Broadcast journalist Aldrin Sampear bids farewell to SAfm

Broadcast journalist Aldrin Sampear will be departing from the English language national radio station SAfm. Sampear is well known for his critical thinking and direct questioning.

He was the host of Beyond The Headline (BTH) and is said to have had a great relationship with the station and audience of the afternoon talk show.

Successful period with the station

Sampear departs from SAfm after a successful period with the station, to embark on other ventures.

Aldrin said: “I’m immensely grateful to the management of SAfm for taking a risk on me. To the BTH crew behind the scenes who have ensured a smooth take-off, thank you. I leave a much better journalist and broadcaster and, for that, I give credit to our listeners and guests. [They] have graced us with their time and challenged us to think harder. I’m going to miss this place, all the best with the growth of the station.”

Stephen Grootes will remain as the anchor of SAfm Sunrise from 6am to 9am. Cathy Mohlahlana will carry on with The Talking Point from 9am to 12pm. In a statement, new changes effective from April 1 2024 were announced. It also said Sakina Kamwendo will be on  Update at Noon between 12pm and 1pm. And Bridget Masinga will host The Full Circle from 1pm to 3pm.

Ashraf Garda returns to SAfm after a five-year radio hiatus to host The National Pulse on weekdays between 3pm and 6pm. He was previously at the station from 2010 until 2019.

New sports show

Sports anchor Zai Khan takes over the Saturday 7pm  to 9pm time slot with the introduction of a new sports show, the Sport Light.

Jon Gericke, who previously hosted Sport Trax on Saturday evenings, will host a new show, The Weekend. This will be on Saturday and Sunday from 10pm until 12am.

Sheila Ndikumana, who currently hosts Music of Africa on weekend early mornings, will take over the Sunday 7pm to 9pm time slot. She will be presenting Rhythm of Africa.

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