French touch at Joburg Radio Days


For the first time, RFI -Radio France Internationale- was part of the radios participating in the Joburg Radio Days conference organised by Wits Radio Academy from 3-5 July. A line-up of radio experts and professionals from 12 different countries discussed about the new developments and currrent topics in the radio landscape. Lanni Smith, an experienced journalist from RFI English service who just joined the Africa development team, was one of the speakers. 

Talking about the skills challenge, Lanny did a presentation of Planète Radio, the RFI training program dedicated to community radio partners in developing countries in Africa and across the globe. Jean-Marc Belchi, development director in charge of Africa at RFI, was also at Joburg Radio Days to make contacts for potential projects and partnerships with local radios.

With the support of IFAS, two French-speaking experts were part of the speakers line-up. Jacques Kokonyange, station manager of Radio Muugano in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, talked about the challenges of running a community radio in a conflict zone. Monique Rakotoanosy, from the university of Antananarivo, shared some insights on the Madagascar radio landscape.


Picture: Lanni Smith talking about RFI Planète Radio programme