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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Klipfontein Road Rondebosch, 7700 Cape Town, South Africa

RX Radio on Carte Blanche

RX Radio was excited to be featured on Carte Blanche on Sunday 19 May 2019 on M-Net on DSTV. The ten-minute story on Carte Blanche has brought positive feedback to the station and the RX Radio team.

Carte Blanche is a well-respected television show with a huge following and being featured on their show is a great opportunity for the station.

Check out the coverage of RX Radio below:

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Paarl Hospital Certificate Ceremony May 2019

On Saturday 18 May 2019, the RX Radio team went to Paarl Hospital to host a Certificate Ceremony for the new Child and Young Reporters who completed their basic training in March and produced a radio diary.

The Certificate Ceremony was all about showing the children their completed radio diaries and giving them their certificates which show that they have completed basic training with RX Radio. Ten out of the eleven reporters were handed their certificates after watching their diaries and were formally asked if they wanted to continue being part of RX Radio as Child and Young Reporters. The kids were so excited to see what they were able to produce and they all agreed to be part of the RX Radio going forward.

The ceremony was supported by the CEO of Paarl Hospital, nurses, parents and the Radio KC team. The ceremony went well as all the kids were happy and the parents were so excited seeing their children speaking so boldly about their conditions or illnesses. After the Certificate Ceremony everyone ate a cake in celebration.

Radio Miudos Skype Interview

On 23 April 2019 we were approached by Rádio Miúdos, the first Portuguese speaking radio station run by children. They are an online radio station that has been operating since 2015 and they have a team of 30 kids doing their own shows.

They requested a Skype interview with our reporters which took place on 10th of May 2019. Kauthar, Amirah, Jesse and Imaad did the interview with three of their reporters and João Pedro Costa, their Programme Manager, who acted as a facilitator and translator.

The interview was a huge success as it became a conversational discussion where presenters from both Rádio Miúdos and RX Radio could ask each other questions about their experiences with radio.

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RX Radio Newsletter 06 May 2019

We have just released our brand new RX Radio quarterly newsletter! While we are primarily a radio station run by and for children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, this newsletter is intended to entertain its readers and act as a space for Child and Young Reporters to express themselves in a written medium.

In this edition, you can find a number of articles that were written by six RX Radio Reporters on a variety of informative and entertaining topics.

  • Mujahid (18) writes about his experience with the pilot of RX Radio (which took place in 2009) and the excitement of going live on air for the first time in 2017.
  • Luzuko (17) focuses on the power of music, it’s place in self-healing, and his own history with music.
  • Alaweyah’s article looks at the 13-year-old’s journey with her condition and RX Radio’s place in her life.
  • Alex (16) talks about his experience with RX Radio and how he enjoys hosting the RX Radio Top 20 with Alex.
  • Tarique (18) tackles the serious topic of social media and how RX Radio fits into the media landscape.
  • Finally, Amirah shares a recipe for sugar-free cookies.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter and that you will learn something new from the Child and Young Reporters at RX Radio.

Click here to view the First Edition of RX Radio Newsletter!

Untold Stories Book Launch

On Tuesday 23 April 2019, Yusrah and Naseera, hosts of Book and Breakfast attended the book launch of Untold Stories: memories of growing up in a different era at Groote Schuur High School in celebration of World Book Day.

The book featured childhood stories of six South Africans sharing their unique perspectives growing up under the apartheid regime. The stories were combined by Dr Joanne Bloch who spoke at the event and there was a re-enactment of the stories performed by members of Project 021 – a non- profit organisation who through the performing arts, seeks to create social change and provide skills development through communication project.

The event was organised by Cape Town Museum of Childhood and Centre for Early Childhood Development. Yusrah and Naseerah interviewed a number of people attending the event, including five of the people featured in the book, the organisers of the event, as well as Dr Joanne Bloch.

RX Radio at Building Children’s Nursing Conference 2019

On Tuesday the 16th of April 2019, RX Radio gave a presentation at the Building Children’s Nursing (BCN) Conference for Africa that took place from Tuesday to Thursday last week. This biennial conference is a participative event for nurses all over Africa who work with children and their families, to consider and celebrate their contribution to excellence in care. This year’s theme was Constructs of Care where models and approaches to care are examined.

Six Child and Young Reporters, along with Senior Content Producer Noluyolo, gave a talk entitled “Improving patient experience and healthcare communication through radio – what children say about pain”. This talk therefore focused on the podcast that was produced last year on Procedural Pain – a podcast that actively changed policy at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Giving the 45-minute presentation at the end of the first day of the conference, Rowan, Thameenah, Jesse, Imaad, Saadiq and Mujahid spoke about their experiences with pain in hospital, the communication they had with healthcare professionals, and how RX Radio may have given them a platform to ask questions and improve their communication skills. Advice was also given to the health workers attending in order to encourage them to listen to their patients and refine their own communication skills when it comes to the pain a patient feels.

The presentation was well-received by the attendees at the conference who spoke highly of the work RX Radio is doing with the children in the hospital community.

Aside from this presentation, RX Radio also covered the BCN conference on the first day – with Child Reporters Thameenah and Rowan interviewing speakers, organisers and attendees. Listen below for the coverage from that day:

RX Radio at the Liberty Radio Awards 2019

On Saturday the 13th of April 2019, the Books and Breakfast team attended the Liberty Radio Awards at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The team was nominated for the Best Internet Radio Show and they were the youngest attendees at the Awards.

The Books and Breakfast show is hosted by two sisters Yusrah and Naseerah on RX radio from Monday to Friday at 16:00 -17:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 15:00-16:00. Yusrah talks about literature and interviews authors and her co-host, Naseerah, has a feature called Think, Think, Think with Naseerah where she does her jokes and riddles, and contributes to the Life Experience Feature.

Though the sisters could not bring the award back home it was a great opportunity for them and RX Radio. As Naseerah and Yusrah mother said, ‘’I believe that this is a step in the right direction and hopefully this will be the start of many more to come for RX radio station’’.

Congratulations once again, to RX Radio Senior Content Producer Noluyolo Ngomani, who is the producer of Books and Breakfast, for being this year’s Bright Star Awards inductee. This recognition is not only for them, but for the whole RX Radio team!

Radio Tygerberg 104FM visited Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

On Wednesday 10 March, Radio Tygerberg 104FM visited Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and hosted a live outside broadcast for their Kleinsaterdag – which is an Afrikaans term used to indicate that weekend is approaching.

From 09:00 to 12:00, Radio Tygerberg was set up next to the main entrance of the hospital, where Benescke Janse Van Rensburg hosted the show and interviewed a number of people at the hospital – including Anita Parbhoo (Red Cross Hospital Medical Manager), Dwayne Evans (Red Cross Hospital Communications Officer), RX Radio Producer Wayne Boonzaaier and two of the RX Radio Reporters, Seraj and Nurji.

The theme for this broadcast was ‘What does it mean to serve?’ and Radio Tygerberg interviewed their guests about what serving others means to them. When chatting on air, Wayne shared his journey with RX Radio and how the children’s radio station serves their listeners, while Child Reporters Seraj and Nurji chatted about their roles and participation at RX Radio.

After the broadcast, the Tygerberg 104FM team went to the wards to spend time with the patients and left them with a few gifts.

Red Cross Relay Marathon

On Tuesday 02 April 2019, Red Cross Children’s Hospital held a Relay Marathon at the Rondebosch Common for staff members in the hospital community. Each of the teams ran a total of 16 laps around the Common, with the runners passing the baton after each lap.

The Relay started at 08:00 and finished with a final shotgun lap at 13:00 for those team who had not completed all their laps. The weather for the day was kind, with the sun shining and a wind keeping the runners cool.

RX Radio entered a team of Child/Young Reporters and staff workers and the team managed to complete all 16 laps before the 13:00 cut-off lap. Young Reporter Mujahid he was the fastest runner in the RX Radio team with a time of 10 minutes and 50 seconds. For the event, NJ Africa sponsored t-shirts for the whole RX Radio team.

In the end, the A –Team (Anaesthesiologists) was the first to finish the laps with Surgery All-stars and Team Oystercatcher coming second and third.

[CHECK OUT] the coverage from the day below:

RX Radio is going to the Liberty Radio Awards 2019!

RX Radio is proud to announce that Books and Breakfast with Yusrah is a finalist in the Liberty Radio Awards under the Best Internet Radio Show, while our Senior Content Producer, Noluyolo Ngomani, has been inducted at a Bright Star for the awards!

The Liberty Radio Awards promotes and recognises excellence in radio and focuses on rewarding individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to keep their listeners interested and tuning in.

The Awards will be taking place on Saturday 13th of April in Johannesburg and will be attended by Noluyolo, Yusrah and Naseera Du Toit (host and co-host of Books & Breakfast with Yusrah) and their parent.