Monday, April 30, 2012

30 April - Health - Tomorrow is World Asthma Day

In today's show, we spoke to Professor Eric Bateman - Chairperson of the International Board of the Global Initiative for Asthma. Tomorrow is World Asthma Day and the theme this year is “You can control your asthma”. World Asthma Day is a global, annual awareness-raising event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma and supported and endorsed in South Africa by the National Asthma Education Programme. The theme was chosen to emphasize that effective asthma treatments exist and, with proper diagnosis, education, and treatment, the great majority of asthma patients can achieve and maintain good control of their disease. When asthma is under control, patients can live full and active lives and can prevent emergency visits to the hospital. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people world-wide. Asthma is characterized by symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing.  However, asthma experts do know that with proper treatment most asthma patients can achieve good control of their disease. In South Africa, the National Asthma Education Campaign collaborates with an international body and is tasked with the responsibility to disseminate globally accepted asthma treatment guidelines and implement asthma related patient education. For more information visit your nearest hospital or clinic alternatively go to http://www.ginasthma.com/ or http://www.asthma.co.za/ alternatively contact 0861 asthma (278462).

May 5th marks the International Day of the Midwife

We also heard from Sasha Hendler – from the Independant Midwife Practitioners Association in Cape Town. On Saturday May 5th, we are commemorating International Day of the Midwife which provides an annual focal point for midwives, midwifery associations and partners around the world. It helps raise awareness of midwifery and extend the influence of midwives in order to lobby and advocate for policy changes relating to maternal, newborn and reproductive healthcare nationally and internationally. This year’s theme builds on the achievements of the Road to Durban campaign in 2011 to engage stakeholders and provide a powerful platform to campaign globally for commitments to investing in midwifery education, employment and deployment. For further information you can send an email to info@capemidwives.co.za or visit http://www.capemidwives.co.za/

6 -13 May is Hospice week

We closed off with an interview with Pat Gelderblom - Volunteer Service Manager at St Lukes Hospice. Next week from May 6th till 13th is Hospice week and the need for hospice care for the terminally ill in South Africa is huge, and ever-increasing mostly due to HIV and cancer. Hospice is a movement represented across the globe that believes that every person with a life threatening condition has the right to quality of life and dignity in death. Pat explained more about the service that they render to terminally ill patients. For further information you can contact St Lukes Hospice on (021) 797 5335 or visit their website http://www.stlukes.co.za/

Friday, April 27, 2012

27 April - Arts, Culture & Environment - Artscape presents Amaza

In today's show we spoke to Thoko Ntshinga - Director of AMAZA, a grade 12 isiXhosa set-work play. Amaza forms part of the Artscape educational youth development programme that aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts. The production will be staged from the 30th of April till the 12th of May 2012 at 10h30am at the Artscape Theatre. For more information on production and ticket bookings, please contact Tania Williams Kaponda - Artscape School Liaison Unit Manager on (021) 410 9927 or email taniaw@artscape.co.za.


Theatre for Change to host Contemporary theatre festival

We were also joined by Mandisi Sindo and Thumeka Mzayiya - From Theatre for Change. They were here to talk about a Contemporary theatre festival they are planning at TR Section in Khayelitsha. They will be doing street theatre to address social ills faced by that community. The event is taking place on the 16th of June and they would appreciate financial support in order to stage it all over Khayelitsha. For donations or more information you can contact Mandisi on 084 038 1900 or Thumeka on 078 960 1581.

We closed off with the Arts Update by Yugendree Naidoo.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

26 April - Labour - Hanover Park Foundation is looking for donors

In today's show, we spoke to Franklin Cieverts - Secretary of the Hanover Park Foundation about the foundation and how they empower the youth. The Hanover Park Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to enable the youth and pupils of the area to gain access to tertiary institutions and improve their lives through studies or other learning opportunities. They asking for donations to help more students. If you can help or for further information you can contact Franklin on 083 659 9549.

Starfair Business Consulting empowers SMME's

Bruce & Marion
We were also joined by Bruce Bouwers - Director of Starfair Business Consulting (SBC) and the Marketing Manager – Marion Le Fleur. They were here to tell us more about their organisation and how they tackle poverty and unemployment. SBC has three focus areas: start-up business, existing business and social enterprises which is their main focus as it tackles both economic and social issues of communities and societies. In 2011, SBC joined forces with Haedons Training Academy to tackle the social and economic ills of the Cape Flats whereby they spearhead these issues through a number of programs such as, Information Workshops, Training on How to Do Business with the City of Cape Town, Skills and Development Training, Assistance with Social Entrepreneurship (specifically targeting NPO’s to become more sustainable), Business Development Support Services and Access to Finance. On the 9th and 10th of May they will be hosting two workshops at only R149 and R99 respectively. For further information you can contact Marion on (021) 637 3796/ 0640 or send an email to info@starfairbc.co.za

Saamwerk Skills Training Project empowers the Mitchell’s Plain community

We closed off with an interview with Charlotte Lenting - Programme coordinator of Saamwerk Skills Training Project. “Saamwerk” is an Afrikaans word for working together. It is an NGO based in Mitchell’s Plain and aims to empower residents of the community through skills training and craft making. Saamwerk is also committed to addressing the economic hardship in the community. For more information contact their offices on (021) 374 7815 or visit http://www.saamwerk.com/

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

25 April - Gender - Progressive Women’s Movement pushes development of women

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Zanele Hlatshwayo - Executive director of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa. She explained more about the organisation and the work that they do. PWMSA is a Not-for-Profit Organisation launched in 2006 to create a broad front for the development of women in South Africa that would enable women to speak with one voice, address their concerns using a single platform of action irrespective of race, class, religion, political and social standing. The work of the Movement is mostly district based, as opposed to provincial or even national as this is to encourage mass participation of women especially at grassroots level to advocate for and promote their programmes. For further information you can contact PWMSA on (011) 833 0201 or visit http://www.pwmsa.org/

Admission opened for 10th HERS-SA ACADEMY

We closed off with an interview with Dr Sabie Surtee - Director of Higher Education Resource Services South (HERS-SA). We were talking about the organisation and the 2012 Academy which is now open for applications. HERS–SA is a self sustaining non profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in the Higher Education sector by advocating for, and contributing to the career development of women employed in academia via carefully crafted interventions including hosting the first national conference on Women in Leadership in Higher Education and the annual HERS-SA ACADEMY  that attracts women from all over sub-Saharan Africa. The Academy is a week long interactive professional development opportunity for women employed in Higher Education throughout Southern Africa aimed at women currently employed or possessing the potential to be employed, in senior management level. The programme is designed to present an overarching perspective of higher education as networking among the 80 participants and over 35 presenters forms a key component of the Academy. For further information you can contact HERS-SA on (021) 557 8123 or visit their website http://www.hers-sa.org.za/

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

24 April - Human Rights - R2K celebrates "Freedom Week"

In today's show, we spoke to Murray Hunter – Right 2Know Campaign National coordinator. The Right2Know campaign is hosting a series of events to mark South African "Freedom Week" – 27th of April (Freedom Day), 1st 9of May (Worker’s Day) and 3rd of May (World Press Freedom Day) – in recognition and celebration of the struggles and victories that all citizens, workers and journalists have fought for, to secure our collective 'freedom'. Murray explained more about their activities. For further information you can contact visit www.r2k.org.za alternatively follow them on twitter @r2kcampaign

Children's right handbook for MPs launched

We closed off with an interview with Dorothy Ramodibe of Parliament’s Portfolio and Select Committee on Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities. She was speaking to us about the launch of its Handbook for MPs on promoting Children’s Rights in South Africa. The book entitled Promoting Children’s Rights in South Africa: A Handbook for Members of Parliament was launched this morning by Parliament’s Portfolio and Select Committees on Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities, in conjunction with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF). The handbook a first of its kind produced by Parliament is to provide Members of Parliament (MPs) with information on children’s issues so that they are able to integrate a child rights perspective into the work of their Committees. It also seeks to encourage MPs to conduct effective oversight and to enable them to ensure accountability regarding service delivery from a child rights perspective and to enhance public participation. For further information you can contact (021) 403 3341.

Monday, April 23, 2012

23 April - Health - GiftedDyslexic intervention programmes

In today's show, we spoke to Axel Gudmundsson - Director of GiftedDyslexic. Today, April 23rd marks World Book Day and therefore we were discussing dyslexia which affects millions of people worldwide. Dyslexia is a complex reading, writing and learning condition in which letters and numbers are reversed or even seen and written upside down that affects more and more children and adults which cause low self-esteem and frustration on a massive scale. GiftedDyslexic offers assessments, intervention programmes and training throughout South Africa as there are currently two licensed Davis facilitators operating in the country, one in Cape Town, and the other in Durban. For further information you can contact GiftedDyslexia on (021) 783 2722 or visit their website http://www.gifteddyslexic.com/

United Against Malaria initiative "invest in Malaria"

We also spoke to Lauren Gillis - Co - founder of Relate to tell us more about how the global United Against Malaria (UAM) initiative is intensifying its fundraising efforts in the run-up to World Malaria Day 2012. The theme for World Malaria Day 2012 - Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria - marks a decisive juncture in the history of malaria control. In 2010 UAM joined forces with Relate, a South African not-for-profit social enterprise that creates and sells beaded cause bracelets to help raise awareness and curb the spread of malaria. Since then a signature UAM supporters’ bracelet was developed that has become a globally recognised symbol of winning the fight against malaria as close to 500 000 bracelets have been sold to raise funds for malaria education and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. The bracelets are available at all Cape Union Mart and Old Khaki stores and sold for R30. The income generated from the bracelet sales is used to buy more life-saving mosquito nets and to create further opportunities for the Relate beaders. For further information you can contact Relate on (021) 422 3977 alternatively visit their website http://www.relate.org.za/ or www.UnitedAgainstMalaria.org

Saturday, 28th April marks World Tai Chi Chuan Day

We closed off with an interview with Renate Jacobs - Tai Chi Chuan instructor for the International Tai Chi Society in Cape Town. She was speaking to us about the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and commemorating the Tai Chi Chuan day on the 28th of April. Tai Chi is practiced by about 20 percent of the world’s population and is fast becoming the most popular exercise in the world today whereby it’s also now practiced in businesses, hospitals, and schools everywhere. The practice is not only a valuable tool for improving health, but also a powerful business tool as companies believe Tai Chi improves productivity by helping employees to be happy, relaxed and creative. Tai Chi differs from most martial arts because people of all ages can practice it as many people with disabilities and ailments use it as therapy. It’s often called meditation in motion because of its deep, natural breathing, the twisting, spiralling, stretching, relaxing movements to help massage internal organs and balance the body’s energies. With improved circulation and a relaxed yet alert body posture and attitude, the natural healing energy of the body is enhanced. Qigong exercise combines breathing techniques, simple body movements and mental imagery to engage concentration and relaxation which forms an integral part of tai chi training. For further information you can contact Renate on 083 336 6191 or send and email to renatej2012@gmail.com alternatively http://www.worldtaichiday.com/

Friday, April 20, 2012

20 April - Arts, Culture & Environment - Eikendal Primary to host Cape Town "Community Festival"

In today’s show, we were joined by Ryland Fisher - Executive Chairperson of the Cape Town Festival. We were talking about their Community Festivals. One festival took place last weekend at Atlantis with the second Community Festival taking place at Eikendal Primary in Kraaifontein tomorrow. According to Mr Fisher, the Community Festivals aims to ensure that there is a platform where new talents can be discovered, while the importance of arts and culture is promoted and to contribute to the rebuilding of communities, as well as reinforce and celebrate a culture of unity within the community. The festivsl will start at 9am. From 9am to 12pm, there will be a Youth Workshop Programme, themed “Leadership, Diversity and Tolerance”, with a group of approximately 200 participating learners from various primary schools from Kraaifontein. From 12pm to 5pm, the best of local upcoming talent and Cape Town entertainment with stand-up comedian Wayne McKay, and special performances by N2 and The Rockets. There will also be ‘Come and Play’ sport activities, jumping castles and food stalls among the array of planned festivities. For more information visit http://www.capetownfestival.co.za/

Youngblood presents "The Flower of Shembe" & Arts Update


Neo Muyanga
We were also joined by Neo Muyanga - Composer & Musical Director of the Flower of Shembe. The production is said to be a ‘mythic opera’ about faith and destiny and will run at Artscape Theatre from the 2nd till the 5th of May. The musical play, Flower of Shembe, is a re-imagining of what trials and tribulations might befall a prophet-in-the-making coming to terms with his own destiny. Neo who also happens to be a nephew of the Shembe clan explained more about the production. The Flower of Shembe is directed by Ina Wichterich and Craig Leo and will be at the Artscape Theatre from the 2nd till the 5th of May at 20H00PM. Tickets costs R150 and are available at http://www.webtickets.co.za/

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

Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week campaign highlights the plight of African penguin




PIC of  African penguins taken from  www.animal-unique.blogspot.com  
We closed off with an interview with RenĂ©e Leeuwner - Assistant Communications and Sustainability Manager at the Two Oceans Aquarium. We were talking about the Penguin Promises Wa ddle for a Week campaign. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about the plight of the African penguin and encourages people to promise to change something in their daily lives. The final day of the Waddle is tomorrow, 21st April and it will see the waddlers leave from Muizenberg beach at and are inviting Capetonians to join them dressed in black and white. For further information about the Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week, visit http://www.penguinpromises.com/ 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

19 April - Labour - DreamWorker giving new hope to unemployed

Ronald Bownes
In today’s show, we were joined by Ronald Bownes - Director of DreamWorker. DreamWorker is a community based, non profit organization, set up to help the unemployed find work. Its current vision is to get as many people as possible into employment in the Cape Metropole and eventually expanding the model countrywide.  They also help potential employees identify skills that have been dormant for a while or areas of potential training that would greatly increase their chances of finding employment. They ultimately aim to inspire, encourage, give renewed hope and do their very best to find employment for the unemployed. For further information you can contact Dream Worker on (021) 696 4048 or visit the website http://www.dreamworker.org.za/

LRC and CGE fight to ensure access to maternity benefits for working women

We also spoke to Natasha Wagiet - An attorney for the Legal Resources Centre Gauteng’s office. She was speaking to us about the follow up meeting that they had in partnership with the Commission for Gender Equality regarding Maternity Benefits. A research paper has been developed by the LRC, which highlights international agreements and Constitutional imperatives, weighing these up against current South African legislation and practice. According to LRC, South Africa is failing to give effect to Constitutional and international obligations to ensure access to maternity benefits, with harsh consequences for working women but Natasha explained more. For further information you can contact the LRC Offices on (011) 836 9831 or send an email to natasha@lrc.org.za

SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation launches "Big Dreams Start Young" competition

We closed off the show with an interview with Lydia Zingoni - Director of SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation which envisions cultivating and promoting the entrepreneurial spirit in all teenagers through seminars, workshops, conferences and exhibitions. She joined us to talk about the Big Dreams Start Young - SA National High School Enterprise Competition. The competition is open to all High Schools, but this year they will focus only on the Western Cape and KZN as pilot provinces and in 2013 all 9 provinces will be brought in from grades 8 -12. There are three main categories namely - Innovation, Employment Creation and Social Enterprise. For further information you can visit www.teenentrepreneur.co.za or send an email to Zingonil@teenentrepreneur.co.za

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

18 April - Gender - Health4Men's Ukwazana campaign gains momentum

In today's show, we heard from Glen de Swart – Project Manager for Health4Men. We were talking about Ukwazana, a campaign of Health4Men. The campaign is a two-pronged intervention, with messaging aimed at men who have sex with men in townships in the Cape Town area. This comes in reaction to survey results indicating that up to one third of men who have sex with men may be HIV positive.  The workshop themed “Breaking through isolation” will take place on Friday April 20, 2012 between and in Makhaza. For further information you can contact (021) 421 6127 or visit their website www.h4m.mobi or www.health4men.co.za  

HPCSA calls for more focus on early domestic violence detection incidents

We also spoke to Bertha Peters – Scheepers - Senior manager of Public Relations and Service Delivery for the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She was speaking to us about HPCSA's call for more focus on early domestic violence detection incidents. This comes following the death of one of their employee, who was shot and fatally wounded on Monday in a domestic violence incident by her policeman boyfriend at the Moot police station. According to the guidelines, emergency care professionals must now, as a professional obligation, be responsive to domestic violence by the following actions: Screening, Assess risk , Document diligently, Provide information and Refer responsibly - referring clients to appropriate resources and to identify their support system. For further information you can contact the HPCSA on (012) 338 9300/9301 or send an email to info@hpcsa.co.za  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

17 April - Human Rights - Conscious Conversations asks "Is UCT Racist?"

Mpumi Tshabalala & Sakhisizwe's Busi
On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by Mpumi Tshabalala of Conscious Conversations. She joined us to talk about their third Annual Open Forum that they are hosting tomorrow evening at UCT's Hiddingh Hall. This year they asking the question "Is UCT Racist?" This follows the heated debate on twitter #CapeTownIsRacist by taking the comments and applying it to the context of UCT. People are encouraged to come listen, to share experiences and to continue the conversation on race. The event takes place from for . Refreshments will be served and guests are encouraged to arrive early because seats are limited. For further information you can send an email to consciousconversations1@gmail.com or like their  facebook page or follow them on twitter @ConsciousUCT.

ISS hosting OGP seminar sessions

We also heard from Hennie van Vuuren - Director of the Institute for Security Studies. We were talking about the seminar that they hosting today and tomorrow regarding the International Open Government Partnership (OGP) 1st Annual Meeting. The international OGP’s 1st Annual Meeting taking place this month will see representatives of the 50 plus member countries gather in Brasilia to celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made to date, to exchange best practices, and to grow  and strengthen the global collaborative network of open government leaders. South Africa is one of the eight founding governments of the OGP. The sessions will each be followed by a 30 minute, offline, open forum discussion amongst participants. For further information you can contact ISS on (021) 461 7211 or visit their website www.issafrica.org

SAYC - WC hosts Post School Education Summit

Thembinkosi Josopu
We closed off the show with an interview with Thembinkosi Josopu - Chairperson of the South African Youth Council in the Western Cape (SAYC –WC).  He joined us to talk about their recent Post School Education Summit. The summit attended by 180 delegates from centres of higher education, youth formations and non-governmental organisations was held to discuss and to appraise the green paper on Post-School Education that’s currently tabled before Parliament. The closing date for comments and submission on the green paper is April 30th, 2012. Key speakers included inter-alia, the Chairperson of Higher Education and Training - Ishmael Malale, Professor Crain Soudien of UCT, and former head of the committee on transformation and social cohesion, Suraya Jawoodien NEHAWU, Deputy General Secretary and the President of SAYC Thulani Tshefuta. For further information you can contact SAYC –WC on (021) 447 7899 or visit their website www.saycwc.org

Monday, April 16, 2012

16 April - Health - Tomorrow marks World Haemophilia Day

In today's show, we spoke to Sister Reinett Olivier - From the South African Haemophilia Foundation. We were talking about haemophilia. According to the SAHF “Haemophilia is an inherited lifelong bleeding disorder, affecting mostly males with females being carriers, causing dangerous haemorrhages internally and into the joints and muscles, resulting in severe pain and eventually causing crippled limbs.” Tomorrow is the World Haemophilia Day and the theme is  “Close the Gap”. For further information you can contact SAHF on (021) 785 7140 or visit their website www.haemophilia.org.za  

DOH rolls out Influenza vaccination campaign

We also heard from Linda Dyasi - Programme Co-ordinator in Klipfontein and Mitchells Plain Health District. We were speaking about the department’s drive aimed at inoculating especially high risk people to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality and the transmission of the influenza virus within communities. The campaign runs until June 30th, 2012 and 100 000 free vaccine doses have been allocated across all districts to community health centres and clinics. People who fall under the priority group are encouraged to go to their nearest health facility to request the vaccination.

Bigshoes Foundation: SA's pioneer of Paediatric Palliative Care

We closed off with an interview with Dr Michelle Meiring - Co-founder of Bigshoes Foundation. Bigshoes Foundation provides medical care and interventions to children living in children’s homes, in families in our communities, as well as while in hospital. We were talking about the Paediatric Palliative Care. Bigshoes is the pioneer of the field of Paediatric Palliative care in South Africa within a hospital setting. They welcome any donations whether they are monetary or given in-kind. For further information you can contact Bigshoes Foundation on (021) 637 4965 or visit their website www.bigshoes.org.za  

Friday, April 13, 2012

13 April - Arts, Culture and Environment - Catch the Ethan Smith "unofficial" Trio at the Melting Pot tonight

In today's show, we spoke to Saxophonist - Ethan Smith. The Ethan Smith "unofficial" Trio featuring Ethan Smith on Sax, Brydon Bolton on Double Bass and Claude Cozens on Drums will be perfoming at the Melting Pot in Muizenburg this Friday night from 21:30PM. The Trio will perform Smith's original compositions influenced by Jazz, South African, Middle and Far Eastern traditional styles and and captivating improvisations. R50 gets you in at the door. To listen some of Ethan's music visit www.reverbnation.com/ethansmith11 

A Word of Art to host a Commune/Communicate/Comment exhibition & Arts Update

Catherine Howard
We were also joined by Catherine Howard – Artist-in-residence with A Word of Art. Her work is spanning the gamut during this residency - photography, teaching, murals, writing, and drawings. Tomorrow A Word of Art will be exhibiting the work that was created during Catherine's project duration, as well as relevant work that Catherine and fellow artist-in-residence Victoria Potter have developed over the course of their residencies. Commune/Communicate/Comment is an exploration of community building and social awareness, engaging participants (both the students and event attendees) in a dialogue about interconnectedness, playful collaboration, and empathy. Catherine and Victoria will display artwork created during their residencies alongside the artwork created by the boys at the Percy Bartley House in a one day pop-up exhibition from 3-6 pm. The photographs taken during the workshops will be compiled into a limited edition photo book, alongside essays by both Catherine and Victoria. Books will be available for pre-order at the pop-up exhibition as well as online. 50% of the profits from sales of the Commune/Communicate/Comment photo book will be donated to the Percy Bartley House. For more information contact Shallom Johnson on 079 461 2444.

Nigel was Instudio for the Arts Update.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

12 April - Labour - Quicket director talks about entrepreneurship

In today's show we spoke to James Hedley - Director of Quicket. He was speaking to us about his business and being one of the ten finalists for the 2012 Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC). Quicket is a new and innovative ticketing service that allows you to sell tickets for your event and promote it online by creating an event page, promote it through social channels and collect payment for tickets online. The solution also provides venue access control with rentable ticket barcode scanners. For further information you can contact Quicket on (021) 409 7919 or visit their website www.quicket.co.za

Uthando South Africa pushes community development

We closed off with an interview with James Fernie - Executive Director of Uthando South Africa, a unique and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company. Uthando also offers authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful experiences for fit travellers as well as groups of any size in the sprawling and impoverished townships of Cape Town. Tours are run as daily scheduled tours and tailor made private tours to suite particular interests, whether it be urban agriculture, animal welfare, youth development through the medium of art, dance, choir singing, classical music, drumming or sport, special needs education, assistance to refugees, the environment, economic empowerment through skills development, arts and crafts, township theatre, prisoner rehabilitation, care and protection for children, women and the elderly. For further information you can contact Uthando on (021) 683 8523 or visit their website http://www.uthandosa.org/

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

11 April - Gender - 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference registration now open

In today's show, we were joined by Debby Edelstein - Women’s leadership consultant and co-founder of Quality Life Company. She was speaking to us about the registration for the 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference that is now open. This year’s 7th Annual Women’s Leadership “We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting for” conference is taking place on the 16th and 17th of May in Johannesburg. The two-day gathering of women which has been described as the most dynamic event on the women’s leadership calendar will explore a number of relevant topics such as Shaping the Future - what you need to know now to leave a legacy, “I don’t know how she does it” - the elusive quest for work-life balance and a place at the table - strategies in mastering organisational politics. Registration is now open and group discounts and special rates for NGOs and small businesses are available. For further information you can email lizzy@qualitylife.co.za or visit www.qualitylife.co.za  

South African Women’s Football Association challenges SAFA

We closed off with an interview with Dr Teboho Maitse - Acting chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. She was speaking to us about the recent public hearing that they convened last week Thursday regarding gender transformation in women’s football. The hearing came about after an initial complaint from the South African Women’s Football Association (SAWFA), who alleged that the South African Football Association (SAFA) was not taking the interests of women’s football into consideration, had denied them membership, and had failed to implement the solutions of the Soccer Indaba of 1997 and Football Commission of 2002, in relation to the formulation and implementation of programmes to support and uplift women’s football.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

10 April - Human Rights - ACCERUS hosts Public Leadership Conference on Integrity and Governance

In today's show we spoke to Professor Gavin Woods - Director of the Anti-corruption Centre for Education and Research at Stellenbosch University. We were talking about the Public Leadership Conference, themed Integrity and Governance: What is wrong? What is right? What is next? that the centre hosted last week. The International Winelands Conference was hosted in collaboration with the Zijlstra Centre for Public Control and Governance (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). For further information you can visit http://www.accerus.org/

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker talks about his upcoming film

We were also joined by Francois Verster - Internationally acclaimed South African documentary filmmaker speaking to us about the making of a new locally-produced film, The Dream of Shahrazad. The film celebrates the legacy of Shahrazad and the NIGHTS in the context of current ongoing events, and looks at how storytelling and other art forms interact with political change. Weaving together a web of music, politics and storytelling, the film follows a series of unforgettable characters, all of whom draw their inspiration from the NIGHTS and whom, like Shahrazad, put creativity to new political use thereby opposing violence, misogyny and other forms of oppression. For more information you can visit http://www.dreamofshahrazad.com/ or their facebook page at TheDreamOfShahrazad or follow them on twitter at twitter.com/#!/DreamShahrazad To donate go to http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Dream-of-Shahrazad

Thursday, April 05, 2012

05 April - Labour - AMASA Learnership Programme deadline extended

In today’s show, we heard from Nazeem Abrahams - Committee member of Advertising Media Association of South Africa (AMASA). We were talking about the AMASA Learnership Programme (ALP) that they offering to students who want an opportunity to enter the media industry. Successful candidates will be employed and mentored by leading media owners and agencies and remunerated and enrolled on the AAA media module and AMASA Media Planning Workshop. The ALP is open to candidates with a tertiary qualification; however preference will be given to graduates who have Higher Grade Maths, BCom, Marketing, Statistics and Research qualifications. Application forms can be downloaded from www.amasa.org.za/burseryfund.php Completed entry forms should be submitted with supporting documentation to amasaALP@gmail.com or qsalie@jupiterct.co.za by the 13th April 2012. Selected candidates need to be available to commence employment in early May 2012.  

FOCAL to host Small Medium Micro Enterprises Business Breakfast

We also spoke to Marcia Raymond - Treasurer of the Friends of Central Library telling us more about the Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMME) Business Breakfasts Club that they host every month. Fatal Business Mistakes is the title of this month’s breakfast where Sales Leader - Lorna Powe will address the problems faced by small business owners. It’s taking place on Thursday the 19th of April. Registration is at and the meeting ends at . Entrance is R15 at the door but booking is essential and funds go to FOCAL. For further information or bookings you can contact Marcia on 083 539 8442 or (021) 467 1542.  

The Business Place offering Free Enterprise Development Programme

We closed off the show with an interview with Vuyo Ngaye - small business consultant for the Business Place in Philippi. The Business Place is offering Free Enterprise Development Programme in partnership with Junior Achievers South Africa. It’s a two month long free programme for out of school youth aged between 18 and 35 that commences on April 12, 2012. Students will meet twice a week over a period of two months, during which they will be required to start up and manage a small and sustainable business, with the assistance and support of trained and experienced facilitators. For further information you can contact the Business Place on (021) 371 3350 or visit http://www.tbp.co.za/

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

04 April - Gender - CGE hosts consultative dialogue on sex work legislative reform

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Janine Hicks - Lead commissioner for Gender, Democracy and Good Governance at the Commission for Gender Equality. Jenny was speaking to us about the consultative dialogue on sex work legislative reform that they hosted together with COSATU’s National Gender Committee today at their head office. The purpose of this dialogue was to inform the development of their institution's individual position on this issue, and their subsequent submissions to Parliament and supporting campaigns. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is set to table legislation in this regard before Parliament, although it is not clear when this can be anticipated. According to CGE, the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) initiated legislative reform of the legal system’s response to sex work which resulted in the Discussion Paper (107) being issued to deliberate on the implications of options relating to full criminalization, regulation, legalising and decriminalization of sex work. For further information you can contact CGE on (021) 426 4080 or visit the website http://www.cge.org.za/ Do you think sex work should be legalised or decriminalised?  

Women Against Poverty appeals for donations

We closed off with an interview with Mullah Flatwell – Co-founder of Women Against Poverty. She was telling us more about the soup kitchen that she’s been running over the past 10 years in Lavender Hill every Thursday from . The soup kitchen started out of the kindness of two women who wanted to make a difference in helping the less fortunate and those that go hungry every day in their own small way. She feeds mothers, babies and children from seven different schools. Aunty Mullah is an inspiration to all because she continues to do the work that she does despite receiving no funding except for a few donations. She said that it was becoming more difficult to continue as the number of mouths to feed was increasing and likewise the price of food. She is appealing for donations from members of the public. Donations can be monetary or dry ingredients for the soup. For further information or if you would like to contribute you can contact Mullah on (021) 702 2716 or 078 076 4546.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

03 April - Human Rights - SJC challenges the City's Janitorial Service

In today’s show, we spoke to Axolile Notywala - Junior Researcher for the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). He was telling us more about their formal submission to the City of Cape Town regarding a New Janitorial Service that could improve Sanitation Conditions for more than 350 000 people in Cape Town’s Informal Settlements. They say the City's Commitment could signal major shift in Cape Town's Sanitation Policy & Influence Sanitation Provision Nationally. Unfortunately Shehaam Sims Mayco member for Utility Services was not available to join us but have confirmed that they received the submission and will take action in due course. It outlines the need for a new service to maintain more than 13 700 permanent flush toilets in the City’s informal settlements servicing at least 350 000 residents since in many of these communities one toilet stall can be shared between a hundred households, yet they currently receive no routine maintenance from the City. The SJC has proposed that the new service includes Cleaning and sanitizing of toilets, standpipes and surrounding areas, basic plumbing and handiwork to repair minor faults and enclosures, stocking of toilets with amenities such as soap and monitoring conditions and reporting faults to the relevant department. For further information you can contact Axolile on (021) 361 8160 or send an email to axolile@sjc.org.za