Monday, February 27, 2017


Today we spoke to Adele Grosse a mother of a 13year old boy named Luca that has been diagnosed with leukaemia last year November.

“I’ve been working closely with The Sunflower Fund, a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and facilitating the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). Every year, hundreds of South African children and adults with blood diseases such as leukaemia and bone marrow failure, reach a stage where their only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant from a healthy donor. In about 30% of cases, a fully matched donor can be found in the patient’s own family, most often a brother or sister. For the other 70% of patients, their only hope is to find a matched unrelated donor identified by the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).”

She shares her story with us, “pleading with the public, parents, family ect to sign a petition to challenge government to subsidise the registration and test fee to become a stem cell donor. Our government subsidises ARV's 100% for HIV patients, why not stem cells? My son and many other children innocently became sufferers of leukaemia and should be given the chance to a life. Please help by signing the petition on or follow this link: Sign the Petition. Together we can make a difference!” Grosse concludes.

For more information contact:


By Jasnine Roberts

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We also spoke with Colleen Williams and Wiedaad Thebus from Good Hope Foundation, telling us about their passionate to serve the communities of western cape and it's focus is to constantly develop and offer a wide range of services that strengthen the unemployed, uneducated and the poor families.

For more info: 
Contact Colleen Williams
Tel: 021 696 6133/1463
Today on Sakhisizwe we spoke with Auriol Hays and Stacey  regarding urslam factor competition that been happening in pollsmoor prison,
Urslam factor competition is a talent competition open to all inmates, parolees and officials of pollsmoor prison, the audition started on the 6th of February 2017 and are expected to run until the finale on the 29th of April 2017, where the winner will be chosen from 7 hopefuls fat a Gala event at the prison.

For more info:
Mobile: 076 069 6697

By Donald

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We spoke to Lisa Thompson- Smeddle director at One Heart for Kids which is a non profit organisation sustainable development network that focuses on health and education for children across South Africa.

One Heart will be having an fundraising run for education on 26 March 2017 starts at 8:00 am, late entries will be charged R20.00 extra. The 3KM is R60.00, 5KM is R90.00 and 10KM is R110.00, bring the whole family along.
The event will take place at Eikendal Vineyards. Prices will be given away on the day.

To enter the run go to:

The aim behind the initiative is to provide a sustainable curriculum to keep learners dedicated to reading. This initiative has been accepted from the community openly and the books relate to everyday situations. 

RUN READ LEAD. We believe that by joining hands with us and coming to run with us, you are helping a child learn how to read. Strong readers become strong leaders and this is our vision and passion for the organisation.”

“With us, every race you run, someone gets to learn how to read”.

For more information contact:

Facebook: One Heart For Kids
Tel: 021 883 3680

                                   BY: Jasnine Roberts

Monday, February 13, 2017


Today we spoke to Nidhi Chaitow psycho social counselor and group facilitator at Prem Nidhi Conscious Rhythm.

At Prem Nidhi Conscious Rhythm drumming gets use as a therapeutic tool, for transformation and for connecting and healing. Nidhi focuses on a variety of programmes that empower and connect with you.

For more information contact:


Monday, February 06, 2017


Today we spoke to Tracey Malawana from HEALA about Obesity.

Heala was established in October 2016 and is an alliance of like minded organisation with the mission to improve the heart of obese South Africa. Compelled by the South Africa Constitution right that states everyone has the right to access clean water and significant food. There main focus is on prevention's and awareness around obesity in South Africa.

As South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa, with up to 70% of women and a third of men being classified as overweight or obese. A staggering 40% of women in our country are obese, which means they have a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 and the rate of childhood obesity has reach an alarming level.

Obesity causes increased health care costs, lost wages due to illnesses and disability, reduces work productivity, generates earlier retirement, and adversely affects people’s general well-being.

Some of the factors that cause obesity is the based on what you eat, such as fizzy drinks that have a high sugar level.

And some of the common diseases that place a role through obesity are diabetes, heart illness, kidney failures and some causes cancer.

For more information contact:

Facebook: Health Living Alliance
Twitter: @heala_sa

Tel: 011 88 00 995

Friday, February 03, 2017


We spoke to Siphokazi Jonas a writer, performer and poet, she’s written, produce and performed in three one woman poetry productions: Poetry under the Stars, Wrestling with Dawn and Conspiracy Theory and she also writes fiction and play writing stories. She originated from Queens Town in the Eastern Cape but resides in Cape Town these days.

Siphokazi develop the love for writing in high school as she’s always loved reading, but over time her writing become better and spoke more to people. When she reached University she was introduce to spoken word and that is where this all started to kick off for her.

She perceive her writing as a gift that is meant to bless others, but some times it does become a curse due to her not being able to write or she not being happy with the product.  

 She states: “before we are entertainers we are teachers and we are meant to be the voice that will speak for our generations and the voice that will paint a positive future when things are really difficult hence I use my work to bring a message across to say you have the right, you have the energy behind you to choose your path”.

She’s release a dvd called It’s Kind in South Africa and numerous other productions, but she has been nominated by the word and sound which takes place in Johannesburg for her performance last year which was one of the best show cases for 2016 so all you need to do to vote is go on word and sound website. Closing date is Sunday 5 February 2016.

Her dream is to have her own school of writing where she can develop the next generation into becoming professional writers and travel the world sharing her poetry.

For more information follow her on:
Twitter: @Siphokazi_J

Instagram: Siphokazi_J  
By: Jasnine Roberts

Thursday, February 02, 2017

We spoke to Thuleka Duze Director of AnTG EKASI which is a company that started operating in 2014 from Gugulethu in a one room backyard and  now in Cape Town,76 Long Street Pan African Market.

ANTG EKASI manufactures brand creation of handbags & apparel, which boasts of African Print looks & feel, stylish infused color & quality texture from around Africa. They create ranges that represent rural and urban designs to meet the fashion needs of men and women and comprises of fashionable and unique masterpieces and they jazz up your sneakers as well with providing that new feel to it.

All there products are done hand made and they draw inspiration from anything which provide that uniqueness and color.

For more information contact:

Instagram: Antg_Ekasi
Twitter: ANTG
Cell: 083 515 4435

These are some of the hand made designs 

By: Jasnine Roberts


Today we spoke to Jocky Jacobs founder of Rags to Kitchens which is a non profit organisation that focuses on alleviating poverty through changing communities.

Jocky Jacobs is a young entrepreneur which lost his parents at a young age. As challenging as life was he hasn’t given up on perusing his dreams in becoming one of the best chefs in South Africa.  

Rags to Kitchens got started by a group of friends as a skills development named Euclid Society where they provided skills sets to children of Elsies River through a soccer clinic to develop their sporting skills; from there Rags to Kitchen got established. As there were needs for development, skills to pursing different career paths.  

The name Rags to Kitchens come in existence when the two friends were talking about how far in life they have come, as they were living in poverty and wearing broken clothes.

The aim of the organisation is for youngsters to not use their circumstance as an excuse to not excel in life, to better themselves as people and just to make a difference in there communities.

For more information contact:

Facebook: Rags to Kitchens

                 Euclid Society

By: Jasnine Roberts

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


#BreakingTheStigmaAroundStereotype(Sakhisizwe Building the nation/ Bou die Nasie)

Today we spoke to Bulelwa Mpushelwa an independent gender and social activist that’s worked in the NPO sector for more than 15 years, with a specific focus on gender based violence, woman empowerment, social justice and human rights.

When asked if woman are still held back by stereotype, she responded by saying “Yes, because firstly if you understand stereotype it is about you over generalizing the specific rolls as a woman, where you should behave or act a certain way because of your sex, gender, culture or race.”

The ways you act, look or walk ect do not define you as a person and what career path you should pursue.  

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By: Jasnine Roberts