Whether we’re interacting with cellphones, the internet, smartwatches or even smart fridges, technology is prevalent wherever we look. Our world is rapidly changing from a physical to a digitally integrated society, and coders are the master builders of this new world. As users gain increasingly easier access to this technology, the demand for skilled developers required to build has risen as well.
- Role and earning potential
Coders can work for the largest or smallest companies, working on neural networks for Google or building basic websites for mom and pop shops. Wherever there is a need for digital development work, there is a need for coders/developers.
Once you graduate from Umuzi, you’ll be able to work Job Opportunities as a :
QA (“quality assurance” which is all about testing code to check it does what it should) With a global focus on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and natural language learning systems. The current market welcomes motivated developers with open arms.
Umuzi has identified key languages being used in the current market that are vital for coders to know. These are:
A key focus for Umuzi is to produce coders that are not just one-trick ponies. We want coders to enter the market with a good foundation of general knowledge surrounding the digital development space. This means learning skills such as:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a story. Whether you’re sitting around a fire or watching the latest Hollywood 3D blockbuster, storytelling is our most powerful means of communication. The skill of storytelling is increasingly in demand as organizations and brands realize its power to connect and communicate.
Today’s storytellers play with a variety of mediums from video, motion graphics, animation, and even interactive games, to develop rich, focused narratives.
Your career can go anywhere from Researcher, Production Assistant, to Video Editor, Cinematographer, Motion Graphic Designer all the way to Director or Producer. Or just a kick-ass Freelancer Generalist.
Regardless of the specific career path you choose, the core multimedia storytelling skills we focus on provide a solid base for growth. We explore various forms of storytelling from advertising, to documentary, and creative using Human Centered Design as our process.
Copy may be writing, but copywriting isn’t about words. It’s about playing with ideas. Whether it’s the instructions for a sex toy or the inauguration speech for a president, copywriters create meaning, deliver a message, and call an audience to action.
Writing seems like a solitary pursuit. It isn’t here. At Umuzi, you’ll learn to work in a team, often with a designer, sometimes a strategist, and always with your target audience top of mind. You’ll use empathy to understand the audience you’re trying to reach, define their problems, come up with ideas, prototype, and test them, using our Human Centred Design process.
Where to next? Many of our alumni turn to advertising, working for top agencies and brands, en route to becoming Creative Directors. Others move into the world of content creation, writing for online publications or themselves. Imagine where this career could take you. Now write your story.
The world and is becoming more complicated and interconnected. To thrive, every organization needs to be more strategic and more human-centered. In our strategy department, we develop business analysts with a focus on digital strategy and user experience design.
To thrive, every organization needs to be more strategic and more human-centered. In our strategy department, we develop business analysts with a focus on digital strategy and user experience design.
We practice a process-driven approach based on Human-Centred Design and Agile principles. We are data-driven, using tools like Google Analytics to better understand users and their behavior. We’re rigorous, digging below the surface to understand businesses and supply chains. We’re scientific: we develop
Cedrick Nzaka is a Kenyan-born and raised photographer, currently based in South Africa. He describes himself as a humanitarian, social documentary and landscape photographer, with a particular interest in fashion and portrait photography.
He is the Founder of EveryDayPeopleStories an online publication that allows young creatives a platform to showcase their talent through fashion editorials, poetry and short stories.
EveryDayPeopleStories mends the bridge between Local and International creatives and gives them a platform to interact and collaborate through different avenues the platforms presented for interactions are mostly through individual interviews which create insights into specific individual works and what projects they are involved in.
‘’I wish to retain the charm and mental purity of the youth, yet attain the virility/muliebrity and respect of maturity.’’- Cedrick Nzaka
Among other accolades, Cedric Nzaka has built a strong client base with clients such as Toyota, Fiat,
South African National Road Agency, Afro Punk, Sunday Times, just to name a few.
Click HERE to connect with Cedrick.
Thabang “Tipidang” Manyelo is a multi-awarded copywriter from FCB Africa. At such a young age, the plethora of awards he has won range from countless Loeries, Pendorings, Cannes Lions, a campaign D&AD Pencil, and South Africa’s first One Show Best Of Show in the Radio Discipline. He is driven by ideas that change the landscape of the industry.
He’s been writing all his life until he made a life-changing discovery after attending a Vega School open day. Tipi couldn’t believe there was a career whereby one gets paid to write – that pushed Tipi to enroll to Vega school and launch his dream career.He grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo, he was raised by his grandmother after he lost his parents when he was 8-years-old. His grandmother fully backed his desire to go to Vega (much to the disapproval of his other family members).
Fast forward…. he then kick-started his career at FCB Africa and, six years later, he has grown into one of the agency’s finest copywriters of award-winning work for clients which include NetFlorist, CANSA, Gill, Toyota and Coca Cola. His most recent awards include Best of Show in radio at the One Show Awards, as well as a Graphite Pencil at D&AD. Tipi was the Inaugural Comedy Central Inter-Agency Comedy-Knockout Champion and in 2016 he was one of the judges of the Loeries non-English TV, radio and print category.
This year Thabang won The 2017 Loeries Young Creatives Award for his award-winning work with FCB Africa.
Umuzi celebrates young creatives like Thabang.
We applaud creatives that are creating work that goes beyond the hype.
The Daily Maverick Gathering in collaboration with Nando’s and Eyewitness News was nothing short of insightful and shocking. Let me start by saying that while a conference on democracy is always a good idea. A conference in Sandton at R2000 is simply not. As part of the Youth I find it crazy to think that whilst we dominate the statistics, we are not included in conversations like these. After Sizwe Mpofu Welsch performance, the youngest speaker was over 40.
I don’t blame just the organisers alone, this is more a look into society that the have-nots are the biggest audience, biggest voting block, biggest opportunity and yet time and time again we are excluded, forgotten or just brushed aside. As a nation we need to do more to build more access.
Nonetheless, moments that stood out for me have to be the four ANC keynote speakers that pulled out of the event at the last moment. Namely Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize. I wasn’t even surprised because that’s how the ANC rolls right? Overpromise and underdeliver. Don’t get me wrong, this is not another attack at the ANC that will be met by retaliation, thinking I’ve been sent by Abelungu. Magoa a tenna, you and I both know that, but we will get to them later. The focal point is to break down numerous issues that stood out for me at the event that I hope will evoke a sense of urgency for us to do something and make you aware of the repercussions of leadership shortcomings.
Dr Makhosi Khoza’s words are still imprinted in my mind when she said that ‘’Corruption is not a victimless crime.’’ She couldn’t have said it more accurately because the damage done by #patronage and #statecapture is colossal. The lack of moral vision and ethical leadership has deeply affected the economy. All the money that is supposed to be invested in education takes a U-turn and falls into the pockets of friends, the politically affiliated and corrupt leaders alike. My dream was, and still is to go to University and attain a Journalism Degree with the sole purpose of dismantling injustices perpetuated by those in power and be a representative for the helpless. However as long as those who are corrupt remain in power, this dream, like a million others, will remain a dream to us. We constantly have to take short cuts, back doors and compromise to get close to the dream. All the parliamentary Gucci shoes, fireproof pools, luxury cars and lavish expenditures could be sending every poor black child to university. Educated enough to ensure and restore economic emancipation. If we are not empowered enough, how will we follow the right measures to acquire our land back, to ensure that black people have access, a fair share and influence on our resources. Corruption is indeed an enemy of black people’s progress. How did these leaders get to be an enemy to their own kind?
Furthermore, living in South Africa at the moment feels like living in a pyramid, with ordinary citizens at the bottom scourging for the scraps that the leaders at the top throw at them. Social grants recipients feel the most pain, as they go for months without receiving their government aid. More so, I would like to quote Mmusi Maimane when he said “we need to fix the state so that the Youth can have an interest in working in governance, and they currently have no interest at all, and that shouldn’t be the case.’’ We deem it as a place where moral decadence is the order of the day, where corruption and adequate service delivery to the normal citizen is underwhelming. We choose instead to express ourselves in song and drown our frustrations in substances every other day, in an attempt to numb ourselves from the struggles of our era that just don’t make sense. I am writing this because I feel that we have a responsibility as young people to voice out, blog about, speak out and express our disappointment in what South Africa is today. For what will be left for tomorrow when we lead? How will we be any different if there won’t be anything to lead? When it is our time to lead, what will there be when all those who are the beneficiaries of looting and white monopoly capital would have got what they want? A point where South Africa will have nothing left to give. And as ordinary civilians we will all be left in shame and poverty – lacking a foundation to build on.
One of my biggest take outs from the event is that we need to understand that Zimbabwe’s economic status quo did not happen overnight. It all seemed like a joke, the same way that South Africa is spearheading. A fluctuating economy, self-gain and greed of political leaders, state owned institutions and services dilapidating. We have a perfect reference point down the border, on how our current President could have corrected the errors of other African leaders, but South Africa is worse than when the current leadership found it. If we tumble down the drain, we are tumbling with an education that is quantitative but not qualitative, with degrees that translate to nothing in a jobless state. This makes me echo Dr Makhosi Khoza’s phrase that is still woven into the fabrics of my mind, that ‘’there is no dignity in unemployment.’’ People get reduced to nothingness when they are not working, not able to provide for their families, leading people to depression and low self-esteem.
I am also pleased that the issue of ageism was addressed, although not fully. I believe that there is suitable and qualified Youth who should be taking up active leadership roles and dominating the parliament. A Youth that has a good grasp on sound policies to transform our country. And the fact that old civilians who should be at home playing with their grandkids full time are running the parliament is disturbing.
Furthermore, triggered by a female guest’s comment in the audience, she pinpointed how women still lack substantial representation. I have observed undertones of patriarchy in the system. How did we arrive at a point where ‘’flavoured condoms that don’t make noise’’ are much of a priority than a young girl’s sanitary towels. Tell me why sanitary towels in this day and age are still not free to all the young girls that cannot afford them? The ruling party and opposition alike in my view only want our votes when it is that time of the year, our voice when we speak against those who threaten their looting or capitalism? Again How SWAY? How do we cautiously choose people who have our best interests and have great foresight for our nation?
The only way to move forward in my view, is to take heed of Mavuso Msimang’s words which essentially echoed the sentiments of the numerous that took to the stage. He emphasised that “state capture should be taken very seriously, and we should hold the people that we swore in to accountability no matter the cost.’’ Mr Msimang went on to accentuate the importance of having a code of ethics that leaders should adhere to instead of having an individual running, hiring and dismissing who they see fit in an unconstitutional way.
Considering that we declare South Africa to be a democratic state, this shouldnt even be an issue. The former Minister of Finance in Zimbabwe Tendai Biti was a keynote speaker and couldn’t help applauding the South African Constitution and Judiciary system. Drafted and implemented so beautifully. But I fail to understand how it fails to make the corrupt weak on the knees.
So we cannot let them lead us anymore, and THEM in this context is inclusive of all the corrupt politicians who regard themselves as our leaders. As Bantu Holomisa said “… the problem started when they believed that they are our masters, when in true essence they are our servants elected to serve us. And it is time for the civil society to lead us.” We need people who have our struggles and needs at heart, people who will serve us and lead us to the ‘Promised Land’. I am a representative of every black child who has been hindered to fully reach their potential and we will not rest until we hold the faulty accountable!
And in the words of Julius Malema who was robust in expression “We must generate a new form of democracy, voters must exercise their power … voters must know the power they have. ’’ Therefore it is the time for the people to lead, we know the problems and how we plan to solve them. I am craving that Martin Luther King leadership, that Thomas Sankara and Steve Biko kind. Leadership which was only about the people. In my observation they have all failed us; anyone who will come after the current leadership will just preach the same gospel. We are sickened by having our country captured right under our nose, having the minority owning the greater fraction of wealth and the most corrupt running our law enforcement. In the end the black person feels the biggest pinch.
In the words of Pravin Gordhan “the majority have no assets; people have nothing tangible to pass on to their kids except poverty.” How do you think it makes us, the Youth, feel that we are still in the same place as we were in 1994 and we are going nowhere fast? So in conclusion I say corruption will fall, #statecapturewillfall, #whitemonopolycapitalwillfall, #ageismwillfall, #patriarchywillfall and the PEOPLE will rise, the BLACK child will rise…
THEY CANNOT LEAD US ANYMORE!
Written by Gugsie (Umuzi Copywriting Recruit)
Compiled by Mikey Mashila
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Thuto Mofokeng is a Soweto born videographer, photographer, co-founder of Nothing Ordinary Artworks and a multimedia recruit at Umuzi Academy.
Thina e’kasi, a photo series – which is composed mainly of portraits explores the social economic struggles and the cultures that exist in the townships of South Africa. This photo series is aimed at desensitizing the realities of South African townships to a broad audience, of individuals, through an intriguing cold, a saturated aesthetic that portrays the subjects in the images in an accurate manner.
“My art is mainly influenced by society’s beliefs, morals and values and the prejudices that exist within society. Time is an essential element in influencing my subject matters.” – Thuto Mofokeng on Conte Magazine.
Thuto’s series is inspired by the environment of his community. Soweto paints or portrays the inequality which plagues south Africa so well, the photo series explores the cultures which exist within these environments and dismantle the stereotypes which exist regarding black culture.
Ofentse Mwase is a filmmaker who grew up in the great city of Rustenburg in the North West Province, and now resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ofentse’s infatuation with film and cameras started in 2005 and led to his enrolment at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) to study film and cinematography. Ofentse graduated with an Honours Degree in Cinematography in 2011.
Ofentse was voted AFDA Best Cinematographer of 2010 for this work on the Short film IGOLIDE, shot on 16mm Kodak film. Further accolades include a nomination for AFDA Best Cinematography for his work on the short film “The Hajji” shot in in 2011.Thato, a Sterkinekor commercial shot in 2011 on 35mm Kodak Film by Ofentse was also nominated for the prestigious Loerie Award and went on to win a Silver Loerie in the Student Commercials category.
Greatest Achievement thus far as a Music Video director was winning Music Video of the Year in the 2017 South African Music Awards (SAMA) for his video for Miss Pru titled Ameni.
With over 9 years experience in Film, Commercials and Music Videos, Ofentse is set to be one to look out for in the South African film industry as he continues to be involved in great projects for TV and Commercials.
Here are Ofentse’s achievements thus far:
Ofentse Mwase is Umuzi’s ‘Creative Crush’ today – we are celebrating the work that goes beyond the hype. Couldn’t think about anyone else than Uncle Scrooch. He is changing the visual game in South Africa and he doesn’t seem to be stopping soon. Well done Ofentse for all your achievements, you are an amazing inspiration to the future of this country. To see the incredible work of Ofentse Mwase follow him here —-> Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Youtube.
Verona Banda is an Umuzi alumni, a freelance Art Director and self-taught Photographer. She’s also the founder and host of a project called ‘Play Again, Live Again’ a playful reminder of outdoor games enjoyed by children in and around South African townships.
One of Verona’s series which she recently created was nominated for a #COM. The Umuzi Creative of the Month #COM is a deliberate attempt to celebrate creatives within our community. We hope with each nomination and with each win, current recruits and our alumni are inspired to create and exhibit their best work!
The Behance published series titled ‘The Help’ is a celebration and appreciation of women who leave their own homes to go and take care of other families. One out of every five women in South Africa is a domestic worker and are predominantly found in middle class households – they’re often black or colored women.
Domestic helpers perform a variety of services for families who’ve employed them. They usually provide care for children and housekeeping which includes cleaning and household maintenance. Theirs is a selfless and demanding full time job, even though most times it is very undervalued and undermined. Many of them are live in domestics who spend most of their lives raising other people’s children.
Verona’s work seeks to summon attention and to humanize domestic workers not just as helpers but as partakers who play indispensable roles in society. They are entrusted with the responsibility of being caregivers who have a nurturing spirit, always offering a set of hands whenever traditional parents need them.
A lot of families can testify that having a domestic worker has brought them closer and helped them build a stronger bond, relieving them of pressures and needs that have well been taken care of by their helper.
We are super proud of Verona and her exemplary attempt to dignify this profession. You’ve done a great job. Enjoy your prize!
To check out the rest of her series, CLICK HERE.
The Johannesburg CBD is cramped with people who come from all over the continent; they arrive in the City of Gold with aspirations of creating better lives for themselves. They leave their hometowns or home countries with very little, hoping that their journey into the unknown yields superior opportunities.For many of these off-comers, a trip that might have started with anticipation and weighty conviction usually ends with homelessness and extreme poverty, forcing them to survive under really devastating conditions. Many of them end up living in the cheapest and sometimes the most harmful buildings in the city. These sometimes range from debilitating or illegally occupied and hijacked buildings. These are the same buildings that some residents have recently been forced to move away from when the city decided to revamp, leaving the poor battling for housing.When photographer and storyteller, Tshepiso Mabula, heard about the evictions, she says she rushed to Doorfontein hoping to capture the evictions with her camera. Tshepiso’s visit ended up documenting what’s become a riveting photo essay that followed both those who were forced to move and the people hired to make it happen.The 25-year-old writer and photographer self-identifies as someone who captures the dignity of ordinary people, far removed from the glamorous or ideal atmospheres of high-profile photography.Tshepiso is a visual observer of Bantu living as well as a storyteller who believes that her calling is to produce work that promotes equity and social unity, seeking to correct the injustices that exist in our everyday culture. To her social justice means being able to embrace our similarities as a people while working towards creating a society where all can live freely without prejudice.‘This essay looks at the relationships people create with the spaces they inhabit using the recent evictions of residents in Johannesburg buildings.This essay looks at how people from the same socio-economic spectrum were pitted against each other in a single day, how one group moved from evicting people who are as poor as them to playing soccer in the street and cordoning off the building, and how the other was left homeless and hopeless after being evicted from the homes they created.The purpose of this essay is to highlight the housing problem in Johannesburg inner city and how it affects the relationships that people build among each other.’ – Tshepiso
She also points out that her passion to tell this type of story through her work was inspired by the fact that ‘As a child of a working-class family from the rural Eastern Cape, I know all too well how it feels to have to recreate a home, far away from home.’Tshepiso’s photo series scored her not only a nomination but also a big win in our #COM. Creative of the Month is a bi-monthly competition that is meant to celebrate creatives within our community. We hope with each nomination and with each win, current recruits and our alumni are always inspired to create and exhibit their best work!
Congratulations Tshepiso hope you enjoy your prize!
To see the rest of the photo essay, visit her Behance website here: https://goo.gl/8aEKmU
Since, its inception, Umuzi has tirelessly committed itself to be a community that offers a home for creatives. We are passionate educators that aim to develop the next generation of Strategists, Coders, Multimedia storytellers and Creatives (Copywriters / Conceptual Designers) through human centred design.
Art is often seen as more of a hobby than a career in many communities in South Africa. Therefore many of our recruits enter our space with little confidence. They haven’t yet felt encouraged to pursue their passion. A large part of what we do centres around developing the confidence to see yourself as an artist who can make a career doing what you love.There has never been a more exciting time to be a black creative than right now! We’ve witnessed our alumni and current recruits owning and telling their stories through their art, continuously contributing their voice and celebrating original narratives.We take pride in being a space that gives creatives a chance to choose who they want to become. Our academy is where one comes to learn and get paid for it through our learnership program. This way, our recruits never have to pay to study.
With many current and potential students facing exclusion from higher education because of unaffordable fees and outdated methods of education, Umuzi offers itself as a solution that provides access to tailored and innovative education that ensures young people can start meaningful careers in the creative sector.
Year in and year out, with every recruitment campaign, Umuzi attracts applicants from all over the country, even enticing attention from other parts of the continent. Because Cape Town has also brought in large numbers of applicants, we thought it best to make a second home out of the friendly city!
We’ve also witnessed that the industry in Cape Town is in dire need of transformation and desegregation. Umuzi aims to facilitate the coming together of young aspiring creatives and organizations that need more authentic content.
Yes, Cape Town, you heard right! Recruitment is now open, the door has widened for you also join our community of award-winning creatives.
We’re excited to announce our first ever Cape Town recruitment. Apply now and give yourself the opportunity of following your passion! CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW