Guest: Melanie Williams who did her teaching studies at UCT and taught high school English and Life Orientation for 25 years, before striking out as an independent psychometrist and career counsellor.
She has just published a book called The Good Gap Year Guide which is aimed at parents and school-leavers who are toying with the idea of a gap year.
With our Entertainment Guide are:
CapeTalk producer Rafiq Wagiet
EWN reporter Chanel September
Deputy Editor of TVPlus magazine, Craig Falck
Some people with blood-related diseases such as leukaemia, aplastic anaemia, and other rare genetic disorders reach a point where their only chance of survival is to receive a blood stem cell transplant from a donor with the same tissue type.
But the chances of finding such a person is 1 in 100,000 - and of course, can only happen if people chose to sign up on the national database as donors.
To find out more, we're joined by Alana James, Executive Director DKMS Africa, formerly known as The Sunflower Fund.
South African mockumentary comedy, "Daryn's Gym" has been selected to be part of the 51st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam which runs from 26 January until 6 February. It will have its global premiere at the festival as part of the Big Screen Competition section of the programme.
The story was written by Johannesburg-based bestselling author and SAFTA-winning filmmaker, Brett Michael Innes, who joins us on the line.
Johannesburg director, Phumi Morare's film, "Lakutshon’ Ilanga" or "When the Sun Sets" has been shortlisted for the 2022 Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category. It tells the true story of a woman who desperately tries to save her brother from a horrific fate, and was inspired by her mother, touching on the violence against freedom fighters during apartheid.
Phumi spoke to Zain earlier today from Los Angeles.
At the end of last year, Cape Town-born singer-songwriter, Alice Phoebe Lou, released her fourth studio album, "Child's Play".
Alice grew up in Kommetjie with her documentary filmmaker parents and began taking piano and guitar lessons at a young age.
A summer holiday with her aunt in Paris when she was just 17 saw her take up fire dancing, and she returned to Europe for a gap year after finishing school in 2012.
There she decided she would rather buy an amplifier and busk in Berlin than return home to university, and her musical career has gone from strength to strength since then.
In addition to the studio albums, Alice has released three EPs, and her song, "She" from the film "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2017 for Best Original Song.
Last year, a listener contacted the show about an issue she had had at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre when she went to apply for a pensioner's rebate for her rates and taxes. She says she was told by a woman at the counter that she didn’t qualify for one because she doesn't receive a pension.
The listener says her understanding was that as she had turned 60 and earned under R17,500 pm - she did qualify.
So, she did some research herself and later submitted an online request after which she was granted a 60% rebate.
There seem to be 2 issues here. Firstly, the lady at the counter was giving incorrect information.
And secondly, although the process turned out to be easily done online, there are many people who may not know how to do this and find the process intimidating.
We speak to Trevor Blake, who is Director of Revenue at the City of Cape Town.
The start of the academic year, whether it be for children at school OR university, is inevitably a very expensive time for parents. There's not only the fees that need to be paid, but books and stationery that must be bought and, for school children, those costly uniforms.
So what can parents do to make things easier on their budgets?
To get some top tips, we're joined on the line by Erica Liebenberg, the editor of Just Money.
Time for our monthly check-in with Angelo d’Ambrosio of IPMT remedial building consultants and paint project management.LISTEN TO PODCAST
In On the Couch today, we're speaking to Joshua Cox of Fix Forward about a new project, Cleaning Fix, that came out of their Mothers in Need campaign.
It works with women in the townships who want to work, but have small children that need looking after.
So, Cleaning Fix connects them to domestic cleaning opportunities, but unlike other services of this kind, part of the money they earn goes towards payment of childcare with a person the mom nominates.
To find out more, we're joined by Joshua Cox is founder and CEO of Fix Forward.
Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler
Natasha Wells van der Merwe | Aunt of the 17-year-old
Trudie Broekmann | Consumer attorney