Friday, May 31, 2013

Arts, Culture and Environment - Siv Ngesi stars in "Panic"

On Sakhisizwe today, we were joined by renowned actor and comedian - Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi to talk about his one man show Panic that opened on Tuesday at the Artscape Theatre. Siv plays Thando Molepo - a young man in his late twenties, facing and attempting to deal with a number of internal, domestic, relational and macro conflicts, all of them related in some way, or having some bearing on each other. Panic is written by Mike van Graan and directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer. It was commissioned by Siv, who co-presents it with Artscape. Tickets are available at  and the Artscape Box Office. Prices are R70p/p for shows on Monday, 3rd and Tuesday, 4th of June and tickets for all other evenings cost R100p/p. Discounts are available at the Artscape Box Office to all pensioners, students, PANSA & SAGA members. For more information contact Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 410 9838.

Fireball presents Bomba Estéreo & Arts Update

Ma'or, Busi & Simón
We were also joined by Ma'or Harris - from Beanstalk and Simón Mejia - Bomba Estéreo band member. Bomba Estéreo is a four-piece band that combines traditional Colombian music with electro sensibilities. This genre has been termed cumbia. Catch Bomba Estéreo, Kongo Elektro, Sonidero Mandril, Toby2Shoes and more at The Assembly in Harrington Street tonight at 9PM. Pre-sold tickets will cost R100 at and normal tickets will cost R120 at the door. This event celebrates the launch of Fireball, the Cape Town partner of the Firefest Route, an African music festival network that includes AZGO festival in Mozambique, MTN BUSHFIRE in Swaziland, SAKIFO Musik Festival in Reunion Island & HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe. For more information about the band or to buy their music go to  

Nigel Vermaas was also Instudio for the Arts update.

Jargon Music to be part of "The Ohayv Ahbır Experıence" at Zula tomorrow night


We closed off with Ncedisa Jargon Mpemnyama of Jargon Music. We were talking about "The Ohayv Ahbır Experıence" taking place at Zula Sound Bar tomorrow night featuring Zanzolo, Jargon Music and Emi the 5th letter on decks. The show is part of Umzabalazo tour 2013. Umzabalazo tour is a series of shows where Ohayv Ahbir brings all musical skills from soul, emceeing and his piano skills to six cities including Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Durban. Ohayv Ahbir will be bringing a live band with him to all the shows and he will also be performing songs from his two projects namely Something I love and a simple writings. Tickets costs R30 per person and R50 for two people. For more information go to

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Labour - POPCRU threatens national strike

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Mncedisi Mbolekwa - Provincial secretary of POPCRU in the Western Cape about the outcome of the march they embarked on yesterday. POPCRU Members employed by the South African Police Service under the Public Service Act were marching over the safety and security sectoral bargaining council agreement signed in 2011, which had apparently not yet been implemented. POPCRU is demanding that SAPS implements the agreement signed which states that Public Service Act employees would be translated into the SAPS Act to ensure that they are eligible for the vast benefits currently enjoyed by their colleagues in uniform. Mncedisi said that POPCRU will convene a national march 14 days from the day of the first round of marches in the event that SAPS doesn’t deliver on their demands. For further information you can contact him on (021) 696 4277.

The Business Bridge Initiative widens access to business education

Tom & Simone
We were joined by Tom Parry - CEO of the Business Bridge Initiative and Simone Franks - Communications Manager. The Business Bridge aims to widen access to business education for entrepreneurs across the world. They offer a range of eight week part time courses to equip students with the knowledge and skills to master the business world. For further information you can visit or follow them on twitter @bizbridgeSA

4th Annual Executive Assistants Summit - Africa 2013 to be hosted in SA

Charles Chikezie - Partner conference director of abn Global Events spoke to us about the 4th Annual Executive Assistants/PAs and Administrative Professionals Summit - Africa 2013. abn Global Events will be hosting the Summit in September in Johannesburg. The summit  is credited to be a teaching rather than talking summit since participants are taught systematically alongside with enduring, inspiring and motivating speeches by experienced board executives and EA professionals. The first of its kind - Career Advancement Plan for PA/EA (CAP-PA/EA) makes 2013 unique as this interactive interview session will be coordinated by career development experts to give every participant the opportunity to share his/her career path plan. Every participant will be guided on realistic strategies on how to build on it and become an achiever. Interested participants that book and pay for 5 or more by June 10th will receive a R4 500 discount per person. For further information you can send an email to alternatively visit

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gender - Alternation of Sex Description and Sex Status Act needs "proper implementation strategy"

In today's show, we heard from Manny de Freitas – From the Democratic Alliance speaking to us about the Alternation of Sex Description and Sex Status Act. The Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act No. 49 of 2003 is a South African Act of Parliament which allows a person to change, under certain conditions, their sex recorded in the population registry. We also spoke to from Sally Gross – Director of Intersex South Africa, who felt that implementation of the Act left a lot to be desired. For more information about the Act go to

Johns Hopkins Health and Education in SA launches ZAZI campaign

We were joined by Bronwyn Pearce - Deputy Director of Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa to tell us more about the ZAZI campaign. The campaign encourages women and girls to draw on their inner strength, power, and self-confidence to know themselves and what they stand for in order to guide their decisions about their future. A new campaign calling on South African women and girls to Zazi (Know yourself) was recently launched under the leadership of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Women’s Sector, with support from the USAID/JHU HIV Communication programme and PEPFAR in partnership with the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development. For further information visit 

Bonteheuwel Men in Action to host a men’s camp

Paul August - From Bonteheuwel Men in Action was also Instudio to tell us more about their upcoming camp. The Bonteheuwel Men in Action under the banner of the Bonteheuwel Churches in Action comprises of men from the different fellowships that reaches out to their surrounding communities. The group engages in various community projects such as street lighting, illegal dumping cleaning, and refurbishing schools. They will be hosting a men’s camp from the 26th to the 28th of July, 2013 at the Simonsberg Christian Centre in Stellenbosch. Fathers, sons and grandfathers are welcome to enjoy a weekend of fun and recreation. For further information you can contact Paul on 078 880 8772 or (021) 934 1217.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Human Rights - Wordworks is transforming lives through literacy

Shelley O'Carroll - Director and Early Literacy Programme Coordinator of Wordworks joined us on the line to talk about the organisation and their home-school partnership programme. Wordworks aims to support and improve the literacy and language development of children from disadvantaged communities through targeted early intervention and the delivery of proven programmes and resources. They believe that by working with parents, teachers, volunteers and the wider community, together we can help all our children realise their full potential. Their 3 main areas of work include supporting early literacy and language development, empowering parents to support learning in the home and strengthening literacy and language teaching in Grade R. The Home-School Partnership Programme supports parents with skills, knowledge, fun ideas and resources for building their young children’s learning and language skills at home. For further information you can visit

Sexual Offences Act challenged

Sanja Bornman - An attorney for the Women’s Legal Centre spoke to us about the landmark Constitutional Court case against the criminalisation of consenting sexual activity between adolescents. In light of Child Protection Week that’s commemorated this week, the Constitutional Court will hear the declaration of invalidity by the Teddy Bear Clinic and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN), represented by the Centre for Child Law regarding their challenge against the offending provisions of the Sexual Offences Act. This emerged after consensual sexual activities, including kissing, between children between the ages of 12 and 16 became a criminal offence when the Sexual Offences Act came into force in 2007.

Seasoned parenting coach and mentor Marlon Abrahams writes a parenting guide eBook

We closed off with Marlon Abrahams - Author of Parenting Made Easy. He was speaking to us about his new parenting eBook that’s available for free. The book will be distributed in both eBook format as well as printed copies, to every parent of every learner of every school in South Africa FREE of charge. The guide aims to assist with today’s parenting challenges by launching and distributing it to at least 2 million parents throughout the country and to use the launch of the eBook as an opportunity to convert its readers to monthly subscribers of the Parenting Made Easy newsletter, in order to reach, coach and mentor even more parents on an on-going basis. If you want a FREE copy, SMS your email address to 35224. SMS charged at R3.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Health - MTC in partnership with Bush Radio focuses on Teenage pregnancy

On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from the Mowbray Maternity Hospital as part of the MTC project in partnership with Bush Radio. We spoke to Muriel Johnstone and Zubeida Bassadien - Both are Social Workers and Sister Carol Hill - A professional nurse at the hospital’s antenatal clinic about risky sexual behaviour and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.

Zubeida Bassadien, Sister Carol Hill, Muriel Johnstone & Busi Mtabane  

Bush Radio will host these special broadcasts every last Monday of the month. On Monday June 24th, 2013 we will be broadcasting live from the Groote Schuur Hospital.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Happyfeet Youth Project

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Siviwe Mbinda – Founder of the Happyfeet Youth Project. Siviwe started the project in an effort to provide a safe after school environment for the children of KwaLanga. The program empowers the children through gumboots and traditional dance to be confident and disciplined in achieving their goals both on and off the stage. Siviwe explained more. The funding Happy Feet receives goes towards uniforms, traditional instruments, a feeding scheme, school fee and material support, and Happy Feet outings and functions. For more information go to or send an email to

Join Open Streets in Obs Lower Main Road & Arts Update

Marcela Guerrero Casas – Co – founder of Open Streets was Instudio. Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move.  It was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant Cape Town. Tomorrow they are hosting an event on Lower Main Road in Observatory from 13:00PM to 17:00PM. For more information go to

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update. 

SA Book Development Council promotes the power of reading

We closed off with Elitha van der Sandt - CEO of SA Book Development Council. The Council was launched by the Minister of Arts & Culture to promote the power of reading and writing in all South African languages and to ensure the book sector is part of national policies & priorities. For more information visit or contact (021) 914 8626. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Labour - Adapt to Change is dedicated to transformation

In today's show, we spoke to Johann Koegelenberg – Co-founder of Adapt to Change. We were talking about their services and the leadership to activate employee empowerment workshop that they hosted yesterday. Adapt to Change is dedicated to transform, optimize and empower organizations and the individuals that work within them. Their key focus areas are continuously improving business results, the workforce, flexibility and customer’s satisfaction. Yesterday they hosted a Leadership to activate employee empowerment workshop that equipped managers, business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools to successfully activate employee empowerment, engage with their team and ultimately improve business results. For further information visit

Coaching Circles to help organisations develop and retain top talent

Janine Everson - Academic director at the Centre for Coaching at UCT’s Graduate School of Business joined us on the line to talk about how Coaching Circles can help organisations develop and retain top talent. According to research from the Centre it appears that Coaching Circles a relatively new training technique can impart valuable business and management skills more cost effectively than conventional training programmes. It involves small groups of people, who share a project or an activity, and meet regularly to work on problems in a supportive environment. But unlike action learning, which has problem solving as its prime goal, Coaching Circles have a triple focus on solving problems, empowering individual members of the team, and teaching and embedding coaching skills in the organisation during the process. The study revealed that managers who participated in Coaching Circles had more empathy, tolerance of others and self-confidence, resulting in a more harmonious workplace with better business outcomes. For further information go to 

Cape Chamber to host an information session in the greater Athlone area

Mr Loonat & Mr Bagraim
We closed off with Michael Bagraim - Chairperson of the Human Capital portfolio committee for the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Hanif Loonat - Chairperson of the Crime Prevention Forum. Next week Tuesday, May 28th the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Athlone branch will host an information session on how crime is affecting business in the greater Athlone area. The event will be hosted at the Athlone Police Station Hall from 18:30PM to 20:00PM. For more information you can contact the Athlone branch on (021) 637 5614 or visit

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gender - Joburg Mardi Gras: a new generation of Pride to be launched

Samantha Durkin – Former Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company Board Member joined us on the line. The board of Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company voted to end the Section 21 Company that has produced Joburg Pride over the past seven years. The Company was voluntarily wound up by unanimous resolution at a board meeting in March this year. Samantha explained more on what influenced the board’s decision. She is currently organising a new event for the LGBTI community, the Joburg Mardi Gras. The Joburg Mardi Gras will be a festival of cultural and social entertainment events, offering an unconditional platform for community expression. For more information you can send an email to or go to

GALA launches Hear Us Out!

We also heard from Motlatsi Motseoile – From the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action or GALA. On the International Day against Homophobia which was last week Friday, GALA launched a website developed specifically for African lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth and their allies. Labelled a 'resource and creative space for African LGBTI Youth’, Hear Us Out! is a unique online platform on which LGBTI youth can connect with and support other young people from across the continent. For more information go to

A New Path to host Western Cape Women in Business showcase

We closed off with Debbie Mafeje - Co-Founder of A New Path and Coordinator in the Western Cape for the Providence Woman legacy foundation. We were talking about the Western Cape Women in Business showcase they are hosting next month. The Western Cape Women in Business showcase is hosted by A New Path to give women entrepreneurs an opportunity to exhibit their services, products, talent and to network with likeminded women. Tickets costs R150 including lunch. Debbie said there'll be lots of prizes to be won. To book a ticket send an email to or contact 079 399 2008.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Human Rights - UNISA supports students with disabilities

In today's show, we spoke to Sonia Bernard – From the University of South Africa. We were talking about the Advocacy and Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities. Sonia explained more about a range of services they provide for students with disabilities registered with UNISA. For more information visit or send an email to

The Department of Social Development to launch 2013 National Child Protection Week

We also spoke to Musa Ngcobo- Mbere - Director for Child Protection at the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development will launch the 2013 National Child Protection Week on the 27th of May 2013 at the Durban International Convention Centre.  The launch will correspond with the opening of the Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth Conference. The theme for this year’s National Child Protection Week campaign is “Working Together to Protect Children”.

Cape Town Alcohol and Drug Action Committee in Mitchell’s Plain promotes drug free lifestyle for the youth

Jonathan Jonkers - Chairman of the Cape Town Alcohol and Drug Action Committee for Mitchell’s Plain was Instudio to tell us more about how they promote a drug free lifestyle for the youth. Mitchell’s Plain is one of eight sub committees of the Cape Town Alcohol and Drug Action Committee that was established by the City in accordance with the National Drug Master Plan. The committee includes people from all sectors involved in substance abuse and related problems such as justice, police, probation and correctional services, school, health, social development and community structure officials. The national plan expects sub-committees to develop and maintain integrated drug policies in collaboration with all stakeholders in order to prevent drug related crime and ensure quality of life for residents at community level. The Mitchell’s Plain task team is recruiting community groups to take part in a dance-a-thon next month as programmes will showcase various activities available to the youth as an alternative to substance abuse. For further information you can contact Jonathan on 072 107 9670.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Health - Depression and Related Disorders Support Group to host a talk on sleep disorders

On the show today, we spoke to Cathleen Matthews - Leader of the Strandfontein Depression and Related Disorders Support Group. We were talking about the talk on sleep disorders and insomnia that they hosting tonight. The Strandfontein Depression and Related Disorders Support Group affiliated to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is hosting Dr Adelbert Scholtz a counselling psychologist who will present a talk on sleep disorders and insomnia. He will explain why people need sleep, the importance of regular sleeping patterns for physical and mental health, and ways to combat insomnia. It’s happening at the Strandfontein Community Hall in Cruiser Road from 7PM. For further information you can contact Cathy on 073 634 8276. 

You can live a normal life with bipolar disorder

We also heard from Jay Barnes – Convener of the Western Cape Bipolar Support Association. We were focusing on Bipolar disorder and bipolar Awareness day which is on the 26th of May. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mood disorder characterised by extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. This is much less common than Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia, and only 2% of the population is affected over a lifetime. Males and females are affected equally. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, over 470 000 South Africans are living with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also the fifth leading cause of disability worldwide. For more information you can send an email to or visit

WHO says "Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship"

We closed off with Adeliah Jacobs - From CANSA Cape Metro Care Centre. She was speaking to us about the dangers of smoking and commemorating World No Tobacco Day which is next week Friday. The theme for this year’s campaign is "Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship". CANSA reported that “over 44 000 South Africans die from tobacco-related diseases annually and many more become ill from using tobacco products such as snus, snuff, water pipes (hubbly bubbly) and inhaling second-hand smoke.” For further information you can contact CANSA on (021) 689 5347 or visit

Friday, May 17, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - 22nd of May is International Biodiversity Day

On the show today, we spoke to Carol Pool – From the South African National Biodiversity Institute. On Wednesday the 22nd of May is International Biodiversity Day and as part of the Kirstenbosch Centenary celebrations, entry to Kirstenbosch and Biodiversity Day activities on this day will be free. The day has a full schedule of walks, talks, films and activities open to the public, as well as an interactive display area showcasing the science programmes at SANBI. Speakers during the day-long programme include renowned climate change scientist Prof Guy Midgley; and activities include Bioblitzes, a GIS garden game, and guided walks. Four biodiversity-related films will be shown in the afternoon programme. Free entrance to both the showcase and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for the whole day. There is no need to book. For more information contact the Kirstenbosch Information Desk on (021) 799 8783 or visit

Tomorrow is International Museum Day & Arts Update

Melody Kleinsmith - Communications Coordinator of Institutional Advancement at Iziko Museums also joined us on the line. We were talking about the International Museum Day, which is tomorrow. Iziko Museums and selected Planetarium shows are open for free. The theme this year is: Museums (creativity + memory) = social change. This initiative aims to increase awareness of the role of museums as agents of social change. The programme is jam-packed with exciting and interesting activities for the young and bold. ‘Djembe Mania’ will perform and host a drumming session in the Amphitheatre (ISAM) at 10:00AM. Drum up some courage before exploring ISAM and interacting with the live displays of creepy crawlies and microfossils. Adventure seekers; join in the ISAM Activity Centre from 12:30-15:00PM for the mock fossil dig. Awake the archaeologist in you and find hidden fossils and artefacts. Travel to the stars and be transported through space with our free Planetarium shows.  Fly to the moon with our delectable dragon, Davy, and explore the universe and the Milky Way. Find constellations and planets that are visible in The Sky Tonight and discover the only geographical feature on Earth to be represented as a constellation in the sky, Table MountainProgramme details is available online at

Nigel was Instudio for the Arts Update.

Nothende promotes "Rebirth"

Nothende & Busi

We closed off with Nothende Madumo - urban soul singer. Her debut album “LoveLight” was released in November 2010. On her latest album, "Rebirth" Nothende explores soul, R&B, house, hip-hop and jazz. Nothende’s music is a fresh blend of urban/soul sounds enriched with great, smooth melodies and catchy lyrics. She has worked with the likes of Psyfo, Slikour and Kabomo Vilakazi. For more information or for bookings send an email to or follow her on twitter

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Labour - SAIF to host inaugural Southern Africa Fundraising Awards

On the show today, we spoke to Colin Habberton - CEO for the GivenGain Foundation South Africa. We were talking about the Southern Africa Fundraising Awards. The Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising invites entries for its inaugural Southern Africa Fundraising Awards. The award is aimed at fundraisers who help to bring about positive social change by finding innovative and creative ways to mobilise resources for the nonprofit sector in Southern Africa. The call for nominations for the five award categories: Big Idea, Small Budget; Innovative Fundraising Campaign; Social Enterprise of the Year; Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year; and Outstanding Volunteer. Any individual or organisation within Southern Africa can submit nominations. The nominations will be judged by an independent panel of judges and award recipients will be announced at a gala event on the 10th of October 2013, during the SAIF National Convention 2013 (7 - 11 October) in Cape Town. For further information you can send an email to or visit

Department of Labour to host UIF road show

Jackie Jacobs – From the Department of Labour joined us on the line.  Labour Minister, Ms Mildred Oliphant has commissioned officials of the Unemployment Insurance Fund to render services at various shopping malls around the country to share information about maternity claims, dependents claims, illness benefits, adoption or unemployment insurance benefits. They will be visiting the Golden Acre on the 18th of May and Gugulethu Square in Gugulethu on the 19th of May. For further information you can contact (012) 337 1680.

Ilitha-Leseding Foundation invites matriculants to a career mentoring session

Oscar & Cebisa
We closed off with Oscar Simelane and Cebisa Noludwe – From Ilitha-Leseding Foundation. Ilitha-Leseding Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation founded in 2009 by young driven South Africans with a passion for youth and community development. Their purpose is to EDUCATE, INSPIRE, and to IGNITE PASSION through our programmes so to see EDUCATED, INSPIRED and PURPOSEFUL youth. This coming Saturday,18th May they will be hosting a career mentoring session for grade 12 learners between 12:00 and 15:00 at UCT. For more information contact Oscar on 083 262 3564 alternatively send an email to or

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gender - Perinatal Mental Health Project empowers mothers of Hanover Park

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Liesl Hermanus - Counsellor for the Perinatal Mental Health Project in Hanover Park. We were talking about challenges faced by teenage mothers. PMHP is an independent initiative based at the University of Cape Town. It provides a counselling service in 4 public obstetric facilities in Cape Town as one out of three women living in poverty in South Africa will suffer from a mental health problem related to her pregnancy. For further information you can contact PMHP on (021) 689 8390 or visit