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The finalists in the Station of the Year, the My Station Awards, and the various nomination categories for the 4th Annual MTN Radio Awards have been announced. Chairman of the MTN Radio Awards, Rich Mkhondo says: “The overall quality of entries and the strength of the nominations made our task of selecting the finalists extremely tough. I am sure that there will be huge celebrations when the winners are announced at the Gala Dinner on 13th April.”


MTN Radio Awards CEO, Lance Rothschild says: “There were some extremely interesting revelations in the My Station voting category, the category where listeners vote via SMS for their favourite station. We received many exceptional nominations for the Hall of Fame and for The Bright Stars. I am confident that the most deserving of the nominees have been selected and will be recognized, and acknowledged in this year’s MTN Radio Awards.”


“I am really looking forward to acknowledging all the winners at the MTN Radio Awards,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN SA. “We are proud of our sponsorship of these awards as I believe that these awards benefit the entire industry, and most importantly, they benefit radio listeners.”


The Gala Banquet will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 13th April.



The Finalists


Hall of Fame:


  • Jeremy Mansfield – Retired Breakfast Show Host
  • Khotso Nkhatho – Executive Producer of Drama at Lesedi FM
  • David Ramekosi – Radio Pulpit Producer and Presenter
  • Saffee Siddiqui – (deceased) Presenter on Lotus FM
  • Zwelakhe Sisulu – (deceased) Former CEO of the SABC
  • Terry Volkwyn – CEO Primedia Broadcasting




  • Seema Diahnan – East Coast Radio
  • Nick Efstathiou – OFM
  • Tshepo Makhubela – VOW FM
  • Rayhaanah Omar – Radio Islam
  • Nonala Tose – Umhlobo Wenene FM


Lifetime Achiever


  • To be announced on 13 April 2013 at the gala event


My Station Award – Most Votes


Ligwalagwala FM Motsweding FM Radio Tygerberg Ukhozi FM uMhlobo Wenene FM


My Station Award – Most Loyal Listeners


LENZ FM Mix 93.8 FM Radio Islam Radio Pretoria Tuks FM


Station of the Year – Campus


MFM 92.6 PUK fm 93.6 Tuks FM    


Station of the Year – Community


Impact Radio 103 FM Radio Khwezi Radio Islam Radio Tygerberg  


Station of the Year – PBS


Lotus FM Munghana Lonene FM SAfm Ukhozi FM uMhlobo Wenene FM


Station of the Year – Commercial


567 Cape Talk 5FM East Coast Radio Kaya FM 95.9 Talk Radio 702







Source: MTN Radio Awards

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5 Years; 5 Towns; 5 Celebrations!

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Trufm]


TruFM is celebrating its fifth year of existence on 2 April 2013. Like any other 5 year old they plan to be loud and proud about this exciting time. “Trufm is turning five and there are a number of reasons that call for serious celebrations. The station has increased its listener base from 246 000 to 299 000. The team at the station has worked hard to make sure that when the station celebrates its fifth birthday, we also celebrate the growth in listenership. The 2nd of April is a very important date for the station and we invite you to join the celebration and make sure that you listen for great giveaways.” said Thobeka Buswana, trufm Station Manager.


The station is running a trufan competition where listeners are requested to send their photos doing something with or for the station which proves that they truly are a fan of trufm, a trufan. Five fans will be called live on-air throughout the day on Tuesday 2 April and awarded with prizes for their undying loyalty towards the station. The five fans will also be VIP guests at the station celebrations.


The five celebrations will be a combination of three outside broadcasts and two events. The three OBs will be in Emazizini (12th) Mdantsane (13th) and Phumlani (26th). The broadcasts will be an opportunity for the station to give back to the communities that have supported trufm through this five year journey. Five families in need will be identified through an on-air campaign and awarded with grocery vouchers. The trufm broadcast area is fairly rural with listener needs ranging from education to jobs as well as basic home necessities. Groceries were identified as a way that the station can assist with this campaign.


The two events will be held in Queenstown (20th) and King Williams Town (27th). The station will have a Queenstown takeover where trufm will be seen broadcasting at different venues from the 18th as a build up to the main event which will be at the Indoor Sports Centre on the 20th. On the 27th the station will conclude its birthday month with an event at King Williams Town’s Botanical Gardens. Local artists are encouraged to contact Busi Mbatsha at the station for an opportunity to showcase their talent at both the Queenstown and King Williams Town events on 20 and 27 April respectively. The two days promise to be fun filled with many performances; prizes and interactions with the station’s presenters that the listeners love so much.


“It is very important for the station to go out and interact with the listeners we speak to on a daily basis and value so much. We want to share this exciting time with the people who make us who we are as a station. The station truly is nothing without its listeners.” Commented Sbongi Ngcobo, the Marketing Manager of Trufm.
The station encourages everyone to come out and have fun as we celebrate 5 years of broadcasting like no one else.

Keep it locked to 89.9 – 104.1fm for more details.



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Zandile Nzalo talks radio

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kgomotso Moncho]


The name Zandile Nzalo may conjure up different descriptions from different people.  Although, the common thread may be the respect she commands in her stride. Those who’ve been in her presence will recognise the grace and poise with which she conducts herself.


This grace and poise seems to flow over into her fierce business acumen in the communications sector. But many will know and remember Zandile Nzalo for being part of the Radio Bop (Bophuthatswana) generation of broadcasters who may well have laid the foundation for the young black talent we now see across the English broadcasting landscape.


She is in there with the likes of Nothemba Madumo and Kgomotso Moeketsi and she is also included in the judging panel of the MTN Radio Awards.   With over 20 years experience in the media, Nzalo has worked as a producer and presenter for numerous broadcasters including SABC Radio and TV, Radio Bop, Bop TV, 702 Talk Radio and MNet.


She is currently the founder and managing director of Zanenza Communications, a business she established in August 2002. The company specializes in strategy development, public relations, event management and radio and television production.


Her business portfolio includes her having been General Manager of the MNet’s Channel O; Media director for LoveLife; CEO for the Association for Communications and Advertising and Acting CEO at the Indalo Yethu Trust.


She serves on a number of boards including the Council of the University of Johannesburg; the Gauteng Film Commission and Bokamoso Investment Trust. This is the third year she is judging in the MTN Radio Awards. And she sees this as an opportunity to gauge how radio is growing in this country.


“The MTN Radio Awards play an important role as they encourage new talent and help in the development of new talent. You can only get better when you’re recognised for what you do. Similarly this leads to the growth of the industry as advertisers see and recognise the power of radio and its wider reach,” says Nzalo.

In her observations of radio broadcasting, she feels a lot is not being done to give broadcasters extensive training. She speaks in her capacity as a product of Radio Bop, which was the training ground for many of the veteran black broadcasters in English led stations now.

“I remember I was given six to eight weeks of technical training alone, this before we got to on air training. That is how serious Radio Bop was about skilling their presenters. It’s a travesty these days that young people are not given the same kind of training. It is up to radio station managers to cultivate talent and an all rounded broadcaster, one who can conduct an interview intelligently and apply their mind,” she says.


Her experience allows her to practice her freedom of choice. She is able to decide in two minutes whether she’s taken in by a presenter or not, and she can switch to another station if she feels. The fact that she has these choices is what she loves about radio in South Africa. It is broad and diverse. She appreciates new talent and rates Siki Mgabadeli as one of the broadcasters she enjoys.


Although the MTN Radio Awards adjudicating process works with specialized criteria, Nzalo also gets to use her personal discretion. “Content is very important, as well as how a show is prepared. I have judged on current affairs and talk radio and here research is key. A broadcaster should be able to represent society’s views. A good music show should also have an interesting interaction with the listener. It needs preparation, relevance and societal content,” she says.

These below are the categories that Zandile Nzalo is responsible for in the MTN Radio Awards:

Breakfast Show – Commercial

Breakfast Show – PBS

Breakfast Show Presenter – Commercial

Breakfast Show Presenter – PBS

Business and Finance Show – None

Community Presenter – Community

Community Project – Community

Community Project – Commercial

Community Project – PBS

Community Project – Campus

Promotions Event – Community

Promotions Event – Commercial

Promotions Event – PBS

Promotions Event – Campus





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CNBC AFRICA, the continent’s largest business television news channel, will be hosting a panel discussion titled, ‘BRICS Trade & Industry Ministers Debate’. The debate which is sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry – South Africa, (DTI), will be broadcast LIVE on March 26, 2013 between 2pm and 3pm (CAT). 


BRICS is an acronym for the powerful grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The first BRIC Summit took place in Yekateringburg, Russia, where the elected leaders of the four countries formally declared the membership of the BRIC economic bloc. South Africa joined the bloc in 2010, resulting in BRICS.


The panellists at the debate include:

·         Rob Davies – Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa

·         Fernando Pimentel – Minister of Development Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil

·         Andrei Belousov – Minister of Economic Development, Russia

·         Anand Sharma – Minister of Commerce and Industry, India

·         Chen Demeng – Minister of trade and Industry, China


CNBC Africa Chief Editor, Godfrey Mutizwa, will moderate the live panel discussion.

Issues and questions that will be tackled during the debate include how the minister’s plan to further develop trade links? How would they use the BRICS platform to gain a competitive advantage on the global stage? The types of ranges of political and entrepreneurial coordination, in which the member countries have identified business opportunities, economic complementarities and areas of cooperation.  

Catch the Trade Ministers debate LIVE from the BRICS heads of state gathering on Tuesday, 26 March at 2pm CAT.

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MTN Radio Awards – Finalists Announced

Posted by radio On March - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The finalists for the 4th Annual MTN Radio Awards have been announced. Chairman of the MTN Radio Awards, Rich Mkhondo says: “We received well over a thousand entries and the adjudicators had a huge task to review and score all of these. The scores have been collated and reviewed and it is with pride that we can now announce the finalists.”


MTN Radio Awards CEO, Lance Rothschild says: “There is a definite improvement in the quality of the submissions overall, and within certain categories, there are mere fractions of percentage points separating the finalists. I look forward to seeing the winners recognized and acknowledged by the radio industry at the Gala Dinner on 13th April. We will be announcing the finalists in the My Station category; The Station of the Year; Bright Star nominees; Hall of Fame nominees and Lifetime Achiever on Tuesday 2 April.”


“The number of entries in the MTN Radio Awards has grown significantly since the inception of this programme and we are delighted that these awards are making a positive contribution to the constant quest for excellence in this industry,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN SA. “MTN has always had a strong relationship with the radio industry and these awards important in that they recognise and acknowledge excellence.”


For the full list of finalists go to:


The Gala Banquet will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 13th April. Tickets are available through the MTN Radio Awards website (


Source: MTN Radio Awards



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Listeners have only today left to cast their votes for their favourite radio station in the My Station category of the MTN Radio Awards.

“Voting lines close at midnight  15th March and the voting this year is exceptionally close,” says MTN Radio Awards COO, Taryn Westoby.

“At this stage, we have already received almost eight times the number of votes cast in last year’s competition and we’re expecting a lot of votes to come in during this week, particularly as stations increase their efforts to secure votes from their listeners.”


By casting a SMS vote in this competition, listeners are not only acknowledging and supporting their favourite station, they are also putting themselves in line for a unique prize bundle. One person who casts a vote in this competition will win includes 2 tickets to the MTN Radio Awards Banquet, a smartphone and R 500 airtime, and a VIP Package for 2 to the MTN SAMAs in May.


The My Station category is divided into two awards:

 My Station Votes – which goes to the station that generates the most votes

 My Station Most Loyal Listeners – which goes to the station which generates the most votes as a ratio against their  RAMS audience numbers


“It is important that we give the listeners a voice within the ambit of the MTN Radio Awards,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer for MTN SA. “From the My Station category, we gain interesting insight into listener commitment to the various stations, and allows us to gauge the public’s views.”


The winners of this category will be announced at the MTN Radio Awards Gala Banquet in Sandton on Saturday 13th April 2013. For tickets to the event, contact Taryn Westoby on 011 803 2040 or or visit

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Ligwalagwala FM dresses 80 school kids

Posted by radio On March - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

80 Learners expressed joy and excitement as the “pride of the nation” Ligwalagwala FM took an ample amount of school uniforms to 4 different schools in the Lowveld. This was part of the Back to School campaign that the station hosts annually to uplift the lives of children. The schools that received the uniform were, Makhosana Manzini High School Mkhuhlu, Thembeka High School Kanyamazane, Zikodze Secondary School Gutshwa and M C Zitha Combined School Nkomazi.


A team of people from the station including station DJs, The Angel of the Airwave, Lanyambose, The Bigzill, Drama Queen, Fortune Ntekati and T-Boy travelled to the schools to surprise the leaners with a handful of school uniform on the week of 18 February 2013. All the schools gave the team a warm welcome as some of the leaners expressed their joy through dance and music.


“We were over joyed when Ligwalagwala FM contacted the school wanting to donate school uniform to some of our leaners, we have needy children with parents who are unable to provide due to unemployment and some of our leaners do not have parents. We wish the station all the best and hope that it will proper in all that it does,” said Mrs Nyalunga, Principal, Zikodze Secondary School, Gutshwa.


“The station would like to thank its listeners for identifying these schools and wishes to continue working with its listeners in uplifting the lives of the disadvantaged,” said Rio Mabunda, Station Manager.


[Issued by: Ligwalagwala FM]

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ABN Productions to host a pre-BRICS summit session

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

ABN Productions, in partnership with CNBC Africa, Brand South Africa and South African Tourism will host a networking session for delegates on the eve of the BRICS Summit taking place in Durban. The session will be held at the Hilton hotel in Durban on 25 March 2013, under the theme ‘BRICS and Africa – the Bankable Ties’.

The session will provide attendees with a platform to discuss strategic objectives on business opportunities, economic development and identify key areas that representatives from different countries can work together on.


“South Africa’s hosting of BRICS shows the country’s strategic influence in the telling of Africa’s economic regeneration,’’ said Roberta Naidoo, ABN Group Managing Director.“South Africa’s role not just in the economic arena, but also in peace, security and reconstruction on the continent, is a story CNBC Africa wants to capture critically from a variety of perspectives.”


For Brand South Africa, the summit next month will help its mission of promoting trade and investment, industrialisation and job creation, says CEO Miller Matola. “The forthcoming BRICS Summit is the biggest gathering of the most powerful grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies, and underlines South Africa’s leading role in global affairs today,’’ Miller says.


“Since joining BRICS in 2010, South Africa has committed itself to advancing its national socio-economic interests, trade and investment, the African agenda and sustainable growth. As the current chair of BRICS, South Africa is providing critical leadership to the grouping’s fight against poverty, job creation and sustainable economic growth”.


Over 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the summit to be held on March 26 and 27. The Fifth BRICS Summit marks the end of the first cycle of high-level meetings since the first summit was hosted by the Russian Federation in 2009.

For more information go to 

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Stage is set for the first SAMRO Wawela Music Awards

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SAMRO is raising the curtain on the first annual Wawela Music Awards, putting the best of South Africa’s global breakthrough acts on show. 

Wawela is a Zulu word that means “go beyond”, and no phrase could be more fitting for the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, proudly brought to you by SAMRO, which celebrate South African music that has done just that: gone beyond our borders and put our tunes on the international agenda. 


There’s no doubt SA music is on a mission. Never before have we had so many of our own composers, songwriters and performers making their mark as loud and proud South African music ambassadors all over the world. SAMRO believes it’s time these musicians are rewarded with as much applause from South Africa as they receive internationally. The first annual Wawela Music Awards ceremony will take place in Johannesburg on Friday, 28 June 2013.  These awards are inspired by South African music creators’ accomplishments on the international stage. They will also pay homage to the legends of local music who have paved the way to this point through their extraordinary lifetime achievements. 


So how does it work? The awards are open to SAMRO members only, and only those who have had their work featured outside the borders of South Africa for the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. Composers will be selected across a range of genres, styles and categories. The judging panel will also hand out a number of special awards.  


The winners of the inaugural Wawela Music Awards will be those musicians who have truly “gone beyond” – whose music has broken through and made an impact internationally. Certain categories will be judged on statistical performance, based on sales and radio play in international markets, while other awards will be decided on merit by a panel of respected and experienced industry professionals. 


Do you fit the bill? Has your music flown the SA flag internationally? SAMRO members who would like to submit their entries for the Wawela Music Awards should visit and register. Entry is free, but all entrants must be available to attend the awards, if nominated. As the excitement ramps up, SAMRO will be releasing more details about the event, the performing acts, nominees and finalists. 


The awards are a gesture from SAMRO to thank the country’s creative trailblazers who have flown the South African music flag high abroad and have made us proud of our vibrant, diverse and ever-evolving musical heritage. 

Go beyond, with the Wawela Music Awards: Internationally embraced, locally awarded! 


Contact SAMRO:


Twitter: @WawelaMusic


Tel:  011 712 – 8505

For media interviews, access to high res pictures and any media enquiries please contact or call (011) 788 7632 or 083 954 6133.


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Listeners’ votes count in MTN Radio Awards

Posted by radio On February - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Radio listeners are once again invited to vote for their favourite radio station in the MTN Radio Awards, the only awards programme in South Africa which promotes and recognises excellence in radio.


Votes for the My Station Awards are now open, giving listeners the opportunity to make their voices heard in the annual event. Recognition is given to two radio stations, one for the most listener votes, and another for the most number of votes as a ratio against their RAMS audience numbers. Ukhozi FM (highest RAMS audience) and Radio Islam (most listener votes) were the most popular stations among listeners at last year’s awards.


Each radio station participates in the My Station Awards voluntarily and listeners vote by sending their station’s code via SMS to 40616 (Standard SMS rates apply). One lucky voter stands a chance to win an amazing prize which includes two tickets to the MTN Radio Awards banquet, a smartphone, R500 worth of MTN airtime, and an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 19th MTN SAMA Awards in May.


“We introduced the My Station Awards category in 2012 as there was an astounding demand for audience participation in the awards programme. And it ran exceptionally well last year,” says Lance Rothschild, MTN Radio Awards CEO.


Audience voting in the My Station Awards closes at midnight on Friday 15 March. The codes for the various stations are found on this link below:


Source: MTN Radio Awards

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