Sekhukhune Community Television Initiative board held its 10th annual general meeting on Saturday, 3rd October at Jane Furse.
SKCTV Initiative came in 2010 after Sekhukhune residents gathered at Makhuduthamaga municipal chambers and agreed to establish its local television station with a common objective to showcase the historic rich majestic heritage and unique story of Limpopo province.
SKCTV board says they had tried numerous attempts to apply for a television broadcasting license because during those early days’ establishment. “The delivery of the TV initiative was hindered when ICSA was issued with a Moratorium that stopped all processes of community broadcasting licenses. We always kept constant engagement with government and community stakeholders, said Puleng Mmotla, SKCTV Initiative board member.
ICASA’s Moratorium did not only affect Sekhukhune TV Initiative, another community television initiative that on the waiting list to be granted licence is the Royal Bopedi TV and many others were affected by the national department of communication’ migration of analogy to digital transmissions.
The AGM was hosted at Sekhukhune FM 98.7 Studio housed at Hlatlolanang premises, Jane Furse. This historic agreement drew together local media houses, journalists, creative artists who met with the Limpopo TV CEO, Mr Larry Matlala for the first time, and Royal Bopedi TV founder who came to witness the official agreement of partnership between Sekhukhune TV and Limpopo TV, acknowledging Sekhukhune Community Television Initiative as the district content hub for Limpopo TV.
The deal was officiated with a signature of Acting Executive Mayor, MMC Cllr Matlala Alfred on behalf of Sekhukhune district municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Stanley Ramaila. MMC Matlala was flanked by Ward Cllr Motseni Lilian and Cllr Rankoe Tabane who delivered welcome remarks as Acting Mayor of Makhuduthamaga local municipality on behalf of Mayor Cllr Minah Bahula.
MMC Matlala says South African media is currently mostly ruled by foreign nations “Who then shall tell the story of Africa, who shall tell true stories of Sekhukhuneland, Manche Masemola, who shall tell the stories of the warrior Kings wo put-up wars of residence against colonial encroachment, without distortion? The answer is Sekhukhune Television” said Cllr Matlala.
Guests and participants of the AGM were surprisingly mesmerised by a colourful entertainment from Shadrack Mokhabela know as Nape ‘A Phaahle, Mabore Mogashoa, Seilekae Cultural Group, and stealing exhibitor such published authors like Jimmy Moshidi, Choenyane, Lucas Chego including Malebo Matlala who display her fashion crafts made by her brand Mokatane.
Story by Thomas J Mashabela