South African Roadies Association (SARA)

The South African Roadies Association (SARA) was establish in 1992 Founded by the current Association President, Mr. Freddie Nyathela and a few fellow 'roadies' that believed in what they saw as a viable industry that could provide employment and technical abilities to many youth in search of a career, and has grown in its scope to a lot more than an industry association.  Among its other activities, SARA also provides training and career development at a level that would be the envy of any European or American music tech industry.  The SARA headquarters in  Newtown – Johannesburg is a hub of activity containing the SARA Technical Production Skills Programs, an expanded Resource Centre & Library, adequate storage for sound, light and stage equipment owned by the Association, administration office and meeting facilities. Named SARA House, it is also the home of the "Institute for Sound, Lighting and Staging" first of its kind in Africa and probably not equalled anywhere in the world.

The range of industry subjects taught at this institute covers the total A-Z package of entertainment technologies.

Quest Engineering is an “ideal fit” to the African music scene because of the combination of solid and reliable build quality and practical user friendly features. SARA took delivery of their first Quest audio system courtesy of Tadco and Freddie Nyathela is more than happy with the results. “I think we will be seeing a lot more of Quest in South Africa because it has the features that roadies and sound guys want”, was Freddie’s comment when he sent us the pictures.

SARA has a great future in the music production industry as it works to create the future of the South African music industry. A great example for production industries everywhere.

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SARA receive their new Quest systems

Using the wedge option

A career path awaits

The training covers a wide course choice

The future professionls guarantee a high standard in an international job market