New radio station for Matat

2017-11-24 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedVoice of Matat radio station manager, Mphumzi Mashalaba.

PHOTO: suppliedVoice of Matat radio station manager, Mphumzi Mashalaba.

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THE “Voice of Matat” community radio station goes live next month. The other radio station, Alfred Nzo Community Radio, went live in 2007.

The station manager, Mphumzi Mashalaba, said they will broadcast in four languages and give Matatiele­ and Alfred Nzo Region residents a platform to voice their concerns and give comment.

The station will broadcast 30% Xhosa, 28% English, 27% Sotho and 15% Afrikaans.

“Most people from Matatiele speak Xhosa, English, Sotho and Afrikaans and we want to accommodate them.

“We have many programmes that educate people about their rights and inform them about business opportunities,” said Mashalaba.

According to the licence, the station is permitted to play 80% local music and 20% international music. It is also entitled to have 40% music and 60% talking.

“Local news and current affair programmes will also be given time because presenters have received training in this area,” said Mashalaba.

He said Matatiele has many talented young people who need to be identified and given opportunities.

The station received financial support and the R1,6 million studio was donated by the Media Development and Diversity Agency.

The official launch is on February 24, 2018 - its frequency being 88,9 FM.

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