(Published - 20 August 2019)
The University of the Western Cape’s Media Society was established in 2018, consisting of Radio, TV and Print Media. This is a welcome addition to the diverse range of developmental programmes, and it marks UWC’s return to the media space after the previous Campus Radio Station ceased to exist a few years ago.
This student-driven campus- and community-focused media initiative has been supported by the Division for Student Development and Support since its inception. Media Society members are UWC students who are driven, committed, trained and mentored by media experts to create and promote a professional media environment that ensures the sustainability of the project by securing, over the long-term, the services of a full-time station manager for radio. The Board of Directors consisting of experts in the media space, and representatives from neighbouring communities have been attending to all governance matters to strengthen the work of the Media Society. Their role is critical because ICASA, which is a regulator, is in the process of lifting the moratorium on Community Radio Licensing. In the meanwhile, we are relying on the online platform to create a presence and connect with both UWC and external communities, as the Media Society motto directs.
Please join us during the inaugural launch of the UWC Media Society. Come and witness UWC students who are part of the Media Society displaying their talents and skills. The former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs will be the keynote speaker. This is also your opportunity to engage the discussion panels that are lined up to include, for instance, the Public Protector, Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and other media personalities and journalists providing their insights and investigating various themes on topics like (a) How South Africa’s Media Told my Story and, (b) The State We’re in - Is Media an Enabler or Disabler of the Democratic Project? Unavoidably, the issue of media ownership, diverse voices (youth and marginalised), and representation will feature strongly in the conversations.
The details are as follows:
23 August 2019
13h00 - 18h00
24 August 2019
09h00 - 14h00
Venue: UWC Main Hall
For any further details, please do not hesitate to contact Lulamile Mntumni firstname.lastname@example.org or on 021 959 2142.
Prof Pamela Dube
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support