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The Optimistic Youth Reporters from Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha have been part of an exciting audio exchange with a group of young people called Dreamsquad in the Bronx in New York City. The youth finally met up in a live video link earlier this month after several weeks of exchanging recordings about issues in their communities.

Dreamsquad is a group of young people who participate in after school art programmes at the organisation DreamYard, which is based in the Bronx, in New York, USA. DreamYard is one of the largest arts providers in the Bronx and a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools, and social justice to transform students, schools, and communities.

Dreamsquad were trained in foundational radio techniques by CRF’s Linda Daniels ahead of the exchange. Both groups of young people underwent a community mapping exercise where they identified major...

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Our kind of financial director!

Name of staff member: Thando Makamo Ntoi

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

What is your background?

My background is in Corporate Finance and Strategy. I have an Honors Degree in Business Finance and also majored in Accounting and Information Systems. I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

How did you get involved with CRF?

My relationship with CRF began as a short consulting gig to help CRF better manage its finance and the role grew into a part time role as the Financial Director. I was introduced to the CRF family by a board member who I have known for many years from my university days in Johannesburg.

What makes you excited to go to work every day?

The challenge of reconciling the human aspect of delivering our program to our beneficiaries with the business aspect of ensuring we do so efficiently, but more importantly sustainably, to ensure we can do it for many years to come. The satisfaction of hearing the positive feedback...

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South African online publication Frequency Magazine which focuses on the radio industry, gave us a cover feature for their April/May issue.

Their latest issue covers community radio stations around South Africa, with features of some of our Young Reporters Network stations, and also includes an article by our regional trainer Thabo Botopela.

Read it here!

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Omphemetse Matabane was a reporter for one year with our ‘Bigger than Life’ Young Reporters at Alex FM. She feels proud to have been part of an initiative that created a platform to influence young people.

Location: Alexandra, South Africa

Background info:

I grew up in the North West province in a village called Jericho. I am an only child raised by a single mother. I did my Matric in 2010 at Bethel Girls High. I studied Journalism at Jeppe College and have a National certificate in Journalism. I’ve always loved interacting with people, and I am glad that I was bold enough to take a step of doing what I love and believed to be called for.

How did you get involved with CRF:

I’ve been with CRF for 12 months. I was approached by Sammy Ramodike who saw potential in me and believed in me. As someone who has been running teenage programmes I was delighted and I saw it as an opportunity to advance my skills, to acquire more knowledge and...

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March 21st was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights Day in South Africa. Our Freedom campaign around this day focused on sharing audio clips from a series of podcasts produced about migration and xenophobia.

Listen to Ellie’s full story of migrating from Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa alone as a child. “I remember the word of my parents were that ‘We don’t want to see you cry’, and those were the only words I remember from my mommy.” – Ellie, 18 years.

The Migration Podcasts are produced by Yumna Martin and created in partnership with Open Society Foundation.

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