Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

We love #CapeTown

18/09/2015

As part of our regular staff development sessions some of the Bush Radio trainees got to be tourists in their own city by hopping on the City Sightseeing South Africa open-top bus tour. The guys even did a short broadcast from the bus.

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Taste the change – First SA Fairtrade Week

14/11/2011

From the 14th to the 20th November 2011 you can join us and Fairtrade Label South Africa in celebrating South Africa’s first-ever Fairtrade Week on 89.5FM or via audiostream from anywhere in the world, including from your cellphone.

Bush Radio will also be flighting the features produced as part of a successful co-production by the station and the German international broadcaster;  Deutsche Welle (DW) in August 2011. These programmes were made available to all radio stations in South Africa and are still available for free download.

During this week you can catch the following interviews:

Nokutula Mhene and Marcela Guerrero Casas from Fairtrade Africa on Tuesday, 15 November at 10h35 on the Morning Cruise

Boudewijn Goossens, the executive director of Fairtrade Label SA on Wednesday, 16 November – 15h30 on Backchat

Arianna Baldo of Fairtrade Label SA on Thursday, 17 November – 12h30 on Sakhisizwe

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Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 2/3)

23/09/2011

Bush Radio's Aphelele Radebe enjoying the view of Cape Town during our broadcast from the top of Table Mountain this week

Congratulations to Thumeka Mfaxa from Gugulethu who won our first fantastic MyCapeTown pack

Now there only two more weeks left for this great competition on 89.5FM. Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Towns top attractions

This week you could win a MyCapeTown pack which includes:

2x Kirstenbosch Gardens Tickets

A Family Pack (2 kids and 2 adults) for a City Sight Seeing Bus

2x Table Mountain Cable Car Tickets

2x Spur Vouchers

This pack is valued at R 720.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday – the winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe each Friday just after the arts update at 1pm

Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.

Journey of learning about Fair Trade

23/09/2011

Lusanda Bill: YHUUU sis what are you doing here? Pic courtesy of Aarni Kuppamakki

As part of our partnership with the German national broadcaster – Deutsche Welle, Bush Radio had the opportunity to connect one of it’s trainees with an experienced radio and multi-media producer for the South African part of a large international co-production on Fair Trade. From the 22nd August to 9 September 2011, newsroom trainee, Lusanda Bill was selected to join Aarni Kuppamakki from Deutsche Welle in exploring what Fair Trade means in South Africa.

The completed productions are being distributed to all community radio stations in South Africa and can be downloaded via the links at the end of this post.

We asked Lusanda to document her experiences:

Being selected by Bush Radio to be part of a co-production on Fair Trade between Deutsche Welle was a great honour.  I must say I had no idea why management chose me. My guess is they probably wanted to get rid of me for three weeks. *wink*

Fair Trade was a word that I did not use in my daily vocabulary. So when I was told that the topic was Fair Trade, my confused face popped up.  My initial definition of Fair Trade was “fair trading between countries”, well in the three weeks that I was doing the production I found out how totally off the mark I was.

Lusanda out in the field - Pic courtesy of Aarni Kuppamakki http://bit.ly/nc0Wk2

I had some fears of doing the production and many questions: Would I match up to the standard of an international production? Would I understand the topic fully and be able to interpret it for Bush Radio listeners? And would I cope with the travelling and editing that would be involved?

My partner for this co-production from Deutsche Welle was Aarni Kuppamakki and we had been in contact via emails, sharing our ideas about the production.  My job before he came was to set up as many interviews as possible beforehand.  When Aarni and I finally met it was off to work from the first day.  It was great to work with someone with so much passion and experience.

The best part of the whole production was the travelling – I loved what we called our “road trips”.  We travelled to Stellenbosch, Citrusdal, Franschoek and Simons Town.  The best experience was when Aarni and I went shark cage diving. Now shark cage diving is not a normal activity for most black people in South Africa.

A funny story that had everybody in stitches, even at the Bush Radio office, is when I arrived at boat, one of the crew, who has worked on the boat for six years, took one look at me and said – in the loudest voice possible – “YHUUU sis what are you doing here, you are the first black person I have seen here in a long time!”.

But you are probably still asking yourself when I will share the meaning of Fair Trade?  Briefly, Fair Trade is when a premium is placed on a commodity like wine, bananas, fruit, tea and coffee.  In South Africa it’s mostly wine that is Fair Trade, so for a bottle of Fair Trade wine 50 to 60 cents of the total cost would be the premium.

Lusanda and Aarni present their final productions to Bush Radio MD, Brenda Leonard and Marco Schmitt of the German Consulate

On average a bottle of Fair Trade wine costs R39.99.  The premium goes to a separate bank account and is managed by the Joint Body of elected worker representatives and farm management. The premium cannot be paid out in cash, so in most cases it is used to improve the lives of farmworkers.

Let me share some interesting facts about Fair Trade:  The joint bodies of Fair Trade certified farms received a total of R10,4-million in Fair Trade premiums in 2010 and most of it was used on education.  South Africa is the only country that has Fair Trade Tourism. Fair Trade farms are audited annually which normally costs between R15 000 to R20 000, depending on the size of the farm.

Overall the whole experience was amazing and a great learning curve.  I am a better journalist and a happier one after conquering one of my fears, sharks.

To listen to the three features produced by Bush Radio and Deutsche Welle click below to download:

Fair Trade Wine in South Africa – How workers profit

Fair Trade Wine in South Africa – A challenge for producers

Fair Trade Tourism in South Africa

Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 1/3)

20/09/2011

Over the next three weeks Bush Radio is giving you the opportunity to win with MyCapeTown.

Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Town’s top attractions

This week you could win a My Cape Town pack which includes:

2x Robben Island Tickets

2x Two Oceans Aquarium Passes

2x Wheel of Excellence Tickets

This pack is valued at R 730.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday.

The winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe every Friday just after the arts update at 1pm. So tune to 89.5FM or on your computer or cellphone via www.bushradio.co.za

 Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.


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