SABC sponsorship boost for Cape Town International Jazz Festival's training skills

SABC sponsorship boost for Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s training skills

South African public broadcaster, SABC, has recently confirmed that it will co-sponsor 10 different initiatives that make up the Sustainable Training and Development (T&D) Programme of the 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF).

The highly-publicised jazz festival takes place in early April in South Africa.

The festival’s T&D programme is aimed at a new generation of musicians, arts journalists and photographers, the organisers said this week.

“The SABC has a long history with the CTIJF and during 2012 entered into a three-year partnership with Cape Town’s grandest gathering. The partnership extends beyond broadcasting and talks to shared values and a desire for skills transfer to happen,” the public broadcaster spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement.

“In order for measureable progress to take place from the T&D initiative, the focus should not be based upon short term results only – developmental work requires longer time frames to deliver meaningful and lasting impact,” he added.

“Some of the success stories emanating from the CTIJF’s Sustainable Training and Development Programme initiative include 22-year-old Thabo Mswela, an ex-convict from Langa in Cape Town, who joined the programme in 2000.

He was recruited by the China Dyirha as part of the China crew. Thabo is now based in Norway as a production co-ordinator after being handpicked by the Norwegian Youth Organisation, the Change Makers. Mzwandile Mapolisa (29) joined the CTIJF volunteer crew in 2001, and eventually participated in the skills development programme.

Mzwandile currently is an Event Manager in Belgium.

Fifteen-year-old Sean Bratz from Alexander Sinton School in Athlone in Cape Town is a bass playing musician who attended the Focus Schools Workshops in 2011.

He has been described by Berklee educators as a ‘musical protégé’.

The SABC will also sponsor four promising caddies from the Caddy Foundation at the CTIJF’s annual golf day.

“Partnerships such as the one with the CTIJF allows the SABC to remain a catalyst for positive social action and assist in transforming society through the content that it provides,” Kganyago concluded.

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