& Alumni


What a year this was! The COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of the University of Pretoria (and everything else) which meant that Tuks FM had to really innovate to stay on air. And so, Quarantine Connection was born – a radio station broadcasting largely via Whatsapp and filled with content aimed at providing a sense of calm and certainty during what was a very uncertain time. We relied on the fact that radio is a trusted source of information and entertainment to capitalise on the explosion in  listenership as people were forced to stay home.

And, while the South African Radio Awards gala event was cancelled and replaced with an online version due to the pandemic, Tuks FM went on to win the Campus Station of the Year award for a record sixth time. We also won five other awards and remain the most awarded radio station (for Station of the Year awards) in South Africa!

Tuks FM also hosted two successful events, Tuks FM Freshers, and an alumni reunion event featuring the Tuks FM’ers of yesteryear! The below picture shows two of our alumni, Anele Mdoda and Grant Nash, who attended the event.

Anele Mdoda and Grant Nash


Tuks FM’s repositioning in 2018 bears fruit as the station reclaims the Campus Station of the Year award – for a record 5th time – at the Liberty Radio Awards. The station won five other awards including Radio Innovation, in which it was the only campus or community radio station nominated among commercial giants. Tuks FM also won an international Small Business Award, hosted by UK-based company, Corporate Vision magazine. The 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.”

Several community outreaches were also hosted including Back2Varsity, which saw over R40 000 worth of stationery, food, clothes and toiletries being handed over to the University of Pretoria’s SNAPP programme, which assists students in need.

Tuks FM also hosted several successful events, including Tuks FM Freshers, which will become an annual event.

Some of the goods collected for the Back2Varsity Drive


Tuks FM undergoes a full transformation. The station changes format (from rock to a mix of hip hop, house, RnB and pop music) to better represent a diverse youth market. All new imaging and a new programme line-up are introduced under the mantra, “Young, Fresh, Relevant”.

Tuks FM won four awards at the Liberty Radio Awards, including Best Breakfast Presenter and Best Afternoon Drive Show.

The station also handed over nearly R264 000 to the SRC of the University of Pretoria, to benefit students in need. Additionally, R40 000 worth of food, blankets and stationery were collected and handed over to disadvantaged UP students as part of a charity drive.



Tuks FM celebrated 35 years of broadcasting in 2016. Since the station’s establishment in 1981, Tuks FM has produced many famous voices in the radio industry including Anele Mdoda, Gareth Cliff, Ayanda MVP, Rob Forbes, Rian van Heerden, Robbie Kruse, Sias du Plessis, Carmen Reddy, Poppy Ntshongwana, Liezel van der Westhuizen and Tara Meaney to name a few.

Tuks FM also contributed the goods collected during its annual Woolly Winter campaign to the SRC’s R10 Million Game, the SRC’s Study Aid initiative, SNAPP and other organisations under the Department of Student Affairs which cater to the needs of students.



Tuks FM won 5 MTN Radio Awards, including Campus Station of the Year, for the fourth consecutive year in 2015. Tuks FM’s seventh annual Woolly Winter campaign raised goods and cash to the value of R314 000 which were distributed to the Student Nutrition and Progress Programme (SNAPP) at the University of Pretoria, and to organisations in the greater Tshwane area.



Tuks FM won 9 MTN Radio Awards, including Campus Station of the Year, for the third consecutive year. From 6-9 May 2014, Tuks FM participated in the World Radio Challenge with seven other countries from around the world. Tuks FM’s Woolly Winter campaign produced R24 100 in cash, 1 484 items of clothing, 655 food items and 589 blankets which were distributed throughout the community.



At the MTN Radio Awards, Tuks FM was awarded the Best Campus Station of the Year for the second consecutive year. Other awards included Best Breakfast Show, Best Breakfast Presenter, Best Afternoon Drive Presenter, Best Night Time Show, Best Music Show and Best News Bulletin Reader.



Tuks FM won 5 MTN Radio Awards in 2012, including Campus Station of the Year. Tuks FM’s Woolly Winter campaign generated blankets, food and cash to the value of R65 000.



Tuks FM is registered as a trust under Enterprises at the University of Pretoria. Enterprises at University of Pretoria Trust (E at UP) was formed with a mandate to take responsibility of the development, implementation and management of the commercial activities of the University of Pretoria, and to govern these enterprises.



The station was awarded a two-month temporary broadcasting license.



The station was awarded a one-month temporary broadcasting license.


1982 - 1984

Broadcast points extended to all university residences as well as the Onderstepoort and Medical Campuses.



Initially, Tuks FM broadcast only to the cafeteria of the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus. On 9 February, the station officially launched with a live performance by David Kramer.

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The station was formed in 1980.

Notable Alumni

Radio Personalities:

Anele Mdoda
5FM & 947

Hlogi Mampuru a.k.a Joe Man
Metro FM

Rian van Heerden
Punt, OFM & Jacaranda

Ayanda MVP

Barney Simon

Andre Kunz

Lize-Marie Meintjies

Rob Forbes

Clayton Robbertze

Jaques du Preez

Alex Caige

Duncan Pollock

Janina Oberholzer

Samson Oduntan
East Coast Radio

Francois Du Toit
Jacaranda, 5FM & 947

Robbie Kruse
Jacaranda, 5FM

Kenzy Vinco
OFM, Power FM & Jacaranda

Sias du Plessis

Gareth Cliff
702, 5FM & Cliff Central

Simon Dingle
702 & 5FM

Grant Nash
5FM & 947

Retief vd Liefde
Impact FM

News Readers:

Camilla Bath

Marius van der Walt

Poppy Ntshongwana

Carmen Reddy
702, 5FM & eNCA

Martine vd Walt

Tara Meaney

Kim Schulze

Nadine Moore


Eleni Giokos
News Anchor, CNBC Africa

Marie Molefe van Heerden
Actress, Villa Rosa

Scot Scott
Presenter, MNET

Francois Nolte
Television producer, MK

Poppy Ntshongwana

Sias du Plessis
Producer, MK

Jannes Eisellen
Voice over artist & Actor, Hillside

Retief vd Liefde
Actor, Generations & 7de Laan

Johan Badenhorst
Presenter & Producer, Voetspore

Stephen Neethling
Voice over artist & Actor, Hillside

Liezel van der Westhuizen
Presenter, Idols & Expresso

Rian van Heerden
Presenter, Voorblad, Skuur & Rian

Robbie Kruse
Presenter, Bravo!

Tebogo Ramatjie
News Reader, SABC

Janina Oberholzer
Presenter, Toks en Tjops

Industry Related:

Andre Kunz
Producer, 5FM & OFM; Creative programming, 5FM

JD Mostert
Producer, Algoa FM & Jacaranda; Station Manager, 5FM

Tristan Coetzee
Musician, December Streets

Duncan Pollock
SA Boxing Ring Announcer

Simon Dingle
Journalist & Tech Writer

Francois Du Toit
Musician, Frankie Fire

Tim Zunckel
Programme Manager, OFM & 5FM; Broadcast consultant

Grant Nash
Programme Manager, 5FM & 947



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