Monday, December 22, 2008

Kaapse Klopse - Cape Town Minstrel Carnival – Celebrating a tradition of more than 100 years

Today on Backchat we spoke to Gerald Hoberman. Gerald Hoberman is an internationally renowned photographer born and bred in Cape Town and trained in London. Gerald spoke to us about his latest project, Kaapse Klopse - Cape Town Minstrel Carnival – Celebrating a tradition of more than 100 years. This features photographs of the colourful Cape Minstrel Carnival. The book is available at all book stores around the country. Should you need more information on Gerald Hoberman, you may contact Magda Bosch on 021 419 6657 or 082 774 9723 or admin@hobermancollection.com

Friday, December 19, 2008

CAMPHILL VILLAGE ,WESTCOAST
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Theresa Joffin from Camphill Village Westcoast. Camphill Village provides care and employment for those with physical and intellectual disability. The surroundings are described as being peaceful, which will help the residents live a healthy life. For more information, visit www.camphillwestcoast.org.za or call 021 571 8600.

We also playedou some old interviews which we thought truly stood out and one of our favourites by far.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Etafeni Day Care Centre
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Luvuyo from Etafeni Day Care Centre. Etafeni offers services to those affected by AIDS and vulnerable children and their families. The Etafeni centre is described as a “welcoming place for both adults and children to enjoy and find health again.” Etafeni can boast a few achievements since the centre has been established. Etafeni has been shortlisted for the Impumelelo Award. For more information, you may visit their website at www.etafenitrust.org or call 021 386 1516.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Abaphumeleli Orphanage
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Evelyn Makasi from Abaphumeleli Orphanage. The organisation helps with the creation of jobs and promotes the equal treatment of those living with HIV/Aids. The organisation started in Evelyn’s house and it started after Evelyn realised how much she liked working with children. The orphanage runs after school programmes and a choir for the kids. The objectives for Abaphumeleli are for them to own a bigger house so that they could, in the future, accommodate more children and to give these kids a proper education. For more information, you may contact Evelyn Makasi on 021 361 1555.

Friday, December 12, 2008






Feedback Food Redistribution

Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Dean Hand and Mara from Feedback Food Redistribution. Feedback provides the redistribution of excess food to impoverished communities. The organisation was founded in 2000 and the core purpose is to provide practical and effective food recovery and distribution solutions. For more information you may contact 021 685 0484 or visit http://www.feedback.org.za/



Harmony Addiction Clinic
We were also joined in studio by Shane Byren from the Harmony Addiction Clinic. The clinic provides primary care to addiction sufferers. Harmony is described as a safe environment that provides professional counselling. The clinic has assembled the best clinicians that the country has to offer. For more information contact Shane on 082 375 4907 or visit http://www.harmonyclinic.co.za/



Hansgroher Life Saving Series
Our last guest in studio was Dylan Tommy, the president of SA Lifesaving. The 2009 Hansgrohe Masters of Lifesaving Series will be held on Saturday at Blouberg Strand. Dylan spoke about the 2009 Hansgrohe Series and beach safety.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Go for Gold
Today on backchat we were joined in studio by Patti Bruyn from Go for Gold. Go for Gold aims to develop young people for disadvantaged backgrounds through education, training and mentoring. For more information you may contact 021 703 0395

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Courtney Abrahams from the Emergency Medical Services. Does the name sound familiar? Well it should because Courtney and Leon were involved with the blood drive at Wingfield naval Base last Saturday. Recently the Department of Health awarded the Western Cape Emergency Services staff and Courtney was awarded the “Social Capital Award” for his work in the community along with Leon Mentoor.

We were also joined on the line by Agnetha Solomon from PASCaP Trust. PASCaP Trust is an organization that focuses on the task of enabling the development of community-owned after school centres exclusively in communities living in poverty. For more information you may contact 021 713 0754 or visit www.pascap.org.za

We also played a feature which was put together by Backchat trainee producer, Mikhaila Crowie. The feature was about Human Trafficking and highlighted the dangers of this vicious crime and what we could do to alleviate the problem. Remember to speak out! It is the only way to let your voice be heard.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

TIPS ON HOW TO BE A GOOD PARENT
Today on Backchat we spoke to Fouzia from the Parent Centre. The centre was established in 1983 and provides education and training workshops. The Parent Centre aims to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of children. The centre also provides teen pregnancy counselling for young mothers and divorce counselling. For more information you may contact the centre on 021 762 0116 or visit www.theparentcentre.org.za

INTEGRATING THE DISABLED IN TO SOCIETY
We were also joined on the line by Gail Davids from the Oasis Association. The organisation aims to enable the intellectual disability to realise their full potential. The association was established in 1952 and provides comprehensive services and opportunities. For more information contact 021 671 2698 or visit www.oasis.org.za

Monday, December 08, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Collin and his friends from Ntonga, which is a musical and arts school in Gugulethu. The school is said to change the lives of many youngsters in the area who aspire to become jazz musician. For more information call Collin on 082 845 7263.




We were also joined on the line by Maretjie Bezuidenhout from NorSA Community Care. This organisation provides services to women and children in communities affected by HIV/Aids. The organisation focuses mainly on empowering the community. For more information you may contact Marietjie on 021 873 0532 or 082 339 8988.





We were also joined on the line by Vivian Mcileka. Vivian is the co-ordinator at Umtha Welanga. The organisation us a community based response to the crisis of HIV in Khayalitsha. The organiosation uses the indigenous model of community care and support for the increasing numbers of children affected or infected by HIV/Aids. For more information or to help with donations call 021 361 7863.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by well-known SA producer and musician Robbie Malinga. Malinga joined us to promote his new album Heavyweight. Robbie has been in the industry for a very long time and his basically the go-to-guy if ever you need to lay down a track. Malinga describes himself as basically doing everything. For more information on this dynamic artist or for more information on the album Heavyweight, visit www.tsrecords.co.za.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008



Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Mirjam Asmal-Dik from Cape Africa Platform (CAPE). The Cape Africa Platform is a groundbreaking cultural project located in Cape Town, South Africa. CAPE’s aim is to connect Cape Town, South Africa and Africa on a cultural level. The Cape Africa Platform was established in 2003 after the art world saw a dramatic shift. CAPE For more information you may visit http://www.capeafrica.org/ or call 021 461 2325.




Our guests in studio were Sandra and Mark from The Extra-Mural Education Project (EMEP). EMEP helps schools develop into hubs of learning, recreation and support in their communities. EMEP believes that the learning should not stop when the bell rings. The organisation wants to tackle inequality and to develop a healthier and clean lifestyle. For more information you may visit http://www.emep.org.za/ or call 021 790 2759.



We were also joined in studio by Rashid Lanie. Rashid is an international recording pianist, composer and producer and he will be talking to us about his new album Remembrance. Lanie has worked with the likes of Macy Gray, Jackson Browne and Bobby Womack. The album is dedicated to the memory of his late Dad. The album is described as a combination of “sophisticated American Roots Jazz combined with a distinct African Jazz flavour”. For more information visit www.myspace.com/rashidlanie

Monday, December 01, 2008

Today on Backchat we spoke to Chris O’ Connor. The Mayoral Committee approved a performing arts and development programme that will be sure street kids and youth at risk. Chris is the manager of the Projects, Strategy and Support. The street kids will be trained by the Zip Zap Circus School, Dance for All, Ikapa Dance Theatre Productions, Tercia Kindo Arts, Jikeleza Dance Project, Cape Dance Company and the Athlone Academy of Music who will be working in collaboration with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. The programme has also generated interest for programmes in the near future from many other organisations. The street kids will perform in an orchestra using discarded material. For further information you may contact Mr. O’ Connor on 021 400 9501.

Today on the show we also celebrated World Aids Day. We played recorded interviews with guests who have joined us in the past and spoke about their organisations and what they are doing to combat HIV/Aids.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Today on Backchat we spoke to Daphne Jansen from the Mitchells Plain Network Opposing Women Abuse. The organisation addresses the issues surrounding domestic violence against women. For more information you may contact 021 376 2780.

We also spoke to Debbie from Carehaven. Debbie is a social worker at Carehaven, which provides shelter and refuge for abused women and children. For more information you may contact 021 638 5511

We spoke to father-and-daughter team Mary and Joe Faragher. Joe is a South African artist who has 40 years experience in all aspects of ceramic art and he and his daughter Mary will be talking about Deadly Semantics-Boer War Ceramic Arts, which will be on display next month.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Brian Dutlow. Brian is the Strandfontein Community Policing Forum chairperson and he spok to us about the crime awareness and substance abuse awareness programme to be held in Strandfontein. The programme will be held on Monday the 1st of December at the MEC hall in Caravelle Road. The event will start at 7:30 pm. Various guest speakers such as Ms Lynn De Bruyn, (a social worker of NICRO) and Mr. John Roberts, (a substance abuse field worker) will address the issues of domestic violence and the dangers of substance abuse. The Strandfontein CPF would like all the residents to get involved to improve the safety of the area. Major concerns for Strandfontein include the increase of house-breakings and robberies, due to drug addicts trying to feed their habit. For more information you may contact Mr. Dutlow on 082 388 6739.

We also spoke to Sophie Hobbs, the Head of Communications at GreaterGood South Africa. GreaterGood SA has been described as the first social online marketplace for people who want to make a difference in our country. Today we spoke about their Make Christmas Matter campaign, and Sophie told us a bit about the campaign since Christmas is approaching fast. The Make Christmas Matter campaign basically encourages South Africans to buy gifts that will make a difference in others lives. Hobbs said that the Christmas holiday has become so commercialised and all about money that we quickly forget that the holiday is about spending time with loved ones. So to sum it up, instead of buying your kid a PlayStation game of R250, you could buy a new school uniform for an orphaned child. Or instead of the normal soap-on-a-rope gift, why not spend the R50 on Vitamins for someone living with HIV or stationery for a rural school child. It’s these simple things that could make a difference. So go ahead and make the donation if you can. The number to dial is 021 794 0580 or simply visit www.makechristmasmatter.co.za. Don’t forget to support International Buy Nothing Day on 29 November.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line Elizabeth Appollis from Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA). FAMSA provides marriage guidance and counseling. The family is considered the nucleus of society and when it is weakened, it falls apart. This is the sole reason why FAMSA was established. Health, functional family life form part of their core values. It provides the necessary guidance for marriage and counseling. For more information contact 021 447 7951 or visit www.famsa.org.za


We were then joined in studio by Ingrid Graham from Khanya Projects. Now Ingrid is not new to the Backchat family. Today she spoke about the new projects Khanya projects has to offer. For those who don’t know Khanya Project is an initiative by the Western Cape Education Department to determine the contribution that technology could make a difference. And what a difference they are making! For more information contact 021 467 2223 or visit www.khanya.co.za

We were also joined on the line Cindy Celliers from NICRO Mitchells Plain. NICRO is blowing the whistle against crime. At local, provincial and national level NICRO stages events to encourage crime prevention in addition to raising awareness and funds. For more information visit http://www.nicro.org.za/ or contact 021 397 6060.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Mr. Naidoo from Colleen’s Place of Safety. Colleen’s Place of safety is a home started by Colleen Naidoo and her husband (Mr. Naidoo) in Mitchells Plain. She runs the place of safety from her home in Beacon Valley with the assistance of 3 care-givers. For more information 021 376 1417

Monday, November 24, 2008

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Kholeka from the Rape Crisis Centre. The Rape Crisis Centre provides holistic, gender sensitive assistance, prevention and empowerment in all forms of sexual violence. The centre provides and support to thousands of victims who have fallen prey to the crime of rape. Rape Crisis aims to eliminate all forms of gender violence. For more information you may contact 021 361 9228

We were joined in studio by Rogeiro from Soccer 4 Hope. Soccer 4 Hope is an initiative by Hoops4Hope that supports youth and community development in our country. Soccer 4 Hopes’ aim is to stop the spread of HIV and address the issues that face our children on a daily basis. Soccer4Hope combines the joy of sports with research-based educational models. For more information you may visit http://www.soccer4hope.org/ or call 021 461 8250.


We were also joined on the line by Magrieta from United Sanctuary Against Abuse. The Sanctuary aims to assist women and children against all forms of abuse. The organisation is based in Atlantis and hopes to empower victims of abuse to walk tall! They would also like to increase the community awareness of the dangers of abuse. For more information you may visit http://www.usaa.org.za/ or call 021 572 8662


Our last interview was with Christy from the Peninsula School Feeding Association. The association provides meals to hungry children in primary, secondary and special-needs schools. The association’s mission is to combat the predominance of hunger amongst our children. Christy spoke about the different kids they coma across on a daily basis and the different projects they have to offer. For more information you may visit http://www.psfa.org.za/ or call 021 447 6020

Friday, November 21, 2008

Today on Backchat we spoke to Mlinde Kulashe. Mlinde is a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Nyanga who has received a scholarship to continue his ballet studies. This vibrant teenager is a wonderful example of someone who is determined and a hard-worker. Under the direction of Keith Mackintosh, Mlinde began his training with the Cape Town City Ballet’s Male Development Programmme in 1999. Mlinde has entered each and every year for the Royal Academy of Dance’s external exams. Last year he achieved and 80% distinction in Advanced 1. This made him eligible to travel to Johannesburg this year. This is one teen who has achieved a lot at such a young age. He was the first boy to be chosen to join the Cape Junior Ballet in 2005! The 17-year-old was awarded a scholarship which will fund his final year of training in 2009. Mlinde recently entered the final Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exam, Advanced 2, the results of which we still await. If he passes this with Distinction he will be able to enter for the highest possible test of the RAD, the Solo Seal Award, the only exam at which an audience is allowed to attend. So best wishes to Mlinde!

We were joined on the line by Marieta De Vos from Mosaic Training, Service and Healing Centre for Women. Mosaic aims to help abused women putting together the pieces of their broken lives to become whole. Mosaic’s aim is to prevent and reduce domestic violence in the country. The organisation delivers a wide range of services for women caught up in gender violence and in more recent years because of the correlation, to those infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information you may visit http://www.mosaic.org.za/ or call 021 761 7585.

We also spoke to Dr. Chunga from the Thuthuzela Rape Care Centre. Thuthuzela is a centre for all of those who have fallen victim to the crime of rape.
The Thuthuzela Rape Care Center (TRCC) is a multi-disciplinary initiative by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, South African Police Services, the Health Department and the National Prosecution Authority. The service rendered by the project begins at the time the rape victim reports the case at one of the three participating police stations, namely; Guguletu, Khayelitsha and Mannenberg an follows through to finalisation of the case in court, while including counseling and support for the survivor. The centre is based in Mannenberg. The number for the centre is 021 690 1031 or 021 690 1011.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Simameleni Child Abuse Prevention Project
Today on Backchat we spoke to Nokwayiyo from Simameleni Child Abuse Prevention Project. Simameleni works to empower kids against child abuse. For more information contact 021 361 5246

Wednesday, November 19, 2008



LITERACY FOR ALL
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Ed Coombe from Literacy for All. Literacy for All aims to combat our country’s terrible literacy rate by introducing books that teach children to read in their home language, as well as to teach the teachers how to use them. For more information you may contact 021 788 8125


LEAP (Science and Math School)
We were joined on the line by John Gilmour from LEAP (Science and Math School). LEAP is a privately funded Math, Science and Technology school. LEAP represents a solution to one of our country’s acute problems, and that is the shortage of skills, especially amongst the previous disadvantaged. For more information visit http://www.leapschool.org.za/


TeachOut
We were also joined on the line by Duncan Clough from TeachOut. TeachOut is a tutoring project which aims to support the educational development of learners from Cape Town's previously disadvantaged secondary schools. For more information visit http://www.teachout.co.za/

CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
Our last guest in studio was Isabel Meyer, a consultant from Mayaluga Consulting. Yesterday it was announced that Cape Town will host the Cape Town Carnival in March 2010. Isabel is the Program Manager for the Cape Town Carnival. The theme for the 2010 carnival is Rhythm, Roots and Boots. For more information visit http://www.capetowncarnival.com/

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Empilweni
Today on Backchat we spoke to Noncdeo from Empilweni. Empilweni is a community-based Mental Health situated in Khayelistha. For more information you may contact 021 361 7063 or visit www.empilweni.org


The Homestead (Projects for Street Children)
We also spoke to Interview with Sandra Morreira from the Homstead (Projects for Street Children). The organisation offers cost-effective services to street children. For more information visit www.homestead.org.za or call 021 419 9763

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Music Therapy Community Clinic
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Sunelle Fouche from the Music Therapy Community Clinic. This organisation provides Music Therapy services for the disadvantage and previously disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. For more information you may visit www.music-therapy.co.za or contact
021 685 4155

Alive and Kicking
We also spoke to Rukia Cornelius from Alive and Kicking. Alive and Kicking is built on the principle that every young person has the right to life choices, health and education. For more information you may visit www.aliveandkicking.org.uk


Mitchells Plain Crisis Line
We also spoke to Geraldine Young from the Mitchells Plain crisis line. The line provides counselling for rape survivors and abused women and run programmes around drugs for teens at risk, HIV prevention programmes, paralegal services and employment services. For more information you may call 021 392 2000


Learn to Earn
We spoke to Candice Collins and Bongi Basela from Learn to Earn. Learn to Earn launched a new Graphic Design course which runs for a full year. For more information you may visit www.learntoearn.org.za or contact 021 361 5972

Thursday, November 13, 2008



Tafelsig United Aids Project
Today on Backchat we had an interview with Morisha Fortuin, manager of the Tafelsig United Aids Project. This project works with HIV positive people in terms of support groups and counselling. Contact 021 397 5268 for more information.


FavorSA
We were also joined in studio by Jurgens Smit from FavorSA. Faces and Voices of Recovery of South Africa focuses on the recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and they serve as a resource for the communities and of the well being of South Africans. For more information you may visit http://www.favor.org.za/ or contact 021 531 8340.


Let’s Run- Monica Mfengu
We were also joined in studio by Monica Mfengu. Monica Mfengu is being hailed by media as being a local SA musician who will take the music industry by storm!
Let’s Run CD Launch Programme
Pre-launch Function: 14th Novemberr 2008
Venue: Adderley Hotel
Time: 17h00
CD Launch: 05th December 2008
Venue: Seasons Launge
Time: 22h00 - 15h00 until late



Tertiary School in Business Education(TSiBA) and Education Conference

We were joined on the line by Leigh Meinert, the Managing Director of the Tertiary School in Business Education (TSiBA), which is a private non-profit provider of higher education will host an Education conference, addressing various issues related to the estimated R1, 2 billion that corporate South Africa invests in education annually. For more information you may contact 021 532 2750

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mamelani Projects
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Carly from the Mamelani Projects. The focus areas of Mamelani are health education and youth development. Mamelani believes strongly in South Africans providing solutions to their own problems. Projects are run locally by a team of South Africans who understand the complex needs of the people they work with. For more information contact 021 685 4608 or visit www.mamelani.org.za

Pregnancy Help Centre
We also had an interview with Rachel Liliett from the Pregnancy Help Centre. This centre provides a safe place where teenagers and women can come to receive pregnancy testing, counselling and information around issues of unplanned preganancy, enabling them to make an informed choice. The Centre numbers are as follows:

Observatory: 021 447 3630
Gugulethu : 021 638 7931
Muizenberg : 021 788 5844



Dance for All
We also spoke to Philip Boyd from Dance for All. Philip is the founder of the organisation. Dance for All is a non-profit organisation that teaches dance to the historically disadvantaged children and youth in Cape Town. For more information you may contact 021 697 5509 or visit www.danceforall.co.za

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Little Snow Drops
Today on Backchat we spoke to Ruwayda Solomons from Little Snow Drops. The organisation started as a result of the need for the children who do not have access to basic food and education. For more information you may contact 021 392 9770.

Place of Hope
We also spoke to Rozetta from Place of Hope. This organisation offers traumatised women and their children a place of refuge. For more information contact 021 697 2019 or visit www.placeofhope.org.za

Monday, November 10, 2008

MaAfrika Tikkun
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Amanda Zar from MaAfrika Tikkun. MaAfrika Tikkun is an organisation that is working towards the transformation of communities in our country by caring for vulnerable children and orphans in the townships. For more information on the organisation you may contact 021 956 4365 or visit www.maafrikatikkun.org.za

Victim Support Room
We were also joined on the line by Veronica from the Victim Support Room. The Victim Comfort Room is an initiative by the South African Police Services. They provide trauma counselling and victim support. For more information you may contact 021 700 3952

Friday, November 07, 2008

Dream for Success
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Ricardo Julies, Yaseem Ismail, Gurswin Nicholas and Michael James from Dream for Success. D4S is a group of young entertainers from Mitchells Plain, promoting the youths of Mitchells Plain to live a healthy and successful life. For more information contact Ricardo on 083 350 3032


Communicare
We were joined by Raymond from Communicare. Communicare is an organisation that focuses on providing affordable housing for the economically disadvantaged in the Western Cape. For more information you may contact Raymond on 021 421 6008 or visit http://www.communicare.org.za/




Mathaphelo
We were joined in studio by Mathapelo Masilela. Mathapelo is currently rated as the next best thing in SA music. Mathapelo has performed in Germany and Hungary. Her music is a thin line between Afro jazz and Afro pop, which is enjoyed by all generation (young and old). Her debut album Sthandwa sami sold over 15 000 units and is anticipated to multiply within this festive season.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Artist’s Handbook: A Guide to the Business of the Arts
On Backchat today we were joined on the line by Mike Van Graan from the Africa Centre. The Africa Centre will see the launch of the Artist’s Handbook: A Guide to the Business of the Arts next week Tuesday. For more information contact Mike on 021 422 0468

Novalis Ubuntu Institute
We were joined in studio by Antonet-Nirvana Lange, the Marketing, PR and Events co-ordinator from the Novalis Ubuntu Institute. The Novalis Ubuntu Institute is a centre for development programs in education and culture and they want to promote personal growth and awareness. For more information visit http://www.novalis.org/ or contact 021 797 1857.


Orion Community Outreach
We also spoke to Maria Dankers from Orion Community Outreach. Orion’s aim is to uplift the Woodlands community in Mitchells Plain and the creation of jobs. For more information on the organisation you may call Maria Dankers on 021 371 5952.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Jireh
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Janice from Jireh. Jireh is a NGO that provides services and programmes to make a positive difference in the communities they serve. The organisation is based in Portlands Mitchells Plain and for more information, you may contact 021 371 2178 or visit www.jirehsa.org.za


Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa
We also spoke to Nelmarie from the Child Accident Prevention of Southern Africa. The foundation aims to promote optimal health and development of all children. For more information you may contact 021 686 6331 or visit www.childsafe.org.za


Jikeleza Dance Project
We were joined on the line by Edmund from the Jikeleza Dance Project. This organisation provides children from disadvantaged communities with a safe nuturing environment for them to express themselves. For more information you may contact 021 434 3100 or visit www.jikeleza.co.za

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Cape Kidney Association
Today on Backchat we were joined by Rashieda Samaai from the Cape Kidney Association.

The Cape Kidney Association will have their Patient/ family support Awareness Campaign on Saturday 15th November. The campaign takes place at the Mowbray Town Hall from 2pm-4pm. Those attending the event will have a fun-filled afternoon with good entertainment, eats and goodies.
RSVP Molly Fabe by Wednesday 12th November on 021 448 0817 or 083 265 7490. You may also contact Rashieda on 021 691 4676 or 079 528 8019.


JAG
We were also joined in studio by Bron Villet, the Executive Director from the JAG Foundation.
JAG is a sports and education foundation.
JAG gives young people the opportunity to achieve their potential and to help contribute to our country’s social well-being. For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 702 7892 or visit www.jagfoundation.com

Dance for Aids
We were joined by Roxy Marosa from the Marosa Talk Show. Roxy spoke about Dance for Aids, which is in commemoration of World Aids Day.
For more information you may contact 073 230 3828 or email Roxy: marosa@telkomsa.net

Monday, November 03, 2008

‘Can You Feel It’
Today on Backchat we were joined by the cast of ‘Can You Feel It?’. Can You Feel It is a tribute show to the Jackson Five and Michael Jackson and runs from the 1st to the 15th of November. Reyaat Tasriet leads the cast as Michael Jackson while Cheslen Junior, Lorenza Swartz, John Floris and Edward Eden play supporting roles. To book tickets visit www.onbroadway.co.za

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Oasis ‘Reach for your dreams’
We also spoke to Faaiq and Rochelle from the ‘Oasis Reach for Your Dreams’. Their aim is to raise awareness among youths within Grassy Park and keep them occupied with positive thoughts. They’re establishing a sustainable job creation programme project in Schaapkraal for underprivileged youth and adults. For more information you may contact 021 705 7351

Open Democracy Advice Centre
Our last guest in studio was Melvin from the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC). The ODAC is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation. ODAC’s mission is to promote and promote transparent democracy. For more information you may call 021 461 3096

Friday, October 31, 2008

Business Against Crime
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Dr Annelie Rabie from Business Against Crime Western Cape. Business Against Crime objective is to make South Africa a safer place in which to live and work in. For more information you may contact 021 592 5217 or visit their website at www.bac.org.za

Play and learn group
We also spoke to Ruwayda Hull from the UWC Community Rehab Project. They have established a new play and learn group and Ruwayda is the co-ordinator of this project. For more information you may contact 021 371 1707

Sisters Incorporated

We also spoke to Mishka from Sisters Incorporated. Sisters Incorporated is an organisation that offers a home for abused women and pregnant teenagers. For more information you may contact 021 797 4190 or visit their website at www.sister.org.za


Soil for Life

Our last interview for the day was with Des from Soil for Life. Soil for Life is based in the Mother City, and they teach people to grow their own food for the purpose of living a healthier life For more information you may contact 021 794 4982 or visit their website www.soilforlife.co.za


Matric motivation from Ms Phumla Satyo.

Ms Satyo is the Director for the Further Education and Training Curriculum which includes the curricula for Grades 10 to 12 schools.

This is the first National Senior Certificate Examination based on the National Curriculum Statement.

45 696 candidates will be writing the Senior Certificate examination in the Western Cape. Some candidates have already written Foreign languages such as French, German and Arabic as well as Computer Applications Technology and Information Technology.

The majority of the learners will start their examinations on Monday, 3 November with English Home Language Paper 1 and English First Additional Language Paper 1.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ZENZELE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT

Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Benjamin from Zenzele Training Development.

Zenzele is a non-profit organisation based in Khayelitsha which provides training programmes using combinations of technical and business modules, for historically disadvantaged people in the Western Cape.
For more information on the organisation, you may contact 021 361 1840.


UNCOUNTED
We also had an interview with Andreas Spath and Andreas spoke to us about Uncounted.

Uncounted is a feauture length documentary film about how Americans were cheated during the 2004 and 2006 elections and the documentary will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town.

Tickets will cost you R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia on 021 424 5927.
For more information on the documentary, visit www.uncountedthemovie.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

South African Education and Environment Project

Today on Backchat we were joined by Zandile and Isabelle from the South African Education and Environment Project(SAEP).
The SAEP started as an environmental education project at a school in Philippi but has now evolved to include more educational programmes around Cape Town. For more information you may contact 021 685 3431.

Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse (RAPCAN)

We were also joined on the line by Moefeeda Salie-Kagee from Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN).
RAPCAN focuses its attention on the prevention of child abuse.
Their aim is to combat the pattern of abuse which affects the lives of children and adults everywhere. For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 712 2330


Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture
Our last guest in studio was Miriam from the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture.
The Trauma Centre is a Cape Town based human rights organisation that heals survivors of violence and torture.
For more information you may contact 021 465 7373

Friday, October 24, 2008


CAFDA
Today on Backchat we were joined by Mareldia and Ursula from the Cape Flats Development Association (Cafda). Cafda is a non-profit organisation that provides different services to the Cape Flats communities. For more information you may contact 021 706 2050.

HOT SHOTS
Three learners from Imperial Primary School joined us too. Kim Barnes, Lyle Jonas and Elrene Roelfse form a Hip Hop fitness group called Hot Shots. They’ve recently achieved honors at the South African Fitness Sport Aerobics Championships. They will be off to Dubna Russia soon and if anybody want to assist them with regards to funding, you may contact Denise Abrahams on 021 397 7748 or Imperial Primary School on 021 376 1105.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

GETNET
Today on Backchat we spoke to Rita from GETNET.
GETNET is a training institute that plays a dynamic role in transforming the relations between men and women and empowering women. For more information you can contact GETNET on 021 697 5355.



ABALIMI BEZEKHAYA
We were also joined in studio by Wezi from Abalimi bezekhaya.
Abalimi is an urban cultural and environmental action association operating in socio-economic neglected townships.
SEED (Schools Environmental Education and Development) is a sub-project of Abalimi and works at transforming learning environments through Permaculture.

SEED has grown out of the harsh Cape Flats Primary School Environment and is now rolling out a national programme that incorporates this school-based work.
For more information, you may contact the organisation on 021 371 1653

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Organ Donor Foundation

Today on Backchat we spoke to Philippa Douglas, the Executive Director of the Organ Donor Foundation.
The Organ Donor Foundation is a non-profit charity that addresses the shortage of organ donors in our country.
On Saturday, thousands of people around the world will take part in The World’s Biggest Walk, which will raise awareness for organ donation.
For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 426 0198


Plusto.com
We also had a chat with Adriaan Gie.

Adriaan is the brainchild of Plusto.com.
Plusto.com is an online industrial auctioning platform which was launched this month.
Plusto.com, will introduce revolutionary new trading methods

Copperheads
We were also joined in studio by Pieter Van Dalen from Copperheads. Copperheads is the City of Cape Town’s metal-theft task team which investigates metal theft or syndicates. If you would like to contact Copperheads, dial 0800 22271

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gold Peer Education Development Agency


Today on Backchat we spoke to Ruche Jackson from Gold Peer Education Development Agency.
Gold Peer Education was formed to deal with the increasing incidents of HIV infections in youths. The organisation plays a key role in transforming under-served communities. For more information you may call Gold Peer Education Development Agency on
021 685 5038.









help2read-Edith and Alex

We were also joined in studio by Edith Sithole and Alex Moss from the help2read organisation.

The foundation helps children who find reading extremely difficulty.

This is an organisation that makes reading more fun for these kids.

For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 671 0824.



Project Phakama

We also had an interview with Caroline Calburn from Project Phakama.

Project Phakama is an international arts education exchange that creates site-specific theatre with young people.

There will be a Benefit performance of the award-winning play Karoo Moose.

Proceeds will go to the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, which is an initiative to make operating theatre companies more affordable and Project Phakama forms part of this initiative.

For donations or for more information, you may contact Vicky Stark on 082 786 4240 or visit the website at www.vickstarkinc.com/

Monday, October 20, 2008

Home of Hope- Richard Brooke

Today in Backchat we spoke had an interview with Richard Brooke, from Home of Hope in Table View.
The Home of Hope is a voluntary association that creates a much needed support system for the local social worker and a place of safety for children.

They provide places of safety for children who were abandoned in dustbins, violently abused, or raped.

For more information you may call Richard Brookes on 021 556 3573


Khayelitsha Youth Zone Festival
We also had an interview with Sebelo.

Sebelo is involved with Hip Hop and will inspire Festival goers at the Youth festival.

The Khayelistsha Youth Zone Festival takes place at the OR Tambo Hall on Friday 24 October till Sunday 26 October.

Festival goers will be spoilt for choice, with topics ranging from entrepreneurship to taking on the environment, speakers include NGO Ashoka – addressing festival-goers on ‘Becoming a Young Social Entrepreneur’ – and Angus Whitty speaking on making models from recycled plastic. For more information about the festival you may contact Sebelo on 073 212 1444 or for more information on the festival you may contact Greta Wilson on 083 497 7236

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rose Mpahlwa


We interviewed Rose Mpahlwa. Rose works at the Du Noon clinic. She does home visits to assess the social and health status of HIV patients awaiting anti-retroviral treatment. She also works with TB care and says she is grateful doing this work, as she always wanted to be a nurse. She also runs a support group for parents of HIV positive children. She says the biggest challenge surrounding HIV is the failure of people to disclose their status.

“If women disclose, men abuse, if men disclose, the women leave”

Rose says women were blessed when they are born because they produce children and are responsible for the home, the community and even the world.

For more information call 084 366 4139 or 072 576 7824

Shikaya – Education for Democracy


We interviewed Dylan Wray from Shikaya – Education for Democracy. Its mission is to affirm and support the crucial role of teachers and education in developing a society based on human rights, democracy, diversity and peace.


For more information call 021 461 4239

Sithi level3



We interviewed Mishkah from Sithi. Over 1 000 teenagers (14 - 18 years) over the last 11 years have benefited from the Sithi @ baxter programme with highly successful results.


For more information call 021 680 3964

Beyond Expectation Environmental Project


We had an interview with Sinethemba from Beyond Expectation Enviromental Project. Its mission is to champion the change, effect the change in communities and be the courage of hope to the youth in relation to environmental issues and social ills.


They wish to aide the youth that are trapped in an environment dominated by grinding poverty like drug and alcohol abuse, HIV and Aids etc. We also wish to provide the learners that we are working with us in the Food Garden Program with Knowledge, the Skills and the Practical ways of establishing the Food Garden, so that they could even grow their own food garden in their homes.


They also wish to champion the change in regards to HIV/Aids in our Communities and the young generation need to take a stand and fight this malicious killer of the nation. They realised that there was a need to help the learners in Primary Schools with the literature because there seems to be crisis in this regards. They also wish to help the vulnerable and orphans children and the children that are HIV infected and affected with the necessary support, which is why they have established Masimanyane Support Group.


For more information call 021 371 9110

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Betty Mathibela of Thibela Designs


We interviewed Betty Mathibela. Betty Mathibela is a Ndebele woman who lives in Du Noon, close to Cape Town in South Africa. She never went to school and is illiterate, but this beautiful woman is skilful in designing and making beadwork products. She teaches 20 women to do beadwork that she buys from them and then sells at the Waterfront. She also provides with food parcels.


For more information call 084 945 0319

Sony Fevapitch 5-a-side soccer tournament

We interviewed with Neil Tovey who will tell us about the Sony Fevapitch 5-a-side soccer tournament at the Athlone Stadium on 18 and 19 October.

For more information call 082 990 4345

Arepp Theatre for Life

We had an interview with Gordon Bilbrough from Arepp Theatre for Life. Its mission statement is>To produce travelling edutainment, theatre presentations in schools, providing interactive, social life-skills and self-efficacy education to school-going youth, to develop resilience and enable informed choice.

For more information call 021 447 8551

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Koinonia Welfare & Development Program



We interviewed with Gertruida Lapoorta from Koinonia Welfare & Development Program. Its mission is to empower the unemployed.


For more information call 021 906 0900

Shoebox Homes


We interviewed with Sam Adams from Shoebox Homes. Shoebox Homes specialises in providing affordable and innovative furniture and structural renovations to best utilise small, overcrowded spaces.


For more information call 021 447 1414

Artykraa



We had an interview with Khuthala Manakaza from Artykraal. Its mission statement is=


To be able to raise the required funds sufficient to buy the necessary tools and equipment for the homes
To provide a platform for artists to perform and be able to expand
To mobilize sectors of society to work together-business, individuals, academia and grass root organisations
To become an annual entity on whose platform artists, designers and brands would want to showcase their talents
To work extensively with charity organisations providing hope through arts initiatives
To create an atmosphere favourable for advertisers
To become a growing and influential organization and extend our brand reach and exposure into an annual eventTo invest in people, young people who are committed leaders standing for end of violence and crime


For more information call 082 797 6203

Sijongephambili Creche


We interviewed with Lizzie Mathiso from Sijongephambili Creche. Its main aim is to keep children in a safe environment and surroundings and to protect them rape, ill-treatment and abuse


For more information call 072 1485 092

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Youth Philanthropy Programme South Africa (YIPPSA




We had an interview with Samantha Castle and Africa Kashe from the Youth Philanthropy Programme South Africa (YIPPSA). YIPSSA was established by Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement in 2006. Since its inception the programme has observed the impact that has been made on and by participating learners, particularly the outstanding contributions made to charity organizations in their local communities. With 9 schools on board, and with the involvement of at least 5 learners at each school, the potential to “Make a Difference” is enormous. In 2007, it was calculated that, the lives of more than 7 000 people were positively affected through the services offered by those organizations supported by these schools.

YIPPSA’s focus is to strengthen the tradition of giving at schools by establishing a YIPPSA Social Committee at each school. These committees play a fundamental role in cementing the tradition of giving at each school and serve to inspire and motivate fellow learners to activate their social responsibility by contributing to fund-raising efforts and volunteering time at community organizations.


For more information call 021 465 6981

Monday, October 13, 2008

Vrygrond Community Development Trust



We had an interview with Natalie Freeman, Berry Bougaard and Elizabeth Everson from Vrygrond Community Development Trust. Capricorn community learning centre is an institution that offers education to the youth and adults in our community. They teach people how to read and write and give them a chance to further their education.


for more information call 021 701 3693