Memeburn’s 50 most prominent SA journalists on Twitter

Award winning online site, Memeburn released their most prominent SA Journalists on Twitter list yesterday. While celebrities might be picking up followers by the thousands, those within the media industry who aren’t doing too badly themselves. Sitting comfortably at the top of the list is City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee. The former Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief moved onto City Press in 2009.  She has turned City Press into one of the country’s leading Sunday papers. If you haven’t purchased a copy up to now, do yourselves a favour and get one this Sunday. It really is a good read.

Also on the list my former boss and a man who gave me my first job, Ray Hartley. Ray is now the editor of the Sunday Times. He is sitting at number five on the list. I’ll forever be thankful to him for giving me the opportunity to be one of the founding members of the The Times Multimedia team. The Primedia stable is represented well on this list with the likes of Redi Thlabi, Yusuf Abramjee, Stephen Grootes, Mandy Wiener and John Robbie all on the list too. My friends and fellow colleagues Gabi Ndebele, Nadia Neophytou, Lihle Mtshali, Matthew Du Plessis and Lerato Tshabalala also make the list. Well done to Janine Jellars, the new editor of Seventeen magazine for making the top 10 too! And finally, yours truly is on the list too. I’m humbled to be even considered, let alone at number 21 on the list. For me to be on a list with such experienced, wise and dedicated media practioners such as the ones on this list is great. It also proves that the industry is watching and taking note of my contribution, which is one of the best accolades anyone can ask for. So thanks Memeburn for this. I’m going to carry on doing what I do best and love. Multimedia journalism is the future 😉


Check out the full list here.

Darren Scott resigns from Jacaranda following racial slur

One of South Africa’s most celebrated broadcasters Darren Scott has resigned from Jacaranda, 94.2 FM. The Just Plain Breakfast host tendered his resignation yesterday following a racial slur at a station event at the weekend. In an interview with 702’s John Robbie this morning, Scott described the events that unfolded at the weekend.

Listen to the full interview here.

After a team building workshop, which involved alcohol, Darren dropped the terrible k-word. He told Robbie that he was embarrassed for using the word and that he’d apologised to the person in question. Newspaper Beeld ran an article on this issue and according to Darren, the journalist only printed one side of the story and not his. As you can imagine this has become a trending topic on Twitter with loads of mixed reactions to the issue.

For me, I’m saddened by an incident like this. Darren Scott is one of the best broadcasters in this country. In addition to his work on radio, which I’ve respected for a very long time, he has been a key player in taking SuperSport‘s rugby content to world class standards. What he and his fellow colleagues have achieved to date is quite remarkable and that has set the bar really high. Having said all of that, there is no place for racial slurs like that in our country. South Africa is so racially sensitive and for him to say something like this really sets us back a lot. This comes as the IRB Rugby World Cup is set to kick-off tomorrow. All the hard work to get the nation, (Black, White, Indian, Coloured) all united and ready to support the Springboks seems to have been sidelined now by an incident like this. I do no condone behavior like this but there needs to be consistency. There have been several others issues with several other parties this year and we’ve forgiven them. How do we proceed from here? Is it time we start talking about the elephant in the room? Racism clearly is still rife in South Africa, maybe as responsible citizens it’s time to discuss this matter head on now.


Read Darren’s response to Beed’s article and his account of what ensued below: Continue reading “Darren Scott resigns from Jacaranda following racial slur”

MTN Radio Awards: Full list of winners

The 2011 MTN Radio Awards took place in Sandton over the weekend. These awards honour the best in radio broadcasting both on air and behind the scenes. Over 600 people were at the venue to see who rules the airwaves. Find a detailed list of winners below:



Content Producer – Non-Commercial – Zandile Tembe – Ukhozi FM
Daytime Presenter – Thato “DJ Fresh” Sikwane – 5FM
Daytime show – Commercial – Guy Mc Donald Afternoon Drive Show – Good Hope FM
Daytime show – Non-Commercial – Butterfly Corner – Radio Islam
Drama Programme – No Place for You – SAfm
Music Presenter – T Bose – Kaya FM 95.9
Music Show – The Homebrew Show – 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 K-fm

News and Actuality Presenter – Chris Gibbons – 567 CapeTalk and Talk Radio 702
News and Actuality Producer – Anisa Ussuph – East Coast Radio
News and Actuality Show – Today with John Perlman – Kaya FM 95.9
News Bulletin Reader – Stephen Grootes – Talk Radio 702
Night-time Presenter – Rob Vember – 5FM
Night-time Show – Commercial – The Dr. Eve Show – Gagasi 99.5FM
Night-time Show – Non-Commercial – Langarm and Nama Show – Radio Riverside 98.2FM
Breakfast Show – Commercial – Just Plain Breakfast – Jacaranda 94.2
Breakfast Show  – Non-Commercial – The Super Fantastic Show – Radio 2000
Breakfast Show Presenter – John Robbie – Talk Radio 702
Business and Finance Presenter – Bruce Whitfield – Talk Radio 702
Business and Finance Show – Talk @ 6 – Talk Radio 702
Community Presenter – “Delite” – Anthony T Ngcezula – Bay FM 107.9
Community Project – United we shall stand for Bafana Bafana – Primedia Broadcasting
Content Producer – Commercial – William Scott – Jacaranda 94.2
On Air Packaging – World Cup 2010 – 94.7 Highveld Stereo
Promotion/Stunt/Event – Commercial – United we shall stand for Bafana Bafana – Primedia Broadcasting
Promotion/Stunt/Event – Non-Commercial – VIP Treasure Hunt – East Rand Stereo
Sports Commentator – Masedi Simon Ramafalo – Thobela FM
Sports Presenter – Cindy Poluta – Talk Radio 702
Sports Show – Discovery Sports Centre – Metro FM
Traffic Presenter – Aki Anastasiou – Talk Radio 702
Wits Radio Academy Bursary Winner – Nontokozo Ngcobo
Young achiever Award (sponsored by Cresta Hotels and Air Botswana) – Smangele Mbatha – Gagasi 99.5FM
Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Bairds Renaissance) – Issie Kirsh
2011 Induction into the Hall of Fame – Alexius Buthelezi, Max Mojapelo, Fanus Rautenbach, Ismail Variava, Shado Twala, Tim Modise, Eric Eagan, Koos Radebe and Alex Jay
My Station Award – Radio Islam
MTN Community Radio Station of the Year (sponsored by The Media Connection)– Radio Islam

Well done to the all the winners. I went to varsity with Rob and it’s so awesome to see a friend and now industry colleague doing so well. Also well done to Darren Scott, DJ Fresh, T-Bose from Kaya FM and all the winners from the Primedia stable. You all deserve these awards and you all make radio entertaining, informative, educational and enjoyable. Well done!

Previously on South African Idols

South African Idol is never short on controversy. If it’s not two winners, it’s an early exit of the public’s ‘favourite’. If it’s not fake designer labels being worn on camera, it’s the social networking sites going mad about a seemingly disoriented judge. Oy vey! That’s exactly what happened on Sunday night, when judge Mara Louw was at the centre of this, the latest controversial moment on Idols. Her comments made little to no sense and it got people talking about she looked and acted as if she was “drunk”. 94.7’s Mark Pilgrim said, “Not hard to figure out which SA Idols judge was “drunk as a skunk” 2night! Actually found it entertaining 4 once listening to that person!” Others said, “#idols Mara is more than PATHETIC!!!!!”

“who the hell does #mara think she is? honestly? telling pieter that? ‘you’re the worst of the worst’ #idols #upset”

“@MelBala I think random drug & alcohol tests should be done on #idols judges, and by that I mean Mara “Ms #outofpocket” Louw”

“Can we keep the idols and vote Mara out? #idols”

So to clear up the matter 702’s John Robbie jumped on the bandwagon this morning by interviewing the singer. She told Robbie she was on medication for her broken toe and according to the official statement from M-Net, she consumed an an energy drink with vodka in it “Counteract her exhaustion”. Read the full release below:

“Following rumours about being drunk on set, Idols judge Mara Louw confirmed on 702 and CapeTalk this morning that she had an energy drink with vodka before last week’s show commenced. The drink was consumed on top of strong pain medication she had taken for her broken toe.

Mara explained that she was exhausted as a result of a heavy schedule and drank the energy drink with vodka to counteract her exhaustion. She then apologised to the nation and said that it was “not in her character to do such things.” M-Net accepts Mara’s apology, but is disappointed with her irresponsible behaviour.

M-Net does not allow crew members, cast and presenters, on any set to consume alcohol prior to a show. It is against our code of conduct and could lead to disciplinary action. To reinstate our stance, the Idols cast and crew will officially be informed today that M-Net will not, under any circumstances, tolerate behaviour on set that could tarnish the reputation of the production.

It is a pity that the focus of the show is moving away from where it should be: on the incredibly talented singers who are working hard to become South Africa’s next Idol.

Gareth Cliff then took to his Twitter account replying to Aki Anastasiou of 702 saying, “@AkiAnastasiou Mara can’t claim to be the victim all the time. Adults must take responsibility for their actions. She’s like Paula Abdul”. Low blows flying around all over. Read Gareth’s account of the evening here.

I was chatting to someone earlier and she mentioned to me that she thinks this is a publicity stunt. I’m not so sold on this. Why would someone jeopardize his/ her reputation for the sake of getting the show more ratings? It’s unfortunate that Mara’s tangled in yet another controversial matter on the show. The focus must now shift back to the contestants. Pieter West has my vote… to leave tonight. Am I right? Who do you think will go?