The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has said that it is putting measures in place to grant licences for community radio stations. But BTA senior manager in charge of broadcasting regulation, Benjamin Mogwera, says the BTA must first conduct a “public education” so people will have a full understanding of what’s involved in running a community radio station. The BTA is currently looking for a consultant to spearhead the education. Mogwera estimates the course will take 3-4 weeks, but could be longer depending on the advice of the consultant.
Though the BTA has a target of the number of community broadcasting licences it will issue, Mogwera could not reveal the exact figure, nor would he say how many applications have already been received for licences. He did admit that they have not finalised how long the licence should last.