Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Omidyar Network invests in property rights startup Landmapp to help Ghanaian farmers document their land

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Omidyar Network announced today that it has invested in Landmapp BV, an Amsterdam-based property rights company that enables smallholder farmers to document and protect their land holdings. The investment will help Landmapp to grow its customer base in Ghana, where the company is providing this unique service primarily to cocoa […]

Trump Makes First Calls to African Leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma.Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U....

Communications on World Radio Day celebrations

Department of Communications joins the world in celebrating World Radio Day

The Department of Communications will, on Monday 13th of February 2017, join the world in celebrating World Radio Day. This will be the sixth edition of World Radio Day, proclaimed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to observe the important role that radio has , played in human advancement, and its unrivalled ability to touch the lives of people; from all walks of life.

The theme for the 2017 edition of World Radio Day is 'Radio is You!', a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting. As the word celebrate World Radio Day, the Department of Communications has been in the forefront of ensuring that this low-cost medium becomes even more accessible and relevant to everyone in the country.

In the past financial year the Department, through its entity the Media Diversity Development Agency (MDDA), has allocated funding and equipment to contribute towards setting up community radio stations.

The significant transformation that South Africa has witnessed in the broadcasting sector over the past 20 years is most visible in the community radio sector, which has benefitted immensely from the liberalisation of the air waves.

As a result, community broadcasting is today a significant competitor to public and commercial broadcasting, reflecting South Africa's rich cultural, religious and language diversity across a range of geographies; from rural to urban and the peri-urban areas.

As the Department of Communications we will continue to support radio through advocating and passing policies that advance inclusivity, diversity of voices and facilitate the promotion of access to information.

Today, South Africa boasts more than 200 community radio stations, close to 20 commercial stations and 18 public radio stations � all dedicated towards informing, educating and entertaining their listeners.

Source: Government of South Africa


Police in Cape Town have discovered two huge shipments of abalone worth almost 40 million Rand (about 3.0 million US dollars) in a development which is linked to the recent arrest of four suspects for illegal possession of abalone.Police Spokesperson A...

SA, EU talk trade

South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have met with the ambassador of the European Union (EU), Dr Marcus Cornaro, to discuss bilateral trade relations.The meeting took place in the context of ...