The Minister of the Department of
Communications Dina Pule earlier today addressed more than 200 delegates of
community radio stations and stakeholders at the National Community Radio
Corporate Governance Indaba in Limpopo.
Minister Dina Pule said government is
working hard to improve the community programmes it has established.
Pule added that government is worried that
the sector is as wobbly as ever despite the big financial support the sector is
getting from government. This claim will be discussed by the delegates during
the conference deliberations.
In South Africa there are over 150
community radio stations and around eight million listeners.
According to the Minister funds are not
being accounted for and there is too much bickering between management and
Minister Dina Pule emphasised that
community radio stations belong to the community. It is up to community radio stations to
educate communities about different issues affecting people in the country.
The Minister Pule ended by saying that at the
end of the conference a governing document must come out the Indaba that says
AGM must be compulsory, each structure body that exists in community radio must
report somewhere, in order to improve the sector.
National Community Radio Forum (NCRF)
Secetary Patrick Kikine said he expects “serious financial support without
exploitation and abuse by the government officials responsible for managing them”.
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