Community Media Summit

Speakers || Media || Programme


Community media are important drivers of media pluralism and freedom of expression and it is important that they continuously receive the necessary support within their communities to ensure that there is an engaged and informed citizenry and audiences, specifically relating to government services in the community service

The thrust of the Summit is to craft a lasting solution to support the community media sector. Further, is to develop a comprehensive programme of action that will ensure the availability of content and support for the community media to benefit from DTT and the digital platforms. This is in line with the country’s readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in pursuit of the National Development Plan.

The Department of Communications together with the GCIS, MDDA, ICASA, SENTECH and the SABC is hosting the Community Media Summit on the 30th and 31st July 2018.


Keynote addresses to be delivered by:

Programme Director

Tim Modise

Closing address:
Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Opening address:
Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana

Tim Modise

Objectives of the Summit

  • To identify best practices in resolving the challenges in supporting the community media sector
  • To identify funding and sustainability models
  • To establish a task team to focus on governance, oversight, accountability, compliance and regulation best practices 
  • To address signal distribution, transmission and self-provision models
  • To discuss strategies to support the community media focusing on the state of readiness for digital migration and the online environment
  • To explore strategies for transforming the value chain from the big players and unblocking where there are barriers to entry.