The National Community Radio Week was celebrated over 6 (six) days, from 12th – 16th February 2018. The theme of this year’s NCRW was ‘Radio is us’. In this week, over 180 delegates from different community radio stations across all nine South African provinces took part in a skills development programme which highlighted topics such as Journalism for Radio and Radio Production. The skills development programme was facilitated by PAS Media Academy at Philip Sanders Resort. The 13th of February marked World Radio Day, on this day the NCRW put together a live radio broadcast across over 63 Community Radio Stations Nationwide, with World Radio Day Celebration as a topic. The panel of the live broadcast consisted of representatives from MDDA, SENTECH, NCRF and NCRW, the audience as well as the listeners were also given an opportunity to weigh in and ask questions about the topic.
On the 15th of February, the National Community Radio Week celebrated its first annual NCRW Ambassadorship at PACOFS in the Bloemfontein. This event was sponsored by The Free State Provincial Government, The Thoughts Lounge, Hollard, Twizza, MDDA, SAMWU, Mangaung Metro Municipality and SENTECH. This event was well attended by representatives of community radios nationwide, the business sector, local government, several media groups as well as the public. The event featured dancers as well as renowned musicians like Serame Sediti, Semito and Brian Themba. Local designers were granted the opportunity to showcase their work and the best designer (Thabiso Leeuw) won a R10 000 cash prize. Prior the celebration, twenty two (22) finalists from disadvantaged communities across South Africa went through an intense and holistic training programme from which classes were facilitated to aid with improving their overall knowledge and skills in community radio. Each finalist was required to choose a community radio station which she would like to represent, with this representation the finalists had to identify one major issue in this community radio station and also propose methods to help combat these issues. The winner of the ambassadorship has been given an opportunity to bring her project to life. The 2018 NCRW Ambassador is Prudence Mncube from the Gauteng province. Prudence Mncube won herself a cash prize of R30 000. The 1st Runner up is Nasizo Mdende from Eastern Cape, who won herself R15 000 and 2nd Runner up is Kamogelo Kwapa who won R10 000. Prudence, Nasizo and Kamogelo will use 20% of their cash prizes as capital to start their community radio projects with community radio stations of their choice.
National Community Radio Week celebrated its second annual awards on Friday, 16th February 2018. 58 people were nominated for the awards; the nominees came from 24 community radio stations across South Africa. The awards consisted of 21 winning categories. This event was also well attended by an audience of over six hundred (600) representatives from the local government, private sector, NCRF, finalists from NCRW Ambassadorship, sponsors as well as the public. The audience enjoyed performances by local and national artists like Botshabelo Sunrise, Gigi Lamyne, Lasouce, Miss Pru and a few others.