomfusi and the Lucky Charms headed overseas on tour but now are back working on a new album. Tickets are R80. For information visit or go to

Nigel Vermaas joined us on the line to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

Choreographer Mandla Sibeko talks about the future of contemporary dance

We closed off the show with an interview with Mandla Man Sibeko - Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer. He can also play Jembe and is currently teaching African dance at the New Africa Theatre Association. Mandla is currently fundraising to attend a dance conference in Australia in December and the Dance Umbrella 2012 scheduled to run from February 14th to March 4th, 2012 in Johannesburg. He wowed the crowd at a charity fundraising event at Gugulethu mall last week Saturday. We were talking about his dancing career and future endeavors. For more information visit or contact him on 072 248 4872.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 November - Labour - Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week launched

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Martin Feinstein - Co-event Director for Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week. The initiative forms part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and incorporates a wide range of unique events, designed to provide inspiration and insight not only to aspirant and existing entrepreneurs, but to all role players within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including government stakeholders, policy makers, SMME service providers and educational institutes. The event comprises a three-day conference, an expo, as well as a range of community and satellite events, all of which will serve as platforms for idea sharing and partnership building, and highlight the importance of entrepreneurship as a means of accelerating job creation and creating an inclusive economy. Mr Feinstein explained more. Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week is an official City of Cape Town event, and takes place from 15 – 21 November. For more information visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Cape Town Tourism promotes Responsible Tourism

We also heard from Mariette du Toit-Helmbold - CEO of Cape Town Tourism. We were talking about Responsible Tourism. Yesterday was World Responsible Tourism Day. It is an international day of awareness and action around responsible and sustainable tourism. More than 150 international tour operators and organisations participated. According to Mariette, Cape Town Tourism is continuously looking for better ways to instil the responsible tourism philosophy and expand on existing sustainable tourism mechanisms in our city. For more information visit or or contact (021) 487 6800.

Wage disparity between top execs and entry level employees too high in SA

We closed off the show with a feature produced by our news reporter Khanyisa Tabata. According to Professor Barney Jordaan - Director of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, the wage disparity between top executives and entry level employees in South Africa is particularly high in comparison to other developing and in some cases, developed countries. Professor Jordaan says “South African companies are facing extreme pressure to address growing employee dissatisfaction due to wage disparities." He says employers must review existing structures, as well as investigate the most appropriate method of remuneration for their company structure. Do you agree or disagree?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

09 November - Gender - Artscape Women’s Festival Director gives feedback

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Marlene Le Roux – Director of Artscape Audience Development and Education. We were talking about the Annual Artscape Women’s Festival. The 5th annual Women's Festival took place in August with the theme Equal Justice. After 15 years of democracy, the country women's empowerment was evaluated. Professionals in the field made up the panel at the festival, they were asked to give feedback on 10 obstacles that’s getting in the way of gender equality. Marlene explained more about the outcomes of the event and the way forward. If you want more information contact (021) 410 9800 or go to

AfriSIDA hosting Enough is Enough seminar

And our last interview was with Gary Bonney – Director at AfriSIDA. AfriSIDA is a non profit organisation that focuses on HIV/AIDS training and domestic violence. They are leading with tools like Partner Profiling to prevent women getting into abusive relationships and innovating with concepts like Helping Hands to support those already in abusive relationships. Currently they are running a three day seminar called: Enough is enough - Preventing or stopping abusive relationships. Gary explained more. The next seminar will be on Saturday, the 12th of November between 9:00 to 11am and between 1:30 to 3:30pm at Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town and Bloemendal Wine Estate, in Durbanville. The seminar costs R250 per person. If you want more information you can contact him on 083 642 2664 or send an email to

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

08 November - Human Rights - Isandla Institute to host a National Roundtable about ‘the Right to the City'

In today’s show, we spoke to Tristan Görgens - Policy researcher in the Urban Land Programme at the Isandla Institute. This programme seeks to use research, advocacy and the building of networks to address urban land issues in ways that unlock 'the right to the city' for all of its inhabitants. On Thursday, they will be hosting a National Roundtable about ‘the Right to the City'. The event to create an opportunity for government ministers, officials, civil society organisations and organisations of the urban poor to begin to jointly explore some of the challenges and opportunities in the development of South African cities. The event will be on Thursday, the 10th of November, at the Belmont Conference Centre in Rondebosch, between 9am - 5.30pm. For more information about the event you can contact their office on (021) 683 7903 or visit

Press Freedom Commission invite comments on press freedom

We also heard from Dr Phillip Mtimkulu – Spokesperson for the Press Freedom Commission. The Commission has put out a call to the public to voice its opinion on regulation of print media in South Africa. Members of the public and consumers of newspapers, online publications and magazines are invited, to help shape the regulatory framework of SA’s print media by submitting their written views about media regulation in SA. The deadline for written submissions is the 30th of November 2011. The Commission will following receipt of submissions, also stage a series of public hearings around the country in January 2012. Public hearings will be held in the following centres of major print media activity: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. Other details will follow in due course. Those who wish to make oral submission at the public hearings are required to contact the PFC for scheduling. For more information contact (011) 482 5706 or send an email to alternatively visit

Dr. Greene visits Cape Town

We closed off the show with an interview with Dr. Montrell Greene - CEO of Empowerment 360, a Mississippi based consulting company that specializes in professional development and motivational services. Dr. Greene is in South Africa motivating learners and empowering teachers and lectures in different schools around the Western Cape. Today he is in Stellenbosch. For more information go to

Monday, November 07, 2011

07 November - Health - Winning the fight against pneumonia

In today’s show, we heard from Dr John O’ Brien - specialist physician and expert on pneumonia and pulmonary disease. He joined us on the line to talk about Pneumonia. On November 12, the world will mark the 3rd World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, filling them with fluid. It causes cough and fever and can make breathing difficult. It is also reported that Pneumonia is the world's leading killer of children under five, claiming one young life every 20 seconds. That's more than AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined but the good news is that we can win the fight against pneumonia. More than one million young lives can be saved annually with vaccines and antibiotics, reducing indoor air pollution and through breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Dr O’ Brien explained more. For more information about Pneumonia visit

Novo Nordisk launches “Changing Diabetes Campaign”

We also spoke to Dr Daksha Jivan– Specialist Endocrinologist and Diabetes Expert. We were talking about Diabetes. World Diabetes Day takes place annually on the 14th November and is driven globally by the International Diabetes Federation. In South Africa, pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk joins the IDF’s call to action by organizing a variety of events and activities under the auspices of the “Changing Diabetes Campaign” which aims to help raise diabetes awareness and drive home key messages. Dr Jivan explained more about how to manage diabetes. The Changing Diabetes will be in Cape Town soon. They will be offering free Diabetes screening that will include on the spot blood glucose testing, blood pressure checking and waist circumference measurements. For further information about diabetes, World Diabetes Day or the Changing Diabetes Bus please go to

This week is the CPR week

We closed off the show with an interview with Lara Haddington – Facilitator at Action Training Academy. They provide world-class health and safety training. 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 Lara explained more about the role of the lay rescuer/first-aider. For more information on CPR go to your nearest health care centre or call 10177 in case of an emergency. For more information about the Action Training Academy visit or contact their offices on (021) 486 1000.

Friday, November 04, 2011

04 November - Arts, Culture & Environment - Mdzananda Animal Clinic to host a dog show in Gugulethu

In today’s show, we were joined by Lizzanne Adams – From Nestlé. Nestlé Purina and Mdzananda Animal Clinic will be doing a dog show in Gugulethu tomorrow from 9AM till 12PM at the Gugulethu Stadium. Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only clinic providing permanent primary veterinary healthcare support to the dogs and cats in the townships. They will be choosing dogs from the community and giving out 1st, 2nd and third prizes plu one overall prize under the following categories: The Happiest Dog, The Cutest Dog, The Most Gentle Big Dog, The Older dog and the Best condition dog. For more information contact Reuben Mxinwa on 078 992 0711 alternatively visit

MoMix guys joins Sakhisizwe to talk about blogging & Arts Update

We also heard from Sean - Creative Director and Sima - Contributer at MoMix, an online lifestyle and entertainment magazine. They cover international and local entertainment news. For more visit or send an email to

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update.

Zane to host charity fundraising event at Gugulethu Square

We closed off the show with an interview with Zane Mandisi Maqetuka - Mr. South-Africa 2012 semi- finalist. Tomorrow he will be hosting a charity fundraising event at Gugulethu mall from 11am till 1pm. The 2 hours event will be filled with entertainment this includes a fashion show, music and dance. For more information visit or

Thursday, November 03, 2011

03 November - Labour - Government Employees Pension Fund embarks on Community Road shows

In today’s show, we heard from Stuart Cloete – Client Liaison Officer from the Government Employees Pension Fund. On Saturday, they will be hosting Community Road shows in the Western Cape. The road shows are part of the concerted effort by the Fund to get closer to its stakeholders in order to build relationships and to ensure that the members have a better understanding of the Fund’s services and processes. From 8AM to 4PM they will be at Good Hope Centre, cnr of Oswald Pirow and Sir Lowry Road. Town Hall, High Street in Worcester and Eagle Nest Ministries, Delville Park in George. For more information contact (012) 319 1060 or 0800 117 669, alternatively visit

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

02 November - Gender - Rape Crisis facing severe financial crisis

In today's show, we spoke to Kathleen Day – Director at Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. According to media reports, Rape Crisis is facing a severe financial crisis that may force it to reduce services or even close down. This follows after four international donors withdrew their funding. But according to Kathleen, ordinary citizens can give once off donations or donate R100 a month in the trust's 1000 hearts campaign to keep them running. We spoke about the campaign. For more information go to or contact their offices on (021) 447 1467.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

01 November - Human Rights - Communities urged to mobilise against gangsterism and drugs

In today’s show, we spoke to Hanif Loonat – Chairperson of the Western Cape Community Police Board. The Board has urged community members in Gang infested areas to mobilise against gangsterism and drugs. According to the board, SAPS on its own cannot attain the desired successes without the collective assistance and partnership of the said communities. The board says communities are silent on this most explosive circumstance we find ourselves in. According to the board our silence is going to lead us to a point of no return. SAPS in the month of October have confiscated 29 firearms with 39 arrests. .And searched more then 900 drug houses with 1158 arrests. All this in gang infested areas. The Provincial Commissioner and his team are asking the concerned communities to report these members by calling his office or your local CPF chairpersons. They are also welcome to call Mr Loonat on 082 860 7863 or email him to

City high schools invited to elect Junior City Council

We also heard from Alderman Owen Kinahan – From the City of Cape Town. The reconstruction of the Junior City Council has now commenced with invitations to about 300 state and independent high schools across the city. All high schools who would like to participate in the Junior City Council are invited to do so before the 11th of November. The Cape Town Junior City Council provides a forum for the introduction of school-going youth to civic and community affairs, and the development of management and leadership skills. It does so to educate and uplift young people and to build leaders of the future. The composition of the JCC has been redesigned to more closely align the schools in each of the city’s 111 wards with governance and service delivery in Cape Town. For more information contact Acting Coordinator of the Junior City Council Charmaine van Reenen on (021) 400 1480 or fax to (021) 400 1465 alternatively send an email to

Monday, October 31, 2011

31 October - Health - International Generic Medication Conference comes to South Africa

In today's show we spoke to Muhammad Bodhania - Vice chairperson of the National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers - a member of the International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance or IGPA. IGPA is a voluntary organisation comprising of leading generic medicines associations and this week they will be hosting an Annual International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance Conference. The two day programme includes top-level speakers from the scientific, regulatory, government and commercial sectors, many of whom are regarded experts in their fields. We were talking about generic medication.

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

We also heard from Dr Chris Verster who is a Psychiatrist from Stikland Hospital. We spoke about Borderline Personality Disorder. According to experts, Borderline sufferers have extreme and long standing instability in their emotional lives, as well as in their behaviour and their self-image. Dr Verster explained more about the symptoms and whether it is a treatable condition or not. For more information visit the South African Society of Psychiatrists on or the Mental Health Information Centre, on (021) 938 9229.

Friday, October 28, 2011

28 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - International Oriental Dance Festival to attempt a Guinness World Record

In today’s show, we were joined by Lee Smith-Garner – Member of the Palace of the Winds. Ajsa Samia and Palace of the Winds will present their annual charity event, the International Oriental Dance Festival in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused Women and Children in Athlone, for the sixth time in Cape Town from yesterday till the 30th of October. The festival is said to be a unique event in Southern Africa that has become popular amongst international and South African belly dancers and supporters. Everyone from age seven to 70+, men and women, complete beginners to professional dancers are invited to dance, so long as they are able to learn and dance the Belly dance choreography for five minutes, have a Belly Dance coin belt, skirt or harem pants on. Participation is free.

• Workshops day: October 28 and 29, at the Protea Hotel Sea Point- international stars will give workshops in different dancing styles. Booking process is via

• Fringe programme: October 29 and 30 at the V&A Waterfront, Workshop 17 shed and Amphitheatre. Performances by dancers of all levels of dance presented by international and local dancers will be showcased, the whole of the two days. Entry is free.

• Guinness World Record attempt: October 29 at V&A Waterfront, 4pm, Workshop 17, next to the Craft Market, Blue Shed. Visit for more information.

Energy Portfolio Committee hosts National Consultative Seminar on Climate Change & Arts Update

We also heard from Sisa Njikelana – Chairperson of Energy Portfolio Committee. Parliament is hosting a National Consultative Seminar on Climate Change today and tomorrow under the theme: Building tomorrow today; working towards a national consensus on climate change in the African COP. The objective of the seminar is to host a national consultative forum with the different sectors involved in climate change and it seeks to promote an African common position at COP17 which is part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban later in the year. Different commissions will discuss various topics including the character and outcomes around COP17 and scenario building, adaptation and mitigation, transfer of technology, financial support and gender mainstreaming in respect of climate change. The plenary will discuss resolutions and the way forward. For more information visit

Nigel Vermaas joined us to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

27 October - Labour - SEDA launches Small Business Stars Competition

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Denise Dookoo - Marketing & Stakeholder Relations Manager at Small Enterprise Development Agency or Seda Western Cape. Last week Seda launched a Small Business Stars competition, a business plan competition that is aimed at encouraging more entrepreneurial development within the Western Cape. The competition runs until April next year and aims to drive sustainable venture creation by providing small business owners with a more systematic approach to business planning. The judging process will identify 20 national business idea winners and 20 existing business winners, all of whom will receive their share of more than R400, 000 in cash, as well as laptops and Seda business support to the value of up to R60, 000 each. Special prizes will also be presented to the best woman entrepreneur, the best youth entrepreneur, the best disabled entrepreneur and the best “job-creating” entrepreneur. The competition is open to any South African citizen over the age of 18 with a business idea or existing small business. Candidates can register on the competition website, and download the business plan template to prepare their entry. On-line entries will open from the end of October. Entries close on 31 January, 2012. For more information, please visit or follow Seda Small Business Stars on Twitter or Facebook.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

26 October - Gender - Single Parents in Action to host empowerement workshop

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Nokuphiwa Katom – Chairperson of Single Parents in Action. Their objective is to support and empower single parents through interactive workshops covering the three core aspects of a human: emotional, mental and financial. On the 12th of November they will be hosting a workshop in Khayelitsha. The purpose of the workshop is to inspire everyone, both males and females, young and old who have made it and who have not! They have organized successful individuals like Dr. Montrell Greene to come and share their journey, experience and advice be it in business, relationship or career. People will have time to ask questions. Noku says they are expecting 150 people to attend. If anyone is interested in sharing his or her way to success can contact her by sms to 079 284 1757 or send an email to the workshop will be at Lookout hill in Khayelitsha. Tickets costs R45 at Computicket, and at any Shoprite or Checkers store.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

25 October - Human Rights - Home of Hope needs help

In today’s show, we spoke to Marilize Mostert – Fundraiser at Home of Hope. Home of hope provides special needs education for FASD and neurologically challenged children who are not coping in conventional schools. Their mission is to create an environment where children can be nurtured holistically to develop to their full potential. Anyone interested in making a donation or for more information you can send an email to or visit

Mitchell’s Plain Advice and Development Project to host anti-drug outreach

We closed off the show with an interview with Russell Strydom – from the Mitchell’s Plain Advice and Development Project. Tomorrow they will be running an outreach programme with the theme “No to drugs – Yes to coming clean’’. The programme takes place tomorrow at the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre Library Hall from 11AM to 1PM. If you want more information you can contact him on (021) 392 2000.

Monday, October 24, 2011

24 October - Health - Dementia SA to explore global methods and best practices

In today’s show, we heard from Karen Borochowitz – Executive Director of Dementia South Africa. Dementia SA will be hosting a two day conference tomorrow and Wednesday here in Cape Town. The conference will explore some of the global methods and best practices in caring for people with dementia of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia. For more information on Dementia you can contact (021) 421 0077 / 78 or email alternatively visit

UCT medical students promotes Mental Health Awareness

And we also spoke to Farai Mabunda and Sameshan Pather - 4th year medical student at the University of Cape Town. We were talking about Mental Health Awareness. Farai and her colleagues are completing a project in Public Health. Their project focuses on the protection, promotion and restoration, of the health of the population through collective and social action. The primary objective is to educate the community, but they are hoping to stimulate debate around this controversial topic which is highly stigmatized in many communities. For more information on Mental Health contact Cape Mental Health on (021) 447 9040 or visit

Saturday marks World Psoriasis Day

We closed off the show with an interview with Judy Wallace – Chairperson of the Psoriasis Association. We were talking about Psoriasis, on Saturday is World Psoriasis Day which aims to raise more awareness about this condition. Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder and it affects one to two percent of the population. Unfortunately there is no cure for Psoriasis, but many different treatments, both topical and systemic, can clear psoriasis for periods of time. On Saturday they will be hosting a walk at the Moulle Point Lighthouse from 10AM to raise awareness about psoriasis. For more information you can contact the Psoriasis Association on (021) 404 5250 or 082 406 9725 alternatively visit

Friday, October 21, 2011

21 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - The Beneficiary gets positive reviews & Arts Update

In today’s show, we heard from Sinethemba Twani – Playwright. Sinethemba’s play, the Beneficiary, opened last night at Artscape, is the second production in the current 7th Artscape Spring Drama Season. This is a story of an elderly Xhosa man whose only son died and now finds himself thinking about a successor. He has 6 daughters and none of them can inherit this land. The play features Chris Gxalaba, Zoliswa Kawe, Thabang Sidloyi, Nobuhle Ketelo and Melikhaya Tana. The production will run till the 5th of November at 20:15, with matinee performances at 14:30 on Saturday 29 October and 5 November. Tuesday performances are at 19:30 in the Artscape Arena. Tickets at R60 and R80 can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 471 7695. Pensioners & students get 20% discount with valid ID. Block bookings get 10% discount on groups of 10 or more. Learners get 20 % discount. For more information visit

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update.

Ological Studies on a journey to self discovery

We closed off the show with an interview with Phumlani Mtiti and Sibusiso Dlamini – they form the band Ological Studies. The duo won the Best Contemporary Jazz Album - SAMA Award. Their style contains elements of Jazz, Avantigarde, Free Jazz, African music, Gospel, Funk and R&B. They both doing their final year in music at UCT's South African College of Music . They explained more on how they juggle music and studies. For more information visit or contact or send an email to

Thursday, October 20, 2011

20 October - Labour - Anti-Walmart campaign intensifies

In today’s show, we spoke to Thabo Mahlangu - SACCAWU spokesperson. SACCAWU and COSATU Western Cape have formed an Anti-Walmart Coalition and are intensifying the Anti-Walmart campaign. Today they demonstrated outside Cape High Court. According to Thabo, the protest action intends to explicitly demonstrate to the country and the Appeals Tribunal that not only are citizens opposed to the Walmart entry, but more seriously it poses a major threat to employment and the development of manufacturing and other sectors of the economy. For more information contact (021) 424 3137 or visit

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

19 October - Gender - DIY Diva talks about power tools

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Cornelia Wiegmann – DIY Diva. DIY Divas is all about creating the confidence you need to use power tools for all your home repairs, improvements and DIY projects. All classes are tailored in such a way that every Diva attending a course receives personal attention and a 'hands-on' approach, and they're always available to answer queries. According to the founder Janice Anderssen, the realities of divorce, single parenthood and the choice of empowerment have contributed to recognition that women don’t necessarily need a man to perform home repairs and improvement. DIY Divas offer a range of workshops that range from an introduction to power tools to making your own furniture projects. The emphasis is on a relaxed, casual and fun atmosphere where there is no such thing as a stupid question – only unusual queries! For more information you can visit

AGI to launch “Women & Security Governance in Africa”

Our last interview was with Yaliwe Clarke - From the African Gender Institute.The Institute will be launching a Book titled “Women & Security Governance in Africa” tomorrow as part of the African Feminists: Talking the Walk programme. The programme encompasses seminars, book launches and a documentary screening happening in different locations in Cape Town.The book provides empirical data for the academic community and a tool for evidence based policy work globally and regionally. It is said to be of use to policy-makers, NGOs, development agencies, activists focusing on women’s rights, peace and security, as well as to scholars in Africa, Europe and North America. The launch is between13:00 -14:00Pm at the Seminar Room 3A, Graduate School in Humanities Building, at the University of Cape Town. Copies of the book will be available (at a cost) at the launch. The book is published by PAMBAZUKA PRESS and distributed in Cape Town by Blue Weaver. For further information, contact Celene Jansen-Fielies on (021) 650 2970 or send an email to

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

18 October - Human Rights - Trans-disciplinary Centre opened in Wellington

In today’s show, we spoke to Retha Bloem - Head of the Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies. A trans-disciplinary Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies opened in Wellington to help build the scientific, technological and intellectual capacity of its graduates through structured teaching and supervised research as well as community interaction through in-service learning embedded in community directed research. Retha said even though located in Wellington, the Centre falls under the auspices of North West University. For more information contact their offices on (021) 864 3593 or email her to

Get a free will drafted this National Wills Week

We also heard from Praveen Sham – Co -chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa. This week is the National Wills Week. National Wills Week presents an opportunity for attorneys to participate in one of the profession’s main access to justice initiatives, but also to fulfill their pro bono commitments. Attorneys participating in the National Wills Week will draft basic wills free of charge but an appointment must be made with a particpating attorney or firm. Mr Sham explained more. Remember only a new basic Will will be written, no amendments to existing wills. For more information you can contact their offices on (012) 366 8800 or visit

CASE to host the "Spelling Bee"

We closed off the show with an interview with Natasha Dial – Literacy and School Coordinator at the Community Action towards a Safer Environment or CASE. CASE strives to break the cycle of violence in communities inflicted by years of trauma. Various projects and techniques are implemented to transform the community through the development of community members, creating a positive cycle of healthy individuals, families and community. We were talking about the Spelling Competition they running for grade 1 to grade 3 pupils. The Spelling Bee will be in Mountview High on Saturday 22nd of October and entry is R5 for adults and R2 for children. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 691 7073 alternatively visit

Monday, October 17, 2011

17 October - Health - Thursday marks World Osteoporosis Day

In today's show, we heard from Tereza Hough – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced and the micro-architecture of bone is disrupted. This leads to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is called the silent disease because it progresses undetected for many years and the first sign of this disease is usually a fracture. According to reports, more than one-third of women over the age of 50 and nearly half of those over age 70 are affected by this disease. Osteoporosis in men is on the increase, and one in 5 men will develop this disease. On Thursday is the World Osteoporosis day and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa is for the first time in the country, launching the National and Economic health impact analysis on the 19th of October. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (021) 931 7894 or their Help line on 0861 102 265 for those who have access to the internet visit

Friday, October 14, 2011

14 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Communities urged to keep glass alive

In today's show, we heard from Shabeer Jhetam - CEO of The Glass Recycling Company. The company is South Africa’s official organisation for promoting glass recycling. It is a not-for-profit organisation and is mandated to keep glass alive by promoting the practice of recovering, recycling and re-use of glass.To learn more about glass recycling you can contact the Glass Recycling Company on (011) 803 0767 or 0861 GLASS or visit

City Space explored and Arts Update

We also heard from Erin Alexandra Bosenberg -Photographer, Writer, Editor and Producer. We were talking about SPACES - a multi-media documentary project bringing together audio interviews and photographic documents. According to Erin, the goal of the project is to create a direct and intimate connection between individuals and the city they live in, which is Cape Town. If you would like to be featured on SPACES or for more information visit or send an email to

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.

Sound Masters Crew to launch an EP

We closed off the show with an interview with Members of Sound Masters Crew. Tomorrow they are launching their EP at Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha. The event starts from 12 till 6pm. The EP is titled "No Doubt". Tickets costs R20 and the EP will be on sale for R60 per copy. For more information or for bookings contact their manager Yoliswa Dwane on 072 342 7747 or email her to

Thursday, October 13, 2011

13 October - Labour - DWDE to host Career Fair for youth with disabilities

In today’s show, we heard from Karina Fischer - Programme Manager at the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise or DWDE. This is a Cape Town based non-governmental organisation and over the years it has worked to realize the rights of persons with disabilities. Its latest effort is a Career Fair to provide a platform for career-related information and resources targeting young people with disabilities. DWDE runs the fair as part of its Careers for Youth with Disabilities in South Africa (CYDISA) programme. It believes that more could be done to create a local environment that empowers those who have disabilities. This fair is scheduled during daytime on October 18th and 19th from 08:30am at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town. Transport from Observatory train station will be provided. For more information on DWDE you can visit or contact their offices on (021) 674 6139.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

12 October - Gender - Rural Women’s Assembly to observe International Rural Women’s day

In today’s show, we were joined by Fatima Shabodien - Executive Director of Women on Farms Project. We were talking about the Rural Women’s Assembly. On the 15th of October the world will be celebrating International Rural Women’s day. In commemoration of this day the Rural Women’s Caucus will be bringing together 200 rural women from across South Africa for Rural Women’s Assembly. According to Action Aid, Rural women in South Africa continue to bear the brunt of unemployment, growing poverty, spiralling levels of violence, high prevalence of HIV and the lack of access to economic opportunities, public services and most importantly the seed of life: land. The Assembly is also aimed at preparing for a Southern African regional rural women’s assembly and to ensure that rural women influence the negotiations taking place at the UN COP 17 in Durban in December. The Assembly, taking place from 13-15 October 2011, will consist of a two day workshop on 13/14 October at the Colosseum Hotel in Pretoria and will be followed by a march to the Union building on 15 October 2011 where a memorandum will be handed over. The march echoes the path and the demands of women who courageously marched for their freedom and for their rights in 1956. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 887 2960 or visit

Women without Boundaries to host a market day

We were also joined by Dorothea Lakay – Chairperson of Women without Boundaries. This Mitchell’s Pain based organisation works towards women empowerment. Dorothea explained more. On Saturday the 15th of October, they will be hosting a market day at Sea View Primary School in Rocklands between 9AM and 2PM. For more information you can contact her on 072 554 6281.

Single Parents Support Group

And our last interview was with Glenda Keet – Founder of the Single Parents Support Group. It is said that single parenting is on the increase in South Africa and statistics indicate that the single parent family is fast becoming the new norm. But the good news is that there are support groups for single parents, and even schools are far more open and supportive than previously and research shows that single parenting can offer rewarding advantage. Glenda’s support group meets every month, if you want more information you can contact her on 076 626 1024.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

11 October - Human Rights - Children's Home needs help

In today’s show, we heard from Brenda Jooste – Care Giver and Founder of Bright Star – a children’s home based in Kraaifontein. She says she believes that anything is possible with enough love, security and guidance. Brenda's wishlist: Nappies, Baby Formula, Wet Wipes, Good second hand clothing, Food, Tiles for the kitchen, TV for the kids, etc. For more information contact (021) 988 3279 or 078 517 3762.

Legal Aid South Africa to face Parliamentary Portfolio Committee

We also heard from Judge Dunstan Mlambo – Legal Aid South Africa Board Chairperson. This tax-funded organisation provides legal advice and representation to poor and vulnerable South Africans has particular focus on vulnerable groups, such as women, children, rural poor and the landless. But you must pass a means test, based on income, to qualify for assistance. Legal Aid Management is in Cape Town to table the organisation’s performance presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. If you want more information contact 0800 110 110 or visit You can also report incidents of maltreatment on their Ethics Hotline on 0800 204 473.

Monday, October 10, 2011

10 October - Health - This week is National Nutrition Week

In today’s show, we spoke to Berna Harmse – Association for Dietetics in South Africa President. We were talking about Nutrition. This week is National Nutrition Week. This year’s nationwide campaign aims to educate parents, caregivers, health workers and the wider community about the importance of complementary feeding which involves the introduction of solid foods into the diet of babies aged 6 – 24 months in tandem with breast milk. Studies show that damage caused by inadequate nutrition to physical growth, brain development and human capital formation during the first two years of a child’s life is extensive and largely irreversible. Berna explained more. For more information on nutrition you can contact your nearest health care centre or visit

Today is World Mental Health Day

We also spoke to Maboyce Mfuniselwa – Service Manager 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. Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme is “The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health”. The Great Push for Mental Health is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health in strategic alliance with the Movement for Global Mental Health. It has four elements: UNITY, VISIBILITY, RIGHTS, and RECOVERY. If you would like to know more information contact (021) 361 7063 or visit

Obesity Week

We closed off the show with an interview Lucy Gericke – A dietician from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. This week is the Obesity and Nutrition Week. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, Obesity is now recognised as a major public health problem in many countries like Australia, America, UK, Mexico, Brazil as well as South Africa. Worldwide statistics show that 22 million children under the age of five are overweight. We spoke to Lucy about what causes obesity and the risks associated with being obese. Remember, balance an active lifestyle for your child with a healthy diet - by limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. Teach children healthy eating habits that will last their entire lifetime! For more details and nutritional advice from registered dieticians, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours, or visit

Friday, October 07, 2011

07 October - Arts, Culture & Environment - Nominees for Sport Legends Awards open

In today’s show, we were joined by the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport - Dr Ivan Meyer. The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport will be the proud host of the 7th annual Western Cape Sport Legends during December and invites the public to help the WC Provincial Government to celebrate our sport history by identifying sport legends who meet the relevant criteria and to submit their proposals before the 10th of October 2011. For more information check or contact Annerie Pruis-LeRoux on (021) 483 9730.