As part of celebrating the importance of radio and through funding from the UNESCO Harare ROSA office, the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU) held a one day induction workshop for the newly elected board members of UNESCO funded Moeling community radio in Botha-Bothe district, Lesotho. The workshop was held on Thursday, 29th March, 2018.
The main objectives of the workshop were to familiarise new board members with the partnership that the radio has with UNESCO as well as to sensitize them on issues of ownership and management of Moeling community radio. The gathering was also used to appreciate the work that has been done by the first and previous board which worked on establishing the radio since 2013. In this regard each board member was awarded a certificate of appreciation for the sterling work done for the past five years.
Other important documents that the workshop dealt with in depth are the constitution, Editorial and Management policy of the radio station.
Figure 1: Old and new members of the Moeling Community Radio posing for a group picture and showing off their Certificates of Appreciation from LNCU and MISA- Lesotho
While officially opening the workshop, the District Administrator of the Botha-Bothe district, Mr. Qhasho, expressed his appreciation to LNCU for both financial and management support rendered to the radio since the conceptualisation of the idea of having a community radio in his district about six years ago. He stressed that since Moeling radio started broadcasting in the district, his work of administering the district has been made simple through easy coordination by the radio, and thus thanked the station for that.
On his part, the MISA-Lesotho chairperson, Mr. Boitumelo Koloi stressed the importance of radio editorial independence from government, commercial and religious institutions. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of adhering to the Lesotho Communications Authority broadcasting regulations to avoid unnecessary victimisation that other radio stations in the country have previously been subjected to after breaching of code of conduct by radios.
The workshop was graced with the presence of the LNCU Secretary General Ms. Palesa Montši. In her keynote address the SG was “overwhelmed with the rate at which the just established radio had grown”. She congratulated the management of the radio for having not only been able to feed the local communities with relevant information focusing on issues of local concern, but also on generating enough revenue to pay for staff stipends and other utilities as well as having bright prospects of the sustainability of the radio station.
On the other hand, she thanked members of the outgoing board for being transparent and adhering to the values of the radio station during their tenure of office. She particularly expressed her satisfaction to the fact that they were able to hold a General Annual Meeting on which they provided detailed and elaborative financial and progress reports. The AGM witnessed the election of new board members.
Figure 2: A founding member of the radio, Mr. Taoana Lerole receiving both a firm hand shake and certificate from the District Administrator
Moeling Community Radio Station is an independent, non-profit making and development orientated community radio station, serving five (5) community councils of Botha-Bothe district: Namely, Nqojane, Likila, Nqoe, Ts’a-le-Moleka and Botha-Bothe Urban. It was established in 2014 through the IPDC funding.