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Six SABC radio stations keep current line-ups due to significant listenership growth

Date: Mar 23, 2020

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that six (6) of its radio stations will not be effecting any changes in their respective line-ups for the for the 2020/2021 financial year.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that six (6) of its radio stations will not be effecting any changes in their respective line-ups for the for the 2020/2021 financial year. Ukhozi FM, Thobela FM, RSG, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Lotus FM, and Phalaphala FM will not be making any changes to their line-ups.

Group Executive: Radio, Ms Nada Wotshela stated, “The decision to keep the current line-up for most of these stations was informed by the fact that they have shown healthy gains in listenership figures.  This also serves as indication that the strategies that have been put in place continue to ensure that SABC Radio remains at crest of the airwaves. We are also confident that stability for some of our radio stations will yield positive results”.

South Africa’s most-listened to radio station Ukhozi FM, currently commands over 7, 6 million listeners.  This station has over the last year enjoyed a successful performance of the line-up which was launched in April 2019.  The station’s shows have showed tremendous performance which include shows such as Isidlo Sasekuseni  on Monday to Friday between 06h30 -09h00,  Itende Lomcimbi  on Saturdays between 05h00-09h00; Sigiya Ngengoma on Saturdays  between 09h00 -12h00 and Indumiso on Sundays between 08h00-11h30  reaching record audience numbers of 3 601 000; 3 099 000; 3 261 000 and 3 582 000 respectively.

Thobela FM has seen an increase in listenership diary on diary and all shows indicating substantial growth.   The station will ensure that the current line-up continues to serve the listeners’ needs.

Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) implemented minor changes to its line-up in August 2019.  Due to these changes, there will be no line-up changes taking place in April 2020 in order to maintain continuity and ensure stability.

In terms of Umhlobo Wenene FM, the station is also not making any changes to their line-up except to replace Siphiwo ‘Spitch’ Nzawumbi Spitch who has resigned and his last show was on Friday the 13th of March 2020.  Spitch was the host of ‘Sijik’ilanga(SJL)’  programme during the 13h00-15h00 slot, together with Zintle Mbusi as co-host.  From 01 April 2020, Luyanda “Luks” Gidane 2020 will join Zintle Mbusi as co-host. 

Lotus FM’s Alan Khan, the veteran radio personality will not be re-joining the station.  Alan has been with Lotus FM for 7 years and presented a show called ‘Walk the Talk’ from 19h00-20h00 Mondays to Thursdays.   The show will be presented by Omeshni Naidoo and produced by Neelofar Hassen from the 1st of April 2020.

Phalaphala FM’s line-up will remain the same, however the morning drive show between 06h00-09h00 will not be co-presented anymore.  Mpho Nefale is leaving the show and Terry Mudau  will be the only host for the morning drive show.

SABC Radio commits to position its platforms as a leading source of information, education and entertainment for millions of South Africans it has been mandated to serve.

Further announcements regarding the SABC's other radio stations will  be made during the course of next week.

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Issued By:                          Group Communications

Media Enquiries:                Ms. Mmoni Seapolelo SABC Spokesperson (Acting)

seapolelomv@sabc.co.za|T. 011 714 3057|C. 073 688 1590

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