Wednesday, April 30, 2008

30 April 2008

Social Assistance Amendment Bill

We opened the show with Advocate Mike Masutha about the Social Assistance Amendment Bill. During the State of the Nation Address the president indicated that government would equalize the
age for the old age grant between men and women. When implemented, men would also be able to access the old age grant when they attain the age of 60 years

For more information on the Bill call 011 84 5733

Brahma Kumaris Organisation

We were later joined by Pratiba Dayn- programme coordinator of the organisation Brahma Kumaris. The organisation teaches the practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand the inner strengths and values. They will be hosting a seminar today at Lecture 2B, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town (UCT) from 19:00 until 21h00. Entry is free.

“Guest speaker, Sister Asha, whose 40 years of practice as a meditation teacher is clearly reflected in her gentle and quiet eloquence, which underpins a powerful presence. As a senior teacher of the Brahma Kumaris, she is a frequently sought-after lecturer in India and is often consulted on Leadership, Time and Stress Management programs, by corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations in India, ” says someone form the organisation.

For more information contact 021 671 9972

Mkhanyiseli Primary School

We ended off today’s show with the principal of Mkhanyiseli Primary School- Khosi Mbane. Earlier today the school received lap desks. Mbane spoke to us about how these desks will make a difference to the children. “Currently learners are writing on soft surfaces such as the ground or whatever is available. In a classroom environment having proper facilities allows for both the teacher and learner to concentrate on what is important, which is learning,” says Mbane.

In a move that seeks to alleviate the plight of needy school children, Old Mutual (SA) Retail Mass Market division is providing 60 000 lapdesks worth R3 million to 74 schools in all nine provinces. The savings and investments champion’s participation in the Lapdesk Challenge is part of a critical public-private partnership to provide portable desks to learners.

The lapdesk is a fibre-glass board; it comes with a school name board and a diary. The portable desks can be used at school and at home.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

29 April 2008


We opened the show with author of the book Porcupine- Jane Bennett. The book is a collection of twelve short stories exploring maverick, impossible, and unbelievable moments in South Africa and elsewhere. The stories explore sexual violence and sexual desire, dreams of Nelson Mandela, and the lives of beggars. They are unpredictable, both in style and approach, and will appeal to those with a penchant for the experimental.

A bit of background on the author… Bennett has worked as an activist, feminist, writer, and teacher. Her home is in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. She has written extensively as an academic. This is her first publication as a fiction writer.

The book launch will take place at The Book Lounge on 6 May 2008

Penlyn Rehabilitation Centre

We were later joined by Shafiek Burns of the Penlyn Rehabilitation Centre- a women's only rehab centre. The ages of the women ranges from 14 to 45 years-old. The Centre has been existence for the past year-and- a-half. They deal with all types of substance abuse issues- ranging from alcohol to drug abuse. They are situated in Penlyn.

For more information contact 021 692 0857

Friday, April 25, 2008

Freedom Day Celebrations

Today we spoke to Sandile Memela spokesperson of the Minister for Arts and Culture, Paulo Jordan we spoke about the Freedom Day. Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is only celebrated on 27th April every year. This year’s celebrations will take place at Turfhall Park, Lansdowne, Cape Town.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Winston Mankunku Ngozi

Today we spoke to bro Winston Monwabisi Mankunku Ngozi one of South Africa’s Living Jazz Legends, he is to produce his first DVD. This foremost exponent of tenor saxe and jazz composers will record live on 2 and 3 May 2008 in the Artscape Opera House. It is an orchestrated concert that includes Darryl Andrews Big Band, Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Mike Perry, 12 backing vocals and many more musicians. For more information you can call 021 434 4951

We also spoke to Nomvuyo Dayile from WHEAT Trust. This is a national women's fund committed to grassroots women's empowerment for community development through education and training. WHEAT awards grants to individual women and women-led community based organisations (CBOs/CSOs) to make sure active participation of women in the development of their respective communities. For more information you can visit

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

In today’s show we spoke to Lunga Smile from Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. They are the first township based museum in the Western Cape and the first museum to commemorate migrancy in South Africa. In 1995 Lwandle was incorporated into the Helderberg Council. It is now a vibrant community of families. For more information you can call Lunga Smile on 021 845 6119.

We also spoke to Ncedisa Paul from Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project. This is a community-based non-governmental organization (NGO), operating in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha, Crossroads, Brown's Farm, Mfuleni, Nyanga and Delft. For details you can call Ncedisa Paul on 021 387 5124.

We then spoke to Nombulelo Baba from National Library of South Africa. The subject was the World Book and Copyright Day. This day was established internationally by UNESCO at its General Conference in 1995.The habit of celebrating books and reading on the 23rd of April each year is, however, an ancient one. In the English-speaking world the date has also been linked with William Shakespeare’s date of his death April 23 1616.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Carlos Alberto Parreira resigned as Bafana coach

Today we spoke to Monwabisi Jimlongo sport journalist from Daily Voice. The issue was the resignation of Carlos Alberto Parreira as Bafana Bafana coach. The Brazilian was hired to take the Bafana Bafana to a better position and to prepare them for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he signed the four-year contract with South African Football Association (SAFA). During the past week the SAFA house recieved the sad news from Parreira saying that he is quitting from his job.After his departure SAFA has approached Bafana Bafana's assistant coach Jairo Leal to continue with Parreira’s philosophy. Speaking from SAFA House on Monday, Parreira explained the reasons for his decision. He is going home to be with his wife who has cancer. Does that means our medical system is not at par with that of Brazil?

We then spoke to Zwelethu Jolobe a political analyst from University of Cape Town (UCT). We spoke about the China cargo ship which was rejected to doc at Durban port after it failed to reveal what it carried. The An Yue Jiang turned up on the 14th April with weapons destined for Zimbabwe. Currently it is not clear weather it is till around or on its way back to China.
Top left:former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto

Monday, April 21, 2008


Today we spoke to Theresa Hope from the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa. Osteoporosis is a systemic disease causing bones to become porous and more susceptible to fractures of especially the spine, hip and wrist. According to the study 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will get this disease. It is called the Silent Epidemic because there are usually no symptoms until you fracture a bone. Up to 20% of people die after a hip fracture and more than 50% of the rest will never live independently again. This disease can be prevented and if you by now suffer from osteoporosis, it can be treated with a variety of available medications.For more information you can

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Diabetes South Africa

Today we spoke to Margot McCumisky from Diabetes South Africa. We spoke about types of diabetes, e.g. type 1 that occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. It normally starts in young people under the age of 30 and that include very young children and infants. Type 2 diabetes is caused when the insulin is either not enough or does not function properly. For more information you can call Margot McCumisky on 021 425 4640.

We then spoke to Andrew Wheeldon from Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN). It was established in Cape Town in February 2002, the main aim is to alleviate poverty through the promotion of the use of bicycle. BEN has issued a petition for bicycle lanes across Cape Town and beyond. For more information you can call 021 685 7144.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Public Achievement

Today we started our show with Ofier Germanic, Bogdin Schumich,Laura Mcfawn, Brenda Leonard and Mai colleagues from Public Achievement. Public Achievement is currently hosting facilitators from different countries, those countries include Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Serbia, South Africa and South Korea in the latest phase of their Youth Work in Contested Spaces project. Youth groups from each of these countries have been looking the ways in which violence impacts on their lives, and have developed projects. For more information you can visit

We then spoke to Johann Magerman from You and Your Money. We spoke about their up coming Workshop which is due to take place on Wednesday 16 April 2008.This Workshop is aimed at the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) community and their constituencies to come together in a timely discussion facilitated by You and Your Money. The programme will go beyond the following:
· budgets
· restructuring debt
· money lending and instalments
· legal route (e.g. if accounts are not paid)
· savings
For more information you can visit

Monday, April 14, 2008

Jude Daly

Today we spoke to Jude Daly an illustrator of a book called Lila and the Sescrete of the Rain. The original autor of this book is David Conway an Ireland national but moved to England. Conway currently works at home writing for children. His poetry has been published in many anthologies in the UK. Daly stays in Mowbray with her husband, writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their sons Joe and Leo. Her earlier titles for Tafelberg include The Gift of the Sun, written by Dianne Stewart and Die Duif, also written by Dianne Stewart. Jude received a number of awards for her work: The Hungry Mind Review selected The Dove as one of its children’s books of distinction in 1994.

Friday, April 11, 2008

International Labour and Research Group (ILRIG)

Today we spoke to Leny Gentle from International Labour and Research Group (ILRIG). ILRIG has been celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting a 2-day conference on 10 and 11 April, followed by an open day on 12 April, of music, poetry and exhibitions. The open day will end with a few key note speakers from some of the constituencies that ILRIG has worked with, with reflecting on the meaning on internationalism, then and now, and some of the challenges facing an organisation such as ILRIG.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Chris Hani's 15th anniversary

Today we spoke to Khaya Magaxa Provincial Secretary of the South African Communist Party in the Western Cape. The 10th of April marks the 15th anniversary of Chris Hani's assassination. Hani was shot dead in his Dawn Park driveway in Boksburg in front of his 15 –year – old daughter on April 10, 1993. At the time of his death, Hani was the general-secretary of the SA Communist Party (SACP) and an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member. He was active in the Eastern and Western Cape ANC before leaving the country in 1962.

We also talk to Aviva Pelm a musician, the subject was her show that will be staged at Artscape. Through her passion for outreach and development, this production showcases some of the projects Aviva is immensely proud to be involved with. They include; Voice of the Nation Ad Hoc Vocal Ensemble, Cape Town City Ballet, Cape Town Male Voice Choir, Dance for All, Amy Biehl Foundation Singers, Herzlia Vocal Ensemble and S.A. Circle of Dance Academy (Wheelchairs and able-bodied dancers). For more details you can call 021 434 4951.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Inter-Parlimentary Union

Today we spoke to Nozizwe Madlala-Roudlege from the House of Assembly, about the opening of the 118th Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Cape Town. Over 1,200 delegates including some 600 legislatures and a record 50 Speakers of parliament from national parliaments around the world and several special guests are expected to attend this event. The main theme to be discussed at the Assembly will be: Pushing back the frontiers of poverty.

We then spoke to Naijumumisa Solomons from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. They are currently running a drug trial for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis at centres in Parktown, Kempton Park (Gauteng); Overport (Durban); Bellville, Pinelands and Observatory (Cape Town) and Bloemfontein. If you are over 18, have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis and cannot afford treatment and are not on a medical aid, this trial may be an option for you. Don’t delay call them on 0800 205 026 for more information.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

In today’s show we spoke to the Executive Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Councilor Grant Haskin. We spoke about the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) which is currently held by the City of Cape Town in partnership with SMART. The goal of the symposium is to start an accrediting body for specialised drug and alcohol treatment services in Cape Town. CARF is an international accrediting body working comprehensively in U.S., Canada, Europe and South America with rehabilitation and human services. For more information on this you can call Councilor Grant Haskin on 021 400 1311.

We then spoke to Vusumzi Tshose spokesperson of the MEC for Housing and Local Government in the Western Cape Qubudile Dyantyi. The subject was the outcomes of the meeting that was held by MEC Dyantyi and beneficiaries who will be relocated at Bardale Farm in Mfuleni. The beneficiary list includes the people from Khayelitsha who are currently situated on the flooded areas, wet lands and along the railway lines. For more information you can call 021 483 4466

Monday, April 07, 2008

Cart Horse Association

Today we spoke to Dee Tablanche from Cart Horse Association. We have heard that in the early 1900's, the horse and cart as a means of transport and income generation was an integral part of life for many previously disadvantaged communities living in Cape Town. The carting industry has been passed down from generation to generation. Originally cart horses were used to sell fruit, vegetables and fish on the streets of Cape Town. Today the collection of scrap metal for many communities living on the Cape Flats is the only means of generating an income. For more information you can call Cart Horse Association on 021 535 3435.

We then spoke to Martin Offord an English pianist from North Yorkshire (UK). Cape Town is soon to have the rare chance of hearing all 12 pieces of Albeniz's great cycle “Iberia” presented by Offord. He is to play this at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 12 April 2008. For more information you can call 021 434 4951.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Animal Rescue Organisation

In today’s show we spoke to Karen de Klerk from Animal Rescue and we have found that within poverty stricken communities, the general attitude towards animals is of two minds with a general worthlessness being attached to them. It is believed that children are rough when handling small animals, and need to be shown the correct manner to handle animals. For more information you can call Animal Rescue on 021 674 3661.

We also spoke to Peter Kratz from Men on the Side of the Road. We spoke about Tjommies a Men on the Side of the Road tourism project. The Tjommies will be trained to assist tourists and provided with maps, guides and season specific information. They will be deployed across the city at strategic tourism points to maximise their influence on service delivery. It is predicted that the Tjommies project will create an entry point into tourism for unemployed people and provide them with the opportunity to access employment opportunities in different segments of the industry. For more details you can call Peter Kratz on 021 448 9000.

We then spoke to zwelethu Jolobe a political analyst from the University of Cape Town. The subject was Mugabe loses control of Zimbabwe Parliament for the first time after 28 years in power, the final results of the parliamentary election show that Mugabe's Zanu-PF won 97 seats while the opposition MDC won 99 seats and a breakaway MDC faction won 10. For more on Zimbabwe situation tune into Newsline at 19:00 until 20:00 this evening don’t forget you can catch the rerun on Friday 20:00 till 21:00

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Abalimi Bezekhaya

Today we started our show with Christine Khaba from Abalimi Bezekhaya a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working to empower the disadvantaged through urban agriculture and environmental programmes and projects. Abalimi Bezekhaya supports their target groups’ ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments. For more information you can call Abalimi Bezekhaya at 021 361 3497

We also spoke to Candice Collins and Anele Duma from Learn to Earn (LtE). Their aim is to developed unemployed people, by facilitating business opportunities, job creation and access to economic ponds. For more information you can call Candice Collins on 021 361 5972

We then spoke to Christophe Dardeau an itinerant artist from France. The interview was about his upcoming painting exhibition which will be held in Cape Town from 3rd April until 23rd April 2008. This exhibition “uncertain regard” goes further than what is visible.
For more details you can call 021 423 56 99

Pic: top right: Candice Collins and Anele Duma
Bottom left: Christophe Dardeau
Pictures by: Anele Siwa

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Mimi Ntenjwa

Today we spoke to Mimi Ntenjwa a musician; we spoke about her latest album Essence Of My Soul. This album was produced by Mduduzi Mtshali. Ntenjwa started her music career as back singer for Tucan Tucan’s 1st album.