Chipinge drone man men­tors stu­dents

The Manica Post - - Local News - Free­dom Mu­tanda Post Cor­re­spon­dent

DON­ALD Mazwati, the young man who made head­lines for mak­ing a drone in Chipinge last year has done it again!

This time, he is men­tor­ing pri­mary school pupils to produce tele­vi­sion shows un­der the di­rec­tion of Vis­ual Au­dio Cen­tre for Arts Ini­ti­ates (VACAI), a vol­un­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion, which in­tends to produce short films, full length movies and talk shows that will ap­pear on tele­vi­sion show­cas­ing the tal­ent of stu­dents.

VACAI di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, Elvis Nyan­hongo said the pro­gramme had started well and the boys and girls were ap­pre­ci­at­ing the men­tor­ship ini­tia­tives that the or­gan­i­sa­tion was spear­head­ing.

‘’As an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we are happy that stu­dents have taken the con­cept of men­tor­ship se­ri­ously judg­ing by the punc­tu­al­ity and se­ri­ous mind­ed­ness that we wit­ness on re­hearsal days,’’ he said.

Be­cause of Zim Dig­i­tal train­ing, most of the men­tors are qual­i­fied for their men­tor­ing job. Chipinge had been lag­ging be­hind other towns in terms par­tic­i­pat­ing in the film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try but with Ben Ma­haka and Elvis Nyan­hongo in­volved, there is op­ti­mism that the in­dus­try is poised for growth and em­ploy­ment cre­ation would be the main achieve­ment.

Don­ald Mazwati is an in­spi­ra­tion for many young peo­ple and his drift­ing into the men­tor­ship pro­gramme is a big boost to his in­no­va­tive skills.

He is how­ever not the only men­tor as there are the likes of Tapiwa Tamirepi who men­tors the cast, props, cos­tume and make up per­son­nel, Basil Manyumwa who is re­spon­si­ble for the cin­e­matog­ra­phy di­vi­sion and Bony Siduna who men­tors script writ­ers. ‘’We have started the pro­gramme well and chil­dren are writ­ing the ed­u­ca­tional sto­ries them­selves af­ter be­ing men­tored. We have fin­ished a short film on abuse and it is the work of the young guys. We how­ever, ap­peal for help as we seek to spread our wings. VACAI lit­er­ally means ‘vakai’ (build) Chipinge through the arts. Our aim is to air out our chal­lenges in the com­pe­ti­tion as well as seek part­ners es­pe­cially Gov­ern­ment, as we feel ours is a life chang­ing in­no­va­tion,’’ Stephen Ephraem, one of the men­tors, said.

No dates for the com­pe­ti­tions have been set yet but Mr Elvis Nyan­hongo said plans were at an ad­vanced stage to host the com­pe­ti­tions.

‘’We are ty­ing up loose ends and we ex­pect the com­pe­ti­tions to be held in the next two weeks,’’ Mr Nyan­hongo said.

Don­ald Mazwati show­cas­ing his drone.

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