The man behind Khayelitsha’s new radio, King Ngavu. PHOTO: Supplied

Khayelitsha FM, a digital community radio station in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas, is ready to thrill listeners from Tuesday 1st November.

The station is currently available for live streaming. It is currently playing music while the process of finalizing vocals, lineup and programs is underway.

Once operational, the station will prominently broadcast in isiXhosa with occasional English commentary.

It will become the second community radio station in Khayelitsha after Radio Zibonele.

King Ngavu, the owner of the station, promised to give listeners a sense of entitlement, ownership while developing Khayelitsha’s youth.

According to Ngavu, the station will be unlike any other radio station. It will play 90% South African music, have 50/50 gender parity, 80% local and 20 national content.

“We will bring what has never been done before by being unique and fresh. The station will also allow young people to express themselves,” Ngavu said.

He said the station will be the voice of Khayelitsha, a platform for young people to learn about radio as well.

Ngavu said through the station that he will also help those who want to practice being on the radio.

“We are putting everything in place and we can even start next week to show how ready we are. We are now finalizing our presenters but our platform is already playing music and only the voices are missing,” a confident Ngavu said.

Ngavu, who is also in the media space, grew up in Khayelitsha. He said there was no turning back as they also got their broadcast license.

“It’s another way to reinvest in eKasi. It is sad to see young people traveling so far into Gauteng to do radio as there are no opportunities for them in their own townships,” he said.

The station said that from January next year, 20% of its advertising profits will go to its Khayelitsha FM Residence Education Fund, which will be used to help students in Khayelitsha who need financial assistance for their graduate studies.

The station is regulated by the South African Music Performance Rights Association (Sampra) and its certificates of license are valid from 1 May 2022 to May 2023.