Community Airwaves

Community Airwaves is an on-line newsletter that aims to provide a communication and knowledge-sharing platform to community radio stakeholders in South Africa. The platform will provide information to its recipients timeously, allow exchange of ideas and advice between and amongst members and associates, promote networking and partnership development. For more information e-mail:

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Digital Migration Conference: 27-29 September 2006

Digital Migration Conference
Indaba Hotel - Gauteng
27, 28 & 29 September 2006

Trade Conferences International is hosting the Digital Migration Conference on the 27, 28 and 29 of September 2006 at Indaba Hotel. This conference will set a platform to make an inquiry on the progress of moving from analogue to digital broadcasting systems. Migrating from analogue to digital will offer viewers a package of screening options. It will increase viewing services, efficient use of and allocation of spectrum, greater variety and faster rates of data transmission.

Expects from communications landscapes will be taking turns addressing these themes; digital technology in South Africa, convergence of technologies, challenges and opportunities within the broadcasting industry, issues related to shifting towards digital technology.

Some of the presenters at this event are:
Nic Bonthuys - General Manager SABC,
Charlene Deacon - Managing Director of Kaya FM,
Frans Lindeque - Sentech, and
Dennis Magaya - Executive Head of Customer Services and applications at Cell C.

The last day of the conference will be dedicated to a workshop facilitated by Danny Moalosi, Project Officer from National Community Radio Forum. The workshop will focus on digital migration policy and regulatory issues.

The workshop will unpack these themes:
Evaluating telecommunication policy and regulatory developments,
Intergraded policy framework for digital radio services, and
Models of digital radio usage for community development.

To get more details on this event visit the TCI website on: and on how to attend contact Mzi Letsiye at 011 803 0009.

Highway Africa Conference 2006

The Highway Africa Conference is an annual ICT conference hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. This is an event attended by delegates from across the globe to discuss issues relating to Internet governance, ICT policy and media for democracy. This year is the conference will be hosted from September 11 – 15 and will celebrate ten years.

NCRF Projects Officer, Daniel Moalosi will be making a presentation on “Community Media and the Future”. This paper will outline how the sector will adjust to the digital migration environment. This paper will be available as per request after the conference.

For more information on the Highway Africa this year, visit the conference website on:

Thursday, July 13, 2006

NCRF facilitates an e-Readiness Course on 17-21 July 2006

The NCRF will be hosting an e-Readiness training course on 17-21 July 2006. The course jointly delivered by the NCRF and CECS will be facilitated by Danny Moalosi and Arnold Pietersen. The e-Readiness project is a result of a research conducted with support from the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the MAPPP-SETA.

Fifteen partcipants from community radio stations will gather at the NCRF National Office in Johannesburg next week to engage in the e-Readiness state of the sector. More female participants have been prioritised in this course, with the aim to improve the level of technical capacity of women at community radio stations.

For more information on this course, contact the NCRF Projects Officer - Danny Moalosi on

Friday, June 09, 2006

OUT NOW - 2nd Edition Community Airwaves e-Newsletter

The second edition of the NCRF e-Newsletter - Community Airwaves is out. This newsletter comes out quartely and was launched in March 2006. The aim of the e-Newsltter is to keep you informed of the happnings in the community radio sector.

Community radio activists, practitioners and volunteers at community radio stations are welcome to send feedback on stories published and send new story lines to be considered for publication.

To subcribe for this exiting e-newsletter, send an e-mail to with the subject line: "Community Airwaves Subscribe"

Thursday, May 25, 2006

NCRF Special General Meeting & National CR Conference POSTPONED

The NCRF Special General Meeting & National Community Radio Conference that were to be held next month, June 2006 are postponed. The decision to postpone both events was taken by the NCRF Board, after consultation and in the absence of a confirmed sponsor for participants’ travel and accommodation.

The meeting and the conference ar planned for September 2006.

Applications that have been submitted for the events will be kept on file. If there are further clarifications needed please forward in writing to the attention of the NCRF Chairperson on 011 403 4314.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Do you want to be a radio presenter or producer?

Bush Radio, a community radio station in Cape Town, is offering one year full-time trainee placements.

Do you meet these requirements:
* Be outgoing and confident
* Have the ability to engage with an audience
* Have excellent communication and presentation skills
* Have an inquisitive, inquiring nature
* Good knowledge of current affairs
* Be able to think on your feet and stay calm under pressure
* Be creative and flexible
* Communicate effectively (written and spoken) in one or more of the following languages; English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.

Producers and presenters work at the forefront of radio production, and are responsible for keeping shows running by introducing items, setting up and interviewing guests, asking questions, introducing and hosting current programmes as well as operating technical equipment.

What do you need to do:
Submit a detailed CV with three contactable references.
Write a 500 word motivation on why you want to be considered.
(State your preference for presenter / producer traineeship clearly)
Should your application be selected you will be required to complete a general knowledge and computer literacy evaluation.

If you are successful candidate you will receive:
- Work experience at an "ON AIR" radio station.
- Training opportunities to develop your skills.
- Training allowance (R 1500 - R 2000 neg. dependent on experience / qualifications)

Application deadline: 23 May 2006

Send applications to:

* ALL responses to this ad by e-mail ONLY
* Please do NOT telephone us - doing so will result in your exclusion from the applicant's list

Friday, May 12, 2006

JOB ADVERT - Labour Radio News Producer

Workers World Media Productions is a dynamic and growing non-profit media organization serving the needs of the trade union movement, NGOs and working class communities. We require an experienced and skilled Labour Radio News Producer.

Requirements from applicants for this job:
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Full competency in the use of Pro-Tools audio production programme on Imac.
- Research ability and creating relevant news for radio broadcasts from information gathered.
- A relevant post-matric qualification and/or experience.
- A good speaking voice.
- A valid driver’s licence.
- A commitment to the socio-economic and political upliftment of working class people. Trade union/labour/ community organising experience, fluency in isiZulu and additional media skills will be an added advantage.

Conditions of employment:
A salary package commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience, including a provident fund, medical-aid, a 13th cheque and generous leave provisions. The job is based in Cape Town and will require travelling from time to time.

Please apply to:
The Administrator
P.O.Box 245
Cape Town
Fax: 021 4485076

Include your full CV.

Deadline for Applications: 24 May 2006

The 2nd Annual SangoNet ICTs Conference

The Southern African NGO Network (SangoNet) held its second Annual Information & Communications Technologies (ICTs) Conference on 7 - 9 March 2006. Representatives from various non-governmental organisations attended the event to discuss the latest trends in technology and opportunities that civil society organisations can take advantage of to strengthen their marketing and fundraising drives – using ICTs.

Deputy Minister of Communications, Roy Padayachie was the keynote speaker. In his talk clarifying the national development priorities for ICTs in South Africa, he urged civil society organisations to be pro-active and participate in the national strategy development processes.

Speakers included:
Aynon Doyle, Senior Manager: Broadcasting Policy Development and Research at ICASA
Nhlanhla Mabaso, Open Source Centre Manager at the Meraka Institute
Potlaki Maine, National Technology Officer at Microsoft South Africa
Alan Levin, Chairperson of the Internet Society of South Africa

SANGONeT also hosted the first-ever South African NGO Web Awards during the conference. The awards aim is to raise awareness amongst South African NGOs about the benefits of having a web presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

Congratulations are in order to one NCRF associate member, IDASA for getting recognition for its newly-renovated website.

To view the recoding of the keynote address, click on this SANGONeT website link:

To view conference pictures, click on this SANGONeT website: link:

Community Sound Broadcasting Policy Review

On February 13 & 14 this year, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) held public hearings on the review of the Community Sound Broadcasting Policy. The Discussion Paper on this matter was published last year in September. Stakeholders and the public were encouraged to make submissions, which resulted with eleven indications to make oral submissions.

Obviously, as the community radio umbrella body, the NCRF was among those who were to make the written submission and oral presentation. The organisation’s Project Officer, Daniel Moalosi represented the NCRF as a presenter of the NCRF position. Moalosi was confident in his presentation, as he was the one who had done the research for the NCRF position paper.

Matters raised in the NCRF submission were:
- The community be the license owners,
- The board of director be the license holders,
- The radio station be the license operator, and
- The community becomes the beneficiaries.

On its invitation to the public hearings, ICASA emphasizes that the review is aimed at growing and sustaining the community sound broadcasting sector.

RESOURCE:View the submissions by clicking on this link: (see NCRF submission)

Community Radio and the 2006 Local Elections

Once more community radio is in the mix with the “Power of X”. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) slogan for the 2006 local elections lingered on both print and electronic media for the past local elections. Community radio has not neglected its role on this citizen education campaign.
After a meeting between the NCRF and the IEC early this year, over 85 community radio stations participated in encouraging communities to participate in the 2006 local elections on March 1st. Participating community radio stations conducted interviews with Provincial Electoral Officers, different political parties and community members at large.

With raising concerns over government service delivery in other communities, it is imperative that the sector does not forget its major role in creating a platform for communities to participate in their own development.

Organisations like ICASA and the EISA (an organisation that stands for promotion of credible elections and democratic governance in Africa) also supported proper media coverage of the elections. ICASA is mandated to monitor broadcasters’ election coverage during the election period. During the election period, the ICASA Monitoring and Complaints Unit was available for advice to broadcasters on what is expected of them during this period.

EISA in partnership with OSF-SA conducted local government elections related workshops for civil society organisations and media institutions. The workshops were aimed at providing a platform for civil society organisations to reflect on the new system of local government in South Africa since its inception after the 2000 local government elections.

RESOURCE:ICASA Monitoring & Complaints Unit – or tel: 011 321 8442
EISA – or tel: 011 482 5495


This is the new NCRF newsletter, called Community Airwaves. The idea of an on-line newsletter comes after a number of requests for the NCRF to produce some sort of communication platform that will allow community radio stakeholders to share information and exchange knowledge. Between 2001 and 2002, the NCRF published a monthly newsletter called the NCRF Notice Board. Apart from the name not appealing to the targeted readers, there was also lack of involvement from the readers themselves. The non-participation was mainly because the newsletter then was only produced in hard copy and not all members and stakeholders would get a copy to read… never mind send contributions.

As mentioned, the NCRF Notice Board was a hardcopy newsletter that gets sent to all NCRF members through the post. This distribution method had challenges when it came to ensuring that all employees and volunteers at stations get a copy. Another challenge was the frequent changes on the station contacts.
Now, introducing the on-line newsletter is based on the fact that anyone interested in receiving the newsletter can do so through his or her own e-mail address. A hardcopy version will also be faxed to stations without an e-mail address.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Introducing the New NCRF Board

At its bi-Annual General Meeting 2005 at the Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Village in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal - the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) elected a completely new Board of Directors. The two-day meeting was hosted on November 10 to 11, in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

The new NCRF Board of Directors are:

1. Chairperson: Ms Geshana Nadesan - KwaZulu-Natal
2. Secretary: Mr David Seale – Western Cape
3. Treasurer: Ms Rebone Molefe - Gauteng

4. Free State - Mr Sechake Mothibedi
5. Mpumalanga - Mr Ben Tebele
6. Mpumalanga - Mr Reginald Kgoedi
7. KwaZulu-Natal - Mr Vusi Shangase
8. Eastern Cape - Mr Luyanda Jimlongo
9. Northern Cape – Mr Garth Damerall
10. North West - Ms Dudu Makapan
11. Limpopo - Mr Sebitjo Malatji

Representatives who attended the bi-AGM 2005 were from the NCRF Member stations, associate members, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Sentech, Open Society Foundation of South Africa, Ungana-Afrika, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), private companies that are interested in the development of NCRF as an organisation and the community radio sector in general.

For more information on the NCRF Board, visit the NCRF website – link:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Community Airwaves - keeping you talking...