Friday, December 13, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Dance for All to host end of year function

In today's show, we spoke to Bridgette Brukman - Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Dance for All. Dance for All is set to present the much anticipated, diverse and inspiring two-hour production showcasing about 100 of its students at their end of year function to be held at the Springfield Convent Centenary School Hall, tomorrow at 14:00PM and 19:00PM. Dance for All is a community based project which seeks to uplift the children in underprivileged communities by providing the opportunity for enjoyment and promotion of self-esteem through the medium of dance. Ticket prices for the event range from R15 (for children and pensioners) and R25 (for adults) and can be purchased through Computicket and at all Shoprite stores. As an added attraction and an additional way that you can support DFA, the beautiful coffee-table book Pieces of a Dream: the story of Dance for All, by Gillan Warren-Brown, will be on sale at the production. The author and CEO, Philip Boyd of DFA will be available to sign copies of the Book. (Retail price: R250:00). For more information on the event, please contact Dance for All on (021) 697 5509 or email

Cape Town City Ballet presents 3 ballets

Cape Town City Ballet’s Star prima ballerina - Tracy Li was Instudio to talk about Cape Town City Ballet’s upcoming season, which consists of 3 ballets – the first time ever that a ballet company does such a big season in one month Presented at the Artscape Theatre Complex in Cape Town, this delightful new ballet forms part of Cape Town City Ballet’s annual festive season productions, which will also include Belles and Beaux from 18 to 22 December, and Night & Day which will open on New Year’s Eve 31 December and run until 11 Jan 2014. Bookings can be made at or ARTSCAPE Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421 7695. Tickets are priced at R100 to R280. Concession for Friends of Cape Town City Ballet (but membership number will be required) with R20.00 off each ticket (all prices and all performances). For more information visit alternatively contact (021) 650 2400 or (021) 650 4673.

Bolo’ Bolo presents POETICS

We closed off with Kgotatso and Tswarelo - Poet and Hip Hop ArtistTomorrow they will be performing at Bolo’ Bolo. POETICS “music not for the sake of it”. A platform for artists/musicians to interact with audience lyrically. Their guests are said to be carefully chosen for their creative and thought provoking lyrical content. The event is happening tomorrow afternoon at 16h00PM till late at Bolo Bolo in Lower Main Road, Observatory. And it’s open for free. Artists featured will include: A Scribe called Tswa, Dejavu, Kgotatso , Winnie. Hosted by Sim and DJ Dayi-Lyt on the ones and twos. For more infomation contact Solitude on 076 533 3934 or Bolo’ Bolo on 082 5573912.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gender - United Sanctuary Against Abuse empowers survivors of abuse

In today's show, we spoke to Lydia Isaacs – From United Sanctuary Against Abuse, a shelter for Women and Children. Their mission is to assist women and children against all forms of abuse. They strive to empower victims of abuse to walk tall in the community with a capacity to address violence in all its forms. If you want more information contact (021) 572 8662 or

Men are encouraged to get involved in educating their children

Patrick Godana – National Manager Sonke Gender Justice joined us on the line. Today he was encouraging men to get involved in educating their children. Over the next few weeks Bush Radio together with Sonke Gender Justice, is going to look at the role that fathers can play in the lives of their partners, children and in the reduction of HIV and AIDS. The programme is brought to you by MenCare. MenCare is a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, responsive and non-violent fathers and caregivers. For further information you can contact Sonke Gender Justice on (021) 423 7088 or visit or

Ilitha Labantu addresses violence against women and children

We closed off with Siphokazi Bona – Senior Social Worker at Ilitha Labantu. Ilitha Labantu is a social service and educational organization with a specific focus on addressing violence against women and children and supporting those affected by it. It was founded in February 1989 by Mandisa Monakali. It aims to empower women who have been affected by domestic violence, meet the needs of women and children affected by domestic violence, provide services run by women which are based on listening to survivors, challenge the disadvantages which result from domestic violence, support and reflect diversity and promote equality of opportunity and promote cohesive inter-agency responses to domestic violence and develop partnerships. For further information you can contact Ilitha Labantu on (021) 633 3048 or visit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Human Rights - Police brutality still rife

In today's show, we spoke to Wanelisa Albert about police brutality she experienced. This comes after she was arrested for trying to stop a black on black violence. We also heard from Thabo Leholo – Acting Provincial Head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate or IPID. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is a government department that was established to investigate complaints of brutality, criminality and misconduct against members of the police and the municipal police service. Thabo explained more on how people can lay a complaint with the IDC. For more information you can contact their offices at (021) 941 4800 or visit

St Francis Adult Education Centre opens a new campus in Gugulethu

Mbuyiseli Blayi – Student Liaison Officer at the St Francis Adult Education Centre was Instudio. St Francis has been providing education for adults from disadvantaged communities for the past 30 years. They aim to provide relevant programmes and initiatives that enhance self-development and promote employment. They have various courses like the Enrichment and Life Skills, Music Project, Fashion and Sewing Project, Technology Project and Computer Project. Next year they are opening a new campus in Gugulethu. So if you want to know more about their courses you can contact (021) 694 1801 or visit

Cape Town EMBRACE focuses on the children

We closed off with Margie Worthington-Smith - Cape Town EMBRACE project leader. Cape Town EMBRACE is a movement of parents/caregivers, champion community based organisations, city peers and the average city resident who cares about the children and the future of the city. The movement was officially launched last week. For further information go to

Friday, December 06, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - RIP Mandela

In today's show, we spoke to veteran journalist Zubeida Jaffer about the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The anti-apartheid struggle Icon died last night aged 95. The funeral will be on the 15th of December in Qunu. Rest in peace Madiba omde!

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for this week’s Arts Update.


Project 90x2030 promotes reduction of carbon emissions

Nkosinathi & Gray
We closed off with Nkosinathi Mncwabe - Project 90x2015 Coordinator & Project 90x2030 Clubs mentor and Gray Maguire - Community Engagement Facilitator for Project 90 by 2030. Project 90 by 2030 is a non-government organisation guiding South Africans from all sectors of society in how reduce their impact on the environment and reduce carbon emissions by 90% by the year 2030. Last month they attended the international climate talks in Poland in a bid to influence world leaders to "see the solutions that are right in front of them." For more information go to

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Labour - The dti to a workshop for the Western Cape artists

In today's show, we spoke to Busi Ngwenya – From the Department of Trade and Industry. The Department of Trade and Industry will hold a workshop for the Western Cape artists at the Monwabisi Community Hall, kwaLanga, to assist members of the creative industry, including musicians, actors, composers, film producers, dancers, poets, and artists to formalise their businesses. The workshop will be at the Monwabisi Community Hall, Kwa Langa tomorrow from 09:00AM. For more information visit

Discrimination in the workplace

We also spoke to Carien-Lee Small - Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. We will be talking about discrimination in the workplace. It is by now well established that an employer may be held liable for acts of discrimination committed by the business owner, managers or employees in the course and scope of their duties. For more information contact the CCMA on their call centre on 0861 16 16 16 or go to

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Sakhisizwe: We closed off our series of OBs at Philisa Abafazi Bethu

Today was the last day of Sakhisizwe’s OBs. We were broadcasting live from Philisa Abafazi Bethu, an organization committed to serving the women and children of Lavender Hill. Philisa Abafazi Bethu is Xhosa for Heal our Women. The organization was established in 2008 with the goal of healing the women that walk in the door.

Lucinda Evans – Founder of Philisa Abafazi Bethu

Sandra Williams – Youth and After School Programme Coordinator

Janine Poggenpoel – Women Support Group & Safe House Project Coordinator

Mabel Martin – Elderly Support Group Coordinator and Eva Jacobs

Ruwaydah – Domestic Abuse Survivor

Lieutenant colonel Adrian Saulse – Steenberg Police Station

Moriedah Dien – Founder of Dews of Quietness

# These OBs are brought to you by the Canadian High Commission as part of the Canadian Local Fund Initiative in partnership with Bush Radio.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Sakhisizwe - Today is the International day for persons with disabilities

On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from the University of the Western Cape as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. The Western Cape Network on Disability and the City of Cape Town hosted the International day for persons with disabilities. The theme for this year was breaking barriers for an inclusive society for all through knowing and claiming your rights.

Vincent Daniels – From the Western Cape Network on Disability

Bridget Van der Merve – Director at Cape Town Association for the Physically Disables

Ruth Nugent – Epilepsy SA

Fatima Martin – From the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disables

Lillian Monakali – HOD at Noluthando School for the Deaf

Learners from Noluthando School for the Deaf
Audience singing along

Damaris Fritz-Kiewitz – Chairperson of the SA NGO Coalition Western Cape

# These OBs are brought to you by the Canadian High Commission as part of the Canadian Local Fund Initiative in partnership with Bush Radio.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Sakhisizwe - Sisters 4 Sisters empowering women

On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from Sisters 4 Sisters office in Woodstock as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. Sisters 4 Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping empower women to lead confident, happy lives free of abuse. In addition to providing a supportive environment for women who have experienced abuse or domestic violence, Sisters 4 Sisters seeks to develop community awareness through workshops and outreach addressing the issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and economic independence.

Eunice Oyugi - Founder of Sisters 4 Sisters  

Eunice & Rachel - Volunteer

Melanie & Magdalene - Young Girlfriends programme

Wendy & Ruth - Young Girlfriends programme

Aunty Jane