World Radio Day sees Zim lagging behind region

via World Radio Day sees Zim lagging behind region | SW Radio Africa by Tererai Karimakwenda on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Zimbabwe is lagging behind other regional countries in developing and promoting the use of radio as a medium and government needs to license independent players, media groups said as the world marked World Radio Day on Thursday.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) and legislators on the Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology, all agreed that private radio and community licenses should be issued by government.

February 13th is celebrated annually as World Radio Day, to highlight the use of radio as a medium that can be used to promote access to information and freedom of expression. The theme this year is “gender equality and women’s empowerment in radio”.

Patience Zirima, from the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe, said: “Zimbabwe is lagging behind. We have very few commercial radio stations and we have no community radio stations whatsoever. Like the rest of the region women are under-represented in radio just like any other medium.”

Zirima added that this is especially true when it comes to women in editorial and decision-making positions. The Media Alliance is also working with the Federation of African Media Women-Zimbabwe (Famwz) to promote gender diversity in radio.

“We have been working to increase the number of women in the news and also promoting issues around the safety of women journalists through campaigns targeting sexual harassment of women and how it is pervading newsrooms in Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday members of the Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology, visited BAZ, the broadcasting authority, to assess why there has been such a long delay in issuing commercial radio licenses to independent players.

MP James Maridadi, who is on the board of the Portfolio Committee, told SW Radio Africa that they criticized BAZ for the delay in issuing licenses and recommended that the authority move quickly to rectify this.

Maridadi said Zimbabwe is lagging behind countries like Zambia and Malawi, who have many independent radio stations, but admitted the Portfolio Committee has no real mandate and cannot pressure BAZ into making changes.

“We only have two licensed radio stations. One of them is owned by a deputy minister Supa Mandiwanzira and the other is owned by ZimPapers, which is a media house also controlled by government,” Maridadi said, referring to ZiFM and Star FM, which were both licensed controversially by BAZ.

He added: “It was the feeling of parliamentarians on the committee that the reasons we are behind have everything to do with politics. It is not licensing or legislation that is the problem. It is political. There are people who are worried as to what will be broadcast and Zimbabweans will listen to.”

The Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) marked World Radio Day with events in several countries. In a statement the regional director, Zoé Titus, said although women in Africa have made great strides in radio, a greater effort is still required to ensure equal opportunities for women in broadcasting.

Titus challenged female radio journalists in southern Africa to educate themselves and use radio to claim their power, saying they need to be “the difference that they wish to see in the radio sector”.

Statistics from the United Nations show that worldwide only about 25 percent of media board members are women, 22 percent of subject matter in radio news focuses on women and only 6 percent of the stories highlight issues of gender equality.

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  1. Thanks to criminals charamba the wife beater. Jon moyo the fraudster. Mucheterer the common thief and child rapist. Supa mandiwanzira is traitor also to be tried for treason. Then to the snakepit at our new chikurubi

  2. Mthwakazi says:

    Zim lags behind everyone because of Shona tribalism and gukurahundism!!

  3. Mthwakazi says:

    These are the Radio stations in democratic South Africa:
    Active
    • 5FM – (previously Radio 5)
    • 567 CapeTalk
    • 94.5 Kfm
    • 94.7 Highveld Stereo
    • 99.2 YFM
    • 2000FM (Radio 2000)
    • Algoa FM (Radio Algoa)
    • BRFM (The Border Drive)
    • Capricorn FM
    • Classic FM 102.7
    • East Coast Radio (ECR)
    • Gagasi FM
    • Good Hope FM
    • Heart 104.9 FM
    • iKwekwezi FM – (Ndebele language station – previously Radio Ndebele)
    • Jacaranda FM
    • Kaya FM 95.9
    • Ligwalagwala FM (Swati language station)
    • Lesedi FM (seSotho language station)
    • Lotus FM
    • Metro FM
    • Motsweding FM (seTswana language station)
    • MPowerFM
    • Munghana Lonene FM (Tsonga/Shangani language station)
    • North West FM
    • OFM – (previously Radio Oranje)
    • Phalaphala FM (Venda language station)
    • Power FM (Power 98.7 FM)
    • Radiokansel / Radio Pulpit
    • RSG – (previously Afrikaans Stereo, Radio Suid-Afrika [1985], Afrikaanse Diens van die SAUK [1937])
    • SAfm – (previously Radio South Africa [1985], English Service [1936])
    • Smile 90.4FM
    • Talk Radio 702
    • Thobela FM (Sepedi language station)
    • tru fm – (previously CKI FM)
    • Ukhozi FM (isiZulu language station)
    • Umhlobo Wenene FM (isiXhosa language station)
    • Vuma 103 FM

  4. Mthwakazi says:

    Yes Mzansi for sure!!
    1. Active
    • Alfred Nzo Community Radio 98.3 / 93.8 FM
    • Bayfm 107.9
    • eKhephini Community Radio
    • Emmanuel Haven FM – (EH 88.7 FM)
    • Forte Community Radio
    • IFM
    • Inkonjane 100.5 FM
    • Izwi Lethemba Christian Community Radio
    • Khanya Community Radio
    • Kingfisher FM
    • Kouga FM
    • Kowie FM 99 Dot Zero
    • Kumkani
    • Link FM 97.1
    • Lukhanji 93.7 FM
    • Mdantsane FM
    • Nkqubela Community Radio Station
    • PE FM 87.6
    • Radio Graaff-Reinet
    • Radio Grahamstown
    • RMR 89.7FM (Rhodes Music Radio)
    • Sanjonisi Youth Radio
    • Takalani Community Radio (TCR FM) 98.2 Mhz
    • Unique FM
    • Unitra Community Radio (UCR-FM)
    • Vukani Community Radio
    • Wild Coast FM

  5. Mthwakazi says:

    Free State (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Karabo FM
    • Koepel Stereo (KSFM 94.9)
    • Kovsie FM 97.0
    • Lefika FM
    • Lentswe Community Radio
    • Medfm
    • Mohokare Community Radio
    • Mosupatsela FM Stereo
    • Motheo FM
    • Naledi FM
    • Overvaal Stereo
    • QwaQwa Radio
    • Radio Panorama 107.6 FM
    • Radio Rosestad 100.6 FM
    • Setsoto FM Stereo
    Gauteng (Community Stations)
    Active
    • 90.6FM Stereo / VCR FM
    • 101.9 Chai FM
    • Alex FM
    • ArrowLine Chinese Radio Station
    • East Rand Stereo 93.9 FM
    • Eastwave Radio 92.2 FM
    • eK FM 103.6
    • Eldos FM Community Radio
    • Heidelberg Community Radio
    • Hellenic Radio
    • Hope FM
    • IFM 102.2
    • Impact Radio 103 FM
    • Jozi FM
    • Kasie FM 97.1
    • Kofifi FM 97.2
    • Lenz FM 93.6
    • Mams FM
    • Midcities 107.4 FM
    • Mix 93.8 FM
    • Radio 1584
    • Radio Islam MW 1548
    • Radio Medunsa
    • Radio Pretoria
    • Radio Rippel 90.5 FM
    • Radio Today
    • Radio Veritas
    • Rainbow FM 90.7
    • River FM
    • Rock FM 91.9
    • Soshanguve Community Radio
    • Thetha FM 100.6
    • Tuks FM 107.2
    • TUT FM 96.2
    • UJFM 95.4
    • Voice of Tembisa FM
    • Voice of Wits (VOW FM) 90.5
    • SiriusFM 105.7 in the Springs area
    • VUT FM 96.9
    KwaZulu-Natal (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Divine Touch Radio
    • DYR 105.1 FM
    • Good News Community Radio (GNCR) 93.6FM
    • Highway Radio 101.5FM
    • Hindvani FM (91.5 – 102.3FM)
    • Icora FM – (Indonsakusa Community Radio)
    • Imbokodo 96.8FM
    • Inanda 88.4 FM
    • Izwi LoMzansi (98.0 FM)
    • KZN Capital 104FM
    • Maputaland Community Radio 107.6 FM
    • Newcastle Community Radio
    • Nkandla Community Radio
    • Nquthu Community Radio
    • Radio Al-Ansaar
    • Radio Khwezi
    • Radio Sunny South 97.0 FM
    • Shine FM (104 FM)
    • Siyathuthuka FM 97.6
    • Ugu Youth Radio FM
    • Umgungundlovu Community Radio (U107.6 FM)
    • Vibe FM 94.7
    • Zululand FM – (previously Ubuhlebeshowe Community Radio 97.0)
    Limpopo (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Blouberg Community Radio (95.0 FM)
    • Botlokwa Community Radio Station
    • Comrad Tshepo
    • Giyani Community Radio
    • Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio (GLFM 89.8 Mhz)
    • Greater Tzaneen Community Radio (GTFM 104.8)
    • GY FM
    • Hlanganani FM
    • Lephalale FM
    • Makhado FM 107.3
    • Mala FM 101
    • Mohodi Community Radio 98.8 FM
    • Mokopane Community Radio Station
    • Moletsi Community Radio Station
    • Moutse Community Radio Station
    • Musina FM (104.0FM)
    • Phalaborwa FM (PFM)
    • Radio Turf
    • Sekgosese Community Radio
    • Sekhukhune Community Radio (SK FM)
    • Thabazimbi Radio Station
    • Tubatse FM
    • Univen Community Radio 99.8 FM
    • Waterberg Stereo 104.9 FM – (previously “Thaba Stereo 104.9FM” & “Radio Bushveld”)
    • Zebediela Community Radio
    Mpumalanga (Community Stations)
    Active
    • 99.3FM Kosmos Stereo
    • Barberton Community Radio (BCR 104.1FM)
    • Emalahleni FM
    • Greater Middelburg FM 89.7
    • Kangala Community Radio Services (92.8FM)
    • Kasi FM 107.3 (K Radio 107.3 FM)
    • Kriel Info Radio
    • Ligwa Community Radio
    • Mash FM Stereo
    • Mkhondo Community Radio
    • Nkomazi FM
    • Radio Alpha 97.8 FM (Alfa-Alfa)
    • Radio Bushbuckridge
    • Radio Ermelo 104 FM Stereo
    • Radio Kragbron 93.1FM Stereo
    • Radio Laeveld 100.5FM Stereo
    • Secunda FM
    • Standerton Info Radio
    • Ubuthebe FM Live[2]
    Northern Cape (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Kurara FM
    • Mmabatho FM
    • Radio Kaboesna
    • Radio NFM 98.1
    • Radio Orania
    • Radio Riverside 98.2 FM
    • Radio Teemaneng Stereo 89.1 FM
    • Revival FM
    • Ulwazi FM 88.9
    • X-K FM 107.9
    North West (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Aganang FM
    • Bosveld Stereo 107.5FM
    • Kopanong FM
    • Letlhabile Community Radio
    • Lichvaal Stereo (92.6FM)
    • Life FM
    • Mafikeng Community Radio 96.7
    • Modiri FM
    • Mogale
    • Moretele Community Radio 106.6 FM
    • Motsitle FM
    • NWU FM
    • PUK FM 93.6
    • Radio Mafisa 93.4 FM
    • Star FM 102.9 Mhz
    • Vaaltar FM (VTR FM)
    • Village FM
    Western Cape (Community Stations)
    Active
    • Bok Radio 98.9FM
    • Bush Radio 89.5 FM
    • CCFM 107.5
    • Eden FM
    • Fine Music Radio (FMR)
    • Franschhoek FM 87.6
    • Hope Radio
    • Knysna FM 97.0
    • MC90.3FM
    • ME FM
    • MFM 92.6
    • Moo 97.3FM
    • Radio 786
    • Radio Atlantis 107.9 (RAFM)
    • Radio Gamkaland 87.6FM
    • Radio Helderberg 93.6 FM
    • Radio Houtstok
    • Radio Kaap se Punt
    • Radio KC 107.7 FM
    • Radio Namakwaland 93.4FM
    • Radio Overberg 98.4FM
    • Radio Tygerberg 104 FM
    • Radio West Coast 92.3FM
    • Radio Zibonele
    • Suidkaap FM
    • The Voice of the Cape
    • UCT Radio 104.5FM
    • Valley FM
    • Whale Coast FM[3]
    Online Radio
    • PubRocK Online Radio – “Nothing But Pure Rock!”
    • The Taxi Radio – Talk Radio Online
    • Zone Radio – 60′s, 70′s and 80′s music

  6. John Thomas says:

    Those freedom fighters from ZANU sure have freed us all I don’t think.

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