Friday, September 28, 2007

Western Cape Bipolar Support Group

Backchat spoke to Michelle Barns from Western Cape Bipolar Support Group. We have heard that bipolar disorder is a medical condition that affects the brain, giving you periods of extremely high mood and periods of very low mood.

Experts today believe that bipolar disorder is caused by several different things, including a chemical imbalance in your brain.

Everybody has good days and bad days; happy moods and sad moods. In bipolar disorder, these feelings become so extreme that you cannot cope without treatment.
For more information you can call Michelle Barns on 021 469 1037

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Parents Centre

Today we spoke to Jane Waatington from Parents Centre and we’ve heard that their organisation provides education and training workshops, home visiting programs, community talks, support groups as well as parental counselling. While their Centre is based in the Western Cape, they are very keen to respond to requests for training from other areas.
For more information you can contact Jane Waatingtong on
021 762 0116 or visit:

We then spoke to Frank Maposa from Wola Nani. We spoke about problems facing HIV positive women and children. Focusing on the needs of HIV+ women and their children, Wola Nani’s services aims to ease the burden of HIV by enabling people living with the virus to respond positively and attain the skills to develop their own coping strategies.
For more details you can call Frank Maposa on 021 447 2091 or visit:

We also spoke to Jacki Sands and Lulama Sonqishe from Wheat Trust. We have heard that their organisation is committed to grassroots women’s empowerment for community development through education and training. They also ensure active participation of women in the development of their respective communities.
For more details you can contact Jacki Sands at 021 447 3366 or visit:

We then rounded up our show with Emelia Ciccone from LongStreetEyes Project.
Their project is about giving children who live on the street an opportunity to explore their artistic yearnings and to let them interact with their surroundings in a way that provide them with means of escaping the daily grind of surviving the streets.
For more information you can call Emelia Ciccone at 082 3534228 or visit:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Observatory Neighbourhood Watch

Today we started our show with David Raphael the founder of Observatory (OBS) Neighbourhood Watch.
We have heard how OBS Neighbourhood Watch started as David and Brian Gray were motivated in part by the success of the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch, where crime has been reduced by over 60% in two years.

For more information you can call David Raphael on 021 447 2486 or visit

We then spoke to Dr Wayne May where we heard that obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and other mammals, is increased to a level where it is associated with certain health conditions or increased mortality.

For more information you can call Dr Wayne May on 021 674 6414

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cow's Milk Allergy

Today we spoke to Dr Marilee Kriel from Clinton Hospital.
We spoke about the International Act Against Allergy group which launches a new protocol on the diagnosis and treatment of Cow's Milk Allergy (CMA) on Friday 21 September.

This protocol will be published in the Archive of Childhood Diseases - best known international paediatric journal. A Current problem in South Africa is that doctors fail to see Cow's Milk Allergy and these misdiagnosis poses lots of risks for the babies and infants suffering from CMA. These new guidelines are set to improve the standard of care for babies with CMA.

For more details you can Ilze van Heerden at 011 465 5342

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fish Hoek Trauma Centre

We started our show with Edward Lockyer from Fish Hoek Trauma Centre, where we heard that their centre debriefed 88 people in August, with domestic violence and child abuse high on the list.

The volunteer-run Emergency Control Centre receives calls from the public and then ensures that the calls are routed to the correct places.

For more information you can call Edward Lockyer on 021 785 3092/021 782 0333

We then spoke to Fuad Esack sport editor of Athlone News.
Cape Community Newspapers' (CCN) sports editor Fuad Esack took second place in the sports writing category. Esack also took 11th place in the photographer of the Year award and 10th and 9th place respectively in the feature and sports photographer category.

Three CCN journalists won places in the top 10 of the journalist of the Year category.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

African Scholars' Fund

Today we spoke to Nobathembu Ralulu and Margaret Elsworth from African Scholars’ Fund.

We’ve heard how African Scholars’ Fund assist promising school children from desperately poor families, by means of awards and guidance, to complete their secondary education and FET college training.
In the midyear they ask Principals of Primary and High Schools and various social workers and organisations to make sure that deserving learners apply before 15th October. Thousands of applications are received. 2200 are provisionally accepted for the following year.

For more information you can call Nobathembu Ralulu on 021 689 9094

or visit:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Victoria Mxenge and the Peace Lelies Project

On Tuesday Backchat spoke to Patricia Matolengwe from Victoria Mxenge and Peace Lelies Project.
We spoke about how these women learned about every aspect of building.
An inspirational demonstration of women in action, this project shows what a group of homeless women achieved through their own initiative.
After starting a joint savings scheme through the Home’s Peoples Federation, the women designed and constructed their homes.

For more details you can call Patricia Matolengwe on 021 372 4206 or

We also spoke to Elsie Naidoo from Healthy Heritage African Renaissance Jazz Festival about their upcoming jazz festival, which will be held as part of Heritage Month. The Healthy Heritage African Renaissance Festival aims to preserve, exhibit and promote the diverse musical heritage of South Africa, but it is also an opportunity to encourage South Africans to become more aware of the long term consequences of HIV and AIDS on both an individual and economic level.

For more information you can call Elsie Naidoo at 021 480 4604.

Monday, September 17, 2007

African Origins Month

Today we spoke to Ruby Frans from MTN Science Centre.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has declared SeptemberAfrican Origins Month. Their focus is on South Africa'sremarkable palaeontological and archaeological heritage. This focus monthis implemented by South African Agency for Science and TechnologyAdvancement (SAASTA).

For more details you can call Ruby Frans on 021 529 8106 or visit the MTN Science at

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Brothers in Blood stage-reading at Baxter Theatre

On Friday Backchat spoke to Henrich Reisenhofer, director of Brothers in Blood, now playing at the Baxter Theatre. The Baxter Theatre Centre's popular PlayGround series starts its South African season this Sunday, 16 September, with a new work, Brothers in Blood, by celebrated playwright Mike van Graan in the Baxter Sanlam Studio at 4pm.

Tackling one of the most contentious themes of the time - relations between Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities, Brothers in Blood is a powerful drama set in Cape Town in the late 1990s, a time of great division along religious lines in the city. This play takes place five days after the sixth anniversary of 9/11. While set locally, the play resonates with the global themes of racial and religious prejudice, intolerance the growing need for respect for cultural diversity in a post-9/11 world.

The story is about Brian Cohen, a doctor who works on the Cape Flats, the school principal, Abubaker Abrahams and his daughter Leila, Fadiel Suleiman, a refugee from internecine religious violence in Somalia and Rev Fredericks, the pastor of a church in a poor community collide in a world premised on ignorance and stereotypes about "the other". In the tradition of his previous dramas like Green Man Flashing and Some Mothers' Sons, Van Graan's Brothers in Blood intends to challenge audiences to feel, to think and to debate the themes long after they have seen the play.

For more information contact Fahiem Stenllenboom 021 680 3971 or e-mail:

We then spoke to Bernie Rosse from LifeLine/Childline Western Cape.
LifeLine/Childline Western Cape is proud to be involved in a youth development project, currently being piloted at the Forest Heights High School in Eersteriver.

Using cricket as the medium, they are working in partnership with the Western Province Cricket Club and the Exercise Training Academy, with funding and support from UK Sport and the British Consulate General, to offer cricket training and life skills programmes to youth at risk.

For more details you can contact Bernie Rosse on 021 461 1113 or e-mail

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cape Kidney Association

Today we started our show with Molly Fabe from Cape Kidney Association.
The Cape Kidney Association is a non-profit organization that raises funds to assist with the needs of patients and families suffering from chronic kidney disease.
The Association was established in 1978 by a group of concerned nephrology health care professionals and presently consists of a variety of professional staff working in the renal (kidney) areas, renal patients (on dialysis and those who have been transplanted) and their relatives.

For more information you can call Molly Fabe on 021 448 0817
or visit

We then spoke to Tina Botha from Sunflower Fund, Sunflower Fund assists young patients by recruiting donors representative of all ethnic groups.
This non-profit organisation runs a national call centre and raises awareness and much needed funds to increase the number of donors on the SABMR which will improve the chances of finding a life-saving donor for patients suffering from serious blood disorders such as leukaemia and ALD. The Sunflower Fund was inspired by Chris Corlett and Darren Serebro’s heroic struggle against leukaemia.

If you are interested in supporting the Sunflower Fund further or would like to find out more about becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor call toll free: 0800 12 10 82 or visit

We then rounded up our show with Louis Moholo-Moholo and Zama Batyi musicians from Artscape Heritage Festival Celebration.
Amongst the special events planned for the Heritage Festival celebrations, Artscape’s Imvelo Feast presents Moholo-Moholo in an African Jazz Concert entitled "Hear Our Hearts Vibrations". This unique concert takes place on Monday 24th September 2007 at 20h00 in the Artscape Theatre and pays tribute to Louis Moholo-Moholo, one of South Africa’s most esteemed jazz legends born in Cape Town.

Louis Moholo knew from a very early age that he wanted to play the drums and after performing around South Africa was invited to the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1964 with Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Moyake, Chris McGregor, and Johnny Dyani - The Blue Notes. Playing at festivals and clubs around Europe they arrived in England in 1965 from where their musical journey continued taking them to the jazz hot spots of the world. 1990 saw the end of the Blue Notes when Chris and Dudu died, Nick, Mongezi, Johnny and Harry Miller having already gone leaving Louis as the lone voice of an extraordinary movement in the history of jazz. Today they are recognized as celebrities of that time. Louis has ensured that their music is not forgotten … ‘The legacy is too precious and needs to be part of South Africa’s heritage’.

For more information you can call Berniece Friedman on 021 434 4951 or e-mail Berniece at:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Leadership South Programme

Backchat spoke to Sarah Stevens from Leadership South Programme (LSP).
Leadership South Programme is an NGO that was started in Cape Town in 1986 to support youth leadership. For 21 years the LSP has been involved with many significant youth leadership and community development initiatives.
LSP also focuses on HIV/AIDS Life Skills and provide counseling services to clinics and peer education to high schools.

For more information you can call Noma-africa on 021 683 7695 or e-mail LSP at:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sibanye Economic Empowerment

On Tuesday, Backchat spoke to Jo-Lene Sathorar from Sibanye Economic Empowerment (SEE). Sibanye Economic Empowerment is a township-based, non-profit organisation that provides market access for high quality crafts produced by impoverished communities in the Western Cape. Their craft shop offers visitors an opportunity to purchase quality hand-made crafts from over 21 community projects.

For more details you can contact Jo-Lene Sathorar on 021 364 1187 or e-mail Sibanye at:

Monday, September 10, 2007

Footprints Environmental Centre

Backchat spoke to Michelle Sholto-Douglas from Footprints Environmental Centre.
At Footprints, waste is treasured as a resource that can be used to create jobs and empowering individuals.
The centre is used to create awareness around waste related issues and encourage individuals and their community to take action towards reducing their ecological footprint.
With the motto, "one man’s trash is another man’s treasure", this unique centre showcases a hands-on, outcome-based working example that highlights key issues around sustainable living.

For more details you can contact Michelle Sholto-Douglas on 021 794 5586
or e-mail Michelle at

Friday, September 07, 2007

CAFDA stables

Today we chatted with Joy Gibbs from Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA).
CAFDA is one of the oldest community based organisations in Cape Town.
Their original horse stables, hence the name is now retail centre for community crafters, bakery and a small coffee shop.
Also on site is the development of an indigenous plant nursery.
Their two vegetable gardens also provide training under organic growing conditions.

For more information you can call Joy Gibbs on 021 706 2050
or e-mail:

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Lwandle Labour Museum

Today we started our show with Lunga Smile from Lwandle Labour Museum.
This is the first township based museum in the Western Cape and first museum to commemorate migrant labour workers in South Africa.
The small community based museum showcases the migrant labour system, which was implemented between 1958 and 1994.
During your visit you can walk through an original migrant hostel to see how labourers lived.

For more information you can call Lunga Smile on 021 845 6119 or

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

BEN Township Tour

Today we chatted with Sally Petersen from the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN).
This is a non profit organisation that promotes the use of bicycles in all its forms to enhance low-cost, non motorized transport and health.
With the help of BEN, local entrepreneurs are selected by communities to start up local independent bicycle dealerships (IBDs).
Second hand bicycles are then imported, refurbished and distributed by these IBDs within disadvantaged communities which promotes job creation.

For more details contact Sally Petersen at:
Pokela Road, Masiphumelele
Tel +27(0)83 234 6428 or
E-mail sally

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Athlone School for the Blind empowering youth about skills.

Today we spoke with Mark Kanies from Athlone School for the Blind.

Athlone School for the Blind is dedicated to meeting the educational, training and therapeutic needs of all blind learners with the fundamental objective being; the creation of an environment where every child can develop to their fullest potential, beside of their particular handicap.

To this end their school aims to provide a stimulating academic and education environment to develop skills of blind children.
By ensuring that their blind and visually impaired learners have the appropriate skills, education and competencies to effectively participate in the broader social world, they are able to afford them the same opportunities for achieving academically and obtain gainful employment in the world at large.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Heart and stroke foundation

Today we spoke with Erica Ketterere from the Heart Foundation.
A heart attack is diagnosed through the symptoms experienced as well as by the results of blood tests and an electro-cardiogram.

The blood tests indicate levels of enzymes that are released into the bloodstream when the heart muscle is damaged and the electrocardiogram traces the electrical pattern of the heartbeat and can indicate areas of damage.
These results determine the severity of the attack and degree of damage.

For more details you can call Heart Foundation on 021 447 4222