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News - December 2014

BayFM provides opportunity for community support


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 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

 December 12, 2014
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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:
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Come and celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy through music!

 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.

 December 04, 2014
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Road Accident Fund Answers Burning questions 

With the rate of accidents on the Port Elizabeth Roads spiking recently, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) joines us in studio to answer your burning questions. Listen to BayFM 107.9 at 10:05 today to ask Bongiwe Nyengane-Tyopo the RAF's Regional Marketing Manager your questions.  The...  read more
 September 28, 2017
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An authentic South African sound, beautiful instrumentals and original lyrics. The BayFM 107.9 team thinks Dumza Maswana's music has it all. If you are in to something a little more soulful, you have to check out his song Ubizo. Dumza Maswana is one of many children who grew up in rural South A...  read more
 September 26, 2017
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What does Heritage Day mean to the Bay?

Heritage day is a holiday unique to our country where all South Africans are encouraged to show off and celebrated the vibrant cultures passed down to them. South Africa is uniquely diverse with its many different ethnicities, races, languages and cultures; and it is for this reason that South Afric...  read more
 September 22, 2017
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The Bay Celebrates World Retina Week 

World Retina Week is set to begin today the 19th of September and will run until the 25th of September. This awareness week and Retina SA aim to bring attention to the strides made to cure retinal blindness. Genetic retinal conditions have caused blindness in 150?000 South Africans. The objecti...  read more
 September 19, 2017
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Blaq Tye is this weeks #LekkerMos star

Blaq Tye is one of the freshest and hottest properties of the Nelson Mandela bay and the Eastern Cape. His origional song, 'Dudlu Ntombazana', has been a hit on the BayFM playlist. It is for that reason that the team felt fit to award Tye the very first #LekkerMos star of the week award. His track&n...  read more
 September 18, 2017
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Know Your National Parks

The annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will kick off from the 18th to the 22nd of September. The 12th annual SANPW allows all South African citizens free day access to the Frontier Region of SANParks. Parks that take part in the campaign includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo, Mo...  read more
 September 15, 2017
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