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Alex FM looted, closed indefinitely

Alexandra neighborhood radio station Alex FM has suffered an estimated R5m in harm after it was looted on Tuesday morning.

Neighborhood radio station Alex FM has change into the newest casualty of the present unrest, protests and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

The station was damaged into round 2am, vandalised and looted. It’s now off the air.

BREAKING: Alex FM studios have been destroyed and cutting-edge gear stolen.????

The places of work of SASSA in Alex have additionally been looted.#AlexLooting #AlexFM— Alex Reporter (@AlexReporterZA) July 13, 2021

In response to a press release by station administration, radio gear was stolen within the chaos and the station has now been closed indefinitely.

Alex FM (89.1 FM) station administration have launched an investigation into the incident and promised to speak any additional developments.

In response to a report by The Sowetan, Alex FM has 4 studios, all of which had been looted.

Talking to The Sowetan, station supervisor Takalani Nemangowe estimated the harm to be round R5 million. Nemangowe additional estimated that 40 jobs could be at stake consequently.

He additionally lamented that the neighborhood of Alexandra had been robbed of a voice as Alex FM was the one platform that gave the neighborhood a platform to lift the problems they face.

Nemangowe stated he was unable to estimate when the station would be capable to get again on air.

In response to EWN, one of many presenters who was on air through the incident managed to flee unhurt.

Alex FM is among the oldest neighborhood radio stations in South Africa. It was established by the Alexandra Neighborhood Belief and first went on air on 1 September 1994 from Sankopano Neighborhood Centre on twelfth Avenue in Alexandra.

It has moved to totally different places all through the years and is now situated on the Yarona Constructing in Wynberg.

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