Archive for June, 2012

Have you entered week 7 of our Capitec competition?

29/06/2012

Remember the Bush Radio / Capitec competition is running until August – so don’t forget to get your entry in for this week.

Question for week 7:

What fees and charges must you be told about when applying for credit?

A) The initiation fee, monthly admin fee, insurance and interest rate payable

B) Just how much you’ll be paying at the end of each month

SMS the keyword CAPITEC + the answer (A or B) + your name to 32158*

*You have until the Tuesday, 4pm before the next competition to get your answer in each week. Each week’s winner will be announced in Everyday People on Wednesday

Sms cost R1 each and free minutes do not apply.

 

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Getting our signal to you – A visit to Sentech

21/06/2012

As part of Bush Radio regular staff development sessions we thought we’d learn a little bit more about how our signal gets to our listeners and meet some of the people involved in the process.

On Wednesday we visited Sentech, which Bush Radio uses to distribute its FM signal (89.5) to listeners.

Frank Creese – Manager: Cape Town Operations

Frank Creese who is the Manager of Cape Town Operations for Sentech gave us a presentation about Sentech and its services and also conducted a tour of their facilities.

Some facts about Sentech: it has 220 transmitting stations, 742 radio transmitters, 627 television transmitters and 550 staff members at its 16 centres nationally.

Ernst Heydenrych, Senior Technician explaining the finer points of transmission and compression to Sinethemba, Isherene and Lusanda

Bush Radio is currently considering upgrading the old Telkom copper wire connection which send our signal from the studio in Salt River to Sentech and Creese shared some clarity on why fibre optic is the way to go to get improved audio quality to the transmitter.

Gary Urion, Supervisor Transmission Centre Western Region (centre) with Sinethemba, Freedom and Victor

Our staff were amazed when we were taken into the Sentech’s operations centre where the main broadcasting (TV and Radio) signals are monitored 24/7, 365 days a year.

View from transmitter site in Tygerberg

We then went to the Sentech’s transmitter site in Tygerberg where many of the community and commercial radio stations transmitters are located. A highlight was also seeing the new digital television transmitter.

Related: In your ear and in your brain – worldwide

Still winning with Bush Radio and Capitec

18/06/2012

Remember to get your sms in for this weeks Bush Radio/Capitec R 1000 giveaway.

SMS the keyword CAPITEC + the answer (A or B) + your name to 32158 before Tuesday at 4pm.

This weeks question is:

With a debit card, can you draw cash from places like Pick n Pay and Checkers?
a) yes
b) no

Every Wednesday from the 16th of May to the 8th of August 2012 one lucky listener per week will be winning R 1000 with Bush Radio and Capitec Bank.

All you need to do is tune into Bush Radio on 89.5fm (or via your PC/Iphone or BlackBerry) on a Wednesday from 5:30pm and listen to the short Money Wiz feature and then sms your answer to the easy question.

Congratulations to the winners so far:
Nofanele Dladati
Johnathon Afrikaaner
Sive Ntala
Kelebogile Domingo

Sms cost R1 each and free minutes do not apply. You could stand a chance of being one of the winners R1000 from Capitec Bank

Debating the Spear

11/06/2012

On Tuesday 5 June 2012 at the African Arts Institute offices in Union House, playwright and Executive Director of the Institute, Mike van Graan chaired a panel discussion/forum which considered the implications to artists of the uproar about Brett Murray’s controversial SPEAR painting. It was hosted by Arterial Network. A lively debate, occasionally slightly anarchic, ensued.

Nigel Vermaas, who attended the forum, assembled a 17.30 minute version of the two-hour event for his Arts Update in Friday’s Sakhisizwe show (8 June). Inevitably the choices made will not find favour with all, much nuance is, of course, lost, and some of the edits are a bit abrupt – but the gist is there.

Mike van Graan introduces the panel: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE RECORDING

The story of two video reports: Unemployment and Homosexuality in Black and White

01/06/2012

The members of the Bush Radio newsroom recently produced two videos* as part of their training at the station. Besides their radio duties the volunteer run newsroom is exploring ways to use basic technology to share news content in a converged media environment. If you have any feedback on these video clips please mail ideas@bushradio.co.za or comment below.

Unemployment: Our goal with the unemployment video was to show the high rate of unemployment in South Africa.  Unemployment is directly linked to poverty.  Our goal was to show how one woman who lives in the township and is unemployed, how she lives and her daily struggles.  In the country the huge contrast between rich and poor is so visible and needs serious attention.

Homosexuality in Black and White: We have reported on stories such as the killing of Zoliswa Nkonyana who was stoned to death in Khayelitsha because she was a lesbian, which provoked outrage amongst activists.  This story and many similar ones in Cape Town made us decide on focusing on homosexuality with our second video.  Our goal with the homosexuality video was to show how differently gays and lesbians are treated in South Africa.

*The videos were shot using a Canon PowerShot A22 camera and edited on Windows Movie Maker.

Both videos were originally published on Bushradionews