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Keeping Bush Radio On Air – Brenda, Adrian Shortlisted for #NatNakasaAwards

21/06/2018
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Brenda Leonard and Adrian Louw

By Emma Derr

A few weeks ago, Bush Radio Managing Director Brenda Leonard and Programme Integrator Adrian Louw were nominated for the esteemed Nat Nakasa Award – and it’s just been announced that they made the 2018 shortlist!

The award is named after South African journalist Nat Nakasa, and is given to individuals who show exceptional integrity and courage in their work.

Nakasa embodied fearless journalism at a time – the 1960s – when media was anything but free. During a period when black voices were rarely printed or heard in the news, Nakasa was one of the most important and influential anti-apartheid reporters.

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The award is awarded annually by the SA National Editors’ Forum (SANEF), Print Media SA and the Neiman Society.

SANEF says that those who are nominated must have “shown integrity and reported fearlessly and tenaciously striven to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles”, as well as resisted censorship and displayed commitment to serving the South African people.
sanef tweetShe began working at Bush Radio in 1993 and says that the biggest accomplishment of her career is ensuring that Bush Radio is on air and legal at all times.

Nat Nakasa was often called a brave journalist, and Leonard says South Africa still needs people like this, even in the post-apartheid era, because journalists can expose corruption and educate.

“Even when there were threats to our sustainability, Bush Radio is important historically and currently influential,” Leonard said.

She said that Bush Radio has shaped the establishment and legislation of the Media Development Diversity Agency, which was created by an Act of Parliament to help disadvantaged communities who lack access to media.

Louw says, while Brenda Leonard keeps the organization running, he is responsible for programming, staffing, and mentoring.

He says his favorite part of the job is creating a safe space for young people to develop and become courageous journalists.

“The experience people have here changes lives and that’s the joy of being a part of an organization like Bush Radio,” Louw said.

He said that through his career, he has witnessed Bush Radio at the forefront of developing and defending the community sector of radio in the country. He said he considers Bush Radio one of the last “truly independent voices for the community”.

“I think we create hope in people about what’s possible,” Louw said. “We only rise when the lowest of us rise, and Bush Radio has and always will rise with the people we serve in the community. This is my small contribution to making South Africa better.”

The winner of the Nat Nakasa Award will be announced on Saturday, June 23 at Randlords in Braamfontein, Johannesburg*.

* Brenda and Adrian have asked a former Bush Radio staff member (now based in Johannesburg) to represent the station at the awards dinner.

Related:

BBC: Nat Nakasa reburial: South African writer’s remains return

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Is the news important to you? #worldpressfreedomday #pressfreedom #WPFD18

03/05/2018

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The 3rd of May is World Press Freedom day.

We asked some of our listeners if news is important to them.

Join the conversation! Send us more comments on sms 32158 / whatsapp 0832973910 / Instagram / Twitter#worldpressfreedomday #pressfreedom

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Have you hugged your radio today?

13/02/2018

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13 February 2018 is World Radio Day – a day to celebrate radio as a medium: to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium

For more visit World Radio Day.

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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Understanding the heart of good media (Anton Harber)

14/09/2017

 

On 5 September 2017 Anton Harber*, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, paid a visit to Bush Radio.

As part of his visit we asked him to speak with the interns as part of our staff development sessions.

He shared his thoughts on a range of issues ranging from what makes a good story to fake news.

Anyone interested in journalism and the media should take a listen.

This is an audio recording of that discussion.

*Anton Harber is Adjunct Professor of Journalism. His research interests include journalism; media; and history of South African media. Harber is the Founding Editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper (previously known as the Weekly Mail). Previously, he also worked as Sub-Editor for the Sunday Post and Sowetan newspapers and as Political Reporter for the Rand Daily Mail. Between 1997 and 2001, Harber was the CEO of Kagiso Broadcasting and between 1998 and 2001, he was the Executive Director of Kagiso Media Ltd. Harber has held a number of other positions such as Chair of the South African Conference of Editors (in 1991), Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (in 1998) and Chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute (in 2010).  – source: University of the Witwatersrand

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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

Support World Press Freedom Day 2017 #pressfreedom #WPFD2017

02/05/2017

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.” – Nelson Mandela on freedom of expression, at the International Press Institute congress (14 February 1994)

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24 Hours of Freedom 2017

26/04/2017

24 2017 fbOn Thursday, 27 April 2015, South Africa’s Freedom Day –  Everyday People host Sive Msolo will attempt to broadcast for 24 hours straight on 89.5fm and online via www.bushradio.co.za.

He will host all the Thursday programming on Bush Radio 89.5fm from 12am in the morning along with all the regulars as we celebrate Freedom Day 2017 with 24 hours of Freedom.

Besides Sive hosting from the Breakfast Rush to the Level Da Vibes, he will also be highlighting what Freedom Day means and you are invited to call (021 448 6266), or SMS (32158), whatsapp (0832973910) or participate via twitter, facebook and instagram (#24hoursoffreedom).

Besides some of the serious stuff and excellent music – Sive will be doing some excellent give aways.

UPDATE: CREW applications for 2017 open

19/04/2017

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Due to requests from children, parents and teachers we have extended the deadline for CREW applications to the 1st May  2017, so that the necessary documentation that must accompany the application can be submitted.

Bush Radio is recruiting children and youth aged 6 – 18 years (or grade 1 – 11) to be trained as volunteer presenters and producers for our media project; Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW). CREW has been running since 1996 and celebrates it’s 21st Anniversary in 2017.

As part of this project, children are taught to research, produce and present their own radio programmes.

The programme is divided into three age groups and is on air every Saturday from 09h00 – 12h00.

We are using the following as criteria for selection and participation:

  • Age (must be between 6 – 18 years old or Grade 1-11)
  • Gender (balance between male and female)
  • Language capabilities (English, Afrikaans and Xhosa speakers)
  • Geographical area they live in (Greater Cape Town + Cape Flats)
  • The willingness and ability to participate weekly as well cover their own transport costs to and from Bush Radio
  • Adherence to CREW code of conduct
  • Participants must provide their own packed lunch
  • Weekly attendance is compulsory from 08h00 – 12h00
  • Parent/Guardian participation in activities
  • Selected participants must be available for a training session (date to be decided)

Download application form (includes indemnity form in case selected) and email to crew@bushradio.co.za / fax to 021 448 5451

Application forms can also be collected at Bush Radio (call Zimasa on 021 448 5450 to arrange)

Closing date: Monday 1 May 2017 at 16h00, and only 30 children will be selected.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CREW APPLICATION

PARENTS: Read more about the philosophy and broad aims of CREW:- Bush Radio’s CREW project: growing with media education