Celebrate Freedom month with Kaya FM as we commemorate iconic moments
Kaya FM celebrates the 22 years of Freedom and commemorates people, events and milestones that were part of our journey pre and post the democratic elections in 1994. Listen in as we profile and look back at the events that were part of our countries long road to a free and democratic state. Our online videos and podcasts will carry additional material and galleries.
A legend of the struggle Chris Hani
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in partnership Kaya FM will be commemorating the life and times of struggle icon Chris Hani over the month of April. From the 5 April Kaya FM will be sharing the stories and soundbites as well as a programme of events. The former General Secretary of the SACP born 28 June 1942, in Cofi mvaba, Transkei will be remembered at various sites around Ekurhuleni and with weekly interviews and features.
The commemorative programme remains central to our emotional and cognitive maturity, ensuring that the rich history of this country is not forgotten and the legacy left behind by our fore bearers does not disappear into contemporary lifestyle, but enables all of us particularly the younger generation to learn about the true societal values to shape the country going into the future.
As part of preserving the cultural heritage and the identity of the South African nation, which is also influenced by the knowledge of their background. As part of the programme of events the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality will promote aspects that are contained in History (oral and written), indigenous knowledge system and numerous other intangible programmes including music and dance.
22 years of Freedom
On 27 April 1994, South Africans cast its vote in the first democratic election in the country. The ANC was then voted into power, and Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the President of South Africa on May 10.Freedom Day reminds to us that the guarantee of our freedom requires us to remain vigilant and value the precious and hard fought gains against the erosion of the values freedom and to build an active citizenry that will work towards wiping out the legacy of racism, inequality, corruption and to promote the rights embodied in our constitution.
Remembering the Ellis Park Stadium disaster 15 years later
In a month filled with significant events in South Africa we look back at the Ellis Park Disaster which occurred 15 years ago on 11 April 2001. Ellis Park Stadium disaster was the worst sporting accident our countries history. On 11 April 2001, spectators streamed into the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, for the local Soweto derby football match. There was a 60,000 capacity crowd in the stadium, reports suggest about 30,000 fans were still trying to gain entry to the stadium. An Orlando Pirates equaliser sparked a further surge by the fans trying to gain entry as they scrambled to see what had happened.
As the crowd surged to gain seats and see the pitch, they spilled over into press boxes. As the stampede pressed forward, 158 people were injured and 43 people were crushed to death. The match was stopped. Kaya FM will be speaking to the medics that were on hand to try and revive the soccer fans and get their perspective on the tragedy.