Public broadcaster the SABC’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Department will commemorate Youth Day on 16 June by donating 2,000 books to two needy schools in the Eastern Cape. The events will be hosted by regional radio stations Umhlobo Wenene FM on 13 June and tru FM on 15 June.
The two schools that will benefit from this initiative were identified by the respective radio stations. Umhlobo Wenene will broadcast live from TEM Mkrwetyana School in Joza, Grahamstown. This SABC radio station will broadcast their Women’s Lifestyle Show called Khanya Gqiyazana live from 9am to 12 noon at the school and the programme will be hosted by Lulu Haarmans, who was born and bred in Grahamstown.
Nompumelelo Senior Secondary School in Whittesea, Sada location has resource challenges such as a shortage of classrooms, laboratories and books, and tru FM will be broadcasting their programme called The Real Deal hosted by Siphokazi January and Sisonke Kosani from 12.30pm to 3pm, live from the school.
The National Public Service Broadcaster has over the years become one of the custodians of the Youth Day commemorations. This year’s theme Education has been adopted by the SABC’s CSI Department and prompted the initiative in the Eastern Cape. It is the first time that the SABC will celebrate Youth Day outside of Gauteng.
The SABC’s CSI Department’s main function is to identify, facilitate and manage Citizen Empowerment Projects in line with the SABC’ s corporate values, that of creating partnerships, restoring human dignity and building a common future. The SABC has in the past supported and partnered with various stakeholders in nation building initiatives, such as Community Builder of the Year, Child Headed Households and the Haiti Earthquake Disaster, to name a few.