QUEENSTOWN- Three years of planning by university students living
in Cala were rewarded earlier this month as the Vukani community
radio, broadcasting from the town,went on air for the first time.
A former programme officer of the Cala University Students' Association
(Calusa), Mr Godfrey Silinga, said at a launch the idea of a community
radio was initiated in 1993.
It followed a workshop on integrated development which highlighted
the difficulties in communicating with villages with which Calusa
worked. An application was then lodged with the former Transkei
Department of Post an Telecommunication, which transferred it to
the then-ruling military council. The council referred the application
to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, until the tabling
of the request before the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).
Three Calusa representatives, Mr Siphiwo Liwani, Mr Sipho Tabo
and Miss Zikhona Ngqwebo, and their legal advisers, continued to
promote the idea of the station, until the licence was finally granted
in February. Three technicians from Germany assisted in the installation
of the station.
A radio forum, with two representatives from each organisation
that will use the station, is to be formed to formulate programming.
Vukani community radio can be received on FM 100-104 within Cala
and its environ. An offical from the IBA yesterday confirmed that
the licence had been granted for Vukani to operate. - DDR