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SABC presence to be felt at the Durban July

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SABC partners with the Vodacom Durban July 2013, an annual prestigious event with superb horse racing, high fashion, elegance, fine cuisine and champagne on Sat 06 July at Greyville Racecourse in Durban. This glitzy annual event requires little knowledge of horse racing!


The big day offers an opportunity to let your hair down and show off your creativity in an eye-catching outfit. Based on the year’s theme “POSH? OH MY GOSH!  ”, race goers are encouraged to put together garments for the race day that add to the special occasion. The competitive-minded designers enter the race day competitions, and the edgy and daring are showcased in the Avant Garde race day competition.


SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says: “SABC is delighted to be part of this prestigious event. As the biggest and leading broadcaster in South Africa, the SABC has to look for opportunities that will affirm its leadership role in media and society. The majority of South Africans aspire to attend events such as these and in most cases do not have the opportunity to do so. SABC’s comprehensive “on the ground” coverage will ensure that there is sufficient reach and leverage of the event. The combined power of SABC Radio stations and SABC TV channels will provide a competitive advantage and bring fresh and exclusive content to the listeners and viewers”.


SABC’s involvement at the Vodacom Durban July this year

SABC3: will broadcast a live feed comprising of lifestyle at the horse racing event on Saturday, 6 July 2013 from 14H30 till 17H00.  SABC3’s lifestyle properties such as Top Billing, Expresso, will cover the Vodacom Durban July and 3Talk with Noeleen will do a Vodacom Durban July special with fashion designers and Vodacom representatives in the studio closer to the event.


5FM is bringing the party and the power of virtuous to Durban this July for the station’s fifth Durban Takeover Weekend, with a series of events that have become a can’t-miss on the South African social calendar. Held over four days from 4 to 7 July 2013, the 5FM Durban Takeover Weekend ties in with the Durban July where some of 5FM’s top DJs will be performing live, hosting events and giving back as part of 5FM’s CSI initiative, Youngblood5. 5FM heats up The Miller Boomtown Marquee at the Durban July on Saturday, from 11am with the hottest live entertainment hosted by 5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana and featuring performances from international rapper 2 Chainz who will be sharing the stage with South African artists to the likes of Dimplez, Khuli Chana, AKA, Vigilante and 5FM DJ’s Rob & Fix, Ms Cosmo, Milkshake and House Head Euphonik.


The party doesn’t end when the races do – (Live) 5 featuring AKA and Khuli Chana hosted by Catherine Grenfell along with the Ultimix: Weekend Edition will broadcast live from the 5FM Miller Boomtown Marquee, keeping the good vibes going from 5pm to 10pm with the beats from 5FM’s Euphonik and guest DJ’s Kent and others. This year 5FM will also host the hottest and Official Vodacom Durban July After Party taking place at the Wave house, Umhlanga.  Don’t miss, DJ’s Nick Supply, Classy Menace, Locnville and 5FM DJ’s Milkshake, Roger Goode, Euphonik and Stephanie B. The man looking after you that evening will be Rob Forbes from 6pm to 2am.


Metro FM  – will be part of the City of Durban marquee during the day at the Durban Vodacom July.  The station will have an Outside Broadcast, 06:00 – 09:00 with Joe (SABC Studio’s), 12:00 – 15:00 with Carole and 15:00 – 18:00 with Sbu, live from the marquee at the racecourse. On 4th July Metro FM will be handing over a house to the family in Umgababa as part of its CSI initiative.  Siphokazi will broadcast live from Umgababa, 09:00 – 12:00 and Amon & Thato will broadcast live from 12:00 – 15:00.


Ukhozi FM  will partner with KZN Tourism department and will host a lifestyle marquee at Vodacom  Durban July and a beach party as a closing.  Ukhozi FM and KZN Tourism department will have a fashion show in the marquee showcasing the best of KZN fashion talent. The guests will be entertained with live performances.


Other platforms that will cover the event include SABC 1 lifestyle programme,  Selimathunzi, Lesedi FM, Good Hope FM

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Heart 104.9FM – Cape Town’s Beat – is proud to announce the acquisition of Lance Witten as News Editor.

Lance Witten


As from today 1 July 2013, Lance  returns to radio – his self-confessed first love – and bring a decade of top-level news and actuality experience to bear for the station.


The focal point of Heart 104.9FM’s news content is ‘what Cape Town wants to hear,’ creating a strong bias toward local stories and local voices and Lance is ideally positioned to lead this approach having started his career as a news anchor on UCT Radio before studying Radio, and later Journalism at CPUT. He has remained Cape Town-focused throughout his successful career, having served as a Breakfast Show producer and later as a presenter on ETV news and ENCA – both broadcast from the Mother City.


As News Editor for Heart 104.9FM, which currently dominates the city’s evening and weekend listenership, Lance will bring a highly professional ethic and passion for investigating and broadcasting news to the local community. Witten’s brief will include a weekly investigative program and the decision to appoint him to the Editor’s chair is calculated to introduce the station to a broader audience.


“Lance’s past experience as an on-air presenter, together with his time in high-pressure newsrooms, will bring a sense of gravitas and a perspective which we believe will be highly attractive to people who are not yet familiar with Heart 104.9FM. There’s no doubt that once they tune in for top-quality news, they’ll also appreciate our genuine commitment to meaningful conversation, and our mix of music,” says MD Gary Petersen.

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Three of RSG’s presenters have been nominated for the annual Huisgenoot Tempo Awards in the category of Favourite Radio Presenter.  Other presenters from commercial Afrikaans radio stations have also been nominated – but only RSG can boast with a whopping 3 nominations! 


The category for Radio presenters is one of 19 categories in the annual Awards, which also includes music, movies, TV and literature categories.  Individuals and programs are nominated by a panel that reviews outstanding Afrikaans talent between the periods of 14 April 2012 and 24 May 2013.


The public are invited to nominate for their Favourite Radio Presenter until Friday, 12 July at 5pm.  The awards evening will be hosted at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 23 July.  Support RSG, the SABC’s Afrikaans radio service and nominate for their presenters.  All that you have to do is to send an SMS with the letters TEM, the code of your choice presenter (don’t leave a space), and your name to 32113.  Each SMS costs R1 and only 20 votes per cell number are allowed.  The codes for the 3 RSG presenters are:  P1 for Amore Bekker, P4 for Lynette Francis, P5 for Martelize Brink.


Amore Bekker is the presenter of Tjailatyd, the afternoon drive time show weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, Lynette Francis presents Praat Saam every weekday morning from 8-9 and is also a SABC2 TV presenter; Martelize Brink is co-presenter of the lifestyle show, Oggend op RSG which airs weekday mornings from 9-12 which is presented from the Sea Point studios. 


Each person that casts a vote also stands a chance to win great prizes – ranging from a car, to cameras, perfume, watches and sunglasses – courtesy of the Huisgenoot Tempo Awards competition.

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New Cape Town audio brand, Smile 90.4FM’s Danie Marais is currently part of a panel featured in the KykNet series 10 uit 10. The show, which airs every Wednesday at 20:30, and is repeated on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, focusses on ten favourites or prominent examples in a specific category.


Each show features the witty and sharp comments from the panel, which consists of Rian van Heerden, Dowwe Dolla, Haidee Muller, Gavin Prins and Ilza Roggeband. Says Danie Marais: “It was fun to reminisce and riff about anything from art festivals, to celebrity embarrassments and Afrikaans movies.”


Marais continues: “I do my regular movie review with the film critic Suzette Kotze-Myburgh on KykNet’s breakfast show Dagbreek bi-weekly on a Friday morning at 07:15. I also do a monthly column called “Spookasem” for the supplement By in Die Burger and Beeld,” says Marais.

Switch to Danie Marais on Smile 90.4 FM on weekdays between 1pm and 4pm.

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Paul again found to us with Power Buro

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By Kagiso Mnisi]


Ntone Edjabe, founder and editor of Chimurenga never fails to tell the romantic tale of how he as a newbie in Johannesburg (Yeoville to be specific,) followed close friend Winston Mankunku Ngozi  all the way to Cape Town and that is how the start of the iconic publication oddly began. The belief in a kindred spirit to the point of shouldering your prized possessions and hitting the dirt road is something that Paul Mnisi’s loyal followers have been negotiating ever since he left the airwaves in 2007.


His departure from Y FM after hosting the breakfast show, which was a stint very tepid in comparison to his more exciting days as host to Groove Kamikaze and Kamikaze Heat, left us seeking our friend in lament. We missed him. He is finally found to us as part of Power FM’s roster in his new show Power Buro and this is his gathered wisdom from the wilderness or more appropriately, the school of life.



Radiobiz : Whilst at YFM you positioned yourself as a proud cosmopolitan Pan Africanist through poetry (Politburo sessions), editorship of Y Mag and affiliations with emergent sub cultures (Chimurenga, Amandla doccie, etc.). What can be expected from Paul Mnisi as part of a 100% black owned talk station, whose Chairman was mentored by Chinua Achebe ?


I think this platform will only re-enforce all of the above elements that I am so dedicated to. I have certainly grown over the years but my viewpoint of things around me remains afropolitan.


 Radiobiz : Social media chirps have resolved to make you part of triumvirate that includes Thomas Msengana and Phat Joe. This comes from the fact that you’ll be manning the Power ship at the same time as them at their respective station. Do you feel a sense of pride in this?


Can’t be anything but proud to go head to head with my former colleagues, however I don’t see it as competition. I believe that each station has its own target market and philosophy so competing would be totally be out of the question.



Radiobiz : What is Power Buro’s vision for the next year ?


To deliver a well-rounded dose of Afrocentric edutainment.



Radiobiz : You have been away from the media’s gaze for a while. What have you been up to ?

I’ve been doing life. Living and growing.


Radiobiz : Radio analyst and fundis have been preaching convergence for the last few years. Why such little social media footprint from Paul Mnisi?


I’ve only just got on to twitter in the last week or so.I guess I’m a little old fashioned but I have not really struggled without social media. It was however important that I jump on at this stage so I can better communicate with my audience.



Radiobiz : Paul would diagnose South African contemporary culture as…..




Radiobiz : What is the one thing that Paul cannot do without these days?




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Ligwalagwala FM aims to help fight crime

Posted by radio On June - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Crime is the epicentre of our social ills in South Africa, like all citizens of our country Ligwalagwala FM is equally concerned. In order for the station to play a role in the fight against crime, it has, in its programming mix conceptualised an Anti-crime or a fight against crime campaign called Ntjitja Guluva (change gangster) a concept that will live both on air and on the ground.


This is a campaign aimed at discouraging crime elements and activities in our society, especially amongst our youth since they are the future of our country. This campaign will run from the 1st of July until the end of October 2013. It is embedded in the station’s mandate as a Public Broadcaster to play an active role in the fight against crime and also ensure the curbing of the recycled crime.


“Crime in our country has evolved over the years from petty to brutal and this has contributed hugely to the decay of the nation’s moral fiber. Government’s efforts of fighting this scourge and its recycled form needs total support from everybody concerned and the station is no exception,” said Rio Mabunda, Station Manager, Ligwalagwala FM.


The station will visit prisons through Outside Broadcasts around Mpumalanga in order to discourage recycled crime and inspire inmates to develop themselves whilst in prison and enrol in skills development programs. The station will present live cases of individuals who were involved in crime and how they were able to reconcile with their victims, families and how they were re-integrated into society. Students will visit juvenile centres where they will be exposed to such institutions. The station will also host a number of experts, who will share knowledge and provide solutions to crime related problems encountered by South Africans.

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Africa Melane started hosting the Weekend Breakfast shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk last Saturday , 22 June.


He took over from Kgomotso Matsunyane who had been hosting both the Saturday and Sunday morning shows from 07h00 to 10h00 for the past six months.


“We thank Kgomotso for running the show with her trademark exhuberance and passion, and we wish her the best for her future” said Talk Radio 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa.


“Strategically, the Weekend Breakfast show is going to move in a slightly different direction, and we have identified Africa Melane to steer the show,” she added.


Melane has a long association with 567 CapeTalk and Talk Radio 702. He is current host of the weekday afternoon drive show on 567 CapeTalk, and has served a stint as programming manager for the station.


“Africa has an exceptional understanding of our listeners, through his on and off-air experience, and has proved more than capable of handling a diverse range of issues – just what we need on Weekend Breakfasts,” said 567 CapeTalk station manager, Colleen Louw.


Gauteng listeners will also be familiar with his voice as he has filled in for numerous presenters on Talk Radio 702 over the years.

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Lotus FM provides the gift of Mobility

Posted by radio On June - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Last Thursday, 20th June 2013 marked a milestone for LotusFM as the station has distributed 30 wheelchairs to 30 loyal listeners.


Education around disability is long overdue in South Africa. It is with this in mind that LotusFM teamed up with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to improve mobility of those physically challenged. “We wanted to restore their human dignity, give these wonderful individuals a better opportunity in life”, comments Marketing Manager Donne Henry.


Station Manager Alvin Pillay, in his welcome stated, “The response from the community to which we broadcast was overwhelming from the start of this campaign. The distribution was heart wrenching as many of the recipients managed to live without a wheel chair despite their dire circumstances. Many had not even been out of their homes since their disability.”


The event ended on a profound note, as President Magaga reminded everyone that we were placed on earth to do good and not evil. He said that it’s this mandate that drives them to do humanitarian work throughout Africa.


Lotus FM mandate is to create social cohesion and will continue seeking opportunities to do so.


[Issued by: Lotus FM]

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Mediamark, a multi-media advertising sales house, has recently signed contracts with Smile 90.4FM, Capricorn FM and much anticipated Power FM to represent them in the advertising sales spectrum.


On air from March this year, Smile 90.4FM broadcasts and creates content aimed at reaching LSM 6-10 audiences in the Cape Metropole with an Afrikaans and English talk and music format. With over 1.4 million listeners, hugely popular Capricorn FM communicates to the economically active and upwardly mobile markets in Limpopo with spillage into Pretoria, Mpumalanga and North West. Lastly, the newest player in the radio space, Power FM, will target urban listeners in Gauteng and is due to go live in the nearby future.


The anticipated reach of these three radio stations is huge and will add to the collective audience of more than 6.5 million weekly listeners (RAMS 2013/1) that Mediamark currently represents. Mediamark’s present portfolio comprises popular regional radio brands East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Heart 104.9FM and Jacaranda FM. Mediamark’s digital stable includes Howzit MSN, one of South Africa’s leading content portals, as well as global communications giant, Skype.


Says Elton Ollerhead, managing director at Mediamark: “Regional radio is a robust and growing industry in South Africa. It offers companionship and a voice to millions of South Africans around the country and from all walks of life every day. As such, it offers advertisers great opportunities to connect with consumers. The more radio brands we offer our advertising clients, the more opportunities we can offer them to reach a range of markets, audiences and channels. We are privileged to have been awarded the media sales contract for these great brands and through these partnerships we look forward to a long and successful journey together”.


With the latest additions to its portfolio, Mediamark can help advertisers use radio to reach six out of the nine provinces, says Ollerhead.


“Now, one sales house can help you target South Africa’s major commercial centres – Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Limpopo, Nelspruit, PMB and Durban” Ollerhead concludes.


[Source: Mediamark]

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Ukhozi’s future, history and pioneers

Posted by radio On June - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Written by: Kagiso Mnisi]


Whilst other other stations launch, spats over wardrobe in parliament do the rounds and Nelson Mandela’s health is fodder for news folk all over the world this month; Ukhozi FM celebrates 53 years as a forerunner on the airwaves. As one of the biggest radio stations on the planet and the largest in Africa, the station has grossed a listenership of 7.2 million over the past decade. Broadcasting in Isizulu, Ukhozi has made interesting waves through ‘useful content that is delivered with poise and deftness, affirming the cultural identity of its listeners.’


Interesting being operative, recent times have seen the station acquiring the talent of personalities such as DJ Sbu and Chilli M. The advent has clearly flagged Ukhozi as a polymorphous media entity that is able to move with the times. Among its stable it boasts long sitting figures such as Dudu Khoza and Linda Sibiya who currently hosts the breakfast show, Vuka Mzansi. Sibiya has been one of the pioneers to warm up to the hearts of Ukhozi listeners, these are folk who ‘have a sense of community and cultural affinity’ and the pride of the station.


With the broad sweep of convergence, the station has raised its hand for count with an online interface that shames some of the more cosmopolitan SABC stations. It has all the flourishes of modern day radio such as online streaming and solid social media presence. This is light years ahead from the 1940s when K. E. Masinga read the first 3 minutes news bulletin in isiZulu at 7:30pm. The History of the station is a fable the stuff of legend and inspiration. Annals tell us that amid boredom with the teaching profession, he knocked on SABC’s Regional Superintendent, Mr. Hugh Tracy’s, office door for a more fulfilling vocation.


In a time when black people were seen as underlings by white supremacy, Masinga’s packed enough smarts to the liking of broadcasting authorities. Up to the time of Masinga’s first bulletin, South Africa had only English and Afrikaans services. Special services in African languages were introduced by the SABC on the 29th of September 1942, broadcasting from 9:30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Employers of blacks were urged by the Department of Native Affairs to encourage their employees to listen to the programmes. The main aim was to inform blacks about the progress of the war (in no doubt propagandist fashion), and to instruct them of the action to take in case of any emergency. Some years later, black radio stations started broadcasting on medium wave under the umbrella name of Radio Bantu.


Masinga was later joined by Hubert Sishi, and Guybon Mpanza to form a triumvirate of sorts. During that era live soccer and boxing broadcasts, drama and serials, music and request programmes were staple for listeners of the station. The year 1975, marked an abandonment of the name Radio Bantu and Black Radio Stations were given new names under ethnic groupings, such as Radio Zulu, Setswana, etc. Post democratic ’94 another overhaul, the ruling regime did away with separatist tags and Radio Zulu became Ukhozi FM.


Ukhozi FM’s celebration of its 53 years was recently held at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. It was gesture for the station to connect with its listeners and way of extending gratitude for the many years of support. Its core being between the ages of 16 and 34 (LSM 4-8), sees the station at the fore front of emerging trends and liking from a broad spectrum of society. It is a feat where the future’s prosperity is the result of dedication and perseverance by those who came before such as the pioneering K.E. Masinga


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