Government To Assist Community Radios With Studio Equipment



By Elizabeth Nyaguyo


The government promised to assist newly licensed Community Radios with studio equipment so that they will start broadcasting.



To date, 14 Community Radios have been licenced by but only one is on air, the Avuxeni FM in Chiredzi.



Speaking during a Conference in Harare, the Deputy Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Kindness Paradza promised radio stations radio equipment so that they start operating and community voices are heard.



“As the government we say we can assist those without studio equipment because we want the communities to able now to hear their own voices on radio stations,” he said.


He said that as the government they want to engage investors will be involved so that they will also assist financially.



“In terms of amendments for the Broadcasting Services Act we are going to do that next week we will be having a workshop in Gweru where we are going to discuss these amendments because the President made it clear that we must open up airwaves so we want other investors to come in because we want this to be a multibillion dollar industry in a short space of time,” he said.

Speaking during the same event the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairperson Sipho Mokone said that the Parliament will ensure that the Ministry comes with polices and financial support to local content.



“The Parliament will ensure that that the Ministry comes with adequate policies and financial support for local content production,” she said.


She also suggested that there is the need for stakeholders to cooperate to ensure that community radios get assistance.


“The key stakeholders and the government need to conduct skills obit to find out what is available on the ground.



“There is need to assist in all ground capacity building canning that will include areas on production, sourcing sponsorship and programmes,” she said


Robert Tapfumaneyi