Bay filmmaker wins bursary

Thulani Gqirana

A YOUNG KwaNobuhle woman is ready to pack her bags and move to Johannesburg next year after winning a bursary for a documentary she produced highlighting the danger of drugs in her hometown.

Sandisiwe Sokrowa, 24, a loveLife groundBREAKER at the KwaNobuhle loveLife Y-Centre in Port Elizabeth, won the R90 000 Boston Media House bursary prize for producing a five-minute documentary titled 13 about a 13-year-old boy in her neighbourhood, who is addicted to various drugs. The peer motivator and community activist bagged the top prize at the Vuselela Community Journalism Awards, along with R5000 in cash and a fully paid internship at Vuselela, at a prize-giving ceremony in Johannesburg last week.

The awards encourage young people who have undergone their B Media training to pursue careers in journalism and media.

Sokrowa said she had produced the documentary in an effort to mobilise the KwaNobuhle community to stand up against drug abuse in the area and to highlight the 13-year-old’s plight.

“Winning the bursary was just a bonus for me. I didn’t even know that it [the documentary] had been submitted to the awards by one of our supervisors and only found out when I heard I had won.

“I really just wanted to tell the story of a young boy who does not even attend school who smokes any drugs he can get hold of and no one seemed to care. I just wanted to make a difference in his life somehow.”

The business management graduate said she had mixed emotions about moving to Johannesburg, but she was ready to pursue her passion in media.

“This is a huge chance for me to make a difference with my love of stories.”

Sokrowa said she felt she had achieved something with her documentary as her community was slowly taking a stand against drug abuse.

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