Schwarp, who is currently digital lead at Jacaranda FM, graduated with a BA (drama and theatre studies) degree, specialising in media from the university in 2012, whereafter he completed his post-graduate degree.

As one of the youngest recipients of this award, Schwarp was commended for building a 'prominent and credible career in media since graduating'. During the online ceremony that was held on Thursday, 1 October, he was lauded for the skilful way in which he uses his skillset and platforms to amplify stories that are inclusive and truly representative.

"I'm honoured and grateful for this acknowledgment from the university. Receiving this type of recognition from my alma mater is a career highlight," the multi-hyphenate says.

Since graduating, Schwarp has worn many professional hats, working for some of the biggest media brands in South Africa. As an award-winning journalist, radio host, TV presenter, producer and digital media specialist, he is a great example of a modern, well-rounded media professional and changemaker, according to the awards.

"I think if you have a platform, it is not only important to inform and entertain, but also to try effect change, however small it may seem. That is why I am extremely intentional with which projects I spearhead," says Schwarp.

According to the awards, Schwarp’s greatest contribution to date to the advancement and celebration of fringe narratives in the local media landscape has to be the work he does with his production and PR agency, Sharp Pictures.

Schwarp, was listed in 2019 as one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2019 and also received a Koker Youth Award at the 2019 Afrikaanse Taalraad (ATR) Koker Awards.

He is currently writing his first book that is set to be published mid-2021.

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