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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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NY Festival Radio Awards shortlist announced

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

The New York Festivals® Radio Awards competition has announced the 2022 Radio Awards shortlist across 14 category groups.

World-class audio entries created by storytellers from 24 countries around the globe were judged online by the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury. Shortlisted entries include audiobooks, dramas, documentaries, breaking news coverage, entertainment, and music specials from radio stations, networks, prominent production companies and independent producers.


The United Kingdom led with 75 entries shortlisted followed by the United States with 57, Ireland with 56 and Canada saw 35 entries.

Shortlisted global broadcasters include BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS News Radio, NBC News, RTÉ Ireland, Deutsche Welle (DW), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Mediacorp.


Prominent companies making the shortlist include HarperCollins Publishers, TBI Media, Radio New Zealand, ABC Radio National, Bloomberg, Intelligence Squared U.S., Lockdown Productions, Fresh Air Productions, SiriusXM, Penguin Random House UK, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Swedish Radio, Unusual Productions, Colorado Public Radio, DCP Entertainment, FM Club, JAZZ.FM91, GoLoud, Magnum Opus Broadcasting, Media 24, Radio Free Asia, Radio-Canada, Religion of Sports, Sky News Radio, Sveriges Radio, USG Audio, Virgin Radio UK, and Wondery.



New York Festivals Radio Awards honors storytellers from around the globe. Since 1957 NYF has celebrated excellence and innovation across all genres and platforms, keeping pace with industry-wide developments and global trends. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of the men and women who make up the global audio storytelling community. To view the 2022 shortlist, visit HERE.



All Entries in the 2022 competition were judged online by NYF’s Radio Awards Grand Jury of 200+ producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe and judged on the following set of criteria: production values, creativity, content presentation, direction, writing, achievement of purpose and audience suitability.



Award-winning entries will be announced during the New York Festivals 2022 Storytellers Gala virtual event on April 26th. All winners will be showcased on the Radio Awards winners gallery.



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SABC welcomes Must Carry Regulations amendment

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) welcomes the amendment of the Must Carry Regulations 2022 which now require subscription broadcasters to carry the public broadcasters’ channels “subject to commercially negotiable terms.” The SABC commends the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for correcting a historical wrong which had given subscription broadcasters the right to carry SABC channels “at no cost” since the enforcement of the Must Carry regulations in 2008.

When the SABC Board was appointed in 2017, one of its first key deliverable was to call upon the regulator to review the Must Carry Regulations and align them with the Electronic Communications Act (ECA). This legislation clearly required subscription broadcasters to carry the SABC’s channels “subject to commercially negotiable terms”. Unfortunately, for the last thirteen years the ICASA regulations have conflicted with this provision. It has taken a concerted effort from the SABC Board and Management and the Minister to rectify this unfair provision through the regulatory review process.



The SABC looks forward to negotiating in good faith with Multichoice and other subscription broadcasters which have thus far been carrying SABC’s channels and some of South Africa’s most watched programmes at no cost.

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Researcher, Content Producer, Policy Academic and MSG Afrika’s Commercial & Stakeholder Relations Manager Sibongile Gangxa has officially joined Power FM’s on-air lineup, hosting Power Life every Sunday from 21:00 to 00:00. 


A powerhouse, Sibongile holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Politics from Rhodes University and an honours in Public Policy and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance. She is currently training towards a Neuro- Linguistic Programming Certification.

She is a media practitioner who has extensive experience in the public relations and media industries. Boasting a media career that spans almost 10 years, having started as a Drive time news anchor on YFM, after successfully completing the 6- month Y-Academy programme. With a two-year stint as an articles clerk at two prestigious commercial law firms, Sibongile returned to her first love, radio and went on to produce successful night-time and daytime talk radio shows at Gauteng-based radio station, Power 98.7. She spent three years as an Executive Producer, responsible for the content and execution direction the station took across programming. During her time in Programming, she was responsible for some memorable radio moments that gave POWER 98.7 a competitive edge in the talk radio space.


Her creative rigour and deep understanding of the intersectionalities at play in South Africa’s socio-economic landscape, directed her into a space where she could use these insights in the innovation and commercial environment of POWER 98.7 where she has been Commercial & Stakeholder Relations Manager since 2020. She is a proponent of humanizing radio concepts in ways that don’t only create talkability, but that do so in ways that connect brands with audiences in authentic, sincere and creative ways – ultimately shifting perspectives and action.



Sibongile is also currently in the development phase of a mental wellness software/app, Safe Space which seeks to respond to the prevalence of mental illnesses in South Africa. This was inspired by her participation in Alexander Forbes’ 2018 installment of the Benefits Barometer which was themed around the wellbeing economy, illustrating the causal link between a strained economy and the wellness of its workforce.

She also sits as an advisory board member of Iziko Connect, an Eastern Cape based public Wi-Fi network, insights and digital marketing platform that seeks to bridge the digital divide – bringing content and access to opportunities through digital literacy initiatives in the rural outskirts of the Eastern Cape.

She is also a thought leader contributor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) training, assessment and advisory firm, Cohesion Collective, delving into issues of organizational culture change, transformation and other nuanced lived experiences of marginalized members of society within the institutions they work for. In her capacity as a researcher and as a writer, she adds to this EDI world of knowledge with compelling long format articles that speak to both human realities and technical insights on how organisations can mirror the aspirations of the society they exist within, tangibly.

Using research and creative content solutions, Sibongile’s body of work seeks to address developmental challenges in a human-centered fashion and captures the zeitgeist in ways that compel introspection, reflection and meaningful action.

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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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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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