Thursday, May 31, 2012

Networker ::: Desiree Paulsen, Shelley Arendse (CDRA) and Monishia Schoeman from Rebel Arts People's Project (@eavespitfire)

From left: Desiree Paulsen, Shelley Arendse and Monishia Schoeman

We had a Networker Session with Desiree Paulsen and Shelley Arendse who are associates of the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) about their upcoming Advanced Facilitation Course which is happening the week of Monday 11th June to Friday 15th June 2012. We discussed what the course entails and the developmental practices that will be taught and explained during the course. The interview touched on the Inside Out Approach to Facilitation and how facilitators, themselves, are their best tool in any situation.

You can contact the CDRA about this course on: 021 462 3902

Monishia Schoeman from the Rebel Arts People's Program also joined in the Networker discussion. We spoke about the projects the Organisation have administrated so far in Parkwood and the challenges of registering and fund-raising.

  Rebel Arts People's Program: Building a Conscious Community Creatively
Rebel Arts People's Project is a Non-Profit Organization established in May 2011 for the purpose of utilising all forms of creative arts and disciplines to promote social and cultural awareness amongst the youth of South Africa.

For more information:

Today in Studio :: @psquintmusic & @YungLue @MNR_LQ

Today we had PS Quint and Yung Lue in studio giving us the 411 on their new single Funk which will be dropping tomorrow for FREE download.

To get your hands on Funk you can download it tomorrow on Hulkshare here or on Facebook here

Stay up to date with them on Twitter here:
PS Quint Twitter 
Yung Lu Twitter
Music Note Records Twitter

In Studio Today :: DJ Ded C (@The_Ded_C)

We had Ded C in studio whodescribes himself as a Music lover and DJ from Cape Town. Obsessed with obscene amounts of bass.

His genre of choice s dubstep and he kindly dropped us a 15 minute dubstep mix of his favourite tracks from the past 2 weeks.

You can find Ded C on  Twitter and Facebook and you can listen and download his mixes on his Soundcloud

Listen to the mix below

In Studio ::: Ayanda Mabulu

Ayanda Mabulu was born in King William's Town in 1981. He moved to Cape Town where he started working as a full time artist at the Good Hope Art studios. He has been involved with a various community projects including teaching art skills to hiv orphans. He participated in Art projects in the community where he picked up a few basic techniques of painting. These skills helped develop his unique style.

Our discussion today was about freedom of expression in this new democracy we have in South Africa. This dynamic and conscious artist touched on issues of black consciousness, how the people must take back their power from those in power and the role of the arts in a functional democracy. Ayanda Mabulu feels very strongly that artists HAVE TO tell the stories of the environments that they find themselves in and be allowed to do so uncensored. We also spoke about his controversial painting Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi (Better poor than a rich puppet)

Ayanda Mabulu's art is expressed in the way he speaks and is not just limited to the canvas. It permeates every ounce of his being. 
VIVA Freedom of Expression VIVA

Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi (Better poor than a rich puppet)

Google search AYANDA MABULU for more information on the Artist and where his work is being exhibited.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Career Tip :: Reflect on Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants

Make a two-column list of your major likes and dislikes. Then use this list to examine your current job and career path. If your job and career still fall mostly in the like column, then you know you are still on the right path; however, if your job activities fall mostly in the dislike column, now is the time to begin examining new jobs and new careers.

Finally, take the time to really think about what it is you want or need from your work, from your career. Are you looking to make a difference in the world? To be famous? To become financially independent? To effect change? Take the time to understand the motives that drive your sense of success and happiness.

Today On The Show :: Michelle Ludwig from GBCSA

Today we spoke to Michelle Ludwig from The Green Building Council of South Africa who offer courses that are for people who want to further their knowledge on green building, green design as well as green interiors.

What is a green building?

A green building is a building which is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible - it incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and occupants.

To find out more about the courses available you can check out their website here or on LinkedIn here or follow them on Twitter here

SOUT Interview ::: @RubenEngel007 and Robyn Radcliffe

SOUT - Soldiers of Uplifting Thought

SOUT is a group of creatives from the local service, media, entertainment and fashion industries that are willing to share our resources, influence, talent and muscle to inspire our youth to greater heights through various charity events. The initiative is spear-headed by Ruben Engel and Robyn Radcliffe who have been regulars on The Morning Cruise pver the past few months.
The interview touched on the journey from "Fill The Gap" which happens on Thursdays - an initiative where people from all walks of life and different industries buy/bake a pie and gives it to someone on the street and uses the opportunity to also get to know each other and form meaningful relationships beyond just providing food for the homeless.

People are encouraged to take up the challenge of this initiative wherever they find themselves in the world. So share some food EVERY THURSDAY, a pie, left overs or anything with that person who begs often at your car window or petrol station and POST your NAME, the FOOD SUBSTANCE and SUBURB in their Facebook group: SOUT Facebook Group

Inspire Compassion.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Career Tip ::: Do Work Your Boss Does

Do Work Your Boss Does

This tip is really key when it comes to demonstrating that you are interested, willing and able to advance your position.  It’s to do some of the work your boss does, especially the work that is not necessary your responsibility, yet!  When you are able to show your ability to do work that your boss does it shows you boss and their peers that you are capable of being promoted.  There are a number of ways to go about this and many are straightforward and obvious, while others may be long term learning areas, either way they are worth seeking out and demonstrating that you can work at their level or on tasks that they are currently responsible for.

The Music Industry Development Showcase 1st and 2nd June 2012

We had a telephonic interview with Ukhona Mlandu from the Artscape Resource Centre about the Music Industry Development Showcase which is taking place 1st and 2nd June 2012 from 10am to 5pm at Artscape. The showcase is an Expo as well as an opportunity for those who are considering the music industry as a possible career choice to participate in workshops which deal with the business of music in South Africa. the Showcase culminates every day with the Youth Jazz Concert at Artscape.

#techtuesday interview ::: @unbrandedtruth

We had a Tech Tuesday conversation with Linda Kaoma - the Founder and Editor - of which is a blog/magazine that serves as a catalyst for self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-evolution. The blog was born out of Linda's need to express her journey into self-discovery and it was a great success and popular online and has grown into a popular online magasine. The columns in the magazine range from thought provoking articles to fun and entertaining features, but all structured as an aid for the person embracing individualism.

Check them out on Facebook:!/UnbrandedTruth

or email them:

Photo Diary: The Morning Cruise (Part 3)

Kanyi Mavi in studio

Jimmy Nevis

Lauren Snyders (NEWS)
Amanda Maboza and Hlengiwe Mbanjwa (Freedom Poets)

Today's Poem: A Dry White Season by Mongane Wally Serote

A Dry White Season

For Don M Banned

It is a dry white season

dark leaves don’t last, their brief lives dry out

and with a broken heart they

dive down gently headed for the earth

not even bleeding.

it is a dry white season brother, only the trees know the pain as they still stand erect

dry like steel, their branches dry like wire,

indeed, it is a dry white season but seasons come to pass

© Mongane Wally Serote

Monday, May 28, 2012

Photo Diary: The Morning Cruise (Part 2)

Black South Easter: Nhoza and Daniel

Bitter Soet Einde Interview: Tauriq Jenkins and Eldene Jones

Winslow & Somie

Andiswa (NEWS) Victor in the background

Friday, May 25, 2012

#AfricaDay Interview with @apoetryofliving @LilCya @badilishapoetry

from left: Linda Kaoma, Siyabonga Njica, Mbali Vilakazi

We had a poetic explosion in studio today with our inspiring guests. The conversation circled around Africa Day and touched on what it means to be African. What emerged from the conversation is that we must celebrate Africa, the triumphs, the beauty and the majesty of this beautiful continent.

Linda Kaoma is the Project Manager of Badilisha Poetry Exchange which is an Africa Centre initiative. The website is a site which seeks to connect and promote African Poets and Poets from the diaspora. Visit the site and follow the easy instructions and you as a poet can have your own profile on this amazing site. You can find Badilisha Poetry on Facebook Badilisha Poetry on Facebook

Siyabonga Njica is an emerging poet on the Cape Town scene and submitted his poem "My Dream for Africa" as part of our Africa Day Poetry Project.

My dream for Africa

My dream for Africa
Is that she blossoms beyond her barriers,
That the values and belief system she upholds,consoles and carries us.
My dream for Africa
Is that she becomes united as one,
Where the lineage of her daughters and son's,
Dance to the the beat of the same drum.
My dream for Africa
Is that she relieves her child soldiers from war,
Where all citizens can be equal before the law,
And the gap decreased between rich and poor.
My dream for Africa
Is that she combats the pandemic of Aids,
Where her infants get to live longer than just today
Away from starvation, death-beds and pain.
My dream for Africa
Is that she conserves our cultural heritage.
Where the marimba's and indigenous sounds of the djembe,
Get to be heard for many more millenniums.
My dream for Africa
Is that she promotes black pride and identity,
My dream for Africa
Is that she reaps the fruit of her soil and history.

Mbali Vilakazi is a force of nature. Her very being oozes poetry and consciousness. This award-winning Poet just returned to South Africa from an European Tour and graced our studio with her presence today. Her poetry speaks for itself, check out her website here

You can follow all our guests on Twitter:
Linda Kaoma - @badilishapoetry
Siyabonga Njica - @LilCya
Mbali Vilakai - @apoetryofliving

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Young Designer Series :: Daniel Ting Chong (@DanielTingChong)

Today was the third installment of our Young Designers Series, where we interview up and coming designers in Cape Town and speak to them about what it takes to get in the industry, stay in the industry and succeed in the industry.

Daniel Ting Chong is an illustrator, designer, artist and VJ/DJ based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Daniel was born in 1987 in Cape Town. Studied graphic design at Vega. He is emerging as one of Cape Town’s top creative talents following a series of art exhibitions, talks, commissions from clients and design collaborations with leading international brands including Levi Strauss, New York Times and the Discovery Channel.

We spoke to Daniel Tin Chong designs/work  has been featured from The New York Times to the discovery Chanel - we found out his inspiration, his creative process and the real in's and out's of what it takes to get an idea to fruition. We also learnt about the different avenues that you can go into if you are interested in design, from illustrating, web design, interior design and graphic art.
To find out more about Daniel or getting hold of his work you can follow him on Twitter here
or check out his website here
Some of Daniels designs/projects:

Photo Diary: The COSATU Strike

Photos taken by Winslow Schalkwyk on the streets of Cape Town during the COSATU e-tag/labour brokers march on Wednesday 7th March 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Photo Diary: The Morning Cruise (Part 1)

Victor J!!!

Winslow and Somie 2nd Day in studio!!!

Shaun Adams and Ernie B St Clair

Nur Felix

#racedebate on The Morning Cruise

The first #racedebate on the Morning Cruise took place today with SRC members from UCT, UWC and Stellenbosch Universities participating in the discussion. The conversation was an on air dissection of the race issue in Cape Town but ended in poignant points regarding Africa as a whole being made and the panel touching on issues of the ideological conception of race, race affinities, prejudice and the social constructs of racism.

From left: Nixon Tasakana (UWC), Ziyanda Stuurman (US) and Kwadwo Ofori Owusu (UCT)

Here are some of the responses on Twitter to what was discussed on the show


Ruben Engel in Studio @RubenEngel007 #racedebate

Ruben Engel, Actor/Filmmaker/Philanthropist, joined us in studio as the first guest in our #racedebate Morning Cruise show today. The conversation focussed mainly on his article which was published on NEWS24 entitled The Coloured Social Genocide

A quote for the article:

"Our Nation is more liked to a bunch of knotted, multi colored shoe laces. The growing tension is making it ever harder to untangle all the hate knots. We are 18 years into democracy after many years of…emotional and physical abuse. Now that is a teenager with an identity crises waiting to rage against the machine. Those of us who are in the positions to influence this teenager cannot be acting as many of our politicians do. This teenager is at the brink of war with itself. We as nation, I believe are on the verge of a social war that is the result of our current government using APARTHEID tactics to GAIN ABSOLUTE CONTROL of our diverse and DEMOCRATIC NATION!"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Career Tip :: ARE YOU A WORK JERK?

High-achievers can be pretty intense at work, which sometimes leads to a negative reputation around the office. If you think you're getting a bad rap (or maybe even deserve it), here are a few tips to help you turn that bad rep around and win the respect of your colleagues.

1. Talk less, listen more. People like to be heard, even if their ideas are not ultimately followed. When you're interested in what coworkers have to say and you hear their concerns, they're more likely to feel appreciated. That usually translates into coworkers not only feeling good about themselves, but also feeling positive about you.

2. Show respect. Remember your parents telling you to treat others the way you would like to be treated? This sage advice doesn't just apply to family and friends; it applies to coworkers, too. Simple politeness, such as saying "please" and "thank you," and giving coworkers credit when credit is due, can go a long way in repairing a negative office reputation.

3. Be reasonable. Not everyone is a high-achiever. Not everyone tackles challenges like you do. Not everyone works at the same pace as you do. In fact, one of the biggest causes of stress and frustration among high-achievers is that their expectations of others are often unrealistic. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Work with a coworker's strengths and work around her or his weaknesses, and both of you should be a lot happier.

4. Be discreet. Gossiping and sharing secrets can put you on the fast track to a bad office reputation. If a coworker shares a confidence with you, respect that confidence and keep it to yourself. And as tempting as it sometimes is, don't participate in office gossip and certainly don't spread it. If you like soap operas, tape them and watch them at home; don't fuel, or worse, create them at your workplace.

5. Be positive. It's hard to like someone who is mostly or always negative. No one is perfect. You will almost always be able to find something wrong with something someone has done or an idea someone has. But why? Focus on resolving the problem rather than assigning blame. This doesn't mean you have to be a pushover. It also doesn't mean you should put your head in the sand or ignore mistakes. It simply means that there are more productive ways to resolve problems than being negative and critical.

These five tips may seem easy, but they actually take practice. It's very easy to get drawn into juicy office gossip, or to fall prey to the negativity trap. But with persistence and practice, like anything else, these attitudes and actions will eventually become second nature. One word of caution, though ... don't expect your bad rep to change overnight. Just as your negative reputation probably didn't develop overnight, it's not likely to change that quickly either. But if you stay focused and stay positive, you should begin to see gradual improvements.

#TechTuesday with Kat Scholtz (@KatharinaS) of Quirk Education (@QuirkEducation)

Today we had the second installment of Tech Tuesdays where the focus was on Technology and Education. Our guest this week was Kat Scholtz from Quirk Education.

Here is more information on Kat:

Kat started as an intern herself, and went on to play a major role in developing and managing the Quirk Graduate Programme that exists today. Alongside Lyndi, she has built Quirk Education, producing and eventually managing the production of content and video production for our distance-learning courses. She is currently Head of Courses, responsible for both materials and the academic coordinators, with the growing Quirk Education team
Kat spoke to us about the courses on offer at Quirk Education as well as how digital and education play a role hand in hand in the development of skills of the Nomad employee and any individual who wants learn more about digital marketing.
Quirk Education has a series of courses available such as:Advanced Search Engine Optimisation Course
Paid Media Course
Foundations of Social Media Course
PR in a Digital World Course
You can find out more about the courses on offer here
You can also follow Quirk Education here to keep up to date with courses that are on offer.