Namibia: Community Radio Goes Live At Keetmans


Radio listeners in and around Namibia’s Keetmanshoop will be able to tune into the latest news and views from local communities when Karas Community Radio goes on the air on Saturday morning. According to the head of the station, Anwar Thomas, the first broadcast will start at 06h00. The radio station, located in the heart of Keetmanshoop's Tseiblaagte residential area, will be broadcasting in Afrikaans, English, Nama and Oshiwambo on 102.3 FM.

"This is an exciting time and we are getting ready for the day when we go live," Thomas said.

Thomas said programmes would include live discussions, sports coverage and local news bulletins.

"We commit to provide well-researched programming and news content that meets both professional journalism standards and ethics of broadcasting, abiding and actively promoting broadcasting laws and Namibian Constitutional values," she said.

Thomas admitted that there were challenges facing the station, principally funding. He appealed to local businesses to advertise on the station to make it financially sustainable. Equipment valued at close to N$400 000, funded by the NID, was installed at the station. The station expects to be granted a broadcasting licence in the first week of June.

The Namibian (Windhoek) 29 May 2008