BY ZBC Reporter
As the government works towards setting up 10 language-based community radio stations across the country, prospective applicants in Chiredzi have been challenged to ensure they meet all licence application requirements.
The Shangani community in Chiredzi is set to benefit from the 10 language-based community radio stations earmarked for previously marginalised communities.
Speaking during a mop-up exercise ahead of the 31 July 2020 deadline for community radio applications, Deputy Director Cyber Communications in the Ministry of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Mr. Farai Makubaza said proper procedures will be followed in granting the licences.
“We are conducting our mop-up exercise ahead of the 31st of July deadline for applications, however here in Chiredzi, we are excited about the turn-up. So far we have received 3 applications and proper procedures will be followed as we move towards setting up a station here.”
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe Technical Director Mr. Mathias Chakanyuka emphasized the need to meet the requirements for the setting up of a community radio station.
“Yes we want to set up a community radio station in Chiredzi but technical, legal, and financial procedures need to be followed. This station is for the community and it will directly benefit the community.”
The Chiredzi community is looking forward to benefiting from the project expected to propel development through employment creation and access to developmental information.
The District Development Coordinator, Mr. Lovemore Chisema said, “As Chiredzi community we are looking forward to the project which will not only benefit the Shangani community but the entire district through propelling developmental information and projects.”
The establishment of these 10 language-based community radio stations seeks to ensure universal