Over 300 new and used fabric masks donated by Algoa FM staff will be used to make reusable, washable cloth pads for young girls in need.
The masks were handed over to Red Ruby Pads, a volunteer organisation which is keeping Covid-19 fabric masks out of landfills while meeting a social need.
Flannel and cotton fleece masks are sewn into the reusable pads, according to project coordinator Amber Wicks.
“Algoa FM is supporting the project through our corporate social investment programme Algoa Cares. This project touches on all our pillars, which are education, health and the environment,” says Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
“Research has shown that girls are often forced to stay away from school because they do not have suitable sanitary pads.
“From an environmental perspective there are thousands of cloth masks which will simply end up in landfills rather than being put to good use,” she adds.
Depending on the fabric used to manufacture the original mask, as many as two or three masks will be used to make the inserts for a pad, according to Wicks.
Polycotton pads are being sewn into kiddie aprons and reusable grocery bags.
“These will be sold to raise funds to purchase the right materials,” she says.
At present, the pads are being sewn and distributed by volunteers, but there are plans to formally register as a non-profit organisation in order to be able to create jobs for people who will be trained to cut and sew them, she says.
In picture: At the handover of new and used cloth masks to Red Ruby Pads, are, from left to right: Celeste Thomas (Algoa FM HR Manager), Desire Pratt (Algoa FM Finance Manager) and Amber Wicks (Red Ruby Pads Project Coordinator).
Algoa Country’s favourite morning show host, Wayne Hart, will be back on the air with his teammates – Lee, Charlie T and Producer Corn this coming Monday, the 1st of August.
This follows a five-and-a-half-month absence from the airwaves due to a complicated health scare. Hart, who spent 119 days in Hospital – 37 of which were in the ICU, 21 days on a ventilator and 4 days on dialysis; spent a further 28 days at the Aurora Rehabilitation Hospital. This after suddenly falling ill in mid-February and being diagnosed with Pancreatitis.
“I have been taking it very easy since my release from Aurora on 13 July”, says Hart. “Six surgical procedures later and a loss of 35 kilograms will slow anyone down and truth be told, I am lucky to be alive.”
Managing Director, Alfie Jay says: “My team is like a close-knit family. “It really has been a challenging passage of time for us, but by the Grace of God, Wayne has survived this horrible ordeal and we are truly relieved as well as grateful. “Our audience and clients have communicated so much love and care over this period and I’d like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for their support,” says Jay.
Hart said, “I’d like to thank each and every person who sent messages of support and encouragement to me, the station, my colleagues and my spouse. “I also want to thank my breakfast teammates and the station for their endless love, support and commitment, says Hart”.
Based on the doctor’s orders, Wayne will be broadcasting from home during the month of August as he continues on his road to recovery.
Jay said: “It would be remiss of me to not compliment Lee Duru, Charlton Tobias and Cornelius Poisat, on the way in which they have carried themselves and produced award-winning radio under trying conditions during Wayne’s extended absence – thank you Champs, and welcome back Wayne!”
Aspirant radio announcers and DJs will be given a taste of being on air through a virtual Algoa FM “takeover” on Youth Day, June 16.
Fifteen learners living in the Algoa FM footprint have been selected after sending in 60-second voice clips motivating why they should be given a chance to be on air, according to Algoa FM programme manager Baydu Adams.
“Our youth programme looks at giving learners a first in a lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of radio from or side of the microphone.
“We always encourage growth and development for youngsters, and this is a great opportunity to interact with young radio lovers across Algoa Country”, he says.
With Covid regulations still in place the learners will be prepared and coached online, and will be presenting virtually together with the in-studio broadcaster.
They will take turns to be on air on Thursday, 16th June 2022 from nine in the morning through to five in the afternoon.
Algoa FM has extended its reach into millions of more homes through all of DStv’s South African packages.
The Eastern Cape diaspora and lovers of contemporary adult music can listen to Algoa FM on Channel 837.
“This has been a work in progress as well as a business objective for many years and I am delighted that we have finally extended our reach for audience and advertisers alike”, says Alfie Jay, managing director of Algoa FM.
“Over the course of many years, holidaymakers returning home after a stint in Algoa Country, as we like to call it, have written to us asking why we’re not on DStv’s audio bouquet. Finally, we can answer in the affirmative”, says Jay.
Algoa FM connects with its audience through a transmitter network stretching from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast and inland through the Karoo, as well as live via its stream at www.algoafm.co.za.
Jay says that, until recently, the barrier to entry had been a prohibitive monthly cost to distribute the station’s signal to the Multiplex Satellite Input Port at DStv’s Midrand premises in Gauteng.
“Recent advances in technology coupled with innovative solutions by the Algoa FM technical team and investment in equipment by Algoa FM, have finally made this long term business goal achievable.
“This is a proud time for Algoa FM. I am pleased for many of our listening fans throughout South Africa.
“I am also delighted for our clients who will now be receiving the added value of National exposure via DStv Channel 837!” says Jay.
“MultiChoice is proud to announce the launch of Algoa FM on DStv Channel 837,” said a MultiChoice spokesperson when the Algoa FM feed went live.
“Algoa FM is an award-winning commercial radio station which features relevant news, traffic and weather as well as a great mix of music appealing to adults aged 25 years and older.
“The station is available on various DStv platforms at no extra cost.”
East London charity, Guardians of Hope, has been selected as the beneficiary for Algoa FM golf day.
The non-profit organization provides a safe home for vulnerable babies.
Established in 2017, Guardians of Hope is raising funds to renovate premises in Southernwood which will be able to accommodate more than double the present number of infants it currently caters for.
The capacity will go from 12 babies to 30.
Funds raised by the Charity Golf Day will go towards completing renovations to the kitchen, cupboards for the bedrooms and air conditioning for the playroom, nursery, palliative room and toddler bedroom.
The home also has an ongoing need for nappies, food, formula, baby products and medication, according to Guardians of Hope founder, Elaine Brenkman.
“Due to Covid-19, we have not been able to host the Algoa FM Charity Golf Day for the past two years. “We are delighted that it will be back in 2022 so we can make a difference in people’s lives in East London”, says Algoa FM Managing Director, Alfie Jay.
The golf day will be taking place on the 29th of April at the East London Golf Club.
For more information visit www.algoafm.co.za
Multi-talented Algoa FM Breakfast show presenter, Lee Duru will be seen on the small screen in M-Net’s new suspense filled series, Recipes for Love and Murder.
Starring alongside award winning Maria Doyle Kennedy (Outlander, Orphan Black, Kin) and Tony Kgoroge (Black Sails, Invictus, Long Walk to Freedom), the 10-episode series will be taking over the prime time slot that traditionally belongs to the Sunday night movie.
“I play the role of Grace Zihlangu who is a domestic worker in her early 50’s. A quiet but determined woman with gravitas, she is by no means subservient to anyone in her little town,” says Duru.
She lives for her son, but unforeseen circumstances compel her to shift focus and pursue the high hopes she’s always had for herself.
“The role was emotionally demanding. It doesn’t get more raw than a mother’s feelings toward her child – but it was a wonderfully meaty role and I tried to portray it as truthfully as I could.
“The professional, collaborative culture that was baked into the various facets of the production was amazing and I’m thankful to have swum in these creative waters,” she says.
While filming the series, Duru took time off from the Algoa FM Breakfast with Wayne, Lee and Charlie T.
“Lee is indeed multi-talented, and we are very happy that the opportunity arose for her to showcase her experienced acting skills”, says Algoa FM’s Managing Director Alfie Jay
“We are excited to tune in to M-Net at 8pm on the 20th of March, to watch Recipes for Love and Murder, starring our very own Lee”, he says.
Lee is an integral part of the breakfast show alongside Wayne Hart and Charlton Tobias.
She joined the Algoa FM in 2016.
Over 7 000 supporters of the 2021 Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer raised sufficient funds to pay for a brand-new transporter for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), as well as sporting equipment for a rural club.
The seven-seat transporter will be used in and around East London to transport children affected by cancer as well as their care givers.
“The CHOC ‘vehicles of hope’ are safe and reliable methods of transport, enabling patients and their caregivers to be driven to and from the hospitals and the CHOC houses,” says CHOC CEO, Hedley Lewis.
“The vehicles reduce the financial burden on patients while minimizing contact with the public where they could be exposed to infections to their already compromised immunity.
“We sincerely appreciate Algoa FM who united a community via their “walk to donate a vehicle of hope” to CHOC. Through this generous donation you enable us to alleviate the financial stress on the families and assist our beneficiaries on their cancer journey by helping them to complete their treatment successfully,” he says.
In 2021 CHOC used the exposure provided by the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer to raise childhood cancer awareness as well as its early signs and symptoms within the region.
“Being chosen as the beneficiary of the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer has been a dream come true for CHOC East London”, says Eastern Cape Regional Manager, Debbie Kleinenberg.
“Not only have we received amazing coverage and awareness of childhood cancer, but we have also received a vehicle that will be used to support the CHOC families with daily transport to and from the hospital, as well as being used to visit communities to share information on the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer.”
“Thank you Algoa FM, the sponsors and entrants of the 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer. We look forward to the 2022 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer as we continue making a difference in the lives of those affected and infected by cancer,” added Kleinenberg.”
Fort Beaufort-based athletics club “P35 Sweaty and Strong” was nominated as the sports beneficiary for 2021 by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC).
The sports club was founded in 2019 by Pindiwe Yengeni, a primary school teacher in the town.
“The Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in partnership with the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer continues to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Eastern Cape” says Assistant Manager for Recreation Development, Nozuko Damoyi.
“Many types of cancer are lifestyle diseases which can be prevented through regular exercise.
“In addition to its support for cancer organisations in the Eastern Cape, the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer raises funds for sporting equipment which is donated to under-resourced clubs.
“This equipment provides a foundation for the sports stars of tomorrow and promotes a healthy lifestyle in the community”, says Damoyi.
“Support for the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer came from all over the country, and it was encouraging to see the increase of organisations joining in on the pink fun,” says Algoa FM’s managing director, Alfie Jay.
“The Eastern Cape department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture has partnered with the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer for a number of years, with the mutual goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle in the Eastern Cape”, says Jay.
It is a dream come true for Lusanda Mafanya, who has won a R100 000 bursary from the new International Hotel School Gqeberha campus, in a tense and exciting weekend cook-off.
Pictured: Lusanda Mafanya, John Creighton, Nobulungisa Mafanya
After entering through Algoa FM, he competed against 9 other aspirant chefs who all qualified for a R30 000 bursary towards their culinary studies.
The 23-year-old matriculated from Pearson High School in 2016 and lives in Forest Hill, Gqeberha.
“This bursary means that a long life passion and dream is finally becoming a reality,” says the excited Mafanya.
“I’d say I first learnt how to cook spending time in the kitchen watching my mom and gran cooking as a kid. Seeing how much love and joy was in that kitchen and that’s where my passion for this stems from.
“This opportunity will open so many new and exciting opportunities and experiences that will stay with me forever. Being a chef, and a great one at that, means everything to me,” he added.
“We are very excited to be in Gqeberha, to bring world class hospitality business and culinary education to the Eastern Cape,” says John Creighton, Director of International Hotel School, who are proudly part of the Swiss-based Sommet Education.
“We have been looking for the right opportunity and have found the perfect location in Gqeberha. The first intake will be starting classes on March 7, 2022.
“We have had an overwhelming positive response from the public in general and hospitality industry in the greater Gqeberha area,” said Creighton.
The second runner up was 20-year-old Ronaldo Roos, originally from Jeffrey’s Bay, who matriculated at Oosterland High School.
The third runner up was 24-year-old Wade Robert from Blue Water Bay. He attended Elsen Academy and matriculated in 2007.
For the cook-off, they were challenged to produce a winning gourmet burger cooked from scratch.
“Congratulations to all the bursary winners. We look forward to seeing you and all our students on campus in March,” adds Creighton.
The bursaries were offered in partnership with Algoa FM, which hosted an online competition asking entrants to motivate why they should qualify for a culinary bursary.
The International Hotel School programmes are designed to ensure that graduates are job-ready.
“Algoa FM partnered with the International Hotel School on this campaign to encourage youth to continue to pursue hospitality studies. Despite the hard knock during the early COVID-19 lockdowns, it is a thriving service-orientated career for those who are passionate about the industry.
“Education is also a pillar of focus under our corporate social investment sub-brand, Algoa Cares,” says Algoa FM Marketing Manager Lesley Geyer.
“Our approach is very much experiential focused, educating and training our students to be ‘job-ready’ upon graduation,” says Creighton.
According to the International Hotel School, the Professional Cookery Programme helps students take the first steps to become a master chef, gain the knowledge and experience to move effortlessly between the most basic puff pastry to complex plated desserts.
The courses cover safety at work, the preparation of food, healthy eating, special diets, costing, and menu planning from start to finish.
Algoa FM’s Border Drive charity golf day returns to East London in 2022. It will be hosted on Friday the 29th of April at the East London Golf Club.
Non-profit organisations situated in and around Buffalo City are invited to apply to be the beneficiary.
“We have missed hosting this popular charity golf day for the past two years and we look forward to getting back into the swing of business on the course,” says marketing manager Lesley Geyer
“Charities that will be considered are those in education, health and the environment”, she says.
Applications close on February the 18th.
Please visit Algoa Cares on www.algoafm.co.za for further information and the application form.
Algoa FM brought the first dedicated commercial radio show to the Garden Route a decade ago at the request of businesses and listeners.
This started a mutually beneficial relationship which dates back to the first day of broadcasting, according to sales manager Dennis Karantges.
“We still have some original advertisers on air with us, from when we first went ‘live’ 10 years ago.
“Three of our original Garden Route advertisers, Kloppers, Watsons Meat and Van Rensburgs Foods have all expanded their footprint in partnership with us.
“Algoa FM has hosted competitions, as well as birthday and promotional activities,” he says.
The relationship has seen Garden Route-based businesses expand their reach throughout the Algoa FM footprint, which stretches from Mossel Bay to the Wild Coast and through the Karoo hinterland, according to managing director Alfie Jay.
The station has seen a steady growth in audience, with Lance du Plessis presenting a Garden Route-focused drive show every weekday afternoon.
“A big ‘thank you’ to all those businesses and individuals who invited Algoa FM to be a part of their community a decade ago.
“Successful radio relies on trust – from both listeners and advertisers,” says Jay.
“So, we say thank you to the listeners who put their faith in us to keep them informed about the things that matter to them as Garden Route residents.
“And thank you to the local businesses which have put their trust in Algoa FM partnerships to help them move products off their shelves,” he adds.
The company has deepened its business relationships through its involvement with the Mossel Bay and George chambers of business.
It also works closely with Plettenberg Bay and Knysna Tourism to help promote the many festivals and events that have historically been held in the Garden Route.
Events in which the station has been involved include the Simola Hillclimb, Knysna Oyster Festival, the Strawberry Festival, and the Reed Valley Wine Farm Family Festival.
Algoa FM celebrities have also, hosted many beach roadshows from, Hartenbos in Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay.
The station is working with organisers to help revive the events as the Covid-19 restrictions ease.
“We have built up a good relationship with local business, the municipalities and the Western Cape government through our involvement on the ground in the region, as well as our dedicated Garden Route drive show,” he says.
Every weekday afternoon there is a dedicated Garden Route broadcast which provides Lance du Plessis, the show host, with an opportunity to focus on the music, information and news which informs and entertains listeners in the region.
“The advantage of broadcasting a dedicated four-hour Garden Route Drive Show allows us to create unique promotional and conversational opportunities for the businesses operating in the market,” adds Karantges.
“On the ground” activations include live broadcasts from the region, crossings to events hosted by advertisers and appearances by Algoa FM celebrities.
“We love connecting with the Garden Route and being involved in the many festivals hosted in the region,” says programme manager Baydu Adams.
It’s always a comforting and homely feeling to hear Lance’s show play at shopping centres and filling station forecourts while visiting the region,” he adds.
According to Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer, the station is also involved in supporting the community.
For Mandela Day 2020, Algoa FM supported a donation drive in partnership with the George Municipality to feed thousands of people affected by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
The station also supports the annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge.
Numerous charities have also benefited from the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work during the weekly Algoa Cares slot.
“As the Covid-19 restrictions ease, we plan to be more active in the region.
“Plans include an Algoa FM charity golf day, as well as a number of partnerships with events and companies in the Garden Route,” she adds.