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Help keep us on air

23/08/2011

The signage that greets you on arrival at the Bush Radio offices

Dear Friend,

For more than two decades Bush Radio has been at the forefront of broadcasting in South Africa, playing an integral part in the development and advancement of both the industry and individuals in the local broadcasting landscape.

Over the past three years, however, this pioneering radio station and training centre has been hit hard by the current economic climate, recently resulting in Bush Radio having to re-evaluate its operations in order to remain sustainable and influential in this fast-changing and exciting environment.

From campaigning against the apartheid government for a free and independent broadcasting authority, to being present on Cape Town’s Grand Parade when Nelson Mandela addressed the nation as a free man, Bush Radio has played an indelible part in the shaping of the history of the new South Africa.

Tragically, this institution and symbol of media freedom is teetering on the brink of closure unless it can find a substantial amount of cash to cover rent, transmission and other running costs.

Watch a video clip of some of the training done at Bush Radio (click here):

Our landlord has given us until the 31 August to come with a tangible proposal, and we have decided to use this time to try and raise this money. The total cost we are trying to raise is R300,000 = Euro 30,000 = US $ 43,000.

Bush Radio provides a valuable, relevant and much-needed service in the communities of the Western Cape. Our legacy of assisting and being supported by communities all around the Cape is extensively documented, and due to our role as the pioneer of community radio in South Africa, we feel that our work is not yet done.

Bush Radio provides broadcast training to individuals, radio stations and media institutions in Africa, with a special focus in all the countries of Southern Africa. Bush Radio also has partnerships with organisations such as Public Achievement in Northern Island, which focuses on youth development and civic participation.

We hereby request you to assist us in this fundraising venture by making a donation, requesting your friends and colleagues to make a donation, or asking your company to make a donation.

All donations, irrespective of size, are welcome.

Donations can be paid directly into Bush Radio’s bank accounts and the details are:

Name of Account : Bush Radio
Name of bank : Standard Bank
Branch name : Mowbray
Branch code : 02-4909
Account number : 07 122 0194
Swift code (for foreign transfers): SBZA ZA JJ
Address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, South Africa, 7705

For more information, contact Brenda Leonard or Sharon Salies or Adrian Louw on  +27 21 – 448 5450.

Related:

* Bush Radio urgently needs financial support

* Watch the Richard Wicksteed documentary: Partial Eclipse – The Struggle to launch Community Radio

* Download our request letter

An afternoon of black popes, making up words and Grahamstown cockroaches

12/07/2011

An afternoon of laughter and good comedy brought the crowd to a standstill on Sunday, the 10th July 2011 when Bush Radio in partnership with Vodacom hosted the Bush Radio & Vodacom Community Funny Festival at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone.


Following many days and hours of hard work and planning, the afternoon kicked off with great entertainment by artists and groups including Heal the Hood together with Emile YX?, upcoming SA artist Sylvester, recording artist Denyschia, freestyler Xola X and the renowned Claire Phillips. These performances were then followed by laughter and fun from comedians Mum-z, Dalin Oliver and Wayne Mckay.

A very passionate crowd and group of listeners together with the Bush Radio team supported the event, eager to experience an afternoon of great fun.

We would like to thank the Bush Radio staff for all their support, hard work and hours of brainstorming.


A big thank you also goes to the artists who offered up their time to perform at this event.

Our thanks also go to comedians Mum-z, Dalin Oliver and Wayne Mckay who wowed the crowed with their crazy jokes an immense energy.




Furthermore, we would like to express our thanks to the team from Eddy Cassar PR together with the Vodacom team who worked so efficiently with Bush Radio.

We will ensure that more of these events are arranged.

To watch selected comedy clips & slide show on your cellphone visit: http://m.youtube.com/bushradio1

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Win a BlackBerry with Bush Radio and Vodacom Community Funny Festival

01/07/2011

Do you want to be the lucky winner of a Blackberry cell-phone?

Well, all you need to do is purchase a ticket to the Vodacom Community Funny Festival taking place on the 10th July 2011 at the Joseph
Stone Auditorium from 4pm-6pm.

You will automatically be entered into a lucky draw to win a BlackBerry 8520 (Ruby Red). The winning ticket will be drawn during the event, so hold onto that ticket and be there!

Come along to experience an evening of laughter and fun. (see details of the acts CLICK HERE)

Bush Radio’s Calvin Peters and Dr Victor Davids will also be doing their programmes live from the event, so you can get to meet some of the Bush staff, volunteers and trainees.

Special prizes like cellphones, t-shirts etc will also be given away during the event.

To purchase your tickets contact Bush Radio on (021) 448 5450.

Tickets will only cost you R40 for adults and R20 for children under the age of 12 (parental guidance advised).

Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/kwuNbE

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Heating up a cold evening: Huisjol pictures

03/05/2011


A big thank you to our listeners who braved the cold on Saturday evening (30th April 2011) to support the fundraiser organised for the station by Calvin Peters and the rest of the Sunday team of Bush Radio 89.5FM.

You certainly heated up the evening! Thanks again for the support.

Watch the slideshow on your cellphone. 

(CLICK HERE)

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Time for a Old School Huis Jol (House Party)

08/04/2011

Bush Radio 89.5FM presents an Old School Huis Jol Bring n Braai on 30 April 2011 at the Pinelands Police Club House from 6pm.

Tickets are R40 prepaid or R50 at the gate. For delivery call 0729255764 or 021 448 5450

Join us for the best party you’ve been to in a while.

There will be entertainment as well as special suprises organised by the weekend team on Bush Radio.

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Bush and the Great Deluge

10/03/2011

When the Breakfast Team and Logistics team leader Victor J came to the office on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, he knew that the day would live up to its “Mal Wednesday” name.

During the night a water fitting which had been replaced by our landlord a few months ago burst. The resulting flood left the admin office, toilets and part of the music library covered in water.

Victor J and Dennis Kofi checking the damage in the admin office

Singer Auriol Hays was waiting to co-host the Breakfast Show with Victor, while the team started mopping up and assessing the damage to the building and equipment. Unfortunately, due to the amount of water, the station may take a while to dry out and be fully functional (If you can help click here).

Amanda Kili surveys some of the damage

The trainees have decided that playing any music by Wet, Wet, Wet might be a bad idea right now.

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Keeping your voice heard (Sentech & Community Radio)

16/09/2010

From Bush Radio Managing Director, Brenda Leonard to all listeners and supporters.

You have probably heard the disturbing news that over 60 community radio and some community television stations across South Africa will have their broadcasting services terminated by Sentech due to the arrears owed by these stations. 

I wish to assure our listeners, friends and supporters that, fortunately, Bush Radio will not be one of these stations. We have managed, through loans and the support of the Department of Communications, to pay our fees to Sentech.

However, we still need to continue with these high monthly payments, and we ask you or your organisations, if you can, in whichever way, to support the station.

This crisis faced by community media raises the issue of the impact of the current economic crisis on media, especially community media.

All businesses have been hard-hit, their advertising campaigns have been cut to the bone, leaving community media out of the loop with potential advertisers. The same is true of funders, who have either cut their budgets or changed their funding priorities. 

Community media needs the assistance of government, civil society, the NGO community and business to ensure its survival as a vital service for the upliftment or the various communities they serve.

In the meantime, we ask our listeners, friends and supporters if you have any fundraising ideas, place a comment with your details below, or email ideas@bushradio.co.za . If you would like to make a donation, please see our bank details here.

We thank you for your contribution.

Yours sincerely

Brenda Leonard

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Fun times in Heideveld

18/01/2010

Check out the slide show of the outside broadcast that was held in Heideveld this past Saturday (16 January 2010). The ob was part of Bush Radio’s way of saying thank you to listener and supporter Cassiem “Die Bossie” Jumat who helped raise awareness and pledges for the work of Bush Radio.

Issues in Heideveld were highlighted through interviews with soccer clubs and youth development projects.

Lots of Bush Radio listeners came through to support the event as well as a film crew from Sweden who are working on a documentary in Cape Town. A special thanks to Superspar Gugulethu Square for supplying freshments for the children in the neighbourhood.

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Going bos with “Die Bossie”

15/01/2010

This Saturday the 16 January 2010 , from 10h00 – 12h00, the Bush Radio 89.5 FM team will be broadcasting from our listener Cassiem “Die Bossie” Jumat’s house in Heideveld on the Cape Flats.

"Die Bossie" (centre) with Victor and Shiraaz at the site check for OB from his house

Cassiem who is better known to Bush Radio listeners as “Die Bossie” is a regular on the Breakfast Show and often participates in Bush Radio activities, he also helps to improve his community by raising funds and donations to schools and feeding schemes etc.

When Bush Radio held its local pledge drive, “Bossie” got as many of his friends and family to make pledges in support of the station.

To show our appreciation we will broadcast from his home, with members of the Heideveld community. We will be discussing and highlighting issues in the community and having loads of fun!

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Looking back, marching forward

04/01/2010

It has been a busy few months since we started the Bush Radio blog with WordPress. We hope that this platform has brought you more ways to interact with the “mother of community radio in Africa”.

Click on the links below to have a look at some of posts over the past few months and let us know how we can improve your station.

Also remember you can check out our facebook group and Zoopy page, for more pictures and videos.

July 2009 – Lending a helping hand

August 2009 – The Dream Big competition

September 2009 – Shiraaz finding his Africaness, 10 days / 10 presenters and Gugs Youth Radio etc

October 2009 – Launch of the news Bush Radio site and Deutsche Welle training at Bush Radio

November 2009 – Radio in Zimbabwe and Selling your soul

December 2009 – Our pledge drive (on-going) and MKK 2009

2010 is bound to be an exciting year!

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