In only one week, Smile 90.4FM’s listeners have identified all four mystery celebrities inside the Polo Vivo Trendline that we’re giving away.
On Friday morning, the 8th of March, Nicole van den Munckoaf correct named celebrity number four as Shakira, and won herself a brand new VW Polo Vivo Trendline 1.4 to the value of R200 000.
So, the four celebrities in the car were: Meghan Markle, Siya Kolisi, Peter Dinklage and Shakira.
Congratulations Nicole! Smile 90.4FM and McCarthy Volkswagen Parow wish you many years of safe and happy driving.
But don’t forget … there is still a bag of cash in the boot. Guess how much and you can win it all!!
For more information on the WHO’S IN THE CAR? competition … click here.
Wednesday the 6th of March was a WINNING WEDNESDAY on Smile 90.4FM.
On Smile Breakfast, Tarryn Petersen, correctly identified Meghan Markle – Dutchess of Sussex – as the first celebrity in the car and won herself R10 000!
Then, during Ewan Strydom’s show from 12:00 to 15:00, David Biggs correctly identified Siya Kolisi and Peter Dinklage as celebrities number two and three and in the process won himself R20 000!
So, there is only one mystery celebrity left to identify. And the person to do that will win the Polo Vivo Trendline worth R200 000 from McCarthy Volkswagen Parow.
And don’t forget … there is still a bag of cash in the boot. Guess how much and you could win it all!!
For more information on the WHO’S IN THE CAR? competition … click here.
Donating blood, like becoming an organ donor, is one of the most selfless, yet completely simple things to do in life. And it doesn’t cost you a thing.
Bloodstock levels in the Western Cape decline during the festive season – just as the number of road accidents spike. For the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS), maintaining a five-day blood stock level through this period is critical, as it ensures that hospitals have sufficient safe blood to treat everyone.
Cynics might ask why they need to give their blood, just so that someone involved in a drunken late-night crash might live. Well, that someone in that crash might be your loved one, fighting for his or her life after someone else, unthinkingly, sped through a red light at an intersection.
Maintaining a five-day bloodstock is difficult at the best of times.
Bloodstock at the WPBTS usually hovers around a two-day supply, year-round, which just shows how much work needs to be done, to encourage and educate new donors.
WPBTS Corporate Public Relations Officer, Michelle Vermeulen, says many of their regular donors are away or very busy during the holiday season. At the same time, their external blood donation clinics at corporate offices, schools and factories close for the December break.
To mitigate the impact of the shortage, the WPBTS is appealing to all residents, regular donors and holidaymakers to set aside just 30 minutes of their day to visit a clinic. Each donation could save up to three lives.
Here at Smile 90.4FM we definitely ended the year on a high note as we hosted the WPBTS at our new offices for our final blood drive of 2018.
More than 70 Smile 90.4FM listeners and our own staff members came out to give their pint of blood. Nearly half of the donors had never donated before, which is really a big deal. It also means, that the blood donated at our offices on the day, a whopping 33,25 litres, potentially already saved about 210 lives.
Thank you to all those who came through to give some of your life-giving blood.
But let’s not stop there. It shouldn’t just be a priority some of the time when it’s convenient for you. Make it your mission to seek out a blood donation clinic every eight weeks.
It’s never been easier. You can download the WP Blood app to find your nearest donation point. You can also follow them on Facebook (WP Blood) on Twitter (@WPBlood) and Instagram (wp_blood).
For those who are social media challenged, you can also contact their offices around the province, so even if you’re on holiday, please make some time to donate.
It’s 30 minutes of your time, and totally worth it:
The Cape Peninsula region includes Cape Town’s northern and southern suburbs, as far as Durbanville in the north and Simon’s Town in the south. Phone 021 507 6364.
The Paarl branch hosts regular clinics in the Boland area, the Helderberg basin, and as far as Lambert’s Bay on the West Coast. Phone 021 871 1030.
The Worcester branch includes the Breede River Valley, Beaufort-West, Swellendam, Ceres, Tulbagh and Hermanus. Phone 023 342 2450.
The George branch services the Southern Cape region encompassing Plettenberg Bay on the coast, Oudtshoorn and Ladysmith in the Karoo, and Heidelberg, Stilbaai and Riversdale. Phone 044 874 2074.
The list of graduates each year from Stellenbosch University makes for interesting and heartwarming reading. A story that immediately stood out in the press release was that of 27-year-old Xolani Hadebe who has shown what true tenacity really means.
After completing matric at his rural school in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, Xolani says he had his heart set on becoming a doctor, even though he had no idea how tough it was going to be to realise his dream.
He received numerous rejection letters from all of the Medical Schools in the country, and he knew that his mom would never be able to afford his university applications, having worked as a domestic worker her entire life. His father passed away when he was very young.
But he never gave up on his dream, and so he decided to get a job as a till packer at his local SPAR, saving as much as he could.
Working in a supermarket was one of the hardest things he has ever done. Packing groceries for his former classmates, at times, hiding, so they do not see nor pity him for working at the grocery store while they continue with their studies.
Over time he saved enough and was accepted to study at Stellenbosch University. This week he finally reached his dream and graduated as a Medical Doctor.
He says he couldn’t have done it without his family.
“I was over the moon that I finally obtained this degree, there were a lot of challenges along the road and I am so grateful for the support from my family, especially my mom.”
Dr Hadebe says, while he is back at home to spend some time with his family, he is looking forward to his future challenges.
“It’s good because another doctor has added to the list in South Africa to ease the burden of disease in the country, and I really want to help heal the nation. Next year I start my first year of internship at Newcastle Hospital and I really just want to become a well-rounded physician, a well-rounded surgeon.”
Dr Hadebe also has some advice for other young people, who may have obstacles in their road to success.
“Seek the right support, pick your friends and your environment wisely, choose friends who want to see you succeed…An I would say, don’t have too much pride, some blessings come when you’re wearing overalls.”
He says always keeping in mind ‘why’ you’re doing something can be a great motivator.
“It’s the driving fire that will keep you warm during the storm, keep you focussed like a laser. Don’t keep dwelling on the past – stay humble, work hard, it won’t be like this forever, feed your brain with positive things, and eventually, you will be done.”
Congratulations Dr Hadebe, may your fire burn brightly as you embark on your new career.
Cape Town, you’re showing off again.
The accolades for the Mother City keep streaming in, not only are we Africa’s Leading Festival and Events Destination, but we are now the World’sLeading Festival and Events Destination. This announcement was made at the 2018 World Travel Awards that took place at the Pátio da Galé, in Lisbon, Portugal over the weekend.
For a City hungry for investment and jobs, this comes at the perfect time.
The City’s annual calendar is filled with some of the most iconic events; and an intergovernmental team has just returned from Singapore, where they presented Cape Town’s bid to host the 2023 Netball World Cup. Mayor Dan Plato says adding the Netball World Cup to the growing list would be a key milestone that will also aid the City in promoting women in sport.
The Mother City plays host to several major events every year, which brings in a staggering amount of money.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour brings about R408 million into the economy and creates about 1 500 jobs.
The Cape Town International Jazz Festival aka ‘Africa’s grandest gathering’ is one of Cape Town’s mainstay events having been hosted in the Mother City for the last 18 years. It contributes about R600 million to the economy. It is the largest jazz festival on the continent and recognised as the fourth largest in the world.
The Design Indaba Conference, the festival of creativity, has been hosted in Cape Town for the last two decades and sees about 48 000 visitors from over 26 countries come to the city to share ideas on all things design. Over the past six years, Design Indaba has ploughed back about R1,7 billion into the economy.
Cape Town will be hosting the exciting HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series showpiece for the fourth time from 8 – 9 December at the beautiful Cape Town Stadium. HSBC Cape Town Sevens brings about R674 million into the economy. The event helps to create 1 400 jobs and enjoys live global TV coverage.
Of course, the world’s most beautiful marathon, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Race, is currently in its 48th year and going strong. It provides a R672 million boost to the economy.
As Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon, the City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which helps the Mother City maintain its reputation as the Events Capital of Africa.
The world’s premier offshore yacht race, the Volvo Ocean Race, made its 11thstop in Cape Town for the South African leg of the competition last December. The Volvo Ocean Race brings in about R540 million into the economy through this biannual event.
Eight of the events being hosted in Cape Town over the next 12 months will contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.
Mayor Dan Plato says it’s a priority for the City to continue to host events of the highest international standards.
“We want the world to know that Cape Town is the destination to invest in, a place to work, for entertainment and the best place to live. This is not just an award for Cape Town; it is an award for South Africa and Africa. We want Cape Town to position itself as a place where the world can access Africa and Africa can access the world.”
This means constantly looking for opportunities to promote Cape Town and bidding for the next mega or major event to further stimulate the local economy. This also means cutting through the red tape and ensuring that permits for events are issued efficiently. In the previous financial year, through its permit office, the City issued 1277 event permits and supported 180 events – this has quadrupled over the last five years. City bosses are looking at an E-Permit system next year.
Our international peers are taking note of our success. The City of Portsmouth, in the south of England, uses the City’s strategy as a blueprint to assist with strategically positioning Portsmouth as an events-friendly destination.
We must remember that we do not live in a silo here in the beautiful Mother City. The more we prosper, the more the rest of the country will too.
On Monday the 26th of November, Bobby, myself and a few of our Smile 90.4FM colleagues piled into the bright yellow Smile van and excitedly made our way to Bloekombos Secondary School in Kraaifontein. We took our time driving there from our studios in the CBD because we were transporting some precious cargo: a van full of brand new musical instruments!
I’d been looking forward to this day for months as it was the conclusion of our ‘Making Music for Madiba’ campaign, earlier this year when we called for 67 buskers to perform for 67 minutes in 67 different locations across the Mother City, on Mandela Day. The aim was to inspire people to keep Madiba’s phenomenal legacy of ‘service to others’ alive.
This year, the 67 talented buskers raised over R20 000 towards music development for children and we chose Bloekombos Secondary to be the recipients of the proceeds. The school was established in 2006 and serves the community of Bloekombos, with more than 40% of its learners coming from the France area in the new establishment of Wallacedene.
As we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the school’s Music Director, Siyabulela Sulelo. As he led us through the foyer I couldn’t help noticing a large display cabinet filled with trophies awarded to the school’s choir. I immediately got the impression that this was a school that took its music very seriously. This was later confirmed when Mr Subelo (an accomplished opera singer himself) told us about how passionate the school’s choir is and how they regularly travel around the country to take part in competitions.
Then came one of my favourite moments of the year – the instrument handover.
We presented the school with a variety of instruments, such as keyboards, guitars, violins, trumpets and accessories to equip the music department and assist learners in pursuing their musical passions.
Mr Sulelo was visibly thrilled and said that their goal is to take the music department to new heights and give the students the training they need. He said having these instruments would do just that.
We were then invited to the hall where the school choir was lined up on stage to entertain us with a few songs to show their gratitude. The minute they started singing “Hallelujah” I got chills down my spine and a lump in my throat. I was completely transfixed by these high school students swaying gently (almost doing a Madiba Jive) to the tune they belted out from the stage, singing in perfect harmony, which somehow made it all the more perfect. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when the Smile team was lead on stage to join in during the third song. It was a lovely gesture that I’ll never forget.
Clearly, the students at Bloekombos love their music and I for one am excited to see the school’s music department grow from strength to strength.
Smile 90.4FM Marketing Manager, Kerry McIntyre, commented that “creating an environment where the students of Bloekombos Secondary can discover their talent and realise their potential is what Smile 90.4FM is all about” and I couldn’t agree more.
At this school, not only are they inspiring young minds to experience the joy of music, they’re transforming lives!
The first President of South Africa, to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, died on December 5, 2013. It’s been five years since Madiba’s death, and since that day our political discourse, both in private and public, seems to have gone downhill.
But his legacy is too precious to let slip, and as the world celebrates the 100 years since his birth, his eldest daughter has shared some special memories of him, on the eve of the Mandela 100 celebrations.
In a rare interview shared with the media, Dr Maki Mandela says one of her father’s deepest regrets around the number of years he spent as a political prisoner, was not being there for his mother.
“It’s not surprising that among the 22 pastels he sketched was his childhood home in Qunu. My dad was a mama’s boy. He loved his mother very much. His major regret was that he wasn’t there to do the important things that a son does for a mother. He wasn’t there either when she passed away. But his love for Qunu never waned and you can see it in his pastels.”
The only pastel sketch Mandela ever drew of the desolate limestone quarry on Robben Island was put up for charity auction this week.
“Tata created the Struggle Series in 2004. Those who know about the artworks have always asked me the same question; why did he draw Robben Island? I think the answer lies in the number of years he spent there as a prisoner, and it was also the time when he missed Qunu the most. He loved it very much; it’s where he grew up. The thing he particularly loved during his years behind bars was the visits by one of my aunts, who used to tell him all the village gossip. There’s no place that was closer to Tata than Qunu.”
The auction is part of a bigger plan, to ensure Madiba’s legacy lives on. Other items on auction included a rare life-scale pewter cast of his right hand, as well as a one-kilogram gold coin commemorating Mandela’s road to freedom. Encased in the coin lies a stone excavated from his last resting place.
As the head of the House of Mandela Family Foundation, Dr Mandela says the funds raised will go towards ensuring that one of her fathers’ last wishes is realised.
“Something few know is that Tata was a farmer. He had cows, chickens, a piggery and greenhouses with lots of vegetables like spinach and pumpkins and his farm supplied produce to the local village. In his will it stated clearly that he wanted the farm to continue to provide for the village.”
To this end, the goal is to turn Tata’s farm at Qunu into a demonstration farm with an agricultural Centre of Excellence.
“Agriculture is a major way we can create wealth for our people, not only the rural population but as an opportunity for our youth. It’s in line with my father’s legacy. Proceeds from this auction will go towards realising this dream for him and for our people.”
Dr Mandela says the demonstration farm is the immediate plan, but in the long run, they want people from all over the world to undertake a spiritual mission to his spiritual home Qunu.
“Eventually his burial site will be reached via the Walk to Freedom and our dream is that it will become a place of pilgrimage for anyone who is struggling with issues of freedom. It will be the Mandela Shrine and pilgrims will be able to walk their own personal journey while they walk Tata’s spiritual journey.”
Dr Mandela says creating a place of remembrance is integral to her father’s legacy.
“Why people around the world love my dad is not because he was a great politician. It’s this spiritual thing; he touched human beings whether it was a fisherman in the Maldives, someone living in remote China or even America. “
If we can regain even a small amount of “Madiba Magic”, and harness each individual’s contribution towards the greater good, there is no doubt that the world will be a better place in the long run.
It’s a testament to how far we’ve come as a country that many doctors now say they’d rather have HIV than Diabetes, because HIV is an easier chronic disease to manage. Today, South Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world, with millions of people living healthy, long lives, by simply taking one pill a day.
Just two decades ago, the picture was very different. People were stigmatised, government was in denial, and HIV medication was reserved for the rich and privileged. The Treatment Action Campaign was launched on the steps of Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral in 1998, as a response to the injustices of all this, and their first campaign demanded the provision of ARV’s for HIV-positive mothers to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
AIDS Activism was born.
The TAC can be credited for many of the gains we’ve made. The likes of Zackie Achmat fought for access to life-saving drugs, fought the pharmaceutical companies who had the monopoly and could inflate prices, and challenged the disastrous government-endorsed AIDS denialism of the Mbeki-era.
Finally, in 2004, government rolled out free ARV’s in the public sector, saving millions of lives.
It’s very apt that twenty years after the formation of the TAC, and on the eve of World AIDS Day, one of its foot soldiers has been honoured with a prestigious international prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola, who today is the Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University, was one of 15 recipients worldwide of the 2018 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
Her credentials in the HIV movement speaks for itself. Vuyiseka joined the HIV movement when she was 22 after testing HIV positive in 2001. She began her activist life as a volunteer of the Treatment Action Campaign and was instrumental in building TAC branches in the Klipfontein district in Cape Town. She became an employee, tasked to build the TAC’s Prevention and Treatment literacy programme, which she led for six years as a programme coordinator for the province. Over the years she rose as a strong leader to finally be elected as the General Secretary in 2008. In 2012 she was re-elected.
Dubula-Majola remains humble and has paid tribute to the many people before her who has made it possible for her and others to be alive today. She has dedicated the award to all human rights defenders.
“It is always humbling as an activist to get recognition. This award is a collective gratitude to those who speak truth to power.”
Her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and working toward interventions that will reduce transmission, continue.
Her leadership at the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management will ensure that our future leaders are ready to deal with the new challenges to manage HIV, and ensure that South Africa reaches the UN endorsed goals of 90-90-90 by 2020: To have 90% of all persons tested, 90% of all HIV-positive persons on ARV’s, and to see that 90% of all those on treatment are virally suppressed, by 2020.
Dubula-Majola has also been included in the book ‘A to Z of Amazing South African Women’, a publication that honours the contribution of women to South Africa’s past, present and future. Other names in the book include Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Fatima Meer, Caster Semenya, Natalie du Toit and Thuli Madonsela.
In the book they refer to Dubula-Majola as a “heroine for our times” – someone who has defied all the odds and is still working actively to improve the situation.
“I welcome challenges. That is how we grow.”
If you Google ‘Manenberg’, you can be guaranteed that nothing good about the suburb will pop up. It’s notorious for many social ills, as are many areas on the ‘Cape Flats’.
A former editor of mine suggested we move away from the use of the phrase ‘Cape Flats’. Does it not perpetuate the stereotype, thrust upon residents by the apartheid government? Or is it something that residents have taken ownership of? Taking back, and owning negative language, seems to be the ‘woke’ thing to do, so I write from a perspective of ignorance as I don’t live in Manenberg (and I’m probably not woke) and can’t possibly understand their daily reality.
Like many other areas on the Cape Flats, Manenberg’s layout is firmly informed by apartheid planning logic. It was initially developed as a dumping ground for the 1950s forced removals from areas around Cape Town’s city centre, such as District Six.
So of course, writing about any upliftment potential for a troubled suburb is drenched in controversy. It’s hyper-political, there are various factions competing for attention, and the media seems to seek out the narrative that any plan to upgrade a neighbourhood must be doomed to fail.
This week, the ‘Community Action Plan’ for a major urban upgrade of Manenberg was signed by the City, Province and the Manenberg Community Steercom. Participants call this a ‘historic consensus’ that was reached between government and community representatives on how best to deliver a major urban upgrade in Manenberg.
The upgrade includes a 594-bed Regional Hospital, a school’s upgrade that will benefit four primary schools, and a new School of Skills for the Manenberg community and surrounds. The infrastructure investment forms part of the long-term vision to transform the urban landscape along central Manenberg into a Youth Lifestyle Campus.
The Chair of the Manenberg Community Steercom, Jonathan Jansen, says the entire community was invited to be part of the planning of this new vision for the area.
“This has been facilitated through roadshows and numerous public meetings and the community were given ample opportunity to provide input on the future urban upgrade of Manenberg. The success of this plan will only be seen if the community are active participants and co-drivers of the implementation going forward. The process of engagement with the community will continue as this transformative upgrade steadily becomes a reality.”
The Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) NPO have supported the City and the Province from the very beginning, in facilitating community input on this upgrade.
The non-profit organisation has been closely involved with the community in Manenberg for years, trying to re-position the area from an unsafe, dormitory area to a secure, diverse, vibrant, innovative, cohesive, and sustainable neighbourhood.
There are many challenges ahead, including further public consultations, which may even railroad progress. But the positive news is that many role-players in the process are fully committed to transforming the urban landscape in Manenberg for the better. And this is at least something to hold onto.
Maybe in a few years’ time, when you Google ‘Manenberg’, they’ll have a different story to tell.
Ask anyone, who is the biggest female star in the music business right now, and they’ll tell you…
It’s Taylor Swift.
She’s been called many things, left many broken hearts in her wake, sold more records and downloads than any of her peers, and now she’s back in the headlines for striking a new record deal that includes real financial benefits for thousands of other musicians.
T-Swift, as she’s affectionately known by millions of fans, just broke free from her lifelong record label, Big Machine, who signed her at the tender age of 15. And within weeks, she’s signed a new record deal with the Universal Music Group, which is unparalleled in terms of music ownership and royalty provisions.
Under the new deal, Universal Music has agreed to hand over a portion of their profits from all its Spotify shares in future.
Not just to her … but to ALL the artists represented by the label.
Swift will also own the masters of all future albums, which hasn’t been the case with her previous six multi-million selling records.
It’s not the first time that she’s derailed the music business gravy train though…
In 2014, she refused to allow the streaming of her fifth studio album, 1989, on Spotify or any other streaming service.
A year later she took on Apple Music over their decision not to pay artists for music its subscribers listened to during their three-month free trial, eventually causing them to back down and change their policy.
In 2017, under the new terms, she finally uploaded her full catalogue of music to streaming services.
And that’s not where it ends when it comes to acts of kindness performed by the femme fatale Robin Hood of the music world…
Swift is a known philanthropist, and has been recognized numerous times for her dedication to advocacy and “inspiring others through action”.
But she also puts her money where her mouth is. In 2008 she donated $100 000 to the Red Cross. In 2010, during a telethon, she donated $500 000 towards flood relief and in 2014 she donated another $100 000 towards cancer research.
A final word from Universal Music Chairman and CEO, Lucian Grainge: “Few artists in history approach Taylor Swift’s combination of massive global hits and creative brilliance. She is so multi-talented, she can achieve anything. I have such enormous respect for Taylor, in particular for her use of her hard-earned influence to promote positive change.”