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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) CEO Nothando Migogo has noted with deep concern, this past weekend’s media reports about the organisation’s distribution rules.

A sensational report by journalist Charl Blignaut in the City Press, sensationally headlined, “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed”, raised several allegations, particularly around SAMRO member Ms Hlengiwe Mhlaba’s royalty pay-outs, SAMRO’s relationship with multinational publishers, and the matter of public domain works.

 

The report alleged that of the 90 songs collecting royalties through SAMRO on behalf of Ms Mhlaba, “24 were only paying out 16.7% of what was due to her”. It further said that, “the remaining 83.3% was, according to SAMRO’s own database, paid to a mysterious composer called ‘DP’”, and that “Mhlaba claims that in the course of 14 albums she has had well over R100, 000 taken by DP – on top of the millions SAMRO paid to [her former manager Sipho] Makhabane without her ever formally signing her rights over to him”.

Disappointingly, despite an extensive response to an equally lengthy query, SAMRO’s comments were largely overlooked by City Press, and this resulted in a news report containing several factual inaccuracies.

 

Firstly, it must be noted that ‘DP’ is not a person, but simply an internal system categorisation that is allocated to all public domain works. A musical work will be in the public domain if it never had copyright in the first place, or if the copyright has expired (which occurs 50 years after the death of the composer as per the Copyright Act).

 

“We requested Mr Blignaut to provide evidence of his calculations and allegation that SAMRO has allocated R2 billion to the ‘DP’ category, which he did not. Based on the information at my disposal, that figure is way off the mark. I have commissioned an exercise to get an accurate figure, which our board and membership of SAMRO will have access to within the week,” said Migogo.

 

Regarding the 16.7% Arrangement Rule – this deals with music arrangements of an existing musical work. The rules stipulate that where a composer creates an arrangement of an existing song, he or she receives 16.7% of the copyright in the arrangement. The balance goes to the composers of the original work because the presumption is that original work forms the basis – and thus lion’s share – of the new arrangement.

The songs in question, arranged by Ms Mhlaba, were in the public domain, which means there was no copyright accruing to the original composition which she was arranging. Therefore, according to the Arrangement Rule in force at SAMRO, Ms Mhlaba was allocated the 16.7%.

 

The remaining 83.3% is assigned the category ‘DP’, indicating that this portion is in the public domain and technically, this remaining 83.3% does not have a royalty attached to it.

Because SAMRO licenses its users, e.g. broadcasters, on a blanket basis (i.e. a predetermined amount to be paid out to all SAMRO-member works used by the user) and not on a per-song basis, it is evident that SAMRO does not specifically collect public domain/DP royalties.

 

The pre-determined licence fee offers the user indemnity against copyright claims. SAMRO then has to ensure that the fee received is divided equally against all the in-copyright musical works reported on the basis of airplay. Where some of the works reported are in the public domain, SAMRO then has to (during the internal royalty processing) find a way of removing those public domain works from the distribution pool. This is when they get categorised as DP, meaning they do not accrue any royalties. The royalties that would have accrued had the work been in copyright, are ring-fenced and distributed to all SAMRO member musical works that have been active in that year. There is no account or purse of royalties belonging to DP.

 

 

However, SAMRO also acknowledges that the redistribution policy of ‘DP’ categorised works may not be the best practice and, as part of its policy overhaul, is committed to reviewing and addressing this urgently, in consultation with its members. SAMRO also urges the DTI to urgently release the regulations on the copyright treatment of indigenous and traditional musical works.

 

Regarding the contractual relationship between Ms Mhlaba and Mr Makhabane, who are both SAMRO members a way forward was agreed upon, in writing by Mr Gilfillan, to ensure that the SAMRO rules are applied objectively. In instances where there was conduct which was not in line with the rules or it was found that one member benefited unduly at the expense of another member, this has been and will continue to be addressed. SAMRO takes the allegations of corruption seriously, and will take appropriate actions to ensure that the matter is resolved.

 

SAMRO also seeks to clarify the issue of its relationships with multinational publishers being blatantly untrue. It was reported that over half of SAMRO’s board is made up of multinational publishers, while in actual fact, only one board seat is occupied by a publisher that can be described as a multinational publisher. The SAMRO board can be viewed at http://www.samro.org.za/about.

 

SAMRO also notes that the good news of more royalty income remaining in the country was unreported. The listening patterns on radio have previously dictated that the majority of royalties in the past were paid to international rights holders. Encouragingly, though, it must be noted that in the last radio distribution (March 2018), a total of 6,907 local members earned either for the first time (over 2,000 were new earners) or increased their SAMRO earnings significantly, which means more royalties are staying in the country. In total, an increase of R24.2 million in local distributions was seen.

 

 

Finally, SAMRO welcomes the enquiry by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, this week and looks forward to engaging with all relevant departments of government on matters of copyright and growing the creative economy in South Africa. The winds of change with new executive management since July 2017 have brought many improvements and a commitment remains work with our members to further improve where necessary and possible.

 

 

It must be recorded that long before the weekend City Press story broke, SAMRO had long been working on reviewing the rules in question as part of a far wider policy review. This was because of the clear disharmony between some of our policies and the SAMRO we wish to see in the future.

 

 

SAMRO will be engaging in roundtable meetings with its members in our three major centres during the month of April, after which an Extraordinary General Meeting in June 2018 will be held and where new rules will be agreed upon. The dates, which have already been communicated to members, are as follows:

 

  • Cape Town – 10 April, 2018
  • Durban – 13 April, 2018
  • Johannesburg – 23 April, 2018

 

 

“A commitment to changing and evolving for the benefit of our members has been unequivocally made by our board and new executive management at its last AGM,” said Migogo. “Further, we are committed to ensuring that any wrongdoing in the past will be accounted for. We are committed to working with the relevant government departments to ensure SAMRO operates at the utmost levels of efficiency and transparency.”

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Two City Tour – Part of Dublin’s Euphoria ‘Mile High’ World Tour

#therapyeuphoria

Therapy Clubbing is proud to announce that they will be the official hosts of the international clubbing sensation EUPHORIA – as part of the Mile High World Tour taking place in 2018.

 

With two of the country’s top venues hosting the events, the EUPHORIA parties are scheduled to continue the legacy of this already world-famous party brand and bring top international DJ’s to our shores, including Dublin’s Matt Bogard and Dave Mladi as well as Therapy’s very own founding father, house legend, Stuart Hillary.

EUPHORIA DUBLIN is a Club night that was created in March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

A highly revered brand catering for the LGBTQ Community, each of the parties is a theme with a full production. The crew fly in on a regular basis and international DJ’s and greats as Tony Bruno, Ben Manson, Tommy  Love, Ana Paula, Danny Verde, Phil Romano, Fabio White, Pagano and Hector Fonseca have all played there.

 

The main aim of EUPHORIA is to put smiles on faces.  The Mile High World Tour will also visit London, Florence, Algarve, Lisbon and many others.  Therapy is incredibly excited to be part of this world-class party series this Autumn.

 

DJ SOUNDCLOUD LINKS

Matt Bogard https://soundcloud.com/search?q=matt%20bogard%20xtra

Dave Mladi  https://soundcloud.com/search?q=dave%20mladi%20-%20xtra%20party

 

A VIDEO link to one of the  parties that shows EUPHORIA in action:  https://vimeo.com/224906039

 

JHB

Featuring 2 Thumping Dancefloors, 2 International DJ’s, as well as the unstoppable Therapy residents in action.

Includes Hotbox Main Room inside the venue and a Therapy Lite Street Party

Where: Carfax Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

When: Saturday 28 April

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R140, Standard online R190, Door price R200 before 10pm, thereafter R220

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

CAPE TOWN

Featuring 2 international DJ’s as well as the inimitable Therapy resident DJ crew

Where: Pink Panther Night Club, 120 Strand Street, C.T. 8000

When: Thursday 26 April (Friday is Freedom Day)

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R75 , Standard online R85 , Door price R90 before 10pm, thereafter R110

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

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YFM, was introduced 20 years ago into the South African media landscape as the official platform for the voice of youth in Gauteng. The platform has always been synonymous with trendsetting in urban youth culture, developing and nurturing talent that have become icons in the eyes of young people and beyond.

 

 

YFM recognises that in the last two decades, the South African landscape has drastically changed and with it, the media landscape and youth culture have evolved. Being a station that caters for the young at heart, YFM understands that the market needs to be catered to in a new dynamic way and we are evolving to serve that purpose.

Young people in the country are now experiencing different challenges from 20 years ago. They are finding it difficult to be heard as individuals, to define who they are, to fully believe in their abilities and reach their full potential.

Remembering that the youth of the country have changed the past to define the present, YFM believes that young people remain the key to defining the future.

 

“Our listeners need to believe that they can change their immediate circumstances, their perceptions of themselves and revel in their ability to stand out. They are more powerful than they know and YFM fully understands this”, says newly appointed Managing Director, Haseena Cassim.

 

This belief is what has led to the station’s vision and mantra for the year to BElieve in YOUrself – #BEYOU.

In executing our belief and vision for YFM and young people, YFM’s Programming Manager, Tumelo Diaho-Monaheng has lined up the personalities that will represent, lead and entertain our audience, while continuing to break new music.

 

Following the reshuffle in October 2017, Y Mornings will continue to be hosted by the ever-entertaining DJ Ankletap from 05:00 to 09:00;

 

The passionate Khutso Theledi will follow breakfast from 09:00 to 12:00 with Krunch ‘till Lunch;

Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 15:00 weekdays by the talented and energetic Nia Brown on the Nia Brown Shakedown;

DJ Sabby takes you home with The Best Drive from 15:00 to 19:00, with YTKO being extended for an extra 20 minutes from 18:00;

YFM is excited to welcome a new breed of dynamism in the form of Cape Town born Carissa Cupido, who will host Run This Town from 19:00 -22:00 Monday to Thursday;

 

The slot that excites the station the most, is the introduction of Y Talks hosted by award winning Debater, Oliver Dickson, on Tuesday nights from 22:00 to 24:00. Y Talks is the official platform that gives the “Voice to Young People”, which will address all topical discussions relevant to the audience.

 

 

 

“The refreshed line-up, launching on 3 April 2018, is a representation of the leading, inspiring and relevant voices of young people in the country. The content will be curated by young people who share the same environments as the audience they engage with.” says Diaho-Monaheng. Our invitation to the audience is “come to us as you are, we are in the same headspace as you. There is no judgement; this is the only place that you will totally be free to express yourself. Believe in yourself. Be you!” he adds.

 

 

Lastly, the station bids farewell to Smash Afrika, Melo Maoka and DJ @Large. The Station wishes them well on their future ventures.

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and DISCOP Zanzibar are proud to announce The Africa Channel, the largest broadcaster of Africa-themed content in North America, as the official sponsor of the inaugural TV Series Festival 2018.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo said: “As the lines between TV, film and digital content blur, it is becoming more and more essential to recognize and promote the amazing work being done by TV producers and directors across Africa.  Broadcast TV in Africa is still a rapidly expanding environment, and with the rest of the world eagerly looking to Africa for fresh and original content, platforms like The Africa Channel are ideally poised to share this content globally.”

 

With some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for ZIFF, taking place from the 7th – 15th July, and DISCOP Zanzibar, from the 11th – 13thThe ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will be the official showcase for TV shows selected in competition for ZIFF.

 

Two days of competition screenings selected by the ZIFF Festival will screen from the 12th and 13th of July, and will be followed by a showcase day of screenings on the 14th where platforms such as The Africa Channel will highlight some of the their newest and most exciting content.

 

Open to the public as well as industry guests, The ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will celebrate excellence. The event strives to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented.

 

ZIFF’s Colombo has spearheaded this vision of celebrating the TV content genre within the traditional film festival format. “Across the world TV content is now acknowledged for its quality production and importance for the industry,” he said. “Here in Africa especially, many producers and directors get their start in TV production and it is a critical growth driver for the next generation of filmmakers. ZIFF is always innovating and looking to find ways to support the growth of the industry in Africa, and we are excited to partner with DISCOP and The Africa Channel in the important TV space.”

 

Narendra Reddy, Executive Vice President & General Manager of The Africa Channel, said, “We are so proud to be the official sponsor of the inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival at this year’s ZIFF event. The Africa Channel has been privileged to present content from and about Africa to North American audiences for over 10 years.  Through our production arm TAC Studios, we have worked with amazing producers and talent from across Africa to help them create globally accessible content. This festival calls the world’s attention to the incredible film and TV content coming out of Africa and is a fabulous opportunity for content creators from the continent to showcase their fine work and be recognized for their efforts.”

 

DISCOP Market’s General Manager Patrick Zuchowicki explains the rationale for this partnership: “We are proud to welcome The Africa Channel as the sponsor of the inaugural edition of The Zanzibar TV Series Festival. The Africa Channel is a veteran DISCOP delegate and and a great supporter of the world’s foremost creators of TV series”.

 

During this year’s ZIFF, the category for Best African TV Series will be open to any African produced or co-produced and broadcast within the last two years. Three episodes would need to be submitted for consideration via the on-line application process as below.

 

Deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to 18th April  2018.

 

Submission Procedures:

  • All submission must be done through ZIFF platform on www.festhome.com
    (link is can be found on the website of the festival)
  • A signed and fully completed application submitted by e-mail at filmdept@ziff.or.tz
  • To be eligible for programming, the entire application MUST be completed and signed. 
  • The submission deadline is 18th April 2018.
  • Freight costs of any film will be borne by the producer.
  • Selection results will be available from May 15, 2018 on our Website: www.ziff.or.tz
  • No DVDs will be returned. They will be kept at ZIFF for archival purposes.
  • ZIFF is committed to preserve the copy of film from any act of piracy and illicit business.

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5FM Line-up changes announced

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

5FM has announced that new talent will join the 5FM family in April. The station will be on-boarding on-air presenter Smash Afrika, who will be taking over 5FM Nights from 19:00 – 22:00 Monday – Thursday.

 

Smash, who hails from Bloemfontein and started his career on campus radio, has a youthful energy and is a real livewire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable.

“Talk about a dream come true! I have always wanted to work at 5FM and finally it’s happening,” Smash says, “Words can’t begin to describe the emotions, but I will express them on every show once I get started,” he adds.

 

Smash Afrika regards himself as the perfect 5FM fit with his live loud attitude and will be joined by well-known producer, Given Baloyi.  Baloyi says it is Smash’s unique personality and world view that will make the show stand out and grab the attention of 5FM’s community.  “The show will have an eccentric and whimsical feel. We want to create a show where they get to let their guard down and tap into their inner child,” he says.

5FM Station Manager, Justine Cullinan, says this dynamite partnership is undeniably a creative pairing with the perfect fit for brand 5FM.  “5FM has the most diversely represented and dynamic collection of on-air and producer family members,” she says, “With these two new talents we are only taking that positioning further.  We are looking forward to delivering a high intensity weeknight show to the 5FM community.”

 

5FM is equally excited to announce that acclaimed and revered Ultimix resident Ryan the DJ has been offered his own show on the station, taking over the Saturday night 19:00 – 22:00 Weekender5 show from 5FM’s pH who will sadly be leaving the station to focus on his very busy DJ and production work.

Ryan is certainly no stranger to the 5FM community. He was crowned the winner of the 5FM Ultimix DJ competition in 2012 which landed him a regular resident feature on the station as well as on their event line-ups.  Ryan, is one of South Africa’s foremost mix masters and recently represented the country at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Poland, where he was placed in the top 6.

 

“I’ve always held the 5FM Saturday night slot in high regard.  I grew up listening to Derek the Bandit and Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery – they were iconic shows. I would listen to them religiously and so to have the opportunity to host my own show on a Saturday night on 5FM is an absolute honour and dream come true for me,” says Ryan. “I’m really excited for the journey ahead as well as being able to share good music and connect with my fans and listeners across South Africa,” he adds.

 

5FM’s Bosslady, Justine Cullinan, says that Ryan the DJ will deliver the perfect party soundtrack for a Saturday night.  “His skill in music selection is incomparable and I know that his show will be carefully curated with mix music from the best in the world,” she says, “As one of our Weekender5 he will add immense value to 5FM’s specialist music fame and will continue the station’s legacy in delivering to the 5FM community the best mixologists and deck wreckers the country has to offer.”

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Following the announcement of the finalists in the various categories of the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards, the finalists for the coveted Station of the Year title have now been selected and the final adjudication to determine the Station of the Year is now in progress. In addition, the inductees for the Bright Star and Hall of Fame have also been announced.

 

“The announcement of the category finalists has met with a fantastically positive response,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “The adjudication panel who select the winning stations of the year are going to have their work cut out for them, particularly considering the overall standard of the entries for this year’s awards. It will be very exciting to see who the panel determines as the station that continues to raise the bar in terms of compelling content quality. After all, the Station of the Year title gives the winning station- and all who work there- bragging rights for the next year.”

 

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Director of Group Brand & Marketing at Liberty, says: “The Station of the Year is indeed the Grand Prix of the Liberty Radio Awards and we look forward to revealing the winning station and celebrating with the industry on 14 April. Acknowledging excellence and recognising the commitment it takes to not only be the best, but to create a legacy for the future is one of the core values of Liberty. We congratulate the finalists, who can be secure in the knowledge that they are being recognised for their dedication and their passion for storytelling and entertainment.”

 

 

The Station of the Year Finalists are:

 CAMPUS

MFM 92.6

PUKFM 93.6

TUKSFM 107.2

UCT FM

VOWFM

 

 

 

COMMUNITY

ALEX FM

GROOT FM 90.5

HOT 91.9

MIX 93.8FM

RADIO ISLAM

RADIO PULPIT

 

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL

ALGOA FM

EAST COAST RADIO

JACARANDA FM

KAYA FM

METRO FM

OFM

POWER 98.7

 

 

The Bright Star Award goes to candidates 35 years or younger – either on-air, or behind-the-scenes, who is making his/her mark in the industry. The award is aimed at recognising a person who has an intrinsic understanding and love for radio, respects its past and also has great ideas for its future.

 

 

This year, the Liberty  Radio Awards Bright Stars are:

 

 

 

AGANANG FM

 

 

 

 

 

Nthabiseng Motlhodi

ECR Jason Mc Call
ECR Simon Carter
GAGASI FM Langalethu Cele
KFM Carl Wastie
MAGIC 828 AM Byron MacDonald
OFM Lerato Lelia
TRU FM Simamkele Mguga
TUKS FM Quintus Potgieter
TUKS FM Layla Welch
UMHLOBO WENENE FM Zukiswa Mqumbisa

 

 

The Liberty Radio Awards takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 14th April. More details about the Liberty Radio Awards may be found at www.libertyradioawards.co.za

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Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film and TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered at South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2018 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

  • Must apply six months before the course commences

  • Be a South African citizen

  • Have a good academic record

  • Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance

  • Be enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time post graduate film/TV programme (the course must be commencing in September 2018 and not available in South Africa)

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation as to why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application
  • No late applications will be considered
  • Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF
  • For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on a link below:

http://www.nfvf.co.za//home/22/files/Approved%20FUNDING%20POLICY%20APRIL%202016.pdf

 

 

How to apply

Complete an online international bursary application form which is available on the NFVF website: www.nfvf.co.za or https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za.

 

 

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018 at 17h00 CAT. 

 

 

Failure to submit all the mandatory requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.

For any queries regarding the application process please email Thandekile Hlatshwayo at Thandekiles@nfvf.co.za and for queries regarding the qualifying criteria, please email Lebohang Khunou at lebohang@nfvf.co.za, 011 483 0880

 

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Primedia Group appoints Omar Essack as new CEO

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Primedia Group, the owner of a broad portfolio of broadcasting, out-of-home and cinema and entertainment assets is pleased to announce the appointment of Omar Essack as its Chief Executive Officer to succeed outgoing CEO Roger Jardine, with effect from 1 April 2018. The appointment follows an extensive search process by the nominations committee, during which external and internal candidates were considered.

Mr. Essack has, to date, served as CEO of Primedia Broadcasting, the largest division within the Primedia Group, since January 2017. Since joining Primedia Broadcasting Mr. Essack has led the re-positioning of the groups’ radio assets with a new programming strategy and a strong focus on sales and creative solutions for clients. Mr Essack will oversee the growth of Primedia’s flagship brands which include radio stations like 702, 947, KFM and Ster Kinekor. Mr Essack joined Primedia Broadcasting from Kagiso Media where he was Deputy CEO and has a total of 28 years of media industry experience. Mr Essack will lead Primedia’s drive to provide world-class content and advertising channels, and continue to expand the business in and outside South Africa.

 

 

 

Phumzile Langeni, Chairman of Primedia Group said: “The Board is delighted that a person of Omar’s experience and calibre has been appointed to the role of CEO. Omar’s proven media expertise and strong management skills across a range of senior executive roles make him an excellent CEO candidate and highly qualified to take the company forward. The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Omar to build on the strong momentum that has been created with Roger Jardine at the helm. We thank Roger for his service to Primedia, and wish him well on his new role as Chairman of the FirstRand Group.”

 

New Primedia CEO Omar Essack said: “Primedia is a great company with exceptional brands, a strong market position and a unique culture. Our exceptional people are well placed to tackle the many opportunities that Africa’s dynamic and fast-growing media markets represent. I am honoured to have been appointed to succeed Roger, who has achieved so much in his time leading the business. Primedia is now well placed to deliver on the next phase of growth, and I look forward to working closely with Phumzile, the Board, my colleagues, our talent and customers to achieve this ”
Primedia is in the process of finalising its leadership plans for Primedia Broadcasting

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Liberty Radio Awards Finalists announced

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The adjudication process for the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards has been concluded. The adjudication panel has sorted through the entries, allocated scores that have been further verified by Mazars, a Chartered Accounting firm, and the finalists for the various categories have been decided.

“The total audio of the entries, if played continuously, would amount to more than one week of non-stop listening,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “We are really grateful to the panel of adjudicators who gave their time and expertise freely towards this process of determining who is making the best radio in South Africa. I am confident that the results emanating from the adjudication process will show that the best of the entries rose to the top in each of the categories. It is my fervent hope that these awards continue to motivate and inspire the radio industry to continue raising the bar, setting ever higher standards that will keep listeners fulfilled through compelling programming. This in turn will secure the future of radio as a vital source of entertainment, education and information for years to come.”

 

 

Amongst the very positive feedback from members of the panel, was the following:

“Thanks for the opportunity. Judging Liberty Radio awards is a great honour, knowing the fact that these awards are well-recognised throughout the country.”

“We wish to congratulate all the category finalists.” says Rothschild. “Achieving finalist status earmarks you amongst the best-of-the-best. We’re grateful to all those who submitted entries into this year’s program and we encourage those who didn’t make it to finalist status to strive to raise the standard of radio to ensure a bright future for the industry.”

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Director of Group Brand & Marketing at Liberty, says: “We congratulate the finalists and look forward to celebrating those who strive to make compelling radio; those who keep knowledge at close reach and those who continue to elevate the standards on what real, credible news and stories should be. Through our commitment to the Liberty Radio Awards, we hope to meaningfully contribute to the progression of the industry by applauding and rewarding those who continue to raise the bar through storytelling and entertainment.”

Congratulations to all the finalists, the winners will be announced and celebrated at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 14th April.

Here is a comprehensive list of the finalists in order of category, and sorted in alphabetical order by station name:

Finalists

 

Afternoon Drive Presenter

Afternoon Drive Presenter – Campus

Station Presenter
Puk FM 93.6 Niel Koegelenberg
Tshwane FM Katlego Monama
Tuks FM 107.2 Sila Odhuno
UCT Radio Naushaad Maharaj
Voice of Wits DJ Keyez

Afternoon Drive Presenter – Community

Station Presenter
Hot 91.9 Simon Parkinson
Link FM Gary Gerber
Mkhondo Community Radio Blessing Mhlope
Pretoria FM Sarina Frauenstein
Radio Pulpit Johann Els

Afternoon Drive Presenter – Commercial

Station Presenter
East Coast Radio Bongani Mtolo
Gagasi FM Sphesihle (SPHectacula) Ngwenya
KFM 94.5 Carl Wastie
OFM Darren Scott
Power 98.7 Thabo Mdluli

 

Afternoon Drive Show

Afternoon Drive Show – Campus

Station Title
Puk FM 93.6 PUKFM Drive
Tuks FM 107.2 The Drive Way
UCT Radio The Society
UJFM The UJFM Drive
Voice of Wits The Lift Club

Afternoon Drive Show – Community

Station Title
Hot 91.9 The Big Joburg Drive
Link FM Buffalo Toyota Afternoon Drive
Radio Helderberg 93.6FM The Homerun/Hol Huistoe
Radio Pulpit Spektrum
Radio Pulpit Something Els

Afternoon Drive Show – Commercial

Station Title
Cape Talk Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
East Coast Radio East Coast Drive with Bongani and Mags
Gagasi FM The Kings Drive
Metro FM The Drive
OFM Just Plain Drive with Darren Scott on OFM

 

Breakfast Presenter

Breakfast Presenter – Campus

Station Presenter
Tshwane FM Lerato Maila
Tuks FM 107.2 Nicholas Lawrence
Tuks FM 107.2 Nathi Dlamini
UCT Radio Sole Moerane
UJFM Nick Explicit

Breakfast Presenter – Community

Station Presenter
Hot 91.9 Sasha Martinengo
Mix 93.8 Tony Blewitt
Radio Cape Pulpit Brad Kirsten
Radio Islam Sulaimaan Ravat
Radio Today Tom London

Breakfast Presenter – Commercial

STATION PRESENTER
Algoa FM Daron Mann
Cape Talk Kieno Kammies
East Coast Radio Darren Maule
Jacaranda FM Martin Bester and Tumi Morake
Kaya FM David O’Sullivan
Radio 2000 Just Ice Ramohlola
Thobela FM Sebasa Mogale

 

Breakfast Show

Breakfast Show – Campus

Station Title
Kovsie FM Breakfast Run
Puk FM 93.6 Big Bang Breakfast
Rhodes Music Radio Wake Up Call
Tuks FM 107.2 The Wake-Up
UJFM UJFM Breakfast

Breakfast Show – Community

Station Title
East Rand Stereo 93.9 FM Mars Music Morning Drive
Emalahleni FM The Urban Rush
Hot 91.9 Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast Show
Nqubeko Community Radio Hlalanathi Breakfast Show
Radio Pulpit Daybreak
Radio Today Tom London Breakfast

Breakfast Show – Commercial

Station Title
Algoa FM The Daron Mann Breakfast
Jacaranda FM Breakfast with Martin Bester and Tumi Morake
Kaya FM Breakfast with David
KFM 94.5 KFM Mornings with Darren, Sherlin and Sibs
Magic 828 AM Magic Breakfast
Vuma FM Good to Go Morning Drive

 

Business and Finance Show

Business and Finance Show

Station Presenter Title
702 and Cape Talk Bruce Whitfield The Money Show
Kaya FM Gugulethu Cele Kaya Bizz
Kaya FM Thuli Magubane My Money and Me with Thuli Magubane
Mix 93.8 FM Tumisang Ndlovu Money Talk with Tumisang Ndlovu
Power 98.7 Ayabanga Cawe Power Hour
Voice of Wits Mudiwa Gavaza and Onke Seremo The Business Buzz

 

Community Project

Community Project – Campus, Community Combined

Station Title
Hot 91.9 Hot Cares
Impact Radio 103 FM My World Needs You
Mix 93.8 FM One Wingz of Change
Pretoria FM Oggendkuier
Pulpit Media Group Bags of Hope

Community Project – Commercial

Station Title
947 Lydia’s Matric Dance
Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer
Algoa FM Youth Run the Station
East Coast Radio East Coast Breakfast
Jacaranda FM Good Morning Angels

 

Content Producer

Content Producer – Campus Community Combined

Station Producer Show Title
Alex FM Juju Senyatsi The Real Deal
Alex FM Moribego Madubanya The Kingsway
Hot 91.9 William Scott Joburgs Hottest Breakfast
Hot 91.9 John Walland Hot Sport
Radio Pulpit Steven Botes Something Els
Voice of Wits DJ Keyez The Lift Club

Content Producer – Commercial

Station Producer Show Title
Cape Talk Elliott Sylvester Weekend Breakfast with Africa Melane
Gagasi FM Mfundo Mabaso Indaba
Gagasi FM Sbongiseni “Keys” Mkhize The Kings Drive
Power 98.7 Bongekile Skosana Power Perspective
Umhlobo Wenene FM Nomond Vakalisa Lelika Yehova Ihlbathi
Umhlobo Wenene FM Elvis Mali Usagoduka Na?

 

Daytime Show

Daytime Show – Campus

Station Title
MFM 92.6 Lunch on MFM
MFM 92.6 AM2PM
Puk FM 93.6 PukFM Lunch
Puk FM 93.6 International Top 40
UJFM Ego Trip

Daytime Show – Community

Station Title
Aganang FM Itsoseng
Alex FM The Real Deal
Alex FM Midday Cruise
Groot FM 90.5 #SuanEnSoAan
Groot FM 90.5 Kom ons praat daaroor
Hot 91.9 Mark Pilgrim Show
Radio Cape Pulpit Leefstyl

Daytime Show – Commercial

Station Title
Algoa FM The Algoa FM Top 30
Cape Talk The Pippa Hudson Show
SAFM Intune
SAFM SAFM Overnight
Vuma 103 FM Till Noon

 

Documentary

Documentary

Station Title
East Coast Radio #Get Real – With Vanessa Goosen
Kaya FM Marikana – 5 Years on
Power 98.7 A Different Country
RSG Monitor – Vroue Tronk
TruFM Music in the time of struggle

 

Drama Programme

Drama Programme

Station Title
Motsweding FM (Creatrix) Bua Le Mmino – Makarapa City
Munghana Lonene FM Mina hi Mina
Radio Islam Heartbreak
TruFM Uhambo Lwethu
Ukhozi FM (Creatrix) Ndiza Nathi – Absaville
Umhlobo Wenene FM Ithini Na Lento?

 

Field News Reporter

Field News Reporter

 

Station Reporter
702 and 947 Mia Lindeque
Kaya FM Tunicia Phillips
Kaya FM Nompumelelo Ngubeni
Power 98.7 Tshegohaco Moagi
Rise FM Zandile Ngubeni
Voice of Wits Amogelang Maledu

 

Internet/Online Radio Show


Internet/Online Radio Show

 

Station Presenter Show Title
Gay SA Radio Marinette Coertzen Rainbow Talk
Pulpit Media Group Vicus Kruger, Marius de Randt and Ryno Turketti I AM YOUTH
The Eye John Savage and Catherine Greffell The Eye Presents …
TransAfricaRadio.Net Shaun Lukhele Kizosada
TransAfricaRadio.Net Keabetswe Ncube Utopia

 

Multi-Channel Promotion


Multi-Channel Promotion

 

Station Title
Algoa FM Youth Day
Algoa FM Finders Keepers
Jacaranda FM Singing Billboard
Kaya FM The Jazzuary Masterclass
OFM Kom Ons Fees
Pulpit Media Group Bags of Hope

 

Music Show


Music Show – Campus

Station Title
MFM 92.6 World Wide Top 40
MFM 92.6 MFM Top 40
Puk FM RooiwynSondag
Tshwane FM The Night Pulse
Tuks FM 107.2 The SA Music Show
UCT Radio Top 30 Hitlist

Music Show – Community

Station Title
Groot FM 90.5 Gister se Grotes
Hot 91.9 Club Classics with Lloyd
Hot 91.9 The Sound of SA
Hot 91.9 The Classic Countdown
Khwezi FM Classic Music
Radio Khwezi Night Time Crew
Zibonele FM Uhadi Lwakho

Music Show – Commercial

 

Station Title
Heart FM HEART Top 40
Jacaranda FM The Chamberlains Top 20
Kaya FM The World Show
Metro FM Absolute Hip Hop
Vuma 103 FM Sunday Gospel Show
YFM #ThePlayersClub

 

News and Actuality Show


News and Actuality Show – Campus, Community Combined

Station Title
Groot FM 90.5 Kom ons praat daaroor
Kangala Community Radio 13h00 – 14h00
Radio Islam Sabahuul Muslim
Radio Islam The Daily Round Up
Radio Today Tom London Breakfast

News and Actuality Show – Commercial

Station Title
Kaya FM The Law Report
Kaya FM Today with John Perlman
Power 98.7 Power Update
Rise FM #RiseFMIn60Minutes
SAFM Media@SAfm
Smile 90.4 FM The Honest Truth on Smile 90.4 FM
TruFM Incoko

 

News Bulletin Reader


News Bulletin Reader – Campus

Station News Reader
Cut FM Elizabeth Moleboheng
MFM 92.6 Monique de Villiers
Tshwane FM Lerato Maile
Tuks FM 107.2 Marelize Wolmarans
Tuks FM 107.2 Dimpho Lekgeu
UCT Radio Naushaad Maharaj
UJFM Bolele Polisa

News Bulletin Reader – Community

Station Presenter
Hot 91.9 Kwanele Kunene
Hot 91.9 Gladys Sithole
Kumkani FM Lihle Dlova
Kumkani FM Vuyolwethu Ngcofe
Mix 93.8 FM Helen Desbois
Pretoria FM Pienaar Lochner
Radio Islam Mohammed Ameen Dabhella

News Bulletin Reader – Commercial

 

Station Presenter
702 Tara Penny
702 Aurelie Kalenga
Kaya FM Nompumelelo Ngubeni
Power 98.7 Mpho Sithole
Rise FM Zingisa Chirwa

 

Night Time Show


Night Time Show – Campus

Station Title
MFM 92.6 The Hitlist
Puk FM 93.6 RooiwynSondag
Tuks FM 107.2 The News Platform
UCT Radio Reserve Sound
Voice of Wits Love Shack
Voice of Wits Breaking Ground

Night time show – Community

Station Title
Hot 91.9 FM Late Night with Treasure
Kingfisher FM Masabelane with Tasco
Radio Alansaar Medical Files
Radio Khwezi Sakha Isizwe
Radio Pulpit Intimate Moment
ZIibonele FM Ingcambu Zevangeli

Night Time Show – Commercial

Station Title
Jacaranda FM The House Party with DJ Jazzy D
Kaya FM The Law Report
Loyus FM The Night Café Radio Show
OFM A Touch of Thabang
Power 98.7 Power Perspective

 

Podcast


Podcast

 

East Coast Radio #GetReal – With Vanessa Goosen
Gagasi FM The Kings Drive – Proposal
Power 98.7 Ahmed Kathrada
Quintessential SA Quintessential Engineering
Wits Journalism/SAFM Alibi

 

Promotions Stunt/Event


Promotions Stunt/Event – Campus, Community Combined

Station Title
Groot FM 90.5 #JouMenseMyMense
Inanda FM Inanda FM
Puk FM 93.6 Can you Woman?
Pulpit Media Group Bags of Hope
Tygerberg 104 FM #Vreesloos2017

Promotions Stunt/Event – Commercial

 

Station Title
Algoa FM Algoa FM BIig Walk For Cancer
Algoa FM Finders Keepers
East Coast Radio East Coast Breakfast Water Well
Jacaranda FM Jacaranda Bilboard
OFM The Big Breakfast with Martin van der Merwe

 

Radio Innovation


Radio Innovation

 

Algoa FM Finders Keepers
Jacaranda FM Billboard
Power 98.7 Power 98.7 #POWERWoman
Smile 90.4 FM Amplifying the Good News in the Mother City
The Eye The World’s First Portable Radio Station in a Case
Tuks FM 107.2 1072 Countdown

 

Sports Presenter


Sports Presenter

 

Ligwalagwala FM Senzo’S
OFM Darren Scott
Phalaphala FM Thina “Chittagong” Ramantswana
Power 98.7 Thabiso Mosia
Umhlobo Wenene FM Sthembiso Stherra Ngqezana

 

Sports Show


Sports Show – Campus, Community Combined

Station Title
Groot FM 90.5 #SlatDieSport
Hot 91.9 Hot Sport with John Walland
MFM 92.6 Half Time
MFM 92.6 Halftime
Puk FM 93.6 Pukfm Sport

Sports Show – Commercial

 

Station Title
Heart FM Feinberg on Football
Ligwalagwala FM Inkundzi Tsematfolweni and Lasuka Lahala
Metro FM The Ultimate Sports Show
OFM Extra Time with Darren Scott
Power 98.7 Power Sports Extra

 

Station Imaging


Station Imaging – Campus, Community Combined

Station
Groot FM 90.5
Hot 91.9
Puk FM 93.6
Radio Islam
Tuks FM 107.2

Station Imaging – Commercial

 

Station
Jacaranda FM
East Coast Radio
Capricorn FM
OFM
KFM 94.5
Power 98.7
947

 

Traffic Presenter


Traffic Presenter

 

Station Presenter
702 Aki Anastassiou
Kaya FM Mvangeli Nzuza
KFM 95.4 Zoe Brown
Metro FM Rob Byrne
Phalaphala FM Rendy S
Power 98.7 Lebohang Phokela
Power 98.7 Jadene Tager

 

Weekend Radio Show


Weekend Radio Show – Campus

Station Title
Puk FM 93.6 International Top 40
Puk FM 93.6 Rooiwyn Sondag
Puk FM 93.6 The Ultimate Turnup
Tuks FM 107.2 Retro Riffs
UCT Radio Top30 Hitlist
Voice of Wits Kwaitokooler box

Weekend Radio Show – Community

Station Title
Hot 91.9 The Tony Murrell Show
Hot 91.9 The Mark Pilgrim Show
Hot 91.9 Classic Countdown
PE FM 87.6 The Breakfast Hub
Radio Helderberg Laid Back Sunday

Weekend Radio Show – Commercial

Station Title
Metro FM Sunday Soul Therapy
Munghana Lonene Switshongo – Top 30
OFM Saturday Express with WR van der Merwe
OFM The Absolute 80’s Radio Show
OFM The Saturday Sport Show

 

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During 2017, the SAMRO Foundation awarded bursaries worth over R1-million to music students, with an online tool streamlining the applications and adjudication. One of the recipients, a third-year student specialising in jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelisiwe Zinhle Msomi wrote:

 

“I would like to thank you for supporting my academic journey for this year, 2017. Your meaningful gesture has encouraged me even more to complete my studies. By writing this letter, it is not only to show gratitude but also to build a longer relationship between myself and the SAMRO Foundation. Thank you, kwande la nithathe khona.”

 

Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:

 

i) full-time students

ii) registered at a South African University, in their

iii) 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or Honours and Master’s degrees, who are

iv) citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are

v) studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.

 

 

Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support

(a) Students from private higher education institutions – such as City Varsity; COPA; AFDA; Academy for Sound Engineering; etc.

(b) university students in their 1st year of study

(c) students in foundation or bridging programmes

(d) students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy

(e) Doctoral level students.

Each bursary is worth R11 000.

 

Online music bursary application forms and guidelines will be on the SAMRO Foundation website by the beginning of November 2017.

Please note that you can only apply once you’ve completed registration in 2018 and have all required documentation as set out below.

 

 

The Application Form:

Before applicants start to fill in the form they should source following digital documents that will need to be uploaded before submitting the application:

  • Copy of ID Document

  • Proof of 2018 registration

  • 2017 Examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript)

  • 2 Letters of reference from current university lecturers (not older than 3 months)

  • For Master’s degree applicants – a reference letter from your supervisor & a 5 – 8 page synopsis of your thesis. Please note that this bursary does not cover any coursework or Master’s degree recitals.

 

We request that all communications including reference letters be provided in English. Please only submit what has been requested. Additional material will be discarded.

Disqualification criteria: Applications will not be considered if

  • any section of the form is incomplete

  • supporting documents are missing

  • more than one proposal is submitted per student

  • the application is submitted after the deadline of 30 March 2018

 

 

Terms and conditions:

  1. The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s Board
  2. Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant Heads of Department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
  3. Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas
  4. Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only
  5. Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded

For further information, please email samrofoundation@samro.org.za

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