UMLAZI RADIO STATION ON THE CARDS
By: Mxolisi Ntanzi
South Africa’s second biggest township uMlazi is in a process of having its first ever radio station.
The new upcoming radio station programmes manager Khulekani Sibeko of Intokozo FM confirmed the good news to the people of uMlazi on Tuesday.
“It was difficult planning for radio station, doing research, compiling support from the community and the process of applying for ICASA was challenging,” Sibeko said.
The Intokozo FM team is confident and they believe people of uMlazi will be excited about this initiative.
“We have to wait for 30 days to get a licence, but due to frequency spectrum that is not available around uMlazi and Durban South as a whole, that will hinder our licence process or delay our application,” Sibeko stated.
Sibeko said that they want uMlazi to be represented in the media, develop talent of the uMlazi youth and harness their broadcasting skills. Additionally, the station aims to create a voice of the voiceless in the community.
Business people at uMlazi are also excited about this initiative as it is one platform that is said to grow their business. Rich Mhlongo said that a radio station will help his business grow and he will advertise his business in other sections in uMlazi where it is not known.
Residents also view the initiative as a remedy to complexities the township is encountering, namely unemployment.
“I actually feel happy because that means uMlazi is developing and unemployment rate is going to decrease,” Aphiwe Boiboi stated.
The station is expected to be launched at the beginning of October this year.