Wednesday, December 12, 2012

City launches Disaster Risk Reduction campaign...

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is intensifying its public awareness campaign, with the introduction of a community-based educational theatre programme in informal settlements across Cape Town. Theatre and drama will be used as a vehicle to raise the level of awareness in areas where communities are at a high risk for fires. On the line was Charlotte Powell spokesperson for the Risk Management centre. The first session takes place tomorrow in Sweet Home Farm Philippi at 14:00. For more info contact 021 597 5013.

Free Market Foundation

The Free Market Foundation (Southern Africa) is an independent public benefit organisation founded in 1975 to promote and foster an open society, the rule of law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom as fundamental components of its advocacy of human rights and democracy based on classical liberal principles. It is financed by membership subscriptions, donations and sponsorships. On the line right now is FMF director Temba Nolutshungu to tell us more about their work. for more information.

Cape Town Summer Market to begin soon

In celebration of South Africa’s 360-year heritage, the City of Cape Town will be hosting an 11-day family market at the Company’s Garden. The market will be an excellent opportunity for South Africans and tourists to Cape Town of all ages and backgrounds, to combine Christmas present shopping with fantastic live entertainment. It’s a great excuse for fun for the children and an incredible family picnic in the Company’s Garden. To tell us more we had Alderman Walker. Find them on Twitter @CTSummerMarket.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Afro Galactic Dream Factory

 Jimmy Rage, Massello Montana and Bassie Montewa
The Afro Galactic Dream Factory will be touching down this December. The experience promises a fixture of an electric group of artists brought together by Catherine Henegan to collaborate on an audio visual musical laboratory which will culminate on two musical showcases. The first was at the Zolani Centre in Nyanga on 8th December and the second on the 15th at Joule Street in the CBD. In the studio were two artists Massello Montana and Jimmy Rage

Vukuhambe Self Help Association needs your help

Vukuhambe Self Help Association for the Disabled in an organisation which is based in Gugulethu NY39 which caters for poeple with disabilities. The centre which has about 15 people with disabilities working there says they have a lot of challenges ranging from easy access to transport, stigmatised and ostracized by the community and face a variety of challenges as an organisation. If you want to provide some assistance call them on 021 638 7533.

Dear Mandela

HAILED as a “master class in ambitious documentary making”, and already raking in awards, Capetonians will get the chance tomorrow to see Dear Mandela at the Fugard on Monday night. Co-directed by South African film-maker Dara Kell, it was named Best Documentary and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival in New York earlier this year. On the line we had co-director Dara Kell to tell us about the inspiration, success and hopes of the film. To find out more follow them on @DearMandela or visit

Operation Hope banks for the poor

 Elroy Fortune and Bassie
Operation HOPE is the private banker for the working poor, the underclass and the struggling middle class. Their mission is 'silver rights,' or making free enterprise and capitalism work for all. Financial literacy is the tool, financial dignity is the goal and financial inclusion is the way. Operation HOPE’s efforts span a broad array of programs, services, and movements at local, national, and worldwide levels. In the studio was project manager Elroy Fortune. To find out more visit

Monday, December 10, 2012

CCID launches Give Responsibly

The Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) has launched an SMS donation service as part of its Give Responsibly campaign in an effort to help break the cycle of homelessness on the city’s streets. The SMS line forms part of the augmented Give Responsibly campaign and offers the public an alternative way of donating money to people living on the streets of Cape Town. The donations will be disbursed to various city NGOs that already do great work in helping to change the lives of the homeless by providing shelter, food, social services and rehabilitation programmes. On the line was CCID’s COO Tesso Evangelios telling us more....

22nd Edition of Calypso Cricket festival commences

The 22nd annual Calypso Cricket festival will take place from 10-14 December 2012 as it celebrates 22 years of summer waves, wickets and talent identification. More than 3000 children will take advantage of the sun and sand when Sporting Chances host this edition of the festival on some of Cape Town’s famous beaches. Calypso is a unique adaptation of the conventional game as it has all the game’s rules but it’s played on the beach in teams comprising on boys and girls. Calypso’s Brad Bing was on the line to tell us more. To find out more visit or find them on Faceebok

Marikana: A view from the mountain and a case to answer to be launched tonight

 Bassie and Peter Alexander

*Marikana: a view from the mountain and a case to case to answer*, is a book by Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xeswi. This is the first book on the massacre. Its core is a series of interviews with the event's victims. Many of these were conducted on the side of the 'mountain' where 34 of their comrades had been massacred by the police. There is also a narrative that links preceding events, thus making sense of the atrocity from the workers' perspective; an analysis that focuses attention on the 'triangle of torment': the police, the employer and the union; and a conclusion that highlights the courage of the Marikana miners, and the significance of their determination for the future of South African labour relations and politics. In the studio was Peter Alexander telling about the launch tonight at the Book Lounge. The book is now available at good book stores.

Social Justice Coalition to protest in support on O'Regan/Pikoli commission

The Social Justice Coalition Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Ndifuna Ukwazi, Equal Education and the Triangle Project would like to invite you to join them on 13 December at 10:00 outside the Cape High Court for a protest and march to support the O'Regan/Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into Khayelitsha Police. This follows after police minister Nathi Mthethwa filed papers at the WC High Court challenging the establishment of the commission by Premier Helen Zille. We telephonically spoke to SJC’s Axolile Notywala about Thursday's planned protest. For more info visit or follow them on twitter @sjcoalition.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Cape Town Sex Workers Open University seminar

 Ntokozo Yingwana and Duduzile Dlamini
Cape Town Sex Workers' Open University seminar, 'In Bed with Religion': Reconciling sex with faith will take place on the 12 December 2012 at their Observatory Sweat offices with a number of speakers to speak on this interesting and complex topic. In the studio was
Ntokozo Yingwana Sweat advocacy officer and Duduzile Dlamini from Sisonke Mobiliser and one of the speakers at the seminar. For more information and to rsvp contact 021 448 7875 or send an email to

Urban LandMark publishes guide on urban land

 Stephen Berrisford
Urban LandMark has released a guide to managing urban land. Stephen Berrisford from Urban LandMark believes that the recent demolitions in Lenasia are a symptom of the inability of government to manage the land market around subsidy houses. Research done by Urban LandMark shows that the title deed system has broken down as a result illegal sales and corruption are able to flourish. This is compounded by weak governance systems in municipalities and provinces and the fact that members of the public are not educated and experienced in negotiating their war around urban land markets, and so fall victim to scams. Stephen Berrisford paid us a visit in studio. For more info contact 012 342 7636. Or visit to download a copy of th guide.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Bikers to depart for SA2UGANDA

On 10 December, four intrepid bikers will be departing Cape Town for Uganda, Kampala on a long-haul ride in support of Quality Education in South Africa. Dubbed 'SA2UGANDA', the trek will raise money for Quality Education for South Africa, an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, and highlight the contribution the organisation is making to education through its School @ the Centre of Community programme. We had on the line Peter Pretorious one of the bikers to tell us more. For more info visit

Child Welfare SA says NO Excuse for Abuse

Child Welfare South Africa has emphasised the importance of safe families in protecting children during this year’s 16 days of Activism of Non-Violence against Women and children. This year’s theme is NO Excuse for Abuse, and the purpose of this campaign is to create a greater awareness of the negative impact of violence on children. CWSA will be conducting presentations to companies and organisations who would like to educate their staff on Domestic Violence Act and the Child Protection Act. We spoke to Shamien from CWSA. Find them on

Sexual harassment at the workplace

Labour Research Service has warned that sexual harassment in the workplace is largely under-reported. The issue was discussed during a seminar in Cape Town as part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. Activists said employers need to do more to uphold the code of good practice on sexual harassment, which provides the right procedures to deal with the problem and prevent its recurrence. We spoke to two representatives from the Labour Research Service. Find them on

Monday, December 03, 2012

HIV and mental illness link highlighted

 Mariska Fouche and Lusanda Bill
As South Africa marked World Aids Day on 1 December, Pharma Dynamics – one of SA’s leading providers of central nervous system medication – highlights the often overlooked link between HIV and mental illness. A recent study done by the Human Sciences Research Council supports this notion, which found that 44% of the 900 HIV-positive persons that participated in the survey were in fact suffering from a mental disorder. In the studio we had Mariska Fouche to tell us more about this...

Gugulethu it's time to Name Your Hood

 Luvuyo Toni, Lusanda Bill, Moshe Apleni and Bruce Good
Name Your Hood, the initiative tasked with renaming the streets and neighbourhoods within Gugulethu, recently opened up nominations for the naming of Neighbourhood One, the area bordered by NY1, NY111 and NY112. This is the first time that a township has been actively involved in a renaming process of this nature. Name Your Hood aims to achieve clearly delineated and defined neighbourhoods for Gugulethu residents and visitors alike, akin to those in cities around the world. In the studio were have Bruce Good, Moshe Apleni and Luvuyo Toni to tell us more. For more info visit or follow them on Twitter @nameyourhood and Facebook.

Habitat for Humanity completes 514 houses in Mfuleni

Habitat for Humanity South Africa on Friday 30 November, 2012 celebrated and marked the successful completion of 514 houses in Mfuleni and the key role played by +/- 38 550 volunteers in making this possible!  Habitat has been involved in Mfuleni since 2007 and over the five year period has played an instrumental role in building the community into a stable and safe place to live. On the line is project manager Thembi Sithole to tell us about the Project Completion ceremony… Or call 021 657 5640