Monday, April 18, 2011

MC programming from April 12th - April 15th

I was joined by Cape Town born actress, well-known for her role as Charmaine in Sewende laan, Vinette Ebrahim. We discussed the theatre production of the Ellen Pakkies story that made headlines internationally called, "My naam is, My name is Ellen Pakkies". Vinette plays the role of Ellen Pakkies and Christo Davids (Errol in sewende laan) plays the role of Abie, Ellen's deceased son.

Vinette mentioned it was an experience, emotionally etc but mostly an honour especially meeting Ellen Pakkies and being able to "tell" the story. Also Vinette feels it's important for people to know it is not a documentary of what happened just a theatre production of the horrid occurrances.

The production written and directed by Lizz Meiring was first staged at kknk and has already received two nominations for an award.

It's currently being staged in Cape Town's Baxter theatre it plays until the 7 May 2011 tickets available at computicket.

For Gender hub the show didn't really focus on gender issues however we did adddress a much needed discussion on the role parents play in adolescent reproductive health. It was a research project conducted by University of Cape Town's medical students who joined me in studio to bring awarness to parents and change these views and enable parents to effectively communicate and educate thier adolescents around this topic. Unfortunately the outcome was not a positive one however the research did prove that in areas heavily affected by teenage pregnancy, STI's etc parents were not educated enough on the matter to communicate effectively.

MC showcased the opening of Big Fish Digital school of filmmaking in Cape Town. Big Fish is a multi-award winning film school that aims at producing socially responsible African filmmakers. Training is offered on paid-for basis and on bursary for students who would otherwise not afford it. They are now spreading their wings and opening a branch in Cape Town. For more details visit 

Friday, April 08, 2011


41 ways to take your dreams more seriously…

1. Commit to your dreams. Either you are going to take them seriously or you aren’t. There is not really an in-between on this. Decide that you are going to do whatever it takes to complete your dreams. Commit now to take your dreams seriously. Commit now to do everything in your power to make them happen. Commit now to never give up.
2. Clarify your dreams. Sometimes our dreams just aren’t clear enough for us to take them seriously. You may have a vague idea, of a direction you might want to start moving in but you just aren’t sure what that would look like, or even what you would want it to look like. Set aside ten minutes to an hour. Sit down with pen and paper, and ask yourself what your dream life would look like. Be as detailed as possible.
3. Make time for your dreams. The only time you are guaranteed to have is time that you make for yourself. Pull out your calendar, and set at least one hour a week to work on your dreams. It doesn’t even have to be all at once. One way you could reach this goal would be 10 minutes a day 6 days a week. Even if it is just a little bit of time each day, you will still be better off than if you had made no time at all for your dreams. Make it clear to your friends and family that you are not to be disturbed during this time. If you can’t make that because you are doing all the chores in the house, than delegate some of your work to someone else. You need time to rest, and you need time to work on your dreams.
4. Cut out distractions. Anything that is not as important as your dream needs to wait until you have at least put some work in your dreams. Example of this would be tv shows which can either be recorded or watched online, checking your e-mail, messaging and twitter. Those can all be set aside for a later time; they aren’t going anywhere. Turn off your phone, turn off any application that you don’t need running, and put the extra focus that you have now gathered up in to your dreams.
5. Break it down in to habits. Any dream worth completing is going to take time, and practice. The best way to practice is to build a habit. For example one of my dreams is to get good enough at blogging to turn it in to a full time career. The habits required for this, are taking it seriously, writing every day, networking consistently, and constantly learning things worth hearing about. Once you have your list of habits see if you can break them down in to more habits. In order for me to network, I have to keep in contact with people, so I have to make that a habit. I also have to take time to put myself out there. These aren’t difficult steps, and I spend a month on each habit that I want to build, strictly focused on that habit. It takes a while, but every day that I continue to work on those habits I am one step closer to my dreams. It gives me a success to celebrate daily.
6. Define success for yourself. This goes back to clarifying your dreams. What would success look like? Why would it look like that? You have to set your own standards for what each of your successes are.
7. Set several small goals. This will build your confidence, and teach you one of the most important things you need to know for taking your dreams seriously; that you can.
8. Celebrate small victories. If you have finished building one of the habits that you need for your dreams than treat yourself. Go out to eat, grab a candy bar, sit down and watch a movie, just something to reward yourself for completing your goal. Also make sure to keep a list where you can write down each victory as you gain it. This will be useful on the days when you are not sure if your dreams are really worth taking seriously. Heck, even if you’ve just done something for the first time. Celebrate.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

MC programming from MARCH 30 - APRIL 1 2011


Tuesday March 29 2011 Cape Argus frontpage reads, "City schoolboys in bloody fight captured on video clip". This influenced the theme of the show which discussed the increase of youth violence/aggression and what will be done about safety in schools.
To discuss the topic Leazanne Leostuht from the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention ( joined me on the show as well as Nariman Khan PROVINCIAL SAFE SCHOOLS MANAGER for the Western Cape Education Department.

We looked at possible factors causing this aggression and violence in the youth as well as what can and should be done to alleviate the problem.

MC showcased the St. Andrews High School talent show in Elsies River Cape Town. It's all the name of fundraising for the school for better facilities and maintenance.
Lastly Alderman Clive Justus Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services joined me to discuss the new Solid Waste By-Law. Blitz-like operations will see a group of officers arriving, without warning, in specific areas, where heavy fines will be handed out for all waste related offences.

The cigarette stompie thrown on the ground may become the most expensive smoke you have had at R500 each. Likewise for that cooldrink can, sweet paper, chip packet etc.
Anyone who creates waste e.g. businesses, offices, shops etc. is required to have a contract for the removal of their waste. The officers will be visiting these generators of waste to check and inspect their contracts for removal. It is advised that these are obtained without delay as putting your business waste into the street litter bin or putting a bag/ boxes etc. out on the pavement will draw a large fine with a minimum of R1000 and even much more.

For Art - C Friday MC showcased an on Broadway show called Thriller.

A 5-piece group called Southside have been performing for the past 12 years and are well known for their tribute shows, which include The Temptations, The Drifters, Kool and the Gang and most recently The Jackson Five. These shows have been particularly popular in Spain where the group have been performing for the past 5 years.

Lastly ex lead vocalist for Cape Town group 'CODA' Yolanda Yawa joined me in studio to chat about her first ever solo album called 'crossova'. It's an album all about Yolanda, thoughts, experiences etc.