Sunday, 22 February 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2576

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Mbabane , Swaziland: Ubombo Community Radio pioneer – Ambrose Z
From: George Lessard

2. MBABANE, Swaziland: Regulator sets deadline for radio licence applic
From: George Lessard

3. INDONESIA: Suara Warga Jakarta (Jakarta Residents Voice) community r
From: George Lessard

4. Google Latitude Mobile Friend Finder
From: George Lessard

5. 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers
From: George Lessard

6a. AMARC AFRICA 4th Panafrican Conference - 4ème conférence de l'
From: George Lessard

1. Mbabane , Swaziland: Ubombo Community Radio pioneer – Ambrose Z
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:33 am ((PST))

Ubombo Community Radio pioneer – Ambrose Zwane
The Swazi Observer - Mbabane,Swaziland
By Alec Lushaba


Ubombo Community Radio pioneer – Ambrose Zwane

21 February, 2009 11:00:00 By Alec Lushaba

He welcomes the requirements as set-out by the regulator but worried about
one aspect of it - that is proof of funding to sustain the station.

"Funding is very difficult for a community radio and you cannot guarantee
funding for a long term, because organisations like that survives on donor
funding and the good gesture of the communities they live in."

Lubombo Community Radio's Ambrose Zwane says they have been applying for a
licence for the past 10 years without success despite having all the
capacity to do so. "Government has been intimating to issue a licence and
we have and had solicited funding from donor agencies, but when we thought
now we are about to be issued with one, the process fell-apart.

"Such a scenario has created a bad image for us and the country and those
willing partners are no longer keen to fund us because of the broken

" So to prove that you will have funding is no longer an easiest part, but
we will still continue to apply and hope this time we will be successful."
Zwane says the conditions set for the radio licences are akin to a country
that is not free and gives them the outlook of a state owned organisation.
"This is not a problem though because we know where we come from as a
country and all we have to strive for is neutrality in dealing with issues
affecting our society.

"As a developing country, we are looking up to Parliament to undo many of
those pieces of legislations that makes us not free. We have confidence on
them and we hope when times come for it they will address it. For now, we
just have to accept the conditions and carry on with our work." Zwane
agrees that the problem of having SPTC under a different ministry other
than information has created a lot of tensions for them. "For the only
three broadcasts that we did, you could tell that the ministry and SPTC
were not working on the same page. The first two one-day provisional
licences were issued by the ministry and SPTC gave us the spectrum in 2000
and 2002.
"Our third licence for broadcasting the King's Birthday in 2007, which was
our last was issued by SPTC after the realisation that they were the
authority on such issues."

Zwane says Lubombo Community Radio has demonstrated its capacity to do
community broadcasting and have been in this game for over 10 years.
"We are disturbed when it comes to the licencing issue, we are treated as
people who don't know what they are doing, yet we have been the first to
apply for a licence even before the flood gates for applications were
open. We have done it in the past and we can do it now given the
permission to do so."
Copyright 2008. Real Image Internet .

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2. MBABANE, Swaziland: Regulator sets deadline for radio licence applic
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:37 am ((PST))

Swaziland / Regulator sets deadline for radio licence applications
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqué de presse) -
Lausanne,Canton de Vaud,Switzerland


Swaziland / Regulator sets deadline for radio licence applications

MBABANE, Swaziland, February 20, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ —
Applicants for the three community and one commercial radio licences
availed by the Swazi government have been given until 16 March 2009 to
file their applications with the Managing Director of the Swaziland Posts
and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) who is the radio broadcast

In a statement published in the local media, the SPTC MD, Nathi Dlamini,
has said he expects the process to be completed by mid April 2009 and the
licences issued to deserving applicants. But this, he said, will be
dependent on the completeness of the information the applicants will

Among the rules of entry, each applicant will be required to furnish proof
that funds are readily available to enable commencement of operation of
the radio station for at least three months after its first transmission
and also furnish further evidence showing that other funds are anticipated
after the three months period to enable the radio station to survive
another six months.

Among the conditions of licence, the successful stations shall not be used
for political purpose against Swaziland or any other state, nor shall they
be used to promote any political ideology, agenda, organization or message
without the authority of the Minister responsible for information. The
stations shall commence operations within three months from date of
licence issuance.

Operational conditions include prohibition to broadcast in any offensive
manner any material impersonating the King, that tend to ridicule Swazi
culture and which is in any way prejudicial to peace, order or good
governance of Swaziland.

Applications fees are E250 (approx. US $25) in respect for community radio
stations and E1 000 (approx. US $100) in respect of commercial stations.
Annual fees payable are E2 500 (approx. US $250) for community radio
stations and E10 000 (approx. US $1 000) for commercial radio stations.

The licences shall initially be valid for two years or any other period
the regulator may stipulate and may be renewable subject to satisfactory
compliance with licence conditions and content requirements.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Swaziland is currently
working with the community and commercial radio stations to file their

SOURCE : Media Institute of South Africa (MISA)

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3. INDONESIA: Suara Warga Jakarta (Jakarta Residents Voice) community r
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:39 am ((PST))

AsiaMedia :: INDONESIA: Community radio struggles to get frequency
AsiaMedia South Asia News

Community radio struggles to get frequency | Asia Daily News Top ...
By Asia News
Community radio struggles to get frequency Six-year-old community radio
station Suara Warga Jakarta (Jakarta Residents Voice) demands a fair
allocation of.
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4. Google Latitude Mobile Friend Finder
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:12 am ((PST))

Google Latitude Mobile Friend Finder

Posted: 20 Feb 2009 09:08 AM PST
Google reports that over one million people signed up for their free
Google Latitude service during the first week that it was available.
Latitude is a mobile phone application that allows you to see the location
of your friends, and share your location on a Google Map that can be
accessed on a mobile phone [...]

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5. 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:50 am ((PST))

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [Asiapacific-general] 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers
From: "Prativa Chhetri" <>
Date: Sat, February 21, 2009 08:25

Dear All,

The 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers is a month away!

March 21st was declared International Day for the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination by the General Assembly of the United Nations as
a reaction to the murder of 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators in
Sharpeville, South-Africa, in 1960.

Radio Voices Without Frontiers (RVSF) 2009 is an international broadcast
campaign of AMARC co-produced in collaboration with community radio
stations around the world. One of our goals is to reinforce the socially
inclusive ethos of the community radio sector, and promote access to the
media by minority and disadvantaged groups. Multilingual broadcast
exploring issues of racism, discrimination and gender issue will be
transmitted via Internet and satellite by radio stations in five

We call upon all community radios to take part in RVSF 2009 campaign. Here
is what you can do to participate in the March 21st 2009 edition of Radio
Voices Without Frontiers (RVSF).

Send us already produced or original audio material related to racism and
discrimination (submissions deadline is March 13th).
Re-broadcast programs on your radio station via satellite or the Internet.
Link-up with the radio voices without frontiers team live!
Dedicate March 21st as your focus day against racism.
Promote the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Produce a public service announcement for March 21st.
Help organize the event in your region: translate, phone, fax, design...
Contribute anti-racism resource material for the RVSF Web site.
Conduct training at a local level for newcomers to your radio.

Please send us your audio programs and/or your written info regarding this
campaign via send it global It is a web
based transfer platform for large files directly over the Internet
bypassing email and FTP systems. On recipient email please write: with a cc to me.

For more information on the RVSF please visit

I look forward to your contribution and active support for this campaign.

With best regards


Prativa Chhetri
Project Officer
AMARC Regional Office for Asia Pacific

--- On Thu, 2/12/09, Marcelo Solervicens <> wrote:

From: Marcelo Solervicens <>
Subject: [Asiapacific-general] 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers/Radio
Voix sans Frontières 2009/Radio Voces Sin Fronteras 2009
To: "Secretariat" <>
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:29 PM

Dear all,

The 2009 Radio Voices Without Frontiers is coming soon!

It's time to prepare the programs for this year's 21st March International
Day against Discrimination International campaign.
March 13, 2009 will be the last day to submit the programs.
Radio members and the regional coordinators can send the audios by Send it
global ( ) (to the email: )
more information in "Submit a program" section

For all the details please visit

If you have any question, please contact-me

Hope having your news Soon!

Asiapacific-general mailing list

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6a. AMARC AFRICA 4th Panafrican Conference - 4ème conférence de l'
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:03 pm ((PST))

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: MENA AMARC AFRICA 4th Panafrican Conference - 4ème conférence de
l'AMARC Afrique
From: "" <>
Date: Mon, February 9, 2009 19:22
To: "Secretariat" <>

English follows....

February 10, 2009

To AMARC Africa members

Invitation to the 4th Panafrican Conference of AMARC Africa on April
27-30 2009 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Dear colleagues,

In accordance with the provisions established by AMARC Africa
Constitution, and on behalf of AMARC Africa Board, I am pleased to
announce that the 4th Panafrican Conference of AMARC Africa will be held
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire April 27-30 . Please find attached draft
agenda of the Panafrican Conference and of the General Assembly of AMARC

The General Assembly will complete the reconstruction of the AMARC
Africa network according to the members needs, by adopting the new
Constitution; defining the AMARC Africa strategic plan 2009-2012 and by
electing the members of the board of directors. Furthermore, the 4th
Panafrican Conference will permit through training for trainers and
knowledge sharing to increase the social impact of community radio in
achieving development and good governance objectives in Africa.

The AMARC Africa Board cordially invites you to register, at and
indicate if you require sponsorship to participate. Please note that
only members in good standing can vote or be represented by proxy. We
also invite you to actively contribute by responding to the attached
social impact evaluation of your community radio; as well as to send us
a written presentation on issues of the Conference, so they will be
distributed to the participants, may be the chosen for presentation in
workshops as well as be published with the conference procedures

For further information please contact the secretariat at

Yours sincerely,

Grace Githaiga
President AMARC Africa
Le 10 février, 2009

Aux membres de l'AMARC Afrique

Invitation à a 4ème Conférence panafricaine de l'AMARC Afrique du 27 au
30 avril, à Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Cher(e) collègues,

Conformément aux dispositions établies par la Constitution de l'AMARC
Afrique et en représentation du conseil d'administration, je suis
heureuse de vous annoncer que lla 4ème conférence panafricaine de
l'AMARC Afrique se tiendra à Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, du 27 au 30 avril,
2009. Veuillez s.v.p. trouver en pièce jointe, le programme provisoire
de la conférence panafricaine et de l'assemblée générale de l'AMARC

L'assemblée générale complétera le processus de reconstruction du réseau
de l'AMARC Afrique d'après les besoins des membres et se traduira, entre
autres; par l'adoption d'une nouvelle Constitution; la définition du
plan d'action stratégique pour 2009-2010 et par l'élection des membres
du conseil. De plus, la 4ème conférence panafricaine permettra la
formation de formateurs et l'échange de connaissances nécessaires à
l'augmentation de l'impact social des radios communautaires dans
l'atteinte des objectifs de développement et de bonne gouvernance en

Le conseil d'administration de l'AMARC Afrique vous invite cordialement
à vous inscrire à et
indiquer, aussitôt que possible, si vous avez besoin d'une subvention
pour participer. Veuillez noter que seuls les membres en règle peuvent
voter où être présents par procuration. Nous vous invitons également à
contribuer activement au succès de la conférence en répondant à
l'évaluation sur l'impact social de votre radio communautaire, en pièce
jointe; de même que de nous envoyer une présentation par écrit sur un
thème de la conférence, que peut être distribué aux participants, faire
l'objet d'une présentation dans un atelier et être publié avec les
documents de la conférence.

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter le secrétariat à


Grace Githaiga
President AMARC Africa

To Subcribe or remove your name:

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