Posts Tagged ‘2019’

Community Media demands to be heard

17/07/2019

This morning during a scheduled engagement with the Community Media sector and the new Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu before his budget vote to Parliament, members of the sector handed a memorandum to the minister to highlight the current plight of community media.

The Minister felt that he was ambushed by the sector as he was under the impression that it was a simple “meet and greet”.

Below is the memorandum as it was issued.

MEMORANDUM TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY, 17 July 2019

Community radio, print and TV sectors

Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the country has made impressive gains in the promotion of media diversity through support for emerging, small commercial newspapers and community broadcasting services serving the majority of the people who were previously excluded. 

In the early 90’s media activists, many of whom are in this room today, fought for the establishment of the Media Development and Diversity Agency, tasked with the supporting community and independent media in South Africa. Since then the regulator has license over 200 community radio reaching an estimated audience of 8 million and 6 community TV stations reaching an estimated, collective audience of 14 million.

Community Newspapers by Independent publishers print in excess of 6 million copies per month with a readership that exceeds 20 million South Africans in all 11 official languages. Collectively the sector employs tens of thousands of previously disadvantaged individuals countrywide.

Unfortunately, in the last decade or so, these impressive gains have been rolled back as stations have struggled for survival in the face of weakened institutions (MDDA, GCIS and ICASA), state capture, government complacency and failed promises.

Year after year the sector attends “engagements” with the DoC, GCIS and the MDDA. Every year we regurgitate the same challenges and propose the same solutions. Every year the government and its agencies promise to address the issues and then nothing is done.

This year is different. The community media sector is on the verge of collapse with an estimated collective debt sitting at around R180 million. This is made up largely of debts to SAMRO & CARPASSO, SENTECH, SARS and rental. As we speak stations are being served eviction notices from their premises, retrenching staff and getting deeper into debt.

It makes no difference whether the MDDA and GCIS report to the DoC or to the Presidency, as long as something gets done.  The sector simply cannot be allowed to fail.

We call upon the Presidency to implement the following immediate measures:

• Provide emergency relief funding to pay off the collective debt to SARS, SENTECH, SAMRO & CARPASSO (paid to stations or directly to debtors – to avoid CSD challenges) – R150 million for radio, R15 million for TV and R15 million for print.

• Increase MDDA budget to allow for annual grant for all community broadcasters and increased support for print publishers.

• Build MDDA capacity at board and operational level to speed up grant approval and disbursement.

• Implement the Parliamentary Portfolio Directive (Nov, 2011) to spend 30 % of government adspend on community media.

Additional measures to improve the sustainability of the sector are outlined in the full memorandum

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Politicians, drag queens and schoolchildren #SONA2019 #6thParliament

21/06/2019

On Thursday the 20th June 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation address to the people of South Africa via Parliament.

As usual the Bush Radio team was at the sitting covering all aspects of the speech, from expectations of civil society and political parties, the fashion and the protests.

Here is a picture slideshow of some of the happenings:

Check out our instagram for more videos and pictures.

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Dear Mr President – #6thParliament #SONA2019 #dearmrpresident

18/06/2019

The first State of the Nation Address in this new term of Parliament is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 20 June 2019.

What do you want the President to address in his State of the Nation address?

*Bush Radio will be bringing you live coverage and analysis of the speech.

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Getting a taste for radio

13/06/2019

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Learner’s from the Sound and Light team at Muizenberg High School got to spend some time at Bush Radio on Wednesday the 12 June.

The young people had the opportunity to interact with the trainees at Bush Radio in all the areas; news, production, on air and presenting. They where roped into a recorded discussion on youth issues where they were able to share their views on Youth Day and the challenges and exciting opportunities facing young people.

Bush Radio’s commitment to developing young people is well known through it’s Children’s Radio Education Workshop and being the first station that provides a direct output for young people to make not just only radio, but all forms of media for themselves.

If your school would like to visit Bush Radio send an email to mother@bushradio.co.za or call 021448540 for more details.

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Get into the Golden Circle with #BenHarper

28/05/2019

Bush Radio is giving 3 lucky listeners and their partners the chance to see Ben Harper perform live in Cape Town, supported by the Soweto Gospel Choir and the Jack Mantis Band on the 4th June 2019 at Grandwest.

To stand a chance of winning a set of Golden Circle tickets:

  1. like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter.
  2. Then sms the keyword BEN and your name, surname to 32158.

The SMS* line will close on Friday the 31 May 2019 at 1pm.

The winners will be announced during a special 30 Minutes with Auriol Hays on Backchat at 2pm on the same day. Auriol Hays is one of the supporting acts for the Ben Harper concert. Auriol will highlight her work, music and her love for Ben Harper.

*SMS cost R1 and free minutes do not apply. This is a lucky draw, so enter as often as you like to improve your chances.

I am an African – #AfricaDay

22/05/2019

Africa Day on the 25th May is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union in 1963.

Join us as we celebrate all that makes us African. As Africa’s oldest community radio station project, this day has a special significance to us.

Watch the “I am an African” video clip.

The video above features an amended extract from the, “I am an African” speech by Thabo Mbeki at the adoption of the RSA Constitution Bill, 8 May 1996.

 

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“Activism: Past, Present and Future.” #TBT

16/05/2019

On Human Rights Day (21 March 2019) Bush Radio broadcast live from Community House as part of their celebration of 34 years of activism.

One of the our international interns, Katherine Goguen from the United States compiled this video clip.

Besides being part of the organizing committee, we also had several interviews leading up to the day and spent the day at Community House broadcasting and engaging in the discussions and activities

 

#Elections2019 over, but now the work begins

16/05/2019

It has been a hectic couple of months at Bush Radio as we provided debates with all the political parties, encouraging listeners to vote, covering the voting stations and the results as they became available.

We would like to thank all the people involved in making sure we kept everyone up to speed on making their mark.

A special thank you to our listeners, volunteers, supporters and the Western Cape IEC team headed by Courtney Sampson and their media office, Trevor Davids and Olivia Nagan.

Bush Radio will continue our work to promote building democracy and expand on its “Democracy is not a spectator sport” philosophy.

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Celebrating #CommunityHouse in pictures

22/03/2019

Have a look at the pictures from the celebration at Community House on Human Rights Day 2019.

Thank you to all the artists, activists, individuals and organisations who helped to make the day a big success.

Check out our Facebook page for more.

Related: Celebrating a home for the Community

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Celebrating a home for the Community

14/03/2019

comm house 21 march 2019On Human Rights Day the 21st of March, Community House will be celebrating 34 years of activism.

Several activities are planned for the day which starts at 11am. These activities include an exhibition, panel discussions and cultural events.

Bush Radio 89.5FM will be doing a live broadcast and Cape Town TV will film the day.

The exhibition will showcase the work of the various organisations that are, and have been based at Community House.

The panel discussions will centre on the role of activists and activism in a democracy and Womens Rights.

If you would like to be part of these discussions either as a panelist or audience. Contact Elizabeth Schutter on 0846162687 or elizabeth.schutter@gmail.com

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How to get to the venue from Bush Radio

Cultural activities:

Worker plays, choirs, dancing, music, poetry all will have a space.

The Cape Cultural Collective will be co-ordinating these activities, please get in touch with them on capeculturalcollective@gmail.com or June on 0791835170.

For more information on the celebration contact:

João Jardim
Manager – Community House
0843882101

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Community House Celebration Programme – 21 March 2019

11am start
Exhibition of memorabilia  and info tables in Ashley Kriel Hall, to stay throughout the day.

11:30 am to 1pm
Panel Discussion in Iman Haroon Room

1pm
Lunch break

Cultural items from Sons of South in Ashley Kriel Hall Dance flash mob in courtyard or parking lot

2pm to 3pm
2nd Panel Discussion in Iman Haroon Room AK hall exhibition continues

3 to 5pm
CCC Cultural Programme- Ashley Kriel Hall

5 to 6pm
Supper served

7 for 8pm (till late)
Gumba jol starts in Ashley Kriel Hall

Background to Community House

Community House situated in Salt River, Cape Town is a unique and historic site of living heritage. It has always been known as a site of activism from around the mid 1980s which has shaped and continues to shape the socio-political landscape of its extended communities. The building itself houses NGO’s and Trade Unions as well as a labour and community history museum centered on the Trade Union Library and its archive. It presently houses twenty-four organizations that focus on labour research, popular education, gender advocacy, HIV/AIDS education, environmental issues, youth development, media production and union organization.

In the mid-1980s, anti-apartheid trade unions and civic and service organizations began searching for a new headquarters for their resistance campaign. The Western Province Council of Churches (WPCC) and an NGO, the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) met this need. They purchased a dilapidated auto-workshop in Salt River, an area known for its textile and light metal factories and which marks the origins of industrial unions in the province.

The site was declared a provincial heritage site in 2010.

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