Deputy Minister Thembi Siweya unveils broadcast studios in Bushbuckridge, 3 Jun

The Deputy Minister in The Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya, to unveil the brand-new studios at Bushbuckridge Community Radio 88.4 FM

The MDDA, led by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya, will unveil the brand-new state-of-the-art broadcast studios at Bushbuckridge Community Radio 88.4 FM, on Friday, 03 June 2022, in Bushbuckridge, Ehlanzeni District Municipality in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

The station was formed in 1996 after a Health Media Seminar that was held in Bushbuckridge in October 1993. The seminar was co-hosted by the Kaizer Foundation of South Africa Trust, the Wits Links Projects (HSDU), WRF, CWR) and the community of Bushbuckridge and attracted senior print and electronic journalists from both South Africa and abroad, political parties, health experts and a range of overseas health experts and policy makers

Bushbuckridge Community Radio started broadcasting with an 18-hour broadcast License on the 16 December 1996. It was finally granted a 24-hour license in 1999. The station’s motto is: “bringing people together,” which came about because of the tensions between the Shangaan and the Mapulana (Sotho) communities in Bushbuckridge.

The languages of broadcast are Sepulana (Sesotho), Shangaan, SiSwati, and English. The station is one of the two community radio stations in the Ehlanzeni district, and broadcast to 135 villages as well as surrounding townships and suburbs.

The new state-of-the-art studios now allows Bushbuckridge Community Radio to audio stream, which will elevate the quality of broadcasting, opening more areas to the content that carries information about community activities and pride in local cultures.

Source: Government of South Africa