Friday, March 20, 2020

Mrs Mimona Fowkes was live in studio from her organisation [ Phenomenal Womens Arts ] talking about her creative talents that her organisation offer.

Mrs Mimona Fowkes 
Mrs Fowkes is from Woodlands (Mitchells plain), she began this organisation when she walked up to a woman that was sitting with beads and asked if she could help out, she wanted to teach the community her skills of embroidery, crochet, painting on fabric. She learnt these skills all by herself because schools do not teach these skills anymore; she gives these classes free of charge and sometimes uses her own material for her classes.
Khusi Veto & Mrs Mimona Fowkes
Mrs Fowkes approached the community newspaper to put her story, she believes strictly on self-empowerment especially women, and creating opportunities by providing people with these skills, Mrs Fowkes will be going for an operation but has no doubt that she will be able to bounce back.
Phenomenal Womens Arts organisation is not about the money, it is the love she has for her talent, and Mrs Fowkes is a very firm parent who raised her children up with respect now with her organisation they motivate children and drug addicts in her community.
Mrs Mimona Fowkes & Khusi Veto
Mrs fowkes is not on social media but if people want to join her class you can come to Woodlands Community Hall or you can contact her landline 021 374 1264 and her cell number 083 713 8839.

Intern Producer: Logan Marshall
Presenter: "Mkhuseli Khusi" Veto

Friday, August 16, 2019

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Megan Alexander, Kristin Trisha and Samantha Mupariwa the cast of a play called The Grass is Always…

On the 16th July 2019 in Studio we had Megan Alexander, Kristin Trisha and Samantha Mupariwa the cast of a play called The Grass is Always… The cast of this play first met on a play they did called Transform and I’m Trance. They first saw each other at the Rehearsal’s for the play transformed.

Kristin Trisha started performing in 2008, that is when she decided she knows what she wants to do and she started in Community Theatre doing more of musical theatre. After that she decided to study, she has now obtained her Honours Degree.
Kristin is originally from East London, she also performed in theatres like Alexander Play House and Arts Theatre. Kristin said, “I always knew what I wanted, people fascinated me and it’s such a beautiful tool for expression”.
Megan Alexander, Kristin Trisha, Khusi Veto and Samantha Mupariwa 

Samantha Mupariwa said ever since she was a young child she always wanted to entertain and she loved entertaining people. When she was in primary school her dad enrolled her into extra drama classes, and for high school, she went to Art School in Pretoria to perceive her performing career she ended up studying it. Samantha, throughout her discovery of performing arts, was blessed to have parents who supported her even though they also wanted her to pursue other careers like law or science, but she was persistent on what she wanted and made sure that they saw her vision. Her parents are now her biggest fans, she grew up in Cape Town and then moved to Pretoria.
Megan Alexander said that her career choice of Performing Arts was not easy at first, her parents did not approve of her career choice. That is why she studied Psychology then after 5 or 6 years she decided to tell her parents that she wants to do Performing Arts and that’s how she started her career in it. Megan was born in Cape Town come from a place called Valhalla Park.

The three actors said that some of the difficulties regarding the career of Performing Arts is money and getting your name out there. They said that the performing arts needs more attention and support in South Africa just like Sport. Kristin says as an actor you must always read the fine print on a contract, sign a contract before being involved in any production, and get yourself an agent.
They said that people do not realise some of these stories they perform on stage come from real life stories. So, the actor or actress have to learn how to tell that story. The first professional play by Kristina was the musical (King and I) were she was playing the character of a Wife. Samantha’s first professional performance was her end of the year school project called Uber and the Truth commission it was this performance when she realised now she is an actress, because the character was challenging and had been done before by professional performers but for the Paid Professional Performance was from a play called Transformed.

Megan Alexander does not have much of Theatre experience but Transformed was her first professional performance, she also did a film for a leading role film called Detour in 2015. Megan said that performing for film is easier because you can mess up and fix the mistake by having multiple takes but theatre is more exciting because it’s a live performance so its 50/50 with film. Samantha said that in theatre there is no “cut, do it again”, so you have to give your 100% performance, on stage, there is always a new thing to learn with every single performance, and it’s exciting.
Megan Alexander, Kristin Trisha, Khusi Veto and Samantha Mupariwa 
On the 23rd – 27th July Megan Alexander, Kristin Trisha and Samantha Mupariwa performed on a play called The Grass Is Always…, the other performers/actors on the play are Tayla Sargent and Phemelo Mhlanga. The play is Written and Directed by Regina R. Malan. They said that the story is a dark comedy.
“What you can expect are Two upper crust houses in Cape Town Suburb. Two stuck up women with Constantia Mom accents trying to outdo each other. They are two friends caught in the middle of this petty squabble. You might be thinking what could possibly go wrong. Well, everything could go wrong. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy the overpriced snacks and see if the grass is always…well, you know. It’s fun, fresh and a brand new dark comedy written by Regina R. Malan, focusing on the theme ENVY”, said the actors.

The play is an Hour they have worked with the director on a play called transformed the advantage working with Regina they bounce off ideas with each other. This play took them a Month to prepare. They said that it is a Personal Experience and it is more intimate than going to watch a movie in theatre when you see pain you can feel it its real.

You can also follow the actors on their Social Network platforms:
Kristina Trisha - @KristinTrisha
Tayla Sargent – @tayy_25
Samantha Mupariwa – @Sammymup
Phemelo Mhlanga – @phemelo.mhlanga.9
Megan Alexander – @dreamer_cpt

With their Last Words: Do not let your Parents vase you, Believe in yourself and your own worth and build on yourself it’s never too late to work on it. Stay being stubborn girl stay by your Word and set Boundaries.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Woodstock Police Precinct engaging with the Community about Crime Prevention

Warrant Officer Malila is responsible for the Communication and partnership policing in Woodstock Policing Precinct (Woodstock Communication Officer). Accompanied by Muller Designated police Officer (Designated Liquor Officer). They are having a public meeting on 17th July 2019, Wednesday evening at 7pm.
Warrant officer Malila said, “policing is not a one-sided thing policing does not start with us (Police), policing start with you that is why Woodstock Police Precinct is reaching out to the Community”. Warrant Officer Malila said that partnership policing the Woodstock Police Precinct they take it very seriously they also had various community engagements and various community structures they can assist the SAPS on the fight against crime.

Muller & Malila
 Currently, the Woodstock Police Precinct has a good relationship with all their community structure, the public meetings the Woodstock police precinct have these meetings quarterly. In this type of public meeting they go back to the community to inform them of their previous successes, how the station is operating they also give the community an opportunity to give feedback on whether they are satisfied with the service they are getting from the Woodstock police precinct.
The service delivery is on top of their agenda at the Woodstock policing precinct. The station commander and the management of Woodstock police precinct do not compromise service delivery. Meetings like these are one of the forms to engage with the community to talk about crime and give out their view on how the police officers are conducting themselves in the precinct and whether they satisfied or are there any areas the SAPS can work on fixing.
After this meeting, the Woodstock police precinct would then go back to its members where they have internal imbizo where they give feedback regarding the community meetings. The Woodstock police precinct have methods on educating the communities regarding how to educate its members on how policing works. For example, the new type of policing introduction of the sector policing was introduced to bridge the gap between police and the community.
Muller & Malila
The Woodstock Policing is divided into four sectors, to bring policing to the community, meaning there is a specific Van allocated to a specific area and there is a specific Cell phone number for that area. The cell number is written on the Vans. There is also a police officer allocated or responsible for the sectors, called a Sector Manager. He or She is your direct liaison between the community and the Police. There are also Community structures to assist the police that includes your Neighbourhood Watch, the city improvement district, street committees and block watchers; those are some of the structures police use to be effective in the area.
When it comes to businesses in the area of Woodstock, the Woodstock Police precinct has started a network with all the businesses in the area. By forming business watchers, the networks it’s to beef up communication with them with things like social media platforms, if the businesses closes at the end of the year or on weekends this is to set up a patrol register for the visible policing.  The Woodstock Police precinct also wants to introduce the same concept for the residential houses for example for people who go for vacation and the house will be empty for weeks, so they can come to the police station the SAPS can set up a patrol schedule in those areas. With things like events the Woodstock Police precinct plead to event organisers or club owners to communicate with the police regarding the event so that police can have extra police officers in order for the event to be secured for that certain area to do crime prevention.

Muller Designated police Officer (Designated Liquor Officer) says there procedure’s on giving out liquor licence permission one of them would be Police, Municipality, the liquor authority the police on  that process can make recommendation or say they don’t approve the application but the final decision is made by the liquor authority/ liquor tribunal. The Woodstock Police Precinct do the regular liquor inspection in all the places that is covered by the Woodstock Police Precinct. 

For more information you can call 082 499 3871

Address152 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915

Friday, June 14, 2019

Belgravia High (Athlone Young Poets)

Description:There is power in the written word and there is still a place for poetry among the youth. This is the sentiment of the Athlone Young Poets, a group of Grade 11 and Grade 12 pupils from Belgravia High School, who had their work published in a London-based anthology, called "Her Stories In Verse". The Athlone Young Poets was started by Toni Stuart, a poet, performer and spoken word teacher, as a pilot programme last year (when they were in Grade 10 and Grade 11). The programme was designed and developed by Ms Stuart over the past four years and is the result of the work and teaching experience she did as part of her Master’s degree studies. Describing what the programme entails, Ms Stuart said: “Poetry is being used as a tool through which the pupils explore and engage with the rich history of people, events and places in Athlone. Through exploring and telling these stories, they come to experience how history informs and influences their lives today, and gain a deeper understanding of the histories that have shaped us. The aim is that in doing so, these young people can decide for themselves who they are and want to be.” As part of last year’s programme, two Belgravia High pupils,Taylor Brandt, Grade 10, and Ammaarah Kahaar, Grade 12, also took part in an international exchange with Sydney Russell School in Dagenham, London, where they attended and performed at the launch of herstories in verse in December last year. The exchange formed part of the Barbican’s Change Makers programme. Speaking of her experience, Ammaarah said: “It was so overwhelming. I learnt so many lessons and learnt so much more about myself. I’ve also learnt that there are more ways to express yourself other than just writing – the same message can be shared through dance. Also, writing is a form of therapy – even if you don’t have anyone to share it with. I sometimes write just to get something off my chest.” Liam Volkwyn, Grade 11, said he used to overthink things, until he joined the group. “What I learnt is how to expand my mind. I understand things better. Now, instead of overthinking, I trust my instinct. I even attend open mics now,” he said. Zintle Nokonya, also Grade 11, said she too has learnt to trust herself more. “I have learnt different ways to express my feelings. I now trust my body, mind and hand to lead me to what I want to say. I think a lot more young people must be exposed to this. It’s our responsibility to create awareness about this form of expressing yourself,” Zintle said. Tara Pickard, Grade 11, said writing is about your own experiences and thoughts, and there is still a lot of room for poetry among young people. “We want this programme to continue. It brought us closer to one another,” Tara added. Adrianne Svenson, Grade 11, said she joined the programme because she needed a creative outlet, while Fadwa Fataar believes there is more value to something written on paper, as opposed to sharing your thoughts on social media.

Ms Stuart explained that the programme is set up for her to work with the same group of young people for three years. Unfortunately, the programme could not continue this year, because of a lack of funding for transport. In order to get it up and running again, Ms Stuart set up a Patreon Page, at www. where people can make a monthly pledge to support the programme. If you would like to assist in another form, contact Ms Stuart at 072 657 0290 or email

Monday, June 03, 2019

Community Volunteer Anthea Trout

On the 23rd of May, we had Anthea Trout in studio to talk about some of the good work she has been doing.

Community volunteer Anthea Trout, her family and friends, handed out party packs to the children of Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis for Easter not too long ago. Ms Trout said that thanks to public donations, they distributed 500 packs in Bonteheuwel and 100 in Bishop Lavis. The children also had fun painting posters and banners and having their faces painted. The volunteers make hot dogs and put together party packs for the communities’ children once a month. They also play games with them and expose them to educational toys. “I have always wanted to give back and this is way that I can. If I can bring joy to them they can give joy back. Seeing the smiles on the faces makes it all worth it. They are happy for the smallest things and they appreciate the time we spend with them,” she said. In November last year, Ms Trout received a community-builder award from the non-profit, Propagation of Women’s Empowerment Resources (Power), for her community work. Many of the children they helped came from poor, single-parent homes, she said. “I want the children to know that I came from Bonteheuwel, and although they have many challenges they can get an education and make their lives better,” she said.

if you would like to get hold of Anthea;
call or whatsapp / 083 698 1776

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To make donations, call Anthea Trout on 083 698 1776.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ezra Poole Wicket-Keeping Academy

On the 24th of May, we were joined in studio by Ezra Poole from the Ezra Poole Wicket-Keeping Academy.

Ezra Poole is a certified level three cricket coach. As a player, he has racked up 69 games for the North West Dragons. He also represented the South Africa Colts and South Africa Universities sides. As a coach, he has experience in a numerous of coaching courses and has specialised the craft of wicket-keeping which has improved his credentials as a coach.

To expand his authority and knowledge as a wicket-keeping coach, he extended his coaching qualifications by completing level 1, 2, 3 and refresher coaching courses for Boland Cricket. He is currently a CSA consultant. Due to his unique skills and knowledge, Ezra has worked with wicketkeepers at international level, franchise level and as well as amateur level from U/13 upwards. He is currently the Convenor of Selectors for Western Province Cricket.

He tells a funny story of how he actually got into wicketkeeping. One of his team mates did not pitch up for one of their games, and because no one else wanted to be wicketkeeper, he took it upon himself to stand in as wicketkeeper and the rest is history. The Cape Town based, Kensington cricket guru, said he chose cricket over soccer because at the time it was less running and jokingly said it was the best decision he could have made as he has made a career out of it.

When asked if he thought cricket is dying in the western cape, he simply said "cricket is actually in a healthy state in Western Cape." Majority of his work is done at Newlands field, and as it is winter, they will need to find an indoor facility to train.

If you would like to get hold of ezra, you can do so via:
website :
facebook : ezra poole / ezra poole wicketkeeping academy