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Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership

Date Released: Fri, 8 April 2016 12:46 +0200

Africa's media management institute needs your help.The Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University in South Africa has been educating and training media leaders and managers from across Africa since 2002. Many of these graduates today occupy influential positions in the media industry in Africa and internationally.

One of the graduates of the SPI’s flagship honours degree-level Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) has until recently been the head of content in London for the global social media network Facebook; one of the graduates is the director of Lesotho’s Department of Broadcasting; one of the graduates is a top business manager for Malawi Television; one of the graduates runs a thriving multi-media company in Ghana; one of the graduate heads up an innovative  newspaper in Zimbabwe;  one recently attained a PhD in Communication from Fort Hare University, among many others.

Since the SPI’s launch, more than 2,500 working media managers have received training from the Institute and nearly 200 students doing the PGDip in Media Management -- the only formal qualification in media management in Africa and the developing world -- have graduated. All of these media leaders have come from virtually all regions of Africa; in one instance the SPI even had a student from France.  

Because the Institute has been and continues to be totally self-funding and because of the high cost of education in South Africa, the SPI needs your generous support as it seeks to expand its pioneering academic programmes and to support many promising African students who are determined to be  entrepreneurs and leaders in the rapidly changing media industry of the twenty-first century.

With your support, the SPI (www.ru.ac.za/spi/) wants to launch more specialised postgraduate academic programmes in media management such as media entrepreneurship management, strategic media management, digital and social media management, etc., and to support accompanying pioneering research in these areas to  better serve a thriving and growing market in a continent whose economic fortunes are rising.

We also need funding in the form of scholarships for the students who seek to study the innovative  PGDip in Media Management and, with your support, those who would want to enrol on the more specialised media management academic programmes that we hope to establish.

We ask Rhodes graduates, especially those from the fields of journalism and media studies and media management, friends of Rhodes University, philanthropists and donors to support the SPI generously with whatever contributions they are able to make. This will enable the SPI to live up to its mission of being a leading and valuable educational provider and resource for the whole of Africa in the relatively new field of media management, which the Institute pioneered in Africa.

If you have any questions on the SPI’s appeal for donations, please contact Rhodes University’s Annual Fund Officer, Ellen Bagshawe-Smith at e.duplessis@ru.ac.za. If you have any questions regarding the SPI’s media management academic and training programmes, please contact SPI Director Francis Mdlongwa at f.mdlongwa@ru.ac.za. Donations can be sent to: Please see Rhodes University’s Bank Details below: Account Name: Rhodes University Bank: First National Bank Branch: Grahamstown Branch code: 210717 Account no: 62145508894 Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ Please use your name+surname+SPI and e-mail annualfund@ru.ac.za with the proof of payment.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Source:Alumni Relations