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

Friday, December 19, 2008

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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.