OFM backs Cheetahs for Currie Cup 2021 Champions

OFM backs Cheetahs for Currie Cup 2021 Champions

OFM, Central South Africa’s media powerhouse for more than three decades, is proud to announce that the Sound of Your Life has signed up to once again be the exclusive electronic media sponsor of the Toyota Cheetahs.

The radio station, through its on-air and online platforms, will not only keep fans updated on the blow-by-blow action throughout the Carling Currie Cup season, which has just commenced, but also check in regularly with the squad to track their progress and build ‘gees’ amongst supporters so that although they’re playing to empty stadiums, they take their home ground advantage on the road with them to the field.

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Journalists in the era of Covid-19: learning along with their audience

If one could sum up the job of a journalist, it mostly comes down to telling stories. Not our own, but those of other people. This might sound simple, but the work that goes into writing and broadcasting or publishing a story can take days.

Journalists are thus considered people who have a wealth of information on the widest variety of topics. Now, taking this into consideration, who would ever think we would live in times where we would have to report on something unknown, invisible, so foreign, never experienced in modern times, and only learning the (mutating) facts as we write?

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OFM Turns 35

Central South Africa’s number one radio station, OFM, celebrates its 35th birthday this year.

From its humble beginnings in 1985 as an SABC evening broadcast of Radio Highveld in Bloemfontein for the central South African region, to the Northern Cape and Free State eventually having their own station, Radio Oranje in 1986, to adopting its current name and format in 2002, OFM has had an remarkable journey thus far.

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The Real Good Recipe Book

Bloemfontein – OFM, inspiring listeners to live the real good life in Central South Africa, called on listeners to send in their favourite recipes, showcasing the incredible produce available in our region, for The Real Good Recipe Book. After much deliberation, the winner of the grand prize of a R30 000 Checkers voucher was chosen on 19 December 2020… and the lucky winner is Willem Kruger of Bloemfontein, with his Pork Rosti recipe!

As Willem said in his entry: “I went to England with my girlfriend (now wife) on a working visa. We worked at a pub and that is where I fell in love with cooking. One day I had an opportunity to add a dish to the specials menu, and it was a winner. I’ve been making this dish for my family for years and it brings back great memories every time I make it.”

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OFM dedicates airwaves to farmers with OFM Farmer Appreciation Day 2020

OFM, the sound of your life, will be honouring Central South Africa’s agricultural communities on Wednesday, 2 December – a day dedicated to these unsung heroes who passionately pursue this noble ‘profession of hope’.

Listeners can tune in from 05:00 – 19:00 to get to know the region’s agricultural icons and to hear how they can lend a helping hand to this crucial sector, which literally feeds us all.

OFM is encouraging listeners to send a message of encouragement to thank farmers, and their labourers for what they do for us every day. A voice note can be sent via Telegram to 084 222 9497 (data rates apply), or photos and videos can be shared to OFM’s social platforms (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with #OFMFarmerDay.

According to Lindiwe Mtwentula, OFM Marketing Manager: “As the profound quote by Brenda Schoepp goes, ‘… once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, and a preacher. But every day, three times a day, you need a farmer’. At OFM, we’re proud to support the farmers of Central South Africa. Our hearts beat Agri, so we want to do our part to show the men and women working in that sector how important they are to us and to society, as well as promote ways in which people can assist them during times of need.”



For more info, please contact Lindiwe Mtwentula on 051 5050 900, 082 416 1665, or lindiwe@ofm.co.za.

OFM cooking up a storm in Central South Africa

Bloemfontein – OFM, inspiring listeners to live the real good life in Central South Africa, is looking for the dishes that make Central South Africa salivate!  The Real Good Recipe Book seeks to showcase Central South Africa’s favourite recipes.

The book will feature our OFM presenters’ favourite dish, along with the old family recipes, new creations, gourmet masterpieces and fast food fixes our loyal listeners love.  The book will feature six categories, namely beef and lamb; pork and poultry; venison; fruits, nuts and vegetables; dairy and eggs; and maize and wheat.  Each of our presenters will make a video preparing their favourite dish in a specific category.  The video’s QR code will be printed in the book to watch later.

Says Lindiwe Mtwentula, OFM Marketing Manager:  “Central South Africa boasts some of the country’s best agricultural produce and we want to know how our listeners like to turn this bounty into memorable meals.  As always, there will be prizes up for grabs.  Should your recipe be selected as the best, you will be awarded the grand prize of a R30 000 Checkers voucher.  Lockdown brought out the chef in all of us.  Now is the time to turn your top recipe into cash!”

In addition to the R30 000 grand prize, all entrants stand a chance to win a number of spot prizes of R500 in Checkers vouchers.  Should you be drawn, called live on air and have a Checkers Xtra Savings card, your voucher will be doubled and you could walk away with a R1 000 Checkers voucher.  Plus, should your recipe be chosen to feature in the book, you could win R1 500.

To enter, go to the OFM website at www.ofm.co.za, click on The Real Good Recipe Book link, and upload your recipe and photos of your tasty dish, as well as photos of your family.  Entries close midnight on the 6th of December and the grand prize winner will be announced on the 19th of December.



For more info, please contact Lindiwe Mtwentula on 051 5050 900, 082 416 1665, or lindiwe@ofm.co.za.

OFM hosts virtual race in support of mental health

Bloemfontein – OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, is encouraging its listeners to move on Saturday, 14 November by joining the Let’s Move digital race, in collaboration with Mondia Health and Wellness Centres.

Run, walk or cycle along your own five or 10 kilometer route anywhere you are between 06:00 and 18:00 to participate.  Register you’re activity for R100 on the OFM website at www.ofm.co.za before 9 November and receive a branded T-shirt to wear during your activity.  All proceeds will go towards the South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

As always, listeners stand a chance to win if they join the challenge!  Snap a selfie in your branded Let’s Move T-shirt participating in the event, share to social media with the hashtag ‘Let’s Move’ and tag OFM on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and be entered into a lucky draw where one lucky listener could win R5 000 for themselves and R5 000 for their favourite charity.

Says Lindiwe Mtwentula, OFM Marketing Manager: “Mental illness and the stigma surrounding it, is a critical issue in South Africa.  This year has been particularly rough on all of us and has had a severe effect on those with mental health issues. Science have proved that regular exercise can have an incredibly positive impact on mental illness. It also relieves stress, improves memory and boosts overall mood.  What better way to get moving than with the sound of your life!”

The digital race is hosted in collaboration with Mondia Health and Wellness with centers in Bloemfontein, Bethlehem and Vereeniging.  They provide care and treatment to people with psychiatric, psychological and addiction challenges.  The beneficiary of the proceeds of the race, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatisation of mental illness in the country.



For more info, please contact Lindiwe Mtwentula on 051 5050 900, 082 416 1665, or lindiwe@ofm.co.za.

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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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