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Jacaranda FM launches

Posted by radio On April - 13 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
#341LiftOff aims to boost South African businesses in current economic climate
Jacaranda FM launches

Jacaranda FM wants to help business owners turn the economic tide by leveraging its two million-strong audience across Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo province.


Together with its media sales arm Mediamark, the station launched #341LiftOff, a multi-channel, mass-reach campaign offering all businesses three(3) radio spots for(4) the price of one(1) during the months of April, May and June.





“As an immediate platform, radio is the single-best channel for short-term brand awareness to help recover lost revenue. We created this campaign to help businesses achieve immediate ‘lift-off’ and bottom-line results,” says Deirdre King, Jacaranda FM managing director. “Our business has been built from the advertising spend of our clients ranging from large multinationals to small local store-owners. We see it as our responsibility to be there for them when times are tough and keep them top of mind in their markets,” adds King.


Businesses, particularly in hospitality, beverage and entertainment, have been crippled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to advertising revenues being cut, cancelled or put on ice.

As the country slowly starts to recover, businesses are looking for more value and return on investment in terms of marketing and advertising – without breaking the bank.


By tailoring messaging, hand-in-hand with Jacaranda FM, and getting more frequency on the country’s top station, businesses can cut through the clutter, claim audience attention and meet sales and revenue goals.


The #341LiftOff campaign is aimed at boosting SMMEs, often considered the silver bullet that can help bridge the unemployment gap, which as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, currently sits at 32%, according to Statistics SA.


Visit to make enquiries or book three radio spots in the same time zone for the price of one spot. Jacaranda FM has the majority share of the economically active market (SEM nine to 10) in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the North West, and the #341LiftOff offering represents an easy win for businesses that need an immediate and measurable approach in this new trading environment.

Radio’s role is not only providing credible news but also reaching and engaging meaningfully with diverse audiences and strengthening and mobilising communities for a greater good.

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Thursday, 1 April


Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Animation)

Daisy, an eternally optimistic Quokka, will do just about anything to win the annual World’s Scariest Animal championship. She teams up with a former champion, a grouchy crocodile, to prove that winners can come in different shapes and sizes.

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 16:15


Friday, 2 April


The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story (Documentary)

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

On SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00


Saturday, 3 April


Fantastic Return To Oz (Animated Adventure)

This Russian-made, computer-animated film is based on the 2017 novel Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers by Alexander Volkov, but features the familiar characters and settings from the L. Frank Baum Oz books. After a little girl named Dorothy interferes with the envious and power-hungry Urfin Jus’s plans for world domination with his army of wooden soldiers, he returns one year later seeking revenge.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 16:00


Sunday, 4 April


Mindful Earth S1

Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a four-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon blues.

On BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12


Monday, 5 April



This telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, and centres on four young women forced into crime while still in high school to make ends meet. Now, they’re trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30


Tuesday, 6 April


Garden Tales

Little ones will be hooked on this imaginative soap-opera-style kids programme. The creative episodes use live-action footage to help young viewers discover and explore the natural environment. Each episode includes a tale of a specific animal and stories of their adventures – from a little duckling who gets lost while learning to swim and a badger whose taste for adventure gets him in trouble to a family of owlets playing hide-and-seek.

On CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 16:45


Wednesday, 7 April


Becoming S1

Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges they’ve faced in transitioning and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and their intention to fit into their true identity.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00


Thursday, 8 April


Bull S5

In the fifth exciting season, psychologist and trial science expert Dr Jason Bull faces his toughest case yet. When a major secret of his religious leader client is revealed, will Bull be able to save face in court and – more importantly – what will the impact be on his consulting firm, whose entire business relies on giving aid to jurors during trials?

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:35


Friday, 9 April


Deliciousness S2

Tiffani Thiessen hosts this comedic food spin-off of Ridiculousness. Comfort food cravings, BBQ disasters and home cooking failures make for the funniest foodie clips you’ll ever see.

On MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30


Saturday, 10 April


Wendy Williams: The Movie

Talk show host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as primetime Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, the toll it’s taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith. This is a no-holds barred look at Wendy’s life that doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she experienced.

On Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 19:20


Sunday, 11 April

Bad Boys For Life (Action Comedy)

Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) reprise their starring roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. This time around, they join forces with the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to take down a ruthless mother-and-son pair of drug lords wreaking havoc on Miami. Look out for appearances by Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).

On M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00


Monday, 12 April

The Flight Attendant S1

After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30


Tuesday, 13 April

Die Boekklub S3

When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.

On DStv App


Wednesday, 14 April


Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)

A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45


Thursday, 15 April


Clarice S1

In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30


Friday, 16 April


The Bachelor S24 (USA)

Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30


Saturday, 17 April


In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.

On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15


Sunday, 18 April



Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.

On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00


Monday, 19 April


Mare of Eastown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30


Tuesday, 20 April


Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.

On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00


Wednesday, 21 April


First Wives Club S1

This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30


Thursday, 22 April


Op My Eish

South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00


Friday, 23 April


Laat die potte prut S13

This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.

On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30


Saturday, 24 April


Mel Gibson Marathon

TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.


11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)

16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)

18:20 – Payback (1999)

20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)

22:10 – Mad Max (1979)

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40


Sunday, 25 April


E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars

April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.

On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00


Monday, 26 April


The Buzz S4

Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.

On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00


Tuesday, 27 April


Die Byl S3

Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00


Wednesday, 28 April


Rea Tsotella S12

A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.

On DStv App


Thursday, 29 April


Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30


Friday, 30 April


Night Of The Wild (Horror)

When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.

On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00

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Vodacom is reducing pricing on certain 30-day data bundles by up to 14% as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the cost to communicate and connect more people to the digital economy.


The latest price reduction includes the frequently purchased 1GB bundle, which is now R85, a 14% reduction from R99. As part of these price adjustments Vodacom is also giving greater value to customers by allocating up to 33% more data on selected 30-day bundles, to ensure customers get more value at last year’s prices. This will promote digital inclusion and assist our 43 million customers in making savings at a time when they need it most.



Vodacom has also re-introduced the 30-day 2GB bundle at R159 to give customers wider choice and more value. Tariffs on the 50MB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB and 20GB 30-day bundles remain unchanged.

“For the past four years, we have remained relentless and consistent in our approach to democratise access by bringing about affordable mobile prices. Our aim in reducing these prices is to ensure customers are constantly connected on SA’s leading network. Our purpose is to connect for a better future and ensure that no one is left behind in this new digital age. It is one of the most critical ways we believe we can create a more equal society for all,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Vodacom’s Consumer Business.


Since April 2019, Vodacom has almost halved the price of data to ensure access to affordable communication solutions for everyone, especially those with limited resources.

New Allocation Old Allocation Old Price New Price
50MB R12 R12 No price increase
200MB 150MB R29 R29 33% value increase
350MB 325MB R55 R49 8% value increase + 11% price reduction
500MB R79 R69 13% price reduction
1GB R99 R85 14% price reduction
2GB New Bundle R159 New Bundle
3GB R229 R229 No price Increase
5GB R349 R349 No price increase
10GB R469 R469 No price increase
20GB R699 R699 No price increase


“In our journey towards becoming a leading Pan African technology company, we will not stop until everyone is connected, as it is part of creating a sustainable, inclusive digital society. As a purpose-led organisation, the voice of our customer is important to us, as such we have reintroduced certain bundles to meet the customer demand so we can go further together,” added Mendes.



To highlight Vodacom’s continued support, the zero-rated ConnectU platform launched last year offering free access to critical essential services, information and cheaper data, benefits over 14 million unique registered users per month. ConnectU offers even more affordable data prices for customers living in 2000 of South Africa’s lower income suburbs, villages and towns. The service also addresses other key societal needs by connecting users to news, job portals, educational content on the e-School platform, and information on health, wellness, safety and security. Through ConnectU, customers also have access to emergency services such as the what3words emergency findme website and more.



For even more value, customers can continue to access personalised discounted offers through Just4You. Over the past seven years, the popular platform has provided tailor-made data and voice deals based on individual usage patterns and location.



Reducing the barriers to communicate includes having access to low-cost devices. Over 4.2 million of Vodacom’s low-cost branded suite of smart devices, which are 3G and 4G enabled, have been sold in South Africa. This access to connectivity has been further enhanced by prepaid device financing, enabling customers with no credit facilities to pay for 4G devices in instalments.



“Since April last year, we have saved our customers billions of rands through our cost-reduction initiatives and we will continue to do so. We will also invest over R50 billion over a five-year period in infrastructure and new technologies, to increase broadband coverage and data speeds which will bridge the digital divide even more. All our initiatives form part of our social contract, which is a commitment to ensure everyone is connected irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances. We are on a mission to connect everyone and will continue to play our part to combine our technology with the power of individuals, society, businesses and government so we can go further together,” concludes Mendes.

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Munghana Lonene FM refreshes its line-up

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Radio station, Munghana Lonene FM is pleased to announce its line-up changes effective Monday 5 April 2021.

The weekday line-up will see Radio and TV presenter Khensani Nyango take over the 09:00 to 12:00 Monday to Friday slot, a show she previously presented for several years. The show will now be called Swa Risima.


Muvhango actor and seasoned presenter, Ike “G-Funk” Ngobeni returns to the station to host a whole new Afternoon Drive Show. G-Funk will be joined by Lindiwe “Lind-diva” Makhubele as co-host and Bongani ‘DJ Soulcrusher’ Sithole will deliver the traffic updates and handle the production. Khoma Ndlela! will also feature multi-talented comedian Solly Makamu who will be the show’s contributor on Thursdays.



Chiechie Rikhotso will present the public mandate slot between 20:00 and 22:00 weekdays which will still maintain the SABC Education Hour from 21:00 to 22:00.

On Friday evenings Xitsonga Hip Hop Pioneer Mchangani starts the weekend with Emanembenembeni ya Hip Hop from 22:00 to 01:00.



On Saturday, teen presenter Mpfuxelelo Makaringe will host all the weekend youth educational shows State your mind and Teen Zone back to back from 12:00 to 13:00. Mchangani will now handle the Nkatsakanyo from 13:00 to 15:00.


On Saturdays and Sundays between 15:00 to 18:00Rhandzu Optimus will deliver the Sports Show Etimbaleni ta Mintlangu.


Saturday evenings on the station’s flagship sound Xitsonga Top 10 music has been strengthened by the introduction of our seasoned presenter Quinton ‘The Quintonizer’ Baloyi. House music show Ta Duma in a new time slot will never be the same. The show will still be hosted by Rooitjie Tshukeleni from 22:00 to 01:00.   Rooitjie Tshukeleni completes the station line up with the station’s student orientated show Campus Connection on Sunday evenings 22:00 to 01:00.


Munghana Lonene FM also welcomes two seasoned contributors for the religious programmes, Dr. Esrom Mathumbu joins the station as a Christian contributor and traditional healer Dr. Mashele known as “J Mashale-Mashale” also joins the team as an African Tradition expect.



Tebogo Magubane, Munghana Lonene FM’s Programmes Manager stated “our new line-up and exciting fresh features will reflect the station strategy of being a brand which stays abreast and cement a place as one of the Top 10 Radio brand in South Africa.  It will also serve the Vatsonga nation, speak to younger listeners, whilst retaining our mandate programming content that will resonate with loyal listeners”.


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Metro FM changes see LKG getting her own show

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM is proud to announce its lineup for the 2021-22 financial radio year. With the changes experienced in the industry and radio broadcasting environment within the past twelve months, the station has worked to consistently be relevant and engage its audience on different platforms through its on-air personalities.


In line with the stations strategy of remaining relevant to its listeners, as well as affording its talent the opportunity to grow, METRO FM is delighted to announce that Lerato Kganyago will be moving from The Bridge which broadcast between 09:00 – 12:00 to anchor the 12:00 – 15:00 show, ‘The Midday Link Up’ with LKG.  LKG as she is fondly known has been with METRO FM over the past five years and has grown as a broadcaster in her own right. Together with Dineo Ranaka and Somizi Mhlongo, they have been able to grow The Bridge show exponentially over the past years. This move gives her the opportunity to show more of herself and engage further with her growing audience and commercial base. Well known medium Taz Singh who has been featuring on the Morning Flava and the #TheWkndr for almost two years will be sharing her gift with our listeners weekly for an extended one hour session due to popular demand. On air with Taz will be featured exclusively on The Midday Link Up every Friday 14:00 – 15:00.



The seasoned and much loved broadcaster Dineo Ranaka will host ‘The Bridge’ between 09:00 – and 12:00 on her own. This move will see two of the stations pioneering female presenters anchoring their own respective shows and giving listeners the ability to enjoy more of their individual personalities and broadcast styles. Somizi Mhlongo will return as a contributor to add his weight and wealth of advice to the very famous ‘Ask a Man’ feature on The Bridge daily.


In another exciting change to the station, METROFM’s Saturdays is envisaged to carry on its growth trajectory with the introduction of well-known presenter Sabelo ‘DJ Sabby’ Mtshali, who after 10 Years at YFM will be joining METROFM to host the iconic METROFM Top40 Chart Show between 09:00 – 13:00. He studied Radio Production before joining Cape Town station KFM, 94.7Highveld Stereo (Now 947) and was part of the Y-Academy as an intern and later spent 10 years at YFM.



In keeping with its reputation as the home of the stars, the station is excited to launch a brand new dance show on Saturdays at 16:00  until 19:00 to be hosted by the renowned Sikhululo ‘Lulo Café’ Maliwa and trail blazing, dancing DJ aka ‘the tattooed lady’ – leader of the new school Lamiez HolworthyLamiez is no stranger to the METROFM family and has been spinning the mornings with top mixes on the Morning Flava over the past two years and presenting  Live Amp on our sister television station, SABC1. Lulo Café is an authority in the music industry as a soul house music DJ, producer and presenter on METROFM and this show gives him further opportunity to carry on the foundation laid in the past 12 months on the #StayHomeMixHour that he hosted. The two musical authorities will combine to keep our listeners dancing every Saturday on ‘The Penthouse Sessions’, changing the world one BEAT at a time.



Oscar ‘Oskido’ Mdlongwa will be taking over the 19:00 – 20:00 time channel to start a newly curated talent development show. As a pioneer in the music industry Oskido has given a platform to many new artists and as a music radio station, METROFM has the responsibility to grow the music industry for everyone – thus Oskido will be tasked with finding new talent in the industry who will be featured on the show every Saturday in all different genres.



The rest of the shows remain unchanged with Moeti ‘Moflava’ Tsiki anchoring the Morning Flava between 06:00 and 09:00 weekdays with his team, Siphesihle ‘Sphectacula’ Ngwenya and Lebogang ‘DJ Naves’ Naves return for the Kings Suite, Ayabonga Cawe carries on anchoring METROFM Talk and the day is rounded off with Sentle Lehoko.



South Africa’s favourite Sunday shows remain unchanged with our Gospel, Soul & Jazz inspired Sundays hosted by Thami Ngubeni, Khaya Mthethwa, The Love Movement Brothers and Nothemba Madumo bringing in the soothing sounds of Jazz to bring your weekend to an end.



The station has parted ways with Thomas Msengana, Pearl Modiadie, Lebo Motsoeli, Bujy Bikwa, Luthando Shosha, Khanya Siyengo, Mduduzi Khumalo.

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Brand new 5FM line-up is here!

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

5FM has announced their line-up changes for 2021, which includes a brand-new breakfast show, among other exciting changes. This year the station looks to inject new energy with plenty of fresh talent in keeping with its ethos to bring together South African youth through the power of radio.


Dan Corder from sister station Good Hope FM takes over the reins of weekday breakfast, and the Capetonian, who cut his teeth at campus radio, is joined by Mathapelo Moloi on News, Xoli Zondo on Sport, and Marli van Eeden on Traffic. News presenter Mathapelo is a passionate broadcaster from the Eastern Cape whose love for news and current affairs saw her work in various newsrooms around the country. Xoli got her start in the industry on community TV, followed by her win of the 2013 National SABC Sports Presenter Search, which led her to work on SA FM’s weekend breakfast show for the past few years. Marli also has community radio experience gained while co-hosting a breakfast show on a campus radio station in Stellenbosch.

On his gig as breakfast show presenter, Dan says, “5FM has always been the coolest radio station in my world. It is the station of the future where, together with our loyal 5FM fans across the country, I can make the radio of my dreams.”


Stephanie B will hold the fort of mid-mornings (Mon. – Fri. 09:00 -12:00) while Zanele Potelwa takes over the afternoon slot (Mon. – Fri. 12:00 – 15:00). Zanele joined 5FM as a member of the 5Squad before reading traffic on the breakfast show for the past year. An accomplished presenter for both television and radio, Zanele is known for her effervescent personality and is sure to bring something special with her own weekday show. Zanele is joined by newsreader Yanga Mjoli.


Roger Goode takes his special brand of on-air craziness to weekday nights, taking over the Monday – Friday 18:00 – 19:00 slots as well as an extended version of the show on Fridays 19:00 – 22:00. Leah Jazz, another success story of the 5Squadwill take over the late-night slot Monday – Thursday 22:00 – 01:00 and, with her edgy personality, will bring life to after hours.


The stations’ weekend breakfast show Saturday & Sunday, 07:00 – 10:00, will see Nicole da Silva continue as the presenter and gain a new news presenter and sports presenter. Self-proclaimed radio-head Edah Setati joins Nicole da Silva on news while Wesley Gabriels, who has worked at multiple stations in Cape Town, is on sport.


Hosting the Top 40 on 5 on Saturday (10:00 – 14:00) as well as 5 Takeover on Sunday at the same time is broadcaster Nick Archibald, who describes himself as an entertainer at heart and looks forward to joining the national radio station.


Award-winning presenter Kea Boya joins the station to host two shows on Saturday and Sunday, 14:00 – 17:00. Kea joined campus radio in 2018 and has since won a Radio Award for a drive show and looks to bring her brand of engaging and relatable radio to a broader audience.


  • Television graduate Boipelo Mooketsi has been working on campus radio for the past 4 years and will host two new weekend shows on 5FM on Saturday and Sunday, 22:00 – 01:00.


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trufm announce line-up changes

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

trufm will effect slight changes to its line-up on 1 April 2021. The station’s energetic and informative breakfast show truMornings hosted by Reggie Solani and AJ Maclean will start from 06h00-0900 followed by the truExperience hosted by Blaq Maci from 09h00 -11h30 weekdays.


Joining the truMornings show (06h00-09h00) and Drive326EC between 15h00 – 18h00 sports desk is Lunga Mantakana and Luyolo Mkalipi respectively.



The 2020/2021 truTalent winner Hlumela Qabo will replace Asive Sotashe who won the 2019 truTalent and host a new show called, The Grind between 03h00-06h00 weekdays.



Zizipho “Zips” Mpopoma will take over the 06h30 – 09h00 weekend breakfast slot on Saturdays, now called, The Saturday Showdown with Sanele Nongauza as Sport Contributor.

The Urban Exchange, the Hip Hop edition hosted by Yahkeem Mavulakuvaliwe will be extended by an hour and now be broadcast between 12h00-15h00 on Saturdays.



The station is also excited to announce that a new SABC Education slot has been introduced between 21h00 -22h00 on Sundays to focus on Science & Technology and Teenzone  followed by After Hours hosted by Dee Luks between 22h00- 01h00.



Masi Mdingane, Acting Station Manager alluded that; “These changes will entrench the station’s regional peri-urban positioning and ensure that it remains relevant to a youthful audience. The weekend schedule has been given a facelift which will see young talent scheduled on prime time.”


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Putco Mafani returns to Umhlobo Wenene FM

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Umhlobo Wenene FM will be making minor changes to its current line-up, which has successfully served the station’s audience in the past year. The station is proud to announce that Mr. Putco Mafani and Ms Ongeziwe Mjana will be joining the station’s superb line-up as Sports presenters from Thursday, 01 April 2021.

Putco Mafani is not new to the station and has vast experience in the world of sport, including sports sponsorship, marketing and communications. He is a well-known broadcaster across South Africa and beyond its borders.   Putco brings his immense talent and creativity into the shows that he will be presenting.


He has been entrusted with presenting a popular sports show, Ezemidlalo, Mondays to Thursdays, from 19h00-20h00. He will also present an exciting Saturday morning sports show, Ezemidlalo Nolonwabo breakfast sport, from 07h00-09h00.


Ms. Ongeziwe Mjana is also not new to the world of radio broadcasting as she has been a sports commentator and standby presenter in one of Umhlobo Wenene FM’s sister stations.  She brings an exciting flavour to the weekend sports shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 15h00-18h00. Her impressive experience will add to the station’s already talented female presenters and commentators.


Umhlobo Wenene FM management welcomes Putco and Ongeziwe to the station’s winning team and wishes them well.


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Ukhozi FM reshuffle its line-up

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) biggest radio station, Ukhozi FM will be introducing some line-up changes effective 01 April 2021. The station was at 7 607 000 on the last RAMS release a year ago and believes that this new lineup will comfortably deliver the station’s target of 8 000 000 listeners by 2023.


The station’s breakfast show which broadcasts on Monday to Friday between 06h30 – 09h00 will see the return of seasoned presenter, Sipho Mbatha who comes with a wealth of broadcast experience. Sipho will be joined by Nonhlanhla “Mroza “Buthelezi. These two broadcasters will be remembered for the huge impact as co-presenters of the station’s Afternoon Drive in 2008.

Dudu “Lady D” Khoza, the Queen of the Airwaves maintains her 09h00-12h00 weekdays slot where she will continue to bring audiences what they have come to love over the past 27 years.

The 12h30 – 15h00 slot welcomes Bheka Beekay Mchunu who successfully grew his previous slot to a record breaking 3.1 million listeners. Siya Mhlongo and Selby “Selbeyonce” Mkhize are set to deliver the Afternoon Drive from 15h00 – 18h00 from Monday to Friday.


Zimiphi Biyela is returning to host the Saturday Maskandi show between 09h00 – 12h00 and one of the most exciting changes for the station is the introduction of the new talent, Zama Mseleku to the line-Up. Mseleku, the winner of the Winnie Mahlangu Female Presenter Search will be hosting the new developmental slot on Sunday 03h00 – 06h00. Sbu Buthelezi will continue to host the Sunday Gospel Show which will now broadcast from 09h00 – 12h00.



The Station’s Business Manager, Sbongi Ngcobo elatedly stated that “Ukhozi FM continues to dominate and be a leader in the radio broadcasting space and believes that this will continue in the 2021/2022 fiscal year as we prepare to deliver quality programming and listener engagements through exciting marketing campaigns”.

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Nokia ( 5G radio and FastMile 5G gateways provide ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access services to subscribers; Safaricom also showcased 5G hologram and UHD video communication using live 5G network.


Nokia has announced today that it is powering East Africa’s first 5G commercial services with Safaricom, the leading telecoms operator in the country. Nokia’s 5G Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology and 5G FastMile gateways enable ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to Safaricom’s subscribers across Kisumu and the Western Province of Kenya.

5G technology will enable new applications in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence for Safaricom subscribers. It will also benefit enterprises across important energy, healthcare, education, transport and entertainment applications.

At a launch event in Nairobi, Safaricom showcased the capabilities of the 5G network with three use cases — 5G hologram, Ultra-HD video communication and virtual fashion shopping. In the hologram showcase, the live 5G network was used to teleport Safaricom’s executives from Safaricom office in Kisumu to the launch event in Nairobi. And in the second showcase, Ultra-HD video communication was made using the 5G Fixed Wireless Access connectivity powered by WiFi-6 with Nokia Beacon 6. The third showcase of virtual shopping will change shopping experience allowing users to try on clothes “virtually”.



Nokia has leveraged its AirScale SRAN platform to enable ultra-low latency, huge connectivity and extreme capacity to support the demands of today and tomorrow. The 5G network utilizes massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radio to improve spectral efficiency and throughput capacity, maximizing the return on Safaricom’s RAN investment. In addition, Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway provides fiber like speeds for fixed wireless services to subscribers. Also, the company’s network planning, deployment and integration services ensured timely rollout of the network.



As part of the network, Nokia 5G Cloud Mobility Manager delivers the scalability, flexibility, high availability and performance needed to support the growth of mobile and enterprise services. Nokia’s NetAct network management system helps Safaricom have consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management.



Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom, said: “We are proud to be the first operator in the East Africa to launch 5G services, bringing the benefits of 5G technology to our customers. 5G capabilities will change a lot of things in unimaginable ways for people and enterprises, playing a key role towards fulfilling our vision to transform lives. Our long-term partner Nokia’s technologies and services expertise helped us achieve this milestone in our journey to provide world-class broadband services to our customers.”



Amr K. El Leithy, SVP, Middle East and Africa Market, Nokia, said: “With over 200 commercial 5G agreements with leading customers across the globe, Nokia has been bringing 5G network to every part of the world. Our 5G network for Safaricom is a key part of this journey and we are committed to working with the operator to transform the communications landscape in the country. This will open new business opportunities for Safaricom.”

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