Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Peter Harley, the Youth and Development co-ordinator from Frontiers. Frontiers will present a benefit concert next month at the Kensington High School Hall. The concert will take place July 25th and will start at 8pm. For more information you may contact Peter on 021 795 5500.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today we were joined on the line by Maria from the Friends Day Centre. Friends Day Centre, a non-profit organisation situated in Maitland, Cape Town, originated in 1959 under the name Jan Prins Centre. The organisation helps intellectually disabled learners who need specialised care in order to develop to the maximum of their potential and live healthy, happy and contented lives. For more information you may call 021 511-5801
Monday, June 15, 2009
Today we had an interview with Fatima from the South African Friends of Cuba Society (Focus). The organisation is a non-profit, national, voluntary, solidarity organisation that aims to aims to promote international solidarity through dialogue, exchange and action between the people of South Africa and Cuba. For more information, you may visit www.focus-sa.co.za
Eyes on the Community-Heidi
We were also joined on the line by Heidi from Child Welfare. Heidi will be speaking about the Eyes on the Community project. The project helps the community accept responsibility for the safety and protection of their children. Ultimately, this project helps to prevent child abuse and neglect. For more information call 021 857 4689 or visit www.childwelfaresa.org.za
Friday, June 12, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Reagan Allen, a debt counsellor for Debt Breaker. Debt Breaker was established to answer the consumer’s basic questions about debt. Debt Breaker is an innovative mobile service where consumers can add the Debt Breaker contact to MXit, Google Talk, AIM, Fring, Nimbuzz, Migg33 and many other chat applications.
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For more information visit www.debtbreaker.co.za
Kiss Waste Goodbye-Vincent Myburgh
Kiss Waste Goodbye began July 2008 with the selection of schools that serve Ward 64 residents to take part in the project and the design concepts of puppets to be created from waste products. With project funding secured for phase one, an interactive introduction about rethinking waste was held in August for Grade 4 learners at Muizenberg Junior, Levana Primary and Zerilda Park Primary to kick start collections household waste for craft material. For more information visit www.jungletheatre.co.za
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Our first guest on Backchat today was Dorette Steenkamp from Uthango Social Investments. The organisation specialises in social innovation to implement best practices in sustainable development. They work in remote communities and in under-resourced urban areas to alleviate poverty in lasting ways and improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in society. For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 783 5263 or visit www.uthango.org
Maryland Literacy Programme-Isabelle Oliver
We were also joined in studio by Isabelle Oliver from Maryland Literacy Programme, a non-profit organisation that deals with adult literacy. They have 40 satellite centers in the Western Cape. Since the organisation’s interception, Maryland has achieved quite a lot, including winning the Unilever Award in 2004 and being utilised by a number of hospitals. For more information you may contact the organisation on 021 692 1355 or visit www.adultlit.co.za
Fly the Flag 2010 Campaign
Bush Radio broadcasted the “Fly the Flag 2010 Campaign”. This 30 min broadcast aims at exciting South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Today marks exactly a year until the soccer tournament kicks off. At 3:55, citizens are urged to blow their Vuvuzelas or sing South Africa’s National Anthem.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Anthony Julies, the service coordinator for the Sport, Recreation and Amenities Council for the City of Cape Town and Pillay Mati. Anthony and Pillay spoke to us about the launch of the Ikhaya Lemidlalo sport for development program on Tuesday, June 16. The programme is the outcome of an agreement between the Principality of Monaco and the United National Development Programme, which has contracted Glocal Forum (an NGO based in Rome) to partner with the City in implementing it. It involves training unemployed youths (18 to 25 years) in Gugulethu to mentor and train younger children, using sport as a tool. For more information you may contact Anthony on 021 400 2231.
Problem Strategy Building- Alderman Brian Watkyns
We also played an interview done by Emory University intern, Darah Prota’s. Darah spoke to Alderman Brian Watkyns, the Chairperson of the Planning and Environment Portfolio Committee (Pepco) for the City of Cape Town. Alderman Watkyns spoke to us about the City’s pilot implementation of the Problem Building Strategy. The Strategy clearly defines problem buildings as structures and erven which appear to be abandoned, derelict in appearance, overcrowded and in a deplorable state or which pose a serious health or safety risk to the natural or built environment. These buildings are often unsightly, unhealthy and unsafe and being used for anti-social and criminal activities. For more information visit http://www.capetown.gov.za/
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
During the first hour of Backchat today, Bush Radio broadcasted the President’s Response to the State of the Nation Address debate.
The Kuyasa Fund-Christina Wiese
Today we were joined in studio by Christina Wiese, the marketing director from Kuyasa Fund. Kuyasa’s main program is its Housing MicroLoan Programme, which disburses loans to qualifying applicants to use to improve their houses, either through adding to the government housing subsidy at the time of construction, or for incremental improvements post subsidy house delivery. For more information you may contact 021 448 3144 or visit www.thekuyasafund.co.za
Monday, June 08, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Ridwaan Bawa, the edito for Men’s Health magazine. Bawa joined us to speak about the Men’s Health Best Man Awards. finalists have been selected and will be acknowledged for the leadership roles in the respective categories of sport; business; science and technology; arts and culture; public service and media at a special gala event on Thursday, 11 June 2009 in Johannesburg.
This year’s finalists in each category are:
· Sport: Paul Treu; Giniel de Villiers; Hilton Langenhoven
· Business: Zibusiso Mkhwanazi; Justin and David Letschert; Abey Mokgwatsane
· Science and Technology: Arthur Goldstuck; Hennie Botes; Vinny Lingham
· Arts and Culture: Jimmy Dludlu; Mark Klein; David Koloane
· Public Service: Shane Immelman; Trevor Mulaudzi; Andrew Muir
· Media: Soli Philander; Jonathan Shapiro; Garwen McLuckie
For more information on this prestigious event and all of these extraordinary men, visit www.menshealthsa.co.za
SOMA Tribal Fusion Dance Company-Vlada Meyer
We were also joined on the line by Vlada Meyer from SOMA Tribal Fusion Dance Company. Vlada is a creative artist with Masters Degree in Creative theatre. For more information visit www.soma.co.za
One Year Kick Off Campaign- Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold
Our country is experiencing a growing sense of anticipation, as next year we will be welcoming the world with open arms for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On Thursday June 11, it will be exactly a year until the world’s most famous soccer tournament kicks off. Since the award of hosting the World Cup on May 15 2004, Cape Town has been preparing itself for tourist arrivals. Cape Town Tourism has launched their one-year kick off campaign. On Thursday at noon, the Cape Town Tourism team will be kicking a ceremonial football off Table Mountain to the sound of the noon gun. We spoke to Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette Du-Toit Helmbold and found out more this exciting initiative. For more information, you may visit www.capetown.travel/2010.
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by Boebie Hamza, director of the play Prison Codes and George Hill from Hip Hop Media. This fast-paced suspense drama opens at the NewSpace Theatre on 44 Long Street on the 8th June and runs until the 27th June after which it heads of f to the Grahams’ Town Arts Festival. Prison Codes runs at The New Space Theatre on Long Street from the 8th to 27th of June. Tickets costs R95 via Computicket on 083 915 8000 or at the New Space Theatre Centre on 021 422 5522. For discounted corporate or block-bookings, fundraisers and charities, call Hip Hop Media on 021-425 4770 during office hours.
Credit Crunch-Brent Palmer
We were also joined in studio by comedian Brent Palmer and he spoke about his latest show Credit Crunch. From 13 - 27 June 2009, Tuesday to Saturday at 8.30pm, you can laugh, cry and gnash your teeth with Brent as he ventures into the dark underworld of inflation, deflation, Cape flats sushi, corporate crooks, Third World debt and the real heroes who deal with the Big Issues… at the traffic lights. For more information visit http://www.brentpalmer.co.za/ or call
Trail of Hope- Tendai Sean Joe
Tendai Sean Joe joined us in studio to tell us more about Trail of Hope. Millions of children live and work on the streets, without food or education, adequate shelter, or a loving family or protection from traffickers, pedophiles, criminals and abusers. Tendai Joe, a Zimbabwean born former streetkid and his photographer friend, Albert Arcona from South Africa have decided enough is enough. They are embarking on a road trip by motor bike from Cape Town to London to raise awareness on the plight and taking on the challenge to raise the R10 000 000 needed to build the first Ubuntu Eco Village. For more information, visit www.trailofhope.co.za
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Our first guest on Backchat today was Mamela Nyamza from the production Kutheni, which will be showed at Kwamlamli's Place, NY146, Guguletu from today until to Sunday. The play was inspired by the story of Sizakele and Salome, two women brutally murdered in Meadowlands, Soweto in July 2007. The performance takes place at Kwamlamli's Place, NY146, Guguletu from Thursday 04th to Sunday 07th June. Tickets are R30 per person. For bookings and please contact Mamela Nyamza on 078 215 2631.
Thokazani Brothers- Mhlangabezi Masizana
We were also joined in studio by Mhlangabezi Masizana from Thokozani Brothers. They started as a music group and have performed internationally. In 2007 the group established an after care center in its name. It is a place where children can come after school while their parents are at work. For more information visit www.thokozanibrothers.com or call 021 361 8158
Shapes of Me-Marlene Le Roux
We were joined on the line by Marlene Le Roux, the Artscape’s Director of Audience Development and Education, who spoke to us about a production called “Shapes of Me”. “Shapes of Me” is a journey through times past and present that celebrates the diversity and potential of South African youth. Tickets for the play cost R40 and will run from June 24th till June 27th. For more information visit www.artscape.co.za
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Our first guest on Backchat was Val Young from the Spectrafoundation. The organisation helps children affected by HIV/ AIDS, drugs/ substance abuse and hunger/ poverty. The organization has been around for 5 years and recently received a certificate from the police for their work. For more information call 021 979 2408
We were also joined on the line by Jo Maxwell. Jo has been doing good stuff in communities for years; her latest project involves bringing nutrition to needy homes. For more information you may call Jo 021 685 4517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Masennya Dikotla, CEO of the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy. Dikotla spoke about the launch of the country’s first national literacy campaign, the Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign. For more information visit www.molteno.co.za
Monday, June 01, 2009
Our first guest on Backchat today was Roxy Mitchell from Greater Good SA. She joined us on the line to talk about Teachers Dream, which raises money to help make teachers’ learning dreams come true when schools can’t afford to take students on outings or organize inspiring speakers in the classroom. For more information you may contact GreaterGood South Africa on 021 762 7944 or visit www.greatergoodsa.co.za
Artscape School Arts Festival 2009
We were also joined in studio by Margie Pankhurst and she will be speaking about the Artscape’s School Arts festival. The festival, which is held from August 11 to 28, is expected to attract nearly 3 000 learners from 90 schools throughout the Western Cape. Tickets cost R40 and are available from Artscape Dial-A-Seat at Tel: 021 421 7695 or Computicket at www.computicket.com.
We also played the third part of Darah Prota’s feature today. For more information, you may contact the organisation on (021) 419 9763 or visit www.homestead.org.za
Friday, May 29, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by James Donald from Grassroot Soccer. Grassroot Soccer is an NGO that uses the power of soccer to fight against HIV/AIDS. They have recently been officially appointed by FIFA to manage the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha that was open on Monday. The centre is part of FIFA’s project “20 Centres for 2010” which is their community outreach programme and a way of ensuring that the benefits of the tournament are felt everyone, particularly those from disadvantaged areas. Grassroot Soccer, a NGO that uses the power of soccer to fight against HIV/AIDS, has been officially appointed by FIFA to manage the centre in Khayelitsha. For more information you may visit http://www.grassrootsoccer.org.za/
We also played two interviews that were done by Emory student Darah Protas. She paid a visit to The Homestead (Project for Street Children). For more information you may contact the organisation on (021) 419 9763 or visit http://www.homestead.org.za/
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Sally Andrews, author of the book The Fire Dogs of Climate Change - An inspirational call to action. This climate action book contains stories, fact sheets and examples from around the world - of political action, sustainable living and technology - to inspire your heart, mind and hands to take action. The launch for the book will be held this evening at 6pm at the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation building, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Speakers at the launch will be Richard Calland, Liziwe McDaid, Sarah Frazee as well as Sally Andrew herself. For more information, visit www.sallyandrew.findhornpress.com
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Today we were joined on the line by Mr. Ayanda Layi, the Health Programme Coordinator of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). The interview will focus on World Tobacco Day on May 31st and the anti-smoking campaign that CANSA is running. For more information, you may visit www.cansa.org.za
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined in studio by South African musician Melanie Scholtz and Tarnia van Zitters, the Project Manager at the Artscape. They spoke about the Youth Jazz Festival which will be held at the Artscape on June 6th from 3pm till 6pm. Artscape’s mentoring project is now under way for young up and coming jazz musicians who successfully auditioned for the annual programme which culminates in a Jazz Festival. The musicians are members of three bands - Public Attention, Ological Studies and Touch and perform regularly at schools and gigs across the Western Cape. The team this year includes Melanie Scholtz, Keith Tabisher, Andrew Lilley and Kevin Gibson. Project manager is Tarnia van Zitters (Artscape).
Youth Jazz Festival- Touch
We were also joined in studio by Jazz band Touch. The band was formed August 2008. The seven band members are all learners at Bergvliet High School and have known each other since pre-primary and attended the same primary school. These learners also all take music as a subject at school, can read music as well as play by ear and are members of the Bergvliet High’s Big Band. They do different types of gigs ranging from school functions to charity organizations and have recently taken part in the 2009 Cape Town Jazzathon
Youth Jazz Festival- Ological Studies
The trio are studying music at the South African College of College of Music at UCT. Sibusiso Dlamini and Phumlani Mtiti have performed together regularly with Sadé Ross recently joining them to form their small band ‘Ological Studies’.
Drug Education Agency- Bradleigh and David
We were also joined in studio by Bradleigh and David from Drug Education Agency (DEA). The agency focuses on educating children in schools about drug and alcohol use and addiction. It also counsels and refers addicts to treatment centers. For more information you may contact them on 021 439 4721.
Londolozani Orchids-Lilian Masebenza
Our last guest in studio was Lilian Masebenza from Londolozani Orchids. The organisation provides empowerment opportunity for women through business skills in the horticultural industry. For more information you may visit http://www.londolozaniorchids.co.za/
Friday, May 22, 2009
Today on Backchat we played a recorded interview with Peter Shrimpton.
Peter is an ex stock-broker who established “Heart of Healing”.
He has been working close with NGO’s and found the need to make them and social enterprises more sustainable. For more information you may visit www.heartofhealing.org.za
Addition Admission Research Project (AARP) Test- Kena Nkomo
We were joined on the line by Kena Nkomo, who is the selection specialist for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.
The foundation is now providing Grade 12 students with a second chance to write the Additional Admission Research Project (AARP) Test, a requirement when applying for the Foundation’s unique Fellowship Programme.
The Fellowship Programme aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Fellows, as South Africa’s future high growth entrepreneurial leaders and lists comprehensive financial support as one of its many benefits.
For more information you may visit www.allangrayorbis.org
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on line Alexis Scholtz from the African Carbon Trust (ACT). This organisation helps Africans rise and to create opportunities out of the challenges of climate change. Alexis spoke to us about ACT and outlined the programmes on offer. The organisation is quite new and has just launched their website. If you are interested, you may visit www.africancarbotrust.org or call the organisation on 021 739 8687.
Do It Day 2009- Roxy Mitchell
Do It Day is an annual call to action event organised and hosted by GreaterGood South Africa. It’s a day of nation-building that connects South Africans with good causes, to give something back to our communities. The volunteer sign up can only start from 1st July. If you are interested, you may visit GreaterGood SA’s website: www.greatergoodsa.co.za
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by Tantra Zawadi. Tantra is an American word artist. Her poetry has established her as a force in the genre. Her work has been extensively published and televised. Her spoken word video “Scarlet Waters” featuring Michael Cox on bass, was featured on the website for Product (RED) created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver, to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Tantra will be performing at the Badilisha Poetry X-Change, This year it is taking place in central Cape Town on the 22nd, 23rd and 25th of May 2009. This year performers hail from the US as well as the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa. For more information visit www.tantrasmasterwordplay.com
Paraffin Safety Association Southern Africa (PASASA)- Phumzile Nteyi
We were also joined on line by Phumzile Nteyi, the communications coordinator from the Paraffin Safety Association Southern Africa (PASASA). They will be unveiling the Winter campaign for 2009 on Friday May 22 in Philippi. Every year, PASASA embarks on a national paraffin safety awareness raising campaign throughout the winter season. The reason is that thousands of people die and are injured each year while using one or other household energy sources. For more information, you may visit www.paraffinsafety.org
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Today on Backchat we were joined on the line by actor Vincent Meyburgh from the Jungle Theatre. The theatre will be putting on a play called Indlovu People, which was commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare about the African elephant as part of its Elephants Secure Habitats program. This educational event is for schools only. For more information you may visit www.jungletheatre.co.za or call 021 788 5641.
Jazzart’s annual Dancescape showcase
We were also joined by Jackie Manyaapelo, who was recently appointed the new artistic director for Jazzart’s Dance Theatre. Jazzart will be holding their annual dance showcase on Thursday May 28th. This year promises a cast of young talent from Namjive, La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre, Vadhini Indian Arts Academy, CAFDA Youth Dance Company, Jikeleza, Cape Academy of Performing Arts, and Wilvan School of Dance. Tickets are R50 each, or R20 for block bookings of more than 20 people.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Christel House South Africa provides rigorous curriculum, and instruction takes place in English, even though most of our students arrive speaking only Xhosa or Afrikaans. Mastery of core subjects—especially languages and mathematics—is at the heart of our program.
We distinguishes ourselves from other schools in that we provide a longer teaching day, from 8:00 till 5:00. Extra classes are offered on Saturday and during school holidays to ensure that learners have the best chance of succeeding academically. As a result, Christel House students overcome language barriers, and distinguish themselves academy.
For more information contact 021 933 6777
This month is in line with the upcoming tobacco control legislations which are to be implemented in South Africa with a control bill already signed by parliament but expected to be promulgated in during the month. See the attached document summarising the amendment act [Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act No. 23 of 2007 and Act No 63 of 2008].
31st May is also World No Tobacco Day with the theme, tobacco control awareness.
For more information contact 021 710 4330.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
For more information conctact 021 959 3941
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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successful one-month exhibitions during the past five years, and are proud to present this year’s traveling exhibition, themed Maybe Tomorrow, starting 2 May at Tsoga Community Centre, Langa and then moving to its other locations around the Cape Flats.
For more information contact 082 940 9191
Monday, May 11, 2009
They aim to celebrate this milestone she’s reached, but also take this long overdue opportunity for family bonding. The sisters have not gathered in one place at one time for almost three years. They have lots to share and much left unspoken, brewing beneath the surface.
On one weekend in October they take the road trip from their hometown Durban, to Johannesburg, carrying literal and emotional baggage unwittingly to this site of celebration. Instead of a housewarming party, a fire of hilarious and heartbreaking stories breaks out only a few hours after their arrival, when one sister inevitably steps on another’s toes. With their partners, children and work out of the way for only 48 hours, time is not on their side, in more ways than they realise.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Amongst the diverse disciplines required, the musicians showed exceptional talent within the jazz genre, displayed their professional ability and had a good understanding of the jazz idiom. Their ages range from15 and 34 years.
With the focus firmly on development and education master classes are conducted by well known local jazz icons who also form the judging panel. The team this year includes Melanie Scholtz, Keith Tabisher, Andrew Lilley and Kevin Gibson. Project manager is Tarnia van Zitters .
We had an interview with Willem Gilliomee from Parow Amateur Wrestling Club. Its mission is to use sport to get kids off the streets and to teach them discipline and sportsmanship.
This picture was taken from the website www.parow-wrestling.co.za
For more information contact 021 590 6817
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
On Tuesday 5th May at 4.00pm, student leaders from 40 Cape Town schools will meet to make their voices heard to South African leaders about the key issues facing the youth of today. Following the conference, the group will present a declaration on these issues to the Speaker of Parliament for discussion in Youth Parliament.
The event, organized by the Student Representative Council of Springfield Convent Senior School, will feature Helen Zille as the key note speaker in her capacity as incoming Premier of the Western Cape.
Other speakers will help the group to explore the three key global challenges of poverty and inequality, war and conflict and global warming and climate change.
These speakers are: Nomfundo Walaza: CEO of Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (War and Conflict), Charles Maisel: Co-founder of “Men at the side of the Road” Foundation (Poverty and Inequality) and Suzanne Carter: Representative for Environment Conservation at the British Consulate.
In the wake of the recent elections and a revived interest in politics among the youth, it is hoped that this conference will give pupils a platform through which to make a contribution to shaping the future of South Africa.
For more information contact 021 797 6169
The AIDS messages are sent as part of “Please Call Me” messages and address AIDS related matters that are of a personal nature such as:“Are you HIV positive and scared to tell your partner or HIV positive and being mistreated by your family and friends?
For confidential counseling call the AIDS helpline. Zintle describes the project as “An individualistic approach to dealing with the stigma around HIV/AIDS which allows people to respond at a time that is most convenient to them”
For more information go to www.poptech.org/project_m
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Enrich the cultural life of Hout Bay- especially for young people - through music education, performance and collaboration. Identify and utilise local talent.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Presented by Artscape
A project of the Artscape Indigenous Arts Programme
Preview: April 25 @ 16:30
April 25 @ 19:00
Sunday April 26 @ 18:00
April 28 to May 2 @ 20:15
May 2 @ 15:00
Duration: ± 1 hr
The University of the Western Cape has received thousands of late applications in the resent past, which were unfortunately declined. It is therefore vital for education writers and other media partners to start encouraging the matriculants to apply on time.
The University is currently building relationships with the Headmasters of all the schools in the Western Cape and will be hosting a leadership seminar with the aim of improving society by ensuring that learners are all well informed about their choices and that they are all given equitable access and a fair opportunity to Higher Education.