Thato Molamu breaks the kind of new ground we applaud

The actor is making history

Popular South African actor, television presenter, and director Molamu is launching the first-ever film academy in Gauteng. Molamu will be doing this through his Thato Molamu foundation in collaboration with Gateway Media and the South African Creative Industries Incubator. The academy program titled; The Leaders in Motion Academy will be aimed at training creative youth between the ages of 18 and 35.

The course is mainly targeted at aspiring township filmmakers and the academy aims to benefit young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds within the Tshwane municipality. Selected youth will be given an opportunity to gain valuable work experience through a well-crafted, accredited, fully funded theoretical and practical film course. During the 12-month programme, participants will receive tuition in accredited film and video production theory and practical instruction on productions, with access to industry professionals. Participants will be exposed to on-set environments and shoots via LIMA’s industry partnerships. The business side of the film will be emphasized through focused entrepreneurship modules throughout the programme.

The entrepreneurship programme for film-makers is certified by Pretoria University, and the film and video production course is Seta accredited. This academy is proudly designed for the Township by the Township. Labour Legislation requires that a workplace employs at least 6 % of people with disability within their workforce in order to be considered impartial—a prerequisite that the academy takes seriously. The academy will, therefore, accommodate all students who are physically challenged.

Students from within Tshwane townships like Hammanskraal, Soshanguve, Pretoria and surrounding areas will be shuttled to and from the academy. Daily meals, at no cost to the student, will be provided while in attendance. The first intake is September 2018, for a 100 students.

‘We want to curb township social ills by giving talented young film entrepreneurs with creative minds the skills, resources, and funding they need to succeed. My reason for partnering with the South African Creative Incubator is because I simply love the idea of creating Township Film Economy. It creates opportunities for youth to tell their own stories, create their own content, and become sustainable businesses. Young people need access and a support system, and our goal and belief at LIMA is #NormalisingAccess,’ Molamu explains.

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