Munghana Lonene FM

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Munghana Lonene FM
Munghana Lonene FM Logo
Broadcast area Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West Provinces
Slogan "Ndzalama ya Rixaka"
Frequency Multiple
First air date 1 February 1965
Owner SABC

Munghana Lonene FM, or MLFM, is a Tsonga language FM radio station in South Africa. In Tsonga, "Munghana Lonene" means "a true friend." Munghana Lonene FM is geared to listeners who understand Xitsonga. MLFM is branded as an "infotainment" radio station with a 50% split of music and talk. It offers an environment interactive with its listeners, providing a mixture of news, music, current affairs, talk shows, education, sport, weather and traffic. The music repertoire consists of Jazz, R&B, Kwaito, House, Gospel music and African music.

MLFM's broadcast area includes Gauteng, Limpopo, eastern Mpumalanga and Mozambique


On 1 February 1965, initial programmes in the Tsonga language were broadcast for listeners in the then Northern Transvaal, from the Johannesburg studios of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, at that time situated in Broadcast House, Commissioner Street. This service later became known as Radio Tsonga. On 1 February 1984 Radio Tsonga was also broadcast on medium wave from Pietersburg (now Polokwane). On 1 May of the same year, coverage was extended to listeners in Soweto via a low power FM transmitter atop the SABC building at Auckland Park.

Now the station manager is former presenter and Radio 2000 manager, James Shikwamabane[1] after Tsakani Baloyi left the station in 2011. Lawrence Ubisi, programmes manager and Tebogo Jacko Magubane, Rose Tshabalala and Thelma Ngobeni are the producers. to keep listeners interested the station has a team of presenters. From 07:00–09:00 Phaphama breakfast is hosted by Sydney Baloyi, Conny Mashimbye and Rhandzu Mthombeni(sports presenter)and produced by Tebogo Jacko Magubane, from 09:00–12:00 Khensani Nyango hosts a fashion show called Gingirikani, from 12:00–15:00 Quinton Baloyi gives the listeners music show Dzumba na mina, from 15:00–17:30 DJ Brian and Thembzana Reloaded comes with the afternoon drive show called Mphensa-mphensa, 17:30–18:00 The young and versatile Nyiko Sithole host the Sports Show previously hosted by the famous James Shikwambana and more shows follow. The station has educational programmes produced by Bella Nyathi, and a very friendly presenter Patrick Mathebula also known as Khalanga "Pat" Mathebula hosts shows Mondays to Thursdays at 21:00–22:00, he also hosts the station chart show on Saturdays 07:00–10:00. ML FM is proud its culture Xitsonga, a traditional presenter Rusell Kwinika or n'wana N'wa Gee hosts a show called Gongomela from Mondays to Thursdays at 22:00–00:00. Every Tuesday night Bishop Mlungisi Erasmus Malungani of Don't Blame God International Ministries hosts Hi Tshovela Leswi hi swi byalaka (We reap what we sow) from 11 pm, talking about various topics at hand with listener feedback.

Former sports presenter James Swikwambane has won more SABC Awards; he is now the station manager since May 2012.

Coverage & Frequencies[edit]

Coverage Areas & Frequencies
Area Freq. MHz
Mbombela 89.4
Makhado 90.0
Punda Maria 91.0
Hoedspruit 92.0
Tzaneen 92.6
Mokopane 99.6
Johannesburg 103.2


Broadcast time[edit]

Listenership Figures[edit]

Estimated Listenership[3]
7 Day Ave. Mon-Fri
May 2013 1 198 000 755 000
Feb 2013 1 039 000 670 000
Dec 2012 1 092 000 704 000
Oct 2012 1 096 000 696 000
Aug 2012 1 214 000 657 000
Jun 2012 1 175 000 635 000


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  2. ^ The Annual Guide to Radio in South Africa (AdVantage 2012). Media 24. 2012. 
  3. ^ SAARF RAMS (Presentations)

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