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Talib Sadik appointed CEO at Mediamark

Posted by radio On April - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media announces the appointment of Talib Sadik as the new CEO of Mediamark, a specialist media solutions company which is owned by both Kagiso Media and Lagardère Active Radio International.


Sadik will take up the position of Mediamark CEO with immediate effect. He has served as a Mediamark board member and has held numerous notable media positions including Group Financial Director at the SABC and Times Media Limited and Managing Director at New Africa Investments Limited (NAIL). Sadik, who is a qualified Chartered Accountant, has also completed an Advanced Management Programme at Insead in France. He brings with him extensive sales, business development and stakeholder management experience.


Kagiso Media Group CEO Mark Harris says, “Talib Sadik’s extensive resume speaks volumes. He has significant strategic, turnaround and corporate finance experience in knowledge-based, regulated, media and black empowerment companies.” Some of Sadik’s career highlights include co-leading an operational and financial turnaround at the SABC and participating in developing a strategy for a credible public broadcaster. He was a founding member of the National Film and Video Foundation and has served on a number of boards in a non-executive capacity.


Of his appointment Sadik says, “Having served on the Mediamark board I have a good understanding of the dynamic business that I’ll be leading. I look forward to working with the team at a time when the entire media landscape is going through transformative change.”


Kagiso Media Group CEO Mark Harris says, “Talib Sadik’s extensive resume speaks volumes. He has significant strategic, turnaround and corporate finance experience in knowledge-based, regulated, media and black empowerment companies.” Some of Sadik’s career highlights include co-leading an operational and financial turnaround at the SABC and participating in developing a strategy for a credible public broadcaster. He was a founding member of the National Film and Video Foundation and has served on a number of boards in a non-executive capacity.


Of his appointment Sadik says, “Having served on the Mediamark board I have a good understanding of the dynamic business that I’ll be leading. I look forward to working with the team at a time when the entire media landscape is going through transformative change.”


Andrew Manderstam Mediamark’s co-chairman and representative in South Africa of the company’s French partner Lagardère, has welcomed the appointment “I have worked on various projects with Talib Sadik and am delighted we have been able to secure the services of such a distinguished leader of industry”. Manderstam added that he will bring a new perspective at a time that the company is venturing into digital and television as well as consolidating its very successful radio sales operation.


The Chairman of Mediamark’s board, Werner Lindemann agrees, “We’re on a transformational journey at Mediamark. This includes creating a converged sales capability that can help customers leverage video and content marketing in combination with traditional platforms. On line video is the new black and I have confidence that Talib can lead the business through these exciting endeavours.”

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Simphiwe Dana Live at The Bassline

Posted by radio On April - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM & The Bassline proudly present 10 years of Simphiwe Dana Live at The Bassline on 25 April 2015.


Simphiwe Dana will be celebrating her 10-year anniversary with a stunning performance held at the Bassline in Johannesburg on the 25th April 2015.


Kaya FM is honoured to be associated with Simphiwe’s illustrious 10 year music career. The station has been part of her journey since her debut album Zandisile.

Kaya FM played a significant role in giving her music air-play and in 2005 when Simphiwe won her first SAMA the radio station was there celebrating with her.


“The social activist within Simphiwe is what caught my attention many years ago when we first met.  She epitomises the Afropolitan women we strive to celebrate on a daily basis at Kaya FM.  Dana’s timeless music has a strong social awakening which will remain relevant and celebrated for many more years to come in South Africa” said Greg Maloka, Managing Director at Kaya FM.


Simphiwe Dana is delighted with the Kaya Fm media partnership and has chosen to return to The Bassline for a this commemorative event given that she first launched her platinum selling debut album at the venue a decade ago.

Simphiwe Dana will be performing material off her latest SAMAXXI Nominated album Firebrand (Best Female Artist and Best African Adult Album) as well as all time favourites.


“Music has allowed to me voice my opinions about the world I live in, and I am just truly grateful that the continent has been so receptive to my sound and story.  Kaya FM has always been a major supporter of my music.  Our brands are very similar in that we speak to the progressive, socially conscious citizen.” says Simphiwe Dana


Rising on the scene in 2004 with the release of her platinum-selling, award-winning debut Zandisile, Simphiwe Dana has firmly planted her place in the heart of South Africa’s Entertainment Industry.  Throughout her 10 year career in music, Simphiwe Dana has collected 6 South African Music Awards (SAMA), 2 METRO FM Music Awards (Best Female Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz), 1 Avo Session Award in Europe (alongside Elton John who received The Lifetime Achievement Avo Session Award), a Metropolitan Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Award and a Pan South African Language Award.

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Forbes Africa & Dj Sbu resolve their differences

Posted by radio On March - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On the 23rd of March 2015 Forbes Africa released a press statement informing the general public of a false Forbes Africa cover featuring Sbusiso Leope. The pending issue of trademark infringement and misrepresentation between Forbes Africa and Mr. Sbusiso Leope has attained closure, and has been resolved amicably.


The image of Mr. Sbusiso Leope’s with the beverage MoFaya on the Forbes Africa cover (the ‘Image’) contains the unauthorized use of our trademark, brand name and logo. Further, the endorsement of the Image on social media, by posting and retweeting said image, contains no disclaimers and has created much confusion amongst our readers.


While, Mr. Leope admits that he did not create the Image, our fundamental contention is the Image endorsed by him on social media is the unlicensed use of Forbes Africa’s exclusive intellectual property rights. Further, the Image is misleading and represents an affiliation that does not exist and has not been approved by Forbes Africa.

Mr. Leope has duly acknowledged our concerns and has agreed to take down the Image from his social media networks. It is also important to note that Mr Leope has made it clear that it was not his intention to mislead our readers.


We seek to state that our intentions are purely to safeguard the Forbes Africa trademark and brand name, and protect our readers from being misled by the ‘Image.’ Mr. Leope’s spirit of entrepreneurship has been featured in USA, and we duly acknowledge that. The matter is resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.


[Issued by: Forbes Africa]

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Times Media’s News Wire launching soon!

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

By the end of the month, Times Media will have a brand new news wire service. The news wire will serve online products and newspapers and address the growing demand for independent and reliable news.


The product offers minute by minute news coverage under the brand of Rand Daily Mail (RDM) News Wire. The company’s print section will provide copy for the wire and will cover news from business to sport and politics.


Ray Hartley, former Sunday Times editor, will be taking on the management of the wire service while Juliette Saunders and Dominic Mahlangu will act as editors. With a reputable editorial and management team, the RDM News Wire is set for success.


Mike Robertson, Times Media MD, said, “Over the past three years we have grown TMG into SA’s biggest publisher of English-language daily and weekly newspapers. Despite spending only a fraction of what our competitors have done we have clearly established ourselves as the no2 in the online market and are confident of soon becoming number one. All of this is based on the quality and independence of our journalism which will now also be accessible via the RDM News Wire.”


“We have a very strong tradition of breaking news accurately and independently in our print titles and, more recently, on our online platforms such as timeslive and bdlive. We want to build on this strength with the news wire which will hold itself to high standards of journalism,” said Rand Daily Mail editor, Ray Hartley.


“We are going to get our top journalists involved and supplement this with a team of reporters who will chase the news,” concluded Hartley.

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On Air Radio Conference menu

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The On Air Radio Conference is a must attend event for those who programme radio, sell radio or buy radio airtime.


These are just two of the session’s lined-up for the On Air Radio Conference.  Don’t miss out, book your seat now.


Programme manager’s mandate – a panel discussion touching on issues like managing talent, getting the line-up right, achieving optimum station sound and the tricky and sometimes tense relationship with the sales team all whilst managing client and listener expectations. David O’ Sullivan hosts a discussion on the business of radio with General Manager for OFM, Nick Efstathiou; Programme Manager at East Coast Radio, Zane Derbyshire;  Ravi Naidoo, Station Manager at 94.7 Highveld Stero and Ferdinand Mabalane, GM: Programming at Times Media.




POPI – What are the implications for radio stations? – they accumulate a substantial amount of information about their listeners through several forms of interaction including competitions, research, merchandise sales, loyalty programmes etc. This information is invaluable to the station, however Protection of Personal Information legislation dictates not only how the personal information may be used, but also how it needs to be protected and stored. Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti, Snr. Associate at Webber Wentzel, gives us the low down.

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Dineo Ranaka partners with Sho’t Left

Posted by radio On March - 8 - 2015 Comments Off on Dineo Ranaka partners with Sho’t Left

Dineo Ranaka has partnered with South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left campaign, in what will be a series of documented weekend breaks aimed at showcasing what South Africa has on offer for the domestic traveler.


The partnership with South African Tourism, which comes at the back Dineo Ranaka’s much loved Dineo’s Diary going into an unprecedented 4th Season, will see Dineo Ranaka exploring various provinces along with some well known personalities over four weeks.


“This relationship with Sho’t Left was the perfect opportunity for me to further explore my love for South Africa as well as show viewers the extent to which I’m constantly stimulated by my environment. Travelling, exploring new places and opportunities has always been a source fo creativity for me and it’s a lot of fun,” says Dineo.


“This is an exciting time for me as there’s so much happening and the relationship with Sho’t Left can only grow stronger from this campaign,” Dineo adds.

No stranger to being in front of the camera, Dineo’s travels will be captured each week and packaged into webisodes that can be viewed on . These videos will capture those breath-taking moments and hidden gems that Dineo will be sharing with those close to her. One webisode will go live each week to give a glimpse into what transpired during their Sho’t Left



The first week saw Dineo invading Mpumalanga and experiencing the variety of activities that the province has to offer. Known for  the Kruger National Park which was established in 1898 and now covers 20,000 square kilometres, the province also boasts  other major tourist attractions that include the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon to name a few.  Dineo, along with her close friends, explored Mpumalanga with an itinerary that included going to the Kruger National Park, quad biking and microlighting to experience breath-taking views of the province.



In the next few weeks Dineo will travel to Limpopo, the North West as well as Gauteng.  For all the latest information follow Sho’t Left on their social media platforms, Instagram and Twitter @ShotLeft, and

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Nazarene Khan appointed TV Channel Manager

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media has announced the promotion of Nazarene Khan to the position of TV Channel Manager. Khan played a key role in conceptualising and starting Glow and has been Marketing Manager at Glow since its inception in July 2013. She will take on this new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for the Glow and ED TV channels.


The role of Channel Manager will see Khan define each channel’s target market, positioning, proposition, programming mix and on-air look and feel. She will also monitor audience reception of channels. Mark Harris, Group CEO at Kagiso Media, says they’re looking forward to having Khan on board as Channel Manager: “Naz brings with her experience from years working within the media landscape and we look forward to the collaboration within the group as well as the strengthening of current brands.”


Nazarene Khan, who has extensive management experience, says, “I look forward to collaborating with internal teams like Kagiso Digital, Mediamark, Urban Brew Studios and our radio stations to build relevant and entertaining content.”



About Nazarene Khan


Prior to her position as Marketing Manager at Glow, Nazarene held the position of Marketing Manager at East Coast Radio. She has 16 years radio experience.

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The deadline of Friday, 30 January which this coming Friday is fast approaching for the closing of entries for the 2014 MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards.

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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam are urging all prospective entrants to avoid the last minute rush and send in their entries before the closing date.


Confirming receipt of entries so far, Sanlam Group Head of Communications, Mr Ainsley Moos said: “We have received some entries and we are excited to see that the competition for 2014 is definitely off to a good start. Based on last year’s entries, we expect we will be receiving quite a lot of entries in the last week before the deadline on Friday.


“We encourage entrants to send their submissions as soon as possible to meet the deadline and ensure that they are not disqualified because of late entries. We would prefer not to extend the deadline as we believe entrants have had sufficient time to prepare their entries since December when the competition opened for entries,” Moos added.


The MDDAand Sanlam have been gradually growing the awards with additional categories introduced in both the broadcast and print sections of the competition for the 2013 and 2014 awards. The additional print categories introduced during the 2014 competition are aimed at ensuring fair competition especially for journalists working for grassroots publications that are under-resourced and at times recently established.


Another new category, Best Indigenous Language Newspaper, has been introduced in the newspapers sub-section to recognise the growing number of newspapers published in indigenous languages.


The MDDA said the organisers hoped that there would be more entries in the various additional categories introduced in the broadcast section since 2013 as well as the traditional categories in the section. “For the 2013 awards we introduced a substantial number of categories in the broadcast section and we are looking forward to an increased response to those categories in this 2014 edition, especially now that the community broadcast media is aware of those categories,”   said the MDDA’s acting CEO, MsDuduzile Nchoba


“We urge all publishers of various community and small commercial newspapers including station managers and various boards of community radio stations, to seize this opportunity to show case the work that they do at grassroots level in various communities, as the awards provide them with a platform for recognition by the various markets,” concluded Ms Nchoba


Details of the 2014 awards are:


  • Closing date – 30 January 2015 (no late submissions will be considered)


  • Entry validity -1 January – 31 December 2014


  • Submission of entries
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Simfy africa announces top songs of 2014

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Simfy africa users have spoken, voting with their listening choices.  simfy africa today announced the most popular streamed tracks, albums and artists of 2014. This diverse playlist shows the depth of simfy africa’s 27 million strong catalogue and features the hits of the year – all live on simfy africa on the day of release – including many SA and international favourites such as George Ezra, Pitbull, Goldfish, Nico & Vinz, Awolnation, Dr Victor and more.


Artist, Song & Album of the Year


Song of the year is clearly ‘Pluto’ by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg which smashed the charts this year, and features a collaboration to watch in 2015.


Beatenberg had this to say about being named Song of the Year, “Thank you to all of our simfy supporters. Keep streaming, keep dreaming. Look out for our new track ‘Beauty Like a Tightened Bow’ on simfy.”


On the international front, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams  was the clear winner, a song which has grabbed streaming charts across the globe, and is set to stand the test of time.


SA Artist of the Year goes to the enigmatic Jeremy Loops, a definite favourite in the plays logs and an artist who has dominated conversation in South Africa this year.  On hearing of the honour, Loops commented “ I am a huge proponent for online streaming services and getting  music to the people. It’s important. So it is such an honour to get this recognition from simfy africa, who were the first true streaming service in South Africa. Thank you!”


International Artist of the Year goes to John Legend, who delighted local fans with his hugely popular SA tour, his exclusive ‘South Africa edition’ release, and his appearance on the SA ‘X Factor’ as our very first international artist.


Album of the Year was a great debate in the simfy africa office but had to go to The Kiffness for their fresh and distinctly SA sound on ‘The Kiff’.  Dave Scott from The Kiffness simply commented “Thank you simfy for this kiff award. I am happy.”


International album of year was awarded to Sam Smith for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.  With numerous number ones over the course of the year, he took over our charts and its obvious that users love him.


Breakthrough Artist of the Year had to go to dynamic SA artist Matthew Mole.  Matthew has grabbed attention this year, with his radio singles, sold out gigs and high profile support slots.   Kiesza takes the international award for her unique sound, merging the 90s with a modern day house sound.


The simfy africa music team also felt that the Robin Schulz Remix of ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz deserved a special mention as the best Remix of the Year.


Artists to watch in 2015 in South Africa are Monark and The Soil, and on the international front, Royal Blood.


Favourite User of the Year


simfy africa has also crowned their favourite user of the year ‘louis77’ with an incredible 88 894 plays in the year, and the creation of 22 unique playlists.   ‘Louis77’ commented, when told of his winning status, that ‘simfy africa has changed my life.  I would never want to be without it again’.


Users overall listened to tens of millions of tracks over the year, and created over 150 000 playlists, but this user really stands out as a true music lover.


Popular playlists are truly #LoudlySouthAfrica with words such as Africa, Braai, Madiba, 80s, 90s, lekker, drive, tunes and of course, love.  Exercise is a popular theme in playlists with topics such as run, gym, power, yoga and more.


Simfy Africa announced their soon-to-be-launched Windows 8.1 application at in November 2014, adding to their range of iOS, Android, BlackBerry [legacy / BB10] and desktop applications.  The service has grown from strength to strength since launch in August 2014, and has introduced such innovative features as autocaching, low bandwidth streaming and a fully mobile focus.


MTN simfy ambassador Jimmy Nevis commented that his favourite SA artists this year were Mi Casa and Matthew Mole, and his favourite SA song had to be Mafikizolo ‘Happy’.  Fellow ambassador Catherine Grenfell picked Cassper Nyovest as her SA artist of the year and agreed wholeheartedly on the simfy africa choices for Song of the Year, commenting that these were ‘clearly the winners in my opinion!’


The full top 100 songs list is on the simfy africa blog at or listen to the playlist at


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Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo Release Double Album

Posted by radio On November - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


Spirited Afrikaans singing duo of Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo turned Rosebank into a spontaneous musical festival as they oozed out the best of their voices on Thursday at the launch of their double album aptly titled Asemrowend.

The top notch event, which was graced by a sizeable number of invited guests, was held at Universal Music and lived up to expectations as the duo showed off their latest offering, note by note.


The refreshing youthful and stylish contemporary pair put together vocal and orchestral splendour that is fused with a Midas touch which make modern music a joy to listen tune along. Asemrowend is built on a pillar vocal brand and from the first note it’s clear that these two great voices complement each other in an amazing way.

The album is a mix of heart warming lyrics and poignant melodies that leaves musical enthusiasts humming along. Some of the songs found in Asemrowend include Die Here wag reeds daar, Drome, Mille lune mille onde, Maggie and White Rose of Athens.


The first single from the album titled Sing in die Reen, has just been released at its scuttling waves on local radio music charts. The song delves at life’s misfortunes and how can overcome such obstacles in order to achieve their goals.


“This song is a metaphor for so many things in our lives because Charne and I have both experienced so much rain. But you get to a point where you choose not to let the storm wash away your talent. You have to get up and understand that the sun will come out again and this is exactly what this song and album is about,” Rudi testified.

The group also had a video shoot for the song “Sing in die Reen”, which is the first single from the Asemrowend album.

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