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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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Ellie and Naiha from Oxford and Liberia from Moshi discover that they have the same shoes.

During their visit to Tanzania, the Oxford CRF radio youth reporters met with some members of the Mkombozi Youth Radio Network based in Moshi.
Their main objective for the day was understand what it is like to walk in one another’s shoes. They swopped stories on their programs, experiences with radio journalism and life stories. 

Mkombozi is an organisation that supports children and youth living on the streets which is part of Youth Radio Network Tanzania since 2011, with youth creating and broadcasting weekly radio programs. Whilst at Mkombozi the youth reporters from Oxford and the most recent members of the Youth Radio Network exchanged stories and spoke about their dreams, ambitions and talked about where they would like to travel to or live in the future. For CRF UK youth reporter Ellie: “It was an invaluable experience for all, giving both the ... Read More

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