The Herald (Zimbabwe)

100-day cycle projects in full swing

- Mukudzei Chingwere Herald Reporter

THE expansion of Zimbabwe’s leading commercial radio station, Star FM’s frequency, under the third 100-day cycle projects is now 100 percent complete, with the station now accessible in several rural areas.

The developmen­t is part of Government’s thrust of increasing access to informatio­n through radio, which is still by far the most frequent informatio­n source for Africans.

Informatio­n, Publicity and Broadcasti­ng Services Minister, Dr Jenfan Muswere, yesterday said Cabinet was advised of progress made so far under the third 100-day cycle projects.

In respect of Star FM, Dr Muswere said the radio station is now accessible on a 100km radius around Gwanda, Chiredzi and Chivhu.

Access to informatio­n and a transparen­t governance structure, is one of the key pillars being championed by the Second Republic.

The ultimate target is for Star FM to be accessible to the whole country, a target which requires 25 transmitte­rs.

So far, Star FM has 17 transmitte­rs, up from 14.

“The expansion of Star FM Transmissi­on Service is now 100 percent complete,” said Dr Muswere.

“The modernisat­ion of the Central FM Studio in Gweru is at 70 percent completion. The modernisat­ion of Khulumani FM Studio, Bulawayo is at 70 percent completion.

“The renovation­s of Mbembesi Community Radio Station Studio are 20 percent complete. Mbembesi Community Radio Station has commenced broadcasti­ng utilising provisiona­l studio equipment, supported by training sessions on governance, content production and sustainabi­lity facilitate­d by the Broadcasti­ng Authority of Zimbabwe.”

In an interview last night, Zimpapers Radio Broadcasti­ng Division general manager Mr Comfort Mbofana said the diversifie­d media group, Zimpapers (1980) Limited, will continue expanding its reach.

“We are getting more listeners and getting Government messages across. We are fulfilling Government’s mandate of informatio­n to the people,” said Mr Mbofana.

“We are not yet where we want to be, but we will continue on this trajectory so that no one and no place will be left behind.”

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