Friday, May 29, 2009

Grassroot Soccer-James Donald

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/

The Homestead
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

The Fire Dogs of Climate Change - An inspirational call to action- Sally Andrews

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
Chimurenga Session-Thabiso “Hymphatic Thabs” Mohapeloa and Liepollo Rantekoa.


Today on Backchat we were joined by Thabiso “Hymphatic Thabs” Mohapeloa and Liepollo Rantekoa. Thabiso will participate at the Chimurenga Session which will be held at the The Chimurenga Library. The Chimurenga Library is an online archive of pan African, independent periodicals – living, extinct and, at times, fictional. It is also the exhibition concept devised by the editors of Chimurenga for Cape Africa Platform 2009. For more information you may contact 021 422 4168 or visit http://www.chimurenga.co.za/

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

World No Tobacco Day- Ayanda Layi
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

Youth Jazz Festival- Melanie Scholtz and Tarnia van Zitters
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

Heart of Healing-Peter Shrimpton
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

African Carbon Trust (ACT) - Alexis Scholtz
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

Badilisha Poetry X-Change- Tantara Zawadi


Picture supplied by Rabbit in a Hat Communications

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

Indlovu People
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

Marosa Support Group Network


Today on Backchat, we joined by a regular guest at Bush Radio, it was non other than Roxy Marosa, talk show host and motivational speaker. Roxy joined us today to speak about the Marosa Support Group Network which will be held on May 28th and helps those infected or affected by HIV. The Marosa Support Group Network helps by introducing a platform for those at the support group to share their challenges. The venue for the event will be at the Cape Diamond Hotel. If you are interested, it is advised that you book now as seats are limited. The attendance fee is R100. For bookings: e-mail - Marosa@telkomsa.net by Monday 25th May.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Christel House

We had an interview with Sharon Williams from Christel House. She is the Director of Development and Marketing at the school . Christel House opened five learning centers in less than four years – in Mexico, India, South Africa, Venezuela and the United States. Since that time, our programs have expanded to serve nearly 2,600 students, their families and communities. Christel House employs more than 250 dedicated professionals who help our children optimize their potential and achieve productive, self-sufficient lives.

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

UNDER THE FIG TREE


We interviewed Jody Abrahams and Diaan Lawrenson from the play UNDER THE FIG TREE. The world seems to be on a knife-edge. The scent of change hangs in the air, as thick as blood. It is carried on the wind from the biggest cities to the smallest villages. Even into the mountains, where Anna and Peter will soon create a secret world in the dead of night under the fig tree by the river.


The burning question – what happens when you fall in love with someone you can't have? In a world of tradition, a time of intrigue and a history filled with secrets, there is only one thing you can trust: your heart. They broke the rules and trusted their hearts. Four lovers. Two unthinkable love affairs. One story.

The show is currently at Baxter theatres until May 30.

: Stricter anti-smoking measures coming in May

We interviewed VANESSA SEW CHUNG HONG an anti-smoking lobbyist who also works very closely with the National Council Against Smoking, the Cansa Association of South Africa and the Heart and Stroke Foundation]. Smokers will have to tolerate stricter anti-smoking measures as of May. May 2009 is Tobacco Control Awareness Month.

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

15 years of democracy in South Africa: Challenges and Gains Symposium

We had an interview with Professor Chris Tapscot from the University of Western Cape. He will be telling us about the 15 years of democracy in South Africa: Challenges and Gains Symposium which will be held at the University of Western Cape.

For more information conctact 021 959 3941

The Baxter Dance Festival


We had an interview with Nicolette Moses from Baxter theatre. The Baxter Dance Festival, which has been an annual event since 2005 aims to provide both emerging and established dance companies and choreographers with an opportunity to present their work. It is the perfect environment to experience and see work by established professionals, as well as exciting up-and-coming dance practitioners.


For more information contact 021 650 5260

Tafelsig Youth League Against Crime


We had an interview with Christo Lackay from Tafelsig Youth League Against Crime. Its vision is to promote public awareness in the reintroduction of the moral fibre and socio-economic upliftment of the youth and the broader community.


For more information contact 073 290 0544

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Artist David Brown


We had an interview with Artist David Brown. João Ferreira Gallery in collaboration with the Kunskamer is proud to present David Brown's first solo exhibition with the gallery. David Brown has won many awards including the 1985 Johannesburg Centenary Sculpture competition, the HG Steyn Award for excellence in the arts, and the AA Mutual Life Vita Art Now Award for the year 1989.


Brown's sculptures feature in many public collections including South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Durban Art Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, Tatham Art Gallery, University of Cape Town, and University of the Witwatersrand.

Sizakuyenza Youth Programme


We had an interview with Terror and Odwa from Sizakuyenza Youth Programme. Its vision is; all poor communities in (South) Africa are actively organised in learning networks and get technical support by dedicated and sustainable service organisations; they can guarantee to the most vulnerable protection from abuse, comprehensive access to health services, strong awareness around the major health and social risks, opportunities to participate in their own development.


For more information contact 084 411 526 or 078 053 5050 or email odsee.da.mc@gmail.com

National Emerging Organic Vegetable Growers


We had and interview Mhlobo Mtabeni from National Emerging Organic Vegetable Growers. Its vision is; we will strive to develop and grow our organisation to be a strong and powerful in transforming the primary agricultural sector through provision of agricultural and business skills


For more information contact 083 3162 797 or mhlobo@mtabeni.co.za

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO).


We had an interview with Thandi de Wit and Joanne from Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO). Its vision is to improve the quality of life of individuals in developing communities within the Cape Metropolitan area through health and education interventions, while offering students the opportunity to gain essential management and interpersonal skills and equip them to be compassionate, responsible citizens.


For more information contact 021 406 6740 or 082 592 9983

Sizakuyenza


We had an interview with Mam Philisani from Sizakuyenza. Its vision is; All poor communities in (South) Africa are actively organised in learning networks and get technical support by dedicated and sustainable service organisations; they can guarantee to the most vulnerable protection from abuse, comprehensive access to health services, strong awareness around the major health and social risks, opportunities to participate in their own development.


For more information contact 021 374 0800

Month of Peoples Photography

We had an interview with Francois Raubenheimer from Month of Peoples Photography. The Camissa Collective invites residents of Cape Town to attend and exhibit at its 5th annual Month of Peoples Photography free exhibitions. The collective has presented four

This image was taken from a website
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

Sister Breyani: Five sisters, one journey, one weekend, lotsa baggage


Interview with Denise Newman, Lara Bye and Roxanne Blaise form the play Sister Breyani. Sheila, Moira, Bernadette and Cassandra decide to organise a reunion at their youngest sister Jo-Anne’s newly purchased home.

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.


The play is at Baxter Theatres from 6 to 30 May.

Immunisation Campaign


We had an interview with Sylvia Mguga Klipfontein Promotion Officer from City Health. She told us about the immunization campaign they are driving this month.


For more information contact 083 392 3373

Friday, May 08, 2009

Men for Change


We had interview with Bruce Nkala from Men for Change. Its vision is to change the mindset of males from patriarchy to partnership.

This picture was taken from the webstive
For more information contact 021 6333 458

Melanie Scholtz and Youth Jazz Festival


We had an interview with Melanie Scholtz who is a jazz artist and she will be accompanied by four bands; Just Jazz, Public Attention, Ological Studies and Touch. Artscape’s mentoring project is now under way for 21 young, up and coming jazz musicians who successfully auditioned for the annual programme which culminates in a Jazz Festival. The musicians are members of four bands - Just Jazz, Public Attention, Ological Studies and Touch and perform regularly at schools and gigs across the Western Cape.

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 .


For more information contact 021 434 4951

Parow Amateur Wrestling Club



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

Lyrical Base Project and Imbongi Zomthonyama Auditions


We had an interview with Buyelwa Basse from Lyrical Base Project. Do you have the gift of word? Do you have the passion to stand in front of an audience and share your poetic praises? Lyrical Base Project invites all praise poets to audition: On the 09th May 2009, from 09h00 until 14h00, at Love Life Centre, Langa Township, at the corner of Mendi and Rose Inness Street. Successful performers will have the opportunity to showcase their talents at all Lyrical Base Project poetry, cultural and corporate events around Cape Town. Poets will be rewarded financially upon their performance.


For more information contact 021 558 7121

Kyle Shepherd


We had an interview with Kyle Shepherd who is musician, poet and creative artist. He will be telling about his life as a musician, his album Fine ART and his recent Solo Piano concert.


For more information contact Theo Lawrence on 072 351 5204

Umthombo Wesizwe - Spring of the nation


We had an interview with Ruth Friedmann from Umthombo Wesizwe - Spring of the nation. Its mission is to equip pre-teen children, from diverse backgrounds, to develop an identity that will enable them to thrive as responsible citizens within a multi-cultural society.


For more information contact 021-434 0570

Indigenous music and praise poetry showcase


We had an interview with Alfred from Artscape. Indigenous music and praise poetry showcase run by artscape in June 20 2009 all interested groups invited and schools also application forms from artscape indigenous arts department deadline for submission is May 29 2009 selected groups and schools will perform at the showcase at artscape at end August groups and schools to prepare their own original praise poetry, indigenous songs and marimba music.


For more information contact 021 410 9987

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

'What we see'. Exhibition


We had an interview with Anette Hoffman who is the curator of The exhibition, 'What we see'. The exhibition opened at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 26 February 2009. It criticises racial stereotyping by interrogating the distorted 'scientifically' generated images of Namibia's indigenous people.

The exhibition engages with culturally generated images or ways of seeing in the way of juxtaposing a case-history of the production of images of "natives", their voiced and recorded reactions to this, and contemporary South African artworks that reflect on ways of looking at and representing people.

This compelling and thought-provoking exhibition runs until the end of May 2009. A walkabout, led by curator Anette Hoffmann will take place at the following time; well worth attending.
For more information contact 021 464 1268 or email fclayton@iziko.org.za

Delegate Children and Youth Movement.

We had an interview with Nolitha from Delegate Children and Youth Movement. She told us about the organisation's aims, activities, challenges and achievements.

For more information contact 021 387 0026

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Amaza

We had an interview with Bongile, who is one of the actors from the play called Amaza. The thriller is set in a rural Transkei.

For more information contact 021 410 9986

Student Leadership Forum organized by Springfield Convent Senior School

We had an interview with Emma Selfe head of the Student Representative Council at Springfield, it was her initiative to come up with this Forum. She will be one of the students attending the Student Leadership Forum organized by Springfield Convent Senior School.

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

Project Masiluleke

We has an interview with Zintle. Zintle Thabethe, an HIV positive woman, is at the forefront of Project Masiluleke – a campaign that will spearhead the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB through the use of mobile phones. A million SMS’s will be sent around South Africa each day, the aim of the project is to engage the public on a personal level instead of relying only on billboards.

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

Table tennis in townships


We had interview with Nelson “Champ” Limba. He is a table tennis coach from Gugulethu Table Tennis Club. He is teaching the youth of Gugulethu table tennis.


For more information contact 074 440 6646

Indlu Yegazi


We had an interview with Charles Maisel from Indlu Yegazi. Its aim is to counsel, test and educate 30 000 unemployed males over 3 years in a private public partnership.

This picture was taken from a website

For more information contact 021 461 8376