NUM calls for the escalation effort to rescue the two remaining trapped miners at Kusasalethu mine

Johannesburg – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) calls for an escalation of the rescue operation to get to the remaining two miners who are still trapped underground.

The NUM can confirm that three of the five miners trapped underground are NUM members.

“The NUM want to take this opportunity to applaud the brave miners who went underground with the Proto team who assisted in the recovery of the bodies, especially the third body found early hours this morning. We respect the role and sensitivity of the work of the proto team,” said Erick Gcilitshana, NUM Health and Safety Secretary.

“One of the three deceased miners whose bodies were retrieved was a 25-year-old miner who buried his father last month and he left a three-month-old son. It is painful and sad for the family. The lives of workers must always be prioritised to save lives.  A safe work place is a productive workplace. We believe that working as a collective team, we can save lives and achieve zero harm,” Gcilitshana added.

The NUM conveys its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased during this difficult time.


OFM turning up the heat this winter

OFM, the Sound of your Life in central South Africa, is warming hearts this winter with a host of fantastic events and great musical content.

In July, the Free State Arts Festival takes place on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State and OFM is once again proud to be part of this great event celebrating the arts. Visit the outside broadcast unit and meet popular presenters Cyril Viljoen, Shandor Potgieter and WR van der Merwe, who will be broadcasting live from the festival terrain. Lucky listeners could also win a R1 000 with the OFM sound of your life promotion.

OFM is a proud supporter, sponsor and partner of the Currie Cup champions, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. On Friday 21 July, Cheetahs host the Sharks in the first round of the 2017 Currie Cup competition.  Go to and win a VIP experience inside the Steers OFM Skybox.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, come month-end, all those deductions turned into deposits?  With OFM, that might just happen! This month, OFM is introducing a fun new competition – OFM Pay Day.  See details at and we might just take care of one of your bills this month.

From 3 to 5 August, the Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with OFM will be hosting the 2017 Nocci Business Expo and Trade Fair at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.  Approximately 160 exhibitors are expected as well as a variety of food stalls, live entertainment every day and a talent show with R5 000 as the first prize.

Building on the success of previous events, the 5th FNB Free State Wine Show will take place at Emoya Hotel and Spa on 3 and 4 August.  Visitors can expect to taste a selection of more than 200 of South Africa’s best wines and to engage with winemakers and marketing representatives. The FNB Wine Show is directed by South Africa’s best-known wine authority Michael Fridjhon, and sponsored by FNB, in association with OFM.

In August listeners have a chance to win a share of R30 000 in cash with the Sound of your Life competition!  Improve your chances to win by downloading the OFM app for exclusive clues about the mystery sound.

Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstahiou: “At OFM, winter is everything but a boring time of year! We are proud to be part of some great charity and social events in July and August.  We hope our listeners enjoy everything that OFM continues to offer – from the best music in Central South Africa to some great projects and competitions.”

For more information about any of these events or competitions stay tuned to OFM, go to, download the OFM app, or follow OFM, the sound of your life on Facebook and Twitter.


OFM to support Child Welfare on Mandela Day

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, is embarking on a very special project this Nelson Mandela Day and is inviting all of its loyal listeners be part of this great initiative.

On 18 July, listeners are requested to give up 67 minutes of their time to make a huge difference in the life of someone less fortunate by dropping off a blanket, warm clothes or tinned foods at any of four collection points in Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Vanderbijlpark, Klerksdorp and Welkom.

The Mandela Day Blanket Drive was inspired by the fact that during Nelson Mandela’s incarceration on Robben Island, his only comfort was a thin blanket.  Those who knew him say he would have gladly given it away to someone who needed it more.

This year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to take action against poverty by giving freely, getting rid of excess and redistributing resources.  OFM is proud to get behind this project one hundred percent and hopes its listeners will follow suit.

Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou:  “The message behind Mandela Day is simple – if each one of us heeds the call to do something good every day, we can all build the country of our dreams and make a positive difference.  This year, our blanket drive will be in aid of Child Welfare.  Please join us in this great effort on 18 July by donating a blanket, warm clothes or non-perishable food items.  Let central South Africa lead the change towards a better South Africa.”

For more about Nelson Mandela Day on the 18th of July, stay tuned to OFM, download the OFM Radio App or go to

Enquiries:  Nick Efstathiou (051) 5050 900


Winners of the coveted OFM Music Awards announced

The winners of the coveted OFM Music Awards were announced today during a special, live two-hour radio broadcast from midday to 2pm.  One of South Africa’s favourite rock bands, Monark, performed live during the show.


In the run-up to the awards show, listeners had a chance to vote for their favourite artists, albums and songs in national and international categories.


In the international categories, British-Norwegian record producer Alan Walker won Best Male Artist International. Walker is best known for his electronic dance music single “Faded”, which has reached number 1 in many countries and boasts the one of the top 40 most liked YouTube videos ever. Ever popular British singer/songwriter Adele won Best Female International and Album of the Year International for her album – 25.  It was another win for the British as One Direction won Best International Group, while Song of the Year International went to the Yanks, with Ben Haenow and Kelly Clarkson’s Second Hand Hart taking top honours.


In the national categories, Elvis Blue’s Optics, won Album of the Year. Both Riana Nel and Bobby van Jaarsveld were second time winners in Best Female Artist, and Best Male Artist categories.  The Parlotones won this year’s Best South African Group.  Finally, listeners chose Karlien van Jaarsveld’s “Woorde” as the Song of the Year.


Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “The OFM Music Awards was an engagement success.  We are satisfied with the inputs of our loyal listeners and can honestly say that this year’s winners were chosen by those who matter the most – the fans.  Congratulations to all our Golden Note winners.  May you continue to make music and more importantly, make magic!”


Sponsors, partners back Pendoring all the way

Coming of age this year, the Pendoring Advertising Awards have ample reason to light the fires and wave the flags in celebration!

Not only have the Pendoring Awards moved the boundaries this year by opening its doors to entries in all the indigenous African languages to compete on an equal footing; in its 21st year of existence a strong contingent of sponsors and partners firmly supports Pendoring – companies and organisations that realise the sound business sense of mother tongue advertising; which is the best way of communicating with a particular target market.

Five esteemed South African companies and organisations – ATKV, Dagbreek Trust, kykNET, Media24 and Toyota – have for many years thrown their weight behind Pendoring as platinum sponsors. In addition, gold sponsor Die Burger, silver sponsors Rapport, Ads24 and Huisgenoot, and Caxton Community Newspapers, OFM en Kuier (bronze sponsors) also ensure that Pendoring’s wheels keep on turning. And no fewer than 10 partners have pledged their support of Pendoring this year: Beeld, Clover, eVATI spring water, Leopard’s Leap Wines,, Maroela Media, Newsclip, Richelieu, Vodacom World and as online partner.

“Following 21 successful years, the authoritativeness and impact of Pendoring are no longer limited to the Afrikaans market; this year it crossed language and cultural boundaries to promote, acknowledge and celebrate the kaleidoscope of advertising in all home languages (excluding English). This means that both the Prestige and Umpetha awards for the overall winner of the best Afrikaans and best indigenous entry, entail R100 000 (including an overseas study tour). Likewise, the overall student winners for the best Afrikaans and best indigenous entries, will both receive cash prizes of R10 000,” Pendoring GM Franette Klerck points out.

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OFM – Partnering for food security

Agriculture partners Afgri, NWK and Senwes together with central South Africa’s number one commercial radio station OFM partnered for the second successive year to raise much needed funds for the Agri Securitas trust fund in the fight for farm safety of farming communities.

During the annual Agri SA conference held in Pretoria on 15 and 16 October 2015 AFGRI, NWK, OFM and Senwes contributed R 437, 910.00 to the trust.

Agri Securitas aims to contribute towards rural safety in South Africa.  The fund provides financial resources to farming communities to enable them to improve their own safety, as well as the safety of others living in their communities, thus promoting a safe and prosperous agricultural industry in South Africa.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “As the premier broadcaster in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape, our listenership includes the agricultural and rural communities of central South Africa. The Agri Securitas Trust Fund provides safety and security measures for these communities and we are happy to contribute to the food security of South Africa.

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OFM – Simply the best

OFM, the sound of central South Africa, walked away with three awards at the prestigious Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice awards held on 21 October in Bloemfontein.

The Breakfast Special, presented weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00, won the local radio show category, while Andre Kunz, who presents the show, won the local radio presenter category.

In the local radio show category OFM’s afternoon drive show came in second with OFM presenter Success Lekabe as runner-up in the local radio personality category.

The awards are held annually by Bloemfontein Courant. The competition was launched in 2013 and gives the thousands of readers of Bloemfontein Courant the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments in the city. In the debut year of the competition, 18 000 votes were received in 100 categories. This year, 122 000 votes were received in 100 categories, making OFM’s triple win even more impressive.

The third and most impressive Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice award win was a landslide victory in the best local radio station category. OFM won the award with 92% of votes cast.

Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou: “The Best of Bloemfontein reader’s choice awards recognises great products and excellent service provided by businesses in the City of Roses. OFM is honored to have won in three of the categories in this prestigious competition.  We will continue to provide a relevant radio product that engages, entertains and informs a loyal listenership across central South Africa. I am very happy with the three wins and especially the landslide win. The OFM on air team deserve the recognition for the hard work they out into their shows”



OFM, the sound of Central South Africa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kagiso Shanduka Trust, thereby firmly committing itself to improving education in the Free State.

The Kagiso Shanduka Trust, together with the Free State Department of Education, aims to effect educational transformation in 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts. These schools include primary, secondary, combined, intermediate and farm schools. The main goal of the Trust and its activities, is to equip learners with skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to the development of our society.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM’s General Manager: “OFM is incredibly excited to become part of this worthy cause. Education is a high priority in South Africa and the work done by the Kagiso Shanduka Trust is making a huge difference to the educational landscape in the Free State. We hope that our involvement will help the Trust to grow from strength to strength.”

The Trust’s activities centre around four focus areas, namely transformation and empowerment workshops, curriculum and social development, infrastructure development and leadership development. It is run by passionate individuals, who bring knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership from three organisations – the Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Shanduka Foundation.

“OFM will be a proud media partner of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust’s programmes in the Free State. Hopefully, we can provide a platform through which the Trust can promote its programmes and gain vital support. The future of our country’s youth is everyone’s concern and we look forward to playing our part in creating a better educational environment for the learners in our province,” says Efstathiou.


Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou
Tel: (051) 5050 900

Cyril & sucsess


In September OFM, the sound of Central South Africa, will present its very first music awards – the OFM Music Awards. OFM will recognise and reward local artists for their contribution to the music played on OFM and show special respect to the international artists who add value to the overall sound of the radio station.

The nominees in five categories for local and international artists, will be announced on 9 September 2015. Categories include Best Male and Female Artist, Best Group, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. OFM’s loyal listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites until 27 September 2015.

The winners will be announced during the special OFM Music Awards radio show broadcast from the new state of the art OFM radio studios in Central Media House in Bloemfontein.

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “We aim to recognise and reward local artists for their contribution to the music played on OFM and show special respect to the international artists who add value to the overall sound of the radio station. As central South Africa’s premier commercial radio station, we aim to recognise our most valuable asset – the music we playlist and the music that is requested through our channels by our loyal listeners.”

Listen to OFM for more details on the OFM Music Awards or go to

Enquiries: Nick Efstathiou
Tel: (051) 5050 900