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Audio and digital solutions company, Mediamark, has launched a new sales division that will represent the community radio space called CommVibe. In an industry first, Mediamark will be taking a package of Western Cape based community radio stations into the market, with the combined audience of just over 860 000 listeners. The offering is available to buy on Telmar and other planning tools through an aggregated audience buy.


  • Mediamark is owned by Kagiso Media who born out of the Kagiso Trust over 25 years ago. The organization has always played an important role in empowering and uplifting communities. “We had been asking how best we could play in the community radio space, using our deep knowledge and experience and also how we could help upskill community stations commercially, when we decided to adopt this innovative model,” explains Mediamark CEO Wayne Bischoff.


The decision to open the community radio sales division follows on from an extensive consultation process with both the advertising industry and community stations themselves. “What became clear is that there were three stumbling blocks to advertisers wanting to buy airtime advertising at a community level: it was difficult from a planning perspective to approach numerous smaller stations, secondly, they weren’t sure if their spots were actually flighted, and thirdly, there was uncertainty about whether the revenue had eventually reached the community stations” says Bischoff.


Through their unique offering, CommVibe, powered by Mediamark, aims to address all three concerns. Mervyn Naidu, Head of Business Development at Mediamark says, “Through the offering, we are providing advertisers access to a large aggregated and predominantly untapped audience across different audience segments, using radio stations who really understand the vibration of the communities they serve. We are also offering almost real-time proof of flighting / broadcast.”


Media guru, Gordon Muller is a big proponent of community radio. He likens ‘community’ to an atom, “At the centre of the atom is the ‘Nucleus’; the central energy force that holds the Atom (community) together. Each community will have a different energy source.”


Naidu says because community radio stations revolve around their specific shared ‘nucleus’ they have deeply loyal listeners. He adds, “They are an invested audience with a high time spent listening. So, we’re essentially offering advertisers an opportunity to upweight their campaigns by reaching this aggregated and deeply engaged audience, and over 400,000 who aren’t listening to any commercial stations at all.


While CommVibe will initially only have a Western Cape offering, the plan is to roll out similar packages across other provinces.

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Khuli Chana recently hosted the first Lunch Bar Life Lessons: Music Edition session, where he was joined by leading career coach, Vumi Msweli, to share the learning and lessons that have helped shape his career.

Earlier this year Lunch Bar announced its partnership with legendary musician, producer, and businessman, Khuli Chana as part of its mission to fuel Mzansi with collective goodness by bringing much much more to the next generation.


Through it’s Behind Every Legend initiative, Khuli Chana together with popular social media content creators have been sharing some of their legendary life lessons, including social literacy skills development, that you wouldn’t learn at school.


Vumi Msweli, has extensive experience working closely with individuals to fast track their trajectory in achieving their personal goals and empower them with skills to excel in their particular environment. “Giving the next generation access to the tools to thrive is vital to their success, to this end we’ve ensured the lessons we share with this audience have a tangible outcome, outlining a clear  path to set and achieve your goals,” says Vumi.

Khuli maintains that ‘’success is a collective journey’’ and the session, which was held at the Khuli Chana Studios in Midrand, was the ideal opportunity to introduce the community who have helped bring his music and business partnerships to life.


Exploring the different career paths available within the music and entertainment industry, Khuli’s business partner Yithi Zulu, spoke to tactics to build longevity in the entertainment industry, while his long-time music partner KayGizm shared where to find the inspiration to create music despite difficult times.


Khuli & Vumi share a few #legendarylifelessons


  • Understanding your business and your income streams is essential. Does your offering allow you to make money even when you’re not physically present, are you selling your time or receiving a fixed pay check? The average millionaire has seven streams of income – so consider the roles different income streams play in your overall success. Your side hustle may become your main hustle and help you achieve your financial goals while your fixed employment pays the bills while you build your empire, never underestimate the role each plays in your journey.


  • Understanding your finances: separate your personal finance from your business finance, which helps you to better manage your business finances, spot areas of growth and better understand how your money is spent. Vumi advises not to spend your money to impress your peers, focus financial spend on building the future you want. Instant gratification doesn’t always result in long-term success.


  • Understanding the power of collaboration: Formula 1 motor racing teams depend on their pitstop crew to refresh the vehicle and direct them onwards. Who do you have waiting at the pitstop? Who are the people that refresh you, guide you and help you reach the finish line? Select your team carefully and ensure they understand your goals and vision to enable you on your journey. Remember your support crew don’t all have to look and think like you – adding diversity to the people who surround you allows for different perspectives, which could open up new opportunities for you.


  • Understanding your value: It’s especially important for you to know your value, if other people don’t know the value you bring you can’t be paid for it.




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As part of its contribution to Mandela Day on 18 July, established South African coding program CodeJIKA will offer free coding training to learners, parents and teachers wishing to learn the basics of coding in 1 hour.

Optimized for both desktop and mobile, the programme offers a full curriculum of short courses that can be accessed at no charge and aims to provide critical digital skills that can empower African youth and kickstart a career in coding.

Through the Mandela Day initiative, teachers, parents and volunteers can assist a group of teens on how they can create a digital tribute for Nelson Mandela using the CodeJIKA 1-hour website curriculum, and start a coding club with their friends.

“This Mandela Day, we are aiming to introduce at least 10 000 African youth to the basics of coding in HTML, CSS and Javascript,” explains CodeJIKA Project Manager Sibusiso Khoza..


CodeJIKA’s  efforts are aligned with Nelson Mandela’s belief that  “Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world.” The teaching of 21st-century skills will be necessary for Africa to transform itself into a continent of growth and opportunity. and the CodeJIKA free coding curriculum was specifically created to help the  African youth to create a better life for themselves and those around them, through the use of digital skills.


Coding as a key lever to African development

As workplace and job requirements evolve, candidates highly skilled in computer science, programming and coding are increasingly in demand. Computer science skills also prepare the youth for the technological demands of the jobs of the future, regardless of field or occupation.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of jobs now require basic digital skills and about two-thirds of employers have reported experiencing skills gaps in their workforce. African technology industries are rapidly disrupting traditional job markets and creating new demands for roles in software development and machine learning engineering.


Given that only 2% of African students under the age of 18 years leave school with coding skills, the need for digital upskilling on the continent remains critical.


Former CodeJIKA students have lauded the programme, describing how it has kick-started their career.


“At first, I was intimidated by coding, but I soon started to really enjoy the experience,” describes

Paballo Mooka, Grade 9 Diepsloot Secondary 3

“CodeJIKA opened my eyes to the computer science world, which I never knew existed. My hunger for learning continued after I finished the course and graduated from high school. I enrolled to study a Bachelor of Computer Science at UNISA and I am enjoying my studies.”2018 CodeJIKA Alumni Calvin Semenya.




Ways to spread the word about CodeJIKA’s programmes this Mandela Day:


  • Help a group of teens to start a coding club .
  • Do an hour of code with a group of teens.
  • Share our programmes on social media by using the following hashtags #Code4Mandela #67MinutesOfCoding #MandelaDay #CodeJIKAMandela


“The CodeJIKA programme is an enjoyable and easy way to introduce young people to coding. Anyone can code; they just need the right tools and the support of those around them to show them that it is possible. This is what we do at CodeJIKA,” adds Thandie Mhlangu, CodeJIKA Provincial Trainer.

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As the needs of the East Coast Radio (ECR) audience constantly change and evolves, so too does the product that the station brings to its listeners. This includes the best in music, local news, and information with relatable, fun presenters to blend it all together.


East Coast Radio is switching up its weekend and evening line-up. Kicking off weekend mornings will be a brand-new breakfast show hosted by the winner of the 2021 ECR Presenter Search, Styles Mbatha. His warm and energising personality is the perfect way to get listeners out of bed and ready for a great day. Styles is a natural radio presenter and has fast become a fan favourite on the station.

The bubbly Jane Linley-Thomas brings with her a wealth of radio presenting experience and takes over the 2pm to 6pm slot. She will be playing lots of KZN’s No.1 hits and adding her vibrant, kind-hearted approach to weekend afternoon listening.

Tee Xaba moves from her weekend slot and joins the weekday line-up, hosting Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. Tee is a trendsetter and influencer on social media, and a well-known actress and TV personality. She will be the perfect companion as our audience unwinds.

Deon Govender will present the Friday evening 7pm to 10pm party show, bringing you the best party hits and setting the perfect mood for a great weekend. He will also bring his wealth of radio experience to the late-night weekday slot from 10pm to 1am. Deon is one of the country’s top DJs and a motoring specialist. He will keep our audience entertained into the early hours of the morning.

Sam Cele, who previously hosted the weeknight 10pm to 1am show, will now host Friday to Sunday from 10pm to 2am. He will bring his cool, calm style to late-night weekends, giving our audience the perfect playlist to sit back and take it easy to.

Our SA music focus, #PlayLocal, will be hosted by the talented Mike V, who in addition to his early breakfast show, will now bring a new focus to local artists and their music, featuring the best from South Africa and creating a springboard for up-and-coming KZN artists, too. The show is on air on Sunday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.

Danny Guselli remains in his popular weekend 10am to 2pm slot and the man with the golden voice, Gordon Graham, entertains on Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm.

ECR’s managing director, Boni Mchunu, says: “I am excited about the changes to the line-up where we are bringing a mix of experience and exciting new talent. I wish the presenters all the best in their new time slots and look forward to them delivering excellent content and music for our listeners and delivering audience numbers in the months to come.”

Programming manager, Zane Derbyshire, mentions that creating a line-up with a broad appeal is important to the ECR strategy. This is to ensure the offering speaks to the diverse ECR audience. “I am thrilled that we can create new shows that will deliver on the needs and lifestyles of our audience, while creating platforms for our presenters to shine.”

These changes to the weekend and evening line-up commence on Saturday, 2 July 2022.

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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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Moja Centres, a South African social enterprise has announced the introduction of design thinking qualifications as part of its social enterprise development programme. The two qualifications, Design Thinking Lead and Design Thinking Practitioner are part of the seven qualifications that have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on 01 April 2022 as occupational qualifications. The programme has already been tested to 16 students from the Kwa-Thema township as part of the five phases of the Moja Centres enterprise development programme.

It has been shown that design thinking skills are important for addressing problems affecting the youth and for creating opportunities for startups, especially in townships and rural villages where youth unemployment is high. Design thinking can introduce new ways of finding simple questions for innovation. Design thinking can also be used to help come up with innovation to address real issues. The method can be applied to specific problems, commercialize innovation and design products and services targeted at people who are affected by the same issues.


The development of the qualifications was spearheaded by the MICT SETA 4IR department with Moja Centres actively taking part in the process. The MICT SETA is the Development Quality Partner (QDP) for the Design Thinking Lead and Design Thinking Practitioner qualifications. Design thinking has been embedded as a module in other 4IR qualifications such Robotic, Process Automation, Internet of Things and 3D Printing.


“As the MICT SETA, we are excited about partnership with stakeholders in the provision of 4IR qualifications in South Africa,” explains Matome Madibana, MICT SETA acting CEO. “I wish to thank all stakeholders and the Community of Experts (CEPs) who participated in the development of the 4IR qualifications” said Ms Gugu Sema. Moja Centres is one of the stakeholders in the Community of Experts that developed these two qualifications.

The first group of participants who completed the individual-to-entrepreneur transformation phase of the programme are 16 students from the Kwa-Thema township in December 2021 are now ready to enroll in the second phase of the programme, Entrepreneur Capacity Development as Startups. The programme is arranged in five phases, delivered weekly, in a workshop format with daily work activities to carry out at home. The participants are expected to collaborate amongst themselves, conduct interviews in the community, and present results in class. Participants are also encouraged to look at understanding problems in a different way from the norm and come up with innovation to address problems affecting their communities.

“Personally, it has helped me a lot to view things in a different perspective. I now know how to control my emotions in any situation and not react instantly.’ explains Ms Mathabo Morudu, one of the participants who completed the first phase of the programme.


Co-founder of Moja Centres, Andile Tlhoaele has this to say of the courses, “The Moja Centres programme uses design thinking to simplify questions for innovation in areas such as farming, digital technologies, and human capital development. It can also facilitate innovation to address social challenges facing communities living in underserviced areas, especially rural villages where we believe this kind of intervention would make the most impact.”


Moja Centres (Pty) Ltd was founded by Dr Frasia Karua, the former General Manager of Amref Enterprise and Mr Andile Tlhoaele, the former lead consultant for Amref Health Africa when they visited innovation centres in Bangalore and Hyderabad India in 2018. Moja is a Swahili word meaning one, in township communities of South Africa, moja refers to being well or “sharp”. Moja Centre was founded on the need to simplify questions for innovation.


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YFM welcomes back Ayanda MVP

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

Commercial youth radio station, YFM, has officially welcomed Ayanda MVP as the afternoon drive show’s ‘power hitter’ for the Home Run show. The show debuts on 3 May and runs from Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm.


Known for her street cred and vibrant personality, Ayanda Mdluli, who was with the station in 2016, will host the afternoon drive show with Y’s DJ Flax, as producer and one of the contributors to the show.

Mdluli said, “I’m beyond excited to be back at Y. I’m a music driven broadcaster; most of my content is about artists and their tracks that are fire.”
“This new show gives me the platform to continue being purposeful and intentional with my love for music both on radio and the decks. I’ve been working towards an opportunity like this. And the time has finally arrived for me to host drive on Y. It’s time to hear what AyandaMVP is really made of. Molifeng!” she continued.


DJ Flax added, “Having built my name at Y on weekends, I now look forward to this incredible next chapter of content creation. Home Run with Ayanda MVP is all about entertainment and pushing boundaries.”


Phindi Ziqubu, content manager at Y said, “Ayanda’s return to the station is a true full-circle moment. Over the last few years, she has truly honed her broadcasting skill, her personal brand has gone from strength to strength and she remains a true embodiment of youth culture. We are confident that our audience will be just as thrilled about her return as we are.”


“The addition of Flax’s passion and love for creating great radio, added to Ayanda’s magnetic personality and unrivalled broadcasting acumen will create magic. I am elated to have Ayanda’s energy back in the Y studio and know that clients and our audience can expect nothing but amazing from Y this year,” concluded Haseena Cassim, MD of Y.

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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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Mediamark launches community radio sales offering

Audio and digital solutions company, Mediamark, has launched a new sales division that will represent the community radio space called […]

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