Metro FM DJ eager to offer bursaries to prospective students
METRO FM’s Mo Flava believes that tertiary education is fundamental for career success and, for this reason, he is once again awarding bursaries to prospective students.
The DJ and media personality, whose real name is Moeti Tsiki, will for the seventh consecutive year work with Boston Media House to assist school leavers in need of financial aid to study towards a media-related qualification.
Mo Flava, who also studied at the tertiary institution, said this initiative is close to his heart as he considers knowledge as an imperative way to create change.
“I believe that you need training to get into the media industry, and the valuable skills you learn at a tertiary institution will help students become valuable employees in the future,” he said.
It is also a way of changing the dynamics of the media world, and for young black people working in a white-dominated industry to drive their own agendas, he added.
“The only way to create change is through knowledge,” he said. Mo Flava believes that the #FeesMustFall movement, where students across the country protested for free tertiary education, is a prime example of how the youth are valuing knowledge.
“It is encouraging to see young people take education seriously and it started a serious dialogue on what matters in the country,” he said.
Mo Flava said that Boston Media House offers invaluable training and skills for those who want to venture into the media industry.
“When I studied there, I appreciated that the course was very hands-on and practical, which is very important in the field,” he said.
Mo Flava personally sits in and conducts every single interview. Although he admits that some of those who come to an interview are fans who just want to see and meet him, most of them are youngsters who are genuinely interested in studying.
When choosing candidates, Mo Flava said he looks at people’s personal circumstances and whether they have a hunger to succeed in the media industry.
“The marks the students get in matric are also very import- ant,” he added.
The DJ said that he is still in contact with previous candidates who often update him on their career paths.
He also acknowledges that some of the selected candidates do drop out, but he said that it is their choice.
“I’ve created an opportunity and it depends on what the individuals students do with it,” Mo Flava added.
He will award 10 bursaries to potential students with a minimum-diploma entry matric certificate.
Those who want to apply are invited to come for the interview with Mo Flava at Boston Media House in Pretoria on January 21, or the Sandton branch on January 28.
Both sets of interviews will run from 9am to 4pm.
CLOSE TO HIS HEART: Mo Flava will again work with Boston Media House to assist school leavers in need. PICTURE : NEIL BAYNES