Friday, July 25, 2014

First discipline then fighting

Today Sensei Shihan Marius from Josui Kaikan Karate visited Bush Radio. Josui Kaikan karate is full contact karate specifically for self defence purposes. Sensei Shihan Marius was actually one of the people who changed the concept of knock-down karate to self defence karate. Sensei has been doing karate for 21 years and has been teaching for 15 years. According to him, karate is the highest disciplined sport that you can get. The children are taught the basic principles of discipline and only afterwards they learn about the technique and tournament fighting. Karate is a lifestyle, a custom, he says. Moreover, karate enhances other aspects of your life, for instance your balance, brain functioning and focusing. If you’re interested call Josui Kaikan Karate on 021 637 7003 or 071 4097824.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Today we spoke to Abongile Nyumba from Lungisa which is a community monitoring and reporting tool in South Africa. Tell us about a service delivery problem you face, and we'll work to have your problem fixed. Find out more at

the aim is simple: to empower ordinary people living in South Africa to have their voices heard; to try to get fixed service delivery problems they face; and to improve the quality of life for those receiving poor or unequal services.

you can use Lungisa to report back what kind of service delivery problems you're facing. You can submit a report on Facebook; you can send SMS "lungisa" to 32759, describing your problem; you dial *120*852#, and answer four easy questions; you can email a problem to them at:;


Diabetes South Africa

Today we spoke to Margot McCumisky she gave us an over view what is Diabetes. she is from Diabetes South Africa is a non-profit organization, founded in 1969 to be a support and an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa. Their work includes:  
Informing, encouraging and supporting all people who have diabetes and their families. As well as acting as an advocate for people with diabetes, lobbying for better facilities, cheaper medication and better services. And finally promoting public awareness of diabetes, its symptoms and risks.
Diabetes SA is primarily a volunteer organization and relies heavily on people with diabetes and their families. These people can share their knowledge and experiences and give of their time to help each other.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The South African Mathematics Foundation aims to advance the mathematics education of the youth

From the 3rd until the 13th of july the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad was held at UCT. 103 countries were participating and 5 of the 6 members of the South African team came from Cape Town.
On that occasion today we had an interview with Prof. Johan Engelbracht who is Executive Director of The South African Mathematics Foundation.
The South African Mathematics Foundation was founded ten years ago, when Johan Engelbracht and his co-founders realized that it was not going well enough with mathematics in the country. According to him, although we definitely have made a lot of progress, we still have a long way to travel.
Engelbracht points out, that to raise interest in mathematics, we have to raise the status of mathematics as a viable career option. And we have to let go of the perception that mathematics is boring and only meant for gifted people. Mathematics is a great and fascinating subject. It can be difficult but if you spend some time practicing eventually understanding will arrive.
If you like mathematics, there are a number of good careers. For instance engineering, accounting, finance, medicine, biology, and of course teaching.
Of course you also have the opportunity of applying for The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). This world championship competition for high school students is held annually in different countries.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Born Free (Contemporary Dance)

The Born Frees is a contemporary dance show celebrating a bold new generation, Generation Z.  in Studio we had Wentzel April, a teacher from one of the focus schools whose learners will be participating in the play.
Artscape is set to present the much awaited contemporary dance showcase, Born Frees, featuring Western Cape Focus schools and other schools within the Cape Peninsula, Artscape, New World Dance Theatre (NWDT), Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) and UCT Youth Training Programme in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department, at Artscape Theatre on 25 July 2014 at 20:00. It is sponsored by the National Arts Council.
This performance will feature 120 Dance (subject) learners from various schools across the city, many of whom have auditioned to join the contemporary Dance Bridging Programme of the New World Dance Theatre, training at the UCT School of Dance every Saturday.

Park Run

Robert McCallum from Parkrun in the Studio. Parkrun is an international project organizing free, weekly 5km runs all around the world. These runs take place in parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to participate. No matter if you have just started running or have been running marathons for years, you can join. In South Africa there are now 32 locations to go park-run. And until now there have been 1641 events and more than 60.000 runners!
On the webpage you can find information about different events and how to sign up for one. Here you can also find a photo gallery and information about volunteering.
Because Parkrun has official sponsorship deals, its possible to make participation free. And the sponsors representatives can often be seen running as well.
If you want to start your own Parkrun in your community, that is also possible. If you have the drive and determination the organization can help you offering assistance and support.
Parkrun in Rondebosch will be held every Saturday at 8:00 at the Rondebosch common with start and finish at park road. There is no costs or – even better – no time limit! If you want to join or need more information you can contact Robert on 0836510464 or send an email to Or as I said before you can visit the webpage

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mandela Day Book Drive

Today Lee-Ann Roberts and Katie Horne from HWB Communications visited Bush Radio. They were talking about how they are going to participate in Mandela day and make a difference in their neighbourhood on Friday.

HWB Communications, which is a local PR and Communications consultancy, have partnered with the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village in a drive to collect books for the Prestwich Primary School in Green Point.

The idea is that they will collect books during the week, and on the 18 July they will spend 67 minutes reading books aloud for children at a local school. In that way, they hope that they can build a culture of reading at the school and also inspire the kids to read for enjoyment.
Lee-Ann and Katie are asking everyone who wants do donate books, to hand them in at their office, or in cardboard collection bins placed around the Cape Quarter.
Moreover, the Bay Bookshop in the Cape Quarter is offering a 20% discount on any book purchased for the donation box in that store.