Landscaping involves the art and science of planting and caring for trees, shrubs, groundcovers, flowers and lawns in both formal and informal gardens. Today it also includes non-living elements that enhance our lifestyles such as patios, braais, water features and ornamental lighting. Landscape technologists and architects are artists whose living canvass is the environment. We take a look at what it takes to be a landscape designer.
iSpani is a reality documentary that takes viewers into the world of work. Each week an aspiring careerist is exposed, in detail, to the inner workings of a specific career starting at the very bottom. They are taken on a process of orientation and practical job shadowing, introduced to and supported by potential employers. In addition to performing specific tasks that build the foundation of a competent employee, iSpani candidates are coached by on-the-ground experts in the field, who share their experiences in developing their own careers with the candidates.
The candidates take us into their homes, share what their life is like and what being exposed to their chosen career would mean to them, their family and their situation. Once the candidate has some shadowing experience and been coached with professional and personal skills, they are tasked with carrying out the functions they have shadowed. For many this is the real test; they have to sink or swim, some will find employment, some will change their career goals, but all will leave the show, and the viewer, with a deeper understanding of their chosen career and how to go about finding a position that will be more than 'just a job'.
To support candidates and viewers at home gain detailed insight into industries, jobs and career paths potential employers share an inside view of each specific market, while the iSpani Career Coach and Life Skills professionals add the finishing touches to presenting a fully informed, committed work seeker to potential employers. Employers know what they are looking for and this is an excellent chance for work seekers to ensure they are chasing an achievable dream that suits their personal requirements. It also serves to create familiarity for a wide audience in what would otherwise be an entirely foreign environment.
iSpani, produced for SABC Education by Blue Wizard Productions is broadcast on SABC1 Wednesdays @ 13h30 ending 19 December 2012. Mac Leshomo, dancer and singer best known for hosting Turn It Out is presenter of iSpani. He played the role of Fana in Isidingo and was presenter on YOTV. Mac studied acting, singing and dancing at the Johannesburg Youth Centre. Whilst studying he appeared in theatre productions Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Mac appeared in the documentary The Street Life and in the films Carol and Seven of Daron. He speaks Zulu, Tswana and English. His special talents include singing, ice skating, basketball, poetry, rollerblading and stand-up comedy.
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