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Children across KwaZulu-Natal are helping bring joy to our province’s less fortunate children by getting involved with one of KZN’s biggest CSI initiatives: East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game.



From the Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School and Wartburg Kirchdorf School in the Midlands to Glenwood High School and Happy Faces Educare in Glenwood, Durban to Kamalinee Primary School in Isipingo and Atholton Primary School in Umhlanga, pupils are actively involved in collecting new toys for thousands of little ones who are in government hospitals, crèches, orphanages and children’s homes. Children have also been making their way to East Coast Radio’s offices in Umhlanga to donate their new toys and to meet their favourite presenters.


With a Toy Story Schools Trophy up for grabs, the race to collect the most number of new toys is well underway! Last year, Deccan Road Primary in Raisethorpe, in Pietermaritzburg celebrated a hatrick win, earning the trophy for the third year in a row!


If your school would like to get involved, please email to request a Toy Story collection box, and arrangements will be made to deliver the box to your school. We will also collect the new toys once the box is full. Schools have until 4 December 2015 to collect new toys.


Details on how to make cash donations to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game area available on Every cent is used to buy food parcels for child-headed households in KZN to help make sure the children have sufficient food over the long end-of-year school holidays. Each food parcel costs R350 and can feed a family of four people for six weeks.


East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game wraps up on 15 December 2015.

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New chair for North West FM board

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kenny Setzin who has been serving on the North West FM (Pty) Ltd board of directors has been appointed as chair of the board. He was instrumental in leading a consortium that was awarded the license for North West FM- the only commercial radio station in the north West province.


The seasoned and top media executive, who hails from Mahikeng, will play a significant role in enabling the North West FM to enhance its position as the ultimate urban contemporary and only commercial station in the North West province.



“We, at the operations level of the station, welcome and stand to benefit immensely from the appointment of Mr Setzin as chairperson of the board. His wealth of strategic experience in the media, specifically the broadcast sector, will further boost our ambition to be counted among the top urban commercial stations that are synonymous with excellence all round,” says David Mabusela, North West FM’s station manager.


Setzin is also chairperson of JWT SA (Pty) Ltd, a global advertising agency and has previously held positions of chair at Jacaranda FM (Pty) Ltd, Mediamark (Pty) Ltd and KFM (Pty) Ltd. He has served on the boards of Urban Brew (Pty) Ltd, Nokia Siemens Network (Pty) Ltd, Kaya FM (Pty) Ltd and Siemens Southern Africa Limited. Additionally, Setzin was an executive director for eleven years at New Africa Investments Limited (Nail) where he was responsible for media assets including radio, outdoor advertising, television production and print publishing. Setzin has lectured for six years at north West University, Mahikeng Campus and serves on several company boards including chairing the board of Letsamaiso (PTY) Ltd, the rea Vaya Rapid Transit System in the City of Johannesburg.




Setzin is the founder and Executive chair of DHI (Pty) Ltd, a BEE investment company with a diverse portfolio of media related assets, management consulting services, media, financial services and mining. He studied in the USA at the Universities of Missouri and Miami where he obtained his BA and MBA degrees respectively

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This holiday season, Heart FM, Game and the non-profit organisation Newkidz on The Block will be writing a story of joy for underprivileged children of the Western Cape. In the lead up to Christmas the organisations will be collecting toys as part of the Game Toy Story campaign for children in need.

Heart FM

This year marks the 4th year Heart FM is involved with the campaign of which the aim is to collect approximately 6 000 toys  and distribute them to children at hospitals, orphanages, safe houses and other child protection institutions.   The majority of these facilities are government funded and struggle to make ends meet. The toys distributed are often a first for many of these children and play a crucial part in their development.


The recipients of the toys are vetted by Newkidz on the Block which helps in establishing loving homes for orphans, vulnerable and destitute children. Founder of Newkidz Hilda De Beer says there is nothing better than seeing what a difference a toy makes to a child. “To see the eyes of a child light up when they receive a new toy is a special moment. To see the whole face of a child, who doesn’t own anything new light up when they receive a new toy is priceless.”


You can make a difference by purchasing or placing a new toy in the Toy Story drop boxes in all *participating Game stores from 12 October 2015. Game Marketing and Customer Director Mark Tuner says the company is delighted to be part of the campaign for the 4th consecutive year. “The Toy Story campaign reminds us that we all have an all-important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children.”


For the 2rd year running Heart FM DJ Tyrone Paulsen will be the Brand Ambassador for the campaign. Heart FM will create awareness  around campaign by broadcasting live from a number of GAME stores to drive listeners and store visitors to help make the wishes of children in need come true.


The Heart Top 40 with Paul Playdon will take place from 10:00 to 14:00 at the following stores:

  • Canal Walk – 31st October 2015
  • N1 City – 21 November 2015
  • Bayside – 28 November 2015
  • Tygervalley – 5 December 2015
  •  Kenilworth – 12 December 2015



A Cavalcade will make its way to the Red Cross Children’s hospital on the 17th of December 2015 which culminates in a Christmas party with Heart FM DJ’s and various fun activities for the children who find themselves in hospital during the holiday season.


If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, Toy Story drop boxes can be found at the following stores:


  • GAME Bayside Mall          Corner of West Coast Rd & Blaauwberg Rd, Tableview
  • GAME Canal Walk Century Boulevard, Century City
  • GAME Cape Gate    Corner Okavango Rd & de Bron Rd, Brackenfell
  • GAME Grand Central        Cnr. Plein & Darling Str, Cape Town
  • GAME Kenilworth   Kenilworth Centre, Doncaster Road, Kenilworth
  • GAME Mitchell’s Plain      Promenade Centre, Cnr AZ Berman Dr & Morgenster Rd, Mitchell’s Plain
  • GAME N1 City Mall          Louwtjie Rothman Street, Goodwood
  • GAME Paarl           21 Fabriek street, Paarl
  • GAME Parow          Parow Shopping Centre, Cnr. Voortrekker Rd & De La Rey St, Parow
  • GAME Somerset Mall       Corner Highway & R44, Somerset West
  • GAME Stellenbosch         Eikestad Mall 43 Andringa Street Stellenbosch
  • GAME Tygervalley  Tygervalley Centre, Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue, Tyger Valley
  • GAME Vredenburg Weskus Mall, 110 Saldanha Road, Witteklip, Vredenburg
  • GAME Worcester    13 Mountain Mill Drive, Worcester
  • GAME Zevenwacht Zevenwacht Mall Cnr Polkadraai & Van Riebeeck St, Kuils River

****The name “Toy Story” is the intellectual property of Disney Pixar, and is used under licence.


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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (‘the Authority’) hereby notifies all stakeholders, particularly communities with an interest in applying for community sound broadcasting service licences that the Authority has issued a notice of a moratorium in respect of such applications as well as applications for radio frequency spectrum licences for the purposes of providing a community sound broadcasting service.



In the government gazette published on 22 September 2015, the Authority stated that the imposition of the moratorium was necessitated by the following:


  1. Scarcity of analogue radio frequencies


  1. The current review of licensing processes and procedure regulations wherein the Authority intends to process registrations for community sound broadcasting services in two (2) intervals per year


  1. The Authority’s intention to develop a new regulatory framework for community broadcasting during the 2016/17 financial year


It should be noted that the moratorium does not apply to pending registrations currently before the Authority and applications already approved but not issued with community sound broadcasting licences.


The Authority will issue a formal notice and communicate its decision to lift the moratorium once all processes have been completed and it is ready for licensing.

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OFM – Simply The Best

Posted by radio On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

OFM, the sound of central South Africa, walked away with three awards at the prestigious Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice awards held on 21 October in Bloemfontein.


The Breakfast Special, presented weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00, won the local radio show category, while Andre Kunz, who presents the show, won the local radio presenter category.


In the local radio show category OFM’s afternoon drive show came in second with OFM presenter Success Lekabe as runner-up in the local radio personality category.


The awards are held annually by Bloemfontein Courant. The competition was launched in 2013 and gives the thousands of readers of Bloemfontein Courant the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments in the city. In the debut year of the competition, 18 000 votes were received in 100 categories. This year, 122 000 votes were received in 100 categories, making OFM’s triple win even more impressive.


The third and most impressive Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice award win was a landslide victory in the best local radio station category. OFM won the award with 92% of votes cast.


Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou:


“The Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice awards recognises great products and excellent service provided by businesses in the City of Roses. OFM is honored to have won in three of the categories in this prestigious competition.  We will continue to provide a relevant radio product that engages, entertains and informs a loyal listenership across central South Africa. I am very happy with the three wins and especially the landslide win. The OFM on air team deserve the recognition for the hard work they out into their shows”


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Zuluboy & Zimdollar join Ukhozi FM

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Zuluboy, a hip hop artist and TV presenter joins the station as the new presenter for the “Namba Namba” and “Chillaz” programmes.  ‘Intombi Yesbhono,” as popularly known to the Ukhozi FM listeners, Biyela rejoins the station after leaving to pursue other career opportunities.  She will be driving these shows; “Cothoza Mfana”, “Uyadela Umakhasane” – both isicathamiya programmes and the maskandi and mbhaqanga music show, “Sibhukuda Kwesimanzonzo.”


Majozi and Biyela take over from Zanda Mthembu and Khetha Gwala, who are both in the Music Department at the station and will focus on the music at the station.


Zuluboy is not new to radio. His history with radio and UKhozi FM was a few years ago as a contributor on the Ukhozi FM drive show with Linda Sibiya; he was also part of the panelists on Woza Nabangani recently, for a hip hop battle feature.  He was also an On Air Presenter at a digital radio station.  He has also shown multi skills in presenting, as a host of the music variety show on SABC 1, “Fan Base.”


“Being the biggest radio station is not just a bragging right; it means constantly working on the product.  Improve on our content offering and pairing it with the best talent we can find.  While there is a lot of great talent in the country, it is important that we consider all aspects, which are primarily growing and maintaining our audiences, nurturing talent and be as relevant as possible to the UKhozi FM audience.  We are excited of the two new Presenters and are confident that they will deliver as expected.”


The new Presenters start on air on the 22nd of October 2015 on the mentioned slots.

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Umhlobo Wenene FM‘s station manager Mr Phumzile Mnci announces a reshuffle within the station.

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 reshuffle was then necessary to ensure that the station achieves this objective,” said Mr Phumzile Mnci.


Two of the station’s prime time shows, were affected by the reshuffle. The midday show Sij’ikilanga which is currently hosted by Amaza Ntshanga produced by Nonala Tose who is also a co presenter of the show. The other show with a reshuffle is the station’s afternoon drive hosted by the trio, Mthobeli August known as KCI, Luyanda “Luks” Gidane and Zizo Beda.


Luyanda “Luks” Gidane will now make a move to the midday show as a producer with immediate effect.  Luks who has a vast experience in the broadcast field as an on air personality also has a flair for producing and he will fit like hand and glove in the midday show. Luks has been with the station for the past 12 years. He has hosted some of the station’s popular shows .Some of the shows he hosted were Morning Glory, Party Time, Quiet Storm, Eziyolisayo and he was also a music compiler for the station.  Nonala Tose will now be a full time co -host of the show and since this show has been broadcasting live from Cape Town it will now move to Johannesburg to join the station’s afternoon drive Masigoduke, both shows will broadcast live from SABC Auckland Park, Monday to Friday weekly.


KCI will present the afternoon drive with co- host Zizo Beda. Both of them have enormous experience in the media field and they have millions of followers. Bongani Nqiqi will remain as the producer of the afternoon drive.


The station manager has urged the station’s listeners to continue supporting the station as they have always done so for the past 55 years. Umhlobo Wenene FM is committed to deliver on its mandate which is to educate, inform and entertain.

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Jacaranda FM appoints new programme manager

Posted by radio On October - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Jacaranda FM announced today that Gavin Meiring has been appointed as the new Programme Manager to the award winning radio station.

Meiring, formerly Programme Manager at East Coat Radio in Durban and MD at Heart FM in Cape Town, replaces Naveen Singh who has been promoted to a new role within Kagiso Media.


“It’s really exciting for me to be involved in a radio station like Jacaranda FM, which I have admired for many years. I look forward to this new challenge and being part of this great product which has such a powerful position in the South African market,” said Meiring on his appointment.


Meiring’s pedigree and vast experience across several radio stations make him the perfect fit for Jacaranda FM. Bringing with him over 25 years of  radio experience, his achievements include being part of the launch of East Coast Radio and launching P4 radio as Heart FM and growing their listenership figures to the highest since inception.


Jacaranda FM’s General Manager, Kevin Fine says “Gavin has the right mix of creative and technical skills and I’m positive that his experience will contribute to the growth of Jacaranda FM.”


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East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game kicked off this morning, with celebrities and sports stars attending the launch at the station’s headquarters in Umhlanga.  The annual CSI campaign is aimed at giving joy by providing every child in a government hospital, children’s home and orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal with a brand new toy.


Cash donations to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game help sustain child-headed households over the long end-of-year school holidays. Each food parcel costs R350 and can feed a family of four people for six weeks.


Sharkie joined Sharks player Khaya Majola, Sunfoil Dolphins’ players Calvin Savage and Daryn Smit and musicians Kyle Deutch, Sketchy Bongo and Aewon Wolf in supporting this morning’s launch of the campaign which is now in its 15th year.


“We are always incredibly humbled by the kindness and generosity shown by people from all across KZN during this annual initiative,” says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “Listeners go all out to help us and our key sponsor, Game, make a difference in the lives of KZN’s disadvantaged children as we work towards building a better society for KZN.”


Speaking at the launch, Mchunu also extended her heartfelt thanks to the stakeholders who make this year’s social outreach programme possible, namely Game, Dawn Wing, Red Cross Air Mercy Services and Champ Marketing.


“Game is delighted to be part of the East Coast Toy Story for the fifth year running,” says Game Marketing and Customer Director, Mark Turner. “This is one of the campaigns that are close to our hearts as it proof of the heights that can be attained through the collective efforts of the people of South Africa. East Coast Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children, it is always so heart-warming to see the smile that a toy or a much needed meal can bring to the face of a child. We believe that the contributions made will make a tangible difference in the lives of the children.”


Last year, KZN listeners, schools  and businesses donated 31 000 new toys and more than R1.7 million to East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game, which funded 4685 food parcels. To get involved this year, donate a new toy or make a cash donation at your nearest Game store. Toys can also be dropped off at East Coast Radio’s offices in Umhlanga. Banking details and further information are available at

If your business or school would like to get involved, email  to request a collection box.


As is tradition, East Coast Radio will broadcast the 12pm to 3pm show live from Newcastle on 23 October 2015, giving businesses and residents in the area a chance to get involved to help make a difference. Celebrities and personalities will join us for the Toy Story Corporate Day Challenge on 20 November 2015 at the Pavilion Shopping Centre.  The initiative rounds off with the Toy Story Cavalcade on 15 December 2015.



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Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SAfm has won the  BASA Media Sponsorship Award for the inaugural SAfm Playwriting Competition. The 18th BASA Awards were held at the Constitutional Court last night and the awards were handed out by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mhtethwa and the Chairman of the BASA Board of Directors, Kwanele Gumbi.  The Minister congratulated SAfm for a job well done, while the Chairman of BASA said that he was pleased to note that SAfm wasn’t just “all talk” and that we were playing our part in furthering the Arts in South Africa.


Drama is part of the SAfm mandate and ICASA license conditions and is something we are obliged to do. However, it is something that Julia Ann Malone our Executive Producer for Drama,  does with passion and dedication because we believe that it is a form of radio that can make a difference to people’s lives and perceptions.  We are a nation of story-tellers and the SAfm Playwriting Competition is just another way that we are providing a platform for the telling of the stories that make up the rich tapestry of the country. The competition’s objectives include the unearthing of new writing talent and the encouragement of the use of radio as a means of expression.


The competition exceeded all expectations in receiving over 300 entries and apart from the 3 prize-winning plays, it yielded more than 30 other new plays ready for broadcast. They are currently on air.


SAfm are currently putting the finishing touches to the 2nd edition of the competition that will be launched soon.

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