We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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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NAME OF REPORTER
Thato Rachamose, 17 years old
Lebowakgomo, South Africa
South Africa Young Reporters Network site at Greater Lebowakgomo FM in Limpopo Province, their youth show is called ‘Boom Talk’
I was part of the first group of young people that were trained in 2011 to become youth reporters. Together we started ‘Boom Talk’, a radio show about youth issues that goes by the tagline, “By the youth, for the youth, it’s Boom Talk!” And is broadcast on the local community radio station GLFM every Saturday at 9 am.
Today as one of the oldest members, I am the main producer of the show and often one of the presenters.
On Saturdays, we get to the radio station just before our show, get on air at 9am and then after our show we immediately get into the preparation for the next show as we can’t loose any time.
First, we brainstorm social issues that can be of interest of for youth in our community, then...
NAME OF REPORTER
Monique Hanson, 17 years old
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa Young Reporter’s Network site at Radio Atlantis, the youth radio show is called ‘Teen Express’
On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I go to Radio Atlantis when school gets out. My spirit lifts up, because I’m around all these great guys that come up with creative ideas that we can use to produce our show and broadcast them.
We arrive at the radio station at 3.00 and we plan and organise who will go where in the community. At 3.30 we go in partners to different places in Atlantis and ask people in the community what topics we should talk about on our radio show. In our community we have lots of problems that young people face, like drugs, violence, unemployment – so we usually get a lot of suggestions! We have to get back to the station at 4.30 latest, when we’re all back we share what topics we found and choose...