New PRISA leadership for Limpopo

POLOKWANE – The Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) will be celebrating their diamond jubilee during the national conference at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways in Gauteng.

The event will be held from 4 to 5 May under the theme ‘Leading Through Innovative Communication’.

Ahead of the celebrations, Prisa Limpopo ushered in a new leadership at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 30 March at the Capricorn Municipality in Biccard Street.

During the meeting, Malesela Maubane announced that he is stepping down as chairperson after a two-year term.

Maubane highlighted the dialogue on xenophobic attacks in 2015 in collaboration with Junior Chamber International Local and Tshwane University of Technology at their campus in Polokwane as one of the highlights during his term.

Dr Naledzani Rasila was one of the panelists along with organisers such as the South African Human Rights Commission and United Nations High Commission for Refugees present during the dialogue.

Other 2015 highlights included the June social media and content marketing workshop facilitated in Limpopo, as well as Rasila’s presentation titled Strategic Importance of Public Relations during the Limpopo Provincial Government Commission Forum.

Last year was highlighted by a creative writing workshop for media, a Limpopo communication student club seminar, and a stakeholder engagement management workshop.

This year kicked off with Prisa hosting a highly successful and well attended professional event management workshop at the Limpopo Guest Manor in the last week of February.

“It is satisfying to know that Prisa is well-known across Limpopo for their work and it gives me great pleasure to have forged such close working relationships with institutions of higher learning such as the University of Limpopo, University of Venda, and Unisa.

“I also thank corporate citizens like Old Mutual as we were able to host the 2016 Inaugural Student Conference through their collaboration. I step down today knowing that we have invented the future,” Maubane said.

Other activities PRISA has planned for this year include:

• Public relations and journalism partnering for development network session on 25 May.

• Marketing fundamentals for public relations two-day workshop on 28 and 29 July.

• Student conference on 25 August.

• Protocol and etiquette workshop on 28 September.

• Principles of layout and design two-day workshop on 26 and 27 October.

• Leadership seminar networking session on 30 November.

The newly announced Prisa committee for 2017 are Phuti Mothapo (Chairperson), Mpho Radzuma (Vice-Chairperson), and Mosela Selepe (Honorary Secretary). Addittional committee members are Rebotile Malakakala, Wilson Dzebu, and Nndoweni Malala.

In her acceptance speech, Phuti Mothapo said they went a step further and introduced an Advisory Panel which will be a think-tank through which the committee will be able to draw from their wisdom and experience. The Advisory Panel comprises Dr Naledzani Rasila, Matome Makgoba, Maureen Talane, Takalani Dzaga, Welheminah Mabogo, and Malesela Maubane.

Riana Joubert

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