Grant Bestowed to TUTFM 96.2 by City of Tshwane

By Faeza
01 October 2015

Tshwane Executive Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa bestowed grants worth R2, 250 million to nine community media houses. This comes after the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, made a commitment on his 2015 State of the Capital Address and emphasized it even during the Inaugural Media Development and Diversity Summit 2014 that he is “seeking a partnership to support, co-fund and provide non-financial support to new and existing projects from media organisations, publishers of magazines and newspapers, broadcasters and training providers, content developers, archivists etc. on priority areas, as part of the City’s strategic developmental communications agenda”

Addressing members of the media at the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday, Ramokgopa said that “the sector is a key catalyst in building an informed citizenry and ensuring that information about government programmes reach even those at the periphery of the economy”

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Communication, Chief Director for Media Engagement Themba Sepotokele reiterated the importance of community media within the local environments. “Residents want to hear and read about matters that directly affect their lives and wellbeing”. Sepotokele emphasized that local media has a very important role to play to inform and disseminating content on matters that are close to people’s lives and remain accountable at all times.

Tuks FM, TUT FM, Bagaka Radio, Kangala FM, Moretele FM, Mams FM, Sosha FM, Pheli FM and Ga-Rankuwa FM received R100 000 each to be primarily used for the purchase of broadcast equipment, marketing and business improvement. Mabopane Sun, Winterveld News, Nellmams and Zest Infortainment magazine were handed cheques worth R50, 000 each to be used towards printing costs.

Kedibone Mahapa, Station Manager of TUTFM 96.2 added that “we are delighted to have been chosen as a station to receive the grant and will optimally utilise funds for good purpose especially refurbishment and resuscitation of the radio station’s infrastructure”.

“It is indeed from the perspective of government and in particular Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa who understand the importance of change also in community media.  The message learnt from such a token is that when other role players as is in this case, the city of Tshwane, seizes the opportunity of growth and development and comes to party, how the indigenous custodians are doing to lead the digital migration as a campus community radio station” said the Chairperson of the Board, Mr George Maremo.