Thursday, January 31, 2013

Communiversity benefit concert at the Baxter

One of South Africa’s foremost comedians,Nik Rabinowitz and the soul-stirring music of Hot Water on Tuesday, 5 February at 7pm will be at the Baxter Theatre concert hall for a benefit performance. The event is in aid of the Communiversity of South Africa. This educational social enterprise has been co-founded by entrepreneurs, educators, companies and students. The Communiversity aims to support young disadvantaged people finding a career worthy of their talents in an employment-relevant field. On the line we had MC Nik Rabinowitz. Tickets are R150 and VIP are R295 at Computicket.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Velokhaya uses a skills programme to uplift disadvantaged youths

Velokhaya uses a range of education-based cycling programmes to give children from disadvantaged communities the skills and opportunities they need to make a success of their lives. Thando Zothe and Mthetheleli Boya will be participating in Nashua Grape Escape which is a 3-day and 2-day mountain bike race which takes place in the Boland. Grape Escape is also one of the pre-events for Cycle Tour. On the is Thando Zothe telling us about how this has changed his life personally and professionally.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

19th Annual Conference scrutinizes bullying in SA schools

Bullying is a major problem in our schools. In 2012 several children were violently killed after scuffles in the classroom or during break. The Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa (ADHASA) in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand School of Education will explore and provide guidance on this pervasive and disturbing behaviour among other issues in their 19th ADHD Teachers’ Conference which is being held on 9 and 10 February 2013 at Wits Education Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg. On the line was educational psychologist Carina van Vuuren telling us about the lingering effects of bullying and ADHA...

Known SA musicians aim to improve lives in Phillipi

Known South African artists and songwriters were on a bus tour through the township of Phillppi this morning. This is to introduce you to an initiative of NueLight with its artists, songwriters & film makers including NiaNell, Louis Brittz, Loyiso Bala, Neville D, Bruce Retief, Ivan Siegelaar, Hiram Koopman, Elton Jansen and few others. On the line is Julita Kok to tell us what this initiative is all about how these artists aim to improve the way of life of the people who live in area. She has urged the business sector to invest in townships such Khayelitsha and Phillipi...

Nonceba Family Counselling centre a safe heaven for sexually abused children and women..

Nonceba's aim is to drastically reduce the level of child sexual abuse in Khayelitsha and provide support to those who have been abused by Victim Support through Counselling and Prevention of Abuse through Education. This involves Providing safe haven accommodation for children who have been sexually abused or who are at risk of being abused; and for abused mothers. On the line was councillor Nozuko Ncojwa to educate us on this senstitive topic. To find out more about this organisation's work visit or call 021 364 0135 and find out how you be of assistance.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Khayelitsha Development Forum celebrates 30 years

The Khayelitsha Development Forum is an organisation that was established to encourage and ensure the participation of the Khayelitsha community of all issues affecting the restructuring and development on the basis of the principles and guidelines of the forum. The KDF in its 30th year has vowed to honour more individuals and organisations who have helped put the area on the map. On the line was the KDF’s secretary Zoliswa Loja to give us more information on their success and plans for 2013. For more info visit or 021 3615 711.

Emasithandane Chidren's Organisation still making a difference in orphans lives 20 years later

Mama Zelphina Maposela founder & director of Emasithandane Children’s organisation has  always been interested in community development and worked for years with community health programs focused on home-based care towards patients suffering from tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.  In 1981 Mama and her colleagues started a door-to-door mobile clinic to visit those who were sick and couldn’t help themselves. As many of these patients laid in bed dying, they worried about their children’s stigmatized future as AIDS orphans. So Mama promised to find them a safe home. On the line was Mama Maposela telling us how she looks after the 39 kids she has unde her care…For more infor visit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4 out of 10 households in Cape Town areas go without food once a week.

The University of Cape Town’s African Food Security Urban Network has conducted research that shows four out of 10 households in Cape Town’s poor areas go without food at least once a week because they do not have enough money to buy it. The research looked at Khayelitsha, Phillippi and Ocean View. Researcher Dr Jane Battersby-Lennard telephonically spoke to us about this. For more info visit or follow them on twitter @MovingOnEmpty.

South African film makes Berlinale Film Festival

The new feature film by Berlin based South African Pia Marais has been invited to the main competition at the upcoming Berlinale in mid February 2013. According to the films producer’s this is the second film in SA after UCarmen eKhayelitsha to be invited to the main competition. Jeremy Nathan co-producer says this is an authentic story told from a unique perspective by a South Africa. On the line we had Jeremy Nathan.

Khayelitsha Policing Commission on going...

The Khayelitsha Policing Commission has been suspended following Police Minster Nathi Mthethwa’s failed court injunction against it last year. Mthethwa challenged the validity of Premier Zille’s established commission tasked with probing alleged police insufficiency in area but was dismissed by the Cape High court. On the line was Advocate Bawa to find out the way forward for the commission, what the judgement means and when they expect to conclude. and call 021 839 2102

SA needs more doctors and nurses- SAMA

South Africa is in need of 14 351 doctors and 44 780 nurses that’s according to a survey conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations set to be released this week. Countrywide, 56 percent of doctor posts are vacant and 46 percent of nursing jobs unfilled. Health experts on Monday said the figures were a concern and said more needed to be done to train people. On the line is South African Medical Association’s chairperson Dr Mzukisi Gootboom to tell us their take on this. For more info visit Or call 012) 481 2052 for more information.

WC farmworkers strike called off- for now!!

The Western Cape farmworkers strike has been called for the time being, that’s according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Farmworkers went on strike last year, demanding that the minimum daily wage to be increased from R69 to R150. The strike was suspended in December, but resumed a few weeks ago in various towns in the province. On the line we had Mercia Andrews from the Mayibuye Land Rights movement to find out what is the way forward.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nyanga community policing forum calls for cohesive strategy to curb gang violence

At least five teenagers have been killed in the past three weeks as gang wars between two Nyanga gangs, mostly comprising teenage school dropouts, take hold. Although less well known than notorious gangs like the 28s and the Americans, the Vuras and Vatos have been at odds in the township in a cycle of vengeance that has raged since 2009. The Community Policing Forum in Nyanga said something drastic needs to be done to curb the spate of gang violence by youth in the area. Tackling the issue we spoke to chairperson of the policing forum Sandile Martin..

The Valley Awakes to be launched in Cape Town

Reza Rassool and Bassie

Joe Rassool is latest work The Valley Awakes will be launched on Wednesday 23 January in Cape Town. The Valley Awakes took more than 20 years to complete and is seen as a welcome contribution to the growing number of books abuts the lives and times of the many communities that make up the South African experience especially those from the margins of society. In the studio is Reza Rassool editor and son of the author…

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sport Science Institute teaching people how to become runners

You’ve always wanted to become a runner – but keep putting it off because you don’t seem to be able to keep up the training or don’t even think it’s possible? Let us make it possible for you and help you every step of the way to becoming a 10km or even 21.1km runner. OptiFit, which runs in association with the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA), has a 12 weeks to 10km or an 8 weeks to 21.1km (for 10km runners), hands-on training programme. On the line is SSISA spokesperson Kathy Mcquaide Little to give us some insight into the research into the programme. 021 659 5725 for more information or follow them on twitter @sportsciene_sa or visit

National Press Club comes under fire

The National Press Club’s decision to name the Newsmaker of the Year title to the “South African Rhino” has garnered much criticism from the press and social networks. Over the weekend the NPC made its announcement which came as a surprise to many considering 2012 was the year which had the Marikana Masscare, Outa dominating the headlines. On the lines we had NPC’s general manager Ben Rootman and former editor of the Cape Times Ryland Fisher from Ryland Fisher Communications to tackle the issue.

Friday, January 18, 2013

DNA Project highlights the importance of DNA at solving crimes

The DNA Project is a registered non-profit, public benefit organization that recognizes the critical importance of DNA evidence in the resolution of crime. It is committed to advancing justice through the expanded use of DNA evidence in conjunction with a national DNA criminal intelligence database, also known as a 'National DNA Database'. The DNA Project hopes that its efforts will translate into the comprehensive use of DNA analysis for crime detection and prevention in South Africa. On the line is DNA projects Vanessa Lynch spoke to us what exactly they do. For more info visit or follow them on twitter @DNADetectives or call 021 418 0647.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Famed playwright Stephen Marcus Finn launches new book

Prof Stephen Marcus Finn is a published author, playwright and will be launching his latest book, The Story of Humphrey the Hereford, a children's book on 22nd in Rondebosch. Stephen Marcus Finn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. His previous novel, Soliloquy, was critically acclaimed and received plaudits in the national press. On the line is professor to tell us more about his latest book. The launch will be at Erin Hall No 8 Erin Hall.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NPO looking for a good samaritarian

Ivan Wrenn founded and registered the Heideveld Social and Welfare Civic Association in 1995. The organisation mainly focuses on equipping young people at no cost with computer skills. At one stage the association also offered sewing skills to unemployed people but five years ago the project closed because of lack of funds. While the HSWCA is doing good work it is appealing to the public to assist as it's currently in need of a venue. Ivan Wrenn paid us a visit into studio today to appeal to the public to help where they can.  To assist call Ivan on 072 344 4200.

RAPCAN welcomes Judge Rabie ruling on children and sex.

It is no longer a criminal offence for children aged between 12 and 16 to engage in consensual sexual activities with each other, the Pretoria High Court ruled on Tuesday. Last year, the Teddy Bear Clinic and Rapcan challenged the act in court, arguing that instead of protecting children, the effect of the law was to traumatise them by exposing them to the criminal justice system. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act has been widely condemned as absurd and unenforceable. We spoke Vivienne Mentor Lalu from Rapcan to tell us why they challenged the law.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NGO's opposed to government's proposed draft on NGO law

Government is planning to regulate thousands of non-profit organisations after it tabled a draft document titled "Policy Framework on the SA Nonprofit Organisations' Law" after what the Department of Social Development calls widespread consultation. NGOs say learned about the proposed legislation only last month and the proposed changes to the NPO Act would mean stricter regulation of the sector that could lead to the establishment of a tribunal that would hear complaints against NPOs and impose sanctions on them. Talking to us on the issue was Phiroshaw Camey from Core spoke to us about this position on the matter.

Every working person in SA has 3 dependents-SAIRR

Every working person in South Africa supports themselves and an average of three people, the SA Institute of Race Relations said on Monday. A survey conducted by SAIRR showed that the general dependency had dropped among South Africans in the past 15 years, however Africans remained the racial group with the highest dependent average. The report, to be released next week showed that in 1994 there were 3.8 people dependent on every employed person, a figure which had fallen to 2.8 by 2012. On the line we had Lucy Hoelboem from the SAIRR. For more infor

Jimmy Dludlu to perform at Kirstenbosch on January 20th

Jimmy Dludlu has come a long way from that moment when at the age of 13 he first picked up a handmade guitar. He taught himself to play and went on to become a global jazz musician. Jimmy Dludlu continues to compose and make the kind of jazz music that stirs the soul - clearly influenced by various cultures around the continent and his interaction with other musicians on the world stage. His latest album, TONOTO, introduces new facets of Jimmy and he will be performing at Kirstenbosch on 20 January 2013. Gates open at 4pm, concert starts at 5:30pm and tickets are available at Jimmy spoke to Bassie telephonically..

Monday, January 14, 2013

MEC Donald Grant announces grade 3,6 and 9 test results

The provincial education department’s minister Donald Grant announced the 2012 WCED Language and Mathematics results. These standardised tests enable the department to identify problem areas and to undertake focused remedial action in the fields of literacy and numeracy performance. This is why in October 2011 over 250 000 grade 3, 6, and 9 learners from 1 thosuand 4 hundred and 21 public ordinary and independent schools tool part in the tests. On the line was Donald Grant…

Credit ombudsman warns on taking on unnecessary loans

Before taking on debt, the Credit Ombud, Manie van Schalkwyk urges consumers to make sure they understand the true costs of borrowing and payment conditions. While your home loan may cost between 8-12% in interest on outstanding amounts, credit cards will cost you up to 22% interest every month. When it comes to taking short term loans, – credit providers are allowed to charge you up to 60% interest! Credit Ombudsman also warns that consumers should investigate debt consolidation offers from banks thoroughly. On the line to tell us more was Reana Steyn from the credit ombudsman. Visit their website or call 0861 662 837.

Justice Project SA on fighting crime

Justice Project SA is about bringing about fair, equitable and effective law enforcement, tackling corruption and encouraging the changes that will contribute towards enhanced road safety, as opposed to the financially-driven and punitive model that currently exists. JPSA holds that every person, regardless of race, religion or political ideology has the unalienable right to be treated equally and fairly under the law. On the line we had JPSA’s Howard Demsovsky. For more information visit and find them on Twitter @JPSAOrg and call 012 753 6802.  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Call the Rain training HIV/Aids care workers...

A fully-accredited training organisation developing outcomes-based health care and development learning programmes which assist health care workers, lay counsellors, community development workers, peer educators or any one in the caring professions to understand the impact that HIV and AIDS has on family and community life, and to empower and capacitate people with the necessary life skills to change their ways of relating to partners, friends, family, and their communities. Nicolene Rose-Innes spoke to us about some of the rewards and challenges facing NGOs. For more info visit or call 021 919 4395.

Nehawu calls for account on babies deaths at George Masebe hospital

Natonal Education Health Allied Workers Union in Limpopo have called for the George Masebe Hospital to account for the deaths of four babies due to alleged staff shortage. According to Nehawu the babies died of treatable diseases because there were not enough doctors at the hospital. The union has called for an investigation of the incident and for the management to be made into account for the oversight because it is unacceptable that innocent children had to die. Nehawu provincial chair Mike Shingange spoke to us telephonically...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Denosa warns of fly- by- night nursing colleges

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa has called on all 2012 matric learners and their parents to be extra careful of fly -by- night nursing institutions which take advantage of desperate pupils by offering nursing courses which are not accredited by the nursing body. Denosa spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo spoke us telephonically saying that any srudent who enrolls at an institution that offers unaccredited nursing programmes is not allowed to practice as a nurse. Students who want to study nursing are encouraged to first check with the South African Nursing Council iffice if a particular institution in the area is accredited. For more information visit Or call 012 420 1000.

Name Your Hood hosts tournament

Name Your Hood is hosting a Basketball Tournament on Sunday 13 January 2013 at Gugulethu Sports Complex to raise awareness for the campaign. The campaign encourages the community to submit name suggestions for their favourite hood and streets throughout Gugulethu will commence at 12-15H00. On the line was Moshe Mpshe one of the organisers of the campaign to give us some insight on the campaigns progress, the tournament and what’s up for grabs on the day. for more information.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

SOuth African Guild of Actors aims to protect perfomers rights

The South African Guild of Actors (SAGA) aims to be the foremost labour union representing actors in the film, television, stage, commercial and corporate sectors in South Africa. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAGA a non profit organisation has been created to give actors a platform to articulate grievances and more importantly to propose solutions to collective problems. In studio we had SAGA’s media liason in Cape Town Adrian Galley…

Higher Education SA says more universities are needed to accomodate prospective students

Though the government announced last week that the 23 universities and 50 further education and training colleges would accommodate 180000 and 100000 new students respectively, universities are already reporting that the number of applicants far exceeds their capacity. Universities such as Wits, KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town are all major institutions faced with demand that far exceeds the supply they can offer to prospective students. Acting Higher Education CEO Jeffery Mabelebele spoke to us telephonically to educate us about some of the challenges this poses…

SAICA encourages improvement in Mathematics at schools.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants has hailed the recent improvement in Mathematics by Grade 12’s. The improvement has been welcomed widely across the country as Maths is considered an essential subject for young graduates who want to enter the job market. However concern has been raised about quality as the pass mark is only 30% percent. On the line was SAICA’s Chantyl Mulder to tell us exactly why improving these marks is essential. You can follow SAICA on twitter @saica_ca_sa. Or visit

TAC calls for donations for Khayelitsha displaced victims

A fire in BM section, Khayelitsha, on 1 January 2013 started at about 05h00 and left around 4000 homeless people. The body count stands at 15, with more bodies expected to be discovered. The Treatment Action Campaign Khayelitsha office went to visit the area of disaster. They have asked friends of the TAC to donate clothes, blankets, food and anything that they can help Khayelitsha residents rebuild their homes. The TAC also made a list of those in need of chronic medications and we found 20 mostly at Ubuntu clinic. We telephonically spoke to Vuyiseka Dubula from the TAC about their efforts to assist. Drop off clothes at TAC 122 LongMarket Square 2 and 3rd Floor Westminister House in Cape Town and contact Thantaswa 021 422 1700 and to make a financial donations you can use 1009726269 TAC Account Nedbank ref BM Fire.