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 www.juta.co.za or send an email to natasha_george@hotmail.com

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 freegender2008@gmail.com alternatively visit freegender.wordpress.com

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 www.embracedignity.co.za or send an email to embracedignitycampaign@gmail.com




*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 www.epilepsy.org.za or send an email to info@epilepsy.org.za

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 www.goldpe.org.za

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 www.thinkingafricadifferently.eventbrite.com

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 www.sun.ac.za/nicus or send an email to nicus@sun.ac.za 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 www.aidscentre.sun.ac.za

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 www.amazink.co.za or send an email to info@amazink.co.za

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 www.enviropaedia.com or contact 0861 000 810 alternatively send an email to info@enviropaedia.com


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 mmbebe2@gmail.com

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 www.wolanani.co.za

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 www.businesspartners.co.za


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 www.womensnet.org.za or send an email to fanisa@womensnet.org.za

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 domesticviolence@famsawc.org.za

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 www.qawc.co.za or send an email to info@qawc.co.za

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 tasp@iafrica.com

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 www.craigwright.co.za 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 www.kangaroomothercare.com

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 www.climatesmartcapetown.co.za/climate-smart-cape-town-free-event-20-november

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 www.thegreenexpo.co.za 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 www.ethicalliving.co.za or contact their offices on (011) 788 6369.
PIC:taken from www.ethicalliving.co.za

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 www.fairtradelabel.org.za or join the conversation on facebook.com/FairtradeSA and twitter.com/FairtradeSA

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 www.regus.co.za 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 reable@iafrica.com

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 info@copd.co.za or visit www.copd.co.za 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 www.lungcancercoalition.org or go to www.mycancer.co.za


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 www.diabetessa.co.za

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 www.bushradio.wordpress.com

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 www.nomfusi.com or go to www.zulabar.co.za



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 www.facebook.com/mandla.sibeko 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 www.ctew.co.za 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 www.responsiblecapetown.co.za or www.capetown.travel 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 www.artscape.co.za

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 gbonney@mweb.co.za

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 www.isandla.org.za

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 sapresscomm01@gmail.com alternatively visit www.pressfreedomcomm.org

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 www.empowerment360.com

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 www.worldpneumoniaday.org

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 www.changingdiabetes.co.za

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 www.actiontraining.co.za 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 www.mdzananda.co.za

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 www.momix.co.za or send an email to info@momix.co.za







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 www.zanemaqetuka.blogspot.com or www.gugulethusquare.co.za/events.htm

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 www.gepf.gov.za

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 www.rapecrisis.org.za 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 loonats@iburst.co.za

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 charmaine.vanreenen@capetown.gov.za