Issue 138 | 17 October 2014
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In celebration of its first anniversary, Ubuntu Radio is launching on DSTV’s audio bouquet in November 2014, increasing its reach to over 45 African countries and over 10 million potential listeners.
17 October saw the launch of Ubuntu Radio, South Africa’s first government-run, 24-hour, online radio station.

The idea behind its conception was a need to create a platform to exchange views and opinions for key players who contribute to shaping South Africa’s foreign policy, from government institutions, the diplomatic community, civil society, academia, media, students and other role players in the field of international relations.

In choosing an Internet-based radio station over a mainstream radio station, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was inspired by the results of extensive research conducted on the effectiveness, influence and listenership of Internet-based radio stations throughout the world.

Research indicates that Internet-based radio has gained momentum over the past 10 years, and its benefits are visible.
Major events covered by Ubuntu Radio
  • The 2013 Diplomatic Fun Fair
  • The African Union Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 26 January 2014
  • Former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Qunu, Eastern Cape, 15 December 2013      
  • The Fourth Africa-European Union Summit, Brussels, Belgium, 2 to 3 April 2014
  • 20-year celebration of South Africa’s Democracy/Freedom Day, 27 April 2014
  • South Africa’s Presidential Inauguration, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 24 May 2014
  • South Africa’s Opening of Parliament/State of the Nation Address, Cape Town, 17 June 2014
  • 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, United States, 25 September 2014.

Some interesting people interviewed on Ubuntu Radio

  • President Jacob Zuma
  • The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
  • The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana
  • Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Director-General, Jerry Matjila
  • Former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda
  • Sir Richard Branson
  • Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela
  • Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnold Nicholson
  • Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi
  • Milan’s City Mayor, Guiliano Pisapia
  • Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
  • Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa
  • Amb Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa’s Ambassador to Washington
  • High Commissioner Membathisi Mdladlana, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Canada (Ottawa)
  • Amb Keitumetse Matthews, South Africa’s Ambassador to Portugal
  • Amb Saa’d Cachalia, South Africa’s Ambassador to Qatar
  • Amb Ruby Marks, South Africa’s Ambassador to Thailand
  • Amb Ntsiki Mashimbye, South Africa’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (Kinshasa)
  • Amb Masilo Esau Mabeta, South Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia
  • Amb Gert Grobler, South Africa’s Ambassador to Madagascar
  • Amb Zanele Makina, South Africa’s Ambassador to Cameroon
  • Amb Patrick Gaspard, US Ambassador to South Africa
  • High Commissioner Judith Macgregor, British High Commissioner to South Africa
  • Amb Bene M’Poko, DRC Ambassador to South Africa.
On 30 April 2014, the Board of the Turquoise Harmony Institute awarded this prestigious Ubuntu Media Award to Ubuntu radio. According to the institute Ubuntu Radio is a visionary concept and idea, which has become an important tool in promoting and communication South Africa’s foreign policy and disseminating information about South Africa across the world.

Ubuntu Radio is a finalist of this year’s Centre for Public Service Innovation Awards (CPSI Awards 2014).

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