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IMAGINATION LAB BURSARIES (article first published : 2006-01-24)

The Imagination Lab is offering full bursaries funded by the MAPP-Seta worth R25,000 for suitable candidates who wish to pursue a career in the creative industries.

In order to qualify, candidates should be South African citizens between the ages of 17 and 25 years old and have a passion about the arts in whatever form. Interested candidates must write an entrance challenge at 09h00 on February 3, 2006, at the eKhaya Multi Arts Centre which is at 21 Giya Road at B Section kwaMashu.

Anyone interested in writing the challenge needs to submit the following documents to Kwazi Mahlangu at the eKhaya Centre by 15h00 on January 27 2006:

A certified copy of their Identity Document; a copy of their CV; a copy of their latest academic results; a letter of reference; a letter of motivation as to why they should be considered; a portfolio of their creative work and proof of financial disadvantage. The challenge and course will be run in English.

The course itself commences on February 21 and runs five days a week on a full time basis until end of the year at Kwa Mashu.

The Imagination Lab is playing a crucial role in transforming the creative communication industry in South Africa. In January 2003, Vega The Brand Communications School and CAFÉ (Communications and Advertising Forum for Empowerment) launched two Imagination Labs in Westville-Durban and Sandton-Johannesburg. In March 2004, two more labs were opened: the eKhaya Community Lab in Kwa-Mashu and Kopanosan Community Lab in Alexandra.

The Lab is a launch pad to develop young multi-skilled conceptual thinkers and dynamic problem solvers; individuals who challenge the conventional approach to creativity, business and life. The aim is to encourage cultural and social sensitivity in the students, so they can make informed creative decisions.

The Imagination Lab looks for creative individuals, who are fluent in English and have passed Matric. Prospective students are required to complete an entrance challenge, where basic creative and communication skills are tested. Successful students will also need to present a portfolio of creative work during an interview.

20 out of 26 young people completed the learnership last year. Eight of the 20 have received a bursary for degrees in graphic design: four at Vega and four as an internship with TWBA Hunt Lascaris. Which is a very positive response to the course.

For more information contact Steve Kotze at the Imagination Lab Durban on 031 266 2595, fax 031 266 2712 or Kwazi Mahlangu at Ekhaya (Kwa Mashu) 031 503 0342 or visit www.imaginationlab.co.za




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