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At present very little if any space is being created for Afrikaans media. Even within the commercial Afrikaans media there are some media institutions who are unsympathetic towards the critical situation of Afrikaans, or who are not prepared to give up their monopoly on the Afrikaans media in order to support or to mentor smaller role-players who want to or can make an active contribution for Afrikaans.

We support freedom of expression and freedom of the media as a cornerstone of the sound functioning of any community. Although there are several kinds of media, our focus is on community media because the future of Afrikaans media cannot be left simply to the politically driven government and the profit-driven private sector.

We have established several media platforms. The Solidarity Magazine has a circulation of 135 000, while the weekly electronic newsletter Solder has 67 500 subscribers. The Solidarity World offers a comprehensive website service assisting people to get and hold good jobs and to progress in their jobs.

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Since Radio Pretoria has donned a new hat in 2015, it is proudly building Pretoria FM, a radio station where each and every one can identify with our beautiful language and culture! Since its inception, Pretoria FM has achieved many successes, and as a media platform it plays an important role in the community owing to its involvement in various projects. Apart from the fact the Pretoria FM daily entertains and informs you with the latest news, good music and interesting chat programmes, it is building a platform for a healthy community by being a mouthpiece for a variety of organisations that are making a difference. The community forms a large part of the focal point because when a community stands together it can accomplish everything. “We can’t deny that currently we are facing many negative issues but it is our responsibility as a radio station to emphasise the positive side,” said Hennie Koortzen, station manager of Pretoria FM. That is precisely why Pretoria FM is so closely involved with several charitable organisations. This dynamic team believes that the children of today are tomorrow’s future. “When you become involved with children and help them establish a strong foundation, you are building a country and its future,” Hennie explained. Pretoria FM as media platform provides free airtime to the Jacaranda Children’s Home as well as the Paul Kruger Children’s Home to advertise and market their projects. Pretoria FM is also a media partner of several animal projects such as Wet Nose, Wollies Animal Project and Rhino Connect. This platform serves as an effective channel to ensure that all these vulnerable animals receive what is needed to survive. The projects include the collection of basic necessities as well as conservation of the animals. The programme called “Doen dinge Donderdae” (Doing Things Thursdays) aims at chatting with a different charitable organisation every week, thereby giving them the opportunity to expand on what they are doing and how people can get involved. According to Hennie, Pretoria FM’s listeners care about the community. “They would like to help but they must be informed and that is where we come in because if they don’t know about a project, they won’t be able to get involved,” Hennie said. Another project close to the heart of this industrious team and which certainly helps to build a better community is the Environment Month Project in which Pretoria FM, in collaboration with AfriForum, several companies, and with the assistance of Pretoria FM listeners, clean dirty and polluted areas in and around Pretoria. “It is great to see how members of the community work together to build a better future,” Hennie concluded.  

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