Computer donation for Musina FM

The Director of Messina Legal Advice Office (MLAO) Jacob Matakanye (right) hands over the computer screen to Musina Community Radio Station Manager, Selinah Phiri. Also in the photo are Robert Ramphabana (Technical Manager), Sharon Matamela (Programmes Manager) and Lerato Mamahlodi (administrator).The Director of Messina Legal Advice Office (MLAO) Jacob Matakanye (right) hands over the computer screen to Musina Community Radio Station Manager, Selinah Phiri. Also in the photo are Robert Ramphabana (Technical Manager), Sharon Matamela (Programmes Manager) and Lerato Mamahlodi (administrator).

Local community members and stakeholders have the responsibility of supporting community media houses because they don’t have enough funds to sustain themselves. This was said by Jacob Matakanye, the Director of Messina Legal Advice Office (MLAO) when handing over a desktop computer to the management of Musina Community Radio.

Matakanye said the Musina Community Radio is doing a good work in informing, entertaining and educating local communities. “These young people are volunteers who don’t have a guaranteed stipend and it makes sense for all of us to support them. Most media experts who are succeeding today are products of community media.  It is good for us to give the little we have to motivate our young presenters and their management team. We can all agree that life has changed for the better after the introduction of this community radio here in Musina. There is no other main source of information than the community media because they report what affects us as local people. We become happy by getting information that affects us through this radio station. I therefore challenge our communities out there to follow suit and donate whatever they can, to our community radio.”

When accepting the computer, Musina Community Radio Station Manager, Selinah Phiri thank Matakanye for his generosity. “It is not a secret that we have many challenges as a community radio station. We try to generate funds from the little advertisements that we get from the communities but the money is not enough to sustain us. We also have to make sure that everything move smoothly but it is difficult because we do not have funds. We are also doing our best to deliver quality local content to our communities but it becomes very difficult when we don’t have funds and resources. We really thank Mr Matakanye for his contribution and we hope that other stakeholders and community members will learn from him.”

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