Posts Tagged ‘support’

Bush Radio MD Brenda Leonard Makes MDDA Board Interview Shortlist

22/05/2020
Bush Radio’s Brenda Leonard

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications has announced that Bush Radio’s Managing Director Brenda Leonard is one of the candidates shortlisted to fill one of four vacancies on the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board.

The addition of Leonard to the shortlist is a move in the right direction for the MDDA’s search for Board members, according to Bush Radio Programme Integrator Adrian Louw.

“Leonard’s standing within the community media sector, due to her commitment and level of integrity, as well as the wide range of skills she possesses, will be an asset to the MDDA. She has led Bush Radio through very trying times – and continues to do so – and the skills she’s gathered over 27 years of community radio involvement will provide the MDDA with much-needed direction on a strategic level.”

She spearheads Bush Radio’s drive to ensure more support for the community media sector.

Leonard is the Western Cape’s provincial secretary of the National Community Radio Forum, volunteer bookkeeper at the Mitchells Plain Advice and Development Project, and is on the journalism advisory committee for the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a founding delegate of the United Nations Global Alliance on Media and Gender.

Related:

Community Media demands to be heard

Ministers indifferent to the plight of the community radio sector

UPDATE: Community Radio Under Attack From Sentech Demands

The end of revolutionary radio in South Africa?

Basic protective measures against the Novel #Coronavirus – click here

Official websites for accurate information regarding COVID19:

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

Regulations and Guidelines – Coronavirus Covid-19

World Health Organisation

Western Cape Government Health Department

Once this passes we will celebrate Fridays like this again #lockdown

17/04/2020

Lockdown is hard. We hope that all our supporters are doing all they can to stay safe. Stay home if you can. Use a mask when getting your grants or essentials.

The Bush Radio team continues to bring you accurate and true information, sharing your hardships as the team navigates getting to the station and keeping your favourite and new programmes going. A dedicated group is bringing you innovative, and exciting programming to help with the lockdown blues.

We also would like your ideas on what we could add to the programme schedule, especially during this time. Many have requested a return to our radio drama series and local artists are featuring even more than usual on our playlist.

As a not-for-profit community radio station we need your support. If you are in the position to assist the station please consider making a donation or direct transfer so that we can continue doing our work.

Our banking details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Bush Radio
Account Number: 07 122 0194
Branch Name: Mowbray
Branch Code: 004909
Bank address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Western Cape, South Africa, 7700
SWIFT address: SBZA ZA JJ

Basic protective measures against the Novel #Coronavirus – click here

Official websites for accurate information:

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

Regulations and Guidelines – Coronavirus Covid-19

World Health Organisation

Western Cape Government Health Department

President announces extension of #lockdown for #COVID19

09/04/2020

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an extension of the national lockdown until the end of April 2020.

Read the President’s full speech on the extension

We ask all our listeners to take note of the lockdown extension announcement. Bush Radio will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments and we will continue to bring you some relief through our special programming.

Basic protective measures against the Novel #Coronavirus – click here

Official websites for accurate information:

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

Regulations and Guidelines – Coronavirus Covid-19

World Health Organisation

Western Cape Government Health Department

Keep it locked on Bush Radio

26/03/2020

The following is a statement issued on behalf of Bush Radio by Adrian Louw, Programme Integrator.

Dear Bush Radio listeners and supporters,

Due to the lockdown as announced by our government to help curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) we are forced to go onto automated playout systems from 19h00 tonight.

Most of our volunteers, staff and trainees make use of public transport which will be limited during the lockdown, and we need to keep them safe.

Live programming will start at 7am (Monday to Friday) and weekends will also see some special programming and rebroadcasts of our best programmes.

We have also implemented remote systems which will enable us to keep you informed of developments (24/7) around the lockdown, as well as other news, advice, alerts and public service announcements.

We hope to ease the lockdown blues with some of the best and most interesting radio programming you’ve come to expect from 89.5FM. These will include special collaborations with local artists, music specials, radio features, drama, and international news and talks ranging from Noam Chomsky to Angela Davis.

Remember to check out www.bushradio.co.za for all your info and join us on our Facebook page.

Please keep the members of the lockdown team in your thoughts. They’ll be in the studio bringing you live content daily.

We urge all our listeners and supporters to stay safe and practice compassion.

These are tough times but we at Bush Radio will continue to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.

Adrian

Basic protective measures against the Novel #Coronavirus – click here

Official websites for accurate information:

World Health Organisation

Western Cape Government Health Department

South Africa Government Novel Coronavirus

Imagine 2020 – Thank you

31/12/2019

A little bit of inspiration from us to all our supporters and listeners. Thank you for all the support in 2019.

With your support we can make 2020 even better.

Consider making a donation to keep the “Mother of Community Radio in Africa” doing its work in the communities of Cape Town and beyond – visit our GiveGain campaign page.

Ministers indifferent to the plight of the community radio sector

08/11/2019

The National Community Radio Forum issued a press statement after their meeting with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) yesterday.

The meeting was held to discuss the current crises with regards to the planned closure of certain community radio stations by the broadcasting authority.

READ NCRF STATEMENT 7 November 2019 – Ministers indifferent to the plight of the #communityradio sector

Again Bush Radio is very concerned about these developments and we believe that a closure of one station is worrying. We call upon all parties involved to look for an amicable solution for the continued survival and growth of the community radio sector.

We also encourage communities, individuals, organisations and businesses to support their community radio stations.

Related:

Community Media demands to be heard

Keep your voice alive

Don’t just like what you hear.

The end of revolutionary radio in South Africa?

43 radio stations facing closure in South Africa

19/10/2019

As we at Bush Radio fight to keep the station going financially through our crowdfunding campaign and engagements with government, we are concerned to learn of developments to close up to 43 community radio stations in South Africa.

The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), of which Bush Radio is a founding member, today issued a press statement highlighting the plans of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to shut down certain stations for various reasons.

Today we commemorate Black Wednesday 42 years ago – October 19, 1977 – when the apartheid government banned several newspapers, organisations and journalists.

Today, ICASA, an institution for which Bush Radio fought hard to be established, wants to shut down more than 40 community radio stations. The effect will be the same as then – limiting media freedom and alternative voices in the broadcast sector.

Bush Radio strongly urges our democratically elected government to intervene in this matter. We ask ICASA to look at a positive resolution to help secure the future of the community radio sector.

READ: Press Release: Shutdown of 43 Community Radio stations by ICASA

See below for the names of the stations affected.

  1. Lekwa FM
  2. Lukhanji FM
  3. Mohokare FM
  4. MP East Community Radio
  5. Nkungumathe FM
  6. Ncuthu Community Radio
  7. Zibonele FM
  8. Greater Middleburg FM
  9. Merafong FM
  10. KZN Capital FM
  11. Catitura Community Radio
  12. Mozolo FM
  13. Lephalale FM
  14. Greater Zaneen FM
  15. Phalaborwa FM
  16. The Rock FM
  17. Devine Touch FM
  18. Emmanuel Haven
  19. East Griekwaland FM
  20. Franshoek Community Radio
  21. Giyani Youth FM
  22. Hlanganani FM
  23. Kanyamaza FM
  24. Kingfisher FM
  25. Kopel Studio
  26. Lebowakgomo FM
  27. Lekho Community Radio
  28. Lentswe FM
  29. Lethabong Community Radio
  30. Letlhabile FM
  31. Radio Kaap se Punt
  32. Radio Sekunda
  33. Radio Unique
  34. Radio Renosterberg
  35. Siyathuthuka FM
  36. Sunshine Community Radio
  37. Swartland FM
  38. Ubuhle Beshowe FM
  39. UCT Community Radio
  40. Vaal Community Radio
  41. Endermark Community Radio
  42. Bophirima FM
  43. Naledi Community Radio
Link to our crowdfunding campaign

The end of revolutionary radio in South Africa?

08/10/2019

The following is an extract from an article by Dan Corder for Africa is a Country.

In the small meeting room buried deep within Bush Radio’s second-floor offices on Victoria Road in Salt River, central Cape Town, and lying alongside an ancient Zenith Trans-Oceanic analog radio are two maroon leather cases.

These cases are marked with the iconic golden dog and gramophone logo of His Master’s Voice, formerly the Victor Talking Machine Company. These cases contain original recordings of speeches, debates, poetry, and music performed by South African anti-apartheid activists—those deemed so dangerous that they were banned from gathering or speaking publicly by the then-government.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

If you would like to see us continue our work or have been touched by it please show your support through a contribution via our GIVEGAIN campaign or directly into our account:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Bush Radio
Account Number: 07 122 0194
Branch Name: Mowbray
Branch Code: 004909
Bank address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Western Cape, South Africa, 7700
SWIFT address: SBZA ZA JJ

Related:

Community Media demands to be heard

What Africa’s First Community Radio Project, Bush Radio, Needs

Desperate days for local papers, radio

Capetonians asked to help keep Bush Radio going

Don’t just like what you hear

Keep your voice alive

Don’t just like what you hear.

22/08/2019

Have you received airtime on Bush Radio?

Have you received training at the station?

Have we promoted your song, organisation, issue or start-up?

Please consider making a contribution to the continued running of Africa’s oldest, volunteer driven, not-for-profit community radio station.

Check out: https://www.givengain.com/cc/bushradio/

Spread the word so that we can keep doing what we do by being of service.

For more information visit: www.bushradio.wordpress.com

Or visit www.bushradio.co.za to listen online and find links to our social media pages.

Find out more about the work of Bush Radio and the struggles of community media visit these articles:

allAfrica.com

Mail and Guardian

Keep your voice alive

31/07/2019

Always cutting edge, Bush Radio explores issues in an insightful and meaningful way, giving the people of Cape Town access to media that highlights their voices – through music, entertainment, social upliftment and getting hands-on with media training.

The wide range of programming includes human rights, LGBTIQ+, gender, labour, job opportunities, basic health care, entrepreneurship, and offering information deemed necessary by our communities.

Africa’s oldest community radio station project, it was started in the 1980s by community activists and alternative media producers to explore ways in which grassroots media could be used for social upliftment and as an alternative voice during the apartheid era.

Today Bush Radio ensures it remains relevant, necessary and effects change through carefully curated media projects by working with partners to build dynamic programming. These projects include the Children’s Radio Education Workshop, where children aged between 6 and 18 years going live on-air, and the Media Kidocracy Konference where children aged 12 and up are trained to produce media content.

As an incubator for new media talent, Bush Radio has trained many young people from the Cape Flats and beyond who have now moved on into the media industry and beyond, also helping to build young start-ups and artists.

The community media sector is struggling in South Africa and even though Bush Radio is engaging on various levels, including with the government, to find a solution, we need daily costs such as rent, transmission, communication and stipends for the young people to get on-the-job training covered.

Your contribution will go towards ensuring that young people have a place where they can get access to quality media training and experience and that Cape Town’s communities continue to actively contribute to discussions around the issues affecting them.

Related: Community Media demands to be heard


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