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Iman Rappetti’s rockstar-journo moment came when she confronted, then president of the country, Thabo Mbeki about whether he had seen the warrant of arrest that had allegedly been issued for Jackie Selebi.  This was career defining occasion for Rappetti and she has not by least ceased in her quest of truth. Iman has recently taken up Power FM’s Power Talk, a space that Rappetti is marshalling with the kind of grace that can win world wars. She invites Radiobiz in her element and unpacks the appreciation for Ayn Rand, life on radio and the need for better treatments when it comes to broadcast Journalism.

Iman Rappetti


Radiobiz : What are you bringing to Power FM?

Iman Rappetti : I hope I’m bringing realness, bringing myself and creating a space where people from all walks of life are able to have their say.


Radiobiz : Relive the duel with Thabo Mbeki

Iman Rappetti : The scandal  that was facing the nation was speculation around  the warrant of arrest for then Police Commissioner and head of Interpol, Jackie Selebi . It was one of those moments that you could not have been scripted. As a journalist you have to prepare, but no amount of preparation could’ve sufficed for what transpired.  So it was a case of shooting from the hip and following my guts. It was a hard in that Thabo Mbeki is generally a powerful man, as well as that we weren’t allowed to ask questions even after sitting for hours at the Union Buildings. But I just went ahead and did it without the knowledge of how the situation will evolve. At the end of the day, the duel was well handled by the both of us.


Radiobiz : How do you reconcile being on both radio and television?

Iman Rappetti : It’s a no brainer,  the prime ingredients are news and storytelling for both, two things I love and excel in.  As you saw whilst in studio with me, radio is a more demanding beast for one always has to be on their toes purely based on its immediacy. Television is more predictable when compared to radio, I however love both mediums because at their heart, we are dealing with informing masses.


Radiobiz : Where do you think broadcast Journalism is going?

Iman Rappetti : I do hope it’s going in a direction where there is access and the ability to talk about anything. On the technical side I want it to more stylized and treated in an impactful way, great examples of this are ENCA, Al Jazeera and Vice. Like in any industry in the world, there is always scope for improvement.


Radiobiz : What are your thoughts about the presence of women in the broadcast Journalism realm?

Iman Rapetti : As you would have noticed the statistics are grim when it comes to women being in influential positions. Same applies for media, the numbers are unacceptably low. We are seeing a lot of female talent emerging in broadcast Journalism, but there is plenty of work to be done still to ensure that the numbers are where they should be.


Radiobiz : Were you head hunted by Power FM?

Iman Rappetti :  [infectiously chuckles] What do you mean? Of course! You know we are unnecessarily self – effacing at times. There is thin line between being proud of oneself and arrogant, I lean towards the former. It came as a surprise when I was asked to be part of Power FM . From the get go I was mindful of the great host who held the position before me. Eusebius MacKaiser  is a formidable intellect. I come in his wake to create something new. My style of anchoring relies more on partnership between myself, those who put the show together and the listeners.


Radiobiz : What are you currently reading ?

Iman Rappetti : I’m reading  one of Marian Keyes ‘chick-lits’ to mainly decompress after a long day. I’m also enjoying Pictorial essays  on The Rise And Fall Of Apartheid. Salman Rushdie’s The ground beneath her feet  is another that I’m feasting on which by the way is very dense.  I’m also deciphering Ayn Rand’s seminal work, The Fountain Head. I can relate to it intellectually and philosophically. It’s about characters with great minds but aren’t afforded recognition  at the time.


Radiobiz: What do you make of the political landscape right now?

Iman Rappetti :  The disappointment is overwhelming. It mainly arises from the kinds of promises you thought would manifest made by people you respect a lot. I love the fact that our political space is now wide open and receives plenty of participation by emergent parties .  Another  concern, is the repressive practices we are seeing  towards the Public Protector’s office.

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Radio has Heart

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Proving that Radio Works – and more importantly works well, we’ve gone right at the coalface of the medium to find out just how Radio helps rally people for good…

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This is underpinned by Research we’ve conducted which demonstrated that:



  • 65% of respondents believe that Radio is best at doing most for the community
  • 45% believe that it’s best at giving coverage of CSI projects that motivate them to do good
  • 63% believe that Radio is best at making them feel part of a community


This should come as no surprise. After all, Radio’s dynamism lies in its very intimate and real personal nature. The CSI projects highlighted below prove to us that when it comes to engaging with people and making a real difference in the lives of South Africans, there isn’t a more powerful way to do it than through Radio!




[Issued by: RAB]

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Metro FM Music Awards 14 launched

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It is that time of the year again!  The road to the country’s biggest music spectacle, the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA) has officially begun!  Today we launch the biggest property of the SABC to date. Over the years this property has been well received, celebrated and embraced by the industry, our audiences and the by the country at large.


The Metro FM Music Awards will be celebrating 14 years of existence and of recognizing the rich South African music and talent respectively.


The annual awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 28th of February 2015, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC).  This will be preceded by the nominees announcement event.


The Metro FM Music Awards ceremony affords South African artists an opportunity to be awarded for their talents and encourages our listeners to actively participate in this process by nominating and voting for their favorite artists.  These awards are truly awards of the people by the people as they reflect our country’s musical landscape.


Not only are the Metro FM Music Awards, a celebration of the artists but they have matured to become a key driver of local tourism for the hosting province or municipality. They have significantly contributed towards the economic growth of these hosting cities. Over the years the MMA categories have evolved to reflect the growth of the local music industry at large.  Needless to say, by this time of the year, we as a station appreciate the anticipation and eagerness from musicians, the industry and our audiences.


The Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, the City of Durban and BP remain our partners! We are also proud to announce that Brandhouse has also come on board as our beverage partner for MMA14. The station prides itself with aligning this, our biggest flagship property with superbrands such as these to ensure that we collectively continue to stand out and be forces to be reckoned with in our respective industries, but most of all, to jointly fulfill our mandate that seeks to recognize and celebrate South African Music and our undoubtedly talented pool of musicians.  As Metro FM, we couldn’t be happier and delighted to be back in the KZN Province and particularly in the city of Durban!


The process going forward will be as follows:



Call for submissions opens today, 6th November 2014 – 6th December 2014.

 Recording industries and artists are requested to submit their nominations for the year – period being

25 November 2013 – 25 November 2014.

 A group of panelists will then nominate 5 finalists in each of the categories.

 The nominees will be announced during a cocktail industry event on 15 January 2015.

 The overall winners will then be announced on the evening of the awards on 28th February 2015


Nominees Announcement

A nominees announcement event will be held in Johannesburg on the 15th of January 2014 at a venue that will be confirmed

closer to the time.


We urge the public to be very much involved in the nomination process by voting for their favourite artist/s.  These awards are not for the chosen few, but they are for the nation, therefore we encourage the public to vote in their numbers.


Metro FM Music Awards Ceremony

The main event will take place on Saturday, the 28th of February 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. And as it’s tradition with the Metro FM Music Awards, we have no doubt that they will contribute positively to the KZN economy as well as the City of Durban in as far as tourism and local business is concerned. These Awards promise to be bigger & better than 2014, with epic entertainment of international stature that the industry is yet to see amidst much camaraderie, speculation and excitement!  Tickets to this most anticipated Music Awards Ceremony will be on sale at Computicket nationwide at the beginning of February 2015.


Traditionally the tickets are sold out within hours, and in the event that you do not make it on time to get yourself the most sought after tickets, do not despair as there will be an official Public Viewing Area (PVA).  This time it will be bigger & better, with live performances from local musicians, big screens, Metro FM DJ’s on the decks, as well as loads of fun creating the most unbelievable and spectacular spirit of camaraderie the City of Durban has ever seen!




[Issued by: Metro FM]

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RSG’s renowened on-air arts festival is back from 10 to 14 November with a quality offering ranging from theatre and comedy to music and even an experiment with silence.


Last year’s inaugural radio arts festival won the Fleur du Cap theatre award for innovation, and most recently with the Business Arts South Africa (Basa) award for innovation.


The festival kicks off on Monday, 10 November with the award-winning actress June van Merch as Katriena, the famous character created by Riana Scheepers.  The Russian playwright Anton Chekov, who this year died 110 years ago, is celebrated with a short drama Op pad, as well as the solo piece Die euwels van tabak with Tobie Cronjé.

The producer of the Chekov productions is André Stolz and the cast of Op pad includes Rolanda Marais, Grethe Fox, Jacques Bessenger, Danielle Retief and Gérard Rudolf.


The performance of Shakespeare’s classical play, Koning Lear, promises to be an absolute radio drama highlight.  This story is more than 400 years old and RSG decided to produce Uys Krige’s Afrikaans translation that is more than 50 years old.  The veteran actor Louis van Niekerk will be King Lear.  This drama is also the celebration of Van Niekerk’s 80th birthday in 2015.  The director is Bettie Kemp.


The authors Dot Serfontein and Antjie Krog – mother and daughter – forms part of this year’s festival.  The multi-award winning actress Antoinette Kellerman portrays the role of Serfontein in My mense (with direction by Juanita Swanepoel and Eben Cruywagen) whilst Krog’s first volume of poetry in eight years, Mede-wete, will be launched exclusively during the festival.  Krog will personally read new poems and then discuss it with actress Susanne Beyers on-air.

The singer and storyteller Nataniël produced a unique piece for the RSG Arts Festival.  In Nataniël vertel…. eight stories can be heard from this world class performer.  This performance was recorded in front of a audience in the M1 studios in Auckland Park and will debut during the RSG Arts Festival.

In 2 tot 16 in 80 minute a total of four grand pianos and eight of South Africa’s leading pianists share a stage for a once off music extravaganza.  The pianists Wessel van Wyk, Willem de Beer, Leatitia Orlandi, Bart Joubert, Paul Ferreira, Brian Bae, John Theodore and Annalien Ball will perform a potpourri of Scott-Joplin to Afrikaans folk music.  How does Handel’s Halleluja choir, Ravel’s Bolero or the famous walz from Faust sound when 80 fingers play it?  Tune into this programme, produced by Salon Music, which has four concert pianos playing simultaneously.



The RSG presenter, actress and writer Renske Jacobs created a special children’s series, Die Ploeters kom aarde toe, which will debut during the festival.  The actors include Botha Enslin, Johny Klein, Debre Rossouw, Christelle van Tonder and Esté Gross.



In Die Afrika in Afrikaans, the musical boundaries will be moved with creative force.  Anna Davel, Gloria Bosman and Timothy Moloi creates a musical and rythmic synergy between Africa and Afrikaans under the musical production of Janine Neethling.  This 80 minute production, produced by Ilse Schürmann, will keep the listeners glued right to the end.

Some of the other arts festival offerings include a comedy series, created especially for RSG by the comedian Mark Banks, and a team of poets embrace their language with Ilse Salzwedel in Die woordketting. Various new writers will be heard and everyone gets the opportunity to learn how to sketch a still life on paper within a few minutes.  The Arts Festival is concluded with Stilte, an experiment in sound that was commissioned especially for radio for the arts festival.

In the daily Kunstefees-klets a variety of topics will be addressed – ranging from nepotism in the art world, the future of journalism in art circles, the timeless appeal of Shakespeare, and also asking the question whether the arts is drowning.  Kunstefees-klets will broadcast at 08:00 and 14:00 daily.

The RSG Arts Festival will broadcast on RSG from Monday, 10 November until Friday, 14 November.  The festival can also be experienced on-line through visiting or following @zarsg #RSGfees

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New voices for POWER 98.7

Posted by radio On November - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

POWER 98.7 has announced that award-winning journalist, Iman Rappetti and celebrated author and strategist Victor Kgomoeswana are joining POWER 98.7 from Monday, 03 November 2014.


Rappetti, who is currently senior news anchor at 24-hours news channel eNCA, will host POWER TALK, previously hosted by Eusebius McKaiser, weekdays between 9 am and midday. In August Rappetti hosted a special broadcast of POWER TALK as part of the station’s special Women’s Day celebration show. The response by the POWER listeners was so overwhelming that they asked her to come back. She brings to POWER House her journalistic heritage of creating authentic dialogue informed by her passion for cultural diversity. Rappetti will continue anchoring News Night on ENCA weekdays 19h00 – 21h00.


Rappetti says, “It is a privilege to have a voice on two powerful platforms. I’m looking forward to being a part of the POWER team. I am so excited about being able to play a constructive role in creating real, challenging and meaningful conversations with all aspects of SA society.”

“The show has been in such awesome and capable hands before, it’s a foundation I want to build on and perhaps reinvent in a way that shines a light on the uncomfortable, the real and the hilarious truths about who we are,” said Rappetti.


Author of Africa is Open for Business, Victor Kgomoeswana is also no stranger to broadcasting, having contributed on African business matters on television and radio stations 702 and SAFM. He was previously an executive in Business Development at PPC and was also part of the team that established and ran Ernst & Young’s African Business Centre. Kgomoeswana is a highly sort after speaker on strategy and advising corporates on doing business in Africa.


Victor Kgomoeswana

Victor Kgomoeswana

Kgomoeswana brings his wealth of knowledge to the POWER 98.7 listeners as host POWER Hour every Monday to Thursday from 18:00 to 19:00. Well-respected economist Lumkile Mondi, who currently hosts POWER HOUR, will continue to feature on the show focusing on big transformation and economics related content as well as contributing to POWER BUSINESS on matters relating to the broader economy.


“We continue to challenge ourselves in attracting the people we know will help us continue to push the boundaries in broadcasting, while adding tangible value to the lives of our valued listeners. We are also committed in ensuring that our audiences remain stimulated by the content we offer and adapt to a culture of voicing out their opinions. The quality of the two additions to the POWER family, further entrench our positioning as a credible facilitator of much needed honest dialogues in our country” , said POWER 98.7 Executive Director, Andile Khumalo.

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SAfm’s sounds at Botanic Gardens

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The SAfm Melting Pot of Sounds, a brainchild of SAfm is a Celebration of different genres of music celebrated and played on SAfm.

The two hour concert will take place on the 16th of November 2014 at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.


Zwai Bala has been appointed as the musical director. He will feature various South African artists who will ensure that we have a very entertaining afternoon. This will be where the Classics, Gospel, Jazz, RnB and Choral really meet.


All these genres will be presented in such a way that they are not easily and bluntly separated from each other but, as the title explains, thrown into one pot that produces a well blended taste made unique by a variety of special ingredients.


This event will take the form of a picnic concert staged  between 12:00-16:00. Bookings can be done through or at the gate.  Tickets are R100 for adults, Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay R50, Children under 6 are free.


Pack your picnic baskets and bring along your blankets.


Secure parking is available on the Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens grounds.


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2015 MTN Radio Awards entries open

Posted by radio On October - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Entries for the 2015 MTN Radio Awards opened yesterday with stations and individuals having a 3-month window to submit examples of their finest work by 20 January (manual submissions) or 27 January (online submissions).



This follows an extensive presentation roadshow at major centres around South Africa at which CEO of the MTN Radio Awards, Lance Rothschild, detailed the key dates for the 2015 programme and highlighted some small changes in the overall programme. “I am very happy with the overall attendance at the presentations and there seems to be an increased awareness of- and enthusiasm for- the MTN Radio Awards,” says Rothschild.



One new category has been introduced for the 2015 programme, that of Field News Reporter. “This category was suggested to us by constituents within the industry and we feel that it will add value and generate some highly compelling entries for the adjudicators to evaluate,” says Rothschild.



There have also been some changes to the rules for entry into the awards, with some restrictions being placed on the number of submissions in each category by individuals and stations. At the various presentations, Rothschild also called for nominations for additional adjudicators. “With the continuation in the growth of the number of entries it is necessary for us to continually evaluate the adjudication panel and to ensure that we have an exceptionally broad range of skills and knowledge amongst the panel. I’m really pleased that we have already managed to recruit some new members to the panel and I hope to have a total panel of about 60 adjudicators for 2015,” says Rothschild.




“At MTN, we are constantly mindful of the vital connection that listeners have with their favourite radio stations,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN South Africa. “Our sponsorship of the MTN Radio Awards is ultimately aimed at enhancing the relationship that stations have with their listeners through focusing radio professionals on doing excellent work.


We’re looking forward to celebrating another year of excellence in radio across the entire SA broadcast radio spectrum on 18 April 2015 when we announce the winners. I wish all across the entire radio industry the best of luck with their entries.”

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Cape Town radio station Smile 90.4FM will broadcast live from the Kenilworth Centre on Saturday, 1 November, in celebration of World Hunger Action Month (WHAM), as well as Kenilworth Centre’s 39th birthday.


Smile 90.4FM presenters Bobby Brown, Eloise Pretorius, Benito Vergotine, Maurice Carpede and Gavin Arends will be part of the action on the day, taking turns to lead more than 350 volunteers in packing 39 000 meals over 5 sessions from 8:30am until 4pm.


Says Clive Ridgway, Programme Director at Smile 90.4FM: “The event coincides with Kenilworth Centre’s 39th birthday and Smile 90.4FM’s Phil de Lange will broadcast live from the Centre Court from 10am to 2pm.  There will also be a donations drive on the day.”


Through their participation, Smile 90.4FM would like to raise awareness of Stop Hunger Now and help empower local communities to create a world without hunger. “World Hunger Action Month activities aim to actively engage and empower communities by providing opportunities to make a difference through volunteering, advocacy, or donating to the benefit of the world’s hungry.


Smile 90.4FM is all about making a difference and being at Kenilworth Centre next Saturday will be testament to the fact that together we can make the world of difference,” concludes Ridgway.




[Issued by: Smile fm]

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[By: Farai Diza]


The Ebola epidemic has tethered through most of Africa’s impoverished countries with the World Bank estimating that $32 billion will be required to eradicate the scourge. At the time of going to print, there were 3 924 reported Ebola cases in Liberia, 2 789 in Sierra Leone, 1 289 in Guinea and 20 cases in Nigeria.


Analysts have predicted that the figures will continue escalating if a cure is not found soon. This has already had a negative effect on school children as they have been forced out of school in fear that they will contract the deadly disease.

Schools in Sierra Leone have been closed for weeks now and that countries government has launched a very ambitious project to deliver school lessons to the more than 2 million school children through the radio.


As in much of Africa, radio is the most influential and important media in public life, available to rich and poor, literate and illiterate alike.

For six days every week, school children in Sierra Leone will benefit from the influence of radio by learning through the airwaves, even as the Ebola pandemic continues raging like a wild veldt fire, proving once again why radio is the most trusted medium across Africa.


The government programme, which launched this week, has the support of many education advocates working in Sierra Leone, including UNICEF. The lessons will cover primary, secondary and senior secondary students, as well as a weekly preschool lesson on Fridays.

The AFP reported that the children will listen to four hour lessons on dozens of the country’s radio stations along with its only television channel. This has been the best option for education officials.


The Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, Sylvester Meheaux, predicted that schools won’t be opened until early next year at the soonest. A long time for a school calendar, as it would basically mean that they will miss an entire term of studying.


A 2007 study found that radio in the poverty stricken Sierra Leone ranges from 65 to 96 percent with access higher in major cities. However, those figures include both those who own a radio and those who have access to someone else’s.


The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has gone a step further by calling on all parents to keep their children chore free during lesson times, just like they were in a traditional classroom.

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Jenny Crwys-Williams to leave her 702 show

Posted by radio On October - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Jenny Crwys-Williams announced yesterday that after 22 years with 702, she would be leaving her popular afternoon show.


Jenny is one of South Africa’s best known broadcasters and an authority on book, food and lifestyle matters. She joined 702 in 1992, already a respected editor and journalist and has grown that reputation to include broadcaster, author and literary guru during her time with 702.



At the end of the year, Jenny will leave the show that she has been hosting between 13h00 and 15h00 but will remain with 702 as she will continue to host her book show. She will also work with 702 on special projects that will be well-served by her expertise.


“Jenny has been part of the 702 family for two decades and has been a versatile broadcaster, able to handle any story but with an unparalleled flair for lifestyle content – a sphere in which she has become an authority,” said 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa.


“We will miss her passion for arts, culture and the promotion of amazing places and we are delighted that we are able to continue to call on her for coverage of these elements on the station,” said Gwangwa.


Sam Cowen will be taking over the afternoon show. Sam started her broadcast career at 702 but has spent the last 18 years with sister station, 947 on the breakfast show.


“I’ve known Sam for years and we’ve shared many experiences. She’s going to be fabulous!” said Jenny.



As part of the Breakfast Xpress team, Sam has entertained listeners across Joburg with her wit and compassion. Her interest in current affairs and her extensive experience as a radio host stand her in good stead to transition to the talk format. She has already served as a regular fill-in for Jenny on 702 in recent years.


“This is an exciting opportunity and one that I welcome,” said Sam. “I will miss 947 but have always been a big fan of Jenny’s and of the show and I look forward to joining the conversation on 702.”


947 station manager, Ravi Naidoo thanked Sam for her contribution to the station, “Sam has been a constant feature in Joburg’s favourite breakfast shows since the beginning of 947 and she has expertly played the counterfoil to some of the biggest personalities on South African radio. We will miss her and wish her all the very best.”


Jenny approaches this change with the same panache that she handles everything that comes her way, “I will miss the thrill of live radio, and the people who have listened so loyally for many years but I look forward to the freedom of not being tied to a specific time and location each day.”


Primedia Broadcasting CEO Terry Volkwyn wished the presenters well. “Both Jenny and Sam are valued members of the Primedia Broadcasting family and both are remarkable broadcasters, I know they will make a success of their respective new ventures.”


Jenny will continue to host the 13h00 to 15h00 slot on 702 until the December break. Sam will take over the show in the new year.

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