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South Africa Moves to Lockdown Level 1

On the 16th of September President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the stand and announced that the country would be moving to Level 1 of the lockdown on Sunday the 20th of September 2020 at midnight. While the country may be moving to Level 1, citizens are still encouraged to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. Even though South Africa seems to have passed the peak of the Coronavirus storm, the fight against the virus still continues.

During Level 1, one can expect to see social gatherings take place at a larger capacity, more economic activity as the boarders will be opened for leisure and business travel etc. However, RX Radio will continue to provide Children’s Voices on COVID-19 information and education, and we encourage everyone to continue acting in a safe and responsible manner. The country may be returning to somewhat of a “new normal” but South Africa is not in the clear just yet as the President also warned citizens that a potential second wave of the pandemic still remains and that everyone should still be on the lookout.

To ensure that a second wave of the pandemic does not take place you can help by continuing to wear your mask whenever you go out in public, maintain your distance of 1.5 meters and always remember to sanitise your hands on a regular basis. RX Radio hopes that everyone will be acting responsibly, staying safe and healthy and will continue to help fight against the Coronavirus.

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RX Radio’s First Webinar with Prof Glenda Gray

On Saturday the 5th of September RX Radio, in partnership with the Citizens in Solidarity, hosted our first ever webinar where Child and Young Reporters interviewed Professor Glenda Gray about the Coronavirus and the impact it has on children. Prof Gray answered all our questions and gave us insight into the national Coronavirus response and issues surrounding the lockdown. It was a very successful event.

Many times children’s voices are silenced during national crises and are not taken into account when making decisions concerning the youth. That is why engaging with such professionals as Prof Gray is important for children and young people during times such as these to ask those questions that are of interest to children. Prof Gray also touched on this while answering the thought-provoking questions asked by nine RX Radio Reporters: “… even though children are a very important part of our society, often they are neglected and we don’t listen to them and that we do not give them enough voice or enough time to talk about their concerns… often we forget that children have their own voice and have their own right to speak about their fears and about their sadness about this pandemic.”

If you missed out, the full webinar can now be viewed below or on our YouTube Channel:

RX Radio would like to thank Prof Glenda Gray, Citizens in Solidarity and all the participants involved in making this webinar possible. The reporters at RX Radio will continue to focus on children’s voices during the COVID-19 pandemic and make sure that our experiences are heard and taken seriously.

Keep an eye out for more webinars and virtual broadcasts from RX Radio!

RX Radio and Red Cross Hospital joins in on the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge

South African Artist Master KG’s single Jerusalema has taken the internet by storm. The song led to a dance challenge that was reportedly started in Angola when a group of friends recorded a video with the choreography and it has gone viral ever since. You might have seen this challenge all over social media over the past few weeks because it is quite hard to miss.

On the 18th of August Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital together with RX Radio and others has hopped on the trend and showed off their best moves in the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. Many hospital staff members – ranging from doctors, nurses, supporting staff, etc. – gathered in front of the Peter Pan statue and participated in the challenge, clearly enjoying the beat of the music and the now viral dance steps. [CHECK OUT] the video below to see how it went.

There have been other hospitals joining the challenge such as the Karl Bremer Hospital, Somerset Hospital, and even the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as many locations all around the world! It is clear that once this track is played you just can’t help but dance along. There is no doubt that healthcare and frontline workers have been working very hard to keep everyone safe and with the seriousness of COVID- 19, it might be hard to see the silver lining, however with this Jerusalema Dance Challenge, one can say that it brings back the positivity and unity that we all need.

Red Cross Hospital is going Smoke-Free from 1st August 2020

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been declared a smoke-free facility from 1 August 2020. This means that no one is allowed to smoke cigarettes, pipes, hookahs and electric smoking devices (like vaping) on the hospital grounds. Action will be taken against people who smoke on the hospital grounds and they could be fined or prosecuted.

‘We would like to inform our patients and their caregivers about this latest development,’ said Dr Matodzi Mukosi, CEO of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.  ‘The harmful effects of smoking tobacco and electronic devices to smokers and others around them is well documented. We are committed to providing a safe area for our young patients and a safe workplace for all staff,’ he continued.

RX Radio applauds the decision to make the hospital a smoke-free facility as we have always stood up for the protection of children’s lungs from the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke. In 2018, RX Radio was involved in a workshop held by Professor Anthony Westwood, a retired paediatrician and advocate for the new Tobacco Bill, which looked at the dangers of smoking and how we as children can prevent adults from smoking. He has since been interviewed twice on RX Radio talking about the importance of the Tobacco Bill and the restrictions it puts on smoking to better the health of all South Africans.

Professor Anthony Westwood after his interview with Young Reporters Azande and Imaad A

Earlier this year, Child Reporter Nuroonnisha sent a message to thank the National Council Against Smoking and other organisations that have worked to “Look After Little Lungs” and to ask the President to support the Tobacco Bill. [TAKE A LOOK] at her message below:

To stop smoking call the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) QUIT Line at 011 720 3145 or email quit@iafrica.com.

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Movement continues to draw supporters from every creed, every culture and every nation. The cause of BLM is one that will continue to be deeply entrenched in the minds of every human being affected by the challenges faced by every victim of injustice not only in South Africa but also globally. RX Radio supports the BLM Movement and stands in solidarity with its values. RX Radio commits to creating a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment. We will continue to support this movement together with the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the Transformation Action Group (TAG), the advocacy committee and the greater Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and University of Cape Town.

It is with a sense of urgency that we renew our resolve to take action. We will use our voices, privilege and resources to challenge racism, discrimination, xenophobia and injustice in all its forms, and to actively build a more just, inclusive and equitable workspace and society.   We also commit to uphold children’s rights – to dignity, equality, non-discrimination, survival and development.

We join with the Faculty of Health Sciences in our commitment to “listen with compassion, walk with humility and act with justice”

Children’s Voices on COVID-19 Announced Winners of WHO Innovation Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that Children’s Voices on COVID-19 has been chosen as one of the two winners of the Reboot Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge! Congratulations to all the Child and Young Reporters involved in this project at RX Radio and well done to team members Talitha Counter, Luzuko Sonkapu, Alaweyah Mogali and Chris Booth for being the face of the project at the WHO.

The winners were announced by the Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a special virtual event on Tuesday the 7th of July 2020. During the event, Talitha gave a great presentation where she spoke about our Children’s Voices on COVID-19 project and the work that we have been doing in bringing children’s perspectives on the global pandemic to the forefront. Talitha also answered some questions from Dr Tedros, as well as questions from the audience who attended the event.

The innovation challenge, which was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the support of the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), UNAIDS, the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF, was made to “inspire young people from around the world to develop solutions to one of the most urgent health challenges for the next decade: Keeping young people safe.”

As RX Radio, we believe in the importance of children having a voice about health issues that affect them and in the power of child participation in global health issues. As a result, the three Young Reporters and RX Radio producer entered this innovation challenge using the Children’s Voices on COVID-19 project to highlight the importance of including children’s perspective, ideas and experiences during the global Coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more on this project below:

140 ideas were submitted for this challenge from around the world and we are grateful that this project was one of the two chosen from all those ideas to be the winners. If you would like to see the virtual event that was hosted by the WHO, take a look at the video below:

RX Radio Supports the Black Lives Matter Movement

Black Lives Matter. It is this specific movement that is arguably one of the greatest civil rights movements of all time. This movement has encouraged so many people from diverse backgrounds to come together to support one cause and should be praised as any other organisation that celebrates the dignity, respect and protection of life. RX Radio is joining the movement and is taking a stand for Black Lives Matter.

Protests broke out in America and across the world after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May 2020. The protests take took place showed the continued support that the Black Lives Matter movement has all over the globe. In South Africa, citizens stood up for the movement by protesting not only the death of George Floyd and many others, but also those such as Collins Khosa who were killed by South African army during the lockdown.

RX Radio participated in the #BlackOutTuesday movement, where many public figures and the general public posted a black square to signify their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. RX Radio has also taken to our social media platforms to show support and solidarity for all black lives that have been lost, hurt and wrongfully accused. RX Radio recognises the pain and suffering that many have gone through. We also stand with the movement’s opposition to police brutality and the part that it plays in racism in society. RX Radio Reporter Alex has also been mentioning the importance of this campaign throughout the RX Radio Breakfast show. In light of this, RX Radio is dedicating this blog post to those who may have suffered in any way shape or form at the hands of people in power. #BlackLivesMatter and it’s time we all stand together.  RX Radio encourages others to take a stand and join the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We hope to appeal to the humanity of everybody to join this just cause.

Boosting Morale during COVID-19

It is no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has left many of us wondering what the future holds and can leave us feeling scared and uneasy. During this uncertain time, RX Radio has been bringing you information, education and entertainment around this topic to boost morale and make everyone feel a bit more at ease during this time.

As you may know, two of the Young RX Radio Reporters have been able to broadcast their shows live from their homes: RX Radio Breakfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:00 to 11:00 and Qaqamba’s Inspiration during COVID-19 on Thursdays from 13:00 to 14:00. To help lift everyone’s spirits, RX Radio has started interviewing some stand-up comedians and religious leaders as part of a boosting morale series.

Boosting Morale with Comedy

Every Monday, a comedian is featured on RX Radio Breakfast with Alex. Mark Lottering, a popular stand-up Cape Town comedian, was the first to be interviewed by RX Radio Reporter Alex on Monday 18 May 2020, where he had discussed life as a comedian and how he is coping during the COVID- 19 pandemic – he even talks about what he’d do if he were a frontline worker! [CHECK OUT] his interview below.

The second interview on the 25th of May 2020 was with Crescendo Louw, a Video Journalist for etv and eNCA by day and a comedian by night. [CHECK OUT] his interview here where he talks about bringing jokes to front line workers, as well as how he’s been coping being a journalist during this time:

The third interview that was on Monday 1 June was with Yaaseen Barnes, a one-liner comedian who chats about what he’s found funny during the lockdown as well as his appreciation for all frontline workers.

Make sure you catch RX Radio Breakfast catch a new comedian featured every Monday at 10:30. You can also head over to our YouTube Channel to watch the videos as they are uploaded.

Interfaith Interviews

Over on Qaqamba’s Inspiration during COVID-19, there is a new interfaith feature where a different faith leader will be interviewed every week to give some spiritual support and guidance to all listeners. This feature started on 21 May 2020 where Qaqamba interviewed Pastor Melaney Klaasen, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Chaplain. [LISTEN] to the interview here:

For the second interfaith interview on 28 May 2020, we had Imam Shaheed Gamieldien – who is a part of an imam group at the Claremont Main Road Mosque and is also a retired school teacher. [TAKE A LISTEN BELOW]:

The third interfaith interview took place on the 4th of June 2020 and featured Guru Krishna, the officiating priest at Siva Aalayam Temple in Rylands. He is also a member of the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum and a part of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. [TAKE A LISTEN] to his interview below:

[TUNE IN] to RX Radio on Thursdays at 13:30 for more interviews with religious leaders in the interfaith feature – or find them on our Podbean.

Bringing our listeners all the necessary information, education and entertainment is always at the top of our list and during such trying times we all need a little motivation and inspiration. That is why you should keep an eye out for more interviews with comedians and faith leaders in the coming weeks. RX Radio hopes that everyone is staying safe, healthy and positive.

Western Cape Government Digital Press Conference on COVID-19 Scenario Planning in the Western Cape

On Thursday, 28 May 2020, the Western Cape Government held a digital press conference via Facebook, which outlined the updated COVID-19 scenario planning for the Western Cape.

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, opened the press conference and spoke about the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) having been set up with 850 beds to be a hospital facility for COVID-19 patients.

Western Cape Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo, followed and spoke briefly on how the health care system is adapting daily on how to handle the pandemic.

Professor Andrew Boulle from the Western Cape Government Department of Health (WCGH) made a presentation on expectations (such as rate of hospitalisation) during COVID-19 in the Western Cape.

Members of the Actuarial Society of South Africa presented Models, which are tools to understand how the future might pan out under certain assumptions. The Models included projections of bed requirements and the expected peak of infections in the Western Cape. The peak of infections is expected to be in July and around 7800 beds would be needed in the Province.

Head of WCGH, Dr Keith Cloete spoke about the increased pressure on the health care system due to the pandemic. Additional human resource capacity is needed, as more health care workers are getting infected. This reduces the number of staff who can attend to patients, whilst the number of patients is increasing. He noted that this is not a challenge unique to the Western Cape as many other regions internationally have experienced this. WCGH is working towards getting more staff from other parts of country to assist.

The press conference was concluded with a question and answers session from members of the media who posed various questions to the speakers.

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Qaqamba’s Inspirational Corner Live from Home

Given the current situation that our country and the world is facing with Coronavirus, it is safe to say that we all need a little inspiration and motivation these days. That is why RX Radio is still bringing all the information and entertainment straight to you and we are excited to announce that Qaqamba’s Inspiration Corner will be kicking off this Thursday the 14th of May from 13:00 to 14:00 and will be broadcast from Qamamba’s home using the Outside Broadcasting Unit!

Qaqamba’s show is known for its motivational and empowering topics, it’s inspirational guests, and its great positivity. So [TUNE IN] to Qaqamba’s inspirational Corner every Thursday from 13:00 till 14:00 on www.rxradio.co.za/live!

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