We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
Our projects in the DRC have attracted quite a bit of press coverage in the last few months, with the most recent being an online article in Equal Times.
Equal Times is a global news and opinion website (based in Europe) focusing on labour, human rights, culture, development, the environment, politics and the economy from a social justice perspective. The article, ‘Teen reporters in Kinshasa stand up for the rights of children‘ written by Christopher Clark, features some of our youth reporters from our Mugongo Ya Muana project in Kinshasa, and how our project aligns with the UNICEF DRC’s child partcipation programme. Read the article here.
Here you can read the article in French. (Photos by Sydelle Willow Smith)
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!
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
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...
Koketso is a graduate youth reporter from our ‘Tswa Daar’ reporter group in Moutse, Limpopo, South Africa. She has since gone on to study at the University of Johannesburg. She shares her story on being involved with the project.
[BACKROUND INFO] I am 18 years old, and in a family of two brothers and two sisters, I am the last born. I was raised by both parents in a very disadvantaged family, but I never want to let my condition become my conclusion. I passed my Grade 12 in 2016 at Ramatshagalala Secondary School.
How did you get involved with the CRF?
I went for interviews they held at school as they wanted young people who can join Tswa-Daar on Moutse Community Radio Station.
How was the experience?
The experience has been amazing, life changing for me. I was working with a team that is so dedicated and with very supportive facilitators. I have learnt so much from this program. I now know how to research, produce and talk. I...