First phase (2012-2014)

107.7 FM

Mamaama Mokhachane hosting a show in Mafeteng Radio about preserving culture and traditions in a modern society.
Liteboho Tlali and Mhlohonolo Mats'a hosting a kids programme on Sunday morning in Mafeteng Radio.
Mokete Nts'onyane reporting from the outskirts of Mafeteng

Mafeteng Community Radio is the first community owned radio station in the country. It is a direct result of a partnership between the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO and the Mafeteng community represented by the Mafeteng Multi Media Association. It is situated in the semi-urban town of Mafeteng (100 kilometres south of the capital city Maseru). Through the assistance from UNESCO some of the studio equipment for the radio was purchased and the broadcasting license application fee paid. The community radio will broadcast in FM between 10 to 18 hours a day within a radius of 10 to 50 kilometres. This implies that it will cover at least 12 community councils with an estimated population of 70.000. Mafeteng community has elected a team of ten radio steering committee/board members who are made up of different civic groups.

The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Mafeteng Community Radio’s coverage area:

Health

  1. Lack of health facilities and health workers; health care is not accessible in rural areas
  2. HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases
  3. High rate of paediatric deaths due to lack of necessary  immunization

Agriculture

  1. No machines available to help with irrigation
  2. Dry region with irregular rainfall – often have droughts
  3. Lack of training for farmers
  4. Pasturing is no longer possible due to lack of water and stock theft

Poor service delivery

  1. Untidiness and disorganization of Mafeteng town and the vicinity public, e.g. littering and no designated place for taxi rank
  2. Poor access to public transport
  3. No public toilets

“Everybody is happy!”, - cheerfully says Mr. Jessy, member of Mafeteng community, to a presenter of Radio Mafeteng. How did the establishment of Radio Mafeteng change the lives of people from the community? Find out below in an audio presentation of Radio Mafeteng:

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