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South Africa: Sentech Halts Suspension Of Community Radio Stations

South Africa's signal distributor, Sentech, has agreed to lift its suspension of 15 radio stations with outstanding signal distribution fees after having a meeting with the South African Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and stakeholders in the industry.

The meeting, which took place last Friday, had in attendance SA's Communications Minister and senior executives from Sentech,  Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

 The communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at the end of the meeting said: “Both parties have managed to reach an agreement that will be aided by our support to the community radio stations through the MDDA. Sentech has agreed to reconnect all stations that were suspended and will not carry out any further suspensions in the short-term while we seek sustainable solutions to the financial capabilities of the community media sector.”

It was reported earlier on this platform that 15 community radio stations were last week affected by the suspension. Seventeen more would have been affected all in an effort by Sentech to recover R33 million which these community radio stations were owing.


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