CapeTalk programme manager, Tessa van Staden, says, "We are passionate about sharing information. Sometimes our listeners are the ones alerting us to a breaking development. CapeTalk producers find the most relevant, knowledgeable, and interesting guests to feature on air, so our listeners are kept up-to-date. Our hosts are courageous; they’re not afraid to challenge those in authority."

CapeTalk will be broadcasting the following line-up of events and discussions to celebrate 20 years of broadcasting.


'20in40' is an on-air social media campaign, which aims to place a spotlight on the stories that dominated the lives of listeners. These pieces of talk radio are highlighted by some of the voices of CapeTalk team – past and present. Names such as Aden Thomas, Bobby Brown, and Kieno Kammies are but a few of the broadcasters listeners can hear every weekday at 08:10.

Rapid Fire book launch

On Thursday, 20 October, an on-air feature during the John Maytham Show has been translated into a Q&A book centred around miscellany. The launch will coincide with a live studio audience and quiz at the CapeTalk studios.

Speaking truth to power – live studio audience

On Friday, 27 October, listeners will have the opportunity to hear Jonathan Jansen (author, academic, and former UFS Rector) and Marianne Thamm (columnist and assistant editor and author of the Daily Maverick) 'speak truth to power' on the John Maytham Show.

Timeline highlights 

1997 – At 06:00 on the morning of 14 October 1997, the station went live on-air with John Maytham coming to listeners live from the studios in Pepper Street; 
2001 – Capetonians gather on Clifton 4th beach for the first music festival called Moonstruck;
2003 – CapeTalk celebrated its sixth birthday by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and built five houses in five days for five families in the KTC township, which took place on Monday, 20 October 2003. The homes were handed over to the families on Friday, 24 October;
2010 – CapeTalk, along with sister stations within the Primedia Broadcasting stable, launched LeadSA – an initiative with the aim of mobilising South Africans to look within and be the change they want to see this morning; and
2015 – CapeTalk’s Fire Relief Fund Radiothon raises over R2-million for the city's fire services when fires on Table Mountain threatened homes and lives in the city.

CapeTalk also looks forward to breaking new ground with new voices added to the station line-up, including best-selling author Sarah-Jayne King, Afternoon Express presenter and media personality Bonnie Mbuli (who can be heard standing in for Africa Melane on Weekend Breakfast); and Renaldo Schwarp, representing millennials, who can be heard on Overnight Live.

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