New Era Gets Pat on Back from Nujoma

Windhoek – The Founding President of Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma, paid New Era Publication Corporation a visit last Tuesday, nine years since his last visit in 2005.

Dr Nujoma said, “I am pleased to see how New Era is progressing and how much it has developed.” 

He commended the paper for publishing all indigenous languages of the country and hoped the rest of the SADC region would do the same to keep its peoples informed, especially to withstand external forces of capitalism and imperialism.

New Era recently launched a vernacular publication, Kundana, which is publishes in Oshiwambo – one of Namibia’s indigenous languages.  

“It is important to write in indigenous languages as this keeps people from all walks of life informed,” said the Founding President.

Dr Audrin Mathe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Era, stressed the importance of access to information and said, “We need to be reminded now and again about the importance of journalism.”

The CEO informed the Founding President of New Era’s expansion programme in the company’s bid to reach all corners of the country. The expansion programme includes the opening of a regional bureau in Oshikoto, in the northern parts of the country end of this month. Another bureau is planned for the southern part of the country, in !Nami Nüs (formerly Luderitz).

Chrispin Inambao, Editor, impressed on the importance of Kundana as a vehicle of telling Namibia’s stories in indigenous languages, as some people do not understand foreign languages (English, Afrikaans). 

“We are very glad that the President endorsed Kundana as we want to tell stories in our own languages and in the same vain promote our languages. We are thus very grateful and humbled that the Founding President visited us as this is a very rare opportunity,” enthused the Editor.

September 2013
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