The two long-awaited Vosloorus community radio stations, Eyethu Community Radio (ECR) and Kopano Unite Community Radio (KUCR), will soon be on the airwaves.
Executive committee members confirmed in an interview with Kathorus MAIL on October 30 that about 80 per cent of the process has been completed to have ECR operational, with the other station, KUCR, lagging behind with only about 25 per cent of the work already done – and so the station will take a little while to be operational.
Solomon Mokoena, one of the founders, said the community has been waiting for the ECR to come on stream. The process to initiate the process, and get it off the ground, began in 2012.
“I am sure people are anxious to have the radio station, especially ECR, up and running.
“One of the reasons it took this long to have the station running is that processes with Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) took longer than expected to be finalised. The good news, though, is that we have been informed by Icasa that we might have our licence approved to operate in April next year,” said Mokoena.
Co-founder Nofanezile Mudau said this is the best news to have come their way in a long time, and they look forward to being on the airwaves by April.
“I want to assure our people that the baby (station) they have been waiting for will soon be delivered and that it will change their lives. This will provide job opportunities for many unemployed people in the area,” said Mudau.
Board member Benjamin Thame believes that in addition to the ECR providing jobs, it will also offer an important news service to the local communities of Kathorus.
“There are talented DJs who are unemployed. They will get a job at the station. There are women and breadwinners who will be provided with job opportunities.
Another board member, Jerry Matebele, said the station will not be biased towards any political school of thought. “We will not be influenced by any political party. Our responsibility is to the people of this area. Our community consists of people from different political parties, and this will be reflected in our news content,” said Matebele.
The station’s content will include:
•Pastors from different churches will be given a platform to preach in the station.
•Councillors will announce their meetings and activities.
•Communities will use it as a platform to communicate the needs of residents to the government.
•The station will run education programmes for children.
Mokoena said despite the progress made, they still need funding.
“We would be happy to have additional funding from any quarters. Prospective funders may contact Mokoena on 082 481 0156 or Mudau on 062 0400 664.”
To help fund KUCR contact Thame on 073 6107 390 or Matebele on 078 7895 617.
Matebele added: “There are still vacancies for people who would like to become KUCR board members. They can contact me at the above numbers.”
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