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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...

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Roland N’guessan is a bright young man living in Bouake, Ivory Coast. Watch his story to get a glimpse of how his involvement as a youth reporter gives him the confidence and greater world view than anything he learns at school.

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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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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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Phindile Mthombeni currently works at a community radio station Emalahleni FM as a Production Assistant, stand-in presenter and a CRF Youth Mentor/Facilitator. This is her story of being part of the CRF team.

Location: Emalahleni, South Africa

I’m a 28 year old young woman born in the far East Rand of Johannesburg. I have one older sister. I was raised by my late grandparents in a very small town in Nigel until I completed my Matric while my mom was still studying. I later moved to Witbank in 2011 after completing my Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism.

How did you get involved with the CRF?

I was approached my Programmes Manager, Mr. Dumisani Matsimbi after Vendaboy, the previous mentor requested to be released from his duties due to his commitments. My name then came up seeing how I related to the youth, and that I would assist them whenever they needed any assistance. At first I was very skeptical about it, was not sure if...

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