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Madiba Says Goodbye
Today a giant has fallen. When his soul departed this earth, our hearts grew so much heavier.
On 5 December 2013
, even as Whale Coast 96FM celebrated its fifth birthday, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was a man described by all as an icon, as a beacon of hope and inspiration and of justice for all, no matter our colour, our religion, our nationality. He was a man who belonged to the world, but he was the father of a democratic and free South Africa, and South Africa’s number one son. He was our Madiba.
Let every person in this country strive to be as honourable as Madiba was. A person who would fight for his South African family. A person who would shine in the darkest of moments. Let every person strive for his
humility and caring spirit. Let every person, throughout our troubled world, honour his memory.
Madiba was our soft place to fall after every dark day, dark hour, dark moment. His beaming smile could calm any spirit, uplift any despondency and banish pessimism.
Whale Coast 96FM would like to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
As a community radio station we strive to unite the entire Overstrand and hope that we can build on the foundations of freedom and democracy which Madiba laid down for us.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Donation fo da Station
Whale Coast FM turns five this month. Who would have thought that a conversation around a braai in 2007 would lead to the issuing of a five-year licence the following year! Since December 2008, for 18 hours every day, Whale Coast FM has been the Rhythm of the Overstrand. With two transmitters, one above Hawston, the other above Hermanus Heights, WCFM covers the Overstrand from Hangklip to Pearly Beach.
Catering to the needs of a diverse community like that of the Overstrand isn't always easy, but our eclectic mix of Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa programming seems to have struck a happy balance for all our listeners. This is certainly reflected by the many calls the station and its presenters receive on a daily basis.
Over these last five years, a dedicated team of presenters, producers and administrative staff has come together to ensure the smooth running of Whale Coast FM. However, the advertisers also play a vital role in making sure the station has sufficient income to flourish. Without advertisers, the station would not exist. A huge “Baie Dankie” to all who use the power of Radio to market their businesses.
The time has now come for WCFM to renew its Broadcast Licence, refurbish some equipment and carry out general maintenance. Unlike the SABC, Whale Coast FM receives no licence fees or other official sustenance for this purpose. We have therefore launched our “Donasie vidi Stasie” campaign to give listeners the opportunity to support WCFM and make sure the Rhythm of the Overstrand stays on air for the next five years.
Find out more here... https://www.facebook.com/groups/19431554090/?fref=ts or by keeping your ear glued to WCFM. Better still, make your contribution here... Banking details: Breakthrough Adventures, Nedbank Hermanus, 1345044585 or by clicking on the red "Donate Now" button on the top left of this page!
Thanks to the following companies and individuals for their kind donations. Let's keep Whale Coast FM on the air for the next 5 years!
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New Space Weather Radar Heads for Antarctica
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) bid farewell yesterday to a team of scientists and engineers as they departed Cape Town on the SA Agulhas II for Antarctica. The 53rd Antarctic expedition marks a milestone for the Space Agency with the commissioning of a new High Frequency Digital Radar system which will be installed at the South African Antarctic research base.
This system forms part of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) an international network of over 30 radars used to monitor the dynamics of space weather. “Studying the weather in space is an important area of research as it helps us understand how to protect technology on earth and in space from the devastating effects of solar activity” said Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell, SANSA Space Science MD.
While Antarctica may be the coldest, driest and windiest places on earth it is one of the best locations to conduct space weather research due to the earth’s magnetic field lines converging at the pole and acting as a funnel for space plasma to travel into the earth’s atmosphere. Just like police radars that send out beams which reflect from vehicles, the SuperDARN radars measure the position and speed of plasma in the Earth's ionosphere.
Once the team arrives in Antarctica they will spend six weeks installing the new radar system and perform routine maintenance on other equipment used to monitor the space environment. “The new radar will go a long way in contributing to the SuperDARN network as it is one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital radars in the world” said McKinnell.
Monitoring the space environment enables SANSA to deliver a vital service to the nation by providing forecasts and warnings on space weather activity, playing an important role in protecting satellite technology, communication and navigation systems as well as electrical power grids.
Renewable Energy Festival
Business Sector Opposes Road Closure
During a heated public meeting of business owners and landlords who will be affected by the resurfacing of Main road during peak season, a mandate was given to the Hermanus Business Chamber to go to any lengths to prevent the closure of sections of Main road which is being planned for October till December.
Abagold - SA's top Export Company
Abagold, one of the Overstrand's most prestigious companies, won the SA Premier Business Award in the Export category on Wednesday evening the 20th of March 2013. This was the inaugural event hosted by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry and attended by 2000 guests at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Whale Coast Media is your Community Media Organisation, which includes the Radio Station Whale Coast FM, the Newspaper the Whale Coast Monitor and this Website. The organisation is a Non-Profit Company, that is guided by a group of dedicated volunteers who serve on the Management Board. We have many contributors - people like yourself, who contribute news for our Website and Newspaper, Radio presenters who present interesting shows on diverse subjects and those who blog on our website.