Hot Cares: Joburg’s ‘hottest r

Flashy red Ferraris parked outside the venue. Image : Lorne Philpot

Hot Cares: Joburg’s ‘hottest radio station’ raises R7m for charity

Joburg’s Hot102.7 FM received in excess of R7 million in donations from the station’s loyal listeners in its annual Teddython charity drive to raise funds for Hot Cares.

Hot Cares: Joburg’s ‘hottest r

Flashy red Ferraris parked outside the venue. Image : Lorne Philpot

There was an energetic fun-filled atmosphere at Papachinos, in Broadacres, on Thursday 25 November where Hot102.7 FM — the station that plays Joburg’s “hottest Old Skool and R&B hits”, was on a mission to raise R7 million for its Hot Cares Foundation.


Hot Cares is a non-profit organisation that strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others in the community.  The organisation is dedicated to providing much-needed assistance to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. 

Hot Cares often acts as a conduit between those who have the means to provide and those who are in need. The organisation’s work centres around its four pillars: Humanitarian and Welfare, Healthcare and Medical, Education and Animal Welfare. 

Businesses and individuals assist Hot Cares by donating money and services for others who are in need.  Hot Cares plays an integral part in bringing together the community with those facing hardships and challenges.


All the station’s shows were broadcast live from Papachinos on Thursday where listeners had the chance to come down and meet the station‘s presenters and staff, as well as to make donations. 

Hot102.7 FM’s presenters did their shows onsite and manned the phone lines, taking donations from callers.

There were live performances from local artists Christian Heath, Pedro Barbosa and Daniel Baron.

Breakfast show host Simon Hill was dunked into ice-cold water and Mark Pilgrim took on Jacky Scheckter in a Ferrari race…with Mark Pilgrim on a toddler’s push bike.

Ursula Chikane and Carolyn Steyn competed in a spoon and egg race. The station’s breakfast and afternoon drive teams also battled it out in a tug-of-war event. 


Hot Cares welcomed donations in both cash and kind. Individuals and companies could pledge money and or their services to Hot Cares.  From food and catering to supplies and medical treatments, all donations were welcomed.     

There was no donation too big or too small, in the station’s efforts to raise R 7m for Hot Cares. Donations came in from near and far.  

An individual in Australia donated R57 000 and some children at the event even donated funds from their pocket money.  Sam Cowen, who left the station earlier this year to pursue her own life coaching business made a donation of R5000 on the day. 

A number of donations were pledged by organisations, including Sibanye Stillwater (R250 000), the Douw Steyn Foundation (R300 000), MacSteel (R250 000), and Horn and Phillips Catering (R240 000).   


The Teddython drive began at 6.00 and ended 12 and a half hours later, with the initial target of R 7 million having been exceeded.

At 17:45, the value of all donations stood at R 6.7 million.  By 18.30 that amount had risen to R 7 321 793.  Hot Cares will use the donations to improve the lives of beneficiaries in the community.  

“For the past 12-and a half hours, from 6.00 in the morning until 6.30 in the evening, Joburg you have raised a whopping R 7 321 793. Here at Hot102.7, we are just so proud today. We are here to help those in need so thank you,“ Hot102.7 FM’s Lloyd Madurai said.


The annual edition of the Hot Cares Teddython drew to a close at 18:30 with much jubilation.

Hot102.7 FM’s managing director Lloyd Madurai thanked the station’s loyal listeners and supporters for their valuable contributions, which enable Hot Cares to make a difference in the lives of others.

“A huge thank you to everybody who was involved. I see the heavens have opened, and certainly the hearts of Joburg have opened as well. It was a mammoth task of getting to this number and I know when we said seven million, many said we couldn’t do this but we do live in the best city in the world, Johannesburg!”  Madurai said.

The festivities then turned to celebratory mode, with dancing and grooving to old school hits.

The first song played was MacFadden and Whitehead’s Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, the station’s anthem and the very first track played on-air, when Hot102.7 FM launched on 1 July this year.