Wed, 08 Sep 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Isuzu Motors South Africa has transformed a MU-X into a bright pink moving advertisement for the annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.

Isuzu has been a sponsor of the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer for the past four years.

“We are excited once again to be one of the main sponsors for this event. Our employees will once again come out in numbers to support this initiative. The Big Walk also creates an event in which we as Isuzu employees are able to practice our company values of trust, excellence, action and motivation”, said Mandlakazi Sigcawu, Isuzu corporate and public affairs executive.

This year the primary beneficiary of the 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer is the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC). The CHOC foundation is dedicated to providing assistance to children who are battling cancer, as well as their families.

Funds raised through the 2021 Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be apportioned towards a new transport vehicle for children and their caregivers in Buffalo City.

“CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is thrilled to be the beneficiary of this wonderful event”, says Debbie Kleinenberg, CHOC’s Eastern Cape Regional Manager.

The Big Walk will be a virtual event to ensure that we all observe Covid-19 protocols.

Lesley Geyer Algoa FM Marketing Manager says, “Walking virtually in your own neighbourhood will also be an opportunity to give people from all over the world a chance to participate as we ‘celebrate every step’ with those who have been touched by the disease. In 2021 People signed up for the event from as far afield as Australia, England, Scotland and Dubai.”.

According to Algoa FM, last year in South Africa, there were walkers in the main centres of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, East London and around 50 other towns and cities throughout the country.

Nelson Mandela Bay remains the biggest supporter with walkers in 80 suburbs turning the metro pink.

Tue, 07 Sep 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Davin Smit has been appointed Senior IT Administrator at Algoa FM.

Smit started his career with Algoa FM as an IT intern, and was later appointed as a permanent IT Administrator. He gained further experience with Gqebera-based RRZ Innovations before returning to Algoa FM.

Tue, 07 Sep 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Yasikan Naidu has joined the Algoa FM sales team. He holds a BA in Media Communications and Culture as well as an Honours degree in Corporate Communications.

Yasikan is familiar with Algoa FM through radio campaigns from his previous position at Campus Key.

Tue, 24 Aug 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), will be the primary beneficiary of the 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.

Participants throughout South Africa and from around the world will be able to take part in the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer on Saturday the 30th of October.

The CHOC Foundation is dedicated to providing assistance to children who are battling cancer, as well as their families.

Funds raised through the 2021 Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be apportioned towards a new transport vehicle for children and their caregivers in Buffalo City.

The vehicle will also be used to transport CHOC education teams around the Eastern Cape to inform the people of Algoa Country about the early warning signs of childhood cancer.

A portion of the funds raised will also support a sports organisation in the province, to be nominated by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture – one of the sponsors of the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.

“CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is thrilled to be the beneficiary of this wonderful event”, says Debbie Kleinenberg, CHOC’s Eastern Cape Regional Manager.

“Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all of us and CHOC Eastern Cape has not escaped the turmoil of the situation.

“With the funds raised from the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, CHOC will be in a position to support families whose children and teens have cancer, as well as create awareness of the Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer”, she says.

“It is every family’s worst nightmare to hear that their child has cancer and CHOC is there as support from diagnosis onwards. However, we need to create awareness and ensure early diagnosis, in order to improve the survival statistics”, says Kleinenberg.

“CHOC Eastern Cape has a similar footprint in the province to that of Algoa FM and we look forward to being part of this wonderful event and being able to continue making a difference in the lives of children and teens with cancer and their families”, she says

“The Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be a virtual event, observing all Covid 19 protocols as well as giving people from all over the world a chance to participate as we ‘celebrate every step’ with those who have been touched by the disease,” says Algoa FM Marketing Manager, Lesley Geyer.

In 2021 People signed up for the event from as far afield as Australia, England, Scotland and Dubai.

In South Africa, there were walkers in pink in the main centres of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, East London and around 50 other towns and cities throughout the country.

The biggest support came from Nelson Mandela Bay, with walkers in 80 suburbs turning the metro pink.

“Thousands of people entered online for the virtual event and judging by the images that were shared, they turned neighbourhoods pink while walking in celebration of those affected by cancer,” says Geyer.

Sponsors of the 2021 Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer are: aQuellé, Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture, ISUZU Motors, MTN, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Radio personality and Algoa FM Presenter, Brian Ndevu, is using his afternoon drive show to highlight women of the Eastern Cape and South Africa.

He has introduced “Wonder Women Wednesday,” which seeks to inspire women from all walks of life to look beyond the gender-based violence against women around them and reach for greatness.

“The feature was born out of my anger regarding violence towards women,” says Ndevu.

“I thought if I could dedicate a day each week to celebrate women, it wouldn’t only inspire older women to be great, but young girls as well,” he says. 

“I have girl children and I want them to have other women to look up to who are doing great things in the world,” he says.

Ndevu selects the women he features by looking at what is currently happening in the country.

“I’ve celebrated young women in South Africa who have changed career paths as a result of Covid (from microbiology to farming), celebrated a woman from Queenstown who beat cancer and the Prime Minister of New Zealand for her approach to Covid-19.

“We also featured our Border Rugby Women’s Team who won the national league,” he says.

“The response has been good. Listeners tell me they look forward to the feature. The great thing about it is that there are plenty of things that women are doing that are worth celebrating,” says Ndevu.

This month, Ndevu highlights that he will be speaking to a Walter Sisulu University student who recently won a continental competition.

The future shines bright for Wonder Women Wednesdays, Ndevu says, “I’d love to have the feature sponsored or get to a point where we have an event celebrating women every year. I’d love to have seminars and talks at schools for women, by women”.

“In women’s month, we generally hear more about women supporting women, but Brian has grown this feature beyond just women’s month.

“It’s an empowering feature for all ages and through sharing positive stories, we are hoping to inspire others through radio,” says Algo FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.  

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Algoa FM’s financial director Kevin Reed is retiring after 35 years in the media industry – and a job interview during which he was dressed “in lumo green shorts, a white T-shirt and white flip-flops”.

There is an explanation – having started a financial consulting business in 2000, he thought he had been invited for a studio interview.

Fortunately for all, Algoa FM is the place where “fun is a serious business” and following the February 2000 interview he was hired as the financial manager. Within three years he had been appointed financial director and deputy managing director.

It sometimes comes as a surprise to people who know the outgoing and extroverted side of Reed to find out that, once behind his computer, he has a totally different approach to life.

“Accounting is the most exact science. Debits always equal credits and don’t try to reinvent the abacus.

“The accounting team must never lose sight of the fact that accurate, timeous and meaningful financial and analytical information empowers management, the board and the group, to make informed strategic decisions that benefit all stakeholders,” he says.

Reed’s introduction to the media was with the then EP Newspapers, as financial accountant between 1985 and late 1998.

After joining Algoa FM, he gained an in-depth knowledge of radio by attending international conventions such as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Dallas, Texas, and spending time at various radio stations in London, including the iconic Capital Radio and Virgin.

He has also worked with NRSmedia in Sydney, Australia, to develop new advertising packages and approaches for Algoa FM’s clients.

Radio is now firmly in his blood, and Reed believes that it is now the most powerful communication medium for companies wanting to connect with their customers in a defined broadcast area.

“In an evolving media landscape Algoa FM is best positioned to partner with clients to help them promote their brand from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and through the Karoo,” he says.

Looking back, the professional achievements of which he is most proud are 21 years of clean audits at Algoa FM and building a strong team, which will now be headed by Desiré Killian.

“The small finance team is well equipped to take care of the financial and statutory obligations. I have to thank them for their commitment and professionalism, which allows me to retire knowing that the finances of Algoa FM are in very competent hands,” he says.

Then there is the fun aspect – through Algoa FM, Reed has met “in person” a number of superstars, including Shaggy, Belinda Carlisle, James Blunt, Will Young, Josh Groban, Celine Dion and Sting (with his family).

“In the media, we often take for granted how fortunate we are to share our working environment with champions who have diverse talents, creativity and passion. Media houses are a hotbed of human capital and intellectual property”.

The outgoing financial director is the epitome of the lifestyle of the typical Algoa FM listener – “my passions are food, travel and aircraft. Food and travel I believe are the greatest ways to appreciate and try new things and experience cultural diversity,” he says.

Thanks to Covid, travel plans are on the back-burner.

“I will be letting the corporate spring unwind and spend time with the way too many people I need to catch up with. I have worked for almost 50 years, starting as a packer at the first Pick n Pay at Lynwood in Pretoria, so it is now time to chill.

“I look forward to making awesome meals and travelling with my hubby. If that’s not physically possible, I can be found checking out planes at the airport or using an app to follow flights around the world”.

His advice to a younger Kevin: “Do not take time for granted. It goes by in the blink of an eye, especially when you are working hard and having fun at the same time.

“Start saving as soon as you can, but ensure you balance your life’s journey with treats and spoils.

“Surround yourself with the best people, for the right reason. But, mostly, ensure that your life is made up of a sequence of entertaining and engaging stories”.

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

“Leadership is all about the people. It’s not about organisations. Its not about plans. Its not about strategies. Its all about people – motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centred” – Colin Powell.

Mental health management has become a very important factor in all our lives. And for those in leadership roles, you not only have to be on top of your mental health, but that of your team members as well.

If we are to overcome the obstacles this pandemic has brought, our focus should be on our most valued asset, what we at Algoa FM call our “champions” – our people.

Coping with mental health challenges (our own and those of our staff) has always been part of our lives, but it has been kept a well-hidden secret, like something that we are embarrassed to share.

And as leaders, we were thrown in the deep end when Covid placed a spotlight on mental health and forced us to deal with the elephant in the room.

While mental illness has always been with us, international research collated by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has found that the prevalence of anxiety and depression has doubled in many countries around the world.

One of the first misconceptions that we need to overcome is that mental illness is a sign of some sort of weakness. It is an illness, much like any other, and we need to educate ourselves about it and understand it.

Here are some of my thoughts

  •  Educate yourself about mental health through reading articles and attending webinars Share your insights with your team – knowledge is power.
  • Have an open-door policy and listen when staff come to you with challenges
  • When team members reach out, it is important to listen and then act
  •  Be aware that team members will almost certainly have a member of their immediate family or social circle suffering from mental challenges – this will have a knock-on effect

Many will try to keep their challenges to themselves. Here are some signs too look out for:

  • Fatigue, changes in behaviour, being more aggressive in responses, poor work performance or throwing oneself completely into workday beyond 8-5, changes in appearances, changes in mood.
  • Warning bells should ring if you cannot get hold of staff working remotely. Many times, if you are not in a good space answering a phone or responding to a message or an email can be too much.
  • Reach out to staff. Have open, non-threatening conversations with your staff and allow them to express themselves
  • Reach out to your HR Department for guidance and assistance.

I find that sharing my personal experience with mental health and the challenges I am facing through this pandemic helps.

And I always find that it helps when people understand that they are not alone, and that others are also facing similar challenges. You may be surprised how much support and hope an open conversation can give your staff members.

One must never forget that leaders are under at least as much strain as their team members – and often more. We need to care for our own mental health.

Looking after yourself mentally is as important as the skills and knowledge that have seen you move into a leadership role.

Leaders set the example, and your team will cope better with the mental challenges of a Covid world if you show the way.

Few of us can do it alone – as part of the leadership team, we need to be there for each other.

Know that there will be times when you feel despondent and feel like you can’t cope any more.

During these times we need to be able to support and lean on each other.

Be patient and understanding, when someone in a meeting has a reaction that was maybe out of the norm, step back… don’t take it personally and hear the person out.

Tomorrow, it could be you who is struggling to control stress.

These are challenging times for all of us.

 About the author: Celeste Thomas – Algoa FM Human Resources Manager 

Celeste joined Algoa FM in 2013. Under her guidance the Human Resources department has established itself as a strategic arm of the business, which is integrated into all the media house’s operations. 

She also sits on the Board of Propella, a Gqebera-based business incubator geared to advance IT and manufacturing businesses.

“The world we live in is ever changing and as such I am always learning new things. My knowledge of the media industry has grown so much, and I am loving every minute of it. If you are innovative, creative, forward thinking and have the ability to adapt to different situations and still have a lot of fun while doing it…… then media is the industry for you,” says Celeste.

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Algoa FM’s Great Deal Promotion package for advertisers was ranked the best commercial promotion stunt/event in the country at the 2021 South African Radio Awards, which were presented on Friday, June 30.

In addition, Algoa FM managing director Alfie Jay was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame for his contribution to the industry during his career of more than 30 years.

“The Great Deal Promotion was a game changer for our commercial efforts in 2020,” says Jay.

“The innovative programme proved to be a great success, not only for our clients but also for ourselves in what truly was a very difficult year,” he adds.

Algoa FM was nominated as a finalist in three categories – Wayne Hart for best breakfast show presenter, the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer in the community project category, and the Algoa FM Great Deal Promotion in the promotions stunt/event category.

This bring to four, the number of times that Algoa FM has won the prestigious award for the best promotions stunt or event, having previously walked off with the spoils for its Heritage Day/Virtual Flag campaign, the launch campaign of the Algoa FM App and the annual Big Walk for Cancer.

“I am so very proud of my team for consistently innovating campaigns which deliver return on investment for our clients and stakeholders. This form of recognition says a lot about Algoa FM’s ability to impress on a national level,” says Jay.

Wed, 30 Jun 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM, LATEST NEWS

Have you heard the story about the Algoa FM ‘Madhatter’s Tea Party’ where presenter Charl Leslie was dressed as the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland and played musical chairs with clients?

Our sales team had created a promotional opportunity for a select group of clients.

The goal was to secure forward revenue around an idea where we effectively sold shows to sponsors for a week at a time.

We had the sales solution, but needed a creative hook.

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After much brainstorming we settled on a Madhatter’s Tea Party as our theme.

All we needed was the March Hare to host the day.

Up stepped the indomitable Mr.Charl Leslie, and the rest as they say, is history.

Whichever way you look at it, sales is a tough gig.

It’s my view that if you are really going to go for it, it had better be fun at least some of the time.

I mean if no-one’s having fun, what’s the point?

Delivering great work is so much easier when we are having fun, because if we’re not having fun, neither are our clients.

There is also a more serious business side to “fun” at Algoa FM.

“Our advertisers know that our media house is a fun place to work, but they also know we are an effective business with a positive workplace culture where business happens.”

Fun also allows us to boost engagement with our clients. They appreciate and understand the value of aligning their Brand with ours and the positive impact it has on their business.

Over the years, we’ve done loads of fun stuff with our clients, but The Madhatter’s Tea Party remains a firm favourite with me.

I have no doubt that fun will continue being a thing with us at Algoa FM.

How we continue to adapt in a Covid-restricted world sets us and our clients apart from everyone else.

Have you heard the one about the lady who walked into a business and said to the owner, “hi my name is Lesley Ann Fortuin from Algoa FM…but you can call me Bubbles?”

True story.

Dennis

About the author: Dennis Karantges – Algoa FM Sales Manager 

Dennis went from being a Client to Sales Manager in 2005. A marketer and sales person through-and-through, Dennis says “there’s a famous saying, ‘no one works until someone sells something’.

His advice to companies wanting to connect with customers from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and through the Karoo, is: “Never take marketing your business or brand for granted. Make very sure you use the best advertising vehicle of delivery available to you in your chosen market. Seek their collaboration, then own your share of voice by being creative and keeping your marketing tuned in and switched on”.

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 / Published in AlgoaFM

Algoa FM managing director Alfie Jay has been appointed to the board of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

A seasoned media professional of thirty-one years, he worked himself up through the ranks and various departments; starting in the field of audio production and moving into broadcasting before being invited to serve on the management team of what is now the leading media house in the Eastern Cape.

“I feel honoured to have been nominated from outside of my organisation and sector. My appointment to the NMB Business Chamber Board is recognition that Algoa FM is one of the leading corporates in the Eastern Cape, practices good governance and conducts business ethically.

“As a respected voice to business, Algoa FM shares many of the Chamber’s sentiments in respect of vision, mission and values. This made my decision to accept this nomination that much easier,” he says.

Jay brings extensive board experience to the chamber, having served on Algoa FM’s Board for close-on 15 years and on various committees and sub-committees of the National Association of Broadcasters; the South African Audience Research Foundation and the Broadcast Research Council (BRC) of South Africa, dating back to 1997.

The radio industry recently elected him to the Board of the BRC, where he has subsequently been appointed as co-chair of the organisation, which aims to provide objective, transparent data, catering to the audience measurement needs of the radio, television, marketing and advertising industries in South Africa.

Jay’s formal qualifications include the completion of an executive development programme for radio executives through Georgetown University as well as numerous other short courses.

“My career continues to provide constant learning experiences and I am looking forward to working with seasoned business leaders from the Nelson Mandela Metro, as well as my fellow new appointees to the Chamber Board,” he says.