Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gender - LWA launches Women in Infrastructure Development in Africa

In today's show, we spoke to Madelein Mkunu - Founder and president of Leading Women of Africa. We were talking about the recent launch of the Women in Infrastructure Development in Africa or WIDA. WIDA aims to collectively bring African women in business and various stakeholders together by providing a ‘central connection resource’ to enable these interactions, which in turn allows policy and decision makers to reach deliberate measures that will facilitate correcting and balancing the inequitable distribution of wealth and opportunities of the past. It envisions ensuring that women emerge as leaders in this growing field that previously ostracized women. For further information you can contact LWA on (021) 551 9929 or send an email to alternatively visit

WHEAT Trust to launch ‘Every Scar Tells a Story’

Cathy Matthews - One of the contributors of ‘Every Scar Tells a Story’ spoke to us about the book and her personal story. In commemoration of the Women’s month the Women’s Hope Education and training (WHEAT) Trust is launching their first book entitled: ‘Every Scar Tells a Story’.The book is about grassroots women breaking the silence around violence against them. ‘Every Scar Tells a Story’ is the result of WHEAT Trust’s first writing workshop that took place earlier this year in Kleinmond and attended by 8 women from different WHEAT Trust funded organizations. The workshop's aim was to teach writing skills, including personal and technical writing skills as the grantees were encouraged to unleash their creativity and express the pains of their past in a constructive way. The book launch is happening on August 8th, 2013 at Artscape Theatre and will be followed by an award ceremony. For further information you can contact WHEAT Trust on (021) 762 6214 or visit 

“The Golden Sunflowers of the Nation” celebrated

We closed off with Phumla Kumalo – Founder of Pushing Trends with Phushy Events & Management. On the 9th of August, she will be hosting “The Golden Sunflowers of the Nation” - a women’s day event to honour and cherish women from all walks of life. The event is going to be hosted at the Riverside Estate Guest house in Hout Bay. Starting from 13:00PM till 18:00PM, tickets cost R200 or R250 for the VIP section. For bookings or more information you can contact Phumla on 078 244 9225 or send an email to

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Human Rights - Gugulethu Land Claims Committee meets

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Zolile Sonqishe - Chairperson of the Gugulethu Land Claims Committee to tell us more about the outcome of the meeting that they held this past Saturday. Land claimants of Kensington, District Six and Elsies River recently held a meeting in Gugulethu to discuss their concerns. For further information you can contact Zolile on 083 725 7609.

Nkanini Orange IQ provides healthy meal to the community of Nkanini

We closed off with Nonkululeko Magadla - Founder of Nkanini Orange (IQ). After spending three years in prison for drug trafficking Nonkululeko is giving back to her community through her first community project Nkanini Orange IQ – The Taste of Learning in Khayelitsha. This community nutrition and learning kitchen provides healthy food to the community of Nkanini. Her initiative was made possible through the collaborative efforts and support of A Reaching Hand, a NGO that supports committed and driven individuals who want to serve and empower their communties, Correctional Services WC, the University of South Africa (UNISA) and lastly, a NGO called The Soup Clinic that provides the ingredients to feed those in need of a nutritious meal. Nkanini Orange IQ is expected to serve nutritious meals at a cost of 50c three times a week, while rolling out informal learning and skills programmes for community members of different age groups, at least once a week to start with. For further information you can contact Nonkululeko on 083 735 6032.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Health - How to take care of baby’s first set of teeth

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Imraan Hoosen - A leading paediatric dentist at the Pampers Institute about caring for baby’s first set of teeth. It appears that healthy teeth are enormously important to a baby’s overall health. Baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth and therefore without a healthy set of milk teeth, young children will experience trouble chewing and forming words and sounds, when learning to speak. It also affects the way a child’s jaw grows. Dr Hoosen advises parents to commence caring for baby’s gums right away by using a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze to gently wipe baby’s gums at least twice a day especially after feedings and before bedtime.

Medical Diagnostech develops malaria kit

We closed off with Ashley Uys - Founder and CEO of Medical Diagnostech to tell us more about the malaria kit he developed. His mission is to provide innovative diagnostic solutions, which enhance diagnostic and treatment outcomes. For further information you can contact (021) 982 0673 or visit

Friday, July 26, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Crossings International Artistic Workshop is looking for participants

In today's show, we spoke to ElĂ©onore Godfroy-Briggs - Communication Officer at the French Institute of South Africa. We were talking about the Crossings International Artistic Workshop. Young professional choreographers, dancers, composers and lighting designers are invited to answer to the call for applications to participate in the third edition of the Crossings International Artistic Workshop that will take place here in Cape Town in November. Conceived by French choreographer Michel Kelemenis, the two first editions of Crossings took place in 2010 and 2011 in Johannesburg at the Dance Factory, the Dance Forum, Moving into Dance Mophatong and Vuyani Dance Theatre. Three years after the initial edition of Crossings, international connections between previous participants are still flourishing. This year’s facilitators are: choreographers Germaine Acogny (Senegal) and Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa), lighting designer Floriaan Ganzevoort (Holland) and composer James Webb (South Africa). Applications for Crossings #3 should be submitted electronically to For more information go to  and alternatively

Live SA Magazine is looking for logo designer & Arts Update

Vuyisa Ndleleni – From Live SA Magazine was Instudio. Live SA launched a public logo competition in partnership with BBDO, where the winner stands to win a three month unpaid internship with the creative advertising agency. The new Live SA logo will need to become the symbol, mark and signature that best identifies Live SA as a company and youth brand. It will need to be distinctive, practical, graphic and simple in form. For more information about the competition and to download the logo redesign brief, please register your details on the Live SA website at The deadline for submitting a logo design for consideration is Friday 19th of August 2013 at 5PM. For more information contact (021) 4800 400.

Nigel Vermaas was also Instudio for the Arts update.

Terry & Ezan take “The Random Acts of Kindness Tour”

Terry & Ezan
We closed off with Terry Walsh and Ezan Vercueil – Adventurers. We were talking about their “Random Acts of Kindness Tour”. They’ve just come back from a 7 week epic road trip through Southern Africa. They visited six countries and shared the experience with us. Their objective is to inspire people to travel and to prove that Africa doesn’t always deserve that bad press it gets. To read up more go to  or

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Labour - SASFU concerned over the employment of a foreign submariner

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Bheki Mvovo - President of the South African Security Forces Union. We were talking about their concern regarding the employment of foreigners into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The South African Security Forces Union has expressed its shock by the employment of a Congolese into the ranks of the SANDF to serve in the elite Submarine flotilla of the SA Navy. SASFU believes the employment of foreigners into SANDF is a threat to National Security as this has the potential to allow infiltrating foreigners to advance into the leadership of the SANDF and might even lead to a coup d' Etat against the democratically elected government of South Africa. But the SANDF issued a statement that during the administration process, it was discovered that the person in question was not a South African citizen and was being withdrawn from the SANDF.

Call Centre workers are invited to the National Call Centres Summit/ Workshop

Lunga Guza - Labour advisor at Workers World Media Productions was Instudio to tell us more about the National Call Centres Summit/ Workshop they are hosting over the next two days. The National Call Centres Summit/ Workshop will focus on organising the sector and finding ways of organising, including support needed. It’s happening tomorrow and Saturday, the 27th of July at Salt River Community House from 8:30AM. Transport will be available for those interested. For further information you can contact Lunga on (021) 823 3866/77 or 071 458 2597.

Cape Mental Health offers Employee Assistance Programme

Gadija Koopman - Deputy Director at the Cape Mental Health joined us on the line. We were talking about their Employee Assistance Programme. The Employee Assistance Programme works with Companies to strengthen staff's ability to cope with the challenges of modern life, enhances workplace wellbeing, promotes a work/life balance, and improves productivity. The programme addresses family problems such as marital conflict, divorce, abuse, illness or death; relationship problems; financial difficulties; alcohol/drug dependence or a gambling addiction; crises in the home; psychological issues such as depression and anxiety; health problems; and other personal concerns which may adversely affect employee ability and job performance. Cape Mental Health runs awareness, education, counselling and training programmes aimed at helping people enjoy good mental health. Most of these programmes and services are offered free of charge. For more information contact Gadija Koopman on (021) 447 9040 or send an email to

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gender - Mankind Project is inviting applications for the New Warrior Training Adventure

In today's show, we spoke to Gary Cousins - Mankind Project Enrollment Coordinator. We were talking about the Mankind Project and the New Warrior Training Adventure that will be hosted next month in the Western Cape. The New Warrior Training Adventure is said to be a process of initiation and self-examination that is crucial to the development of a healthy and mature male self. The New Warrior Training Adventure will be on the 16th to the 18th of August 2013 here in Cape Town. To register go to or contact Gary on 082 579 1351.

ENS to host Muslim marriages session

Hoodah Fayker-Abrahams - Senior attorney at the Women’s Legal Centre joined us on the line to talk about the free Muslim marriages session that she will be presenting this week Friday. The Women’s Legal Centre will be presenting a free legal education session on Muslim Marriages hosted by Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs this Friday, July 26th at 1 Naboom Street in Eastridge, Mitchell’s Plain from 10AM. The discussion will focus on how to protect one’s rights when entering into a Muslim marriage until the Muslim Marriages Bill is enacted. Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive on time to guarantee a seat as the session will last for approximately 2 hours. For further information you can contact Sharon Brink on (021) 397 4241 or send and email to

SSISA invites you to a Women’s Wellness Wake-up Workshop

We closed off with Kim Woolrich – A registered Biokineticist at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. We were talking about their Women’s Wellness Wake-up Workshop with 3 Tons of fun. Experts attending the workshop will discuss how a comfort zone can keep today’s woman from living her best possible life and research findings on women’s body images in South Africa. Listeners are invited to join one of Cape Town’s most loved all-female, soul singing trios as they inspire women to make small, yet effective lifestyle changes with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. The workshop will be held on the 5th of August, 2013 from 6PM at SSISA in Newlands. For further information or to book you can contact SISSA on (021) 659 5649 or send an email to alternatively visit

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Human Rights - Manenberg teen attends "Malala Day" youth session

In today's show, we spoke to Cherlene Thomasso – A grade 11 learner at Manenberg High School. We were talking about the Malala Day Youth Session that she recently attended in New York. The youth session held two weeks ago at the United Nations headquarters was in honour of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who made headlines around the world last year after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen while on a school bus. She was shot for campaigning for the right for girls to be educated. Cherlene was nominated to attend based on her demonstration of active and committed advocacy for education. The main event involved a youth assembly where Malala celebrated her 16th birthday by addressing hundreds of young people.

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications hosts public hearings

Skhumbuzo Kholwane - Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications joined us on the line to tell us more about the public hearings on the cost to communicate in South Africa that they will be holding throughout the country. Kicking off this morning in Gauteng the series of public hearings seeks to holistically evaluate the entire value chain associated with the cost to communication in order to make further necessary interventions that would ultimately make the cost to communicate more affordable. This follows the first round of public hearings last year when the Committee targeted the Department of Communications, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, and dominant mobile and fixed-line operators in the telecommunications sector such as Cell C, Vodacom, 8ta and MTN. The second round will involve a similar process as stakeholders include role-players in the telecommunications sector value chain such as Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs). The hearings will be held until Friday July 26th in Gauteng before the second round in the Eastern Cape from July 29th and the 30th and ending off in KwaZulu-Natal from July 31st to August 2nd.

Bonginkosi Educare Centre celebrates 25 years in child care

Nokhaya & Sue
Nokhaya Daniels and Sue Maartens - From Bonginkosi Educare Centre were Instudio to tell us more about the centre. Bonginkosi Educare Centre is a non-profit educational institution based in Khayelitsha. They are caring for over 300 children including new born babies, HIV positive and Aids orphans. The centre endeavours to feed each child a well-balanced breakfast and midday meal which is often the only food some of the less fortunate children receive for the day. The children are also flourishing at school, as they are well prepared for formal school demands. For further information you can contact their offices on (021) 361 3324 or visit

Monday, July 22, 2013

Health - Schizophrenia is treatable

On the Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Rene Minnies - Project manager at Fountain House about their Psycho-social Rehabilitation programmes and Oscar January - Service user of Cape Mental Health about his personal journey with Schizophrenia. According to experts, Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the brain that usually appears at a young age and can cause severe disability and loss of function if not treated correctly. Oscar shared with us how life has been like for him since being diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Cape Mental Health’s Psycho-social Rehabilitation Programme aims to assist people with a mental illness to develop support structures, gain skills and work towards rebuilding their lives. Fountain House is a community based rehabilitation centre at Cape Mental Health that provides support and vocational training for adults with psychiatric disability such as Bipolar Mood Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Schizophrenia and Depression in the Western Cape. Their individual and family counselling is aimed at improving knowledge, understanding and management of the condition. For further information you can contact the Fountain House on (021) 447 7409 or visit

July 26th is the National Osteoarthritis Day

We closed off with Julie Martin - Western Cape branch and education Manager at the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa. We were talking about Osteoarthritis. Friday, 26th of July is the National Osteoarthritis Day. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis caused by the inflammation, breakdown and the eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. It is reported that Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects up to 10% of the world's population. According to experts, most people don't feel the symptoms of Osteoarthritis before age 40. Judy explained more about those symptoms and whether it is treatable or not. To mark National Osteoarthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa will host a talk on Thursday, 25th July at KleinSchuur Room, Groote Schuur Hospital, E-Floor, New Building from 10:00AM.
10:00 -10:15AM Introduction by Julie Martin, Western Cape AF Branch Manager

10:15 - 10:45AM "Overview on Osteoarthritis", Dr Nur Abrahams - Rheumatologist

10:55 - 11:35AM
Medic Alert representative, Ruth Goble

RSVP: to Julie on (021) 425 4759 or Nimo on (021) 696 8879. 
For more information visit or contact the Arthritis Helpline on 0861 30 30 30

Friday, July 19, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Tomorrow is "Mixed Mense” official album launch

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to South African Hip Hop pioneer - Emile YX? Jansen.
Emile & Mixed Mense
Tomorrow Emile is celebrating his 45th birthday by hosting a "B-boy to being a Man" party and they also officially launching the “Mixed Mense” album at Princess Vlei, in
Grassy Park. Emile YX? will be releasing his fifth album with his latest project called “Mixed Mense”, a mentorship-style album which was developed with a group of  youth from Lavender Hill, on the Cape Flats.  “Mixed Mense” members include Leeroy Phillips (B-boy Malis), Stephan Benting (B-boy Mouse) and Charlton Eftha (B-boy Lank Genoeg). The “Mixed Mense” album features 12 tracks, mostly Afrikaans, and has its roots in the history of Emile's work with these young men over the years. The album is selling for R80 each and will be sold at the event. Otherwise, the album can be purchased at African Music Store in Long Street, Cape Town and from the Heal the Hood offices in Grassy Park on (021) 706 0481 or contact Heal the Hood on the same number to book performances and talks at schools, alternatively go to for more information.
On the 26th and 27th of July Heal the Hood presents a Hip Hop Theatre Production called BREAK, with youth from Cape Town’s economically poorer areas, at Artscape Theatre. Tickets are already on sale from Computicket at R60 each and can be purchased at Alternatively, tickets can be purchased via electronic transfer to: Name:                                  Heal the Hood Project

Bank:                                     Standard Bank

Branch:                                 Blue Route

Branch Code:                     025609

Account number:             072055065

Swift Code:                         SBZAZAJJ

Send confirmation of payment to or to

Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement poets share their love for poetry & Arts Update

Zenande, Thabe Nakl & Busi
Zenande Gxabela and Thabe Nakl Ntebe – Members of team Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement were Instudio. They will represent Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement at the Open Book Poetica Slam taking place in September. Another member is Ingonyama Yamagama, unfortunately he couldn’t join us for the interview but hopefully he was listening. Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement is a brainchild of Mawande Manez Sobethwa, Ncedisa Jargon Mpemnyama, Lwanda Sindaphi and Mbongeni Nomkonwana to encourage young emerging poets and writers to continue writing and to tell our stories with heart and truth. For more information about the Movement and their events go to or send an email to

Nigel was also Instudio for this week's Arts Update.

EduCape presents Shakespeare Schools Festival SA 2013

Kseniya & Busi
We closed off with Kseniya Filinova-Bruton - Director at EduCape and Shakespeare Schools Festival SA Director. The Shakespeare School Festival hails from the UK as an additional education programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts. Each year, the festival encourages schools to perform abridged “thirty-minute” versions of Shakespearean plays in their local professional theatres throughout the country. From the 29th of July to the 1st of August the festival will be in Cape Town at Artscape Theatre featuring 13 schools. Tickets costs only R50 and R40 for block bookings of 10 people or more. Tickets are available from Computicket or Artscape's Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695 or visit For more information go to or

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Labour - Domestic Worker of the Year Award nominations are open

In today's show, we spoke to Sizile Makola - Founder of My Claim Mate and South African Domestic Workers’ Day. My Claim Mate has launched the Domestic Worker of the Year
Award. Employers of domestic workers are encouraged to nominate their employee for this prestigious award that recognises these hard workers. Domestic workers are the unsung heroes of our society. In most households, both parents are out of the home working during the day, and they rely heavily on their domestic workers. With tenacity and drive, many domestic workers have successfully looked after and educated their families. Nominations are available at the overall winner will enjoys a one night stay for two at the Sheraton Hotel in
Pretoria. By nominating, employers and their domestic workers stand a chance to be invited to attend the Nation Domestic Workers Day event on the 27th July 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria where they will be treated to empowering and educational talks delivered by the sponsors.

WC exporters are invited to enter the Exporter of the Year Competition

We spoke to George Ohle - From Absa about the 2013 Absa-Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year Competition. All Western Cape based businesses who manufacture, export or provide services to exporters are invited to enter the Absa-Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year Competition.This year will see a special emphasis on trade with Africa at the 23rd annual Exporter of the Year competition which is run by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by ABSA. The competition aims to promote exports and to recognise the achievements of local exporters who often succeeded in the face of tough global competition. The competition is introducing a new award for exports to Africa this year because there are so many opportunities in the resource-rich countries to the north and they want to encourage local companies to take advantage of the opportunities. Entries close on the 2nd of August and the finalists will be chosen by August 20th. The names of the winners will be announced at a gala banquet in Cape Town in October 2013. For further information or entry forms you can contact Mary-Jean on (021) 402 4300 or visit 

CTEX is hosting a Career and Training EXPO

Jerome Izaaks – From the Ctex-Career and Training EXPO joined us on the line. We were talking about the two day annual career and training Expo they are hosting at the Good Hope Centre. This Flagship Event is open to the General Public, School Learners, University Students and Graduates, Unemployed persons and those seeking better career opportunities and anyone interested in employment, training & education, entrepreneurship and career development. Entry fee is R20 and is payable at the door and will run till 6PM tonight. For more information visit or contact (021) 465 3425.