New radio forum leadership elected

Pretoria � Communications Deputy Minister Tandi Mahambehlala on Tuesday congratulated the newly elected leadership of South Africa’s community radio sector.

The new leadership was voted into office at a national conference of the National Radio Community Forum held over the weekend at the Mmabatho Convention Centre.

The conference represented all community radio stations from across the country and enabled delegates to reflect on challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Community radio plays an important information, education and entertainment role in local communities. They are an integral part of local development initiatives, said Deputy Minister Mahambehlala.

She implored community radio and media as a whole to take a stand against crimes against women and children, racism, xenophobia and related intolerances.

These crimes take place in local communities by people who are known to local residents. Community radio and more generally local media, can play their part not only in exposing the culprits but also promoting the progressive values enshrined in the constitution of the Republic, the Deputy Minister said.

The Deputy Minister also confirmed that the Department of Communications is in the process of finalising the Community Broadcasting Support Strategy aimed at promoting the sustainability of the sector.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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