Friday, September 28, 2012

28 September - Arts, Culture and Environment - Ubizo Theatre and Rainbow Arts presents Ubizo Arts Festival

Bongani and Sydwell
In today's show, we were joined Instudio by Bongani Titana and Sydwell Klaas – Founders of the Ubizo Theatre Festival. They founded Ubizo Theatre Festival in 2010 to create an artistic space for upcoming artists to come together and provide a platform for their voices to be heard in order to promote their art and make a living from it. The next festival will be at the Mfuleni Community Hall on the 5th to the 7th of October 2012. Tickets for the Ubizo Arts Festival are R20 per person for a full day pass. Tickets are also available at the Rainbow Arts Offices at the Delft Rent Office or at the door. For discount corporate, senior citizens, charity, schools and block booking, contact Bongani on (021) 955 6751 during office hours or 074 753 6870 alternatively send an email to 

Puppetry South Africa to showcase new talent at Ubizo Arts Festival & Arts Update

We heard from Justin Christian – From Puppetry South Africa formerly known as UNIMA South Africa. Puppetry South Africa will run puppetry workshops for 4 days a week over the course of 2 weeks and will be working with 10 children per school the between the 17thof September and 3rd of October 2012. Puppetry South Africa‘s mission is to promote artistic excellence, social cohesion, cultural awareness, environmental sustainability and economic growth through the power of puppetry. For more information visit or contact Justin on (021) 801 1909.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Africa Unite Initiatives to host Imvuselelo Yama Afrika

Mzulungile & Lizo
We closed off with an interview with Lizo Makhambi and Mzulungile Cabanga – From Africa Unite Initiatives. Africa Unite Initiatives will be hosting Imvuselelo Yama Afrika: The revival of the African Consciousness and spirit tomorrow at Gugulethu Hall in NY 111, Gugulethu from 11 AM till 5PM. There will be guest speakers, debates, perfomers, exhibitions and film screenings. For more information check

Thursday, September 27, 2012

27 September - Labour - Support Employment Programme empowers people with disability

Dene and Lauren
In today's show, we were joined by Dene Benjamin and Lauren Fuller - 4th year UCT Occupational Therapy students. They were speaking to us about the support employment programme that they currently running at Vanguard Community Health Centre. The programme aims to bridge the gap between people with disability and the open labour market after both students noted many issues such as the realisation of people with disability’s rights and the opportunities available to persons with disability in the workplace whilst working at the Centre that serves the areas of Bonteheuwel and Langa in Cape Town. The programme will run until October 26th, 2012. For further information you can contact (021) 695 3849 or send an email to

Higher Education and Training Department and PRASA launches “ON THE JOB” Initiative

We also heard from Mduduzi Manana – Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training to tell us more about the launch of “ON THE JOB Built Environment Training Programme which is a partnership between the Passenger Agency of South Africa and the Department of Higher Education and Training. The initiative offers “on the job” training to students in the built environment sector and would form part of PRASA’s preparations for the acquisition of the new rolling stock of trains over the next 20 years. 40 students between the ages of 21-35 from previously disadvantaged communities who have made it through their academic training programs have been selected for the programme by PRASA and DHET together with the post-school learning institutions. They will be employed for a period of three months, during which they would receive supervision from experienced professionals in the built environment with identified areas of training for the first phase including B-Tech Architecture, B-Tech Construction Management, and B-Tech Quantity Surveyor.

Book your seat at the first ever eKasi Entrepreneur Conference

We closed off with an interview with Elvis Sekhaolelo - Founder of Founders@Work and Luvuyo Rhani - Of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. They were speaking to us about the eKasi Entrepreneur Conference that will be taking place in Khayelitsha tomorrow. The eKasi Entrepreneur Conference 2012 sponsored by the National Youth Development Agency in partnership with other stakeholders aims to inspire and engage young entrepreneurs through talks given by leading entrepreneurs and business thinkers. Guest speakers include motivational speaker - Vusi Thembekwayo, Maloti Mothobi - Founder of Strato Wear, Siyabulela Xuza who NASA named a planet after, Viola Manual - Executive Director of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, Bush Radio board member - Mokena Makeka - Founder of Makeka Designs and many more. The conference will take place at Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha from 8:00AM till 5:00PM. Admission costs R100 per session and comprises of two sessions. For further information you can contact Elvis on (021) 361 3212/ 074 561 0064 or send an email to alternatively visit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

26 September - Gender - She-chem Women’s Support Group is looking for donors

In today's show we were joined by Mariaan Gertze and Carol van Wyk - from She-chem Women’s Support Group. They were speaking to us about their organisation and the recent women’s conference that they hosted earlier in the month entitled “Celebrating successes”. Their main objective, among others is the improvement of living standards and the creation and maintenance of growth opportunities for the people in the community, especially the children and youth. For further information you can contact Mariaan on 072 143 3215 or Carol on 072 170 7636.

Professor Jolanda Roux receives NSTF-BHP Billiton Award

We heard from Professor Jolanda Roux - Researcher at the University of South Africa’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute to tell us more about the recent NSTF-BHP Billiton Award that she received for her outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation. Professor Roux’s research interests focus strongly on fungi and bacteria resulting in disease and death of woody hosts. Most of her research has been focused on the diseases of the commercial plantation forestry species in South Africa and other African countries. The NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards is the flagship project of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) that encourages and rewards excellence in scientific research, technological innovation, education, capacity building and science communication in South Africa. The awards provide an opportunity for recognition on a national level for all practicing scientists, engineers and technologists across the system of innovation.

Molo Songololo urges parents to protect children

We closed off with an interview with Patrick Solomons - Director of Molo Songololo. He was speaking to us whether the latest crime statistics regarding children as victims of crimes is a true reflection or not. According to the latest annual SAPS crime statistics for the period of April 2011 to March 2012, 50 688 children were victims of crimes ranging from murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, common assault to assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm. A total of 793 children were murdered, 758 survived a murder attempt, 25 862 were sexually attacked, 12 645 were assaulted and 10 630 were grievously assaulted. For further information you can contact Molo Songololo on (021) 448 5421 or send an email to alternatively visit

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

25 September - Human Rights - Council approves 2012 General Valuation Roll

In today's show, we spoke to Francois Venter - Director of Jawitz Properties. We were talking about home owners rights regarding property evaluations. This follows after the City of Cape Town council approved the production of a 2012 General Valuation Roll. The GV2012 project will determine the municipal values of homes and effectively the property rates that should be paid, based on the values but according to Property experts, these valuations may not be entirely accurate. Mr Venter advises that personal valuations be done independently to ascertain an accurate valuation when homeowners are able to contest their given valuations and property rates in March and April 2013. For further information you can contact him on 0861 529 489 or send an email to or visit alternatively

UWC is hosting the Annual Ashley Kriel Youth Memorial Lecture

We heard from Eleanor Swartz - Project leader of the Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership Development Project. She was speaking to us about the 9th Ashley Kriel Youth memorial lecture. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in partnership with the University of the Western Cape is hosting its annual Ashley Kriel youth memorial lecture "Re-imagining the youth: From deficit to opportunity" which challenges youth to re-imagine themselves and their abilities with positivity, and aims to encourage youth to take a proactive approach to leadership and development within their communities. IJR’s desired outcome of the Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership Development Project and annual lecture is to help empower young people to realise their full potential and their individual roles and responsibilities in achieving their personal goals and contributing to the development of societies that are non-racial, non-sexist and all-inclusive. For further information you can contact Eleanor on (021) 763 7128 or send an email to

Bitou10 Foundation CEO says education is a human right

We also spoke to Hilary Matthews - CEO of the Bitou10 Foundation. Bitou10 Education and Development Foundation envisions to develop children who are well equipped to lead independent responsible lives by facilitating, supporting and developing initiatives that promote the holistic, integrated education journey of every Bitou child. We were talking about the Rage 4 Good campaign. All proceeds from this year’s Rage 4 Good campaign which aims to engender a sense of community awareness in students such as anti drinking and driving initiatives will go to the foundation. For further information you can contact Hilary on (044) 533 6466 or send an email to or alternatively visit

Friday, September 21, 2012

21 September - Arts, Culture and Environment - Annual Montagu Makiti kicks off today

In today's show, we heard from Mareletta van Zyl-Wohlfarter - Montagu Family Heritage Festival Spokesperson. In celebration of Tourism Month, Montagu will host the Montagu Makiti from today to the 24th of September. Also known as the dried fruit pantry of South Africa, Montagu has a rich heritage, which will be celebrated at the town’s first ever annual Family Heritage Festival. The festival will be packed with live music and shows, a carnival, local food and wine, history and culture. For more information visit

Sekoati Tsubane to launch a single & Arts Update

Goggi & SK
We were also joined by Singer, songwriter and actor - Sekoati Tsubane aka Simply SK and his producer Dj Goggi Pinana. SK will be launching a single titled “Making A Change” this month. On this song he worked with award winning producers Goggi and his brother Terry Pinana. SK says this song is “about acknowledging ones mistakes, learning from them and not repeating them.” For more information or for bookings visit or follow him on twitter and Goggi

Nigel Vermaas was in for the Arts update.

Miss Nthabi is making a comeback

Miss Nthabi & Busi
Hip Hop artist Nthabi Mofokeng, who is in Cape Town for pleasure made a stopover at Bush Radio. Nthabi shared with us how she has managed to stay on top on this male dominated genre. She is currently working with Hip Hop Heavyweight Amu. Nthabi has been off the scene for a while after giving birth to a baby boy. We wish her all the best for the future. For more info about her new offering follow her on twitter @Miss_Nthabi

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20 September - Labour - Capaciti1000 programme is recruiting unemployed graduates

Thando, Putso, Shaheen & Nancy
In today's show, we heard from Nancy Mina - Project Manager for the Capaciti1000 programme, Thando Sipuye - Media, Marketing and Events assistant for Cape IT Initiative and Putso Shuping & Shaheen Khatieb - former interns to tell us more about their recruitment for Business Analyst internship opportunity. They are recruiting for the Business Analysis and Systems Analysis Programme which is a Part-Time NQF Level 8 Post-Graduate Diploma at UCT (Information Systems Department) with Internship and an associated Intern Support Programme for next year. This 12 month programme will be expanded in 2012-2014 to up to 80 or more interns at host companies in insurance, retail, IT and government. The Cape IT Initiative was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization to develop and support the ICT industry in the Western Cape and since then expanded its focus in 2010 to support the ICT-related skills needs of all ICT-enabled industries as well (particularly financial services and retail). For further information you can contact Thando Sipuye on (021) 409 7000 or send an email to alternatively visit

Summit Financial Partners presents consumer financial education workshops

Douglas de Bruyn - a trainer for Summit Financial Partners was instudio to speak to us about the consumer financial education workshops for individuals and communities. The aim of the workshops is to promote sound financial management amongst participants and to offer individual guidance regarding the management of personal finances for 3 months after each workshop. For further information you can email Douglas to or contact Leigh on 087 806 1000 alternatively

Legal Centre in Defence of the Rural Poor to help CSAAWU

We also heard from Zanna Bliss - Co-founder of the Legal Centre in Defence of the Rural Poor. We were talking about their call to support the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union or CSAAWU. The union is said to be under attack from bosses for organising farm workers through their Speak out Campaign. The Speak-Out Campaign aims to bring an end to the oppression and exploitation of farm workers and farm dwellers by coming together to build solidarity, strength and hope amongst the rural working class. The Legal Centre in Defence of the Rural Poor aims to provide training and education, legal advice and services, referrals of matters to existing organisations for litigation purposes, advocacy support, and facilitation of partnerships with existing organisations, assistance with cases in alternative foray other than conventional courts and eventually litigation. For further information you can email Zanna to or  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

19 September - Gender - SACTWU’s Worker Health Program to roll out medical male circumcision

Nikki & Greg
On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Nikki Soboil - Executive director of SACTWU’s Worker Health Program and trainer - Greg Hoedemaker telling us more about the roll out of medical male circumcision for its members as of next month in the province. SACTWU’s Worker Health Program funded by PEPFAR launched its own roll out of surgical Medical Male Circumcision services within Kwa Zulu Natal at the end of last year in support of the National Department of Health’s comprehensive HIV prevention package and COSATU’s HIV/Aids prevention program. Free Medical Male Circumcision services are offered to all union members and their families as well as HIV awareness and education, HIV counselling and testing, STI screening and testing and safe sex messaging. For further information you can contact Nikki on (021) 448 5263 or Elroy on (021) 483 9934.

Ismail–Ian Fife talks about Cancer.vive motorcycle tour

We heard from Ismail–Ian Fife - Cancer survivor. He was speaking to us about his journey of beating the big C and participating in this year’s annual Cancer.vive motorcycle tour. Cancer.vive aims to raise awareness with the emphasis on the importance of early detection. The official departure is on Friday 21st of September at 12:30PM. For more information visit or alternatively contact 076 775 6099.

WOMAC to empower women

We closed off with Hale Tsehlana – From the Woman of Magnitude Cooperative Women’s network and investment club or WOMAC. WOMAC is a woman's empowerment movement that was established in the Western Cape that saw women from various investment groups coming together in response to the International year of cooperatives and has expanded to empower women from various economic sectors in various provinces of South Africa. For more information visit

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

18 September - Human Rights - This week is the National Wills Week

In today's show, we spoke to Ceris Field - Chairperson of the Cape Law Society’s Will and Estates Committee. This week is the National Wills Week. National Wills Week presents an opportunity for attorneys to participate in one of the profession’s main access to justice initiatives, but also to fulfill their pro bono commitments. Attorneys participating in the National Wills Week will draft basic wills free of charge but an appointment must be made with a participating attorney or firm. Ceris explained more about the importance of having a will. Remember only a new basic Will will be written, no amendments to existing wills. For more information you can contact the Cape Law Society on (021) 443 6700 or visit 

Action Volunteers Africa is looking for donors

We were also joined by Lisa Garson - Director of Action Volunteers Africa speaking to us about what they do. Action Volunteers Africa or AVA is a non-profit recruitment organisation established to foster a volunteering culture among young South Africans. They place school-leaving students from a wide range of schools into 6 -12 month volunteer learnerships in a variety of South African NGOs. AVA recruits will gain practical structured working experience, assisting both the organisations and the communities they serve and at the same time developing new skills and deepening their understanding of their fellow South Africans. For further information you can contact Lisa on (021) 671 3150 or visit

GF Jooste Hospital Closure Coalition voices concerns

We closed off with an interview with Damaris Kiewiets - Chairperson SANGOCO and the Cape Health Forum speaking to us about the GF Jooste Hospital Closure Coalition’s concerns. Also on the line we were joined by Faiza Steyn - director of communications for the Western Cape Department of Health. The GF Jooste Hospital Closure Coalition said they fail to understand the Provincial Department of Health’s reasons for the shutdown of  GF Jooste Hospital whilst they welcome the plan to build a new hospital that will include paediatric and obstetric services, they are also deeply concerned about the potentially catastrophic impact the closure will have in the community as well as on all health facilities throughout Metro West.

Monday, September 17, 2012

17 September - Health - September marks Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month

In today's show, we heard from Win Van der Berg – Chairperson of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in the Western Cape. We were talking about Muscular Dystrophy and the work done by the Foundation. The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa is a non-profit organisation which supports people affected by Muscular Dystrophy and Neuromuscular disorders. They support affected people and their families by offering emotional support and genetic counselling. They also support research projects undertaken in South Africa. September marks Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month and this year's theme is “Your support means hope” and is aimed at raising consciousness through awareness, education and promotion to society. For more information contact their offices on (021) 592 7306 or visit alternatively send an email to

September 21st marks the World Alzheimer's Day

Jill Robson - Regional director of Alzheimer’s SA in the Western Cape was Instudio to tell us more about Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. On Friday, September 21st 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. The theme for World Alzheimer's Day is “Dementia: living together” and focuses on reducing the stigma associated with dementia and encouraging the creation of dementia-friendly communities. For more information you can contact Jill on (021) 979 2724 or email

September is National Heart Awareness Month

We closed off with an interview with Dr Chevaan Hendricks of UCT’s Division of Cardiology and Groote Schuur’s Cardiac Clinic and Erika Ketterer - a dietitian at the Heart and Stroke Foundation to tell us more about Cardiovascular Disease. September is also National Heart Awareness Month and World Heart Day is on Saturday the 29th of September. This year’s World Heart Day theme is “One World, One Home, One Heart" with a particular focus on Cardiovascular Disease prevention among women and children. For more information visit or call the Heart and Stroke Healthline on 0860 143 278 (0860 1 HEART)

Friday, September 14, 2012

14 September - Arts, Culture & Environment - Showtime Australia is looking for Whitney impersonator

In today's show, we heard from Johnny Van Grinsven – Producer at Showtime Australia. Showtime Australia is conducting a world-wide search for the ultimate Whitney Houston impersonator for a new tribute show called "The Greatest Love of All". Nationwide auditions will be held in South Africa in October 2012. A singer with a superb voice is being sought to take the coveted lead role as Whitney Houston. Auditions in Johannesburg take place at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein on the 3rd of October at 13h00; in Cape Town at the Artscape Theatre on 5th of October at 13h00 and in Durban at the Sibaya Casino on the 7th of October at 13h00. Each artist interested in auditioning must send a CV, a current headshot and an audio demo to by no later than the 1st of October. Artists accepted into the audition will be notified via e-mail with an audition time, will be required to perform a Whitney song and must bring their own backing CD.

Open Book Festival & Arts Update

We also spoke to Frankie Murrey - Open Book Festival Co-ordinator and Poet - Winslow Schalkwyk. Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival that was initiated last year. The core programme of the festival includes events that feature both international and local authors. They organise events in selected schools and have started long term projects inspired by their vision. Winslow will be perfoming at the Open Book Festival poetry event "The Distance Between Page and Stage" on the 21st of September at the Truth and Coffee shop, Buitenkant Street in Cape Town from 18PM. The festival is happening from the 20th – 24th of September 2012. For more information visit or send an email to
Nigel Vermaas was instudio with this week's Arts update.

Mark Sampson's show "Africa Clockwise" is at the Masque Theatre

Comedian Mark Sampson was Instudio to talk about his latest show Africa Clockwise. Through this show, Mark seeks to entertain and educate by poking fun at the modern consumerist lifestyle and its impact on global warming. Africa Clockwise is at the Masque Theatre from the 23rd to the 29th of Sept 2012. Tickets costs R65. Next week will be giving away free tickets to the show, listen live on For bookings call (021) 788 1898 or visit

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

13 September - Labour - ENS to host Workmen’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Fund education session

In today's show, we spoke to Esther Geldenhuys - Candidate attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs. She was speaking to us about the free legal education session regarding Workmen’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Fund they are offering tomorrow. The session will equip those attending with the basic tools of what is Workmen’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Fund, who can claim for it and how to submit claims in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act and the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act. The event is tomorrow at 1 Naboom Street, Eastridge in Mitchell’s Plain from 10am. Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive on time to guarantee a seat as the session will last for approximately 2 hours. For further information you can contact Sharon Brink on (021) 397 4241 or send and email to

SMME's invited to register for the Entrepreneur Expo 2012

Lizelle and Janene
Lizelle Coombs and Janene MarcusonFrom the Admin House were Instudio. We were talking about the Entrepreneur Expo 2012. The expo will be taking place in October 20th and 21st, 2012 from 9:00am till 6:00pm at the Muizenberg Pavilion. They will be two small business workshops that will be hosted on Wednesday and Thursday pre-ceding the expo. All exhibitors will get first option to book for the one free workshop before it’s allocated to other small business owners. Entry to the expo is for free to the public but exhibitors pay a fee of R1500 for the whole weekend. Workshops costs R375 per delegate (non-exhibitors) which includes refreshments, lunch, goodie bags and all workshop materials. For more info visit or send an email to

Labour and Public Enterprise Committee visits Sheltered Employment Factories

We also heard from Priscilla Themba – Chairperson of the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprise. She was speaking to us about the outcome of the Committee's unannounced oversight visit to Sheltered Employment Factories in the Western Cape yesterday. This followed after the Eastern Cape visit at the beginning of the year. The Committee discovered that conditions in the Eastern Cape were unsatisfactory, so they decided to visit other factories in the Western Cape in order to compare the two provinces.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

12 September - Gender - iThemba Walkathon registrations open

In today's show, we spoke to Vicky Saunders - PRO internal communications and corporate affairs manager for Avon Justine. She was speaking to us about their iThemba Walkathon that’s open for registration. Avon Justine will be hosting the iThemba Walkathon again this year which aims to generate massive awareness of breast cancer in South Africa as breast cancer survivors in their pink sashes will lead the walk. Last year saw a record of 12 000 participants in Cape Town and a whopping 15 000 participants in Johannesburg. The day will offer amenities and facilities such as food stalls, with fun activities for children including toddlers and various display stalls including a stand for special pink iThemba products that will be available. In addition there will also be some exciting live entertainment and as always participants that wear the most visually appeal pink outfits will stand a chance to win spot prizes. You can register on as the first13 000 Cape Town walkers to register will receive a goodie bag with Avon Justine products and an iThemba Walkathon t-shirt. Registration costs just R85 per adult and R60 per child over 12.

Imbokotho Engineering growing from strength to strength

We also heard from Peggy Mahlaba - Founder of Imbokotho Engineering cc. Imbokotho is a dynamic company set up by a diverse team of consulting electrical, mechanical engineering and project management experts that was established in 2006. Peggy was part of a delegation at a Trade and Investment Seminar that is attended by businesspeople from Benin and South Africa. For more information visit

Siyazenzela Sewing Project is looking for sponsors

We closed off with an interview with Mymoena Scholtz - Direcotr at Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation and Lyneth Adams - Supervisor of Siyazenzela Sewing Project. Siyazenzela is one of the Foundation’s women’s programmes that focuses on unemployed women in the community of which many are single mothers. Siyazenzela is a six month income generating project where women learn how to sew and do beadwork that eventually produces African beading, tracksuits, matric ball gowns, place mats, pyjamas and school uniforms. For further information you can contact the foundation on (021) 701 0328 or visit