On 4 August 2015, Tuks FM attended a media fund handover event for local media houses hosted by the Mayor of Tshwane at the Sheraton Hotel in Arcadia. Tuks FM received a grant of R100 000 in support of its activities and an additional R550 000 grant was issued to the station to facilitate training to the nine community radio stations in the programme.

Training was hosted at the Protea Hotel in Centurion conducted by Tuks FM and administered through Continuing Education at University of Pretoria Trust (CE at UP). A total of 80 delegates attended the training which was presented over two consecutive weeks commencing on 2 and 9 November 2015, respectively.

Dewald Noel van Niekerk, course lecturer and station manager of Tuks FM, covered topics such as content creation, radio basics and the future of radio. Patrick Maloyi, programme manager of Tuks FM, discussed how to work with radio personalities and how to optimise a radio team for specific shows.

Beneficiaries of the training included delegates from TUT FM, Bagaka Radio, Kangala FM, Moretele Radio, Mams FM, Sosha FM, Tuks FM, Pheli FM, Tshwane FM and Ga-Rankuwa FM. The training gave community radio stations in Tshwane the opportunity to network and discuss how to develop the community radio sector together.

“It was a great opportunity for community stations in Tshwane to come together and share knowledge in the sector. I look forward to more collaborations in future to strengthen community radio in Tshwane,” Dewald added.

Nkululeko Biya, technical and production coordinator at Tuks FM, who attended the course said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunity to interact with the other community radio stations in Tshwane. Dewald and Patrick share a lot of experience in the radio industry and I will use the techniques I learnt in my current job.”

For more information on the radio courses presented by Tuks FM via CE at UP, visit www.ce.up.ac.za or email Tuks FM at info@tuksfm.co.za. For more information on the City of Tshwane visit www.tshwane.gov.za.

Above: Delegates attending training from 9-13 November.