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SABC Limpopo radio stations Munghana Lonene fm, Phalaphala fm and Thobela fm, popularly known as the SABC Limpopo Combo, have a myriad of activities lined up as they join the whole world in celebrating the ‘Nelson Mandela Month’.


As early as the 15th of July, Munghana Lonene fm will hand over a house to the Lishivha family at Madodonga (pictured), outside of Makhado, supported by Phalaphala fm. The family of two unemployed adults who are physically and mentally handicapped will bid farewell to their wattle and daub structure which has been their abode for so long.


On Friday the 17th, Munghana Lonene fm will move on to Nwamitwa village in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, to hand yet another house to the Grobler family in the Ruanda informal settlement. The following day the station will hand over their third house in Phalaborwa, Majeje, in partnership with the Rotary Club Phalaborwa. This project will go a long way in giving relief to the Khosa family of eight who have been living in a one room shack for as long as they can remember.


Munghana Lonene fm vows to continue dedicating efforts and resources to this worthy cause as they have their fair share in this (global) service of humanity.


July 17th also sees Phalaphala fm, in partnership with Correctional Services, handing over a house to Takalani Children’s Home in Siloam, which is in the Makhado municipal area.


On the July 18th, the province’s biggest radio station Thobela fm will be refurbishing a library at Mamabolo Primary School in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Education.


From there the station joins the Presbyterian Church Sunday service in Solomondale on July the 19th, donating blankets to the needy in the church.


Acting Provincial General Manager Mr. James Shikwambana has made a call for all SABC Limpopo Province employees to participate in making a difference this month, saying “Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world. And I want to make a call to all SABC Limpopo citizens that we all have the ability to make an impact. Do something to change somebody’s life this month”.



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This July Heart FM and GrandWest celebrate the second birthday of their satellite studio situated at GrandWest. GrandWest is currently the only entertainment venue in the Western Cape to boast an on-site radio station.


Heart FMSince its first live broadcast on the 10th of July 2013 more than 550 shows have been broadcast live from the studio. The satellite studio is located to the left of the main entrance of the venue, giving listeners a unique opportunity to see their favourite personalities in action on a weekly basis.  The studio has hosted many a local and international celebrity over the last two years.


In celebration of the birthday, the Cape Village at GrandWest – just outside the popular Ice Station – will be carnival themed with spot prizes and fun activities for the whole family between 12h00 and 14h00 Saturday, 11 July 2015.


Come and meet Aden Thomas, Tracey Lange, JP Carelse, Suga, Lunga Singama, Irma G and Jo-Dee Butler and join in the celebrations!

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RSG and SANBS save lifes for Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

RSG and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) join forces in July to honor Mandela’s legacy. RSG listeners will be able to honor former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy by giving the gift of life.


SANBS master logoNot only will RSG’s announcers and SABC employees be invited to donate blood, but listeners will be encouraged to donate a total of 6 700 units of blood.


Although Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July, RSG and SANBS are inviting South Africans to choose blood donation as their continued act of generosity, and to make every day a Mandela Day.


“There is no better way to honour the life and spirit of a man who epitomized the precious value of life, but to donate blood,” said Vanessa Raju, national communications manager of the blood service. “In this way the lives of victims of accidents, mothers in childbirth, cancer patients and thousands of others can be saved.”


RSG and SANBS last year presented a similar project, and received more than 3,000 units of blood. This year’s campaign aims to double that. And on top of that, RSG listeners can win hampers in a weekly lucky draw on-air.


Programs like Praat Saam (with Lynette Francis) and Tjailatyd (with Amoré Bekker) will keep listeners informed. Interviews with people whose lives have been saved due to blood donation, will also be broadcasted throughout July.


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On the 04th of July 2015, Umhlobo Wenene FM‘s two month long talent search came to an end on a festive note as they announced Monwabisi “Gudl’abatshakazi” Bangi as the winner of the talent search project. The radio station was searching for a suitable presenter to replace the late Saba Mbixane who passed on earlier this year.

Gudla New PresenterThe talent search project came to a befitting end with a well-attended function that was co-hosted by Umhlobo Wenene FM and Umzimvubu Local Municipality in Mt Frere which is the birthplace of Saba Mbixane. The much anticipated announcement was made by Umhlobo Wenene FM Station Manager, Mr. Phumzile Mnci, after a series of scintillating performances by cultural groups who wowed the crowd with energetic dance movements.

After Gudl’abatshakazi was named the winner the crowd went euphoric and accompanied him to the stage with a song.

Gudl’abatshakazi had 134 294 votes and the second runner up had 59 096 with a vast difference of about 75 000 votes between the top two contenders.

Monwabisi, who is popularly known as Gudl’abatshakazi Bangi, is not new to the radio industry. He joins Umhlobo Wenene FM with 10 years of radio experience having joined Unitra Community Radio in March 2005. Gudl’abatshakazi has various achievements under his belt. His achievements include the following




  • Unitra Community Radio Presenter of the year in 2007
  • SATMA nominee for the best community radio traditional music presenter in 2008
  • SATMA winner for the best community radio dj in 2008
  • SATMA nominee for the bet community radio dj in traditional music in 2011
  • SATMA nominee for the community radio in traditional music 2014.


As from the beginning of August 2015 Gudl’abatshakazi will be hosting the popular traditional music shows known as Lavuth’ibhayi and Siwel’ithukela .This is what the station manager had to say about Gudla’s appointment. “I wish to congratulate Gudla for joining one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations. He is aware that he is replacing a Giant of the airwaves and I am optimistic that he will be up to this mammoth task. What makes me even more excited is the fact that he is our listener’s choice. It means that we have successfully completed a listener participation process that will translate into a further audience growth for the two shows and the audience for the station at large.I can confirm that the station is heading for exciting times.”


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The Grillhouse in Atholl Square was filled with the spirit of cheer, celebrations and laughter as clients, executives and media joined  Jacaranda FM in celebration of Commercial Station of the Year.


jac1-300x189The music was pumping, drinks in hand and inspiration from Kagiso Media’s Group Deputy CEO Omar Essack, Kagiso Media’s Chief Executive of Radio, Nick Grubb and Jacaranda FM’s General Manager, Kevin Fine. MC’s of the night, handsome Thabiso “Mack” Rapapali and legendary MTN Radio Awards winner, Barney Simon who made it a point to keep guests entertained.


The Jacaranda FM team was showed off to guests and DJ Jazzy D got everyone dancing and moving to his beats. The Future Group’s radio awards executives, CEO Lance Rothschild and COO Tarn Westoby joined in the celebrations. Frankie Du Toit and the afternoon team did a great job of broadcasting live from the Grillhouse where guests on the show included Group CEO of Kagiso Media, Mark Harris. Cameras were flashing, smiles shining, conversations flowing champagne was the gift to sign off a glamourous evening.

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Metro FM to Shutdown Durban

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Durban July is here, one of the most popular horse-racing event in the country and the city of Durban is expected to the place to be this coming weekend.

VDJTouchDown1300Metro FM is one of the radio stations that wouldn’t let the opportunity to pass. They are hosting  a night of hip hop for the Metro FM Touchdown and hip hop lovers.


Forget what you heard on radio, loosen your tie, turn up and nae nae to the hottest Hip Hop sounds, the station reported on its website.

It will see Tbo-Touch sharing the stage with Metro FM’s biggest hip hop DJs like  Naked DJ, Sphectacular and Naves joined by a South African A-list hip hop artist.

Come through to California dreaming, Dairy Beach, Durban on Saturday 4 July 2015. Tickets are available at the door at R200.

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Lotus FM has announced its commitment to honoring Nelson Mandela’s legacy by celebrating Mandela Day. This is when Lotus FM staff, freelancers and stakeholders come together to dedicate 67 minutes of the day to ensure that Madiba’s dream for the children of Southern Africa comes true.


ltszThe public broadcaster will host a telethon to collect as many school shoes as possible on the 17th July 2015. All staff, listeners and viewers are encouraged to come down to the SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road to dedicate 67 minutes to calling friends, family and corporate companies to donate towards this worthy cause.



All school shoes donated on this day will be distributed as part of Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts campaign. “Your gift will help us to realize Mandela’s legacy wish,” says station manager, Alvin Pillay.



“It is imperative that we teach the children of this country to be the best at whatever they do, they must be the difference, be the change and in their own way, they will be changing their future world”, comments Lotus FM  Programmes Manager, Santosh Beharie.



But they need support. If one would like to donate school shoes in honour of Madiba’s Legacy, dedicate 67 minutes by purchasing these gifts and drop them off at SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road – or email to register to be part of the telethon.


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Joburg Radio Days : Radio 2.0

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Wits Radio Academy’s annual radio conference has become the premier gathering of radio leaders on the continent. It’s where they grapple with issues facing the medium in a changing environment, get inspired by the best new ideas from here and abroad, and learn new skills.

radiodays_logoThe conference will bring together around 50 top international speakers, and 200 and upwards delegates from public, commercial and community radio; producers, managers, on-air talent, sales and marketing staff and anybody else interested in the medium. It’s the conference for everybody interested in radio and its future. This year, the theme is Radio 2.0, concentrating on the new shapes and forms the medium will take.
It will be the conference’s six edition, and we are introducing a number of innovations:

  • The conference is being renamed Radio Days Africa to reflect a stronger focus on the whole continent;
  • A new stream of events focused particularly on sales and marketing issues;
  • Masterclasses where delegates can hone their skills, taught by top experts.

Conference Highlights

  • International insights on making social media work for radio programmers
  • The challenge of needletime: the likely introduction of needletime charges will make it much more expensive to play music. Hear how key role players are thinking about the issue.
  • Masterclass on how to build a successful radio advertising campaign.
  • The role of audio in building brands: US insights.
  • Enabling radio’s digital future. Now that TV’s digital migration is finally underway, what are government role players doing to move radio into a digital future?
  • How to step into big shoes: exploring how prominent DJs and presenters handle the challenge of taking over a popular slot
  • Masterclasses on interviewing and music scheduling.
  • The podcasting revolution: this online audio form is taking the US and other countries by storm. We will explore the phenomenon and its potential in SA.
  • Year one of unradio: A year after Gareth Cliff started his new online venture, we ask him back to hear how things have gone.
  • The connected car: new cars will be Internet enabled. What does that mean for radio?

…imaging, radio in other countries, visual radio, community radio hubs and much else

The nitty gritty



Dates: July 1 – 3, 2015

Venue: Wits Club, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Programme and other information:


Phone: 011 717 4083

Facebook: Wits Radio Academy

Twitter: follow @JhbRadioDays



Full package: R3500, 3 days, including lunches, teas, conference pack, welcome event.

Single day: R1500.


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Janina Oberholzer leaves Jacaranda FM

Posted by radio On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Janina Oberholzer who has been on the Martin Bester Drive for the past 7 years has decided not to renew her contract at the end of June.


Janina-Oberholzer-in-Pienk1Janina says she has chosen to leave at the end of June to pursue a full time career in television and to expand her brand. Having studied Drama at the University of Pretoria, Janina feels the time has come to expand and let South African know that she is an actress and not only a presenter and radio personality.





Although she may be leaving radio, Janina says she is not leaving the medium forever.



“Jacaranda FM has been my home for the past 7 years and I could not have asked for a better team to work with. Even though I am excited for my future ventures, I am sad to be leaving a part of me at the station. It has been an absolute privilege being at Jacaranda FM for so long and at such a young age.” Says Janina.


This is the beginning of a new chapter for Janina, big things are coming for her and Jacaranda FM wishes her all the best. Janina Oberholzer will always be part of the Jacaranda FM family.

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OFM investing in education

Posted by radio On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

OFM, the sound of Central South Africa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kagiso Shanduka Trust, thereby firmly committing itself to improving education in the Free State.


ofmlogoThe Kagiso Shanduka Trust, together with the Free State Department of Education, aims to effect educational transformation in 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts.  These schools include primary, secondary, combined, intermediate and farm schools. The main goal of the Trust and its activities, is to equip learners with skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.


Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM’s General Manager: “OFM is incredibly excited to become part of this worthy cause.  Education is a high priority in South Africa and the work done by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust is making a huge difference to the educational landscape in the Free State.  We hope that our involvement will help the Trust to grow from strength to strength.”


The Trust’s activities centre around four focus areas, namely transformation and empowerment workshops, curriculum and social development, infrastructure development and leadership development.  It is run by passionate individuals, who bring knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership from three organisations – the Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Shanduka Foundation.


“OFM will be a proud media partner of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust’s programmes in the Free State.  Hopefully, we can provide a platform through which the Trust can promote its programmes and gain vital support.  The future of our country’s youth is everyone’s concern and we look forward to playing our part in creating a better educational environment for the learners in our province,” says Efstathiou.



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