Wednesday, August 05, 2015

August is being celebrated nationally as Women’s Month; we started this celebration by speaking to Di Olivier a trustee of The Black Sash. The Black Sash has been working "towards making human rights real" for 6 decades. This year they will be celebrating their 60th anniversary at the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival 2015 with a photo exhibition and launch of their latest publication by author and long-time Black Sash member, Mary Burton. For more information on The Black Sash you can go to

The Kensington girls’ choir came to share their talent with us. They will be leaving on a tour to Switzerland in October 2015. For more information you can contact Lizl Gaffley on 076 026 2512. 

We also spoke to author Ntsiki Siege about her book, A Broken Wing. This book is a true story about her journey going through a divorce and having to raise her 3 children. She also addresses the guilt that one carries when going through divorce and not dealing with one's feelings. This an encouragement to overcome life’s adversities. For more information you can email Ntsiki at  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rob Bareham - Coordinator for the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre (CTARC)

Cape Town Amateur Radio Center (CTARC) every year amateur radio operators, also known as radio hams, gather around the world on the third weekend of August. Amateur radio operators serve the communities where they live around the world by providing emergency communications infrastructure is destroyed such as telephone and cellular facilities and power lines. It is the radio amateurs who were the first to get the news out in situations like the Boxing Day Asian Tsunami and the Earthquake in Haiti recently when there was no other form of communications available. Radio Amateurs keep and maintain equipment capable of operating on international frequencies utilizing on simple aerials and can operate on battery, solar power, portable generators or mains allowing them to set up quickly when all else has failed.

Friday, July 25, 2014

First discipline then fighting

Today Sensei Shihan Marius from Josui Kaikan Karate visited Bush Radio. Josui Kaikan karate is full contact karate specifically for self defence purposes. Sensei Shihan Marius was actually one of the people who changed the concept of knock-down karate to self defence karate. Sensei has been doing karate for 21 years and has been teaching for 15 years. According to him, karate is the highest disciplined sport that you can get. The children are taught the basic principles of discipline and only afterwards they learn about the technique and tournament fighting. Karate is a lifestyle, a custom, he says. Moreover, karate enhances other aspects of your life, for instance your balance, brain functioning and focusing. If you’re interested call Josui Kaikan Karate on 021 637 7003 or 071 4097824.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Today we spoke to Abongile Nyumba from Lungisa which is a community monitoring and reporting tool in South Africa. Tell us about a service delivery problem you face, and we'll work to have your problem fixed. Find out more at

the aim is simple: to empower ordinary people living in South Africa to have their voices heard; to try to get fixed service delivery problems they face; and to improve the quality of life for those receiving poor or unequal services.

you can use Lungisa to report back what kind of service delivery problems you're facing. You can submit a report on Facebook; you can send SMS "lungisa" to 32759, describing your problem; you dial *120*852#, and answer four easy questions; you can email a problem to them at:;


Diabetes South Africa

Today we spoke to Margot McCumisky she gave us an over view what is Diabetes. she is from Diabetes South Africa is a non-profit organization, founded in 1969 to be a support and an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa. Their work includes:  
Informing, encouraging and supporting all people who have diabetes and their families. As well as acting as an advocate for people with diabetes, lobbying for better facilities, cheaper medication and better services. And finally promoting public awareness of diabetes, its symptoms and risks.
Diabetes SA is primarily a volunteer organization and relies heavily on people with diabetes and their families. These people can share their knowledge and experiences and give of their time to help each other.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The South African Mathematics Foundation aims to advance the mathematics education of the youth

From the 3rd until the 13th of july the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad was held at UCT. 103 countries were participating and 5 of the 6 members of the South African team came from Cape Town.
On that occasion today we had an interview with Prof. Johan Engelbracht who is Executive Director of The South African Mathematics Foundation.
The South African Mathematics Foundation was founded ten years ago, when Johan Engelbracht and his co-founders realized that it was not going well enough with mathematics in the country. According to him, although we definitely have made a lot of progress, we still have a long way to travel.
Engelbracht points out, that to raise interest in mathematics, we have to raise the status of mathematics as a viable career option. And we have to let go of the perception that mathematics is boring and only meant for gifted people. Mathematics is a great and fascinating subject. It can be difficult but if you spend some time practicing eventually understanding will arrive.
If you like mathematics, there are a number of good careers. For instance engineering, accounting, finance, medicine, biology, and of course teaching.
Of course you also have the opportunity of applying for The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). This world championship competition for high school students is held annually in different countries.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Born Free (Contemporary Dance)

The Born Frees is a contemporary dance show celebrating a bold new generation, Generation Z.  in Studio we had Wentzel April, a teacher from one of the focus schools whose learners will be participating in the play.
Artscape is set to present the much awaited contemporary dance showcase, Born Frees, featuring Western Cape Focus schools and other schools within the Cape Peninsula, Artscape, New World Dance Theatre (NWDT), Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) and UCT Youth Training Programme in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department, at Artscape Theatre on 25 July 2014 at 20:00. It is sponsored by the National Arts Council.
This performance will feature 120 Dance (subject) learners from various schools across the city, many of whom have auditioned to join the contemporary Dance Bridging Programme of the New World Dance Theatre, training at the UCT School of Dance every Saturday.

Park Run

Robert McCallum from Parkrun in the Studio. Parkrun is an international project organizing free, weekly 5km runs all around the world. These runs take place in parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to participate. No matter if you have just started running or have been running marathons for years, you can join. In South Africa there are now 32 locations to go park-run. And until now there have been 1641 events and more than 60.000 runners!
On the webpage you can find information about different events and how to sign up for one. Here you can also find a photo gallery and information about volunteering.
Because Parkrun has official sponsorship deals, its possible to make participation free. And the sponsors representatives can often be seen running as well.
If you want to start your own Parkrun in your community, that is also possible. If you have the drive and determination the organization can help you offering assistance and support.
Parkrun in Rondebosch will be held every Saturday at 8:00 at the Rondebosch common with start and finish at park road. There is no costs or – even better – no time limit! If you want to join or need more information you can contact Robert on 0836510464 or send an email to Or as I said before you can visit the webpage

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mandela Day Book Drive

Today Lee-Ann Roberts and Katie Horne from HWB Communications visited Bush Radio. They were talking about how they are going to participate in Mandela day and make a difference in their neighbourhood on Friday.

HWB Communications, which is a local PR and Communications consultancy, have partnered with the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village in a drive to collect books for the Prestwich Primary School in Green Point.

The idea is that they will collect books during the week, and on the 18 July they will spend 67 minutes reading books aloud for children at a local school. In that way, they hope that they can build a culture of reading at the school and also inspire the kids to read for enjoyment.
Lee-Ann and Katie are asking everyone who wants do donate books, to hand them in at their office, or in cardboard collection bins placed around the Cape Quarter.
Moreover, the Bay Bookshop in the Cape Quarter is offering a 20% discount on any book purchased for the donation box in that store.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senecio is proud to present its fifth annual Fun Run. One of the aims of this year's event is to involve more people with a variety of disabilities from different communities to take part in the fun run. This run is in line with Senecio's vision to make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Walkers and Runners have a choice between 5 and 10km. On the line is Annatjie van Wyk on explain, where, when and who can participate on in the event…

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Gate SA aims to provide youth with skills

Bassie, Alice and Sonwabile
Beautiful Gate SA is an NPO based in Lower Crossroads will be hosting a free skills day for school leavers who not in school or at work on the 1st of March 2013 ar 09:00 until 12:00. this opportunity is aimed ar young people who have passed grade 12 in the last two years but could not further her studies or get a job. In studio is Sonwabile Dwangu to give us more details. Beautiful Gate is also a home for orphaned disadvantaged kids with the organisations trying to find thems suitable homes. In studio was Sonwabile and Alice from Beautiful Gate. or call 021 370 2500.

UWC adds voice against gender based violence

UWC’s Great Hall will be filled with performances, short
documentary screenings, demonstrations and addresses by UWC staff andstudents on 26 February at
12:00-14:00. Students and staff will pledge by signing their support to act, participate and speak out against gender-based violence. This is in addition to the work the University has done through plays such as, Reclaiming the “P” word, performed at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, and other such initiatives. This forms part of the country’s fight against gender based violence. Marry Haines from the gender equity unit spoke to us about why it's important to unite against the scourge.

Whizz ICT connects the community

Whizz ICT centre was established in 2008 with the aim to bring information communication technology (ICT) to communities taht are are marginised from the use of technology. The mission of Whizz is to link ICT to the development efforts of people from disadvantaged communities. Whizz core values are access and quality. Access means that ICT must be available to everyone who wants to learn and gain information about technology. In studio was coordinator Thembinkosi Qobela giving more information about ICT. For more info contact 021 387 2314...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Edge of Wrong festival kicks off this weekend...

Edge of Wrong assemble
The 11th installment of the festival EDGE OF WRONG is coming up this weekend and the following weekend. The South African/Norwegian festival in connection with the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council will be offering workshops, talks, and concerts from 22nd February to the 2nd of March in Cape Town. Edge of Wrong is premised on the productive opportunities  vested in chance, uncertainty and in the pursuit of the unknown. In studio was Morten Minothi Kristansena and some of the acts set to perform at the festival.

NCOP hosts project implementing democracy lecture tonight

The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, will tomorrow (20 February 2013) deliver a public lecture at the University of the Western Cape. The theme for the lecture is “Implementing project democracy: The role of Parliament in general and the NCOP in particular”. This event marks a culmination of activities set out by the NCOP in 2012 when it celebrated its 15th anniversary since inception in 2007. This lecture aims to educate South African’s of how parliament works, what is the NCOP and general composition of the state. Holding on the phone was Thandi Mamela NCOP deputy chair spoke to us about it...