What are the challenges confronting a society increasingly dependent on digital technologies? Who is making the rules and determining the values behind using social media? How are societies adapting and what are the prospects for the future? Articles in this issue address these questions and more.
Valley FM is a community radio station established in 1998 to serve rural communities, most of which are descendants of the Khoisan people, in the the Breede Valley, Langeberg, and Witzenberg municipalities of Western Cape Province South Africa. The Khoisan people, which includes the San, Griqua, Nama, Koranna and Cape Koi groups, lost much of their land and cultural heritage due to Colonialism and Apartheid. Current Valley FM programming focuses on community engagement of farmers, mainly women, as well as on human rights.
This project’s goal is to strengthen Valley FM’s work to advance the rights of the Khoisan people, a group that has yet to be recognized as an indigenous nation by the South African state, which still classifies them as “coloured” as per the status they had under Apartheid. This is being accomplished by producing weekly in-depth coverage of the main issues affecting the Khoisan people, as well as by convening a series of dialogue and policy-oriented events on constitutional recognition, the preservation of Khoisan languages, and the strengthening of indigenous knowledge systems.
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