Archive for January, 2013

Democracy is not a spectator sport

22/01/2013
Goucher College's Eric Singer speaking with a Bush Radio intern

Goucher College’s Eric Singer speaking with a Bush Radio intern

Yesterday (21 January 2013) Bush Radio hosted students from Goucher College in the United States of America.

The group was accompanied by their Political Science and International Relations lecturer, Eric Singer.

The visit was part of the students’ three-week journey researching about South Africa’s history, political and social dynamics.

“This is our third week here; so far we have met with the media, activists, farm workers and street vendors to get a better understanding of the complexity of changes facing South Africa” Singer said.

The group found out how ethnicity, culture, class and gender are involved in society’s ability to solve the country’s social challenges.

“The students are aged between 19 and 23, most have never been outside of their home country, and were shocked that some of the problems they faced back home were the same in South Africa” Singer added.

Singer said that what they have learnt in South Africa was that creating change is not about drafting legislation or forking out money, it is about communities creating space for social development.

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GHD, stalking and where is Afrikaans going? – Fun with Emo Adams

18/01/2013


Entertainer extraordinaire, Emo Adams joined the Bush Radio Morning Cruise team yesterday (18/01/2013) to help spread the madness and share some of his wisdom – Emo is regular to 89.5FM listeners from his early days with the music group JAG, the shows District 6 – the musical and Kat and the Kings.

Here is a breakdown of what his talks (and sings) about in the video clip:

1. Emo rap
2. Modern Songs: Put your head on my shoulder / Put your ass on my face (00m.17s)
3. Where is Afrikaans going? (01m.51s)
4. Being quiet in Stilbaai (02m.43s)
5. GHD only works to a certain point (03m.20s)
6. On stalking and saying thank you (04m.10s)
7. Jy soen my nie meer nie…gaan was (05m.28s)

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Back to School 2013 (pictures + audio)

16/01/2013
back to school

All the members of the Bush Radio newsteam woke up very early today and headed to school along with the estimated 970 000 who started the 2013 school year.

Their job was a bit different than the eager students, they collected sound from principals, teachers, parents and most importantly the learners to share with all the Bush Radio listeners. We also had live crossings with several principals, parents and learners throughout the Breakfast Rush (6-9am).

Below is a slideshow with a sample the audio they used.

Making changes from South to North and back again

09/01/2013
Some of the Bush Radio team with Paul and Stephen

Some of the Bush Radio team with Paul and Stephen

Bush Radio is honoured this week to be visited by Chief Executive of Public Achievement, Paul Smyth and Where is My Public Servant (WIMPS) coach, Stephen Johnston.

They are in South Africa for two reasons; to strengthen the relationship with Bush Radio and to attend a research project discussion in Cape Town.

Paul Smyth said that when he visited Bush Radio 12 years ago it challenged and changed the way he views youth work and and was one of the seeds that led to the creation of WIMPS 4 years later.

click here – LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH PAUL AND STEPHEN ON THE MORNING CRUISE – click here

Paul explained that the research project that they are involved in will look at different organisations around the world and how they work with young people in ways that encourage young people to change political systems.

Seven organisations are part of the research in SA and they are drawn from Northern Ireland, South Africa and the United States.

WIMPS is an organisation that tries to make politics more accessible to young people, it’s about trying to make young people use their voices and make politicians accountable for their actions.

Stephen added that the work done by Bush Radio is fantastic and that it is essential to stretch this kind of work to Northern Ireland.