Tribute to brave Ntombi Yoko


ntombi yoko 2004It was with sadness and shock that I accepted the news of the demise of one of the most fearless women to emerge in the aftermath of the Aids epidemic in Gugulethu and South Africa. (read more)

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Internship opportunities: NEWSROOM


Bush Radio 89.5 FM is looking for volunteer recruits for its newsroom.

You have to be energetic, curious, willing to learn, a team player and passionate about news.

You do not need a formal qualification to apply but should fulfill the criteria listed below:

*You need to be able to read and write in English and Afrikaans or English and Xhosa

*You will be required full-time and to work shifts (06h00 – 14h00 and 10h00 –18h00 –including weekend and public holiday shifts).

*Successful candidates will sign a minimum 6 month contract

You will not receive payment! This is a volunteer internship at Africa’s leading community radio station. Training allowance of R 1000 only – non negotiable

Shortlisted candidates will be put through a written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and voice test.

Send a detailed CV (minimum of 2 references) and motivation letter to: – your subject line must read: News Internship 2015

Application deadline: 30 September 2015 @ 17h00

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – No correspondence will be entered into.

We love #CapeTown


As part of our regular staff development sessions some of the Bush Radio trainees got to be tourists in their own city by hopping on the City Sightseeing South Africa open-top bus tour. The guys even did a short broadcast from the bus.

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Win tickets to Micasa’s Dare to Love Tour concert (CT)


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*****UPDATE 4 September 2015*****

Congratulations to Godfrey Hlazo from Langa and Nikita January from Grassy Park who won the tickets

Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving away two sets of double tickets for Mi Casa’s Cape Town Dare to Love tour taking place on the 4th of September 2015 at The Grand West Casino in Cape Town.

Mi Casa will also be releasing their third studio album, Home Sweet Home soon and the concert will feature songs from this album. This highly anticipated album features news tracks like “Hallo Baby”, “Chokolat”, “We on the night” with guest featured appearances by Cassper Nyovest, Big Nuz & DJ Tira, and leading East African group Sauti Sol.

How to enter:

Answer the question: What is the name of the new album Mi Casa will be releasing?

SMS: MICASA + The Answer + Your name + surname to 32158

Unlimited sms entries per person – the first two correct entries drawn will each win a set of double tickets
Competition closes at 09:30 on Friday 4th September 2015.

Winners will be announced on The Morning Cruise on the 4th of September 2015. GOOD LUCK!

SMS costs R1 each and free minutes do not apply.

Position available: Newsroom Co-ordinator


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  • Are you interested in helping develop Bush Radio’s newsroom?
  • Are we covering the right stories? Are we delivering news/it in the right way?
  • Is it news that our audience can use? Do you have basic managerial and editorial skills?

Then Bush Radio 89.5FM has a position for you as a newsroom co-ordinator.

We are looking for a dynamic, driven, hardworking and enthusiastic individual with a flair for, and the basic understanding of the running of a newsroom who is willing to be mentored to help develop Bush Radio’s newsroom: in terms of policy, content, delivery (reading) editing and networking.

In return Bush Radio will offer the candidate access to local and international training as it becomes available, as well as mentoring by senior Bush Radio management in order for the candidate to develop into a fully fledge radio news editor.

Duties will include: Ensuring that Bush Radio adhere’s to its newsroom polices, that content is developed to meet these requirements, ensure that all content published by the newsroom (ie bulletins, online articles, current affairs, features) are of a high and constantly improving quality.

  • No formal journalism or media qualification is a requirement but would aid application.
  • An excellent command of English and a good general knowledge is a requirement as well as the command of one other language Bush Radio broadcasts in (Afrikaans or Xhosa)
  • Experience in working in a newsroom would be an asset.
  • This is a full time contract position (1 year contract after 6 months’ probation)
  • Salary R 4 500 to R 6 000 based on skill level and experience.
  • Cape Town based
  • Application deadline: 17h00 on Wednesday, 26 August 2015
  • Only email applications will be accepted.
  • Send your application with the subject line: News Co-ordinator 2015 to

Application must include:

  1. detailed CV
  2. A motivation letter, including basic ideas on what you think community radio’s news priorities should be, as well as some detail on how you would transform the current news on Bush Radio 89.5FM.
  3. 3 contactable references

Position available: Administrative Assistant



Bush Radio 89.5FM has a vacancy for an energetic and organised Administrative Assistant (see full criteria + job description below).

Application must include a detailed CV, with a minimum of 3 contactable references.

Application deadline: 17h00 on Wednesday, 26 August 2015.

Applications can be emailed to and should state:
Administrative Assistant Application 2015 in the subject line. No telephonic enquiries will be accepted.

Candidates must be available to start immediately.

Applicants not contacted within two weeks after the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful.
Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Position: Administrative Assistant
Salary ranges from R60,000 – R84,000 per year depending on experience.
Cape Town based

Skills required:

  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel and internet / email) Excellent reading and writing skills in English and Afrikaans or Xhosa Strong interpersonal and communication skills .
  • Strong administrative and financial skills

Experience required:

  • Experience in administration and finance (NGO or commercial environment) Experience on SARS e-filing and Eazy File

Personality attributes:

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • Ability to work within a team

Key Performance Areas:


  • Stationery purchase and distribution
  • Do filing and updating of files
  • Maintain asset register
  • Report writing


  • Petty cash
  • Draft financial reports for the Station Manager
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Record keeping
  • Account payments and debt collections
  • Prepare and monitor budgets
  • Do all statutory returns, such as VAT, PAYE, SDL, and UIF


  • Keep and update all personnel records
  • Do work-schedules and make sure staff is on duty Deal with all statutory requirements


So Wrong, Mixcloud thinks we are right



Bush Radio 89.5fm is pleased to announce that The Wrong Rock Show was a finalist in the 2015 Mixcloud* Online Radio Awards.


Leading up to Bush Radio quietly celebrating its 20th “legal” on air birthday on the 9th August 2015, Mixcloud was sifting through 24 categories and over 5000 nominations to draft a shortlist for the 2015 annual Mixcloud Online Radio Awards in association with the International Radio Festival.

The Wrong Rock Show was 1 of 5 programmes shortlisted by Mixcloud in the Alternative/Rock Show category.

A big congratulations to Botha, Greg and team!

mixcloud* Mixcloud is a online music streaming service for the listening and distribution of radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts. Its notable users include Wired, Harvard Business School, TED Talks, and Barack Obama.

Are you happy with the proposed local music quotas? ICASA invites your input.


UPDATE: ICASA has granted an extension on written submissions
new deadline: 31 AUGUST 2015
chad saaiman vodfunfest alThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have recently called upon individuals and groups to make written input into the draft regulations on South African music content (ie quotas)

The regulations will guide all radio stations in SA as to how much local music they must play.

Highlights of the proposed regulations are:

  • Community radio 80% local (eg Bush Radio*, Zibonele, CCFM etc)
  • Commercial radio 35% local (eg KFM, Heart, Smile, Highveld, YFM)
  • SABC “Commercial” 35% local (Metro FM, 5FM + Good Hope FM)
  • SABC Public radio 70% local.(excl SABC “commercial” above)

Written representations with regard to the draft regulations must be submitted to ICASA by the14 August 2015. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS)

Enquiries should be directed to 011 566-3259; between 10h00 and 16h00, Monday to Friday.

Persons submitting written representations are asked to indicate whether they want to make oral presentations as well.

*Bush Radio currently plays a minimum of 50% local music.

The Distortion of Sound


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This past Wednesday for our regular staff development session, Bush Radio staff and trainees watched an interesting documentary called “The Distortion of Sound” about their perceived decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music.

Featuring: Mike Shinoda, Slash, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki , Lianne La Havas and others the documentary makes for some interesting viewing.

The documentary raised some interesting questions and comments from the group – ranging from progress versus technology to agenda setting.

Thanks to Ernestine Deane for directing us to this documentary and several others.

Will radio ever die?


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We thought we would share this recent article on the future of radio by Hailey Cunningham for

Some interesting insights especially for those who may have written off the power of radio.

On August 1, 1981 at 12:01 a.m., MTV played its first music video on the air, marking the so-called beginning of the end for radio. The video—appropriately selected for the occasion and the predicted impending doom for the long-lived medium—was The Buggles’ 1978 hit “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

This wasn’t the first time, or the last, that terrestrial, free radio would be deemed obsolete. First, it was the threat of news on TV, then entertainment on TV, then music on TV, then satellite radio and now streaming. The most recent nail in the coffin appears to be Apple Music, which launched last Tuesday… the complete story


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