Community Radio Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

Karas Community Radio that initially went on air in 2008, last week Friday celebrated its 6th anniversary.

The radio station, based in Keetmanshoop, broadcasts in a 50km radius mostly in English, Afrikaans and Khoekhoegowab, the languages mainly spoken in the south.

During the official opening, the station manager, Menesia Keister, informed the public that the station plans to extend its frequency in future with the assistance of Karas Governor, Bernadus Swartbooi.

The radio station, which is a non-profit entiry, is managed by a board of community members while the staff consist of committed volunteers who are trained by Deutsche Welle and other relevant stakeholders.

The community radio station that also has a communication centre attached to it received a facelift early this year with a new logo and new slogan: “The pulse of the South”.

The fully-equipped communication centre was sponsored by the National Development Corporation (NDC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and is situated at the new !Homs Ai Community Open Market.

The station aims to inform, educate, entertain and to inspire with stories in and around Keetmanshoop town and Karas as a whole.

It broadcasts news three times a day.

At the anniversary Keister thanked her staff for their hard work and dedication, also admitting “it has not been an easy road to come this far”.

Willie Louw a teacher at Suiderlig Senior Secondary School and a community activist in Keetmanshoop also encouraged the youth to make use of the station for educational purposes.

Source : New Era