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As from 7 May, customers on the R99 DStv Access package (previously known as DStv Lite), will have access to more local content and movies without ad breaks when MultiChoice adds Mzansi Wethu and M-Net Movies Zone to this package.

Mzansi Wethu (channel 163) is a local general entertainment channel that builds on the success of M-Net’s Mzansi Magic brand and speaks to the hearts and minds of South Africans who haven’t had access to pay television before. The channel will feature authentic local content that covers a variety of genres including game shows, Lokshin Bioskop movies, sitcoms, local reality shows and a studio-based new Lokshin soap. More than 50% of the programming on this channel will be in vernacular languages.



M-Net Movie Zone (channel 139) is a new movie channel offering from M-Net, which will feature an exciting variety of content from dramas, comedies and family movies, to something that will satisfy the action buffs. It will treat its viewers to a wide range of well-loved stars and movies from recent years. M-Net Movie Zone will launch at 13:00 on Thursday, 7 May and Mzansi Wethu will kick off at 18:00 on the same day.

“We are committed to make digital entertainment affordable. For the first time, customers on the Access package will see great local content that reflects South Africa today  and they will also be able to watch movies without ad breaks,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.


Customers on the DStv Family, DStv Compact and DStv Premium packages will also receive these two new channels. These two new channels will complement and expand existing local content channels and enhance the viewing experience and overall value on DStv’s packages.


Over the last few months, DStv added a number of channels for customers on the R99 package, including Dumisa, Blackbelt TV, Mzansi Music and kykNET musiek. Last year it also added 2 community channels to provide these customers content that is closer to the communities in the form of 1 KZN and Bay TV. The new channels complement and expand the existing local content offering.


DStv Lite has been renamed and repackaged with more channels and relevant local content to attract new audiences to a world of extraordinary entertainment.


Source: Dstv Online

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Ukhozi FM is not only the biggest station in Africa; it is arguably one of the biggest in the entire world. Fulfilling a PBS mandate to broadcast in isiZulu and to further Zulu Culture, the station delivers information, education and entertainment to an audience of 7031 000 listeners (RAMS Feb 2013).


Throughout its history, which spans in excess of half a century of broadcasting, Ukhozi FM has made a substantial contribution to the South African radio industry. The station’s iconic on-air talent is widely known across South Africa. With the station’s guiding philosophy being to educate and inform while entertaining listeners this keeps Ukhozi FM Always on to access the station’s programme mix of news, current affairs, talk shows, drama, music, sport, education, weather, and traffic.


Programming is targeted at a broad audience of diverse needs and lifestyles. Ukhozi FM is a custodian of the isiZulu language and culture and the aim is to maintain this custodianship with pride. The station’s key priority is to ensure staying in touch with the listener’s needs and that the station remains vital to them whilst maintaining roots and culture.


Ukhozi FM is an excellent example of how PBS broadcasting can be relevant, compelling, engaging and entertaining in a mother language. This is an indication of the balanced programming and a solid execution of basic broadcasting principles throughout, which vindicates the winning of the PBS Station of the Year Award in the second year running.


The station scooped the following six 2013 MTN Radio Awards:

1. The station of the year PBS,
2. Best Programming innovation,
3. Best breakfast Show,
4. Best Afternoon Drive show,
5. Best Music Show (Sigiya Ngengoma)
6. Best News Bulletin.


We receive all these with most the humility and respect of the industry and other players. We also note that there was a huge improvement throughout the competition’s delivery in the past year and wish them all of the best as they keep us on our toes.


Issued by: Ukhozi FM

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Up Close & Personal with Eddie Zondi

Posted by radio On April - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


Eddie Zondi does not like to think too hard about radio. It’s almost as if analysing it betrays his love for the medium. He does not remember dates much, he lives in the present. What comes easy to him is speaking about what he does and its impact.


His name has become synonymous with Metro FM’s Soul Movement. Together with Wilson B Nkosi and Paul Mtirara, they drive the station’s soul and RnB repertoire.

When you think Eddie Zondi, you think soothing romantic ballads. This association has helped solidify his longevity and relevance, as well as boosting Metro FM’s profile.


“Over the years it has been proven that people want sing-along-songs. With the Soul Movement we promote love and companionship. We do this with sing-along-songs that people are familiar with. Each of our shows commands over a million listeners. My show, The Romantic Repertoire, alone has 1.8 million listeners.  This gave birth to the Sunday Soul Sessions event which is now big and established. Paul and I are booked almost every weekend nationally. And the sponsorship for the sessions is also beneficial to the station,” says Zondi.


The Romantic Repertoire is the only show he does on Metro FM now. He no longer anchors his late night weekday show, The Obsession, as he’s moved on to expand on his romantic music fetish on television with a new show on Mzansi Magic, called Sounds of Soul.


This is his first time on television in a very long time. The early years of his broadcasting career saw him presenting a Saturday Breakfast show at Bop TV back in the day.


Eddie Zondi was born in Soweto and grew up in Kwa Zulu Natal. He schooled in KZN and came back to Johannesburg to matriculate at Embongo High school in Dlamini, Soweto.


He studied at the School of Broadcasting in Braamfontein before getting a break on a small radio station at High Gate Shopping Centre.


“Koos Radebe saw me there and offered me an opportunity to be a field sports reporter for Metro FM. I was not a sports commentator, but the station would cross over live to me and I would report from the stadium,” Zondi recalls.


“Romeo Khumalo was doing the Sunday show I’m doing now and I remember wanting to be on air because of people like him. From 1998, I would sit in for different presenters who were not available. In 1999, I was given the 3-6 morning show called Wake Up Call, which I did for seven years,” he says.


His love of radio was sparked when his mother took him to what was then called Radio Zulu. He’s always loved music, but that trip sealed his destiny of wanting to be a broadcaster. He says his experience has taught him how to communicate with people and to gauge their behaviour. He has done a lot of night time radio in his career and this has shown him something else.


“Radio at night is much more open and intimate. People are in their space, they can think and reflect and most times they see you the presenter as a shoulder to cry on. If someone is having problems with their husband, they share it, for instance,” he says.


Zondi is always rooting for young talent, pushing for young musos like Moneoa, Berita, Afrotraction and Donald on his show, and praising the work of young presenters like Ismael Abrahams, Carol Ralefeta and William Lehong.


He’s also working with youngster, Zak Dakile on his new television show, Sounds of Soul at 5pm on Sundays. “We’re almost done with Season 1 and are working on Season 2 already. And we want to improve it by including more of our local artists,” he says.


He attributes the success of the Soul Movement and the Sunday Soul Sessions to the fact that he is a believer of love and soul music.


He reiterates this with a “Just try me,” and a self assured chuckle.    



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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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Lotus FM’s World Book Day celebrations

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Last year Lotus FM’s “Midday Spice” programme hosted by Varshan Sookhun and produced by Pravina Maharaj, partnered with Tongaat Central Library, who successfully ran the ‘Today a Reader Tomorrow a Leader’ book drive. A thousand books were collected for underprivileged schools.


The Midday spice is continuing its efforts to create  awareness on the importance of  reading and developing a love for books with a Special broadcast from Verulam Library on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 between 12h00-15h00. This broadcast will be to commemorate World Book Day and also to highlight the valuable work that Verulam Library carries out in the community. “Literacy plays a vital role in the development of communities and it’s imperative that Lotus FM contributes to the progression of literacy,” said Station manager Alvin Pillay.  


World Book Day does not only celebrate literacy but brings awareness to copyright. Since Copyright is a big issue in the world of books and writing, there is always a focus on the issue on the World Book Day.


The Verulam community is invited to join the Midday spice show for a fun live broadcast from Verulam Library.


There will be great entertainment and prizes to be given away and of course a celebration of books! For more information tune into the Midday Spice weekdays 12h00-15h00 on Lotus FM 87.7.


Issued by

Lotus FM Publicity

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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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As TopTV continues to operate under the business rescue plan, announced in October 2012, it has become necessary to review the pay-TV operator’s current channel line-up and make certain adjustments in the interim period.


The effect of this is that two of the TopTV channels, Top Movies +24 and Top Junior, will be discontinued with effect from midnight on Wednesday, 17 April. TopTV regrets the timing of this change to its channel make-up but, due to operational reasons, it has become necessary to prepare for a proposed new channel structure.


TopTV is currently in negotiations with a prospective investor and more details regarding this issue will be made public in the coming weeks. These talks are at an advanced stage and should they reach finality, a much-needed cash injection will be made into the operation that could result in a restructure of the business and the channels that are currently on offer.


TopTV would like to take this opportunity to thank its loyal subscribers for their continuous support over this trying period in the company’s history, as it awaits confirmation of new developments for an exciting new future for the pay-TV operator.


[Source: OnDigital Media]

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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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Jay and radio rockstardom

Posted by radio On April - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

With the recent MTN Radio awards giving a nod to the industry’s excellence, there is none who has accomplished such an accolade as Alex Jay. His omnipresent voice has been the stuff of glamour on Top Billing and a warm guiding light on our stereos. The Highveld stereo stalwart has crossed floors from one station to the other, all with an admirable following intact. The news of his axing from 5FM in 2002 came as a tear jerking prospect to many which over and above rubber stamped Jay’s clout as an anytime-anyday companion to listeners. Radiobiz visits his rock oozing abode to uncover the man’s sensibility as a respected media practitioner and one of the very few to pull off a ‘just got outta bed’ hairdo without losing a shred of credibility.



Radiobiz: It seems the media bug bit whilst you were still a wet rod.

Your were editor to your school’s newspaper, what made you step up for that during those years?


A need to communicate! Weird but true.


Radiobiz: As an Edinburgh born lad, you must have had dinner table brushes with Haggis. Are you keen on our local produce of Amathumbu



Alex Jay :Lol! I prefer skop!


Radiobiz :You went on to contribute for publications such as Penthouse [gusp] and Rand daily Mail, do you think writing is a self-exploratory device and are you still wielding the pen?


Alex Jay :Sadly not writing but hoping to remedy that as I’m working on…*gulp* my autobiography.


Radiobiz :The gig at 702 then came, how would you describe the world of radio at that time from personal experiences as a late night jock?


Alex Jay: In those days you could be section 16’d over a comment you might’ve made on radio! But what a vital period in our country and what an honour to be part of the transition to a sane society.


Radiobiz :During your tenure at 5FM you were revered as a master interviewer if Paul Rieket’s – of the band Battery9 – sentiments are to hold water. What is key in interviews?


Alex Jay :Listen!! And don’t fake enthusiasm. If you don’t get what your guests vibe is all about well it’s their passion so let them explain.


Radiobiz :Why do you think there was so much disgruntlement from listeners when you left 5FM?


Alex Jay :Because we were kind of like family.


Radiobiz: What are your thoughts on the idea of award ceremonies to ‘celebrate’ figures in the media space ?


Alex Jay :Unless there’s a cash prize attached, who cares? It’s the listener response and audience figures are the real arbiter. Having said that it’s always great to be recognized buy your peers.


Radiobiz: What puts you off about modern radio, if anything ?


Alex Jay :Too many people being put on air without proper training. Not everyone’s a winner! It’s the radio station’s duty to ensure that new broadcasters are given all the tools they need to succeed.


Radiobiz: Your distinct voice (enough to envelope a room) also braced our screens via Top Billing and coincided with the glamour of the show. What went to preparing those shows?


Alex Jay :Too much! 4 hours of recording scripts just to get 10 minutes of narration on air. Eish. Give me live radio anytime!


Radiobiz :Given the bit of music in you. Slash or Sid Vicious? Choose


Alex Jay :Hmmmm. Can I rather be John Legend?


Radiobiz: As we all know afternoon drive time shows are not for the squirmish. How do you make it worth your listeners while without losing the plot on 94.7′ Highveld’s, The Mid-Morning show?


Alex Jay: I have a brilliantly interactive audience who help me keep the radio show fresh and interesting.

Nice people! And they are, indirectly, my bosses!




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‘Eye On KZN’ to premiere on CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On April - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa, the continent’s leading business and financial news television channel, introduces its new monthly series titled ‘Eye on KZN’ sponsored by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The series showcase the potential growth of the province, focusing on exciting business, economic and investment news and will premiere on Tuesday, 16 April at 9pm CAT.


‘Eye on KZN’ will cover specific topics relating to investments and business opportunities in Kwa-Zulu Natal, also the infrastructure that paves the way for business development, partnership, investment and tourism. Each monthly episode will focus on the core strategies of all the main players and participants in the KZN economic development.


The first episode which features the MEC of KZN Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu, was launched in Sandton on Friday, 12 April and anchored by CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor, Godfrey Mutizwa.


Other panellists included:


·         Andrew Layman, Head of Durban Chamber of Commerce

·         Saxen van Coller , CEO of Dube tradeport

·         Rajen Reddy, CEO, KZN Oils


Don’t miss the first broadcast of ‘Eye on KZN’ on Tuesday, 16 April at 9pm CAT, only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv!


Issued By: CNBC Africa

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