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...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tutor gives pupils tips on how to be maths survey...

Bassie and Ashraf Jamie

Easy to Apply Strategies for Success in Maths is a written study reference guide which aims give every high school pupil the chance to excel at maths. Author Ashraf Jamie who runs a tutoring service in Atlone hopes to issue it for free to all high schools. According to jame he used the guide when he was in high school and he hopes it’s a way pupils can use to learn. In studio we had author and tutor Ashraf Jamie. For more information email And find him on facebook as Ashraf Jamie..

Friends of Children Hospital association hosts Golf Day to raise funds

In these trying times of budgets being reduced, it's NPO's like Friends of the Childrens Hospital Association that find themselves struggling to keep their doors open. FOCHA is appealing to our community to contribute to this worthy cause. We are excited to be hosting our first golf day and look forward to your contribution and participation. On the line was spokesperson Liezel Menigo to tell us some how the community can help and about golf day. Menigo says the association needs volunteers such as photographer, videographer, receptionist, store room assistant and sponsor for a vehicle. For more info visit, or call 021 6585243.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Adult literacy programme needs funds to stay afloat

Proceeds from the book Memory Keepers which honours iconic national living treasures from the District Six era will be used to revitalise the ailing free adult literacy programme at the St Joseph’s Adult Education programme in Rondebosch. Since the cut of funding last year student interest has resulted in a major funding drive. The programme was conceptualised 16 years ago and has been serving the needs of the greater Cape Town community centre. On the line was Keith Adams director of the programme. To support email or call 082 499 3993

Thokozani Brothers sizzle in the studio

Bassie and Thokozani Brothers
Thokozani Brothers is a non-profit organization which was established in 1997 by ten young men who started singing Isicathamiya - a traditional form of music. Thokozani Brothers was founded in response to the social challenges under which individuals in the community find themselves, especially the youth and young adults. Thokozani Brothers make interventions that go a long way towards providing alternative options for young people. Music is regarded as a universal language and they use it to reach out to. They were in studio to tell us how the journey has been. If you want their album visit or call 078 9591 956

Maths Centre strives for excellency

Bassie and Jayshree Naidoo
The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers, popularly known as the Maths Centre, is a Non-Profit Organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education; spread across all provinces. The primary objective is to equip teachers, learners and parents with learning materials and programmes in order to develop a higher competency and performance in these learning areas for Grades R - 12 in South Africa. In studio was Jayshree Naidoo from the centre. For more info visit


Institute for Chartered Accountants offers 300 bursaries to aspiring disadvantaged youths

The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants is offering more than 300 bursaries to black and coloured Grade 12 learners who wish to pursue a career in chartered accountancy but have no resources to do so. SAICA says this is part of their strategy to fast track the transformation in the profession. On the line is Nthato Selebi to give us more on how interested students need to qualify and what they are trying to achieve with this. For more info visit or follow on twitter @saica_ca_sa

Monday, February 18, 2013

Participants callled for National Schools Moot Court competition

 Meetali Jain and Bassie
All secondary Schools in South Africa(grade 11 learners in 2013) are invited to participate in the 3rd National Schools Moot Court Competition March-August 2013. Participants are provided with the facts of an imaginary case which involve human rights issues. Respondents are asked to write two short essays, defending the opposing sides of the case using the South African Constitution. The winners of the national round oral round will receive financial support toward their first year to study at a South African university of their choice to which they have been admitted. In studio we had Meetali Jain to provide more details. For more info email and deadline for submissions is 15 March 2013. Fax them to 0866453569.

TSIBA a non profit business school for disadvantaged youths

Sandi Sher and Berwill Cloete
Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is a not-for-profit institutionThe school is buzzing at the moment with all the students registered and the academic year in full swing. At the annual Scholarship Ceremony new students (116 individuals) were awarded an official certificate of their bursary for the year to study their Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) – this then leads to the three year Bachelor in Business Administration degree. In studio is spokesperson Bertwill Cloete and Sandi Sher. For more info visit or follow them on twitter @Tsiba_Education and facebook.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Jitsvinger and Melanie Scholtz in studio

 Bassie, Melanie Scholtz and Jitsvinger
Enjoy an evening of exquisite music when Hip Hop artist and lyrical poet extraordinaire Jitsvinger joins Melanie Scholtz and the Love Apples at The Mahogany Room on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February, 2013. Jazz singer, composer Melanie Scholtz will be unveiling some of her new material at The Mahogany Room. In studio is Melanie Scholtz and Jitsvinger to tell us more about what they have been up to and tomorrow’s performance. Tickets at R60for one set and R100 for two sets. Support South African artists and music...Follow @MelanieScholtz and @Jitsvinger for further info.

Sporting Chance 50 Hour health challenge weekend for learners

Sporting Chance who is hosting the Sporting Chance Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, taking place from Friday 15 until Sunday 17 February 2013 in Cape Town. The Challenge encourages young learners to ‘get active’ and takes place at the Western Cape Sport School in Kuils River, Cape Town. It is the largest of its kind in the country with 5,000 learners nationwide keeping a ball rolling for 50-hours while participating in 15 different sporting disciplines. General manager Natalie Pollock gave us more details about what will be happening this weekend. For more info follow them @Sportinchance on Twitter...