Communication Centres Growing Up
by truck, ship, train
Technical Training of
Wave I stations
Coaches meet to
exchange, plan and learn
Gather to Plan
Seeing Other Realities
Centres Growing Up
The two communication centres supported by our project, which both
opened their doors to the public during the month of March 2001 in Beira
and Tete, have just carried out their own, initial internal evaluation
of the first six month experimentation phase.
While it is obvious that the equipment is being used and the local
presence og the emerging independent print press has been strengthened,
it is still obvious that additional training and strengthening of the
sustainability systems is needed.
An independent consultant has therefore been contracted to work with
the centres during the month of December, to carry out an in-depth
assessment of the strengths and the weaknesses of each of the two
centres. This will be done through studies of the documentation
available locally, through interview with management and users of the
centres and of the associations running them.
The final recommendations will be important for the further
development of these two pilot centres already opened, and for the 2-5
centres planned to support the establishment of during phase II of the
project. Initial assessments have already been carried out in Quelimane,
Nampula and Lichinga, and further assessments are foreseen for Chimoio
By the end of phase II of the project (June 2004) it is hoped that
the national network of communication centres will have strengthened not
only the local presence of independent provincial news, but also a
further dissemination of media from elsewhere in Mozambique, hereby
furthering the general impact of the media.
arriving by truck, ship, train
Finally, finally the tax-exemption of the equipment for the eight
community radio stations supported by our project has been secured, and
the equipment for the three Wave I stations in Homoine, Chimoio and
Cuamba is on its way by truch, ship and train.
Cuamba’s equipment arrived in the port of Nacala on November 14 and
is now waiting for the installation foreseen during the month of January.
The team of installation technicians have, however, already arrived
Chimoio, where the installation started on November 26. After some ten
intensive days here, the team will move on to Homoine, where the
installation is foreseen to be finalised before christmas.
The five Wave II stations in Dondo, Milange, Metangula, Bagamoio and
Boane will be installed during the months of February to May 2002.
All eight stations have had the foundations for the transmission
towers as well as the thorough earthing to prevent against problems due
to lightening, have been prepared during the months of September,
October and November in preparation of arrival of the equipment.
Training of Wave I stations
In order to further enhance longterm technical sustainability of the
stations, tailormade technical manuals have been developed by the
equipment supplier and translated by the project. These have been sent
to the stations, and will form the basis for the radio staff and
volunteers, when the suppliers will carry out their on-site training in
the use and preventive maintenance of the equipment.
meet to exchange plan and learn
The seven community radio process coaches working with our partner
communities presently, met in Quelimane in October to evaluate the level
of development of their community groups, counting between 20 and 90
volunteers locally ready to start being at the core of the radio
While most communities have carried out their audience research and
prepared an initial programme format, there is still a lot of work left
to ensure the effective transmission of the research into programme
Stressing the importance of the up-coming phase of the going on air,
the coaches will have an added number of functions during this period.
The project as such foresees to ensure full time coaches at the stations
during the first weeks of experimental programming.
Committees Gather to Plan
The Management Committess of the last three communities to receive
provincial approval and clearance of their community associations (Dondo,
Milange and Metangula), met in Maputo in November for a two-day
While the workshop introduced the new members of the management
committees to the basic concepts of what a community radio is, it also
presented the administrative and financial management systems needed to
be put in place. All along it was stressed that these committees are at
the core of the management of the stations: they will hire staff and
contract volunteers to do the daily work. But the overall editorial and
management responsibility rests with the management committees.
Due to a reorganisation of the management structure in Cuamba:
election of a new management committee and hiring a group of new staff
members, their management committee was invited to take part in the
above mentioned workshop.
In order to prepare for going on air, an increasing number of study
trips have taken place during the past months for volunteers and
mobilisers of the community radio groups. Besides from gaining an
increased insight into the day-to-day functionality of a station on air,
the future programmers also have a possibílity to get to know new
colleagues and extend their own personal and professional contact