Kimberley Majange, Entertainment Reporter
Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana yesterday congratulated the 2019 Radio Presenter Masterclass participants that were conferred with certificates.
The inaugural Radio Presenter Masterclass ceremony, which is a brainchild of Napoleon Nyanhi (Ginger Apple Group CEO), saw 19 students out of 600 that were auditioned being awarded with certificates of excellence in the capital.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Content in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service, Tarzan Mandizvidza, Mangwana said the Radio Presenter Masterclass is aimed at equipping aspiring presenters with effective skills.
“The first class together with Ginger Apple Group is making history, first of its kind in Zimbabwe, The Radio Presenter Master Class is an experiential learning programme comprised of a series of workshops that equipped aspiring radio presenters with the requisite skills to fit into any radio station in Zimbabwe.
“600 aspiring broadcasters auditioned for the training program and the class we see today were the chosen few, congratulations,” he said.
Mangwana urged the media to play its role in society.
“The role of the media in any society is to inform, educate and entertain society.
“Both the public and private media extensively play a crucial role in responsible media reporting and entertainment that competes globally yet stays true to who we are as nation,” he said.
He was humbled by the support that is being offered by different organisation in uplifting talent.
“I applaud AB Communications and Zimpapers for partnering and ensuring that this experiential learning process yielded results that birthed new talent into the industry.
“In absentia I also thank the Media Connection in South Africa in particular the Group CEO Mr Nkopane Maphiri, for the tremendous support in curriculum development and managing logistics for the South African leg of the course.
“For the class of 2020, I have been reliably informed that our national broadcaster ZBC are coming on board to walk this innovative journey with Radio Presenter Master Class.
“Ginger Apple Group Managing Director, Mr Nyanhi, you have set a high benchmark.
“Printing and MMX Studios have done to support efforts of improving and creating a broadcasting environment competitive in the international community as part of your corporate social investment projects.”
Media personnel’s who graced the event include, Director of Content in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service Tazeen Mandizvidza, AB Communications Chief Executive Susan Makore, ZBC Acting Chief Executive Wisdom Hombarume, BAZ Chief Executive Obert Nyagura, Zimpapers Editorial Executive William Chikoto, veteran broadcaster John Masuku, Ginger Apple Group Managing Director Napoleon Nyanhi and Zimfact Editor Chris Chinaka