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New radio station launched

07 November 2018
Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman (left) and Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu (right) congratulate André and Bernadette Swartz on the launch of Oasis FM.

Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman (left) and Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu (right) congratulate André and Bernadette Swartz on the launch of Oasis FM.

Pastor Louis Els and the clergy bless the Oasis FM team, André and Bernadette Swartz and Marietha Pretorius.

Pastor Louis Els and the clergy bless the Oasis FM team, André and Bernadette Swartz and Marietha Pretorius.

Brandon and Mandy Watson provided live music at the launch.

Brandon and Mandy Watson provided live music at the launch.

A second community radio station has launched in Kouga.

 

Oasis FM officially started broadcasting from their studio at Jeffreys Bay last week.

 

Lead by seasoned radio journalists André and Bernadette Swartz, the radio station has been licensed to broadcast across the Sarah Baartman region and will focus mainly on Christian content.

 

At the official launch last week, Kouga Speaker Hattingh Bornman congratulated Oasis FM on going live.

 

“It is inspiring what you want to accomplish in our communities and we look forward to having this platform available to raise awareness of municipal programmes and projects,” he said.

 

Station manager André said Oasis FM would initially only be available in parts of Kouga as their transmitter was not yet powerful enough to cover the whole area.

 

“We have, however, secured permission and funding to erect a transmitter at Longmore, which will enable us to reach the whole Kouga region.

 

“We expect to have it up and running by early in the new year,” he said. “We will then also start looking at expanding to the rest of the district, where we would like to establish satellite stations.”

 

Also at the launch, Kouga Planning, Development and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu said the municipality was in full support of the radio station.

 

“Communication is critical and radio is one of the most effective means of reaching communities. We are glad that we could accommodate you here at the municipal offices in Woltemade Road, so that Oasis FM and Kouga can grow from strength to strength together,” he said.

 

The Oasis FM team held three launches over the past week. The first was on Thursday evening for key roleplayers, followed by a community launch on Sunday.

 

The radio station also conducted its first live broadcast from a church, the House of Hope for the Broken Hearted Ministries, on Sunday.

 

The frequency in Kouga is 89,8 fm.