Thursday, March 31, 2011

22 - 25 March 2011 MC programming

22 - 25 March 2011

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I was joined by Cape Town psychologist Daphne Cooper discussing why marriages don't work.The most important factor according Cooper is the differences in values.

The Morning Cruise went out to the community of Nyanga for World TB day an event put together by the Red Cross Society and TB/Hiv Care Association.

Actor Siv Ngesi steeped into the studios to promote his national tour of 'DeKaf'.

Dekaf is a black, white comedy about blacks who think like whites, as told by a black guy who sounds white. Contrary to popular belief there is a new generation of black people who don’t bitch about the ‘struggle’, can swim, aren’t hated by dogs and didn’t vote for Jacob Zuma. In Dekaf, Ngesi takes you into the world of a black man who was raised in the suburbs, schooled in the public school system, dates white women and listens to Josh Groban!

The show starts at the Baxter in Cape Town on 21 march before moving to the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg and the Sibaya Casino in Durban for limited performances in April.

Lastly, Cat Rieper the COO of Lalela project joined us to speak about how the project uses the arts to empower the youth. The project's visions, "We believe imagination, activation, collaboration, and transformation (I ACT) is made possible through ideas, art, and music (I AM). Through our global art exchange projects, Lalela Project seeks to inspire teachable moments for children affected by extreme poverty and to invite transformation for all who choose to join our efforts." To find more visit

Thursday, March 17, 2011

sms SOUND to 31243. Help Us, Help Them, Hear Us

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Siyashova stepped into the studio promoting the fundraising stunt, but, firstly:
Three South Africans, Jiten Magan from Cape Town and Imraan Sayed and Ria Moothilal from Kwazulu Natal, who will be departing from Signal Hill on the 22 March 2011 to cycle from Cape Town to Cairo to raise funds for cochlear implants for children with hearing disabilities.

The goal of this journey is to raise R1 million for the HearUs Foundation, a locally registered charity that assists deaf people in acquiring cochlear implants. The funds will be put into a trust with the interest generated going toward sponsoring cochlear implants – as well as the surgery and post rehabilitation – in hearing-impaired children.

To donate simply visit to sms "sound" to 31243

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

6 myths men believe????

Today for Gender Hub MC showcased Andrew Luyt writer for health24. He joined me live to discuss his article in which he dispells the, "6 myths men believe". Have a read and have your say:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

on the show today: CTIJF Production Director & 'The new guide to colds and flu'

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Today MC showcased the Cape Town International Jazz Festival CTIJF and was joined by espAfrika COO and CTIJF Production Director, Billy Domingo. We spoke about the festival as a whole, and specifically the safety and security, logistics, parking and theme for 2011.

Lastly, since there is a trend in Cape Town lately of colds and flus Graham Anderson, the principal officer of Profmed joined me to discuss what he considers, 'The new guide to colds and flu': 
The difference

The first step to dealing with your cold or flu is being able to distinguish between one and the other. Although colds are often dismissed as something minor, they can leave you feeling pretty rotten and you might end up thinking that you have the flu.

If you have a cold, you are likely to have any combination of a runny or blocked nose and sneezing, watery eyes, itching in the nose or throat, tiredness or lack of energy, a dry or wet cough and a headache. Adults are unlikely to have a fever with a cold, but it is possible. Children sometimes develop a fever. Colds usually appear about two to three days after contact, are severe for the first three or four days and can take a week or two to clear up completely.

Flu symptoms, on the other hand, include a sudden fever and chills, bodily aches, exhaustion, congestion, headaches and coughing. A typical bout of the flu lasts for three to seven days, although feeling unwell and exhausted can last for two weeks.

When to see a doctor
In most cases, you don’t need to see a doctor if you have a cold or flu. If you are particularly concerned about any of your symptoms or if they don’t seem to be going away in a reasonable timeframe, it’s better to play it safe than sorry. It’s also worth visiting your doctor if any of the mucous from your nose and lungs takes on a greenish tinge, as this can be an indication of a secondary infection that needs to be treated.

If you have a compromised immune system because of another infection, pregnancy or because you are either very old or taking care of someone who is very young, you should visit a doctor to try to control the flu symptoms to avoid any other life-threatening complications that can occur.

How to make yourself feel better
There is a range of over-the-counter medication to treat the symptoms of colds and flu. Just consult your pharmacist for the best treatment for your particular set of symptoms.

You can relieve a stuffy nose with either a decongestant spray or tablet, but don’t overuse these as they are quickly habit forming and can result in dry nasal cavities that can lead to a secondary infection.

Sore throats, fevers, aches, pains and chills can all be relieved with the analgesics (painkillers and anti-inflammatories) that you have in your medicine cabinet anyway. These will take away the worst of your symptoms, but a fever is your body’s way of fighting the virus, so if your raised temperature isn’t causing you too much discomfort and isn’t too high, it’s sometimes worth just riding out the fever in bed.

Whether you have a dry or mucous cough, your pharmacist will advise on the various medications that will ease the discomfort and help you to breathe more easily. The best way to treat a case of congestion is to steam the sinuses with boiling water and some type of infusion. Don’t dissolve any ointment that is solid at room temperature as this can then be inhaled and resolidify. A saline nasal spray is also a good way to help the sinuses to flush out the virus.

Always remember that even if you have alleviated your worst symptoms, you are still infected with a virus and bed rest is the best course of action.

Which one do you starve again?
The old adage to feed a cold and starve a fever actually came from the Canterbury Tales, and originally meant something else altogether. However, over the course of time, the meaning has changed to reflect the “old wives’ tale” we know today, and there may even be some truth in it.

Chances are, if you have a high fever, you won’t feel much like eating anyway, and a fever can actually impact on the functioning of your digestive enzymes. However, a strategy of starvation is about as outdated as the concept of bleeding for good health. In general, if you feel like eating, eat.

Far more important with a cold or flu is that you take in lots of fluids, although it’s a good idea to stay away from dairy and, contrary to what you may think, orange juice, as both result in the production of mucous.

Prevent the spread
Now that you have a viral infection, the kindest thing you can do is prevent it from spreading to others. The best way to do this is to take the bed rest you need. It will help your body to fight the virus and it will prevent you from coming into contact with friends or colleagues when you are at your most infectious.

Unfortunately, your most infectious time starts a day or so before the onset of symptoms, and there’s nothing you can do about that. With both a cold and the flu, you are then at your most infectious for about three days, but you can continue to be contagious for up to a week or even longer after the symptoms begin to subside, so try to limit your proximity to or contact with other people until you are truly well.

If you do have to come into contact with people, politely refrain from shaking hands or from sitting too close to anyone. If you are using tissues, don’t leave these lying around, but conscientiously throw them away. Make use of waterless handwash or spray on disinfectant to prevent the spread of germs by touching objects.

During the SARS and swine flu scares in recent years, various medical organisations pointed out that since we touch things and greet people using our hands, it is a bad idea to cough into them like we’ve always been shown by our mothers and teachers. Instead, they recommend coughing into a bent elbow – a part of the body that’s unlikely to come into contact with anyone or anything. Whether you feel comfortable doing so is another matter entirely.

Prevention is better than cure
During the cold and flu season, especially if you are coming into contact with sick people, it’s a good idea to help your body to fight infection with a daily dose of Vitamin C. Always wash your hands after coming into contact with people, and if you share an office, try to rely on fresh air rather than recycled air-conditioning, even in the winter months.

The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone in a high risk group, and a good option for any healthy adult, as it teaches your body to fight the most recent mutations of the most common flu viruses of the season. Contrary to what some people believe, the flu vaccine cannot make you ill, as it does not contain a live virus. It can, however, make you feel ill for a couple of days as your body produces antibodies to the flu.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Don't forget that homeless people are part of the country, part of us. It could be you...


Now Cape Town to curb nightclub noise
Nightclubs could soon see their sound equipment impounded if they don't heed warnings to turn the volume down, thanks to a proposed amendment to the
City of Cape Town's noise nuisance by-law.
Law enforcement officials have, until now, only been able to issue fines, which nightclub owners have been happy to pay, while the complaints continue to flood in week after week.

Today’s Inspiration of the day
26 Ways To Becoming A Super Healthy Personality!
1. Stay true to yourself.
2. Have total conviction in what you believe in.
3. Get healthy and stay healthy.
4. Focus your attention on those deserving of your time.
5. When giving yourself to a project give yourself completely.
6. Love your critics.
7. Spend quality time with your family.
8. Spend quality time with your closest friends.
9. Find new associates to enhance your career.
10. Listen to your soul mate ever so carefully.
11. Trust your intuition. Go with it.
12. Become spectacular in your work.
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Denise Delcarme from the Dan-Ag Care Centre in Retreat. The Care Centre specifically deals with the homeless people of the community, providing them with homes (Wendy houses) which according to Delcarme instantaneously probes them to bettering their lives be it looking for work etc. Due to the lack of funds the care centre can only see to one person at a time. The centre is currently in need of nails, wood, building material and most importantly a vehicle. If you can help or if you’d like to find more contact Denise Delcarme 079 869 4319 or Agnes on 021 715 2631.

Lastly Carmen Andrews from the City of Cape Town’s Displaced Unit joined us to discuss the units fight against homelessness. We discussed some of the common reasons people are homeless, besides some being born on the streets mostly it’s found that people run to the streets because of family difficulties. It ranges from abuse to abandonment.

Since 2006, the City has worked diligently to develop programmes and provide assistance to people living on the street, including deployment of outreach workers onto the streets, sheltered employment to assist people in getting back on their feet, support to secure a place in a shelter and, thereafter, second phase accommodation.

This week, the City of Cape Town’s Displaced Peoples Unit (DPU) was able to re-integrate a woman who has spent most of her life on the streets of Cape Town.

Susan Benette has been living out of an industrial plastic bag on the sidewalk of Main Road in Claremont for the last 25 years. The DPU has tried to assist Benette in the past, during numerous operations, but she was never willing to accept their assistance.This week she decided to accept their offers to facilitate her transition off the streets and is currently residing in the Kensington Haven Night Shelter. On Wednesday, 02 March the DPU carried out an integrated operation with the South African Police Services, a Claremont City Improvement District social field-worker and the Kensington Haven Night Shelter in order to relocate Benette.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

International Women's Day had tons of great features on MC check it out


Keeping the community in tune and in touch

Today’s Inspiration of the day
Put your plans on paper. Spell out your goals and ways to reach them.
Be specific. The advice you give yourself must be such that you can put it into practice.
Break the task down into small pieces so that you can handle them easily.
Establish checkpoints on your progress as well as rewards.
Remind yourself of the benefits you expect from your tasks completion.
Avoid temptations and circumstances that might sidetrack you.
Recognize your limitations. Don’t set unrealistic goals.
Take advantage of your own energy peaks!
Use negative motivation. Remind yourself of the consequences of inaction.
Keep a time-control budget. Don’t let one task take control over others.
Set deadlines and hold yourself to them.
Make an honest distinction between “I can’t” and “I don’t want to”.
Get started now. Don’t stall.
Improve your self-persuasion ability. Learn the difference between reasoning and rationalizing.
Be optimistic. Your chances for success will increase.
Decide how you want to start, what needs to be done first.
Read, especially literature related to your situation.
Use self-signaling devices – notes, signs, cues, reminders.
Promise yourself rewards.
Use the stimulation provided by good news to do extra work.
Recognize conflicts and make a choice.
Give yourself the right to make mistakes. No one is perfect.
Exercise your sense of humor. Laughter indicates a realistic point of view.

The Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust in Vryground Cape Town. The centre is currently offering a six week programme called Fit for Life/Fit for Work. Training include job and lifeskills and basic computer training. This programme best suits individuals between the ages of 17 and 30 years who are serious about bettering themselves. Interviews are held everyday at the Vryground Community Centre. For more details call Brenda on 084 448 6716 or 021 702 1428

Lastly we showcased one of the events happening in Cape Town for international Women’s Day.
The City of Cape Town’s 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) hosted a safety awareness event to empower women.

The PECC delivered a presentation to women from the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg to create awareness about the City’s 107 Emergency Number. This number is extremely important and can be used for all emergencies that threaten life or property. The highly skilled 107 Communication Centre operators are able to assist callers in any of the Western Cape’s three official languages.
One of the partners in this initiative, the South African Police Services, delivered a talk on drug abuse, and Jonathan Jooste from the Chrysallis Youth Academy gave a demonstration on self-defence.

*We also received word from a source in Zimbabwe Bulawayo about a march of brave women who took to the streets. The march was in fact banned by cops and saw 30 women being arrest.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

For gender hub wednesday "the daddy for dummies" joined in

For Gender hub this morning I was joined by "the daddy for dummies" Marlon Abrahams who joined me to discussed one of his recent columns, "Should men be present at the birth of their kids, and teenage shagging".

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