Zibonele comes of age

2016-09-29 06:00
 As part of its 21st annivesary celebration Radio Zibonele Fm has chosen 21 ambassadors drawn from different levels of the society, the chosen ones will market the stations at various levels. Gugulethu businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzele accepted the nomination, he is seem here Radio Zibonele executives Kholeka August and Mawanda Jara.  PHOTO: voox sonandzi

As part of its 21st annivesary celebration Radio Zibonele Fm has chosen 21 ambassadors drawn from different levels of the society, the chosen ones will market the stations at various levels. Gugulethu businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzele accepted the nomination, he is seem here Radio Zibonele executives Kholeka August and Mawanda Jara. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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Community radio stations must thrive in order to ensure that marginalised citizens are kept informed.

This as government is on a mission to support these community radio stations with good governance.

That’s the message from Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

Launching Radio Zibonele’s new logo, after 21 years of informing the Khayelitsha community on the Cape Flats, it’s now the voice of over a million people.

From its humble beginnings, operating from under a bed and a cargo container to a modern building, the station has become one of South Africa’s leading community radio stations.

Lungelo Nokwaza board chairperson of Radio Zibonele says: “There have been a lot of achievements given the fact that we are operating from a very poor community, serving poor communities without significant revenue generated. But as leaders of this community, the staff of Radio Zibonele, have made huge commitments.”

The Communications Minister says the department now has a support scheme to ensure stations are sustainable.

“Most of the money is only solely to build the capacity, accountability so that you have got boards that are properly functioning, so

after they’ve got corporate business plans then they are able to source resources from other donors. Basically that’s what the support scheme is all about.”

Radio Zibonele, a station started by community workers, but is not letting any of the challenges stand in its way.

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