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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

LGBTI Exhibition shares Cape Town stories with the public

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Young Reporters at pop-up radio booth at Menell Media Exchange 2017

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Sixteen South African young reporters descended on the Menell Media Exchange 2018 in early June, to share their voice and interact with South African media professionals. Youth from Potchefstroom in the North West, Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, and Alexandra and Mamelodi in Gauteng attended the two day conference , hosting a live pop-up radio station at the event.

The Menell Media Exchange is an annual conference held in Johannesburg, that brings the entire media community together. Reporters, editors, media executives, non-profits, community and independent journalists, bloggers, tech developers, scholars and students, share ideas, explore developments, compare practices, and build skills and relationships.

Our youth reporters hosted radio pop-up ‘shows’ during the breaks between sessions, and managed to speak to a range of professionals working across the media sector.

Mlamuli Mulla Mseleku from Mams Radio in Pretoria had this to...

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As Cape Town prepared to becoming the first city in the world to run out of water, there has been a big focus on the supply, demand and management of water in the city. While Day Zero, the day when the water system is predicted to run dry, has been moved, the effects of the drought are far from over.

On World Water,  March 22nd, our water story produced by youth journalist Elethu Rotsho and BBC radio journalist Sophie Ribstein was featured on the BBC. “In my community, indeed people are more and more worried if all the taps run dry.” 17-year-old Elethu reports from Khayelitsha, South Africa about the extreme water crisis affecting Cape Town residents. Take a listen.

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TRT World, a Turkish television channel showcasing international news, recently broadcast our latest video on gun violence in their Newsfeed show.

In an innovative live Skype interview with the television presenter, Monica Maubane and Maryann Nobele from Alexandra, South Africa shared their ideas and experiences as youth reporters tackling the topic of gun violence in their community. The video produced by our media partners, Makhulu about Alex FM youth reporters was also broadcast on the show.

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Brighton conversing with President Obama at the Obama Foundation in Washington DC

To celebrate World Radio Day, the Queen’s Young Leaders organization in the United Kingdom ‘Leading Change‘ published a story about one of our former youth reporters, now CRF partner – Brighton Kaoma.

Brighton is the director of our partner organization in Zambia, the Agents of Change Foundation and he shared his story of meeting President Barrack Obama at the end of last year in a message to all his supporters. Read his message to his ‘guardian angels’ on the Queen’s Young Leaders website.

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Our radio work with young people across Africa was recently featured in the Radio World international publication, a radio industry magazine.

The article ‘CRF Grooms Child Broadcasters’, written by John Musuku, a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe gives the international radio community more insight into our work and our beginnings as an organisation. Click here to read the article on page 16.

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