We are in the midst of Spring, energy is rising, the weather is warming up and South Africa is approaching another National Holiday; Heritage Day. On this day South Africans reflect on the country’s past and celebrate the Nations diverse cultural heritage.
The ever changing business world leaves little time for nostalgia and reminiscing so at Global Access we thought that this is the best time to consider the heritage and history of our organization as well.
Our story starts some 80 years ago when the building that we occupy, Broadcast House, was the nerve centre of the South African broadcasting industry. With radio broadcast studios that were ahead of their time in the 1930’s, housing nine radio stations and rising to a height of six storeys, Broadcast House in Johannesburg was once the hub of all radio broadcasting in what was then known as the Transvaal.
As the new era of television broadcasting was ushered in on the 5th of January 1976, Broadcast House was upgraded to accommodate Television Broadcast studios. It became the home to SABC 2 and 3 until the SABC finally vacated the building in 1985, at which time it had grown to eight storeys with five television production studios as well as the original nine radio studios.
After 10 empty years, the building became the home of Global Access (then AGN) in 1995. True to its purpose, Broadcast House studios saw the likes of Binnelanders, Skwizas, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Sam’Sokolo and other SAFTA Nominated sitcoms and dramas grace it’s stages in the years since.
20 years on, Broadcast House is still home to the most innovative and dynamic media company in South Africa. Global Access has evolved from being a Studio and Corporate Production facility to becoming an end to end Technology Media Solutions provider offering Television Broadcasting on a private channel on DStv, Digital Signage, IPTV, Queue Management and a Creative Agency.
Under the stewardship of the company’s preceding owner; founder of Mnet Ronnie van Wijk and his successor since 2014; Brad Willson, Global Access has constantly sought to provide its clients with effective tools to address their communication, marketing and business objectives.
In our 20 years of existence, our passion for excellent customer service and our dedication to partnering with our clients has ensured that we are consistently exceeding client expectations. We’re ensuring that we’ll still the front runner in the Technology Media Solutions space for the next 20 years and beyond.
We also recognize, however, that having no patience for history or heritage contributes to us missing a vital truth: A sophisticated understanding of the past is one of the most powerful tools we have for shaping the future. The history and heritage of a company can instill a sense of identity through re- visiting past practices and commonalities.
We have a proud history to reflect on and an incredibly bright and exciting future to look forward to.
Here’s a challenge; why not embark on a journey through your organisations history this heritage day, and in the words of Confucius; Study the past if you would define the future?