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Giyani Community Radio celebrates its 2 years anniversary

Tuesday 3 May 2016, by SIGNIS

Pretoria, May, 3rd, 2016 (AllAfrica). Giyani Community Radio (GCR) started broadcasting on April 18, 2014. GCR is then celebrating its two years of broadcasting, under the theme ’Looking at the role and importance of community media within our communities’.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was a guest speaker at a gala dinner and talked about the role of community media as a catalyst for development. According to her, community radio can facilitate national conversations and provide platforms for ordinary citizens to make their voices heard.

"Community radio can play a vital role in our joint vision of building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. Community radio belongs to the community so as government, we expect these radio stations to be a conduit for continuous dialogue on a range of pressing issues such as making local government everybody’s responsibility, safety, health, education, employment and rural development," she said.

GCR FM was established by Giyani residents. The station has a 50km broadcasting radius and broadcasts for 24 hours a day in Xitsonga, English, Tshivenda and Northern Sotho.

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