Standard Bank provides computer hardware to damaged radio station
Alex FM 89.1FM now has the computers it needs to fulfil its mandate to inform and entertain its community of Alexandra.
The radio station was one of the many that was irreparably damaged during the civil unrest that occurred a few weeks ago. The damage to the station totalled R5 million.
While the station received well needed funds from a variety of other organisations, it was still in dire need of desktops and laptops to enable it to resume broadcasting.
This week Standard Bank, with its partners Digital Generation and Brima Logistics, donated 13 full desktops as requested by the station, but added another two printers and two laptops. This totals 19 devices donated. All devices will be delivered with new software.
“As a bank we believe that this underpins our commitment to good corporate citizenship,” says Vuyani Joko, CIO, Employee Experience, Standard Bank South Africa.
“It is through these often under supported activities that we as a bank believe that reconstructing and supporting the development of South Africa’s arts sector, that has been hard hit by the Covid-19 induced lockdowns, are integral in creating the South Africa we are all striving to build,” says Joko.
The rebuilding of the station to bring it back to its noble glory is already underway. They have been receiving contributions from other fellow broadcasters
Standard Bank, its partners and other supports have not only assisted the station. LM Radio housed Alex FM for three weeks. And fellow commercial broadcasters in, Primedia, Kaya Fm, Jacaranda FM, Skyside SA, Ray’s of Hope, Groot FM declared themselves, friends of the station to assist in other forms both financially and technically to get the station back on its feet.
Currently Alex FM will be moving back to Alex Mall to resume broadcasting to its valued community while its headquarters at the Yarona Building on the Pan African Square is being completed.