Barberton Community Radio was an initiative of a group of young people who were
visiting towns lobbying for support of one of their friend who have enter the
completion of future presenters in the SiSwati public broadcaster of the SABC (Radio
Swazi) now known as Ligwalagwala fm. On their mission to visiting the different
towns they came across the Community Radio in Bushbuck Ridge BBR and through
that discovery the whole program changed course.
The group started engaging the community, influential members, business people,
the local government and other stakeholders. This initiative had a positive respond to
many and efforts were put into realizing this dream. From 1994 a group of executive
member from different race groups was established. After a brief process of
presentation were made to intuitions such as the IBA, SENTEC, Open Society
Foundation, etc., the license to broadcast be grated.
There was a major excitement for the project and many people who saw the field of
media as an unattainable dream rose today light. About 20 people were volunteers
to the station since it started as a small institution with minimal funds. It later grows
into one of the major local project run professionally with good governance structure
and accountability thereof.
In the early 2000 the radio saw some of its member recruited by the SABC both
radio and the Deletion. To date the radio has produced a total of 24 personnel that
joined Ligwalagwala FM, 8 on SABC TV, 2 on the provincial Commercial Radio
(Power FM) and many joining various government departments and the private
In the recent years the radio lost its position in the society and fall back in both
professionalism and support. This has seen the radio suffer financially and in its
status in the society. It became a forgotten brand. The current leadership is faced
with reclaiming the position of the radio in both the community and corporate world.
The institutions core business is BROADCASTING for its main community of
Barberton and the surrounding areas of Ehlanzeni District that incorporates the
Greater Mbombela Municipality, the Albert Luthuli, and some areas of Nkomazi
BCR command a listenership of 120 000 with over 60% youth from all walks of life
and different races.
60% Siswati 40% English
Approved to broadcast since 18 October 2013 until 18 October 2018 on frequency
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