The NCRF Northern Cape member stations (RTS FM, Radio Riverside, Radio Kaboesna, Radio NFM, Radio Ulwazi and Kurara FM) will be meeting in Upington, Northern Cape,for three days (09 – 11/05/2018). The conference will amongst other things discuss the sector successes and challenges, pave a way forward through a coordinated, inclusive strategic plan development for the next 5 years expected to be endorsed by all members and elect a new provincial structure to lead the organisation. Continue reading


Community radio stations must have a revenue enhancement plan in addition to the resources that are provided by the state, says Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

“No resources will be released unless people comply, no resources will be availed unless people demonstrate and have the record of board meeting and financial controls,” Minister Mokonyane said.

She was addressing the media ahead of her meeting with the management of Mamelodi FM and Poort FM in Tshwane on Friday as part of her community radio outreach activities.Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

The meeting was also  attended by Sentech, Media Development and Diversity (MDDA) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Continue reading

Sentech to reconnect community radio stations suspended for non-payment 2018/04/20

The Minister of Communications, Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane today, Friday, 20 April 2018, met with Sentech, the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).  

The meeting was scheduled to resolve the impasse between Sentech and numerous community radio stations whose transmission signal was terminated for failure to pay outstanding signal distribution fees owed to Sentech. 

Fifteen (15) community radio stations were last week suspended from broadcasting and a further seventeen (17) would have been affected in an attempt by Sentech to recover R 33 million that it is owed by community radio stations. Continue reading

NCRF Northern Cape restores broadcasting services to De Aar. 2018/01/20

Radio Ulwazi a community radio station in De Aar (Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality) is one of the six member stations of NCRF Northern Cape. De Aar is a town in the Northern Cape, South Africa. It has a population of around 42,000 inhabitants.

It is the second-most important railway junction in the country[1], situated on the line between Cape Town and Kimberley. The junction was of particular strategic importance to the British during the Second Boer War. De Aar is also a primary commercial distribution centre for a large area of the central Great Karoo. Major production activities of the area include wool production and livestock farming. The area is also popular for hunting, although the region is rather arid. De Aar is also affectionately known as “Die SES” deriving its nickname from the six farms that have surrounded De Aar since the 1900. Continue reading