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Location: Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa

What is your background?

I am 20 years old, and my family of four consists of my mother, brother and stepdad. But now I am living with my grandmother. I am a strong-minded young man who does not conform to society’s expectations and who does not let past experience block my view for greater things in future. I passed my Matric in 2016 at Jabavu Senior Secondary School.

How did you get involved with CRF?

A mini meeting was held at one of our local NGOs, Isibindi, and I was one of those young people who were selected, after being tested for my speech skills, and delivering my knowledge about radio.

How was the experience?

My experience with the program was life changing.  Literally from a young boy, who then blossomed into a confident man in a space of a year. I learnt new things in each and every topic we covered and radio show we produced. And the technical things of course, for example...

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Name of Staff member:  Lungi Mjwara

Location: Cape Town

What is your background? 

 My background is in Social Work, Programme Development  & Management. I hold an B Social Work Degree and a Masters Degree in Child & Family Studies. I have spent over 10 years in the NGO sector, mainly in child protection, developing and leading psychosocial programmes, as well as proving support on organizational development issues. I currently sit on the board of directors of a few social change organizations.

How did you get involved with CRF?

I was headhunted by a recruitment specialist for the South Africa Country Manager position at CRF. Luckily I already knew about organization, the work that they do, and was interested in being part of it. I then followed a formal recruitment process. I thereafter joined the organization, and hit the ground running.

What makes you excited to go to work every day?

Seeing the impact of our work in the...

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Monde Ndelu was a reporter for two years with Vibrant Youth Young Reporters from Vibe FM in Kwazulu-Natal. He feels honoured to have had the opportunity to work with CRF in making South Africa a better country for its youth.

Location: KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

What is your background: My name is Monde Ndelu. I was a  young reporter for the Children’s Radio Foundation based in Durban. I grew up in Kwamashu in Durban, living with my father’s family. I went to Roseland Primary School, and Huntroad Secondary School. I have a certificate in Supply Chain Management.

How did you get involved with CRF: I got involved with CRF after being invited to participate in a focus group discussion, where we were discussing issues that affect the community. A friend of mine, who was already a young reporter, asked me to participate in the workshop. At the workshop I was approached by Bongs (the facilitator) and Andile (the regional...

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Name of staff member: Unathi Ndiki

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

What is your background?

I am from East London, in the Eastern Cape province. I would like to describe myself as an artist, an art activist. I have background in performance art theatre. I am also an entrepreneur, and I have a company called Railway Communication, which is concerned with book publishing.

How did you get involved with CRF?

I recently applied for a job at the organisation. Being with CRF is an opportunity to inspire young people to express themselves using radio, and also for them to tell their own stories.

What makes you excited to go to work every day?

To learn from young reporters, to facilitate a conducive learning environment for all of us. I believe that we need to pay particular attention to the issues that young people are dealing with so as to find workable solutions that will be good to everyone.

What has been the highlight of your...

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Over five thousand miles may separate us, but I found much in common with our youth reporters in Zambia. We want the best for our communities and young people and we all feel we have a role in bringing about the change we need to see to make that happen. Whether that is at home in the United Kingdom or Kitwe, Zambia.

Usually I spend my days hunting down funds and promoting the work of CRF in the United Kingdom. I spend my days on conference calls, hovering over spreadsheets and nights worrying about funding. It is a welcome, refreshing change to visit our youth reporters in Kitwe.

We arrived on World Water Day and spent the day with youth, visiting a local river. They told us the river was polluted and that when it floods, the children can’t cross to get to school and many people who are dependent on the local charcoal trade have their livelihoods cut off. In the face of this, not despair but activism; making radio broadcasts to...

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