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Ligwalagwala FM donates to disadvantaged learners

Posted by radio On February - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Ligwalagwala FM]

Ligwalagwala FM ushers 2013 with its yearly and powerful back to school campaign, 100 disadvantaged pupils from various high schools will be beneficiaries of this noble initiative. The uniform will include; shirts, dresses, trousers, socks, jerseys and shoes that will be delivered to them by the station on the week of 18 February 2013.


In December 2012 the Breakfast Show hosted by Dumisane “Madumane” Simelane opened its telephone lines to listeners to nominate a school that they felt had children who were in need of school uniforms. The schools that will benefit from this project include; Makhosana Manzini High School Mkhuhlu, Chief Charles High School Empakeni, Thembeka High School Kanyamazane, Zikode Secondary School Gutshwa, John Mdluli High School Mataffin.


“The plight of our poor and vulnerable members of our communities will continue to touch and call us to action, as a caring station we saw it fit to ignite hope where there is none in existence, this little gesture from us will go a long way in making a difference in their young lives” said Mr Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.


In 2012 the station was involved in a number of social investment projects, where more schools benefited from school uniforms, orphaned children were treated to a warm breakfast with the Breakfast Show team. The Breakfast Show team also assisted immensely in burying a listeners’ mother. Lender “Mancane” Malope together with the Film and Publications Board and Sibusisiwe Foundation assist disabled children in Witbank by donating mattresses, wheelchairs and toys. The Midday Show and Vodacom closed off 2012 by hosting a Christmas lunch for orphaned children in Elukwatini.


In 2013 the station will continue to give back to the community of Mpumalanga in order to ensure that its listeners are empowered.

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SABC joins UNESCO in celebrating World Radio Day

Posted by radio On February - 12 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

February 13 is a date proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO as the World Radio Day – a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.


As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. This multi-purpose medium can help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories.


UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public.

Let’s celebrate!

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Motsweding FM Reality Radio

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Kgomo tsa Magadi & Bridal Wars Competition

Motsweding FM will, on 14 February 2013, air its first ever reality radio shows as part of the station’s strategic intent to make Setswana fashionable. The shows are aimed at contributing towards preserving the culture and norms of Setswana. The station also intends to instil pride in the Batswana people by showcasing ways of living by using the matrimonial setting called ‘Patloya Setswana’.


The twelve episodes of the ‘Bridal wars’ and ‘Dikgomotsa Bogadi’ respectively, will feature twelve (12) blushing brides and grooms to be, who will battle each other through a series of challenges to win a wedding gown for the contesting bride and a wedding suite for her husband worth R35 000.The grooms to be in the ‘Dikgomotsabogadi’ competition stands a chance to take home cattle worth R50, 000 to go towards paying lobola for his chosen bride to be.


It has been a thrilling experience for the production team working behind the scenes to put together both shows, and a life changing experience for all finalists.

Issued by: Motsweding FM

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Posted by radio On February - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, will be launching a new fortnightly show titled ‘Innovate Africa’ sponsored by Neotel. The show, which will premiere on 12 February at 9:30pm CAT, is hosted by CNBC Africa’s Natascha Jacobsz.

According to the Southern African Innovation Network, South African inventors have a lot to be proud of. Some of these ingenious creations have appeared in magazines, via online education platforms or on television documentaries. Innovate Africa will showcase a wide range of topics that will uncover some of the hidden innovative projects aimed at releasing untapped potential in Africa.


“These brilliant people have indirectly touched the lives of so many, both at home and across the globe,” says CNBC Africa Chief Editor, Godfrey Mutizwa. “Innovate Africa focuses on Africa specific technology innovations & inventions, highlighting Africa’s technology success stories.”

The first episode highlights Africa’s inventive spirit and looks at solutions to some of Africa’s greatest challenges.

Don’t miss ‘Innovate Africa’ on Tuesday, 12 February at 9:30pm CAT on CNBC Africa, channel 410 only on DStv! 

Issued By: CNBC Africa

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SA’s first Masterchef graces Lotus FM

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Lotus FM]


The drama studios of Lotus FM were a buzz of excitement recently when a special recording took place with SA’s first Masterchef, Deena Naidoo.

The cooking expert made a special appearance in the radio station’s popular soapie Sunshine Mall. Drama producer Raeesa Mohamed said: ‘I thought it was a good idea to have a cooking demonstration as part of the story, and what better chef to feature than KZN’s own Masterchef Deena Naidoo. I called him up and he was very keen on the idea and agreed immediately. So I asked the writer to put it into the script as part of the story’.


Sunshine Mall is set in a fictitious mall on the coast of KZN and is populated with zany and funny characters who provide the drama and excitement in the story. Deena Naidoo is invited as a special guest by the Marketing Manager of the Mall to do a cooking demo.


The episode was recorded in the drama studios in the SABC building in Durban with a cast of professional actors, and directed by Raeesa Mohamed. Popular Lotus FM presenter Varshan Sookhun was also part of the recording. He played himself, covering the event for Lotus FM as a live broadcast.


Deena Naidoo says ‘This was a new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fascinating to see how the whole radio drama recording process worked. I am pleased and privileged to be asked by Raeesa to do this’.

Sunshine Mall is broadcast on Lotus FM every weekday at 09h45 and repeated at 20h30.

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[Issued by: Avusa Media LIVE]

In a case of growing one’s own timber, Times Media LIVE has promoted Razia Van Der Schuur to editor of its Sowetan LIVE and Sunday World digital platforms. Effective February 1, she will be responsible for overall content on and as well as organic audience growth.
“Razia had built up valuable experience on the Sowetan LIVE website,” says GM Derek Abdinor, ‘and was then charged with injecting some impetus into the LIVE network’s social media brands. She ran the successful Mzansi’s Sexiest Campaign and is one of the few online editors who truly understand their community. She is a great fit for the brand.”

In 2011, Van Der Schuur was invited by the US Embassy to attend the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a US Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, to represent Sowetan LIVE in a discussion regarding media in the 21st century.

Sowetan LIVE is one of South Africa’s most popular news websites, and they focus strongly on their online community. The audience is young, street-wise and fashionable. Sowetan LIVE has an audience of 544,528 unique browsers and 12,933,236 page views (Effective Measure, South Africa, January 2013). Sowetan LIVE is the most engaged South African news website with users spending 10 minutes on site per session.

Veteran editor, Juliette Saunders, departs for The Times newsroom with much recognition from the industry for building the online brand. Sowetan LIVE received Bookmarks awards for Editorial excellence for the last three years.

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SABC accelerates repayment of loan

Posted by radio On February - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

South African Broadcasting Corporation Board Chairperson, Ben Ngubane has announced that the public broadcaster has made a once-off payment of R416 million to Nedbank as part of its endeavour to repay its R1billion government guaranteed loan as quickly as possible. 


Ngubane says the payment has accelerated return-payments by 14 months. The public broadcaster still owes the bank R230 million. Ngubane says: “We are very pleased with the performance of the organisation over the last two years. It is through the turnaround strategy and different initiatives instituted internally, that we were able to start turning the organisation around and be able to pay back Nedbank in the speedily fashion that we have done.”      

Ngubane was addressing the media in Auckland Park in Johannesburg yesterday.

Source: SABC

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Healthy living made fun with SAfm

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued By : SAfm]

SAfm was involved in the 7th Kellogg’s Health of the Nation 50 hour Sports Challenge at the Southern Suburbs Sport and Recreation centre in Rosettenville. The campaign’s aim is to highlight the importance of physical activity in a child’s life and was well attended with 3000 participants getting physically “set for school”. Among the children were learners from schools from Troyeville, Denver, Yeoville and the surrounding communities.


“Healthy living made fun” was the theme of the weekend, Health of the Nations coaches played with the children a broad spectrum of field sports from rugby,soccer,60m races netball and tennis to name but a few. The first day of the weekend challenge SAfm had a live broadcast at the grounds on the Afternoon Talk show presented by Ashraf Garda, who had the honourable Mr. Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation who addressed their involvement in this initiatives and the importance of making healthy sports a lifestyle.


The programme included an interview with the adventure couple Gugu Zulu and Letshego Moshoeu, runner ups of the 2011 SA survivor race challenge series and Kellogg’s Health of the Nation ambassadors. For over 10 years their lives have been revolving around exercise and sports, they’re certainly set a positive example.


During the course of the day the children had breaks in between with food, drinks and high energy music and live performance by Lilly Million musician, guitarist and singer.The second day of the weekend challenge the youthful showIn-Tune presented by Naledi Moleo broadcasted live at the grounds where she interviewed some of the young exercise fanatics who cheerfully said they loved this weekend sports challenge because they love playing sports most especially with friends. Following after that was the SAfm Sports Special show presented by Nick Bauer. One of the highlights on that day was the SAfm crew including the sports presenter Nick Bauer surprisingly participating in some activities.


To put the message across more effectively professional sports team Gravity Core was invited to entertain the children with performances of strength, flexibility and fitness. Gravity Core, most commonly referred to as G Core is passionate about core strengthening and body resistant training. After a long, hard working and fun weekend, all that remained were healthy children with smiles- if only one could capture the joy on the children’s faces.


SAfm would like to thank everyone that made it a spectacular weekend for the children; Mr. Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Kellogg’s Health of the Nation ambassadors Gugu Zulu and Letshego Moshoeu and musician Lilly Million.

SAfm would like to also thank the organizational partners that all made this possible Kellogg’s, Sporting Chance, Kia Motors, Virgin Active, City of Joburg and Good Hope fm.


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Posted by radio On January - 22 - 2013 1 COMMENT

[By Kgomotso Moncho]

 The voicemail message on Linda Sibiya’s phone goes like this,”Linda Sibiya, Mr Magic. It’s not over yet. You can make it in life if you believe in God. Anything is possible with God. Have a nice day. Cheers, bye.” And then there’s the beep to leave a message. Ukhozi FM’s top DJ, presenting the morning show, Vuka Mzansi (which won an MTN Radio Award for Best Breakfast show), is at heart a motivational speaker. This is something he does professionally and it comes naturally to him. The truth is that he has lived and practiced the motivation that he preaches. His journey into the radio industry is a humbling story and he tells it better himself.


On his background and radio career:

 “I was born in Eshowe in KZN on July 17 1974. I come from the biggest family because my father had three wives. But we were 11 kids from my mother. We were very poor and my father worked as a security guard. At 11 years old I already knew that I want to be a radio DJ. At school my mates would put me in a cupboard and ask me to back announce.



“I had suicidal thoughts at the back of my mind during my struggle, but I was also determined to make it.”   



During school holidays in 1983, 84 and 85, I’d come to Durban where my dad worked. When I wanted to come live permanently in 1986, my dad said I could not live with him, so I stayed with Umalume (my uncle) in Umlazi. I sold apples in trains until matric. My father would tell me, ‘when you finish matric you must come work as a security guard like me to take care of the family.’ I told him about college, but there was no money, so I joined Durban security and Combat force as a security guard from 1992 to 1993.


 In 1994 when we were getting ready to vote, I went to Joburg, after seeing an advertisement with the picture of Nimrod Nkosi, asking for radio and TV presenters. I had no family or friends in Joburg. So I stayed at the Hillbrow hotel for R45 a night, until they chased me out because I had run out of money to pay. I hung around President and Simmonds streets in downtown Joburg and slept at Park Station. I’d motivate myself by walking to the SABC from Monday to Friday until the SABC in late 1994 made a call out for freelancers to enroll in a course, TV and Radio Technicalities for Performers, for two weeks. I took part in the course, but because I had no money, I told them to take my ID and keep it until I was able to pay. I started selling bed linen. In 1995 I went back to KZN. I was called by Radio Maritzburg to do a 12 – 1pm slot every Thursday. I applied to Ukhozi, but nothing came of it, so I got a job selling medical aid in KZN.


 I had suicidal thoughts at the back of my mind during my struggle, but I was also determined to make it. In February 1996, the SABC told me they had been looking for me because they were offering training for Ukhozi. I started with the 12 – 5am in Ukhozi. In 1999 I was full time doing the 12 – 3pm slot. I was given the drive time slot from 2000 to 2008 and then from 2008 till now, I have been doing the morning show Vuka Mzanzi. I was given the nickname Mr Magic by people who mentored me and thought I had a lovely voice.


On his love and attraction to radio:

 “Because of my poor background, my love for radio grew at a young age because I just wanted a platform to talk to people and tell them they can make it. I love people and I can talk all day. Radio is real and it’s not about fame or money. It’s about passion on an everyday level. It’s about working with time and painting pictures in people’s minds.


On Vuka Mzansi:

 Our show speaks to a boy in the townships, a CEO, u’gogo at home, the youth, just to name a few. Our aim is to change people’s lives and especially changing negative to positive thinking. My father used to always tell me, ‘at the end of the day you must think, how many people smiled because of you today?’ And I live by that.


On memorable moments on radio:

 This has to be doing a show with the legend, Cyril “Kansas City” Mchunu in 1996. There was this other time in 2003 when we were running a competition called Wise Up Waya Waya. We had a caller who was too poor, but we had made him wait for an hour. That was a humbling and eye opening experience. 


On his first acting role:

 I was given an opportunity to act in an independent film called Uhlanga The Mark, written and produced by Ndaba ka Ngwane, which showed at the Durban International Film Festival 2012. When the filmmakers approached me, I related to the character because his background was similar to mine. I could not refuse. I play the role of Mandla Thabethe, who sells bananas for a living and then gets a job at a sugar-cane factory. The experience made me see life differently. 


On future goals:

 I have the Magic Communications and Events company and the Magic Tour where I do motivational speaking at universities. I would love to have a TV show on SABC, with “Change Your Mind” as a name suggestion. This is at the top of my list. I would also love to build a school and leave a legacy.


 Things you probably din’t know about Linda Sibiya:

 He has a fear of snakes

He would love to go to Disneyland with his family

He enjoys reading books by TD Jakes and going to the movies with his family.   






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Posted by radio On January - 22 - 2013 Comments Off on TONY BLEWITT JOINS OFM

Issued by: OFM


Renowned TV personality and radio presenter Tony Blewitt will soon be heard across the Central South African airwaves when he joins OFM on February 2.

Tony will present the Saturday afternoon programme from 16:00 to 19:00 and also take over the reins of Gold Retold Sundays between 9:00 and 13:00. Blewitt says he is delighted to join OFM and promises listeners a show filled with humour and a blend of great music and current affairs.


Born and bred in England, Blewitt has an illustrious broadcast experience. He was first heard on the UK’s Luxembourg Radio 208 before moving to South Africa and joining Capital Radio where he presented the station’s prime time spot. Blewitt has worked with some of the country’s best media including 5fm, 94.7 Highveld stereo, CNBC and Summit TV.


Fans of Blewitt and OFM, who wish to meet this legend, are invited to visit the station’s newly built studios in Vanderbijlpark where Blewitt will be based. The Emerald Resort and Casino is the new home of OFM in Vanderbijlpark and is an addition to OFM’s Central South African presence, which include studios in Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom.


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