August 24, 2017

Listen Again

On this page we aim to post interesting features, and intriguing dialogue.


The Truth and Reconciliation: 

  • Alex interviews Dr Alex Boraine on the importance of justice, the reasoning behind The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how it was like working with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Melody Kleinsmith, Marketing Communications Manager at Iziko Museum chats with Tarique: They are chatting about the museum’s exhibitions around reconciliation and what the museum is doing to celebrate Reconciliation Day.

Looking back theme – RX Radio 2017 last live broadcast: 

  • Dr Gabriel Urgoiti, Station Manager at RX Radio speaks with Alex about RX Radio and his journey.


  • Marva Bassom Dhliwayo, writer and a researcher at The District6 Museum talks with Yusrah about history of Distrist6 and why volunteering is essential.


  • Tarique interviews Erica du Toit from Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities – they look at awareness, disability in her family, her personal experiences and how to educate the public on disability.


  • Dr James Nuttall, Paediatrician and Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist speaks about the outbreak of Listeriosis.


  • Alex had a telephonic interview with Oarabile Ditsele from The Fall- a play portraying experiences of seven UCT graduates during the #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student movement. They also look at giving back to the community, as 5th of December is marked to celebrate #InternationalVolunteerDay.

International Volunteer Day: 

  • To further celebrate International Volunteer Day Alex spoke to Eddie White, the Programmes Manager at The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association on the importance of volunteering. Also Heni from Finland and Rasheeda from Mitchells Plain, both volunteers at The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association shared why they volunteer at the Hospital. #InternationalVolunteerDay

HIV and TB: 

  • Alex spoke to Professor Helen Cox to briefly discuss the relationship between HIV and TB. Professor Cox is a researcher at the University of Cape Town. She conducts public health research into tuberculosis (TB) and in particular drug-resistant TB.

16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children:

  • Carla Brown, Head of the Social Work Department at Red Cross Hospital discusses 16 Days of Activism, the importance of the campaign how people can involved through social media and what youth can do to fight violence against women and children.

Passive smoking and children: 

  • Dr Tony Westhood, a children’s doctor that works for the Western Cape Department of Health and the University of Cape Town focuses on the effects of second hand smoking on children and babies and risks of smoking in general.

TV and Radio industry:

  • Cato Bekker, TV and Radio presenter shares her thoughts on 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, how she started in the media industry and gives tips to RX Radio Reporter on presenting.

National Diabetes Week:

  • ‪Margot McCumisky the National Manager at the Diabetes South Africa National Head Office explains more about diabetes, how her organisation celebrated National Diabetes Week and provided tips on how to keep Type 2 diabetes at bay through diet.

Asthma and Allergies: 

  • Prof. Mike Levin, the Head of the Division of Asthma and Allergy at Red Cross Children’s Hospital speaks to Lindokuhle about allergies, the challenges of living with Asthma, and his responsibilities at his work place.

The Kids @ Centre Event, 18 November:

  • On Saturday, 18 November 2017 RX Radio broadcasted LIVE at The Kids @ Centre event organised by Embrace at the Company Gardens. Our reporters had an opportunity to chat with the children that attended the event.

Breatheasy End of Year Party:

  • Tazzlin, a Young Reporter of RX Radio covered the Breatheasy end of year part as she is part of the Breatheasy Programme SA.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation:

  • Kathy Bodmer from the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and a member of the
    National faculty for the Resuscitation Council of South Africa explains how it felt working in ambulance services for 21 years. And shares a bit about what inspired her to create her own emergency care.


  • Hakeem interviews one with Abriella Bredell- a youngster swimmer who conquered the Atlantic Dash; and now aims the notorious Robben Island crossing.
  •  Roxy, RX Radio young reporter shares her outdoors experiences and how it feels living with a disability.
  • Dino Europa, the Head of the Outdoors Department at Sportsman’s Warehouse chats to Hakeem about his love for the outdoors activities, nature and his job.

National Deaf Month:

  • Roxy speaks with Erin Cicero, a hearing impaired patient at Red Cross and Silva Kuschke, an Audiologist at Red Cross Hospital on National Deaf Month which was celebrated in September 2017. 

Blood Donation – Red Cross Blood Bank:

  • Caren Overall and Greg Bellairs from Red Cross Blood Bank explain the processes around blood donations and transfusions.

National Down Syndrome Day – 20 October 2017:

  • Alex interviews Hayley Rehbock, a young woman who has Down Syndrome and works at the toy library at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as well as the Down Syndrome Support Cape.
  • In honour of National Down Syndrome RX Radio produced a feature of parents, health workers and volunteers sharing why they think Down Syndrome Awareness is important.

Visit from the Cystinosis Support Group in the Netherlands:

  • Marjolein Bos, the founder of the Cystinosis Support Group in the Netherlands and Gail Daniels, the Chairperson of the Cystinosis Support Group in South Africa discuss treatment challenges for Cystinosis Support Group members and future prospects with Tarique .

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day:

  • Roxy talks about Palliative Care with Dr Michelle Meiring, a Paediatrician who specialises in Palliave Care for children. They are joined by Huyaam Samuel, PatchSA’s  Youth Ambassador. Huyaam suffers from a rare genetic mutation condition which causes all of her joints to slip in and out of place which causes her chronic pain.

National Animal Week and Animaldom:

  • Laylaa does an interview with Belinda Abraham from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA about Animal Week and what to do when you find a stray animal.
  • Robert O’neill, a patient at Red Cross chats with Laylaa about his love for animals, and where it originates from.

Wrap up of Oral Health Month which is celebrated in September. 

  • Dr John Odendall wraps up Oral Health Month with Andre and Alex.

Eye Care Awareness Month:

  • Advocate Alan Small, the chairperson of the South African National Council for the Blind Western Cape is interviewed by Amirah about how his organisation celebrates Eye Care Awareness Month.

RX Radio Pre-launch Broadcast: Pippa Hudson

Pippa Hudson, presenter of Afternoons with Pippa at Cape Talk broadcasted live at RX Radio on Friday, 5 October 2017. She covered the story of RX Radio and spoke with Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital management, RX Radio Child/Young Reporters, a parent and RX Radio staff.

Click here to listen to Dr Matodzi Mukosi, the Chief Executive Officer at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Click here to listen to Nangamso’s journey – RX Radio Young Reporter.

Click here to listen to Mujahid’s story – RX Radio Young Reporter.

Click here to listen to Tarique and Kathy’s journey -RX Radio Young Reporter and his mother.

Click here to listen to Dr Gabriel Urgoiti, the Station Manager and Noluyolo ‘Yolie’ Ngomani, Senior Content Producer at RX Radio.

Studying Medicine:

Medicine is a sought after career often with high university entrance requirements, Nangamso and Alande – RX Radio Young reporters who are interested in the Health and Sciences field converse with Professor Bongani Mayosi (Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT) and Dr Reno Morar (Deputy-Dean for Health Services at the Faculty of Health Sciences of UCT). They went through issues around mannerisms of hopefuls, required marks and financial support by the Health Sciences Faculty.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Anthea Lewis, Coordinator of the Tough Living with Cancer programme explains the Cancer Association of South Africa’s involvement in the campaign and how they support children living Cancer.

Physiotherapy BackWeek Coverage/ Campaign: 

Experience National Physiotherapy BackWeek on RX Radio. Amanda Lebenya, a Physiotherapist at Red Cross Hospital is interviewed by Nangamso, one of RX Radio’s Young Reporters on Physiotherapy BackWeek and Physiotherapy in general.

Along this interview is opinions of children, parents/caregivers and health workers about what they think a Physiotherapist is, what clothes they wear, if they know what National Physiotherapy BackWeek is, who is their Physiotherapist and how many Physiotherapist are there at Red Cross Hospital.

Women’s Month Special: 

  • [LISTEN] to mothers of RX Radio Reporters (Lee- Ann, Renee, Nabeweya, Nadierah, Aziza, Sukeena , Shamiera and Kamilla) share their views on: Women’s Month, how they support their children, being career women, and challenges faced by women generally.

Women’s month special broadcast:

Mandela Day: 

  • On Mandela Day Amirah, RX Radio Young Reporter spoke to Advocate George Bizos about his relationship with Nelson Mandela and how he celebrates Mandela Day. He also shared his views on Mandela’s legacy.
  • Mujahid and Qaqamba interacted with Springbok legend, Chester Williams about his journey and his most treasured memory with Nelson Mandela.

Book Culture:

Alfred LeMaitre, an editor and Sandy Shephered, a publisher shed light on what it means to work in the publishing sphere.


  • Yusrah who has a passion for books interviews Stuart Forrest, CEO of TriggerFish Animation Studios. Their movie, Revolting Rhymes an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book of surprising fairy-tales won the BAFTA Children’s Award.


  • Idols SA winner, Paxton Fielies talks with Alex about winning Idols SA, how it felt to win the competition, her roots – Bishops Lavis, her future plans and shares some motivation for kids everywhere, especially those at Red Cross Hospital.
  • Zander Tyler also known as Jack Parow is interviewed by Amirah on what inspires his music, Afrikaans rap music as a genre, and his newly released album, ‘Afrika For Beginners’.
  • Alex is chatting with the winners of SA’s Got Talent 2017, AnecNote. They talk about how the group was formed, their careers, how it felt to win SA’s Got Talent and a bit about their future plans.
  • Amirah interviews award-winning South African musician Arno Carstens on his love for music.
  • Amirah hangs with Youngsta; he reveals how he got into music, shares some words of encouragement and he also did a freestyle.
  • Imaad chats with Tim Murray, a music conductor. The two music fanatics are chatting about Opera and what it takes to be a conductor.
  • Amirah interviews the award-winning South African pop group Beatenberg.

Red Cross War Memorial Management:

  • Our Young Reporters engaged with, and got to know the Red Cross War Memorial Management better: The CEO, Dr Matodzi Mukosi and the Medical Manager, Dr Anita Parbhoo.
  • Louise Driver, the CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust expresses why they decided to support RX Radio, she explains her role as the CEO at the Trust and the responsibilities of the Trust at Hospital.
  • Jesse did an interview with Thulani Nxumalo who is an Organiser of the Safe Travel to School Programme, a programme of Childsafe South Africa.
  • Nangamso Nangani, one of RX Radio’s Young Reporters engages with Michelle Shargey, the Principal at Red Cross Children’s Hospital Primary School on the operation of the school and her role.
  • Amirah chats to Penny Gill, Chairperson of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Health Facility Board on her thoughts about RX Radio, working as a nurse, her love for swimming and raising money which led her to swimming from Robben Island to Three Anchor bay when she was in her 40s.

World Breastfeeding Week:

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week health professionals and breast-feeding mothers interacted and shared their views on the importance of breast feeding. Furthermore, the Red Cross Hospital Management and the Breastfeeding Group visited inpatient wards and presented each breastfeeding mother with a breastfeeding pillow and breastfeeding apron.

National Osteoarthritis Awareness Day:

  • Professor Chris Scott looks at National Osteoarthritis Awareness Day which was celebrated on the 27th of July 2017 and Arthritis in general.

Children’s Institute:

  • Lori Lake breaks down the work done by the Children’s Institute, teaching health workers about children’s rights and what they can do to create a more child and family friendly health care service.
  • Corporal Punishment 

Stephanie Rohrs looks at corporal punishment and provides ways that can be used to avoid corporal punishment.

  • Child Consent

Part 1 – Lucy Jamieson, a Senior Researcher at the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town unpacks child consent.

Part 2 – Lucy Jamieson and Mujahid further explore the concept of child consent and its implications.

Mental Health:

  • Thalitha interviews Dr Wendy Vogel from the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and discusses Mental Health.
  • Yusrah talks to John-Joe Dawson-Squibb, a Clinical Psychologist at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP), based at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. They look at children and mental health, the Therapeutic Learning Centre and his work.
  • Cape Town born Professor Petrus de Vries is interviewed by Hakeem about the work he does with the children and families at the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP) on the other side of the Rondebosch Common.


  • Mujahid & Hakeem are joined by Shahied Khan (Cycling coach), Chad (13 years), Cade (13 years) and Bandile (13 years)- from Active Bodies Sports Development, an organisation based on the Cape Flats in Hanover Park focusing on sports development of kids. Active Bodies aims to encourage children to reach their dreams amidst problems in their communities.
  • 7-year-old Mateo Manousakis became well known for his video where he sang along the Cape Town City FC team in their changing room. In his clip he is interviewed by Mujahid about his favourite things in soccer.
  • Mujahid interviews members from the Wasabi Sports Club and they speak about their experience at the South African Gym Games.
  • 7-year-old Traigh Pathon came in third place in the All Africa Junior Champs for Golf in his age group. He unpacks his golfing experience with Mujahid.
  • Francois Pienaar, retired Springboks player recounts how Nelson Mandela became a Godfather to both his sons and talks about life after rugby.
  • Leandra Smeda, South African women’s soccer player talks about her journey in the soccer industry, how she discovered her passion for soccer and making the national team – Banyana Banyana.
  • Jean-Paul Duminy encourages ill children at Red Cross Hospital, talks about JP 21 and exposes the jokers of the cricket national team.

Qaqamba’s Motivation Segment: 

Connect with SA’s motivational speakers which feature on Qaqamba’s Inspiration Corner.

Talking food:

  • Zaahra and Shihaam Cader, a Dietician at Red Cross Children’s Hospital looked at healthy eating and unhealthy diets.
  • Learn about Justine Drake’s cooking experience and what inspires her. Drake is a TV chef and a magazine editor.
  • Alaweyah engages Shihaam Cader, a Dietician at Red Cross Hospital about National Nutrition Week and nutrition in general.
  • Zaahra visited the Food Services Department at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to see what happens in their kitchen.
  • Zaahra speaks to Melanie Coetzee F.S. Manager at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
  • Janet Hacking is a Home Economist working at Ina Paarman. She loved cooking from a young age and decided to study Home Economics.