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Making science and maths fun with ECR

Posted by radio On July - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Darren Maule and the entire East Coast Breakfast team broadcasted live from the Sithokozile Secondary School in KwaDukuza last friday, as part of an initiative to make learning science and maths fun.


The early morning chill was forgotten as a buzz of excitement took over. The outside broadcast saw East Coast Breakfast teaming up with the NGO,  Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME), and MAHLE  (an automotive component manufacturer specialising in air conditioning and engine cooling products)  to encourage more pupils to become engineers by sparking their interest in science and maths.


During the three hour live broadcast, Darren and co-host Keri Miller, were involved in fun,  interactive sessions with the pupils designed at celebrating science and maths. Durban artist, Ewok, entertained the schoolchildren with a special science rap that he made up on the spot.


Matric 12 pupil, Andile Mthembu, got high-fives all around when he got all 10 questions correct in the special science-themed edition of The Grand Challenge. Andile won R2000 for his effort!


In another exercise, groups of pupils were given random materials and had to use their knowledge of science and maths to make a functional radiator and a sky rocket. Needless to say, they triumphed!


“This day has been a great success,” says Sithokozile Secondary School principal, Raphael Mtheku.

“My boys and girls have learnt a great deal. It was heart-warming to see how excited the girls were at tackling the radiator challenge and the boys building a sky rocket! Our school is a physical science, mathematics and a commerce school. These are the streams we encourage children to pursue since there is such a huge shortage of engineers in South Africa. We hold extra classes on Saturdays to help pupils improve their performance in science and maths. This morning’s live broadcast, experiments and fun exercises have definitely excited and enthused our learners so they will work hard in physical science and mathematics.”


Darren, a genuine science boffin, echoed the principal’s words, saying “It’s really so empowering to be here encouraging and moulding the future minds of our country and showing them how cool – and important – science and maths are in our everyday lives. Our future engineers are right here. We just need to keep proving to them that science and maths are fun!”

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East Coast Breakfast hosts, Darren Maule and Sky Tshabalala, had their hands full on monday morning when the station’s weekend presenter, Keri Miller, rocked up to fly the “girl power flag” high.  Keri has decided to take one for the girls and join the team while Natarah “Nats” Nadesan is on “Naternity” leave. Nats and her husband, Kirsh Arumugam, welcomed a beautiful baby girl on 1 July 2016, whom they’ve named Isla.

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“I’m super stoked!” says Keri. “I can’t wait to give Darren and Sky some stick!” As far as scores go though, today saw the boys get ahead as Darren and Sky picked on Keri’s PJ’s throughout the show. “It was either get here on time or get dressed!” explains Keri, who drove to the Umhlanga studios from her home in Morningside. “I promise there’ll be no pyjamas tomorrow.”

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Not only does Keri promise to add more sparkle to the mornings but she’s packing some serious spark too! “I can’t wait to teach Darren some nifty yoga moves and get Sky to eat a full vegan meal,” she says. Good luck Keri!


For now though, Keri and the guys have more pressing matters to settle, such as who’s going to make the coffee!



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Chilli M fired by Ukhozi FM

Posted by radio On July - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Ukhozi FM terminates contract of Mr. Vukani ‘Chilli M’ Masinga


The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has terminated with immediate effect, the contract of Mr Vukani ‘Chilli M’ Masinga’.


Mr Masinga joined Ukhozi FM in 2012 and was co-hosting the station’s weekday midday show, “Nethezeka NoKhozi”. The termination follows an investigation into allegations of payola. Mr Masinga admitted to accepting some form of enticement in exchange for playlisting music of the people who enticed him.


The corporation has also taken a decision to institute a criminal case against all parties who were involved.


The SABC would like to remind the public that there is a process at all its 18 radio stations to submit music and would like to encourage members of the public not to engage in payola and should they encounter such challenges to bring it to the attention of the organization.


The organization will continue to have a zero tolerance for fraud and corruption.

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On the 23rd June 2016, Umhlobo Wenene FM paid a tribute to one of its fallen heroes the late Saba Mbixane .This tribute was a way of paying homage to a true son of the soil, to a leader in his community, to an achiever and to an activist of our traditions and customs. The station was inundated with listeners pouring their hearts out with fond memories of their fallen hero.

umhlobo[1]The station has also given its programming a facelift. Mr Phumzile Mnci and his management team have embarked on giving the station programming a well-deserved facelift. In the beginning of the current fiscal the station had a few vacancies due to the leaving of the station on-air personalities who decided to seek other business adventures, thus presenting the station with an opportunity to embark on a facelift exercise and/or a reshuffle among its workforce.




The station’s objective for this current fiscal is to grow its listenership to 5 million, and currently the station has 4, 6 million listeners. The midday show Sij’ikilanga is currently hosted by Amaza Ntshanga, with Nonala Tose being a co-presenter as well as being the producer of the show. Nonala will now bid farewell to Sij’ikilanga and assume a more behind the scenes position where she will produce the station’s mid-morning show called Khanya Gqiyazana.


This show is hosted by the dynamic and versatile Lulu Haarmans who has a wealth of radio experience, having started her broadcast vocation at uBuntu Radio, then moved to Radio Grahamstown and later joined Umhlobo Wenene FM. Nonala Tose is a passionate radio producer and practitioner who holds a degree in psychology and organisational psychology. In 2013 Nonala Tose was awarded the Bright Star Young Achiever Awards at the MTN Radio Awards .She is also the founder of Nonala Tose Productions which focuses on childhood development .This young ambitious lady was born and bred in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. On Sundays Nonala will now host Umhlobo Wenene FM’s gospel show called Seza Umphefumlo, which is a gospel music driven show. This show currently has over a million listeners.


Sij’ikilanga will now be produced by Reggie Solani. Reggie is a Radio Practitioner, Events MC & Public Speaker with well over 15 years radio experience. He started at Radio Graaff Reinet as a Current Affairs Producer and Presenter. In 2002 while studying at NMMU he joined Bayfm. In 2005 he left Bayfm for Trufm where he spent 10 years of his career doing the Afternoon Drive, Breakfast show and Trufm Top 30.


He has been a Professional Public Speaker for 8 years. Speaks at Business Seminars, Graduations, Schools events, etc. He has a National Diploma in Audio Visual Production from MSC College and an Honours Degree in Public Administration from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently a Master’s Degree student in Development studies at NMMU.


Another change is that Nomonde Vakalisa a co-host of Imvuselelo which is a popular show on Umhlobo Wenene FM will now produce the Thursday midday show hosted by Mama kamaAsie who is a well-known sub-brand of Umhlobo Wenene FM. This is a religious show which enjoys a listenership of 1, 4 million listeners. Nomonde also hosts a religious driven music show every Tuesday night named Iqonga Levangeli. Nomonde is a distinguished and respected preacher. The changes above are effective from the 01st July 2016.


The Station Manager has urged the station’s listeners to continue supporting the station as they have always dedicatedly done so for the past 56 years. By effecting this facelift and reshuffle Umhlobo Wenene FM is re-committing itself to deliver on its mandate which is to educate, inform and entertain.

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Metro FM has won and affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Sunday Times Generation next Brand Awards for the 4th Year in a Row. The 11th Generation Next Awards were held at the Sandton Convention centre and attracted marketers and different brands.


METROFMLOGOThe Award was presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next youth awards which gathers the opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of eight and 22 to determine which brands they think are the coolest. The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers.


Metro FM Marketing Manager Christina Mazibuko says, “As a station that entertains, educates and informs, we at METRO FM are most delighted to see the impact were are making in the lives of young people.  We are even more delighted that we managed to keep the prize and recognition for the 4th consecutive years!  It is heartwarming and re-assuring to see that the voice of young people is  loud enough to be heard and appreciated, clearly as Metro FM we are in the right track. Metro FM has plans to preserve this position for 2017 and this will become evident through its marketing and programming plans for this current year as METRO FM celebrates 30 years”.


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The celebrations kick off at Sun City on Saturday, June 25 with the ‘Ultimate Konka Concert’ featuring the hottest kwaito and hip-hop acts.

SABC radio station Motsweding FM is turning 54 years old and is set to celebrate this significant milestone with an unforgettable experience. All listeners are encouraged to attend the exclusive inaugural Annual Motsweding FM Birthday Weekend Extravaganza which will be held at the Sun Park at Sun City Resort in Rustenburg on June 25 and 26, 2016.

motswe2The massive weekend-long birthday celebration is the first of its kind for the station and will boast a star-studded line-up of South Africa’s hottest kwaito, hip-hop and house music DJs, and Afro soul acts. SA’s music heavyweights headlining the event include Mafikizolo, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, Robbie Malinga, TuksSenganga, and many others. Also scheduled are special guest appearances from Black Motion, DJs Sphe and Naves, and the station’s very own presenters and talent.

Acting marketing manager at Motsweding FM, Sibusiso Gumbi, says: “Motsweding FM’s listenership cuts across South Africa’s diverse audience from the young to old, hence traditionally the inclusion of different genres on the line-up. This birthday celebration is aimed at bringing our colourful multicultural audience together to celebrate with us.”

“The station is also renowned for representing the richness and diversity of South Africa and the weekend will be most eventful and entertaining, as we will give our listeners a unique experience and memories to share,” continues Gumbi.


Sun City’s marketing manager, Andrew Irumba, says: “Fifty-four years of delivering great music and entertainment is certainly something to be celebrated. Sun City shares Motsweding FM’s passion for showcasing home-grown talent and so it is with much excitement that we partner with the station to bring to life this milestone event. Not only does it serve to celebrate Motsweding FM’s 54th anniversary, but it also offers a platform for fans of authentic, local music to see some of the country’s foremost artists perform live.



“Sun City’s promise is to deliver a diversity of exceptional entertainment experiences to its guests and hosting this event at the resort demonstrates this promise. We look forward to welcoming the artists and music fans for the celebration.”


The celebration starts on Saturday, June 25 with the “Ultimate Konka Concert” featuring the hottest kwaito and hip-hop acts including Black Motion, Sphe& Naves, Naked DJ, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, TuksSenganga, DJ Big Boy, DJ Papa, DJ MalwelaThasman, DJ Essence, TJH, DJ Limo, DNS, MCs Lara Kruger and LTK, and a surprise act. Golden tickets cost R250 each and VIP tickets R600 each.



The “IKETLENG Unplugged Sunday Sessions” follows on Sunday, June 26 featuring Mafikizolo, Moneoa, Musa, Robbie Malinga, Amon Mokoena, Benny Motaung, KB Molopyane, Jdsol, Ernest Pillay, Miss K and TS, hosted by Motsweding’s very own funny duo Sammy Fever and Mawick. Golden Circle tickets are R300 each and VIP experience tickets are R800 each.


Seats are limited to 2 200 people per day who will get to experience the festivities for the two days. Tickets can be purchased at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers.

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Phalaphala FM rebrands

Posted by radio On June - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Phalaphala FM, previously known as Radio Venda, turned 51 this year. To celebrate the springinto the next half-century the SABC radio station is reveling in change.It has been 18 years since the station rebranded and there is no better way to celebrate than to get a facelift.To mark this milestone the radio station will be launching their brand new logo and a multiplatform brand campaign at an exclusive gala dinner.


phalaPhalaphala FM,is a contemporary radio station targeting 16-to 34-year-old aspirational Tshivenda-speaking people,underpinned by their tagline: ‘Always There With You.This speaks to the stations long-lasting endurance. From its early days in 1965, where the station shared a three-hour broadcast a day with then Radio Tsonga, to a full 24-hour broadcast in 1978, the station has morphed to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the country and its listeners.


“The rebranding is not just about leaving the past, it is about reflecting on our own changes from analogue to digital,” says Station Manager Freddy Sadiki.


“We can now be heard in so many other ways, from digital radio and TV to online.Radio is no longer just in the home or in the car. Listeners are far more engaged now, listening on phones, computers, TV’s, and the list goes on.”

“The tagline – Phalaphala –Always There With You –connects the past with the present and future andtells listeners exactly where we are and what we do; the only radiostation entirely dedicated to TshiVenda culture and language,” says Sadiki.


Under theleadership of the current Station Manager, Freddy Sadiki, Phalaphala FM is broadcasting shows that are aimed at not only informing, educating and entertaining listeners but also covering every aspect of Tshivenda life ina contemporary world. The radio station is rebranding but remaining firm in being an endearing and friendly radio station that is always readily accessible, relevant, and a custodian of the Tshivenda language and culture.


The celebration of 51 years also highlights Phalaphala FM’s integral role in community development by creating activities such as;Traditional Dance Competitions that have been running for over 12 years. These cater to Xitsonga, Sepedi and Tshivenda dance groups in Limpopo and Gauteng. The annual overseas tour, which has been going on for over twenty years, has visited countries such as; Greece, France, India, China, Argentina, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey. The tours have been the flagship of the station, ensuring that Phalaphala appeals to non-Tshivenda speaking audiences as well. This year listeners will be visiting Singapore and Thailand.


In a need to respond to and support local music, the station introduced the Tshivenda Music Awards. Through this project, there has been an increase in the production of Tshivenda Music and we hope it will continue to grow.


Phalaphala FM’s approach in all it does, is to continue connecting with the listener for the next half a century, under their tagline – Always There With You. 


‘’ Phalaphala FM launches its new CI at a time when the SABC proudly plays 90% local music. Phalaphala FM is well positioned to do so.  For the past few years the station has embarked on a journey of developing  tshiVenda music. This was done through the annual tshiVenda Music Awards. Since the inception of the awards, vaVenda musicians have been prolific in recording music and supplying the station.’’ says Zolisilie Mapipa, General Manager PBS Radio

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MSG Group Sales launches website

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MSG Group Sales, MSG Afrika Group’s radio sales arm that represents its
radio stations POWER 98.7 and Capricorn FM, has launched its website –

MSIZI-MSG-SALES-LOGO-5In its second year of existence, the specialist radio solutions company
that offers advisory and campaign management solutions to clients’
marketing and communications projects has performed well and continues
to cement its market position in a highly competitive environment.

MSG Group Sales boasts a team that thrives on creativity, unparalleled
turnaround times and flexibility to meet each and every client’s
campaign objectives. MSG Group Sales remains committed to providing
value for money, creative solutions and constantly improving its service
offering. The site will not only feature rate cards, bespoke sponsorship
opportunities, case studies and market research but also an opportunity
to get familiar with and engage with the dedicated MSG Group Sales team.

“We are excited to present our fresh, new website! It provides us with a
platform to re-introduce ourselves to the market along with a bold new
MSG Group Sales team that will be representing all our radio stations.
The management and operational teams boast a diverse set of skills
across the fields of strategy, creative, research, radio, print and
television sales in various client categories, sourced to consistently
deliver customised and tailored solutions,” says Wanele Mgomezulu,
Managing Director of MSG Group Sales.

MSG Group Sales currently represents POWER98.7, a commercial talk radio
station broadcasting in Gauteng and surrounding provinces and Capricorn
FM, a commercial music radio station broadcasting in Limpopo, Mpumalanga
and parts of Gauteng provinces. It has also been appointed to represent
two soon-to-be launched commercial music radio stations – Eastern
Cape-based Rhythm FM and BEAT 105.1 in the Free State and Northern Cape

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DJ Sbu is back on radio

Posted by radio On June - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Radio star, entrepreneur & youth icon Sbu Leope AKA DJ Sbu revealed plans to return
to the airwaves with an all-new breakfast radio product from Monday 4th July. The gravelvoiced
media personality is launching a syndicated show on two of the fastest growing radio
stations in South Africa, RISE fm in Mpumalanga and Vuma 103 FM in KwaZulu


“It’s a dream come true for me to be a part of this family. We are here in the deep end and
my job is to grow these stations. It’s a beautiful challenge and I’m proud, humbled, honored
at the same time but most importantly I’m up for the job! ” Says the elated Sbu Leope.
He announced his return to the airwaves at a press conference at Starbucks today, which
turned into a mini concert with a live performance by singing sensation Zahara.
Leope went on to say, “Kicking off our relationship in this way signals a lot of great things to
come. I’m excited to work with a media company in Times Media who appreciate I am into
business and more than a cut & paste disc jockey. As this relationship makes impact you will
see how ‘Genius’ my new partners were to open their thinking to a Radio product cross syndicated
with media assets owned by the group. A lot of lives are going to get changed!”


The Times Media-owned radio stations have had a meteoric rise, after the company
repositioned them to appeal to the growing number of black middle-class listeners.
“Vuma and Rise are poised for takeoff,” says Times Media Radio MD, Tony Mallam. “They
have both more than doubled their audiences since we took over. Signing Sbu Leope is a
step up into the Premier league – which is where these stations belong.”


Times Media Programming Manager Ferdinand Mabalane said: “While Sbu brings the
impact of a national figure, his show will still have a strong regional focus through
breakaways for traffic, weather, local reports and interviews. We will also be unveiling further
line-up changes at both stations, so that after you’ve had your #DJSbuBreakfast you will
want to stay tuned the whole day.


The All New DJ Sbu Breakfast takes to the air on Monday 4th July 2016 at 6am
on RISE fm Mpumalanga & Vuma 103 FM in KZN



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Heart FM shuts down studios for 16 days

Posted by radio On June - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Heart FM will shut down its Green Point broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth-focused projects across the province in honour of Youth Month. The 16 Days for Youth initiative* journey, which kicks off on the 1st of June 2016 in Vredenburg, will see the radio station broadcast remotely from various locations across the province – with the aim of clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand to those in need along the way.

Heart FMThe initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out as motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since morphed into a 16-day drive to do good within communities with youth focused activities. The aim for 16 Days For Youth is to mobilise communities and raise awareness of what is desperately needed. The frame work of the initiative allows for members of the public to get involved by donating and joining the Heart FM team on the journey.

Heart FM MD Renee Redelinghuys explains the rationale behind the campaign. “The youth of today face enormous difficulties – living conditions, disease, violence and even attending school in some instances. We are not out to solve all these issues but what we are doing is lending a helping hand where we can. We also ask that our Heart Family come on board in assisting us to leave a lasting legacy.”

Heart FM program manager Denver Apollus says the initiative is less about the radio station and more about helping those who need it. “While we are using the station as a platform to raise awareness, the campaign is about telling the stories of others and how they engage in projects that make a difference. Heart FM may have started this initiative but we’d like for our listeners and the rest of the country to adopt it and carry it on. Let’s enable #16DaysForYouth and end it by celebrating Youth Day on 16 June.”

To find out how to get involved and how to join the journey, members of the public are urged to email

For more information visit to follow the journey on Facebook @Heart104.9FM or on twitter@heart1049fm and on Instagram @heart1049fm.

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