Friday, March 29, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Artscape presents “The Okavango Macbeth” & Arts Update

Sandile & Mlamli
On the show today, we spoke to Sandile Kamle and Mlamli Lalaphantsi – Producers and cast members of “The Okavango Macbeth” an operetta that’s currently showing at Artscape Theatre. Set in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, the opera deals with the efforts of an ambitious female baboon, Lady Macbeth, to encourage her husband, Macbeth, to murder the dominant baboon, Duncan. The production is directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen. The opera is staged in Rehearsal Room 551 at Artscape till Saturday, the 30th of March. TICKETS costs R150 and Pensioners and Students pay R85. Book now at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-seat on (021) 421 7695 alternatively visit

Yugendree Naidoo updated us with arts events across the city.

Alpacino to launch his Mixtape KwaMlamli tomorrow

Alpacino & his manager
We closes off with an interview with Hip hop artist - Linda Ndabeni aka Alpacino. We were talking about Alpacino's Mixtape Launch that's happening tomorrow KwaMlamli in NY 146, Gugulethu from 13:00PM till late. Entrance Fee is R20. The event will feature artists like: -Ma-B
-Mishy Poetry

The Mixtape will be available too and it cost R30 for a copy. For more information contact 072 542 1956 or send an email to

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Labour - USB officially launches Khayelitsha Small Business Academy

In today's show, we spoke to Bongani Mgayi - Member of the USB SBA steering committee. We were talking about the USB Khayelitsha Small Business Academy.  The University of Stellenbosch Business School founded its Small Business Academy to help small business owners grow their businesses. Yesterday they officially launch the SBA and welcome their first intake of small business owners – all from Khayelitsha. For further information you can contact Annemarie Olivier on (021) 918 4242 or send an email to

YoungPeople@Work: They Live to Work, they don't Work to Live!

We also heard from Frank Julie - Founder and mentor of YoungPeople@Work. We were talking about his volunteer project supporting unemployed youth to access sustainable livelihoods and serving their communities. YoungPeople@Work is a new generation organization for and by young people that envisions them engaged in productive work to enhance economic, social, cultural and spiritual development. YP@W provides access to training in computer literacy, train young people as facilitators and how to speak in public, training in professional job seeking skills, money management, professional networking, personal development and customer relations, training in organizational skills like professional fundraising, board development, strategic planning, bookkeeping, office administration, networking, leadership and management, provide media and public relations training such as how to start a newsletter , how to use social media,  support members in finding themselves first and then a job, Connect young people to job and further educational opportunities and then continuous after care and support and to professionals with expertise. For further information you can contact send an SMS to 078 812 4603 or visit

Computer School Hout Bay is offering free computer classes

Tony Hall - CEO of the Computer School Hout Bay joined us on the line to tell us more about the free computer classes being offered. The Computer School in Hout Bay is offering free classes at the Spinney on Tuesdays from 3pm as Michael Eastman teaches Introduction to Computers for the absolute beginner. Participants will learn basic computer terminology such as how to navigate in the windows environment, file management and the basics of Microsoft Word, email and the internet at a very introductory level. Tuition is free but a donation of R5 is required to cover expenses. For further information you can contact Tony on (021) 790 1726 or send an email to

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gender - Cover2Cover Books launches “From Boys to Men”

On the show today, we spoke to Dorothy Dyer – From Cover2Cover Books. Dorothy is the co-author of “From Boys to Men” - a youth novel in the Harmony High series. The novel is the result of a collaborative project as part of Sonke’s One Man Can campaign which is an initiative implemented in many sites and projects, such as Fatherhood, Access to Justice project, Prisons project, Refugee health and rights project and medical male circumcision to name a few. You can order a copy for R65 at

Women and Beyond is looking for volunteers

Ethel Taylor - Founder of Women and Beyond was on the line to talk about the training she is offering for new volunteers. Women and Beyond is a registered gender based NPO which provides services to women and children who have succumbed to abuse and rape. Ethel will be hosting a half a day training session for prospect volunteers wishing to be a part of their Call Centre Team, Community Outreach Carers Team and Counsellors Team. Although the training is free, as a non profit organization a R40 payment is required to cover the training manual and catering after training but they will source a donor or sponsor for those who are unemployed and cannot afford the R40 fee. The training is happening on Saturday the 4th of May at the Lagoon Beach Hotel conference centre from 9h00AM to 12h00PM. For further information you can send an email to

VJ Green Solutions spreading its wings

We closed off with Julia Modise - Director of VJ Green Solutions. She was here to tell us more about her energy saving, innovative and eco-friendly business and being in a male dominated industry. Julia is also a member of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network and Leading Women of Africa. Established in 2009 VJ Green Solutions is a South African based company operating from Cape Town but conducts business throughout the country and in different parts of the African continent. The company is accredited by Eskom to install solar water heaters as they were tasked with the geyser replacement project that involved replacing the current high pressure electricity water geyser with the non pressure solar geyser using the Eskom rebate. Those interested in replacing their current geyser with the non-pressure solar geyser or know of people who would qualify are encouraged to contact VJ Green Solutions on condition that households meet Eskom’s requirements. For further information you can send an email to or visit

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Human Rights - Umbeleko Aftercare seeks funding

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Giulio Marino – Project Manager at Umbeleko Aftercare. Umbeleko Aftercare is a non profit organisation based in Barcelona, Gugulethu. They assist children and residents by providing food, support and education. They currently in need of funds and resources because the number of children growing all the time. Giulio explained more. For further information or if you can assist send an email to alternatively visit  

Kidzpositive & Keiskamma Trust to embark on the Dust for Development Treble Tour

We also heard from Shanaaz Stofberg - Fundraiser for Kidzpositive. She was here to tell us more about who they are and their Dust for Development Treble Tour. Kidzpositive was founded 14 years ago and aims to lighten the impossible burden facing HIV-positive mothers by raising support for the daily needs of HIV positive children and their families. Kidzpositive in partnership with the Keiskamma Trust will be embarking on the Dust for Development Treble Tour that involves them riding the dirt roads connecting the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces to raise awareness of and support for the developmental needs of children from birth to adolescence. They are urging members of the public to pledge R12 in support of the cyclists. For further information you can contact Kidzpositive on 087 813 0030 or send an email to alternatively visit

StreetSmart SA arming vulnerable children programmes with funding

Melanie Burke - Vice-Chairperson of StreetSmart SA was Instudio to tell us more about their initiative that assists street children. StreetSmart SA is dedicated towards helping street children rebuild their lives by collecting R5 donations through participating restaurants in Cape Town and surrounding towns, which has raised more than R5, 6 million since its inception in 2005. The funds are supporting the panel beating skills training programme at Learn to Live, social worker salaries at Ons Plek and Home from Home: Oceanview and Vrygrond as well as salaries for aftercare and family reconstruction at the Cape Town Multi Service Centre. This is achieved through a voluntary R5 donation that is added to one’s table’s bill, should you wish to give more, or not at all just say so. For further information you can contact StreetSmart SA on (021) 418 0621 or send an email to alternatively go to 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Health - MTC in partnership with Bush Radio focuses on TB Awareness

Alison Best
On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from the Brooklyn Chest Hospital as part of the MTC project in partnership with Bush Radio. We spoke to Alison Best - Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation Co-ordinator for TB/HIV Care Association. We were talking about the services they offer and the recent march they embarked on to commemorate World TB day. TB/HIV Care Association aims to improve TB and HIV management by increasing access to TB and HIV diagnosis, care, treatment and community-based treatment adherence support. Last week Monday the association and partners embarked on a “Stop TB in my Lifetime” TB awareness march in central Cape Town in commemoration of World TB day as participants wore TB masks with positive messages to raise awareness and decrease the stigma around it. The day also provided mass HIV testing and counselling and screening for TB. For further information you can contact the Association on (021) 425 0050 or visit

Dr Siwendu and Dr Kalawe
Yolanda , Leigh & Kayleen
We were also joined by Dr Sweetness Siwendu and Dr Nosi Kalawe - TB Clinicians, Yolanda 
Louw - Occupational Therapist, Leigh Rynhoud - Clinical Psychologist and 
Kayleen Jacobs - Audiologist to tell us more about TB and more specifically regarding prevention and compliance with treatment for pregnant women.
Bush Radio will host these special broadcasts every last Monday of the month. On Monday April 29th, 2013 we will be broadcasting live from the Delft Day Hospital.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Zabalaza Theatre Festival presents Words & Beats

On the show today, we spoke to Kneo Mokgopa – From the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement. Last night they hosted the Naked Slam Poetry at the Baxter Theatre as part of the annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival. Tonight the Creative Database will be hosting Words & Beats, best Hip Hop performances and beat battles. The Creative Database is a project that seeks to unite and grow the arts and creativity at large through doing actual creative work other than the never-ending talk. For more information visit

Pedro the Music Man is at Kalk Bay Theatre & Arts Update

We also heard from Pedro Espi-Sanchis – The Music Man. Pedro’s fun-filled kids show, COWBELLS AND TORTOISE SHELLS will be at the Kalk Bay Theatre from the 27th of March till the 7th of April at 11h00AM. Tickets for the show cost R50. For bookings and further information visit
Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts Update.

Black Mango Music presents the inaugural Breathe Sunshine African Music conference

Marco & Busi
Marco Wielander – Co-Director of the Breathe Sunshine African Music conference was Instudio. The inaugural Breathe Sunshine African Music conference is scheduled for the 1st and the 2nd of April at Cape Town City Hall. The steering committee that advised and contributed to the conference content includes representatives from SA, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Senegal. The conference will include Workshops, Panel Discussions, Presentations, Exhibition Stands, a networking lounge and a concert showcasing African talent. Tickets costs ranges from R450 to R180.  For more information go to or alternatively follow  on twitter.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Labour - Elsenburg training prospective farmers

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Hlumisa Mnyazi - A second year student in animal production and agrarian at the Cape Institute for Agricultural Training: Elsenburg. We were talking about the college. Under the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch The Cape Institute for Agricultural Training: Elsenburg is in the business of training prospective farmers which is in line with government’s new academic policy to give tertiary students more mobility between educational institutions. It is tasked to provide needs driven, practical agricultural training to resource poor farmers, commercial farmers and farm workers. For further information you can visit

Brian Mawdsley talks about entreprenuership

Brian Mawdsley - Founder and Managing Director at Future Power Solutions was Instudio. We were talking about entreprenuership. Brian is the author of WhatITtakes - the success handbook for Entrepreneurs. The book will be available in may. Brian's vision is to create jobs, protect the environment and offer the control of electrical power generation to the individual. For further information you can follow Brian on twitter @brianmawdsley

SA Business Resources Institute presents "Seeing the Leaves" Innovation Workshop

We closed off with Charles Maisel - Founder of Innovation Shack. Charles will be facilitating the "Seeing the Leaves" Innovation Workshop next week Wednesday. The workshop is designed to appeal to people of all ages regardless of their academic background and would be ideal for unemployed youth, scholars and students. The workshop is open to the general public at the Mowbray Townhall in Mowbray Main Road and is designed for a maximum of 220 participants. For more information contact the SA Business Resources Institute on (021) 827 1086.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gender - Male breast cancer survivor shares his story of survival

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Bobby Were - A male breast cancer survivor. to tell us more about the 17th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference that’s currently underway and his personal journey of beating Cancer. Breast cancer affects both men and women and is said to be the most common cancer in both developed and developing countries. Over the years, an extensive support network has built up as survival rates have improved and survivors have passionately shared their life experiences with others. Held every two years and for the first time in Africa the 17th Reach for Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference, which is currently underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre sees a large number of African delegates, including sponsored delegates from each province in South Africa and almost every country on the continent coming together. The conference will focus on HIV and breast cancer: the realities of Africa, Quality of life after breast cancer diagnosis, Sexual and reproductive health issues, New developments in treatment and control, Improving the experience for patients and families, Advocacy in the public health setting, Patient stories  and Peer support programmes: what works? For more information go to

African Dance Theatre presents the Vagina Monologues for the V-Day Campaign 2013

Khanya & Gugulethu
We were also joined by Khanya Sosibo - Actress and Gugulethu Mayisela - Director of the Vagina Monologues to tell us more about the V-Day Campaign 2013 in Cape Town. The Vagina monologues is an award-winning play by author, playwright and founder of the V-Day movement, Eve Ensler which is a celebration of women’s sexuality and strength in a graceful and humorous manner through the liberation of the one word - “Vagina”. It aims to raise funding for activist organizations by making use of art as a tool for inspiring action and change in society against the abuse of women and girls. All proceeds from this year’s campaign will go to the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust to create awareness about violence against women and girls. It’s happening next week Tuesday and Wednesday March 26-27 at the African Dance Theatre on the corner of Long and Hout Street in Cape Town from 20:00PM. Tickets are available at and at the venue box office on (021) 424 9513 for R100. For more information about V-Day, visit For more information about the Rape Crisis Cape Town trust, visit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Human Rights - Justice and Constitutional Development Committee Calls for SAHRC Nominations

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Llewellyn Landers - Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development about their call for South African Human Rights Commission nominations. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development is calling on individuals, organisations, institutions and civil society to nominate suitable people for consideration as Commissioners at SAHRC. The nominees must be South African citizens who are fit and proper to serve on the SAHRC and in addition possess suitable qualifications, expertise and experience in the area of human rights. Nominations must reach: Vhonani Ramaano, Committee Secretary, 3rd Floor, 90 Plein Street, Cape Town 8001 / PO Box 15, Cape Town 8000 by no later than Friday, April 5, 2013 at 17:00PM. For more information you can email

Foundation for Human Rights to host a Sustainability Workshop

We heard from Mr Enver Moothoosamy - Grants Manager at the Foundation for Human Rights. He was speaking to us about the Sustainability Workshop they are hosting tomorrow in Cape Town in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the Access to Justice and promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme funded by the European Union. The Sustainability Workshop seeks to bring together government, donor organizations and civil society to deliberate on the apparent changing global funding environment and the role of non-government and community based organizations. The results of a recent survey conducted by FHR to ascertain whether South African CBO and NGOs funding is indeed in serious crisis would also be tabled for discussion. For further information you can contact the FHR on (011) 339 5560 or send an email to alternatively visit

Monday, March 18, 2013

Health - Last week was the World Glaucoma Week

In today's show, we heard from Dr Nagib du Toit – an Ophthalmologist from Groote Schuur Hospital. We were talking about Glaucoma. Last week was the World Glaucoma Week. This is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association to raise awareness of glaucoma, what it does to sight and how it might affect you. Glaucoma is a progressive disease that causes irreversible visual loss due to an elevation in pressure inside the eye caused by a build-up of excess fluid. There is no cure for glaucoma; however it is treatable if it is detected early but Dr du Toit explained more about the treatment. For more information contact him on (021) 425 6463 or visit the South African Glaucoma Society’s website to locate a doctor at

March 21st marks the International Down Syndrome Day

Dr Reneva Petersen - A Developmental Paediatrician at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital joined us on the line to tell us more about Down syndrome. On Thursday March 21st is the International Down Syndrome Day. The day raises global awareness as every year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. Dr Petersen explained more about this condition. For more information you can contact the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape on (021) 919 8533 or visit

March 22nd is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

We closed off with Professor Asgar Kalla - Head of the Rheumatology Department at UCT’s Department of Medicine. He was speaking to us about managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. On Friday, March 22nd is the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the peripheral joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet, usually on both sides of the body, potentially resulting in damage. Damage is caused by persistent inflammation of the synovium, the membrane lining the joint, with subsequent damage of the cartilage, bone erosion and joint deformities. It is reported that about one per cent of the population is affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis although in South Africa there are no accurate prevalence figures. Women are affected about two to three times more often than men. The incidence increases with age difference. Rheumatoid arthritis is seen around the world and all races are affected. For more information about Rheumatoid arthritis you can contact the South African Rheumatism and Arthritis Association on (011) 782 1984 or visit alternatively visit

Friday, March 15, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - CASABIO to conserve earth's species

In today's show, we were joined by David Gwynne-Evans - CEO of CASABIO is an NGO dedicated to the conservation of the earth's species. The organisation’s concept is simple: take photos of organisms you see and using their easy and efficient software, give them a locality. CASABIO seeks to recruit volunteers to spend time in the field documenting organisms, as well as time spent integrating information into the database, based in Cape Town. The Project objective is to develop a catalogue of local organisms of your choice, and to populate the database with these and other species encountered. For more information you can contact David via email or visit

AMANDLA EduFootball to host a Human Rights Day tournament & Arts Update

We heard from Nomawethu Sokoyi – Programme Manager at AMANDLA EduFootball. AMANDLA EduFootball is a sport for development organisation that tackles social inequality through providing thousands of South African youth with access to safe spaces, innovative ‘Fair Play Football’, and holistic education programmes. Wewe explained more about their programmes. On the 21st of March they will be hosting a Human Rights Day tournament in Site B, Khayelitsha from 9AM. 18 year olds are invited to participate. If you are interested or want more information contact (021) 361 2904 alternatively visit

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Ringo Madlingozi to perform at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert

We closed off with Ringo Madlingozi. On Sunday the 17th, he will be performing at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please contact (021) 799 8783/8620 or visit the website or Tickets can be booked on

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Labour - Noluthando Training Industries is growing

Mark Walker - Senior Programs Manager at Noluthando Training Industries or NTI was Instudio. NTI is an accredited nonprofit organisation based in Khayelitsha and they provide vocational skills training and job placement support in bricklaying, welding, carpentry, sewing, and computer literacy for unskilled and unemployed people. For further information you can contact (021) 364 6243.

Tembeka Social Investment promotes sustainable development

We also heard from Michael Brand - Founder and MD of Tembeka Social Investment.Tembeka Social Investment is a South African social investment company and business development trust that seeks to promote sustainable development in poor communities by initiating and acting in a chain of financial solidarity. For further information on how to be an investor you can contact (021) 447 8138 or send an email to or alternatively visit

Work4You fills the employment gap for people with intellectual disabilities

Lynette & Bulelani
Lynnette D'Alton - Operations Manager at Work4You and Bulelani Nyanga - Work4You trainee were also Instudio. Work4You is a non-profit organisation that trains young people with intellectual disabilities and places them in the open labour market. As part of training and fund generation Work4You runs a factory that produces dog treats and supplies these to various retail outlets, Lynnette explained more about the training. For further information you can contact Work4You on (021) 447 0378 or send an email to alternatively go to

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gender - Leading Women of Africa to host WEISED 2013 conference

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Madelein Mkunu - Founder and President of Leading Women of Africa. We were talking about the inaugural Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and sustainable Energy Development (WEISED) 2013 conference that’s taking place in Cape Town in partnership with Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWIIN). The conference actively seek progress and advancement for leading women in recognition of the growing importance of procurement for economic development and climate change mitigation following the designated 2012 year as the International Year of Sustainable Energy by the UN General Assembly resolution 65/151. Boosting Sustainable Concepts and Creating High Performance Alliance”’ is the theme for the conference and the WEISED Global Awards 2013 also forms part of the programme. Registration closes on the 15th of April 2013. For further information you can contact Leading Women of Africa on (021) 551 9929 or 074 077 1659 or send an email to alternatively visit