Human Rights Awareness: Socio Economic Rights
Aganang Community Radio Station also known as Aganang FM is one of the fastest growing community radio stations in the North West Province and also funded by Foundation for Human Rights to promote socio economic rights for young people as enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution. Having won numerous awards, the most notable being the Community Radio of the year Award, Aganang radio station is a force to be reckoned with.
The station broadcasts in five languages namely: - Sesotho, Setswana, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and English, for a loyal audience of 86 000 people in a 100 km radius, catering for every demographic group in the Potchefstroom area. What makes the station better than its competitors is its dedication to serving the community it broadcasts for. Unlike other commercial driven radio stations, Aganang prides itself in providing educational content that uplifts its community.
The station does a lot of community work from providing free advertising space for local young upcoming business entrepreneurs in the Potchefstroom area to mobilizing resources for “Thuso Ya Batho”, an initiative owned by Mrs Angela Freeks that feeds about 600 people a day. Aganang called on local businesses to provide food for “Thuso Ya Batho” to continue feeding the community. It has also helped build temporal structures for families whose houses were destroyed by the local government when they refused to move. Asked what sets Aganang apart of its competitors, Thabo Leping, who is the Station Manager said “Content…once you cannot talk to what people are going through you sort of lose people because we are not a commercial radio station so we don’t like to spend most of the time playing music and stuff. We want to deal with issues that are on the ground”. Thabo Leping is supported by five sub managers and forty (40) more employees comprised of presenters, newsreaders and a receptionist. The station reinvests all the profits back into station by investing on state of the art broadcasting equipment mostly used by national radio stations and a mobile broadcasting unit.
Aganang continues to grow and has applied to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to extend their coverage from 100 to 200 km radius to reach rural area. Should this application be successful, Aganang FM will be the first community radio station to broadcast for such wide audience.
Granny Angela’s story can be viewed on this youtube link:- https://youtu.be/PvEks2Sivl0