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It’s that time of the year again where Ukhozi FM hosts its annual June event, this year launched as Ukhozi FM 53rd Birthday Celebration, also themed as Ukhozi FM 53. This celebration will take place at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg on the 2nd of June 2013, preceded by a full day of activation on the 1st June 2013.


The station is turning 53 years old this year and there are a number of festivities in place to celebrate this big day. The station will host a number of outside broadcasts for the week leading to the main event, starting on the 28th of May 2013.


The festivities include netball and football matches against the Municipality and entertaining the young and old. This year, our retired and Ukhozi FM legend presenters such as Muvo Maphalala, Mandla Malakwane, Lindiwe Ntuli to name but a few, will be sharing the stage with our current presenters. A big surprise awaits listeners this year, and they will be entertained by the best in South African music industry in genres such as House, Kwaito, Gospel, Maskandi, Hip Hop and pop Music.


Tickets will be available at the gate for only R55 per person and doors will be open at 8:00 am. For more information on the event please visit our Facebook page which is

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East Coast Radio now boasts a listenership of 1.873 million listeners every week, making it the biggest independent radio station in South Africa. The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) figures, the first of 2013, were released by the South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) on Thursday, 9 May 2013.


The research period from mid-October 2012 to March 2013 also shows that over a million loyal listeners tune in to the station each day. East Coast Radio’s programming manager Naveen Singh says, “Durban’s number one is actually the country’s number one independent station. This is a huge validation for the on-air teams who have worked really hard over the last year. Their fun attitude and creativity make for great listening.”


The station’s general manager Trish Taylor says, “The massive increase in RAMS is testament to the great work that is being done on all fronts at the station. It also comes after our recent nomination for Commercial Radio Station of the Year in the MTN Radio Awards. We’re extremely proud of both these accolades and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of innovation.”

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John Gale, Managing Director of Ogilvy Durban, has been appointed to the Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (O&M SA) Executive Committee (ExCo) Board.


With over 21 years with the Ogilvy group and, more recently, 13 years at the helm of the Durban office, Gale brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the O&M SA Board. 

A passionate brand-builder, Gale has, in turbulent global economic conditions, seen the Ogilvy & Mather Durban office, which incorporates Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Ogilvy Action and Digital@Ogilvy, grow into one of the region’s advertising powerhouses.


“Most of South Africa’s industry hubs are concentrated in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and as such enjoy the lion’s share of the country’s advertising revenue. This presents some unique challenges for the industry in Durban,” says Gale. “Given these challenges, and the fact that we are currently in a global economic trough, we are enormously proud to have been able to not only sustain the business, but significantly grow it.”


Growth of the business in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), coupled with some exciting new contracts on the horizon, means that O&M SA, a world-class multinational communications company, has a strong foothold in all three of South Africa’s economic hubs.

“We realise it is important for Ogilvy to have

 a footprint in each of the major business regions in the country,” says Gale. “It is also important from the perspective of a global brand that we are aligned when it comes to the implementation of the company’s processes and structures, not to mention those of our global clients.”


“While we work independently of each other, it is important and enriching to remain connected and involved in important areas of the business such as implementation of group strategy, human resources, training and technology. My appointment to the ExCo will ensure our Durban and KZN interests are synergized with the rest of the group.”


“I am thrilled to become a member of the ExCo as I have gained important insights over the years as MD in Durban,” says Gale. “I believe I will be able to add further perspectives and value to the continued success of one of South Africa’s leading advertising groups.”


Some of the Point Waterfront-based Ogilvy Durban current clients include Boxer Superstores, Decorland, Defy, eThekwini Transport Authority, Field Band Foundation, Game, Lesotho Milling, Marico, SABMiller, Sun International (Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom and the Wild Coast Sun), The Sharks and Unilever.


Gale has worked on major brands such as Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Hansa Pilsener, Debonairs Pizza, Volvo, Mica, and Continental. While at Ogilvy Africa (1998/9), he was primarily involved in managing brands for key clients with business interests and activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Radio and black middle class

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By:Kagiso Mnisi]


Buying power by the black middle class contingent is on the rise. This segment has not always been done justice by research data since there were no appropriate tools designed to measure it. This mercurial target market has always eluded researchers, all largely due to preconceived stereotypes and the fact that research houses were always baffled by its complex heterogeneity. The market is always in flux in regards to brand affiliations and more sophisticated mechanisms have to be employed to adequately gauge patterns emerging in that world. The latest RAMS call up is meant to update everyone on the latest movements in radio audiences and black buying power has a keen gaze put on it. This comes at the back of Ramsay Media’s charts as revealing the following in radio listenership by black respondents with a high income per annum:


 Metro FM


Charted at 59% of respondents as a station of choice for black Top Enders. This research also showed a significant rise in young female listeners.


Kaya FM


Came as runner-up at 32% which indicates a steady rise.



The remainder of the top six positions are taken by YFM, SAfm, Talk Radio 702 and 5FM. After that, the remaining stations attract less than 20%



SAARF’s methodology has observed the number of stations as one of its parameters; its findings reveal that the national average is 2.0 which encompasses both commercial and PBS stations. In fragments there are 38 commercial and 196 community stations that are earmarked for reasearch. Other gauges include obligatory LSM, gender and age profiling.






Commercial station that has significant black middle class audience

Kaya FM

Core audience: 37 year old with an average income of R15 159.

Total past 7 days listenership (latest):1.353 million

Ad spend: R169.4 million

Main competitors: Talk Radio 702, Classic FM, YFM, Highveld Stereo, Metro FM

USP: Targets a sophisticated and distinguished listenership

Most popular show: ‘Best T in da City’


PBS with a healthy black community buy in


Core audience: Adults age 25 – 49, within LSM 5-8

Total past 7 days listenership (latest): 3.321 million

Ad spend: R 75 million

Main competitors: Jacaranda, North West FM, Mafisa, Soshanguve Radio

USP: Largest Setswana station in Southern Africa, it is the radio brand that broadcasts for empowerment and betterment of Setswana speaking audience.

Most popular show: ‘Tsoga Afrika’ with Kabelo Malopyane and Felix Nhlapo



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All the MTN SAMA 19 Winners

Posted by radio On May - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Millions of viewers tuned into SABC 1 and witnessed the glitz, glam and the pizazz at the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards as Toya Delazy and Khuli Chana dominated the evening taking home 3 awards each at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 11 May 2013.


For Toya Delazy who had kicked off the evening with a high octane performance alongside rapper Reason, the awards for Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album serve as confirmation of her newly found status in the industry after a breakout year in 2012 with her debut hit album, Due Drop Deluxe. Jax Panix scooped the Best Producer award the previous night for his work on Toya’s album.


The outrageously talented Khuli Chana finally had his moment to shine in the spotlight as all the years of hard work finally paid off for the former Motswako protégé as he took home the coveted Best Male Artist, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year awards.


Multi award winning Afro-fusion group Freshlyground scooped what must be fast becoming a familiar statuette for Duo or Group of the Year, further cementing their place as music royalty in South Africa.

The fiercely contested Female Artist of the Year award saw songbird Kelly Khumalo beat off stiff competition from a very talented field.


The almost three hour long show witnessed some unique and iconic collaborations from amongst others Zonke and Kabomo, ChianoSky with DJ Zinhle ft. Busiswa, Bobby van Jaarsveld with Oskido ft. Candy, Zozo & Sangere Superbeat, Desmond & The Tutus with Kabelo, Professor, Sfiso and Khaya ft. Proverb, Donald, Lira and crowd pleasers DJ Vetkuk & Mahoota ft. Dr Malinga & Manqoba amongst others.


The guest presenters on stage to hand over the awards were some of the leading names in the entertainment industry: Rapulana Seiphemo, Tsholo Monedi, Gareth Cliff, Zahara, Loyiso Bala, Tailor, Pearl Thusi, Tumi Morake, Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza, Zolisa Xaluva, Glen Lewis, Penny Lebyane, Tumi Morake, Greg Carlin and Thami Mgqolo.


An emotional tribute to artists and other industry players that have passed on during the last year was movingly performed by Bongeziwe Mabandla, Nina Schumann, Steve Dyer, Herbie Tsoaeli and CH2 over a visual montage of these fallen icons.


The Album of the Year medley was one of the major highlights of the star studded night as Khuli Chana, Kelly Khumalo, Maleh, Ntokozo Mbambo and The Muffinz took to the stage and left the over 5 000 strong crowd in rapturous applause.


It was then left to the popular Menzi Ngubane and Sophie Ndaba to close off the night and present the coveted Album of the Year to an utterly surprised Khuli Chana.


The full list of categories and winners for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are:

Album of the Year

Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Duo or Group of the Year

Freshlyground Take Me to the Dance

Female Artist of the Year

Kelly Khumalo The Past, The Present, The Future

Male Artist of the Year

Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Newcomer of the Year

Toya Delazy Due Drop Deluxe

Best Rock Album

Zebra & Giraffe The Wisest Ones

Best Pop Album

Toya Delazy Due Drop Deluxe

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue Journey

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Theuns Jordaan Roeper




Best African Adult Album


Maleh Step Child

Best Alternative Album


iScream & The Chocolate Stix The Paradox

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album


Khaya For You

Best Rap Album


Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Best Kwaito Album

Professor The Orientation

Best Dance Album

Black Coffee Africa Rising

Best Traditional Faith Music Album


Various Siprit of Praise Vol.4

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Ntokozo Mbambo Filled

Best Traditional Album

Soul Brothers Isiphithiphithi

Best Maskandi Album


Ichwane Lebhaca Inkunzi Yomthakathi

Best Jazz Album


Herbie Tsoaeli African Time

Best Classic & Instrumental Album – Presented by Kgomotso KG Moeketsi & Khetha Gwala





Best Live DVD – Presented by James Shikwambana & Hanlie Nel


The Captured Tour Concert Film Lira

Best Collaboration


Riot Feat. Zahara Thetha Nami

Best Music Video of the Year – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Claudio Pavan for Honey Spiders (The Parlotones)

Best Producer – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Jax Panik for Due Drop Deluxe (Toya Delazy)

Best Engineer – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Mark Beling for Strong (BlackByrd)

Remix of the Year


DJ Kent for Thinking about You Ft. Zonke DJ Kent Remix (Theo Kgosinkwe)

Best Selling DVD

Vol. 16 Live at Carnival City Joyous Celebration

Best Selling Album

Roeper Theuns Jordaan

Best Selling Tru-Tone

Follow Me DJ Cleo ft. Teddy Bears

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone

Loliwe Zahara

Best Selling Full-Track Download


You’re The Voice Shout/J23 – Artists for a safer South Africa


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[By: Radiobiz Reporter]


The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) by SAARF show that the time spent listening to radio per week has dropped by 12 minutes period on period and by 18 minutes year on year. The TSL per day also dropped slightly by just 3min y/y and 2min period and period. Small urban and rural areas are also experiencing a drop in TSL per day. However large urban areas barked the trend, increasing by 2min on TSL per day.


The coastal provinces are all showing a decrease in TSL while the inland provinces excluding Northern Cape all showed some growth on daily average.







 Even though the TSL has generally dropped, a few stations are experiencing nice      listenership growth period on period. East Coast Radio had a fantastic performance against both period on period and year on year, increasing by 12% and 11% respectively. Kaya FM who recently won the MTN Award for commercial station of the year showed mixed performances, as they dropped year on year by over 10% but increased by 2% period on  period. Mpower FM finally hit the 100k mark increasing by 28% against p/p and y/y. Safm also performed very well this time growing by 17% y/y and 14% p/p.













Listeners continue to listen to an average 2 stations per week, for more on this visit


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CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, will broadcast a LIVE business breakfast discussion under the theme, ‘Durban Tourism: Open for Business’ on Monday, 13 May 2013 at 7am CAT, at the Tourism INDABA in the Durban ICC. 


With the tourism INDABA well under way in Durban, CNBC Africa takes a look at the tourism potential in Africa and key infrastructural developments that need to take place in order to develop this industry. INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world.


Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its harbour is the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Every year the port of Durban handles over 30-million tons of cargo with a value of more than R100-billion. To the north of Durban, the port of Richards Bay, an important coal-export harbour, handles over 12 000 containers a year. Combined, the two ports account for some 78% of South Africa’s cargo tonnage.


Some of the key issues of the discussion will include business investments, developments within the Dube Trade Port and the expansion of Durban’s hotel infrastructure.

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Radiobiz is looking for Writers

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Are you opinionated, articulate, edgy, intelligent, hardworking with a keen interest in radio?  We welcome articles about industry issues, views, news or trends.

If you are interested in becoming an online freelancer or contributor for Radiobiz, send us your CV,  Contributions Introduction, which is  a short personal profile and a ‘ Test Article’. This is mainly to establish your writing style to assess if you could potentially adhere to our writing style.

1. Choose a subject which is relevant, edgy and radio related.
2. Write no more than 350 words.
3. Consider your presentation style; Grammar, Microsoft Word Doc, Times New Roman, pt 12. 1.5; Line spacing, Picture(s), Heading.
4. Sources


(1) CV

(2) Contributors Introduction

(3) Test Article

We will consider your application and get back to you in due time.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Big winners on first night of MTN SAMA 19

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The focus was on technical brilliance and sales prowess


The 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) kicked off in impressive fashion in the Royal Ballroom at  Sun City on Friday, 10 May 2013.


Hosted by the comical Tumi Morake, the show proved to be more than just a curtain raiser to the main, live broadcast event following on Saturday night at the Superbowl, with elaborate collaborations and a star studded guest presenter list.


The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented by the renowned Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri to three legendary icons in the South African music industry: Dr Thomas Chauke, Sizwe Zako and posthumously to Johannes Kerkorrel.


Popular new sensation Khaya picked up the coveted “Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album” award.


Songbird Lira scooped the “Best Live DVD” for her The Captured Tour Concert Film, while DJ Kent deservedly picked up the “Remix of the Year” title for his remix of the hit Theo Kgosinkwe track, Thinking About You Ft. Zonke.


Jax Panix was rewarded for his sterling work on Due Drop Deluxe with the “Best Producer” award, with the talented Mark Beling getting the statuette for “Best Engineer” for BlackByrd’s album, Strong.


The guest presenters on the night were some of the biggest and influential names in the industry; Penny Lebyane, Ben Maitsapo, Kgomotso KG Mooketsi, Khetha Gwala, James Shikwambana, Amor Vittone, Michelle Constant, Lerato Sengadi and Jared Orlin. 


Keeping the crowd entertained were leading names Zahara, Riot, BlackByrd, Lindiwe Maxolo, Dr Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters, Sizwe Zako, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Teddy Bears, L’vovo Derrango and Professor. Elvis Blue delivered a breath-taking tribute to the late Johannes Kerkorrel.


All the attention now turns tonight’s show which will be streamed and broadcast live on SABC 1 at 8:30pm from the Sun City Superbowl.


For the full list of SAMA 19 first night winners go to



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Fans urged to vote for their favourite MTN Record of the Year for the 19th Annual MTN SAMAs


The prominent MTN Record of the Year category Top five (5) shortlisted nominees were announced on Thursday evening, 09th May, after the voting lines closed earlier in the day following a rush from artists to secure votes from their fans. 


To determine the overall winner, voting lines will re-open on Friday morning, 10th May at 08h00 and will close at 22h00 during the live broadcast of the MTN SAMAs on SABC 1 on Saturday 11th May.  Each of the shortlisted artists will retain their allocated letter, as per the initial top 20 list that was issued at the nominees launch in March. The voting will commence from zero (0) to ensure that all artists have an equal opportunity to garner for votes from their fans. 


The shortlisted nominees were allocated a letter ranging from “A” to “T” and the public can vote by sending an SMS with the letter assigned to their favourite artist to 083 123 SAMA (7262) at standard SMS rates.


Every vote counts and could make the crucial difference in who walks away with the MTN SAMA Record of the Year Award. Fans can SMS up to a maximum of 10 times per mobile number. 


The Top 5 shortlisted nominees for MTN Record of the Year are as follows:


Letter Artist Track
F Donald I Deserve
J Khaya Move
M Mi Casa Heavenly Sent
N Oskido Tsa Mandebele
P Sfiso Ncwane Kulungile Baba


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