South African Press Association
I met Mercia when I hired her to join my SAPA multimedia team as a reporter, when I was the Multimedia Manager for the South African Press Association (SAPA). She was part of the team that delivered the high earning Oscar Pistorius bail hearing footage for SAPA multimedia, but I never knew she was this creative.
Earlier this week I was invited to attend a demo of a new cloud based video editing system called Forscene, at the Atos offices in Sandton. I was skeptical at first, as this whole service is dependent on Internet connectivity. In my attempt at growing the online video news services as the Multimedia Manager for Avusa Media Live (currently renamed Times Media Live) and at the South African Press Association (SAPA), I found myself being retrenched from both companies, due to the costs involved in running such a department and the slow Internet speeds in South Africa, which affects the amount of people viewing video content online. Hence my skepticism.