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