We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
Kicking off 2017, we launch a new project in Tanzania, with the support of the Von Clemm Trust, that will use the power of radio to raise awareness around the prevention, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Tanzania.
TB takes a heavy toll on the country’s youth, and the rest of the population, with approximately 170,000 cases and 58,000 deaths every year – even though drugs for treatment are readily available. The fight against TB isn’t a scientific or biological challenge, it’s an educational one. Our goal is to reduce the impact of TB among young people in Tanzania, and this project, supported by the Von Clemm Trust, will train, support and mentor 15 young reporters to create regular radio programmes about the disease.
Working with our partner organisation in Tanzania, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and along with the support of Operation Asha, we will address social issues...
We’ve entered the world of VR (virtual reality) with our new film created by Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith of Makhulu. This film about the street youth in our ‘Mugongo Ya Muana’ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has it’s story explained in the youth culture Huck magazine.
Read more about the experience of director Rowan Pybus in making the VR film, and more about how the children and young adults living in the slums are empowered through the radio work they do. The magazine describes itself as ‘inspired by radical youth culture, Huck roams the globe seeking out artists, activists and creative renegades who are breaking down the old world to build something new’.
Great work team, and onwards to new forms of storytelling!
World AIDS Day in South Africa was commemorated with a group march from Nolungile clinic to a mass event in a community hall in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
Our youth facilitators hosted at the World AIDS Day event in O.R Thambo Hall for the 3rd year in a row. They did an amazing job and worked the crowd of approximately 1000 primary and high school going youth, parents and grandparents. The main theme of the event was “test and treat” and the Future Positive youth reporters hosted a one hour live radio show engaging people on the topic: “How youth engage with sex and sexuality with their parents”. This opened up the conversation about health implications and risky behaviour. The event was organised in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders/MSF South Africa, Zip Zap Circus School, The Department of Health, Sonke Gender Justice, Anova Health , Treatment Action Campaign and City of Cape Town.
There were testing tables...
On Universal Children’s Day, November 20th, our street youth reporters in Kinshasa advocate for their rights. They observed this day together with church members and pastors from the ‘Assemblies of God’ Church, in the municipality of Kisensu in the DRC. This day observed by the United Nations, is celebrated each year to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
After the main church sermon, our partner from REEJER, Denis Mabwa introduced the issue of child witchcraft, and three testimonial stories were shared by the youth reporters. Our partners were given a space to talk about how the Church can play a negative role in not only the rejection and abandonment of children accused of witchcraft but also to entrench this belief of child witches in the community. It was pointed out that some point in Kinshasa, out of 100% of so-called street...