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Deputy Minister Siweya to unveil brand new studios at Zebediela community radio station

The Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA), led by the Deputy Minister in The Presidency, Ms. Thembi Siweya, accompanied by Mayor of Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, Cllr Molala Meriam and Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality, Cllr Mamedupi Teffo, will unveil the brand-new state-of-the-art broadcast studio at Zebediela Community Radio Station on the 18th of February 2023.

Zebediela Community Radio station is located on stand no 01 Moletlane Tribal Offices, Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality, in Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo Province. The station’s broadcast license covers 32 semi-rural villages which are under the chieftaincy of Kgoshi Sello Madimetja Kekana 111.

The station was founded by the community of Zebediela on the 09th of August 1998 at Moshate Moletlena Zebediela, after struggling with finding a suitable venue to locate the station, the Zebediela Citrus Estate first accommodated the station in an old shop and assisted with basic broadcasting equipment. 

Zebediela Community Radio’s slogan is Lentsu la Setshaba (the voice of the nation); the station’s broadcast languages are: 45% Sepedi, 30% isiNdebele,15% Xitsonga, 5% English and 5% local dialects. The broadcast format is 60% talk and 40% music. 
 
The community radio station has formed partnerships with NGO’s and government departments in the area to address social ills like crime, health, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse. Zebediela Community Radio has also committed itself, through the Gender Links Centre of Excellence to contribute towards, amongst others, promoting gender balance and sensitivity in its staff composition, institutional culture and practice.  

Community media have a special role to play in society as the voice of the community and contribute in the overall development and empowerment of the people. Deputy Minister Siweya, together with the MDDA, will officially unveil the state-of-the-art equipment and participate in an interview to encourage communities to take ownership of the station.

The new state-of the art studios will elevate the quality of broadcasting, making it appealing to potential partners and propel Zebediela Community Radio Station to even greater heights.

Date: Saturday, 18 February 2023
Time: 09h00 - 13h00
Venue: Moletlane Community Hall, 0697 Moletlane, Zebediela

For confirmation, kindly contact Mr Pfumelani Mayimele on 065 660 3839 or Pfumelani@dpme.gov.za 

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Media enquiries: Ms Mathapelo Kgakwa on 066 484 6162 or Mathapelo@dpme.gov.za 

Issued by: The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Pretoria
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