Friday, June 28, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Jazzart Dance Theatre presents Azishe!

In today's show, we spoke to Mziyanda Mancam - Director of the Azishe! Festival. We were talking about Azishe! the Jazzart Dance Theatre Festival. Jazzart Dance Theatre’s popular Danscape has been rebranded as Azishe!. Translated from isiZulu “azishe” means “let it burn”; the festival name is inspired by the energy, passion hunger to succeed that its young participants have brought to the Danscape festival stage since 1999 and will be taking place from the 4th till the 7th of July at the Artscape Theatre. This year they are bringing works from across South Africa to the Azishe! dance festival. Jazzart will share the stage with Daveyton Arts Foundation from Gauteng, Lumanyano Cultural Group from the Eastern Cape, Dreamfinder Trading and Project 302 from Kwazulu-Natal and one of its community partners from Cape Town. Tickets costs only R70 or R50 for block bookings and are available from Computicket or Artscape's Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit

Nigel Vermaas joined us on the line for this week's Arts update.  

The Jetty Crowd brings film training workshops to Cape Town

We also heard from Viroshen Chetty – From the Jetty Crowd. The Jetty Crowd is a community orientated film company from Durban and they will be coming to the Western Cape in August to roll out a series of film training workshops aimed specifically at civil society. They have a new series of workshops starting in Pinelands from the 19th to the 22nd of August. The cost is R495 per person per workshop, just R1980 in total per person, alternatively they are prepared to travel out to the organisation if you can get a group of 10 or more. You can invite other organisations or community workers. For every 10 people, one person can attend for free. For more information please contact Nireshnee Chetty on (031) 825 7427 or 078 593 0585.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Labour - Inspiring People Network to be officially launched in Khayelitsha

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Nokupiwa KatomFounder of the Inspiring People Network. Inspiring People Network is a leading practical training provider specialising in the field of Community development as well as human development. On Saturday the 29th of June they will be officially launching the network in Khayelitsha. The event is happening at Lookout Hill from 11AM till 2PM. Tickets costs R60 at Computicket, Shoprite or Checkers stores. For more information contact Noku on 079 284 1757 or send an email to or

FAWU challenges Labour Brokers

Katishi Masemola - General Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union or FAWU joined us on the line to talk about their call on Adcorp and other labour brokers to produce evidence of factories and other workplaces they have created. In line with Cosatu’s call for the banning of labour brokers, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) is calling on Adcorp, Kelly, Workforce and other labour brokers to produce evidence of factories, warehouses, retail centres, fast-food outlets, fishing vessels, forestry plantations, farming operations and other workplaces they have created as green-field investments creating such jobs and/or acquisitions of such companies in retaining such jobs. This he said has emerged after labour brokers continue to argue that this so-called sector, which is ‘purportedly’ worth R20 billion, is creating hundreds of thousands of jobs yet Fawu knows that these jobs exist in Coca Cola bottling companies, Shoprite-Checkers, Protea hotels, Keursbosch Kloof farms, Premier fishing vessels and so on. Fawu is aware that these so-called labour broker-supplied workers work side-by-side with permanent workers on the payroll of SAB Ltd and other companies yet they earn salaries/monthly wages that are third to two-thirds in value to those earned by permanent employees without retirement funds and other benefits in many cases. For further information you can contact FAWU on (021) 637 9040 or Katishi on 082 467 2509.

Temporary Employment Services time limit to be reduced

We closed off with Gavin Stansfield - Director of Employment Law at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. We were talking about the proposed time limitation on Temporary Employment Services being reduced from six months to three months. It appears that one of the great controversies surrounding the forthcoming amendments to the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 (LRA) is the continued right of existence of Temporary Employment Services (TES), given that TES employees are often subjected to abusive labour practices, and require additional statutory protection. The Portfolio Committee on Labour in the National Assembly has proposed that clause 44 of the 2012 Amendment Bill (proposed amendments) should allow for only three months, rather than six months as a maximum period. This means that if a worker performs work for a TES client in excess of three months the worker shall be deemed to be the employee of the client and will be entitled to the same wage and benefits as the client’s other permanent employees, unless a justifiable reason for different treatment exists. The proposed changes to the Bill will only be voted on in Parliament after the winter recess.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gender - CHAPS to pilot new medical male circumcision device

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Dr Dino Rech - Medical Director of the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies or CHAPS to tell us more about a new medical male circumcision device that they want to pilot in South Africa. The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies hopes the new medical male circumcision device which is a pain-free alternative to surgical circumcision will assist government in reaching its target of circumcising more than four million males by 2016. The device, known as PrePex, will be piloted in four provinces Gauteng, North West, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga in the next few months. The pilot studies will assess whether this device is suited to the South African context, what messages should be communicated to communities and how much time is needed for the wound to heal. For further information you can contact CHAPS on (011) 484 8068 or visit

Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse deals with forgiveness, anger & fear management

We heard from Mareldea Sonday - From the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse to tell us more about the support group meetings that they run. Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse is running support group meetings from 10am until noon at the Beaconvale Frailcare centre, Rambler Street in Beacon Valley every Tuesday and at Tafelsig library on Wednesdays. This week’s programme will deal with forgiveness, anger and fear management. For further information you can contact the network on (021) 376 4788.

Brothers for Life pledges to eliminate violence against women and children

We closed off with Patrick Godana - Gender and social justice activist for Sonke Gender Justice Network speaking to us about Brothers for Life’s declaration and pledge by South Africa men on the elimination of violence against women and children. Brothers for Life is a national campaign targeting mainly men aged 30 and over and it seeks to address the risks associated with having multiple and concurrent partnerships, sex and alcohol, gender based violence and promote HIV testing, male involvement in PMTCT and health seeking behaviours in general. The campaign is a collaborative effort led by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), Department of Health, USAID/PEPFAR, Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA), Sonke Gender Justice, UNICEF , IDMT , the United Nations System in South Africa and more than forty other civil society partners working in the field of HIV prevention and Health. Brothers for Life is encouraging their fellow South Africa men to take the pledge "NOT IN MY NAME!" and make the declaration of eliminating violence against women and children. For further information visit or go to 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Human Rights - Youth Parliament focuses on “Youth at the centre of economic opportunities”

Parliament's Mlindi Mpindi & Sango Sihluko  
In today's show, we spoke to Lusizo Sheron Makhubela-Mashele - Chairperson of the Steering Committee on Youth Parliament and Sango Sihluko - one of the delegates was Instudio to tell us more about Youth Parliament. As the commemoration of Youth month draws to a close Parliament was honoured to host Youth Parliament during this month with “Youth at the centre of economic opportunities” as the theme. Youth Parliament is a national discussion platform provided by Parliament to encourage young people through active debates to take part in shaping the country and deepening democracy. This year saw young people attending a workshop in Cape Town whereby they identified, unpacked and discussed issues affecting the youth of the country. Several government departments also made presentations at the workshop while young people raised their concerns and came up with sustainable and creative solutions to these problems according to their various commissions such as Youth and Economic Participation, Promotion of healthy and positive lifestyles, Education and skills development, Youth and Rural Development and Social Cohesion.

SAHRC to table their water and sanitation report to Parliament

Isaac Mangena - From the South African Human Rights Commission joined us on the line to tell us more about their report on water and sanitation. It appears that Government departments are committed to ensuring complaints are speedily addressed by using their independent mandates and inter-governmental co-operation. This emerged during a defining meeting by the SAHRC with Government departments regarding the commission’s water and sanitation report and in light of the recent serious service delivery breakdown and toilet saga in several parts of SA and a perceived lack of government accountability. The report’s findings included the lack of access to water for the poorest communities in the country; the poor quality of water; the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, poor maintenance of existing facilities, lack of effective monitoring of private companies contracted to provide services and the effect of mining and agri-business activities on water supply. Its recommendations included a comprehensive, inter-governmental collaborative approach to resolving the water and sanitation crisis in schools and communities, a cabinet-level task team to ensure the necessary collaboration, especially with regard to funding and technical support in poor municipalities and a funding model that allows municipalities to provide the water and sanitation services that citizens are entitled to. The report will be tabled in Parliament and be available to the public. For further information you can contact the SAHRC on (011) 877 3600 or send an email to alternatively visit

Bridge Project seeks solutions to SA's education crisis

We closed off with Camilla Swart - Coordinator of the Bridge Project in the Western Cape. We were talking about the project which is part of the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) and its new center that seeks novel solutions to South Africa’s education crisis. Launched in 2010 Bridge is a non-profit organisation focussed on  education in South Africa as it links innovators in education, including representatives from civil society, government, funders, practitioners, teachers, learners, principals, parents, research organisations and unions. It connects them together in communities of practice that promote the sharing of good and effective educational practices so that there can be an increase in trust, a reduction in duplication, a maximising of resources, and an impact on policy so that the education system as a whole can benefit. It focuses on the areas of school leadership, teacher development and accountability, the socio-economic conditions of learners, as well as learning and teacher resources. For further information you can check alternatively visit

Monday, June 24, 2013

Health - MTC in partnership with Bush Radio highlights the effects of substance abuse on pregnant women and their unborn babies

On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from the Groote Schuur Hospital’s Maternity Ward as part of the MTC project in partnership with Bush Radio. We spoke to Dr Michael Harrison and Dr Lloyd Tuke - both from the hospital’s neonatal unit about the effects of substance abuse on pregnant women and their unborn babies.

This was the last broadcast in partnership with Media and Training Centre for Health - a Community Learning Programme sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning that aims to use community media as a platform through which to engage targeted groups of learners around key health issues in an attempt to effect behavioural change in marginalised communities in South Africa.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Arts, Culture & environment - SA Astronomical Observatory to host a talk about "Using the death of stars to study the Universe"

In today's show, we spoke to Eli Kasai – Astronomy and Cosmology PhD Student at UCT. Eli will give a free public talk at SA Astronomical Observatory tomorrow night about "Using the death of stars to study the Universe". The talk will give a basic overview about the birth and death of stars, how their death can be used to study some of the dynamics of the Universe, such as its expansion history and the concept of dark energy. This will be followed by a short summary of how instruments like the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the Namibian High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and their successors, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe by observing dying stars more frequently with higher resolution. The talk is free to the public and starts at 20h00PM. For more information contact the S.A. Astronomical Observatory on (021) 460 9319 or visit or

SpokenWord Gigs for Books

Masixole Mlandu - From Embo, Kholofelo Mashego and Tlhabanelo Diholo – From Young in Prison were Instudio. Young in Prison will be hosting a SpokenWord Gigs for Books event in which there will be a book reading session, poetry and acoustics. At the heart of this event is the promotion of a culture of reading. The event starts at 2PM-4PM at 41 Salt River Community House in Salt River Road. Book donations are welcomed even if you are not be able to make it on the day and may be dropped off at Young in Prison offices in Salt River. For more information contact (021) 448 5275.

iKapa Dance Theatre presents "My Space?"

Theo Ndwandwa – From iKapa Dance Theatre joined us on the line to talk about My Space? - a dance theatre production that explores the sharing of space be it in intimate relationships, the controlling of spaces by government and the ownership of public space by a society. It opened last night at Artscape Arena and starts at 20h00PM. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-seat on (021) 421 7695. Tickets costs R100 and R50 for Student/ Children and Old People, there's a 10% discount on bookings of 10 tickets or more. For more information go to

Catch Chad, Zahara and Dr Malinga at the Reversing the Legacy Concert tonight

We closed off with Theo Koopman. We were talking about the Reversing the Legacy Concert featuring Chad Saaiman, Zahara and Dr Malinga. It’s happening tonight at the CTICC from 7PM and it’s free to the public. The concert is part of an exhibition series put together by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform that features interactive displays highlighting the affects of the first major piece of segregation legislation in South Africa.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Labour - Catch eKasi Entrepreneurship Week 2013

In today's show, we spoke to Elvis Sekhaolelo - Founder of Founders@Work about the eKasi Entrepreneurship Week 2013 that will be taking place tomorrow and Saturday. eKasi Entrepreneurship Movement is a social initiative that is committed to shaping the state of the Southern African townships and rural areas through entrepreneurship development, public-private sector partnerships and social innovation. The movement will be hosting its Entrepreneurship Week 2013 – where entrepreneurs meet opportunities from tomorrow Friday to Saturday June 21st and 22nd at the Mdantsane Hotel and Entertainment Centre in East London from 8:00AM to16:00PM. New solutions – Entrepreneurship UNLOCKED for the YOUTH will be the focus of this year’s conference and expo with the theme ‘eKasi’s unearthed talents’ that aims to creating social innovative solutions to solve eKasi challenges, fostering public-private partnerships in accelerating entrepreneurship development, showcasing the unearthed talent and polishing them to shine bright and launching major projects to uplift the entrepreneurship landscape in the townships. For further information you can contact 079 439 5266 or send an email to

Furntech to host woodworking or upholstery

Iegshaan Ariefdien - Business incubator manager for Furniture Technology Centre Trust or Furntech was Instudio to tell us more about their entrepreneurial information session in the woodworking industry that they will be hosting next week. Furntech was established in 2000 through a bilateral agreement between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Swedish Industrial Development Agency (Sida). It envisions being a productivity driven, globally competitive, outcomes-based training provider that offers comprehensive and innovative business incubation services in order to assist in job and wealth creation in South Africa's furniture and wood products sector. Furntech offers support to new, existing and start-up businesses by providing incubation facilities and accredited skills training for aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for woodwork and furniture manufacturing. Therefore Furntech in partnership with the City of Cape Town is inviting everyone who intends to or have started their woodworking or upholstery business to attend an information session. It’s happening next week Monday June 25th at the Ruth First Community Hall in Browns Farm from 10:00AM to 13:00PM. For further information you can contact Furntech on (021) 510 0088 or send an email to    

World Federation of Trade Unions fights against exploitation of workers

We closed off with Lulamile Sotaka – From the World Federation of Trade Unions. We were talking about some of the issues they deal with and how the current economic crisis affects workers. The World Federation of Trade Unions was established in 1945 to replace the International Federation of Trade Unions. It follows the line of the class-oriented trade union movement and it struggles against capitalism and imperialism for a society without exploitation of man by man. Currently it has 80 million members in 120 countries. For more information visit

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gender - WOMAN ZONE is looking for 13 phenomenal women

On the show today, we spoke to Nancy Richards – Co-Founder of the WOMAN ZONE - an initiative born to unite women from all of the Mother City's communities. We were talking about the 13 women call. To launch the WOMAN ZONE project they are looking for a collection of women, each one from a different Cape Town community to tell her unique story. The stories will be recorded for the WOMAN ZONE archive. You can nominate one or more women from your community who you feel has a strong story to tell and would be able to tell it well. She doesn't have to be a 'survivor', a 'celebrity' or a 'financial success' – she could be any or none of those – what is important is that she has inspired you for whatever reason. The closing date for nominations is the 29th of June 2013. For more information send an email to alternatively check

Phlebotomy learners unpacks the issue of HIV/Aids in society

Glenda, Seithati & Rosen
Rosen Puoeng, Glenda Beukes and Seithati Mokoena - phlebotomy learners at Pathcare Academy for training and development were Instudio to tell us more about their 2 weeks research unpacking the issue of HIV/Aids in society. Established in 2006 Pathcare Academy for training and development aims to help address the South African skill shortage in the pathology sector in particular. It also believes in developing well-rounded professionals who will be able to meet the challenges faced in their communities. The academy’s Phlebotomy technician learnership trains young people to become Phlebotomist whose work involves collecting specimens including blood for analysis in either the public or private heath sector. The HIV infection/prevention module saw 37 phlebotomy learners  spending 2 weeks unpacking the issue of HIV/Aids in society as they realised the role men have in protecting women from the disease, the affect the disease has on vulnerable groups, and why a country such as South Africa need to be proactive in protecting families from the disease. They also did a research study where they had to interview 5 people around gender issues and complete a report. For more information visit 

Gender Reconciliation International presents Gender Reconciliation forum

Laurie Gaum -Co-facilitator for the Power of Gender Reconciliation: Building empathy between men and women joined us  on the line to tell us more about the upcoming forum that aims to build trust and compassionate communication between men and women to jointly transform gender relations. It will involve skillful combination of interactive exercises, contemplative practices and innovative group process. The event is happening from the 19th till the 21st of July, 2013 at the Centre for Christian Spirituality in 1 Chapel Road, Rosebank from 9:00AM to 16:30PM, and on Sunday 9:30AM to 2PM. For further information you can contact Laurie on 083 456 1986 or send an email to

MAMA Project empowers South African Mothers

We closed off with Marcha Bekker – Business Development Manager at the Praekelt Foundation. We were talking about the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action or MAMA project. MAMA South Africa uses mobile phones to inform and empower mothers to adopt healthy behaviours and to access maternal and child health services. To register dial *120*2112*1# or go to alternatively

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Human Rights - Paradesi children’s home and place of safety

In today's show, we were joined by Nomthandazo Muhambazi - Founder of Paradesi children’s home and place of safety to tell us more about the home she opened in Phoenix, Milnerton. Paradesi opened its doors last year in September after Nomthandazo resigned from her teaching job to assist vulnerable children in the community. She realised this after identifying troubled school children who displayed behavioural problems and anger as many of them were raised by single parents. There are currently 11 children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years at the home and place of safety of which 6 reside there. Donations are welcomed as she currently funds the home herself and faces challenges such as limited resources and facilities for the children. For further information you can contact Nomthandazo on 072 178 9616 or send an email to

Human Rights Media Centre to publish a book dispelling myths on albinism

We also heard from Shirley Gunn - Executive director of the Human Rights Media Centre. We were talking about the book that they publishing regarding dispelling the myths on albinism. Publishing of “Understanding Albinism: An Inherited and Manageable Condition and Disability” is a collaboration between HRMC and the Western Cape Blind Association that aims to expose prejudice and counter negative perceptions about albinism. For further information you can contact HRMC on (021) 761 3303 or visit

Christine Revell Children’s Home is appealing for donations

Alicia Rhoda - Director of Christine Revell Children’s Home joined us on the line to talk about their appeal for assistance during this winter. This Athlone based home is a sanctuary for abandoned, neglected and orphaned children. They strive to help young children in need, regardless of their race or gender and works towards a successful re-intergration into a family and the community. The home is appealing to Capetonians for assistance with much needed resources such as food, medication, diapers, clothing, bedding and educational material. It also has pledge forms for the public to make a monthly donation towards ongoing expenses. For further information you can contact the home on (021) 697 5579.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Arts, Culture and Environment - Catch the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival tonight

In today's show, we spoke to Melanie Scholtz. We were talking about the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival that will be taking place tonight at the Artscape Theatre from 19h30 until 22h00. The Youth Jazz Festival’s focus is firmly on development and the education of young jazz aspirants and is guaranteed to attract jazz lovers of all ages because of its very high standard and varied repertoire. Ian is one of the mentors to the youth taking part in the festival. Booking for the Artscape Youth Jazz Music is open. Tickets cost R80 and will be available from Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit  alternatively through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets and online Seating is unreserved and sold out every year so book now.    

New Africa Theatre Association presents "That day 1976" and Arts Update

Lize Agulhas - Volunteer at the New Africa Theatre Association was Instudio to talk about their Youth Day Celebration. The New Africa Theatre Association is inviting young people to come and share their own stories, Hidden stories, Educational discussions and performances raging from Poetry, Storytelling, Dance, Drama and Open Stage. Admin is R20 and the Dress code is School uniform. Free drink at the after party Club Illusion Observatory Lower Main, if you bought yourself a ticket. For more information send an email to or

Nigel Vermaas was also Instudio for the Arts update. 

Support Adina and UTI at the Groote Schuur hospital fundraising Gala dinner

We closed off with singer - Adina Nakana and UTI band member - Blake Hellaby. 
Adina & Blake
Tomorrow evening they will be performing at the fundraising Gala dinner for the premature babies at Groote Schuur hospital. To book or purchase tickets to the dinner, contact Mrs Amina Otto on 076 291 5225 or email

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Labour - Sales Partners to host a workshop for entrepreneurs

Terry Marsh - Founder of Sales Partners Cape Town was Instuto tell us more about how they help entrepreneurs and organisations increase sales, improve profitability, and build championship teams. Sales Partners RoseBankTM is a global sales and business development company that helps entrepreneurs and organisations increase sales, improve profitability, and build championship teams. They travel throughout Cape Town leading, teaching and inspiring individuals and business leaders while providing an experience of unparalleled personal and financial growth. They will be hosting an exclusive workshop Increase your turnover and “economy-proof” your business for 30 people on Wednesday June 26th, 2013 at the Cape Town Club in Leinster Hall, Gardens. For further information you can contact Sales Partners Cape Town on (021) 434 3685 or 082 498 0813 alternatively visit

Khayelitsha entrepreneur features in Forbes young entrepreneurs list

We heard from Sizwe Nzima - Founder of Iyeza Express. Sizwe’s small business Iyeza Express which uses bicycles to deliver chronic medication to people in Khayelitsha, has recently earned him a spot on the Forbes Magazine’s 30 under-30 Africa’s best young entrepreneurs list. Sizwe graduated from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development last year. He also have a diploma in paralegal studies and is currently studying a BCom through UNISA. For further information you can send an email to

Badisa introduces the Work4aLiving Programme

We closed off with Juanita Beukes - Social Programmes Manager at Badisa. We were talking about the Work4aLiving Programme. The programme will be assisting the youth between 18 and 35 to get jobs and become economically independent. The programme focuses on work ethic, financial literacy, service excellence, job preparation, time management, communication skills and the reality of being employed. They work in Kuilsriver, Kraaifontein, Elsiesrivier, Stilbaai and Beaufort West. For more information contact their offices on (021) 957 7130 or visit