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SASWU LEARNERSHIP (article first published : 2006-07-22)

SASWU is offering a learnership from August 1 for 10 months. Applicants will be placed on a writing team as an intern and work full-time for 10 months in the industry. The monthly stipend will be R2,000.

Participants will attend a 16 week Fundamental Scriptwriting (level 5) course as well and be expected to be at lectures and complete assignments. They will be given a foot in the door to an Industry hungry for new talent. This is a dream opportunity for candidates who know that they want to be scriptwriters and are prepared for the hard work it entails.

You may apply from anywhere in South Africa, as long as you are available to work in Johannesburg for the full period. SASWU will assist in obtaining additional funding for travel etc for out-of-town candidates.

This course is not designed for first-time writers. While it is defined as a “Fundamental” scriptwriter’s course, it is done at an NQF level 5 – the equivalent of a diploma. SASWU is looking for people with talent, the ability to express emotion in the written word and storytelling flair – in other words, people who define themselves as writers.

This course is also for paid-up SASWU members only. Ask the office for a membership form or download one from the site if you are not a member. Items must be submitted exactly as requested as the application requirements are carefully designed to find the best candidates for the course. If you are not able to complete the requirements, there may be another course at a different level for which you are better suited – ask the office for details.

There is certain learning that is assumed applicants already have in order to qualify for entry in to this course i.e. Language and Communication skills to Level 4. They need to be able to speak one of South Africa’s 11 official languages to the level where they can (in that language) identify and solve problems and interact effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community. They can organise and manage their time and activities responsibly and effectively as well as collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. They must be able to communicate effectively, using visual language skills in the modes of oral and written presentation and use science and technology effectively and critically, through the Internet and a Personal Computer. Those who do not have level 4 skills in English, should submit in their first language!

A basic skill necessary to be a scriptwriter in the South African Film industry is the ability to be computer literate. If you are not computer literate, you will be able to attend the Scriptwriting Institute Laboratory in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in the near future to learn these skills.

Submissions must be received via e-mail by July 30 to coordinator@saswa.org.za More information from Mlu Zondi, Intern Regional Co Ordinator PANSA KZN, on 031 201 2161.




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