A wise man once said “patience is virtue”. When Onalenna Marumoloa from the Moruleng in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality, developed a TV app, he didn’t think he would be recognised for his innovation.
However, as his luck would have it, he is among the top 100 young South Africans of Inside Education – an annual initiative which aims to recognise young ambassadors, who are going the extra mile to make a positive change in their respective communities across the country.
The 23-year-old is the developer of Nu Inferno TV, an application that allows people around the North West Province to access content relevant to their communities. Before creating the app, Marumoloa said he noticed how rural communities around the province did not have access to community media sources. He saw digital technology as the most affordable and convenient way to provide locally -created current affairs and entertainment content. The app is available for download on Google Play Store and can be accessed on a cellphone. Marumoloa said he believed the future was digital and said he planned to keep his content strictly digitally based, at least for the foreseeable future. “What I like about online TV is that it’s accessible and you can take it wherever you go. You don’t need to be at home to tune in,” Marumoloa said. He said, in future, he hopes to use his app as a platform for the many talented young people in Rustenburg who are left out of the mainstream media space.
“Now more than ever before, as the country tries to navigate its way out of the worst economic crisis since the great depression because of COVID-19, we need energetic young people like the 100 SA Shining Stars we are honouring today, to move South Africa forward. They will shape the debates on the kind of economic direction the country needs to create sustainable jobs for millions of poor people post the lockdown” said Inside Education Managing Director, Matuma Letsoalo.
Letsoalo said that young people must take it upon themselves to be in the forefront of the debates to shape the direction of the economic reforms proposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in one of his lockdown addresses. “Young people like you, 2020’s 100 Shining Stars, must see to it that small business development is at the centre of the economic reforms President Ramaphosa is talking about” he concluded.