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Development Communication in South Africa

  • Tanja Bosch
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Abstract

Despite a peaceful transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa is still considered to be a transitional democracy, due to high levels of social equality which has resulted in a rise in social protests. This chapter provides a brief overview of development communication strategies in South Africa within this context, focusing on the following key areas of media for social change: ICTs for development, health communication, and community radio and community television initiatives. In addition, a brief overview of the communication strategies of civil society activist movements is provided.

Keywords

Development communication Community radio Community television Health communication ICT4D South Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Film and Media StudiesCape TownSouth Africa

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