Namibia joined the rest of the world on 13th February 2016 to commemorate World Radio. The national celebrations took place in Gobabis at the Epako Community Hall, Omaheke Region under the global theme “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Honourable Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah officiate the ceremony which also allowed her to interact with the community of Gobabis. She said that “Responding to emergencies is easier and more transparent when there is a platform to disseminate information”. Radio is an inexpensive medium that requires relatively simple technology and its reach extends from policy makers to remote communities and marginalized groups in the quickest possible time. It offers a platform to different groups to intervene in public debates, irrespective of people’s educational level. She added that World Radio Day 2016 will draw people’s attention on the unique role radio plays in times of emergency and disaster. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. Therefore Radio should be part of the entire process before, during and after a disaster making sure that information is disseminated to reach said Hon Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah. Continue reading