Radio Days Africa 2018

Event attended by WorldDAB

Date: 3rd - 6th July 2018

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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WorldDAB Day, Radio Days Africa - Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Radio needs to innovate to compete in a changing audio landscape. DAB+ offers broadcasters a proven technology that offers space for new services allowing more content and language offerings.

In South Africa the DAB+ trial was extended till April 2018 and regulator ICASA is currently soliciting industry responses to its consultation paper on implementing digital radio. Elsewhere in Southern Africa, other countries are looking at how to implement digital radio and the lessons that can be learnt from South Africa’s trial.

Held at Radio Days Africa, sponsored by Sentech and hosted by WorldDAB, and SADIBA, this DAB+ stakeholder event brings together industry experts from South Africa and around the world to share their experiences of using DAB+, showing how commercial broadcasters can grow audiences and revenues by moving to digital.

To register for the WorldDAB Day at Radio Days Africa, click here.




09:00 – 09:45


09:45 – 09:50

  Professor Franz Kruger (Director, Wits Radio Academy)

09:50 – 10:10

  Opening Remarks
  Flenk Mnisi (Head of Transmission, Sentech)

10:10 – 10:30

  Regulation & Policy For Digital Radio In South Africa

10:30 – 10:50

  Southern Africa DAB Update
  Lynn Mansfield (Chairperson, SADIBA)

10:50 – 11:10

  DAB+ Global Update
  Darren Willsher (Communications Manager, WorldDAB)

11:10 – 11:40


11:40 – 12:10

  Why Australia’s Commercial Radio Broadcasters Embraced DAB+
  Joan Warner (CEO, Commercial Radio Australia & Vice-President, WorldDAB)

12:10 – 12:40

  Case Study From The UK’s Commercial Radio Sector
  Piers Collins (DAB Director, Wireless Group)

12:40 – 13:40


13:40 – 14:10

  DAB+ in Norway – Lessons Learned From The FM Switch-Off
  Jørn Jensen (Senior Advisor Head Of Distribution, NRK)

14:10 – 14:40

  DAB+ Goes Dutch
  Jacqueline Bierhorst (Project Director, Digital Radio Netherlands & Vice-President, WorldDAB)

14:40 – 15:10


15:10 – 15:40

  Update: SA DAB+ Trail
  Sentech Technical Team

15:40 – 16:10

  South African Commercial Broadcasters Perspective On DAB+
  Nick Grubb (CEO, Kagiso Media Radio)

16:10 – 16:30

  In Closing
  Marius Venter (Head of Network Planning, Sentech)


About Radio Days Africa 2018 (3-6 July 2018, Wits Club, Johannesburg)

Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa. Radio Days Africa aims to stimulate learning, engagement, conversation and thinking around the various aspects of the radio business, in an African context. As a partner event to Radio Days Europe, Radio Days Africa also gains insight into international trends.

Hosted annually in Johannesburg, Radio Days Africa is now in its 9th year hosting more than 300 delegates yearly with 60 speakers from the continent and across the globe.

Radio Days Africa is presented by the Wits Radio Academy under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Visit the Radio Days Africa website for further information.

Venue & Map

The venue is the Wits Club on the West Campus of the University of the Witwatersrand. The best entrance to use is the main gate on Empire Road. There will be direction boards from the main gate.

If you are travelling via the M1 highway to Wits University, please be aware that there is substantial roadworks near Empire Road that are causing delays in both directions, please allow additional travel time to get to the venue.

In Google Maps type in: The Wits Club or the following link The Wits Club can be found on google maps.

Surrounded by old oak trees, the Wits Club has an old world charm and has been hosting Radio Days Africa for several years.

For delegates who arrive at the venue early to avoid traffic, the Wits Club opens at 7am and offers a full breakfast menu.


Register for WorldDAB Day at Radio Days Africa 2018 (Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09:00-16:30)


To register for WorldDAB Day, click here. The cost to register is 750 ZAR. Further registration options are available if you wish to attend other sessions at Radio Days Africa. Costs are listed below (all prices in South African Rand - ZAR).


3 Days 3900
2 Days 3200
1 Day 2200
WorldDAB Day 750