31 Oct 2017 08:20am
OPUWO,31 OCT 2017 (NAMPA) The Kunene Community Radio will be launched on Wednesday at Goethe Institute in Windhoek during the Mobile Media Mash-up Conference 2017.
The Radio is 100 per cent Namibian owned and was registered as a Section 21 Company in 2015 with the Ministry Trade and Industry.
Kunene Community Radio was granted a broadcasting licence by the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) in January 2017.
The radio received a donation from the German-based organisation Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie in September to start its broadcasts
Kunene Radio chairperson Tjikunda Katjina Kulunga told Nampa that the Radio will serve as a developmental tool for Kunene communities.
Kulunga explained that the radio will bring community needs to the attention of Government and allow for active and democratic participation.
It is also expected to increase awareness and knowledge of the communities solutions to developmental problems.
Radio will raise the levels of the communitys access to information and promote the efficient use of technology to contribute to press freedom and pluralism, said Kulunga.
Vice chairperson of the Kunene Radio, Rhingo Mutambo told Nampa that residents in Kunene, especially in Opuwo and the surrounding areas are expected to tune in to the radio on 01 November to witness the opening of their own community-based radio.
The radio frequency is 94.3 FM and will be broadcasting live from Opuwo town and one can also log onto Facebook by clicking Kunene Community Radio for live streaming at 16h45, said Mutambo.
Mutambo requested all government institutions, non-governmental organisations, stakeholders, Public Private Partnerships, business owners and individuals to come on board and assist Kunene Radio with donations as it is a non-profit organisation.
The radio has eight volunteers including the station manager. There are also seven board members, producers and volunteers that have received capacity building training from DW Akademie, Hanns Seidel Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Oganization said Mutambo.
A second launch will be organised at a later stage in the Kunene capital town of Opuwo.