comedians,Nik Rabinowitz and the soul-stirring music of Hot Water on Tuesday, 5
February at 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. South Africa
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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
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 South African artists and songwriters were on a bus tour through the
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... township of Phillppi
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 www.nonceba.org or call 021 364 0135 and find out how you be of assistance.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
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 www.kdf.org.za or 021 3615 711.
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 www.masithandane.org.za
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
’s African Food
Security Urban Network has conducted research that shows four out of 10
households in University of 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 www.afsun.org or follow them on twitter @MovingOnEmpty. Cape Town
The new feature film by
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 Berlin . On the line we had
Jeremy Nathan. South Africa
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. www.khayelitshacommission.org and call 021 839 2102.
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 www.samamedical.org. Or call 012) 481 2052 for more information.
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. Western Cape
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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..
Reza Rassool and Bassie
Joe Rassool is latest work The Valley Awakes will be launched on Wednesday 23 January in
. 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… Cape Town
Monday, January 21, 2013
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 www.ssisa.org.za.
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 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 . On the line is South Africa DNA projects Vanessa Lynch spoke to us what exactly they do. For more info visit www.dnaproject.co.za or follow them on twitter @DNADetectives or call 021 418 0647.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Prof Stephen Marcus Finn is a published author, playwright and will be launching his latest book, The Story of Humphrey the
, a children's book
on 22nd in Rondebosch. Stephen Marcus Finn
is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the Hereford . 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. University of Pretoria
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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.
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
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
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 www.sairr.co.za South Africa
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 , concert starts at
Monday, January 14, 2013
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…
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 www.creditombud.org.za or call 0861 662 837.
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 www.jp-sa.org and find them on Twitter @JPSAOrg and call 012 753 6802.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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 www.calltherain.co.za or call 021 919 4395.
Natonal Education Health Allied Workers Union in
Limpopo have called for
the 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... George Masebe Hospital
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
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 www.sanc.co.za. Or call 012 420 1000.
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. www.nameyourhood.co.za for more information.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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
. 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… South Africa
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
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… Cape Town
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 www.saica.co.za
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.