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It is world literacy month and radio stations are stepping up to the challenge of education in our country. The “Midday Spice” on Lotus FM and the Midday show on Ligwalagwala FM are doing their bit to answer to the call of education and literacy.

To assist in the plight of libraries in Kwa-Zulu Natal dealing with book shortages, Lotus FM has embarked on a book drive to assist libraries in and around the province to better cater to the literacy needs of their communities. Lotus Fm’s “Midday Spice” programme hosted by Varshan Sookhun and produced by Pravina Maharaj is the driving force behind the programme. The station has appealed to communities to assist by dropping off any unwanted books at selected libraries in the province be it fiction, non-fiction, encyclopaedias, children’s books or textbooks.

Ligwalagwala FM is taking a different approach to the challenge of education and literacy. For many South Africans, financial difficulties are a common hindrance in the pursuit of higher education. Fourth year Psychology student Khetiwe Munsa has received a much needed boost from Liwalagwala FM. Munsa is a student at the University of Limpopo and the winner of a competition currently being run by the station aimed at financially aiding tertiary students to further their studies. “Vul’ ingcondvo (open your mind)” is a competition hosted by Sweetmike on Ligwalagwala FM’s Midday show and airs every Friday. The station has released a statement detailing the competition as one that encourages students to read books, newspapers and other sources of information to expand their knowledge. Contestants from different tertiary institutions are asked general knowledge questions to win. R10 000 will be paid directly into Munsa’s account who hopes to use the money to register for her Master’s degree next year.

Catch the Midday Show on Ligwalagwala FM, from 12h00 till 14h30 and Lunch with Varshan on Lotus FM daily.

 

SOURCES: Lotus FM, Ligwalagwala FM

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Municipal matters reporting gets a facelift

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Abongile Zizi

The role community media can play in improving the communication between local government and communities is a vital one and the Eastern Cape Communication Forum has embarked on a project that is set to strengthen it.  It is the media’s responsibility to be the voice of the people and to bridge the communication gap between government and citizens. Community radio and newspapers have a key role to play in community development through facilitating dialog by spreading information that educates citizens on the inner workings of government and their role in participatory governance.

Established in 2006 the Eastern Cape Communication Forum is a non-governmental organisation playing a vital role in the communication network between media and government in the Eastern Cape, it is within this context that the Municipal Matters reporting project operates.  The project is being run in five municipalities in the area and involves community radio stations and newspapers.  ECCF coordinator, Bongi Bozo says the project is starting to yield good results and is now in its second phase. The first phase of the project involved training reporters from participating media organisations on how to report on municipal matters. This training focused on how government structures are set up and how they function in order to know how to access and disseminate the information. The second phase of the project is the enhancing of citizen participation in government and community engagement in newsrooms.

In the Buffalo City and Nquma municipalities the second phase of the project is well under way.  Community Indabas have been organised in these areas. These spaces of dialog are going to go a long way in fulfilling part of the mandate of the project which is to improve municipal reporting and the community engagement of the small local media organisations involved.

 

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