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WEF on Africa to be covered by CNBC

Posted by radio On May - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, is the official broadcaster for the upcoming ‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ taking place in Cape Town, South Africa this year. The 2013 forum will take place from May 8 to May 10 at the Cape-Town Convention Centre. CNBC Africa will be host a LIVE panel discussion at the forum, titled ‘Agriculture: Investing in Transformation’, on Thursday, 9 May at 3:30pm CAT.


The panellists at the LIVE panel discussion include:


·         Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

·         Jane Karuku, President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

·         Philip Kiriro, President and Chairman of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), Kenya

·         Michael Mack, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta International, Switzerland 

·         James Mwangi, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Equity Bank, Kenya


Senior Anchor Bronwyn Nielsen will moderate the session. Under the theme ‘Delivering on Africa’s Promise’, the 23rd ‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ will provide an important platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development.


Some of the key issues and questions that will be tackled during the live panel discussion include, bolstering infrastructure, developing regional markets, empowering women farmers and enabling private-sector investment. How are partnerships in the region accelerating investment in agriculture?


“CNBC Africa’s staple diet is the unprecedented economic expansion we have seen in the past decade and throughout the week we will find the key voices driving that growth,” said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor. “For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Africa’s growth engines, there can be no better place as we will conduct live interviews, panel discussions, debates and exclusive one-on-ones with the key decision makers.”

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Kaya FM brings you Earl Klugh

Posted by radio On May - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM and Breakout management present the most exclusive jazz event of the year where by Earl Klugh will be sharing his story of a music lifetime, soothing and entertaining the audience with his well-known contemporary hits also displaying some of his recent material.


Klugh worked with George Benson and Return to Forever in the ‘70’s before striking out on his own. His breakthrough came with 1979’s “One on One” a Grammy winning collaboration with Bob James (Fourplay). Since that time the guitarist has amassed 12 Grammy nominations, most recently The Spice of Life.  In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh “is considered by many to be one of the finest acoustic guitar players today.”


Tickets are available at Computicket.

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Ligwalagwala FM celebrates 31yrs in style

Posted by radio On April - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

31 is the number of the year for Ligwalagwala FM. The station celebrates 31 years of prime broadcasting this year in an industry that is increasingly getting competitive. It has become customary for the station to make the loyal listeners part of the celebrations. As such, listeners have been winning R 3 100 every weekday on KusileMzansi with Madumane for a second month running now.


A day in a listener’s history is the name for the competition where listeners sms their most memorable day in their history in one line to win. The biggest winner is yet to come. All ears will be tuned to KusileMzansi on Tuesday 30 April to hear who gets the big prize. One lucky listener will walk away with the prestigious prize of R 31 000 cash. A call was made in March for listeners to write to the station detailing how their station has made a difference in their lives.


Over 800 letters were received and thoroughly scrutinized by a panel of experts who narrowed the entries down to a top 5. A verification process followed shortly thereafter to ensure the authenticity of the stories written by the listeners who entered. Only one out of the 800 odd entries will win the grand prize. 30 April is the D-day.


These on air activations will be accompanied by wide-spread Outside Broadcasts and events that will be taken to the listeners. The Launchpad will take place at Nelcity building rooftop parking lot in Nelspruit on Friday May 03. This is the “Bewukuphi Party?” where we’ll take listeners back in time with artists like Mdu and Mashamplana live on stage. Entrance is set at R 80 and tickets will be sold at the entrance.


“We deem it necessary to celebrate fully with our listeners and ensure that they benefit from the celebration. Not only are we empowering the listeners financially but we are going to ensure that we take the birthday celebration to their area of residence, thus engaging them in their comfort zone and learning more about who they are”, said Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager Rio Mabunda.


The birthday celebration will be going to the listeners in a form of outside broadcasts where listeners will still get to dance with the station in their own backyard. Stay tuned to find out when the station will invade your area.

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Bloemfontein, The fountain of flowers will receive its chance to rejoice with South Africa’s favourite choir at the Vista Arena, Hamilton, University of Free State on the 4th May 2013.


Having performed to a sold out audience on all 3 nights of the Easter weekend in Gauteng, fans are guaranteed an astonishing show. Lesedi FM, Sowetan and Sunday World have partnered with MTN Joyous Celebration to bring fans a memorable music experience.

MTN Joyous Celebration fans can look forward to a number of astounding performances that will include amazing solo acts by Brenda Mtambo, Puleng March, Nhlanhla Mwelase and Charisma Hanekam which had fans begging for more during the Easter weekend.


“The success of the Easter weekend is yet another reason why we feel we should show gratitude not only to God but also to our fans who have given us support for the past 17 years, buying our music and attending our concerts. MTN Joyous Celebration is looking forward to show our supporters just how grateful we are for their continued support. ” says Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder.


Do not miss your chance to witness this musical extravaganza book your tickets at a Computicket now. Tickets priced between R180.00- R260.00.

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South African house sensation Zakes Bantwini (@ZakesBantwiniSA) and Nigerian high life guru Flavour (@2niteFlavour) are to join the “all star” line-up at MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal, the sensational open-air concert brought to you by MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and KZN Province.


Bantwini and Flavour will join US entertainment icon and multi-platinum hip hop star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion (@SnoopLion) aka Snoop Dogg, at the 5-hour open air concert at the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park Durban on 18 May.


Zakes Bantwini is without a doubt South Africa’s most prolific live performer: there is not a single stage in South Africa that this music mogul and leading light on the SA music scene has not killed! His songs Wasting My Time, Bum Bum and most recently Karolina have been burning up airwaves across the continent and have all been remixed by some of the biggest names in house.


Zakes is also one of the choirmasters in the running for top honours and a cash prize in Mzansi Magic’s hit show, Clash of the Choirs. Viewers can now vote for their favourite choir by SMSing the name of the team – Team Zakes, Team Khaya or Team Zwai – to 33405. The winner will be announced at the finale on Sunday, 21 April at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic.


Joining Zakes at the MTV Africa All Stars will be high-life artist Flavour N’abania, aka Chinedu Okoli. After his continental smash hit Nwa Baby Remix and his massively successful collaborations with Tiwa Savage and Fally Ipupa, Flavour continues to be Africa’s most requested artist, regularly collecting frequent flyer miles whilst jetting across the continent and as far afield as USA and Europe. He’s also become a regular fixture in Dubai and the Far East.


Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, commented, “We are delighted to welcome two such popular artists as Zakes Bantwini and Flavour to Durban’s shores for MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal. With Snoop Lion already confirmed, all eyes are going to be focused on KwaZulu-Natal as we put our hearts and souls into making this the music event of the year!”


MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal will air on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and partner TV stations in Africa from Saturday, 25 May 2013 (Africa Day).


More details of MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal, including additional performers and ticket prices and outlets will be announced shortly.


Gagasi FM is the official radio partner of MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal.


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Voice of modern reason and power

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Acclaimed academic Nicholas Nassim Taleb, uses a metaphor that describes an event that is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major effect in his book, The Black Swan. This rationale is easily pinned to the wall in the advent of Power FM. The station which is in the throes of launching as the nation’s first black owned talk radio station, is pioneered by MSG Afrika Investment Holdings chief executive, Given Mkhari. The over stretch of media rhetoric has not fallen short of calling the 39 year old a barrage of titles from mogul to magnate, which comes as warranted if his resume is  anything to ram the table about.


Speculations ran amock when Eusebius McKaiser announced his resignation from Primedia’s 702 and succeeded it with a hint that he might be joining Mkhari’s team. As a widely featured political analyst, bestselling author and an admirably entertaining commentator; the knee jerk to most has been that Power FM’s brand will be of a ‘no favour’ make. Closely kept to chest, the station’s cards hold a royal flush of also having Lupi Ngcayisa on board.


Mkhari’s exponential leap has been the stuff of lores, his salad days fundamentally started at Turf radio which was launched by him and lifetime business partner Simphiwe Mdlalose. His rise not showing any sign of being capped, Mkhari the won a bursary to study at Bard University in the US under the mentorship of the late Chinua Achebe. The local radio space has heard him at Kaya FM, Metro FM to eventually giving Limpopo a bolster with the launch of the commercial Capricorn FM.


Power FM’s is tipped to be progressive and unapologetic about holding leaders accountable – be they in government, civil society, the workplace or the home. Its focus on contemporary issues facing black 25-49 year old urban South Africans who are political, frank and able to have fun; is waited upon with bated breath from punters all around. Will there be enough power to critique the black experience? All eyes and ears are stark focused whether this black swan will take an enduring flight.


Given Mkhari on Power FM at the MTN Radio Awards:


Writer and radio producer, Bongani Mahlangu speaks about the move from Kaya FM to Power FM:


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MTN Radio Awards Winners

Posted by radio On April - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

2013 MTN Radio Awards Winners

Afternoon Drive Presenter (Gautrain)

Campus Nolz v d Merwe – TUKS FM
Community Siphila Ngomusa – Radio Khwezi
PBS Ba2cada Leine – Lesedi FM
Commercial David O’Sullivan – Talk Radio 702


Afternoon Drive Show (Doritos)

Campus The Drive on MFM 92.6 – MFM 92.6
Community Vuurvas – Radio Tygerberg
PBS Sibonakaliso – Ukhozi FM
Commercial The Fresh Drive – 5FM


Breakfast Presenter (McDonalds)

Campus Alex Caige – TUKS FM
Community Makhosi Maphumulo – Radio Khwezi
PBS Zaid Bhoola – Lotus FM
Commercial Daron Mann – Algoa FM


Breakfast Show (City Lodge)

Campus Bang-Bang Breakfast – TUKS FM
Community Sabahul Muslim – Radio Islam
PBS Vuka Msanzi – Ukhozi FM
Commercial 180 with Bob -Kaya FM 95.9


Business and Finance Show (Business Connexion)

The Money Show – Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk


Community Presenter (MDDA)

Thabo Mdluli – Impact Radio 103FM


Community Project (United Stations)

Campus Yes We Can – MFM 92.6
Community Five Cents Project – Radio Tygerberg
Commercial Car Seats Campaign – 94.7 Highveld Stereo


Content Producer

Community & Campus Yusuf Moosagie – Radio Islam
PBS Keabetswe Essence Moumakwe – Motsweding FM
Commercial Bruce Hong – 567 Cape Talk


Daytime Show (BP Ultimate)

Campus New Music Space – PUKFm 93.6
Community Sivubela Isizwe – Inanda 88.4fm
PBS SJL Radio – Umhlobo Wenene FM
Commercial The Workzone with Barney Simon – Jacaranda FM 94.2


Drama Programme

Community Lappiesmous – Radio Tygerberg
PBS Mina ha Mina – Munghana Lonene FM


Music Show

Campus Top 30 – James Nevin – TUKS FM
Community Ingcwenga Yokholo – Soshanguve Community Radio
PBS Sigiya Ngengoma – Ukhozi FM
Commerical Top 30 with Wayne Hart – Algoa FM


My Station – Listener’s Choice

Most Votes Umhlobo Wenene FM
Most Loyal Listeners Radio Pretoria


News and Actuality Presenter

Community and Campus Nothile Zwane – Radio Khwezi
PBS Ashraf Garda – SAfm
Commercial John Perlman – Kaya FM 95.9


News and Actuality Producer

Community and Campus Percy Lamani – KQFM 97.0
PBS Mia Malan and Darren Taylor – RSG
Commercial Deryn Plutsick and Thabisile Mbete – Talk Radio 702


News and Actuality Show

Community Sakha Isizwe – Radio Khwezi
PBS Newsbreak – LOTUS FM
Commercial METRO FM Talk – METRO FM


News Bulletin Reader

Campus Sydney King – TUKS FM
Community Zithobile Mthandeki – Radio Zibonele 98.2 FM
PBS Nokwazi Mbhele – Ukhozi FM
Commercial Bobby Brown – 567 Cape Talk


Night Time Show

Campus The Solid State – TUKS FM
Community The Late Night Ride – Bay FM 107.9
PBS One Night Stand With the King – Radio 2000
Commercial Home with Mapaseka Mokwele – Kaya FM 95.9


On-Air Packaging

Community & Campus Bok Radio 98.9FM
PBS Munghana Lonene FM
Commercial Good Hope FM


Programme Innovation

Ukhozi Meets Community Radio – Ukhozi FM


Promotions Stunt / Event (Mann Made Media)

Community Selwyn Segal Radiothon – 101.9 Chai FM
Commercial Ushaka Marine World Treasure Hunt – East Coast Radio
Radio Documentary Ubikhazi / Cattle Dowry – Ikwekwezi FM
Sports Commentator Sabelo Zulu – Ligwalagwala FM


Sports Show (EXP)

Community & Campus The Sports Network – UJFM 95.4
PBS Sports Special – SAfm
Commercial 083 Sports @ 6 – METRO FM


Traffic Presenter (Gautrain)

Jadene Tager – Talk Radio 702


Weekend Radio Show

Campus Worship with David – PUKFm 93.6
Community CenterStage – Impact Radio 103FM
PBS Intune SAfm
Commercial 5FM Top 40


Bright Stars Club (Nampak/Bevcan)

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


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
Terry Volkwyn CEO Primedia Broadcasting
Safee Siddiqi (posthumous) Presenter on Lotus FM
Zwelakhe Sisulu (posthumous) Former CEO of the SABC


Lifetime Achievement

Koos Radebe


Station of the Year

Campus TUKS FM
Community Radio Khwezi
PBS Ukhozi FM
Commercial Kaya FM 95.9


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Field day for industry at MTN Radio Awards

Posted by radio On April - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


The MTN Radio Awards held at the Sandton convention Centre on the 13th March had all the expected pomp with a flurry of industry players and celebrities in attendance. In its fourth year running, Rich Mkhondo, Executive: Corporate Affairs at MTN Group, gave word that  “MTN’s reason for coming on board for the fourth consecutive year as title sponsor of the Radio Awards is because the importance of the medium is clear”. Mkhondo also said, “radio allows us to learn what is going on around us and keeps the nation informed – and MTN sees the importance of supporting its growth.”


The bragging rights to commercial station of the year were awarded to Kaya FM. The category was hotly contested with other nominees including 5FM, 567 Cape Talk, East Coast Radio and Talk Radio 702 coming to the party. The Kaya FM stable also clinched “Best Breakfast Show” for 180 with Bob, “Best Night Time Show” hosted by Mapaseka Mokwele and the meaty “Best News and Actuality” by John Perlman.

Kaya FM Crew celebrating the award


A heartfelt and rapturous reception was shown by the crowd when it was announced that Barney Simon had scooped the accolade for “Best Daytime Presenter” on Jacaranda FM. Indicative of homage paid to the seasoned Simon, his acceptance of the award evoked the rockstardom he has imbued over the years. Tuks FM proved its mettle as winner in the categories of “Campus Station of the Year”, “Best Breakfast Presenter” (Rob Forbes), “Best Daytime Presenter” (Alex Caige) and “Best News Bulletin Reader” (Anton Meijer). The campus radio station lived up to position as a hotbed of rising talent, more so it proved itself a strong contender in the industry, one that can take on giants as well.


Ukhozi FM reared its head as station of the year under the PBS banner, however its domineering stature as clincher to most awards (as seen in the past), was toned down signaling the level of fierceness from other stations. The hostess to the awards, Anele Mdoda, kept the ceremony livened up with her signature comical jabs. She at some point made reference to SABC’s non existing clarity on leadership which sparked both applause and uncontained laughter. While riding the wave, Mdoda also put Given Mkhari under the spotlight in regards to the soon-to-air Power FM. Steadfast and forthright, Mkhari did not hesitate to take up the gauntlet is saying that the station “will be a hard hitter and formidable rival to those already in the game”.




This is what some industry heads had to say about the awards:


Prof. Franz Kruger, Wits School of Radio


Suth Lenkoe, 180 with Bob’s newest member






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Lotus FM provides the gift of Mobility

Posted by radio On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of Lotus FM’s 30th Birthday day, the station will be giving away 30 wheel chairs to 30 physically disabled listeners, whilst creating awareness of the needs, difficulties and abilities of people living with physical disabilities.


This initiative is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is set to improve the lives of those who are handicap in our community by providing mobility.


Alvin Pillay Station Manager of LotusFM said, “We are a brand that is all about its community, its listeners and families.  Our mandate is to serve the community by resourcing and developing individuals who are less fortunate. These new wheel chairs will give those in need a new lease on life”.  This wheelchair project is designed to improve employment, independence, health and educational and economic opportunities for people living with physical disabilities.


If you are in need of a wheelchair please fill in an application form which can be found at LotusFM offices (100 KE Masinga Road Durban) or go to for more information. Applications close on the 30th April 2013.

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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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