30 Jul 2019 13:00pm
OSHAKATI, 30 JUL (NAMPA) Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa officially inaugurated the Shipi FM Radio Station coverage expansion project at Oshakati on Monday.
The station, which provided coverage in and around Ondangwa since its inception three years ago, has now expanded its coverage to the whole of northern Namibia.
Community radio stations are an important and valued part of communities across Namibia, Simataa said in his address, adding that community radio stations support local business through advertising, and serve as incubators and springboards for local media talent development.
The minister indicated that the envisaged overall expansion includes national coverage, adding that Shipi FM also has a greater reach that includes streaming which is available to the international audience.
Founder of Shipi FM and executive chairperson of Shipanga Holdings, Martin Shipanga told those present the radio station now covers the four northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
He noted that the radio coverage will also be expanded to Oshivelo, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Otavi, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in the next 60 days.
Shipanga Holdings set aside N.dollars 1.5 million for the expansion project, in addition to the N.dollars 5 million invested to set up the Ondangwa-based radio station.
Our next phase will be announced as soon as the expansion has been completed. We are committed to realising our dream of covering 80 to 100 per cent of Namibia, Shipanga said.
Established three years ago as an Ondangwa community radio station, Shipi FM will use the NBC Oshakati tower to have a wider reach.