The Sins Of SABC and Ikwekwezi FM Against AmaNdebele

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The Original Sin 

Mirriam Makeba sings the first-class song. It is called Nomeva – the thorny one. Walil’umntana uhlatywe ngameva.

Well, amaNdebele gazers see a star falls from the eastern sky. It turns into a thorn that gouges numerous amaNdebele cultural activists. Madekhethu! Therefore, kunesingongoyilo. Because truth told, an in-pain child that does not squeal becomes an object of mar and eventually perishes.

So, kungongoyilwa ngani, na? First on the podium to sound off is Thando Mahlangu. “Kutjharagene khulu wakwethu!” It is a mess, my kins-man, he says. Indeed, Thando finds fault with IKwekwezi FM, the ping-pong ball of the SABC. 

The view from his perspective is…, A dim light of the station shines not as IKwekwezi would. It is of a glow that hardly beams like a star shining upon the culture and the language of the people it is supposed to serve. Akukhanyi Bha. The programme offerings of the station are a wink-wink in the dark.

“Awa, ayisiberegeli thina njengamaNdebele. Of course, it is not working for us as AmaNdebele people. The presenters there are hardly involved in activist work to promote isiKhethu. That is a problem because we believe they could efficiently use the platform to boost the promotion and advancement of our culture. But to them, IKwekwezi FM is just a source of income.”

Enters Ngemani Mahlangu…, 

Yes, another Mahlangu. Because it would seem people of the clan name are active in broadly casting the Ndebele seeds, starting with the one from their loins. Iye mos, belethanani nande. Akwande!

Anyway…, Ngemani protests. “IsiNdebele language is not taught in schools situated in Witbank, Middleburg, Belfast, Delmas, Pretoria, Enkanngala, Embalenhle, Bethal, Bronkorspruit….” The list goes on, and IKwekwezi is apparently doing nothing to ventilate this matter.

Now, Endumbeni Creative and Cultural Arts Centre says the pre-dominantly ought to be, amaNdebele platform, Ikwekwezi is a cultural delinquent. According to Endumbeni, the station lacks programs that seek to advance and preserve isiNdebele language and culture. Such that ‘someone had the nerve to can shows like Sakha ilimi lethu – we build our language.’

“Ikwekwezi FM is an abortion pill to IsiNdebele,” writes Lungile Mabhena.

Abarhatjhi (broadcasters at the station) open their mouths only to butcher IsiNdebele. For example, Lungile says, numerous presenters, bathi sanibonani, abalotjhisi. That is to say, greetings are uttered in IsiZulu, not in isiNdebele. Furthermore, some would speak of ukubaluleka instead of isiNdebele for ukuqakatheka. Lungile takes issues..,

 “Kunini batjelwa bona they must play(music with)Ndebele content?”

Mamala Wodwa!

Acting Business manager for IKwekwezi and Ligwalagwala FM Nkosinathi Ntuli says…, “The allegation (s) above is UNTRUE. ” According to his response, isiNdebele music gets action on almost all programs of IKwekwexi. “IKwekwezi FM is dedicated to development and preservation of isiNdebele and the Ndebele nation.” In addition, Ntuli says isiNdebele language usage, on-air, gets monitored by the station’s language committee that corrects whenever a need arises. He adds that stakeholders and listeners are welcome to engage with the station through ending communication to info@ikwekwezifm.co.za

The Original-Original Sin Two

 

Endumbeni Creative and Cultural Arts Centre and Thando Mahlangu echo each other. The SABC does not respect and take amaNdebele serious. “That is because, for example, except for the news, which has an allocation of one hour a week, there is no content with isiNdebele language on its television channels. IsiNdebele news gets broadcast only twenty-four minutes, twice and sometimes three times a week, while other languages enjoy current affairs slots seven days a week, twice a day.”

The Auckland Park ping-Pong games with Ikwekwezi have seen the station move about three times since 1994. First, it got moved from Pretoria to Auckland park in 1997. Then back to Pretoria in 2004. Now – again- IKwekwezi broadcasts from Auckland park. The latest migration is owing to, apparently, a six hundred thousand rands a month rental cost.

Now, there is a call for or an expectation the station should have moved to KwaMhlanga. Nestled there, the station would be closest to its heart-beat and soul – its core target audience, its people. Now, to conclude…, According to tellmemydream.com, a dim star represent a sense of hopelessness. It is a state of affairs where your strongest allies lose faith in you. Thus the preceding narrative may suggest that IKwekwezi FM is a star that does not shine on the dreams of its allies.

*Please note the SABC is in a position of questions sent by ThiVi. Their side of the story will appear as soon as received. 

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