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Community Voices help spread Reho opinion

Live FM radio station in Rehoboth is one of four community broadcasters benefitting from an upgrade of their equipment and training of the journalists to conduct live debates within the framework of Community Voices.

Live FM radio station in Rehoboth is one of four community broadcasters benefitting from an upgrade of their equipment and training of the journalists to conduct live debates within the framework of Community Voices.

Within the framework of the EU-funded project, “Community Voices”, representatives from Germany´s media development organisation, DW Akademie, officially handed broadcasting equipment to the value of N$42,000 to Live FM in Rehoboth last Friday.
The new equipment supports Live FM to organise live public debates relating to community issues and the upcoming elections. DW Akademie also awarded certificates to Live FM staff today after they successfully completed an intensive 25-day training programme to produce election reports and present weekly live debates for the Rehoboth community.

Station manager, Pieter Olivier, said “people’s voices from the street will be heard for the first time in a democratic and meaningful way in the run-up to the November elections in the country.” Live FM journalist’s Annalie Van Wyk, Byron Engelbrecht and Bartholomeus Pieters received their training as part of an EU-funded project called “Community Voices: fostering participation, human rights and civic/voter education in local communities” to boost the voice of local communities, raise human rights awareness and promote democratic participation ahead of November´s elections. Deutsche Welle Akademie and its local partner NamRights are implementing the project. Olivier said the “training certainly made a huge difference in our daily broadcasting programmes. The presenters are now more aware of how to package and edit a good quality programme before broadcasting it and to double check their facts.”

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