6 February 2015. Johannesburg.
Vuselela-Media has launched a new South African youth news and current affairs magazine show “Bona Retsang” at an event in Norwood Johannesburg. Bona Retsang airs on SABC 1 every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 16:00. The content of Bona Retsang is made in collaboration with South Africa’s youth, mainly in the country’s underprivileged societies.
The show is unique in that it broadcasts content made on cell phones and entry-level camera equipment, made by high school students and youth community journalists from across the country. The aim according to Mthoba Chapi, a director of Vuselela Media (the company that makes Bona Retsang) “is to get young people talking about the issues they face, but more importantly, showcasing young people who have solutions to these problems.”
“The viewer is a part of making the show by showing us how they have over powered the problem, hence the name Bona Retsang, a Sotho term meaning ‘Look at what we are doing’ says Shane Potgieter, a producer of the show.
The launch event for the programme, included a visit to the Bona Retsang studios where young journalists got a chance to see the creation of the show. A round table discussion, hosted by the Euorpean Journalism Center, was held in which key project partners of the international journalism community and local project alliances was conducted to discuss what impact the project had seen amongst youth and the marganalised communities in which the project operated.
The show is hosted by hip and well-informed young people: Phethile Khuzwayo (Also known as P.K.) who is also the shows producer, up-and-coming hip hop artist S’phamanda “Maraza” Mhlongo and the zaney Zack “Zack Attack” Roberts.
Bona Retsang also brings the lives of those who are familiar to TV screens into the spotlight, celebrity guests, who help viewers believe that they too can overcome anything, by sharing their personal triumphs and failures.
Bona Retsang offers the viewer aspirational stories through user-generated content inspiring a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude, combined with useful information, humor and all round entertainment.
Bona Retsang is produced by Vuselela-Media in association with Free Press Unlimited, The European Journalism Centre, loveLife and SABC Education.
Bona Retsang is on SABC1 every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 16:00, watch for yourself as the youth of Mzansi do it for themselves.
For more information about Bona Retsang visit the Vuselela-Media website or the show’s Facebook page.