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WE TRAIN THESE COMMUNITY PARALEGALS TO BE RADIO JOURNALISTS

Our community paralegals are established, trusted activists and fighters for social change in their communities. We empower them with journalism skills necessary to help their communities and assist with access to justice. CJN is about helping rural community members produce their own radio stories. We carefully guide the paralegals so they can broadcast their radio stories on their local community radio stations.

The stories explore issues like domestic abuse, corruption, police violence and the abuse of inmates. Each story is based around a person who has come to a community advice office seeking help. We embed and promote the stories through on-line channels and find ways to republish the stories in print and on radio so the story has the widest possible reach. Primarily we want to create a network between community radio stations and their nearby advice offices. Also, we want to provide a bridge between community media and mainstream digital outlets. Ultimately we want the stations and their listeners within this network to have access to these stories, but also those in urban centres like Johannesburg and Cape Town. The stories are often produced in local, African languages and without CJN these stories would otherwise be left unreported.

Richard ‘Bricks’ Mokolo
Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Centre, GP

Daniel Dibe
Human Rights Legal Network, Ventersdorp

Nomaswazi Tshabalala
Ficksburg Advice Centre,
FS

Tshokolo Petrus Mahangu
Orange Farm Human Right Advice Centre, GP

Confidence Ntelele
Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum, FP

Jacob Matakanye
Messina Legal Advice Office, LP

Bonny Nyelele
Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum, FP

Motlaepula George Lebitsa
Lebitsa, Ficksburg Advice Centre, FP

Phale Hendrick Musi
Messina Legal Advice Office, LP

Sabelo Mfeka
Amaoti Community Resource, KZN

Albert Makwela
Relemogile Advice Office,
LP

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO RUN A VIRTUAL NEWSROOM BASED IN THESE AREAS AROUND SOUTH AFRICA

Orange Farm

Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Office
This is a community 50km outside of Johannesburg. They deal with evictions and human rights. Bricks Mokolo runs the office and the radio station partner is Thetha FM.

Hennenman

Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum
A farming community in The Free State. Dladla Mokeki runs the office. The partner radio station is Lejweleputswa District Community Radio Station (The Rock).

Musina

Messina Legal Advice Office
This office is right on the border with Zimbabwe and deals with issues of foreign nationals and family matters. The Head paralegal is Jacob Matakanye. The radio partner is Musina FM.

Amaoti

Amoati Community Resource Centre
Based in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The radio partner is Inanda FM.

Jersey Farm

Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre
Based in the Eastern Cape. The radio partner is Unitra Community Radio.

Ficksburg

Ficksburg Advice Centre
This office is on the border with Lesotho. Tshabalala Nomaswazi runs the office. The radio partner is Setsotho FM.

Tzaneen

Relemogile Advice Office
Albert Makwela runs this office in Tzaneen in Limpopo. The radio partner is Greater Tzaneen FM.

Ventersdorp

1. Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Office This is a community 50km outside of Johannesburg. They deal with evictions and human rights. Bricks Mokolo runs the office and the radio station partner is Thetha FM.

2. Hennenman Victim Empowerment Forum A farming community in The Free State. Dladla Mokeki runs the office. The partner radio station is Lejweleputswa District Community Radio Station (The Rock).

3. Messina Legal Advice Office This office is right on the border with Zimbabwe and deals with issues of foreign nationals and family matters. The Head paralegal is Jacob Matakanye. The radio partner is Musina FM.

4. Amaoti Community Resource Centre Based in Inanda, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The radio partner is Inanda FM.

5. Jersey Farm Advice and Information Centre Based in Umtata in the Eastern Cape. The radio partner is Unitra Community Radio.

6. Ficksburg Advice Centre This office is on the border with Lesotho. Nomaswazi Tshabalala runs the office. The radio partner is Setsoto FM.

7. Ventersdorp Human Rights Legal Network This office in the North West province is embedded in South Africa’s rural farming communities. The Director is Daniel Dibe and the radio partner is Star FM.

8. Relemogile Advice Office Albert Makwela runs this office in Tzaneen in Limpopo. The radio partner is Greater Tzaneen FM.

(Previous Partnerships)

Dobsonville Human Rights Centre Dealing with city-based issues in Gauteng. The radio partner is Hillbrow Radio.

Ukuthula Advice Office Our Kwaggafontein based office tackles topics on domestic violence in Mpumalanga. The Head Paralegal is Nthofela Makhele. The radio station is KCRS.

Mafefe Advice Office Lebowakgomo is a rural town with issues of labour and poverty in Limpopo. Each story was produced by community paralegals and first appeared on radio station Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio.

WE THEN PAIR OUR PARALEGALS WITH THESE RADIO STATIONS AND GUIDE THEM TO PRODUCE SOCIAL JUSTICE CONTENT