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AFDA Durban Awards Speech 2016 by the Campus Dean Franco Human

December 12, 2016 10:16 am

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, students, staff, nominees, parents and friends. It is an honour and pleasure to welcome you to the second official AFDA Durban awards ceremony.

I am sure the staff and students will agree that 2016 has been a challenging yet extremely exciting and fulfilling year, especially since we saw our pioneering group of students entering into their 4th year of studies completing their Hons Degrees this year.  It has been a long but fullfilling journey not only for me but I can assume for the students, parents and staff.   I am truly humbled, honoured and proud to have been able to be part of the growth of this Campus and played a small part in the development and growth of the KZN entertainment industry.  It has been an absolute privilege and I am truly blessed.

Tonight is about celebrating the third year and 4th year students’ successes and achievements over the past year.  You have reached the end of your graduating year!  I have said over the year that I will be standing here wishing you all the best for your future in the entertainment industry and post-graduate studies, that time is now and what is there to say other than I am extremly proud of you and what you have achieved over the past 3 to 4 years.

You are the future of the entertainment industry in KZN and as you are well aware we have continuously helped you step into the industry with the skills, knowledge and resources needed in order to succeed and be sustainable.

At awards last year I said that the task of an excellent teacher is to stimulate seemingly ordinary minds into unusual effort and guide them to their success and that this is no easy task.  After a long journey we all sit here this evening overwhelmed with pride and I would like to congratulate the staff and students for getting to this moment with such a high standard, as we know AFDA Durban continues to stand out amongst the others with its own set of challenges.  A special thanks and congratulations need to be extended to the parents…without their support none of this would be possible for you…you are your parents biggest investment and I am sure they are proud of your achievements over the years.  I honour and salute you, as parents you have provided a unique tertiary qualification aimed at the growth and development of your son or daughter into an industry that is not your known law or business industries.  Above all for giving them the guidance that they have needed in difficult times during their studies.  A round of applause for the parents please.

I would also like to congratulate and extend a special thanks to all the 2nd year TV students involved in making this evening possible with the guidance of Ms. Venter, the acting head of Television and her staff Chris, Dianna and Thomas as well as a special thanks to Rene, Lluthando and princess for making sure our students get their project outcome / exam for the term.

When we leave this evening, a new journey will begin, either you will have the great fulfilling final leg of your journey studying your postgraduate degree or you will be entering into the South African Entertainment industry to pursue your dreams as the new generation in a challenging yet fun industry.  Like I said in assembly this morning, and will repeat it as you embark on your respective journeys, this is what our great leader Nelson Mandela said about his long walk; “I have walked that long road to freedom, I have tried not to falter but I have made mistakes along the way, but I have discovered the secret, that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb, I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come, but I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended”.   You are at the top of your hill overlooking many new hills to climb, take this moment to breath the fresh air, look at your view of achievements and start your new journey, revitalised, refreshed and filled with ambition and courage.  Without courage you will not overcome your hills ahead of you.

Remember us if you leave us, remember that you are the ambassadors of AFDA Durban and you cast the light for all future AFDA graduates to follow in your footsteps.

Lead by example, leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.  Pursue your craft, interrogate our South African Culture and bring this to our audiences across the globe.  Follow your passion AND success will surely follow you.  Keep a positive attitude and mind, ask when you are not sure, knowledge is your power and regardless of your success and passion, above all be humble.  It is far more impressive when others discover your qualities without your help.

Thank you ladies and gentleman, please do enjoy the rest of your evening with us.

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