702 Recalls 1994
Episodes in this series
EWN report on Nelson Mandela's Inauguration VIP Lunch26 April 2019 | 3 Minute Listen
It was a time of celebration once the formalities of the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela had taken place. Guests from around the world, including heads of state, royalty, Hollywood stars, celebrities and senior government officials, were treated to the best hospitality South Africa had on offer. One the major functions was a lunch for 5-thousand VIPs on the Smuts Lawn at the Union Buildings. 702 EWN reporter, Marietta Eager, described what was happening there to John Robbie. Aired 10 May 1994
Dan Moyane & Chris Gibbons describe Nelson Mandela's inauguration26 April 2019 | 41 Minute Listen
After South Africa's first national democratic elections in April 1994, on Tuesday the 10th of May Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first democratic President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. He replaced the outgoing National Party leader, FW de Klerk. Mandela spent the first 18 of his 27 years in jail in prison on Robben Island. Tens of thousands of South Africans gathered to witness proceedings, as 702’s Dan Moyane and Chris Gibbons described the historic event to listeners.
John Berks and the IFP sticker printing26 April 2019 | 7 Minute Listen
South Africa’s first democratic election took place in a festive atmosphere, despite fears of political violence. It was the first election in which all South Africans, registered on a common voters’ roll, could vote. One of the major challenges for the election process was the late entry of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Led by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the party has threatened to boycott the election, demanding autonomy for the Zulu king, greater provincial powers and provincial ballots. After some tough negotiations, it decided to join the process, but only after all the ballot papers had been printed. The IEC then decided to have stickers with the IFP’s details printer, to be individually stuck to each ballot paper. This work was given to mainly overseas printers, but one local company was also contracted. The owner called the John Berks Show to reveal just what a challenge it has been. Aired 26 April 1994
John Robbie hears from political party leaders26 April 2019 | 19 Minute Listen
Nineteen political parties contested the county’s first democratic elections. The sheer size of the logistical task the IEC faced, meant many of the biggest parties identified various challenges they were facing. Some issues included the late opening of voting stations, missing ballot papers and long queues, with some even questioning the fairness of the poll. John Robbie spoke to leaders of the major parties towards the end of the first day of proper voting. Aired 27 April 1994
General calls to 70226 April 2019 | 8 Minute Listen
In the days leading up to, and during, the 24th of April 1994, listeners were calling in to 702 to share their experiences of the voting process, to ask for information and advice, and to complain about or praise the organisation of the poll. Some were afraid as right wingers planted bombs around the country, while others refused to be intimidated. There were mixed feelings of euphoria and sadness. Let’s listen to some of the callers from throughout the day.
Miscellaneous political adverts26 April 2019 | 5 Minute Listen
Twenty-five years ago, the new South Africa came into being. Democracy had arrived for tens of millions of citizens who had never been allowed to make their mark on a ballot paper. In the run-up to the elections taking place at the end of April 1994, excitement was in the air. Political parties were jostling for support, the Independent Electoral Commission was frantically working behind the scenes, and civil society was trying to raise awareness about the importance of voting in a general election. Here is a taste of what could be heard during ad breaks on 702 at the time.
702 Promo26 April 2019 | 2 Minute Listen
Over the years, 702 has become part of the fabric of life for many Gauteng residents. The radio station has not only been a source of valuable news and information, but it has also fought hard for the underdog and those less privileged. When the first democratic elections in 1994 came along, it didn’t come as a surprise that 702 was to go-to media for the latest developments ahead of, and during, the poll. The station also actively encouraged people to use their vote to decide their own future. Let’s listen to just one way 702 played its part.
John Robbie takes calls from voters26 April 2019 | 9 Minute Listen
John Robbie has always engaged in a meaningful manner with his listeners, some of whom have had a love and hate relationship with him over the years. But one thing is for sure, even though John had some firm and controversial views, he was always fair, and willing to listen to everyone. And on 24 April 1994, John did just that – he engaged with callers from around Gauteng, who shared both their good and bad experiences at the voting stations.
John Robbie chats to IEC spokesperson Nicky Moore26 April 2019 | 3 Minute Listen
The Independent Electoral Commission, led by Judge Johann Kriegler, was tasked with organising the country’s first democratic election, 25 years ago. Following a series of tense negotiations, the election which would change the history of South Africa took place. For the first time, all races in the country were going to the polls to vote for a government of their choice. Nineteen political parties participated, and twenty-two million people voted. The IEC’s job was not easy, especially when the Inkatha Freedom Party decided to join the process only after all the ballot papers had been printed. John Robbie spoke to the IEC spokesperson, Nicky Moore. Aired 27 April 1994