Tuks FM has won a 2019 Small Business Award, hosted by CV-Magazine, for Best Campus Radio Station in South Africa.

According to Corporate Vision’s website, the Small Business Awards recognise the outstanding achievements, dedication and hard work of those running a small business or organisation. The awards include small businesses from around the globe and from a vast and diverse range of business sectors. All candidates nominated have either been put forward by CV-Magazine themselves in a publisher cast nomination, or via a third party on an online voting form. 

Tuks FM’s Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the award is a huge honour: “I’m so happy that Tuks FM is being recognised for the hard work we’ve put in over the past two years, when we started as a brand new management team. It’s been a rollercoaster to say the least: from implementing a brand new strategy and all new structures; to creating a new vision, mission, ethos and culture – but I wouldn’t change it for anything. We’ve all grown and learned so much, and this is only the start. We’re already onto the next big thing!”

The Small Business Awards are judged by a highly experienced panel which consists of an international, multi-lingual collective of individuals, with backgrounds from a myriad of fields including business, media, journalism, history and European languages.

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Tuks FM hosted an Alumni Reunion in Pretoria on Saturday which was attended by some 80 Tuks FM’ers of years past.

The event was an attempt to bring together the different eras of Tuks FM, and celebrate the radio station that in most cases was the start of a lifelong love for radio and media. The event was attended by well known alumni including Anele Mdoda, Rian van Heerden, Ayanda MVP and Rob Forbes.

Van Heerden, who was a guest speaker, said Tuks FM was where he discovered a passion he didn’t know existed. “Tuks FM gave me a career. I was just another law student when I came across a poster advertising for radio presenters at what was then Radio Tuks. I walked into the interview with my briefcase and said I wanted to be on air. From there, I discovered my calling in life; much more than just a job. And I have Tuks FM to thank for that.”

Bronwyn Hardick, who was part of Tuks FM’s marketing department in the early 2000s, said “A huge thank you to Tuks FM’s management for taking the initiative to make the Alumni Reunion happen. It was really special to have so many rad, passionate people together in one room.”

The event also featured an auction in which items such as posters, photo boards and newspaper articles were sold to the highest bidder.

The Alumni Reunion will become a regular part of Tuks FM’s events calendar moving forward.

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Tuks FM’s crew, including over 40 new recruits, enjoyed a day of learning and networking with some of the station’s big name alumni at the weekend.

The training day, which was the culmination of a week-long orientation period for the new recruits, featured five alumni as well as a regular contributor to Tuks FM in the events space.

Each speaker was selected to offer their specific expertise to the different departments (presenting, news, music, activations and events, social media, tech/production). They presented an hour-long training session with the relevant department followed by a networking session during which time volunteers were given the opportunity to engage with any of the speakers.

Ayanda MVP (947) chatted to the presenters; Nadia Romanos (5FM) hosted a talk with Tuks FM’s news department; Zanele Potelwa (5FM) chatted to the station’s social media department, while JD Mostert (Kaya FM) trained the technical and production department. Sony Music’s Monique Stander offered her insights to the music department, and Rob Perreira (RAM Touring) shared his knowledge with Tuks FM’s activations and events department.

Tuks FM relies heavily on its alumni to give back to their alma mater by sharing their knowledge with tomorrow’s broadcasting talent. Previous alumni to have offered their services include Rob Forbes (5FM), Robbie Kruse (5FM) and Rian van Heerden (Jacaranda).

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Every year in August and February, Tuks FM interviews for new recruits to join our team of volunteers.

This intake was different though, as the ‘newbies’ had to go through a reinvented week-long orientation process, affectionately dubbed Steve Week. Leanne Kunz, Tuks FM’s station manager, says the purpose of Steve Week is threefold: “Tuks FM is expanding rapidly and with that comes new positions and roles for our volunteers which are essentially uncharted territory for us. So firstly, Steve Week is about ensuring every volunteer understands who we are, who we speak to, our vision, mission, ethos and culture. It’s also about informing volunteers of their roles and responsibilities and exactly where their department fits in within the broader organisation.

Kunz says Steve Week is also about bridging the divide between the new recruits and existing volunteers. “We found that the new recruits were forming their own friendships while the ‘oldies’ stuck to their groups. The activities we created for Steve Week ensured that the newbies had to interact with the oldies and were made to work in teams to achieve certain outcomes. This proved very effective in bringing the two groups together.”

“Finally, Steve Week is about creating a sense of pride of belonging to Tuks FM; an understanding that this is the best possible platform to learn, gain valuable work experience and a skill set that will stand volunteers in good stead for the rest of their careers”, said Kunz.

Steve Week included a Tuks FM Olympics – in which teams participated in egg and spoon races, wheelbarrow races and several games aimed at encouraging social interaction – a Tuks FM Quiz and a Radio Drama. The week ended with a ‘Graduation Day’ which featured a full day’s training and a welcoming ceremony for the new recruits. Six Tuks FM alumni – Ayanda MVP (947), Monique Stander (Sony Music), JD Mostert (Kaya FM), Nadia Romanos (5FM), Zanele Potelwa (5FM) and Rob Perreira (RAM Touring) chatted to the crew and shared their knowledge in their specific fields of expertise.

Steve Week will no become a bi-annual event, with new recruits going through the process before starting training for their specific departments.

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South Africa’s premier campus radio station wants YOU!

We’re offering registered students of the University of Pretoria a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience and extensive training in the broadcast media space. Tuks FM is currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Events Coordinators;                        
  • Videographers;
  • Presenters;
  • Webmasters;                                                                   
  • Social Media Marketers;
  • Music Compilers;                                                              
  • Audio Producers;
  • Activation Marketers;                                                    
  • News Readers; and
  • Graphic Designers.                                                         

Only registered students of the University of Pretoria will be considered. Application forms are available at our studios (1st floor, Student Centre, Hatfield Campus). These are voluntary positions.

Applications close on 2 August 2019.

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Tuks FM will feature prominently at this year’s Radio Days Africa conference, which is Africa’s biggest radio conference.

Programme Manager, Mike Bower, will host a talk about Tuks FM’s award-winning campaign, ‘Hear the Sights’, which won a 2019 Liberty Radio Award for the best radio innovation. Hear the Sights aimed to enhance the listening experience of students at the Prinshof School for the visually impaired by taking them on a sensory journey during a visit to the Pretoria Zoo.

Bower says he is honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at such a prestigious event. “This opportunity is made so much more special by the fact that the topic I get to speak about is something that is very close to the hearts of the Tuks FM staff. We have so much potential to innovate within the youth radio landscape, I think that it is very exciting for other radio professionals to see what we are doing.”

Leanne Kunz, Tuks FM’s Station Manager, will join a panel discussion called ‘What it Takes to Win’, which features representatives from each of the four Station of the Year winners (commercial, community, campus and PBS) at the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards. Kunz says the fact that two Tuks FM representatives will speak at the conference is a massive feather in the station’s cap. “Radio Days Africa features speakers from across the globe who are making their mark or innovating in some way or another, so for us to be included this year is a huge deal and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Radio Days Africa, now in its 10th year, is hosted annually in Johannesburg. More than 350 delegates and 60 speakers from across the world attend the conference each year, which caters for a variety of sectors within the radio business. 

The conference runs from 3 – 5 July 2019 at the Wits Club in Johannesburg.

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Tuks FM has reclaimed the coveted Campus Station of the Year title – winning for a record fifth time – following the annual Liberty Radio Awards on 13 April.

Tuks FM is the only radio station in the country (commercial, community, PBS or campus) to have won the award as many times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019). It was also the second most nominated radio station in the country this year.

Other awards won by Tuks FM on the night include best Afternoon Drive Show, best Breakfast Show, best Music Show (Locals Only), best Night-time Show (Hip Hop Show) and Radio Innovation (Hear the Sights).

Tuks FM’s Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the awards are confirmation that the repositioning the station underwent in 2018 was strategically the right move. “We took a bold decision to make a complete 180 degree change in terms of the direction the station was moving in and the market it was speaking to. Essentially the whole of 2018 was spent managing those changes and putting structures and programmes in place to support them. It was a tough year with lots of ups and downs, but the whole crew jumped in and worked together to make it a success. These awards confirm that we did something right!”

Mike Bower, Programme Manager, conceptualised and oversaw an entirely new training programme for Tuks FM’s volunteers, which is a major contributor to the number of awards the station won. “When we first sat down and looked at what needed to change at Tuks FM, one thing stood out: the lack of focus on the listener was extremely apparent. We conceptualised a plan the focused on creating a Tuks FM that our listeners could be proud of. I think with 19 nominations and six wins, including Station of the Year, we are well on our way to getting to a point where our listener can be proud of us!”





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Tuks FM has secured 18 nominations for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards to be hosted on 13 April at the Sandton Convention Centre.

In so doing, the radio station earned the title as the most-nominated campus radio station in the country, and the second most-nominated overall (campus, community, PBS and commercial), falling only three short of the radio station with the highest number of nominations for 2019.

Below is a list of all the nominations Tuks FM received:












16. TUKS FM 107.2

18. TUKS FM TOP 40.

Tuks FM is also the only campus or community radio station to be nominated in the Multi-Channel Promotion and Radio Innovation categories, with all the other nominees being commercial radio stations.

Station Manager, Leanne Kunz, says the achievement is a massive feather in their cap, and shows that the repositioning the station underwent in 2018 is bearing fruit. “We made sweeping changes at basically every level of Tuks FM’s operations in 2018 in a bid to realign ourselves with our core market. These included implementing a structured, intensive training programme under Programme Manager, Mike Bower, which has vastly improved our output overall. I think the number of nominations we received this year is a reflection of those changes, as well as a massive team effort to make Tuks FM the best campus radio station in the country.”

Tuks FM received nine nominations at the 2018 event, and won two awards, as well as two Bright Star accolades.

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Over R40 000 worth of goods were collected during the 2019 #Back2Varsity campaign, a partnership between Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM, which is in support of disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216 000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400 000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, said the #Back2Varsity campaign was far more than a charity drive. “It’s about our contribution to society, our appreciation of society, and our appreciation of what education means to the world, to our economy and to the individuals here. Education is so important  – it’s a maturity of the mind. It’s not just about getting a degree so you can get a job and a better paycheck. The way you express yourself and your opinions, your confidence – there is a great distinction between those that have been educated and those who have little exposure to education.”

Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principle of the University of Pretoria, emphasised the importance of community, and the role radio stations such as Tuks FM play in benefiting the communities they serve. “This initiative really is about community, and a community is about giving, because in a community to give is to be given. No community coheres if there is no state of giving. A community radio station’s job is to create a community, in this case consisting out of the University of Pretoria and its environment.”

David Kabwa, President of UP’s Student Representative Council, thanked both Menlyn and Tuks FM for contributing to student well being through the #Back2Varsity campaign: “To Menlyn, we are extremely grateful that you’ve joined in to help. Not only do students go to Menlyn to have fun, but now they also know that Menlyn is supporting them in reaching their academic success. To Tuks FM, what more can we say? On behalf of every single student of the University of Pretoria, on behalf of all the students who come through the doors of the Department of Student Affairs wondering how they can focus on their academics when it’s hard to focus on anything other than how hungry they are, thank you.”

All the items collected, which include non-perishable foods, stationery, clothing and toiletries, will be distributed via UP’s SNAPP (Student Nutrition and Progress Programme), which provides support to underprivileged students with food and related assistance.

In 2018, R30 000 worth of goods were collected during the #Back2Varsity campaign which provided approximately 170 students with meals for six months.

Bhaviksha Ramouthar – DSA, Thuli Zulu – SRC Deputy President, Prof Tawana Kupe – UP Vice Chancellor, David Kabwa – SRC President, Olive Ndebele – Menlyn General Manager.



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Following the success of last year’s Back2Varsity campaign, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM have again joined forces to continue their support of students of the University of Pretoria. In 2018, the partnership was able to provide approximately 170 students with meals for six months.

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216,000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400,000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

“For this reason, in 2019 the Back2Varsity campaign will continue to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with necessities such as canned foods, stationery, toiletries and blankets amongst other things which will remain accessible to them throughout the year,” explains Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. “We recognise the need to support students. For this reason, we will continue working with Tuks FM to ensure both the shopping centre and its retailers are able to help them reach their academic goals.”

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre has set up collection boxes at their Starbucks Court, Ground Floor. These collection points are linked to customer purchases aimed at encouraging the Pretoria community and corporates to donate to students at the University of Pretoria from 28 January – 15 February 2019. Some retailers will match the donations made by customers, while others are encouraging customer support by linking their donations to Back2School prices.

“It is without a doubt that the donations received last year brought change to the students’ lives by ensuring that they had meals to sustain them during the day and enabled them to succeed in their studies. Hunger is an obstacle which we need to remove to ensure that students are not compromised in terms of attaining academic success,” said Dr Matete Madiba, Director: Student Affairs at the University of Pretoria.

Leanne Kunz, Station Manager of Tuks FM, says the radio station is only too happy to again be involved with an initiative as necessary and valuable as this one. “Many students are battling to keep their heads above water with the high costs involved with getting an education. The last thing they need is to also have to worry about where they’re going to get their next meal, or how they’re going to afford stationery or basic things they need to get them through the day. We were so encouraged by the success of last year’s event, and we’re determined to make Back2Varsity 2019 even more successful!”



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