KWAZULU-NATAL rural community radio station – Maputaland Community Radio – has put the country, region and community radio on the world map after winning an international award for its contributions to children’s programming, writes Mary Papayya in the Sowetan..

The Unicef award is granted to stations in the southern hemisphere for their contribution to International Children’s Day for Broadcasting, which is held annually on the first Sunday in March.

The awards are announced in November in the United States.

“On the day we dedicated our programming for and about children,” said station manager Simon Ntsele.

“We allowed children to be part of the programming where they talked about their hopes and dreams and shares information with their peers.

“This year 77 stations competed ,” 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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