The Department of Video Technology under the helm of the Faculty of Arts and Design held its annual Video Technology Awards at the Coastlands Hotel on the Ridge on Wednesday, 20 November 2019.
These awards are part of the various initiatives by the department to encourage and motivate students to work hard, especially since the industry now demands well-trained, technically skilled individuals. Top achieving students for all levels from first year students to Bachelor of Technology students are awarded for their exceptional work, modernism, technical know-how skills and academic excellence in the field of video technology.
The Head of Department at Video Technology, Professor Philippe Wade welcomed everyone to the awards which included the students and parents, staff and friends of the department. “It’s really exciting to come together to celebrate the work of our students throughout the year. The quality of work that I see at the Video Technology Department is truly mind-blowing,” he said.
Prof Wade also added that next year, (2020) will see the launch of the new Bachelor of Arts degree which took seven years to get into place, he thanked his team for making the degree a reality. He also stressed that the students all worked hard despite having to work and study, which really culminates to the fact that these students worked diligently to achieve such great results.
Video Technology’s senior lecturer of Television at DUT Cary Burnett and Professor Pete Burnett handed out Certificates of Achievements awards for Academic Achievements, Outside Broadcast, Debut Drama, Music Video/Montage, Drama, Insert and Music Video awards, to name but a few. Also, they gave out Certificates of Excellence awards for Best Sound, Script, Editing, Innovation, Bruce Dobie Award for Initiative and the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement which were some of the highlights.
Two Video Technology students Khanyiso Mbalane and Mamello Hlongwene received a cash prize award of R2500 each from Gela Productions.
Video Technology student Noxolo Zwane clinched the Bruce Dobie Award for Initiative. Speaking on her achievement, she said that she chose to delve on a topic about train surfing and make parents aware that this is a serious issue and she also spoke to youngsters who actively do this on a daily basis. “A youngster in my neighbourhood died because of train surfing, so I wanted to do a project to highlight this issue and create awareness on this topic which is gaining momentum. If I can reach out to parents and alert them on some tell-tale signs about train surfing, it means I am making a small difference,” she said.
Senior lecturer Carey Burnett added that Zwane certainly had an eye for camera work. “She works on a television set and was studying and doing her practical work, so she really worked extremely hard to obtain this award,” she said.
Last but not least, the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement was given to Austin Mohabir.
“He is dynamite in a small package, and his work speaks volumes, all in all he pushed the boundaries and these are the results,” said Cary Burnett.
Mohabir was equally ecstatic to have won so many awards, especially the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement, adding that he worked really hard through many obstacles and he is really grateful that his hard work has paid off.
Pictured: Austin Mohabir, winner of the Combined Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement.