All roads will this week lead to Kadoma, for the inaugural Zimbabwe Online Content Creators (ZOCC) and Postal Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) workshop which will run from the 15th to the 16th of September 2022.
The organizers of this important event have roped in more than sixty (60) top online content creators from across the country’s 10 provinces.
Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Dr. Jenfan Muswere will be the guest of honour at the two-day workshop that seeks to find lasting solutions around content creation in Zimbabwe.
The Postal and Telecommunications regulator will have time to engage with members of ZOCC on various issues that include challenges faced by online content creators and the best possible ways to leverage on already established postal infrastructure to increase reach and national inclusivity.
The workshop is also set to look into the operating environment for online content creators amidst the cyber security bill. It will also look into how best government and online players can co-exist.
However, the main objective of this symposium is to produce a quality online content creator who is able to generate content for various consumers around Zimbabwe and beyond.
ZOCC chairperson, Toneo Ritsito said that he was optimistic that the workshop will not be another chat session, but a strategic engagement to energise the online content creation sector.
“I’m so excited about the upcoming event, we have the support of Potraz director general Dr Gift Kalisto Machengete, who has content creation at heart. In his Geneva speech, he pledged to see how best he could assist us to professionalise, capacitate and empower all the young content creators. To me this is fundemental, this is not your usual talk away workshop,” said Toneo Rutsito.
He added that they were excited to have a Potraz Director General who is passionate about content creation and seeing the young content creators grow to the next level.
Dr Machengete is spearheading various programs aimed at capacitating young digital players.
Rutsito, added that he was confident that this relationship would lead to long-term benefits, particularly his ambitious vision towards the creation of a ZOCC hub; a physical structure that will cater for all online players who can not afford an office while also helping students to kickstart their industrial attachment in a financially difficult environment.
The Online Content Creators will also be accorded with opportunities and responsibilities to dedicate focus on specific sectors around their communities and marginalized communities.