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CRF Youth Reporters interview Graca Machel...read more.


Youth Radio Awards 2014...read more.


Family Photo Day in Manenberg...read more.

One of the many Red River pupils who got their photo taken during the event

On 6 June, a group of youth reporters, trained by CRF in collaboration with the NGO Rock Girl, interviewed the people of Manenberg, Cape Town, at the Red River Primary schools’ first family portrait day to find out what family means to them. For some it was the very first family portrait they have ever taken.

As children ran around the schoolyard, hundreds of family members and friends patiently waited in skews for Sipho Mpongo, a documentary photographer from Langa, to take their photographs against a simple black curtain.

The Rock Girl youth reporters prepared questions to ask organizers, parents, and friends about what family means to them while also having fun recording their own reflections from the day. Their work was edited into a 5-minute piece and aired on SA-FM for CRF’s weekly radio workshop show. The school organized a follow up exhibit on ... Read More

The "Ghetto Genius" Aganang Fm Young Reporters with their Unilever Award

On 15 June, 2013 CRF hosted the second annual South Africa Youth Radio Awards in Cape Town. 

The event coincided with Youth Day, and highlighted the right of children and youth to be heard. The Youth Radio Awards recognise the effort, passion and determination of the Young Reporters Network.

16 Nominees from eight sites across the country flew to Cape Town for a week-end packed with activities before putting on their party clothes for the much awaited Awards Ceremony.  In front of a packed room at the Castle of Good Hope – the oldest historical monument in the country –  the winners came to accept their Awards, some of them even breaking into a celebratory dance.

For Young Reporter Kaddishia Lewies, from the Radio Atlantis “Teen Express” group, winning the Best Site Award “was very unexpected, but it was amazing, great, overwhelming, wonderful. I am still shaking!” The ... Read More

CRF office pre YRA arts projects!

Everyone’s pitching in at our Cape Town office to prepare for the 2014 Youth Radio Awards which are taking place this coming Sunday! Last year’s amazing MC, Jafia “King” Imuri is helping with the party decorations, while Yumna is folding hundreds of origami birds. We just can’t wait!!!

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Jeremy Paxman interviewing Reverend Mpho Tutu / © Mim Saxl Photography

The UK branch of CRF held an amazing fundraising event in Oxford on 31st May. About 100 guests attended a talk by BBC famous journalist Jeremy Paxman and the Reverend Mpho Tutu, Archbishop’s Desmond Tutu’s daughter,  about Ubuntu and the importance of forgiveness.

They sat down for dinner in one of the many beautiful colleges of Oxford and were entertained by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and Colin Greenwood, CRF Global Ambassador.

Of course our UK Youth Reporters were present and did their own interviews of the famous guests. Not an easy task but Ellie and Naiha raised up to the challenge!

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Hi there radio lovers! After hours of listening  and much debate…we are delighted to bring you here the best of the Young Radio Awards 2014 entries!

With topics ranging from teenage love to the elections to xenophobia …all of this in seven languages (sometimes in the same piece)…treat your ears to great 100% youth-produced radio.

And to all the nominees, see you in Cape Town on June 15!

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