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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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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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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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