ChaiFM In The News


101.9 ChaiFM, a platform for diversity

Issued by: The Media Connection 8 April 2013

101.9 ChaiFM, broadcasting to the world from Johannesburg, is the world's only English language Jewish talk station. Its name comes from the word 'chai', which means 'life' in Hebrew.
The station is the collective heartbeat of Jewish communities across South Africa and internationally, and provides a platform for a diversity of news, opinions, education, entertainment and music that is both Jewish and general interest based.
Its programming encompasses every aspect of life from health, finance, business, spirituality, sport, education, travel, psychology and issues affecting the Middle East, local and world Jewry.
"Within the terrestrial broadcast footprint ChaiFM delivers to a niche LSM 9-11 audience that's highly educated. The high concentration of 'high net worth individuals' are thought leaders in business and key decision makers," says Judy Milne, Director of The Media Connection, one of South Africa's leading community radio advertising specialists.
"The station's focused audience is ensured by a defacto channel of news and content, with 75% of the South African Jewish community being listeners. There is an ever-growing non-Jewish audience which is interested in issues around spirituality, religion, Middle East politics and the general interest topics that the station covers," she adds.
According to Kathy Kaler, ChaiFM's CEO, local research shows that its listenership is 15000. 
ChaiFM has influence and reach. Every year, its annual radiothon brings in millions of Rands for deserving charities, and over the past three years its listeners have contributed R1.3-million for Yad Aharon and Michael Food Fund, R2-millon for the Selwyn Segal home for the mentally challenged and R4.2-million for emergency service Hatzolah.
"Our team is made up of creative, passionate, dedicated and results-driven people who understand our advertisers' brands and are always finding new and entertaining ways to take their product to market," says Kaler.
The station's live broadcasts, stunts, networking events, competitions and call to action all have a live-on-air component.
Included in the line up are personal finance, travel, showbiz, sports, business and economics, psychology, law, technology and then Jewish history / teachings programming - but all with a different approach so that you don't want to stop listening. 
For more information about Chai FM and its advertising rates, go to


The SABC’s unconscionable TV licence penalties of 10% a month

Issued by Finweek 18 April 2013

The National Credit Act and the Consumer Protection Act are both intended to play a “watchdog” role, protecting consumers and the public from financial exploitation. Unfortunately they do not offer protection to consumers insofar as TV licence fees are concerned.

The SABC is evidently a law unto itself. It is conveniently governed by the Broadcasting Act. This gives it carte blanche to charge the public “penalties” on outstanding TV licence fees of 10% a month on the outstanding amount. The Broadcasting Act is of course an old piece of legislation. Modern times have clearly overtaken the intentions behind the Broadcasting Act, which enjoyed its heyday when the SABC had no competition in South Africa. Because the Broadcasting Act effectively rules the manner in which the SABC can conduct itself with regard to the public – this means that the SABC is a creature of statute. It is regulated by an act of Government. As such, the payment by consumers of TV licence fees is a statutory obligation in terms of this Act. This was confirmed by our courts in 1999. The conceptual framework is that the SABC conducts itself strictly in accordance with this Act and no contractual relationship is formed between a consumer/licence holder and theSABC in respect of payment of a TV licence fee. Payment of these fees must be made in accordance with a statutory obligation.
The SABC relies heavily on Regulation 17 of the Broadcasting Act, which states: “All television licence fees are payable in advance.” On its website under its Terms and Conditions, where it has summarised the provisions of the Broadcasting Act and its Regulations, the SABC quotes this Regulation and takes it further by stating that the effect of this is the following:
“The SABC has not provided any goods/services on credit or extended any loan facility to a licence holder. Since unpaid licence fees are not ‘credit’ extended to a defaulter, said fees are not subject to legislation regulating consumer credit [such as the National Credit Act, No 34 of 2005, or the Prescription Act, No 68 of 1969 – both of which aim to protect consumers entering into credit transactions]. Said acts relate to payment made afterwards for services/goods already received, whereas television licence fees are payable in advance. Prescription therefore does not apply.”
Because of this, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) lets the SABC do its own thing. Most concerning is that the NCR allows the SABC to charge the exorbitant penalty of 10% each month on an outstanding licence-fee amount. The NCR states that it cannot interfere.
To make matters worse, the consumer cannot help but wonder what he or she is actually getting for payment of the licence fee. It is quite obvious that there is a resistance amongst many consumers to the payment of TV licence fees to the SABC in the first place. The SABC’s answer to this appears to be to penalise consumers rather than improve its offering.
If the SABC can escape the provisions controlled by the NCR because licence fees are deemed payable in advance, the interesting question is what happens when consumers make arrangements with the SABC to pay off their TV licence fees in instalments? This arrangement must surely constitute a form of credit agreement between the consumer and the SABC.
Remember that Regulation 19 of the Broadcasting Act provides the following: “A holder of a domestic licence is entitled to pay a television licence fee by way of one or more instalments, as set out in Annexure A: Provided that the television licence fee for the first licensing year must be paid in full”.  Annexure A makes provision for a domestic licence to be paid off in installments of R26 a month for 12 months. After a year this amounts to R312. Obviously some form of fee has been levied by the SABC in return for the instalment arrangement – a typical credit agreement within the meaning of the National Credit Act. This can only mean that the SABC is providing consumers with credit. The consumer gets to watch his or her TV throughout the year and pays off the TVlicence fee over a period of 12 months. Surely the SABC is now a credit provider in this situation? If so, theSABC cannot have the best of both worlds. It cannot on one hand be a credit provider and on the other a statutory governed body far removed from the protections of the National Credit Act.
The obvious question is why should the SABC in effect be placed above the law in today’s times? Surely fairness, reasonableness and the values of the Constitution of South Africa should prevail above any other piece of legislation, including the Broadcasting Act and its Regulations?
Garry Hertzberg is a practising attorney at Dewey De Souza Attorneys, Sandton. He is also the presenter of “The Law and You” radio show on ChaiFM 101.9 every Wednesday evening between 18:00 and 19:00. A podcast of TV licensing including an interview with Finweek Editor Marc Ashton is available on the ChaiFM website.
Top honours for airwaves masters
Issued by Sandton Chronical 25 April 2013
The fourth annual MTN Radio Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre honoured achievers in the radio industry.
The awards were aimed at promoting and recognising excellence in radio, ensuring that radio remained one of South Africa's foremost media choices, and giving hard-working and talented professionals in the industry due credit. Some of the top winners of the evening included:
Station of the year
 Campus radio - TUKS FM
 Community radio - Radio Khwezi
 Public broadcasting station - Ukhozi FM
 Commercial radio - Kaya FM 95.9
Lifetime Achiever 2013:
 Koos Radebe
Business and Finance Show:
 567 CapeTalk and Talk Radio 702, The Money Show
Traffic Presenter:
 Jadene Tager, Talk Radio 702
Sports Commentator:
 Sabelo Zulu, LigwalagwalaFM
Radio Documentary:
 Ikwekwezi FM, Ubikhazi/Cattle Dowry
Programme Innovation:
 Ukhozi FM, Ukhozi Meets Community Radio
ChaiFM’s radiothon wins it an MTN award
Issued by Jewish Report 19 April 2013
After just four years of broadcasting, Jewish community radio station,
101.9 ChaiFM, last Saturday night at the Sandton Convention Centre,
walked away with an MTN Radio Award - going up against four other
radio stations. It won for their Selwyn Segal Radiothon.
The station said in a media release it had been nominated for four
MTN Radio Awards in total. Through the radiothon, the station managed
to raise R2 million for the Selwyn Segal centre for the mentally
Commenting on the station’s success, Station Manager Kathryn Kaler
(pictured) said: “I am so incredibly proud and humbled by my fellow
ChaiFM team members and our wonderful listening community.
“It is always nice to be acknowledged by the broadcasting industry"