The Alexandra community radio station was ransacked during the recent riots and equipment estimated worth R5-million looted. National Lotteries Commission has reachout to Alex FM to donate R2-million. The much needed funds will help the station up and running again to provide information and entertainment to people of Alexandra and surrounding areas.
National Lotteries Commission spokesperson Ndivhuho Mafela said:
“We do distribute a lot of funds to NPOs (non-profit organisations) and, as you are aware, AlexFM is a community radio station, the voice of the people of Alexandra which is run by an NPO. After the damage that has been done to them we thought it better – using our proactive funding model – to try and bring back the voice of the people of Alexandra; that’s how we got involved.”
In a recent interview with Talk Radio 702, Mafela was asked if the station approach them or how did it happened for National Lotteries Commission to step in?
“At the National Lotteries Commission, we have got two modes of funding, which is one where an application is made and the other one is where we do interventions where there are disasters and unrests like this, so in this case, we realised that the damage that has been done to the station won’t need them to come to us and apply, it is our proactive funding model that we use, we decided to intervene,” adds Mafela.
It’s good to see the happy ending with the station.