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By unknown | Jun 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

The Soweto community get ready for their own television broadcast, Soweto TV, to hit their screens for 24 hours a day from July 1.

The community channel is gearing up for the big switch-on and, with this milestone, Soweto residents will finally get their own voice on television. This entails news, sports, entertainment, education and issues about the sprawling area.

The free-to-air, independent community television will beam across the entire Soweto area for 24 hours, seven days a week, but also allow people on the East Rand and West Rand to tune in.

Soweto Community Television chief executive Tshepo Thafeng told Sowetan at the weekend: "Soweto TV will fulfill the objectives of education and entertainment and, more than that, it will empower the community.

"It will be the voice of the voiceless."

It took 31 years for Soweto to get its own voice. The community channel was first aired for a month in March 2005 and again in December for eight hours a day.

"We will be showcasing new talent from time to time, as in the previous broadcasts. We want to give the Soweto youth the opportunity to show their talent to the community," said Thafeng.

The channel has been granted a licence by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and joined forces with Urban Brew Studios' outreach initiative for programme content.

"We will, together with the community, develop content that is quite literally 'by the people, of the people and for the people', and also help in the establishment of a broadcast centre in Soweto,"he said.

The station's chairman, Force Khashane, said: "This will be a great milestone in the history of Soweto."


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