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06. May 2014

DIRCO’S UBUNTU RADIO SCOOPS MEDIA AWARD

The Turquoise Harmony Institute is an independent, non-profit Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), aimed at promoting inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue and tolerance among people at grassroots level in South Africa.

The Board of the Turquoise Harmony Institute has awarded this year's prestigious Ubuntu Media Award to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (DIRCO) Ubuntu Radio, South Africa's first government-run, 24-hour, online radio station.

The Deputy Director-General of Public Diplomacy, Clayson Monyela, accepted the award on behalf of DIRCO at a gala ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 30 April.

According to the Institute, Ubuntu Radio is a visionary concept and idea, which has become an important tool in promoting and communicating South Africa's foreign policy and disseminating information about South Africa across the world.

Since its inception in October 2013, Ubuntu Radio has been steadily positioning itself as an authority when it comes to "telling the African story by Africans from an African perspective" and has managed to gain and continues to grow its listenership and reach.

Other recipients included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who received the Gulen Peace Award, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, Prof Adam Habib, who received the Academia Award, and late African National Congress president, Oliver Tambo, who was posthumously honoured with the Freedom Award.

Read more: http://www.dirco.gov.za/dircoenewsletter/newsflash110-06-05-2014.html

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