“Mother’s Day is not really a day during which I focus on my role as a mum, but rather on that of my role as a daughter,” says Algoa FM Breakfast Show presenter Lee Duru.
“I dedicate special attention to my own mother,” says the multi-talented Duru, who has the lead role in a new sitcom and strives to strike a balance between her family and multiple professional lives.
“My mother is the woman who laid the groundwork and set the tone for the type of parent I am today,” says Duru.
“On Mother’s Day, I try to show extra gratitude and acknowledgement for all she has done for me”.
“Every sacrifice made and every memory created. I find that I appreciate and understand it all that much more now that I am a mum myself”, says Duru.
Speaking of herself as a mother, Duru manages her busy schedule with “a lot of family support”.
“My husband, mum and sister help keep the wheels turning and, of course, I’d be nowhere without my diary, year planner and endless lists”!
“Thankfully, my daughter Elah, is now a fully-fledged teenager and so making lunches, sorting uniforms and packing bags is a thing of the past – although I do have to cast a guiding eye once in a while”.
Duru says she is “strict” about personal and family time and emphasizes the importance of being selective and learning to say “no” to certain invitations.
“Most days start at 04:30 (depending on how many times I hit the snooze button)! At 06:00 I co-host the breakfast show and then from 09:00 I could have anything from meetings to admin or brunch with a friend lined up”.
“My second work shift starts at around 16:30 when I start preparing dinner for the family.
In between, Duru has ensured that as a freelancer she has multiple income streams”.
“I currently write for a TV show on SABC 2 called “Karektas” and am part of the development team for a docu-drama called “Ko Strateng”.
“I’m also in front of the camera from time to time. In April I started filming a sitcom in Johannesburg to be aired on Moja Love, where I play the lead character”.
“I also MC, am a public speaker as well as a social media influencer with various campaigns lined up for the year”.
Lee describes herself as an affectionate, protective, responsible, and reliable mother.
She says she is a “straight-shooter who tells it like it is and keeps it real”.
Her approach to discipline is a combination of “old school” and modern. “While my father was very strict and gave me several hidings growing up – modern-day parenting now calls for us to confiscate devices and talking about feelings!”
“My aim is and will always be to create a secure, nurturing home in which Elah can be spontaneous and feel loved”.
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The Middelburg (Cape) Recreation Club has received R46 000 worth of sports equipment for a variety of disciplines through funds raised by the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which is the biggest mass-participation charity event in the Eastern Cape.
Algoa FM partnered with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) to promote healthy living and exercise for the first Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which was held on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Speaking at the handover, Inxuba Yethemba mayor Noncedo Zonke, said it was a municipality “with a passion for sport which excels at women’s running.
“Social programmes like these are very important because we do not need to focus only on academic performance. We need to encourage young people to keep healthy, and teach them that exercise makes you a complete person”.
DSRAC deputy director of the Chris Hani District Thoko Oliphant, said the Middelburg club was selected because of its enthusiastic participation in the first Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.
Lorinda Brown, head of the Middelburg Recreational Club said “we can now lead a more active and healthier lifestyle thanks to the more than five thousand people who registered for the 2020 Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer”.
The equipment is being stored safely at the Ellen Olivier Primary School.
“We partner with both the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and the Department of Health” to promote healthy living and exercise in Algoa Country, says Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
Included in the equipment requested by the Middelburg Recreation Club are agility ladders, yoga mats, dumbbells, gym balls, water dispensers and a loudspeaker system.
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By Siyathetha Communications
Hot 91.9FM today announced exciting new changes to the weekday line up effective 03 May 2021.
Voted Joburg`s Hottest Breakfast Show for four consecutive years, the new morning show line up will comprise of Tony Murrell, Bunny Majaja, Simon Hill, John Walland and Ragani Achary. Tony Murrell is renowned in radio for his signature witty humour, silky smooth presentation style and vast musical knowledge. For the last few years Tony has held down the weekly midday show slot as well as doubling as the station`s Programme Manager. Joining Tony and the team is the wonderfully bubbly Bunny Majaja who moves from her successful afternoon show, bringing a sense of fun and pizazz to the mornings, the irrepressible Simon Hill, news anchor Ragani Achery and sports maven John Walland. Together, the new Joburg’s Hottest Breakfast team will take your morning to a new and exciting level with stimulating conversation, humour and more of the music that you love.
The ever-popular Mark Pilgrim will continue to delight his audience with The Mark Pilgrim Show from 9am to 12 midday with his unique brand of music memories, fun facts and daily quizzes.
Hot 91.9FM welcomes Ursula Chikane to a brand-new show every weekday afternoon from 12pm to 3pm. No stranger to radio, Ursula has been an award-winning radio and television presenter since the mid-1990s. You may know Ursula from her time as the longest-running presenter on Top Billing and from her radio work which extends from the World Chart Show on 5fm to the past almost 8 years on Power 98.7. Ursula will bring her brand of sophistication to the show with three solid hours of the best in Old Skool music, great conversations and overall fun entertainment. “I can’t wait to meet my new and some old colleagues….and I’m really eager to get to know the HOT 91.9FM listeners.”
The team who drives you home, The Parky Squad on The Big Joburg Drive will take over the airwaves at 3pm to 6.30pm. As always, Simon Parkinson, Keorapetse Hlope, and Dylan Rogers will effortlessly get you home with the best drive-time music and light banter guaranteed to take the edge off a long work day.
Hot 91.9FM founder and Managing Director Lloyd Madurai says, “We are looking forward to the new line-up and are confident our listeners will love it too. It’s a fresh fusion of presenters and of course we are delighted to welcome Ursula to the Hot Family”.
For more information on Hot 91.9FM go to: www.hot919.co.za
Sam announced on air and posted on Facebook this morning, “For the past few months I’ve been living the best of both worlds, being on the breakfast show of the city’s hottest station and running a booming coaching business. Unfortunately, I’ve come to a point where, if I am going to show up 100%, I must let one go. During lockdown, I connected with so many people online, I ran support groups for people traumatised by Covid, and I realised how much that means to me to be able to help people see the light when it is very dark. Now I have clients all over the world in different time zones, and helping people grow and change and improve their lives has become my first passion. I have loved everything about working at Hot, the people here, the music, the positive, never-say-die attitudes of the Hot Cares family and I will miss it. But I am still the lucky one, because I will hear them every day.”
HOT 91.9FM’s Managing Director Lloyd Madurai said “We have loved having Sam on the station these past three-and-a-half-years but understand and fully support her decision to pursue her coaching career. We are very grateful to Sam for her contribution to the station, not only as a presenter but as part of our family. We wish Sam all the best in her venture”.
Issued on behalf of Sam Cowen and Hot 91.9FM by:
- Cyril Viljoen takes to AT LUNCH with VKB from 12-3pm, Monday to Friday. His years at OFM, combined experience and love for Agri and all things natural make him the ideal anchor to host this VKB driven program.
- Gerben van Niekerk returns to the Agri Uur with John Deere where he can continue with broadcasting, while focussing on his academic career at the University of the Free State.
- Pieter Venter continues on The Real Good Weekend with DIY Superstore.
- Olebogeng Motse takes up the reigns of the Business Hour. An avid economics enthusiast. The combination with Aaron Masemola (Economics Major), will make for good radio between 6 & 7pm. Soon to be sponsored by Standard Bank by the end of April 2021.
- Renaldo Schwarp. Jacaranda FM weekend presenter and digital strategist as well as Skeef (Showmax) documentary director, producer and presenter, joins the OFM team to focus his attentions on radio as host of OFM Nights, weekdays 7 to 9pm and daytime producer.
- James Kilbourne, former music compiler and music aficionado, hosts OFM Decades on Saturdays between 4 & 8pm. A welcome return to radio.
The above details the brands commitment to innovation, growth and the application of the best to get the job done.
Herewith a sample from the latest listener survey into how much the OFM audience love The Sound of Your Life.
For more information please visit the OFM website.
Hot 91.9FM is proud to announce the sponsorship of 22 year old SA woman racing driver Charisse van der Merwe as she embarks on the 2021 Pozidrive VW Challenge.
Charisse started racing in the regional circuit when she was 19 and is one of the few females in a male-dominated sport.
“It is a huge honour for me to be sponsored by Hot 91.9FM,” says Charisse. “It affords me the opportunity to ensure that my car is competitive and increases my chances of being a championship contender.“
Hot 91.9FM Managing Director, Lloyd Madurai says,“ We are delighted to welcome Charisse to the Hot 919 family and look forward to watching her race the circuit. We fully support women transforming sport and Charisse is an inspiring role model for all women wanting to participate at this level”.
The Pozidrive VW Challenge starts on 27 March 2021.
Listen to the interview with Charisse van der Merwe on HOT 91.9FM here.
This article was originally published on HOT 91.9 FM.
Young women in the Wild Coast Zithulele Village will continue receiving training in life and practical skills thanks to a R118 000 donation by the empowerment shareholder of Algoa FM to the Masiphakameni Youth Development Programme.
“The programme‘s intention to develop confidence in young rural women was the key selling point for me,” says Algoa FM non-executive director Zola Tshefu.
Masiphakameni is a programme run by Jabulani Rural Health Foundation.
Unemployed women from Zithulele and surrounds in the former Transkei attend an eight-month course which focuses on both “soft” and practical skills, according to programme facilitator Jenny Michell.
“What I love most about the Masiphakameni programme is the holistic approach to young women development through offering a broad range of training, life skills as well as new experiences and exposure,” adds Tshefu, who overseas the Algoa FM Empowerment Company, through which the funds have been channelled.
“I believe you may have all the education in the world but without self-confidence you cannot achieve much in life. That inner knowing that you have something to contribute to this world gives one unstoppable power,” she adds.
The programme includes afternoon placement with local NGOs or government institutions where the young women gain practical experience, and learn how to behave professionally in the work environment.
They also give back to the community through their work, says Michell.
Each participant receives a stipend for the work they perform. This can be used to support their families or saved towards paying for college or university.
“The benefit of this kind of investment in these young women goes beyond them as individuals, but also impacts their families and their villages, and the country stands to gain,” says Tshefu.
Funding provided from the Algoa FM Empowerment Company will help Masiphakameni to expand the courses it offers.
“We are planning to introduce a training programme called ‘Work 4 A Living’. It is a great course covering basics of financial literacy, work ethics, job preparation, taking responsibility for one’s own future and more,” says Michell.