Monday, October 31, 2016

Know Your Body- Sakhisizwe Building the Nation/ Bou die Nasie.

Professor Michael C Herbst Health Specialist from Cancer Association South Africa (CANSA) spoke to us more about the importance of Cancer.

Know your body, so you know how to compare yourself over each week. Stand in front of a mirror and observe yourself. Red flags could be any change in colour, any rash in the skin, in the shape of the body, any change in your appearance of your breast and in the colour of your urine. Your first detection would be your own monthly examine, going for a mammogram from the age of 40 years regularly.

Reduce the risk of cancer by watching what you put in your body, eg: do not smoke, get the necessary help, whether it is the e-cigarette, hubble pipe and snuff ect, abstain from the use of alcohol and stay out of the sun from 10am to 3pm to avoid melanoma which is more common in people of colour and avoid process food/ meat, drink clean fresh water.  

For more information contact:

Tel: 0800 226 622  

Strokes don’t ask for age or gender –Sakhisizwe Building the Nation/ Bou die Nasie


Gabriel Eksteen Registered Dietitian from Heart and Stroke Foundation speaking to us more on Strokes, as Strokes week is celebrated from the 28 October to 3 November.

A stroke is also known as a “brain attack” and can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. When that happens, part of the brain doesn’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, causing damage and results in the person experiencing the symptoms of stroke.

Strokes don’t ask for age or genders, meaning it can happen to anyone, some of the common facts are blood pressure is to high, diabetes, unhealthy lifestyles, your weight and when your heart beats to fast or to slow.

You can have fatal strokes, mini strokes before you have a bigger one. Strokes are treatable, so Gabriel advice you to get to the hospital as soon you experience a stroke to better your chances.

The theme this year is Face the Fact, strokes is treatable to better awareness access and action.
Agronomy Fast to help you look out for signs. F- Face (if you see the one side of there eye is tweaking or mouth drools, A- Arm (one arm is weaker than the other), S-Speech (when you speak with a slurp) and T- Time (get to the hospital asap)  

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 422 1586

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Positive Change- Sakhisizwe Building A Nation/ Bou Die Nasie


I spoke to Bianca Van Rooi CSI Coordinator of My Earth Community. My Earth Community is a CSI (Cooperate Social Investments) initiative of Temo Consulting run in urban and rural sectors. Keisie Youth Summer Festival is one of the initiatives that take place in the Keisie Valley which is a small town just outside Montague.

Keisie Youth Summer Festival will take place the 17 December 2016 just outside Montague.

Through the cooperative they plan on making improvements to the physical environment, to bring employment opportunities through government tenders and to provide after-school care, Literacy and learning centre and development programmes for the children.

You can get involve to donate a shoe box which consist of Toiletries, stationery, clothing item, toy and something sweet or by just volunteering.

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 424 9296
FB: My Earth Community

Twitter: @Myearthcommunity

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gender quality should not matter whether you are male or female, everyone should have equal opportunity that should be equity- Sakhisizwe Building The Nation- Bou Die Nasie.   

I spoke to Carryn Rensie from Mosaic. Mosaic started in 1993 and is an organisation that works with domestic abuse and sexual violence. The organisation was established by a single social worker who saw the need to assist women who were victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Mosaic works hand in hand with other organisations that fights for the same cause and offer programmes such as Social Service, Court Support, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Training & Development and Engaging Men and Boys and all there services is provided free of charge.

Mosaic helps to reunite the whole family and not just the females. As men also goes through abuse, but just goes unreported.

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 761 7585

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Changing Lives…


Health Care, Food, Water and Social Security.

I spoke to Estee Du Toit from Pebbles Projects. Pebbles Projects is 12years in the making and the project was started off to focus on FASD, but than realise children in the Winelands Farming communities are not just affected by FASD but have special needs in general.

Pebbles Project has a 5 pillar programme, education, health, communities, nutrition and protection.

If you want to get involve simply go on there website and make a difference in a child’s life.

The 29 October 2016, Pebbles Project will be having a community netball and soccer day for the whole family.

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 865 1000 / 082 924 3550

Making A Contribution To Refugee Well-Being, Self-Reliance And Social Cohesion- Sakhisizwe Building The Nation-Bou Die Nasie

Today I spoke to Mr.B and Magandela Mbali from Aresta (Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy).
ARESTA provides education and skills training to refugees, asylum seekers and South Africans, helping them develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant.

Aresta has a new programme in place HIV/AIDS, where they provide free counselling and assistance to health care to assist refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The service is offered free for testing and counselling, however you need to pre book for testing.

ARESTA will be having a Soccer Tournament the 29 October 2016, at 9:00 at the Mfuleni Stadium.

For more information contact:

Address: 3 Beverley Street, Athlone CBD, 7764.
Tel: 021 696 5764
       081 004 8787
       073 586 1512

       071 183 8918

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I spoke to Gavin Moffat from Man Kind Project.

Man Kind Project started 30 years ago; however it was established in South Africa in 1998. It is global organisation that conducts challenging and rewarding programmes for men, meaning Man Kind Project helps men to become better fathers, husbands and uncles and just better human beings.

For more information contact:

Facebook: MKP South Africa
Tel : 086 001 7411  

 Let change start with you

I spoke to Victoria Senjosingwe from Western Cape Albinism & Hypo-Pigment Foundation about the challenges that people with an Albinism encounter.

Western Cape Albinism & Hypo-Pigment Foundation is a platform to raising awareness about albinism and building self esteem.

Albinism is an inherited condition, where a person is unable to produce melanin (colouring of the skin, hair and eyes) lack of pigment. There are different kinds of albinism conditions.

Ocular Albinism affects the eyes and is much less common.
Oculocutaneous Albinism affects the skin, hair and eyes, this is more common.

People with Albinism need to take precaution to avoid damage to their skin by avoiding the sun during 9:00am to 16:00pm, due to their skin being sensitivity people with Albinism may develop sores on their skin that could lead to skin cancer.

On the 25th of October 2016, Western Cape Albinism & Hypo-Pigment Foundation will be having an event at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha.  

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 361 0960
      072 498 6622
Facebook: Western Cape Albinism & Hypo-Pigment Foundation


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I spoke to Christina Nomdo from Rapcan.
Rapcan started in 1989 and strives for a society where adults take responsibility for the safety of children, where children participating in the realization of their rights and are able to achieve their full potential.

RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) is a registered Non-profit Company, Non-profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rapcan stands for Resource Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Their main aims are to focus on prevention, to prevent something from happening or after it have happened. Work with high risked communities.

Programmes offered at Rapcan:
Child Participation
Children Are Precious
Today’s Children Tomorrow’s Parents
Child Witness Project
Positive Discipline

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 712 2330   


Today i spoke to Rose Mac Kinnon from Missing Children SA.
Missing Children SA started in 2007, when the board saw a need after two children went missing and end up death. Missing Children SA helps locate children and adults all over South Africa.

Once a child or person goes missing you need to go to your nearest police station, with the most recent picture, information about the missing person such as what they were wearing, and you will also need to fill out a SAPS 55 form (missing persons form), however there is no waiting period before reporting someone missing.  

Missing Children SA will be having an awareness campaign on Saturday the 22 October 2016 in Pinelands by the Juliana Field, starts at 9:00am -15:00pm and there is no cost involve it is for the whole family.

Safety Tips:

Always keep an updated picture of your child.
Make sure your aware of your child’s where about at all times.
Know what your child is wearing.
Teach your children to scream and shout if anything happens.
Create a safe word that only you and your child know.

For more information:

Facebook: Missing Children SA
Twitter: @072missing


Monday, October 17, 2016

I spoke to Cindy Pivacic an Author of a book that transformed the lives of many people in communities and their perception and attitude through the book titled The Deadly Seducer.

The Deadly Seducer is about Cindy’s life journey of living with HIV & AIDS and how she doesn’t see the virus as a death sentence. Cindy is full of enthusiasm and has a positive attitude on her.

“Cindy presents talks and workshops on living positively with HIV & AIDS and those with this book and her online presence gives her the opportunity to create awareness, give testimony concerning the HIV &AIDS issue and to assist in de-stigmatising this secret killer” Cindy say’s.

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 839 4529
       073 739 6044

Facebook: Cindy Pivacic Speaker HIV

I spoke to Molly Fabe from Cape Kidney Association.
 The Cape Kidney Association is a Grassroots Non-Profit Organisation that raises funds for indigent Kidney patients. 
 The Cape Kidney Association support Kidney dialysis patients with monthly food parcels, travel allowance to get to the hospitals for their dialysis and bursaries to further their studies or start-up costs for small businesses.
They will be having there annual monthly event at:
Kenilworth Race Course
Date: Saturday
12 November 2016
Time: 12 noon – 6pm
Theme: Mad Hatters

For more information contact:

Tel: 021 761 1326
Today we spoke to Las from Down Syndrome Inclusive Education Foundation.
Down Syndrome Inclusive Education Foundation was established 6 years ago.  The foundation was started by a group of people who has children with down syndrome and want to bring inclusive education to children with disabilities.  There aim is to offer a wide range of resources to help parents and professionals to promote the development of people with Down Syndrome. The Foundation is networking with local and international special needs institutions and Down Syndrome associations.

In 2011, DSIEF partnered with the pre-primary school Noah’s Ark in Cape Town to pilot a project for children with Down Syndrome based on a curriculum called the EARLY IMPACT programme. EARLY IMPACT models international best practice integrating children with Down syndrome in a mainstream class; and providing additional developmental and educational support through the use of special learn concepts, trained assistants and professional therapists. 
DSIEF will be having a cycle tour so if you want more information or to participate contact:

Facebook: DSIEF
Tel: 021 712 5552

Friday, October 14, 2016

I spoke to Martin Chappen a photographer with his brand called Pulse Point Productionz telling us how he and a camera met.
 Life itself inspires him. He takes pictures of everything from weddings to birthday parties.

To see more of his work or to get in contact:

Facebook: Martin Chappen
Tel : 061 789 8516

#Local is lekker.

Today I spoke to Cordiel Nathan Witbooi a young talented 24 year old gentleman, from a small town Worcester about how his love for music started. He was so humble and inspiring to speak to, such a wise old soul on him.

He’s found the love for music at the age of 7 years. The person that made the biggest influence in his life would be his late mom that died when he was only nine years old.  

Cordiel has performed with Lukmaan Adams, done productions and was also one of SA’s Got Talent contestants.

After the talent show, that is when his journey only began, as he believe “There is a plan and purpose for everything when the time is right”  

Cordiel will have a show at the 18 November and December.

For more contact details contact him on:

Facebook: Cordiel Nathan Witbooi

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I spoke to Siyabulela Tima a young vibrant entrepreneur who started his own clothing brand named UmngaOriginal. He is from Khayelitsha and started in 2013 and the name also means Flam Thrown Tree. All his stuff is hand made.

For more information you can go on his facebook page UmngaOriginal.  


Today I spoke to Hein Ntulini an Entrepreneur, the founder of MD Morelo Energy Solutions they focus on solar energy solutions for both on residential and commercial markets.  

Morelo Energy Solutions has been establishing for two months now, and already they have been making a difference in the communities.

Hein’s advice to upcoming entrepreneurs is doing your research, do not just jump into things.  Have a value for the market, make sure it is something that communities need. Start from the bottom and prove yourself, don’t let anything stand in your way.

The green economy is happening now, the question we need to ask ourselves is: will it leave us behind or will be we be part of it and what do we need to do in order to change society.

For more information contact:

Tel: 082 679 6487

Fax: 086 552 6803

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Today I spoke to Ebrahim Mongratie an Author of the book Thoughts of Perfection. He is such a humble person, the book is just amazing a must read.

The book is a guideline on how to make you a better person on how to excel in life, and it is quit an easy read.

The book speaks about learning all about the power of living, how to stop over thinking and how to bring positive affirmations in your live to help you achieve your goals and undo damage caused by negative affirmations. One of the subtitles of the book is called I attract affirmations.

Every two weeks Ebrahim offers free workshops to communities on how to use affirmation and practical, on how to deal with depression from 10:00am-11:00am.

The workshops take place at Claremont Library every 2nd weekend.

The book goes for R80.00

For more information contact Ebrahim Mongratie:

Tel/ WhatsApp: 082 33 88267



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I spoke to Busiswa Ndlalakulu from Sisanda Fundaytion.

Sisanda FunDaytion is a non-profit organisation working with volunteers to influence the lives of disadvantaged children in South Africa through recreation, education and inspirational fun. 

They provide 3 free programmes to disadvantage children.

Fun Days
The Fun Day outreach model is sustainable, relatively inexpensive and emotionally rewarding. It also provides immediate results.

This programme sees a volunteer, who has a skill or passion or an idea to run a programme, providing ongoing and progressive skills training sessions to our beneficiaries.  The volunteers empower the children by running topical and relevant programmes from which the children can take away life skills or a new talent, passion or hobby.

Sisanda Youth Connect Programme focuses on connecting groups of senior school pupils as volunteers for primary school children. The children come from various cultures and backgrounds with the objective of building relationships and facilitating peer learning.

To learn more or get involve contact:




021 689 5347


Today I spoke to Nicole Bartels Media Manager of Stop Trafficking Of People.

Human Trafficking it is modern day slavery, trafficking is the trade of humans. Most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation and organ harvesting.

Victims are tricked, trapped and than used. This can cure through force, lies, threats, abduction or fraud. Often it is victims who believe a story that sounds too good to be true as traffickers will use anything to get what they want and the fact remains only 1% is lucky enough to escape!

Do not become the next victim of human trafficking.


For more information contact:






0800 555 999
0800 222 777
081 720 7181


Monday, October 10, 2016

Lastly we spoke to Tamlin Abrahams the Regional Director from Operation smile.

Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

A surgery to repair any of these facial deformities goes for R5500.00, where as the amazing volunteers of Operation Smile provide there services absolutely for free as well as the follow up sessions.

To volunteer your time or be apart of this amazing team go to:


021 447 3608

We spoke to Fanie Du Toit from the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities South Africa.

The Igniting Change Seminar will bring experts together to discuss subjects like hearing loss in the workplace, an initiative to establish communication with this group in case of emergency.

Topics such as the rights that are violated of disabled people will be address, hearing loss and increased cognitive decline amongst the elderly, where employers and employee with hearing impairments are concerned and many more.

A ticket goes for R150.00

For more information sms:

Fanie Du Toit on 082 820 7358 or

Monday – Health Related


Today we spoke to Megan Pentz Kluyts a Dietician about National Nutrition Week, which runs from the 9-15 October.

National Nutrition Week forms part of a global initiative, the theme this year is love your beans. So much nutrition advice is centred on what we need to eat less of, but when it comes to pulses the message is about eating more! This year, theUnited Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has declared that 2016 is the‘International Year of Pulses’, promoting pulses as nutritious seeds for a sustainable future.

Beans are important in your diet. Such as beans, peas, lentils, dry beans, split peas, and Soya. You can include beans in your diet up to four times a week. This initiative is also a way to save money and look after your health as well. Get involve on the twitter chat that will take place on Wednesday, go on the website for more details.

For more information go on:



Monday, October 03, 2016

Monday- Health


Today we spoke to Dr Clint Cupido Senior Consultant of Medicine Victoria Hospital and Director of Abundant Life Palliative Care.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day falls on October 8th. Palliative care is to care for the terminally ill and their families.
The biggest focus of a palliative care giver is to explain to the family in simple terms which anyone can understand, what is wrong with your love one and to make the process as easy as possible for the patient.

Victoria Hospital and Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa and other Hospices will be raising awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families and to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.

For more information: