Friday, May 30, 2014

Arts, Culture & Encironment - Catch the annual Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival at the Baxter Concert Hall

In today's show, we spoke to Ann Baar – Organiser of the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival. It kicked off yesterday with some performances by bands like the SACS Junior School Jazz Band and Beau Soleil Music Centre and will continue today and tomorrow. The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2014 is being held at the Baxter Concert Hall from Wednesday the 28th to 31st of May. Tickets are R90 for the general public and R45 for students and seniors. They can be purchased over the phone at 083 915 8000 or online at

Soundz of the South to host hip-hop & poetry event & Arts Update

We also spoke to Khusta Sijora - From Soundz of the South. Soundz of the South or SOS is a network of activists who use hip-hop and poetry to spread revolutionary messages, raise consciousness and critique neo-liberalism. The aim of the network is to facilitate and encourage a process of self-organisation against neoliberalism within communities as part of the broader struggle to emancipate us all. We were talking about an event they are hosting at Khayelitsha Wetlands Park in Makhaza on Sunday. It starts at 1PM till 6PM. Entrance is Free. Please note this event will be moved indoors if it rains. Artists, Activists and the community are invited to come and share their contributions in the form of poetry, music and thought. Graffiti/Stencil art session: They will be developing stencils at this event. People are encouraged to bring canvas or T-shirts. Please note: This event is family friendly thus alcohol free. Freedom Warriors Vol. 2 and Words of a Rebel Sistah(s) CDs will be available for sale. For more information contact Khusta on 079 028 3216 alternatively send an email to

Venue : University of the Western Cape, DL 2.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Nigel & Busi

Sylvestre bids farewell to Busi

We closed off with Sylvestre Kabassidi – Musician. He is said to be a rebel with a sensitive soul whose music breaks stereotypes and takes African song into a new dimension. Armed with acoustic guitar and accompanied by percussion and rich vocals, Sylvestre is part of a quiet revolution in African music that is passionate, classic, and expressive representing the new generation of African artists. You can catch him live at the Piano Bar. For more information about his music visit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Labour - Mineworkers Solidarity Tour in the Western Cape

In today's show, we spoke to Ashley Fataar – From the Cape Town Marikana Support Campaign and Molefe Phele - Mine worker. We were talking about the Mineworkers Solidarity Tour in the Western Cape. This week, three Marikana mineworkers and strike-leaders are touring the Western Cape and engaging in a series of cultural and political events in an attempt to raise funds, solidarity and awareness around their plight. For more information contact Mercia Andrews on 082 368 3429 or Ashley Fataar on 076 647 6101.

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Union des Nouveaux Nationalistes du Congo is looking for volunteers

We closed off with Destino Nzonzidi Kazika – From the Union des Nouveaux Nationalistes du Congo or New Nationalists Union of Congo. A group of Congolese students who are located in Cape Town, have started a new organisation which helps or assist Congolese learners who are still in high schools with homework, tutoring, career guidance, bursaries and more. They are looking for volunteers to be part of the organisation. Destino explained more. For further information contact him 084 760 5428 or (021) 465 9028.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gender - Gender Links is hosting Regional SADC Gender Summit

In today's show, we spoke to Katherine Robinson from Gender Links. We were talking about the Regional SADC Gender Summit. The Summit is hosted by Gender Links and the Southern Africa Protocol Alliance under the theme 5050 by 2015 and a stronger post-2015 agenda. The post-2015 forum will also stress the controversial issues that continue to hinder the achievement of gender equality, namely sexual and reproductive health rights, rights concerning sexual orientation and gender identity and persistent high levels of gender based violence. Furthermore, a petition drafted by Gender Links which will be circulated amongst the SADC visitors for signatures to call on the Nigerian government to prioritise the rescue of the 276 Nigerian girls who were recently abducted by Boko Haram. For further information you can contact Katherine on (011) 622 2877 or visit

Men and pregnancy

Thulani Velebhayi – From Sonke Gender Justice Network was Instudio. We were talking about Men and pregnancy. Over the next couple of months 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

HUMA to host "Queer in Africa: Confronting the Crisis" symposium

We closed off Dr Zethu Matebeni - Researcher for the Institute for Humanities in Africa at UCT. As part of Africa Month celebrations, the Institute for Humanities in Africa is hosting Queer in Africa: Confronting the crisis, a symposium and festival from tomorrow till the 2nd of June 2014. The event includes an exhibition, discussions and performances addressing the current backlash against homosexuality on the African continent.

The official opening by Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo on Thursday the 29th of May 2014 at 18h00 at the Centre for African Studies (CAS) Gallery will be preceded by afternoon performances at the steps to Jameson Hall and at the Old Zoo on UCT Upper Campus. Dr Stella Nyanzi of Makerere University, Uganda, will be the guest speaker at the opening event.

On Friday the 30th of May at 13h00 Huma leads a discussion on ‘How and what is queer about Africa, and why now?’ This discussion focuses on two key texts recently published, Queer African Reader and Queer Africa: New and collected fiction. South African writer and poet Makhosazana Xaba and Kenyan queer writer and academic Dr Keguro Macharia will discuss how queerness opens up possibilities for diverse expressions in the continent.

The evening event on Friday the 30th of May at 18h15 at the Labia on Orange Street will include a film screening and a discussion on Woubi Chéria 1998 documentary film on the gay and transgender community in Ivory Coast.

A walkabout and book discussion with artists and contributors to the exhibition and Reclaiming Afrikan book launch takes place on Saturday the 31st of May at 11h30 at the CAS gallery. UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price will open the symposium on Monday the 2nd of June (09h00 – 17h00) and Prof Vasu Reddy (HSRC) will give the keynote address. At the symposium scholars and activists from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, DRC, and South Africa will deliberate on responses to the crisis in Africa. Panel discussions will be on religion, tradition and culture; law, human rights and LGBTI issues; and activist responses to legislating on the body and gender. The final session will be a poetry reading by Nigerian author, Unoma Azuah, at Bolo Bolo in Observatory. Attendance at Queer in Africa: Confronting the crisis is free and open to everyone. For more information visit or contact Dr Matebeni at Huma on (021) 650 4592 alternatively send an email to

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Human Rights - A21 Campaign counter trafficking

In today's show, we were joined by Katie Modrau - A21 Campaign Development Manager. The A21 Campaign is a global counter trafficking organisation. We were talking about Child trafficking. For more information on issues of child abuse, exploitation and child trafficking contact their offices via email: or visit

SA facing child abandonment crisis

Dee Blackie – A consultant at the National Adoption Coalition South Africa joined us on the line.  According to a research undertaken by Dee, there’s a growing social crisis of child abandonment and declining adoption rates in South Africa. She says the alarming increase of abandonment requires deeper research insights and understanding of cultural beliefs to stem this crisis. For more details go to or alternatively contact 0800 864 658.  

Khayelitsha marches against Monsanto

We closed off with Community Activist - Dumisani Wambi. We were talking about a March Against Monsanto they embarked on last Saturday. On May 24th, millions of activists from around the world Marched Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. The marches occurred on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. In South Africa 10 marches were hosted making this country the largest hosts in Africa. For more details go to or contact Dumisani on 081 898 7582.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Health - Today is Bipolar Awareness Day

On Sakhisizwe today, we heard from Suzanne Leighton - Complementary Therapist at Health Wise to tell us more about Bipolar. Today is bipolar Awareness day. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, energy and behaviour and which is why doctors classify it as a mood disorder. Its also known as manic-depressive illness which is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. It is also known as manic-depressive illness which is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. For further information you can go to or call 0800 70 80 90 alternatively send an email to

May is World Allergy Awareness Month

We closed off with Professor Sharon Kling - Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. We were talking about Allergies as May is World Allergy Awareness Month. This year’s focus is on Allergic rhinitis. It is said that Allergic rhinitis isn’t just hay fever, but something that can improve your quality of life and be treated successfully and people with allergic rhinitis can take precautions to control their environment. Professor Kling explained more. For more information go to or

Friday, May 23, 2014

Arts, Culture & Environment - Mayibuye Hip Hop Festival to rock Khayelitsha

Zoey Nqose – Co-organiser for the Mayibuye Hip Hop Festival joined us on the line. The festival is happening in Buyel' embo Village in Khayelitsha tomorrow. The Mayibuye Hip Hop Festival is said to be one of the biggest underground Hip Hop festival’s hosted in Cape Town. Tickets costs: R 20 Kids @ the door its R30
R50 Adults @ the door its R60
R80 (V.I.P Tickets) @ the door its R100
Venue: Buyel' embo Village, Makhaya 19 section
Time: 11AM till late
Headliners:BeatOven (PTA) Tsviel The Prince(EC) Driemaskap (CPT) Noetic poetry (JHB)
Hosted by: Gunzito
Entrance Fee: R 20

Venue : University of the Western Cape, DL 2.

Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.