YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS TO BE ENCOURAGED TO SEEK CAREERS IN MEDIA

With the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) SABC set to have 16 television channels as a result of the digital migration process, young people in the country will be encouraged to take up careers in media, says Deput Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for 35 Western Cape Province students who successfully completed the government's Film and Television Production Skills Programme here last Friday, she said the graduation of the trainees came at a time when the Communications Department was embarking on the much-anticipated digital migration project.

The training programme would address the issue of scarce skills in the media industry, she said, adding: "It is important to us because the department has embarked on a programme to roll out digital migration...

"If we are talking about increasing [the] current three TV channels at SABC to 16 channels it tells you that there's going to be a need for scarce skills, there's going to be a need for people to operate the camera, but most importantly it tells you that we are giving them an opportunity to be part of the value chain in the broadcasting sector."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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