Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association, Kunzwana Trust, Horizont3000 and the Tonga.Online team are very proud to announce a major step forward in the extension of project: Ziliikuchitika, it's happening in Sinazongwe across the river - Mulonga. The establishment of Sinazongwe ITC at Sinazongwe Basic School, Zambia has been completed. Five years after the start of the project in Binga, the network has now definitely reached the Zambian side of the Valley. What an occasion to celebrate together with the #50 edition of Tonga.Online newsletter!

Previously, Tonga.Online trainer Theo Sianyuka made a wide reach with project awareness campaigning in Sinazongwe and Mweemba communities of the valley, Mamba Secondary School and other schools, with the support of the Honorable Chief Sinazongwe and Mr and Mrs Miyanda. The computer technician attached to Binga High School by Horizont3000, Uwe Allgäuer, has joined hands with Gary Brooking from Arachnid Design in Bulawayo and traveled to Zambia, successfully installing 15 computers at Sinazongwe Basic School.

Gary wrote: "The installation went well. Connectivity and communications are a big issue there. But apart from that there is a lot of support and enthusiasm for the Project. Theo has been very well received and she is a great ambassador for the project. The Ubuntu and Open Office I am sure will be a great success and a model for many other schools to come".
The photos documenting the installation of the computers are already online. Thanks to Uwe and Tenashi for the pictures.
The IT Centre is expected to be operational by 3rd March 2006. The official opening of Sinazongwe ITC with lots of Ngoma Buntibe and Budima dance and music at another Mulonga.Net Festival is scheduled for the beginning of September.

"I feel there is a call from down under the lake waters for the BaTonga people of the valley on both sides to remain united, sharing the same development and catching up with the world" said Binga coordinator David Mungombe.

Zongwe FM is broadcasting again

broadcasting from the new studio on hilltop overlooking Lake Kariba and the Zambezi valley

Dear Mike & Tanja, dear all, Thank you and all parties involved for your note that the relocation of Zongwe FM studio and transmitter has been completed by the end of May: Zongwe FM is broadcasting again with a far wider outreach. Mission accomplished, Congratulations! TWALUMBA!

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Zongwe FM building a Radio Bridge, crowdfunding

Support for the relocation of Zongwe FM now via crowdfunding platform welcome! check it out and contribute - thank you - twalumba loko!

Zongwe FM building a Radio Bridge accross the Zambezi River!

Your contribution is welcome! Support Zongwe FM community radio station in Sinazongwe to promote communication links within the Tonga community along the shores of Lake Kariba. With your help connection with the Global Village will improve!

Thanks to the commitment of the local community of Sinazongwe and assisted by the Rural District Council a new building for the studios and transmitter of Zongwe FM has been raised on top of a hill above the village and Zambian shores of Lake Kariba. The next step is the relocation of the studios currently hosted by Sinazongwe Basic School and built in 2007 with the help of radio activists from Austria. The new location on the hill promises more space and a greater outreach to provide information and communication links within the Tonga community along the Zambezi Valley.

The goal of this campaign is to raise EURO 6000 until end of April 2019 for another technical assistance mission. The task is to relocate the station and to complement the studio equipment.

Your donation will be appreciated using the bank account of Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association at Sparkasse Oberösterreich, Linz / Austria, IBAN AT532032016800007352, BIC ASPKAT2LXXX mentioning „Zongwe FM“.  A crowdfunding campaign via the Austrian platform has started already to complement this fundraising spree. You can choose this route also online

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Update from Sinazongwe

Report by Josiah Moyo
SINAZONGWE Community Radio

Sinazongwe / Southern Province / Zambia

The report for the ITC and the radio station is from February, 2009 to December 2009.

see also recent news about the situation there under SINAZONGWE.ONLINE in the Discussion Forum;

and Josiah Moyo's report about the Review and Planning Workshop in Binga under the headline Kunzwana & Tonga.Online projects to live on   

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