This summer season, communities in Mitchells Plain and surrounds can look forward to its very own, locally-based community radio station. YOH Radio – the brainchild of radio veteran, Gavin Arends – has partnered with the Cape Flats YMCA (CF YMCA) with one goal in mind: uplift the communities of Mitchell’s Plain and the wider Cape Flats, and through facilitated action, improve their overall life experiences.
According to, Mr. Arends, a child of the ‘Plain, “Creating a radio station in my home town, has been a driving passion for a long time. And, in addition to the goals we have of playing a part in fulfilling the aspirations of individuals and their communities, this radio station will also do its bit to contribute to the local economy of this area.”
Arends says that while there were many challenges that were weathered, YOH Radio will hopefully have its license soon. He says, “We are optimistic and excited to explore what can be achieved, through this partnership.”
The Mitchell’s Plain-based radio station – which will reach into the Cape Flats – will focus on engaging local businesses and other organisations, and also the people living within its footprint, to ensure that content is locally-relevant and includes real benefits for its audiences.
Says Arends, “We have been hitting the streets, getting to know the people and organisations we aim to serve. This personal approach, is core to our values. Because, if we aim to make a difference, we need to know what their issues are. This will give us and our audiences, a clear understanding of the role we can play within their communities.”
Says Ricardo De Reuck, Director of Cape Flats YMCA, “We needed a vehicle to reach more young people, and with YOH Radio, we are able to that. The Cape Flats YMCA exists to empower young people, and what better way to do that, than through a medium like radio.”
“Through the partnership, YOH Radio and the Cape Flats YMCA aims to counter the effects of the issues plaguing our communities – such as gender inequality, domestic violence, child abuse, gang violence, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, and more. We also want to develop a renewed sense of pride from within these communities and look for ways to encourage all citizens to be active, in some way or another, in uplifting ourselves, and taking our communities forward,” says De Reuck.
According to both Arends and De Reuck, the two organisations found that there were a number of synergies in their shared values and goals, and both are optimistic that this partnership is able to bring tangible, far-reaching value for Mitchell’s Plain communities and the wider Cape Flats.
Says Arends, “While Mitchells Plain – one of SA’s largest townships/suburbs – has been experiencing ongoing growth, these communities are still plagued with a lack of local opportunities. On top of that, for an area with more than one million residents, there is no specific platform that serves as a mouthpiece for the communities of Mitchell’s Plain and the greater Cape Flats.”
One of the key roles for YOH Radio – which will be housed in Portlands – is to amplify the Cape Flats YMCA’s activities. These include events such as its Beach Safety and clean up initiative, feeding and school safety drives. YOH Radio will launch officially on 5 December and hopes to go live on-air with its first broadcast by 11 December.
For more information about YOH Radio, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Gavin Arends on 082-971-2762. To contact the Cape Flats YMCA, call Alvina Noch on 021-391-0564. Watch local press for more details of upcoming events, as well as YOH Radio frequency and programming details.