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Young and at peak: Sithembiso Sithole

Through hard work and dedication

Young and at peak Sithembiso Sithole worked very hard to be where he is today. Not all 20 year olds in South Africa have accomplished what this young fellow has so far. “Sthe” as he is called by his Friends is very enthusiastic with lots energy in him. Born and bred in the soil of Soweto he studies Journalism at Tshwane University of Technology.

Right at the beginning of his first year Sthe realised something his peers did not pick up,” I when I was doing my first year I noticed something important about the media industry. Many people want jobs ,  tertiary institutions are doing less to ensure employability for students ,and I could see how my seniors struggled to get internships  so I told myself I had to put my name out there. I attended big media conferences and made contacts”.

When fellow mates were still trying to figure out what they want to go with regard to their careers Sthe was already ahead of the race ‘’I started writing  stories and sharing links on social media such as Twitter, Face book, Google plus, LinkedIn, and so on. I made sure that each and every work that I do it might be for TV, radio, print or online stories I promote it to social media. I followed other journalists and editors on social media. And ended up presenting the live at six shows on TUT fm.

He says at the right time of his life he met the right people that mentored him and pushed him to the right direction. He says after attending few classes and having conversations with his lecturers at TUT, he told himself that he needs to take charge of his career “In 2012 I started to write for The Star newspaper and that is when I decided to write a book about the work that I have done. The aim of the book was to showcase different stories that I have done. I was branding myself. I sent the book to different editors because I knew that would make things easy for me. One of the editors that I gave the book was The Star editor Makhudu Sefara and his deputy editor, Kevin Ritchie

Sthe says he could not have done it all alone “I was mentored by different people as I mentioned before. Former broadcaster lecturer  who in now a close friend Siphumelele Zondi is one of the people who has and still invest most of his time in grooming me in the media industry. The likes of Tshamano Makhadi, Phumutzo, Nxumalo and Thulani have been one of the people who keep my spirit as a human being and as brand to be on track by providing me with words of wisdom.

Through my hard work and dedication my name and work was attracted a lot people   and social media attention and that led to me and my work appearing on Google. That is what opened doors for me at the SABC Digital News division when I went to an interview there I was told that they have checked my work online and that they were impressed.  I joined as an intern  but today i am a permanent employee Through hard work and dedication.

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