We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
“We had so much fun and interviewed a lot of people, that our tiny brains could not even contain the amount of inspiration we were exposed to!” This is what youth reporter Kananelo from Aganang FM shared after attending the performance of the Minnesota Orchestra in Johannesburg recently.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s historical tour to South Africa was the first time a professional U.S. orchestra has ever toured to the country. A few youth reporters from our South Africa projects had the opportunity to attend performances in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg. For many this was a first time to attend such a large-scale concert performance, with 250 performers on tour, including the orchestra and choir. The tour drew together diverse performers and music styles, all in connection with a worldwide celebration of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, on the centenary of his birth.
Skhathesihle from Vibe FM in...
Location: Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa
What is your background?
I am 20 years old, and my family of four consists of my mother, brother and stepdad. But now I am living with my grandmother. I am a strong-minded young man who does not conform to society’s expectations and who does not let past experience block my view for greater things in future. I passed my Matric in 2016 at Jabavu Senior Secondary School.
How did you get involved with CRF?
A mini meeting was held at one of our local NGOs, Isibindi, and I was one of those young people who were selected, after being tested for my speech skills, and delivering my knowledge about radio.
How was the experience?
My experience with the program was life changing. Literally from a young boy, who then blossomed into a confident man in a space of a year. I learnt new things in each and every topic we covered and radio show we produced. And the technical things of course, for example...
Name of Staff member: Lungi Mjwara
Location: Cape Town
What is your background?
My background is in Social Work, Programme Development & Management. I hold an B Social Work Degree and a Masters Degree in Child & Family Studies. I have spent over 10 years in the NGO sector, mainly in child protection, developing and leading psychosocial programmes, as well as proving support on organizational development issues. I currently sit on the board of directors of a few social change organizations.
I was headhunted by a recruitment specialist for the South Africa Country Manager position at CRF. Luckily I already knew about organization, the work that they do, and was interested in being part of it. I then followed a formal recruitment process. I thereafter joined the organization, and hit the ground running.
What makes you excited to go to work every day?
Seeing the impact of our work in the...
At the end of May 2018, the Ebola virus was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of around 1.5 million people, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previous reports of the disease had all been in remote areas, where Ebola might spread more slowly. Our youth reporter teams on the ground have been working hard to make information available, despite the lack of health facilities and infrastructure in the Equateur region.
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) health assessment, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces a “very high” public health risk from Ebola. This is one the world’s most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal. The current Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of more than 30 people, according to the official figures, including Batwa children and women. It has also disturbed our project plans both at radio station and community levels. Our Indigenous People’s Rights project...
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...