Friday, November 30, 2012

Reconciliation Day race on 16 December

On 16th December the Gugs Reconciliation Day Race is taking place at NY49 stadium starting at 7am. Race registration starts at 5:45am, the mayor arrives at 6:45am. She walks to the start and say 3 to 5 minutes speech. The 10km starts at 7am. At 7:10am the 4.2km starts. In about 30 minutes the i.e. 7:30am we will be expecting the first athlete to be back. On the line was  Marshall to tell us exactly what this race is all about…

 Bonga Dlulane and Brian Baloyi

 Brian Baloyi, Bonga Dlulane, Langa Sibzo and Colin Francke
The New Afrika Development Corporation (NADC) in conjunction with the New Crossroads Sports and Recreation Council are staging a second edition of this annual event The World Aids Day Sports Festival at J.Nontulo Sports Facility behind the Ndlovini Hall in New Crossroads. The programme this year starts with an hour of interdenominational prayer for peace and security in our gangster-infested communities, followed by football, netball and other codes tournaments. In the studio was Langa Sibzo from the council and soccer legend Brian Baloyi.

CHOC Childhood Foundation remembers children who lost their lives to cancer

The annual CHOC Remembrance Service was held on Saturday, 24 November 2012. It is a national event took place in all their divisions. The event is to commemorate the lives of the children who have lost their battle. It is not only an opportunity for the families of these children to celebrate their lives, but also for others to show their support and remember other loved ones we might have lost to cancer. Our phone in guest was CHOC’s Vanessa Vermaak to tell us a little more. For more info visit or call 086 110 6441 or SMS to 37721 donate R10 per week and follow them on twitter @CHOChildhoodSA

AfrikaTikkun to build World biggest ribbon

In the lead up to World Aids Day, where Afrika Tikkun, Constitution Hill and Lead SA will be attempting to create an HIV/Aids Awareness ribbon that is long enough to break the Guinness World Record; organisers of the event have asked members of the public to assist in getting 50-metre strips of “ribbon” ready for Saturday. Between 09h00 and 17h00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, good Samaritans around the Johannesburg area are asked to help make a difference at Afrika Tikkun’s Uthando Centre in Braampark. Catherine Taylor from Afrika Tikkuns spoke to us tellephonically. Find them on or on twitter @Akfikatikkun to donate SMS "ribbon" to 40218.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dsgn Tete a Tete on Design Can Do event

 Sune Stassen, Jodi Allemeier, Danielle Ehrlich and Claire Morgenstien

Design Can Do is an international social design organisation geared to identifying, addressing and problem solving social issues across the world. Using the workshop model as a starting point, the organisation has been in partnership with local design group Rock City Foundation in developing a toolkit and problem solving style potentially applicable in different international locations to kick start the social design process. In the studio we had as guests Sune Stassen co founder of the Rock City Foundation, Danielle Ehrlich owner and creative director soeaciliasing in sustainability at LIV Green Design and Jodi Allemeier of Central City Development Strategy manager at Cape Town Partnership.

Aids Legal Network on gender and violence

 Dr Johanna Kehler Bonga Dlulane and Dr Johanna Kehler

A study conducted by the AIDS Legal Network and her partners clearly highlights the various forms and prevalence of violence against women living with HIV and illustrates the multi risks with women’s HIV status disclosure. The study supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women documented both women’s experiences of HIV-related violence and communities perceptions of violence against women living in four areas namely New Brigton (EC) Illovo (KZN) and Beacon Valley and Tafelsig (WC). In the studio was ALN's Dr Johanna Kehler…

Wavescape Surf Film festival commenced

The Wavescape Surf Film Festival in Cape Town between November 28 and December 17 which has been noticing a shift from land-based conservation to ocean and more generally water conservation and has embraced this as the core theme of their event, which includes an art board project for charity, outdoor and indoor screenings, and a night of talks by top ocean scientists, activists and thought leaders.We spoke to Wavescape CEO Steve Pike. Follow them on twitter @wavescapeSA visit

The Fundza Literacy Trust is an NGO that aims to be an innovative organisation committed to developing South Africa’s future educated, empowered and engaged young leaders and citizens. To boost literacy among teen and young adult South Africans by popularising reading, growing a community of readers and developing young writing talent. We telephonically to Fundza’s Mignon Hardie to educate us more about the organization…Find them on twitter as @Fundza.

Dixtrict Six hosts Emancipation Day festivties

So the time has come for remembrance and celebration of the day the slaves were set ‘free’. The District 6 Museum will be having the annual Emancipation Day festivities starting from Friday evening 30/11/2012 to Saturday 01/12/2012. The festivities include: a premiere/fundraiser at the Homecoming centre, a live performance by Afrikaaps members Jitsvinger and Jethro Louw, a remembrance walk through town, a midnight picnic in the Labyrinth at St Cathedrals. We spoke to Tazneem Wentzel about the event.

KwaFaku Vulindlela reading club needs your help...

 Thandile Ntshingana and Luleka Mehlomakhulu

 Thandile, Bonga and Luleka

KwaFaku Vulindlela reading club meets every Saturday morning for two hours at Kwa Faku Primary School in Lower crossroad. There they read, sing dance, so storytelling, arts and craft and activities that aim to deepen the understanding of a story. On the 8th Dec we are having a year end event to celebrate and honour those who have been part of the club since August 2011. In the studio were two representatives from the club to elaborate more on what they do…

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Visuals arts to take the sportlight

 Zipho Dayile, Bonga Dlulane and Alex
Greatmore Studios is an artist resident studio based in Woodstock and has been in existence for over 14 years. The studios run a number of programs including the Outreach programme and Visiting Artists programme. On the 28th November at 18:00 at their studios and eveyone is welcome as they will be launching a showcase for their resident artist, visiting artists and some guest artists. In the studio was project manager Zipho Dayile and visiting artist Alex

De Doorns striking workers adamant on R150 a day increase

 Bonga Dlulane, Zineth Wilskin and Shaun Yanda
The farm workers' strike that started weeks ago continues despite the labour department’s call for a two-week suspension. The strike started in De Doorns and spread to other parts of the province which included blocked roads, looting, and burning of tyres. The strike has left 28-year-old farm worker dead and five people were injured during protests in Wolseley, close to Ceres. The farm workers are demanding a R150 minimum wage per day and improved living and working conditions. De Doorns farm workers are currently earning R69 a day, of which R30 is deducted by their bosses for electricity. They were in the studio…

Cape Town Society for the Blind hosts Open Day

 Bonga Dlulane and Vincent Daniels
The Cape Town Society for the Blind is dedicated to raising awareness and creating an appreciation within the greater Western Cape community for the exceptional skills and value that Blind and Visually impaired people are able to offer. Unfortunately society is still oblivious and misinformed about recognising the abilities people living with some or other disability. In an effort to address this, the society is hosting an Open day on the 29th November 2012 where everyone is welcome to attend. In the studio was Vincent Daniels to tell us more. For more info find them on 021 448 4302 or visit

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mark McNamara on Bike Africa

Mark McNamara has initiated a new project called Bike Africa, a bicycle journey through Africa raising funds for orphaned and vulnerable children. This year, Mark and cycling mascot Katie Dee, an Austraian koala, have cycled through ten countries from Kampala, Uganda to Cape Town, in the good name of raising funds for ‘Keep the Dream 196’, a non-profit organization in Limpopo that supports vulnerable children to lead better lives. Mark spoke to us about this initiative...

SocialLivingSA making their mark

(l >r) Xolela Somatube, Lusanda, Sanelisiswe and Loyiso Mbadlisa
Xolela Somatube and Loyiso Mbadlisa run a movement which is aimed at pioneering the youths in our townships by managing their talents. Our movement is called SocialLivingSA which is about Bloggers, events management, talent management, entertainers and PR/Marketing, media & Street mogul’s  and the latest trends. Today they popped into the studio to tell us about their aspirations, how the movement is going and their dreams forSocialLiving as a movement. Find them on Twitter @SocialLivingSA. .

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe

Joe Thloloe, SA Press Ombudsman addressed the Western Cape newsrooms on the revisions of the Press Code, Procedures, and Constitutions on 21-22 November, 2012. The unveiled constitution of the Press Council of South Africa states its primary aim and objective as: “To promote and to develop ethical practice in journalism” and puts forward the SA Press Code as a guide to excellent practice. The revised constitution goes into effect from 1 January 2013. Thloloe telephonically spoke to us about these changes. Find them on or call 011 484 3612. Or follow him twitter @buddypress.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

 Jerimia Thuynsma, Lusanda Bill and Lynn Phillips
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is a United Nations campaign, which takes place annually from the 25th November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to the 10th December (International Human Rights Day). The campaign has in the past generated massive awareness on issues of violence against women and children. In the studio we had Jerimia Thuynsma and Lynn Phillips to talk about the series of events to take place in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to promote the event

Dsgn Tete a Tete looks at DAC Indaba

The Department of Arts and Culture recently held an indaba in Johannesburg last month with the intention of electing a visual Arts Task team to implement the recommendations of a 2008 Human Sciences Research Council Report into the Arts Industry and consult with the Minister of DAC. The indaba was met with met with mixed reactions from the art industry with sccuations of inadequate communication the questionable applicability of what it might be seen as an outdated report and the uncertain intentions of the department. In the studio was Mattew Blackman editor of Artthrob and on the phone Joseph Gaylard project manager at Vansa.

SEDA's Entrepreneurship Fair

Creative thinkers from the business world are set to gather at the Seda Entrepreneurship Fair in late November with the aim of growing this sector. The Small Enterprise Development Agency will host this fair in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch municipality and participating venue, The Woodmill, Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch. The fair runs November 27 to 29. Seda encourages both start-up businesses and more specifically existing businesses to participate in the fair. We spoke to Zaida Jackson about the upcoming event...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Smile Foundation SA hosts Tygerberg Smile Week

The Smile Foundation is a South African non-governmental organisation for children. Charity work of this nature is undeniably gratifying as we’re in the business of changing the lives of disadvantaged South African children with facial deformities. We assist by putting the smile back onto our children’s faces with free corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments. The SmileFundSA is currently busy with its Tygerberg Smile Week where it aims to change the lives of over 30 kids. We spoke to Moira about the work they so as an organisation. or call 0861 276 452.

Little Fighters Cancer Trust raises awareness on child cancer

Make a difference in the battle against childhood cancer by participating in the Little Fighters call to Run/Walk or Hunt to raise much needed funds and awareness of this debilitating disease.  The event starts at 8h00 from the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre with the choice of a 5km run, a 5km walk or a 3km family walk, ending back at the Amphitheatre with a prize giving at 9h30. We had on the the line Tracy Lindi to give us more details. or email them on

Homestead Projects urges public to change a child's life...

As the festive season is approaching The Homestead-Projects for Street Children, is asking you if you are willing to please put together a food parcel for a boy who used to leave on the streets. He has now turned his life around and is now living in one of their Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and is making progress in school. The home is trying to ensure that forty of the boys in their care will be going to a family member during the school holidays. The homes Sandra Marera spoke to us on how  the community can make a difference. Find them on or call 021 419 9763.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

100% Human Movement invites you to My Plek My Hoek

 Dean Jates and Lusanda Bill
100% Human Movement would like to invite you to their “My Plek, My Hoek” project which aims to innovate, revive, experiment, regenerate new ways of enjoyment, fun, awareness, development, activism, leadership and self responsibility in reclaiming back community corners through creative arts such as hip hop culture, visual, performance arts and dialogue. In the studio we have Dean Jates from the movement to give us further details. This event takes place on 14 November 2012 at 17h00-20h00 Valhalla Park. Then 01 December 2012 17h00-20h00 in Bonteheuwel. And final week 08 December 2012 17h00-20h00 in Langa. For more info contact 074 658 5539 and

Scatterlings targets child early development

Scatterlings is a new player in the South African Early Childhood development sector, providing early learning for South Africa’s children, thereby addressing one of South Africa’s most urgent needs – the development of young children. Scatterlings also offers holistic and practical teacher training programmes to enrich their delivery of quality early learning development for children in their care. We had on the line Scatterlings Theresa Aaronson to tell us a bit more about their work. Find out more on or follow them on twitter @Scatterlings_SA.

Khustar living uBubomi Sana

 Khustar and Lusanda Bill
KHUSTAR has the makings of an artist that not only has the talent, but also the determination to go that extra mile to ensure the best outcome for his career - regardless of what the world may throw his way. Growing up with his share of struggles, life is already starting to change for the better. In only a short space of time, KHUSTAR has won the support and backing of a powerhouse production team, and a confirmed opening as support act for Maxwell’s SA Tour in December 2012. He was in the studio. Follow him on twitter @IamKhustar

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kriki4Shore cleans beaches and recycling waste to cricket materials

Kriki for Shore encourages local communities to “play clean” with beach cricket sets that help clean up beaches, while educating young South Africans on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Each Kriki for Shore beach cricket set is created using waste material including plastic and bottle-tops collected from South African beaches, creating work opportunities for coastal community crafters and waste collectors. Spokesperson Thurlow Hanson Moore spoke to us about the organisation. Follow tehm on twitter @Kriki4shore and facebook as Kriki4shore.

Former Khayelitsha female boxer Andiswa Madikane

 Andiswa Madikane

Andiswa Madikane is 26, unemployed, a single mother of two children and shares a two-bedroom makeshift house with eight other relatives in Khayelitsha. Her way to the top — and that teary-eyed finale — would be that she trains young girls how to throw punches at a township boxing gym while making a difference in their lives. Andiswa Madikane was in the studio telling us about her dream, her highlight in the rings and what it means to be a female boxer in the township.

CASAC talks about progression of the constitution

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) is an initiative led by progressive people who want to advance the South African Constitution as a platform for democratic politics and the transformation of society and who believe in the advancement of a society whose values are based on the core principles of the Constitution – the promotion of socio-economic rights, judicial independence & the rule of law, public accountability and open governance. We telephonically spoke to CASAC executive secretary Lawson Naidoo to tell us more about this initiative. To find out more visit or follow them on Twitter @CASACZA.

Youth Lab to host Social Justice dialogue on 22 November

 Mabine Seabe
On Thursday 22 November 2012 Youth Lab will be hosting a dialogue on Social Justice with special focus on education, law, politics and society in general. The panellists will include Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, Equal Education deputy secretary Doron Isaacs with Social Justice Coalition coordinator Gavin Silber at the Mandela Rhodes Place from 6-9pm. In the studio to give us some insight was Youth Labs SA co-founder and director Mabine Seabe. For more info send email to or follow them on Twitter @Youthlabza and @Mabine_Seabe.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Blind cricketers to be awarded national colours

Friday 16 November some blind cricketers will be awarded national colours at a ceremony to take place at 8pm Shalimar Hotel. Amongst those to who will receive colours for the very first time is Vernon Barnard a young matriculant at the Pioneer School for The Blind in Worcester and Sergil January a talented young cricketer from CAFDA who was blinded some six years ago as a result of a person to person violence. League of Friends of Blind national coordinator and coach Armand Bam explained to us what it means for these boys to be part of the sport. Find them on

Artist Linda Evans exhibits

Linda Evans art exhibition will be running from November 2012 through to end January 2013. Art can be so un-pretentious and yet so effective which is what Linda says she loves about the pop art culture. She also seems to be drawn to the shape of the human form itself and not the detail of creed, colour or race, which is too often what we judge about each other! Basically “keeping it simple” is the theme of this year’s exhibition. Linda Evans spoke to us on the phone and told us more about her exhibition…

Thursday, November 15, 2012

South African Qualifications Authority eight month National Qualifications Framework course

The University of the Western Cape in partnership with the South African Qualifications Authority held an eight month course entitled Lifelong Learning and National Qualifications Frameworks: Leaders for Learning. The course was structured as mixed mode, which means it is offered as online learning as well as with a residential block week. There were students from management in education and training systems in Ethiopia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Australia, who engaged in their own professional development. Globally there are 130 National Qualifications Frameworks and South Africa has established one of the first. CEO of SAQA Professor Shirley Walters telephonically spoke to us about the course...

CEO and co of National Audiovisual Institue (Ina) in studio

(l to r) Mathieu Gallet, Bassie, Craig Mattew, Delphine Wibaux and Mathieu Fournet
Changes in the media and cultural landscape as well as new demands and expectations from academics, researchers and the general public alike, challenge traditional missions of audiovisual archives. In the context of France-South Africa, Ina, the French National Audiovisual Institute and DOXA a South Africa production company are hosting a two day seminar on audiovisual archiving. CEO of the National Audiovisual Institute Mathieu Gallet, DOXA Craig Mattew, Delphine Wibaux and Mathieu Fournet were in the the studio to elaborate more on this…

The Parent Centre hosts parent expo

Shu-Aib Salie and Julia Starck
Shu-aib, Julia and Bassie
The Parent Centre was established 28 years ago in May 1983 as a project of the Cape Town Welfare Society. The centre was initially started as a primary prevention centre to reduce the influence of child abuse through the promotion of positive parenting and effective child management practices that would enhance the well-being and self esteem of parents and children. This centre also empowers and supports parents and caregivers to raise and nurture resilient, well balanced and competent children who develop in self sufficient, successful adults and become as asset to society. In studio are Julia Starck and Shu-Aib Salie.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Maboneng Gug Arts Weekend

 Siphiwe Ngwenya

The Maboneng Arts Experience is the branchild of Siphiwe Ngwenya. An Alex native and artist who realised that there was not a lot of art awareness in his neighbourhood. The Maboneng Gug Arts will be taking place on the 24-25th November 2012. Director of this initiative Siphiwe was in the studio to tell us more about the schedule of the day, his inspiration and why the public should come through and how the arts are so imperative to society. Find Siphiwe on twitter @MabonengArts for more information.  


Craft Market initiative

 Carrol Schole and Penny Mattew Smith
The City of Cape Town, Economic Development Department, has implemented a Craft Market at the Plumstead Municipal building 2 years ago. This project was aligned to the Mayor’s Poverty alleviation program which was launched at the Cape Town Civic Centre. The program had to be decentralised into the various districts throughout the City of Cape Town. The Craft Market has proven to be successful due to the training, skills development and capacity building focus for the Traders.

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day takes place today November 14.The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year focus on “Diabetes education and prevention.” The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign will link the urgent need for action to the protection of the health of our future generations. Particular focus will be placed on highlighting the importance of education for health professionals, people with diabetes and people at risk in reducing the impact of diabetes throughout the world. We spoke to president elect Young Leaders in Diabetes Keagan Hall about this diagnosis

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crafters and designers urged to make submissions

The Cape Craft and Design Institute is calling on craft producers and design makers to submit their innovative and high quality handmade craft design products for the inclusion in the 2013 CCDI Handmade Collection. Work will be chosen by a panel of experts and will be unveiled at the Design Indaba Expo in March next year. We relephonically spoke to CCDI communications manager Majorie Naidoo to give us an insight to the guidelines for prospective entrants…

Free Gender calls for vigorous action on hate crimes

An activist group Free Gender called on government to help stop the scourge of homophobic killings after the murder of a 19-year-old lesbian woman who was stabbed to death on Friday last week. Media reports suggest Sihle Sikoli was walking from a tavern with a friend when they were attacked. Friends of the young woman believe her murder is a hate crime. The organisation’s Funeka Sodaat spoke to us about some of the challnges lesbians are faced with in SA...

WOW is launched

 Jane Nshuti and Bassie
Women of Worth a profit organisation that was recently launched aimed at addressing challenges that are faced by women everyday. Founded by Jane Nshuti in 2010 the WOW initiative aims to strengthen and rebuild confidence in young women epecially those in schools by encouraging them to find their own identities and embrace self worth. In the studio we had the founder Jane Nshuti to tell us more about this organisation…

SASSA on re-registration programme

 Peter Burger and Bassie

South African Social Services Agency is currently running its Re-registration Programme to the social grants beneficiaries in the Mitchell's Plain area. Residents in the area are encouraged to participate in this process in an effort to make sure that everyone is included in the process. In the studio we had Peter Burger of the Mitchells Plain area to tell us exactly what this process involves, what people should know and how this re-registration programme means for those on social grants…

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fetola Legends programme calls for entrepreneurs tot submit applications

 Chantal De Kock and Fezeka Stuurman
Applications are now open for one of South Africa’s top business mentorship programmes- an initiative that aims to help countless entrepreneurs from average to undeniably awesome. As this week marks the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Week the Fetola Legends programmes is calling on entrepreneurs to apply for their initiative as it promises to give committed participants the boost their business needs to become a force to be reckoned with in their sector. In the studio we had Chantal de Kock (Legends Programme Manager) and Fezeka Stuurman (Legends Programme Coordinator) to tell us more about this initiative. Contact 0861111690 or or or for more info!

Health department opens Infectious Diseases Clinic in Heideveld

The Western Cape Minister of Health Thenus Botha together with the South African Medical and Education Foundation officially opened the Heideveld Infectious Diseases Clinic at the Community Health Centre. This unit was upgraded in order to handle the TB patients that are being counselled and treated at the facility.We spoke to  Sithembiso Magubane spokesperson of the department to give us more insight into the objectives of this clinic…

Nationwide Student Expo making its way to Cape Town

The Nationwide Student Expo 2012, hosted over a 2 day expo at the end of November and December in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, which will feature the largest gathering of students and parents in South Africa. The Student Expo is South Africa’s only exhibition for current and prospective students to explore every element of further education and student life. We spoke to Janine about what people can expect on the 24&25 November 2012 at 9am at the CTICC. For more infor visit or call 0861222241

Wayne Mackay tells The Plain Truth

Comedian Wayne Mackay will be bringing his one man show The Plain Truth at the Spine Road Auditorium in Mitchells Plain on Saturday 16 November at 20:00 pm. This aptly named show promises to keep you in stitches as Mackay looks at some of the plain truths we deal with on our everyday lives. Wayne Mackay was in the studio today to give us some insight into his show…You can book your tickets on Computicket or 0861 915 8000

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

 Merlinda Abrahams
The School @ the Centre of Community project was founded in 2010 when Louise van Rhyn, director and founder of Symphonia for South Africa, became the first business leader to partner with a principal in an effort to improve a school's education outcomes. The S@CC initiative speaks to the idea that enhancing the quality of education, improving the school environment and encouraging engagement between parents and teachers are meaningful and attainable goals that would provide an upward spiral of real change in society. In studio we had S@CC Merlinda Abrahams. For more info visit and follow then on twitter @Qe4sa

Government Hack South Africa is a community movement to encourage and foster collaboration between developers, coders and government to facilitate software services that increase efficiency and improve sustainability through creating practical solutions to government problems. Come and meet like minded developers and have the opportunity to solve challenges. We’re spoke to Lianne Du Toit about the event that is taking place over the weekend. Fore more info visit or follow them on Twitter @GovHackSA.

Reports of teenage girls drinking heavily while pregnant so their babies are born with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), so they will qualify for disability grants, has prompted research into this phenomenon. While such cases have not been reported in the Western Cape - known for its high FAS rate – it has been reprted that some pregnant women in the province drink heavily in the hope of aborting unwanted babies. CEO for Foundation for Alcohol Related Research Leona Olivier spoke to us about some of the reasons behind this. For more info visit or contact 021 686 2646.

Boredom captured through the lens

Max Mogale
 Max Mogale

Photographer Max Mogale is exploring the concept of boredom in his latest photographic exhibition Exhibit B at the Side Street Studios. His work along with eight young Cape Town based photographers is being presented for a week at the studios in Woodstock. The point is to interpret the theme of “boredom” and portray it to the audience through the medium of installation pieces and photography. Max was in the studio telling us about life through the lens, the exhibition and how it has been going. Pay a visit and make you way to the Side Street Studios in Woodstock to see the show. Follow @MaxMogale on Twitter for more details...

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

50 000 children arrested for crimes in SA last year

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on the nation to protect children following stats that revealed that over 50 thousand children were charged with crime last year. The minister earlier today reiterated that police will intensify the war against perpetrators of crime against children including adults who influence and abuse children to commit crime for their own criminal benefit. Police spokesperson Zweli Mnisi spoke to us about some of the ways they are trying to curb children committing crime…

ICAN-SA calls for prospective learners to apply for learnerships

 Madrea Tarr, Sisa Nobanda and Deline Tarr
PMI and ICAN-SA are offering learnerships for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. PMI and ICAN-SA have developed a Disability Academy providing an integrated socio economic solution to stakeholders with an interest in disability. In the studio we had Sisa Nobanda, Mandrea Human and Deline Tarr were in the studio from this initiative to tell us about the structure of this academy, who they calling in to apply and what it essentially entails. Contact them on 021 949 6652

Monday, November 05, 2012

5th annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues takes place

Fritz Jooste
The Social Justice Coalition and Africa Centre for Cities will host the 5th annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues where leading activists, designers, community leaders, academics and experts will critically engage the concept of design. We will look at whether design can be used as an instrument for advancing social justice and reducing urban inequality, recognising that Cape Town has been designated World Design Capital in 2014. SJC's Fritz Jooste was in the studio telling us what to expect from the dialogues. For more info visit

eLibrary aims to revolutionalise learning

eBook reading could play a significant role in improving the reading experience and academic advancement of children in disadvantaged schools. Accordingly, the eLibrary Project is examining the feasibility of distributing Kindle eBook Readers to school libraries around the country. The advantage of the Kindle is that it provides learners with access to a large volume of information. The Kindle has the potential to revolutionize the way students learn. We spoke to co-founders David Asnara and Mark Oppenheimer about how this in a step in the right direction in improving the quality of education. For more details follow @eLibraryProject on Twitter or visit

DA launches plan to improve teachers recruiting program

In the World Economic Forum Financial Development report released recently South Africa was ranked last for the quality of math and science education on number 62 of 62 countries surveyed. The DA argues that this is due mainly that the Department of Basic Education’s primary teacher attracting tool the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme is failing. Therefore the party launched its own plan aimed at improving the quality of teachers. We spoke to Annette Lovemore Basic Education shadow minister about some of the changes they are calling for...

Friday, November 02, 2012

Shikaya is Developing Active Citizens in SA

Developing Active Citizens in South Africa. In 2013, Facing the Past will celebrate a significant anniversary: 10 years of collaborative work with educators, students, and schools across South Africa. Since 2003, Shikaya, Facing History and Ourselves and the Western Cape Education Department have partnered to create a project that supports teachers to develop active and caring citizens. Dylan Wray from Shikaya spoke to Bassie about the work that they do...

Cycling for Diabetes on from Johannesburg to George

Ahead of World Diabetes Day, 16 cyclists will be hitting the tar on 8 November to take up the Changing Diabetes Cycle4Diabetes Challenge, a nonstop cycling marathon from Johannesburg to George in just 48 hours. The aim of this nonstop event is to raise awareness and funds to provide treatment for underprivileged youngsters living with this chronic condition. The group will be accompanied by legendary former Bok, Joel Stransky, who enthusiastically supports its objective. We spoke to one of the organisers Dr Jacques van Staden about the the the challenge