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Current Market & People

Moutse Community Radio Station (MCRS) is based in a socio-economically developing region, comprising: district municipality (Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality), Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Greater Marble Hall Municipality, farming towns, producing, grapes, citrus, cotton, wheat, maize, etc.

Business development in the region is stimulated by the growth of community shopping malls in Moteti, Dennilton, Kwaggafontein, Siyabuswa and surrounding areas. These malls support the above-mentioned towns with regard to domestic consumables as well as a major relief to the community in terms of cost savings in time, travelling and shopping proximity. They are vital economic generators for the communities and the municipalities.

Local business, which has experienced a major ownership metamorphosis, has been the hallmark and essential entry point to consumables for many years, seems to be losing the economic challenges brought by malls as well as national well branded businesses. The remaining businesses continue to offer the community improved services, albeit at a cost unparalleled and some have been reduced to convenience stores. Most businesses have fallen by the wayside and this is quite evident by ghost, unused structures in these communities.

Moutse Community Radio Station serves a community of about 900 000 people in 48 villages, two developing towns surrounded by growing community malls. The area is in close proximity to Pretoria, a gateway to Gauteng, locals migrate from the region into Gauteng in pursuit of employment and better life.

There are daily trips from the region into Pretoria and other parts of Gauteng province carrying men and women, young and old, to work. Salaries are earned in Gauteng, partially spent there and the remaining in Moutse.

Most of the people with better jobs and possibly with higher disposable income live semi-permanently in Gauteng and other areas; they manage to go back home in weekends, selected weekends and holidays. Most of their money is spent outside the region. When they visit home, consumables are largely bought outside Moutse.

Most people left in the region are locally employed, business leaders, unemployed, children, pupils, women raising children, pensioners, the sick and the vulnerable.

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