Monday, September 30, 2013

Health - GF Jooste Hospital to close down

In today's show, we spoke to Theuns Botha - Western Cape Health MEC. We were talking about the phased closure of GF Jooste Hospital and the commissioning of Mitchell’s Plain Hospital. Last Friday, GF Jooste Hospital’s surgical admissions and orthopaedic theatre relocated to Mitchell’s Plain Hospital. The majority of GF Jooste hospital staff has been transferred to Mitchell’s Plain hospital. The final closing of GF Jooste Hospital is expected to be in April next year when the hospital’s emergency centre plus a 30-bed overnight ward will move to the back of the Heideveld Community Development Centre.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Join the Beat Around the Bosch

Gift & Busi
In today's show, we heard from Gift Gwe - Beat Around the Bosch event ambassador. Beat around the Bosch is a race, with live music stages and a festival at the end. It is said to be a first time event that will take place in Stellenbosch, and will create a new and unique approach to road running. The music festival will be featuring Arno Carstens and local bands. Tickets costs R120 for both the race and the concert. The event is taking place tomorrow, starting at Stellenbosch High School from 2pm. For more information go to

Khoi Indie Journeys & Arts update

Collin & Busi
We were also joined by Collin Meyer aka Collin the bushman – Project manager of the Khoi Indie Journeys. Khoi Indie Journeys is a series of souljazz events with a dash of hip hop. The event features some of Cape Town's finest talent. You will be entertained by the likes of Collin the Bushman, Anthony Cedras, Bradlocks, Nur Felix, Boesmankamp, Dean Joseph, John Nama !xam - while you relax in the company of good spirited people at a venue that will make you feel right at home from the moment you walk through the door. Khoi Indie Journeys had its launch on the 31st of August at The Secret Place in Lansdown. For more information contact Collin Meyer on 061 156 3425. You can also like the "Khoi Indie Journeys" facebook page. The next event will be on the 1st of November 2013.

Nigel Vermaas was in for this week's Arts update.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Labour - The DTI to host the B-BBEE National Summit

In today's show, we spoke to Nomonde Mesatywa -  Chief Director for BEE at the Department of Trade and Industry. The dti in collaboration with the Presidential B-BBEE Advisory Council will host the first ever Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment National Summit. The Summit will take place under the theme “A Decade of Economic Empowerment (2003 to 2013)”. During the National Summit National, Provincial and Local government and its products and services that have been crafted to benefit the recipients of B-BBEE will be showcased. The Summit will also showcase the success stories and governments efforts to ensure true and meaningful transformation and distribution of wealth and resources to the majority of South Africans. For more information contact (012) 394 5469 or (012) 394 1638.

CCMA looks at a holistic approach to Job Saving

We heard from Andrew Van Diemen - CCMA Commissioner. We were talking about the CCMA’s Holistic Approach to Job Saving and the Training Lay-off Scheme. The CCMA believes that every effort must be made to avoid job loss and income reduction For more information or contact (021) 469 0110 or (021) 469 0170.

Access public transport systems easy with FindMyWay

Chris, Busi & Devin
We closed off with Devin de Vries and Chris King - Founders of WhereIsMyTransport. Devin and Chris launched the platform to offer better ways of connecting people to their city’s public transport systems. It addresses the lack of a centralised place to find public transport information in South Africa. It also offers transport operators a freely available platform through which they can broadcast their transport information to commuters. The service is available at or search your app store for “FindMyWay” to download the free app. Based on the success of the service, FindMyWay plans to continue to add services which the public would deem useful. So if you have suggestions please send an email to

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gender - CGE feels that LGBTI issues are not addressed properly

Thabisa & Leonard
In today's show, we spoke to Thabisa Ngada and Leonard Macakathi - Western Cape Education Officer for the Commission for Gender Equality. We were focusing on the LGBTI Rights. The CGE feels that LGBTI issues are not addressed properly. According to the Institution, there is no adequate education awareness and this particularly caused by autocratic styles of religious and traditional communities. Government should design programmes in schools that will raise awareness about these rights. CGE has realized that communities regard awareness of LGBT rights as promotion. They accuse structures like the Commission for gender Equality as structures that promote Gays and lesbian practices as opposed to promoting respect for rights of Gays and Lesbians. For further information you can contact CGE on (021) 426 4080 or visit

Enhance your relationship with Imago Relationship Therapy

We closed off with Wendy Lawson - Relationship Therapist.  We were talking about Imago Relationship Therapy. It is said that Imago Theory and principles can help improve your relationships by understanding your reactive behaviour, walls and projections and how this impacts relationships with your partner, children and work environment. Imago Africa will be hosting Imago Relationship Therapy conference on the 28th and the 29th of September. If you want more information go to or visit for a therapist near you.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Health - September is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Dr Bronwen Hendricks – from the Khayelitsha Cervical Cancer Screening Project joined on the show today. The Project is based at two different clinics in Khayelitsha, Site B Day Hospital and Michael Mapongwana Day Hospital. We were discussing cervical cancer and the importance of pap smears since September is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is said to be the most common cancer among South African women and accounts for 18.5% of all cancers in women in this country. About 1,500 women die to cervical cancer every year. Hence it is important for women to go for a pap smear to know their status and to detect the cancer early. The health department has developed a policy that every woman should take a free pap smear once every ten (10) years in her lifetime from age 30 years onwards. The health department aims to screen at least 70% of women in the target age group to reduce morbidity and mortality by 60%, so to all the women make sure you go for a pap smear it can save your life. For more information you can contact the hospital on (021) 361 0853.

26th of September marks World Contraception Day  
We also heard from Bridgette Mkhuzo – From Marie Stopes. On the 26th of September is the World Contraception Day, so we were talking about the advantages and disadvantages of using contraceptives. World Contraception Day is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. For more information contact Marie Stopes on (021) 948 4146 or visit


September is Female Sterilization Month

We closed off with Colleen Marco - Director of the Association for Voluntary Sterilization of South Africa. September is Female Sterilization month, so Colleen explained more about Sterilization. Sterilization is considered as a permanent method of contraception and therefore one has to be a 100% sure of your decision when considering it. It is done free of charge at many state hospitals or you can ask the local health centre for referral to the nearest service point. For further information you can contact AVSSA on (021) 531 1665 or visit

Friday, September 20, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Fair Cape Dairies supports Saving the Rhino campaign

In today's show, we spoke to Joel Serman – From Fair Cape Dairies. September is World Rhino month, and in time for the World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September, Fair Cape Dairies has partnered with the WWF to make it easy for anyone to help fight the scourge of rhino poaching. On Wednesday they launched the new Rhino 6 pack yoghurt. For every 6 pack sold - 50c will be donated to the WWF, so get your Rhino yoghurt and support this cause. This is your chance to make a positive contribution to Saving the Rhino. WWF is spearheading its rhino awareness campaign with a Twitterstorm and are encouraging everyone to get radical for rhinos, and to follow the campaign using the hashtag #iam4rhinos.

Ubizo Theatre Festival & Arts update

Bongani & Zukiswa
CEO of Ubizo Theatre Festival - Bongani Titana and Poet - Zukiswa Fana were Instudio. Ubizo Theatre Festival was founded in 2010 to create an artistic space for upcoming artists to come together and provide a platform for their voices to be heard in order to promote their art and make a living from it. The next festival will be at the Afrika Tikkun Multi-Purpose Hall in Mfuleni on the 27th till the 29th of September. Tickets costs R20 per person for a full day pass. Booking is through Computicket on 086 1915 8000 or at any Shoprite/Checkers outlet. There is discount for group booking only for schools and partner organizations only. For group booking contact Thembinkosi on 071 209 6321. Partners of the festival are Afrika Tikkun, Ubuntu Arts Academy, Cape Dance Company, Mfuleni Youth Development Forum, Purple Beats Records and Music Generation. For more information contact Bongani on (021) 955 6751 during office hours or 074 153 6870 or visit alternatively send an email to Facebook Group: Ubizo Arts Festival 2013. Facebook Page: Ubizo Theatre.

Nigel Vermaas was also Instudio for the Arts update.

Cape Town City Ballet presents Pas de Deux

Tracy & Xola
Prima ballerina Tracy Li and Xola Putye - From the Cape Town City Ballet. They both will be perform in the Cape Town City Ballet upcoming production of Pas de Deux (piye du du) at Artscape from 26th – 28th of September. The pas de deux (piye du du) is traditionally seen as symbolic of a partnership in love. Tickets range from
R130 – R150 and can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. All performances danced to recordings.
For more information visit  alternatively contact (021) 650 2400 or (021) 650 4673.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Labour - Ezulwini Chocolat to launch "Nandi"

In today's show, we spoke to Nontwenhle Mchunu - Entrepreneur and chocolatier. Nontwenhle launched Ezulwini Chocolat in 2003. The Ezulwini signature range of handcrafted truffles and slabs is available for custom orders and to the hospitality trade. From next month they will launch a new range called "Nandi" that will be available at Woolworths and Pick n Pay stores. For more information contact her on 082 955 9348 or send an email to  

National Tooling Initiative Programme offers free study opportunities in manufacturing

We heard from Wendy Moolman – From Northlink FET College. We were talking about the National Tooling Initiative Programme. The National Tooling Initiative Programme has announced that free study opportunities for careers in manufacturing will be made available by the NTIP’s TDM Powered Programme to prospective students in Cape Town in October. The outcomes-based apprenticeship training will enable qualifying students to obtain a globally sought after qualification in toolmaking. Entry requirements are Grade 12 / NC(V)4 / N3 with required subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science/Engineering Science and English. For more information and application forms please contact Wendy on 076 163 5677 or Nonofu Leburu on 082 676 5381 alternatively send an email to

Nedlac to host 18th Annual Summit

We closed off with Professor Raymond Parsons – Nedlac’s Overall Convenor for Business. Tomorrow Nedlac will host their 18th Annual Summit that will look at Strengthening Social Dialogue to Address Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality. The summit will be addressed by the Leadership of Organised Business, Organised Labour and the Nedlac Community Constituency. Professor Parsons explained more. If you want to find out more about Nedlac you can visit or contact (011) 328 4200.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gender - Gender Dynamix surveys transgendered persons experiences in accessing public toilets

In today's show, we spoke to Liesl Theron – Founder and Director at Gender Dynamix. Gender DynamiX is the first and currently, the only African based organisation for the transgender community. The aim is to create awareness and visualize transgenderism. Gender DynamiX, in collaboration with the Legal Resources Centre, is conducting a survey into the experiences of transgendered persons in accessing public toilets. The information received will be used to compile a research report that will inform future advocacy and possible litigation on the issue. To access the questionnaire go to

Sonke Gender Justice & UP to host Short Human Rights course on “The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality”

Angelica Pino – from Sonke Gender Justice Network joined us on the line. Sonke Gender Justice Network, in partnership with the Gender Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the Centre for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria, will be conducting a short human rights course on ‘The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality’. The course is a short, intensive, five days course which seeks to expand the knowledge of individuals and organisations to scale up work on engaging men and boys for gender equality within a feminist framework. In doing so, it aims to debate the ideological and political implications of a gender transformation approach where engaging men and boys is key, strengthen existing work on the greater involvement of men and boys in the prevention and response to gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS and parenthood and other issues pertaining to gender equality. The course is aimed at gender activists, programme staff and project managers from women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS organisations, youth leaders, government officials. The closing date for applications is the 23rd of September 2013. For further information you can contact Angelica Nomonde Nyembe via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view  alternatively visit 

Women are invited to enter the annual POWA Women’s Writing Anthology Project 2013

We closed off with Chris Maseko - from People Opposing Women Abuse or POWA. POWA is calling all women to enter the annual POWA Women’s Writing Anthology Project 2013, under the theme 'Perfectly Imperfect'. The theme aims at encouraging women at accepting who they are, refusing society’s labels of being “imperfect” and “incompetent” and acknowledging their imperfections as part of that which makes them prefect. POWA is calling for poems, short stories and personal essays that tell of women’s experiences of being 'perfectly imperfect' The Women’s Writing Project seeks to reach out to as many potential writers as possible with the aim of helping aspiring women writers by providing means designed to support female writers in their endeavours. The POWA women’s writing project is only open to women and girl children of all ages living in South Africa. Entry forms are available on To enter, submit entry forms to For enquiries contact Nonhlanhla Sibanda or Chris Maseko on (011) 642 4345 or send a email to

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Human Rights - Zwaanswyk Academy wins 2013 Growsmart Literacy Competition

In today's show, we spoke to Robert Dullaart – Mentor at Zwaanswyk Academy. The school has won the annual 2013 Growsmart Literacy Competition that took place last week in celebration of International Literacy Day. Growsmart is the result of a successful partnership between the Western Cape Education Department and Growthpoint Properties, aimed at improving literacy levels in primary schools that need it the most.  Two hundred schools participated in the programme this year. For more information go to

Private Public Partnerships provides affordable, sustainable housing

Babalwa Mpulampula
Babalwa Mpulampula - New Business Manager for Mellon Housing Initiative and Mankodi Moitse - Head of CSI at Standard Bank joined us on the show. We were talking about the Private Public Partnerships between the National Department of Human Settlements, the Mellon Housing Initiative and Standard Bank. They say the Public Private Partnership model seems to be a more viable solution to create affordable, sustainable housing.

Little Fighters Cancer Trust promotes September as Childhood cancer Awareness Month

We closed off with Mandie Erasmus – Cape Town Trust Administrator at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust draws it’s inspiration from children who have no choice but to battle Cancer daily and the trails and tribulations their families face. The trust was started for cancer babies and their families to give relief to their financial difficulties. If you or your company would like to make a contribution to helping spread their support to even more Little Fighters and their families, they will collect donations within a 100 kilometer radius of Paarl, please note that they are always in need of the following:
  • Children’s clothing, sizes 3 months to 14 years
  • Non – perishable foods
  • Blankets and other bedding
  • Any products and articles that they can use for auctioning to the public as a way to generate funding

For further information you can contact Mandie 073 729 6155 or visit

Monday, September 16, 2013

Health - This week is the National Headache & Migraine Awareness week

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Elliot Shevel – From the Migraine Research Institute. We were talking about Headaches and Migraines. This week is the National Headache & Migraine Awareness week. Migraines affect 15% of the general population, with the majority of migraine sufferers being female. Unfortunately, people not suffering from migraine tend to disbelieve the severe pain and debilitating effects of a migraine. This makes it all the more important to take a medication that will quickly and effectively treat the migraine attack, and return the sufferer to normal functioning. Dr Shevel explained more about the available treatment. For more information you can contact him on (011) 484 0933 or visit

Yesterday marked World Lymphoma Awareness Day

We were joined Instudio by Mariaan Stofberg - who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012. She shared her story in support of the “I am the voice of Lymphoma” campaign. Yesterday was World Lymphoma Awareness Day and it is reported that over one million people worldwide live with lymphoma, and over 1000 people are diagnosed with this cancer every day, yet it is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed.  I am the voice of Lymphoma is a collaborative initiative between a number of local organisations, including CHOC, The Sunflower Fund, The Faces of Hope Foundation, Campaigning for Cancer, the KZN Lymphoma Support Group and Roche, with the support of the Lymphoma Coalition, the global body responsible for World Lymphoma Awareness Day. The key objective of this initiative is to raise awareness but it was also to discuss the importance of establishing an official voice for lymphoma in South Africa. For more information go to
or alternatively 

Last week was Kidney Awareness Week

Professor Anthony Meyers - Specialist Nephrologist and Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa joined us on the line to tell us more about kidney disease and commemorating Kidney Awareness Week which was last week. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about kidneys and, more importantly, ways to reduce the risk of kidney disease. According to medical experts, kidney disease is often ‘silent’, having few symptoms especially in the early stages. If left unchecked, the disease can progress or lead to kidney failure. If detected early, appropriate treatment can help delay or even prevent end-stage kidney failure. Professor Meyers explained more. Remember to have your kidneys checked regularly, especially if you are at ‘high risk’. For more information contact the National Kidney Foundation of SA on (011) 447 2531 or visit

September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Jill Robson - Regional director of Alzheimer’s SA in the Western Cape was Instudio to tell us more about Alzheimer’s disease. September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Statistics show that alzheimer’s disease affects one in 20 people over the age of 65 and one in 5 people over the age of 80. This means that 20% of people over the age of 80 develop dementia which by implication means that 80% do not. There are however diagnosed and documented cases of early–onset dementia before the age of 65. Symptoms may include loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, personality and mood changes. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of ageing and knows no social, economic, ethnic or geographical boundaries. Although individuals experience alzheimer’s disease in their own way, eventually those affected are unable to care for themselves and need help with all aspects of daily life since there is currently no cure. For more information on alzheimer’s disease you can contact Jill on (021) 979 2724 or email alternatively visit  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Hip Hop Kaslam presents 2nd Annual Spaza Awards

In today's show, we spoke to Best Spaza Beatmaker Nominee – Zamile Somchiza aka Mtezman. We were talking about the Hip Hop Kaslam 2nd Annual Spaza Awards taking place tomorrow night, 14th of September 2013 at the Baxter Theatre. The Hip Hop Kaslam Annual Spaza Awards acknowledges artists for their innovative and outstanding work, not limited to South African artists but to the entire African indigenous language arts movement. The Spaza Awards will run from 5PM till 8PM at Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch. The dress code is ‘blinged up’. Tickets are R50 and are available from Computicket, Shoprite or Checkers outlets. Block bookings of 10 or more pay only R40 a ticket. A bus will be available to pick up and drop off audiences in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Delft; the bus is sponsored courtesy of Solomons Bus Service. For more information contact Lady P on 082 352 6490 or email 

Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust to host a KickstART Outreach Week

Andi Norton - A trustee of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust joined us on the line. The Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust will be hosting a KickstART Outreach Week from the 16th to the 20th of September where hundreds of school kids from Stellenbosch surrounding areas will learn about art from renowned SA artists such as land artist Strijdom van der Merwe and tour 15 well outdoor sculptures currently on display in the Stellenbosch town centre. KickstART’s Outreach Week aims to inspire and develop the youth of Stellenbosch through art and design. KickstART’s members are a collective of about 40 volunteers, including artists, arts activists, teachers, child psychologists, academics and Deloitte, sponsors of the week. The organisations from the Stellenbosch area who are involved include the Stellenbosch Arts Association, the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, the local tourism office Stellenbosch360, the PJ Olivier art school, Community Keepers, the Spier Arts Academy, Sasol Arts Museum, the town council and the University of Stellenbosch.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Poets are invited to enter the DFL Lover + Another Poetry Challenge

We closed off with Linda Kaoma - Coordinator of the DFL Lover + Another Poetry Challenge Cape Town leg. The DFL Lover + Another Poetry Challenge is a national performance poetry competition talking taboos, creating controversy, opening dialogues about the issues that really matter: trust, sex, relationships, HIV/AIDS, intimacy. A new generation of young poets is given the opportunity to use their voice in the way that only poetry can, speaking to complex issues in an accessible and powerful way. Entries close on the 17th of September 2013. Cape Town auditions will be hosted on Saturday September 21st from 10AM at Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch. The regional finals will happen on Saturday September 28th at 1PM. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 finalists from each region, and the top 2 will travel to the national finals, where the top 3 will again be awarded some amazing prizes and opportunities for performance. Anyone aged 18 to 30 can enter the challenge, including past entrants, youths not currently studying, and young people from outside of South Africa currently living or studying in the country. If you are interested to take part in this poetry challenge please contact Linda Kaoma via email for an extensive brief and entry forms.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Labour - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry warns service station forecourt workers

In today's show, we spoke to Mr Michael Bagraim - Chairman of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Portfolio Committee. The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that service station forecourt workers could be the main victims of their own strike as many service stations in South Africa are already equipped with till points where customers could pay after serving themselves. Filling station workers represented by NUMSA downed tools at the beginning of this week demanding better wages. The Union is demanding a double digit pay hike, while employers are offering only seven percent.

The South African Labour Dispute System and the CCMA

Busi & Nashira
Nashira Abrahams - Dispute Management and Prevention Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA was Instudio. We were talking about the South African Labour Dispute System and the CCMA. The CCMA is an independent organization that resolves labour disputes. Some form of conflict in the workplace is experienced in most if not all companies. When conflict arises, it is wise to call in a neutral person to mediate discussions. Nashira explained more about some of the focal areas that the CCMA deals with. For more information about the CCMA go to or contact their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.