Thursday, April 05, 2007

05 April - Peer Education Programme

Today we spoke to Dorothy du Plooy - from CANSA. She talked to us about the Peer Education Programme which aims to increase awareness and to provide gerneral knowledge on breast and vervical cancer. She said it's important for women to have sufficient information to make informed decisions and therfore should also know the value of early detection. Peer educators emphasis's on reaching women who might not normally access local health services and also target women aged 40 to 65 who had not been screened in the past five years. For more information you can contact them at 021 705 0276

05 April - WHEAT

We also talked to Nomvuyo Dayile - from WHEAT (Women's Hope Education and Training Trust). Their aim is to empower women and to help them uplift their communities. WHEAT was established on Women's Day in 1988 with two major goals 1) to identify and assist women whose initiatives within their communities have a clear potential to transform. 2) to promote a culture of giving towards women's development initiatives.
For information you can contact them at 021 447 3366

03 - Fierdouz Hendricks the Gymnist

We also spoke to Fierdouz Hendricks and her mother Shanaaz Hendricks. Fierdouz a thirteen year old captownian girl from Athlone has been chosen to represent South Africa in Austria for gymnastics. She will be leaving in September and needs donations for her trip. For more information you can contact Shanaaz Hendricks at 083 951 7038

03 April - Blood Pressure

Today we spoke to Erika Ketterer - from Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa. We spoke to her about the importance of checking your blood. She said that it is known as the ‘silent killer’ because there are rarely visible symptoms. More advanced cases may cause headaches behind the eyes, visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, sleepiness and even seizures in severe instances. Two out of three people with high blood pressure are unaware of the condition.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 South Africans between the ages of 15 and 64 years suffers from high blood pressure. It is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and premature death. For more information you can contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa at 021 447 4222 or you can email them at

02 April - The Red Door Business Project

Today we spoke to Lieneke Thyssen - from the Red Door Business Project.The project is a one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for help and advice, from the most basic to the most sophisticated.They aim to help build new businesses; strengthen and develop existing businesses; and help to create and build more black-owned businesses. For more information about the Red Door Business Project you can contact Lieneke Thyssen at 021 872 8804 or email her at

We also spoke to Glenn de Swardt - from the Triangle Project. He spoke about how gay marriages have progressed since the civil union act had been passed almost four months ago.Swardt said that to date 273 gay couples have been "unionised" or married countrywide, while for the Western Cape it's been 40.
South Africa's only the fifth country in the world to legalise gay unions, many countries don't recognise them and this can impact on various issues. For more information you can contact Glenn de Swardt at 021 448 3812 or email him at