SABC goes 90% local – good or bad?

Yesterday the South African Broadcasting Company’s Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced that as of today, May 12, 2016, the broadcaster’s 18 radio stations will play 90% South African music on their respective stations. This is a good thing. It’s also um… it’s interesting too. Here’s a pro’s and cons list

Let’s start with half empty…

  • Are there enough musicians in SA to put out 90%? Sure there is a massive catalogue, but some of it is ancient. There’s only so much new #ThrowbackThursday-ing one can do before it becomes dull, painful and like some of the older private stations
  • Expect countless repeats. People complain about DStv repeats. Imagine what’s going to happen when they hear their favourite artists on high rotation, repeating constantly?
  • Are there enough artists within the respective genres to play on the respective stations, which have specific target markets? i.e. are there enough pop singers for 5FM? Enough classical musicians for Classic FM?
  • Is the music actually good enough, or is it there to fill a quota?


There’s always a silver lining and this where the glass becomes half full…

  • This decision will encourage musicians to produce quality music and more frequently
  • It may help record labels, in that they’ll be on the look out for unsigned talent. They’ll invest into those up and coming stars, push their marketing budgets more to local musos rather than international ones.
  • It’ll force the music compilers to listen to, engage with and take unsigned artists that have the talent seriously.
  • It could also have a profound impact on digital sales in SA. You hear the song on Metro, you log on to AppleMusic and bam, the song is yours
  • It grows the industry as a whole. Not only do the singers make the money they deserve, but the producers, the songwriters, and the composers will get the royalties they deserve too.

What do you make of the 90%? Do you think it’ll work? Is this a long-term victory, or a short-lived ‘speed-date’?

Metro FM responds to ‘ #UnathiGate ‘ and other matters


22nd May 2013, Johannesburg.

METRO FM Station Management would like to address two unfortunate programming incidents that have happened
on-air in two of our shows respectively, ie. The First Avenue as well as the The Touch Down Show. The stance that we
as a station are taking on both the issues is as follows:


An open letter addressed to the host of METRO FM’s First Avenue breakfast show Unathi Msengana has been doing
the rounds on social Networks and this particular letter is now in the possession of the station. It is written by a
clearly disgruntled listener of the show and we as a Station hold the contents of the letter in high esteem. Each and
every listener of any of our Show’s on METRO FM is respected and appreciated by the station, hence our stance.

We would like to request that the public at large, our audiences as well as the media allow us as the Station’s Management
to investigate the strongly worded letter and the contents thereof accordingly. Over and above that allow us the time
to engage our presenter Unathi Msengana on her views and outlook in the matter at hand, after which we will make our
findings as a Station known accordingly. We trust that our request will be viewed favorably.


As of today, the entire team of the Touch Down Show will not be scheduled on-air until further notice by Management.
Yesterday afternoon the team unfortunately conducted an interview which was a clear contravention/transgression of
Radio Policy. The interview was regrettably that of explicit nature which is an unfortunate violation of our mandate.
We are a station that informs, educates, entertains and that operates within strict confines of Broadcasting
Regulations and we intend to do just that in a professional and respectful manner.

Please note that team has not been suspended, but are merely not scheduled until we have gone through our internal
processes and procedures. A decision will then be made following the findings of the investigation and we will then
communicate these accordingly. Once again, we request that the public, our audiences, as well as the media allow
us as a station to manage this process the best way we can and revert back to you once this is complete. We trust that
our request in this regard will receive your favorable understanding.

METRO FM, its where you’re at!

The Twins hanging up their YFM headphones

The Twins

If there’s one thing we can be certain about it’s that change will happen whether we like it or not. This time of the year is when loads of radio personalities go into contract negotiations with their employers and potential employers. The result of these negotiations is often heard in the first week of April. As an aspiring radio personality myself, I feel for these professionals.

So with that in mind, here is the first of, no doubt, many changes to come. The Twins, Hlelo and Ntando Masina will be leaving youth station, YFM at the end of March. Read the official release below:

Johannesburg, Monday 04 February 2013 – YFM announced today that, after 5 years on air, YFM twins Hlelo and Ntando Masina, will be leaving the station at the end of March 2013. 


“Line-up changes are common practice in the radio industry, particularly with a youth station like YFM. After careful consideration of all aspects of our on air offering, we have decided to make the necessary changes to YFM’s Programming, and unfortunately the Twins will no longer be with us from the 1st of April 2013” said Programming Manager Tumelo Diaho Monaheng “In as much as we are totally committed to the development of young talent – like the Twins, we are also continually looking for new ways to enhance our station with new and exciting personalities”.

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Watch Rihanna’s new video “Where Have You Been”

The latest track to come off Rihanna‘s album Talk That Talk is called Where Have You Been. The video dropped last week and since its release it has been viewed over 20 million times. Understandably so, it’s a great song and the video is tight. Love it!

SAMA nominations day

Today South Africa’s musicians find out if they’re on the list of nominees up for a coveted South African Music Award. The SAMAs are heading back to Sun City this year, thank goodness. The awards ceremony will be held over two days, 29th and 30th of April. In addition to a more refined list of categories, this year’s awards will be organised by the revered Randall Abrahams. No room for messing around or stuff ups, well if Randall has anything to do with it.

I’m heading off to the Turbin Hall in just a bit to find out who the nominees for this year’s awards are. I’ll get that list up on here as soon as I can. I can’t wait.

Anele leaving 5FM- official press release

In case you missed it, Anele is leaving 5FM at the end of March. The star will be heading back to 94.7 Highveld Stereo to host the drive time show. Here’s what 5FM has to say:

The popular pair, who have been a radio twosome since their university radio days, have decided to part ways. Grant, an avid Buddhist and vegan, is retiring from radio in order to further himself spiritually and Anele is joining another broadcaster.

Says Anele, “5FM is only for the fearless. I am glad they even let me through the door. I’ve learnt so much and become so much more because of the brand. Thank you for that.” Adds Grant, “It was always a dream of mine to work for 5FM. That dream came true. I’m eternally grateful for all that made this a reality. I can only hope my spiritual journey will be filled with as many helping hands and loving hearts.” Grant and Anele will reveal more regarding their plans on The Grant & Anele Show today between 12-3pm.

Says 5FM’s station manager Aisha Mohamed, “5FM has enjoyed an amazing four years with Grant and Anele. Their dedication and commitment to the station has been commendable.

5FM’s line-up changes will come into effect on 1 April 2012. We’re excited about the new line-up and will be announcing what listeners can expect on 1 March 2012 live on 5FM.”

Celebrating Sasha Martenengo’s 5000th show

Easily one of South Africa’s top radio personalities has to be Sasha Martinengo. The 5FM will today celebrate his 5000th show on radio- DAMN! What an achievement. I’ve been listening to him for probably more than half of those shows. I guess you can say I’ve grown up with Sasha, so congratulations to him and thank you for being such a ripper DJ on 5FM.

On reaching this milestone the DJ says, “I’ve been in radio for 17 years. This is something I’m very proud of and it’s still something I look forward to every day. I’m a normal person. I try to stay humble and approachable. You don’t have to be controversial. You have to care about the people you’re speaking to.” To celebrate the achievement Sasha is throwing a massive party at Manhattan in Johannesburg tonight. See who will be rocking the dancefloor at the club tonight above and big up to you Sash man. What a fantastic achievement!

And the 2011 You Spectacular nominees are…

Congratulations to all the nominees for this year’s You Spectacular Awards. It’s great to see a publication like You honouring our talent and I’m pretty sure they’ll be putting on a show much more commendable than what we had to endure recently. Just saying. Well done to all the breakout stars especially to Elvis Blue of Idols fame and to Simba Mhere, the new face on Top Billing. I entered the Top Billing presenter search last year and while I received really good feedback and comments, I was bummed when I didn’t make it through and when you see someone like Simba on the show, it’s easy to understand why he made it through right to the very end. He has done some amazing things already and I look forward to seeing more of him on TV in the future. Elvis Blue is the most successful South African Idol, having gone gold with his debut album and being the first Idol worldwide to win the competition, get straight into the studio, record and release an album all within in a month. Big up to him. My favourites are in there as per. The lovely Jeannie D from Top Billing  is up for a few awards. The freaks of the gene pool category aka the hottest couples in this year’s list are on point. I do think that the newly married and new parents, Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt are by far the hottest and most deserving of all the nominees, if I’m to be honest. Their love for one another is so clear. I’m envious of them… one day! Some of my other favs include Gareth Cliff, DJ Fresh, Bonang, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lira, Nico Panagio and Unathi. You can see the full list below. Good luck to them all. Either way, each and everyone of them are gifted, talented, entertaining and awesome. Good luck to them all.

Nico Panagio (Survivor SA: Maldives)
Leanne Manas (Morning Live)
Pabi Moloi (All Access)
Proverb (Idols)
Jeannie D (Top Billing)

Crazy White Boy (singing duo)
Ashish Gangapersad
Elvis Blue (Idols)
Simba Mhere (Top Billing)
Hildegardt Whites (7de Laan)

Connie and Shona Ferguson
Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt
Nico and Christi Panagio
Sonia and Leslie Sedibe
Diaan Lawrenson and Jody Abrahams

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Bonang Matheba I salute you

This lovely young lady never ceases to amaze me. Bonang Matheba is a world class star who has it all.

Not only is she one of the hosts of the hottest music show on TV, she’s also a radio presenter on YFM, a model (newly crowned cover girl for FHM) and a very very in-demand and clever businesswoman. Big up to her! When I watched her on Vuzu’s Top Shayela last week, I thought to myself, damn here’s someone who really has taken every opportunity by the horn and gone with it. We can all learn a lot from someone like Bonang. What she’s achieved at her age is remarkable, admirable.

Check out the first of her monthly web reality shows, where you can get an in depth look into what a month in the life of Bonang is like! I’m bummed I wont be able to make the relaunch of her website and the online reality show tonight. The party goes down at Icon in Sandton and is by invite only. Sadly I won’t be able to make it, but this wont be the last we hear of this lady. Stay tuned, there’s more to come. I look forward to bring you such news and here’s a star I would dig to work with in the future. Setting the intention, putting it out there. One day 🙂

5FM’s (TV)5 promo

Damn the radio stations are working hard at the moment. National station 5FM is now expanding its power into the TV industry. Their TV show, (TV)5 debuts on Friday night at 19:30 on SABC 3. Check out the first promo above. In this clip you’ll get to see “My House” host Euphonik, Weekend breakfast show Thomas Msengana, the Top 40’s Sureshnie and Power Nights Hip-Hop DJ, C-Live. Can’t wait to watch the show!