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The Actor, the Canadian and the journalist


This past week at Bush Radio was filled with several reunions at the station.

On Tuesday well-known stage and television actor Vinette Ebrahim popped into the station to talk to Denisia Adams about her current play “My Naam is Ellen Pakkies“, which is on at the Baxter Theatre.

Vinette Ebrahim and Denisia Adams

Vinette is most popular for her role in the soap opera 7de Laan, but we at Bush Radio remember her as the narrator of a series of
programmes we produced in 1998 with Molo Songololo, the national children’s rights network, called Silent Shame, Silent Crime which dealt with incest.

We pulled a recording from our archives and played it for her. Click here to listen

John Tottenham, Wesley Wessels (centre) and Janelle Nichols

We then had another visit from someone who was last at Bush Radio in 2004. John Tottenham was a participant in a programme run at the station with a group called Canada World Youth. John was a student at the University of Waterloo at that time and during the project he was teamed up with former Bush Radio trainee and now editor of The Dankish, Wesley Wessels, who also came along for the visit.

John is currently working for an engineering company in Canada and came to show his wife, Janelle, South Africa.

Rhode (6th from left) with some of the Bush Team

Also this week, former trainee producer and newsroom intern Rhode Marshall, now a content producer for the Mail and Guardian, came to say hi.


Cementing partnerships – Bush Radio and Deutsche Welle


Bush Radio 89.5 FM and Deutsche Welle recently signed a rebroadcasting agreement to continue our partnership which started in 1992.

Brenda Leonard, Bush Radio’s Managing Director says; “We are very happy with the continued partnership with DW as it brings a unique flavour to programming and enhances our training role within the broadcast sector in South Africa and the region as a whole.”

The agreement with the international broadcaster is also inline with the Bush Radio philosophy of building partnerships which will have benefits not only to the listening audience but also the media sector through training opportunities offered by the station.

Naser Shrouf, Head of Distribution Africa/ Middle East at Deutsche Welle says; “We believe that community radio is a very important way to assist in education, for social development, strengthening the civil society and therefore contributing to democracy,”

Bush Radio through its experience over the years and its commitment in training and scholarships plays a vital role in the broadcasting landscape of South Africa,” says Shrouf. “Deutsche Welle is looking forward to a mutual beneficial, long-lasting partnership with Bush Radio.”

Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. Its unique mix of news, information and cultural highlights offers insights to international issues. DW has more than 86 million listeners and viewers around the world weekly and offers a wide range of services including podcasting, live-streaming, newsletters, mobile content, apps and RSS feeds.

Making Children’s Radio work


The group who have been hard at work at Bush Radio from the 26th April 2010

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front but hope you have been to the Zoopy site for some of our videos. For the past two weeks we have been busy with a “Making Children’s Radio” training course at Bush Radio.

As you probably know, Bush Radio has been running a project called the Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW) since 1996 and we have drawn on that experience to draw together several radio stations from the region to look at how they do children’s radio, what lessons they have learnt and how we can improve children’s access to media.

The stations involved in the training have been drawn from Namibia (Karas Community Radio), Zimbabwe (Radio Dialogue) and South Africa (Radio KC, Eden FM and Radio 786).

Besides dealing with some of the theory around children’s radio, like legal issues and how children learn, the course also focussed on some of the technical skills needed.

The course ends this Friday (7 May 2010). As part of their training the participants will be going on air on Bush Radio 89.5 FM on from 9am to 12pm. They will present programmes targeted at both adults and children. For some of them it will be the first time they have been on-air and the nerves are beginning to show.

They will showcase their technical skills as well as some of their ideas as to how stations can make children’s issues a priority.

The participants have been divided into three teams and we asked them to write up a short promo as to why you should listen to their hour.

Check it out below and remember to tune into the trainees on 89.5 FM or listen online this Friday the 7th May 2010 from 09h00.

The course was made possible through the support of FES-Media.

Forever young (09h00 – 10h00)

Forever Young: (top L to R), Emmanuel Nkomo (Radio Dialogue), Nomonde Makhubalo (Eden FM), Bottom L to R: Lydia Christians & Thomas Elago; (Karas CR)

Tune into Bush Radio 89.5 FM and enjoy a fun filled and informative hour on the show Forever Young at 09h00 this Friday. Children aged between 9 and 10 talk about how much they love their moms and wish them Happy Mother’s Day.

Winter is also upon us and get tips on how to stay warm and safe.

Hotspot (10h00 – 11h00)

Hotspot: Top: Mercia Thomas (Karas CR), Middle L to R: Gaenor Erasmus (Bush Radio), Zainab Bean (Radio 786), Bottom: Bafane Nicolay Isaak (Karas CR)

Tune in to Bush Radio 89.5 FM between 10 and 11 on Friday to catch the Hotspot as they dig deeper into the effects of alcohol abuse

Kick-off (11h00 – 12h00)

Kick-Off: L to R: Blanche McCarthy (Bush Radio), Cuen Nicolson (Radio KC), Rachel Flink (Radio Atlantis), Rosie Chauke (Radio Dialogue)

Tune into Kick-Off on Bush Radio 89.5 FM this Friday between 11 and 12. We’ll be focussing on our goals in life and our special guest Matthew Booth will share with us how he set and achieved his goals.

We’ll also take the opportunity to give you tips on how you can set and achieve yours.

Looking back, marching forward


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!

MKK2009 buzzing


Graffiti artist MAK1 engages in debate with a MKK2009 participant

The Media Kidocracy Konference 2009 is into its fourth day and things are hotting up.

Over fifty young people from as young as 12 years of age are participating in the various activities such as television, online, graffiti, photography and of course radio.

Victor J and Shiraaz Ismail introducing participants to the production studio

These activities are aimed at giving them different skills to enable them to use various forms of media to express their understanding of issues that affect them.

16 year-old Jamie-Lee James is hard at work in the online group focusing on child labour as their topic. “I’m doing online research about child labour and thereafter I need to write an article for the blog,” said an enthusiastic James.

She says the experience is awesome as she uses online tools like twitter to promote her ideas, something she says she only dreamt of. Amongst the other topics covered by MKK 2009 participants as part the production workshops are gender based violence and substance abuse.

Some MKK2009 participants get down to planning their media productions

Another participant in the MKK 2009 programme, 10 year-old Athenkosi Tshenese says she is extremely happy to be part of this year’s activities. “We learnt a lot of stuff with different topics in a very exciting way, which is very interactive and child friendly,” said Tshenese. Tshenese says she wants to be a social worker when she grows up because she wants to help her community with their problems.

The conference will end Friday the 18th December 2009

MKK 2009 gets off to a soulful start


Bush Radio’s Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK 2009) met for the 10th time today at the St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock.

The station’s unique programme is a platform created to bring young people under one umbrella to discuss issues that affect them and uses media to address these.

Delivering his opening address at the conference, the station’s programme integrator Adrian Louw briefed the delegates and participants about the programme’s history.

“MKK initially started as Radio Kidocracy Konference about ten years ago enabling the youth to gather and discuss issues that affect them within the media landscape,” said Louw.

He highlighted that even though financial constraints were persistent in the work of the programme, emphasised that MKK will take its full course.

He challenged participants to engage in debate around issues that affect them, and to empower themselves with the resources and opportunities at their disposal.

Jennifer Hartnick a former teacher and currently Western Cape Provincial Parliament MP reiterated to the youth that they should make use of the available opportunities.

Western Cape Provincial Parliment's Chaiperson of Education, Sports and Culture, Jennifer Hartnick

“You should count yourselves lucky that today you have great opportunities such as these, we only dreamt of,” Hartnick said.

Giving a soulful address Hartnick, who also chairs the education, sport and cultural affairs committee, said with her experience as teacher, she likes working with children and it’s a point to tackle issues that affect young people in her work.

“During June we do have youth debates in parliament and we would like to have the MKK part of our youth programmes,” added Hartnick.

Veteran participant , Mfundo Dafeti, who has been with the programme for five consecutive years, said his experience has been great and wonderful throughout the years.

“Because of my enjoyment and wonderful work I did in this programme I will definitely be part of it again next year although 2009 is officially my final year,” said Dafeti.

Dave McNamara chief director at the Social Development department said MKK’s theme of “Away from Violence” was relevant, given the high rates of alcohol and substance abuse which is a major contributor to violence in the province.

Not only serious talk got the delegates moving; Cape Town song writer and composer, Chad Saaiman, kept the audience thrilled throughout his performance.

Chad Saaiman getting into the groove at MMK 2009

Some of the topics to be tackled at this year’s meeting include violence and drug abuse amongst others.

Young people tackle the media


Media Kidocracy Konference 2009 Bush Radio in association with the Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW) project is in the final stages of planning its 10th annual Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK).

The conference will take place from the 14th – 18th of December 2009 at St. Agnes Primary School in Woodstock.

A delegate at the first conference 10 years ago

Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 will get together to explore issues that are pertinent to themselves and their peers as well as use different forms of media to develop a media campaign that will create social awareness.

Topics will include: citizenship, child labour, substance abuse, language and culture, gender-based violence and pollution.

These will be explored through various media such as dance and/or drama, online and/or print, radio, T.V. and photography.

Through these media, they can critically appraise where they are now in life and how their current behaviour will help or hinder them achieve the future they want.

Background on MKK

As part of a growing need for youth participation in the decision-making process and policy formulation around children’s broadcasting, Bush Radio initiated a conference which would tackle these issues and also feed into this debate.

The Kidocracy (Kid-democracy) name was created for the event to denote a form of society characterized by social equality and acceptance of young people with representation for and by young people.

The Media Kidocracy Konference aims to establish critical awareness and understandings amongst young people by exposing youth to information and experiences that will enable them to identify issues they feel are relevant as well as explore the role of the media in creating an understanding of the social issue.

MKK also assists participants in devising strategies for addressing the social issues by using the media as a tool to help resolve and address these issues.

Corporates or individulas  interested in sponsorship opportunites around the event should contact Brenda Leonard.

Zimbabweans invade the airwaves


Over the past two weeks five members of Radio Dialogue in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been interning at Bush Radio’s studios.

This training is a continuation of  Bush Radio and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s (FES) assistance to the development of the community radio sector in Southern Africa.

Rosie Chauke and Thandazani Nkomo checking the local papers

The visit comes after we conducted station based training in Bulawayo. (see story here) The five interns have been placed in different departments in order to enhance the skills they already have.

Radio Dialogue is a community radio station which aims to give people of Bulawayo a voice. At the moment it does not have a broadcasting licence but has managed to engage the people of Bulawayo in its activities.

Bush Radio's Denisia Adams with Radio Dialogue's Munya Gova in studio

The radio station is in touch with the community through recorded broadcasts, road shows and focus group meetings which all aim to give people a platform to air their views on issues affecting them.

Rosie Chauke, a youth coordinator from Radio Dialogue says her duties include working on various projects. “We have activities such as debate camps, drama competitions, talk shows and public speaking competitions for those youth that are still at school,” said Chauke.

Sakhisizwe's Busisiwe Mtabane (front) with Sanele Njini from Bulawayo

Chauke, who was based in the Bush Radio Newsroom, says through this training she expecting to get a better feel for broadcasting.

“It has been my greatest wish to do this and now I have finally got a chance to do this and I’m so excited, though at first I had cold feet and was very nervous,” added Chauke.

She concluded that being in the newsroom is an experience, because at their station she only read the news, whereas at Bush Radio she got to do compiling and conduct interviews.

Emmanuel Nkomo from Radio Dialogue selecting music with the help of Victor J

Thandazani Nkomo who is also based in the Bush Radio Newsroom added; “It’s been a nice experience for me being at Bush Radio. We had an opportunity of going on air. It is a dream we hope to realise in Zimbabwe soon.”

Bush Radio will be conducting follow-up training again in Zimbabwe to see the progress of the interns and to see what they have implemented from their stay at our little station.

Emmanuel (centre) hosted a staff development session on drumming

*The Radio Dialogue interns can be heard on Bush Radio 89.5 FM or online between 09h00 – 16h00 and will conduct a special on-air programme on Friday the 27 November between 14h00 – 16h00.

Covering all your media training needs


Deutsche Welle’s international training institute, DW-AKADEMIE, the training arm of the German international broadcaster, has once again partnered with Bush Radio to run two of its training programmes at the station.

Project Manager for DW, Jochen Walter says they chose to partner with Bush Radio because of their long standing relationship with the station and an appreciation for the station’s set-up and role within the broadcasting sector.

Getting to grips: Manduleli “Kid” Vutula (Khanya Fm), Phakama Mkhwanazi (Radio Khwezi), and Siham Surve (Radio 786) discuss management issues

Getting to grips: Manduleli “Kid” Vutula (Khanya Fm), Phakama Mkhwanazi (Radio Khwezi), and Siham Surve (Radio 786) discuss management issues

This week Bush Radio and DW-AKADEMIE will host a two-week video journalism course. The course will focus on themes such as news value, story-telling through pictures and sound, the use of digital editing tools and other elements of the television and film production cycle.

The first programme was a Strategic Radio Management Training Course which ran from the 5th to the 9th October 2009 and included more than 10 radio stations from around the country. The aim of the course was to develop strategic radio and programming management for both community and commercial radio stations.

Wilma Brooks-Delport (Radio KC), Rachel Watson (Radio Atlantis), Tsepo Nthoso (Setsoto CR), Sthandiwe Velaphi (Khanya fm) look on as Thomas Roth explains.

Wilma Brooks-Delport (Radio KC), Rachel Watson (Radio Atlantis), Tsepo Nthoso (Setsoto CR), Sthandiwe Velaphi (Khanya fm) look on as Thomas Roth explains.

Media consultant and trainer Thomas Roth who conducted the management training said the course assisted the participants in identifying strategic tools that will improve programming and the performance of the stations.

Finding your Africanness in Zimbabwe


We need to categorically deny the rumour that Shiraaz Ismail from the Breakfast Show and our administrator Brenda Leonard eloped together and are having their honeymoon at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe as Victor joked this morning.

The truth is Brenda and Shiraaz are hard at work helping get another community radio on air in Zimbabwe.

As one of Bush Radio’s aims is to help develop the community radio sector a longtime supporter of our station, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) asked if we could assist Radio Dialogue in Zimbabwe.

Shiraaz and Brenda have been in Bulawayo for almost two weeks now and are currently busy with programme production, psa production and news training.

Brenda Leonard evaluating programmes with Radio Dialogue staff and volunteers

Brenda Leonard evaluating programmes with Radio Dialogue staff and volunteers

As everyone was very interested to know what the Shaz has been up to we asked him to send us some info on his Zimbabwe experience.

This is what he sent:

29/09/2009 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

A plane just bigger than a mini bus taxi should be pretty safe right?
Well I’m telling you that it is.
Except for one thing. The darn thing shakes more than hamster on heat.
The only thing that kept me in my seat was the polite smile of the friendly air hostess.
The view from up high is amazing. It’s summer time here in Zimbabwe at the moment so the colours are fading into grey.
There are trees everywhere and they come in two different colours.
Green and purple.
The people are much friendlier than the average South African even though they have more reason not to be.

Radio Dialogue is a community radio station in Bulawayo which is in the process of getting a broadcasting license.
They are currently broadcasting for an hour a day and will hopefully be live 24 hours a day pretty soon.
The staff has an incredible amount of knowledge about local and world issues as can be heard in the radio programmes that they produce.

Lunch time is pretty interesting here in Zimbabwe.
Firstly you are not really spoiled for choice when it comes to food which is understandable considering the economic situation.

Secondly, they are currently using foreign exchange as their currency as they have phased out their national currency i.e. the Zim Dollar.
So get this. When you buy something to and pay for it, you could get your change in one of four different currencies!
It’s kind of like a lucky packet with the US dollar being the best prize.

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to sit in on the Intwasa which in translation means spring time.
The Intwasa festival is an art festival celebrating local Zimbabwean art…
I had the honour of meeting a few artists, musicians, poets and crazy people who call themselves artists.
Poetry is huge here which is understandable.
Everyone has a story to tell here in Zim.

So being a young South African male, when Saturday night arrived I was overcome by the sudden need to shake what my momma gave me.
So plans were made to visit a local jazz bar called Cape to Cairo.
The music was amazing and I was lucky enough to be able to sing along to a few songs. Some of the songs were South African which was really cool.

Sundays are really mellow up here much like SA.
Most of the people are in church and don’t really walk around.
As they say, Sundays are known as the day of recovery LOL

One week left here in Zim and I’m really looking forward to it.
Jingle and PSA workshops are my specialty as I am the sound guy at Bush Radio and that is what lies ahead for the training. The staff are fast learners and are teaching me a few things as we go along.

Things in Zim seem really bad from the outside looking in and is mostly because of the negative images that we are exposed to via the media.
I am glad to tell you that during my stay here I haven’t once felt like my life was in danger.
I am glad to tell you that during my stay here I have made a few friends that I know will make me a better person.
I am glad to say that during my stay here my my views on Zimbabwe, and the people of this beautiful country have changed.

And most of all, I am glad to say that I AM AN AFRICAN! HEAR ME ROAR!

Shiraaz “Shaz” Ismail currently co-hosts the breakfast programme on Bush Radio 89.5 FM with Victor J and is interning in the Logistics Department and is also part of the music group Shaz & B.

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