Friday, December 28, 2007

Backchat Update

28 December 2007

With the festive season upon us, many people tend to drink more than usual and won’t think twice about getting into their vehicles and driving to their various destinations, something which is seen as illegal and irresponsible as well as self-fish; because not are you only putting your life in danger, but the lives of others as well.
I (Celeste Ganga) conducted an interview with a lady called Barbara; she her husband and daughter were knocked over by a drunk driver. All of them sustained injuries, but her husband sustained damaged to his brain. The accident took place in 2005, and up until today he is still living with the scares of the accident

Later Bassie conducted an interview with Pamela from Molo Songololo. They spoke about Child Trafficking.

Like I might have mentioned a while ago, during the festive period, we will be playing you interviews that we conducted during the year. Especially for those who have missed our interesting, entertaining and educational programmes. So if you’ve missed out on any of the programmes, here is your chance to listen to them.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

25 December 2007

Western Province Blood Transfusion Service

Today we had Lynne Erasmus of the Western Province Blood Transfussion Services on the show. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a not for profit, independent organisation that works without prejudice to render safe blood and blood products to all communities in the Western Cape.

So if you are older than 17 years old and live a healthy lifestyle, you can help the Western Province Blood Transfussion Service by donating your blood to save a life.

For more information, contact 021 507 6300 or 021 507 6364

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

19 December 2007

Because of the festive season, over the next few days we will be playing some of the interviews conducted during the year. This is also for those of who have missed some of our very interesting interviews done throughout the year.

Alcoholics Anonymous

However one of the interviews that we conducted today was with Desmond W from Alcoholics Anonymous. Desmond is the Public Information Chairperson at the AA.

‘Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking’

They offer a 12 Step Programme to help those who admit that they have a problem and need help.


If you want more information contact their toll free Helpline on 0861 435 722 or their office number on 021 510 2288

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

18 December 2007

Big Brother Big Sister South Africa

Today we opened the show with Nazrana Parker, Programme coordinator at the Big Brothers Big Sisters South Africa Programme. BBBSSA is a Mentorship programme for youth between the ages of six and 18 who are in need of various kinds of support.

‘After being matched, a mentor (a ‘Big) and a mentee (a Little) build a trusting friendship. A youth in need could be a child who is struggling academically, battling with low self-esteem, abused, neglected, or infected or affected by HIV/Aids’

Over a period of 12 months, a ‘Big’ is expected to spend a minimum of one hour a week developing a one-on-one relationship with the programme.

If you are interested and would like more information contact 021 551 6996 or you can email them on or visit their website

City introduces new Water Demand Management System to residents

We were later joined by Julian Daniels, Manager at Water Demand Management Scheme at the City of Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town has launched a water demand management scheme as a pilot project, which will bring to an end the trickle system, and residents who save water will have their arrears written off.

The City says that this system will help customers to save water and to manage their monthly water bills, and it will also help the City to manage debt.

The scheme consists of a water management device, which is installed in residents’ houses, and a central control team in the City administration that regulates the functioning of these devices with the help of a computer set up.

If you would like this device installed in your home contact 0860 1030 54

Friday, December 14, 2007

14 December 2007


Today we opened the show with stand-up comedian Stuart Taylor, he is better known as the presenter of Going Nowhere Slowly. He spoke to us about his latest production Techni-Coloured.

‘Techni-Coloured is a blend of stand-up comedy, sketch comedy and Taylor’s signature magic. Stuart acts as our tour guide through his personal identity crisis and paranoia whilst destroying with ease the myths of preconceived stereotypes. Techni-Coloured sees Stuart tackle everything form a technical manual on the ups and downs of marriage to facing his fears on his well documented travels, all with his deliciously un-PC yet laid back style’

The show started on 12 December 2007, and has received good reviews. The show runs at the Artscape Theatre until 6 January 2008.

Tickets are R70 per person Wednesdays to Saturdays @ 20h15 and Sundays 18h00, and R50 per person Tuesdays @ 19h00 and Saturdays @ 14h30.

For bookings call Computicket on 083 915 8000 or visit their website
picture: supplied

Spier Art Exhibition Award Winners

The rest of the show consisted of an array of artists who participated in the Spier Art competition 2007. The works of the artists are now being exhibited at Spier.

These are some of the winners that we interviewed and their backgrounds:

*Robyn Nesbitt has participated in several group shows including Women, Photography and New Media at JAG in 2006. Robyn and Nina Barnett worked collaboratively for Spier Contemporary

*Kemang Wa Lehulere is a founding member of the Gugulective Arts Collective where he is a practicing video artist, print maker and painter. Kemang performs at Spier Contemporary in collaboration with Chuma Sopotela and Mwenya Kabwe

*Bettina Malcomess is a lecturer in art theory and history at the Stellenbosch Academy of Graphic Design and the University of Cape Town. Bettina is part of a collective – Doing It For Daddy – along with Renee Hollman and Linda Stupart

*Renee Holleman is currently pursuing her MA in Fine Art at Michaelis, University of Cape Town. Renee is part of a collective – Doing It For Daddy – along with Bettina Malcomess and Linda Stupart

*Linda Stupart completed her BA in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2005 and is currently studying towards her Masters degree at the same institution. Linda has worked as the regional editor of ArtThrob and has been involved in a number of curatorial and educational projects as well as exhibiting in a number of group exhibitions. She currently works as a part time lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts and contributes to various South African art journals. Linda is part of the collective – Doing it For Daddy – along with Renee Holleman and Bettina Malcomess

Details of when these exhibitions will be taking place can be found on

Thursday, December 13, 2007

13 December 2007

Alzheimer’s South Africa

We opened the show today with Sheila Cooper, National Executive Director of Alzheimer’s South Africa.

‘Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a collective name for conditions in which progressive degeneration of the brain affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion’

Symptoms may include:

*loss of memory
*difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying
*difficulty in performing previously routine tasks
*personality and mood changes

For more information contact 0860 102 681

Sleep Apnea

We were later joined by Dr Richard Hirschson, a specialist physician at Milnerton Medi-Clinic. He spoke to us about Sleep Apnea also known as snoring.

‘Those who suffer from Sleep Apnea stop breathing many times during each night's sleep. They complain of excessive daytime sleepiness or poor sleep. Anyone can develop sleep apnea at any age. It is a serious and sometimes life-threatening disorder, which appears to affect men more frequently than women; those who have narcolepsy develop it more often than others’

A definitive diagnosis can only be provided by a specialized test known as a polysomnograph. This test is carried out in their Sleep Clinic (Milnerton Medi-Clinic).

For more information on treatment contact 021 551 2798 or fax 021 551 6118 alternatively email Or visit their clinic at Suite 068, Milnerton Medi Clinic, Cape Town, South Africapicture:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

12 December 2007

Gamblers Anonymous

We opened the show with a guy that would like to be known just as Philip. He is a reformed gambler that now works for Gamblers Anonymous helping those who are addicted to gamblers.

Gamblers Anonymous helps people who are addicted to gambling. Especially this time of the year where people are prone to gambling because of salary increases.
‘Gamblers Anonymous offers the following questions to anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.’


1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?

2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

3. Did gambling affect your reputation?

4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

12. Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?

13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

20. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions

If you think you have a gambling programme call 086 123 3578

Children of Gandhi Project

We were later joined by Ruchira Kamboj, Minister and Head, High Commission of India to Cape Town. She spoke about the Children of Gandhi Project.

‘The main focus of the COG Project is to bring children and youth powerful examples of peaceful action at work and show that it is possible to dissent, demand and drive change without using violence.’

The COG project has created engaging, youth-centric programmes, a website, and materials in the form of posters, illustrated comic books, collectible card games, animated films, audio stories, interactive classroom modules, and documentaries that will attract and involve young people on the issue of peace.

For more information contact 021 419 8110/1

Children and Violence Prevention Programme

We ended the show with Roné Gerber, a psychologist from The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture and she is involved with the children and violence prevention programme at the Centre.

‘The trauma centre aims to break the cycle of violence that occurs in many families and communities. Many perpetrators themselves have themselves been subjective to violence from childhood, and early in life learn the lesson that violence is power’

The Children and Violence Programme is based in Lavender Hill.

For more information contact 021 456 7373

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

11 December 2007

Hope Again Recovery Home

We opened the show with Alfonso Shilder, Leroy Stynder, Savatori Southgate, Donovan Manuel, Hiram Adams from Hope Again Recovery Home.

‘Hope Again Recovery Home is a place where men come face to face with themselves and where life skills are taught in preparing them for situations that they’ll find themselves in. Their ultimate goal is for them not to resort to drugs, gang related activities, alcoholism etc’

For more information contact 021 371 7323

Africa, my Africa-Helderberg Society

We were then joined by Lyndsay Small Director and Chairman of the Helderberg Society. He spoke about the variety show that is currently on show at the Playhouse in Somerset West.

‘This is a variety show portraying the history of the Helderberg and South Africa over the ages, using dialogue, music and dance to take the audience through the ages in SA’

.Africa, my Africa is a showcase of local talent and is not to be missed.

The show runs from 29 November 2007- 14 December 2007. Tickets cost between R25 and R45. It runs at 2.30, 6.30 and 8pm.

For more information contact 021 852 5182

Spier Contemporary 2007 exhibition

We ended of the show with Jay Pather who is the co-curator of the Spier Contemporary 2007 exhibition.

They held a competition recently where any artists could enter, but their works had to be contemporary. From over 2000 entries they selected 100 art works that will be part of an exhibition.

The Contemporary visual arts exhibition opens at the Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

The exhibition runs from 13 December 2007 to 20 February 2008. All visitors are welcome. And entrance is FREE!

For more information contact 021 881 3116

Monday, December 10, 2007

10 December 2007

South African National Editors Forum (SANEF)

We were later joined by Raymond Louw of the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF).

He spoke about the recent arrest and withdrawal of charges of the Radio Islam International News Editor, Azhar Vadi that was arrested on charges of interfering with police at a crash scene.

‘While welcoming the dismissal of charges against him, Sanef repeats its call on police to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to taking disciplinary action against the police officer who carried out what was clearly an unlawful arrest’ says Louw.

For more information contact Raymond Louw (SANEF Media Freedom Committee Chairperson) on 011 646 8790

Friday, December 07, 2007

07 December 2007


Today we opened the show with Cindy Solomon, Lesley Charles and Abbey-Leigh Rhode from the production ‘Angel’ brought you by the dance company Afrika Ablaze.

Angel is ‘a powerful message of how children who live in a Godless world can lose their way. The story invites the audience to debate the theory around, “Are children born innocent?” and if so, what then happens when things go wrong with them or for them. “Does the world continue to contaminate them?” and if so, what then can save them?’

The dancing is said to be dazzling, with flambouyant costumes, touching singing performances, exciting acting potential and a glorious outpouring incredible young talent.

There will only be two performances and they will be taking place at the Eoan Culture Centre on 17 and 18 December 2007. The show will start at 8pn.

The production promises to be a dance/drama that will blow you away.

For more information contact Glenda on 082 669 1670 or Cindy on 082 434 0018/ 021 797 3374

pictured from left: Abbey-Leigh Rhode, Lesley Charles and Cindy Solomon

picture: Celeste Ganga

Latin Heat

We were later joined by Sebastian Guile (director) and Paul Morissey (performer) from the musical show, Latin Heat.

‘Latin Heat is a fiery tribute to Latin and contemporary music brought to you by Cape Town spiciest local talent’

It runs at the Barans Theatre from 11 to 29 December 2007 and a special New Year’s Eve performance on 31 December 2007

Sebastian, who can be seen playing drums in the show, is joined on stage by his two brothers, Jason Guile on Bass guitar and Matthew Guile who is said to be one of Cape Town’s hottest rising guitarists.

‘The show sets the stage alight with the greatest hits all the way from the masters like Carlos Santana, to modern-day Latina divas like Shakira’

For more information contact Kelli Lakey on 073 225 1734

pictured from left: Sebastian Guile and Paul Morissey
picture: Celeste Ganga

2007 Sport Legends Awards

We then had an interview with Alan Boesack Junior who he spoke to us about the 2007 Sport Legends Awards. This is the third year that the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports aims to honour and recognise people who have given a lifetime of service to sport.

The sport codes that are being focused on are football, weightlifting, chess, softball and cricket. The codes honoured over the past two years have been athletics, boxing, rugby, darts, hockey, netball, table tennis and football.

All legends will be honoured at a fitting ceremony on 10 December 2007, at the Birekenhead Estate Brewery in Stanford, outside Hermanus from 11h00 until13h00.

For more information contact Mandla Yeki on 079 511 23087

Shona Khona-'making youngsters’ dreams come true in Khayelitsha'

We ended off the show with Stan Whiteing spokesperson for Shona Khona.

On Sunday (9 December 2007), 20 lucky winners of a Shona Khona draw will gather at the Khayelitsha Stadium in Khayelitsha to show Shona Khona coaches and soccer legends their soccer skills in the hopes of impressing them enough to earn them a spot at a regional soccer camp.

Youths between the ages of 10-16 years enter through proof of purchase of household products made by Reckitt Benckiser, then SMS the lucky number found in on the packaging. Those whose numbers are drawn are allocated to a taining camp closest to their city or town.

Mandla Mazibuko will host the Shona Khona competition in Khayelitsha.

For more information call the Shona Khona hotline on 0861 100 980

Thursday, December 06, 2007

06 December 2007

Baseball and Cricket clinics

Today we opened the show with Jody Burch and Francois Siebrits and they have been running baseball and cricket clinics since Monday 3 December 2007 to Friday 14 December 2007.

The clinics will be taking place from 09h00 in the morning until 12h00 in the afternoon daily. They are for both boys and girls from the ages of 6-16 years old.

The cost is R50 to R70 per day at Chukker Road Sports Fields in Lansdowne. They invite you to come have fun and learn a sport skill.

For more information contact Jody 082 920 2902 Francois 082 808 1230 or visit their website

pictured from left to right: Francois Siebrits, Bassie Montewa (presenter of Backchat) and Jody Burch
Exhibition of authentic tribal art

We were later joined by Glynis Coetzee owner and curator at the VEO Gallery. The exhibition of authentic tribal antiquities is an exclusive showcasing of ceremonial and spiritual significant tribal art. This collection is highly relevant, with increasing interest in Tribal Art world-wide.

The exhibition opens today (Thursday, 6 December at 6pm) and will run until Saturday (8 December 2007). The entrance for the exhibition is free of charge. The venue for the exhibition is the VEO Gallery 33 Long Street (off Strand) Cape Town.

The gallery is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm
pictured: Glynis Coetzee


We ended off the show with Meriel Bartlett from the National Sea Rescue Institute. She spoke about their WaterWise project and also gave us tips for those who will be visiting the beach over the festive season.

One of the programmes that they are running, especially at schools, is called ‘Breathe for your Buddy. They teach children how to perform CPR (in the easiest way possible). They also teach the children HHH, Hello, Hazards and Help. This means that one should first check if the person is awake and can hear you (HELLO) then you have to check for any anything dangerous (HAZARDS) and lastly call for assistance (HELP).

Some of the other projects that they work on is missing children (kids who go missing at the beach), they will help you to locate the missing person, whether it be on the beach (on land) or in the water. They also have projects relating to alcohol on beaches.

“People can call the NSRI at any time, we won’t charge them for the call or the help we offering. It’s all FREE, “says Meriel.

Lastly Meriel had this to say: “Don’t swim where there are no lifeguards present. Lifeguards will always be at a beach where it is safe for you to swim…”

For more information contact the NSRI office on 021 434 4011 or if you are in an emergency contact 082 911 or visit their website:

pictured:Meriel Bartlett
NSRI logo:
All pictures taken by Celeste Ganga

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

05 December 2007

Bus driver with a talent for writing

We opened the show with Erfaan Dramat he is a bus driver that has the special talent of writing.Some of you might recognize Erfaan if you traveling from Strandfontein to Cape Town (and back) with a double decker bus.

Two years ago he started publishing his work in their company newspaper called the Gazette. He now writes for the Big Issue. In his columns he writes about incidents which he sees whilst doing his job.

His future plans is to do a writing course (something which is not possible now due to financial constraints), complete his novel that is based on an informal settlement located next to their bus depot in Philippi.

He would also like to have a laptop in order to type the rest of his novel, “…at the moment I’m writing in a book, I’m aiming for 70 000 words, right now I’m on 8000. So it’s difficult when I want to change something to the novel, I have to rewrite everything...”

Disabled People of South Africa

Monday (3 December 2007), it was International Day for Disabled Persons; hence we were then joined by Gillian Burrows, Provincial Development Coordinator at Disabled People South Africa.

She spoke about the challenges faced by the disabled and also about the International Day for Disabled Persons.

One of the constant challenges that the disabled face is mobility, being able to move around; whether it be access to an elevator (lift) in a building or being able to use public transport.

For more information about the organisation contact 021 422 0357

Unknown robbers enter Ravensmead Crèche

We ended off the show with Ethol Petersen, the principal of the Ravensmead Crèche. On Monday four unknown men entered the premises without them knowing and one was hiding in the fridge.

All this happened after 12 in the afternoon whilst the children were still in the building.

One of the people at the crèche was strangled by one of the robbers. The four men have been caught by police and will be appear in court soon.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

04 December 2007

Anger and Stress Management Centre of South Africa

Today we opened the show with Shelton Kartun, Director of the Anger and Stress Management Centre of South Africa. Even though there are different types of anger and stressful situations, we focused on road rage, especially as the festive season is upon us and many will be traveling on our roads.

The centre is the only centre of its kind in the country specialising in supporting individuals to manage anger, conflict, emotions, behaviour and stress more effectively.

Shelton offers some tips for road users:

· Don’t retaliate
· Don’t make eye contact
· Don’t take the law into your own hands
· Drive safely at all times and don’t take your eyes off the road
· Don’t make gestures and engage the other driver
· Learn to let it go and take a deep breath and drive on
· Pull over and calm down if badly enraged

For more information contact 021 554 3661

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

We were later joined by Melissa Petersen, registered Dietician at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. She spoke about the free blood pressure screenings that will be taking place on Thursday, 6 December 2007.

The screenings will be offered free of charge at Milnerton Mall form 09h00.

For more information contact 021 447 4222

Monday, December 03, 2007

03 December 2007

Today marks International Day of Disabled Persons. The theme for this year’s celebration is “decent work for persons with disabilities”. Now let’s look at what took place on Backchat today…

Africa Unite

Today we opened the show with Vusi Madengwane of Africa Unite.
Africa Unite was formed in response to concerns voiced by young adults living in South Africa, and these concerns have continued to shape existing projects and initiatives since 2005.

“During 2005, Africa Unite members suggested that the organisation launch an Arts & Culture programme in response to needs voiced by young adults and communities. Africa Unite members felt that Arts & Culture activities would provide positive channels for boosting self-esteem, preventing crime, generating income and promoting social integration for young adults.”

For more information contact 021 467 7626 or 021 467 7606

Carel Dutoit Centre

We later spoke to the principal of the Carel Du Toit Centre, Laurette Du Preez. The Centre is situated in Tygerberg and teaches deaf children spoken language. They also help the parents of these children to raise funds for cochlear implants.

They take on children of all ages, “…but we do recommend that parents send the children when they are still babies…” says Laurette.
The fees for the school are also affordable; therefore everyone has a chance to send their children who have hearing problems.

For more information contact 021 938 5303 or visit

Friday, November 30, 2007

30 November 2007

Today we say goodbye to November and Hello to December. Can you believe it 2007 is almost over? Well enough about that, let me just inform you about today’s show.

Monday Night Jam Sessions

We opened today’s show with Alvin Dyers and he spoke about the Monday night Jazz Jam Sessions that takes place in Wetton and features himself (Alvin Dyers) and Gary Van Dyk hosting a session of music featuring young musicians in the community who are get a chance to perform with some of the legends on the local scene, and international players when they pop in for a visit.

‘You may arrive here as a stranger, but leave as a friend of local music’

The session takes place at Swingers, 1 Wetton Road, Wetton every Monday night. It starts at 9pm and entrance is free

So if you a jazz fan, I recommend that you be there.

For more information contact 021 762 2443

Greatmore Studios

We were later joined in-studio by Tambu Sibanda and Anu Tuomisaari from Geatmore Studios.

‘The studios brings together artists from diverse cultural and national backgrounds in a working environment that encourages new ideas and stimulates professionalism, creativity and productivity’

‘Greatmore studios was established in November 1998 in Woodstock, Cape Town in a response to the need for studio space and art-making facilities by a cross-section of the city’s artists’

Fourteen studios are rented as private spaces where local artists work on a full-time basis.

The artists are required to participate in outreach programmes. Some of these include: slide shows and workshops to lectures and presentations at various local institutions and schools as well as in communities

So if you are interested in art or an art space contact 021 447 9699

Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert

Another one for jazz fans out there, we ended the show with Zenariah Barends, executive director of Sekunjalo cooperate services. And she spoke to us about the seventh annual Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert.

‘The concert has become a fixture on the Cape’s music calendar’

Just to wet your appetite, here’s a taste of what you can look forward to when you attend the concert…the evening will be headed by the Darryl Andrews Jazz Band, a 13-piece powerhouse Latin/Funk ensemble with the only 6-horn band in South Africa and featuring some of the country’s hottest emerging and established musicians…I think that I should stop now before I give you the whole line-up. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you now….

The concert will be taking place on Sunday (2 December 2007) at the Baxter Theatre at 7pm. This is a one night performance only. Tickets cost R60.

Book through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or the Baxter Theatre Centre on 021 680 3989

For more information contact Zenariah on 021 702 7700

Thursday, November 29, 2007

29 November 2007

Faces and Voices of Recovery South Africa

We opened the show with the executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery South Africa, Jurgen Smit. They use previous drug addicts to help people currently suffering from drug addiction.

FAVOR SA aims to provide a free “One Stop” Portal for Information, Education and Prevention on substance abuse from selected local and international website links.

Some of their main objectives are: to show that recovery is possible, end discrimination and stigma against addicts and people in recovery, gain support from public health authorities for improved treatment programmes and facilities.

For more information contact 021 531 8340

Mitchells Plain Crisis Line

We were then joined by Geraldine Young, a trauma councilor at the Mitchells Plain Crisis Line.

The organisation helps with those suffering with substance abuse; they offer counseling and therapy to these sufferers.

For more information contact 021 392 2000

Ikamva Labantu-The future of our nation

I ended the show with Zanele Rawuza from Ikamva Labantu and Siyabong ‘Six’ Situ, from Hoops 4 Hope a branch of Ikamva Labantu.

Among other programmes, they offer youth programmes as well. Hoops 4 Hope uses basketball to educate and inform the youth about Aids and Life Skills. Hence on 1 December 2007 they will be having an event at the Gugulethu Sports Complex, and everyone is welcome. Entrance is FREE!!! The event starts at 09h00 and finishes at 15h30. Activities include various sports namely: basketball, netball and soccer.

For more information 021 461 8338

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

28 November 2007

Cape Mental Health Society

We opened the show today with Nadine Abrahams, coordinator of public education and volunteers at the Cape Mental Health Society. She spoke about the work that the Society is doing within communities.

‘Cape Mental Health believes that people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities have a right to a place in society, and a right to education, training, work and social inclusion’

They work within the greater Cape Town area, especially impoverished and rural communities.

She also highlighted the training and assistance to caregivers and to the families of their service-users to cope with the particular home circumstances that rises from having a disabled or distressed child or adult in the home.

For more information contact 021 447 9040 or visit



We were later joined by Sue Howell, the Director of Help2Read.

‘At help2read we believe that education is the cornerstone of every nation, and reading is the cornerstone of every education’

Help2Read improves and teaches children reading skills by the using exciting and interesting programmes. They work with primary school children, ages 5-12, who find reading difficult.

She also explained how they turn reading into play:” We recruit and train volunteers from the local community to help children read. Sessions are entirely child led, so children can only enjoy themselves. Very quickly, children look forward to reading instead of dreading it! “

For more information or if you want to become a volunteer, contact 021 671 0824

Formalising of Initiation Practices

We ended the show with Mandla Yeki, spokesperson for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

“In a groundbreaking move to arrest the deteriorating situation, drug and alcohol abuse at initiation sites in the Western Cape, MEC Whitey Jacobs launched the first-ever provincial initiation project in Gugulethu today,” says Yeki.

A total of 40 certificates of attendance and appreciation were awarded to traditional nurses and surgeons who have attended the first-aid course designed specifically to equip them to deal with present health challenges.

For more information about this project contact Mandla Yeki on 021 483 9804

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

27 November 2007

Hearts and Hands Exhibition

Today we opened the show with Collin Daniels of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
He spoke about their Hearts and Hands Exhibition which showcased the works of all Graphic design students, especially those who are completing their final year and who are ready to enter the workplace.
‘High school students from around the Western Cape were encouraged to attend the exhibition to learn about Graphic Design as a profession’
A collection of designs were on show. Namely websites, advertisements, promotional brochures, posters, banknotes, product packaging, labeling and bottle designs.

If you are interested in studying Graphic Design or you want more information call Anita on 021 959 6356

Cape Flats Development Agency

We were later joined by Charlene Hendrickse, a Fundraiser at the Cape Flats Development Agency (Cafda).
Cafda has been providing services to communities on the Cape Flats for the more than six decades.
‘One of their projects includes the establishment of a crèche and play centre for children with working parents, by converting an old farmhouse on a disused piece of land. Another building on the farm was converted into a Community Centre’
Cafda provides a number of services to the disadvantaged in all population groups, irrespective of race or religion, with the main target group living on the Cape Flats.

For more information call 021 706 2050 or email,

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

We also spoke to Njumunisa Solomons a councilor at the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

‘SADAG is South Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group’

‘2007 marks the 12th Anniversary of the South African Depression and Anxiety group (SADAG). For the last 12 years SADAG has been at the forefront of providing counseling services, mental health awareness programmes, powerful media campaigns, school talks and rural outreach initiatives to thousands of patients, families and communities in South Africa.’

SADAG also boasts over 120 support groups nationwide, and has an extensive referral guide reaching into the most remote regions of South Africa. Trained counselors operate the Mental Health Counseling Centre and the toll free Suicide Crisis Line everyday from 8am to 8pm.

For more information contact (011) 783 1474

Monday, November 26, 2007

26 November 2007

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust

Today marks International Day of Violence Against Women. The 16 Days of Activism against Domestic Violence started on Sunday (25 November 2007) and will run until10 December 2007. So it was only fitting that we opened the show with a councilor and the coordinator of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. Kathleen Dey.

‘The Trust was started in 1976 and they are one of the oldest and most experienced organisations working in the sexual violence sector in South Africa.’

Rap Crisis is undertaking a bus tour of the Western Cape during the 16 Days of Activism to end Violence Against Women and Children. The tour begins on 25 November until 8 December 2007.

The bus will be traveling through the following towns in the Western Cape:

26 November- Oudtshoorn
27 November- George and Albertinia
29 November- Swellendam
30 November- Caledon
1 December – Bot River and Kleinmond

3 December – Murraysberg
4 December - Beaufort West
6 December – Laingsburg
7 December – De Doorns and Rawsonville
8 December – Ceres/Prince Alfred Hamlet

For more information visit or call Kathleen Dey on 021 447 1467

Artist and Performers Against Child Harm

In keeping with the theme of 16 Days of Activism, we were joined by Mark Shelton a clown who is also involved with a project called; Artist and Performers Against Child Harm.

He spoke about his experience of being an abused child. He also spoke about how he uses his ability of being a performer to raise awareness about child abuse.

For more information contact Mark on 084 422 8238

Drocnoc Music

We ended the show today with Concord Nkabinde. His interest in music started at the tender age of 10. He was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg.

‘Having dived straight into the deep end, Concord became convinced that he needed to acquire more knowledge and experience. He got involved with many gospel music bands in Soweto and later ventured into the broader scope of the secular music industry. This led to him pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, Durban.

From there, he went on to teach music full-time in Soweto & Johannesburg, before deciding to pursue a career as a studio and touring musician.’


Friday, November 23, 2007

23 November 2007

OBZ Festival

Today we opened the show with Christopher De Vries (producer) and Koketso Sachane (director) of the OBZ Festival.

The Festival starts on the evening of Friday (30 November 2007) and runs until Sunday 2 December 2007.

‘The Festival remains a highlight of Cape Town’s cultural calendar and offers visitors a chance to sample the best in the city’s cultural life and the ideal opportunity to celebrate the advent of summer’

from left: Koketso Sachane, Bassie Montewa
and Christopher De Vries

For more information visit

picture: Celeste Ganga

In Briefs

We were later joined by Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer from the production In Briefs.

The production will take place on 1 December 2007 to 6 January 2008 at the Little Theatre.
‘Clever, sick, honest and accurate, this highly entertaining contemporary comedy with original music is a candid take on some of the naked truths behind gay men in their search for love and life'

For more information contact Berniece Friedmann on 021 434 4951

From left: Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer

Picture: Celeste Ganga

Thursday, November 22, 2007

22 November 2007

Athlone Academy of Music

We opened the show with Sam Jonker, Director of the Athlone Academy of Music.

They spoke about the work that is being done at the Academy as well as the R110 000 donation they received to improve music education on the Cape Flats.

‘…to provide access to interested persons, especially those who have been historically marginalised, to the world of music, with specific reference to skills, resources, infrastructure and opportunities. To become one of the finest and most affordable music schools in the Western Cape’

The Academy has about 500 students who are part of their programme. The youngest being 5 years old and the oldest close to 70.

For more information on the Academy call 021 697 2120

Eskom-18% tariff hike

We were later joined by Andrew Etzinger, General Manager of Demand Fide Management at Eskom and he explained why the
Company wants to increase the price consumers are paying for electricity.

According to Etzinger, South Africa has the cheapest rates for electricity in the whole world.

The plan to hike the tariff is in an effort to finance an upgrade in Eskom’s creaking infrastructure.

It’s been reported that Eskom’s Chief Executive Jacob Maroga says that prices have to go up. “We are spending R150-billion over the next five years to build new plants and to improve services and all this has to be paid for,”

For more information visit Eskom’s website on or call 08600ESKOM (0860037566).


Award Winning Poet

We were then joined in studio by the talented Prentice Powell. He is all the way from Oakland in the USA. He is in South Africa for the Violence Intervention and Prevention summit that was held at the His People Conference Centre in N1 City.

Powell is a spoken word artist, poet and educator. He is ranked 4th in the nation. In 2006 he became the Oaklands and San Francisco slam champion. And in 2007 he was the awarded with the title of Spoken Word Artist of the Year at the Black Music Awards.

This talented man also works youth throughout Northern California offering creative writing workshops.

He also pointed out that the overseas media mostly shows the “bad” sides of Africa, but never the positive. “They make us think that animals are just roaming around freely and that children have flies on their faces…”

Powell also performed a piece of the first poem he ever wrote.

From left: Prentice Powell and Bassie Montewa (Presenter of Backchat)

picture: Celeste Ganga

2007 Western Cape Arts, Culture and Heritage Awards

We ended the show with Mandla Yeki, spokesperson for the Western Cape department of Cultural Affairs, Sports and Recreation.

The department will acknowledge outstanding Western Cape arts and cultural practitioners who made a valuable contribution towards the development of the cultural landscape during 2007.

These special people will be honoured at a prestigious function on Friday, 23 November 2007.

“Some of the categories include Contribution to the process of Geographical Name standardisation and transformation and Disability in Arts, just to name a few,” says Mandla.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

21 November 2007

Sun Smart Awareness Month

Today we opened the show with Fadwa Walker from the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) about Sun Smart Awareness Month. With the weather as it is, especially in Cape Town, I wonder if we’ll be seeing a summer this year or if we’ll be spending the festive season snuggled under the covers. I guess most of this is due to a topic that has become more and more popular….global warming of course.

But if a miracle ought to happen and we do have a summer, then you will need some tips if you’ll be spending time in the sun….

#The first method of protection is clothing: Thickly woven fabric prevents the sun’s harmful rays from reaching the skin.

# Wear a hat with a brim to protect the ears, nose, back of the neck and the face.
#Look out for UV protective swimsuits and beach wear, rash-vests, etc. that have UV protection factors. The rating for fabric is UPF (Ultra Violet Protection Factor) and they range from UPF20, 30, 40 and the maximum, UPF50.
# Always apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (Sun protection Factor) to exposed skin areas.

# Protect your eyes against the sun by wearing sunglasses of at least UV400 ultra violet rating. Wrap-sunglasses prevents less UV from reaching the eyes.

# Avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm and seek shade where possible.

# And a good quality umbrella will be made of thickly woven fabric to prevent UV rays from penetrating through the fabric. Look out for umbrellas that claim UV protection levels.

For more information contact CANSA toll free on 0800 22 66 22 or visit

Bongolethu Primary School

We were later joined by Bongani Dlwathi and Siphiwe April of Bongolethu Primary School; and spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department, Gert Witbooi.

The Primary school is situated in Philippi on Brown’s Farm and is surrounded by informal settlements and situated on a flood plain.

‘Even though winter has passed the school grounds remain wet and muddy, making difficult fro children to play outside. The school leaks when it rains, windows are broken and the school is in such a bad state that it cannot accept a donation of computers’

Gert Witbooi says that by next week the department would have put a plan in place to help the school.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

20 November 2007


We opened the show with Leila Beltramo of the citizen group ‘What-On-Earth-Is-Happening’. The group was started in July of this year in line with the Live Earth event that was shown worldwide on 7 July 2007.

Their first project takes place on 8 December 2007, whereby they’ll be cleaning the Black River that has recently been in the news for the high levels of ecoli (which is harmful to ones health).

“…to create awareness of the Black River situation and then to try and get corporates and individuals involved in ensuring it is an ongoing clean up and we can get funds to eradicate the invasive weeds and clean up stream and educate people on the impact of littering,”

For more information email Leila Beltramo at

Bonteheuwel News

We were then joined by Nawaal Boltman, editor of the Bonteheuwel News.

This is a community newspaper that aims to uplift and rid the stigmas surrounding the Bonteheuwel community and its surrounding areas.

“What makes us different from other papers is that we try to write more positive stories about the area,” says Nawaal.

The paper comes out once a month and is free of charge. The paper runs solely on advertising, hence they are calling on anyone who would like to advertise or help keep the paper going to do so.

For more information contact their offices on 021 591 2725 or contact the Project Manager, Patrick on 076 276 4241

Red Cross Golf Day

We ended the show today with Pumi Yeni who is in charge of fundraising at the South African Red Cross Society.

This one day golf event to win the ‘Humanity Cup’ will take place on Friday (7 December 2007).

The theme of the event is helping the Red Cross reach the most vulnerable of our community: the orphaned and vulnerable children of South Africa.

The event is in relation to the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

For more information or to enter your company, contact Noluthando Ngobo on 021 418 6640

Monday, November 19, 2007

19 November 2007

World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Today, 19 November, marks the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Hence we opened the show with Moefeeda Salie-Kagee of Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN).

‘Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a universal and alarming problem and increased attention and efficient protection skills and prevention measures are necessary at family, local, national and international level.’

“We believe that everyday should be a day for the prevention of child abuse, not just this day in particular” says Moefeeda.

For more information contact 021 712 2330

Bone Awareness Month

We were later joined by Tereza Hough, the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA).

“Osteoporosis is a systemic disease causing bones to become porous and more susceptible to fractures of especially the spine, hip and wrist. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will get this disease (potentially 4-6million South Africans),” says Tereza.

“Osteoporosis is called the 'Silent Epidemic' because there are usually no symptoms until you fracture a bone,” says Tereza.

For more information contact 021 931 7894 or 0861 102 265 or you can visit

Friday, November 16, 2007

16 November 2007

Out in Africa Film Festival

We opened the show with Nodi Murphy, director of the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
This is the 14th annual Film Festival. The Films are aimed at everyone and promises to cater for everyone.
“We know that if we do not see ourselves, if others cannot see us, then we do not exist. In our choice of films we are ever-mindful of the issues and challenges that faces as individuals and as community…” says Murphy.

The Festival will take place at Nu-Metro cinema - V&A Waterfront from 12-18 November 2007. Tickets for the shows are R25.

For more information visit Alternatively call 021 461 4027

‘Not Even Once’ Campaign

We were then joined by Rob Peters from the ‘Not Even Once’ Campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to inform the youth about the dangers of substance abuse.

Some of the activities at the event includes: surfing and skating competitions. Top South African bands will also take to the stage.

Throughout the events members of the Drug Education Agency will be educating the youth and community on the issue of substance abuse in an informative and exciting way.

For more information on when the event will be taking place call Rob on 083 275 3374 or visit

‘It’s Just Not Fez’

We were later joined in studio by Lionel Newton and Abduragmaan Adams.

‘It's Fezzy. It's Fizzy. And it's very very funny! Lionel Newton and Abduragmaan Adams have joined comedic forces to bring audiences a hilarious treat this festive season with It's Just Not Fez, a theatrical smorgasbord where cultures clash with hysterical results. It runs at the Sanlam Studio from 5 December 2007 to 5 January 2008. ‘Its Just Not Fez’ is directed by multi-award winning director, Lara Foot Newton.’

To book call the Baxter box office on 021 680 3989 or 021 685 7880, during office hours (Ask for Sharon)

picture: from left Lionel Newton and Abduragmaan Adams
picture: Celeste Ganga

Stargaze at the Baxter

We ended the show with Rebecca Meyer from Dance For All. They will be having their annual gala benefit: Stargaze at the Baxter on Sunday 18 November 2007 at 18h30.
‘Dance for All, directed by Philip Boyd and Phyllis Spira, will present their annual gala benefit Stargaze at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 18th November at 7:30pm. The performance, preceded by drinks and snacks at 6:30pm in the theatre foyer, will include dancers of all ages from the organisation's various community and outreach programmes, and the professional Dance for All Youth Company (DFAYC) with a guest appearance by dancers from Cape Town City Ballet. ‘

For more information contact Shirley on 082 368 3863

Thursday, November 15, 2007

15 November 2007

Balvenie Primary School

We opened the show with Emmy Fortuin and Lynette Schoor from Balvenie Primary School. The school is situated in the Elsies River area. There are 600 children at the school.

“The pupils of Balvenie Primary School in Elsies River are in desperate need of clothes for the 2003 school year. These kids are forced to go to school with tattered clothes and shoes, and because of this, some pupils choose not to attend. The school's fund is not sufficient to provide assistance and therefore they're calling on other schools and the public for help.”

For more information on how you can help Balvenie Primary School call 021 932 5585.

Diabetes South Africa

We were then joined by Margot McCumisky from Diabetes South Africa.

She spoke about what Diabetes is, diagnosis and the symptoms of it.
Margot also highlighted the events that took place on World Diabetes Day (14 November 2007).

‘Diabetes Mellitus, the full name, is an abnormally high blood glucose (sugar) level caused by the inability of the body to either produce or respond to insulin properly’.

For more information about Diabetes contact 021 425 1110

Diabetes- Good Foot Care

Keeping with the theme of Diabetes, we also spoke to Dr Martin Forlee a General and Vascular surgeon.

“Every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person loses a limb or part of a limb because of diabetes. Most of these amputations start with a foot ulcer. Foot ulcers and ultimately, amputations are preventable through early identification, good foot care and meticulous diabetic control,” says Dr Forlee.

For more information on good Foot Care for Diabetics visit

Happy Tots Pre-School

We ended the show with Marlene Barbier from the Happy Tots Pre-School.The school is situated in Grassy Park.

Marlene spoke about what parents have to look out for when they choose a day mother or crèche to leave their children at, especially when mothers go back to work after maternity leave.

She also spoke about the work they do at the school. They have 100 children and eight teachers. The children at the school range from 0 to 6 years old.

For more information contact 021 705 2831

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

14 November 2007

CPUT Design exhibition

We opened the show with Vikki Du Preez and Darren Molnaar from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology regarding the Industrial, Interior and Surface design exhibition 2007.

(from left: Vikki Du Preez and Darren Molnaar)
It will be held at the Cape Town Campus, 23rd - 27th November 2007 from 9am to 4pm (Saturday until 1pm)
The theme of the exhibition is ‘What Makes You Different?’

For more information please contact Vikki for more information on 021 460 3820, or
picture: Celeste Ganga

After that we were joined by Vassiliki Konstandakellis the head of the Jewellery Department at CPUT.

She spoke about the 'Interpretations' Jewellery Design Graduate Exhibition that will be taking place at the Cape Town Campus, from 20th - 30th November 2007, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Contact Charlene for more information on 021 460 3157 or

CPR- cardiopulmonary resuscitation

We ended the show with Kathy Bodmer from Professional Emergency Care. Kathy has been training in emergency care and CPR for 12 years.

Kathy spoke about the importance of CPR, especially as we are approaching the festive season.

Her company Professional Emergency Care specialises in emergency care training and CPR.

For more information call Kathy on 021 422 3620

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

13 November 2007


Today we opened the show with Cher Poznanovich from the SPCA (Speaking, Protecting & Caring for Animals). She spoke about what the SPCA does, as well as the measures that were pit in place during this past Guyfawkes Day to keep animals safe.

The SPCA takes on any and every ill-treated and animal.

For more information on how to become a volunteer or to adopt an animal contact 021 700 4154


Bushman Boy and the Flats

We were joined later by Kirk Kots, who does the vocals and plays in the band Bushman Boy and the Flats.

‘The band was formed in July 2006 as a result of internet ads placed by the band’s leader, Kirk Krotz, looking for band members to tackle an existing repertoire of songs written by Krotz.’

Their songs aim to emulate the staying power of traditional bushman songs and stories that have become “immortal”.
pictured right: Kirk Krotz
For more information on the band or upcoming performances send them anemail at

PICTURE: Celeste Ganga

Matric 2007

We ended the show with grade 12 learners. They spoke about their experience during their final year of school.

They also highlighted the highs and lows that came with the year. The biggest low being the Public Servants strike, this strike interrupted their learning time.

Hence some of them have not felt prepared for some of their subjects.

Good luck to all matriculants and best of luck for the future.

Monday, November 12, 2007

12 November 2007

Development Action Group (DAG)

We opened the show with Anthea Houston of the Development Action Group (DAG).

DAG is a non-profit organisation working throughout South Africa to fight poverty and promote integrated urban environments.

“DAG recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. And over the past 20 years the organisation has developed a wealth of experience in working with poor and marginalised communities,” DAG

For more information contact 021 448 7886 or e-mail

The Big Issue

We were later joined by Jamaine Cloete and Marcus Prince from the Big Issue. The magazine is sold by unemployed and homeless people. Jamaine is the marketing manager for Big Issue, and Marcus has been selling the magazine since 1997.

Interested in becoming a vendor?

Visit the Big Issue office at 66 New Market Street in Woodstock.

All NY’S

We were then joined in the studio by Koriander and Fufu of ALL N.Y’s.

The ALL N.Y’s is a group of people providing a platform for young and upcoming artists in the communities of Cape Town.

Anyone who is looking for a place to showcase their dance, sing, rap, poetry, art or skills and more; can join ALL N.Y’s every Sunday at the Gugulethu Sports complex at around 14h00.

School’s Environmental Education and Development (SEED)

We ended the show with Talfryn Harris of SEED.

SEED is based in Cape Town and their focus is primary schools on the Cape Flats.

The children (of all grades within the primary school) are taught how to use Permaculture gardening. They also teach them about the environment.

For more information contact SEED offices on 021 371 3180 or
Leigh Brown- SEED coordinator on 082 335 4110 or or visit

Friday, November 09, 2007

9 November 2007

Steriel – new drama at Artscape

We opened the show with Gideon van Eeden who wrote and stares in the play, Steriel.

The production explores the friendship between two ambulance men working on the Cape Flats. They have to rescue the injured, face the flying bullets, and, above all, come to terms with their own demons.
The production is directed by veteran theatre director and actor, Ralph Lawson. The production features popular actor Ivan Abrahams as Donovan Vermaak, while Gideon van Eeden plays Francois Lourens and Travis Snyders will be seen as Rasul Stoffels.

The play started on the 1November 2007 and runs until the 11November 2007. Bookings can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 – 421 7695. There are also discounted tickets for their family night on Tuesday 6 November.

The Black Psychiatrist

We were then joined by Paul Savage, the director of The Black Psychiatrist

‘The Black Psychiatrist is a one-act play set in the consulting room of a Harley Street psychiatrist. When an attractive white woman in her early thirties (Erica Wessels) opens the surgery door with an engaging smile, Dan Kerry (played by David Johnson) is somewhat startled when she insists she knows him well. Who is this woman and why has she come without an appointment to see him? He denies any knowledge of ever having met her, yet she has done extensive research and knows a lot about him. Was she sent there - for what purpose, and by whom?’

For more information on bookings call 021 685 7880


We were later joined by the group, Authentic. The band comprises of Clinton, Sammy and Merlin.
All three have played for well known South African artist, including KB, Bianca Le Grange and many other artists.
Sammy is also a producer, and has produced for Biance Le
from left: Merlin, Sammy and Clinton

If you would like more information about the band call Sammy on 073 2636 383 or 078 800 0463

picture: Celeste Ganga

Wiz Promotions-‘Taking talent to the top’

We ended of the show with owner of Wiz Promotions Wallied Isaacs, he co-owns a promotions company with his wife Zenobia. The comapny is based in Mitchells Plain.

They started the company in March 2007.
They promote functions to raise various funds for community based organisations.

One of their upcoming events include a production featuring Emo Adams, from JAG fame, called sexy back. Other artists includes Mono, Salome, The Boyz and some other artists at the Luxurama theatre. The cost is R60.

from left: Waleed Isaacs,
their 7 month-old daughter
and his wife Zenobia

For more information about other upcoming events call Wallied 073 898 5154 or 076 608 4773
picture: Celeste Ganga

Thursday, November 08, 2007

08 November 2007

Khanya Project

Today we opened the show with Ingrid Graham of the Khanya Project, an initiative of the Western Cape Education Department.

The project was started in April 2001. The aim of the project is to alleviate the increasing shortage of educator capacity in schools, by means of technology.

“With many skilled educators leaving the profession, fewer ones entering it, and AIDS already starting to take a significant toll amongst educators, it was necessary to explore alternatives,” Khanya Project member.

One of the alternatives is to use technology, already being used extensively in other disciplines, as an aid to enhance teaching capacity.

Fore more information call 021 467 2223 or 082 492 1873

Historical Society of Cape Town

We were later joined by Murray Douglas of the Historical Society of Cape Town.

The aim of the society is to foster and promote interest in the historical past, especially in Southern Africa, and more particularly, Cape Town and the Western Cape.

For more information contact 021 761 5332 or email

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

7 November 2007

African Salad

Today on the show we had the distributor of a book called African Salad, Genavieve Alkana.

'African Salad is a cross-genre coffee table book showcasing the homes, stories and favourite recipes of 60 real South African families.'

The book has received good reviews from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the editor of Marie Claire magazine as well as the Mail and Guardian newspaper.

Fore more information contact Genavieve on 076 338 9150

WD Hendreks Primary School

We also had the principal of WD Hendreks Primary school Graham Swarts in studio, and he spoke about the challenges he faces as a principal.

The primary school is situated in Facreton.

Some of the challenges that he highlighted was the fact that some of his students were poverty strikened. Their school fees are R90 a year.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

06 November 2007

CALTA Transport Company

Today we opened the show with Nazeem Abdurahman the owner of CALTA Transport Company. The company specialises in commuter transport by means of taxis.

The Company was started in 1988, and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year. They work on routes within the Mitchells Plain area.

He spoke to us about the stigmas surrounding taxi drivers as well as the code of conduct that he carries out at his company, should any of his employees step out of line.

For more information contact Nazeem Abdurahman on 082 693 7103

Grassroots Educare Trust

We were then joined by Mareldia Tape of the Grassroots Educare Trust.
Grassroots runs an adult education programme in pre-school training for both beginners and managers.

They run an anti-waste programme as well that utilises waste materials for improvised equipment and toys. Information on using anti-waste material in pre-schools is readily available. The shop sells pre-school toys and equipment.

“Grassroots is committed to the education and care of pre-school children, which serves as the cornerstone of a people’s education.”

For more information contact Mareldia on 021 638 3111

Mitchells Plain Twilight Team Challenge

During the second half of the show we were joined by Clint Dixon, Managing Director at the Mitchells Plain Development Agency who spoke about their Mitchells Plain Twilight Team Run Challenge.

They are attempting to take the 2007 Community Chest floating trophy for the most number of teams entered and they need your help.

“We would like to consolidate all teams from Mitchells Plain under Proudly Mitchells Plain and all those interested parties are invited to join us and bring the 2007 trophy to Mitchells Plain,” says Dixon.

For more information contact Nashieda Salie on 083 670 2880 or fax 021 413 1302 or email