Monday, March 31, 2014

Health - Alpha Clinics to Offer Free Health Screenings to the Public

In today's showm we spoke to Rene Anderson – Alpha Clinics Manager. Cape Town Station and Somerset West Alpha clinic have partnered with the department of Health to offer free health testing services to both the insured and uninsured members of the community. Patients will be seen by a trained nurse, who will provide the following services; measure blood pressure, ascertain Body Mass Index (BMI), screen cholesterol, check blood glucose and assess the patient’s HIV and TB status. The tests, which normally cost in the region of R250, are available to all South African citizens for an administrative fee of R50. Testing is free on Wednesdays from 08h30-16h30 at Alpha Clinic Somerset West and from 09h00-12h00 at Alpha Clinic Cape Town Station. The aim of this initiative is to ultimately improve access to affordable primary healthcare, thus reducing the rate of HIV and TB infection in the Western Cape. Individuals are encouraged to be aware of their complete health status as early detection helps reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.  

 Screening times:

Alpha Clinic, Shop 16, Cape Town Station, Adderley Street: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 09h00-17h00 (R50). Wednesdays – 09h00-17h00 (free between 09h00-12h00, R50 thereafter) for more information contact (021) 419-1631.

Alpha Clinic, Shop 22-25, Circle Centre,
Caledon Road, Somerset West: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 09h00-17h00 (R50). Wednesdays – 08h30-16h30 (free) for more information contact (021) 851-2600.

Khayelitsha Clinic in Site B: Thursday - 09h00- 11h00 for more information contact (021) 361 0159.

WC Health Department embarks on HPV vaccine campaign

Jo-Anne Otto - Western Cape Government Health Communications Officer. As from the 10th of March till the 11th of April 2014, Western Cape Government Health will have professional teams traveling from school to school to vaccinate all girls in Grade 4 who are nine years and older and who attend a public or special school against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Human Pampilomavirus is the virus that causes Cervical Cancer, the vaccination protects the girl from being infected by HPV and thus reduces the risk of developing HPV related cervical cancer later in life. Cervical Cancer is the second most prevalent cancer among women after Breast Cancer. Parents and guardians should remember that vaccination is their choice and thus need to sign a consent form if they wish their daughter to be vaccinated. Only girls with a signed consent form will be vaccinated. For more information go to

Friday, March 28, 2014

Arts, Culture & Environment - V&A Waterfront to celebrate Earth Hour

In today's show, we spoke to Carla White - V&A Waterfront Communications Manager. Tomorrow, the V&A Waterfront in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund and the City of Cape Town will host an evening of education, awareness and entertainment to celebrate Earth Hour. From 8:30pm sharp, all non-essential lights at the V&A Waterfront will be turned off and the audience will enjoy a candlelight performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Cape Town’s finest classical musicians will entertain the crowd with their renditions of popular classics. The concert is free and is a great way for the family to spend a night out, but visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure they secure the best seats. For more information go to

Bharooch Events presents 'Sunday After Jazz' Concert

Sharif Baker was Instudio, joining us to talk about the 'Sunday After Jazz' Concert. The organisers of ‘Sunday After Jazz’ aims to grow the concert into an annual feature aimed at people who: love jazz, the outdoor life and spending quality time with their family and friends.  Taking place on the Sunday after the renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), ‘Sunday after Jazz’, will draw its line-up from local music artists as well as an international performer who has performed at CTIJF. In its inaugural year, the line-up includes: Shakatak (UK)
Alistair Izobelle
Cindy Gibbons,
Pink Shrooms,
Top Dog featuring Camillo Lombard and Donveno Prins
Zoe Zana

Tickets costs R180 and kids under 12 are R20 each; Gates open at 11am. Tickets can be purchased from or in Shoprite Checkers outlets. The concert will be at Maynardville Park in Wynberg.

Nomad Artiste Colony Cape Town is looking for poets

We closed off with JP Vorster – From Nomad Artiste Colony Cape Town. We were talking about the Spoken Word Showdown poetry and comedy competition. The battle for Spoken Word Showdown champion rages on at Quarter Final 2 on Mon 31st of March. Winners from the 4 Heats in Round 2 battle it out for a place in the Semi Final on the 30th of June. 1 comedian and 1 poet will advance and also walk away with R250 cash each. The Quarter Finals gets very full so it’s advisable to get your pre-sale tickets from to guarantee a seat or come early and take your chances at the door from 19:00PM. The Spoken Word Showdown is a poetry and comedy competition open to all semi-pro, amateur or first time performers. The competition runs all year, culminating in the Final on Mon 15th Dec 2014. It is a NACCT (Nomad Artiste Colony Cape Town) production. To enter send a short 2-paragraph biography, photo and contact number to and you will be allocated your Heat date. For more information go to or on twitter  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Labour - NEHAWU marches for Jobs

In today's show, we spoke to Luthando Nogcinisa - NEHAWU Provincial Secretary. NEHAWU in the Western Cape, together with our federation Cosatu and alliance partners marched to the Western Cape premier’s office today with thousands of unemployed people from around the province to demand that they be employed immediately.

Economists blame industrial strife for the slowdown of SA's economic growth

Nashira Abrahams - Dispute Management and Prevention Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. We were talking about Strikes or Industrial Action. We have seen a spate of strike actions in the country but the question is what contributes to the increase of industrial action and last year economists blamed the widespread industrial strife for the slowdown of South Africa’s economic growth. Nashira shared some light about the contributing factors. For more information about the CCMA go to or contact their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

Graduate Asset Programme assists unemployed graduates

We closed off with Simone Beukes - Graduate Asset Programme Operations Manager. The Graduate Asset Programme is an internship programme aimed at growing the SME sector in South Africa by helping place thousands of capable and willing unemployed graduates into internships. Simone explained more. For more information contact their offices on (021) 701 7466 or visit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Human Rights - TAC to march to Khayelitsha District Hospital

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Ncebakazi Qupe – From the Treatment Action Campaign. On Thursday TAC members will be marching to Khayelitsha District Hospital in order to demonstrate its dissatisfaction with the hospital’s service delivery. The organisation claims that in August of 2013, the Treatment Action Campaign handed over a memorandum to Khayelitsha hospital about the poor experiences of community members at the hospital. After the MEC inspected the hospital, he found no problems. However, problems have continued to arise, and the people of Khayelitsha are unhappy with the response of the hospital and the MEC. The march will take place on Thursday, the 27th of March 2014, at 10h00AM until 13h00PM.Ncebakazi said the goal of this demonstration is to demand an improvement in the quality of treatment and care for the people of Khayelitsha. TAC would greatly appreciate the community's support in attending this event. For more information contact Ncebakazi on 071 953 3202 or Mthuthuzeli Dutyulwa on 071 118 0937 alternatively Lumkile Sizila on 073 722 4903.

Adverse Credit Information & Paid up judgement debt listings to be removed

We also  heard from Louisa Hetisani – Credit Information Manager at the National Credit Regulator or NCR. We were talking about the Removal of Adverse Credit Information Project. The Removal of Adverse Credit Information Project is aimed at providing relief to consumers listed at the credit bureaus to access credit if they can afford it, as well as addressing other barriers that often exist as a result of adverse listings such as applications for employment and rental accommodation. For more information go to or send an email to alternatively contact 0860 627 627. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Health - Today marks World TB Day

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Raymond Chimatira – From the TB/HIV Care Association. We were talking about TB. Today is World TB Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease since one third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB according to the World Health Organisation. TB/HIV Care Association aims to improve TB and HIV management by increasing access to TB and HIV diagnosis, care, treatment and community-based treatment adherence support. For further information you can contact the Association on (021) 425 0050 or visit

March 22nd was the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

We closed off with Professor Asgar Kalla - Head of the Rheumatology Department at UCT’s Department of Medicine. We were speaking about managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. On Saturday March 22nd was the Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the peripheral joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet, usually on both sides of the body, potentially resulting in damage. Damage is caused by persistent inflammation of the synovium, the membrane lining the joint, with subsequent damage of the cartilage, bone erosion and joint deformities.  It is reported that about one per cent of the population is affected, by Rheumatoid Arthritis although in South Africa there are no accurate prevalence figures. Women are affected about two to three times more often than men. The incidence increases with age difference. Rheumatoid arthritis is seen around the world and all races are affected. For more information about Rheumatoid arthritis you can contact the South African Rheumatism and Arthritis Association on (011) 782 1984 or visit alternatively visit

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Labour - Numsa marches against youth unemployment

In today's show, we spoke to Vuyo Lufele – National Union of Metalworkers Regional Secretary. Yesterday the union embarked on a national strike to highlight the issue of youth unemployment. According to the union, after Greece and Spain, South Africa has the third highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 to 24. It further states that about 71% of all unemployed people in South Africa are between the ages 15-29. Most of them are women; the majority of which have never had a job in their lives. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 945 1784 or visit

Department of Public Enterprises hosts public dialogues

Mayihlome Tshwete - Spokesperson for the department of Public Enterprises joined us on the line. Minister of Public Enterprises - Mr Malusi Gigaba hosted public dialogues with different sectors of the society in celebration of 20 years of democracy in Khayelitsha today before visiting Wellington. Minister Gigaba was joined by Brian Dames - Chief Executive of Eskom, and Brian Molefe - Chief Executive of Transnet, where they engaged with different sectors of society about opportunities at State Owned Companies reporting to the Department of Public Enterprises. 

Metrorail experiencing infrastructural problems

We closed off with Mthuthuzeli Swartz – Metrorail regional manager. According to Cape Metrorail, infrastructural problems over this past weekend have led to the temporary closure of platforms 11-18 at Cape Town Station while technicians work to restore functionality. Due to the closure of these platforms trains are being slotted in between the southern trains, leading to delays. For more information and train updates follow  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Health - Yezingane Network promotes PMTCT Campaign

In today's show, we spoke to Dumisile Nala - National Executive Officer at Childline South Africa. Last year the Yezingane Network embarked on a National Campaign endorsed by the South African National AIDS Council to raise awareness about Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV Services available to mothers and promote healthy behaviours amongst mothers including safe breastfeeding practices and regular antenatal clinic visits. For more information go to or contact 0800 55 55 5.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Arts, Culture & Environment - Sounds Fringe Festival Auditions & Arts Update

In today's show, we spoke to Denay Willie – from the Rainbow Academy. We were talking about the Sounds Fringe Festival Auditions. Festival organizers are looking for hot new talent to join the programme. For solo artists or up to 4 piece bands auditions will be held on Wednesday 19th  and Thursday 20th of March at the Crypt on Wale Street from 1PM to 5PM. So gather your instruments, prepare two pieces for the 15 minute audition and book with or call (021) 488 1160.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts Update.

Artscape Technical Training Academy to host a free workshop in Delft

We closed off with Kobus Rossouw - Training Manager for the Artscape Technical Training Academy. On the 22nd of March they will be hosting an offsite training programmes at the Delft Community Hall. Community arts organizations, groups or individuals are encouraged to attend this free two-hour event. Kobus explain more. For more information contact Naboweya Prince on (021) 410 9986 or send an email to 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Labour - JSE Investment Challenge registrations are open

In today's show, we spoke to Desiree Campbell - Coordinator at JSE Limited. She joined us to talk about the JSE Investment Challenge. The annual competition provides South African high school learners and university students the opportunity to explore the world of investing by trading JSE listed shares through a virtual portfolio. Registrations for this year’s challenge are open. JSE Investment Challenge is an educational youth programme that’s aimed at introducing high school learners and university students to the world of investment and teaches them the fundamentals of investment strategy and is a good opportunity for each student to get insights on the how to invest and the importance of investing on the exchange. Registrations are now open and the competition kicked off on the 10th March and ends on the 26th of September. Winners in the schools and university challenge will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the JSE in October 2014. 

Schools Challenge     

Each month the best performing school team in each portfolio will win R500 per team member, R500 for their teacher and R500 for their school. There are final prizes for the top five school teams to the value of R180 000 for all three portfolios. To register for the schools Challenge go to:

University Challenge
The university Challenge has three top prizes with the winning team receiving a prize of R25,000. The team in second place receives R20, 000 and the team in third place R15, 000. To register for the university Challenge go to:

Insubordination is said to be a common problem in the workplace

Nashira Abrahams - Dispute Management and Prevention Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. We were talking about Insubordination. It is broadly defined as an unwillingness to submit to authority either through an open refusal to obey an order or through a failure to carry one out, is a common problem in the workplace. Nashira said it goes together with insolence. She explained the appropriate response to insubordination. For more information about the CCMA go to or contact their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

SAEP’s Mentorship Programme is recruiting mentors

Kayin & Sandiso
We closed off with Kayin Scholtz - Coordinator for the Mentorship Programme at the South African Education and Environment Project or SAEP. He was joined by Sandiso Ndinisa – previous mentee. We were talking about SAEP’s Mentorship Programme. SAEP’s projects have developed in response to community needs to help the next generation build academic and life skills, prepare for and succeed in higher education and employment, and contribute as leaders to South Africa's economic and social development. For more information contact their offices on (021) 447 3610 or visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gender - Social Development host Community Imbizo in Bishop Lavis

On Sakhisizwe today, we were broadcasting live from Bishop Lavis Sports Ground. The Minister for Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, engaged with the community of Bishop Lavis and surrounding areas about service delivery improvement.
Social Development Minister - Bathabile Dlamini

The event was held under the banner of the Department’s Project Mikondzo - a service delivery improvement initiative aimed at improving access to the Department and its entities’ (The South African Social Security Agency and the National Development Agency) services.

Mr Coceko Pakade - Director-General of Social Development
It is said that numerous reports of physical abuse and neglect of older persons throughout the country, especially in areas with high levels of alcohol and substance abuse and gang violence, continue to surface. 

Frank Earl - Director at Department of Social Development 

Older persons are also reported to suffer financial abuse by their own families, who misappropriate their social grant income, and in the hands of loan sharks and financial companies that sell them financial products they do not need.
Mark Hoffmeester - Community Leader

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Human Rights - Angel Foundation needs donations

In today's show, we were joined by Roelof van der Merwe - Marketing Manager of the Angel Foundation. Their volunteer is in urgent need of wheelchair and their request is for the listeners to assist with donations to buy a new wheelchair. For more information contact (021) 828 9457 or send an email to   

Project Playground to host a soccer tournament

Ray & Malunga
Raymond Pienaar and Malunga Siyakha - from Project Playground were also Instudio. Project Playground, is a kwaLanga based project that runs after school activities and they will be hosting a soccer tournament on Friday the 21st to the 22nd of March from 9AM to 6:30PM kwaLanga Stadium. For more details contact Ray on (021) 694 1112 or 076 470 4024.  

Maitland youth invited to join Youth Movement

Saalieghah Solomons – From the Maitland Youth Movement joined us on the line. The Maitland Youth Movement was established in order to assist not only the youth, but people of all ages in and around the Maitland area. To join or for more information contact Saalieghah on 083 451 7533.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Health - This week is Brain Awareness Week

In today's show, we spoke to Matilda Malamba – Social Worker at Heads Up. We were talking about how they support people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and their families. This week is Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Brain Awareness Week also aims to increase community awareness of the potential for improving the long-term health of the brain through lifestyle changes and risk-reduction strategies. For further information you can contact HeadsUp on (021) 361 5434 or send an email to

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Dr Georgia Demetriou - an oncology specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre joined us on the line. We were talking about Colorectal Cancer as this month marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is said to be the third most common cancer and cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and is the fourth top cancer amongst both men and women in South Africa. Despite this high statistic, very few people have heard about colorectal cancer or know much about it. Dr Demetriou explained more. Be Cancer Aware aims to change the lack of awareness by paying special attention to the disease during these months. For more information go to

This week marks World Salt Awareness Week

Jessica Bacon - A registered dietitian at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This week marks World Salt Awareness Week and according to the World Action on Salt and Health, 3 million women and 2.5 million men die from stroke every year worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Switch the Salt’ this Salt Awareness Week. Jessica explained more. For more information you can contact their offices on 0860 143 278 or visit

Friday, March 07, 2014

Arts, Culture & Environment - Theatre4Change presents Pantsul’amagenge

In today's show, we were joined by Mandisi SindoArtistic Director of Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre. We were talking about his show "Pantsul' amagenge" that will be featured at Infecting The City 2014 on the 14th and 15th of March at Church Square and Spin Street, Cape Town. Pantsul’amagenge is a collaborative dance work with 30 Pantsula dancers. It comprises a series of standalone performances, flash mobs and combined performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble. For more information go to

SOS and Democracy from Below presents Words of a Rebel Sistah(s) Project"

Anele, Femi & Khusta
We were also joined by Anele, Khusta - Members of Soundz of the South and Femi - from Democracy from Below. To mark the International Women's Day, Soundz of the South in collaboration with Democracy from Below invites you to come experience the power of the radical and defiant female expression through words and sound. Speaking with one voice women are saying " One woman oppressed, is one too many! Panelists include:
Nandi Vanqa-Magijima
Tiisetso Molobi
Koni Benson
Wanelisa Albert Xaba

This event will be launching the first "Words of a Rebel Sistah(s) Project" and hosted at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre from 1PM tomorrow. Free entry (into a free state of mind). Donations are encouraged. For more info contact: 073 028 7191 or 083 512 1003.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Bolo’ Bolo presents Poetics

Sim, Smogiro, Zio the Poet & Solitude
Zio the Poet and Smogiro were Instudio. We were talking about an event they will be performing in tomorrow at Bolo’ Bolo. POETICS “music not for the sake of it” is 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: Zio the Poet, Smogiro, Mbongeni, Vitowe, Zack and others. Hosted by Sim and DJ Dayi-Lyt on the ones and twos. For more infomation contact Solitude on 076 533 3934 or Sim on 076 969 42 05.