Aspiring photographer awarded life-changing opportunity

As OFM, the sound of your life and Central South Africa’s number one commercial radio station has earmarked 2022 as “Twenty-20-You”, January saw the culmination of the first of a series of competitions aimed at improving the lives of listeners.

The #Twenty20You: Invest in your future! the competition hosted in partnership with Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST concluded at this prestigious academy campus in Potchefstroom on Saturday, 22 January 2022, with the awarding of the grand prize – a year’s tuition to study either somatology, cosmetology, hairdressing, interior design or photography, plus R10 000 cash to help the prospective student kick-start their career.

To enter, prospective hair stylists, beauticians, interior designers and photographers had to submit a 30-second video online showcasing their skills and motivating why they deserved to win along with supporting documents.

After reviewing all of the creative entries received, the 18-year-old Marianke Rossouw from Bothaville was awarded the grand prize during Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST’s Open Day.

During the handover OFM presenter, Renaldo Schwarp, read out the winner’s motivation to the crowd and an unsuspecting Marianke, present at the event.

“I am a passionate 18-year-old, who would very much like to broaden my knowledge and one day start my own photography business. I not only want to go into one specific field but consider all my options. With the scholarship offered, I can make my dreams come true and pursue my passion for the rest of my life.”

Speaking on behalf of Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST, Wesley Wallace, Head of the Department of Photography, noted that they were quite impressed by Marianke’s entry and could see from her portfolio that she has a keen eye.

OFM Content Manager Elzette Boucher Krüger explains that this competition aimed to give budding entrepreneurs the credentials to set them on a path to establish their own business: “After OFM celebrated 35 years of broadcasting in 2021, where the focus was on the radio station, we decided that in 2022 the focus should shift squarely to our listeners. There are so many talented and skilled young people, who just need that little bit of assistance and guidance to become a qualified professional. It was amazing to see how creative and talented Central SA’s budding young entrepreneurs are. What a privilege it was getting to know them better on air during the competition, as well. Well done, Marianke. You’re a worthy winner!”

Anine Wallace, CEO of Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST, says: “Not only are we privileged to celebrate our 40th year of quality education but also excited to collaborate with OFM on this special journey to grant one lucky listener the opportunity to take the first step towards their creative and entrepreneurial future.”

Potchefstroom Academy, a higher education provider, was established in 1981 by the founder, Tina Scholtz. The Academy has since grown into one of the leading private tertiary institutions of its kind. Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST are situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student-town. The safe, student-friendly environment ensures that students remain engaged in learning while providing them with the opportunity to become involved in sports and social events, as well as meet interesting people and share experiences that will last a lifetime.

For more information about Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST, visit potchacademy.co.za.

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