Thursday, October 31, 2013

Labour - Mocha Fetoha Training Cooperative to host High Energy Business Mentorship Programme

In today's show, we spoke to Matshepiso Makhabane - Managing Director of Mocha Fetoha Training Cooperative. We were talking about the High Energy Business Mentorship Programme. The High Energy Business Mentorship Programme aims to educate entrepreneurs about wealth creation, building human capacity, creating open mind space for entrepreneurs in South Africa. The theme of the programme will be Building Successful and Wealthy Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century in South Africa towards true financial literacy and freedom. The programme will be a four day event, with the first event being hosted in Cape Town and the remaining three in Johannesburg. The Cape Town event will be a dinner and networking function with Kelly Ritchie and Jason Tyne engaging with Cape Town entrepreneurs. The Gauteng summit will run over three days. For more information go to www.sabef.org.za or www.facebook.com/MFH.org.za

Community Work Programme empowers the unemployed

Mogamat Keraan - Zone 2 Site administrator of the Community Work Programme was Instudio to tell us more about how they assist unemployed people. The Community Work Programme (CWP) is an innovative offering from government to provide a job safety net for unemployed people of working age. It’s also a great opportunity for unemployed youth who are actively looking for employment opportunities as the programme gives people that much needed extra cash to make them effective in their search for full-time or part-time employment by doing community work. For more information go to www.cogta.gov.za or contact (012) 334 0777.

DOL to host domestic workers’ Public Participation Programme

We closed off with Sindi Ningiza - Provincial organiser for the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union or SADSAWU in the Western Cape. We were talking about the Labour imbizo that’s happening this Saturday focusing on domestic workers. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant will be hosting the first ever domestic workers’ Public Participation Programme that aims to engage them on their rights in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment, Labour Relations as well as the Unemployment Insurance Act. It will also be used to help workers on matters regarding claims for the unemployment insurance fund, compensation fund and worker registration on the department’s Employment Services for South Africa among others. It’s happening on Saturday the 2nd of November at Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha from 10:00AM. For further information you can contact SADSAWU on (021) 448 0044 or send an email to sadsawu@gmail.com alternatively go to www.sadsawu.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gender - Sisters4Sisters are celebrating their 5th anniversary

In today's show, Eunice Oyugi - Founding Director of Sisters4Sisters was Instudio to tell us more about the organisation and their upcoming event on Saturday. Sisters4Sisters aims to holistically strengthen, develop and empower destitute and abused women in all areas of their lives through strength and capacity building programmes to regain their independence and rightful place in society. They hosting S4S fifth anniversary celebration and fundraising banquet on Saturday November 2nd, 2013 at St Mary’s Church in Woodstock from 1PM. Tickets costs R50 which includes a meal and entertainment. For further information you can contact Sisters4Sisters on (021) 448 2038 or send an email to info@sisters4sisters.org.za alternatively visit www.sisters4sisters.org.za 

Sonke Gender Justice introduces MenCare

Patrick Godane – National Manager Sonke Gender Justice was Instudio. We were talking about their new project called “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 www.men-care.org or www.genderjustice.org.za

Brothers for All to host a men's march

We closed off with Sihle Tshabalala – From Brothers for All. Brothers for All will be running an event kwaLanga next month in honour of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. This platform will be used to highlight and address the issues of sexual and gender-based violence that plague many. For further information you can contact Sihle on 074 375 3767 or send an email to hliskot@gmail.com alternatively visit www.brothersforall.org

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Human Rights - Mitchell’s Plain Advice Office invites community members to their public meeting

In today's show, we spoke to William Simmers - Coordinator of the Mitchell’s Plain Advice Office. We were talking about the upcoming meeting regarding the fight against crime, violence, family violence and substance abuse ahead of the festive season. The Mitchell’s Plain Advice Office is calling on all Western Cape residents who are troubled and concerned about Crime, Violence, Family Violence and Substance Abuse to attend their public meeting next month. The gathering hopes to consult, learn and listen to what others are doing to face these monsters in our society. It’s happening next week Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at the Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre Library Hall from 11AM to 12:45PM. For further information you can contact the office on (021) 392 2000.

Khayelitsha Commission to resume next month

We heard from Amanda Dissel - Secretary for the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Inefficiency and Ineffectiveness in Khayelitsha and a Breakdown in Relations between the Community and the Police. We were talking about their preliminary hearing taking place next month. The commission will hold a preliminary sitting next month with further public sittings during January, February and March 2014 to avoid further setbacks after it was delayed for a year by litigation initiated by the Minister of Police and several other applicants. The preliminary sitting aims to create awareness about the commission and hopes to encourage people to contact the commission if they have any information or experience regarding the police in Khayelitsha. Their office will be open daily until November 29th, 2013 between 09h00AM and 13h00PM for members of the community to make statements to Commission staff relating to policing in the area. The preliminary sitting is happening on Wednesday November 13th, 2013 at Lookout Hall, Spine Road, Ilitha Park in Khayelitsha from 10h00AM. For further information you can the commission on (021) 839 2102 or send an email to info@khayelitshacommission.org.za alternatively visit www.khayelitshacommission.org.za

Matrics encouraged to enroll for a CELTA course

We closed with Shahid Esau to tell us more about the Celta course. Registration for a certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is now open with the course starting on Wednesday November 30th. For further information go to www.ghs.co.za

Monday, October 28, 2013

Health - Tomorrow is World Stroke Day

In today's show, we spoke to Anika Barnard - A registered dietician at the Heart and Stroke Foundation to tell us more about who is at risk of having a stroke. This week marks Stroke Week and tomorrow is World Stroke Day. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, stroke is the 3rd biggest killer in South Africa. The Foundation reiterates that stroke is a very real issue that many people are not aware of because of the belief that it only happens to older people, yet they are increasingly starting to see strokes in younger people too. For further information you can contact the foundation on 0860 1 43278 (0860 1 HEART) or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za 

Tomorrow is World Psoriasis Day

Dr Ilana Steenkamp - Dermatology registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital and long time Psoriasis sufferer Alister Porthen also committee member of the South African Psoriasis Association joined us on the line to tell us more about living with Psoriasis. Tomorrow is also World Psoriasis Day which aims to raise more awareness about this condition. Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder and it affects one to two percent of the population. Unfortunately there is no cure for Psoriasis, but many different treatments, both topical (on the skin) and systemic (throughout the body), can clear psoriasis for periods of time. On Saturday they will be hosting a free concert at the Golden Acre Mall to raise awareness about psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis. For more information you can contact the South African Psoriasis Association on (021) 406 9725 or visit www.psoriasis.org.za 

October is Mental Health Awareness Month

We closed off with Maleeka Mokallik - Public Relations and Communications Manager for Cape Mental Health. We were talking about commemorating October as Mental Health Awareness Month. During the course of October, Cape Mental Health raised awareness on the importance of good mental health throughout life since it is reported that depression will be the number two leading cause of disability by 2020 and number one by 2030 with older people just as risk as younger people. The Cape Mental Health's concerns are that mental health problems are one of the leading burdens of disease in South Africa yet only a tiny percentage of annual health budget is directed to mental health. For further information you can contact CMHS on (021) 447 2416 or visit www.capementalhealth.co.za

Friday, October 25, 2013

Arts, Culture & Environment - Cape Town Art Fair

In today's show, we spoke to Louise Cashmore. We were talking about the Cape Town Art Fair held at The Lookout, in V&A Waterfront, from today till the 27th of October 2013. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R50 - R200. For more information go to www.artfaircapetown.co.za or follow @CTArtfair on twitter or www.facebook.com/CTArtFair

Black Mango Music presents Breath Sunshine Langa Sessions & Arts Update

Thabo Mobo, DiloXclusiv and Sir Vincent Manzini were Instudio. They joined us to talk about the Breathe Sunshine Langa Sessions they will be hosting KwaLanga on Sunday the 27th of October at Tsoga Environmental Centre from 12:00PM – 9:00PM. Tickets are on sale for R40 at Big Fish in Long Street or at www.webtickets.co.za Township tours and transportation to and from the event through Siviwe Tours. To book email info@cape-kruger.co.za

Nigel Vermaas was also Instudio for the Arts update.

Nants’ingqayi Arts Development presents Bash or be Bashed

Aphiwe &Zolani
We closed off with Zolani "Pzho" Ponco and Aphiwe Livi joining us to talk about Bash or be Bashed. Bash or be Bashed is a theatre production that looks at the ways young people conduct themselves in parties and also awareness of some of the things that can easily happen when in a party situation. It is presented by Nants’ingqayi Arts Development. On the 28th and the 29th of October 2013 they will be performing at Delft Rent Office in Delft. The performances are scheduled to start at 3PM and will cost R20 a ticket. They invite organisations, churches and institutions who would like to use these performances as a fundraising drive to contact them. NAD is willing to give R15 per ticket to such organisations. For more information and block booking, please contact Sivuyile on 073 2961 669 or send email to nantsi.ngqayi@gmail.com

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Labour - DOL to host Labour Imbizo for domestic workers

In today's show, we heard from Cebo Kutuka - Assistant Director of the Enforcement and Inspection Services for the Department of Labour to tell us about the outcome of last week’s agricultural blitz and the upcoming Labour Imbizo for domestic workers. The blitz forms part of the department’s national work plan which seeks to address inspections in high risk areas as labour inspectors embarked on a series of inspections to different farms around the province. Last week’s agriculture blitz in Citrusdal, Western Cape focused on checking compliance with Occupational Health and Safety conditions and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Meanwhile Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is calling on all workers, work-seekers, unemployed and others to attend a Labour Imbizo that she will be hosting next week Saturday, 2nd of November at Mandela Park Stadium in Khayelitsha from 10:00AM focusing on domestic workers. The department hopes to share information with as many people as possible and therefore will be transporting a number of domestic workers from surrounding areas, such as Worcester, to attend also. For further information go to www.labour.gov.za

Constructive Dismissal: When to resign?

Nashira Abrahams - Dispute Management and Prevention Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA joined us on the line. We were talking about Constructive Dismissal. Constructive Dismissal is defined in Section 186(e) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, as: “ an employee terminated a contract of employment with or without notice because the employer made continued employment intolerable for the employee.” According to Labour experts, it is not for the employer to show that he/she did not introduce any intolerable condition - it is for the employee to show that he/she did. It is important for employees to ensure that they afford the employer a fair opportunity to rectify the “intolerable” situation, before they turn in their resignation and then claim constructive dismissal. It is also very important that employers do not deal with grievance received by employees lightly, and that they actively put in an effort to follow the formal grievance procedure or policy when they receive formal grievances from employees. For more information contact the CCMA on their call centre on 0861 16 16 16 or go to www.ccma.org.za

PwC to provide services to tech companies at Bandwidth Barn

We closed off with Irene Allen - Director of PwC. PwC recently extended its realm in Cape Town’s ICT space by opening an office at the Bandwidth Barn. Part of the initiatives for the Barn is one that relates to how PwC can assist business owners in the tech SME space with their non-attest private company services until the end of November from 9AM till 4PM every Thursday. Representative from PwC will be available at the Barn to meet with business owners and their teams, by appointment, to discuss a specific topic for that day such as company secretarial matters/assistance, to payroll and employee tax compliance, tax registrations and tax compliance, government incentives and more. Today they covered accounting, payroll and employee tax compliance. For more information go to www.pwc.co.za or send an email to irene.d.allen@za.pwc.com alternatively contact (021) 529 2331.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gender - SAPS Men for Change Project tackles gender equality

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Brigadier AndrĂ© Lincoln – From the South African Police Service. He joined us to talk about the SAPS about the Men for Change Project. The SAPS Men for Change, is a network that sought to understand gender equality in order to contribute to the discussions on how men can get involved in building gender equality. It was launched in 2006. For more information visit www.saps.gov.za

Shukumisa Campaign sceptical about the new bill for sexual offences court

Sanja Bornman - An attorney for the Women’s Legal Centre joined us to talk about the Shukumisa Campaign and it’s sceptism about the new bill for sexual offences courts. The Shukumisa campaign is a national coalition of 30 organisations working to combat sexual violence in one form or another, it was established in 2008. Members of the campaign are concerned about the potential of the proposed new bill for sexual offences to make a difference in rape prosecutions. They say the bill fails to address aspects such as ensuring that these courts will actually provide better quality service than ordinary courts which requires commitment to budgets over the long term, standards for quality in place and monitored by the department and parliament. For further information you can contact Sanja on (021) 424 5660 or visit www.shukumisa.org.za

"2 out of every 100 people diagnosed with breast cancer are men" ~ Breast Health Foundation

We closed off with Louise Turner - Chief Operating Officer for the Breast Health Foundation. According to the Breast Health Foundation, Southern Africa has the highest male breast cancer rate in the world as 2 out of every 100 people diagnosed with the disease are men . The Breast Health Foundation was founded in April 2002 and it aims to educate the public on breast cancer, breast health, increase breast cancer awareness and empower women. The foundation believes men do not seek help due to the stigma attached to breast cancer and therefore stresses that awareness and education is crucial because the disease does not discriminate against gender, age or race. For further information you can contact Breast Health Foundation on their National Support Number 0860 283 343 or visit www.mybreast.org.za

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Human Rights - Hout Bay Isangqa Sobomi/ CPUT to host a Charity Golf Day

In today's show, we spoke to Glamorine Adams, she joined us to talk about the Hout Bay Isangqa Sobomi/ CPUT Charity Golf Day taking place this Friday at the King David Golf Club in Montana. The event forms part of CPUT’s Btech of Public Relations Management students’ projects that plough back into the community. Students are tasked to apply their acquired skills towards advancing and contributing to an assigned non-profit organisation through public relations functions or activities. Ticket costs R350 per person and R1 400 per four-ball (Hospitality, refreshments included). You can purchase or book tickets from Nelisa Mpofana at 073 881 6641 or nelisa.mpofana@gmail.com

Immigration Consultants South Africa

We also spoke to Julia Willand – From the Immigration Consultants South Africa or IMCOSA. IMCOSA is a privately owned immigration and legal consulting firm. All work is overseen by qualified immigration practitioners registered with the Department of Home Affairs. IMCOSA specialises in South African Immigration from the UK, Europe, North &South America and Africa. Thier temporary and permanent residence applications include: Extended Visit, Work, Business, Retirement, Studies/Education, Relatives, Citizenship. Applications are submitted in South Africa, the UK, Europe and most countries internationally. For further information you can contact their offices on (021) 462 3184 or visit www.imcosa.co.za

Monday, October 21, 2013

Health - Western Cape Government Starts Walking Towards Better Health

In today's show, we spoke to Angelique Jordaan – Communications officer at the Western Cape department of health about the Walk4Health initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to promote healthy lifestyles in the Western Cape through increased physical activity and healthy eating and forms part of the Provincial Strategic Objective of increasing wellness. Angelique explained more about the programme.

Yesterday was World Osteoporosis Day

We also spoke to Tereza Hough – CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced and the micro-architecture of bone is disrupted. This leads to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is called the silent disease because it progresses undetected for many years and the first sign of this disease is usually a fracture. According to reports, more than one-third of women over the age of 50 and nearly half of those over age 70 are affected by this disease. Osteoporosis in men is on the increase, and one in 5 men will develop this disease. For more information you can contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at (021) 976 4995 or their Help line: 086 110 2265 for those who have access to the internet visit www.osteoporosis.org.za

National Down Syndrome Awareness Day - “IT’S ALL IN THE GENES”

We closed off with Tineke Boshoff - from the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape. We were talking about Down syndrome. Yesterday it was Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know about individuals with Down syndrome is that they are more like others than they are different. Tineke explained more about this condition. For more information you can contact the Down Syndrome Association of the Western Cape on (021) 919 8533 or visit www.downsyndrome.org.za

Friday, October 18, 2013

Arts, Culture and Environment - Stand up comedy & Arts Update

In today's show, we spoke to comedian - Nkosinathi Maki. He hosts Stand up comedy every Tuesdays at Mr Pickswicks at Shortmarket Street in Greenmarket Square, featuring Cape Town Underground Comedians. For more information or bookings contact him on 074 491 9465 or go to www.nathicomedy.co.za


Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Outspoken Youth Initiative inspires positive change

We closed with Vincent Ntunja, Kanyi Mavi, Shaun Mhambi and Driemanskap - members of the Outspoken Youth Initiative or OYI. OYI is a collective of community personalities who are musicians, entertainers and sports personalities with positive influential power. Their vision is to inspire positive change in the townships. For more information contact send an email to outspokeninitiative@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/pages/OYI/578067765549899 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Labour - National Skills Authority Secretariat hosts a National Skills Development Conference

In today's show, we spoke to Thabo Mashongoane - Director at the National Skills Authority Secretariat. We were talking about the National Skills Development Conference they hosted last week. The conference was hosted by the National Skills Authority in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education and Training. With the theme “Together, Turning Every Workplace into a Training Space”, the aim of the conference was to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy III by considering progress made on the recommendations and outcomes of the Skills conference 2011. For further information go to www.dhet.gov.za

SA's Top 12 Shisa Nyamas to battle for the top spot

We closed off with Mzoli Ngcawuzele – Owner of KwaMzoli Shisa Nyama. Mr Ngcawuzele has been selected to participate in the first ever battle of the Shisa Nyamas, which will take place on the 26th of October in Gauteng. With KwaMzoli being one of the favoured Shisa Nyamas in South Africa, he's got something very special planned for this challenge so he joined us to talk more about his plans. Nando’s Retail Division has put out a challenge to 12 of South Africa’s Top Shisa Nyamas. These grill masters will compete against each other for the main prize: a R25 000 cash prize and an all-expenses paid opportunity to host the 2014 Shisa Nyama Championship.  For more information on the Shisa Nyama Championships, please visit www.facebook.com/NandosSouthAfrica or follow #NandosShisa on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

South African Young Feminist Activists are ready to tackle rape and gender based violence

Siya & Wanelisa
In today's show we spoke to Wanelisa Albert and Siyabonga Zoey Zondo – From the South African Young Feminist Activists. South African Young Feminist Activists is a space for women invested in fighting against patriarchy, racism, hetero-sexism and able-ism. Their main focus is to increase young women's visibility and amplify young women's voices regarding rape and gender based violence. For more information go to southafricanyoungfeministforum.wordpress.com or send an email to youngandfeminist@gmail.com

Provinces rejects the Traditional Courts Bill

We also heard from Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi - Senior Researcher at the Rural Women’s Action Research programme at UCT’s Centre for Law and Society. We were talking about the latest development regarding the Traditional Courts Bill. The Traditional Courts Bill was introduced by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in March 2008 on the basis that it would improve “access to justice” by giving proper recognition to the traditional justice system in a manner consistent with values in customary law and the Constitution. But activists objected to the Bill saying it is unconstitutional and should not be passed into law. It is reported that majority of provincial delegations opposed the Traditional Courts Bill but the National Council of Provinces’ Select Committee for Security and Constitutional Development decided to refer the Bill to the provincial legislatures for a third time. For further information on the Bill you can visit www.lrg.uct.ac.za

Rural Women's Assembly South African Chapter launched

We closed off with Carmen Louw – from Women on Farms Project. We were talking about the launch of the Rural Women's Assembly South African Chapter brings together rural women from all over South Africa to dialogue on the challenges that confront rural women. The RWA is also a space to unite rural women and dialogue with stakeholders and rural organisations around to obstacles to land and agrarian transformation and finally to develop a common platform of action around the RWA.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Human Rights - IEC launches School Democracy Week Programme

In today's show, we were joined by Mr Courtney Sampson – IEC’s Provincial Electoral Officer. We were talking about the School Democracy Week Programme. Learners are encouraged to bring their South African, green, bar-coded identity (ID) books or smart-card IDs to school with them during the Schools Democracy Week so that they can register to vote. Those learners who don’t have an ID document are encouraged to apply for one at their nearest Home Affairs office as soon as possible. Mr Sampson said the Schools Democracy Week programme will not disrupt the ordinary business of the schools. For more details on the Schools Democracy Week programme and materials, please visit www.elections.org.zor the Department of Basic Education’s website at www.education.gov.za 

Thundafund taking Crowdfunding to another level

We were also joined by Andrea Morgan – From Thundafund to tell us more about Crowdfunding. Thundafund is an online Crowdfunding CafĂ© and marketplace for creatives and innovators in South Africa. Through Thundafund, entrepreneurs with their respective projects & ideas can raise capital and build a supportive crowd of backers through the process of crowdfunding. For more information go to www.thundafund.com or www.facebook.com/thundafund or follow them on twitter @thundafund.

Lentegeur Hospital’s Rose Parent Project is looking for Rose Parents

We also spoke to Estelle Silence – From the Lentegeur Hospital’s Rose Parent Project. The project was started more than 25 years ago by a social worker at the Westlake facility for persons with mental illness. They are currently looking for Rose parents to accommodate Rose patients. For more information you can contact Vincent Weeder on (021) 370 1377 or (021) 370 1111.

Western Cape APD promotes the rights of persons with disabilities

We closed off with Erica Du Toit – From the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities. Western Cape APD is a group of people, both volunteers and staff, who work together with persons with disabilities towards becoming as independent as possible and integrate into society on an equal basis with others. If you would like to find out more about what they do contact their offices on (021) 555 2881 or visit www.wcapd.org.za

Monday, October 14, 2013

Health - October 12th marked the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

In today's show, we spoke to Eric Watlington – From the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa. Eric joined us on the line to talk about Hospice Palliative Care. Saturday, October 12th marked the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. The Theme was “Achieving Universal Coverage of Palliative Care: Dispelling the Myths”.  Palliative Care is defined by the World Health Organisation as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. For more information contact their offices on (021) 531 0277 or visit www.hospicepalliativecaresa.co.za