Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Human Rights - Ilitha Labantu empowers women and children

In today's show, we spoke to Sindisiwe Moyo – Social Worker from 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 www.ilithalabantu.org.za

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Labour - Cape Chamber not happy with the 14th report of the Commission for Employment Equity

In today's show, we spoke to Janine Myburgh - President at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry about the 14th report of the Commission for Employment Equity. The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it is disappointed with the document because it does little to promote the real development. The Chamber had the impression that the commission was looking at the wrong things. “What we should really be looking at is the future and how to bring on and develop the next generation of managers.” For more information go to http://capetownchamber.com

Simplifying the South African Labour Dispute System

We spoke to Nashira Abrahams - Dispute Management and Prevention Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. 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 www.ccma.org.za or contact their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

Western Cape Gov in partnership with the City to launch Digital Access Centre

We closed off with Alan Winde – MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. On the 22nd of April 2014 the Western Cape government, in partnership with the City of Cape Town announced that R2.8 million Digital Access Centre is set to be launched in Elsies River. The Interactive Community Access Network (ICAN) Centre forms part of the roll out of the Western Cape Government's R1.3 billion broadband plan to connect communities across the province over the next three years. Residents will have access to Wi-Fi hotspots, meeting rooms, video-conference facilities, training workshops, study rooms and sound-proof recording booths. The initiative builds on the success of the City of Cape Town’s broadband initiative in which R222 million has been set aside over three years towards the roll out of broadband infrastructure throughout the Metro. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gender - Men urged to support pregnant partners

In today's show, we spoke to Thulani Velebayi - from Sonke Gender Justice Network. We were talking about pregnancy and the role of men during this period. 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 www.men-care.org or www.genderjustice.org.za

UWC’s Gender Equity Unit hosts gender dialogue

We closed off with Busisiwe Deyi - Gender Dynamix Regional coordinator. We were talking about a gender dialogue hosted by UWC’s Gender Equity Unit at the School of Public Health. 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. For more information about the Gender DynamiX you can contact (021) 633 1253 or visit www.genderdynamix.org.za 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Human Rights - Disheartened voters encouraged to "Vote No"

In today's show, we spoke to Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge – Co-founder of the "Vote No" campaign. Co-headed by Ronnie Kasrils, the campaign is meant to encourage disheartened voters to go to the polls on May 7 and vote "no". Madlala-Routledge has urged South Africans to "go to the polling booth and use your vote to show that you are dissatisfied”. For more infromation go to www.facebook.com/sidikiwe or www.sidikiwe.co.za

Today is the Door to Door Reading Campaign Day

We also heard from Mandy Trevor - Regional Manager at Help2read. Help2read is a child literacy NGO based in Cape Town that operates in primary schools through a volunteer workforce. Today is Door to Door Reading Campaign leading to the celebration of World Book Day which is tomorrow the 23rd of April. Good Samaritans can help solve the literacy crisis by giving the gift of reading by volunteering to read for an hour twice a week. For more information you can contact their offices on (021) 930 3669 or send an email to info@help2read.org alternatively visit www.help2read.org

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Labour - Social Development hosts Community Imbizo in Heideveld

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Vuyelwa Nhlapo - CEO of the National Development Agency about the Social Development Community Imbizo in Heideveld. 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. For further information go to www.nda.org.za

Transport & Public Works MEC signs MOU with South African National Small Bus Operators Council in the Western Cape

Siphesihle Dube - Spokesperson for the Minister of Transport and Public Works joined us on the line. The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South African National Small Bus Operators Council in the Western Cape. The intention of the MOU is: To serve as a guideline which will govern the relationship between the Department and SANSBOC-WC, this would enable the department to give the necessary assistance and attention aimed at creating an enabling environment for the bus operators to provide a quality service that will allow for economic self-sustainability.
- To support, encourage and promote the constructive involvement of the SBOs into the main stream formal bus industry and related services in South Africa, specifically the Western Cape.
- To establish structures that will enable the Department (inclusive of all provincial and local governmental structures) and SANSBOC-WC to develop and implement shared strategies for advancing the role of the SBOs as an integral part of the overall provision of public transport in the Western Cape.

46 South Africans to be part of the YALI Washington Fellowship

We closed off with Jane Carpenter-Rock - Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate. We were talking about the Young African Leadership Initiative Washington Fellowship. The U.S. Embassy has announced that 46 South Africans have been invited to participate in the first ever YALI Washington Fellowship. The South African recipients were selected from almost 4,000 applicants and represent an extraordinary, diverse group of leaders already making important contributions in entrepreneurship, public administration, and community service in their communities. For more information on YALI go to http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/yali  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gender - Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Leadership Project

In today’s show we spoke to Dr Barbara Boswell - Project Officer for the Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Leadership Project at the African Gender Institute. They recently hosted more than 40 students and lecturers from the Universities of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, Wits University and the University of Cape Town in a three-day workshop. The workshop’s aim was to build capacity in the areas of sexual and reproductive health rights education, action research and feminist leadership. For more information about the Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Leadership Project go to www.agi.ac.za

Sonke Gender Justice Network promotes "Healthy Relationships"

Patrick Godana – Sonke Gender Justice Network Government and Media Liaison Manager was Instudio talk about "Healthy Relationships". 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 Patrick on (021) 423 7088 or send an email to patrick@genderjustice.org.za

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Human Rights - Unified Common Law Grand Jury of Southern Africa to host a National People’s Convention

In today's short, we were joined by Faiez Kirsten and Jan Lowveld – From the Unified Common Law Grand Jury of Southern Africa. We were talking about the National People’s Convention of Southern Africa they will be hosting on the 29th of April. They are looking for volunteers to facilitate home video screenings and discussion groups on April 29th  2014 in all areas on the following subjects:
1. Bank fraud
2. Common Law
3. Unified Common Law Grand Jury of Southern Africa
They meet every Tuesday at Alive Café at 11 Atlantic Road in Muizenberg. Further information send an email to info@farfone.com or commonlawsouthafrican@gmail.com alternatively go to www.giftoftruth.wordpress.com  

Mayibuye Archives Centre is hosting Langa/Sharpeville Exhibition

We also spoke to Lubabalo Mgqatsa – UWC Library Science student and co-organiser of the Langa/Sharpeville Exhibition. We spoke about the Langa/Sharpeville Exhibition hosted by UWC Mayibuye Archives Centre and Robben Island Museum Collection. The exhibition aims to tell a story through artefacts such as pictures, newspaper clippings, video clips and any memorabilia associated with the event. It will be up till the end of May. For more information go to www.uwc.ac.za or contact the Centre on (021) 959 3526.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Health - WC Health Department faces measles and polio vaccines shortage

In today's show, we spoke to Hélène Rossouw - Spokesperson for Health MEC - Theuns Botha. According to the Western Cape Health Department Measles and polio vaccines are in short supply at present. They further state that Western Cape Government Health is managing the available stock to reduce the impact as far as possible. Hélène explained more.

Thursday marks World Haemophilia Day

Sister Anne-Louise Cruickshank - Western Cape Haemophilia Foundation Coordinator was Instudio. Haemophilia is a rare inherited disorder that leads to abnormal bleeding, and specifically the inability to stop bleeding. On Thursday the 17th of April is the World Haemophilia Day and will focus on encouraging the global bleeding disorders community to Speak out. Create change. This year they are making a particular effort to reach out to young members of the community so as to promote their participation and to develop strong leadership. They want their young members to feel inspired to assume key roles in building and supporting the bleeding disorders community. Sister Cruickshank explained more about the importance of this day. For more on Haemophilia you can contact the South African Haemophilia Foundation on (021) 785 7140 or Sister Anne on 082 788 1038 alternatively you can visit www.haemophilia.org.za 

Combined Hormonal Contraceptive users are at risk

We closed off with a feature produced by Sakhisizwe Producer - Lazola Solani about the risk of blood clots amongst Combined Hormonal Contraceptive users. She had the privilege of talking to Professor Lee Shulman from the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Northwestern University Chicago, USA about the blood clots, the symptoms as well the risks and benefits of using Oral contraceptives.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Arts, Culture and Environment - Vadhini Indian Arts Academy presents Jhoomkaar

In today's show, we spoke to Darshana Rama – Co–Director of Jhoomkaar. Jhoomkaar (meaning Lets Dance) highlights captivating dance routines showcasing a variety of Indian Classical dance, Indian Folk dance, Indian Contemporary dance, Bollywood, African-Indian Fusion and Spanish collaborative work and will be showcased at Artscape next month. The Vadhini Indian Arts Academy in Cape Town is the first Indian dance academy in the Western Cape celebrating their 35th anniversary in staging small, community-based and large-scale performances at various venues both locally and internationally. Tickets costs R100 at Artscape Box Office and Computicket outlets. For ticket bookings contact Computicket on 086 915 8000 or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. For more information go to www.artscape.co.za   

Kirstenbosch to host 39th annual Plant Fair & Arts update

Cherise Viljoen – From Kirstenbosch. We were talking about the 39th annual Plant Fair at Kirstenbosch, a two-day event that celebrates the longstanding partnership between Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Kirstenbosch Branch of the Botanical Society. The Plant Fair  is tomorrow from 09h00AM to 16h00PM and on Sunday the 13th of April from 09h00AM to 13h00PM. Entrance fee is R10 and children under 12 are free. Venue: The Stone Cottages, Kirstenbosch Drive in Newlands. For detailed programme information go to www.botsoc-kirstenbosch.org.za

 
Nigel Vermaas was Instudio for the Arts update.

Smogiro launches new album

We closed off with Smogiro - A praise singer. He was here to talk about his 11 track album titled Africa. Smogiro said his music is for healing and he is inspired by Africa. You can buy his album directly from him via WhatsApp on  073 633 9698 or on www.facebook.com/smogiro.smog

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Labour - TEAMtalk Media opens a Sports Journalism Academy

Jonhenry Wilson – Head of Central Sport and Training at TEAMtalk Media. TEAMtalk media, has launched a Sports Journalism Academy in collaboration with the Western Cape Government. From this month, the company will train interns interested in sport and digital media, in the art of capturing sport related data, interpreting it and using it across digital platforms to enhance content. For further information go to www.teamtalkmedia.com or contact Jon on (021) 446 6426.

Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act

Daniel Du Plessis - Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration or CCMA. We were talking about Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act and Employment Law. Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act deals with the transfer of a business and the rights of employees affected by such a transaction. For more information about the CCMA go to www.ccma.org.za or contact their call centre on 0861 16 16 16.

ILRIG to host the 2014 April Conference

We closed off with Judith Kennedy and Shawn Hattingh from ILRIG. We were talking about a three day conference they will be hosting under the theme - Building a New Movement: What roles for community struggles, trade unions and political parties? The conference will be at Community House, Salt River in Cape Town from the 11th – 13th of April 2014 . For more information contact their office on (021) 447 6375 or visit www.ilrig.org  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Gender - WHEAT Trust to host 1000 Women Fundraising Event

In today's show, we spoke to Janine Fortuin – From the Women’s Hope, Education and Training Trust or WHEAT Trust about their 1000 Women Fundraising Event. WHEAT Trust is a Southern African Women’s Fund that promotes a culture of giving to empower grassroots women by granting small Community Based Organisations and women who cannot yet access formal funding. The trust is calling on all South Africans to stand together and speak out against Domestic Violence and Abuse in light of the recent scourge of gender based violence towards women and children and statistics such as 1 out of every 4 women in South Africa is in an abusive relationship, or every 8 hours a woman is murdered by her intimate partner and every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped. Since its inception in 2004, the initiative includes a fundraising event, grant making to women-led organisations, and a number of grantee workshops. This year’s luncheon will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 8th of May, which offers inspiring speakers, wonderful entertainment, a great goody bag, and good networking opportunities. If you would like to attend, please e-mail giving@wheattrust.co.za to reserve your spot! Space is limited and they are expecting to sell out. If you can’t make the lunch, and still want to donate: SMS 1000Women to 48877 to donate R10. (SMS costs R10) Please note that WHEAT Trust provide a 18A Tax exemption certificate and a BBBEE certificate for all donations. For more information on the event, including a price list visit www.wheattrust.co.za or contact (021) 762 6214.

Commission for Gender Equality is hosting a National Gender Summit

We spoke to Mfanozelwe Shozi - Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality about the National Gender Summit. The Summit will provide a platform for several discussions as a means to reflect on the 20 year period of democracy in South Africa, with specific reference to the gains attained and challenges facing the gender sector. Several policy and decision makers from South Africa and abroad, have been invited and expected to attend the conference. Some of them include former Deputy President of South Africa and the Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Constitutional Court Justice, Sisi kampempe. Government Departments, Civil Society Organisations and the Academia is represented at the Summit. For further information you can contact (021) 426 4080 or visit the website www.cge.org.za