Please update your Flash Player to view content.

Radio Riverside Background

When Douglas Mbambo broadcast those words at 06h00 on the morning of 11 October 1999, they proclaimed the launch of the independent voice of the Rivercity in Upington, Northern Cape.
It was the start of a success story that continues to write a new chapter every year.

A public meeting had been called some months earlier to float the idea and attracted a good number of enthusiasts eager to volunteer their services in putting out a daily diet of programmes to Homes in the area, Hospital, Government departments, Community Centers and Peoples cars…

During the transition period of 1997 and 1998, a group of community leaders and other individuals rallied around. They come together to pursue the purpose of setting up a local community radio station through the leadership of the late Mr Saal who was an inspiration to many activists in the Upington community. Other people involved at the time include Moses Mamba , Charles Mchizwa , Nicolette Gunda , Desiree Malo , and others. A lot of mobilization went into this preparation phase with late night meetings.

Funds were received from Open Society Foundation, Northern Cape Department of Arts and Culture, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) and The South African Government's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Preparation for the hearing to acquire the broadcasting license was conducted by Nkopane Maphiri who was then with the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF).

The name “Riverside” was arrived at after the public was invited to submit name proposals for the radio station, and “Riverside” was adopted. Similar process was followed for the logo. Teemaneng Community Radio in Kimberley hosted the first training for the station.

Hearings were held in Kimberley in March 1999 and Radio Riverside panel included, Dicky Mathys , the late Fan Beukes , Charlotte van der Westerhuysen , Andrew Fredericks , Henry Esau and Moses Mamba . There was another group at the hearings, representing primarily the white community of Upington. We were contesting for the same license. The radio station went on air for the first time on 11 October 1999 after using May to October as trial period. The former premier of the Northern Cape province Manne Dipico and MEC for Housing Pakes Dikgetsi attended the launch.

The first person to go on-air for the first time that day at 06h00 in the morning was Douglas Mbambo and there were lots of complaints from the public about the way he spoke. SENTECH informed us about the interference with the OFM broadcast after some neighbours had complained to SENTECH.

Charles Mchizwa who was involved in the management of the station at the time. Responded by saying that, he was not knowledgeable about technical issues and did not know how to handle the matter. This was the first chapter of the Upington Community Radio Forum (Radio Riverside) book. It has nearly been a decade now and Radio Riverside continues writing the book chapter by chapter every year.

Top 10

01

There seems to be an error with the player !

Bhizer ft Busiswa - Gobisiqolo
02

There seems to be an error with the player !

Adele - Send my love
03

There seems to be an error with the player !

Afrikan Roots - Piece on the ground
04

There seems to be an error with the player !

Tekno - Rara
05

There seems to be an error with the player !

Da Kruk ft Khosi - Identity
06

There seems to be an error with the player !

Prince Kaybee - Challiot
07

There seems to be an error with the player !

Bruno Mars - Thats what I like
08

There seems to be an error with the player !

The Weekend - I feel it coming
09

There seems to be an error with the player !

Saxophone 7 Kronik SA - That was
10

There seems to be an error with the player !

Maggz f dj Maphorisa, Kly - Vaye

Join our Facebook Group

radio online
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Please update your Flash Player to view content.

Monthly Calendar

October 2017
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

Upcoming Events

No events

Advertise with us

Contact our Marketing & Advertising Department.

Email your query to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or Call us: 054 332 1775



Advertising Information

MORE THAN 98.2 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADVERTISE WITH US…

WE GIVE YOU ONLY 5.

  1. Radio Riverside is the Best Community Radio Station in South Africa – Winner of MDDA-SANLAM Award from over 175 community radio stations in the country.
  2. Radio Riverside Broadcast in 4 languages (Afrikaans, English, IsiXhosa and Setswana) and hence can reach your target audience in any of the 4 languages.
  3. Radio Riverside has the most affordable rates in proportion to the total listenership of the station.
  4. Radio Riverside has been increasing it's advertising clients everyday due to the high return on investment and total commitment of the station to ensuring high standards when dealing with clients of the station, we don't have big or small clients.
  5. Radio Riverside has won Provincial and National awards for the services that we render and by advertising on Radio Riverside, you are investing in the success of your business, project, service or event.

Contact Us

OFFICE
Tel: 054 3321775 / 054 3313245
Fax: 054 3321772
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

POSTAL ADDRESS
P.O. Box 2320
Upington
8800

PHYSICAL ADDRESS
3 Robinson Street
Upington
8800