Tuesday, August 30, 2011

30 August - Human Rights - Help to replace little Inako's hearing aids

In today's show, we spoke to Ruth Bourne – Principal at Carel du Toit Centre for Hearing Impaired Children. According to the principal, one of the learners, Inako Kom was robbed of her hearing aids, worth R 23 000 in Delft. It is suspected that the person who stole her hearing aids thought that they were a music listening device or Bluetooth. Now the four year old hearing has deteriorated further and she has a profound loss in the left ear and a severe hearing loss in the right ear. The Centre is asking for donations towards replacing her hearing aids. According to Mrs Bourne, Inako’s whole personality has changed since the futile theft of her hearing aids. Every day that she doesn't hear, ensures that her speech and language delay increases - taking away her opportunity of mainstreaming at a later stage. She said the loss of these hearing aids will have a profound impact on her development and chances of integrating into society. Anyone interested in making a donation towards replacing Inako's hearing aids may contact the Carel du Toit Centre for Hearing Impaired Children on (021) 938 5312 or send an email to rbourne@pgwc.gov.za

Monday, August 29, 2011

29 August - Health - Eating healthy with iHealth Meals

In today's show we spoke to Christian Matuz - CEO of ihealth Meals. At ihealth Meals they produce scientifically designed meals that are approved by professional dieticians. Everyone knows the saying “you are what you eat” well it is said that the elements of a healthy diet are fresh food, unprocessed food without additives, and a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. We need to eat some cooked food and some raw food each day. Christian explained more on how to manage diseases through food. For more information visit www.ihealthmeals.com or send an email to info@ihealthmeals.com

Friday, August 26, 2011

26 August - Arts, Culture & Envirnment - Renovatio Dance Company presents 'Colour Contrast: Where Worlds Collide' & Arts Update

In today's show we spoke to Eulie Mabie – from Renovatio Dance Company. Renovatio is a non-profit organisation, which focuses on underprivileged youth and assists them to reach their goals through arts. We were talking about 'Colour Contrast: Where Worlds Collide' theatre production that is produced by Renovatio Dance Company and will be staged at Artscape Theatre on the 2nd and 3rd of September at 8pm. Marcus Mabie and Lu Jacobs from Renovatio direct this 90-minute hip-hop dance production. They believe that the elevation of urban dance culture from the streets to professional theatre venues is more than entertainment but rather a crossover art that has a following worldwide. For this show, the directors have created various characters to tell a story of "the beginning, the legacy, and the immortality". Tickets cost R60. For more information visit www.artscape.co.za for ticket bookings contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Special price for block bookings applies.

Nigel Vermaas was in studio with this week's arts update.

Catch Hip Hop Kaslam at the Baxter Theatre tomorrow

We closed off with an interview with Bulelwa Ntlantlu - actress, dancer, poet, rapper and singer. We were talking about Hip Hop Kaslam happening tomorrow night at the Baxter Theatre Concert Hall. Hip Hop Kaslam returns for the fourth time at the Baxter to showcase spaza, street slang and township lifestyle. Keeping to the theme of Women’s Month and celebrating women pursuing a career in hip hop, Hip Hop Kaslam will feature a majority female cast like Tia, Bulelwa and Unathi. The Baxter Theatre will provide buses to transport audience members to and from the show at no extra cost. The pick-up and drop-off points are the Gugulethu Sports Complex and Radio Zibonele in Khayelitsha, leaving for the theatre at 3:30pm, and Delft Parking lot (opposite SPAR) and Crossroads Circle, leaving for the theatre at 4pm. Ticket prices are just R30 and booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite or Checkers. For further enquiries call Phila Nkuzo on cell 073 667 6647, email pnkuzo@gmail.com or visit the Hip Hop Kaslam Facebook Group.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

25 August - Labour - ILRIG to host a public forum on Nationalisation

In today’s show, we heard from Michael Blake - Researcher and education officer at the International Labour Research and Information Group or ILRIG. Later today ILRIG will be hosting a public forum on Nationalisation. What does it mean? Should we be fighting for it and why is it being debated now? The latest call for nationalisation of mines by ANC Youth League President Julius Malema has sparked a heated debate with others warning that such a move would result in the collapse of South Africa’s economy. The public forum will start from 6:00PM at the Salt River Community House at number 41 Salt River Road in Salt River. Speakers will be Michael Blake and Luthando Nogcinisa from Nehawu. They say snacks and transport home will be provided. For more information contact their office on (021) 447 6375 or visit www.ilrig.org

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

24 August - Gender - Mothers Unite requires financial help

In today's show, we spoke to Gerry Gordon – from Mothers Unite. Mothers Unite was started by Carol Jacobs who realized that children in her neighbourhood were not receiving a minimum of one meal a day. Their vision is to uplift the situation for children and families in the Lavender Hill area by focusing on inclusivity and participation through a number of different projects. They would appreciate financial assistance and volunteers to help out with their various projects. For more information visit www.mothersunite.org.za or send an email to gerry@mothersunite.org.za alternatively call 082 825 0511.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

23 August - Human Rights - PASSOP to fundraise for the Horn of Africa

In today's show we spoke to Yolanda Bana - From PASSOP. The organisation will be hosting a fundraising event to raise money for the victims of famine in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea). It is reported that in the last 90 days more than 29,000 children under five years of age have died of starvation, killing 323 children every day. It is the biggest humanitarian disaster in the region in the last two decades. PASSOP is working closely with the non-profit Gift of the Givers Foundation, which is currently on the ground in Somalia with medical teams providing support for Somali people. The event: Western Cape Fights Famine – Horn of Africa Relief will feature music and dance performances, a short documentary screening, live video skype to doctors on the ground in Somalia, and some speeches by political and community leaders. The event is on Saturday, the 27th of August, between 2 to 5pm at St. Joseph’s Marist College in Belmont Road, Rondebosch. Tickets costs R100 and R80 for students. If you cannot attend and still want to assist, donations can be made to PASSOP's bank account. For more information contact (021) 762 0322 or send an email to office@passop.co.za

Monday, August 22, 2011

22 August - Health - Breast Cancer and the use of Aromatase Inhibitors

In today's show we spoke to Dr Devan Moodley - Medical Oncologist and Non Executive Director of Campaigning for Cancer. Dr Moodley is one of South Africa's leading oncologists who specialises in treating teenagers and young adults with cancer. About two weeks he presented a talk titled Breast Cancer and the use of Aromatase Inhibitors – how pharmacists and nurses are to educate, counsel and motivate patients. It is reported that one in nine women in South Africa will get cancer of the breast at some time in their lives. According to Dr Moodley, as the incidence and awareness of breast cancer increases, pharmacists and nurses will be required to play a more active role in the lives of patients affected by the disease. Aromatase inhibitors are widely prescribed for the treatment of oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer, and are mainly dispensed in retail pharmacy. For further information contact him on (011) 356 6905 he is based at the Wits Oncology Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Parktown, Johannesburg or to locate a Specialist in your area visit www.pinklink.org.za

Friday, August 19, 2011

19 August - Arts, Culture & Environment - Inkcubeko & Arts Update

In today's show we heard from Andile Siyo – from Inkcubeko Community Arts Development and Sustainability. Inkcubeko strive in unifying young people from different background in the cause of exchanging experiences and creating a platform of addressing educational issues affecting young people both locally and beyond. For more information contact (021) 637 0657 or email him to toloent@mweb.co.za

Nigel was in for the Arts Update.

Catch Amatsha Ntliziyo –“the never-give-ups” at the District Six Museum

We closed off with an interview with Jo-Anne Smetherham and Vivienne Budaza - Executive Director at GAPA or Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids. We were talking about Amatsha Ntliziyo –“the never-give-ups” a photo exhibition about a group of grandmothers who are showing extraordinary grit, care for others and even humour, despite the heavy burdens they carry. The gogos in the exhibition are among the many who have formed GAPA. South African photojournalist Eric Miller has captured the struggle and spirit of 17 grandmothers in intimate portraits of them, and their families. The photographs will be combined with excerpts from the grandmothers’ life stories, documented by Jo-Anne. The exhibition is at the District Six Museum’s Home coming centre till the 30th of August. If you want more information go to www.thenevergiveuos.wordpress.com

Thursday, August 18, 2011

18 August - Labour - SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation officially launched

In today’s show, we spoke to Lydia Zingoni - Founder and Director of SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. The foundation was formed as a channel for the cultivation and promotion of entrepreneurship amongst young adults. The foundation will be officially launched on the 31st of August. For more information contact 082 907 0739 or send an email to zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za alternatively visit www.teenentrepreneur.co.za

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

17 August - Gender - Africa Women’s Network uplifting African women

In today's show we spoke to Karima Isaacs – Coordinator of Africa Women’s Network. The network aims to uplift women by improving their quality of life through social, business, personal and holistic development, home-making and creativity. If you want more information contact her on (021) 704 1462 or 074 106 0713 alternatively send an email to awomensnetwork@polka.co.za

Catch “Harridans, Harpies and High Heels” in Obz tonight

And our last interview was with Colleen Higgs – Founder of Modjadji Books. Tonight and tomorrow night Modjaji Books is hosting “Harridans, Harpies and High Heels” – an evening of poetry, music, wine in celebrating women in poetry. The event will feature poets like Malika Ndlovu, Kerry Hammerton, Khadija Heeger, Colleen Higgs and on Thursday night the line-up will feature Karin Schimke, Sindiwe Magona and many more. The event starts at 7.30 for 8.00 pm at Theatre Arts Admin Collective at the Methodist Church Hall, corner of Milton Road and Wesley Street, in Observatory. cover charge is R50. Wine, light snacks will be served. To book email Colleen to cdhiggs@gmail.com or call 072 774 3546.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

16 August - Human Rights - Getup Standup Afrika to host NHI Seminar

In today's show we spoke to Damaris Kiewiets – Chairperson of the Cape Metro Health Forum. On Thursday, the 18th of August she will be part of a panel discussing the National Health Insurance. The seminar is hosted by the Getup Standup Afrika. The National Health Insurance has been proposed by the South African government and is aimed at achieving universal access to good quality health care for all South Africans. According to media reports, a number of civil society organisations and labour unions have come out in favour of the NHI but business interest groups are concerned about the cost of implementing the scheme. The seminar is on Thursday, the 18th of August, on 2nd floor, Armoury Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road in Woodstock. The programme starts at 13:00PM – 14:00PM. Members of the public are invited to attend. For more information contact Getup Standup afrika Coordinator Nkwame Cedile on 078 227 6008 or send an email to nkwame.cedile@gmail.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

15 August - Health - August is Sterilisation Month

In today’s show, we spoke to Carla Johnson - National Organiser for the Association for Voluntary Sterilisation of South Africa. This month is Sterilisation month and aims to inform and educate men and women on the benefits of Sterilisation as a final method of contraception. We were talking about Voluntary Sterilisation. According to the association, Voluntary Sterilisation is a positive step taken by responsible men and women who want to take charge of their lives to uplift themselves and their families by choosing this form of permanent contraception. For more information contact your nearest clinic or the Association for Voluntary Sterilisation of South Africa on (021) 531 1665.

Protect your child against pneumococcal disease, vaccinate!

We also spoke to Dr Ashley Wewege - Consultant Paediatrician and Director of National Paediatric Management Group South Africa. Last week he presented a talk titled Invasive Pneumococcal Disease – Leading Cause of Morbidity and Mortality in Children”. He will explain more about Pneumococcal Disease. It is reported that currently there are more than 90 known pneumococcal types; the ten most common types account for approximately 62 percent of invasive disease worldwide. The best way to protect against pneumococcal disease is through vaccination. There are two types of pneumococcal vaccine currently available: a polysaccharide vaccine and a conjugate vaccine. For further information visit your nearest clinic or hospital alternatively check www.paediatrician.co.za

Friday, August 12, 2011

12 August - Arts, Culture & Environment - Sterling EQ continues their Women’s Month celebrations & Arts Update

In today’s show, we were joined by Carina Bruwer - Manager & Electric Flautist for SAMA Award Winning Sterling Electric Quartet. Sterling EQ continues their Women’s Month celebrations with a once-off concert at the Fugard Theatre on the 19th of August ahead of their European debut in Germany in December 2011. Carina explained more about their music and what influence its unique style. If you want to see them perform live and hear some of their mesmerizing melodies, you can attend the concert at the Fugard Theatre on the 19th of August. Tickets are priced from R110 – R130, available from Computicket or through the Fugard Theatre Box Office on (021) 461 4554. Excellent discounts are offered to all registered Friends of the Fugard or for more information go to www.sterlingeq.co.za

We also heard from Nigel Vermaas with this week Arts update.

Muze Women's Fest launched

We closed off with an interview with Natalia Da Rocha - one of South Africa’s renowned pioneers in the arts and entertainment industry also Creative Director for the Applauz Arts Initiative. Tomorrow they are launching the Muze Women's Fest at the Theatre in the Muze. The aim of the festival is to pay tribute to Mothers, Daughters and Sisters in Poetry and Song with the following productions: SLAVIN – a Musical about slavery with Natalia Da Rocha and featuring, Talia Alexis, Dominic Paulsen, Danielle Ford and David Piet. AFROTISERS FOR WOMENISERS with Cedwyn Joel, Bieke Joubert, Kristoff Steenhaut and Ted Faulkner. MUSIC HALL with Leith Overall, Liz Blackwell, Carly Abrahams, Damon Abrahams, John Blewett, Franklin Petersen and Bradley Fritz. TALES FROM THE ROAD - An evening of POETRY and SONG with Kurt Egelhof and Talia Alexis. On the 27th of August performance @ 20:00PM they will be featuring and showcasing Women filmmakers. On Sunday 21st of August @16:00PM. FROM SILWER WITH LOVE – Willem & Louis van der Merwe. You saw them on SA’s got Talent - One performance only 26 August @ 20:00. Tickets costs only R60. If you want more information contact Theatre in the Muze on 076 042 4653.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

11 August - Labour - EE to host Careers Indaba

In today’s show, we were joined on the line by Ntshadi Mofokeng – from Equal Education. Equal Education and Ikamva Youth are hosting a Careers Indaba tomorrow at the Harare Library in Khayelitsha from 2:00pm till 5:00pm. They say by educating learners about the available choices and opportunities, the organisation seek to empower them to make informed decisions about their future endeavours. They will help you find out about options for further studies, how to find funding, opportunities for work and on-the-job training, volunteering, internships and GAP year programmes. There will also be workshops on career and personal development, CV writing and interview skills. The Careers Indaba is open to Grade 10 to grade 12 learners. For more information contact Ntshadi on (021) 387 0022.

Monday, August 08, 2011

08 August - Health - Top European diabetes expert visits SA

In today's show we were joined by Dr Geert Verhelst - Top European diabetes expert. Dr Verhelst is visiting South Africa on a seminar tour to share the latest research into new nutrition and lifestyle based approaches to preventing and treating diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and high cholesterol. Dr Verhelst’s presentations will outline the latest in natural approaches to treating diabetes and high cholesterol and will detail steps to help prevent diabetes and high cholesterol. He is being hosted in the country till the 10th of August by OTC Pharma SA which produces a range of health products, including the water-based cinnamon extract Diabecinn range for type 2 diabetics. For further information contact Candice on (021) 685 8093 or send an e-mail to candice@trifactoragencies.co.za

Friday, August 05, 2011

05 August - Arts, Culture & Environment - Sparkling Women share experiences & Arts Update

In today’s show, we were joined by Hip Hop Poet - Natasha Tafari and Masutane Modjadji – A Journalist who writes about being a rural girl in the city. Their work is featured on the current edition of Sparkling Women, a booklet for and about beautiful, sparkling, gorgeous, awesome women and their writings, poems and opinions. The current edition is themed “Respect and Honour South African Women”. For more information you can check www.facebook.com/SparklingWomen or check Masutane’s blog at http://masutanemodjadji.blogspot.com

We also heard from Nigel Vermaas with this week Arts update.

Backyard Records presents “An Evening of Afro-Soul Funk and Spaza”

We closed off with an interview with MXO, Backyard Crew and The LuckyMo Experience. Tonight they will be hosting what they call “An Evening of Afro-Soul Funk and Spaza” at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha from 8pm. Ticket are on sale for only R30. For more information or bookings visit www.backyardrecords.co.za or contact their manager Marley Planga on 083 515 4914 alternatvely send an email to marley.bmp@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

03 August - Gender - Free Gender to host the 1st Black Lesbian Conference

In today’s show, we were joined by Funeka Soldaat - Coordinator at Free Gender. Free Gender, the only lesbian organization operating in Khayelitsha will be hosting the very first black lesbian conference in South Africa. This conference will be highlighting the issues that lesbians face in our communities, create space for dialogue between lesbians and the community where the myths about lesbians will be cleared, mend the long lost relationship between police officers and lesbians and create space where lesbians will showcase their talents and skills. The conference is taking place on the 5th & 6th August 2011. The Day One programme will be opened by the National Deputy Minister of Police, Ms. Makhotso Maggie Sotyu at 16h00PM and Day Two will resume at 10am until 16H00PM at Matthew Goniwe Senior memorial school in Khayelitsha. For more info contact Funeka Soldaat or Sihle on call 082 0680 440 or send an email to freegender2008@gmail.com For Free Gender updates check http://freegender.wordpress.com/

Create change join Rock Girl!

We were also joined by India Baird – Founder of Rock Girl. Rock Girl is a grassroots movement connecting girls to advocates and resources to help them stay in school, avoid unsafe and unhealthy behaviour, build self-confidence, and achieve economic independence. Rock Girl will also be exhibiting some of their work at this year’s Artscape 5th annual Women’s Arts Festival. If you want more information visit www.rockgirlsa.org

Join conversations on Masculinities, Gender-based Violence Prevention and Gender Equality in the Global South

Our last interview was with Lionel Louw – National Director of Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust. The Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, Sonke Gender Justice, Instituto Promundo and the UCT’s Women’s Health Unit are holding a public seminar: Conversations on Masculinities, Gender-based Violence Prevention and Gender Equality in the Global South. The event will happen on the Monday the 8th of August at the Lesley Social Science Building at UCT from 18h00PM. Speakers includes: Professor Gary Barker - Founding Director at the Instituto Promundo, Professor Kopano Ratele - Sonke board member and UCT’s Mazibuko Jara. If you want more information contact Nosipho Masiza on (021) 674 0361 or visit www.wolpetrust.org.za

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

02 August - Human Rights - ISASA offers M&E Bursaries

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Gwen Williams – Academic Coordinator at the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa. They are inviting grade 9 learners who are good in mathematics, physical science and English, and who want to achieve a university entrance pass in these subjects in the National Senior Certificate examination to apply for the M&E Bursaries. The Mathematics and English programme is an ISASA initiative to increase the number of black South African learners with mathematics or science passes at National Senior Certificate level, as well as the number of teacher interns with Mathematics or Science as one of their teaching subjects. The programme is managed by ISASA and funded through donor contributions. Application forms and information sheets are available for download at www.isasa.org or for more information contact their offices on (011) 648 1331. Closing date for applying is the 23rd of August 2011.

DNA Project rolls out DNA Awareness Campaign

We also heard from Vanessa Lynch –Founder of the DNA Project. The DNA Project is a registered non-profit, public benefit organization that recognizes the critical importance of DNA evidence in the resolution of crime. It is committed to advancing justice through the expanded use of DNA evidence in conjunction with a national DNA criminal intelligence database, also known as a 'National DNA Database'. The DNA Project hopes that its efforts will translate into the comprehensive use of DNA analysis for crime detection and prevention in South Africa. We spoke about their DNA Awareness Campaign. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 418 0647 or visit www.dnaproject.co.za

The Homestead Awareness Programme intensifies

We closed off the show with an interview with Petunia Tsweleng and Simphiwe Mabuya – From the Homestead in Khayelitsha. The Homestead’s mission is “to help Street Children reconstruct their shattered lives.” We spoke more about their programmes. For more information you can contact the Khayelitsha office on (021) 361 7623 or the head office on (021) 419 9763 alternatively visit www.homestead.org.za

Monday, August 01, 2011

01 August - Health - This week we are celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week

In today’s show, we were joined by Sister Louise Goosen – From Milk Matters. We were talking about Breastfeeding. This week we are celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week and the theme for this year is: "Talk to me! Breastfeeding - a 3D Experience". The theme deals with communication at various levels and between various sectors and focusing on engaging and mobilising youth intergenerational work. Milk Matters, is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation that feels very strongly about informing the public and all related parties of the advantages of breastfeeding. It is reported that Breastmilk is the best food for a baby. Babies do not need any other foods or water, except breastmilk until they are 6 months old but Sister Louise explained more. For more information contact Milk Matters on (021) 659 5599 or visit www.milkmatters.org.za

Volunteers for Stress Elimination Program needed

We also spoke to Faiez Kirsten – A Medical doctor and founder of the Institute for the Enhancement of Health, Wellness and Performance. Dr Kirsten provides various services and products to the public like the Stress Elimination Program which is available as a downloadable ebook at present. He is currently planning a Stress Elimination seminar and would like to take a few volunteers through the program before the seminar for the purposes of results and feedback. He explained more about the program. If you want more information about contact him on (021) 697 3278 or send an email to info@faiezkirsten.com

Sahaja Yoga meditation transforming communities

We were also joined by Maike and Jane. We were talking about the Sahaja Yoga meditation. It is said that people who practice meditation on the regular basis look and feel typically 10 or even 15 years younger than other people at their age. Giving the mind a regular "break" and allowing our Nature to perform self-repairs everyday makes all the difference. Self-healing and rejuvenation seems to be within reach of everyone who is prepared to learn meditation and meditate regularly. If you want more information about free workshops or for bookings you can contact Maike on (021) 556 8858 or 072 379 4449 alternatively visit www.freemeditation.org

This week is the Rheumatic Fever Week

Our last interview was with Dr Blanche Cupido – a General Practitioner. We were talking about Rheumatic Fever as we know that this week is the Rheumatic Fever Week. Rheumatic fever affects children from as young as five years old and develops after the child has had repeated throat infections known as “strep throat”. People with rheumatic fever may develop heart inflammation, which reoccurs when they repeatedly get it. This leads to scarring and damaging of the heart valves. Dr Cupido explained more about the dangers of rheumatic fever. For more information you can contact your local clinic or day hospital.