Kutta to head global airwaves

2015-09-10 06:00

Newly elected vice president of international body Yengwayo Kutta and NCRF general secretary Johannes Dire in celebratory mood after the big election.  

Mandla Mahashe

Newly elected vice president of international body Yengwayo Kutta and NCRF general secretary Johannes Dire in celebratory mood after the big election. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The election of local Yengwayo Kutta as the vice-president of the international community radio station body Amarc is a proud achievement, but he recognises that he has his work cut out for him.

Kutta was recently electedto the position at Amarc’s global conference in Accra, Ghana.

He is the current board chairman of Khayelitsha’s flagship station Radio Zibonele.

City Vision caught up with the man who has had another commitment on his already full schedule, which includes being the deputy chairperson of the National Community Radio Forum in the country.

He is in his third term as in this position, since he was first appointed in 2000. He regarded his election to the international body as another chapter, where key issues of concern had to be dealt with.

Amarc stands for Association Mondiale des Radios Communautaires, and translated into English as the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.

It is a non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 150 countries.

Its goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along with the principles of solidarity and international cooperation.

All continents are represented in Amarc’s International Board of Directors.

Johannes Dire, NCRF general secretary, said that the election was a significant step towards the fulfilment of the organisations key goals.

“One of the biggest challenges is the ever decreasing media freedom faced by community radio stations and other media platforms in the continent.

Having a delegate on the executive committee will help us put the message that we should effectively deal with encroachment on the media,” said Dire. He said that concerns regarding food security in the continent should also be highlighted.

“Another issue that we are hoping to tackle is unemployment in the continent as well as the unification of the continent through the various media platforms in the community sector,” said Dire.

The NCRF is a national, membership driven association of community radio stations and support service organizations.

Radio station members are independent non-profit entities owned and run by diverse local communities who actively participate in the development of programming activities, for sustainable non-discriminatory local development.

Its key aim is to build an enabling environment and a coherent sector identity ensuring continued healthy growth of community radio in South Africa

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