AWARD-WINNING financial journalist Siki Mgabadeli will address a Port Elizabeth campus audience next week and invite selected students to join her on national radio the following morning.
Zakhele Communications is hosting Mgabadeli in an "Empower Yourself" seminar at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's South Campus on Thursday September 27.
The talk will be from 6 to 8pm and give a few students – from university or colleges – the chance to win a lunch with the media star as well as the opportunity to take part in a live broadcast.
The man behind the event is Sandile Tsotsa, who is aiming primarily at journalism students although the talk is open to the public as well.
"I know the difficulties of getting hands-on experience in the field you love and Siki will be able to put her life on the table for the students to tell them how to do this," said Tsotsa.
He speaks from experience: when Tsotsa, 33, left Gelvandale High School after matric he wanted to study journalism but a lack of finance and low marks meant that he could not do this straight away.
Today he works for the SAPS but still would love to break into the media world.
"My dream has always been to be a broadcast journalist, commenting on current affairs. However, when I left school I realised my dream would not be fulfilled any time soon, so I did what I could and went to earn some money by babysitting. With that money I enrolled at Intech and studied media, achieving a diploma.
"I had to go another way. But I'm always surviving and finding a way to be of help to others," he said.
"There are a number of those who want to go to university but do not have the funds. However, young people can end up self-destructing if they sit around and do nothing."
He hopes Mgabadeli's address will inspire youngsters to keep their dreams alive.
The would-be broadcaster said Mgabadeli was "one of a kind" as in addition to not charging for her talk, she would be paying her own way on her visit.
Mgabadeli is an accomplished economics journalist, who has been an anchor, a producer and reporter at Summit TV, e.tv, the SABC and CNCBC Africa. She has won several awards for her work.
In his spare time Tsotsa runs a non-profit organisation, Sandile's Spirit, a youth-focused organisation aimed at developing and uplifting urban youth.
- Admission is R30 for students, R45 for non-students. Further information Tsotsa on 072-632-9940.