Friday, September 30, 2011

30 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - MCSA to host hiking outreach

In today’s show, we were joined by Suzanne Smith – Outreach programme coordinator at the Mountain Club of South Africa. Tomorrow they will be hiking within the Table Mountain National Park with 200 grade-12 learners from Khayelitsha. The aim of the program is to sensitize under-privileged children to environmental issues and to bring some joy and happiness to their lives. They also hope that some of these children will become members of the MCSA when they become adults. For more information about the Outreach programme you can contact her on (021) 465 3412 or 083 303 3417 alternatively visit

AmaZink Live officially opens tomorrow & Arts Update

We also heard from Alana Mellet – General Manager at AmaZink Live a first ever Township Theatre restaurant. 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. Alana explained more. For more information visit or contact her on 074 100 3122 or email

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

Responsible Tourism pilot project launched

We closed off the show with an interview with Nombulelo Mkefa - Tourism Director for the City of Cape Town. On Thursday the City of Cape Town officially launch the Responsible Tourism pilot project. This project forms part of the City’s Tourism Month celebrations and is the next step in its Responsible Tourism journey. Ms Mkefa explained more. For more information visit

Thursday, September 29, 2011

29 September - Labour - Guarantee Trust to arm graduates

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Chicco Maluwa - Selection Officer at Guarantee Trust. We were talking about the Bonani Work-Readiness Program. The program is for previously disadvantaged accounting graduates or those close to graduating and aims to deliver work-ready graduates into accounting practices. They also run another program called Virtual Banking Work-Readiness Program which aims to deliver work-ready graduates into the banking sector in Cape Town. Requirements for the Accounting program, is a 3 year B com degree or a Diploma and major subjects can be: Accounting, Financial Management, Internal Auditing, Financial Information Systems, Taxation, and Financial Accounting. For the Banking program they require students with either a 3 year BCom degree or Diploma and major subjects can be: Banking, Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Business Economics and they must be interested in having a career in banking. Both these programs are free for the students and six months in duration. For more information you can contact Chicco on (021) 762 9345/ 9245 or visit

Silulo Ulutho Technologies expands

We also spoke to Luvuyo Rani – Managing Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Silulo Technologies provide Internet Cafes and computer training centres in under serviced areas in the Western Cape, which gives people access to the Internet for education, employment and entrepreneurship. On Saturday, it will launch its eighteenth Internet cafe in Blue Downs, where unemployment is said to be particularly a big problem. The launch will be at Cavalier Centre at Hindle Road in Blue Downs, starting from 09:30AM. For more information you can contact (021) 361 3212 or 072 267 2472 alternatively visit

How financially fit are you?

We closed off the show with an interview with Lelemba Phiri - Award Winning Financial Educator, Writer and Social Entrepreneur. She calls herself a Financial DIVA. We were talking about Financial Fitness Workshops that she facilitates. The workshops are aimed at empowering individuals towards financial independence. The next workshop is on the 29th of October. To invite Lelemba for a workshop or for more information visit or send an email to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

28 September - Gender - United Sanctuary against abuse strives for women empowerment

On today's show, we spoke to Sophia Hector – Counselor at United Sanctuary against abuse, a shelter for Women and Children. Their mission is to assist women and children against all forms of abuse. They strive to empower victims of abuse to walk tall in a community with a capacity to address violence in all its forms. If you want more information contact (021) 572 8662 or

Sonke looking for best fathers

We also heard from Patrick Godana – From Sonke Gender Justice. We were talking about the Fatherhood Project. This is a National Campaign targeting men to be more hands on in raising their children. If you want more information contact their offices on (021) 423 7088 or visit

Friday, September 23, 2011

23 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - British Council to host Poetry Slam

In today’s show, we were joined by Gillion Bosman - Projects Manager at the British Council. Tomorrow they will be hosting Poetry Slam at the Khayelitsha Cock-Tale Arts Festival and the Fugard Theatre in the afternoon. Poetry slam aims to give young people the opportunity to take their poems from the page to the stage. In partnership with South African and British poets they hope to take groups of young aspiring poets from Cape Town, Durban and Mafikeng on a journey, where they will be encouraged to read and write through structured creative workshops. This will enhance their creative writing abilities, their language skills and develop their confidence in the long term. For more information check or contact (021) 460 6665.

Iziko Museum Heritage Week & Arts Update

We also heard from Rooksana Omar – CEO of Iziko Museums. The Iziko Museum Heritage Week is an exciting time at Iziko Museums. The national Heritage Week theme is: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa”. Heritage Day, is jam-packed with exciting performances, activities and events. The celebration kicks off at 10am, in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum. On the day, individuals and groups are invited to showcase their talent at the open mic session. Traditional dance performances, ghoema entertainers, magic shows, drumming sessions, poetry, music and more, will be hosted. For a detailed programme of events visit For booking and enquiries contact Wandile Kasibe on (021) 481 3804/13 or email

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector. Tsepo Wa Mamatu the final winner for 2011 of the GIPCA Baxter Theatre Centre Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director Bursary will be in Cape Town on Monday afternoon 2 – 4.45pm to hold auditions for the play that he will be directing for the bursary. To book for an audition, contact Tsepo on his cell 083 868 1999. His play is called THABO MBEKI. He is looking for Thabo: Black male with the gift of the gab, well-spoken; Zanele: Strong Black Female; Juju: Playful black male/female; Floyd: Side-kick to Juju/male; Mma-Mofokeng: Mbeki’s mother; Georgie: Mbeki’s sidekick. Rehearsals take place from the 31st October with performances taking place from the 29th November to 3rd December. You need to be available for this period.

Africa Centre to host Badilisha Poetry X-Change

We also spoke to D'bi Young - curator of Badilisha 100 Thousand Poets for Change. The event is happening tomorrow, September 24 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the Africa Centre, 44 Long Street.

Catch SKAFTIEN Kaapstad kwaLanga

We closed off the show with an interview with Paula Akugiziwe – Co-organiser of SKAFTIEN Kaapstad. SKAFTIEN is a recurring community-based meal that generates and democratically awards micro-grants for creative, experimental and innovative arts projects in Cape Town and Johannesburg. At each SKAFTIEN, attendees purchase a ticket for which they receive a meal, a ballot, and entertainment. The next SKAFTIEN will be on Sunday, the 25th of September from 12:30pm till 5:00pm at the Tsoga Lounge KwaLanga. Tickets costs R60. Skaftien Kaapstad II is Hosted by Odidiva, with an exciting line-up featuring Dat Mvc, Bokani Dyer, Sakhile Moleshe and others. For more information visit

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

20 September - Human Rights - NICRO to host Human Rights lecture Series

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Shanaaz Stofberg – From the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders or NICRO. NICRO will be hosting its 2nd Human Rights lecture Series under the theme ‘Using Prison Sentences in the Strategy of Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies’ on the 13th of October 2011. The seminar will be delivered by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navin Pillay. RSVP to Shanaaz on (021) 462 0017 or send an email to by tomorrow the 21st of September 2011. Dressing code is formal / office. Cocktail Refreshments will be served. For more about the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders go to

I was Shot in Cape Town project takes off

We also heard from Sivo Gluck - Project co-ordinator of I was Shot in Cape Town. I Was Shot Foundation is a non-profit organization that enriches and empowers the lives of urban street children through photography training and sustainable skills development, for future income and job creation. Through partnership with Mamelani Projects they have just finished a winter programme with 19 underprivileged youth and their first photographic exhibition is at Grand Café & Beach and the second training phase continues until the end of December 2011. For more information visit

Active School Initiative combating bullying and violence on school grounds

We closed off the show with an interview with Dayana Dreke – Coordinator at the Active School Initiative. The Active Schools Initiative is a registered NPO that is providing life-skills-programmes at primary schools in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town & Johannesburg. They say their Learn and Play concept is based on an international education approach and aims to reduce bullying and violence on school grounds and strengthens the personal resources of children by providing opportunities for social learning and personal development. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 824 8926 alternatively visit

Monday, September 19, 2011

19 September - Health - Wednesday is World Alzheimer's Day

In today’s show, we spoke to Karen Borochowitz – Executive Director of Dementia South Africa. We ere talking about the Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. On Wednesday is the World Alzheimer's Day. Statistics show that dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65 and one in 5 people over the age of 80. This means that 20% of people over the age of 80 develop dementia which by implication means that 80% do not. There are however diagnosed and documented cases of early–onset dementia before the age of 65. The theme for World Alzheimer's Day is 'Faces of dementia' as part of the continued education that is required Dementia SA will be holding a conference in October here in Cape Town. This 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

This week is Retina Week

We also heard from Roy Abott - from the Retina South Africa. As it is retina awareness week, we were talking about the retina, and also Roy told us more about what they do at the association. Retina Week for the Prevention of Blindness hopes to raise awareness about the vision impairing disease Age-related Macular Degeneration and about Retinal Degeneration in general. If you want more information you can call their offices on 0860 59 59 59 or visit or sms "DREAM" to 38267 to donate.

Internationally acclaimed parasitologist says contracting lice is not related to poor hygiene

And we also spoke to internationally acclaimed parasitologist – Professor Heinz Mehlhorn. Professor Mehlhorn is in South Africa to discuss the prevention and treatment of lice as well as the latest research on lice and lice infestations. It is reported that contrary to popular belief, contracting lice is not related to poor hygiene – in fact, head lice are thought to prefer clean hair to dirty hair. However, good hygiene can combat body lice. Professor Mehlhorn explained more.

Talking birth control to prevent unwanted teen pregnancies

Our last interview was with Professor Dr Theo Kopenhager - Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. We were discussing Birth Control. Next week Monday is World Contraception Day. World Contraception Day is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health. The focus of this year’s campaign is to encourage teenagers to talk to people they trust, so they have all the information they need to avoid an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Dr Kopenhager explained more. For more information you can contact your nearest hospital or visit

Friday, September 16, 2011

16 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Artscape to host Imvelo Festival

In today’s show, we were joined by Sindile Moya – Co producer of Ibhekile Evuzayo which will be staged from the 21st till the 24th of September at the Artscape Arena. The show forms part of the Artscape’s Imvelo Festival which runs through September and also include a Jazz Big Band Extravaganza, a Choral Sounds concert and a tribute to jazz legend Victor Ntoni. The musical tells a story of a young man’s journey into manhood, it gives an awesome display of the richness that is in isiXhosa culture, accompanied by percussion instruments. This production forms part of the Artscape’s Indigenous Arts Department which was established in 2007, aiming to develop, mentor and preserve South African indigenous customs through the arts at grassroots level. For more information check and for ticket bookings contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or the Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Ticket price is only R50.

Making art out of junk & Arts Update

We also heard from Yandiswa Mazwana – Coordinator at Ilitha lomso project. Yandiswa started collecting plastic bottles on the beach. With a group of women, she began making art out of these plastic bottles and they produce popular sculptures and homeware products. Most of the products are made from non-recyclable plastics. For more information contact her on (021) 785 1515.

Nigel Vermaas joined us for the Arts update, to share with the listeners what’s hot and what’s not in the Art sector.
We closed off the show with an interview with Lulama Mali and Kanyi Mavi. Tomorrow evening they are hosting ‘Ladies of the Mic’ at Mercury Live. The event is a fundraising effort for Lithemba Youth Projects and NGO working on after school programmes in Nyanga, Langa and Khayelitsha. The event will feature Mic Substance, Nhoza, Kanyi, De ja vu and many more. Tickets cost R50 and R60 at the door. For more information contact Lulama on 072 544 3820 or send an email to

Thursday, September 15, 2011

15 September - Labour - Smollen offers learnership opportunity for merchandisers and field marketers

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Simeon Japhta – From Smollen Talent Solutions. Smollan Talent Solutions is a black owned training and placement agency, the group has also made significant strides in enterprise development. They are looking for matriculants to be trained as merchandisers and field marketers. If you want to find out more information contact (021) 532 8000 or fax a certified copy of your Identity Document and Grade 12 certificate to (021) 531 3136 alternatively send an email to to apply.

Monday, September 12, 2011

12 September - Health - Pregnant women urged to prevent Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

In today’s show, we spoke to Leana Olivier – CEO at the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research. We were talking about Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is the most serious set of permanent physical and mental birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy. On Friday it was the World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Day. This day is held each year at nine minutes past nine on the ninth day of the ninth month to draw attention to the fact that women should not drink alcohol for nine months whilst pregnant. If you would like more information you can contact the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research at (021) 686 2646 or visit

Friday, September 09, 2011

09 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Catch Unwind Politrics – a SOS Fundraiser tonight in Obz

In today’s show, we were joined by Anele – From Sounds of the South. Soundz of the South or SOS is a cultural resistance movement, aimed at building a counter culture to the one prevalent in our disadvantage communities. We were talking about Unwind Politrics – a SOS Fundraiser event happening later today at AIDC Solidarity Centre in 129 Rochester Road, Observatory. The event will feature Poetry, Radical Hip Hop and Discussion. Artists like Solitude, Kusta, Anele, Mel j, Nahum, Ndlulamthi and Sim will be performing. The event starts at 5 till 7PM. To find out more contact Anele on 083 447 2939 or email

Books on Bikes supports National Book Week & Arts Update

We also heard from Mzukisi Vicani – From Books on Bikes. Books on Bikes is a non-profit initiative designed to promote reading and literacy by collecting and distributing second-hand books to community libraries across the country while transforming our cities and communities into bike-friendly spaces. Books on Bikes will be part of National Book Week with partners, Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy by setting up a demo library in Mitchell’s Plain to encourage reading and sharing of books for the week. They will be there tomorrow the 10th of September. 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.

Nicholas Smallberg launches Soul Mission

We closed off the show with an interview with Nicholas Smallberg – Author of Soul Mission. The novel is said to be a gripping read, a story of hope, dreams, friendship, family and triumph. It chronicles the life of an ambitious engineer, Matthew, aboard The Hope, a spacecraft traveling on an exciting voyage. Soul Mission is said to be an easy read and suitable for pre-teens and older people alike. The official launch of the book is 14th of October. The book is currently available online at R165 per copy visit or send an email to

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

07 September - Gender - Decisions for Life Trade Union Campaign to host Young Women's Market Day

In today’s show, we were joined by Anilla Soma – from the Labour Research Service. The Decisions for Life Trade Union Campaign will be hosting young Women's Market Day. This will be a networking space where different organisations will be giving talks and have marketing display stalls on youth skills development, education, job creation and on what they do to assist young women to progress in their personal and professional lives. Young women will also be discussing and sharing their experiences. Decisions for Life Campaign is part of the Decisions for Life project, which focuses on young women workers in eight large occupational groups in the service sector, and aims to achieve better working conditions for young women and increase the number of young women as trade union members and leaders. The workshop is on Saturday, the 10th of September from 10AM till 3PM at the Salt Rivet Community House. For more information contact Anilla (021) 447 1677 or send an email to

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

06 September - Human Rights - SACEE reading project looking for volunteers

In today’s show, we spoke to Delia Scott – Volunteer at the South African Council for English Education. SACEE aims to maintain, promote and encourage education through the English medium and to improve the standards of written and spoken English in South Africa. SACEE has started a reading project for children in Grades 3 and 6 in a few of the schools in disadvantaged areas and they are looking for volunteers to read to the children. They are appealing to people to give up an hour or so on Wednesday mornings to help. No previous training is needed but a love of reading and children will help. Anyone interested can contact Delia on 072 342 0755 or send an email to

Child Welfare South Africa urges society to protect children

We also heard from Meagan Breeder – from Child Welfare South Africa. Child Welfare South Africa says they are concern over the increasing child violations in South Africa. The organisation is urging all sectors of society to play their part in the protection of children as well as community members to get involved in CWSA child protection programmes in their communities. For more information they are available on (011) 452 4110 alternatively visit

Monday, September 05, 2011

05 September - Health - This week marks Physiotherapy Back Week

In today's show, we were joined on the line by Carlyn Rhode – Chairperson of the South African Society of Physiotherapy. We were talking about the Physiotherapy Back Week. This is an initiative by the South African Society of Physiotherapy that aims to raise awareness of the back and how to manage back pain for overall health at work, at home and at play and also on Thursday is the Physiotherapy day. For more information you can contact her practice on (021) 905 5211 or the South African Society of Physiotherapy on (011) 615 3170 alternatively visit your nearest hospital.

Kidney Awareness Week - Remember to have your kidneys checked regularly

We were also joined by Sister Rasieda Samai – from the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa. This week is the Kidney Awareness Week and the campaign aimed at raising awareness about kidneys and, more importantly, ways to reduce the risk of kidney disease. According to medical experts, kidney disease is often ‘silent’, having few symptoms especially in the early stages. If left unchecked, the disease can progress or lead to kidney failure. If detected early, appropriate treatment can help delay or even prevent end-stage kidney failure. Sister Samai explained more. Remember to have your kidneys checked regularly, especially if you are at ‘high risk’. Tomorrow, Sister Samai will be doing screenings at Melomed in Mitchells Plain, Gatesville and in Bellville on Thursday. For more information contact her on 079 528 8019 or the National Kidney Foundation of SA at (011) 447 2531 or visit

This week is Pharmacy week

We closed off the show with an interview with Gary Black – Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa CWP Branch Director. The society aims to uphold and assist in the promotion and maintenance of the health of the people of South Africa through the provision of a safe dependable pharmaceutical service. In today’s show, as it is the Pharmacy week we were talking about medication disposal and how to store medication properly, I know medication can be very expensive so some people tend to keep it way over their sell by date. Mr Black explained more about the dangers of using old medication. The theme this year is “Pharmacy - towards QUALITY CARE together”. For more information you can contact the Cape Western Province Branch on (021) 683 7313 or visit their website

Friday, September 02, 2011

02 September - Arts, Culture and Environment - City to host a bonsai exhibition

In today’s show, we spoke to Councillor Tandeka Gqada - Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services. The City of Cape Town is partnering with the Western Cape Bonsai Fraternity to host a bonsai exhibition at the Company's Garden, as part of its Arbor Month celebrations tomorrow from 10AM. The exhibition seeks to raise awareness about the importance of trees and to grow the general interest in bonsai as an art form, with a focus on big bonsai trees. There will be a guided walkabout at approximately 10:50, followed by workshops and demonstrations. Vendors will ensure that anyone who would like to grow their own bonsai trees can purchase the necessary materials. Residents who already have bonsais are invited to bring them along to gain expert advice and opinions on styling and cultivation. The councillor says it is not often that such a concentrated wealth of bonsai knowledge is available to the public. For more information contact (021) 400 3065.

Auriol pays tribute to Nina Simone & Arts Update

We also heard from Auriol Hays. In 2009 she released her debut album, Behind Closed Doors. The album is a collection of mature classy alternative pop, fused with some jazzy soul and ballads and her track Turn up the Volume was nominated for this year’s SAMA Record of the Year Award. On Sunday she will be performing On Broadway in a show paying tribute to Nina Simone. She says the reflective tone of the performance offers an introspective gaze on how Simone has influenced her musical evolution by performing carefully selected songs and interweaving them with her own original compositions. She is also accompanied by her gifted band of jazz musicians. The show starts at 20:230PM. Tickets cost R70.00 each and can be purchased through Computicket or for more information contact (021) 424 1194 alternatively visit

Nigel was here for the Arts Update.

Catch Yolanda Yawa On Broadway tonight and tomorrow night

We closed off the show with an interview with Yolanda Yawa. Most people know Yolanda as a former lead vocalist for popular electro band CODA. Tonight and tomorrow night she will be performing On Broadway before embarking on her tour "My Journey, my CrossOva". Yolanda is Crossing Ova to Berlin, Germany for POPKOMM 2011. She says the challenge she is now facing is to make sure she has enough funds for her tour, which is why she will be hosting 3 performances at On Broadway for her local fans. "My Journey, My CrossOva" is a music production that explores the footprints and highlights in Yolonda's journey, her upbringing, influences, experiences, challenges and overcoming post-natal depression. For more information about Yolanda go to she will be performing tonight and tomorrow night On Broadway. The show starts at 20:230PM. Tickets cost R70.00 each and can be purchased through Computicket or for more information contact (021) 424 1194 alternatively visit

Thursday, September 01, 2011

01 September - Labour - "Personal Motivation" key to success

In today's show we were joined by Romeo Mabasa - Motivational Speaker, Personal, Business and Life coach. Romeo has written a book titled "Personal Motivation". He says this book seeks to challenge the need to always depend on other people to achieve your own plans. For further information or to order the book contact Romeo on 082 863 5966 or visit