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A brand new, exciting era for the SA Radio Awards

Posted by radio On November - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since inception in 2010, the awards have grown exponentially from 15 participating stations to 116, and 196 entries to 1,802.


You’ll be happy to know that we’ve taken feedback into account, and have re-calibrated the categories and adjudication system.


All finalists will be showcased at the two-day Media Indaba. Being a part of the Media Indaba, South Africa’s definitive annual media and marketing event, attended by over 1000 media and marketing professionals, will allow radio the platform to flex its collective muscles as the medium of choice to the very people (marketers and agencies alike) who control advertising spend. Represent your Station well!


Important Dates and Information


Entries Open – 18 January 2016

Media Indaba + Future of Media Conference – 5 to 6 May 2016

SA Radio Awards Dinner + Awards Night – 6 May 2016

Over 450 presenters, producers, shows and stations have received this prestigious award in the last six years. Be sure to enter and it could be you that we recognise next for the highest frequency of excellence – and the most popular wavelength as voted by your listeners.



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Feel good with #Drive326 on Heart FM

Posted by radio On November - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A recent survey has revealed that Cape Town has the most congested traffic in the country and that commuters could spend up to 40 days a year in traffic. With Heart FM’s #Drive326, this commute could be less stressful and more feel good as host Suga, Mark Marshall on Sport and Jo-Dee Butler on Traffic keep you company between 15:00 and 18:00 every week day on your drive home.


The dynamic trio centres the show on leaving listeners feeling good with their clever wit and conversation starters. The show is entertaining and informative, taking listener’s minds off the daily commute.


Suga has been hosting the biggest afternoon drive show in the metropole#Drive326 since 2013. The multi-talented radio and TV personality started her radio career in 1997 and paved the way for many a female DJ in the country, having been the first woman in Cape Town to host a primetime weekday show on commercial radio as well as a Breakfast Show.  Also an accomplished club DJ, catch Suga’s Bumper Beats Mix every Friday at 17:30 to get your weekend started on the right note.

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Known as the Sport Marshall, Mark recently returned home to Heart FM. He has extensive experience in sport broadcasting having been a contributor to a number of drive shows in the Mother City. Mark is also quite the sportsman having represented both South Africa and Western Province in a number of sporting codes.


Newbie to the radio scene Jo-Dee Butler is a born and bred Capetonian.  Jo-Dee has the ability to captivate any audience with her bubbly personality and enthusiasm.  The youngest member on the team, she also brings the fun and flirty element, often coaching Suga and Mark on new trends.


Listeners can look forward to all the regular features as they have come to know on #Drive326 which includes “#Dailydipstick”– a light hearted conversation around a topic or comment from listeners as well as “#Feelgoodtrack” where listeners are invited to send their favourite tracks to Suga accompanied by a personal on air message.


To ensure you have a feel good drive home, catch #Drive326 Monday to Friday 15:00 to 18:00 only on Heart FM.


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SAfm Playwriting competition

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SAfm once more invites writers to explore the medium of sound,to write a one-hour radio play in English



Prizes will be awarded to the top three plays as follows

• First prize: R60,0000.00
• Second prize: R35,000.00
• Third prize: R25,000.00

The winning plays are guaranteed a broadcast on SAfm’s Saturday Play programme, plus a possible repeat on Channel Africa.  Other plays of an acceptable standard will also be broadcast and paid for, at SAfm’s normal rates, and offered as repeats to Channel Africa.

SAfm will appoint 3 Judges, who are well respected professionals with credibility in both the worlds of radio drama and writing.    Entries will close on the 29th February, 2016 and the judges will be given four months to read all of the submissions.  Winners will be announced on SAfm on the 30th June, 2016 and the winners will receive their prizes at a function to be held in their honour.

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Plays submitted must be of 1(one) hour’s duration, original works, and not previously broadcast.

Plays must be specifically written for radio;  stage plays or plays requiring adaptation will not be considered.

Plays must be written in English.

Entries should be typed in a font comparable to 11 point Century Gothic , double-spaced and on one side of the   paper only.  The standard size of a radio script is A4.  Following these guidelines, a 60-minute play would run to about 45 pages.  Please follow the SAMPLE  SCRIPT LAYOUT in the booklet “The Writing Of Plays For Radio”, which can be      acquired from the SAfm Drama Department (

There are no limits to the choice of topics or the style of writing:  Comedy, Tragedy, Fable or Folklore, Social or Domestic Drama, Satire, “Slice of Life” …. Or what you will!

Submissions should reach SAfm by 5pm (17:00) on 29th of February 2016.

Authors must certify that plays submitted are their original works, and must indemnify the SABC against any infringement of copyright, deliberate or otherwise.

If a play submitted contains any material (a quotation from a poem, for example) which is subject to copyright        restrictions, the author must indicate this fact, so that the SABC may apply for copyright clearance, if required.

Authors of winning entries (or those chosen for broadcast) must make the usual cession of copyright in respect of their play, to the SABC.

There is no restriction on the number of entries which an author may submit.

The SABC accepts no responsibility for any posted manuscripts which may be lost, although all care will be taken to see that this does not happen, once scripts have been received.  Please note that manuscripts will not be returned  to the author.

The Competition Judges’ decisions shall be final, and no correspondence will be entered into in this respect.

Prizes are not transferrable and are not negotiable.

The right is reserved to withhold the awarding of prizes if no entries are considered by the Judges to merit them.

This Competition is open to any person resident in South Africa, excluding employees of the SABC, agencies, prize  sponsors or any person directly or indirectly involved in the organisation or running of the Competition, or their immediate family members.


All postal entries should be clearly marked  SAfm Radio Drama Play Writing Competition, Room 625, 6th Floor, Radio Park,  P.O. Box 91162, AUCKLAND PARK, 2006.  Alternatively, the plays may be emailed  to: All emailed entries must be in PDF format. For more enquiries, phone 011 714-4599.

The winners of this competition will be announced on SAfm on the 30th of June, 2016. Please note that only the winners will be personally notified.

SAfm and Channel Africa will have the right to broadcast each of the winning entries twice, with subsequent broadcasts, if any, attracting repeat payment at current rates. Other entries of a high standard may, at the sole discretion of SAfm and Channel Africa,  also be broadcast by SAfm and Channel Africa in the usual way at current rates of payment.

SAfm and Channel Africa will have the right to make the above broadcasts available as streams on the SAfm and Channel Africa websites simultaneous with each radio broadcast of the Programme and on demand at any time from the date of recording.  All broadcast contracts will be subject to existing arrangements within SAfm and Channel Africa.

SAfm reserves the exclusive right to contract any plays entered into this competition for a period of 6 (six) months after the announcement of the winners.


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Ligwalagwala FM Launches #YetfuLeSummer Campaign

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Ligwalagwala FM has launched its summer campaign 2015 that will see the upbeat radio station run a series of brand activities both on air and off air.

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The station is making a bold statement by asking its listeners and the public to take ownership of their own fun, at the same time being responsible while doing so.


Loads of activities are planned for the summer campaign, launching in Pretoria on the 07th of November. The radio station will host the first Hip Hop Summer Jam.

A celebration of the growing SA Hip Hop music culture, Mc’s battles on stage by unsigned artists, Hip Hop fashion show and loads of prizes to be given away on the day.


On line-up is an underground Hip Hop MC Battles, fusing it with SA Hip Hop heavyweights:   JR, L-tdo, DJ Voodoo, Siya Shezi, DJ Sphectacula and Naves, Kwesta, Madumane and Afro-Tell Us


MC’s is Ligwalagwala FM’s Buhle and Khaya will run the show which starts at 12h00- 23h00 at the Centurion Chisa Nyama.  Limited tickets are available

Ligwalagwala FM and Metro FM will have live broadcast of the Saturday Midday shows (12h00- 15h00) from the venue. Come meet your favourite SABC radio personalities and kick your summer off in style.


Also taking place this festive season and as part of the summer campaign is Mpumalanga’s finest DJ mix Competition in partnership with Mpumalanga Tourism.


A dj talent search – seeking to unearth the next big dj talent hidden in Mpumalanga. With prizes worth R50, 000 in dj equipment for the winner, this is the biggest dj search in the province. Finals will take place on the 12 of December 2015. The station invites upcoming dj’s to send their 10 minute mixes and after a public vote then a winner will be announced.


On air Ligwalagwala FM is giving away R10, 000 to one lucky listener on the breakfast show (Mzansi breakfast show) on a feature called “Hlahlamba Mzansi” (general knowledge quiz)


Social media cannot be ignored, Ligwalagwala FM listners are encouraged to post pictures of themselves having a good time on Instagram,twitter and facebook  with the hash tag “#yetfulesummer” leading up to New Year’s Eve celebrations.

To stay updated on this campaign and more, stay tuned to Mpumalanga’s number one frequency and follow us on social media @Ligwalagwala FM




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Adam Small’s new drama debut at RSG Arts Festival

Posted by radio On November - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

RSG’s award winning on-air arts festival kicks off on 15 November with a Gershwin concert and the debut of the Hertzog prize winner, Adam Small’s brand new drama “Maria, Moeder van God”.


This year’s arts festival starts earlier than previous years, on a Sunday, and is also one day longer.

The opening act on Sunday, 15 November is led by Charl du Plessis, Corlea Botha, Musanete and the Boogie Woogie Big Band that will perform timeless hits such as Summertime, Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm and I Love You Porgy in “Rapsodie op Gershwin”.

“Maria, Moeder van God” which is made possible by the Cordis Trust’s involvement, is a contemporary tale of suffering, which is a fullfilment of Small’s long time goal, to write a drama about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The cast includes Deon Lotz, Leandé Valentyn (Mary), Chris Majiedt (Joseph), Ivan Abrahams, Marlo Minnaar, De Klerk Oelofse, André Samuels and Hannah Borthwick.  The producer is RSG’s own Johan Rademan.

RSG tasked a very ambitious project to adapt the contentious short story writer, Koos Prinsloo’s “Die Jonkmanskas” as a radio drama.  Andre Kotze transformed this unique story about conflict – between generations, genders, ethnic groups and especially the struggle within one person.  Well known writer, Riana Scheepers, was amazed!  She is a specialist in Pirnsloo’s work, and said “what you achieved, is to take a very difficult story and make it accessable for a newer generation listeners and readers”.  Wessel Pretorius plays the main character and other actors include Martelize Kolver, Leon Kruger, Esther von Waltsleben, Geon Nel, Piet Beyers and Roeline Daneel. The producer is Joanie Combrink.

The lovable characters, “Poen en Toekie”, especially left their planet Wopper, to come and visit their earthling friends, Bennie and Sarie and to also participate at the school’s arts festival.  “Poen en Toekie kom kunstefees toe” was commissioned and will be the opening of the evening arts festival program, each weeknight at 19:00 from Monday, 16 November to Friday, 20 November.


In “Korreltjie kantel”, Luna Paige, Nick Turner, Medicine Boy, Hatchetman and Ottoman Slap, performs the late Ingrid Jonker’s poems in a commissioned music program.  This year also commemorates half a century since Jonker’s death.  Hear how her poems such as Offerande, Fragment, O die Halfmaan and Gistraand is infused with exciting and unexpected music during the RSG Arts Festival.

Hennie Aucamp’s “Wolf-wolf hoe laat is dit?” has been adapted for radio by the award winning drama producer, Margot Luyt.  A Group of South Africa’s theatre veterans was gathered for this moving performance about man’s struggle against time.  The cast is Louis van Niekerk, Wilna Snyman, Lida Botha, Trix Pienaar, Kitty Albertyn, June Seymour, Neels Coetzee, Marga van Rooy, Juanita Swanepoel and Deidre Wolhuter.  Kitty Albertyn will be remembered for her role as Hybie in the radio soapie, “Die Du Plooys van Soetmelksvlei” and is at the age of 92, the oldest participant at this year’s RSG Arts Festival.  Luyt described this historical recording of “Wolf-wolf hoe laat is dit?” as the day of the legends!

Marius Weyers also celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year.  He can now be heard on radio for the first time in Franz Kafka’s “’n Verslag aan ‘n akademie”.  The original story was translated by Arnold Blumer and Evette Weyers and adapted for radio by Eben Cruywagen.  Marlo Minnaar and Petrus du Preez are the other actors in this performance.  “’n Verslag aan ‘n akademie” is about a chimpanzee that is cought in the Gold Coast and taken to Hamburg on a ship.  After drinking a bottle of brandy, he realizes he can speak.  He then travels throughout Europe and start performing in front of audinces until he has to report to an Academy about how he has overcome his animal nature.  Weyers performed the English solo act in Los Angeles in 1986.

Ockie Vermeulen (organ) and Wessel van Wyk (piano) plays unique adaptations amongst others, from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Karl Jenkens in “35 Pedale”.  The pipe organ has proven itself as one of the most versatile key board instruments, whilst the piano is the favourite instrument amongst classical music lovers.  On request of the RSG Arts Festival, listeners will be able to enjoy this special collaboration of music instruments.

Benjamin Willem has composed music for more than 18 movies and about 40 international documentaries, including National Geographic and Discovery.  He has also been awarded with a silver medal during the New York Best of the World Film & Television Festival.  RSG commissioned that he creates a few sound landscapes with Basiami Segola with the theme of evolution.  “Metamorfose” is a wordless journey and sound experiment that will debut during the RSG Arts Festival.

Four of South Africa’s leading, but divergent songwriters and musicians will share the same stage in “Wydsbeen”, a new project by Les Javan. Javan, Riku Lätti, Churchill Naudé and Rian Malan will create a mixture of rural and urban stories in rhythm in a colourful concert that was created especially for the RSG Arts Festival.

The actor, Christo Davids is presenting a commissioned radio drama titled “Tussen die bokse”, that will draw a few tears from listeners.  A couple has to pack up their house after many years.  Inbetween all the photo’s and memories, they discover something that shatters both their lives.  The cast consists of Fatima Abdool, Duncan Johnson, Donovan Pietersen and Martin Jansen with Helena Hugo as the producer.

“Banket met Nataniël” is a unique festivity where Nataniël shares the best of his stories with recipes, hosting tips, etiquette, history about food and then combines it with his music.  Listen, laugh and learn with Nataniël.  An unforgetable experience that shouldn’t be missed and that will surpass last year’s “Nataniël vertel”.

A total of eleven young actors, of which most is still at school, debuts in a commissioned youth drama that was written by the popular radio writer, Anton Treurnich.  A train full of high school kids, on their way to the annual inter-school competition – be certain of a night filled with tradition, pranks, passion, love, sadness and danger.  “Ons vang gees” is a journey that will touch everyone and that will never be forgotten. Patricia Baadjies, Luka Geldenhuys, Du Toit Albertze, Dealan Fredericks, Carla Smith, Jeani Heyns, Lise-Marie van Wyk, Liam Walsh, Luke White, Margo Kotzé and Nienke Geldenhuys can be heard.

Elias P. Nel will be telling stories each week morning during the RSG Arts Festival with his show “Oom Goltros vertel” with music by Joey Erasmus. Uncle Goltros from Verneukpan will have listeners in stiches with his wit and enigmatic imagination.

The experimental silence project which involves that artists are invited to fill five minutes of silence with their most creative offering is also back.

Philip de Vos is well known for his appertising limericks and jolly verses.  In “Boetie dit is tyd vir bid as ‘n seekoeikoei op jou skoot kom sit”, De Vos’s verses are tangled into a modern day fairytale. This is truly comical entertainment for the whole family, compiled by producer Juanita Swanepoel with Wessel Pretorius and Cintaine Schutte.

The elocution artist, Paul Eilers revisited Chris Barnard’s popular column Chriskras.  In the production “Chriskras”, singer Steffie le Roux and her band Barnard bring the words to life.  A celebration of life, broadcasted live.

Elma Potgieter and Schalk Jacobsz got involved with the work where Uys Krige connected Afrikaans with the work of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.  In “Reis sonder einde” lamentations are infused with the flamenco rhythm of guitar masters Paco de Lucía and Ricardo Modrego’s Dos Guitarras Flamencas.

Hendrik J. Botha, an anesthetist and poet from Pretoria, was described as a real discovery for the Afrikaans poetic art by Henning Snyman.  In “Atropos”, which is also the title of his debut volume of poetry, one can hear verses about his youth, mortality and loss of hearing.  Botha’s volume of poetry is exclusively launched during RSG’s Arts Festival.

Ilse Salzwedel will engage with a group of poets again, and include reader Elize Cawood where classical Afrikaans poetry get a new flavour in a comical manner.  Poetry is great fun and “Die woordketting” will have listeners crave for more.

There is also a festival artist, Diane Victor for visual art this year.  Through her, listeners will experience various dance styles.  Listeners will also be encouraged to create their own landscape with paint or pencil.  André P. Brink’s “Lobola vir die lewe” which has been described as one of the ten most influential Afrikaans books, can also be heard as a radio drama.

Christelle Webb-Joubert and Johan van Lill will present the day part of the RSG Arts Festival from 09:00 to 12:00 and Renske Jacobs will present the evening section from 19:00 to 22:00 during the period from 15 to 20 November 2015.

The public has opportunity to attend the free live broadcasts of the concerts (“Rapsodie op Gershwin” and “Chriskras”) that will be done in the M1 studio at SABC Auckland Park.

Besides the Cordis Trust, the Dagbreek Trust has also sponsored various of the arts festival productions.

RSG’s first Arts Festival was awarded with a Fleur du Cap-theatre prize for innovation, and recently with a BASA (Business Arts South Africa) prize for innovation.

The RSG Arts Festival starts on Sunday, 15 November at 15:00 and concludes on Friday, 20 November at 22:00.  The festival is hosted on-air (100-104FM) and can also be heard on DSTV channel 9013 or through live streaming on  It is completely free of charge.

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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.

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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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