Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Liverpool Portlands fc – A Football based NPO from Mitchells Plain

Jason Oostendorp and Hein Matthys joined us in studio to discuss the history and current situations surrounding the footballing team from Mitchells Plain. Starting in 1978, the team Liverpool fc then amalgamated with Portlands fc to create the club Liverpool Portlands fc. Reaching the status even of playing against club giants Kaizer Chief in the 90’s.   

Jason then continued to give a brief history lesson on the team and the variety of age divisions in the Liverpool team. Losing their status over the years of competing against the big dogs in the superior leagues, he also added that they are currently building up their respect again within the community to reach past heights. “We don’t stop players from leaving, as long as they are still playing football because that is the way to go”, he added.

Hein Matthys said, “Currently we are working on a project, with Portlands Primary, for an astro turf (artificial grass pitch) of our own which costs around R9million.” Funding is the main issue that has been setting the project back and not allowing the team to move forward with plans of finishing the turf in the near future. Different aspects such as the levelling the ground, JOJO tanks that have to be installed and maintenance of the turf, all portray expensive problems that Hein and Jason are faced with. Engaging with many shareholders, Jason and Hein struggle to find funding and the proper doors open to them and the project.

Due to the drought, football in and Cape Town have been on a bit of a slow pace this year, but has not stopped the behind the scenes work from the exco (division within the team that runs their daily duties) of Liverpool and other members. Future plans for the team include getting services providers and different sponsors to seek funding for the turf, engaging with their fundraising committee to have more events as they have been having for the past 2 years, ensuring the involvement of the community as well.

If anyone is interested in contacting or sponsoring a fee to the NPO, browse online and enter Liverpool Portlands fc on Facebook, also kindly call Jason Oostendorp on 082 381 3541. Alternatively, you can contact their secretary on 083 260 8842.

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto

Producers: Tyler Layman, Michaela Muller

Muso Masoabi (Contemporary Fine Artist)

Are you inspired through Art? Today we heard from Muso Musoabi in Studio, who is a Contemporary Fine Artist originally from Lesotho.
According to Musoabi artist systematically, do not live in the same state of mind as others do. As an artist, the listens to what you are not telling him and not what you are saying, to observe life from another point of view. They care about most things, that people do not care about.
"The ability to draw is not art" says Musoabi. Art consists of high level of interllectual. Every painting needs to have a meaning behind it. If you are looking at it from your perspective, it has to potray a meaning that as an impact or something you can relate to you. That is why people buy paitings right? Converting your emotions into the art work should be orchestrating.
Muso Masaobi & Mkhuseli Khusi Veto 

Art is a luxury. Most people who are set out to buy the art, does not have many problems when it comes to surviving, so he says. Plenty are opressed with issues, that they don't take the time to appreciate art. Namely: finance problems. Not having food could be converted into art, but many do not think in that way. Thinking rich helped Musoabi get through his troubles. Living in a shack is a form of art in his case. If he paints in this mind set, the rich can possibly relate.
Interllectual capacity, historically message sare sent through generations in technical drawings. Emotional Art, "relating to black people, who have more emotions" says Mswabi. These are the two parts of art which is separated into. He uses an example of when you  a doctor studies for his\her profession and you say you have pain, the doctor will know exactly what is wrong. Same goes for a Grandmother, she will know what it is and what to use. This shows that both are interllectual, one just in an emotinal condition.
There are also two sides of art; Commercial Art, selling painting for a living or on a daily bases and Investment Art, keeping the painting until it's value has increased. The highest painting is going for 2.3 billion rand by a guy in Qartar Republic. Musoabi sold his first painting for R150 in 2012 and five years later the value increasingly became more. It becomes investable.
No one introduced him to painting. He studied Natural Science and dropped out in the first year. "We are told that without education we are nothing" says Muso. He believes that everyone has a certain ability and that all you need to do is find what you are good at and what you believe in through sacrifices.

To find out more information contact: Muso Musoabi Art on facebook.
Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producers: Tyler Layman, Michaela Muller

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Carel du Toit: Teaching Deaf Children to Speak

Imagine learning to speak a language that you have never heard before. Now imagine you cannot hear your own voice as you attempt to pronounce the words correctly… this is what deaf children at Carel du Toit are doing everyday at their school centre where they learn to speak spoken language.

The center currently has 190 students and because deafness can be detected at birth, Carel du Toit has children as young as 3 years old in their programme. From age 3 to grade 3, children at Carel du Toit learn to speak Xhosa, Afrikaans, or English. Although the focus is speech, the centre acts as a full school and provides classes in maths, science, and other standard school subjects. The programme hopes that by enabling children to speak, they will have more choices in their future regarding lifestyle, career, and school.

Some children come to the centre with cochlear implants, which are pieces of technology attached to the ear and head that allow a deaf child to hear. The devices are the most successful if a child begins wearing it at a young age because their brain develops at a rapid speech during infancy and soon thereafter. When teaching children with implants to hear, Carel du Toit creates a natural listening environment. Instead of speaking to the child face to face all the time, teachers will speak from behind the students so that they must listen rather than read lips.

In order to reach as many children as possible, Carel du Toit needs more funding. They currently get 18% of their funds from the government, but the rest relies heavily on donations. In addition to the center, there is also a Carel du Toit Trust where donations can be made. For more information, go to the website

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck 

Friday, August 25, 2017

MTN8 Legends on the Morning Cruise

Have you ever been star-struck? Today in studio we were joined by two MTN8 soccer legends. They could barely fit through the studio door with the massive trophy that they were carrying. We spoke with Brent Carelse and Edries Burton who both played in the MTN8 finals. Our news team also met some of the players out on the field.

Brent Carelse is the 2017 legend and Edries Burton was a previous legend who also played for Santos, Bafana Bafana and had a short stint with AmaZulu FC. As MTN8 legends, they are travelling the country giving motivational talks and attempting to bring hope to the young soccer players out there.

Both players want to spread the message to young players that today you can grow up to become anything and everything that you want to be. In their own careers, both players were limited to playing on a small selection of teams. Now however, “homegrown” Cape Town players have just been signed. The pool of talent has become more competitive in the past few years, both legends said, so they encourage youngsters to “carry on, keep pushing, and never give up”.

This Sunday 27 August at 3pm, Cape Town City FC will face Bidvest Witts FC in Cape Town Stadium. MTN8 will be sponsoring prizes and providing data to fans who come to the game. Both Brent Carelse and Edries Burton said that fans have been their biggest motivation during their soccer careers, so they encourage all fans and friends alike to come out to Sunday’s match.

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto

Producer: Sophie Breck

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reach 4 Recovery: Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group

Stephaine Van Deveuter joined us in studio to talk about Reach For Recovery, which is the oldest Breast Cancer Support group in South Africa. The Organisation began in the US and moved to South Africa in 1967. It is a non-medical group that focuses on emotionally supporting women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in South Africa, and yet most women do not know how to check their health. Stephanie told us that the easiest examination that comes at no cost is a lump examination, which you can perform on yourself or which a doctor in a clinic can perform. Even if there is a lump, 9/10 times, the lump is benign, meaning that it is not cancer.

If indeed the diagnosis shows that breast cancer is present, Reach For Recovery supports women through their treatment. Some women need a mastectomy where one or both of their breasts is surgically removed. This can be an emotionally traumatising procedure, so Reach For Recovery provides support counselors. These counselors are cancer survivors themselves who can connect with the emotions that current patients are experiencing.

In addition to supporting and guiding diagnosed women, Reach For Recovery also provides free silicone prosthesis breast replacements for women who cannot afford them themselves. The programme is called the ditto Prosthesis Project where the proceeds from mushroom bundles from Pick n Pay go towards the cost of the breast replacements.

To learn more or get involved with Reach For Recovery, visit the website or follow the facebook page: Reach for Recovery SA

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck