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Central Media Group: Level 1 Lockdown regulations and return to work policy

Central Media Group of companies, including OFM, Mahareng Publishing, and Digital Platforms, have adopted and executed as per The Alert Level 1 Regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act: Regulations: Alert level 1 during the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown.

Industries are encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible, and all staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so: Working hours for the entire company will remain from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

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Christmas in July!

Venue: Central South Africa

Mandela Day Drive

“It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others.” – Nelson Mandela

While winter time can be a magical time of year with the promise of snow and comforting fluffy blankets, thick coats, heaters and hot chocolate, it is also a very challenging time for the most vulnerable, who are unsure where their next hot meal or even warm, safe shelter will come from. Now, even more so as the globe grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Help share warmth and love this winter by joining Central Media Group’s Nelson Mandela Day initiative.

From 6 to 17 July 2020, you are invited to bring, pre-loved or new, warm clothing (for adults & children) and blankets, hygiene products, non-perishables and other suitable donations to various drop-off points throughout Central South Africa. These will then be distributed to local charities on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2020.

Regional Drop Offs:

Free State:

  • Central Media Park, Bloemfontein
    Wild Olive Estate, 7 Christo Groenewald Street
    Drive through drop off in the parking lot
    Charity to benefit: Sunflower Hospice
  • Goldfields Mall, Welkom
    Corner Stateway and Buiten Street
    Charity to benefit: House of Hope

Northern Cape:

  • North Cape Mall, Kimberley
    Memorial Road, Royldene
    Charity to benefit: Boipelo Child and Youth Centre 

North West:

  • Ellaton Mining Supplies, Klerksdorp
    144 O.R. Tambo Street, Klerkindustria
    Charity to benefit: SAVF Rethabile; Klerksdorp CYCC

The OFM team will also be visiting each of these points throughout the charity drive.

  • The Good Morning Breakfast will broadcast from Central Media Park in Bloemfontein from 6am on 6 July 2020.
  • The Real Good Weekend featuring the Central SA Top 30 will be at North Cape Mall in Kimberley from 9am on 11 July 2020.
  • At Lunch will broadcast from Ellaton Mining Supplies in Klerksdorp from 12pm on 14 July 2020.
  • The Joyride will be at Goldfields Mall in Welkom from 3pm on 17 July 2020.

And, to spread the cheer even further, we’ll be giving randomly selected OFM listeners a chance to dip into Santa’s stocking to claim a mystery prize. So, if you’ve interacted on any of OFM’s platforms recently, it could be you!

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Pillar of Central Media Group Retires

Central Media Group (CMG), parent company of OFM, Digital Platforms, and Mahareng Publishing, regrets to announce the retirement of one of its stalwarts, Chief Financial Officer, Marietjie Vermeulen. She will vacate her role, as CFO, at the end of June 2020.

Marietjie has been a part of the Groups success story from very early on.  She started at the then Radio Oranje as Financial Manager in November 1996 and played a huge role in the growth and development of the station into Central South Africa’s premier commercial radio station. Over the years, OFM morphed into a larger multimedia company, Central Media Group governed by a subsidiary board. Marietjie joined the board as director and company secretary in October 2003.

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OFM WANTS TO MAKE YOU A WORLD-FAMOUS DJ

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, have brought back the popular “Make you a world-famous DJ” competition.  The competition was launched for the first time in 2017, and proved to be a huge hit.

Every evening, between 19:00 and 01:00 listeners will have the chance to identify a well-known South African or international DJ with the help of some clues, such as snippets of audio or songs that the DJ has released, or a small biography on the person.  Correctly identify the famous DJ and stand a chance to win R65, 000 in prizes in partnership with TOMS.

The lucky winner will win sound equipment to the value of R65, 000, which includes two Alto TS218 powered subs, two Alto TS215 powered main speakers, one Numark CD Mix USB, two five-inch studio monitors and two on-stage speaker stands.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager:  “TOMS is a great partner of OFM and we are privileged to launch this competition with them.  Music is our business and DJ’s are what makes music unique and exciting.  We look forward to finding the next world-famous DJ right here in Central South Africa!”

Listen to OFM for more info, or go to OFM’s website at www.ofm.co.za.

Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou (051) 5050 900

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OFM is spreading the joy on #HappinessDay

On Tuesday 20 March 2018, OFM will dedicate a full 24 hours of broadcasting to happiness and positivity in celebration of International Day of Happiness.

From midnight on the 19th to midnight on the 20th of March, happiness will take over the station entirely.

On this day, OFM will only play happy, upbeat music and all content will have a positive spin. That means feel-good news and sports bulletins, weather and traffic. Our presenters will also do their bit to ensure that happiness is at the order of the day in their programmes. Listeners will also have the chance to win cool prizes, which will definitely generate feelings of happiness!

Even the OFM Street Squad will be in on the action and will certainly put smiles on a few faces when they surprise some of our listeners with treats.

Finally, making sure Happiness Day makes a lasting impression, OFM will fundraise for “smiling meals” to support vulnerable children in Central South Africa.  The station will work with Child and Family Welfare Free State, Northern Cape and North West by encouraging our listeners and businesses to pledge funds for this great cause.  Only R20 will buy a hungry child a meal.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “We celebrated International Day of Happiness on OFM for the first time last year and the day was a huge success! This year, we will build on the concept by introducing “smiling meals”.  What better way to spread the joy than by feeding hungry tummies and putting smiles on the faces of children in our region. We are all very excited to be part of this fantastic initiative and I would like to encourage every listener and every business in our region, big or small, to contribute to this great cause.”

International Day of Happiness was established on 28 June 2012, when UN Resolution 66/281 was adopted by consensus of all 193 member states of the United Nations.  It is celebrated around the world on 20 March.

To make a pledge, contact OFM at 051 5050 909, or send an e-mail to info@ofm.co.za.

Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou (051) 5050-900

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LUSH Festival 2018 Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Live performances from Bowling For Soup (USA), Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) (USA), Pierce Brothers (AUS), Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Goodluck, TiMO ODV, Dewald Wasserfall and many more!

Early Bird Ticket Sales End 15 February 2018 – http://www.lushfestival.com/tickets/

LUSH Festival – presented by OFM – is bringing their best line-up yet as they announce the first group of artists for Easter weekend 2018 with limited Early Bird tickets on sale until midnight on February 15th at http://www.lushfestival.com/tickets/.

Clarens will once again be flooded with thousands of music lovers as the 3rd annual LUSH Festival takes place from 29 March to 2 April 2018. Fans have been following the great news via social media as the LUSH team announced a host of great international and local acts for the next festival.

Artists announced so far are Bowling For Soup (USA), Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio (USA), Pierce Brothers (AUS), Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, TiMO ODV, Jack Parow, Goodluck, Dewald Wasserfall, Albert Frost, Desmond & The Tutus, PHFAT, BOO!, aKing, Grassy Spark, Van Pletzen, We Are Charlie, Retro Dizzy, Charlie Finch, Cap Guns, Hello Beautiful, Jon Casey, Kid Robot, Leeu, Missu, Nicpreen & the World of Birds, Okayyy, Robin Thirdfloor, Runaway Nuns, Silva Black & The Midnight, Tha Cutt, The Ceramics, Veridium, Deity’s Muse, Yo Grapes, Made For Broadway, and there’s still loads more to be announced!

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CUT forges collaboration with a key media partner

IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 08 February 2018 development of partnerships with the two strategic partners in the Province.

Earlier, CUT signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Black Management Forum; later with the Central Media Group (CMG) as part of its commitment to building partnerships with various institutions to enable the University to initiate social and technological innovations towards the socio-economic development of the Central Region.

The parties sealed the deal which will focus on a range of joint projects that are aimed at propelling these partnerships forward in terms of advancement of the region; and CUT views CMG as a key media partner to its Vision 2020.

These signing ceremonies are an important course of action for CUT, as they reaffirm its commitment to Vision 2020.  The vision talks about building partnerships to contribute meaningfully to the aspirations of the region in areas of socio-economic development and innovations.

“We view Central Media Group as a key media partner to support our vision in much broader ways than media. We want to make an impact globally; most importantly in the region, and cannot achieve this without partnerships, as we need robust partnerships to help us position and reimagine CUT as a university”, said Prof. Henk de Jager Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

“Gone are the days when people used to refer to us as a Technikon, said Prof de Jager.  He said that the chapter of CUT being referred to as a Technikon must be closed so that communities begin to appreciate “CUT as a fully-fletched university of technology; focusing on innovative problem solving, career directive, academic programmes and leading research programmes and contributing to technological innovations”, he concluded.

Mr Gary Stroebel CEO Central Media Group said that CUT and CMG share a common goal of empowering and uplifting communities. “Our ability to stand together and take on an adventure in our own community is an essential part of our future success. Our role within communities is to empower and uplift the economy. I believe that empowerment and upliftment comes from two vital elements which is education and experience; often education without experience is meaningless and experience without the ability to transcend your immediate experience into another is also sometimes a limiting factor. When these two can come together we create an uproot draft that is able to drive progress,” he said

For more information about CUT, visit their website at www.cut.ac.za.

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2017 was the sound of your life on OFM

OFM is a brand that is synonymous with the people of central South Africa. From the radio in the kitchen, to the car and the one at the office, OFM speaks to people during the various stages of their day, supplying information and influencing decision makers with a unique listening experience. The OFM audience is incredibly loyal, interactive and passionate about “The Sound of Your Life”. With a unique connection to the audience OFM is not only a radio station but a well-trusted friend.

From offices, warehouses and small businesses, to kitchens, motor cars and living rooms, OFM is an entertainer, a source of information and a companion. Our footprint includes the Free State, as well as large parts of the Northern Cape, North West and the Vaal Triangle.

During 2017, OFM continued to grow and expand as a radio station, to push its boundaries and to make a difference in the lives of its communities, who remain the reason why we do radio. OFM embarked on several new and exciting initiatives in 2017 that were engaging=, entertaining and informative for a loyal audience.

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OFM ringing in the festive season

OFM, the sound of your life in central South Africa, will be ringing in the festive season with the ever popular “SPAR Carols by Candlelight” in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein. As always, the night will be dedicated to charity.

The two events will take place on Monday 27 November at Senwes Cricket Oval in Potchefstroom and Wednesday 6 December at the Kovsie Cricket Oval in Bloemfontein. Gates open at 16:00 and both events will start at 19:00.

This year’s line-up of artists includes the king and queen of the South African music scene Kurt Darren and Juanita du Plessis, as well as Monique Steyn and the Mzanzi Youth Choir.  There will also be loads of entertainment for the little ones, such as balloon sculpting, face painting and Santa in the dedicated children’s areas.

To enter, bring an unwrapped gift in the form of toys, care packages or stationery for children aged 0 to 18.  Donations of tinned food are also welcome.

Says OFM Station Manager, Nick Efstathiou: “Carols by Candlelight is a highlight on the OFM calendar.  Not only is it a fantastic way to get into the spirit of Christmas, but the toys and other gifts collected at both events bring so much joy to children, who really don’t have much to look forward to during Christmas. We hope that this year’s events in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein will once again spread a little Christmas cheer!”

Attendees are reminded to bring their own picnic blankets or camping chairs to sit on. Food stalls will be available but picnic baskets will be allowed. Unfortunately, no glass or open fires will be permitted.

For enquiries, contact Nick Efstathiou at 051-5050-900.

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OFM scoops four awards

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, has won four awards in two prestigious competitions in recent weeks.

The radio station won two categories in the 2017 Best of Bloemfontein Reader’s Choice Awards and two of its journalists were recognised for their outstanding work in the annual Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in the Central Region.

In the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards, OFM won the Best Local Radio Station category for a fifth consecutive year and The Big Breakfast on OFM won the Best Local Radio Show category.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager:  “At OFM, the sound of your life, we love music! Good music does not have an expiration date. We love that we are being rewarded for doing what we love each day. We are in love with our listeners and appreciate that they ‘hear’ us as their favourite radio station for five years running. The award-winning Big Breakfast on OFM with Martin van der Merwe is, without doubt, the best breakfast show in central South Africa and bring such joy to our morning commute to school and work.”

The Big Breakfast on OFM is hosted by Martin van der Merwe, produced by Duncan Bayne, and also features Adrian Botha on sport and Christina Kouveld on traffic.  It is presented every weekday from 06:00 to 09:00.

In the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, Katleho Morapela scooped the Best Young Journalist Award.  She will now compete in the national round for an opportunity to win an all-expenses paid overseas trip and visit to the Thomson Foundation. Bulletin producer and news reader Earl Coetzee won the Radio Feature Award for his insert State Capture Fallout.

“OFM is extremely proud of our news journalists and the hard work they put in to produce quality news content. We wish both Katleho and Earl all the best going forward into the national competition,” says Efstathiou.

All the regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year winners will go through to the national awards in Johannesburg on November 16.