Love Songs with Danny Painter

JACARANDA FM  |  Podcast , ±19 min episodes every 1 week  | 
Entertainer, MC, radio presenter Danny Painter is proudly "born and bred in Brakpan" and brings you interesting interviews with people from all walks of life. Catch her on Jacaranda FM every weekday from 19:00 - 22:00. To send your music requests, SMS Danny on 37942 or Whatsapp her on 084 850 0942.

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This plastic surgeon is a cut above the rest!

Having to choose between a life in the arts or creating it, Dr Deon was faced with a crossroads at a young age. Being strong in both the field of Drama as well as academically, he knew it was never going to be easy to decide.

Fast forward a few years and he is one of the most sought after plastic and reconstructive surgeons in South Africa, and he's even found time to do a little acting - with our Elana Africa Bredenkamp, no less!

How one woman changed over 100 000 lives!

Who would choose to live in dire poverty? To enter a life of crime just to survive? Marginalised individuals often have no other choice. Gross violations of people’s basic human rights lead to cycles of violence. Jessica Dewhurst confronted this reality when she started volunteering in high school. But the catalyst for her activism came when Dewhurst was attacked at the age of 18. Facing her assailants in court, she felt compassion instead of anger. As their stories unravelled, Dewhurst understood the conditions that drove people to such lengths. If she wanted to solve the most entrenched problems, she’d have to go to the root of them.

In 2013, Dewhurst founded The Justice Desk – a non-profit organisation that works across South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Her goal is to uplift people through training and education, and in doing so enable them to protect their human rights. The projects Dewhurst has implemented range from assisting disabled and elderly people in Khayelitsha to teaching girls self-defence, mentoring young men on masculinity and consent, and reaching vulnerable youth through creative arts. “We believe that by empowering everyday people, they can create a just and equal world,” Dewhurst says.

While running an initiative of this scope, Dewhurst also earned a master’s degree in Social Development. Her team has since improved the lives of over 100 000 people. Every person they reach now has the ability to lead their own change. To address the most prevalent and devastating problems in society, Dewhurst is dismantling the systems of injustice that sustain them. “Tomorrow is going to be better if we work hard enough for it,” she says.

"I found out I was HIV positive by accident" - Charlie Jacobs is now proudly living with Aids and saving lives!

Our friends at Beautiful News recently published a story about this incredible man!

"When he found himself close to death, Jacobs realised he had to face reality if he wanted to live. He started taking ARVs – a major step towards accepting his status. But it wasn’t enough. Jacobs needed to speak out against stigma, and he found a way to do it with a T-shirt.

His fight began in 2011, when Jacobs became the first Mr Gay South Africa finalist to publicly announce his status. “I saw the opportunity and platform to actually tell my HIV story,” Jacobs says. Afterwards, he specialised in life coaching to support people who have just been diagnosed and liberate them from shame. But Jacobs understood that the misconceptions that hold adults back would be even more damaging for a child. “The most vulnerable are the kids that are born with HIV,” he says. So he founded the Change the Stigma Project to support Nkosi’s Haven, a home for children affected by the disease.

Through the Charlie’s Positive Angels programme, Jacobs frees the kids’ creative side. They create art ranging from sketches of their favourite animals to painted footprints. Their pieces are printed on T-shirts to raise awareness, as well as money for the kids’ education. While Jacobs is empowering those who are positive, he is also confronting harmful beliefs. “Everyone deserves a chance to live without being judged or discriminated,” he says. By breaking the silence, Jacobs is challenging the fear that fuels stigma. We can replace misunderstanding with acceptance. And when we do, we can save lives."

Meet the fusion cellist with a doctorate and a mission to change how we see music!

Dr Thokozani Mhlambi is a renowned cellist, composer and musician from Newcastle in KZN. He Just released his debut music album, Zulu Song Cycle, on 1 October 2019 on all digital platforms - a project that has been over 2 years in the making. It features 15 tracks on the album. He spoke to me about his love for music, where it started and his residency in Paris!

Dogtown celebrates 10 years of saving lives!

Nestled in the Hennops mountains is the most remarkable sanctuary, for dogs who have lost their families or have been rescued from dire situations. Every day the dedicated team at Dogtown provide individual care to each of these dogs in a peaceful, tranquil setting while they wait for their forever homes.

With the silly season upon us, the founder and owner of Dogtown South Africa, Tracey, joined me to talk about how we can help them by taking care of our pets!

The toilet paper that’s changing the state of sanitation in South Africa

When nature calls, you can’t put it on hold. Using the toilet is an essential part of being human. But having one is a privilege. In South Africa, thousands of people still have no access to proper sanitation. Worldwide, more than four billion face the same situation. Turning to buckets and pit latrines, they’re exposed to bacteria that leads to diarrhoea and waterborne diseases. When Ruan Coetzee saw kids in these circumstances, it broke his heart. So he set out to better their lives – starting with humble sheets of toilet paper.

Coetzee is the pioneer of Güdsheet, toilet paper designed to change the plight of those who don’t have any. “Sanitation is a fundamental human right because it provides dignity and an improved quality of life,” he says. This includes water, ablution facilities, and cleaning products. Coetzee dedicates a portion of his profits to upgrading the sanitation in schools in the Eastern Cape. “Our mission is to provide a toilet for all,” he says.

Hyde Park Corner wants YOUR pre loved Musical instruments!

In the spirit of the season, the general public is invited to participate in Hyde Park Corner's Love the Sounds initiative, by bringing their pre-loved musical instruments to be donated to the Music Enlightenment Project, a community-based NPO based in Braamfontein.
The privilege of learning to play a musical instrument is a joy many of us were fortunate enough to experience. For some it became a lifelong passion, but for many of us these instruments were put back on the shelf and are still there, in mint condition. Your gift of a pre-loved musical instrument to a child with a passion and talent for music means so more than the joy it will bring; the gift of music is life-changing, teaching children life skills and preparing them for productive futures. By placing your pre-loved instruments under Hyde Park Corner's Christmas tree any time until 31 December, you can be part of a bigger story of changing lives. Hyde Park Corner is proud to be partnering in this initiative with the Music Enlightenment Project.
The initiative was founded in 2009 with the aim of creating a world where the lives of children and communities are enriched and transformed through the experience, practice and performance of music. Their holistic approach involves creating successful futures for children by developing not only their skills as musicians but also their life skills through music education.

Children are our future leaders, but are we doing enough to prepare them?

Chanene Van As founded the Green Door Project, an after-school initiative to assist primary school girls who are at risk academically. With 18 years of teaching experience under her belt, Van As helps children discover and develop their talents.

Between four and five in the afternoon, they learn to use their time constructively by choosing from a range of creative classes and participating in environmental exercises such as recycling and gardening.

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