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Inclusive development pays off in Hwange

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

HWANGE community radio station, Lyeja FM has become a shining example of the government’s inclusive development after giving a voice to the local community.

The Hwange community is enjoying the fruits of the government’s thrust of ‘Leaving No One and No Place Behind’ with Lyeja FM becoming an important tool of communication.

There is boundless joy among locals who have stories to tell on how the community radio station has impacted lives through a wide range of developmental issues using local languages.

“This radio helps us to discuss important issues in our community, we are happy about it,” said a Hwange resident.

“As a Nambyan artist, I have a bigger audience for my work now through this radio station,” said a local artist.

Another resident said, “This radio is bringing us together and helping us share important social, economic, and cultural issues in our community.”

Massive support has also come from the corporate sector.

ZPC Hwange’s acting general manager, Engineer Roy Chibwe said, “We want the people of Hwange to realise their dreams, and grow their aspirations and we will continue to work with them. Radio is an important tool of communication hence we have assisted them in ensuring this facility is availed to the community, they are part of us and we value development and social conversations taking place within this community.”

The government has licensed at least 14 community radio stations across the country, with emphasis on locals controlling their own narrative in the national development agenda.

The community radio stations are also helping preserve culture through the use of local languages.

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