About Vaaltar Community Radio:
Vaaltar fm is located in the Northwest province in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality, under the local Municipality of Greater Taung. It is situated 71km from Vryburg and 148km to Kimberly on N18 at 93 Lesedi Building.
Taung is an area that is mainly survived by farming (irrigation schemes) and just over 380 mm rainfall annually mainly comes in summer with likely frosts in winter. Vegetation Kalahari Thornveld and the soil mainly Kalahari sand.
The area is best known for its limestone carves which are of great Archaeological interest owing to the discovery of pre history skeletal remains. Harts River while the world famous site where Taung skull was discovered in a limestone quarry in 1924, South African Ape Men, the Tracopithecinae. The discovery vindicated Charles Darwin’s prediction in 1871 that Africa would prove to be the cradle of mankind. Today the skull is preserved in the Anatomy Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Gauteng province.
Radio as a concept. The concept in 1995 with two radio committees respectively Vaalharts Community Radio (under the leadership of Moatlhodi Sebalo, composition: Palm Matlhola, Doctor Jonas, Dineo Nteta, Thulani LuthoyiGilbert Molebiemang) and Taung Community Radio( as represented by Sam Lekgatshane and Tsholofelo “Ice-T” Moepeng) resulted in a merge of the two and agreed to a common name VAALTAR FM. The said committee recruited other members of common interest, applied and received tribal resolutions by the blessings of Chief Mothibi, Chief Mankuroane and Chief Motlhabane on the 17 January 1996, this was after the various consultation processes in areas like Tribal Authorithies, churches, schools, CBOs, NGOs, Sectoral departments and individuals in a form of signature campaign.
The entity has been registered as a Non Profit Making body reg no: 046-027-NPO and has been licensed to broadcast by Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in 2000 and was subsequently granted another four years license as effect October 2008.
The structure of the radio station as per control purpose has the community(AGM) that elect the Board of Directors (BoD) to oversee the vision and mission of the entity, compliance to the licence conditions and advocacy over funding and good representation.
The BoD with powers vested in them appoint the Station Manager to execute administrative policies and the strategic planning of the entity, organize, evaluate, monitor and be directive on day-by-day running of the station thereby also being on the outlook to forge sound relation in lobbying around funding, creating partnerships with different stakeholders and encouraging community participation in producing balanced programming.
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Vaaltar Communit Radio