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Anele Mdoda renews her contract with 94.7

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

Despite Anele Mdoda being away from her show, Anele and the Breakfast Club, to do an eight-week international trip to learn about radio trends worldwide, she has signed a new five-year deal with 947.

“2022 is my 20th anniversary as a broadcaster. I have been with the company for 14 years, Primedia formed part of my personal and professional growth. They are like family to me,” said Mdoda.

In April, Mdoda announced that she was taking a two-month break from the Anele and the Breakfast Club to explore new and emerging broadcasting and entertainment trends while also interrogating the global best practices that will invigorate the show on her return.

“Signing a five-year contract with Primedia is testament to the new vision of new Group CEO Jonathan Procter. Jonathan brings with him global standards and perspectives to broadcasting and entertainment,” said Mdoda.

Mdoda and 947’s long-standing commitment was celebrated through a power shoot, featuring the breakfast radio darling and Phumzile Langeni, the chairperson of Primedia Broadcasting.

“We are fortunate to be driven by the crystal clear and contagiously compelling vision of Jonathan, whose stewardship heralds bigger and greater ideas for the future of our business,” said Langeni.

The radio personality returns to ‘Anele and the Club on 947’ on 1 July.

“At Primedia, it is all about validating our people. When our people succeed, we succeed… There is so much more that we need to still see from Anele,” said Langeni.

Until her return, listeners can catch Thando Thabethe, who joins regular Club members Frankie, Thembekile and Cindy from 6 to 9am weekdays.

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MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company Africa will make Disney+ available to South African DStv subscribers


Disney+ will launch in South Africa on 18 May 2022 and will be available to local DStv subscribers including via the Explora Ultra decoder on the same day. DStv customers can enjoy the benefits of exclusive contract packages and bundle deals, bringing all their entertainment needs to one central place.

The partnership with Disney+ leads with an expanded choice of content, ease and convenience of subscription and payment, with the DStv Explora Ultra as an enabler.

With Disney+, DStv subscribers will have access to the critically acclaimed “The Book of Boba Fett” and “The Mandalorian”, the Marvel Studios’ series “Moon Knight” and Academy Award®-nominated film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings”, Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated “Luca”, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning “Encanto” and Academy Award®-winning “Cruella”.

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East Coast Radio is lending a helping hand following the devastating flooding that swept through KwaZulu-Natal in April and assist communities directly affected by the floods.



Many families have been left destitute after their homes were swept away by heavy rains, while businesses have once again been left crippled.

The tragic stories of loss of life and livelihood have touched the hearts of many South Africans.

East Coast Radio is partnering with The Gift of the Givers in reaching out to corporates and the people of KZN to assist those that have been affected by the KZN Floods.


On Friday 22 April, Darren Keri and Sky, Carol Ofori, Vic Naidoo and Stacey and J Sbu will be broadcasting outside East Coast Radio House. They will be collecting blankets (new), bottled water and canned food.


We will also open our phone lines to accept pledges and cash donations on Friday 22 April 2022 to help businesses and families who have been affected by the #KZNFloods. The contact number will be released on Thursday on-air and on our digital platforms.

All donations recorded and collected will go to families and local businesses affected by the floods.

Members of the public will be able to drop off the items at East Coast Radio House (315 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga) from 6am to 7pm.

Please note that the station is currently only collecting new blankets, bottled water and canned food.

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Gagasi FM sets aside R1m for KZN floods victims

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

As part of the #GagasiFMCares4KZN campaign, South Africa’s biggest regional radio station has embarked on a drive to assist victims of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. Gagasi FM has allocated R1m towards relief packages aimed at providing immediate assistance to the floods victims.



These relief packages are being distributed mostly to community halls and centres that are currently accommodating families whose homes were destroyed by floods and are currently in desperate need of essential items.

“KZN is the heart of Gagasi FM, and we are truly heartbroken by the devastation that the floods have brought to our province. Our contribution towards the relief of KZN’s flood victims is a protraction of our ongoing commitment towards rebuilding KZN,” says Gagasi FM managing director, Minenhle Dlamini.

Gagasi FM has already visited some of the community halls in areas such as Umlazi V and G sections, as well as Entshongweni to hand over relief packages. The drive will continue with more visits in the upcoming days and weeks across various areas with people that were affected by floods.

“We want to reach as many areas as possible across the province, and we have been using our different government networks to help us identify areas that need immediate assistance. We’d like to call upon NGOs to reach out to us so that we can partner in our relief efforts. We’d also like to make a plea to corporates and to our audience to please assist us by offering a helping hand or by donating towards this worthy cause,” adds Dlamini.

For those who would like to make contributions to the #GagasiFMCares4KZN campaign for floods victims, the Gagasi FM CSI banking details are as follows:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: RADIO IGAGASI 99.5 PTY LTD CSI
Account number: 252837495
Branch code: 057829
Branch code (electronic payments): 051001

For more updates and activities in terms of what the station is doing to assist floods victims, stay tuned to Gagasi FM and also check out social media pages.

Facebook: GagasiWorld | Twitter: @GagasiFM | Instagram: @gagasifm

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Y launches its first audio drama series

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s largest commercial youth radio station introduces its audience to an audio-only drama, speaking to the essence of ‘theatre of the mind’.

Tequila AF, created and directed by Y content producer Lumko Johnson, brings a storyline of murder, and explores themes of friendship, loyalty and mental illness.


Says Johnson: “My late great grandmother introduced me to radio through radio dramas she loved and followed. We didn’t have a TV at the time, I must’ve been four or five and we would gather and listen to the Xhosa stories every night before bed. I trust and believe in this story and commend Y for introducing something so cool to its audience.”

“Y is more than a radio offering. After the success of The Banques and Venom Show, we are confident in our abilities to produce content for all platforms and Tequila AF is our second project, with more following soon,” said Phindi Ziqubu, Y’s content manager.


“Our research has shown an undeniable demand amongst younger audiences for this kind of content. Y has been deliberate in ensuring we enter the podcast space with something unique and which is not simply a repurposing of what we produce on-air. Content produced by the station will be available exclusively on the YFM app, before it is released on other platforms,” says Hilton Tarrant, Y’s digital manager.


The drama stars up-and-coming actors Andisiwe Mpinda (as Sibu), Makoto Phumodi (as Pasi), Mmathapelo Bodibe (as Pearl), Tshepo Ramasia (as Thabiso) and Freddy Mabitsela (as Zee).


Tequila AF is available from 20 April on the YFM app, with new episodes releasing every Wednesday. Download the app in the App Store or Google Play.


Episodes will also be available on Thursdays on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Listen here:

21 Apr 2022 13:44


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Noisy Panda World (NPW) is taking the NFT and hip-hop music game to a whole new level. As a disruptive digital platform that promotes and supports artists, NPW will be teaming up with McGyver to launch a series of music NFTs for his new single 89’, produced by the legendary Pete Rock. This partnership and NFT introduction is in response to a challenge facing the Music and Technology Industries today.

“89’” is McGyver’s rap single in Dutch and English produced by Pete Rock, a legendary music artist, DJ, and producer who has been in the experimental Hip-Hop game since 1987. It is being released on McGyver’s birthday, celebrating a milestone not only in his life and career, but also music history. With the help of the HeyLayer NFT Marketplace, Noisy Panda and McGyver are birthing a unique way of acquiring NFTs, enjoying music, and navigating the decentralized space.

McGyver is a bilingual lyrical force to be reckoned with, and is internationally known for placing 5th at the World Freestyle Championships EOW Prague in 2017. The first ever winner of the End of The Weak Freestyle championship of the Netherlands. Before that he toured with the Collective Classic, a classical orchestra with 6 MCs, and performed for the King and Queen of the Netherlands during their inaugural tour of China in 2013.


“The message behind the single is all about energy. Keep transcending. Doesn’t matter what your dreams are, you can transcend everything! You need to keep it real and go and execute, make it real”. A poignant message by McGyver about his upcoming Music NFT release, who has had to face many closed doors but has never quit.




Music moves generations and is doing so again, aided by technology, bringing new methodologies and benefits, so that expressions can be heard. Over the past 10-15 years the streaming and social media revolution has enabled artists to define their own digital identity and access a worldwide audience that was previously not available to them without the backing of major labels. NFTs provide a new and unique way of driving this revolution further forward. Artists of all types now have a new income stream that can be derived by utilising current and future art. Fans now have a new way to both support and enjoy their favourite artists, whilst engaging more closely with them via their NFT offerings, a win for everyone.



Support McGyver by finding him on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram. “89’” the first bi-lingual Single Music NFT Drop can be found on Noisy Panda’s Profile on the  HeyLayer Platform: 

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OneFarm Share is an inspiring story of what can be achieved when key partnerships, backed by corporate support and aided by the latest technologies, work together to drive food relief and food access. The stories behind the first year of the OneFarm Share programme, from the farmers to the registered charities, are at the heart of this success.


OneFarm Share matches farmers with produce to registered charities via accredited food distribution partners in order to ensure food security to vulnerable communities has reached its one year milestone.  Launched in 2021 by Standard Bank, and powered by the HelloChoice digital trading platform, OneFarm Share has contributed over 7,037 tons of produce, equalling 28 million meals that reached a million people through 1,860 beneficiary organisations.

With the food contributions managed and dispersed by FoodForward SA and SA Harvest via their vast and trusted networks, their transparent and efficient system benefits all involved, from the farmers to the beneficiary communities. Farmers who donate fresh produce will receive a s18A Donations Certificate and become actively engaged in the HelloChoice online digital platform. Farmers who want to get involved can donate or contribute their produce at a special offer price specifically for the OneFarm Share programme.


HelloChoice’s CEO Grant Jacobs explains further, “As an approachable and more accessible buying channel for emerging farmers, the OneFarm Share programme helps bring emerging farmers into the commercial supply chain and offers efficient and low-cost market access. Easier and faster paths to commercialisation for this critical part of our agricultural sector are key to building both food security and economic inclusion.”


OneFarm Share has also enabled some of the many emerging and, in particular women farmers, on the HelloChoice platform to support local communities. With a total 272 emerging farmers contributing towards OneFarmShare, of which are 61 emerging female farmers.  One such example is African Marmalade, based in Gauteng and founded by Siphiwe Sithole in 2015 and which grows indigenous and popular staple vegetables such as potatoes, beetroots, cabbage and carrots.

Siphiwe brings small scale farmers together across the province to aggregate into the OneFarm Share programme, giving them market access, reducing waste and deflationary price pressure, and thereby enabling smaller scale farmers to focus on growth into commercialization. Siphiwe started her OneFarm Share journey in February 2021 and together with her farmers, they have contributed an incredible 667 tons of fresh produce.

Another key HelloChoice partner is A Pillay Farm, a 13 hectare farm that has been operating since 1981 in Thornville, KZN and produces crops such as spinach, lettuce, baby marrows and cabbages. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Theovin Pillay realized that the farm was having issues with excess produce that they were unable to sell through traditional means. Not wanting the food to go to waste, they started donating fresh produce to the local community in any way they could. In November 2020, HelloChoice approached A Pillay Farms to get involved and have subsequently contributed in excess of 54 tons of fresh spinach, butternut and cabbages. As Theovin Pillay states, “The little we have can make a big difference to South Africans, giving back makes all the difference.”


One of the commercial donor farms to OneFarm Share is Cape Five Exports, whose fruit donations have exceeded 16 tons. Cape Five Exports is a fruit company focusing on  stone fruit, apples, pears and citrus. Cape Five’s Wynand Viljoen has this to say about their involvement, “We always want to give back to the community and OneFarm Share made this easy. They collect and distribute the fruit, we only have to send them the details and locations. It’s quick and easy and the truth is we have enough food in the country to feed all. Let’s feed the nation!”

Another pivotal partner in the journey from farm to fork are the OneFarm Share food distribution partners FoodForward SA and Harvest SA, who ensure the food ends up with reputable beneficiary organisations. FoodForward SA is South Africa’s largest food distribution non-profit organisation. Their core business is the recovery of good quality, edible surplus food from farmers, retailers, and manufacturers for redistribution to registered and vetted beneficiary organisations in under-served communities that provide feeding services, social services, health care services, skills development services etc. According to FoodForward SA’s managing director Andy Du Plessis, “The partnership with OneFarm Share has allowed us to significantly increase the nutritional value and provide greater variety of our food basket to beneficiaries. The food basket’s nutritional value has increased from 82% to more than 90%. This partnership is immensely important for both farmers and beneficiaries as farmers need purchasing support so that they recover economically from the effects of the pandemic whilst 50% of the people living in South Africa are food insecure, and providing them with fresh fruits and vegetables not only addresses short term hunger, but also positively their nutrition status.”


SA Harvest has a mission to end hunger in South Africa by taking a revolutionary approach to tackling the immediate food security crisis through rescuing nutritious food and delivering it where it’s needed most. Food waste happens throughout the food ecosystem, and SA Harvest’s model of tackling hunger means that they can deliver food that would have gone to waste to the most vulnerable in our society, according to SA Harvest’s COO Ozzy Nel.


Some of OneFarm Share’s beneficiaries organisations include early education centres, women’s organisations and other community feeding schemes such as The Domino Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has been running for over 12 years in KZN, The Sizimisele Development Trust, a beneficiary organisation that service many different types of beneficiaries ranging from early childhood development to helping those suffering with HIV/Aids and theMasisizane Service Centre, an old age day care facility located in Inanda, Kwa-Zulu Natal.



As the OneFarm Share enters its second year, key partners Standard Bank and HelloChoice call on farmers, logistics companies, and corporates to join the initiative in order to enable the project to reach its increased targets for 2022. With support from additional partners, OneFarm Share hopes to be able to increase total donations to 10 000 tons, to provide 40 million meals to needy communities and children across the country.


Watch this video to learn more,  and to get involved, please


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The explosion of various social media challenges and trends centred around a specific piece of music or simply a verse, specifically on short form videos, has not only driven discovery of new music and artists but has also helped catapult several African artists into the spotlight.

To celebrate the songs that have captured global attention,  Spotify unveiled its Internet Famous playlist – a compilation of the top songs driving the latest #challenges.


No internet famous collection for 2021 would be complete without the addition of love nwantiti by Nigerian Afrobeats and R&B singer CKay.  The song that has had the world making up their own lyrics while sound-tracking multitudes of videos across the world raked up over 152 179 500 streams globally on Spotify in 2021.


South Africa’s now famous gospel-influenced house song export from Master KG – ‘Jerusalema became a viral sensation in early 2020. The track gave rise to the #JerusalemaChallenge, which saw global personalities such as Christina Ronaldo, Janet Jackson, Leslie Jordan and more participating.  The perfect blend of African sounds was solidified when Master KG collaborated with AfroBeats star Burna Boy on the ‘Jerusalema’ remix.  This collaboration saw millions of fans singing along to lyrics in local isiZulu and Nigeria’s Yoruba languages.


The Jerusalema (feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode) [Remix] and ‘love nwantiti’ are only two of the tracks featured on Spotify’s Internet Famous playlist,  which also includes several local hits that have been the creative driving force for music lovers and content creators alike.


Enjoy ‘66’ by Felo Le Tee, Myztro, ‘SQUIDE GAME – AMAPIANO’ by Kvng Vinci, Young Stunna and ‘Adiwele’ featuring Kabza De Small and fellow Scorpion King DJ Maphorisa and more


The dance challenge inspired by emerging DJ Lungile ‘Uncle Waffles’ Zwane also appears on the playlist.  And it wouldn’t be internet famous without the latest song to take South Africa by storm, ‘Nkao Tempela’ by Ch’occo, Mellow & Sleazy.


Stay in the know with the continuously emerging viral songs blowing up on social media by simply liking the Internet Famous playlist to save it to your library and discover why these tracks are being played on repeat worldwide!


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COVID catapults digital audio

Posted by radio On December - 14 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

By Mark Botha, Head of Digital at Mediamark


Digital adoption globally has been accelerated as a result of COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdowns. With people having scrambled to improve their home connectivity, they are in my view now well set up to engage with more digital platforms than prior to the start of the pandemic.


Tracking metrics also show that people are using multiple devices to engage with media from an audio perspective. SharpStream, a measurement platform that we use for our audio streaming sites, shows that Mediamark’s digital audio audiences via mobile phone increased by 9% in the past year alone (November 2020 compared to November 2021). The uptake of home entertainment systems, in the form of smart speakers and TV’s, also had a positive increase of 6% (November 2020 compared to November 2021).


These somewhat ‘forced’ lifestyle changes have shot our listening habits forward by numerous years. Further indication of the accelerated rise of digital adoption, is reflected from data by SharpStream and Fabrik which reveals that live streaming of Mediamark’s digital audio platforms grew on average by 35% year-on-year (January – November 2020 versus January – November 2021).


Digital audio is the evolution of radio and reflects the shift in the way people are tuning in. Part of radio’s enduring popularity is that it is both simultaneously intimate, while remaining part of a collective experience, digital audio drives this experience forward. It is accessible across multiple devices and as such plugs into people’s lives and is available to listeners no matter where they are, or what they are doing. The array of devices available for people to listen to digital audio will continue to grow, driven by the increase in connectivity as a result of the pandemic.



According to Statista, just over 60% of the population are reported to be internet users in 2021. While connectivity may be limited by infrastructure and the cost of data, it is worth noting that the South African Government wants 80% of the population to have access to the internet by 2024. While it may seem like a lofty goal, it is in keeping with a digitally evolving world, especially taking into account the changes that the pandemic has brought about in terms of remote working.



The increase in internet penetration and uptake of digital audio is starting to grab attention from marketers across the board. It is always important to bear in mind that while radio is a one-to-many platform, digital audio, currently provides a highly targeted one-to-one engagement. On the other end of this engagement is the immediacy of digital and the ability it provides to listeners to engage instantly. Audiences can click on a banner, visit the advertiser’s website or to participate in whatever call to action the advert is driving. It is this one-to-one interaction and the ability to encourage immediate action that marketers in South Africa are now starting to take advantage of.



There are numerous success stories. One of our clients – OUTsurance – recently ran a campaign with a shifting playlist advertisement, which remains on the player after advert delivery, allowing listeners to engage in their own time. The insurer’s radio ads are focused on getting clients to contact them, so the additional option to click on the player and engage added a new dimension to their campaign. OUTsurance increased their share of voice and exceeded their KPI’s, with both audio and display advertisements.



While Mediamark has seen a significant growth in digital audio advertising revenues since January 2020, not everyone is buying into it just yet. There has been a somewhat slower adoption among some traditional radio media planners. When agencies work in silos there can be a tendency for the digital team to say digital audio falls under radio and for the radio team to say it falls under digital.



Education is key to addressing this and we are continuing to put a lot of energy into exposing planners to the platform through engagements and webinars. Experimentation is also important.  Nobody has all the answers, and we are all learning more about this new medium on a day-to-day basis.

As digital advances continue, new online audio formats – including livestreaming, internet radio and on-demand music streaming – are here to stay. The question is: will more brands evolve to embrace new digital opportunities, like digital audio?

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ICT entrepreneur and founder of Trenching Systems Pty Ltd, Andile Tlhoaele, one of the pioneers of micro-trenching innovation in South Africa announced an important partnership with the United Kingdom (UK) based Telmax Limited to acquire the Marias manufactured Sidecut SC3C micro-trencher machine to further enable the roll-out of fibre infrastructure in South Africa.

The installation of fibre using micro-trenching in South Africa was first done at Woodlands Estate, Bloemfontein in 2015. Micro-trenching innovation is a technique of laying fibre using specialised machines. These machines cut a narrow and shallow ditch on the road surface alongside the pavement where the curb and the tarmac meet without damaging the road infrastructure. Micro-trenching has been proven to be the quickest way to lay fibre. The technique prevents the damaging of municipal infrastructure including the road, has minimal disruptions to traffic and generally fewer complaints about the inconvenience during the roll-out.


4th Industrial Revolution applications can only be realized through access to high-speed internet. Access to high-speed internet through fibre is by far the most convenient way to access high-speed internet. Micro-trenching is the fastest way to deploy fibre infrastructure with minimum disruptions to services and whilst protecting existing infrastructure.

Tlhoaele is one of the first individuals who invested in the Sidecut SC3C micro-trencher machine to roll-out infrastructure installations using micro-trenching innovation in South Africa back in December 2014, with the second investment made by Telmax in July 2015.


“As the former chairperson and director of ICT committee for the Mooikloof Heights Home Owners Association (NPC) one of the estates in Pretoria east, I can attest to the benefits of access to high speed internet through fibre. Back in 2016, owners decided to roll-out fibre in the estate. Today with problems caused by Covid-19 and the need to work from home, residents are enjoying the convenience of high-speed internet through fibre. As a South African company, we also want to contribute towards reducing data costs, create employment and addressing the challenge of upskilling labour,” explains Tlhoaele, who goes elaborates further, “With one machine onsite, we are able to create ten labour intensive job opportunities,  from backfilling, landscaping and cleaning after trenching. The same labour skills can be  upskilled to fibre installations, terminations, floating, splicing and testing on other projects.”


Tlhoaele, has over 20 years experience in the ICT industry and is the founder of Inforcomm, Skillslab and Moja Centres. He is also the chairperson of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council, the Electronic Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) and MICT SETA 4IR Advisory Committee

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Anele Mdoda renews her contract with 94.7

Despite Anele Mdoda being away from her show, Anele and the Breakfast Club, to do an eight-week international trip to […]

YFM welcomes back Ayanda MVP

Commercial youth radio station, YFM, has officially welcomed Ayanda MVP as the afternoon drive show’s ‘power hitter’ for the Home Run show. […]

Gagasi FM sets aside R1m for KZN floods victims

As part of the #GagasiFMCares4KZN campaign, South Africa’s biggest regional radio station has embarked on a drive to assist victims […]

Y launches its first audio drama series

South Africa’s largest commercial youth radio station introduces its audience to an audio-only drama, speaking to the essence of ‘theatre […]



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