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Thandolwetu Sipuye 13 Natures Gate Knutsford Road Plumstead Cape Town, 7801 078 215 2529 tsipuye@gmail.

com 28 June 2013

To Whom It May Concern APPLICATION FOR COMMUNICATION OFFICERVACANCY This letter serves as application for the Communication Officer vacancy as advertised in the Western Cape Government Vacancy Bulletin. I am an experienced, young, competent, creative, innovative and energetic communications and research professional, keenly interested in the communications field, multimedia industry, the creative arts and social sciences. I have a Diploma in Media Studies & Journalism, with experience in the communications and media field. I also hold a BA Degree and BA Hons with Anthropology and History as majors. In 2008, I was awarded a Certificate by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for participation in the Rip-Mix Learn project which aimed to enhance communication in teaching-and-learning, research, and business activities of the University of the Western Cape through the effective use of digital media technologies. I have worked for the Cape IT Initiative as a communications officer responsible for all media communications, press releases, development and implementation of advertising, branding and marketing strategies and programmes. My responsibilities also included social media activation & management, website content management, photography, writing and designing content for all both online and print newsletters and managing promotional materials. Ive also worked as an intern communications officer for EOH responsible for communication with all relevant stakeholders, website content management, social media management and activation, marketing and advertising. I also worked for the E-Learning Division - Digital Media Studios (DMS) at UWC for the past four years, being responsible for office administration, and the creative development of digital multimedia learning objects to enhance and enrich online course content for digital learning and teaching experience for both students and teachers.

I have also worked as a freelance Journalist for a community based magazine, Uhuru Spirit, which published some of my articles. I have also worked with the History Department at the UWC as a researcher on issues related to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), conflict resolution, crime and violence in post-apartheid South Africa. I have served as chairperson, media liaison officer, office administrator, and curator of H.I.M. Society, an organization at UWC that uses creative multimedia platforms to promote African history and culture, the arts, education about health issues such as HIV/AIDS and TB and issues of social justice through the use of creative art forms such as music, dance, drama performances, documentary screenings and discussions, book reading and poetry sessions and photographic exhibitions. I have been responsible for office administration, data capturing, book-keeping, database management, establishment of standards and procedures and the maintenance of office equipment at this organization. I have exceptional administrative, organizational, research, writing, rhetoric and editing skills cultivated through my experience and exposure to the research, media and communications fields. I have handled a wide range of creative media services at the Digital Media Studios (DMS), collaborating with both my seniors and peers to produce online educational audio-visual and print communications, as well as educational online course content and material. I have a keen interest in the media and issues related to social justice and transformation. I am young & energetic, focused & diligent, creative & innovative. I have strong communication and excellent interpersonal skills, which allows me to work efficiently and productively with co-workers, but I can also stay focused and work progressively when working independently. I am also a very quick learner and am willing to take new challenges. My experience in research, office administration, the media and communications field and the creative arts has taught me how to be dynamic, flexible and able to plan ahead using effective strategies to make the work I do progressive and efficient. I would like an opportunity to gain more experience but also be able to exercise the knowledge and organizational skills which I have acquired over the years. Please do not hesitate to contact me on the provided contact details. Thank you very much Yours Humbly, T. Sipuye