Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senecio is proud to present its fifth annual Fun Run. One of the aims of this year's event is to involve more people with a variety of disabilities from different communities to take part in the fun run. This run is in line with Senecio's vision to make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Walkers and Runners have a choice between 5 and 10km. On the line is Annatjie van Wyk on explain, where, when and who can participate on in the event…

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Gate SA aims to provide youth with skills

Bassie, Alice and Sonwabile
Beautiful Gate SA is an NPO based in Lower Crossroads will be hosting a free skills day for school leavers who not in school or at work on the 1st of March 2013 ar 09:00 until 12:00. this opportunity is aimed ar young people who have passed grade 12 in the last two years but could not further her studies or get a job. In studio is Sonwabile Dwangu to give us more details. Beautiful Gate is also a home for orphaned disadvantaged kids with the organisations trying to find thems suitable homes. In studio was Sonwabile and Alice from Beautiful Gate. or call 021 370 2500.

UWC adds voice against gender based violence

UWC’s Great Hall will be filled with performances, short
documentary screenings, demonstrations and addresses by UWC staff andstudents on 26 February at
12:00-14:00. Students and staff will pledge by signing their support to act, participate and speak out against gender-based violence. This is in addition to the work the University has done through plays such as, Reclaiming the “P” word, performed at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, and other such initiatives. This forms part of the country’s fight against gender based violence. Marry Haines from the gender equity unit spoke to us about why it's important to unite against the scourge.

Whizz ICT connects the community

Whizz ICT centre was established in 2008 with the aim to bring information communication technology (ICT) to communities taht are are marginised from the use of technology. The mission of Whizz is to link ICT to the development efforts of people from disadvantaged communities. Whizz core values are access and quality. Access means that ICT must be available to everyone who wants to learn and gain information about technology. In studio was coordinator Thembinkosi Qobela giving more information about ICT. For more info contact 021 387 2314...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Edge of Wrong festival kicks off this weekend...

Edge of Wrong assemble
The 11th installment of the festival EDGE OF WRONG is coming up this weekend and the following weekend. The South African/Norwegian festival in connection with the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council will be offering workshops, talks, and concerts from 22nd February to the 2nd of March in Cape Town. Edge of Wrong is premised on the productive opportunities  vested in chance, uncertainty and in the pursuit of the unknown. In studio was Morten Minothi Kristansena and some of the acts set to perform at the festival.

NCOP hosts project implementing democracy lecture tonight

The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Mr Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, will tomorrow (20 February 2013) deliver a public lecture at the University of the Western Cape. The theme for the lecture is “Implementing project democracy: The role of Parliament in general and the NCOP in particular”. This event marks a culmination of activities set out by the NCOP in 2012 when it celebrated its 15th anniversary since inception in 2007. This lecture aims to educate South African’s of how parliament works, what is the NCOP and general composition of the state. Holding on the phone was Thandi Mamela NCOP deputy chair spoke to us about it...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tutor gives pupils tips on how to be maths survey...

Bassie and Ashraf Jamie

Easy to Apply Strategies for Success in Maths is a written study reference guide which aims give every high school pupil the chance to excel at maths. Author Ashraf Jamie who runs a tutoring service in Atlone hopes to issue it for free to all high schools. According to jame he used the guide when he was in high school and he hopes it’s a way pupils can use to learn. In studio we had author and tutor Ashraf Jamie. For more information email And find him on facebook as Ashraf Jamie..

Friends of Children Hospital association hosts Golf Day to raise funds

In these trying times of budgets being reduced, it's NPO's like Friends of the Childrens Hospital Association that find themselves struggling to keep their doors open. FOCHA is appealing to our community to contribute to this worthy cause. We are excited to be hosting our first golf day and look forward to your contribution and participation. On the line was spokesperson Liezel Menigo to tell us some how the community can help and about golf day. Menigo says the association needs volunteers such as photographer, videographer, receptionist, store room assistant and sponsor for a vehicle. For more info visit, or call 021 6585243.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Adult literacy programme needs funds to stay afloat

Proceeds from the book Memory Keepers which honours iconic national living treasures from the District Six era will be used to revitalise the ailing free adult literacy programme at the St Joseph’s Adult Education programme in Rondebosch. Since the cut of funding last year student interest has resulted in a major funding drive. The programme was conceptualised 16 years ago and has been serving the needs of the greater Cape Town community centre. On the line was Keith Adams director of the programme. To support email or call 082 499 3993

Thokozani Brothers sizzle in the studio

Bassie and Thokozani Brothers
Thokozani Brothers is a non-profit organization which was established in 1997 by ten young men who started singing Isicathamiya - a traditional form of music. Thokozani Brothers was founded in response to the social challenges under which individuals in the community find themselves, especially the youth and young adults. Thokozani Brothers make interventions that go a long way towards providing alternative options for young people. Music is regarded as a universal language and they use it to reach out to. They were in studio to tell us how the journey has been. If you want their album visit or call 078 9591 956

Maths Centre strives for excellency

Bassie and Jayshree Naidoo
The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers, popularly known as the Maths Centre, is a Non-Profit Organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education; spread across all provinces. The primary objective is to equip teachers, learners and parents with learning materials and programmes in order to develop a higher competency and performance in these learning areas for Grades R - 12 in South Africa. In studio was Jayshree Naidoo from the centre. For more info visit


Institute for Chartered Accountants offers 300 bursaries to aspiring disadvantaged youths

The South African Institute for Chartered Accountants is offering more than 300 bursaries to black and coloured Grade 12 learners who wish to pursue a career in chartered accountancy but have no resources to do so. SAICA says this is part of their strategy to fast track the transformation in the profession. On the line is Nthato Selebi to give us more on how interested students need to qualify and what they are trying to achieve with this. For more info visit or follow on twitter @saica_ca_sa

Monday, February 18, 2013

Participants callled for National Schools Moot Court competition

 Meetali Jain and Bassie
All secondary Schools in South Africa(grade 11 learners in 2013) are invited to participate in the 3rd National Schools Moot Court Competition March-August 2013. Participants are provided with the facts of an imaginary case which involve human rights issues. Respondents are asked to write two short essays, defending the opposing sides of the case using the South African Constitution. The winners of the national round oral round will receive financial support toward their first year to study at a South African university of their choice to which they have been admitted. In studio we had Meetali Jain to provide more details. For more info email and deadline for submissions is 15 March 2013. Fax them to 0866453569.

TSIBA a non profit business school for disadvantaged youths

Sandi Sher and Berwill Cloete
Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is a not-for-profit institutionThe school is buzzing at the moment with all the students registered and the academic year in full swing. At the annual Scholarship Ceremony new students (116 individuals) were awarded an official certificate of their bursary for the year to study their Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) – this then leads to the three year Bachelor in Business Administration degree. In studio is spokesperson Bertwill Cloete and Sandi Sher. For more info visit or follow them on twitter @Tsiba_Education and facebook.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Jitsvinger and Melanie Scholtz in studio

 Bassie, Melanie Scholtz and Jitsvinger
Enjoy an evening of exquisite music when Hip Hop artist and lyrical poet extraordinaire Jitsvinger joins Melanie Scholtz and the Love Apples at The Mahogany Room on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February, 2013. Jazz singer, composer Melanie Scholtz will be unveiling some of her new material at The Mahogany Room. In studio is Melanie Scholtz and Jitsvinger to tell us more about what they have been up to and tomorrow’s performance. Tickets at R60for one set and R100 for two sets. Support South African artists and music...Follow @MelanieScholtz and @Jitsvinger for further info.

Sporting Chance 50 Hour health challenge weekend for learners

Sporting Chance who is hosting the Sporting Chance Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, taking place from Friday 15 until Sunday 17 February 2013 in Cape Town. The Challenge encourages young learners to ‘get active’ and takes place at the Western Cape Sport School in Kuils River, Cape Town. It is the largest of its kind in the country with 5,000 learners nationwide keeping a ball rolling for 50-hours while participating in 15 different sporting disciplines. General manager Natalie Pollock gave us more details about what will be happening this weekend. For more info follow them @Sportinchance on Twitter...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Opposition parties want the president to prioritise education and crime in SONA

President Jacob Zuma should outline his plans of how his administration plans to tackle th ailling education system and high levels of crime particularly sexual violence against women and children. That' according to the Congree of the People, Democractic Alliance and African Christian Democractic party. The president will deliver his fourth State of the Nation address tonight at 7pm with many hoping he touches on SA biggest issues such as corruption, crime, unemployment and education. Bushradio will be bringing you live coverage of the build up, the speech and reactions to it the whole of today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alliance for Rural Democracy says Traditional Courts bill not withdrawn as reported.

The Traditional Courts Bill has not been withdrawn  thats according to the Members of the Alliance for Rural Democracy who were present at the Select Committee meeting, on 28 November to which the false reports refer. The ARD can confirm that the matter of the Bill’s withdrawal was neither discussed nor decided upon. The Bill has not been withdrawn and is currently being debated by the provinces. The provincial mandates on the Bill are due to be debated by the Select Committee next year. That the Bill remains firmly on the agenda has also been confirmed by the Select Committee's Secretary. Bassie spoke to the Alliance’s Sizani Ngubane about this...

Mitchell's Plain People's forum tackles issues

Danny Raas, Bassie and Fred Arendse
The Mitchell’s Plain People’s Forum aims to the development of a sustainable economic, safe and secure integrated plan, programmes and projects where the ordinary residents of Mitchells Plain will benefit holistically through maximum participation. The forum is involved a number of workshops and in the studio are Fred Arendse and Danny Raas members to give us some insight of what they are currently up to. For more information contact 074 244 4245 or email

Grandmothers fighting poverty and aids

Grandmothers Against Povert and Aids is a voluntary organization managed by a committee of grandmothers who represent different areas of Khayelitsha and an occupational therapist. Today all over South Africa there are grandmothers holding together families affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. Often these women are the sole bread winners in a household. They may also be nursing the dying and bringing up orphaned grandchildren on their own. Guest on the show was Gapa’s Vivienne Budhaza. Gapa is currently busy with ribbons to raise awareness about the disease and poverty. For more info visit or call 021 361 8326.

Friday, February 08, 2013

iKasi Experience weekend Lookout Hill

Sanele Gaqa
The Ikasi Experience is a start-up market in Khayelitsha which aims to stimulate their micro-economy and give locals a platform to showcase their talents and wares. On Saturday, Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, will visit at 1pm. Ikapa Live will host its fourth township market celebrating local culture and diversity. The Ikasi Experience, on Saturday, February 9 at 12 noon until late aims to empower the community by creating a platform for local businesses to grow and engage with potential consumers. In studio was organiser Loyiso Mdebuka and Sanele Gaqa. For more infor call 021 398 2139

Young hip hop artist Sibabalwe Nongqunga launches Urbanic Wear

Bonga and Sibabalwe "Sibah Anne" Nongqunga

Sibabalwe Nongqunga is an 18 year old hip hop artist who was inspired to start his own clothing brand Urbanic Wear after seeing clothing worn by international hip hop artists. A teenage that lives Nyanga infamous for being a gang infested area he is a determined young man who is determined to make a name for himself. Sibah as he is known operates his business from his home using a laptop he borrows from a neighbour. He was studio today to tell us about his aspirations. Follow him on twitter @Urbanic_Wear and find him on Facebook as Sibah Anne.

Drugs play role in violent rape cases

The Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre says substance abuse has taken root in many Western Cape rural communities. The centre's director believes drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the rape and murder of Anene Booysen. The 17-year-old was lured away from a pub on Saturday and taken to a construction site where she was repeatedly raped and then mutilated. This has sparked outrage with a StopRape campaign being mulled following this grusesome attack. On the line was the centres Ashley Potts. For more info visit or call 021 447 8026

Thursday, February 07, 2013

KHRAG hosts fundraising event at Baxter tonight

 The Kurdish Human Right Action Group (KHRAG) was established in Cape Town, South  Africa, on 14 February, 1997. KHRAG is an independent, non- political organization. It strives for the protection of human rights of all Kurdish people, regardless of religion, belief, opinion, political persuasion, race or nationality. It is committed to the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish problem in the Middle East but more particularly in Turkey. KHRAG and Riaad Moosa will be hosting a fundraising event at the Baxter Theatre on tonight at the Baxter. Tickets are R80 rand

South Africa's economy sheds 68 000 jobs

The South African economy shed 68,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2012. And tt was the first time since 2008 that a decline was experienced during this period. On Tuesday, Statistics South Africa released its quarterly labour force survey in Pretoria. However, South Africa’s overall unemployment rate declined by 166,000 jobs over the same period. Stats SA Deputy Director-General for Population and Statistics Kefiloe Masiteng is on the line to share how the country always experienced an increase in the number of jobs in the fourth quarter. For more info visit  

Society have responsibility to re-integration of former inmates

In South Africa two thirds of previous offenders are unable to find jobs four months after the release. Of the third that do, 33 percent are employed in family businesses, 33 percent return to the jobs that they held before imprisonment and the rest find work through social networks. But for the vast majority formal employment remains elusive. Society is untrusting of former inmates and they ostracise them because of their criminal records. Our guest was Jacques Sibomana from National Institute for Crime Prevention for the Re-integration of Offenders to tell us more. For more info visit or call 021 462 0017

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Education must be an essential service

The ANC and the government will make sure education is declared an essential service, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. The lekgotla agreed that a mechanism to monitor all-round accountability in the education sector be devised as a matter of urgency. This latest announcement was received with mixed reactions with the DA welcoming the move and unions strongly objecting to it as it would trump the teacher’s right to strike. To provide some analysis was education analyst professor Kobus Maree...

Heart and Strokes foundation on cardiovascular disease

The recent tragic deaths of two young athletes have raised questions around heart disease widely associated with poor lifestyle. Last month two athletes, aged 29 and 37, died of heart failure in the first leg of the Ironman triathlon in East London. The sudden death of competitive athletes does occur, and almost certainly makes headlines, the number of deaths resulting from Sudden Cardic Death are relatively low. The vast majority of heart conditions however continue to be caused by lifestyle choices and on the line was Lucy Drew of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. For more info contact 021 447 6268 or visit

South Africa third most over-weight nation

When it comes to being over weight South Africans are third in the world behind first world countries such as America and Britain. A study published by the South African Institute of Race Relations found that if this trend does not stop the country might lose some of its citizens at a young age. This as a number of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are linked to an unhealthy lifestyle. On the line was the institute's researcher Lerato Moloi to give us more insight…

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Woodstock library seeking volunteers as it expands to Saltriver

Woodstock library with close to 7 thousand borrowers each month needs more volunteers to expand its reach to the Salt River community. The library runs a number of programmes for the youth and this year it plans to focus on the elderly. Friends of the Woodstock Library was started in 2010 to promote a close relationship between the library and the community, raise funds for the special needs beyond of the library’s budget. On the line we had Khulsum Hanief to tell us how people can become volunteers. For more info contact 021 448 6426.

Mitchell's Plain Welfare Organisation holds workshops

Mitchell’s Plain Welfare Organisation will run workshops at the town centre library every second Tuesday at 12. These workshops will start on Tuesday 12th February and topics will include marriage and family enrichment, fatherhood responsibilities and parental rights and responsilities. On the line was Zanaab Amamod from the organisation to tell us educate us more about the workshops and the organisation. For info contact 021 391 2261for further details.

Empilweni making a difference in children's mental health

 Donald Mfuniselwa, Phozisa Matoti and Bassie
Empilweni’s goal is to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and their families in our communities by providing culturally appropriate, child centered, community based mental health support and counseling. Their aim is to empower families to help themselves, and so lay the foundations for a strong, independent community. We believe in developing the capacity of key community members through treatment, training and capacity building. In studio is director Phozisa Matoti and Donald MfuniselwaFor more info visit or call 021 361 7063.

P Section Association for Children and Youth doing amazing work

The organisation came about as a result of the parents in P Section wanting to improve the lives of their children. This translated into the formation of care classes for after school activities, life skill programmes started for the youth, a computer project started and a soup kitchen was built and funded. Every aspect of setting up a caring community structure was formed and the need to build a sustainable community organisation was addressed by the Khayelitsha based initiative. On the line was Mildred Tsukuse founder of the projectFor more info contact 021 361 1504.

Monday, February 04, 2013

SA rich must follow Motsepe's lead- Inyathelo

The rich must follow Patrice Motsepe’s lead and give back to the poor to fight poverty. SA black billionaire announced last week that he would be giving half his assets earnings to charity. Inyathelo Resource Centre belives that this underlines the importance of institutionalising philanthropy by setting up foundations that structure and sustain the contributions made by South Africans. Co-ordinator of the centre’s philanthropy Alfred Thutloa spoke to us telephonically encouraging SA's super rich to give back.…

Trekking for Trash duo pass half way mark

Michael Baretta and Bassie
The CAN DO! Trekking for Trash duo, Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard have just passed the halfway mark on their 3000km walk, and have collected just over 2.5 tons of litter! We can’t all be social change adventurers but we CAN all take that first step towards a green and sustainable future is their message. CAN DO! Trekking for Trash is a non-profit organization, with the aim of raising awareness, educating and inspiring change about the challenge of recyclable waste plaguing South Africa. In studio we had adventurer Michael Baretta.

Friday, February 01, 2013

12 million people go to bed hungry in SA.

12 million people in South Africa go to bed hungry everyday. Though this country produces sufficient food for its population, skyrocketing prices prevent the poor - most of them urban households - from getting adequate nutrition. A five-year study by the University of Cape Town's African Food Security Unit Network has exposed a food crisis that constitutes a "death sentence" for many and which the government has labelled as "serious". Bassie had a telephonic interview with researcher Jane Battersby Lennard about this sensitive topic. For more info visit

A chance for young writers to shine

The South African Post Office is inviting learners up to the age of 15 years to write letters to take part in the 42nd International Writing Competition. This year’s topic is aligned with the 2013 Year for Water Cooperation as it asks children to Write someone a letter explaining why water is a precious resource”. The letter writing competition is aimed at encouraging children’s participation in the competition and recognises their writing ability. On the line is Martie Gilchrist to give us some background. For more info visit

Future Factory needs help to brighten it's tomorrow

Jillian Alexander, Bassie and Anne Siroky
Anne Siroky founder of the Future Factory encourages schools to get involved with its Shape UP programme. Founded in 2000 the Future Factory aims to run structured sports initiatives at schools and over the years it has extended to feeding schemes and any other assistance the pupils needed. In the studio we had two ladies Anne and Jillian Alexander  who run the organisation to give us more information about it and some of the challenges they faced with and hou shortage of funds sometimes threatens their good work. For more send a email to