Metro FM DJ ea­ger to of­fer bur­saries to prospec­tive stu­dents

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA karishma.dipa@inl.co.za

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

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