Visual Impact Academy and MICT SETA equip interns with world-class broadcast skills

The Visual Impact Academy’s partnership with the MICT SETA has yielded extraordinary results this year. The intensive exposure to and training in broadcast skills have opened doors for nearly 40 interns.

At the top of the list of achievements is the placement of three interns in permanent positions at the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA). Linda Nkone, Azola Lumbe and Luxolo Mdingi have been selected to be part of a content generating unit that will assist in documenting South Africa’s incredible heritage. The interns have been trained in camerawork, sound recording, social media analysis and editing. The Academy will provide equipment, support and mentorship even beyond the end date of their internship. This ongoing support will assist the interns to find their feet and be successful in providing world-class content to SAHRA. This is part of the Academy’s supportive philosophy of “Once a part of us, always a part of us”.

In addition, an international Netflix production, Wandering Spirits, employed three interns – Giovanni Campher, Loren Lee Engle and Siyabulela Mvulana. The producers were so impressed with the interns’ performance that they have requested to employ the same interns for the 2020 season of the production.

In the largest utilisation of our interns, the reality TV show Survivor–Samoa employed 22 interns to assist with the grand finale of this production in Cape Town. Interns were responsible for camera setup and assisting with grips, make-up and production duties. 

Another team of four interns produced a training video for Bowler Plastics, one of the Western Cape’s biggest producers of moulded plastic units. Based on the good results, they have been employed to produce more training videos for the company in 2020.

Two interns, Jaydine Webb and Linda Nkone, were employed by international reality TV company Afrikaans on a Kyknet Reality TV show called Style Squad. Both interns received high praise and are standing in line to be employed on the next Kyknet Reality TV show.

One of the Academy’s strategic partners, Visual Impact, will take on three interns in permanent positions to work in the Broadcast Equipment Rentals department. This will enable them in time to train as senior broadcast assistants, travel the world and work in awesome locations. 

The Academy partnered with Home Brew productions and Atlantic Studios. This allowed the interns to participate in intensive studio production training. Interns were working in all studio production areas from floor management to control room duties. 

The Visual Impact Academy will be employing two interns to assist with next year’s intern intake. These selected high performing interns will become part of the Academy’s planning and teaching team, with an opportunity to find employment in other units within Visual Impact or the Media Hive building.


A big thank you to the MICT SETA for enabling the Academy to realise these successes.


  1. Kamohelo and Azola shooting a training video.
  2. Kamohelo and Luxolo shooting Boyz corner.
  3. Qhama working on Wandering Spirits.
  4. Siyabulela and Okuhle shooting a test.
  5. Lindokuhle, Linda and Luxolo doing the Bowler setup.
  6. Qhama working on Wandering spirits.
  7. Luxolo and Kamohelo shooting a training session.