We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives


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The South African general elections are only a few weeks away and CRF is really keen to know what youth thinks about it!

That’s why we have embarked on a very exciting partnership with Live SA. This great youth-produced magazine just launched its VIP (Voting Is Power) campaign and CRF’s reporters are bringing their voices and microphones to the mix. Youth radio journalists from six sites across South Africa are currently being trained to produce radio shows around the theme of the elections. Soon they will be going around their community asking youth what they think and what they are going to do on the 7th of May. Stay tuned!

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This week on the Radio Workshop, our weekly podcast, welcome to the musical world of Bongeziwe Mabandla. 

Born in the rural village of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Bongeziwe Mabandla’s love and passion for music was a beacon during his childhood challenges. He shares with us his dream of making it big in the music industry and what inspires him and his sound.

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Thabo Botopela, Regional Trainer for the Young Reporters Network South Africa

My name is Thabo Samuel Botopela but I call myself Thabo B when I am on air.
I was born in the township of Lebowakgomo in Limpopo province, and what I can say about myself is that I love radio. That is what I have been doing for the past eight years at our local community station GLFM. I started out as a reporter then moved into production and worked my way up until I became station manager in 2010. And in June 2013 I became a CRF trainer!

When I was young, my main inspiration was YFM (first youth radio in South Africa). The first time I listened to it I thought, this is what I want to do.

I come from a background that was tough, where love wasn’t always expressed and I know some of the youth don’t get the love and support they deserve. ... Read More

This week on the Radio Workshop, our weekly podcast, we hear a story about stories!

Stories are the thread that weaves us all together. They’re magical and transformative and they’re important for our development in every way. Nal’ibali knows this and works very hard at its national campaign to make reading enjoyable and fun. The NGO hosted a Read Aloud day at libraries across South Africa. The Children’s Radio Foundation attended one in Cape Town, where author Wendy Hartmann read her tale of “How Stories Began.” We also discovered an enthusiastic, insightful crowd of young book lovers. Take a listen!

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The V-Day celebrations at the Nolungile Clinic included some heated radio debates. © Sydelle Willow Smith

Big thanks to the The Palette Fund for featuring the story of our amazing Future Positive youth and their Valentine’s Day celebration “Loving Myself” on their website! Check out their review here.


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