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RSTV workshop attendant asking a question

Rising Sun TV (RSTV) recently hosted a successful workshop at Mphanama Secondary School. In attendance was mostly young people especially those aspiring to make it big in showbiz as one can tell based on how they introduced themselves. The workshop kicked off with a keynote address by Victor Mashego who is the President of YCCISA and also the Chairperson of the RSTV board. Victor first thanked the RSTV management for the job well-done for they managed to achieve since the establishment of the station back in 2016. He proceeded by making a plea to everyone that they should grab such opportunity presented to them with both hands and emphasised that this is an opportunity for one to get in to media industry. .   “New rural and township talent will be exposed as we transform our communities.” Mashego said.  His last advice to those in attendance was that making or earning big money must not be driving factor at this stage.  “Lastly I would like to thank the RSTV team led by the RSTV CEO Mr Welcome Magagula & COO Timothy Zulu for honouring the strategic workshop” Mashego concluded. The actual business of the day was presented by the COO Timothy, laying out background information about RSTV from its foundation and where it’s heading from here. According to the Timothy viewers can catch RSTV on its new home StatSat (LifeTV) from the first of September  2018 if all goes according to plan.

He further outlined the main objectives for RSTV in hosting such workshop: Below is how he listed the key objectives and what they aim to achieve:

  • Helping FILM MAKERS understand opportunities of commissioning their movies and films within Rising Sun TV.
  • Sharing with aspiring TV PRESENTERS the possibilities of learning proper presenting skills and opportunities that exist within the corporation.
  • For ACTORS and ACTRESSES it was helping them learning acting skills and also create a platform for networking with various film-makers who can in turn use them in the process of providing content to the station.
  • For OWNERS OF PRODUCTION HOUSES it was informing them of the opportunities and benefits for providing content to RSTV.
  • As for TAILOR-MAKERS & FASHION DESIGNERS it was presenting the opportunities for marketing themselves in the channel and edging them to come on board. It was the same for BEAUTICIANS who are interested to be part RSTV.
  • Part of the objectives was presenting RSTV to EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS with the aim of getting them to utilize RSTV when choosing media houses suitable for placing their media students in need of in-service training.
  • Sharing RSTV plans for collaborating with OTHER MEDIA HOUSES also formed part of the objectives especially radio stations, online media, newspapers, etc. for information sharing in the purpose within the province.
  • Lastly is bringing understanding to LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES of the platform that exist to accelerate information of service delivery programs to citizens. And for SMME’s it was mainly attracting them by sharing the benefits available through advertising their services and products for sustainability in RSTV.

Most of the listed objectives were achieved on the day and those in attendance enjoyed their time as they were also afforded an opportunity for asking questions which most were valuable.  Steve Local municipality was the noticeable absentee since they failed to honour a pledge they made on fully supporting the gathering according the CEO Welcome Magagula. The CEO closed the session by making two key announcement; moving RSTV along with the Digital Migration once implemented in the province and the second announcement was that the station is aiming to have at least 1383 employees in 5 years time. And lastly he sent out an open invitation to artists and producers for them to use RSTV to showcase their talent and also share their stories with the world. The public is warned to be careful of those going around misleading people by claiming to be part of RSTV whilst they not.