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