Wednesday, October 31, 2012

President Zuma attends the Inter Faith Action for Peace in Africa

President Zuma and delegates



President Zuma delivering his keynote speech

 Bassie with some of the attendees

 Bassie with attendees

 Attendees for the IFAPA

President Jacob Zuma delivered the keynote address at the 4th Inter Faith Action for Peace in Africa at Goodhope Centre on 30 October 2012. Backchat hosted a outside broadcast at the the event organised under the theme Nation building through Social Dialogue: The Role of the Interfaith Movement in Conflict Resolution, Peace Building and Development. The president accompanied by members of government, the public, business leaders, faith based organisations and traditional leaders came together to converse with one another about their shared values, aspirations and a vision for South Africa.

Friday, October 26, 2012

ImproguiseCT hosts SOAP-A-THON in aid of RapeCrisis

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, South Africa’s longest running, award-winning and hilarious improvisation company Improguise, invite you to their Soap-a-thon, South Africa's first ever live, improvised soap opera marathon, performed in aid of Rape Crisis. The 12 hour event will take place on 27 October at The Little Theatre on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, from 10am to 10pm. All Improguise shows are totally improvised: the actors make up the action and lines as they go along. But the Soap-a-thon will be an extreme feat of improvised comedy. The actors will improvise eight soapie episodes, starting from 10am. We spoke to Lisa Greenstein to tell us what to expect from this SOAP-A-THON

SchoolbagSA making a difference in children's lives


Nobukhosi Ngwenya and Bassie
 
The Schoolbag enables children to pursue an education by providing basic school supplies to young people in need. Raising awareness about the lack of access to education around the world, each bag contains adequate materials for one student to learn for one year. The Schoolbag features environmentally sustainable and ethically produced tools and materials to initiate environmental education. The SBSA director and co-founder Nobukhosi Ngwenya is in the studio to tell us more about this initiative…

Cancer survivor Lyndsay Winters talks road to recovery


l to r: Lyndsay Winter and Candice
 
When sisters Melanie McWilliam and Lyndsay Winter were diagnosed with aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer within a year of each other, they knew they would need to fight with their all. Although they both knew that their risk of developing breast cancer was increased due to both their mother and their great-aunt having had the disease, it still came as a shock. Lyndsay was in the studio with Candice to tell us about living through cancer, her life and being ambassador of Think beyond Pink Initiative…

Thursday, October 25, 2012

dsgn Tete a Tete places the spotlight on photography

Cape Town's Month of Photography will be drawing to an end on 31 October, after a month long festival of exhibitions workshops, master classes and lectures taking place across the city. In the studio the guests including Jenny Altschuler, whose the festival director and curator at The South African Centre of Photography. Chad Rossouw a writer, artist and lecturer at the Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art. The discussion focused on the images that photographers capture and whether they are an actual reflection of their surroundings or how they view the world.

Department of communications wraps up e-Skills summit today


The Department of Communications through the e-Skills Institute will partner with the International Telecommunication Union Development Sector to host the Global Human Capacity Development Forum and the 2nd e-Skills Summit from 22 to 25 October 2012 in Cape Town.  This year’s e-Skills Summit coincides and shares the same focus with the Global ICT Forum the Department of Communications together with the ITU decided to host both events jointly. The aim of Global ICT Forum is to draw attention to the need and importance of capacity building in driving the e-Agenda across different countries. We spoke to Dr Harold Wessels about what these e-skills are all about...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Zahara talks about The Beginning

 Zahara and Bassie

South Africa's singing sensation Zahara paid us a visit in the studio to talk to us about her deluxe album The Beginning. The multi platinum selling artist and SAMA award winner says she has come a long way since her debut album Loliwe. Zahara is currently in the city to promote this album and says she has come a long way since dropped the new album. You can get Zahara's live DVD at all good music stores for R100.

President to host Interfaith on 30 October

President Jacob Zuma will host an interfaith rally on the 30th of October 2012 in the province. This will be held at the GoodHope centre focused on ways to achieve peace and ways to resolve conflict in this country. The event will start at 9 am until four in the afternoon with civil society organisations, religious groups and politicians in attendence. Bishop Celiwe Mandlopha encouraged people to attend the event.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nomfusi's album Take Me Home

 Nomfusi and Bassie

Born in the township in the Eastern Cape Nomfusi has battled the odds to make a success of herself. How regconised as a SAMA and Metro FM award nominee, Nomfusi has just released her brand new album Take Me Home. The album was produced by heavyweights Ringo madlingozi, Robby Malinga and M'jakes. Nomfusi was in the studio with her new album and well as discussing her 3 year span in the industry, touring and performing with the likes of Angelique Kidjo at the WOMAD music festival in Canada.

Funny man Nik Rabinowitz Stands and Delivers in his latest show

Nik Raboniwitz


Nik Rabinowitz brings his hit show Stand and Deliver to the Cape International Convention Centre on Saturday 27 October and to Johannesburg Lyric theatre on 10 November 2012 at the Gold Reef City. Raboniwitz who was born and raised in Constantia and one of the country's most popular comedians aften dubbed as a only jewsih comedian who is fluent in Xhosa. Rabinowitz was in the studio to talk about his upcoming shows. Tickets are still available.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Missing Children SA concerned on number of cases

Missing Children South Africa has expressed concern about the number of missing children that go missing in a year. This after thet released statistics that showed over 100 kids have gone missing in the province in the last year with 300 cases still open countrywide. While the organisation has seen a 80 percent decrease they are still concerned as this number as it is still high. MCSA Judy Olivier spoke to us encouraging a collective approach in combating this problem. Contact them on 021 950 1546 or visit www.missingchildren.org.za

Sabric warns against banking scams

The South African Bank Risk Information centre has warned about the increase of scams in the banking sector. This as the latest trick involves criminals letters to bank clients advising them that their banking details have changed then they urge clients to transfer their funds to a certain account. Sabric chief executive Kalyani Pillay spoke to us telephonically about avoiding these emails, encourafe customers to be more vigilant and contact their banks should they receive any suspicious mails concerning their bank accounts. www.sabric.co.za

Cryptic and AcroP in the studio

 Cryptic and AcroP

Two young man from Gugulethu were in the studio today who have aptly named themselves Cryptic and AcroP who describe themselves as two artists. Together with a lady named Naledi they are known as VenousCore a group that combines hip hop, soul and poetry in their music and writings. These young people say they write about what influences them, surroundings and being what they call unpredictable artsist when it comes to their music. Catch them on Facebook as VenousCore.

Economists blasts president's salary freeze

Last week President Jacob Zuma called on executives and directors in the public and private sector to to freeze their salaries and bonuses for a year as a "signal for commitment to guide an equitable economy." This as the country is under pressure economically and this is also a solidarity measure at the country is currently plagued with wildcat strikes in the mining sector. Economist Dawie Roodt spoke to us about the impracticality of the plan, the affects it will have and that it wouldn't materialise.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Children Institute launches 7th edition of the Child Gauge 2012

Bassie and Katherine Hall

Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today and for the future of South Africa. This is one of the key concerns raised in the South Africa Child Gauge 2012 which was released on Wednesday October 17. The seventh issue of the Gauge looks at the attributing factors of these inequalities, access for children in terms of education, health and protection of their basic rights. Katherine Hall senior researcher at the Children's Institute was in the studio unpacking some of these inequalities.

Khayelitsha's young rising designer Mzukisi Mbane

 Mzukisi Mbane

Raised by a seamtress and a fashion-crazed grandmother Mzukisi Mbane might be studying accountancy but at heart he is acreative with his own fashion range. The 23 year old from Khayelitsha has been regconised by fellow entrepreneurs Lebo Gunguluza and Citrum Khumalo-judges in a local competition-as someone who has the potential to go the distance. Mzukisi paid us a visit in the studio to tell us more about his winner, future plans and his fledging label Swagger Diariez. Catch on Facebook

Constitutional Kidz

Lee Anne Flack is a law student who is set to publish her debut book Constitutional Kidz later this year. After working with poverty stricken children in India and with our own township children, she realised the dire need for children to know and understand their rights. Knowing and understanding our Constitutional rights are of utmost importance to every single Sout African citizen. We spoke to Lee Anne about her inspiration, undertsanding children's rights and when the book will launch. Find our more find her on facebook as Constitutional Kidz.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blind adventurer to take part in Antarctica Marathon

Blind adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner will take part in next year's Antarctica Marathon with seasoned athlete Mike Bailey as part of a 100 man race. This will be the very first time in history that a blind individual participates in the extreme edurance event which will take part on 7 March 2013. Wagner has set aside the fact that he has been totally blind from birth to live a full and abundant life on his terms. Wagner said he is never looks back and will never shy away from any challenge. For more info find him on Facebook as Hein Wagner

Transport for Cape Town unvieled

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille, national Transport Minister Ben Martins and MEC of transport and public works Robin Carlisle together with various transport entity stakeholders unvield Transport Authority today.Under this new network commuters would in the future be able to buy one ticket to travel on trains, buses and taxis regardless of the operators. Mayoral committee for transport and stormwaters Brett Herron spoke to us about this and how it would revolutionalise transport in the city...

Pierre De Vos on Madonsela misconduct allegations

Public protector Thuli Madonsela has been in the news for taking on the powerful as her probes have resulted in the firing of two cabinet ministers, ex police commissioner Bheki Cele and damning ex ANC Youth League president Julius Malema in his dealings with beleaguered firm On Point Engineering. But recently Madonsela was in the news after her deputy Mamiki Shai called for an investigation into Madonsela for alleged misconduct and her "Hollywood style" approach to investigations. We had constitutional expert Pierre De Vos talking about the process required to launch an investigation into the public protector.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sonke Gender Justice on prison rape and high HIV/Aids transmissions

 Welcome and Emily Keehn

Sonke Gender Justice Network together with Just Detention International have submitted a report to the Potfolio Committee pn Correctional Services regarding the Correctional Services 2011/2012 annual report. This after the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services tabled a report which states that the department owes over 1 billion rand in damages to inmates and former prisoners for bodily harm and sexual assualt. Sonke's Emily Keehn and ex-inmate Welcome were in the studio to voice their concerns about the current state of our prisons and the prevalence of HIV and STI's in prisons...

Desmond Tutu Peace Centre holds social cohesion discussion

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre was formed by Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah to inspire within people a commitment tp work for world peace. In keeping with the Archbishop legacy of being a moral voice of society the centre established the Public Dialogue Series in October 2010. We spoke Razaan Bailey about the public dialogue that will be taking place tonight at the District Six Homecoming Centre at 17:30pm Bailey encouraged people to attend as it is free of charge and open to everyone...

ANC and Sadtu to take provincial education department to ConCourt over school closures

Magnus Dejong, Bassie and Stephen

The provincial African National Congress together with the South African Democractic Teachers Union have vowed to take the Western Cape Education department to the Constitutional Court following MEC Donald Grant's decision to close 20 struggling schools. Grant announced yesterday that these schools will be closed because of ailing number od students, lack of infrastructure and poor academic performance. Magnus Dejong and Stephen were in the studio to explain why this is an ill concieved plan...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Strandfontein Depression and Related Disorder group

Cathy Mattews runs the Strandfontien Depression and Related Disorders group which aims to support to those dealing with depression and anxiety. This is on the backdrop of October being dubbed as World Mental Health awareness month. Mattews elaborated that they are a group of 36 and counting ranging from young to old. Mattews encouraged those suffering with depression to seek help intead od suffering in silence. For more info contact 021 343 6331.

FoodBank marks World Food day with "nought" event

Foodbank South Africa will be having a Noughty party to mark World Food Day today. The organisation is asking people to buy tickets for R170 which will not go towards organising a party but will fundraise for 100 people who have no access to food on a daily basis. Foodbank's Keri Uys spoke to us how this non event will change the lives of many hungry South Africans and will use all the funds raised by this project to making sure people go to bed with something in their stomachs. For more in email info@foodbank.org.za or www.foodbank.org.za

AfrikaBurn calls for applications for 2013

 Monique Schiess and Sam Benebzula
AfrikaBurn is a community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme, music, mutant vehicles and much more. All this is created through the volunteer of the citizens of Tankwa town in the Karoo once a year. Monique Schiess and Sam Benebzula from AfrikaBurn where in the studio to call for all interested parties to submit applications by 31 October 2012 to take part in May 2013.

Violent protests in the province on the rise

The Western Province has been plagued with more violent service delivery protests than in any other provinces. For the first time in five years the province has had more protests than Gauteng. This after the Multi-level Government Initiative's Service Delivery Protest Barometer released its findings on the increment of these violent protests. Annette May from UWC's Community Law Centre who published these findings spoke to us about some of the contributing factors which led to this.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Low carbohydrate/high fat diet controversy debate

Not a day goes by without us being confronted by discussions at some level of the the contentious low carbohydrate/high fat diet. Thats the topic that the Sports Institute of Science of South Africa will be tackling at their forum that will be attended by scientists and nutritionists on the 14th of November 2012. SISSA Kathy McQuaide Little spoke to us about hosting a conference she described as informative, extremely engaging and lively to discuss the various dietary strategies and theories. For more info visit www.sissa.com and for bookings email workshop@sissa.com.

Bongisa Nkuzo gets the community to read

Bongisa Nkuzo is a Samora Machel resdident who is passionate about getting children and adults reading in her community. With an understanding of the enormous benefits of reading Nkhuzo satrted a reading club from the Weltevreden Library but was staruggling to provide enough and interesting books for her members to read. Nkuzo said this all changed when she won the Nali'bali mini library competition which provided her with the much needed reading material.

Seventh Annual Amy Biel Foundation Gala Dinner

On 13 October 2012 the Amy Biel Foundation will holding it's 7th Annual Gala Dinner at the Grand West Casino to raise much needed funds for the organisation. The non profit organisation specialises in after school care programmes for youths from challenged and vunerable communities across the Western Cape. ABF's Kevin Japlin telephonically spoke ti us about the dinner, how much they hope to raise and what to expect at the dinner when it takes place this Saturday.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Crime Line SA scoops international awards

South Africa's anonymous crime tip-off service Crime Line has recently scooped three Media awards at the 33rd annual Crime Stoppers International conference in Las Vegas, America. The CSI conferences brings crime stopper programmes from across the globe together for three days of sharing ideas, trends and successes. Crime Line's Marissa Oosthuizen spoke to us about the awards they won, the service they run and hosting CSI in 2014. If tou witness any crime SMS a tip off to 32211 charged at R1.

Law Society South Africa calls for consistency from courts

Law Society South Africa has called for more consistency when courts are handing down sentences particularly when it concerns rape and sexual assault on minors. These proposals we made by the SA Law Reform Commission in 2000 aimed at addressing concerns that certain offences were not being treated with the same degree of seriousness by the courts. LSSA co-Krish Govender telephonically spoke to us about why this needs urgent attention. For more info visit www.lssa.org.za

Dsgn tete a tete looks at innovative young leaders

Liezel Van Der Westhuizen and Janine Jellars

What are yooung South Africans doing in terms of innovative work and research? How are they positively affecting the direction of South Africa? Dsgn tete a tete posed this question to three studio guest who were included in the Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South African 2012 list. Magazine editor Janine Jellars, radio and television presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen and sports journalist Angus Powers described how they try to be innovative in their respective fields. You can follow Liezel and Janine on Twitter.

The Haven Night Shelter gives hope to the homesless

Hassan Khan

The Haven Night Shelter Organisation provides temporary shelter, physical care, and family reunification services to adult homeless persons typical described as street people or vagrants in the Western Cape. Established in 1978 it encourages the public to purchase Haven Passports instead og giving them money when they approach you in the street. HNS CEO Hassan Khan was in the studio to give us more insight about their organisation.For more in visit www.haven.org.za.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Community Chest restoring hope in Communities

Amelia Jones

Community Chest is a non governmental organisation which aims to advance, empower and care for vulnerable communities by adding human value and other resources to improve service delivery and achieve positive social impacts. CEO Amelia Jones joined us in the studio to tell us why the organisation was formed 85 years ago. Jones says they are an organisation that encourages nation building, financially supports other NGO's and promotes community upliftments programs. Visit their website www.communitychest.org.za or call 021 424 3344 for more info. You can find Community Chest on Facebook.

9th Julius Nyerere lecture held

The 9th Julius Nyerere lecture on Lifelong Learning will be held at the University of the Western Cape on 10 October at 17:00pm. Julius Nyerere who was the president of Tanzania was famed for encouraging learning whether formal or informal and also for his Education for Self -Reliance. We spoke to Carolyn Medel Anonuevo deputy director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation who will be giving the keynote address at the lecture.

KPC calls for people to come forward

The Khayelitsha Policing Commission began it's investigation into the alleged breakdown of the relationship between the community and the police in Khaylitsha. Appointed by Premier Helen Zille to probe reports the area is plagued by police inefficiency, Advocate Bawa  urged the community to come forward should they have anything to share with the commission. Advocate Bawa says that they are open from 8-3pm weekdays and for more information email them on info@khayelitshacommission.org.za. Or call 079 688 2422.

Strikes and the economy

South Africa has been hit by a number of protracted strikes ranging from the wildcat ones in the mining industry to the recent truck drivers demanding decent wages from their employers. The strikes have been criticised for turning violent and also having a devastating effects on the economy. We spoke to Cape Chamber of Commerce president Micheal Bargraim about the effect of these strikes on the economy, business and investor confidence.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Proud2bMe

Chantal McKeet, Bassie and Charlotte Nakana Zimpel

The Proud2b Me Foundation – an NGO whose mission it is to bring about positive social change in South Africa – has embarked on a unique nation-building campaign themed, Responsibility, It Starts With Me”, which could see thousands of community members undergo intensive training in the fundamentals of family planning, family responsibility, their role as individuals and/or parents in society etc in an effort to create more loving, supportive and above all responsible families in our communities – something which is sorely lacking in our country. Chantal Mckeet and Charlotte Nakana Zimpel from Proud2be were in the studio. Contact them on 021 447 2282 or visit www.proub2b.org 

Support National Bandana Day on 12 October

The Sunflower Funding is calling on all South Africans to support National Bandana Day which is on 12 October 2012 by buying badanas for R20 each. Sunflower Fund's Nontobeko Mpeqeka spoke to us about the fact that these proceeds will go towards assisting the Sunflower Fund in increasing the bone marrow registry which exists to find and match bone marrow stem cell donors to patients who need the transplant. For more info contact 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za

Friday, October 05, 2012

Women are Breaking The Mould

Breaking The Mould is an African women's engagement initiative that will use national and international women "mould breakers" to showcase how women have achieved greatness in their various professional fields. We spoke to Danellia Schaller from who says BTM aims to inspire and empower women particularly the young people to enhance their inner potential. For more info visit www.africabtm.com

City to launch Transport Authority

The city will launch it's Transport Authority on 18 October 2012. This plan is aimed at integrating public transport in the city so that it provides an efficient and reliable service for commuters in all modes of transport. Councillor Brett Herron spoke to us their plans to improve rail, taxis and myciti services in such a structured manner that it will be cheaper for commuters. For more info contact visit www.capetwon.gov.za
 

Sangoco concerned over lack of funding for NGO's

Bassie and Marcus Solomon
 

The South African non governmental Organisation Coalition(SANGOCO) believes the sector remains in crisis due to lack of funding. Sangoco recently revealed that it was aware of at least 100 organisations that were battling due to the funding shortage. Sangoco's Marcus Solomon was in the studio to explain what has attributed to this and ways whether there are ways that can help change the situation. Visit Sangoco at www.sangoco.org

Thursday, October 04, 2012

SWEAT slams insensitive reporting

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce has warned the media that sensationalist reporting by the media is harmful to human rights. SWEAT's Sally Jean Shackelton spoke to us about how inaccurate and insensitive reporting perpetuates the stigma attached to sex workers. She appealed to the media to be more sensitive when reporting and take cognizance human rights of sex workers when covering stories.

Social Justice Coaltion on Khayelitsha's 'mob justice"

Khatelitsha has been in the news recently for the violent and infamous mob justice killings that have gripped the area. Resinds have taken the law into their own hands by necklacing and stoning suspected criminals to death due to their lack of faith into the police's ability to fight crime. Social Justice Coalition's Joel Bregman spoke to us about some of the reasons that the community has taken this route and ways society needs to build itself to fight this scourge.

Dsgn tete a tete on 2014 WDC and Creative economy

Jason Harrison, Farzanah Badsha, Lianne Burton and Tony
 
The concept of Cape Town as a 'creative economy' is a buzz word that seems to on every one lips. Does the term really have merit though? If one looks beyond the attractiveness of the concept, a different pecture emerges. To tackle what this means of Cape Town of being a creative economy in the studio guests included Lianne Burton, WDC2014 communications manager, Farzanah Badsha Creative Cape Town manager and Jason Harrison MD of M&C Saatchi Abel. For another design inspired show due in every Thursday at 14:30 for Dsgn Tete a Tete. 

B2b Inbada is Connecting Entrepreneurs

 Anita Sikutshwa

B2B Indaba is hosting its very first entrepreneur's event called B2B Indaba Connecting Entrepreneurs. Operating under the theme Online presence for Small Businesses and brands this year it sims to give Cape Town based small business entrepreneurs the chance to network and talk about challenges facing them with regards to marketing their business online. B2B's Anita Sikutshwa was in the studio encouraging young business people to attend the indaba. Tickets are R100 at the door at the Atrium in CPUT. Contact 083 563 5792.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Waves for Change

Waves for Change is an organisation designed to introduce participants to water and also educate about HIV/Aids, stigma, safe sex and alos encourage basic community building and leadership amongst the participants. Founder Bongani Ndlovu spoke to us about his inspiration about founding the organisation which is based Khayelitsha centre at Monwabisi beach. Ndlovu also explained about their level 1 HIV education course which the first participants just completed. Find them on Facebook as Waves for Change or follow him on twitter @bongani4ndlovu.

10111 service in shambles says Auditor General

Auditor general Terence Nombembe recently gave the South African Police Services an unqualified audit for the 2011/2012 financial year for many reasons including the fact that nearly 60 percent of crimes reported on the 10111 hotline do not get properly registered resulting in them not getting investigated. We spoke to acting chair of the Police oversight committee Annelize van Wyk regarding these findings. Van Wyk promised that the committee would seek answers from SAPS and a structured plan of rectifying these challenges.

Volunteer Wildlife Services fighting fires

Bassie and Patrick Ryan

Volunteer Wildfire Services comprises of dedicated men of women who devote their time to fighting wildfires in the province. With the infamous fire season around the corner the VWS guys are the ones at the forefront fighting the inferno's that savage Cape Town. Patrick Ryan marketing director of the unit was in studio to tell us more about their extensive training process, how long they have been operational what it is like to respond to these dangerous fires. To donate or for more info go to www.capefires.com

Monday, October 01, 2012

South Africans are busy drowning in debt

The National Credit Regulator released statistics last week which revealed that South Africans are drowning in debt with some falling behind in their loan repayments. NCR's Louisa Hetesani spoke to us about the fact that almost half of those with access to credit have impaired records. Issues such as increasing food prices, fuel and electricity are some of the reasons behind people acquiring unsecured loans which further put them in debt. For saving tips contact the NCR on 0860 627 627

Young people encouraged to be Lifeguards

 Bassie and Billie Abrahams

The Strandfontein Surf Lifesaving Club is busy with an intiative of training the youth a skill in lifeguarding. The club's Billy Abrahams was in studio explaining that this will motivate them to look for employment in the field once qualified. Once qualified a life guard can enhance his/her skills by obtaining a licence and be a crewsman or a driver on an inflatable rescue boat. For more information contact the club contact Billie on 078 0188 727 or email on bliqees.a@hotmail.com

Sactwu home textile strike enters third week

 Bassie with Sactwu members

South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union in the province has been on a strike that is currently on its third week. The workers in the sector are demanding a wage increament of R45 an hour while the employers are offering them R35. Sactwu's Regional organiser Sheila van Rensburg was in the studio with some of the shop stewards explaining some of their grievances and why they asking for this increase. Attempts to get hold of some of their employers were unsuccessful!

Shnit International Short Film Festival Cape Town leg premier's 3 October

Shnit International Short Film Festival premier's its Cape Town leg on 3 til 7 October 2012 celebrating its 10th Anniversary since started in Switzerland. This year Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Cairo and Lagos join existing host cities including Berne, Cape Town and Vienna among others. Sean Drummond from the festival promised that this third year run on the Cape promises to be the best yet. For more info you can follow them on twitter @ShnitRealtime to find more about the programme.