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Sthembiso Ndumo, "Future Buidling 16" facilitator and YRN 2014 Best Facilitator

My name is Sthembiso Protas Ndumo, I’m from Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I am currently working for the Newcastle Community Radio Station and I am the Facilitator for the YRN Future Building 16 group. In this capacity, I just won the Best Facilitator Award at the June 15th Youth Radio Awards in Cape Town!

I started as a part time presenter doing a teenage talk show named “Talk and Be Heard” in 2004 and then I became a producer from 2006 until 2007. Due to studying purposes I had to leave the station for a few years after I completed my matric in 2007. I then went to Amajuba to Study Electrical Engineering because my mother said, “you need something to fall back on”. 

After that I then went back to radio and became a breakfast show presenter and a show on Saturday night and later on work on the production studio doing adverts, station promos and jingles.

My inspiration is the community I grew up in b, in...

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Thabo Botopela, Regional Trainer for the Young Reporters Network South Africa

My name is Thabo Samuel Botopela but I call myself Thabo B when I am on air.
I was born in the township of Lebowakgomo in Limpopo province, and what I can say about myself is that I love radio. That is what I have been doing for the past eight years at our local community station GLFM. I started out as a reporter then moved into production and worked my way up until I became station manager in 2010. And in June 2013 I became a CRF trainer!

When I was young, my main inspiration was YFM (first youth radio in South Africa). The first time I listened to it I thought, this is what I want to do.

I come from a background that was tough, where love wasn’t always expressed and I know some of the youth don’t get the love and support they deserve. That results in them lacking confidence in what they want to do and achieve. That is the reason why most of kids end up abandoning their dreams. It all comes down to the love and support at...

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Martha Zulu leading a CRF training in Livingstone, Zambia

My name is Martha Zulu from the Eastern region of Zambia in Sub-Saharan Africa. I grew up on a farm in Chipata district. Life at the farm was very routine and there was not much to do but thankfully I had my parents two band radio for information and entertainment. As a child I realized the  power of radio because this was – and still is – how most farmers in our area gather information to discuss agricultural matters.

It was from this close relationship that I developed a passion for radio and motivation to read literature and other story books to my now late mother. I knew I could read out information on radio to people just like I read stories to my mother during my life at the farm. It was from the many years that I lived closely with radio that helped me realize that it is a very strong medium for social change.

The passion for communication motivated me to seek employment with a community based commercial radio station...

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Peter (on the right) with colleague Guy Ndjali and three youth reporters

For as far as he can remember, 31 year-old Peter Gbiako has been passionate about radio.

In primary school, he used to build radios from wood and wires, “But they were picking up all the frequencies at once,” he laughs. In high school, he started to intern at his local community station, Radio Liberté, in Gbadolite in the North Western Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2011, after seven years at Radio Liberté, mostly spent producing and presenting a youth show, Peter heard that the Congolese NGO APEE (Association for the Protection and Supervision of Children) was about to start a children’s radio station in the nearby town on Mbandaka. “It was the first time a kids radio was created in DRC, where children are very rarely heard on air. That’s why I wanted to be part of it,” he explains. He applied for the post of Director, got the job and hasn’t looked back since. “Most children in Mbandaka know me. They...

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