A filmmaker upskilling his community

Name: Andries Lankey Manong

Province: Limpopo

Film-maker, Andries Manong describes himself as an inspired, nourished writer. He is an exceptional musician from production to performance. He is currently producing a film entitled: Life of yester-today.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I am involved in community development so Activate was interesting to me to develop a set of skills I needed to do what I am already doing effectively and efficiently

What did you enjoy the most about training?

Finding myself, knowing my character and leadership skills.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

I got to learn more about resources, of people or material that surrounds me and how I can utilise it to aid my course. E.g. using social media as a platform to challenge or resolve issues.

As a young man who has gone through the programme, it would greatly benefit other South African youth to share the same experience and look at life through the Activate programme. Your change will surely cause a ripple effect.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

South Africa is a very resourceful country but it lacks skills. I feel it is imperative for every South African youth to acquire a set of skills and tools that they can use to change their lives and the life of our economy.

What is your field of interest?

Art, music, film and sport, but I am an entrepreneur as well in Gridwallz production as the director. I work with artists everyday which is fascinating and my network is growing daily.

How are you driving change in your community?

I have started a film production company that helps people who are interested in acting and working behind the scenes in the film industry. This gives them a chance to learn a new set of skills. I also have a soccer team competing around my neighbourhood and hope to get them registered for the Polokwane Football Association League in 2017/18.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I plan on attending seminars, catching up and meeting with other activators to see what they are doing and how I can help. I will also rely on help from other Activators, especially in the field of music, film and events that I will be organising.

What are your plans for next year?

Next year I will continue my journey and shoot more films around my area. I also wish to produce one big budget film of which the prospects are looking good.

How will you be involving the network in your plans?

By spreading the word, launching the films, getting dialogues about the contents of the films I write.

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