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Mzokoloko joins Ukhozi FM after station shake-up

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most-listened to radio station Ukhozi FM,which currently commands 7, 5 million listeners, is set for an exciting new line-up effective from 1 April 2019.

The 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday line-up, sees the most changes. Tshatha Ngobe now joins Nongcebo McKenzie on the breakfast show ‘Vuka Mzansi’ from 06h30-09h00, while the midmorning show ‘Jabul’Ujule’ from 09h00-12h00, remains unchanged with Dudu Khoza still driving the show. The 12h00-15h00 slot ‘Ndiza Nathi’ promises a new radio vibe and energy with Selbeyonce and Siya Mhlongo. The afternoon drive show ‘Woza Nabangani Bakho’ which broadcasts at 15h00- 18h00 and the station, welcomes Mzokhona “Mzokoloko” Gumede who will join Nonhlanhla
“Mroza” Buthelezi in presenting the show.





In addition to Mzokoloko, the station is bringing on board new on-air talent that cut their teeth at various KZN stations. “King Sifiso” Sibiya takes the reins for the weekend dance shows, ‘Bhampa 2 Bhampa’ from 20h00-23h00 on Friday nights and ‘Chillas’ on Saturday afternoons from 15h00- 18h00. Phindile Phewa will anchor the show ‘Ulibo Lokuqala’ from Tuesdays to Fridays from 04h00-05h00.


Khathide “Tshatha” Ngobe returns to the popular maskandi show, ‘Sigiya Ngengoma’ on Saturday mornings which he will co-host with Zimiphi Biyela from 09h00-12h00. Sbu Buthelezi returns to present the programme ‘Indumiso’ on Sunday mornings from 08h00-11h30.


Mandla “Njinji” Magwaza crosses over to present the ‘Ukhozi Top 20’ show on Saturdays from 12h00-15h00, while Zandile “Zeal” Dladla takes over ‘Fakumoya’ on Saturdays from 22h00-02h00. Bheka ‘Beekay’ Mchunu will now present the shows ‘Cothoza Mfana’ on Saturdays from 05h00- 06h00 and ‘Ikhethelo’ from 07h00-09h00. Mdonso Ngcobo will present ‘Kwasa Olungaliyo’ on Sundays between 02h00-04h00. Boniswa Moto will present ‘Youth ke Yona’ on Sundays between 14h30 – 15h00 as well as co-present the show ‘UNkulunkulu Nomuntu Omusha’ with Thembeka Zondo on Sundays from 20h00-21h00. Lindani ‘Lee’ Hlophe will present the new programme ‘Uju Lomphefumulo’ on Sundays from 23h00-02h00, as well ‘Namba Namba’ on Fridays between 23h00-02h00.


Ukhozi FM’s acting Station Manager; Ms Sbongi Ngcobo stated that “the station has held intense deliberations, leading to the biggest changes in recent years for the station. The objective of the lineup changes was to ensure strategic brand positioning of our on-air personalities for maximum audience appeal and marketability, for Ukhozi FM to retain its position as the leading radio station in the country.

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SABC News YouTube channel wins an award

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)  News YouTube channel has scooped an award at the Bookmarks 2019 Awards on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

This award is a confirmation that the SABC is making great strides in positioning itself as a multiplatform content provider. This is in line with the SABC’s mission statement “to become a high performing, financially sustainable, digitised national public broadcaster that provides compelling informative, educational and entertaining content via all platforms”.


The SABC News YouTube channel offers a variety of news reports, broadcast on its television platform, the SABC News Channel (Dstv 404) and news and current affairs programmes aired on SABC 1, 2 and 3. In addition SABC News YouTube channel also broadcasts original content produced in the SABC’s digital newsroom, as well as the live streaming of daily news events.

The SABC, with its portfolio of channels, is an official YouTube partner. The SABC News’ YouTube channel ( is one of the most viewed South African YouTube channels globally  – with over 500 000 subscribers. It has received over 200 million views (and over a billion watch time minutes) in total since its establishment in 2012.


The channel hosts the best of SABC television news where users can watch news clips, in-depth inserts, interviews, current affairs programmes and livestreams of breaking news and events (including full broadcasts of events not always available or fully covered on SABC television channels).


The SABC reiterates its commitment to continue to deliver an unparalleled public value proposition, of ensuring that the millions of South African households who rely on SABC for news and current affairs are kept captivated on all our news platforms.

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See who is on the SAfm 2019/20 Line-up

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

SAfm remains the only national Talk radio station with the largest footprint in South Africa. In order to retain relevance in the broadcasting space, it is imperative to continuously refresh, strengthen and rotate talent to ensure that we lead the conversation as we have in the last 82 years. The station believes its existing talent and with the introduction of new personalities, will ensure it remains relevant in the industry.

SAfm is excited to announce the addition of Ayanda Allie Paine, Songezo Mabece, Chris Vick and Mathumo Manaka as new presenters joining the SAfm family from 01 April 2019.

Weekday programming schedule between 06h00-13h00 remains unchanged. From Monday, 1 April 2019 listeners can look forward to the voice of Ayanda Allie Paine from 13h00-15h00 weekdays. Masechaba Mtolo will anchor the afternoon show  from 15:00 to 18:00 weekdays. Market Update 18h00 – 19h00 and Sport On 19h00 – 20h00 remain unchanged. Later in the evening on Monday and Tuesday 20h00 – 22h00 Songezo Mabece unpacks key Socio, Economic and Political matters of the day, with Chris Vick taking over Wednesday and Thursday bringing in his depth of knowledge in political and social issues. Chris is a guru in media and communications, while Songezo is a Legal Counsel with a demonstrated history of working in public policy.  Both their extensive experiences in their respective fields will contribute immensely to shaping national debates on air.

Mathumo Manaka ushers the weekend in, Fridays 21h00-00h00 with an all music show and again on Saturday and Sunday 13h00 – 16h00 with the best music selection.


The rest of the weekend schedule will remain the same

“It is vital to keep abreast with developments in the industry and adapt to the ever changing media landscape and serve the audiences holistically. The SAfm offering aims to ensure we remain relevant and ultimately deliver more on our mandate.” Peter Mashamba, Acting Station Manager.

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Metro FM Line-up changes announced

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM  announced its 2019/20 lineup, as it aims to continue raising the industry bar. The station will effect slight changes to its lineup on 1 April 2019, in line with continuous delivery to its mandate and business strategy.



With the new line-up, METRO has signed four big names to its stable. The station has built onto the successes of the station’s currently strong line-up, by bringing on board Ayabonga Cawe, Relebogile Mabotja, Moshe Ndiki and Andile Ncube.


Ayabonga Cawe  takes over ‘METRO FM Talk’, between 19h30 and 21h00 on Monday to Thursday. Ayabonga possess all attributes to rebuild METRO FM Talk offering, aligning it to core audience needs and the changing broadcast landscape.

Joining the ‘#FreshBreakfast’, which airs between 05h00 and 09h00, at the beginning of May 2019 is seasoned broadcaster and media personality, Relebogile Mabotja.  She will add her voice to the freshest breakfast team on radio with her smart thinking, wittiness and ability to have diverse views and in-depth knowledge of current affairs content as well her relatability and appeal.


Another addition to the METRO FM family is one of South Africa’s most loved personality, Moshe Ndiki who joins the 15h00 to 18h00 ‘The Drive’ show as a contributor. He will be bringing the station’s listeners his take on ‘the past week in the news’ every Friday on ‘The Drive’, putting a light hearted and fun spin on top news items that made headlines in the past week.


The last addition to the team is sports fanatic, Andile Ncube who joins METRO FM as the sports presenter for the weekend breakfast show ‘#TheWKNDR’, which broadcasts from 06h00 – 09h00. He will be presenting sports bulletins, ensuring the station’s listeners know what to expect in the world of sports on weekends. Andile brings with him a wealth of experience from SABC Sports having anchored many TV sports shows as well as hosted a radio sports show on Radio 2000 and being part of many international sporting events.


The new changes will see Somizi Mhlongo joining ‘#TheBridge’ team, bringing his own version of fun, charisma and more fun to the show, whilst Sentle Lehoko takes over the Monday to Thursday 21h00 – 00h00 slot on the new show ‘#NinetoMidnightWithSentle’Marian Nyarko-Lartey will follow with ‘#TheWindDown’ from 00h00 – 02h00 with Ismail Abrahams taking over the baton, keeping METRO FM listeners company from 02h00 -05h00 on Monday to Friday with the show ‘#EarlyMorningsWithASmile’.


Dynamic rising star Khanya ‘Kyeezi’ Siyengo takes over the ‘#METROFMTOP40COUNTDOWN’ with his energetic, knowledgeable and entertaining presenting style on Saturdays between 09h00 – 13h00, whilst his former partner in crime Phind’Gcobe Madubela aka DJ PH rides solo on ‘#CruiseControl’ Saturdays 13h00 – 15h00. Bujy Bikwa joins MoG on the ‘#TheWKNDR’, Saturdays 06h00 – 09h00.


The Station Manager for Metro FM, Ms Sibongile Mtyali stated that “this year’s line-up schedule is a continuation of our commitment to deliver quality programming and maintain top-of-mind awareness as the best commercial radio stations in the country. We are pleased that we have managed to secure some of the country’s top radio personalities joining brand METRO FM. All our personalities fit in well with what Metro FM stands for and where it’s heading”.


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SABC receive 86 Liberty Radio Awards Nominations

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has received a total of 86 nominations in almost all categories at the recent announcement of the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards contenders.





SABC Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso commented , “The over 80 finalists that we have received as the different radio brands bear testimony that SABC Radio brands are the most pervasive medium with the widest reach and we will ensure that this reach is used to carry on delivering on our public mandate to Inform, Educate and Entertain our listeners with new and exciting innovations ”.


The SABC produced a documentary to celebrate MaSisulu’s Centenary entitled Albertina Sisulu: A woman of fortitude and this documentary is a finalist for the Best Radio Documentary. The promotion of the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by President Barack Obama is also a finalist.




The SABC also got nominations for Radio Podcast, Radio Documentary, Spots Show and Field News Reporter.


The Liberty Radio Awards aims to present a credible, well-judged transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that it remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices.  It’s about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled.

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“The biggest problem in the influencer marketing industry is a lack of trust. There’s no trust in the influencers that they actually care about the brands they’re promoting. There’s no trust that their followers are real.” – e-marketer



Influencer marketing is something that just about everyone in the advertising industry is talking about,with the issues of trust and authenticity often taking centre stage in this conversation.

However, there are only a few individuals in South Africa who have the kind of extensive first-hand campaign experience as one of South Africa’s top celebrities and influencers, Pearl Thusi.  Thusi can speak to the issue of trust from an influencer perspective based on her vast personal experience within the South African context.


A recent report from e-marketer spells out  the issue clearly, “The biggest problem in the influencer marketing industry is a lack of trust. There’s no trust in the influencers that they actually care about the brands they’re promoting. There’s no trust that their followers are real.”


To address this concern, and some of the other challenges facing both agencies and influencers, Thusi is part of the team that has recently launched the Humanz platform in South Africa. This software analyses, not only influencer profiles, but all of their followers too.  Using natural language processing and image recognition paired with artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning, to understand variables such as gender, age, interest, activity and previous mentions of specific brands, Humanz is a significant technological step-forward.

As an influencer, Thusi has experienced for herself how and why such a tool is needed and why the core values of of trust and authenticity are so central to the agency/ influencer relationship, as she explains, “my relationship with the product has to be authentic- there’s no price that can be placed on that.  I also only work with clients and agencies who understand and respect my worth. Its essential to know your market and the importance or having an organic, authentic relationship with the product. Its so obvious, we all know at this stage that people are getting paid, however, the authenticity should never be compromised. As a brand or an agency, you need to understand what you need communicated and then trust the influencer.”


The consumer market has matured, and as Thusi states, consumers are savvy enough to know influencers are being paid, meaning that more and more an influencer’s reputation and ability to actually influence is based on one thing – “Authenticity is everything. Things go viral not because of numbers only, but because they speak to people in an authentic way, it doesn’t matter how big the numbers are- content is king. Its the content that people have to engage with- and it has to resonate.”


For agencies to understand of the worth of an influencer is in-itself a difficult process, both for the agency and the influencer. According to Thusi, in order to establish a costing for a campaign its important to “consider what they’re asking for, how many posts, how much time is needed?  What kind of content needs to be created?  However, my numbers and my follower engagement are the most important parts for me- because my community is everything to me and I can’t and won’t just regurgitate every other post or campaign that is given to me. It has to work within my space.”


Thusi also advises agencies to approach influencer marketing from a diversity of perspectives,“not every agency understands this concept, but sometimes influencer marketing reminds me of the old fashioned door-to-door selling model- it works!  These days a commercial on TV isn’t that impactful unless the content is controversial or very well scripted and shot. However, people believe people, and  people talk to people, especially when its real. Agencies should understand that a celebrity or highly influential individual can start a conversation, but you need people – micro influencers – to keep the conversation going.  They are the real agents of change and influence, they are the bees that collect the pollen and keep the hive functioning as they pollinate for future conversations.”


According to Thusi, often agencies do not fully understand the potential of influencer campaigns, “Some agencies and even influencers are just getting the job done in the cheapest way possible and do not understand the value and worth of influencers on every tier. This can lead to the influencer not going all out.  I believe campaigns could improve when influencers are made to understand their value, power and worth and treated as such. also when the numbers speak for themselves, like with Humanz its easy to tell which influencer really loves sharing and creating awareness, regardless of the remuneration. Let people be people- influencers are not robots. They are people, powerful people.”


According to Thusi, the influencer market in South Africa is growing swiftly and influencer strength is growing. She believes that, “the market is actually being led by the power of the influencers, not just locally, but globally and its amazing for me to see people being rewarded for being themselves and doing what they love.”


Based on her experiences, Thusi was excited to be able to bring a platform such as Humanz to the South African market. As she explains, “Humanz is the bridge. Not every influencer has a manager or has a professional influencer operation. That’s how Humanz assists the influencer. For agencies the platform provides transparency and information, enabling them to choose the perfect people for their campaigns, where right now its almost a blind date with every influencer. Are all their followers real? Did they buy the engagement- if there is any?’ Agencies and influencers need to connect- and the strongest bridge is the Humanz platform.”


Humanz officially launched in South Africa on March 1st  after successfully carrying out pilot projects with some of the largest agencies, brands and influencers locally.

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In 2016, it was estimated that telecom companies in Uganda on annual basis were losing about $60m due to illegal redirection of international calls traffic. The amount in part led to revenue from voice services to remain flat or grow sluggishly in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – according to telecom revenue analysis in those three years. The illegal redirection is known in technical terms as SIM boxing.


SIM boxing is a practice in telecommunications whereby a person or group of people set-up a device that can take up several SIM cards (a SIM box) and use it to complete international calls it receives from the Internet as voice over IP (VoIP) and in turn serve them to the in-country mobile network subscribers as local traffic. The SIM boxer thus bypasses the international rates and often undercuts the prices charged by local mobile operators.


How does it work?

Normally, for example, if you are making a call from the United Kingdom to Uganda, the subscriber will call via their operator (provider A – i.e. Vodafone) that has an International Gateway (e.g. BICS, TATA, etc.) and has termination agreements with operators in Uganda including network X (could be MTN or Airtel). They send the call via their connections to Network X that looks for its subscriber and terminates the call.



In this scenario, all operators – A, BICS, X and the government receive their fees as per set agreements and taxation laws.

This is the legal mode of operations and guarantees revenue for all parties involved.  However, some unscrupulous individuals have found a way around this. The time this issue became rampant or visible, was when the One Area Network (OAN) was launched in 2015, which unfortunately became the transit route for calls originating from other countries.



If someone made a call from the UK to Uganda, on your phone it would be displayed as a call from Kenya because it would have been diverted by some unscrupulous individuals.

The SIM Box has several SIM cards of operators and could also take advantage of any existing on-net (same network) voice bundles and thus ends up paying very little or nothing for the termination of the said call – that is disguised as a local call.



In this scenario, the interconnect operator C undercuts the market interconnect rates and offers cheap rates by spoofing quality. The GSM operator in Uganda (Network X) is cheated of charging the call at premium international rates but rather gets local rates or even earns nothing (if already purchased voice bundles are utilized). The government is also cheated of the USD $9 charged on international calls per minute.



This route is also sometimes referred to as the “Gray Route”.

So, the telecom companies do witness an increased number of calls due to bundled offers but then this doesn’t translate into increased revenue. That means, there is someone else benefiting by rigging the system.



Government revenue affected

As stated, the telecoms were estimated to be losing about $60m annually as a result of the gray routing. A loss to the telecom means that they will also be unable to remit the excise duty charge on calls to the government. With the excise duty charge at about 36 percent, that means government revenue loss of about $21.5m annually. These are amounts that can help the government continue to provide services for Ugandans.



As the telecom operators and the government are counting their losses, the unscrupulous individuals that have only spent a meagre amount to acquire a SIM box machine are reaping at the expense of legitimate business and causing financial loss to government in the form of lost tax revenue. These SIM boxers can breakeven in less than 1 month and continue to rake in profits for years. There is no deliberate under declaration of telecom revenue because of the investment made in order to be compliant with the tax authorities.



The efforts to reduce this vice has led to some arrests. In 2017, six individuals were arrested, and some convicted in court after they were found to have SIM box devices. They had up-to 250 SIM cards that they used to re-route the calls. Increased surveillance by all the telecom companies and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) played a role in having these individuals arrested, however the problem persists.


UCC did recommend that operators have SIM box detection tools that need to be updated often because the SIM boxers keep finding new ways of bypassing the traditional operators.

This vice affects the quality of international calls of subscribers and is a threat to both telecommunication companies and government – they should work together to keep ahead or altogether eliminate this ever-evolving criminality.




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MTN South Africa has partnered with global customer engagement company, Clickatell , to launch MTN Chat, enabling its customers to engage with the telco over WhatsApp.


MTN Chat will enable customers to initiate purchase of airtime and data bundles within their WhatsApp chat session. Over time customers will be able to also access customer support and self-service options, including performing upgrades, managing their accounts, and receiving low balance alerts. MTN Chat is part of the MTN vision to significantly enhance its digital business offering to boost its customer base through advanced services.


“Clickatell understands that mobile operators are under increasing pressure to deliver excellent customer service over the digital channels their customers prefer. By offering convenient services over a secure, convenient channel, MNOs can both increase their transactional volume and attract and retain customers – something that is paramount in an age of continuous digital transformation and growing competition,” explains Pieter de Villiers, Clickatell Founder & CEO.



Clickatell has already helped Absa Bank, GTBank, First Bank of Nigeria and United Bank of Africa successfully deploy chat banking capabilities on WhatsApp across Africa.



Clickatell is a WhatsApp Business solution provider. The WhatsApp Business API provides brands the ability to send out notifications and conduct two-way conversations with consumers within WhatsApp once they have opted in. Clickatell’s Touch Flow and Connect platforms gives MTN the capability to unify its communications channels, customise user workflows and connect to internal systems.



“It is imperative that companies focus on improving their self-service experiences in order to retain and grow customers. The Clickatell offerings provides an easy, secure and convenient way of giving users control over their accounts through WhatsApp, a platform they already have an affinity for,” comments says Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN SA.



De Villiers says Clickatell’s low effort, high return offerings can propel mobile network operators onto a digital transformation road that differentiates them from their competitors.



“Clickatell has worked hard to ensure that its solution deployments are far less challenging than typical enterprise platform integrations. With over 1.5 billion people in 180 countries using WhatsApp every month, delivering chat commerce experiences on WhatsApp is one of the most efficient ways to reach a majority of consumers who can immediately benefit from the services offered on the channel. There is no doubt this solution is perfect for MNOs around the world where WhatsApp is frequently used.”



With over 1.5 billion people in 180 countries using WhatsApp every month, delivering chat commerce experiences on WhatsApp is one of the most efficient ways to reach a majority of consumers who can immediately benefit from the telecom services offered on the channel. There is no doubt this solution is perfect for MNOs around the world where WhatsApp is the dominant social engagement channel.”




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This year’s show will be headlined by SA favourites Mmatema, Dumi Mkokstad, Samthing Soweto and Xolani Mdlalose.



In light of the upcoming Easter season, the Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army will once again bring you a musically world class show at this year’s 4th annual Easter Songs of Praise taking place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, 12 April.

This year, music revellers at large will enjoy a show boasting performances by headline acts such as 2015 Idols finalist Mmatema, award-winning gospel music sensation Dumi Mkokstad, Afro-pop favourite Samthing Soweto and ex-Joyous Celebration lead singer Xolani Mdlalose.


“This year, we are elated to have these musical geniuses as part of this monumental event. The Easter Songs of Praise aims to encourage people to find the peace that comes from salvation, through music. It’s important that the messages of hope through our music reaches and touches the lives of everyone who hears us,” said Manzini Zungu, the Musical Director.


Founded in 2012, the Soweto Central Chorus is a unique brigade and musical division of the Salvation Army’s Soweto Central Corps. The anointed choir boasts over 80 members who have broken generational boundaries. Since it was founded seven years ago, the Soweto Central Chorus managed to catch the attention of some of South Africa’s upper echelons. In 2016, the choir was invited to perform at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace-home to the world-renowned Zulu King.


The choir’s core mandate is to minister through music and staying true to this, it has spread the word of God through song in events like the Road to Calvary, the 3rd Easter Songs of Praise 2018, Carols by Candlelight and performances at other Salvation Army Corps.

Tickets to the Easter Songs of Praise will be available from Computicket from Tuesday 26 March at a cost of R150 – R200 per person.


Download the 3rd Easter songs of praise album on Spotify, iTunes, Shazam, Google Play, Deezer and Amazon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @esop_za ,@easter_songs Facebook Easter Songs of Praise

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As MTN Bushfire International Festival of the Arts celebrates 13 years, it’s the ideal time to take  a moment to reflect on the physical, spiritual and ethical journey that everyone takes to this living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil.

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival, as all previous guests will attest. Taking place in the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg from May 24th – 26th,  the festival sees fire starters from all corners of the globe gather to ignite a movement for social change, embracing tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.


Through various actions, MTN Bushfire encourages participants, guests, and suppliers to  #BringYourFire through various activations and engagements.


One of the simplest and most popular ways to support this call to action is to WEAR YOUR FIRE – with MTN Bushfire’s amazing range of merchandise that sees all proceeds of sales directly supporting the MTN Bushfire beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects, who support rural women, their families and communities through health, education and sustainable livelihood projects. The merchandise reflects the theme for the year – that of the moral compass that guides us all to be active participants and advocates for positive change in our communities.


This year, MTN Bushfire Fire Starters can get the jump on the queues and purchase the MTN Bushfire 13th edition Golden Compass Merchandise range now available online! Please follow the link to the store for purchases:

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