GCIS Vuk’Talks to be hosted in partnership with Sol Plaatjie University: 27 Sept

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in partnership with the Sol Plaatjie University (SPU) will host a Vuk’Talks dialogue in Kimberley, Northern Cape on the 27th September 2023.

GCIS is the publisher of Vuk’uzenzele, a multilingual newspaper for South African citizens and the Vuk’Talks dialogue was introduced to drive consumer and community engagement conversations that bring young people together under one roof to mainly discuss issues of importance such as; career opportunities, entrepreneurship, skills development and training.

The partnership between SPU and GCIS aims to increase government visibility and its programmes that are aimed at the youth, whilst ensuring that key messages and opportunities are communicated to this particular market. This partnership presents an opportunity to improve the government’s interactions with youth in the Northern Cape Province.The event will include speakers from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Harambee Youth Employee Accelerator and Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).

The GCIS recently hosted a Vuk’Talks dialogue at WestCol TVET College in Randfontein as part of the Government Exhibition Day (GED) hosted on 22 September 2023 under the theme, “Learning from Game Changers in the Business and Tourism space”. The GED has been hosted by GCIS since 2015 as a means to create a one-stop shop for government information and services to facilitate a two way-interaction with the public. The GED that took place on Friday, 22 September 2023, coincided with Public Service Month, which is observed every year as an integrated government wide programme across all spheres of government and that amplifies efforts of integrating government services for citizens to better their lives.

The inaugural Vuk’Talks dialogue was hosted in Mpumalanga in May 2023 in partnership with Ehlanzeni TVET College.

Notes to the editors:

Vuk’uzenzele is a 16 page tabloid format newspaper published in 11 official languages by GCIS. The main target audience of Vuk Talks is the youth aged 18-35.

Vuk’Talks dialogue takes the shape of presentations, exhibitions, conversations and networking partnerships.

The Vuk’Talks podcast was launched on 29 June 2023 to respond to the fast paced and mobile news consumption trend that has emerged amongst the young people of South Africa, who are mostly digitally connected. The podcast is made mostly for audiences who prefer audio to access Vuk’uzenzele publication’s content.

Through the Vuk’Talks podcast, the GCIS has realised its mission in empowering South Africans through communication excellence and to ensure access to government information. Vuk’Talks podcasts are hosted and produced by youth who are graduate interns at the GCIS. The podcast episodes carry stories that have been published in the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper, mostly focusing on the GCIS campaigns such as Gender-based Violence and Femicide, Economic Reconstruction and Recovery as well as Safety and Security.

Vuk’Talks podcast episodes are published weekly on Thursdays at 6h00pm on the government website, www.gov.za. For more information on the event visit www.vuk’uzenzele.gov.za. The podcast is also available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NO8KkkMfahybctpzdHVWl?si=1f3e60f949e24923

Source: Government of South Africa