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I am Pamela Mihle Hlazo, and I am 30 years of age. I was born in the Pondoland side of the former Transkei (Ngqeleni). I am the second born out of four. I am currently a presenter at Unitra Community Radio FM and an LLB student at University of South Africa. I am also a mother of two boys.

How did you get involved with CRF?

In 2014 Mike and the former regional trainer Tabiso approached the station and then they finalised the deal to work together. A suggestion was made to the station manager, Mr Mtshandu to select the mentor and chose me, after he noticed my efforts around the station.

What is the best part of being a facilitator, and your highlight of 2016?

Having to work with the youth and being exposed to the challenges that they face is something that I didn’t care about before.  The program has given me maturity and made me a better person and a good mentor. My hightlight for 2016 was winning the award for the ‘Best Story on...

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Interview with Prince Harry and Elton John at the International AIDS Conference 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

During the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, two of our youth reporters had the fantastic opportunity to have a sit-down interview with Prince Harry of Wales and legendary singer, Elton John. Here is the interview that went live to the world in July 2016! This was one of the highlights of the year for us.

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World AIDS Day in South Africa was commemorated with a group march from Nolungile clinic to a mass event in a community hall in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Our youth facilitators hosted at the World AIDS Day event in O.R Thambo Hall for the 3rd year in a row. They did an amazing job and worked the crowd of approximately 1000 primary and high school going youth, parents and grandparents. The main theme of the event was “test and treat” and the Future Positive youth reporters hosted a one hour live radio show engaging people on the topic: “How youth engage with sex and sexuality with their parents”. This opened up the conversation about health implications and risky behaviour. The event was organised in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders/MSF South Africa, Zip Zap Circus School, The Department of Health, Sonke Gender Justice, Anova Health , Treatment Action Campaign and City of Cape Town.

There were testing tables...

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A 16 year old youth reporter from the rural town of Cala in South Africa shares her beautiful story of being given the opportunity to host a music chat show for her community radio station, Vukani FM. With the money she earns, she can help provide for her family.

‘My name is Siphosethu Adam, I am a 16 year old youth reporter in Cala. I represent iSkeem Somthombo Wolwazi for the best community radio station in the cool Eastern Cape province. I have been in the project for 2 years now, and my roles in the show are to host and research for the show.

These roles have helped in shaping who I am today, because before the project I had no self-confidence and mostly I was afraid to let my voice out. There were times I felt too little, like I did not belong in the world and I could not let my opinions be heard by others at school. But now I can proudly stand in the crowd and stand for what I feel is right and also I can help other young...

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Mr Punch is our facilitator at Mams FM in Mamelodi near Pretoria. He shares his journey from music production into radio, and his highlights of working with the Children’s Radio Foundation.

Location: Mamelodi East, Gauteng, South Africa

Capricorn is my star sign as I was born on the 1st of January at the place called Bushbuckridge, east of Mpumalanga.  At the age of five I moved to Mamelodi. I was only 17 when I started a kwaito group called Nice guys and we released our debut album. In 2007 I did my first short film called Karma, which aired on SABC 1, and I also released my first album as a solo artist. In 2012 I joined our local radio station Mams FM.

How did you get involved with the CRF?

I was introduced to the program by my Programs Manager Sipho Malinda, after the previous facilitator retired. My Program Manager chose me because I did work with youth before. Before I came to our radio station I was working at Y.D.O as a...

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