KWAZULU-NATAL rural community radio station ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Maputaland Community Radio ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ has put the country, region and community radio on the world map after winning an international award for its contributions to childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s programming, writes Mary Papayya in the Sowetan..
The Unicef award is granted to stations in the southern hemisphere for their contribution to International ChildrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Day for Broadcasting, which is held annually on the first Sunday in March.
The awards are announced in November in the United States.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOn the day we dedicated our programming for and about children,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said station manager Simon Ntsele.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe allowed children to be part of the programming where they talked about their hopes and dreams and shares information with their peers.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis year 77 stations competed ,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â he said.
Ntsele made the trip to New York last week where he received the award at a glittering gala dinner.
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