Monday, November 14, 2011

October Highlights

The Morning Cruise showcased Candice Michelle a young and vibrant upcoming artist from Cape Town Candice had a show at Onbroadway in Cape Town called, BORN THIS WAY brought to you by Canelle Productions.

As well as the Cape Town première of Dianne Simpson’s Rose Red, directed by Pieter Bosch Botha. Rose Red is the well-known fairy tale of Snow White turned on its head by perspective, as told through the eyes of the Evil Queen. This poignant story is cleverly woven together with light-hearted comedy and great popular songs from the likes of Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile and Lady Gaga.

October highlights

Karen Kelly – My Journey to Victory

Karen Kelly is a Qualified Emotional Intelligence Trainer and Business Coach. Karen joined me to discuss her story which is dedicated to her late father who played a big role in her life also how she overcame his death and how it lead her to victory in other aspects of her life.

*I personally saw how her story also talks about the important roles fathers play in their children's lives particularly in their daughters lives.

October Highlights

Community worker Theresa Witbooi shared her story with us and how it encouraged her to start the organisation called Heal Our Children. Theresa Witbooi lost her parents at the age of 20 years old. She needed her parents the most to finish her schooling (college) but emotionally she couldn’t pull through and stopped trying. Only at 40 years old Witbooi managed to finish her education. Witbooi then realized that her story is actually a drop in the ocean so many people particularly youth have a similar experience/situation. In the area Witbooi covers youth drop out of schools to support there family, kids are even dropping out from school at 10 and 11 years old. Heal Our Children tries to encourage them to work hard to for what they want, help mobilize them again. As much as it is a struggle says Witbooi especially trying to rally for more schools Mrs Witbooi keeps keeping on.

October Highlights

Abortion as a women’s human right

To discuss the topic Sr Val Truby from Marie Stopes Clinic joined in as well as the chairperson for the Gender Commission.

Some of the facts that came of the interview:
  • Abortion is a legal act
  • it’s best to have a wanted baby than an unwanted baby.
  • Sex education is still highly overlooked and ignored
  • Discussions around preventative measures should openly be discussed and not behind doors.
  • Abortion is your human right however abortion should not be seen as a form of contraception either.

Have your say….

October Highlights

After reading the following write-up ‘Hugging ban can benefit learners’ (do read) I decided the issue had to be discussed. Firstly I spoke to the schools spokesperson that happens to be Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for the MEC for Basic Education in the Western Cape. Casey responded by saying, “There were some concerns that learners were acting inappropriately towards each which is against the schools code of conduct, hugging isn’t banned the school is just enforcing the rules of the school’s code of conduct.

Although the response was short and safe I then decided to speak to a professional preferably someone who studies sexual behaviours someone like Dr Eve to findout whether this type of approach in schools really help? Dr Eve’s responses, “If we going to be criminalising behaviour such as showing affection or any kind of sexuality we going to foster a curious mind. One has to look at where the responsibility lies and it does not lie with repeat criminalising of sexual behaviour with any figure of authority coming in and trying to control this kind of behaviour. One of these negatives of banning touching especially with boys is that they begin to associate any form of touching with sex by the time they get to be young adults they get into significant relationships specifically with women any touch leads to sex which leads to a breakdown in relationships.".

Here are some of the listener’s responses to the question should sex education be introduced in schools:
“I think kids are getting too much sex education they do not even know how to handle it anymore let children be children we never had any sex education our parents spoke to us and in our time there were not as many pregnant kids and teenagers rather bombard them with morals and education the sex will come afterwards. Zelda”

“Its not just schools, but the whole society that must relearn how 2 respect sex, not in an uptight puritanical way, but in recognition that it is the most fundamentally beautiful and important aspect of human culture! Ex-teacher”