Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Interview with Wandile and Friend

Local artists Wandile and Friend came in to studio to talk about their music and their work. Their music is a mix of hip hop and African music and beats. The group consists of Parker Geeh (Facebook: Parker Geeh Instagram: Parker_Geeh) and Wizer Skinny (Facebook: Wizer Skinny Instagram: Wizer_Official). They talked bout their inspirations and their connections to their home town of Khayelitsha. We asked what genre they peprformed, but they gave an ambiguous answer, so we said the proof was in the pudding! So we got to hear them perform impromptu improvisation live! If you want to learn more about them, see their social media tags above, or visit the group Facebook page at SoulEnt Mageng.

Interview with Mr. Ebrahim Ryland

Today, we welcomed Mr. Ebrahim Ryland into the studio to talk about pensions for the elderly. He talked about how an Older Persons' or SASSA grant can help the elderly get money for retirement. He talked bout how to qualify, and how best to use the grant. According to Mr. Ryland, an older person's grant is a type of social assistance for those who have reached the age of retirement. In order to qualify, one has to pass a Means Test, or the process of evaluating the income and assets of the applicant. Whether you pass the means test or not depends on the consistency of one's income and security of one's assets. But do not worry about qualifying if you are unemployed; some people can if they fall in the parameters of the means test! If you would like to find out more, you can call Mr. Ryland at his office in Cape Town at 0214690235.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016



This morning on the Cruise ship we were blessed by the presence of the Fees Must Fall movement activists who spoke volume about their stance with regards to 0% fee increment and FREE decolonized education.
The group consisted of students from various universities of higher learning in the Western Cape.

 In studio we had students from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Among the problems students cited was the ignorance that management of these universities were showing with regards to their demands. Students have also cited that the resolution taken by council, the highest decision making body have not been put into effect. They claim that management does not take them serious.

Recently universities have been hit by violent riots, amounting to torching and destroying of university building and equipment. Recently, it has been reported that 5 vehicles had been set alight at the CPUT Bellville campus. Students, however, have been adamant that they have nothing to do with the burning of vehicles, rather points at the private security guards deployed by universities on campus.

Setuli, representing the workers says "We are saddened as workers, for the past 20 years, one of my colleagues has been working for CPUT as a cleaner, and her take-home salary is R2,400 till to date, and no one will employ her anywhere because of her age"

"We urge the university to take us serious and in-source us so that we can earn a decent wage" concludes Setuli.

Meanwhile, student activist, Xolisani Breakfast said "This struggle is influenced by the social economic conditions that we are exposed to. Last year, we had a similar instance of Fees Must Fall and the only issue that we have a problem with is that, resolutions taken and adopted last year have not been put in practice yet.

UCT's Lethawo Monye added that "Government doesn't understand peaceful talking and the only language that it understands is violence and disruption, of which we are not about that".

He adds "our institutions have institutional power to help us voice out our demands to government, that is all that we are asking for from them. If management could rally behind us, government will definitely take us serious.

On Wednesday, it is expected universities across the country will be marching to the Union Building in Pretoria and Parliament in Cape Town.

By: Mbasa Malusi Gqokoma

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Food Industry is one of the job creators in South Africa especially here in Cape Town as we have many Restaurant which means its also a Competitive Industry.

Fruit Salad by Fruitilethu
Fruitilethu is a company that deals with Fruit salads, it was started by 4 young entrepreneurs at school to stop the stigma that people from the township don't eat healthy food. Their business started as a school project and from the success of it their lecturer encouraged them to continue with it. Although they are not from the same townships, that did not stop them from going after their dreams.   

From Left: Lwazi Bongani, Sisipho Jokazi, Asavela Gwele and Unathi Dila

The Fruitilethu company consists of 6 members. The name Fruitilethu was derived from Fruit and Gugulethu combined to show diversity. They are all young so they have weekly meetings to motivate each other.  

From Left: Mbasa Gqokoma (Presenter), Asavela Gwele, Lwazi Bongani, Unathi Dila and Sisipho Jokazi

They reach out to people through social networks because they feel that it is easier that way. Their biggest challenge at the moment is finding a balance between school and the business because school on it's own takes most of their time but in regards to food industry in the township there's none because they have to focus on their business

Presenter: Mbasa "Malusi" Gqokoma
Producer: Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto

Rosa Choir and The Cape Cultural Collective - Mansoor Jafer and Terence Martzdorff

As we approaching the dying days for our Heritage Month 2016 under the theme “Human Treasures and Legends: our Living Heritage” our effort in asserting our unique African identity it doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating who we are. As A  mix of arts and cultural performances that speak to our rich heritage will be on show at The event, called Sankofa Tales and comprising music, dance and poetry, will take place at the Slave Church Museum, 40 Long Street on Friday 30 September 2016 at 7pm.

From  left: Terence Martzdorff (Rosa choir member) and Mansoor Jafer(Chairperson of  The Cape Cultural Collective) 

" The Cape Cultural Collective started 9 years ago, the first participants were the former Apartheid activists that wanted to make contribution to the society with the components of young poets in the 1920's. People joining together in the cross generation to produce a formation that focuses on arts and culture, music, poetry and dance. It started small in an Irish pub then they moved to a District Six Museum, that was the start of the Cape Cultural Collective" - Mansoor Jafer

From  left: Terence Martzdorff (Rosa choir member), Mansoor Jafer(Chairperson of  The Cape Cultural Collective) and Mbasa Gqokoma(Presenter)

Since then, The Cape Cultural Collective had monthly programmes and it is growing all the time. They had 4 poets that performed at Autumn Festival in Paris in Maât's Ginkgo et la jardinière, they also co-ordinated huge concerts for University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2010 before the World Cup they even started Rosa Choir. In 2016 started a  children's choir between the ages of 10 and 14 that come mainly from Langa and also around the Cape Town.
From  left: Terence Martzdorff (Rosa choir member), Mansoor Jafer(Chairperson of  The Cape Cultural Collective) and Mbasa Gqokoma(Presenter)

Presenter: Mbasa "Malusi" Gqokoma

Producer: Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

21 Peaks for Smile - with Loyiso Koyana

21 Peaks for smile is an Organisation that deals with children born with cleft. The Organisation also works hand-in-hand with Operation Smile.

Loyiso Koyana (Left), Mkhuseli Khusi Veto (Right)

"The inspiring idea to start the organisation 21 peaks for smile, in 2012 I climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro for the project (I dare to dream) to raise funds for kids to get tuition, after that experience I didn't do anything but, that concept was triggered by the passing of Gugu Zulu. But the Whole Concept of the Organisation started in 2013 when my Cousin had a child with Cleft lip, Then i met with people who were involved in Operation Smile", says the enthusiastic Loyiso Koyana.

Mkhuseli Khusi Veto (Left) & Loyiso Koyana (Right)

At the Beginning of 2016 Loyiso wanted to do a project that will benefit the kids from Various Communities especially those in the rural Community's, so Kids that are born with cleft can get operated on 21 Peaks for Smile through fund's they raising.

Mkhuseli Khusi Veto (Left) & Loyiso Koyana

Each operation cost at least 5 Thousand five hundred rand, Loyiso is raising this money so kids can go through operation 45 were a Cleft lip patient can be operated under 45 minutes.

Presenter: Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto
Producer: Mbasa Malusi "MB" Gqokoma

Monday, August 22, 2016

New face of Africa (Youth Jazz Band)

Mbuyiselo Mdingi (Bass Guitar), Mpumelelo Mnyama (Saxophone), Lesley Smith (Piano)

New face of Africa (Youth Jazz Band) Came to Bush Radio for Monday Live, every Monday we invite Band's or Artist to come in Studio and Perform for an hour. The New face of Africa (Youth Jazz Band) was formed in 2002 by A Jazz trumpeter Mr Gcinikhaya Mnyamana who used to work for an Organisation called Amy Biehl foundation.

Athenkosi Sokeka (Drummer) 

 Gcinikhaya used to repair music instrument's, and used use to teach music Theory and Practicals.the New face of Africa (Youth Jazz Band) is one of the Bands he is trying to accomplish and show any one from the Cape Flat's can archive what they want.

Lesley Smith & Gcinikhaya Mnyamana

The Band is made up of 5 members Lesley Smith (Piano), Gcinikhaya Mnyamana (Trumpet), Athenkosi Sokeka (Drummer),  Mpumelelo Mnyamana (Saxophone), Mbuyiselo Mdingi (Bass Guitar) their genre is mainly Township Jazz but its a Diverse band that can play Different Genre's including House Music.

Presenter: Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto
Producer: Mbasa Malusi "MB" Gqokoma

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Some career tips

Five Tips for Embracing Thorns on Your Journey To Success

Different is GOOD. Don't shy away from new and different experiences, opportunities, and challenges. If you can learn something from it, it can't be all that bad. And if it adds to the unique value proposition that is you, it won't be a mistake. I often tell folks that even if they find out that they hate a new assignment, at least they've gained invaluable insight about themselves. By the way, being different is a plus in most every instance - this is what true diversity is all about.

Difficulty yields GROWTH. We only grow if we stretch ourselves. This is true physically, emotionally and mentally. If we don't try, exert and challenge ourselves, we will never realize our fullest potential. This doesn't mean we must be stressed all the time - we all know that's not healthy. We all need downtime to recover and rejuvenate. So, don't avoid something because it's hard. Move forward - you'll figure out a way through it (or around it!).

Failing is LEARNING. Some of your best experiences and development will come from failing. In fact, it's better than OK - you'll likely learn the most about yourself from failing. And failing doesn't mean that you are a failure. It will allow you to figure out the difference between being the best (which is impossible all the time) and being your best (which is much more possible and actually leads to true happiness and success).

LEAN ON others. Life is about people - it is about the relationships you create, develop, and grow. This is true everywhere. Your journey is not one that you must go alone. You will gain much from the support of others and will have opportunities to support others yourself. In fact, many of life's greatest joys come from this. Surround yourself with people who make you better and don't tear you down.

IT IS all about YOU (not them). I often get asked if I've ever encountered discrimination, severe criticisms, bullying and other hurtful behaviors. The answer is, of course, yes - not only when I was younger but also in today's world. You will run into people who will put you down, call you out in a negative light (for whatever reason, and sometimes that reason won't be evident) and work to derail you. Don't worry about them and their success, focus on yours. This is the proverbial: "Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it." You can't control how those around you behave, but you absolutely have ownership of every choice you make.

Ultimately, the path you forge is your own. No one can find it for you, just as no one can live it for you. But I hope my thoughts are helpful as you create your own way. And remember: there's no question that choosing a path that includes STEM will be riddled with thorns, but each one you encounter will make you stronger and more resilient. After all, "every rose has its thorns."

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