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UWC and SABC in historic media partnership


Guests : Gasant Abader

On Tuesday the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Western Cape SABC
signed a historic partnership agreement. The provincial broadcaster will assist the UWC
Media Society - a student driven initiative - to enhance the student experience by
developing media and broadcasting skills.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed at the UWC Bellville campus, will
give UWC Media Society students opportunities to learn from professionals working for
various platforms including radio, TV and digital media.
The student driven UWC Media Society is comprised of three streams - print, radio and
television. The partnership between UWC, SABC Western Cape and Goodhope FM will
include on-the-job observation in newsrooms and radio studios.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support, Professor Pamela Dube,
said the University and the UWC Media Society are very excited about the partnership
with the public broadcaster. “The SABC will help equip students with the skills and
expertise, with content packaging, news, entertainment and information. The students
will also have the opportunity to experience newsrooms and the various roles and
responsibilities, particularly in radio, TV broadcast media and digital media,” Prof Dube
said.
“The SABC will also help our students to set up our campus radio studio and provide
guidance and training on how to use the equipment, especially in the digital age. We
are looking forward to walking this journey with the SABC, and we are counting on their
expertise since they will be taking students on site for observation and coaching.
Included in the MoU is a partnership with Goodhope FM, but also so much more.”
SABC Provincial General Manager, James Shikwambana, said the SABC is excited about
this new partnership and that it is ready to start working with the students. “The SABC
Western Cape can’t wait to help with the setting up of the campus radio station. As the
biggest roleplayer in the industry we are excited and are happy to help. This is a journey
that we are looking forward to start,” Shikwambana said.
UWC Media Society’s Onke Qhoyi, the sports editor for the student newspaper platform,
is excited about the partnership. He is particularly interested in learning about the radio
and television industries.
UWC's Gasant Abader joins us on the line

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