The South African Roadies Association (SARA); a unique non-profit association comprising technical and production youth from all over the country, SARA is also the principle technical and production skills development and training organization in Southern Africa. For the past 16 years SARA’S On-the-job Entry Level Training Program has been (and still is) the main way that new blood has found its way into the professional ranks in South Africa.
After more than ten years of existence, the South African Roadies Association (SARA) was finally able to move into its operations facilities situated at # 55 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg in 2004.This was enabled from funds raised primarily from the National Lottery Fund, and international partnership support among others.
The new facility now house (as per all in-house) skills transfer programs including an expanded resource centre and library, with adequate technical space for sound, lighting and staging equipment, administrative and workshop facilities.
The facility is named <SARA House> and the existing home of the only “Centre of Excellence” for Technical and Production skills in the SADC region. SARA is a fully accredited training organisation to service Further Education and Training Certification, in Live Events & Technical Production qualification.
SARA has managed to create strategic links with the following international training and industry professional organisations:
Ø National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills (NSA) – http://www.nsa-ccskills.co.uk/
Ø Production Services Association (PSA) – http://www.psa.org.uk/
Ø Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) – http://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/
Ø The Professional Lighting and Sound Association of Germany (VPLT), and its Training Academy – Germany, http://www.vplt.org/
South African Roadies Association (SARA)
# 55 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg 2001
Tel: +27 11 639 7940 Fax: +27 11 833 0549
Mobile: +27 72 379 8473
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