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From left:  VOC News Anchor Nomzamo Manqele; SAC Auxiliary worker Zamokuhle Thela; SAC Centre Manager and Paralegal Lindiwe Martins; VOC Programmes Manager Linda Mnisi and VOC Presenter Asakhe Skhuluse.

CJN is proud to welcome Senzokuhle Advice Centre (SAC) and The Voice of the Community (VOC FM) in Mpumalanga. This partnership is one step toward achieving the overall goal of increasing the number of participants in the CJN programme to realize a groundswell of justice stories from under-reported areas.

The Senzokuhle Advice Center was established in 1999 by Lindiwe Mahlangu, Christina Mseleku, and Elinah Sikhosana at the time when the government was nurturing development within communities and looking for organisations that could set up community centres that would serve the needs of local citizens. Lindiwe said at that time there were a lot of cases of domestic violence, human rights violation, orphans, divorces, lack of access to social grants – which then inspired them to establish this centre under the Nonprofit Organisations Act of 2000. The centre aims to educate, inform and enhance knowledge about human rights, HIV/AIDS as well as laws around evictions in the community of Hendrina and surrounding areas.

‘We serve as the eye of the community by visiting clients to their homes and give them information as well as identifying problems where we can assist as paralegals’ added Martins

When asked how the partnership with Citizen Justice Network and Voice of the Community (VOC FM) will assist Senzokuhle Advice Centre, Martins said: ‘This partnership will give a voice to our community and give us the platform to deliver our services to them. We are currently facing issues of undocumented people and we want the affected people to know where to get assistance’.

The Voice of the Community has been a part of the fabric of the community since it was established in 2015 and broadcasting to more than 20 000 listeners in and around the Gert Sibande towns including, Ermelo, Secunda, Standerton, Carolina, Davel, Bethal, Lothair, Evander and other areas. The station prides itself as a community radio station that is rooted in producing commendable radio programming which has won it several awards including Mpumalanga Sunshine Media Awards best community radio station award in 2018. Their on-air talent has also received accolades, which is indicative of the dedication to producing quality broadcast material. Programmes Manager Linda Mnisi said they are honoured to partner with Citizen Justice Network and Senzokuhle Advice Center, ‘The partnership will assist our station with creating quality content that is relevant to our audience’ said Mnisi.

Lindiwe Martins will be on air every Monday on Khululeka show presented by Asakhe Skhuluse between 12:00 -15:00.

Compiled by:

Gladys Matasane