The Regional Audiovisual Attaché (in Johannesburg)
With jurisdiction extended to nine countries, the Regional Audiovisual Attaché, based at the French Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg, is coordinating the foreign audiovisual policy of France. It is supporting the region’s embassies projects in the field of film and media. Its role is to strengthen ties in these fields between France and Southern African countries. It is working on promoting French audiovisual presence in these countries in accordance with the operators (France 24, RFI, and TV5 Monde).
In Namibia, RFI is the only foreign radio station authorised to broadcast, thus helping the French foreign audiovisual to occupy a relatively privileged place in the local community, and can be seen as a significant element representing the French presence in the country. This FM Radio is airing in Windhoek and its immediate surroundings, in English and French, based on a rebroadcasting agreement with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the national broadcaster.
As part of this agreement, and in conjunction with the Regional Audiovisual Attaché, several interventions and trainings were organized by RFI in recent years, for the benefit of the NBC. In the field of television, talks began for the broadcasting of France 24 on NBC’s free TNT bouquet.