JANE FURSE – In an effort to heighten media professionalism in Sekhukhune,Makhuduthaga youth media recently agreed to unite under one club which will accord them a platform to share and developmental news within the district and beyond.

The initiative followed a successful workshop conducted by Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality and Letseka Studios at Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality chamber.

The workshop, which covered a variety of topics, that in the main were manual photography and digital communication, targeted youth between the ages of 18 and 28 years-old from the Jane Furse area.

According to organizers it was realised after Letseka Media Studios, based in Jane Furse, along the main road, engaged Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Mayors, Mina Bahula’s offices to provide them media tutorship as well as mentorship to aspirant journalists free of charge.

Insiders told the paper more than 100 photographers, videographers and journalists, with great interest maximised participation during presentations, with females in dominance.

18 year-old Millicent Selahle, one of the vibrant female participants, indicated that her expectations of the media tutorial workshop was to get information on how to develop herself as a professional journalist and learn basic media skills.

The session commenced with interviews and a networking space during with University of Limpopo Communications Science student and videographer for Uyajola 910 UL Varsity, 24 year-old Thabo Mokiri acceded the platform heightened her lesson in video lighting which would enable her to produce good HD documentaries.

Kgari Mathunyane, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality youth officer, said the media workshop was just an initiative of the Youth-in Media Development project his office would consider giving more attention and activation to assist maximise journalism and media in Sekhukhune, this for practitioners to become active participants and stakeholders in developmental processes and projects rolled-out through local government.

“Our office is always ready to respond to the call of youth empowerment. The municipality is able to bring opportunities to our youth’s attention because of the youth database of about 5000 contacts registered, which the communications unit use to notify instantly. We are going to grow this Youth-In media development initiative and invite more relevant local media institutions to help us develop these upcoming professional journalists,” said Kgari.

Carlos Makgoba, Letseka founder, who facilitated the workshop, said he was overwhelmed by the punctuality and high attendance of the youth and stressed that he would, with the assistance of the municipality’s youth office, broaden the media spectrum with the district.

The media initiative was supported by one of Sekhukhune local artists and Limpopo provincial innovator award winner 2019, Mabore Mogashoa, a poet and writer from Ga-Mogashoa She was seated alongside two other observers, Leseilane Kgalema of Mozede Multimedia and M.G Mogashoa.

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