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Reaching you

By: Andzani Hlongwane

On the 18th of May 2021 the Limpopo Provincial Government hosted a simulcast of the Limpopo SABC Combo, Munghana Lonene,Phalaphala and Thobela FM at Mowaneng Building in Polokwane  broadcasters Pat Khalanga Matebula, Mpho Rathando and Moloko Mashamaite entertained the people of Limpopo has they showed thier faneise and effortless mastery  of radio broadcasting.

The Radio discussion gave an opportunity to the people of the Province to ask potent questions to Premier Stanley Chupu Mathabatha in the three official Languages of Limpopo Tshivenda, Xitsonga and Sepedi about provision of services like water and road infrastructure. Mr. Mathathaba was asked about the partnership his Government has struck with the SABC by Mpho Rathando from Phalaphala FM. Premier Mathabatha said,” the meeting was very fruitful and they forged a new relationship that will allow the Government to disseminate their message of service delivery to the people of Limpopo.

He further stressed that the SABC is a huge help in doing so. As Pat Khalanga Mathebula from Mughana Lonene was asked by a listener to ask the Premier about the sacristy of water in the Province? Mathabatha replied and said,” We have not forgotten you to the listener who had called from the District of Sekhukhune. He said,” the District has come a long way because it used to have two roads only but today it boasts tarred roads in the villages.” Mathathaba pointed the listener to a Water treatment plant and a Road that are being built.”

The second listener called and asked a question to Pat Khalanga Matebula, “The Venda and Xitsonga culture is not properly represented on mainline Television what the SABC is doing to address this? The SABC Limpopo Regional Operations Manager Mr. Freddy Sadiki said,” Yes the languages are underrepresented but people of the Province  must persevere all the more and be encouraged by the release of the forth coming Digital Terrestrial Television platform (DTT) that will provide more channels for them to their tell stories.

He further said,” People of Limpopo must never stop writing, but tell their stories because if they don’t somebody will tell their stories for them.” He again gave understanding to his statement saying,” If the Lion does not tell his own story the hunter will tell his own version of events.”

Mr. Madikana Matjila Business Manager of the Limpopo Radio Combo reaffirmed the SABC’s firm commitment to spreading the message of the Provincial Government saying,” they view the Province has a huge stakeholder as they buy much needed airtime space to spread service delivery issues to the masses of  Limpopo and are available just for that.” He further said to the listeners that they must love and enjoy their Limpopo Combo Radio Stations because they will be collaborating more and more on more shows and issues that concern the Province.

Premier Stanley Chupu Mathabatha spoke of the tough stance Limpopo is taking to fight corruption and improve service delivery to the people.