Khomotso Sina Makgoga was named the ultimate winner of the SABC Thobela FM 64th birthday competition and was presented with a prize of R64 000 this past Saturday.

The Limpopo radio station management presented the prize sponsored by Standard Bank to Makgoga and her spouse. This was during the station’s special outside broadcast (OB) at their Glen Cowie residence.

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The celebration was attended by a multitude of crowds from around Sekhukhune. Among them were the Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Minah Bahula, Kgoši Madihlaba Dikoetje and Kgošigadi Madihlaba.

Makgoga family win Thobela FM's 64th birthday competition
Thobela FM competition winner

THOBELA FM 64TH BIRTHDAY COMPETITION WINNER CELEBRATED IN GLEN COWIE  

Makgoga was also congratulated by the Mayor of Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Merah Masekwele Mahlase.

Mayor Mahlase outlined the municipality’s service delivery projects and upcoming development programmes. This includes the Makhuduthamaga Youth Fund, currently under facilitation by the municipality and NYDA.

Limpopo SABC Radio Thobela FM have made some major changes to the 2024/25 line-up. The changes will also be effective from 1 April 2024.

The station announced the changes on Tuesday during the ‘Tabakgolo Talk Show’ between 12h00 and 13h00.

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“We are excited and looking forward to greater opportunities and attracting new listeners with the exciting line-up,” said Limpopo Business Manager Madikana Matjila. 

Thobela FM announces their line-up changes 
Thobela FM during a live broadcast 

THOBELA FM NEW LINE-UP CHANGES FOR THE 2024-25 RADIO SEASON REVEALED

The Morning Drive show, ’Ditlalemiso’ broadcast from 06h00 to 09h00, Monday to Friday, will be co-hosted by Leonard “Lenny T” Legodi and adding the dynamic Lethabo ‘Lejoy’ Mathatho. Lethabo is an experienced skilled presenter, with a history of working in both Radio and Television Industries. Veteran presenter Mankoko Mokhari will be presenting ‘Eba Lenna’.

The afternoon drive show ‘Ntshirogele’ will be presented by well-known Radio presenter and TV personality Skhumbuzo Mbata. He will be joined by the Madam Speaker of the airwaves Poelano Setwaba.

On Sunday mornings from 02h00-06h00, listeners will continue with ‘Exton Mmoue’. The station’s Youth Show ‘Moswa Le Bokamoso’ broadcast Monday to Friday from 21h00 to 22h00, will be hosted by a new presenter who will be scouted through a talent search competition. ‘Weekend Monate Breakfast’ will be hosted by Dynamic presenter Nkgadimeng Kekana.

Sebasa Mogale, a former Thobela FM presenter and his wife Dorah Mogale briefly appeared in court on Friday after being arrested for Bitcoin scam fraud. The two are facing cases of fraud emanating from the Bitcoin Scam.

They were each released on a bail of R10 000 and will appear again at  Polokwane Magistrate’s court on 20 May 2024 for further Police investigation.

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Reports indicated that in 2020, Mogale, who was working at Thobela advertised a scam called “Mining City” on Radio. He explained how people become rich by investing money into the Mining City packages, which the investors will get rewarded based on how much they invested.

“In that radio advert, he told listeners to visit his office, number 103 present, Landros Mare Street, Polokwane to attend the session where he and two other people will be presenting in the seminar,” Police said in a statement.

Former Thobela FM presenter Sebasa Mogale arrested for Bitcoin scam fraud

WHY FORMER THOBELA FM PRESENTER AND HIS WERE ARRESTED

“People attended the session, and the brochures were distributed to them, which indicated the different packages.

“The attendees believed in the advertised scam, the reason being he was Sebasa Mogale, the Radio Presenter,” they further explained.

“They gave them reference numbers to individually deposit the money into the Standard bank account belonging to the Altcoin trader. The alleged mining packages varied from R6500 to R253 000.00 with estimated payouts.”

“Indeed the victims put money in the said Scam. Money was deposited and given instruction that after they deposited the money they should go back to the office where they created email addresses and logging details for each victim, to have access to their money invested.

“They told them to wait for a period of six months before they withdrew their benefits so that they could get better benefits.”

SEBASA MOGALE AND HIS WIFE MAKE COURT APPEARANCE FOR BITCOIN SCAM FRAUD  

Apparently, the problem started when the victims tried to withdraw their money. That’s when they realized that the details given to them were blocked.

When victims questioned Sebasa Mogale telephonically about their investment. He told them that the Mining City Scam had collapsed due to the inflation rate.

“It meant that said investors had lost their money in the scam. The victims went back to the office. But unfortunately, they found that the office was closed and his phone was on voice mail.

“Around the year 2022 in May, over ten case dockets were registered against the suspects at Polokwane and Mokopane SAPS. More cases are expected to be opened.”

Limpopo SABC Radio Station Thobela FM have confirmed the death of presenter Johanna Sebolaishi Seloga, commonly known as JJ Menu. 

JJ Menu who was the host of shows such as Lesang Bana, and Mahlasedi Le Mananeo among others died on Monday, 23 October. 

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“Thobela FM presenter, Johannah ‘JJ’ Sebolaishi Seloga has fallen into a deep sleep. JJ has broadcast Lesang Bana and also Mahlasedi Le Mananeo amongst other Thobela FM programmes. Rest in peace JJ Menu,” the station also wrote on their social media pages on Monday. 

CONDOLENCES POUR IN FOR JJ MENU AS THOBELA FM CONFIRM HER DEATH 

Some of her fans and colleagues also left messages of condolences for the 39-year-old. 

“It’s with great sadness to learn of the passing of Thobela FM presenter Johannah “JJ” Menu, may her soul rest in eternal peace,” wrote Shorty Senyolo.

@ThobelaFMYaka #ThobelaFM . Tje bohloko gadifele ,re lahlegetjwe ,#RIPJJMenu. – @Bauba_77 

Tše bohloko ditaba. A moya wa gagwe o robale ka khutšo. #RIPJJMenu. – @JmSebothoma

Rest in peace JJ Menu Seloga  you’ve run your race. “Lesang bana” will never be the same. – Lehlogonolo Molele. 

#RIPJJMenu  ebe esale moswa kudu – @FirstLadyTshepi

“Lesang bana ba tle go nna. Kopana le nna #JJMenu. Dumela mokgotsi wa ka wo mobotsanabotsana…” #RIPJJMenu – @chestermayifo

Thobela FM presenter Johanna Sebolaishi Seloga, commonly known as JJ Menu death confirmed
The late Johanna JJ Menu Sebolaishi Seloga

WHO IS JOHANNA SEBOLAISHI SELOGA? 

Seloga was born in 1984 in Mokopane but grew up in Mamelodi East. She returned to Mokopane where she also launched her Radio career in 2005 at Mokopane FM. She was a Presenter/producer and newsreader before her big career move in 2007 when she joined Thobela FM. 

Her first assignment was to be a presenter of the kiddies show, Mahlasedi. She was also a motivational speaker, programme director and events organiser. The family and the station are yet to reveal the funeral and memorial details.

May her Soul Rest in Peace. 

Thobela FM is the most listened to Public Service Radio while Capricorn FM tops the commercial radio list as the Limpopo top 10 stations are revealed. The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRC) recently released the latest RAMS Amplify for the first quarter of 2023.

The latest stats have also proved that Radio remains a dominant and resilient medium. 80 percent of the Limpopo Population listens to the radio in rural areas while 20% in urban areas.

THOBELA FM LEAD LIMPOPO’S TOP 10 RADIO STATIONS

Thobela FM leads in terms of Listenership only counted within the province with 1 406 000. They are followed by PhalaPhala FM with 774 000, Munghana Lonene with 671 000, and Capricorn FM fourth with 325 000.

Gauteng-based and the second most listened-to station in the country, Metro FM boosts 174 000 listenership in the country. Fast-growing Vhembe FM is sixth, Jacaranda, Motsweding and Radio 2000 are ninth. Sekhukhune FM complete the top 10.

The most listened to stations in Limpopo 

Thobela FM is number six in terms of Listenership in the country with 2 727 million. Munghana Lonene is number nine with 1 367 million while PhalaPhala FM is number 12 with 1 278 million. Capricorn FM is ranked at position 25 with 503 000 listeners.

TOP COMMUNITY STATIONS

In terms of the top 10 community radio stations in the Province, Vhembe leads the way. Sekhukhune FM is number two with 71 000, Univen FM is third with 66 000, Giyani Community Radio is fourth with 55 000 while Energy FM is fifth with 49 000.

Vision FM [36 000], Sekgosese [34 000], Nzhelele FM [30], Maruleng FM [22 000] and Moletsi [19 000] complete the top 10.

Thobela FM is the most listened to Public Radio while Capricorn FM tops the commercial radio list in Limpopo.
Top community Radio Stations in Limpopo

Vhembe FM is the only community Radio station in the top 20 in South Africa with an overall listenership of 135 000.

Some of the interesting points in the latest presentation are that more than 26.4 million South Africans listen to the radio several times a week. Almost a third of waking hours are spent listening to the radio. Tuesdays and Wednesdays have the highest listening reach. Listening only peaks once a day, on weekday mornings from 6:00 to 9:00, drive time. At home remains the primary radio setting while listening in the car continues to grow.

Limpopo’s leading SABC Radio Station Thobela FM celebrated their 63rd birthday of broadcasting on Thursday.

Thobela FM are still the number one radio station in Limpopo and the top five ALS most listened to stations in South Africa.

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The station has planned various activities in June across the country. This will include Sekgosese Moshate, Polokwane, Soshanguve and Centurion surroundings.

THOBELA FM’S 63RD BIRTHDAY ACTIVITIES

The activities started with the broadcasting of Thobela FM shows at the SABC foyer in Polokwane with live performances. Polokwane Municipality Executive Mayor John Mope was also in attendance.

3 June
Soshanguve Crossing Mall activations and Top 30 live broadcast and goodies giveaways. Saturday evening at Cofi Centurion (live OB), DJing and dancing till late at night.

04 June

Sunday church service live recording and OB at Praise Tabernacle Church in Soshanguve.

10 June
Moshate Party
The station will celebrate with its core listeners in Sekgosese village. There will be a whole lot of engagement and entertainment on this day.

DJing
Giveaways to listeners
Live broadcasts
Traditional Dancing/Singing

Leading Limpopo station Thobela FM celebrates 63rd Birthday
Thobela FM Breakfast presenters with Limpopo Combo Business Manager Madikana Matjila

24 June
On 24 June, the station will be hosting an activation in the representation of its age. It is the station‘s culture to celebrate at one of our lucky listeners’ houses. The station runs a competition where any listener staying at a house number like the number of years the station is celebrating stands a chance of winning a prize including a live broadcast at his/her house. Listeners that are staying at house number 63 will be encouraged to send an SMS (SMS Line) to enter the competition. The competition will run from 05 June 2023 until 12 June 2023. The exact venue for the activation #House63 will be determined by the on-air competition, the house of the winner selected will be our broadcast location.

30 June
This will be a first for Thobela FM, taking the Mahlakung Drama Series out to the people in live theatre style (Library Gardens). The theatre act will be closing the birthday festivities for the month of June 2023.

Different people from all walks of life in Limpopo have conveyed their condolences to the late SABC Radio Thobela FM news reader Matome Maupi. Maupi passed away on Thursday, 13 April following a long illness.

He has reportedly been sick since February this year. The 52-year-old was the host of Hlokwa La Tsela evening show on weekdays.

THOBELA FM CONFIRMS NEWS READER MATOME MAUPI PASSING

“Thobela FM has fallen into the eyes. The director of the main road program, Motome Maupi has slept a deep sleep. Matome ‘News Head’ fell asleep last night. May his soul rest in peace,” the station announced on Friday.

Condolences pour in for late Thobela FM news reader, Matome Maupi
Thobela FM news reader, Matome Maupi has passed away

CONDOLENCES POUR IN FROM INDUSTRY COLLEAGUES

“One of the greatest to ever grace the radio fraternity. It was during my high school days when I heard the energetic, husky voice of this legend on Mohodi FM. Not only was he a presenter but Matome was also a musician as well. His hit Go Nkga Teki was one of the most popular songs he has ever released,” wrote former colleague and now Energy FM presenter Kwenisto Makgaga.

“Dear brother in Broadcasting, it is with deep sadness to be writing a tribute to you posthumously. I cannot believe my ears. I had to convince myself that perhaps it was fake news. Especially after receiving a message from our fellow college student, Connie, who was also in shock and disbelief. I cried. Yes, I hysterically cried…I was like “No ways! Not Matome.” My day turned dark,” wrote Lerato Maseogane.

“Sending love and comfort to his family, friends and colleagues from all of us at Mukurukuru Media. May the ancestors receive his gentle soul and offer him eternal peace among the angels,” said renowned journalist and founder of Mukurukuru Media Lucas Ledwaba.

Politician and SA member of parliament Boy Mamabolo was also among those who have paid tribute to Maupi.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Thobela FM brought back the ever-popular Thobela FM Gospel Music festival with a bang this past weekend. The event which took place at the cricket fields in Polokwane attracted an audience of more than 10,000.

It was not only a Gospel festival, but a prayer day for families which crossed over into the next day under the theme of “We Are Conquerors”. Gospel fans from across the province attended the praise and worship event. It attracted a record number of attendees who participated with no incident.

SABC Plus, the public broadcaster’s new OTT digital platform also streamed the event live. Expanding the concert’s reach even further to audiences who were unable to physically attend.

Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Awards
Bucy Radebe Thobela FM Gospel Festival

Performance highlights included sets by Bucy Radebe, Dr. Tumi, Thina Zungu, Psalmist Sefako, Peter Mabula, Omega, Urban Matjila. Sinky Mathe, Dr. Makhwting, Wacha Mkhukhu, Mme Onicca, Luyanda Ramatswi, and many more of the country’s leading gospel artists.

THOBELA FM GOSPEL FESTIVAL A SUCCESS

“The return of Thobela FM’s Gospel Music Festival exceeded our expectations. Our listeners came out in numbers to support the festival in a way that we have not seen before,” says Madikana Matjila, Business Manager of the SABC’s Limpopo Combo which also includes Munghana Lonene FM and Phalaphala FM.

People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival
People enjoying the Thobela FM Gospel Festival

“The Thobela FM brand is committed to ensuring that we provide our listeners with brand experiences that are in line with our values so we can continue to grow and expand in the marketplace. The live stream of the Festival on SABC Plus allowed the Thobela FM brand to be experienced by new audiences. We look forward to doing more of the same in the future”.

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SABC Radio Munghana Lonene FM have announced a historic moment in the station’s evolution after the launch of its new Pop-up studio at Masingita Mall in Giyani, Mopani District.  

The inaugural broadcast marked the official launch of the new pop-up Munghana Lonene studio in the heart of the mall. The studio will also serve as the station’s second broadcast facility. It will bring the Munghana Lonene brand and experience closer to its core listeners.

POP-UP STUDIO AT MASINGITA MALL

“We also have been working tirelessly on the studio project with the assistance of the Masingita Group of companies. Who are also the owners of Masinga Mall,” said Madikana Matjila Business Manager of the Limpopo combo.

Dr Mike Nkuna and Oupa Mamabolo
Dr Mike Nkuna and Oupa Mamabolo

The combo comprises of Munghana Lonene FM, Phalaphala FM and Thobela FM.

“Our aim is to ensure that we also take the MLFM brand into the community. So that our listeners can have a more personal experience with the brand and their favourite DJ’s.”

Munghana Lonene presenters with Papa Penny
Munghana Lonene presenters with Papa Penny

NEW MUNGHANA LONENE HOME

Select weekdays and weekends shows will be broadcast live from the studio going forward. The SABC will be occupying the space indefinitely.

The launch event was also supported by key stakeholders including government officials, traditional, faith and business leaders.