Twenty-six episodes of Akani (Xitsonga word meaning to build) begin broadcasting every Thursday on SABC2 from 2 July at 11h00. This magazine talk show is targeted at higher education students wanting to find out more about adapting to university life or other tertiary institutions.
Akani features experts in their field of industry and profiles the history of different institutions and highlights the support provided to inspire students to enjoy their environment while studying. Each week, through the eyes of a student, the show draws in conflicts where solutions to problems are needed and offers advice. On camera, through a diary approach students allow viewers into their personal space as they share survival techniques and explore support services.
Viewers stand a chance to win bursaries at an advanced level in broadcasting in each episode. To develop skills and training, SABC Education in partnership with the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa are giving away bursaries in three subjects; TV production, radio production and creative multimedia. The bursaries will equip student to be market-ready and work effectively in the constant changing conditions of broadcasting.
“The formal education unit at SABC Education understands the youth of today face challenges of unemployment, failure to complete their studies because of financial difficulties, peer pressure and wrong career choices. Akani encourages first and second year students by addressing these challenges using success stories of prominent politicians and great sports players who attended, for example South Africa’s Fort Hare and the University of Pretoria,” says Tshilidzi Davhana, commissioning editor at SABC Education.