The past September school holidays saw Bush Radio host a very successful Media Kidocracy Konfrence (MKK2013) – 22 to 27 September 2013. This was the 13th conference which drew young people from Bontheheuwel to as far away as Germany, participating in various discussions and productions around the theme “the role of media in democracy“.
The conference took place at the beautiful Mizpah Conference Centre in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Grabouw.
Besides plenary sessions which dealt with media literacy, gender and elections, the conference also included visits to various media outlets around Cape Town (radio, television, print and online) and a special “give back to the community” outreach session at Agape 2 – home for disabled and abandoned children. The conference also included lifeskill sessions on active citizenship and substance abuse as well as daily outside broadcasts from Grabouw.
The conference programme closed with what delegates always consider a highlight; the intensive production workshops which this year again included: television, radio, online, print, photography as well as two new productions; t-shirt and poster printing and a stage drama.
Bush Radio would like to thank the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Media Africa (FES Media – Africa) for their invaluable support to be able to run the conference as well as the Whale Coast Media Monitor – John Matthews and team, Independent Elections Commission Western Cape (IEC WC) – Courtney Sampson, Chris Balie and team and Trevor Davids, Democracy Development Programme (DDP), Charles King, Damelin, Voice of the Cape, CTTV, The Daily Voice, Community Policing Forum Mitchells Plain (CPF), Assitej, Independent Newspapers – Vusi Baloyi, South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (SANCA), Legend Ten Motion Pictures – Lydon Campbell, Gender Steps, Shariefa’s Catering and Mizpah conference centre.
A special thanks goes to all the Bush Radio Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW) facilitators and volunteers as well as the Bush Radio staff and trainees who provided the logistical support for the conference.