Leslie London is one of the contributors in a paper which looks at the controversy about the scientific value and ethical acceptibility of studies involving experimental exposure of human volunteers to low doses of pesticides. London telephonically explained when and how pesticides are used on human subjects, what motivates people to volunteer and the risks attached with doing this. London's paper on the subject poses the question of whether it is ever ethically justifiable to use humans subjects or are they just human guinea pigs.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently released the countries crime statistics reflecting how the country's police are in fighting crime. Institute for Security Studies Johan Burger explained the process of compiling the stats, what they reflect and how they affect you and me. The stats have been under much criticism for being unreliable with the DA calling on them to be conducted by an independent body rather than the police. Burger unpacked some of the challenges facing the police and how the public can do in the reduction of major crimes...
Backchat kicked off on a musical note with an interview with Artscape project manager Tarnia van Zitters about the Choir and brass bands festival which will be taking place on October 6th and 7 2012. On Saturday a choral celebration will be on at 8pm with a variety of choirs taking to the stage followed by 25 Moravian brass bands on Sunday at 4pm with Zitters promising it will be an electrifying musical weekend. Tickets are available on Computicket at R80 each.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Acclaimed artists Marc Alexander telephonically spoke to Bassie about his new exhibition "Home is where Art is" which will take place tonight and a walkout on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Alexander explained to the listeners when he started painting, what inspires him as and artist and some of his favourite moments in his career. Visit www.marc.alexander.com for more information
The provincial department of Transport and Public Works launched their Crash Witness videos campaign in December 2011 which for the first time in SA gives the public access to real crash footage from Western Cape CCTV cameras. We had in the studio Siphesihle Dube spokesperson of MEC Robin Carlisle about whether realising the videos has helped in curbing reckless driving, reducing road carnage and promoting safe travelling on the provinces roads. To view the videos visit. www.safelyhome.westerncape.gov.za
Weekly feature Dsgn Tete a Tete tackled the subjuct of innovation by using creative behaviour to push innovation. This as creative behaviour and successful innovation are often discussed as components in a single creative process. To unpack this issue more we had Nic Coetzer as associate professor at the school of Achitecture, Planning and Geomatics at UCT. Also had Helen Andrews from White Rabbit Days and previously SynNovation. Catch Dsgn tete a tete again next week..
Esme Kennel who runs pedorthic awareness clinic Footcare South Africa where they specialise in the maintaining of healthy feet. Kennel was in the studio filling us in about how to take care of you feet, what to do when you feel discomfort and how they have helped patience avoid amputations by treating their feet. To find out more about Footcare SA 021 691 6972
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Schools Environmental Education and Development is a non profit and public benefits organisation that is based in Mitchells Plain with a national scope to its schools based outdoor learning program. SEED's Micky van Hoffen spoke to us about the organisations call for community members to enter their Sustainable Homes Workshops before the 28th September. The workshops will be held in October from 16-18 and 23 -15 with the winner recieving a home retrofit and/or food gardens. You can contact SEED on 021 391 5316.
The Cape Cultural Collective in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation will launch a new diverse choir on September 28th at Community House Salt River at 7pm. Mansoor Jaffer and some of the choir memebers were in the studio to give us a taste of what to expect from this new choir which will sing songs in Xhosa, English and Afrikaans. You can contact Mansoor Jaffer on 084 661 5216 for more information.
Lerato Mokobe, Siyabonga Njica and Mfundo Ntobongwana are three young people who are in a youth poetry group Vocal Revolutionaries paid us a visit in the studio today. These young poets and writers as they describe themselves said they are influenced by their life stories, surroudings and what is currently happening in SA. They will be performing 7 October at Ragazzi and for more information follow them on Twitter @VocalRevz
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
After a sell out session at the National Arts Festival comedic actor Siv Ngesi brings his one man show Race Card to the Baxter Thearte. The brand new show is based on the best selling book The Racist's Guide To The People of South Africa by Simon Kilpatrick. Siv was in the studio feeling us in about what to expect from his latest show which opens on the October 1 and runs till 23 at the Baxter theatre.For more info follow him on twitter @IamSivN or facebook as Siv Ngesi.
The Traditional Courts Bill has been in the centre of much controversy after public submissions were called on the bill last week. The bill which is aimed at regulating traditional courts and customary law has been dubbed as unconstitutional by civil organisation groups because of some aspects with it. Bassie interviewed Willmien Wicomb from the LRC about why they calling for the bill to be scrapped, whats wrong with it and how it might infringe on women's rights in the rural areas.
Rage4Good is a campaign aims to engender a sense of community awareness in the students that will continue long after the Rage festivities have ended. Claire Alexander said that these include anti drinking and driving initiatives, involvement of and working with local emergency services and a number of awareness campaigns. The initiative will also feature 30 Rage4Good ambassadors selected from a number of schools across the country.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The show concluded with an interview with Mr Majeke from Gugulethu Heritage Celebrations which will be taking place on September 24 2012 at 10am. Majeke encouraged everyone to attend the celebration wearing their traditional attire to celebrate South Africa's various backgrounds and traditions. The event will take place at Gugulethu Civic Centre and entrance is free.
The Santa Shoebox organisation kicked off on September 1st which is aimed at collecting gifts for underprivileged kids across the country and as far as Namibia. National co-ordinator Irene Peters was on the show to elaborate how people can donate presents and encouraging the public to help them reach their target of 100 000 'shoeboxes' for 2012. To make a contribution visit www.santashoebox.co.za and follow the instructions.
The Neighbourhood Old Age Home Soap project was started in Khayelitsha in 2010 as a way for the elderly to generate an income and conbribute to their community. The Soap project recycles and re-packages soap donated by hotels and sells it to a number of places across the city. NOAH's Anne Van Niekerk had a chat with Bassie about how the programme works, whose involved in it and how far they have come since setting up shop 2 years ago. For more details visit www.noah.org.za or to order some of the soap.
The Institute of Justice and Reconciliation will host it's annual Ashley Kriel Youth Memorial lecture on 25 September 2012 at the Univeristy of the Western Cape at 15:00. This year's theme is Re-imagining the youth: From deficit to opportunity which challenges the youth to reimagine themselves and their abilities with positivity and encourages a proactive approach to leadership and development within their communities. Bassie spoke to Eleanor Swartz from the IJR about what to expect and for more info visit www.ijr.org.za
Thursday, September 20, 2012
District Six Museum and Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative (CLASI) which is Multi-media translations of 13 Oral histories by 7 youths from 5 Schools against the backdrop of the struggle for a constitutional democracy. Some of the youths were in the studio to to us what they admire most about some of their heroes. To celebrate this Heritage Day they will have an event at the District 6 Homecoming Centre on 15 Buitenkant Street at 3pm on September 24. Entrance is free abd everyone is invited to attend...
The Carpenter's Shop is an non profit organisation which provides day care and rehabilitation for destitute and homeless adults. TCS Dee Wills was in the studio to explain how by equpping their clients with programmes such as carpentry, panel beating, spray painting and hand craft helps them find jobs after. TCS also provides social assessment and support to aimed at helping them reintegrate them into society. For more info visit www.tcs.ac.za
Weekly feature Dsgn Tete a Tete looked at how to redesign Cape Town into an African City. This follows a recent article on Architecture ZA Conference by Andrew Makin which says South Africa does not hav have any real cities according to some definitions. Studio Guest Mattew Gray Owner of Mattew Gray Architects and Urban Designers looked at elements such as density, diversity, connectivity and public space that makes cities fertile fields to redesigning Cape Town...
Backchat kicked off today with an interview with Cape Town swimmer Achmat Hassiem. The 30 year old had his leg beaten off by a shark 6 years ago after luring it away from his brother. Hassiem was part of Team South Africa's 2012 London Paralympic games squad where he won bronze in the men's 100 meter butterfly. He shared with us what it was like to represent SA, winning that medal and his plans for the future.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
To close off the show Bassie interviewed Munyaradzi Nkomo about the Entrepreneurial Colloquium being held at University of the Western Cape. The two day conference aims to explore problems and potential solutions of entrepreneurship in South Africa. South Africa is currently faced with a problem as 70 to 80 percent of new businesses fail within the first five years. Munya explained that South African entrepreneurs need more training to address this problem. To learn more email Munya Nkomo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Town Central Library is celebrationg 60 years since it first opened its doors. To mark this milestone in its history we spoke to Sharon Brijmohun about some of the library's most interesting times and how it has evolved. Brijmohun also encouraged Capetonians to come celebrate with them as they will be hosting a exhibition called Crafters at Work on the 22 September 2012 at 11 am. Entry is FREE and library and non members are encouraged to come to the exhibition. For more info call 021 467 1500 or email email@example.com.
The first Oscar and Rose Mpetha Memorial Lecture will be held at the Kruiskerk on 20 September 2012 at 17:00. The lecture is an initiativeby the Oscar and Rose Mpetha Foundation trust to honour the legacy of the two struggle icons. Themba Mpetha son of the couple spoke to Bassie about what the lecture's significance and his parents contribution to liberation of SA. Deputy president Kgalema Montlante is expected to deliever the keynote address at the lecture.
Today's edition of Backchat had a telephonic interview with Tracy Green from the Chaeli Campaign. The non profit organisation is currently driving their Chaeli Peace Pops intiative for the month of September by selling them to raise funds for the organisation. Green encouraged people to buy Peace Pops as they will go far in improving the lives of many young children. You can visit their website www.chaelicampaign.co.za.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mother Unite started out as a feeding scheme by concerned mothers in Lavender Hill but has since branched out and now offers more than 120 children between the ages of 3 and 18 alternatives to the social ills that plague their community. Director Gerry Gordon elaborated how they try to make a difference in kids lives through storytelling, computer literacy, food gardening training, art therapy, educational programmes, sports and playing. To assist contact Gerry at 082 825 0511 or visist their website www.mothersunite.org.za
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National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegation of Offenders recently rolled out its school Safety Ambassadors project. NICRO's Jacque Sibomana said the programme is aimed at the backdrop of thousands of young people entering the criminal justice system as offenders and the need to mitigate the growing incidence of juvenile crime within their environments. You can find out more at www.nicro.org.za
The Gender Health and Justice Research Unit and Rape Crisis have developed a new pocket guide to help woman have access to information when a sexual offence has occured. The guide called My Safe Card details what women can do, who to contact and the vital things to remember when dealing with a sexual assault incident. Kathleen Dey from Rape Crisis and Kelley Moult from the GHJRU were in the studio to explain further how this will help curb the number of unreported rape cases. To find out more visit www.ghjru.ac.za and rapecrisis.org.za
Monday, September 17, 2012
Backchat concluded with an interview with Sipho Singiswa from Media for Justice about the latest happenings at Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana. This as the wildcard strike is still on going with the government sending in the army to assist police in maintain order. This follows the killing of 44 people last month when police opened fire on striking workers who were demanding an increase of their wages to R12 500 a month.
Half way through the show Bassie telephonically spoke with Nonzolo from Sesona Sibane a HIV/AIDS focused organisation based in Marcus Garvey in Phillipi. They offer programmes such as food gardening, sewing skills and home based care to families infected and affected with the deadly virus. To make a difference or donate to the organisation contact her on 083 521 6882
New Kidz on the Block is a non profit organisation whose major concern is with the plight of orphans in South Africa. Hilda De Beer spoke us the organisation and how it builds and renovates sustainable child support networks in communities and link them with foster families and children homes and promotes foster care to the general public and offer guidance to foster families. To make a difference in the children's lives you can visit www.newkidz.org.za or fax 086 672 5152 or call 079 875 5745 to make a donation or lend your support.
The first interview in the show today focused on a sensitive and controvertial topic which is circumcision. Clinical pyschologist Mthetho Tshemese contributed to a book called (Un) Covering Men deals with the traditional intiation practice and HIV/AIDS among young boys. The book features a number of authors including Tshemese about the journey of a young boys right to passge to manhood through circumcision...
Friday, September 14, 2012
Equal Education will hold a march on the 15th September 2012 against the planned closure of 27 schools by the Western Cape Education department. The march is the organisations Save Our Schools coalition to rally support for the planned closures meanwhile public consultations are currently underway as the fate of the schools is yet to be finalised. Bassie spoke to department spokesperson Bronagh Casey and Equal Education's Kate Wilkinson about this issue.
Anthony Fry from the Imani Eating Disorder Treatment Centre was in the studio to discuss reasons why people develop eating disorders. Anorexia, bulimia and complusive over eating are the most common disorders that many people battle with. Fry explained what the warning signs are, treatment and the pyschological elements attached to these disorders. To find out more about treatment options contact Eating Annoymous
From the 17th to the 21st September attorneys will be participating in the National Wills Week and will draft basic wills for members of the public free of charge. Cape Law Society member and attorney Meyer De Waal was in the studio to explain how the process will work and how people can part of this wills week. To find out more about this contact 021 443 6700 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
14:05 Bassie telephonically spoke to Captain Jaco Theunissen whose a member of the Defence Review Committee about the public participation sessions that will be taking place on the 15th of September at the Nomzamo Community hall at 10:00 am. This Defence Review is aimed at revamping the defence force with public participation taking place country-wide and being coordinated by the review committee.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Charlene Maslamoney paid us a visit to talk about her being diagnosed with cancer and how she has been living with it 18 months after her diagnosis. Having recently launched her aptly named book I'm not done yet- Allowing Possibilities. Charlene shares about life experiences, nutrition and how she has 'beaten the odds' after being given six months to live. To order the book contact 021 447 1341 or email her at email@example.com
Weekly show Design Tete a Tete tackled Leadership: Women In Engineering an NPO created to female engineers in the workplace, allow them to network and further encourage more women to enter into the engineering profession. To debate this matter further we had in studio Lauren Grant a fire engineer and on the line Naadiya Moosajee co-founder of SAWomEng.
Mayoral committee member for economic, environment and spatial planning Belinda Walker kicked off the show detailing the city councils plans to develop areas such as Bellville, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Blue Downs and Deflt. This as over the next ten years Cape Town's landscape will be transformed to connect to all the big suburbs and develop economic hubs across the areas, while wetlands and coastlines will be marketed as key tourism destinations. For more information contact 021 400 1314.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
85 percent of children with cancer can be cured if it is detected early. Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (Choc) launched its childhood cancer awareness month recently and divisional manager in the province Vanessa Vermaak was in the studio to elaborate about some of the ways to combat cancer. In SA one in 600 children are infected by cancer before they reach the age of 16 years. To find out more visit www.choc.org.za or SMS 34486 costs R2. Contact 086 110 6441
The 10th Tri Continental Film Festival premiered on the 7 of September and will run until the 23 of September. This year will feature 15 South African premieres among the those to be screened at the festival at the Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront. Festival director Rahid Desai encouraged audiences to support filmmakers as this is the largest film festival which focuses on human rights in Africa.
@14:35 We spoke to Jill Fortiun from the South African Medical Research Council which is hosting it's first ICT4Health Conference in Cape Town. The conference which will be attended by roleplayers including government, medical fraternity and private sector to advance the collobaration in the use of information and communication technologies in health care.
FoodBank South Africa's managing director Mo Karjee spoke to Backchat telephonically about his organisations efforts at trying to establish food banks in insecure food communities. Foodbank rescue and procure food from donors such as manufacturers, producers, retailers, government agencies, individuals and other organisations. To help with this program SMS to 40421 charged at R20 or visit www.foodbank.org.za
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Outgoing editor of English Alive Robin Malan spoke to us telephonically about the 46th edition launch of the annual anthology school writing programme. About 100 pupils, parents and teachers were at the gala launch at the Heatile Pavilion at Bishops in Rondebosch where pupils who feature in the anthology read their work to the audience. If you want a copy of English Alive contact 021 685 4545 or email info.junkets.iafrica.com.
The South African Education and Environment Project won a Silver Impumelelo Innovation Award for its early Childhood Development Programme. SAEP's Elise Farley was in studio as the NGO was one of 21 projects selected from across South Africa for offering effective solutions to pressing service delivery challenges. Their development programme delivers quality early childhood education and care to the impoverished community of Phillipi. To find out more call 021 447 3610 or visit www.saep.org
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Internationally acclaimed Cape Town born opera singer Cecil Peters kicked started the show with his musical upbringing and about performing in places such as New York and Belguim. Peters is currently back in home town giving music lessons to kids in the Cape Flats schools to motivate them that music is a way to improve ones life no matter the circumtances. He will be cycling from Cape Town to Johannesburg before the year ends to raise funds for his former school. 072 796 7779.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Safety and Security mayoral committee member JP Smith closed the show by informing us about the city's plans to train neighbourhood watch wardens to be traffic reservists. This is part of the city's plan to clampdown on speedsters and help boost the city's traffic services focusing on manual speed enforcement. For more info contact 021 400 1311.
Rachel from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group talked to us telephonically as today is World Suicide Prevention Day. To highlight this issue SADAG hosted two live one hour chats on 7 Sepetember 2012 on its Facebook Friday. To find out more visit www.sadag.org and for the suicidal emergency contact 0800 567 567.
Traditional dancing youth group Black Moses Club from Khayelitsha was in the studio to tell us more about their dancing and what it means to them. The club recently danced on the streets to raise over R1000 rand for a struggling family of five. To find out about them you can call Moses on 083 247 922.
South African Youth Education for Sustainability co founder Michelle Potter visited the studio to talk about her non profit organisation which aims to make a difference to children who have grown up in children's homes. Through a mentoring programme SA-YES aims to bridge the gap in the lives of those who reach the age of 18 and have to leave these homes. To find out more about SA-YES you can call 021 402 0795 or send an email to email@example.com.
Friday, September 07, 2012
15:35 Louise van Rhyn from Symphonia for SA closed the show telling us about their vision as a non profit organisation to strengthen the fabric of the South African society. Based across the whole country Symphonia aims to improve communities in general by providing practical solutions to challenges we face everyday. Visit their website www.symphonia.net to find out how you can be part of the solution.
Lydia Cairncross telephonically paid tribute to fallen apartheid hero Dr Neville Alexander. Tomorrow at the Belgravia High School a memorial will held for the late doctor from 2-5pm celebrating the life of this struggle icon. Make your way to the there to bid farewell to him!
Ian Smith the founder of the Deflt Big Band visited us in the studio to tell us more about the band and what they have currently been up to. The band started as a programme aimed at vunerable youth's to equip them with valuable life skills through music. Tomorrow the Deflt Big Band will be performing at Athlone Civic if you want to see them live. To find out more about them visit firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com
Journalist Raymond Joseph will be hosting a series of Twitter Workshops on the 21st of September at the Cape Town Science Centre. Raymond will be targeting property professionals, public relations companies and journalists explaining to them about how to use this widly popular resource in their fields. For more information and bookings contact 021 556 8200.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
We closed off the show with writer and author Theo Jonker from the Cape Flats who writes about life experiences and his surroundings. Jonker was in studio sharing how he started writing, what inspires him and why writing is so important with him. You can add Theo Jonker on Facebook and get acquainted with some of his work...
Backchat telephonically interviewed Johanna Strauss from Durbanville Children's Home who have been a safe haven for vulnerable children for 129 years. As one of the oldest orphanages in the country they provide assitance to over 144 young kids between the ages of 2-8 years young. You can visit www.durbanvillekinderhuis.org.za to find out more or call 021 975 6822.
14:35 Thursday weekly feature Dsgn Tete a Tete looked at Graffi Art: An Appropriate for Social Commentary. Guests were popular Cape Town graffiti artist Motel7 and Andries Loots owner of the 34 Fine Art Gallery in Woodstock. Tune in next week for another installment of Dsgn Tete a Tete brought to you by Modila and Bush Radio 89.5 FM
We kicked off the show by talking to Nomakula Mrutaba from Thembacare Children's Hospice. The centre cares for children who are infected with HIV/AIDS and other deadly diseases. Based in Athlone and Grabouw, the organisation will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary on the 29th September 2012 and to raise funds. To find out more visit www.thembalitsha.org.za and firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Today we closed the show with two representatives of the September National Imbizo. They were here to tell us more about the march which is taking place next Wednesday 12 September to in an effort to encourage young people to "take back South Africa". The march happens @ 9 am in front of Parliament...
14:35 The Institute of Justice and Reconciliation's Ziyaan Davids filled us in about their inaugural reconciliation competition. The competition is opened to 18 year old youth's who can write, take pictures or paint to submit their work before the 15th of September 2012 to qualify for the competition. You can download the application forms @ www.ijr.org.za
14:05 Isabel Verwey director of Proud Partners talked to us about her organisation and some of the programs that they have going. Proud Partners encourages co-operation between South Africans of all races. You can find out more about PP on their website www.proudpartners.co.za.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
We concluded the interviews with Pam Jackson from non profit organisation Onsplek which helps girls who have lived, worked or begged on the street. Onsplek which opened in 1988 has programs that provide developmental and therapeutic services for these young girls. If you to find out more about Onsplek you can call on 021 465 4829 or vist their website www.onsplek.org.za.
021 447 6599 or email them at email@example.com
Today at 14:05 we spoke to Edmund Foley from the Child Rights Project about civil organisations submissions to the Department of Social Development to ban corporal punishment at homes and for parents to consider other forms of discpline. Yon can contact the Child Rights Project on 021 959 2950 and voice your opinion in the matter.
Monday, September 03, 2012
Dr Heidi Grunebaum is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC and author. She was also part of the Opening the Community Arts Project Archive which took place this past Friday and will run until the 30th September 2012. She is the co-editor of the book Uncontained. Contact Dr Heidi on firstname.lastname@example.org 021 959 3162.
Ncebakazi Faith Saliwa Mogale has launced a compilation of inspirational stories called Rise Above. Mogale was in studio today to tell us about how she colleced the stories, how long it took her to compile the book and what inspires her. The book which was launched on 24 August 2012 costs R100. Call her on 083 336 9639 or email her email@example.com for more information.
Today at 14:05 on Backchat we spoke to Lynne Smit who is the brains behind Mom Blogger Workshops which take place on September 15 at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory. This as mothers are taking the blogging sphere by storm covering topics from fitness, houskeeping, business and travel among others. You can contact Lynne Smit on 021 556 8200 to make a booking...