About Us

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting and ensuring media development and diversity. It is a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies to assist in, amongst others, developing community and small commercial media in South Africa. ​ It was established in 2003, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002 and started providing grant funding to projects on 29 January 2004.


Accessible, developmental, diversified, and sustainable community and small commercial media. ​


To support the development of a vibrant, innovative, sustainable, and people-centred community and small commercial media sector through resourcing, critical sector insights, capacity-building and ensuring inclusive participation of historically disadvantaged communities.


The guiding principles that inform our organisation’s culture and leadership and management style are embedded in the African ethos of Ubuntu/Botho. We are developmental in our orientation and character and a responsive, accountable, and empathetic organisation. This spirit is embedded in the following values that sustain us.

Licensed community radio stations in South Africa


Number of community radio stations on air in South Africa


Number of community radio stations funded by MDDA


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Values Statement

Access to diversified media for all