‘Public relations, design and media is my heart and people, my personality’ these are the words Abel Mfundo Dantyi describes himself in. Sitting on the red sofa in the lounge with a view of the V&A Waterfront, he answers our question about his journey at Live Magazine as a contributor and as the Social Media Editor thus far, as well as finding out more about him as a creative soul.
Q: Where were you when you got the phone call that you’ve got the internship at Live Magazine?
A: I was at the central library browsing a cook book, when Shallom gave me the good news I screamed out loud. The security guards came running towards me and I was almost thrown out of the library because of the noise.
Q: How was your first day at Live?
A: It was nerve-wracking because I remember coming in and greeting everyone with handshakes which was weird. By the first hour all my nerves settled and I knew my persona was going to sparkle.
Q: What is your normal day like at Live?
A: Normal does not exist at Live. My day starts with having green tea (my addiction), teasing Andy the photo-journalist and hugging Chido the features editor, crazy brainstorming sessions, meetings and lots of writing, research and eating.
Q: Recently you have been appointed as the social media editor. How did you feel when you got the position and what are your responsibilities?
A: I remember Shallom called my name last when she announced the roles and I was filled with euphoria, because I knew I would give my all to this role. As a Social Media Editor it is important to work closely with the Online Editor to enhance the online content of Live magazine and to organise content for Twitter, the Face book page and Google+. It is also important to liaison with the Johannesburg team in order to create strategies to improve the Social content.
Q: Describe Live as an organisation in seven words?
A: freedom, craziness, intelligence, creativity, passion, dedication and chain
Q: How would you describe the working environment at Live?
A: It’s a space that allows the freedom of creative junkies to flow on the heavens of discipline, dedication and respect. It allows the right to be wrong without feeling small or dehumanised.
Q: Why did you choose media?
A: I wanted to be famous [then]. Now, I know it’s my calling, it allows me the platform to change people’s lives and gives me the platform to air my views.
Q: Who is you favourite journalist?
A: Zikhona Tshona (Former ETV journalist)