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South Africa licences over 140 community radio stations

Wednesday 20 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Cape Town, April 20th, 2016 (APA/StarAfrica). Last Tuesday, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, declared that more than 140 community radio stations have been licensed in the country. She added that many of them are already operating.

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Faith Muthambi

She addressed this news while she was presenting the five-year strategic plan for her ministry and the entities which fall under it. She noted that the Ministry of Communications will work with the Media Development and Diversity Agency to provide support to the community radio stations and to municipalities that do not have community radio stations.

She added: “Together with entities, and the Portfolio Committee on Communications, in the short period we have managed to create an alignment and synergies to advance important policies – from the gazetting of the Broadcasting Digital Migration policy to the Community Broadcasting Support Scheme policy”.

The minister’s presentation to Parliament coincided with the Ministry of Communications’ first anniversary since its establishment in April last year following a Presidential proclamation of 2014.

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