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News - December 2014


BayFM provides opportunity for community support

BY BayFM

Bayfm has enjoyed amazing support from listeners in the last while. The support has been evident, particularly during the period the station was challenged with signal distribution issues. Earlier this year, lightning caused damage to critical equipment, resulting in frequent off-air status. The current, ongoing load-shedding further affects the station’s uninterrupted broadcasting ability.
“We have since sourced a permanent solution to both our power supply and signal distribution challenges. As we implement these solutions, we will have more time to focus on delivering excellent community radio. We know our listeners in our broadcast area are behind us 100%; we therefore want to give them an opportunity to contribute financially to building a sustainable on-air service”, says General Manager Antonio Venturini.
BayFM has to date been managing its own signal distribution. Within the foreseeable future and with sufficient financial support, signal distribution will be outsourced to Sentech, a state-owned enterprise responsible for various types of signal distribution. This will ensure greater coverage within and beyond our broadcast area, zero off-air incidences and enhanced radio quality.
To facilitate listener and corporate financial support, BayFM will launch its Telethon at 6am on Monday 15 December and continue until 9pm on Sunday 21 December.
During this time, pledges can be made by calling 041 360 0909, or emailing studio@bayfm.co.za or by sending an SMS with the word ‘pledge ’and your commitment to 34852. SMS cost R1.50
BayFM is a not-for-profit organisation and therefore able to issue Section 18A tax-deductable donation certificates to those individuals and businesses making contributions

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 December 12, 2014
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3rd EBUBELENI  ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Come and celebrate 20 years of Freedom and Democracy through music!

BY Mahambehlala Communications


There’s no better way to enjoy summer than with music and the outdoors. And this year, we are celebrating our country’s Freedom and Democracy with an outdoor music festival! Come to the Adcock Stadium in Port Elizabeth on the 27th of December for the 3rd Annual Ebubeleni Music Festival.
This unforgettable event will feature electric live performances by artists, headlined by legendary Bra Caiphus Semenya, Rapper, Cassper Nyovest who recently claimed the throne as one of the most respected artist in Africa when he walked away with three of the major awards at the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, followed by the country’s award winners, Lira, Beatenberg, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, The Soil, Donald, The Arrows, iFani, Heavy K and Zimbabwe’s great Icon, Oliver Mtukudzi.
 
Ebubeleni Music Festival is ideally positioned during festive season on the last Saturday of December.  The event is meant as homecoming for the people of the Bay, also as a yearly get-together affair for those who work and or study in different parts of the country.  Those that are not from Nelson Mandela Bay are encouraged to embrace the event as part of the reason to holiday and spend part of their Xmas Holidays  in the friendly city.  
 
The festival forms part of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Annual Summer Season Programme which starts from the 16th of December until the 31st of December.  Other sponsors include the National Department of Arts and Culture’s “Mzansi Golden Economy”.  The department’s vision  goes beyond social cohesion, they believe that arts, culture and heritage play a pivotal role in the economic self determination and skills development of people. 
Ebubeleni Music Festival is an outdoor music festival with a picnic feel and strives to provide entertainment, with this in mind the organisers have provided for the kiddies corner where parents can take their kids for Face Painting, Baloon Twisting, Jumping Castle, TV Games and color-in activities in a closed off area within the stadium. 
Economic Benefit for the Bay –all service providers of this event are sourced from the Nelson
Mandela Bay Municipality from accommodation (hotels and guest houses) ; technical – stage
and sound; caterers; infrastructure (marquees and toilets) and furthermore the organisers of
the event would like to invite vendors/stalls for those who wish to sell their wares, be it Food ;
Ice Cream; Glow In The Dark; Same Time Pictures; Arts and Crafts etc.  The Bay’s Local
Artists will also showcase their talents whilst sharing the stage with the country’s well-known
national artists and icons, and they are - Asanda Mqiki,  Black Tye; Down By Law; Nathi B;  Lulama
 Gaulana;  Slyso ;  Nosisi ;  Sdudla Mathousand; Babyjoe&Kingjade


“With an affordable ticket price of R130 for General Access and R180 for Golden Circle for a line up as attractive as this, we are inviting everyone from the Bay, neighbouring towns and afar to come and end this year’s celebrations of the country’s 20 years of freedom and democracy in style at the Ebubeleni Music Festival” said the event’s Project Manager, Marc Mahambehlala. 
The event starts from 12 noon until late, people are advised to come early to secure their picnic spots.  Food and beverages will be sold at the venue but people may bring their camp chairs and picnic baskets.  Bottles and weapons will not be allowed into the venue. 
Computicket/Shoprite Checkers is now open for tickets sale and no tickets will be sold at the venue.
The 3rd annual Ebubeleni Music Festival is proudly supported by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, The National Department of Arts and Culture, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Vodacom.


People who would like to sell their wares at the festival must contact Greg Moses on
082 659 2803 to book their stalls.


For more information on the event  contact Khensani Baloyi on 011 053 6124/074 316 4217 or visit Mahambehlala Communications’ website: www.mahambehlalacomms.co.za
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EbubeleniArtsFestival
Come and celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy through music!

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 December 09, 2014
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Class of 2015 to be prepared for job market

BY Inkanyezi Events

While the matric class of 2014 anxiously awaits the final examination results, business has already teamed up with the Department of Education to boost the job prospects of 2015 matriculants.
Plans for the country's largest Career Guidance Initiative - The Working World Exhibition  - were announced at a function at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium this morning (Dec 3, 2014).
The Working World Exhibition, now in its 16th year, will be hosted at the Stadium from March 3-5, 2015 with the participation of big business and leading educational institutions including VWSA, Coega, Access Management and the NMMU.
Organised by Inkanyezi Events, in partnership with the Department of Education and the business community,  the collective provides World-class Career Guidance Textbooks, personal career guidance counselling and career DVD resources  to 20 000 Grade 12 learners, for free.
Over the past 16 years Inkanyezi has interacted directly with over 240 000 grade 12s.
While the Textbooks, compiled by Inkanyezi, The Department Of Labour, The Department of Education and the NMMU are distributed to Grade 12's at the beginning of the year, the initiative culminates with an exhibition attended by up to 100 exhibiting institutions, including corporates and 15 000 matrics.
“Big business will be putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to the urgent need for career guidance at the 16th edition of South Africa’s most comprehensive career initiative, the Working World Exhibition’’, said Inkanyezi CEO Andrew Binning.
“With more and more matric exemptions being achieved each year and the business sector demanding skilled employees, matrics and their families need to think very carefully about their plans after school,” Binning said.
 “The key issue for any school-leaver is to gain meaningful employment after training. While increasing numbers of learners are gaining access to University, employers are requiring specialised or technical skills.
“The fear is that school leavers do general degrees with little specialisation rather than skills training, as an example, that would make them far more employable and competitive in the labour market,” Binning said.
Volkswagen South Africa, Coega, The Department of Education and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be playing an active role in the event in order to match the skills of job market entrants with the needs of employers.
The exhibition exposes Grade 12 learners to career and study fields across a broad range of sectors, represented by an estimated 100 exhibitors, Binning said,
 “The entire initiative is about opening channels, new thinking and possibilities for school-leavers and connecting them with industry driven information that enables them to plan a successful entry into the world of work.”
“There are many sectors in the economy that promise work opportunity, while others remain constrained as the economy moves slowly out of crisis.  Understanding where the opportunity lays and how to match that with a passion, is key to job creation and economic growth,’’ Binning said.
“Although there are large numbers of unemployed young people and a constantly growing labour supply, many enterprises struggle to fill open positions. According to an article published in The Economist in 2012, in South Africa 3 million young people are not in education, training or employment, we have 600 000 unemployed university graduates but  800 000 job vacancies. This clearly shows that there are massive skills mismatches.  Partly as a result of that and a slowly growing economy South Africa has the third highest number of unemployed out-of-school youth in the world. “
Stats SA has confirmed that the level of education attainment for the youth (aged 15 to 34) has improved between 2008–2014, but their labour market prospects had in fact deteriorated, Binning said.

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 December 04, 2014
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf

BY Bay FM

 A group of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life this past week, after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery & Life Skills Impartation Workshop.
The program, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation. Mr Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.
The first workshop, which started on 10 October, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams
 
“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high,  the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior”, said Schneider.
Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers don’t only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope. “These substances erode the good from every area of an abusers’ life”.
 
Extensive media coverage in week 1 has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern areas.
Subsequent workshops will be held as follows: West End Community Centre, 24-28 October; Booysens Park Community Hall 24-28 October; Harvest Christian Centre, Jacksonville 31 October to 4 November. All workshops are from 8am until 2pm on daily. Cost is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.
A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the program can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks”, said Schneider.
Contact Ignacio Schneider at 073 302 7666 for further information and registration.
The workshops continue weekly.

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 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9

BY Bay FM

 
BayFM 107.9 is making good on the slogan ‘Our Community, Your radio’ with the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘#LekkaMos’.
 
 The # LekkaMos concept, aimed at providing a platform of exposure for home-grown talent, is set to revolutionise both marketing of and appreciation for local talent, across all genres.
 
“As a radio station functioning in the Eastern Cape, we have recognised both the abundance of exceptional talent, as well as our responsibility to said talent. It’s with this in mind, that this concept was birthed,” said BayFM Acting General Manager, Angelique Graaff.
 
#LekkaMos is derived from Local is Lekker, a phrase often used in conjunction with music or anything home-grown. Mos, an Afrikaans word, implies that what has been said is well known or self-evident.
“This is exactly what we, as a station, discovered. Our local talent has unique appeal. Gone are the days when aspiring artists relocate to other provinces in an effort to establish themselves.  With #LekkaMos, they can now step it up in their own backyard,” Graaff remarked.
 
With a listenership of 100 000, BayFM has the base to become a stepping stone for budding artists. #LekkaMos will create a platform for artists to show case their talent, by providing airplay to artists looking to break into the industry. This in turn provides the scope to harness local support and encourage greater awareness.
 
“#LekkaMos has the potential to develop beyond radio; it is however essential that we start somewhere. Local artists will soon know that BayFM 107.9 supports home-grown talent. Its #LekkaMos”, said BayFM Programs Manager, Luzuko Qoba.
The Lekkamos show, where only local music and artists will be featured, debuts this coming Saturday at 8pm.
Artists may visit www.bayfm.co.za   for more information on how to submit music.

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 August 23, 2016
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PAINT YOUR WORLD PURPLE

BY CANSA

Join the BayFM Team as we paint our world purple!

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 February 10, 2016
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GOSPEL SHOW MOVED AFTER UITENHAGE MUSIC SCAM

BY Sipho Ngwema

 

 

The Gospel Music Festival of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival scheduled to take place at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage this Saturday has been postponed to September 05.

 

The announcement follows media reports of a music scam that left scorers of concert-goers, local community leaders and entertainers furious after a local organiser duped people into buying tickets for a bogus concert supposedly scheduled to take place at the same venue last week Saturday.

 

The fiasco has had devastating effect on this weekend's gospel concert as ticket sales dropped dramatically immediately after the news of the scam emerged. Security reports indicate that there may be community action planned as the result of the scam.

 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival decided to take precautionary step and move the show to September to allow emotions to subside and the situation to return to normal. The plunge in public confidence towards concerts as a direct result of the scam is hopefully temporary and show will return in September.

 

Fortunately, the artists that were meant to perform this coming Saturday have overwhelmingly agreed to come back in September and assist in efforts to restore credibility of the entertainment industry.



Issued by Sipho Ngwema on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival. For more information call him at 082 499 8111.

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 July 09, 2015
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AWARD-WINNING ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS DREAM TEAM COLLABORATION

BY Starburst Music

He opened for Bon Jovi during their 2013 Because We Can world tour in South Africa and regularly performs in the UK and US.  He has won Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatrical Documentary’.  He recently released his smash hit, Indestructible, off his brand new album Apollo, which is currently burning up the airwaves around the country.

They opened for Westlife during their 2011 tour in Namibia and for Air Supply during their 2014 tour in South Africa.  They have been winning South African Ghoema and Huisgenoot Tempo Music awards since 2011 and regularly perform at the biggest Afrikaans festivals and shows around the country.  Their self-titled album achieved gold status during 2013 and they have just been nominated for another Huisgenoot Tempo award for their music video GOUD from their latest album, GOUD, which is due to reach gold status any day now.

South African award-winning and chart-topping singer/songwriter and pop/rock/dance artist, Daniel Baron and the popular award-winning Afrikaans pop group and singer/songwriters, ADAM (Hugo Ludik, Reynardt Hugo and Kyle Grant) have joined forces for this hit collaboration!

Their very first international single, SAY WHAT YOU WANT, will be released to South African audiences during June 2015.  It has already been released in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by the European record label, Red Bullet, in early May 2015 and will soon be released to the rest of Europe.  

The single will play exclusively and for the first time on the 947 and KFM Kia Top 40 on 6 June 2015, where after the song will be released to radio stations nationally and will be followed by the release of the music video.
The song was written by Hugo Ludik and Daniel Baron for no particular project or reason – only for the sake of putting two creative heads together and seeing what comes from it.  The result is: SAY WHAT YOU WANT.
“The choice to do the song together as a collaboration didn't take much thought or time. Both Daniel and ourselves identified with every single part of the song - from the lyrics to the melody and production - and felt that our musical strengths combined would turn this song into a big hit, as well as a song we can be proud of. We are hoping that this song will get as much airplay worldwide as it deserves” says Hugo Ludik – founder of the group ADAM.

Daniel Baron says:  “I've known Hugo Ludik for a couple of years now. Before the ADAM group formed, we used to perform together as session musicians in different bands. Very recently we caught up and decided to co-write a song. We sat down for 2 hours and came up with "Say What You Want". It's the perfect collaboration song for both myself and ADAM because it carries elements of both our sounds, and it also crosses over to new genres. It's been incredible to work with ADAM. They are true professionals and true rock stars.”

#SayWhatYouWant… but this single is guaranteed to be a big hit!

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 June 18, 2015
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FAIRVIEW’S SPECTACULAR DERBY

BY Fairview Racecourse

The SW Security East Cape Derby and Prawn Festival meeting at Fairview on Sunday was an enormous success and a vibrant crowd of over 5000 racegoers cheered home the horses enthusiastically for all nine of the races.


The Joey Ramsden-trained St Tropez stamped himself as a stayer with a very bright future when sauntering to victory in the main race of the day, the Grade 3 Cape Derby over 2400m, under his world class jockey Anton Marcus.
Later, the Alan Greef-trained two-year-old colt Juan Two Three put himself in pole position to be named the Eastern Cape Champion Juvenile Male when winning the Listed Epol Dahlia Plate over 1200m easily and impressively under Greg Cheyne.
The weekend’s fun started on Friday with an eight race meeting on the polytrack.


The Prawn Festival meeting on the Sunday has become one of the most anticipated family fun days on the Port Elizabeth social calendar and the carnival-like atmosphere at this year’s event proved that it is growing from strength to strength.


1800 kilograms of prawns were sold and patrons also lapped up the plentiful on course entertainment that was provided.


The crowd lingered on until the last horse had been led away from the winner’s enclosure. They didn’t seem to want the day to end.
Phumelela’s Sales and Marketing Exec, Clyde Basel commented “We couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of the Derby weekend. Fairview hasn't seen that many people in ages and we can grow our database in order to engage with new faces, hopefully bring them back to the races and invite them to be a part of the Racing. It's a Rush campaign, a process that takes them through the various levels of participation".

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 May 11, 2015
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