South African Roadies Association
The South African Roadies Association (SARA) proclaims its objective of instilling the Emerging Technician, the Quest to achieve the highest standard available in the fields of Sound Lighting and Staging. To orient the spirit of Entrepreneurship and Advancement into 3rd-Generation Technological applications that will provide advance local and Regional showcase standards and advance the development of the performing Arts as a whole.
SARA Aims to Transform and Develop the Entertainment and Presentation industry through the promotion of standards and code of conduct. Sara is committed to participation in the Establishment of Equitable working conditions, training programs and free flow of industry information in order to upgrade the professional skills base, create better understanding and function as forum for communicating technician interests.
To Transform and develop the Entertainment/ Music industry, specifically from the Technical and production point of view. On behalf of its members and the industry, Sara is committed to participating in the establishment of equitable working conditions, training programs, and free flow of industry information in order to upgrade the professional skill base, create better understanding and function as a forum of communicating members' interests.
To empower young South Africans with Technical and Production skills in the following areas. Sound, Lighting Staging, Video, Audio Visual, Production, Rigging and Stage Management, Etc.
Technical Production for Live Events
Level 1 First Aid Course
Technical Production for Live Events - NQF Level 4:
Setting up and operating, loading, packing & maintaining = Sound, Lighting, Backline and Production.
Level 1: First aid course, level 4: business management, research how to start a small business and small scale staging course.
Provisional accredited by Mappp-Seta & working for full accreditation.
FeesR50.00 per Year - First Year, R120.00 Per year - Second Year, R250.00 Per Year - Third to Infinite.
What we offer the industry
Technical & Production Personnel through on the Job Training & Professionally + Small &/ Medium scale Sound, Staging without a Roof i.e. e 9x6x1, 2m panel boards, Backline i.e. 8 piece Drum kit / set Brand = ( Yamaha ), Bass Guitar Amplifier head & Speaker enclosure Stack from ( Ampeg ), Lead Guitar Amplifier head & Speaker enclosure Combo from Crate, Microphone stands from K&M , Monitor speakers from Yamaha & Quest + Lighting Parcans
SARA was established in 1992 under the difficult conditions that tempered the character of the founding members to group themselves into an association, and endeavor to carve better opportunities for all technicians working in the entertainment & presentation industry. Especially those from deprived sector of the economy, who continuously found themselves exposed to total subjugation and neglect in the conditions of service and daily existence.
Founded by the current Association President, Mr. Freddie Nyathela and a few fellow 'roadies' that believed in what they saw as a viable industry that could provide employment and technical abilities to many youth (18-35 years) in search of a career, and means of instilling a broader understanding and expansion of what is the backbone structure of all public-oriented entertainment and presentation platforms.
In 1994, the association held its first AGM. And elected the Executive Committee. This led to the deployment of the Entry level plan (ELP) within the local entertainment and presentation industry this was setup to gain access to hands-on training through live-events, workshops and clinics.
Our Student Profile
We train from 60 to 100 per Year. Those who have acquired training seek work within the Industry or the Association finds them work within the Industry. Others get lucky to be able to acquire funds through their immediate Families / Corporations as to start their own Business's with the help of the Association on what to do in starting their Ventures.
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