Help keep Bush Radio on Air

For more than two decades Bush Radio has been at the forefront of broadcasting in South Africa, playing an integral part in the development and advancement of both the industry and individuals in the local broadcasting landscape.

Over the past three years, however, this pioneering radio station and training centre has been hit hard by the current economic climate, recently resulting in Bush Radio having to re-evaluate its operations in order to remain sustainable and influential in this fast-changing and exciting environment.

From campaigning against the apartheid government for a free and independent broadcasting authority, to being present on Cape Town’s Grand Parade when Nelson Mandela addressed the nation as a free man, Bush Radio has played an indelible part in the shaping of the history of the new South Africa.

Tragically, this institution and symbol of media freedom is teetering on the brink of closure unless it can find a substantial amount of cash to cover rent, transmission and other running costs.

Watch a video clip of some of the training done at Bush Radio (click here):

Our landlordhas given us until the 31 August to come with a tangible proposal, and we have decided to use this time to try and raise this money. The total cost we are trying to raise is R300,000 = Euro 30,000 = US $ 43,000.

Bush Radio provides a valuable, relevant and much-needed service in the communities of the Western Cape. Our legacy of assisting and being supported by communities all around the Cape is extensively documented, and due to our role as the pioneer of community radio in South Africa, we feel that our work is not yet done.

Bush Radio provides broadcast training to individuals, radio stations and media institutions in Africa, with a special focus in all the countries of Southern Africa. Bush Radio also has partnerships with organisations such as Public Achievement in Northern Island, which focuses on youth development and civic participation.

We hereby request you to assist us in this fundraising venture by making a donation, requesting your friends and colleagues to make a donation, or asking your company to make a donation.

All donations, irrespective of size, are welcome.

Donations can be paid directly into Bush Radio’s bank accounts and the details are:

Name of Account : Bush Radio
Name of bank : Standard Bank
Branch name : Mowbray
Branch code : 02-4909
Account number : 07 122 0194
Swift code (for foreign transfers): SBZA ZA JJ
Address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, South Africa, 7705

For more information, contact Brenda Leonard or Sharon Salies or Adrian Louw on  +27 21 – 448 5450.

Republic of Hout Bay Getaways

Birdsong at sunrise.  Walking through the garden, the grass still moist with dew.  Coffee and freshly-baked croissants in the breakfast room.  Sundowners at the pool side after another lovely relaxed day.  These are the things you will experience at Riverside Estates, a uniquely beautiful venue in Hout Bay, Cape Town.  An up-market guest house venue, with sixteen stylishly decorated rooms, three swimming pools, a Cape Dutch Manor house, an elegant function venue.  A tranquil, family-friendly holiday venue on a spreading, 5-acre garden.  Time is always precious, and the traveller – whether a businessman or holiday maker – needs an accommodation venue which is comfortable and customer orientated.

Guests start the day in the breakfast room, which overlooks the main garden area, and end it with a nightcap in the pub, built around a fireplace for the winter nights.  Facilities include a sunlit garden gazebo, three swimming pools and sixteen en-suite double rooms, each one individually decorated and furnished, and comfortably equipped. Each room has DSTV, wireless internet access and a coffee station.  Various accommodation options include The Manor House, Paddock Lodge, the three Studio apartments. There is also Tree House, a two-bedroomed chalet overlooking the mountain stream, with open plan lounge and fully-equipped, self-catering kitchen, with its own private swimming pool.

Hout Bay lies just 20 minutes’ scenic drive from the centre of Cape Town yet has a unique and timeless beauty that makes it so popular with us locals and visitors alike.  Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, from the Dutch for “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town, with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor.  Hout Bay is often  called the Heart of the Cape, being situated almost halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point.  The views in this sociable village are mesmerizing as Hout Bay is set in a fold of sea-lapped mountains that look out across the Atlantic Ocean.  The town is presided over by the Sentinel – guardian of Hout Bay’s treasures.

The protective mountains surround Hout Bay and the long sandy beach is ideal for swimming and water sports like sea kayaking, sailing, fishing and surfing.  The main street in Hout Bay is full of interesting shops and there is an excellent craft market on the green every Sunday.  People sit chatting in local cafes as they sample the cuisine in the many restaurants and there is a meandering feel to Hout Bay. There is also a vibrant township called Imizamo Yethu.  The harbor is a worthwhile visit, as there are spectacular views of the bay and boat rides to Duiker Island and around the Sentinel.  Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most scenic mountain drives and has recently undergone renovations to ensure the safety of travelers using the route.  The East and West forts built by the Dutch in the 18th century can also be visited, with the original cannons and barracks still standing on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak.  The East fort is the oldest operating gun battery in the world.  The mountains surrounding Hout Bay also make for good hiking trails.  In the same area is the bronze statue of a leopard looking out over the ocean.

Road Travel is delighted to share a few amazing specials for everyone and for every occasion.  The Pamper Special, valid until 31st of Oct.’11 for Only R900.00 per person sharing includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and a full body massage.  The 5 Day Golf Package from Only R3 250.00 per person includes 5 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and 3 rounds of golf.  Riverside Estate is located within 20-30 minutes drive from Westlake, Mowbray, Steenberg, Rondebosch, King David, Clovelly and Royal Cape Golf Clubs.

A lovely 3 Day Special at Only R1 000.00 per person sharing includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Red topless bus tour including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens as well as a boat trip from Hout Bay Harbor.  The Stay for 5 Nights Pay for 4 is real value for money at Only R430.00 per person per night, as it includes daily scrumptious English & Continental Breakfasts, Entrance to the World of Birds – largest bird park in South Africa with more than 400 species and 3 000 birds, a boat cruise to Seal Island and Chapman’s Peak, a guided township tour in Imizamo Yethu to meet the people and see projects, as well as a day in Kirstenbosch Gardens which hosts 85% of the world’s flowers as well as all plants indigenous to the Western Cape.  These offers are valid until 31 October 2011, so we suggest you contact us today to arrange your stay.

Best Beach Wine and Wilderness Vacation in South Africa

Day 1
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transferred in an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel.  Enjoy a motorized city orientation tour through the city of Cape Town en-route to your hotel.  Weather permitting; you will enjoy the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, from where you can experience the most amazing views possible.  Evening at Leisure.  Set on unspoilt dunes with panoramic views of Table Mountain in Cape Town is Leisure Bay Luxury Suites.  Each luxury hotel suite faces the sea and the sunset, and has direct access to a stretch of pristine beach.

Day 2
After breakfast this morning you will be met at your hotel by your registered Tour Guide, and depart on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, one of the world’s most scenic areas.  Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, stopping at a Llandudno look out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach.  Enjoy a cruise to Seal Island (weather permitting).  Continue on through Chapman’s Peak, a magnificent coastal road, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has incredible fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks.  After a delicious seafood lunch, you will depart with your Tour Guide to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large African Penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.  A drive through the spectacular Silver Mine and Ou Kaapse Weg Road will end off this unforgettable day.

Day 3 & 4
Days at Leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town.  We will supply you with information on places of interest and events happening at the time.  Our offices would be delighted to assist with any reservations or bookings you might require.

Day 5
After a leisurely breakfast this morning you will be met and transferred into the heart of the Cape Winelands.  Enjoy a Full Day Winelands Tour, including visits to two well-known Stellenbosch Wine Estates, with wine tasting, a cellar tour and walk through the vineyards.  Evening at Leisure.  Your hotel is situated on the corner of historic Dorp Street, and within walking distance of many excellent restaurants and coffee shops, all the major museums, art museums, galleries and theatres.

Day 6
Day at Leisure to explore the magnificent Cape Winelands.  We will supply you with information on places of interest and events happening at the time.  Our offices would be delighted to assist with any reservations or bookings you might require.

Day 7
After breakfast in Stellenbosch, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your direct scheduled flight to Johannesburg.  You will be met on arrival and transferred to your lodge situated close to the best game viewing areas of the 36 000 hectare private Welgevonden game reserve in the Limpopo Province.  Shibula Lodge hugs the banks of a scenic river and has magnificent views of the overhanging cliffs, where the antics of the resident baboon troop entertain guests.  Arrive in time for your afternoon / evening game drive.

Day 8 & 9
Full Day Game Activities.  This malaria-free reserve, where the big five (Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard) roam freely, is home to an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life, as well as more than 350 species of birds.  Shibula Lodge and Bush Spa aim to provide a haven of peace and tranquillity to which you may escape for an hour or more to revitalise. The Bush Spa offers various treatments, all chosen with the aim of relaxation and rejuvenation.  You are assured of exceptional game viewing.  Including the excellent Rhino sightings and more different antelope that can be seen in one area than in any other game reserve in Southern Africa.  Game rarely seen in other reserves includes Aardvark and Brown Hyena, Eland, Gemsbok, Tsessebe and Bush Pig.  Pre-breakfast game drives or bush-walks for the adventurous, high teas of mouth watering suprises, evening game drives with sundowners and cosy, boma dinners all contribute to the magic of Shibula Lodge.

Day 10
Enjoy one last exciting game drive and bush breakfast, before you will be met at the lodge and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for your homebound flight.
**End of Road Trip**