2017 Liberty Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

Fakir Hassen

Fakir Hassen joined the SABC in 1985 as a Chief Sub Editor in SABC Radio News in the Johannesburg office. Throughout his career, he witnessed not only the transformation of the country, but the transition of the SABC through 15 heads of the corporation. From 1985 to 1995, he was Station Manager of Radio Lotus in Durban, guiding it from a service broadcasting a few hours per day to being a 24-hour service. His key challenge at Lotus was striking a balance between the diverse linguistic and religious needs of the audience – almost like juggling 15 radio stations in one. His passion for promoting Indian music almost landed him in jail in India, but also saw many triumphs in the initiation of partnerships which led to the recording of many groups and singers across the country, as well as the first song contest for lyrics in the five Indian languages used in South Africa. Amongst his pioneering projects was the establishment of an outside broadcasting studio for Radio Lotus in Chatsworth Centre.

Following the dawn of democracy, he was recalled to Johannesburg to become part of the new Radio Management team led by Chief Executive, Govin Reddy. His first task was to develop a new Educational Broadcasting Service on the SABC’s African Language Service stations, in conjunction with the Department of Education. Amongst his successes was the introduction of the hugely successful Takalani Sesame radio series in different languages.
Fakir was also a founder member of the World Radio Forum. He led the Public Service Announcements Committee of the SABC to allocate free airtime on both radio and TV to deserving organisations.
Following his stint at SABC Education, he was appointed Broadcast Compliance Manager at the SABC’s fledgling Policy and Regulatory Affairs Department. In this role, he defended may complaints lodged with the Brodacasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) and handled complaints against the corporation at regulatory bodies such as the Advertising Standards Authority; The National Consumer Commission; the Wireless Application Service Providers Association, and those received via government departments, Parliament and Chapter 9 institutions.

Not content with staying away from the microphone, Fakir presented a weekly IT programme, Rekenaar Rubriek, on RSG. The programme, which was initially scheduled to run for 3 months, lived on for 17 years. Fakir has also been a prolific writer and photographer with articles appearing across the globe weekly. He has authored seven books, the latest of which is “30 years at the SABC”. Fakir’s career has left a huge mark on the Radio Industry in South Africa and his induction into the Hall of Fame is a small acknowledgment of an exceptional person and career.

Jeremy Maggs

You might wonder why Jeremy Maggs is only being inducted to the Hall of Fame now. After all, his remarkable career and work ethic has qualified him for induction since the inception of the Radio Awards, however it speaks volumes to Jeremy’s personal integrity and ethos that he would not accept induction while he had any involvement in the programme. After the sale of his company in 2014 which conceptualised the Awards, he now qualifies in every respect to be inducted without any compromise to either himself, or the integrity of the programme.

Jeremy Maggs has been in radio and other media for over 30 years. He started his career at 702, working in the newsroom under the tutelage of Chris Gibbons, Gary Edwards, Stan Katz, Rina Broomberg, John Berks John Robbie, David Williams and Mike Wills. He was thrown in at the deep end when asked to present a news bulletin at 5am which his brother Andrew says sounded like a hyperactive commentator calling the last race at Turfontein. He has slowed down since then. From there his love of radio was forged. He left 702 after 11 years as Head of News. He has worked on several stations and hosted the breakfast and afternoon shows on SAfm for six years. Most recently, Jeremy hosted a daily one-hour news show, POWER UPDATE, on POWER 98.7FM.

Jeremy is known for being a consummate professional in radio (and in all his journalism exploits) and he sets a great example for his colleagues. He takes a key interest in emerging talent and is always willing to assist newcomers to the industry with advice and encouragement. He now presents a weekly TV show focused on the Marketing Advertising and Communication Industry (Maggs on Media). He was also the quizmaster on the acclaimed TV Show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and is currently a senior anchor on eNCA. His contribution to the radio industry has been immense, particularly as he was instrumental in bringing the radio awards into being. His induction into the Hall of Fame sees a noticeable gap in the Hall being filled.

Lynn Joffe

Copywriter by training, producer by design, and maverick by nature, Lynn started Creatrix in 1992 in response to an overwhelming industry requirement for authentic, resonant multicultural communications. As Chief Executive Officer and Executive Creative Director of Creatrix, Joffe pioneered destination-listening, branded edutainment campaigns for meny blue-chip SA brands, from brief to broadcast. Amongst these are Telkom (24/7 and Chomza Place); Anglo American (Makarapa City); Standard Bank (Wise up Waya Waya, Halakasha, Joy of Jazz) and many others. Creatrix has created campaigns that have been translated into 10 SA languages, creating work that educates and entertains and which speaks to the listener.

Lynn has also performed and produced in other media including a TV jazz series, children’s audio stories and risqué art festival cabarets. She has empowered and nurtured an outstanding team of incredible women who do extraordinary work in radio. She lectures as a storytelling practitioner at the Wits School of Education, the University of Johannesburg and conducts storytelling workshops around the country. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Her passion for- and contribution to- radio, and for educating whilst entertaining and thus making compelling radio see her inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Rev Nomathamsanqa Rweqana

Born in King Williams Town, Reverend Nomathamsanqua Rweqana defines herself as follows: “I am a teacher by profession, a Minister of Religion by calling, a soldier by choice. I am a sociable person whose passion is to touch and change people’s lives. One thing that people don’t know about me is that I am shy and that I have a huge sense of humour and I enjoy a good Laugh”.

Radio is Rev Rweqana’s passion and she is completely at home behind the microphone, particularly when handling religious topics and helping the underprivileged, oppressed and downtrodden. Her programme between 03:00 and 05:30 addresses the plight of the unemployed masses living in dire poverty. Her audience at that time get hope, advice, prayers, inspiration and consolation from her show. It is an emotional show but often has immediate results encouraging listeners to help each other. She sees her programme as the opportunity of a lifetime, one that has enriched her faith and spiritual life.

Outside of radio, Rev Rweqana does charity work, visiting various communities in and around South Africa.Her radio programme has assisted a lot of South Africans by changing their lives with the help of good Samaritans. This includes getting school children back to school, building houses for needy people and also providing grocery packs for poverty stricken communities.

She demonstrates the qualities of a Hall of Famer through making radio tangible and compelling for her listeners and for constantly driving outreach, which she has done for a period of 22 years, with no sign of letting up. Rev Rweqana is a real champion of the medium of radio.

Tony Sanderson

Tony started broadcasting in the UK, both as a pirate and a successful commercial broadcaster. He arrived in SA in 1971 and initially worked for the external service of the SABC, Radio South Africa and the English Service, before joining Swazi Music Radio under Stan Katz and later Channel 702 (as Talk Radio 702 was then known). A brief sojourn at the English Service followed before he moved on to Radio 5 in 1983 where he co-hosted the “Chuckle and Chat Show” with David Blood. Tony was instrumental in developing and hosting South Africa’s first Live TV Talk Show – Late Night Live – in the late 80’s. In the early 90’s he journeyed to the USA where he qualified and became a broadcast engineer and a member of the society of broadcast engineers. On his return to SA, he conceived and built Solid Gold in Johannesburg, the first independent station broadcasting in the country on a temporary license, for a period of two years.

At Solid Gold, Tony was a shareholder, CEO and a broadcaster. He was seconded to the stakeholders committee by then minister of communincations, Jay Naidoo as part of the sixteen member team to rewrite the broadcast Act. He then went on to Uganda where he built Radio One in Kampala. He subsequently built GABZ FM in Gaberone, Botswana and later four more stations throughout Africa.

Tony built up a TV production house, TSP in which he carried out production work for Vodacom, The Metropolitan Police in the UK and several other large corporations. He moved to Cape Town where he joined Cape Media as a director and built an electronic media section, as well as a pioneer Internet streaming radio station, Business Network Radio. This led to the application for- and birth of- Magic 828 AM where Tony is the CEO and a shareholder. His remarkable career in radio and the inspiration he has provided to many in the industry make him a worth inductee into the Hall of Fame.

Zola Yeye

Zola Yeye is a man whose motto is: “Champions come from ordinary people with extraordinary determination”. He started his career in 1991 as a news reader on Radio Xhosa (now Umhlobo Wenene FM). His drive and determination saw him appointed as a TV Reporter and Journalist in 1994 with him working on the historical 1994 elections for both television and radio. In 1996, he was assigned to act as Executive Producer for News Hour. This led to his appointment as the National Assignment Editor for TV in 1997 which meant that he was in charge of news content for both local and international news.

(Washington and London). In 1999, he went abroad to study at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in Florida USA. He also did an internship at CNN in Atlanta before returning home to take up the position of Head of Eastern Cape News and Radio. Here he had the opportunity to mentor and coach several of the SABC’s finest in News including: Luzuko Koti, Tami Dickshon and Diedre Uren.

In 2005, Zola was appointed as the Provincial General Manager of the Eastern Cape. Aside from his contribution to the broadcast fraternity, he was also well recognised for his contribution to sport where he was the founder of the National Sports Congress. In 2007, he was the first black Springbok manager to win the IRB Rugby World Cup.

Amongst his portfolio of responsibilities as the Regional General Manager, was the oversight of Umhlobo Wenene FM. His input guided the station to winning many awards and to changing the lives of many South Africans. He is widely respected for his enormous contribution to the broadcast fraternity. He retired from the SABC in 2015.

2015 Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

Tony Blewitt

Tony Blewitt started his radio career in  England in 1981, working for several commercial stations which included a great spell in Luxembourg where he broadcast to the UK on Radio Luxembourg 208. In 1988, he was recruited to join Capital Radio in Durban where he presented the Breakfast show and served as the station’s music manager. He was lured from Capital by 5FM where he initially started out doing the afternoon drive show and later took on the breakfast show. He spent a total of 7 years with 5FM before moving to 947, where he presented the afternoon drive show for four years. He then joined Classic FM and hosted the Classic Breakfast. In 2011, Tony joined Mix 93.8 FM, taking over the Breakfast show and infusing this with his inimitable brand of presentation. It is the station’s flagship show in terms of revenue and listenership. He dedicates his time to mentoring and training many young people and the SA radio scene is richer for his presence.

Lance James

Lance James has been on South African Radio for over 60 years. He commenced working as an effects operator on Springbok Radio in December 1954, playing all the programmes, commercials, music etc. After 3 years, he moved to the Springbok Radio Production Department where he was responsible for recording programmes for later broadcast. He then went to England where he broadcast many times on the BBC, as a vocalist. On his return to South Africa in 1964, he re-joined the SABC as a music compiler. In 1970, he started on-air broadcasting, presenting request programmes on (then) Radio Highveld and subsequently on both Highveld and Radio Port Natal (now ECR) in a double-handed show with Min Shaw. He then moved to Springbok Radio where he broadcast the daily lunchtime programme, Musical Moneybox, which he continued to present until 1982. His major show, Keep It Country, took to the airwaves in April 1976, and subsequent to the closure of Springbok Radio, he move to Radio Orion (now Radio 2000). When Orion closed, he moved to West Rand FM, before joining Radio Today Johannesburg in July 1996. He still enjoys broadcasting Keep it Country on Tuesday evenings at 18:00 and the show is syndicated to 14 community radio stations around the country. It must be one of the longst surviving radio shows in the world having been on air for 39 years.

Alan Khan

Alan presents Walk the Talk on Lotus FM, Mondays to Thursdays. Alan’s career in broadcasting spans some 24 years and he has worked on three stations previously: East Coast Radio, Jacaranda FM, and 94. 7 Highveld Stereo (now 947), before joining the Lotus FM team. He has co-hosted AM2Day breakfast television, but he professes that radio is his first love. He is a journalist by profession and is also the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at the Durban University of Technology. Alan is respected by all who have worked with him and he is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise. He is a valued member of the MTN Radio Awards adjudication panel.

Julian Lurie

With a particular interest in all things motoring, Julian Lurie might be classed as a vintage, but his engine still runs fine. A renowned “gasket-guru” Julian is the resident Lotus FM motoring fundi and test drives some of the best cars, presenting his own unique approach to motoring. Although he started in radio 40 years ago, Julian keeps himself relevant reviewing cars, from the little to the luxurious, with a unique passion. In his career, he has worked on the old “English Service” (now SAfm) with Michael Toms and later on Radio Port Natal (now ECR) with Reg de Beer. He has been with Lotus FM for many years and is a true professional who at the age of 80 still shows a great love for the medium of radio and for the work that he does. In motoring terms, he is a true classic in immaculate condition.

Saba Mbixane

Saba Reginals Mbixane was born in a small poor location called Mandileni in the district of Mount Frere, which falls under the Alfred Nzo District Municipality. He fell in love with traditional music at an early age, but didn’t get much time to pursue this interest as he had to assist his father with taking care of the cattle and goats. His career in broadcasting got started when he was a tertiary student at Tsolo College of Agriculture doing his National Diploma in Agriculture. He was assigned by the then Radio Xhosa (now Umhlobo Wenene FM) every second Tuesday to do the Agricultural slot as a student at the station. In 1984, a post as a specialist presenter on Agricultural matters opened up on Radio Transkei and he immediately seized upon the opportunity. Having passed through a rigorous audition process, he was employed at Radio Transkei in January 1985. After only 2 weeks at the station, management gave him more on-air responsibility and more exposure. This included a stint as breakfast show host where the audience grew quite considerably. He has won several awards throughout his illustrious career and he takes great pride in sharing his love for traditional music via the medium of radio. Aside from his radio work, he mentors, develops and empowers young people through his own cultural group initiatives: Jabulani, Amankentshane and Four by Four through which he assists in preparing traditional material for upcoming events. With these kids close to his heart, he makes it a personal point to ensure that they do not run short of anything at school. His motto in life is “Keep your mouth shut, work hard and forget about the negative things that people say”.

Dr Emmanual (Soon) Zevenster

Dr Emmanuel (Soon) Zevenster founded Radio Tygerberg with a vision and a burning passion to reach lost souls. He had the idea of starting a Christian community radio station and went about pursuing a radio broadcasting license and it is a tribute to his tenacity that he obtained this at that time.  On 16th February 1994, with the broadcast of the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, Radio Tygerberg commenced broadcasting. From extremely humble beginnings, the station has grown to being the largest Christian Community radio station in South Africa. The road has not been easy for the station with Dr Zevenster making many a personal sacrifice including paying staff salaries from his personal account when times were tough in the early years. He also built and equipped the studios on the back of personal loans of which he was not guaranteed any reimbursement, yet his faith and commitment have been rewarded with the position that Radio Tygerberg now occupies in the lives of its community. There are countless anecdotes of how Radio Tygerberg has impacted the lives of individuals in its community, reaching far beyond the broadcast through initiatives live a counselling department. This is a true community station that shows a caring for- and an interest in- its community. For his vision and for his commitment to seeing it through, the MTN Radio Awards proudly inducts Dr Zevenster into the MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

 2014 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

Omar Essack

Omar Essack is the CEO of Broadcasting at Kagiso Media, and is the longest-serving executive director at the company. The broadcasting division which he has headed up since 2004 after running East Coast Radio for 7 years, is the jewel in the Kagiso Media crown, having produced stellar returns over the past 17 years.

Omar’s first job was as a teacher of English and Drama. He successfully auditioned for a presenter’s job at East Coast Radio in 1990 and has worked his way up after stints presenting TV news, radio jock, programme management, finally becoming the CEO of East Coast Radio in 1998 at the age of 31. Apart from running broadcasting, he has been involved in successful turn around projects at radio stations and the key motivator behind Kagiso Media’s strategic decision to develop a group internet strategy in 2008. Omar has spoken at media conferences in South Africa, India and Dubai and has written opinion pieces for media magazines in Europe, the US, South Africa and India and judged the NAB Radio Awards in Barcelona in 2007. He has also trained senior management teams in South East Asia on broadcast management with the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He is married to Regina and has two daughters, with whom he travels the world when he can afford it.

Lumko Mtimde

Lumko Mtimde is the outgoing CEO of the Media Development and DiversityAgency (MDDA). HE has been at the helm of the MDDA since 2006 and will leave after completing his second term of office in June 2014, to pursue personal growth. He has enabled the MDDA to grow from strength to strength and has overseen the governance of the operation ensuring compliance at the highest standard. He has built exceptional relationships with role-players and stakeholders alike and has earned the respect and admiration of the community media sector. He has led the cause of media development and diversity, playing a significant role in assisting and guiding community media in particular. Mtimde’s personal contribution to the growth of Community Radio in South Africa has had a huge impact on this sector and he leaves the industry a better place for his dedication and efforts.

Ian Crewe

Ian’s career spans four decades and he has gained a legion of dedicated fans to the point that there is a tribute page to Ian and the show that he used to present on late nights on 702. Ian’s broadcast career began at the BBC in London. He returned to his native South Africa with the intention of making a name for himself, on radio and his first gig was a voice over for Kleenex. A few years and many voice overs later, Ian moved to the then Rhodesia where he worked for the Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation as a news reader and breakfast show presenter. He also got to do some freelance work for UK and USA-based broadcast organisations. During this time, he got to meet (and interview) many African newsmakers including the infamous Idi Amin. Ian moved back to SA nearly 30 years ago and has been a newsreader and talk-show host on 702 ever since. He can currently be heard reading the news overnight on weeknights for EWN, where his classical speech and drama training comes through in every well-enunciated word, taking listeners back to an era when radio was the only mass-medium and broadcasters were revered as an absolute authority. Ian can be credited with having trained many of the new voices in the EWN Newsroom and he can be relied upon to be rock solid when there is chaos all around him. In December 2013, Ian broke the sad news of the passing of Mandela, giving the story the gravity and respect it deserved. He has always shown a keen understanding of the theatre of the mind in his shows and his loyal fans (also known as Crewe-tons) have appreciated the open-minded discussions he led. Few SA broadcasters can compete with him for longevity, and his distinct voice sets him apart from all other on-air presenters.

Angie Kapelianis

Angie Kapelianis is at the SABC where she is the National Radio Current Affairs Editor. Angie is a passionate go-getter who works extremely hard and has excellent people skills. She is one of SA’s most award-winning radio journalists having scooped more than ten international, continental and national prizes, fellowships and commendations for her work. Angie started her career in 1989 in Namibia and joined the SABC in SA three years later. She has worked her way up the career ladder, starting out as a reporter and climbing to the position of seniority that she today occupies. As a mentor, she has trained and coached aspiring and experienced radio journalists across South Africa as well as Kenya, Namibia and Uganda. She has an open-door policy and is always willing to share her experience, expertise and hard-earned knowledge with her colleagues. Her crisis-management ability is legendary throughout the SABC and she has managed to take charge of large crisis situations and manage the people and the content so that the listeners’needs are met. She has made an indelible mark in Radio News and will continue to do so. Aside from her career highlights, Angie is well-known as an objective and compassionate journalist.n and her community.

Putco Mafani

Putco Mafani is the breakfast show host on Umhlobo Wenene FM. Putco is a multi-skilled broadcaster who has enjoyed a 16-year stellar career in radio and television. Aside from merely broadcasting, Putco has been instrumental in the careers of several other broadcasters, having mentored them and shaped their careers. He has developed his skills and talent in many aspects of his craft, including digital radio editing, production and live broadcasts. He also brings marketing and communications skills to the party, having been involved very specifically in sports marketing, sponsorship and public relations. When disaster struck at Ellis Park in 2001, Putco played a key role in controlling the crowd, thanks to his live Radio and television experience. He brings his talent and creativity to his show and creates a ‘wow factor for his listeners, particularly though his understanding of his listeners’ requirements and the positioning of Umhlobo Wenene within the radio landscape. He has won several PSL Awards as a club PRO during his career and applies his skills in assisting various charitable organisations such as the Mandela Day Fort Beaufort Hospital revitalisation project. His Mother’s Gift Charity Golf Drive raises funds for worthy causes, recently purchasing a plot for the Mother’s Gift Charity Home in Uitenhage. Putco is an exceptional talent with a great heart and sets a fine example for aspiring talent to follow.

Munadia Karaan

Munadia Karaan who sadly passed away on 1 February 2014 was a source of inspiration to many of the listeners of The Voice of The Cape. This veteran journalist endured a public battle with cancer and was a source of inspiration to many listeners, touching their lives and their hearts. She was a pivotal figure at VOC, simultaneously fulfilling the role of programme manager, news editor, presenter and webmaster for more than ten years. Karaan was extremely passionate about community media and changed the way that people think and debate issues of an Islamic nature. After graduating with a journalism degree in 1988, Munadia interned as a journalist and community worker at various Islamic institutions. The radio bug bit when she became involved with The Voice of the Cape in the first five days of the station’s broadcasting in January 1995. She joined the station full-time in 2000. In her early days at VOC, she only had one journalist and a trainee to gather news bulletins, and she multi-tasked her duties with passion and commitment. She was responsible for the launch of the station’s website in 2002, making it the first source for the latest new on the South African Muslim community. Karaan initiated many innovative on-air programmes, but will be most remembered for Open Lines, a listener-driven show in which she tackled very controversial topics within the Muslim community. Karaan’s aim was to confront sensitive issues and broaden the minds of a conservative Muslim audience. Amongst her contentious subjects were Islamophobia, homosexuality in Islam, rape in Muslim marriages, genital mutilation, sectarianism in Islam and terrorism. She had the gutsy tenacity to get to the depths of an issue, even if this meant going against public sentiment. Many journalists now working at major media houses have Karaan to thank for their training. She was exceptional in identifying and nurturing talent and had a unique ability to get the best out of people, never settling for mediocrity, but encouraging and developing talent along the way. Karaan was extremely committed to her community, and throughout her illness she continued to support her colleagues ensuring their wellbeing. The MTN Radio Awards salutes this woman who lived an exemplary life and who gave so much of herself to her station and her community.

2013 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

Khotso Nkhatho

A veteran of the entertainment industry, Khotso started as a radio presenter, producer and newsreader in Auckland Park in 1977. His passion for radio was ignited at an early age and he developed his love for writing whilst teaching in Heilbron. His first drama, E KGOLO HO TSOHLE KE LERATO was broadcast in 1976 on Radio Sesotho. The following year he won a prize in a Radio Sesotho Drama Writing competition. He has written many radio dramas for Lesedi FM and in the early 1980s he started his TV acting career. He is a published author, and although he has published several works, he continues to write for radio and is the Executive Producer of Drama at Lesedi FM.
Safee Siddiqi (posthumous)

Safee Siddiqi (posthumous)

South African poet, Safee Siddiqi is an Urdu poet from Durban. As an established radio broadcaster, he was an avid promoter of the Urdu language and culture. He was one of the first managers of the now defunct Radio Truro that broadcast out of Lorenzo Marques to circumvent the restrictions placed on private broadcasting by the South African government. Safee ended his broadcasting career at Lotus FM, and he passed away in 2012 at the age of 82. He will forever be remembered as the man with the magical voice who loved his radio family as much as he loved his own.

 David Ramekosi

David has been working for Radio Pulpit for the past 17 years. He started as a presenter doing Venda inserts for the station, as well as doing field recordings and conducting interviews for the programmes. David’s passion for radio was so evident that this led to his permanent appointment as a final editor for African programmes. At present, he is still presenting programmes on Radio Pulpit. He has a broad grasp of languages and is also responsible for quality control and ensuring that pre-recorded programmes comply with station policies. His radio career commenced with him receiving training at the SABC and he has also received training with Radio Pulpit with the intention to increase his knowledge and his expertise. Through his career, he has worked with Radio Venda, Phalaphala FM, as well as community stations Winterveld FM and Radio Soshanguve. He is committed to radio.

Terry Volkwyn

Terry joined the radio industry in 1986 as a junior sales executive at 702 and excelled in a series of roles of increasingly responsibility. In 2002 she took over as CEO of Primedia Broadcasting and during her tenure, she has successfully driven the twin objectives of revenue growth and integrity. In 2002, Talk Radio 702 was at its lowest point ever, while 94.7 Highveld Stereo was at its highest ever. Terry managed the turnaround at 702 so successfully that the station went on to win the MTN Radio Station of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011. Her efforts also saw 94.7 Highveld Stereo enjoying success across the board. Under her leadership 567 CapeTalk and 94.5 Kfm continue showing stable and positive growth. After a decade under her leadership, gross revenue across all four stations increased five times to over R1 billion. In 2012 she was named The Woman of the Decade in The Media by The Media magazine. She was also named Boss of the year in 2006 and has received many other tributes and accolades. Terry has always ensured that the stations are doing the right thing, always and she was instrumental in implementing “The Formula” – a set of values aimed at ensuring the success of the business. The Formula is not only used to guide staff, but also serves as a guide to every decision made in the company. One of Terry’s proudest achievements is the implementation of LEAD SA which she conceptualised and brought to life in 2010. She continues to drive the initiative and ensure it remains credible, relevant and impactful.

Zwelakhe Sisulu (posthumous)

Zwelakhe Sisulu was the CEO of the SABC from 1994 to 1997 and he was credited with the transformation of the SABC at the same time as the country was going through the transition from apartheid. He was a well-established journalist, having become a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard in 1984 and having won the Louis M Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. His career started at the Rand Daily Mail in 1975 and he was described by the Nieman Foundation as a man who used ideas and the printed word as a weapon against an opponent who answers with force. The changes that he implemented at the SABC have had a substantial impact on the entire broadcasting industry. He passed away in 2012, having made a huge impact on the entire media industry.

Jeremy Mansfield

In 1985, whilst still a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Jeremy Mansfield started working for the Durban-based Capital Radio 604. When Capital closed in 1990, Mansfield moved to Primedia, working on Talk Radio 702, where in 1993 he was appointed as the regular presenter of the station’s Saturday Afternoon magazine programme. In 1997, he moved to 94.7 Highveld Stereo where he revolutionised Breakfast Radio with his show “The Rude Awakening”. Through this show, he affected the lives of many people, particularly through the creation of the “Christmas Wish List” and through many fundraising initiatives which impacted positively on people in need. In 2010, after doing Breakfast Radio for 13 years, Jeremy decided to call it a day and retired. His excellent work on-air and the edgy approach that he took to certain topics certainly earned him the attention of the authorities and, in particular the BCCSA. He retired at the top of his game and as the most successful breakfast show host in the country.

2012 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees


Dumile Mateza

Boxing commentator, Dumile Mateza, began his broadcasting career back in a time when sport commentating was seen as an art. Prevalently known as a ‘controversial character’, Mateza has always been verbal and outspoken about various South African sports matters. He was appointed to become a member on the Boxing SA (BSA) board in August 2011 and is currently the MD of Dumile Mateza and Associates, a corporation with extensive experience in broadcasting, sport management and marketing, as well as sponsorship and broadcast rights.

Peter De Nobrega

Peter De Nobrega grew up in Johannesburg and from a young age always knew that radio was his calling. De Nobrega began his radio career at Wits Campus radio station and then went on to further his radio career at Africa’s first private commercial radio station, the original LM Radio station in Mozambique until 1975 and then returned to South Africa as one of the founding DJs of Radio 5 in Johannesburg, where he continued a very successful career. De Nobrega later went on to become the head of programming at Radio Jacaranda, a post he held until the station was acquired by new owners in 2005. He has worked in various roles as presenter, programme director and music manager; and today runs PdN Consulting, a successful consulting business in the radio broadcasting industry.

Bob Mabena

Having begun his career in 1988 presenting afternoon and breakfast shows, as well as a music video show for Bop TV, Bob Mabena has become a household name within the South African media industry being actively involved in radio for 20 years. Mabena joined Metro FM in 1992 presenting morning and afternoon drives and in 1996 joined Primedia at Highveld Stereo, where he later went on to become the music manager of 94.7. He later joined SABC as the Director of Strategy for Commercial Services in radio and TV. Mabena is currently the host of the breakfast show on Kaya FM and the MD of Endow Media, a radio group that owns and operates two coastal radio stations, Gagasi 99.5 in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Heart FM in the Western Cape. Mabena holds various accolades, including an ARTES Award for Best TV and Radio presenter in South Africa and a SAMA (Rap Artist of the year) for his Hip Hop album with Doctor Khumalo.

Cyril Mchunu

Cyril Bongani Mchunu, known to his loving fans as ‘Kansas City’, joined Radio Zulu (now Ukhozi FM) in 1972 where he went on to become the ‘Dj King’ of that station and together with his charisma and communication skills, Mchunu found himself in the position of programme compiler. By 1975, Akulalwa, the ‘party time programme’, was launched, transforming Mchunu into a radio icon. His career then shot to stardom with the Saturday Evening Top 20 and a phone-in show, titled Zakhala Izingcingo, on Sundays. Mchunu’s television debut co-hosting Ngomgqibelo/Kamokibelo was no less successful and in 1990 he won an Artes for Best Presenter. Mchunu will forever be remembered as an extraordinarily captivating personality and a genuine people’s person who aided in making Radio Zulu the most popular station in South Africa.

Stan Katz

“If it ain’t fun it ain’t happening”, this is the guiding principle that has propelled Stan Katz through an extraordinary career spanning over three decades. Katz’s long and rewarding career in broadcasting began at the age of 23 where he managed to talk himself into a job at Swazi Radio as Administrative Assistant to the Company Secretary. It was as CEO of Primedia Broadcasting that Katz turned around 94.7 Highveld Stereo and at the same time oversaw the establishment of 567 Cape Talk. In 1995 the broadcasting legend was nominated Marketing Man of the Year by the Institute of Marketing Management and in 1999 he led a consortium that bought Kaya FM. Katz has addressed audiences around the world, including business schools and corporations. But it’s not all business, which, according to him is a game anyway and the way to win is not about changing the rules, but about changing the game. “It’s about life and humour, which, when all is said and done, is the philosophy of the unbeaten.”

Cocky Two Bull Tlhotlhalemaje

Born Cocky Poohopedi Tlhotlhalemaje, Cocky Two-Bull was a jazz musician and broadcaster, who in 1980 became the first black African to be on Channel 702, then regarded as a white radio station, today known as Talk Radio 702. Tlhotlhalemaje helped to break down the barriers that existed between the different ethnic youth groups in South Africa at that time. With his gift of the ‘African American gab’ and slang, Two Bull established himself as a credible media personality within the South African broadcasting industry. Following his visit to the US in the early 1980s, Tlhotlhalemaje translated his Tswana name to English (Two Bull), for the benefit of the Americans who could not pronounce it. Two Bull passed away in March this year. Radio 702 Station Manager, Pheladi Gwangwa says, “He [was] a real legend. We’ve really lost a soldier.”

Robin Alexander

Veteran radio personality Robin Alexander, famed for his line “brrright eyed and bushy tailed”, was born in rural Natal and began his broadcasting profession on the SABC English Service in Durban. He then went on to join LM Radio in Lourenco Marques and later moved back to South Africa where his voice became synonymous with the SABC all night radio show, Radio Orion. Alexander was also one of the founding staff announcers on Radio Highveld in 1964. Before passing away at the age of 73, he had appeared on the Johannesburg community station, Radio Today.

Dan Setshedi

Dan Setshedi, known as Oom Dan by sports scribers, broadcasters and the general sports loving public, was formerly a teacher before he turned to broadcasting. He began his career at Radio Bantu, today known as Motsweding FM, and in 2006, sat on the panel for the SAB Sports Journalist Awards. Setshedi established himself as an award-winning TV sports presenter and football commentator with his trademark voice; from the time when commentating was an art, where he painted pictures with words.

Lindiwe Ntuli

Lindiwe Ntuli started working for Ukhozi FM (then Radio Bantu) in 1971 as a freelancer (part time announcer). Before that she was a regular radio drama artist in the station. Ntuli was a female freelancer with a unique style of presentation and was a darling of listeners of all age groups. Her presentation of Sikhulekile Ekhaya programme was a pleasure to listen to and her listenership was always on the increase. She was also an outstanding and versatile radio drama actress who could portrait various moods with ease. Ntuli won various Radio Artes Awards that was a radio competition for SABC radio stations and she became very popular with her role as a drama artist on Isikhumba Sebhubesi radio drama. The theatre of the mind was part of her life and that was the reason her listenership was always on the increase.

Martin Rattle

Martin Rattle was one of the three driving forces behind the collective dream that is Capital Radio 604, South Africa’s first independent broadcaster launched on 26 December in 1979, that was to instil entrepreneurial skills among the aspiring business class in the (then) first Bantustan of Transkei.

2011 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame Inductees


Alexius Buthelezi

Alexius Buthelezi is one of the stalwarts the former Radio Zulu (now Ukhozi FM). A prolific producer and generator of content, Alexius was a broadcaster, a music composer, a Drama scriptwriter and an authority inindigenous music. He brought many innovative programming concepts to air and was the first broadcaster to give exposure to certain indigenous music formats. The richness of the content that he created is borne in the continued success of Ukhozi FM and the fine programming this station broadcasts.

Max Mojapelo

Max Mojapelo built an admirable broadcasting career with Radio Lebowa (now Thobela FM). He was dedicated to the preservation of the South African music scene, particularly the music forms that were popular in the black communities during the apartheid era, and his book, Beyond memory: From the diary of Max Mojapelo: Recording the history, moments and memories of South African music is a living legacy to future generations, enabling them to gain an accurate picture of South African music history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Max’s repertoire extends to him being a broadcaster; a music expert; a sports commentator, and also the station manager of Radio Lebowa. He is retired and still maintains his interest in radio and in music.

Fanus Rautenbach

A true legend of radio, particularly Afrikaans Talk Radio, Fanus Rautenbach passed away in January this year, aged 82. Fanus presented the very popular morning drivetime show on Radio Suid Afrika (now RSG) for 13 years. He produced a documentary, ‘Hemelkinders’ – a programme on Down’s syndrome children, for which he received an Artes Award. He also wrote, acted and directed the extremely popular ‘Staal Burge’, for radio. Fanus worked with Leon Schuster making programmes such as Koukus and ‘Vrypostige Mikrofoon’ and he mentored Leon, encouraging him to produce movies. He was the first morning presenter at East Rand Stereo from 1995 to 1998 and he assisted with training and mentoring station staff and management. His unselfish input and ideas have been strong contributory factors in the success of the station.

Ismail Variava

Ismail Variava was at the forefront in getting Radio Islam on air over a decade ago. His quiet and dignified demeanour belies his passion and his drive for community radio and, as a result, many of his achievements go largely unnoticed. His roles at Radio Islam over the years have ranged from tea maker, host to guests, librarian, presenter, news compiler, news reader, and Programme Manager. He is currently Head of News and Public Relations Officer. Ismail is proud to share how he has witnessed the growth of Radio Islam from humble beginnings to a Radio Station that attracts a global listenership. He is viewed widely as a source of reference by those involved in Radio and Media.

Shado Twala

Shado started her radio career at Radio Bop in the late 1980s. She then moved to Radio Metro (now Metro FM) and has worked at stations like 702, P4, Cape Talk and Heart 104.9 FM. In 1989, Shado won a National Poll in which she was elected as Best Presenter. Her prize was a trip to New York where she went on an exchange programme to learn more about presenting. She made an indelible mark in Metro’s history by being one of the first women presenters, shattering the male-dominated domain, and carving a niche for herself in this arena. From her radio career, Shado has built up several of her own businesses and is a mentor and an inspiration to many aspirant young women looking to enter the broadcasting industry.

Tim Modise

Tim’s broadcasting career began in 1980 and he has worked at several stations throughout his career. His career took off when he joined Radio Bop and when he was later lured to Metro, his star was definitely on the ascendency. He is a media savvy individual and promotes and packaged ‘Brand Tim Modise’ exceptionally professionally. Tim is a consummate broadcaster and journalist. He is also extremely approachable and devotes time to guide, mentor and assist emerging new talent.

Eric Eagan

Eric Egan was the first voice to be heard on Springbok Radio when the station commenced broadcasting in 1950. His iconic introduction: ‘I love you’, was the opening phrase of his regular show and he was an instant hit with listeners. He introduced many features on his show and one that is still well-remembered by many listeners, is his Early Morning Physical Jerks. Also very popular was his sense of humour, particularly his manic laughter after telling his morning joke. He was something of a trail-blazer, and occasionally pushed the envelope, which got him suspended on the odd occasion. He was a consummate professional and he was key to the popularity of Springbok Radio.

Koos Radebe

Koos Radebe has played a huge role in the radio industry. He made his mark as alegend in radio commentary during the 70s and 80s. When he started his radio career there was no television, and his trademark calling of football games was so legendary that listeners, upon entering a stadium for the first time would say, ‘It’s exactly as I saw it through listening to Koos’. He built a formidable career at the SABC. He was the first Programme Manager at Radio Metro (later station manager). In the mid-90s he was promoted to the position of General Manager – Commercial Radio following in the shoes of Hall of Famer, Pietie Lotriet. Koos set a great foundation for Metro, growing the station from its inception to in excess of 4-million listeners per day. Not only did he make a resounding success of Metro, he played a substantial role in the career of many radio greats.

Alex Jay

Alex Jay burst onto the radio scene in the early 1980s working for 702. In his early days he mainly worked from the station’s Ga-Rankuwa studios presenting late night and early morning shows. He moved from 702 to the then Radio 5 (now 5FM) in 1986, an excellent career move in that he gained invaluable television exposure on programmes such as ‘Fast Forward’, ‘Graffiti’ and in his later career, the ‘Hot Seat’. He was outrageous and colourful at the time when that was exactly what the audience wanted and his outfits and earrings were often key talking points. He has the ability to re-invent himself and to move with the times, always maintaining currency with issues of the day and always remaining relevant. Alex is a radio hero – a personality who understands the intricacies of the medium and who has an innate ability to captivate and entertain.

2010 MTN Radio Awards Hall of Fame


Kate Turkington

Inducted into the MTN Hall of Fame for hosting the country’s longest-running talk show ‘Believe it or Not’ on 702 Talk Radio.

Treasure Tshabalala

One of the biggest and most influential voices in South African broadcasting and acting. Treasure broadcast on Swazi Music Radio way back in 1992 and on Metro FM from 1986 to 1992. He also spent time on Capital Radio. He truly represents the MTN Hall of Fame.

Justice Tshungu

As one of South Africa’s broadcasting pioneers, was inducted into the MTN Hall of Fame for long service to South African Radio. He entertained millions of South Africans with his warm and engaging style of broadcasting.

DJ Khabzela

Inducted into the MTN Hall of Fame for breaking new boundaries in radio broadcasting on YFM. We believe he would have been a giant in the business had he not passed away at a young age.

Dan Moyane

A modern day great in radio, who alongside John Robbie on 702, talked South Africans into a new dawn of democracy. His deep knowledge, honesty and infectious enthusiasm on air won him many fans.

John Perlman

Currently with Khaya FM, is the bravest broadcaster in the country having taken on the might of political forces during the SABC blacklisting scandal.

Chris Prior

Remains the Rock Professor and his encyclopedic knowledge of music has endeared him to millions of listeners over the years.

Pietie Lotriet

A former head of commercial radio at the SABC and acknowledged as one of the leading radio strategists in the country, was one of those who laid the bedrock of the successful commercial landscape that now exists.

Chomane Chomane

To radio purists, is nothing short of a radio legend. His commitment to the growth of Lesedi FM has seen the station grow in both Gauteng and the Free State, with over 1.5 listeners of his Ha Re Ye breakfast show. He has also been active in promoting and nurturing the Sesotho culture in SA.

Issie Kirsh

One of the country’s radio giants. From humble beginnings at Swazi Music Radio, then 702, he built a single radio station on the AM frequency into the power of Primedia, with brands like Highveld Stereo and KFM. Issie is acknowledged for his compassion and deep humanitarianism.

Peter Lotis

A true South African radio legend and entertainer. He was one of the early pioneers of 1485 Radio Today and a broadcaster during the pre-television radio heydays when his job was to walk on to the stage of theatre of the mind and wow the audience. Peter has made a massive contribution to SA radio.

John Berks

The king of South African radio, who spent most of his career at Radio 702, Capital 605 and Radio Five, and of course, LM Radio. Along with Gary Edwards he set new standards in breakfast radio and single-handedly pioneered talk radio in this country.

Charles Fortune

Acknowledged as one of the world’s great cricket commentators who managed to bring the symmetry and beauty of test cricket into thousands of homes via the radio. He was able to paint vivid word pictures. His love of the game was clear for all to see.

Michael Mayer

Another radio giant and one of the greatest radio actors this country has ever heard. Along with Daryl Jooste, he created the English Service radio show Take a Chance. These days he is one of the most sought-after professional radio voice artists in the country.

Henry Howell

Made a massive contribution to SA radio. He was head of Springbok Radio from 1964 to 1971, then promoted to director of commercial services from 1971 to 1979. He was a dyed-in-the-wool radio man having presented The Quiz Kids in the 1950’s as well as acting in countless dramas.

Bob Courtney

One of the founders of Radio today and over 60 years behind the microphone. He will be best remembered by the country’s baby-boomer for his role as quizmaster on Springbok Radio.

Paddy O’Byrne

Another giant of South African Radio, and an accomplished newsreader and presenter. After a long stint at the SABC, he was also one of the founding voices of 702 before settling in Ireland.

Percy Sieff

Many will remember Percy’s hosting of the very popular “Check your Mate,” “Call Back the Past” and “Inspector Carr Investigates.” He made an indelible mark in South African radio as well as being an accomplished actor.

David Gresham

One of South Africa’s early superstar radio DJs and known as “Gruesome Gresh.” He was king of countdown radio during his years on air and a key influence on many current DJ’s careers. Currently, he is one of the country’s largest independent record label owners.

Denis Smith

Best known for his presentation of Springbok Radio’s 7pm newscast is one of the famous radio news voices in South African radio. He developed that fine art of not announcing the news, but telling the story. He is