Khayelitsha-based Zibonele FM radio station is back but only for 45 days

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Popular community radio station Zibonele FM based in Khayelitsha is back but this time only for 45 days.

Two months ago, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) pulled the community radio station after it refused to renew its broadcasting license. While Zibonele had been operating without a license since 2018.


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Zibonele FM has failed to submit the required renewal application for its license pursuant to Section 19(2) of the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) 2005.

However, the late Presidential Minister Jackson Mthembu and then Minister of Communication Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams intervened to try to find a solution and finalize a strategy to support the sustainability of community media. But it seemed there were no lasting solutions as the issue came back to haunt the station according to a report by IOL.

Additionally, on September 1, the 20-year-old station resumed broadcasting after acquiring a special event license, but this time only for 45 days, resulting in a complete shutdown thereafter.

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