Friday, July 21, 2017

Mbulelo Hohlo: Writer, Director, Actor, and Poet

Mbulelo Hohlo came to Bush Radio to talk about his upcoming theatre production called Take Me Back. He is both the writer and director of the production and will be acting as well. His creativity doesn’t stop there though, Mbulelo also writes and performs poetry.

Mbulelo speaks to all the artists, writers, musicians, and performers out there and encourages them to keep pushing, to keep writing and performing. Even when it gets difficult, his message to striving performers and writers is that “you are still standing there because there is somewhere you want to be,” so continue with your craft.

We witnessed Mbulelo perform a poem live in the studio, which you can hear below in the recording. He performed the poem in Xosa and said that each language gives a different feeling to the poem. If he translated the poem to another language, the poem would change from a performance to a reading.  

Mbulelo’s lasting message is that “your craft is worth more than you think, so let’s respect our craft and let’s do our best with it.”

Production details:
Written and directed by: Mbulelo Hohlo
Performance director: Yongama Siwangaza
Cast: Mbuluo Hohlo, Zizipho Gege, Yongama Siwangaza
Date: 22 July 2017
Location: Nkqubela Community Hall

You can follow Mbululo Hohlo on his facebook: Mbulelo King V-Star Hohlo 
You can also find him on these Facebook pages: Curtain Call African Speak, Umbono Wethongo

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck

Creating jobs and business leaders: First Car Care College

Jaques Erasmus and Abigail Warwick from First Car Care College came to talk to us in the studio. First Car Care College is a fully functional auto-body repair shop and a practical private college based in the Western Cape. The college trains students in artisanal skills such as spray painting and automotive body repair and then helps those students find employment. 

Jaques says his goal is to help take people off the street and give them a skill, employment, and future business skills. The college currently has 65 students and almost 95% of those students receive sponsorships to attend the college so that they do not have to pay the full college fees. Artisanal training and low fees... sign me up please. The aim of First Car Care College, Jaques says, is “not only to create artisans, but also to create future business leaders” so that they can turn around and employ more people. 

Abigail Warwick, a current student at the college gave us a personal insight into the life of a First Car Care College student. She began her studies in 2012 and is now a qualified spray painter. Not only does she have a certificate in spray painting, but she is also starting her own panel shop along with two of her colleagues. She says she is “looking forward to helping other people find jobs."  Her success story shows women and men alike that the First Car Care College helps students not only become skilled workers but also business leaders.

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck

Thursday, July 20, 2017

HOPE Cape Town

This morning we spoke with Marlene Whitehead, Brett Steensmia, and Kelsey who spent their 67 minutes on Mandela Day helping the organisation HOPE Cape Town. The organisation strives to improve the quality of life of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. Marlene has been working with HOPE Cape Town for the past seven months and told us about the clinics, soup kitchens, gardens, preschools, as well as other resources that HOPE Cape Town provides for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Brett Steensmia believes that organisations are more powerful when they work together, so his organization, We Can Together Foundation, joined forces with HOPE Cape Town to make a larger impact on Mandela Day. We Can Together Foundation focuses on giving at risk youth skills, resources, and training with a special interest in bringing youth into platforms of technology and education. 

Kelsey from the Duke Engage program in the United States also brought volunteers from her program to help out on Mandela Day. The Duke engage program is an immersive service program that brings Duke University students abroad on 8-week service programs.

We asked our guests what they think is one of the greatest challenges for NGOs and Marlene responded that the main stress is competing for resources with other NGOs. She believes as Brett does that collaboration between NGOs “brings about unity” and that organisations should focus more on working together to increase the successes of both organisations.

Listen to the whole conversation here and check out the organisations: HOPE Cape Town, We Can Together Foundation, and Duke Engage.

Presenter: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto
Producer: Sophie Breck