Local Governance

6 Radio and Television station projects underway

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa

By Nyasha Mutena

Six priority projects are earmarked for implementation during the current 7th 100 Day Cycle of the Second Republic, Information Minister, Senator Mutsvangwa has revealed.

These projects include Chimanimani Digital Terrestrial Television launch, Gokwe Digital Terrestrial Television launch, Nyangani Community Radio Station installation, Language-based Community Radio Stations licensing, Radio Zimbabwe studio installation and National awareness audio-visual productions.

Briefing journalists during the post cabinet briefing yesterday the 15th of June 2021, Senator Mutsvangwa said site preparatory works for the Chimanimani Digital Terrestrial launch were completed and the date of launch will be announced in due course.

Senator Mutsvangwa highlighted that the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe is working with a target to install, commission and launch the Nyangani Community Radio station in Nyanga following completion of the site survey.

She reiterated that 90% of the equipment purchased was shipped and is now in Harare. Furthermore, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe is targeting to issue additional language-based Community Radio Station licences in an effort to improve access to information and the participation of local communities in information dissemination. The allotment plan has been gazetted.

“The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is modernizing its old studios by revamping one of the Radio Zimbabwe Studios (Studio E) at Mbare Studios in Harare,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.

With regards to the National awareness audio-visual productions, She said the target is to produce thirteen (13) “Zimbabwe in Motion” television programmes profiling the developmental work of government Ministries.

The project is aimed at raising awareness about the work, challenges and successes of the government among television viewers.

Moreso, Senator Mutsvangwa said the creative concept has since been approved, with four programmes having been completed and are ready for airing on Zimbabwe Television (ZTV) during the month of June.