In a quest to deepen the sense of neighbourliness in the higher education sector, myself and a former university colleague, Lwazi Mchunu decided to collaborate on an animation project to empower students. The communal spirit developed into a project where lecturers fromJohannesburg joined hands to help students receive practical and work placement within the art and design industries. Stationed at the Lightbox Studios in Nzuza House, Braamfontein, seven of the eleven students whoregistered with the programme so far have already been deployed in design companies around Johannesburg.The remaining four students help with inhouse projects in Braamfontein while waiting for their turn. The internship rotates at three months intervals of the one year six months partnership with the Services Seta. Currently, the project deploys art and design students from the Central Johannesburg Tvet College for industry experiential training. We aim to grant the students practical industry experience before they acquire their academic qualifications. The project draws inspiration from how omakhelwane as neighbours interact to help each other navigate challenging situations. It also draws inspiration from the synergy of community members as omakhelwane to strengthen and help each other for a common purpose.
Images of the set up created by our interns at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2023.
Screen shot of King D Ghetto Boy music video by Lightbox Studios Under the Video wing of the business