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This is the sound of NO media freedom

18/10/2017

19 October marks the 40th anniversary in South Africa of the infamous “Black Wednesday”.

On this day in 1977 in South Africa, then-minister of justice Jimmy Kruger banned The World and Weekend World. He justified the banning 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.

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Among 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.

We have released the video and poster above in support of media freedom. Share and show your support.

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Opening streets and doors

28/09/2017

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As part of Open Streets Main Road on Sunday, 1 October 2017, Bush Radio will be hosting a “Pavement Broadcast”, as well as an Open House.

Open Streets Main Road aims to bridge social and spatial divides in Cape Town by encouraging people to think differently about how we move around in the city. (visit Open Streets)

October 1’s Open Streets will be the longest to date. It will entail close to 5km along Main Road between Observatory and the city centre. The main road will be closed to motorised vehicles and it will become an open space for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport users to move in safety.

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Bush Radio’s Sunday programmes will be broadcast from outside the building at 330 Victoria Road in support of the activities for the day. We encourage listeners and supporters of the Open Streets initiative to pop by the station and talk with us.

People are also encouraged to come and check out the station where volunteers and staff will give guided tours of the station, and share information on the work of Africa’s oldest community radio station project.

Open Streets Main Road and the Bush Radio “Pavement Broadcast” and Open House runs from 10am to 3pm.

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Bush Radio gives rise to ordinary women this August

02/08/2017

ladiesnight logo2017.jpgAs South Africa commemorates women’s month in August, we will give rise to a group of every day women with no previous radio or media experience, to take to the airwaves for the very first time. While the radio station is volunteer run and presenters are not remunerated for their services, the women will be given a platform to give a voice to the voiceless and various communities.

The programme, dubbed Ladies Night, was conceptualized on a WhatsApp group between seven friends and will become a reality on Thursday, 3 August 2017 from 7pm. The programme is developed, produced and presented by women and will cover various topics and issues faced by the women in their everyday lives while still being entertaining. The overarching theme is to connect and inspire like-minded people within the diverse communities of the Bush Radio footprint.

The group comprises of Adielah Jacobs, Megan Cookson, Merle Du Plessis, Jodi Gordon, Michele Pinto, Tracy Van Turha and Renee Bailey. The women all come from different backgrounds and are qualified professionals in their own right. Between them various areas are represented law, education, information technology and project management.

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Ladies Night on Bush Radio 89.5FM will air for three hours every Thursday evening between 7pm and 10pm for the month of August. The style of the programme is highly conversational but casual and relatable at the same time. Each of the women come from different backgrounds and each brings a uniqueness to the show with their different characteristics.

According to Bush Radio Managing Director, Brenda Leonard: “As we celebrate 22 years of being on-air legally, we are very excited to have this programme. Ladies Night highlights how Bush Radio takes a holistic approach to creating innovative programming and works in collaboration with listeners and potential listeners to bring relevant content to the airwaves.”

Tune into 89.5fm or listen online via http://www.bushradio.co.za

Participate in the programme

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Studio: 021 448 6266

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Call for entries: 2017 China-South Africa Student Dialogue

25/07/2017

China Radio International (CRI), Global Max Media Group (GMMG), University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Humanities, and Stellenbosch University’s Confucius Institute is hosting the 2017 “From University to the World” Student Dialogue, with the assistance of Bush Radio and the Asian Students Association of UCT.

This event is scheduled to be held on 1st September 2017 at Cape Town’s One & Only Hotel and it will be live-streamed worldwide and broadcast through all of CRI’s domestic and international frequencies.

The aim of the event is to promote cultural and social exchange between the young adults from China and South Africa. With the steady trend of globalization, it is important for the future leaders of the two nations to build a relationship and have a better understanding of each other’s cultures. As BRICS members, the establishment of friendship should not only be between the two governments, but also between the citizens.

Participants will be selected through online applications and it is open to all university students from China and South Africa.

The application process has begun and received considerable interest. The applicant needs to fill in an application form and email it to Michelle Sheng.

and record a video of themselves giving a speech under the topic “If I were Chinese”. In the case of Chinese students, the topic is “If I were South African”.

Application deadline is 30 July 2017.

After two rounds of preliminary judgments, the top 10 students will receive an invitation to attend the final event. Two students will come directly from China, 3 will be Chinese students studying in South Africa, and 5 will be local students.

The selected students from South Africa will each receive a prize of R2000 and an official certificate of recognition.

The topic for the final event will be: “China & South Africa: Our Interdependent Future”.

For more information contact Michelle Sheng on 0835576136 (WhatsApp only) or via email.

How Bush Radio spent Mandela Day

18/07/2017

The Bush Radio team went out to the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled in Bridgetown to help out on the ground as well as do an outside broadcast.

Spend your Mandela Day with us

13/07/2017

ct apd.jpgNelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

This year the theme is dedicated to fight poverty. (#ACTIONAGAINSTPOVERTY #MANDELADAY)

July is also known as  psycho-social disability awareness month, Bush Radio trainees have decided to dedicate their 67 minutes for Mandela Day to the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled.

This will take place on 18 July 2017 at the premises of Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled where we will clean up the premises by gardening and cleaning rubble. The address is 152 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown, Cape Town, 7764.

We will also be broadcasting from the event from 12 till 2pm.

We ask that you join us from 10 am. If you would like to give a hand, donate or need more information contact Natasha on 021 448 5450.

Celebrate the Youth

13/06/2017

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Bush Radio will be celebrating June 16 with the youth and community of Delft.

As a build up to the June 16 celebration Bush Radio and its partners will facilitate a debate (15 June 2017 – broadcast on 89.5fm/www.bushradio.co.za) between learners from 7 schools on the topic: The use of social media amongst youth; Does social media have a positive or negative impact on youth?

On the 16th June, members of the community are invited to join us (for free) as we witness creative performances ranging from music by The Assasins, Lee Enigma, Dapzito, Larnelle,  and poetry by members of the spoken word movement, Lingua Franca to drama from members of a Cesvi Foundation project.

June 16 Celebration

Date: 16 June 2017 (Friday)
Venue: Rosendaal High School (Delft)
Time: 12:00 – 17:00

For more information contact Bush Radio on 021 448 5450 or email us.

Words laid bare – 2017 Naked Word Festival

30/05/2017

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The 2017 Naked Word poetry and spoken word festival will take place from 8 to 11 June at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town. The Naked Word festival attracts the attendance of poets and audience from all over the country.

The theme for this second annual Naked Word Festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age”. History has displaced many South Africans, culturally and physically. We want to place ourselves culturally, but that demands a re-shape of our understanding of ‘culture’. We are acknowledging that many stories and histories dissipated during colonisation and the new South African dispensation. We are redefining culture as generational, and we are employing live poetry, music and dialogue to do this”.

The Festival is funded by Western Cape Government, Department of the Premier. Other sponsors and partners include Bush Radio, Grounding Sessions, Theatre Arts admin Collective and The Radioactive Blog.

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I am an African – #AfricaDay

24/05/2017

The video above features an amended extract from the, “I am an African” speech by Thabo Mbeki at the adoption of the RSA Constitution Bill, 8 May 1996.

Bush Radio staff and trainees recorded and edited it to celebrate Africa Day (25 May).

For the full original text visit: Adoption of RSA Constitution Bill

All that jazz…covering the 2017 CT International Jazz Festival (with slideshow)

06/04/2017

Interns Siviwe Makeleni and Natasha Siqaza were selected by Bush Radio to participate in the Photo and Arts Journalism workshops run by the training and development initiative of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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Natasha Siqaza (left) and Siviwe Makeleni

We asked Natasha and Siviwe about their experience.

Natasha said; “The course was a great learning opportunity that sparked great conversations and debates around the arts. We learned a lot about writing and how to approach topics not only in the arts but journalism as a whole.”

“The CTIJF photojournalism workshop was interesting and informative, it taught me how to take pictures which one can write a story about. I learnt the pre & post production of pictures and how to set your camera for low light and taking pictures for events.” added Siviwe