05 Apr 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) The Communications Regulatory Authority (Cran) has issued broadcast licences to five new community radio stations.
Those licensed but not mentioned in Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweyas budget speech on Friday are Shipi FM based in Ondangwa, Shalo'm Messenger in Oshakati, Omaheke Community Radio in Gobabis and Southern Sun Media in the //Karas Region.
In his speech, Tweya specifically mentioned the awarding of a licence to the Kunene Community Radio Station, which recently opened its airwaves in that area in the Otjizemba language, commonly spoken in the region.
Tweya explained that licensing more community radio stations will enhance access to information, especially for communities in the rural areas of the country.
Cran has also issued two licences to commercial broadcasters, Rapid FM in Rundu and Trustco FM in Oshakati, bringing the number of all radio stations in the country to 40.
Tweya emphasised that radio is the main source of news and information especially in remote areas where other means of communication might not reach.
Communities should support their radio stations by making use of them to air their views and share information on issues affecting them, the minister said.
He also called on commercial radio stations to contribute to the social well-being of Namibians by airing informative and educational programmes that are beneficial to the communities.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology received N.dollars 433 681 000 from the N.dollars 62.5 billion National Budget. It identified some of the programmes to be funded in the 2017/18 financial year as follows:
Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) - N.dollars 179 578 000
Audiovisual media and copyright services N.dollars 59 951 539
Coordination and support services N.dollars 56 134 304
New Era Publication Cooperation (NEPC) and its subsidiary NAMZIM - N.dollars 47 100 000
Print Media Affairs N.dollars 33 488 233
Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) - N.dollars 22 125 000
Information and Communication Technology Development N.dollars 9 860 682
Namibia Film Development Fund - N.dollars 6 000 000