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The Second uVuthumlilo Maskandi Festival

Posted by radio On July - 13 - 2012 4 COMMENTS

Ukhozi FM in partnership with its Sister radio station, Umhlobo Wenene is bringing you the second Maskandi Festival called Vuthumlilo. The two SABC radio stations partner with Greater Kokstad Municipality to bring the people of Kokstad and surroundings this event which have shown a success last year when attracting more than 10 000 people who attended the event. DJs and Presenters will share the station as MCs on the day. Ukhozi FM will shows Utalagu and Top 20 will be broadcasted live at the venue of the event.

Line up: Thokozani Langa, Amageza amahle, Mjikijelwa, Ichwane lebhaca, Phuzekhemisi, iNyonemhlophe, Imithente, Izingane Zoma nabanye abaningi, Hhashelimhlophe, Mfiliseni Magubane nabanye.


Date     : 14 July 2012

Venue : Kokstad

Time    :  10 am

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11 July 2012- Radio 2000 the  leader in providing listeners with live coverage as it happens is proud to announce the  winner of the ‘2000 Voices to Wish Madiba a Happy Birthday Design Competition’.

After being inundated with entries Radio 2000 is excited to announce Lehlohonolo Patrick Mohabo as the winner whose design will be used as the CD/DVD sleeves.

The Radio 2000 Graphic design competition is an opportunity for aspiring graphic designers to break into the industry and get their work noticed.

The winner will also be featured on air, on the Radio 2000 website ’, assuring exposure of outstanding work.

Radio 2000 roped in the efforts of South African celebrities such as Pops Mohamed  Dorothy Masuka, PJ Powers, Concord ,Olu Femi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Loyiso Bala to name a few. The songs where composed by   Joe Arthur, Pops Mohamed, Tebogo Rameetse and Lebo Sebele.

The songs entitled ‘Happy Birthday Madiba’ and ‘All about love’ will be played across all 18 SABC radio stations including SABC 1, 2 and 3.

‘These are exciting times for Radio 2000 and we hope that the Graphic Design competition open doors for this young Graphic designer and encourage many to take part in initiatives such as these’, said Mr. Carlito Sheikh, 2000 Station Manager.

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Varsity Radio Networks Play a Key Role

Posted by radio On July - 9 - 2012 3 COMMENTS

By Helen Phushela


Student radio stations have been negatively seen as mere juke boxes, but over the years they have proven to be big role players in community development. The myth is perpetuated by the belief that varsity networks are dominated by the loudest breakfast shows and information filled current affairs programs; a noisy background of shout-outs from students in campus dorms and those living in the area. The more optimistic perspective is that varsity radio networks, in fact, serve as the thread that connects students from all departments and courses. It is a community radio for the student community.

The concept of student radio or varsity radio network originates from the United States of America in the 1960s (Collage Radio Manual). It spread out to Canada, Europe then Africa.

In South Africa we have a variety of campus radio stations namely TUT FM, Tshwane FM formally known as TUT FM Top Stereo, VOW FM, VUT FM to name a few. The IBA Act of 1993 and the Broadcasting Act of 1999 defined community radio, as a non-profit making organ. Campus radio stations help students diagnose their problems and discuss them, also informing them on relevant issues about campus life. Campus radio caters for the community as well as students. Student community broadcasters have groomed a lot of great talent that we now hear on PBS radio stations and Commercial radio as well. Most of the vibrant voices broadcasting from campus studios will soon be heard around the country.

TUT FM has played a major role in the success of people such as Shonisani Muleya also known as Ashifa Shabba. Muleya, who was part of the SRC when the station was formulated in 1993, learned radio from scratch at TUTFM then known as TNTFM. “Yes TUT FM shaped me to be the person I am today. I had a dream of owning a radio station one day”, he says.

“My partners Given Mkhari, Simphiwe Mdlalose, Andile Khumalo and myself now own two commercial radio stations. Capricorn FM in Limpopo and Power FM in Gauteng. These partners have community radio background’, adds Muleya.

In as much as it has been argued that the content of most campus radio stations leans more towards being commercial, varsity radio network such as TUT FM caters for institutions and academics while accommodating the community of Soshanguve. Community Campus stations, are still facing past ghosts of funding are development. This cannot be combated if the stations are not taken as seriously as commercial stations.

In 2004 TUTFM formally became a community radio station; however, this does not mean they have stopped catering for students. Campus based radio stations such as UNISA FM (radio UNISA) still cater for students and cover student life issues only. TUT FM and TOP stereo which is now Tshwane FM now cater for the community as well.

“Students are not different from the general public in fact they form part of the general public so even if we were not a campus based station we would still cover the educational and campus life content. In a nutshell our content is driven by the typical lifestyle that exists in our community as per our research findings”, says Kedibone Mahapa, acting station manager at TUT FM.

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What started as a fun adventure while studying in Australia as an exchange student has grown into a career for newly-appointed Algoa FM programme manager Mio Khondleka. His break into radio came when he qualified with a broadcasting certificate from the Melton FM Radio Academy while attending school at Mowbray College in the city of Melton. The city is around 35 kilometres from Melbourne, Australia.

Khondleka then became one of the youngest presenters on the daytime line-up at Melton FM, a community radio station which serves the greater area of Melton in Victoria.
The radio and entertainment bug had bitten, and when he returned to South Africa, Mio worked as a musician, voice-over artist and club rugby player.

In 2003, while studying at what is now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, he joined the campus radio station CBFM as a presenter. He was part of the team which took the station off campus, to become the Bay FM community station, where Khondleka was programmes manager. He then moved to Kaya FM in Gauteng as music manager.

The station recorded significant audience growth after Khondleka was tasked to re-packaged the music mix. Khondleka and Queenie Grootboom (his wife and on-air soul mate) also hosted mid-mornings at Kaya FM, and built up a large listenership before accepting an offer to join M-Power FM as the breakfast team.

A decision by the power radio couple to return to their home town coincided with the restructuring of Algoa FM. This created an opening for a programme manager – and incumbent Alfie Jay is more than happy to hand over the reins to Khondleka.
“I first met Mio at a record company function in Port Elizabeth and have been watching his career progress since then.

“While consulting to M-Power FM, I recruited Mio and Queenie to present the breakfast show and worked with them in Mpumalanga. Mio has comfortably kept the pace in senior positions both on and off air in the high pressure environment of commercial radio. We are delighted that he applied for the position and has accepted an offer to work with us” says Jay, who has been appointed into the position of operations director at Algoa FM.

Khondleka is up to the challenge of taking Algoa FM into the future as it consolidates its position as the station serving the Eastern Cape and Garden Route. “My motto: ‘Bringing fun to radio’ has always served me well, and I’ll be working hard at Algoa FM to bring that theme across,” says Khondleka. “Mio’s approach is systematic and he has a dynamic skillset” adds Jay.

“Radio is always evolving, and I’m looking forward to learning and discovering new things with the dynamic Algoa FM team. “Algoa FM has consistently been performing at a high level for a number of years, and my goal is to continue to uphold that consistency. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead in being part of a radio brand that has proven itself as the leader in the region,” says Khondleka.


Issued by: Algoa FM

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Good Hope FM celebrates 47 years

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2012 1 COMMENT

Cape Town’s oldest radio station celebrated its 47th birthday on Sunday, the 1st of July. Station management decided to celebrate this birthday with its listeners in the mother city and had the station broadcast from some iconic spots across the city and also invited some Cape Town icons to visit and be interviewed during the various broadcasts.

On Sunday, 1 July, The Freekin Weekend team hosted an outside broadcast from 15:00 to 18:00 from the well-known Mzoli’s in Gugulethu. Proteas and Cobras star player Vernon Philander joined the on-air team via a telephonic interview.

The birthday celebrations continued on Monday morning with the Good Hope FM Breakfast Show with Guy McDonald broadcasting live from 06:00 to 09:00 from Moyo restaurant at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Cape Town music icons David Kramer and Zane Adams joined the breakfast team during the broadcast.

The Nigel Pierce show was hosted live from the Jewish Museum from 09:00 to 12:00 and Nigel Pierce was joined by Rabbi Feldman and the legendary Jane Raphaely. Ayanda Tini’s Lunchtime show was live and kicked off with a real bang from the Noon Gun Restaurant at 12:00. Comedian Kurt Schoonraad joined Ayanda and her team at the venue whilst Herchelle Gibbs and Matthew Booth phoned in during the show to wish the station well.

At 15:00 the station was off to iconic Green Market Square where the Ozone team, headed up by Seano was joined by the gorgeous Joanne Strauss and Mark Lottering at their mobile studio on the square. They also had telephonic interviews with other Cape Town icons like super chef Reuben Riffel and super swimmer and Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neetling who shared in the station’s birthday celebrations.

To end the day on a on a high note listeners were invited to join Ready D, broadcasting his show live from 19:00 to 22:00, from the iconic Wembley Roadhouse in Athlone, a popular hangout that has been around for over 20 years.

Throughout July 2012 the station will host many events where its loyal listeners can be part of this iconic station’s birthday celebrations. The Good Hope FM Birthday Bloch Party takes place on Friday, 6 July with four parties taking place on one night. Good Hope FM will broadcast 60 minutes live on Friday evening from each of these all night parties, starting with Nigel Pierce and a Kinky Afro party from the Galaxy, a Hip Hop party with Ready D live from 169 on Long, The 411 with Tyrone Paulsen from the Funky Buddha in Paarl and The Godfather’s House with Dino Michael from Vacca Matta.

To end the month’s celebrations the station will host a black tie charity dinner from Crystal Towers at Century City where the proceeds will go to a very worthy charity Saartjie Baartman Centre, based in Athlone.

There will surely be many more successful years for Good Hope FM as Cape Town’s hippest and most happening and iconic radio station. Good Hope FM – Connecting Cape Town.



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Latest BCCSA Cases

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2012 64 COMMENTS


CASE NUMBER: 30/2012









Respondent: Mr Bruce Mkhize, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Regulatory Affairs.


Complaint that a word denoting non-believers and people who are ignorant of the Qu’ran, in particular, is derogatory and constitutes hate speech. The Tribunal held that the term cannot be construed as hate speech as there was no advocacy of hatred based on religion, and no incitement to cause harm, the two requirements for the finding of a hate speech contravention. Furthermore, this was a bona fide religious broadcast in which a discussion on a matter pertaining to religion occurred, and so there was no contravention of the Code, and the complaint was not upheld. Baboo vs Multichoice CII Radio.

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2.      CASE NO – 31-2012 – 94.7 HIGHVELD STEREO – NEWS – CHILDREN


CASE NUMBER: 31/2012









For the Complainant: The Complainant was invited but did not attend.

For the Respondent: Khahliso Mochaba: Group Human Capital and Regulatory Affairs Executive, Primedia Broadcasting.

The complaint concerned a news item concerning the ten-minute-long mobile phone footage of an incident where seven boys aged between 14 and 18 years raped a mentally-challenged girl aged 17. Part of the footage contained the rapists’ dialogue, and the voice of the girl was also audible. The news item conveyed that the footage had gone “viral” in Soweto. Although the Tribunal noted that the broadcaster had warned sensitive viewers of the content of the news item, the Tribunal held that clues as to the identity of the girl had, indirectly, been given, which is in conflict with the Code. The Tribunal also stated the following as a future guideline to broadcasters: The footage, which includes the audio soundtrack, probably amounts to child pornography, which in terms of the Films and Publications Act 1996 may not be possessed or distributed. Distribution would include distribution of the footage in its entirety, as well as the visuals and/or the audio soundtrack individually, by way of the electronic media, which includes mobile phones. Since this aspect was not pursued during the hearing of this matter, the Tribunal will not spend further time on the question as to whether the Respondent was promoting the distribution of the mobile phone footage, which would amount to a contravention of clause 3(b) of the Broadcasting Code. However, it is worthwhile to at least mention this possibility, as a guideline to broadcasters which fall within our jurisdiction. Of course, the mere coverage of a crime does not amount to such a promotion. However, where children are protected by criminal law, the mere mention of the availability of child pornography on mobile phones in a specific case, might amount to the promotion of a crime. Since the indirect identification of victims of sex crimes has never been the subject of a judgment of this Commission, the Tribunal decided not to consider a heavier sanction (e.g. a fine), and to restrict the sanction to a reprimand. However, such a contravention will, in future, probably lead to a stricter approach. The Complaint is upheld and the Respondent reprimanded for a contravention of clause 11(7) of the Code.  Stevens vs 94.7 Highveld Stereo.

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CASE NUMBER: 25/2012










For the Complainants: The Complainants were invited but did not attend.

For the Respondent: Mr JD Crawford, Legal Representative, accompanied by Mr

Neil Johnson: Jacaranda Programme Manager.


The complaint before the Tribunal was that a presenter from the respondent had, during a broadcast, referred to an Alberton School rugby team as “gomgatte”, which amounts to calling them “country bumpkins” or loutish. The Tribunal held: That the accusation was directed at a schoolboy who had head-butted an opponent during a rugby game and was sent off by the referee. When the referee attempted to obtain the schoolboy’s name after the match, the latter head-butted the referee. This schoolboy, according to the broadcast, was from a school outside the Alberton area. That the reference by the presenter indicating that one might have expected such conduct from a schoolboy in Alberton, served to debunk any possible stereotype that this kind of conduct is specific to Alberton. That, in effect, the statement was not defamatory, but served to show that hooligans may be found anywhere. The complaint was, accordingly, not upheld.  Botha and Hoërskool Alberton vs Jacaranda 94.2FM.

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Reaping the Rewards in Awards

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2012 1 COMMENT

By Helen Phushela

The station formally known as Radio5 back in the 90s, first aired on October 13, 1975. At the time, 5fm then had eight medium wave transmitters. The nationwide broadcasting station is owned by the SABC and the name represented the Public Broadcasters fifth radio station at the time.  The station received its current name when it was re-branded with the slogan “the power of”, with music as its heart beat and supported by sports, news and traffic. The Auckland-park based radio station has grown into the giant it is today. 5fm has managed to set its standards high by basing its programming on personality.


The MTN Radio Awards which took place in April, saw 5fm being nominated 10 times in respective categories. The station managed to scoop the 4 most coveted awards, one of the big 4 being voted as winner of the ‘Best Commercial Radio Station of the Year’. In addition, in May, 2012, 5fm walked away with the prestigious ‘Coolest Radio Station’ award, for the 7th year in a row at the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Brand Survey.


Clearly 5fm is doing something right, proving that it is the leader in trends and music for the versatile youth of South Africa. Due to their cutting edge reporting and way of delivering news and information, the station has allowed for maximum participation of listeners, which has set them apart from the rest. The intelligent entertainment feeds the knowledge-famished youth of today.

As if its accomplishments weren’t enough, 5fm was also nominated as one of the Most Influential International Stations at the Worldwide Radio Summit. What is the station’s formula to success? Station manager Aisha Mohammed attributes that “we speak to the listener, not above them or at them. Another key point is that, in a world increasingly filled with competing “noise” in the form of choice, 5FM is still relevant and stands out from the clutter.”


The station has been dubbed “the entertainment power house”, for playing most popular contemporary music and entertainment. 5Fm houses talent such as DJ Euphonic, DJ Fresh, Sias du Plessis and Gareth Cliff  just to name a few. It is the primary source of music & lifestyle trends for a nation of cool and trendy young adults.


Through its CSI project Youngblood5, 5fm continues to touch communities and change lives. Youngblood5 is supported by listeners both on air as well as on-the-ground activations throughout the year. In terms of mentorship vacancies, 5FM’s internship programmes are highly sought-after. The programme takes in interns twice a year looking for broadcast talent.


5fm has also experienced dramatic change this year during the stations line-up change in April, Sasha Martinengo who left after being with the station 17 years. We also saw the end of the dynamic duo Grant and Anele. The pair had been working together since their tertiary days, and was with 5fm for 4years. The station underwent extreme change which has affected it positively. Motivation continues to be part of 5fm programming even with the new line-up which is doing well filling the big shoes left by those who moved on.


“The youth of today are the future of our country and as the youth, the opportunities for your future are endless. However, don’t be complacent because your future is no one’s hands but your own. A culture of expectancy usually results in short term failures and long term regret. My advice to aspiring radio people out there is to follow your dream no matter the obstacles, keep the big picture in mind and never stop working towards it. This tabled with hard work and a drive to succeed will get you to where you want to go’, says Mohammed.

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T-Bose Making the Best of TV and Radio

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2012 1 COMMENT

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By Gaopalelwe Moroane

Memories of my high school career are embroidered with the memory of Thabo Mokwele on the radio, speaking into my spirit and playing music that made those late nights studying a little more bearable. From 9pm till midnight, I was one of the many that was accompanied through the night by Mokwele’s charm. It is mainly because of this that I jumped at the opportunity to have a chat with this man who has aptly named his current show, The best “T” in the City about himself and his relationship with music.

The Kaya FM radio host, who is popularly known as T-Bose is arguably one of the more recognizable voices of radio. While his peers participated in sports and other extra-mural activities, the qualified chemical engineer was drawn to another type of entertainment, when he became part of the pioneering team on to take the formerly named campus radio station, TUT FM off the ground. ”I played basketball for a while, but I found myself more drawn to this radio thing,” Mokwele says.  That was the beginning of a relationship with radio that has to date produced good fruit.   Mokwele, along with others such as the current Kaya FM managing director, Greg Maloka and Ashifa Shaba were the group that got TUT licensed under IBA as a community radio station.

After graduation from TUT, Mokwele along with several other big names such as Oskido were taken in for an internship at Y-fm. From then on he was headhunted by the then station manager, Romeo Khumalo, and went on to work for Metro FM for six years, before moving on to Kaya FM.

One only needs to listen to T-Bose a few times to realize that his love for music extends to more than just playing it on air. Apart from organizing very successful Thandiswa Mazwai concert during his time at Metro FM, Thabo has to date produced six albums, including house compilation albums such as Night Pulse ad C-Ndo’s album, the more recent one being the neo-soul compilation called, Hidden Hits.

One other notable change that we have found in Mokwele’s career is his ability and willingness to move between radio and television, marring the lines between the two media with ease.

The man with an undeniably contagious laugh, who is famous for coaxing giggles and truths from artists and callers alike, currently hosts Top 10 at 10: My life in music show on Mzansi Channel. On this show T-Bose gets artists and public figures such as his first guest on the show- Julius Malema to open up about more than just their careers, about their lives and the music that has touched them. A concept such as this one isn’t completely new to televison audiences, as we’ve found shows such as Expresso on SABC 3 collaborate with Heart FM in the Heart FM breakfast show, to mentiion one.

Mokwele is no stranger to television, as he hosted an SABC 2 show called Kgotlha. He states that” the studio setting makes for a much admired touch as radio audiences have always wanted to be able to see what it is that goes on in studio, and see the expressions on the interviewees faces as they respond to the bantering and coaxing”, says T-Bose.

Whether or not this radio host, is ready to banish the stereotypes put up about radio hosts with the infamous, ‘face-for-radio’ saying is, as put by the man himself, “out for the jury to decide.”

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Radio Unisa Is a Useful Provider

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2012 2 COMMENTS


By Mpho Smart

Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in and listen to The Morning Cruise from 7am to 10am on Radio Unisa. It is one of the first student radio stations in the country to broadcast exclusively online in its bid to reach students from across the world.

It is not your typical student radio station with a host of music shows but a colourful mix of academic talk shows and entertainment programmes. Radio Unisa has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. With over 50 shows, the output varies so broadly that one is sure to find something they want to hear.

For the past four years Radio Unisa has been presented by student volunteers, providing South Africa with an alternative to both local and national radio stations. Then, radio station manager, Francois van Heerden, his deputy Tali Munzhedzi and news head Kgaugelo Pule joined the team on a full time basis and added formal structure to the radio station.

Since then the station has expanded. “We are one of a kind for a Uni radio station,” Munzhedzi said. “If not the only student radio station that broadcast exclusively online in South Africa then we are one of very few. We also are the only talk show student radio station. Music makes a small component of our programs’, he added.

The station is in the process of building a state of the art studios. Munzhedzi said: “our station, although well-equipped, is not state of the art. We felt as we growing so rapidly we needed to cater for our growing number of presenters and our ever changing needs.”

Since streaming companies can be unreliable, the station took its online broadcasting in-house. “This has benefited us tremendously as we gained listeners from across South Africa and the world, thanks to our ties with our international students,” Munzhedzi added.

Broadcasting from the heart of Sunnyside in Pretoria, Radio Unisa’s listenership has jumped from 28 000 last October to 39 000 in May this year. “We aim to fulfil our mandate which is to deliver mostly academic content that covers career guidance, student lifestyle issues and student support programmes,” said Muzhedzi. He said the radio station aims to reach as many of their students as possible as a link between students, lecturers and the University.

You can tune in to Unisa Radio at



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Radio on ‘Cue’ at Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival

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By Gaopalelwe Moroane


Definition: Festino(s): fest-in-o/ verb: An ardent festival goer.

The calendars of plenty South African art lovers are marked with the reminders of Africa’s biggest National Art Festival which takes place annually in Grahamstown from 28 June- 8 July. This is the 38th edition of the ever popular arts festival. The usually quiet student town undergoes a total transformation in vibe, turning into a banquet of delectable treats for arts lovers to enjoy. There to capture all that glorious sound and give festival-goers the highlights of all the popular shows is a team of 8 Rhodes University students, who put together and run the podcast compilation that has been named Cue Radio.

Cue Radio is part of the four-legged festival media group that makes up the Cue team. It includes Cue Newspaper which has been keeping “festinos” company for more than thirty years, and Cue Online as well as Cue TV. One of the Cue Radio journalists is Babalawa Nyembezi who shows particular excitement at being a part of this team; “one of the things to look forward to in the podcast is an interview with the City Press Editor, Ferial Haffajee, as she’ll be giving an interview on her lecture that she’ll be presenting in the ThinkFest section of festival”, she says enthusiastically.

The team goes around Grahamstown, to different shows, interviewing different art-goers, participants, and stakeholders to compile the ins- and-outs of a day at the National Arts Festival to broadcast on air for “festinos” to enjoy.

Cue Radio works in conjunction with the Grahamstown community radio station, Radio Grahamstown as well as the Rhodes University campus radio station, RMR. An hour long of podcasts that have been compiled by the team are aired daily throughout the National Arts festival.


The CueRadio podcasts can be heard from midday till 1pm on RMR and from 1pm till 2pm on Radio Grahamstown

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