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Robin Pieters drops his new single

Posted by radio On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Cape Town-born singer and season 1 finalist of The Voice SA, Robin Pieters, drops his latest music single today – ahead of his much anticipated annual sold out musical celebration, It’s A Love Thing Vol. 2, this evening at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town.


Pieters’ newest single, Fool, hits radio stations this week and this hot new musical release is a project that was co-written between Pieters and The Voice SA’s 2017 winner, Craig Lucas.

For Pieters, working with his fellow The Voice SA alumni on this song was “exciting”.

“Craig and I met way before he entered The Voice SA and I always believed in him as a singer. He is immensely talented as a singer and a writer and I knew I had to work with him. We have became great friends over the years and it was a joy to get into studio to work on this single with him.”

Adds Pieters: “The song speaks about a seven-year relationship gone wrong. It chronicles the end of one phase of my life and me moving on.”

Fool was written earlier this year after Lucas and Pieters decided to collaborate musically for this first time. The track was produced and recorded at Cosher Studios in Cape Town.

“We wrote the song in a garage in Cape Town and worked on the melody and lyrics until we knew we had the perfect recipe for a hit. I am so happy with the end result of this song and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to hear the hard work Craig and I put into writing it,” he says.

Fool is available for download on ITunes and Google Play Store as well as all other digital downloading platforms from today.




Pieters is set to rock the Grand Arena stage at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World this evening for the first time, headlining his very own show at the prestigious venue as part of his show: It’s A Love Thing Vol.2. Pieters, who is the youngest artist to sell out the Grand Arena, is set to dazzle the stage in front of 5 000 adoring fans.

In 2016, Robin performed to a sold-out venue at the Baxter Theatre for a three-day run of the first instalment of It’s A Love Thing Vol.1.

The former background vocalist-turned-professional singer will take to the stage alongside amazingly talented artists in the global and South African music industry as they share, captivate and mesmerise audiences with their voices on Valentine’s Day.

Joining Pieters on stage in this much-anticipated one-night only Valentine’s Day concert, are: international singing sensation and Whitney Houston tribute singer, Belinda Davids; BET Award-nominated singer and songwriter, Lira; former Idols winner and businesswoman, Karin Kortje; Worcester-born artist, Elwira Standili as well as recently-crowned Idols SA season 13 winner, Paxton Fielies.

According to Pieters, love is certainly in the air this year – all for the right reasons.

“I am celebrating love at this concert because I want to encourage people to love themselves first, just as I am learning continuously to do the same. I also want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my fans, and this show will be a testament of the love that I have for music, my fans, colleagues as well as to celebrate my musical journey over the past seven years.”



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Artist: Robin Pieters
Track Title: Fool
Written by: Craig Lucas & Robin Pieters
Length: 3:15
Produced and Recorded at Cosher Studios



Robin Pieters Bio

A professionally trained vocalist and a force to be reckoned with, Cape Town singer Robin Pieters has performed on big stages with international stars such as Tevin Campbell, Tamia, Robin S, Cece Peniston, Sybil, Peaches & Herb and recently, All 4 One. Locally, Pieters has performed alongside many South African artists such as Lira, Kurt Darren, Loyiso Bala, AKA, Black Coffee, Emo Adams amongst many others. Robin’s work reflects the inspiration he finds in past experiences, day to day life, words and people that inspire his foundation in spirituality, the power of positive thinking, the drive to achieve and the belief that nothing is impossible.

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The global head of TMT ( for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank (, is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018, against a backdrop of improving economic growth and increasingly stable currency outlook across key markets such as Nigeria.



Speaking ahead of the TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018 ( conference, Nina Triantis, Global Head of TMT at Standard Bank, said there were investment and financing opportunities for the right companies in Africa, with disruption, innovation and consolidation likely to be the major deal drivers in the sector over the year ahead.


“Investment and M&A in TMT is still especially active in Africa, despite some various economic challenges still facing select countries. Investment in technology is driving applications and innovation across the continent and across sectors,” she said. While economic and currency issues have dampened investor appetite in countries such as Nigeria over the past 12-24 months, conditions are now improving and stabilising, according to Triantis, which is leading to an increasing appetite from investors looking at the region, she added.


Standard Bank is one of the key sponsors of TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2018, with Triantis and Goolam Ballim, Standard Bank’s Chief Economist and Head of Research, among the headline speakers at the event, which is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on March 15.

Triantis will be joining the TMT M&A Panel alongside multinational telecom operators Vodacom and MTN, while Ballim will be delivering a Visionary Keynote Speech centred on African Investment Outlook, ahead of the Opening Leadership Panel session.



“Telecom operators are consolidating and the race to provide new broadband and wireless infrastructure is intensifying, which is resulting in increased need for capital and a lively deal flow,” Triantis commented. “The debt and equity markets are both supportive for the right companies, and we expect to see several IPOs and M&A transactions in 2018,” she added.


Over 70 speakers will join the event, including companies such as: MTN, Econet Wireless, Vodacom, Millicom, BCX, MainOne, Convergence Partners, SEACOM, Intelsat, Liquid Telecom, Teraco, Uber, Safaricom, Letshego, Wananchi Telecom, Rand Merchant Bank, Michael Jordaan, iROKO, Citi, MallforAfrica, Ethos Private Equity, Investec Asset Management, Primedia, Econet Media, Ringier Africa, Nedbank Capital, Credit Suisse, WIOCC, WorldRemit, Kwese Sports, Kana TV, IFC World Bank and Absa Capital.

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SABC appoints Phathiswa Magopeni as News Exec

Posted by radio On February - 13 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Phathiswa Magopeni as the Group Executive: News & Current Affairs effective from the 01st of March 2018.  This appointment is in line with the corporation’s continuous commitment to ensure that all Group Executive vacancies are filled in order to achieve sound governance in all the SABC’s business units.  It also affirms our commitment to attract and retain the best skills to address the evolving broadcasting environment enabled by technology.
Ms. Magopeni brings to the SABC a wealth of great knowledge in broadcasting, particularly within the news environment.  She has obtained an Honours degree, Master of Philosophy in Education, Integrated Marketing Communications Diploma, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and she is currently working on a doctoral proposal for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).  With her great experience in the field of broadcasting as a seasoned Journalist and having being able to successfully manage one of the newsrooms in South Africa, Ms. Magopeni will surely take the SABC to greater heights.
Reacting to the news of her appointment Ms. Magopeni says “South Africa’s public broadcaster has always played an indispensable role in the democratic order of the country, but it has also always had a special place in my own life.  My first job in broadcasting was with the SABC; I learned a lot there, and have learned much in the industry since.  Hopefully all that can be of use because this is for me a welcome return to where it all began.  I am humbled by the trust shown in me, and look forward to being part of an institution which is crucial to providing independent news and information to South Africa’s citizenry”.
The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Chris Maroleng stated that “As a public broadcaster we recognise the pivotal role played by news and information in human, social and economic growth and development.  We therefore saw it fit to appoint Ms. Magopeni as she has the expertise in the broadcasting industry and we believe that her appointment will further strengthen our position as a credible and reliable news and information provider in the country as we approach the national general elections in 2019”.
Mr. Maroleng further stated that “We welcome Ms. Magopeni back to the SABC where she first cut her teeth in the broadcasting arena.  We urge all staff members to welcome and support her in her role as the new Group Executive for news and current affairs division”.
As South Africa’s only public broadcaster, the SABC is mandated to deliver an unparalleled public value proposition of educating, informing and entertaining all South Africans.  We therefore remain committed to ensuring that the millions of South African households who rely on SABC for news and current affairs are kept captivated on our news channels.
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Mark your calendars for 3 March 2018 –  when Hauwei and Kfm 94.5 set the stage for Cape Town’s premier music, technology and lifestyle event.


The event returns to the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville –  providing the perfect backdrop for the thirteen-hour music festival featuring some of South Africa’s well-loved musical acts.


The 2018 line-up includes:

  • Mi Casa
  • AKA
  • Matthew Mole
  • Shekinah
  • Timo ODV
  • Locnville
  • Craig Lucas
  • Youngsta CPT
  • Jimmy Nevis
  • DJ Kent
  • Gangs of Ballet
  • G&T
  • Freshly Ground


Tickets are priced from R280 for adults while children under the age of 12 will pay R120. Tickets for the Chill Zone are priced at R450 and are available through Computicket:


Stay tuned to Kfm94.5 and for additional line-up updates and other Huawei KDay 2018 news. Engage via social media using the # HuaweiKDay @HuaweiZA @Kfmza




Event: Huawei KDay 2018 with Kfm 94.5

Date: Saturday, 3 March 2018

Time: 9am – 8pm

Venue: Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville



Tickets are available through Computicket:

  • R280 adults
  • R120 for children under 12
  • R450 Kfm Chill Zone


Social media hashtag: #HuaweiKDay

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AFRIDOC streaming premieres from today!

Posted by radio On February - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs, thefree streaming platform for the best documentaries in Africa is proud topresent even more exciting films available in the month of February.

AfriDocs films areFREE to screen anytime and from anywhere in Africa on




Today, Feb 7th sees the STREAMING PREMIERE of This Land. The powerful South African documentary that touches on the emotive and timely land issue has screened at the Durban International Film Festival, Encounters and on AfriDocs on BET, and now makes its streaming debut on the AfriDocs platform.


To watch the film:

This Land:  Dianne WhelanJeremy Mendes Directors

In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations. Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it.


An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state.


It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”


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MTN Bushfire announces line-up

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

With a host of accolades to its name, and celebrated as Africa’s largest and most diverse world music festival, MTN Bushfire is gearing up for 2018 with the announcement of the first batch of artists from across the globe.


Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire can add a new accolade to this list, recently named as one of the Top 30 international festivals named on the EVERFEST FEST 300 list.


The initial artists announced reflect MTN Bushfire’s identity as a uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience. The first artists to be announced for MTN Bushfire 2018, taking place from May 25th – 27th 2018 are:


Dub Inc (France)

They have toured all over the world for many years, regularly playing in front of tens of

thousands of spectators, setting the stage ablaze in the largest European and French festivals,

thrilling South American and Indian audiences alike. Their videos get hundreds of thousands of views in daily, and they are followed on social networks by more than four hundred thousand fans. Saint-Etienne based Dub Inc have never sought a particularly mainstream exposure; they went their own way, building their discography with passion, talent, and focus. Perhaps that is why they have been for almost ten years the best ambassadors of French reggae across the globe.


Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa)

Alice Phoebe Lou’s fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.


Flavia Coelho (Brazil)

Flavia has travelled many of the world’s roads. From Rio de Janeiro’s Favela ‘morros’ to the storied streets of Paris, this nomad feels at home wherever she’s made welcome. Her current refuge and home-from-home is a cozy retreat where she can transform, chrysalis-like, to emerge with a fully-formed new album, her third: Sonho Real.


Elida Almeida (Cape Verde)

Winner of the RFI Discoveries Award in 2015, Elida, a young woman born on the island of Santiago, developed her vocal techniques with simple church singing. She also fostered her musical culture, presenting a show on local radio in Maio, where she grew up after her father died, helping her mother, an itinerant trader. A determined woman and champion of the right to education, Elida left the world to write her love and protest songs.


Samthing Soweto (South Africa)

Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba also known as Samthing Soweto is a musician from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg South Africa. Samthing Soweto started his career as one of the founding members of the South African acapella group The Soil. He is honorably credited for his outstanding vocal appearance, co-writing, composing and producing 8 of 11 songs on their multi-platinum selling album The Soil. He has recently topped the South African charts with Sun-El Musician  and their massive hit, Akanamali.


Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Tlale Makhene is one of the region’s most sought after percussionists. Highly regarded by musicians and musical fans, he is also a teacher, session musician and performer. He has been touring across the region with his new album, Swazi Gold.

The MTN Bushfire main stage consistently plays host to some of Africa (and the world’s) top artists, featuring well-known and loved favorites, as well as introducing crowds to international artists of the highest calibre.


With additional stages including the House on Fire Ampitheatre and The Barn, DJ focused dance floors and a range of other activities, MTN Bushfire caters for a diverse and eclectic audience of over 29,000 annually.


MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience.


Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire as well as various travel and accommodation options. Festival guests are strongly encouraged to book early as tickets for the festival sell-out well in advance of the weekend and many accommodation options are also booked well in advance.  There are a variety of ticket and accommodation (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.


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Aim – Raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all



Celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) ( under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”, Facebook ( today announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies – with the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.


Launching a series of initiatives, including a specially created family-friendly animation ( which directs viewers to the Parent Portal ( in the Facebook Safety Centre (, parents and caregivers can access a variety of information and tips on how to discuss issues of online safety with teens, developed in partnership with safety experts from around the world.



Some of these resources include:




Commenting on Facebook’s work as part of Safer Internet Day, Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa said: “Every day, millions of people across Africa come to Facebook to talk about their special moments and to stay connected with the people they care about. We recognize the important role we play in creating a better and safer online community for all, with this year’s growing partnerships across the continent further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting organisations that raise awareness on these important issues.” 





This year in Africa, Facebook is working with partners such as: Rudi International (, Internet Society – Uganda Chapter (, Watoto Watch in Kenya (, Malawi Internet Governance Forum (, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria (, South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (, JOXAfrica Association in Senegal (, Tech Women Zimbabwe (, as well as the J Initiative ( in Ghana to address the needs and ongoing education of various communities.





Watoto Watch Network: Kenya

“In connection with the theme ‘create, connect and share respect’, our focus this year is on cyberbullying. We’re working with Facebook to share messages that encourage positivity and respect on social media,” says Lillian Kariuki, Executive Director at Watoto Watch Network. “On Safer Internet Day we will also be sharing Facebook’s newly translated (Swahili) online safety content directly to the children and ICT partners in Kenya.”


JI Initiative: Ghana 

“Our main priority at JI Initiative is to ensure digital citizens especially children and young people are responsible in their use of the space. Resources and materials provided by Facebook as a partner help to empower our audience in Ghana on how to make the Internet better. We will continue to work hard in educating people to become good digital citizens” says Awo Aidam Amenyah, Executive Director at JI Initiative.


Rudi International: Democratic Republic of Congo 

“We are spearheading the drive to promote a safe and better Internet environment in DRC,” says Arsene Tungali, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Rudi International. “Partnerships with organisations such as Facebook are key in our efforts to harness the positive impact of technology for DRC’s young people.”


W.TEC: Nigeria

“We believe in the positive uses of technology and are happy to play a role in helping to create a better, safer and more productive online community,” says Adeyemi Odutola, Communications Officer at W.TEC. “Safer Internet Day is a great way to create a global conversation about how we make the Internet work better for everyone, especially girls and women.”


Film and Publication Board: South Africa

“Parents, educators, guardians and industry must all be part of the conversation about keeping children online safe,” says Manala Botolo, Acting Manager Communications and Public Education at the Film and Publication Board. “Addressing challenges such as inappropriate content and cyberbullying demands partnership and cooperation between everyone involved in creating and consuming online content.”

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The sold out Heart Cape Town Music Festival is set to rock the Mother City on Saturday 10 February 2018 at the iconic Newlands Cricket Stadium. The 12-hour music festival will see more than 20 of South Africa’s top talent on stage.

In light of the drought that Cape Town is facing, the entire festival will be water wise and operate outside the municipal grid.  This includes ablution facilities which will be brought in, instead of using the existing infrastructure at the stadium. Throughout the day patrons will be reminded that they need to be conscious of water usage. Heart FM is not only committed to leading by example as to being water conscious, but the festival is also running off  bio friendly generators to reduce  harm to the environment.


Hottest line-up

The line-up includes something for both young and the young at heart, celebrating the best South African and Cape Town talent.

While last season Idol’s winner Paxton Fielies agreed to perform at the festival, it was not in consultation with her newly appointed manager, who accepted an invitation to perform at another radio station concert which required exclusivity.

Festival director Denver Apollus explains. “We are not pleased with the outcome as we believe these new artists should be given the exposure across multiple platforms and not be exclusive. We should never let our brands dictate the segregation of our Cape Town artists. We are here to support and Heart FM will do so regardless. We support Paxton and look forward to our partnership with Robin Pieters’ show where she will be performing with him on 14th February 2018 at the GrandWest Arena.”


Artists taking to the stage:Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT,  Marc Alex,  Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasies, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha-Lee Davids, Alistair Izobell, Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts, Airborne, The Black Ties.

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JJ Tabane scores a talk show on SABC 3

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s commercial television channel, SABC 3 is moving the 18h00 news bulletin to 21h00 as from today. Mr Peter Ndoro and Ms Francis Herd will remain as the Presenters of this bulletin, whilst Chriselda Lewis and Aldrin Sampear will present the weekend edition.


The channel is also pleased to announce the introduction of a brand new Current Affairs programme, Frankly Speaking at 20h30 from Sunday 11 February 2018. This programme is an interactive show using skype and social media to encourage amplified viewer participation.



Frankly Speaking will be hosted by the renowned media personality Onkgopotse JJ Tabane. Mr Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, as well as a community activist and a business executive. He is an author and also a regular columnist for various publications.


The new current affairs programme will look at news of the day and preview important upcoming stories through high paced headlines.


These changes are informed by a great need to stay relevant, innovative and to keep up with the fast growing digital trends in the media space.


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Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews ( is stepping up its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with the new media outlet L’Obs TV, a Futurs Médias Group entity, created by Youssou N’DOUR.


Launched in January 2018, L’Obs TV includes Africanews in French in its programming, every day from 9 am to 11 am WAT.


With this new partnership, Africanews is increasing its audience in Senegal.This initiative enables Africanews, the leading pan-African and multilingual news channel, to strengthen its editorial position and thereby secure the loyalty of a wider audience. Africanews viewership has grown to 1.2 million additional people in Senegal.



Less than two years after its launch, Africanews is already available in 38 countries and 11.7 million homes* in sub-Saharan Africa. This growth is driven by Africanews availability on the leading pay-TV platforms on the continent, including Canal+ Africa, Startimes, Azam TV and more recently Kwesé TV.

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