City of Johannesburg launches online radio station

The City of Johannesburg launched its long-awaited online radio station, Joburg Pulse FM, at Ivory Park Emthojeni Taxi Rank on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

In an effort to bridge the digital divide, the city launched its own dynamic online radio station.

This powerful form of content aims to break down communication barriers by reaching more residents.

Lwando Mbelu, one of the radio presenters, said that “residents will now not only communicate with the city on social media, but engage live and lead, they will cover everything related to the city of Joburg from service delivery, wanting to get to know your local council better, and promoting small businesses”.

The radio station currently has two slots, which include the morning show Rise up eGoli between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and the afternoon reader Good afternoon Jozi which airs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Another enthusiastic radio presenter on the show, Jurgen van Lill, added that “radio is good and very relevant as we move into the digital age, which is the fourth industrial revolution radio, has a way of reach diverse people.

MMC of Economic Development Cllr Lawrence Khoza was one of the first people interviewed. He spoke about the importance of 120 Days of Accelerated Service Delivery and highlighted some of the achievements in service delivery and how the city is creating opportunities that will empower young people.

All city entities such as Joburg Water, City Power, Johannesburg Roads Agency and many more were on hand to deliver the integrated service delivery plan.

Executive Mayor Cllr Geoff Makhubo was present to give this thought and vision around the online radio station and service delivery program.

“I am delighted that we have taken this step as Johannesburg by launching this online radio station as digital is the future. We are one of the first cities in Africa to have done this in order to communicate our messages and to engage with our citizens, in terms of service delivery we are setting a new standard, there will be reviews within these 120 days of each neighborhood to identify service delivery challenges and find solutions.”

He then talked about the importance of being visible to residents and that Ivory Park needs to be part of the urban system. “We must turn him into ivory.”

The Executive Mayor and members of the Mayor’s Committee also went out to communicate with area residents about their service delivery issues. In Ward 79, leaders corrected and marked the road as part of Day 3 of 120 Days of Accelerated Service Delivery. They also traveled to the Tembisa Mall to engage with the Region A business community. The objective of the session was to give entrepreneurs strategies and interventions on how they can recover from the effects of the pandemic of Covid-19.

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