WINDHOEK: A steering committee has been formed to spearhead the development of the community broadcasters’ sector in Namibia.
The selection was made during a three-day workshop organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Namibia Chapter and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in Africa (AMARC Africa) in the capital last week.
A media statement issued by MISA Namibia here on Monday said the committee will be chaired by Mathew Haikali, an independent media consultant, assisted by Terza de Fatima Cooper from the University of Namibia (Unam) Radio, Walde Ndevashiya from the Ohangwena Community Radio and Edna Botha from Trinity Broadcasting Namibia (TBN).
The committee will spearhead the establishment of the Namibia Community Broadcasters’ Network (NCBN).
MISA Namibia said the workshop came up with a plan of action that will guide the steering committee in setting up a self-sustaining organisation that will effectively advocate for the development of a community radio in Namibia, while supporting individual community broadcasters to develop in a sustainable manner.
The workshop saw presentations from the Community Radio Forum of Mozambique (FORCOM), the National Community Radio Forum of South Africa (NCRF) and the Communications’ Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN).
It was facilitated by AMARC Vice-President for Southern Africa, Franklin Huizies, assisted by Gail White, the executive director of the Media Training Centre for Health from Cape Town.
Participants included representatives from Karas Community Radio, Unam Radio, Radio Live, Ohangwena Community Radio, Ocean Wave Community Radio Initiative and the Omaheke Community Radio Initiative.
Other participants at the workshop included representatives from TBN, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID) and other relevant stakeholders.
AMARC Africa is the regional branch of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
It advocates for the right to communication and freedom of expression for the poorest and most marginalised in Africa and supports community broadcasters, while promoting sustainable development and good governance.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, AMARC Africa bring its 567 members together, including radio stations and national networks of community radios in 33 countries.