Wits Justice Project contributes to community radio – Thetha FM

KYLA HERRMANNSEN

Thetha FM, based in Orange Farm just 45 kilometres from the Johannesburg CBD, started broadcasting in 2005. A group of friends began planning the radio station in 1996 – with the vision of making a change in the community through radio. According to the Thetha FM website, “They saw radio as a tool to educate those around them, motivate people to change their situation and stimulate economic growth and community development.”

Thetha FM is based at Isikhumbuzo Secondary school in Orange farm

Thetha FM is based at Isikhumbuzo Secondary school in Orange farm

This ethos has continued in their programming – which is now 60% talk, 40% music. “Thetha FM is more than just a radio station, it’s a community based project where we look at eradicating problems in the community,” said Programming Manager Mochacho.

Listenership is broad – with the station reaching the Entire Vaal Triangle, Poortjie, Westonoria, Randfontien, Ennerdale, Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Soweto, Caltonville, Potchefstroom, Fochville, Sasolburg, Heilbron, Petrus Steyn, Villiers and Dennesville, Grootvlei and Balfour.

The partnership between Wits Justice Project and Thetha FM was facilitated through Bricks Mokolo, a community paralegal who runs an advice centre in Orange Farm. He introduced our radio journalist, Paul McNally to the staff at Thetha FM. Mochacho says Paul’s pitch was “spot on” as there was a problem with “people not knowing their rights”.

Programming Manager, Mochacho, stands proudly in front of Thetha FM's new logo

Programming Manager, Mochacho, stands proudly in front of Thetha FM’s new logo

To date, there have been 16 editions of the Wits Justice Show. Paul works with a local Thetha FM presenter, Sibusiso Sibisi, who anchors the show. Mochacho says the Wits Justice Show is “one of the biggest achievements we’ve had as a station”. He explained that people visit the station on a daily basis in order to seek help, relating to the content aired on the Wits Justice Show. “Paul brought a lawyer on to the show and somebody drove from home just to come and meet with the lawyer,” said Mochacho.

He said the show has helped Thetha FM win back the trust of listeners – Listeners now say “It’s not only about music…I can also get assistance with the justice system.”

Presenter Sibusiso Sibisi said he has enjoyed his involvement with the Wits Justice Show as the shows deal with “relevant issues, issues of justice.”

Presenter Sibusiso Sibisi in studio

Presenter Sibusiso Sibisi in studio

Click here to listen to episodes of the Wits Justice Show on Thetha FM.

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About witsjusticeproject
The Wits Justice Project combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all.

One Response to Wits Justice Project contributes to community radio – Thetha FM

  1. zakes says:

    ur show is grate. wish u can find me someone to spend time with as girlfriend nd partner to love

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