Light a candle


2019 is going to be an interesting year for all of us. Instead of cursing the darkness, let us all light a candle, build bridges and walk together.


Get experience in our newsroom


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Bush Radio has places available in its newsroom for volunteer recruits.

Read the following carefully!

*** This is NOT a call for DJs, music show presenters or newsreaders***

Are you:

  • Interested in developing news that matters to the Cape Flats?
  • Curious, adventurous, always looking for a story, willing to hunt down a source, energetic?
  • Able to speak, write and read in English & Afrikaans or Xhosa?
  • Willing to explore new frontiers in media?
  • Able to work hard in a challenging environment?

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Record sound, conduct interviews, compile bulletins, read bulletins, take pictures, record video, cover events and test your skills LIVE to a listening and online audience of over 375 000 people.
  • Develop what it means to be journalist in a changing news environment?

If your answer to the above is yes, then a volunteer news trainee position in the Bush Radio newsroom is for you. (Download application form)

Things to pay attention to:

  • You will be required full-time with shifts (06h00 – 14h00 and 10h00 –18h00) – 5 days a week, including weekend and public holiday shifts.
  • You must be available to start in January 2019.
  • You will not receive payment! This is a full-time trainee position at Africa’s leading community radio station.
  • Transport allowance of R500 per month for 3 months (probation), increased to R 1000 thereafter, non-negotiable for 9 months.
  • Students attending class should not apply.
  • Candidates must be computer literate.
  • Candidates must be Cape Town based.
  • Understand, write and read English and one other language (Afrikaans or Xhosa)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be put through a combination interview, written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and a voice test at a specified date in December 2018.

How to submit your application:

  1. Download and complete the CV Application, attach documentation (certificates etc)
  2. In the the subject line write: (name) and (surname) – Newsroom trainee January 2019
  3. Email completed application form to

Application deadline: 5 December 2018 (no late applications will be considered)

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – No correspondence will be entered into. If you have been contacted within one week of the closing date you should consider your application unsuccessful.
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Counting down to those Black Friday sales?


It seems that everyone is counting down the days to “Black Friday” sales.

According to the Reserve Bank, consumer debt currently stands at R1.7-trillion, with a study by the World Bank revealing that about 25 million South African adults owe money.

We would like to ask our listeners to avoid getting  caught by sales gimmicks and false discounts. Remember to plan for the necessities  for  the  months  ahead  like  your  rent, bond, food and transport.

Do not get yourself into unnecessary debt.

Some advice from the National Credit Regulator:

  • If it is on sale and you buy it on credit, remember that interest and fees will push up the price. Therefore, cash is king for sale items.
  • Don’t spend what you don’t have this  means  do not  live  beyond your  means and don’t buy if you haven’t budgeted;
  • Set a realistic budget of what you can afford to spend at the beginning of your Black Friday/Christmas shopping and stick to it;
  • Don’t shop in a hurry, without a plan and place everything on your credit/ store card;
  • Plan carefully and pay particular attention to your budget, especially bearing in mind the additional expenses that come with the new year;
  • Have  a  shopping  list  to  avoid  buying  unnecessary  items if you don’t need it now, chances  are  you  may  never  need  it. So  a void  wasting  your  time  and  hard earned money
  • If  you  want  to  begin  the  New  Year  in  a financially  sound  position, be  aware  of  how you spend your money during this period and save for the New Year;
  • Do  a  budget  for  the  festive  season  which includes all  debt,  rent,  electricity,  water, insurance, transport, gifts, school uniform, stationery, entertainment etc;
  • Don’t blow your bonus on treats. Spend Wisely and rather pay off your debts;
  • Shop around for specials and compare prizes; Spend wisely tomorrow and during the festive season and enjoy a financially relaxed and  peaceful  new  year.

Remember  that  if  you  choose  to  ignore  your  budget  and break the bank on Black Friday or max out your credit cards for festive shopping you may be headed for a bleak 2019.

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Rewinding in the (open) streets


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A big thanks to Cazz, Sive, Yuzriq all the Bush Radio listeners who came out to participate in our marathon Retro-Rewind Open Streets Woodstock broadcast on Sunday, 28 October 2018 in Main Road, Woodstock.

Thanks to Abdu Mohamed who submitted the pictures for us.

We hope to see you at the next Open Streets Event, where we hope to have even more fun and exchange around spatial planning, transport and access for all Capetonians.

Can Retro-Rewind skate? come see!


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On Sunday the 28th October 2018 is Open Streets Woodstock, and we will be joining the activities planned for the day.

Bush Radio will bring you a marathon edition of Retro-Rewind from 10am till 2pm at the Woodstock Skate Park, as part of the Twenty Skeight and Eduskeight park streets poster.png

Eduskeight and Sk8forGr8 are Woodstock-based, youth-driven and youth-focused initiatives who have been actively working across Cape Town and beyond to bring positive change to children’s lives through skateboarding and creativity.

Join Cazz, Sive, Yuzriq and the rest of the Bush Radio team for information, music, fun and reclaiming the streets.

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Growing the revolution organically


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Join Ihlumelo Lokhayo Lwethu Youth Development for the Organic Food Revolution Event this Friday (26 October 2018) at the Khanyisa After-care and development centre at B778 Lunde Street, Khayelitsha.

The event is intended to help children and the community on how best can they be mentored on the healthy eating as well as doing businesses through small scale farming.

At the event there will be different guest speakers that will bring tools for you to start and grow your own businesses and start small scale farming.

For more info contact Donald at 084 7758 384.

Bush Radio will also be broadcasting from the event from 12pm to 4pm, so if you can’t be at the event tune into 89.5FM / for more information and interviews.

Media Freedom and Breaking the news


The media in South Africa commemorates the 41st anniversary of the infamous “Black Wednesday” which happened on the 19 October 1977, The World and Weekend World newspapers and several organisations were banned.

We think this day is a good time to reflect on the state of journalism in the country in 2018, especially in light of the recent scandal that has rocked a Sunday newspaper.

We have come a long way to media freedom in this country. Being Africa’s oldest community radio station project, which at one stage faced the full wrath of the apartheid government, we feel it is our duty and responsibility to promote accurate and fair reporting.

Bush Radio does not have the resources to be a “breaking news” station, but it is our duty to be accurate and give our listeners an opportunity to make up their own minds. This however can only happen if we present all sides of any argument, through good research and having access to role-players like politicians on a local, provincial and national level – this is proving harder and harder as officials simply refuse to comment or respond to questions from our newsroom and producers.

We call on all role-players who have an interest in improving the lives of the people on the Cape Flats to be accessible, especially to community media who truly speak and represent the people of Cape Town. It is only by engaging on the hard questions that we can truly claim to be improving the lives of citizens – and being a platform where people and audience can engage with political and social leaders. Thereby learning, healing and growing this wonderful city.

As a place where many young journalists start in their careers, we call upon our audience to hold us accountable and engage with us around our reporting and broadcasts.

Background on Black Wednesday:

On this day in 1977 in South Africa, then Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger, banned The World and Weekend World newspapers by stating that these publications were “publishing inflammatory material that threatened the nation’s security” and the paper’s editor Percy Qoboza and other journalists were arrested and jailed.

19 organisations were also banned and apartheid critics were detained.

The organisations banned were BPC, SASO, Black Community Programmes, Black Parents Association, Black Women’s Federation, Border Youth Organisation, Eastern Province Youth Organisation, Medupe Writers Association, Natal Youth Organisation, National Youth Organisation, SASM, Soweto Students Representative Council, Soweto Teachers Action Committee, Transvaal Youth Organisation, Union of Black Journalists, Western Cape Youth Organisation, Zimele Trust Fund, Association for the Educational and Cultural Advancement of African People of South Africa.

Banning orders were also served on Beyers Naude and journalist Donald Woods.


“Ain’t no party like a Roskilde party”



All text and pictures by Henrik Gustafsson.

Morjens and greetings from the annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark!

The first Roskilde Festival took place in 1971, in July 2018 the Wrong Rock Show’s and Finland’s DJ Finnjävel visited the festival for the 21st time. You might already have heard my musical report from Roskilde, broadcast on Bush Radio 23 July 2018 – if not, you’ll find it here.

South Africans galore

Without examining all the old festival programmes, I’d claim 2018 might have set a new record for the number of South African artists playing Roskilde: BCUC, FAKA and Moonchild Sanelly all featured in this year’s line-up.


BCUC’s Zithulele “Jovi” Zabani Nkosi


BCUC’s Kgomotso Neo Mokone

Soweto’s BCUC knocked me out with their mind-blowing live show at last year’s festival, see my 2017 blog entry. This year, they returned to a bigger stage (moving from Gloria, with a capacity of about 1,000 people, to Pavilion, being roughly twice the size of Gloria). I’m happy to report that history repeated itself: the place was packed and we all went nuts, singing “ain’t no party like a Roskilde party” as we strolled out of the tent after the concert. If the band’s Roskildevolution continues like this, I guess BCUC will headline the festival in less than five years. (I might add that it really is quite rare for artists to play Roskilde two years in a row; more or less the only band that springs to my mind is Finland’s The Flaming Sideburns, who played both 2000 and 2001.)

There’s a nice little live video clip of BCUC on the Roskilde Festival YouTube channel.

The rest of the South Africans performed at KlubRÅ, an intimate club space first introduced in 2017, fusing art and music at the festival. The Johannesburg performance art duo FAKA had prepared a show especially for KlubRÅ, and earlier that same day, they also participated in a short artist talk about being black and queer together with Sandra Mujinga from Norway.


Sandra Mujinga


FAKA’s Buyani “Desire Marea” Duma


FAKA’s Thato “Fela Gucci” Ramaisa



Just like FAKA, Moonchild Sanelly is also based in Johannesburg, and she brought her “future ghetto funk” – mixing music, fashion and dance – to KlubRÅ at the final night of the festival. She was also invited by Damon Albarn to join Gorillaz for one song, the last band playing Roskilde’s gigantic main Orange stage (with a capacity of more than 60,000 people) this year.

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Equality, art and activism

Starting in 2016, Roskilde Festival’s three-year standpoint theme has been equality, with a focus on political equality and human rights in 2016, cultural equality in 2017, and, finally, economic equality (and inequality, leading to migration and corruption) in 2018. The ordinary beer drinking, head banging festival goers might not necessarily have noticed this standpoint, at least not until they bumped into the “equality walls” situated near the Orange stage. These were copies of some of the prototypes of the wall that Donald Trump plans to construct between the United States and Mexico.


Equality walls

Initially, I wasn’t that impressed by this year’s Art Zone (situated between Orange and Gloria) exhibitions, but much of the artwork actually looked better at night.


Jillian Mayer’s (USA) Slumpies were a series of abstract furniture sculptures


Synthetic fluorescent stone sculptures by Nat Bloch Gregersen from Denmark


Pathway, designed by SANO, an architectural office based in Copenhagen


Graffiti artist: Alice Pasquini (Italy)


Graffiti artist: Farid Rueda (Mexico)

Graffiti has always been a part of Roskilde Festival, but usually the art curators also try to come up with something new and exciting every year. This year, there were a couple of fascinating installations in the foyer of Gloria. Pleun van Dijk from The Netherlands mass-produced little babies, while the Danish Lysbid duo (Maria Cramer Møller and Anna Østergaard Laursen) sold personalised jelly shots – in exchange for your fingerprints and access to your personal data…

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Pleun van Dijk: Replika – Staging a Human Production-Line

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Welcome to the body lab


The Lysbid bar

An “activist talk about rights and personal engagement” might not sound like the most exciting of events at a festival, but whistleblower Chelsea Manning spellbound the audience who managed to squeeze into Gloria at Roskilde Festival. And that shouldn’t surprise anybody, because few people alive can match her background, if you ask me.

She (or should I say he, because back then she was known as Bradley Manning) joined the US Army after finishing high school in 2007. In 2009, Manning was sent to Iraq as an intelligence analyst. In early 2010, she sent some 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, who published the material via The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel. Manning was arrested some months later, and sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 – the longest sentence ever given for leaking US government information. While in prison, she publicly identified as a trans woman and began transgender hormone therapy. In his last week in office, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, and she was released in May 2017. And then, in July 2018, Chelsea Manning gave her talk at Roskilde Festival.


Chelsea Manning

After seven years in prison, Chelsea Manning found Trump’s America resembling Iraq (see video): ”I was very alarmed, you know. I went out and everywhere I looked, you know, I see, everywhere in America right now, it’s just heavily armed police, body armour, rifles… I see a domestic military operation.”

Chelsea Manning also said that everybody belonging to any minority has reasons to be afraid in America right now. Now, that sounds scary. Who of us does not belong to some minority? Chelsea’s talk ended on a happier note, though: she has taken up music again, so maybe she’ll show up as an electronica artist at future Roskilde Festivals.

Possibly boring but certainly important facts about volunteering and sustainability

Just like Bush Radio (albeit on a different scale), Roskilde Festival depends on the work of volunteers. 31,000 volunteers helped making the non-profit festival great again this year, and most of these return to work for Roskilde year after year. And once again, the festival was completely sold out (80,000 full festival tickets + 20,000 one-day tickets) well in advance. The Roskilde Festival Charity Society organises the festival with the purpose of generating funds to donate to humanitarian and cultural initiatives. Over the years, the society has donated more than 345 million DKK to charity – just to name one example: in August this year, the festival supported Copenhagen Pride with a 500,000 DKK (approximately 67,000 EUR) donation.

Roskilde Festival has an ambitious 2016-2019 strategy for social and environmental sustainability. The goals include the festival activities being carried out “without negative environmental impact” and “with consideration and respect for human rights and human resources”. A lot of work needs to be done before these goals are fulfilled, and the festivalgoers can also do their share. For instance, a lot of camping gear is left behind, and the festival spends 8 million DKK every year cleaning up this mess.

There are about 180 food and beverage stands at Roskilde Festival, and last year they reached the goal of serving an average of 90% organic food across all stands (with almost every fifth stand serving 100% organic food). This year, the food stands also presented “climate menus”, showing calculated CO2 emissions of every dish.

A few more highlights and one single Finn

I don’t even need to check the musical programme before heading to Roskilde; I just know that I will meet old favourites of mine at the festival and I will stumble upon “new” artists to fall in love with instantly. Let me present one each of these from this year’s line-up.

I’ve seen the Norwegian free jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love at least three times before at Roskilde Festival: the three-headed garage jazz beast The Thing played in 2006, the cacophonic free jazz ensemble Fire! Orchestra (with some 30 members) in 2014 – both of these are led by sax master Mats Gustafsson, by the way – and in 2014, Paal also played as a noisy no-wave duo with Arto Lindsay. Fantastic concerts, each and every one of these, I might add.


Paal Nilssen-Love on stage with his Japan Free Jazz and Noise combo

This year, Paal Nilssen-Love played three unique shows in Roskilde, blasting off on Wednesday with Paal Nilssen-Love’s Japan Free Jazz and Noise – and I guess the name says it all… A wonderfully brutal gig! On Thursday, it was time for another world premiere, Paal Nilssen-Love’s Brazil Funk Impro: “groovy, noisy, loud and hard”, in the words of Mr. Nilssen-Love himself. On Friday, Paal went to a jazz festival in Norway, only to return on Saturday with the big band Large Unit Brazil Edition.


A small part of Large Unit Brazil Edition

You might have noticed that I haven’t been praising any Finnish bands playing Roskilde 2018, and the only reason for that is there were no Finnish bands playing Roskilde 2018… But wait! I still have an ace up my sleeve! The Finnish electronic noise artist Tommi Keränen is a member of Large Unit, and there he was, turning his knobs, stage left…


Tommi Keränen, Finland

If Paal Nilssen-Love was well known to me beforehand, the same cannot be said about Rascasuelos from Argentina, playing passionate tango “with the intensity of a rock band”, according to the festival programme. They are one of the groups at the forefront of Buenos Aires’ contemporary tango scene, and since their live show featured dancers as well, I was in for a real treat.


Rascasuelos with band leader Patricio Bonfiglio on bandoneón in the background


May I have this dance?


Most of the food I had at Roskilde Festival was quite disappointing, but this Vegan Russian was one of the most delicious drinks I have ever had

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Calling all young designers


cosatu PSA bush design 2018COSATU and Proudly South African are calling on young designers of clothing, jewellery, shoes or any other local products to participate in the Small Business Conference taking place on the 11 October 2018 from at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Designers can participate in the fashion show to showcase their products and designs, and will also be given a stall for FREE to exhibit their work to businesses and industry.

To participate, call Lumka Tamboer at COSATU on 021-4480045 or email

Deadline: 25 September 2018


Give Peace a Chance


The 21st of September marks the International Day of Peace. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

In 2003 Bush Radio started its “Bush against War” campaign, at the time the United States government and its allies issued an ultimatum to Iraq around the issue of weapons of mass destruction. Bush Radio held various protests and “pavement broadcasts” encouraging a peaceful resolution. Unfortunately what is now known as the “Iraq Conflict” is still ongoing.

We at Bush Radio continue to encourage peaceful resolutions, but we can’t just hope, we encourage all listeners and supporters to “Listen, engage and do!” around all conflicts.

*The audio in the clip is taken from our original ultimatum in 2003 – the announcement is voiced by the late Zane Ibrahim and the remixed version of the anti-war song – Give peace a chance by John Lennon, features the voices of Ready D, Godessa and the young people from our Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW)
*Pics sourced from the Bushradio Picture archive
*The conflict is also known as the War in Iraq, the Occupation of Iraq, the Second Gulf War, and Gulf War II. The period of the war lasting from 2003 to 2010 was referred to as Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States military.


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