702 Recalls 1994
Episodes in this series - Page 2
John Robbie interviews Trevor Huddleston in London26 April 2019 | 3 Minute Listen
British-born Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, an Anglican priest, first came to Johannesburg in 1943. He ministered in Sophiatown and Soweto for 13 years. During that time, he joined Nelson Mandela, Ruth First and Helen Joseph in protests against the forced removals from Sophiatown. Fearing for his safety, the church recalled Huddleston to England in 1956. A few years later, he was involved in the formation of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, before becoming its Vice-President in 1961. He held that position for 20 years. The 26th of April 1994 was a special day for the Archbishop when he walked into the South African Embassy in London, which before then was often a site for protests. John Robbie spoke to him on that historic day.
Jenny Crwys-Williams hears from euphoric voters26 April 2019 | 8 Minute Listen
One of 702’s strengths has always been our role in the community, offering Gauteng residents a platform to share their views, while giving access to political leaders, celebrities, authors, sports people and many more important individuals. So it came as no surprise that the radio station played a crucial role in the runup to, and during South Africa’s first democratic elections. The open line is an important part of 702, and it was put to good use in April 1994. Here is a selection of callers to Jenny Crwys-Williams on the first day of proper voting, some sharing the emotions of the moment.
702 Promo26 April 2019 | 2 Minute Listen
702 has always been an important part of South African society, especially in Gauteng. The station provides hundreds of thousands of listeners the chance to engage in, and listen to, open and honest social and political debate. 702 has, at the same time, been accused by both the left and right wing of the political spectrum of being biased – which means the radio station has been doing something right. The one thing 702 has always championed is social justice, and a better South Africa for all citizens. The station played its role in promoting the country’s first free and fair democratic elections.
Debora Patta reports on Nelson Mandela voting26 April 2019 | 2 Minute Listen
25 years ago, voting in the country’s first democratic election began on the 26th of April 1994 - the first day of Special Voting. It was the beginning of 4 days of polling, but it was Wednesday the 27th that most South Africans were waiting for. And while the media was spread across the country, the main focus for many local and international journalist was on the small community of Inanda in then Natal. That’s where ANC President, and former political prisoner, Nelson Mandela would be making his cross. One of 702’s senior reporters, Debora Patta was there to witness the historic moment. Jenny Crwys-Williams spoke to Debora about the experience.
CBS Editor news report on JSI bomb26 April 2019 | 3 Minute Listen
Many people woke up to the first day of voting in the country’s democratic election, with news that a car bomb had exploded outside the terminal building at Johannesburg’s Jan Smuts International Airport. 18 people were injured, and there was extensive damage to the building and the area around it. One of the eyewitnesses, an editor at American CBS network, Randy Levine, told Mike Mills what he saw early that morning. Aired 27 April 1994
Jenny Crwys-Williams gets a call from Frikkie26 April 2019 | 1 Minute Listen
Today 25 years ago, voting was taking place around the country in South Africa’s first democratic election. The 27 of April 1994, was in fact the second of 4 days of voting. Special voting had started the day before, the 26th of April. That day also saw the new South African flag raised for the first time. The moment wasn’t lost on one of 702’s popular callers from Sunnyside in Pretoria, a man named Frikkie. He called into the Jenny Crwys-Williams’ Show. Aired 27 April 1994
John Robbie on media and pagers26 April 2019 | 1 Minute Listen
25 years ago in technology terms, is equivalent to a couple of lifetimes. This was when cell phones started becoming available in the country. 1994 was also the year democratic South Africa was born. The most popular form of mobile communication at that time was the pager – a foreign piece of equipment to most youngsters today. Practically all reporters working in the media in 1994 used pagers to stay in touch with their newsrooms. And while covering the first democratic elections 25 years ago, one or two of the major international news networks took exception to the constant beeping of pagers during media conferences. John Robbie was alerted to the issue – this is how he tackled it.
John Berks interviews Cyril Ramaphosa26 April 2019 | 22 Minute Listen
In 1994, a young Cyril Ramaphosa was Secretary General of the ANC. He’d been elected to the role after many years as a trade unionist, eventually leading the powerful National Union of Mineworkers. Many believed that Ramaphosa was being groomed to replace Mandela as President in 1999. But that wasn’t to be. Ramaphosa had to wait another 19 years before ascending to that office. He joined John Berks on his 702 morning show in early April, with just weeks to go before the crucial 1994 elections. John found out a little bit more about the man behind the politician, and his love for good cuisine. Aired 3 April 1994