Sam’s small-screen debut – Made in SA

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 07/06/2015 - 15:11

Sam’s small-screen debut – Made in SA

There is something more to Sam Mothopeng than meets the eye. Not only does this final year Communication Sciences student have a clear-cut plan for his future professional career as a corporate communications specialist, but he also has his sights set on motivating other youngsters to follow suit. 

Sam Mothopeng, final year BA Communications student

 Sam – who is a KCom subject assistant and a journalist for the Campus’s student e-magazine – Student 24/7, is about to make his small screen debut when he features in the inspiration factual entertainment reality series for teenage viewers: Made in SA on SABC 3.  The reality series celebrates young people of excellence by bringing them closer to their dream through a mentorship challenge. Made in SA gives participants an experience of a lifetime and helps them understand more about their life goal.

Made in SA – thinking differently about future careers

In Sam’s case, he is introduced to the Corporate Communications field of specialisation and he is subsequently paired with a Made in SA Coach who will guide him through a career related challenge and assist where necessary. Before he is introduced to his coach and assigned a challenge, viewers are introduced to him in their own environment – that is, the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal). During a recent film shoot on the Campus, Sam was interviewed together with some of his peers, his lecturers and the editor of Student 24/7 – Kinga Siejek.

According to Ingrid Linde, Producer of Made in SA, the objective of Made in SA is to introduce different careers to viewers in an entertaining way as told by themselves and their peers. “The message is that it is cool to follow our passion no matter what it is! Work should not be a grind but a love, and nothing should stand in one’s way to go after your dream.” Ingrid explains that delivering spot-on content to the youth audience can be challenging for a public broadcaster. “Made in SA educates through an entertainment vehicle. The shooting style is upbeat and lively as is the presentation with formatted components that drive the story. The voice-over artist is popular radio DJ, Carol Ralafeta, who adds spunk and dynamism with quips and editorial reflections.” Made in SA tells the stories of young South African achievers without being prescriptive to the viewer. The show gets viewers thinking about their futures and inspires them to take action.

More about Sam Mothopeng

According to Sam he first got introduced to the Made in SA concept whilst he was searching the web – Education Ambassadors SA, for internships, learnerships, bursaries and scholarships for young South African graduates.  Sam explains how he went about to be featured on the show: “I had to submit a questionnaire which served as an audition of sorts after which I visited the Times Media Group for a meeting/ discussion with the producers. I had to share my passion for Corporate Communications with the team and tell them about my dreams for the future. “The audition at the Times Media Group was done in front of a camera and I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous!” says Sam.

Through his participation in the show, Sam hopes that other young people will come to the realisation that there are a lot of resources and help available and that opportunities should be taken when they present itself. “It is also important to know yourself and to set clearly defined goals for yourself.” He adds that there are plentiful opportunities and support networks on Campus and that students should make use of these opportunities – be it academic, social, cultural or in terms of sport.

After finishing his degree at the end of 2015, Sam is planning to study further within the field of Marketing Management – hence he believes that education is a continuous process. Asked where he saw himself in the next ten years he says: “Hopefully in the hot seat as a Communications Director at a vested agency!”

* Made in SA is produced by