Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday- Gender - The Friends Of The Children Hospital Association!!

We were also joined in studio by Mr David Stephens the director at The Friends Of The Children Hospital Association. We needed more background on (FOCHA).

The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association is a non-profit organisation registered with the Department of Social Development and has been a support organisation to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital since 1978.

The Friends Of The Children (FOCHA) were implemented to give parents who sit at the bedside of their children an opportunity to further their knowledge surrounding various health care issues facing their children and their families. Surveys were conducted by the Family Support Team, in the various wards in which parents were asked which social, healthcare and familial issues they were interested in learning about.
 ‘There is no doubt that the severing of a child from his/her home and family during hospitalization is a traumatic experience, not only for the child, but also for his family. Our Association’s foremost aim is to put the needs of the child first’, Dr Marius Barnard, first patron and founding member of the Friends who together with a group of dedicated women established this volunteer support organization in 1978. We are thus committed to providing amenities, assistance, benefits, comfort and love for the hospitalized children attending the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital. Our contribution to the purchase of equipment for all areas of the hospital is therefore a role we willingly fulfill. 

If you would like to contribute you more than welcome to do so by first visiting their website or simply call 021 658 5243

Wednesday - Gender - WHEAT Fund

On today's show we spoke to Janine Fortuin she does marketing and communication at the WHEAT Fund and she is very passionate about women s rights and fighting social justice. 

WHEAT Trust is a South African Women’s Fund that promotes a culture of giving to empower grassroots women. It grants to small Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and women who can not yet access formal funding. We believe that the most effective route to community development in South African low income communities is by empowering women to lead the development process. Our priority is to grant women access to information and knowledge in order to enhance and nurture their skills. There is a need for Southern Africans to be encouraged to support local women’s initiatives and so promote and enhance the culture of giving in our countries.

Part of the interview was also to let people people know about the upcoming exciting event WHEAT is hosting named 1000 women 1 voice; 
1000 Women 1 Voice Luncheon
May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For more information please contact

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday - Human Rights - The Institute for Justice will be hosting free screenings for their three films!!!

I also spoke to Carolin Gomulia head of communication and strategy at The Institute for Justice about the screenings that they will be hosting this Thursday 30th April 2015. 

Countering xenophobia, much like any prejudice, requires ongoing dialogue, education about South Africa's history and how it is interlinked with the rest of the continent, as well as the prioritisation of pan-Africanism – an ideology that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. With this in mind, amidst the current spate of violent attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the IJR will host screenings of three of its African Identities documentary films, which shed light on the lived experience of young foreigners living in South Africa.

The African Identities series of documentary films encourage participants, who are the protagonists of their own films, to explore their often deeply entrenched understandings of identity and belonging. The films encourage both the participants and viewers to interrogate their roles and responsibilities as Africans living within
South Africa. 

On thursday they will be showcasing three films that have been chosen , they all tell their own stories and communicate one thing at the end of the day. They are as follow;

1.Remember me – Lilliane Limenyande
2.On the other side of Africa – McMorris Thamando
3.Rising above the divide – Lumumba Chiar

If you would like to attend this dialogue please call 021 202 4073. 

Tuesday - Human Rights - Noluthando School!

On today's show i spoke to Nokulunga Sophazi Mbusi Deputy Principal at the Noluthando School for the blind. We wanted to know more about the school , so we needed to start with the schools background. 

The Noluthando School for the Deaf is situated in Khayelitsha serving 342 learners between the ages of 3 and 18 years, who have hearing impairments. Learners come from various communities around 

Noluthando School for the Deaf prescribes the principles of equal opportunity for all and sets a high premium on Deaf people learning to help themselves to the best of their ability. Noluthando School also has an Autism Unit as well as a Skills training Section.

This school is amazing and they have great programmes that enable their kids to be more equipped when they finish school. If you would like to volunteer as an NGO or individual you more than welcome to do so please do not hesitate to call 021 361 1160. 
Do not wait until we have a national awareness day on disabilities for you to then want to visit the school and contribute in anyway possible.  
Lets BUILD a nation!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday - Gender - Thusanang Community Project

On today's show i spoke to Raymond Bokako founder of Thusanang community project that's based in Gugulethu. We needed to find out more about this amazing project that's making a difference in the community of Gugulethu as well as the surroundings - Raymond started by giving us the background of Thusanang. 

Thusanang Community Care project bases at Masizakhe centre in Gugulethu. The centre deals with, among other things, family preservation for families and couples who are in conflict and mend those relationships by doing counselling, gender reconciliation, fighting domestic violence, referring residents who want to apply for grants to relevant departments, HIV/Aids programmes where they are targeting infected and affected residents, and they also do house visits where they do community care assessments for social problems encountered by the community.

Thusanang also has support groups for men , where they promote gender equality and encourage men for stand against violence in women and girls. Unfortunately they lack resources at the centre and they would like your contribution to better  it and make it comfortable and accommodating for other people that would like to visit. For more information please call Raymond on 079 149 8462.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday - Human Rights - Triagle Projects!!

Today we spoke to Matthew Clayton From Triangle Project on the importance of the rights of the LGBTI community we first wanted to find out more about Triangle Projects. 

Triangle Project is a non-profit human rights organisation offering professional services to ensure the full realisation of constitutional and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, their partners and families.
Our three core services centre around Health & Support, Community Engagement & Empowerment and Research and Advocacy.
We offer a wide range of services to the LGBTI community. These include a variety of health services, such as sexual health clinics, counselling, support groups, a helpline, public education and training services, community outreach and a library.

The Triangle Project has its origins in an organization called GASA 6010, which was established in 1981 by a small group of gay men. In 1982, the organization set up a counselling and medical service site as well as a telephone helpline. In 1984, GASA 6010 began a service on HIV and AIDS related issues.

From 1995, the organization focused on organizational processes and the objective of empowering gay and lesbian communities through health and development programmes.
In 1996, the organization changed its name to Triangle Project to reflect the multi-faceted nature of its services. Triangle Project then established the first gay and lesbian health project in an African township in Cape Town. Today, Triangle Project is one of the largest LGBTI organizations in South Africa, offering a wide range of services.

For more information please visit their website

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday - Health - Realistic Rehabilitation Center!

I also spoke to Solomon Madikane and James Louw from the Realistic Rehabilitation Center , here's a bit more background about them.

REALISTIC is an emerging CBO based in Gugulethu, in the Western Cape of South Africa. Established in 2004, the organization works with young offenders out on parole and youth at risk with the aim of finding creative, sustainable ways to reintegrate these youth into mainstream society.

REALISTIC now operates as a centre of hope for those who may have been marginalized by society. The word REALISTIC is an abbreviation for Rebuilding and Life Skills Training Centre

For more information on how you can get a hold of them please visit their website Realistic Rehabilitation Centre

Monday - Health - Be a blood donor!

On today's show i spoke to Marlize Marton Van Der Merwe from WP Blood Transfusion Service.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a non-profit, independent organisation operating throughout the Western Cape. We work without prejudice to supply safe blood and blood products to all communities in the region, from Cape Town all the way up to George. It’s our goal to be the benchmark transfusion service in South Africa – and we’re getting there, with the help of our dedicated donors.  Our donors and recipients are our first priority. We use only the latest technology and research to ensure their safety, and to excel in the science of transfusion. Each year we collect more than 165 000 units (that’s over 78 million litres!) of safe blood that’s used to impact the lives of more than 490 000 people. Quite a feat, even if we do say so ourselves.

Marlize also added that they are in great need of blood donors and that if anyone would like to be a blood donor , you will have to be between the ages of 16 -65 and your health needs to be your first priority. She continued to encourage south Africans to be involve and be blood donors as it helps save a life. For information please call 021 507 6300 or simply visit there website

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday - Labour Issues - Stop the xenophobic attacks!, Kazika pleaded to South Africans.

On todays show i spoke to two gentlemen Destino Nzonzidi Kazika  and Evans Elphas Bungu , Destino belongs in organisation called UNNC , Union des Nouveaux Nationalist du Congo which means The Union of New Nationalist of Congo.They assist other Congolese Learners with HOME WORK, any DIFFICULT SUBJECTS(tutoring), organize the WORKSHOP which we focus about STUDYING MANAGEMENT and CARRIERS GUIDANCE, provide FREE ACCESS on the INTERNET for their school work, assisting WITH APPLICATION FORM (to enroll at universities or colleges) and providing the necessary BURSARIES for them.Their organisation seeks to promote unity , equality and peace among congolese through education.

Today we based the interview not only on UNNC but also on the xenophobic attacks that have been taking place in KZN and now spreading in Gauteng. Destino reminds south Africans of the time where some of  our south Africans people went to exile in the other African countries.  He fails to understand why our african brothers and sisters are attacking only the foreigners from african countries if it is really a socioeconomic matter. He adds that this is not what Nelson Mandela wanted for this country as he liaised very well with neighboring African countries in the apartheid regime. Evans adds that he is deeply hurt and wishes this kind of behavior will soon be over and that he too wants to go back to his country of birth with honors and degrees . 
Destinos dream is to return to his country of birth and save his country through education. 

Thursday - Labour issues - Chrysalis Academy encourages youth development.

Everyday we learn new things and lessons in life and we find purpose to our existence.I found myself uttering these words after a great interview i had with Lucille Meyer. Lucille Meyer is the chief executive officer at the Chrysalis Academy, their vision is to become the leading Academy for youth development in the Republic of South Africa. And indeed they will be with the phase that they with , me thinks. We started the interview with Lucille introducing the Academy - 

 Chrysalis Academy is an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Cabinet, established in the year 2000 at Porter Estate in the suburb of Tokai. Its foundation was a response by the Provincial Government to the high crime rate in the Western Cape, which is one of the highest among the provinces in South Africa, especially due to substance abuse and an active gang culture in Cape Town’s mainly disadvantaged communities.

The result is a holistic and sustainable 5-year youth development program based on 3-month empowerment training that focuses on the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual development, which is still unique to our knowledge. The Chrysalis Programme is a preventative initiative, as opposed to rehabilitative. It is registered as a NPO (Non Profit Organization) and mainly funded by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Community Safety.

One of the main important question that i asked Lucille was -what are the challenges that the young people in South Africa seem to be facing at the present moment , and because she works very close with young people. She responded by highlighting three among the most important challenges.
1. Crime\violence, she elaborated that when a child grows up in a household were violence is the only thing they are exposed to they are most likely to caring that thorough-out their childhood and possibly in their lifetime. 
2. Unemployment, she adds that the issue of unemployment is what young people are facing . She continues saying that "We have young people that went to Collage , University yet still they are still unemployed'' . 
3. Lastly the Education system Lucille explains that the education system is not doing enough is terms of equipping young people in whats necessary for them in life generally which is numeracy and literature.

 I closed the interview with these words;We need young people that are physically, mentally and spiritually well developed , one that will look beyond their obstacles to achieve greater things in life.  A youth that will not wait to be handed things on a silver plate but one that goes looking for opportunities and if the aren't any make ways and means to create them. A youth that will comprehend the social economic state of our country and work towards improving it than pointing fingers as to who is responsible for the issue within. An active youth that does not feel like the county owes them anything.

For more information visit Chrysalis Academy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wensday - Gender - Sisters Incorporated

Today i also spoke to Deleen from Sisters Incorporated , Sisters Incorporated is helping women to help themselves by making a difference and improving their own lives for a better future. They are a private welfare organisation  , founded in 1959 with the intention of taking in women that are pregnant and are not able to take care of themselves as well as their babies.

 They later observed that the are more and more women in south Africa that are in live under domestic violence and they wanted to make a change to this. Now Sisters Incorporated offers help to women that have been abused physically and emotionally.

Deleen adds that one obstacle that seems to be standing in the way of them taking more numbers of women at the center -are funds. If you can help in a way possible please do call  021 797 4190. 

Wensday - Gender - How health and gender come together!

Today i spoke to Patrick Godana from Sonke Gender Justice. He starts the interview by condemning and pleading South Africans especially in Durban KZN to restrain the xenophobic attacks that have happening. He continues to quote the words of our former president , Thabo Mbeki " I am an African , i owe my being to the hills and valleys , the mountains and the glades, the rivers , the desert , the tree , the flowers , the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land."By these words he hopes our sisters and brothers will come together and stand against xenophobia and remember that we are all Africans and we should unite.

We moved on to having a conversation on health and incorporating it with gender so ? . Well he continues to elaborate more - men mine workers tend to suffer from silicosis and when they come back home it is the women responsibility to take care of them. He adds that a womens role in this case is as important as a the men that goes to the city seeking for a job to support the family , simply because the women are left with a responsibility to run the household.

Lastly he closes of by highlighting how the man dominates in most household , even in the bedroom  they tend to make decisions for the women in terms receiving contraception how they receive it and when. They make decisions on the use of protection too in terms of a women being allowed and welcome to use the Female condom if she decides.

For more information please visit the Sonke Gender Justice.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday - Health -Awareness on World Hemophilia Day on the 7th April 2015!!

Today we spoke to someone from the South African Hemophilia Foundation regarding the World Hemophilia Day thats on the 17th April 2015. We needed to find out more about the the disorder and the day in which its celebrated.

Theme for 2015: Building a family of support.
World Haemophilia Day is commemorated on 17 April, giving haemophilia organisations around the world an opportunity to increase awareness of haemophilia.

World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989. The World Federation of Haemophilia (WHF) chose 17 April in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day.
The day in 2015 will be used to raise awareness about bleeding disorders and the need to build a family of support for those living with them.
Families come in many forms but they all share the ability to support and advocate. World Hemophilia Day provides an opportunity to talk to your extended family and friends, colleagues, and caregivers to raise awareness and increase support for those living with an inherited bleeding disorder.

You can also go one step further and have a local landmark, a light in your home or office, or your front porch light lit in red on April 17 to show your commitment to the bleeding disorder community.
This year connect the global bleeding disorder family on the World Federation of Hemophilia social media network and encourage your online community to join the global family.

For more information about the awareness please call 021 758 7140