– Community activists in Chikombedzi have said they fear that the infiltration
of Shona dominance in the local economy will extend to the envisaged community
radio station, much to the disadvantage of the minority group, TellZim News can
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services; Ndavaningi Mangwana was in
the area for a sensitization workshop ahead of the launch of the radio station.
soon licence 10 language-based community radio stations with a bias to
previously marginalised communities especially those of minority groups.
Shangani language-proficient Shona people were wont to hijack programming and
turn the radio station into their own.
in particular or anyone who is proficient in Shangani? We once had a situation
whereby non-Shanganis tried to take advantage of us by lobbying for a Shangani
community radio station. As you can see, we are at the heart of Shangani-speaking
community, but when you look around this room, there no any single Shangani
dominating Shangani developmental projects with the assistance of the
government itself,” charged Chauke.
Initiatives – Gaza Trust director Hebert Phikela also expressed concern over
language imbalances at Radio Zimbabwe and National FM where Shona and Ndebele
languages are considered the generic mother tongues for all Zimbabweans.
to correct the language imbalance on national radio stations like Radio
Zimbabwe and National FM where Shona and Ndebele dominate? I will have to wake
up at 06:00hrs to listen to a Shangani news bulletin, and if I miss that, it’s
over,” said Phikela.
community radio stations was to correct the wrongs of the country’s former
colonial masters who bundled minority languages into generic languages like
Shona, Ndebele and Manyika.
own radio station to promote their cultural values and it will be owned by the
during the colonial era, the Smith regime bundled minority languages under
three common languages depending on their geographical positions.
Shangani community so you will determine the leadership structure of that
community radio station, not government. We are only involved in policy
issues,” said Mangwana.
(BAZ) legal adviser, Joice Kupukai and chairperson Charles Sibanda also graced