Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Pop music is aspirin and the Blues are vitamins


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Tune into Bush Radio via 89.5FM or online this Sunday (16 October 2016) at 8pm as we celebrate 20 years of Blues in the Bush with Dr Ian Bell.

With its roots firmly in African soil, yet germinating in a far continent in conditions of slavery and extreme hardship, the Blues has flowered and grown over generations to be the single greatest influence in modern popular music. Dr Bell (yes a real medical professional) has an extensive collection of rare blues albums and plays the music, as well as providing detailed information about the evolution of blues, the social and cultural contexts of the music, and information about individual tracks.

Since October 1996, a tasty two hours of the best of The Blues, along with something of its history, origin, development, sociology and biography, is prescribed every Sunday evening  as immunisation against the rest of the week!

Thank you for the continued support



We would like to thank everyone who donated during our birthday month and for those have not, please note that you can still donate to help the station.

As a not for profit corporation and an independent community radio station Bush Radio relies on sponsorship, trade exchanges, selling airtime and donations to keep its doors open to promote media freedom and training.

We encourage you to make a donation no matter how large, and for entrepreneurs and established businesses to contact us to see how we can work together.

Our banking details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Name of account: Bush Radio Training Account
Account number: 07 119 4185
Branch name: Mowbray
Branch code: 004909
Address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700
Swift code (for foreign donations): SBZAZAJJ

If you would like a receipt for your donation, email the proof of payment to

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 021 448 5450.

Help us change a life …


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Bush Radio has been offering broadcast and training facilities to the people of Cape Town for the past 21 years, since our first legal broadcast on the 9th August 1995.

As we celebrate our 21st birthday, we are running a pledge drive during our birthday month – from the 1 – 31 August 2016 – where YOU can make a donation towards our work.

As a non-profit community radio station, we call on former interns, staff, volunteers, board members, NGOs/CBOs, artists, musicians, designers and companies who have benefitted from our broadcast and training services to contribute towards making a difference in the lives of others.

Through such donation, you will contribute to the continued existence of Bush Radio, and also make the opportunity available to others to benefit from Bush Radio’s services.

Our bank details are as follows:

Bank: Standard Bank
Name of account: Bush Radio Training Account
Account number: 07 119 4185
Branch name: Mowbray
Branch code: 004909
Address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700
Swift code (for foreign donations): SBZAZAJJ

If you would like a receipt for your donation, email the proof of payment to

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us  on 021 448 5450.

The Guy is Alive (Tattoo giveaway)


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Awesome instrumental trio The Guy is Alive popped by the Bush Radio studios a couple of weeks ago with Alanna Joy and promised Backchat listeners a special give away.

The group is giving away a R500 tattoo voucher from Cape Coast Tattoo and Piercing.

To enter this lucky draw all you need to do is sms the keyword ALIVE + NAME + SURNAME to 32158 by 2pm on Wednesday the 8th June 2016.

To qualify you need to send a minimum of 5 entries (SMS cost is R1 each)

The winner’s name will be announced in Backchat on that day.

Victor J funeral details and call for support



The Jantjies family have provided Bush Radio with the details below for Victor’s funeral.

14 May 2016 (Saturday)

09h00 – Home (21 Madeliefie Street, Laingville, St Helena Bay)
10h00 – Service (Laingville Civic Centre, Strand Straat, Laingville, St Helena Bay)

Donations (financial)

All individuals, friends and groups who wish to make a financial donation to help with the funeral arrangements for Victor, can use the bank details below to make their contribution:

Bank: Standard Bank
Name of Account: MDDA BUSH
Account Number: 07 135 25 38
Branch code: 051001

*Please use VICTORJ as a reference.

Donations of non-perishable items (coffee, teas, sugar, milk, biscuits etc) can be dropped off at Bush Radio (330 Victoria Road, Salt River, 7925).

Goodbye Victor J #RIP


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The trainees, volunteers and staff of Bush Radio are saddened to announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Victor Jantjies.

We were informed early this morning by his family that Victor passed away in his sleep

We are unable to find the words right now to express the loss we feel of this wonderful person who brought light to station.

Victor joined Bush Radio in 1996 as a trainee from a media project and worked in various areas in the station. He is best remembered by listeners as the voice of the Breakfast Rush and Morning Cruise but he also served in various areas “behind the scenes”

Most recently Victor was standing in on the Morning Cruise and responsible for technical and music at the station.

We will keep listeners and friends updated to developments via this blog and our Bush Radio facebook groups.

Please feel free to share you memories of Victor here.

CT International Jazz Festival winner is….


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Congratulations to the lucky draw winner of a double weekend pass ticket to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016, Anthony Burgess.

We hope you enjoy the event and to everyone else stay tuned to Bush Radio 89.5FM for great competitions.

Want a double weekend pass to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016?



Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving 1 lucky listener the opportunity to win one double weekend pass (Friday and Saturday) tickets valued at R1500 to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016.

To stand a chance of winning a ticket for you and your partner for Friday and Saturday night, all you have to do is:

SMS* the keyword JAZZ and your name + surname to 32158 by 12pm on Friday (1 April 2016)

*In order to qualify for the lucky draw you need to send a minimum of 10 sms (each sms costs R1)

The winners will be announced on Sakhisizwe between 12 and 2pm on Friday.

Enter often to increase your chances of winning as this is a lucky draw.

SMS costs R1 and free minutes do not count.

Should you be a winner you will need to be able to collect at our offices by 4pm on the same day that the names are announced. Tickets not collected at 4pm will be forfeited.

Step It Up for Gender Equality


international women's day copyThe 8th of March 2016 marks International Women’s Day and to help celebrate the day, the women involved in Bush Radio (past and present) will be taking to the airwaves from 6am to 8pm to highlight the work, struggles and achievements of women.

Current women presenters on Bush Radio will be on air during the day and some new and old voices will be back on the airwaves. The male presenters will take a behind-the-scenes role by producing for some of the shows so that every woman currently working at the station – from those in admin, household, sales and reception – will take to the airwaves.

Even though it is not unusual for the Bush Radio airwaves to be filled with women’s voices, it was proposed that the station step it up for the day and swop around presenters for the day (eg: Lazola Solani who hosts the magazine programme Sakhisizwe will host the Breakfast Rush and our managing director, Brenda Leonard, will take on Sakhisizwe with former Bushnews editor, Lusanda Bill).

Stay tuned for the special The Women Who Built Bush Radio, hosted by Juanita Williams, managing editor (former Bush Radio news editor, trainer and gender issues programme producer and presenter). This programme will look back and speak with some of the women who have fought to free the airwaves and media in South Africa, and pay tribute to their contributions.

International Women’s Day will end with an outside broadcast from a City Of Cape Town Social Development, Subcouncil 9 and Early Childhood Development event in Khayelitsha.

The event will focus on awareness raising on issues that are pertinent to women, like eradicating domestic violence and entrepreneurship. The programme will also include guest speakers such as the Mayoral committee member for Social Development and Early childhood development, Suzette Little, and Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu.

Programme Lineup:

07h00 – 09h00 – The Breakfast Rush: Lazola Solani

09h00 – 12h00 – The Morning Cruise: Natasha Siqaza

12h00 – 14h00 – Sakhisizwe: Brenda Leonard and Lazola Solani

14h00 – 16h00 – Backchat: Gabebah Abdullah and Jasnine Roberts

16h00 – 17h00 – Everyday People: Kholeka Ntozini, Nombelelo Xakatha and Zimasa Mzamo

17h00 – 18h00 – The Women who built Bush Radio – Juanita Williams + guests

18h00 – 20h00 – Outside Broadcast from International Women’s day event from Khayelitsha

Tune in via 89.5FM in Cape Town or worldwide via

Position available: Administrative Assistant


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Bush Radio 89.5FM has a vacancy for an Administrative Assistant (see full criteria + job description below).

Application must include a detailed CV, with a minimum of 3 contactable references.

Application deadline: 20 January 2016 @ 5pm

Applications can be emailed to and should state:

Administrative Assistant Application 2016 in the subject line.

Please note:

  • Cape Town based (NO relocation costs paid)
  • No telephonic enquiries will be accepted.
  • Candidates must be available to start immediately.
  • Only email applications accepted
  • Applicants must have a good credit record
  • Applicants not contacted within two weeks after the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful.

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Position: Administrative Assistant

Salary range: R60,000 – R84,000 per year depending on experience.
Cape Town based

Skills required:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills .
  • Strong administrative and financial skills
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel and internet / email)
  • Excellent reading and writing skills in English and Afrikaans or Xhosa.

Experience required:

  • Experience in administration and finance work environment.
  • Extensive experience with SARS e-filing and Eazy File

Personality attributes:

  • Able to work under pressure, adhere to deadlines, work within a team, honest

Key Performance Areas:


  • Stationery purchase and distribution
  • Do filing and updating of files
  • Maintain asset register
  • Report writing


  • Petty cash
  • Draft financial reports for the Managing Director
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Record keeping
  • Account payments and debt collections
  • Prepare and monitor budgets
  • Do all statutory returns, such as VAT, PAYE, SDL, and UIF


  • Keep and update all personnel records
  • Do work-schedules and make sure staff is on duty
  • Deal with all statutory requirements