Development Journalism

The concept of development journalism promotes the bottom-up approaches to information gathering and storytelling, and promotes the centring of stories on the concerns of “the people”. Focusing on ordinary people, as opposed to officials and experts.


The youth of today are the generation of tomorrow, so they potentially hold the solutions to current problems facing South Africans today. Y4Y embraces these ideas and allows the youth to look at common issues, discusses them, discover each other and share experiences on a radio platform. The programme is a weekly youth radio show which broadcasts on Radio Grahamstown (102.1Fm) every Thursday between 5pm and 6pm, giving High School learners the chance to produce and take part in a live show while learning new skills in the radio broadcasting industry...Annie Polak investigates...

The small town of Riebeeck East, can be found on the out skirts of Grahamstown. Located in Ward three of the Makana area, this little town is filled with the laughter of tiny voice, all thanks to Yolandi who took it upon herself to start a crèche for the kids of Riebeeck East. The crèche is up and running but still faces many challenges. Our reporter Annie Polak spoke with Yolandi to find out more about the iBhabhatane community Crèche…

Yolandi and Myself
Photographer: Desiree Schirlinger
At iBhabhatane community Crèche
Photographer: Desiree Schirlinger

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