Presentation by NCRF leadership to RSA parliament - 22 September 2015
Reconfiguration of community broadcasting policies beyond the digital era
Professionalizing community radio. Discussion document for the National Policy Conference.
The NCRF and its constituent members and stakeholders identified the need to provide development support through capacity building interventions with existing and emerging radio stations. The capacity building interventions will be aimed at improving the performance of the existing radio stations and to implement a mechanism that will support emerging community radio stations. One of the key purposes of capacity building interventions within the community radio sector is to ensure sustainability of such radio stations. The mandate of the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) is, amongst others, to facilitate and co-ordinate capacity building amongst its constituent members. This document outlines the NCRF’s capacity building framework that will ensure integrated, relevant, appropriate and coherent development for sustainability amongst its member community radio stations.
The Department of Health working with the NCRF and 60 Community Radio Stations in South Africa are currently running a 30minute Health Awareness Program every week. The programs started in February this year and runs for 12months, the purpose of the programs is to make people aware of health issues as well as preventative measures and cures. The programs are broadcasted 4 times per month, and are being broadcasted in all 11 official languages. The 60 Community Radio Stations participating in this project is based in all 9 provinces and the radio stations usually broadcast in the language that is most spoken in their area. A presenter at the radio station and a Health Official presents each program. The stations have to compile a report on each program that they broadcast and so far the response has been positive coming from the various communities. Where necessary the Department of Health try to get a Health Professional in for programs that requires expert advise. We know that these programs are making a difference in people’s lives, community radio stations are being used because in some rural areas community radio stations are the only form of information and communication. We trust that the next 5 months will be just as successful in educating people about their health and that the Department of Health will continue to make a positive contribution to towards the program.
The National Community Radio Forum was a key stakeholder participating in the National Community Radio Conference held in Durban in March 2007. This conference, dubbed "Sustaining Community Radio in the Era of Convergence", was hosted by Department of Communications. See attached is the Hub Concept presentation, as submitted by NCRF, and endorsed by the conference.
ICASA places moratorium on new broadcast licence applications, renewals and transfers
The project to complete the Workplace Skills Plans for the Community Radio sector was initiated by the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) and sponsored by World Bank as part of a pilot project to ascertain the level of skills and skills needs within the community radio sector.
“National Community Radio Forum/World Bank Institute Voice and Media Technical Assistance Activity to Build Capacity Among Community Sound Broadcasting Stations in the Limpopo Province of South Africa” The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) has secured the partnership of the World Bank Institute Voice and Media Technical Assistance Activity unit. The following information seeks to inform stations in the Limpopo province of the planned project to start on 5 May 2008 and end on 16 June 2008. Partnership between the NCRF and WBI. There is a pressing need to strengthen the management and participatory nature of many of South Africa’s community radio stations. This Assistance Activity (AA) will launch a collaborative effort between NCRF and WBI to strategically develop the capacities of the community broadcasting sector in South Africa. NCRF has proposed, and WBI agrees, that a phased approach, which starts with a particular province, would be more appropriate than attempting to develop the capacities of South Africa’s entire community broadcasting sector, which would be too large a task to undertake at once. Accordingly, this program to strengthen community radio stations’ capacities and operations will be undertaken in a phased manner, starting with one province. Limpopo was chosen as the pilot site for its specific demographics and poverty profile.
National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) Submission Draft Regulations: Licensing Framework for Individual and Class Licenses in terms of Chapter 3 of the Electronic Communications Act
The NCRF Signal Distribution Report was made possible by a MDDA grant in order to asses the state of signal distribution in the community radio sector as well as the impact of current legislation
Research Title: Formative Target Audience Research: A Case Study of Seven Community Radio Stations in South Africa
Discussion paper towards a White Paper on Provincial Government, with a view to establish a coherent policy framework for provincial government, by 2008; and 2. Undertake a Review of the White Paper on Local Government by 2008.
The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) and Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC) co-hosted a Community Media Reflection on the 8th and 9th October 2009 to explore questions and facilitate a dialogue with leaders from community media projects and other stakeholder organisations; to draw on their experiences, reflect on their environment, create a shared critique, and develop alternatives. Amongst the questions that required collective and structured reflection were: • What is the current understanding of the purpose of community media, and are media projects having their desired impact? • How can projects enable fuller community participation in governance, management, and production? • Can projects realise their democratic and potentially transformative role if they are dependent on advertising for their financial sustainability? What alternative funding models are possible? • How do projects ensure editorial/programming independence in relation to powerful institutions including the state and the private sector? • What are the key training & capacity needs of projects, and are the various training & capacity building institutions adequately meeting these needs? • How can projects better partner and network with one another (through NCRF hubs, etc) and with other organisations to realise their goals? • What constitutes ‘quality content’ that meets the information and expression needs of communities and how can projects improve the quality of their communication service?