23rd BASA Awards

WELCOME TO THE 23RD
ANNUAL BASA AWARDS

INDELIBLE

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Welcome to a unique, interactive experience in celebration of business and arts collaborations and projects that have made an indelible mark on the creative landscape

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WELCOME

CHARMAINE SOOBRAMONEY
Chairman: Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

A master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, with a legal and finance background, Charmaine Soobramoney is on a mission to help a million lives to ignite their freedom by supporting businesses and individuals in their efforts to unleash their potential. In her drive to positively impact the world this year, she co-founded Each One Hold One, a Non-Profit Organisation. She was voted in as Chairman of the BASA Board of Directors in 2018. Other positions she has held include Head of Stakeholder Strategy and Management at Old Mutual Wealth, Head of Business Development at Acsis, General Manager and Company Secretary of the Association of Collective Investments (now ASISA), and Senior Manager of Sage Life Legal Services.

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KEYNOTE

HONOURABLE MINISTER NKOSINATHI EMMANUEL MTHETHWA
Minister of Sport, Arts & Culture

Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel ‘Nathi’ Mthethwa is the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa and has served two terms as of 26 May 2014 to date. He is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress; member of the ANC National Working Committee; and an active member of the King Dingiswayo branch of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.

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HOLLARD MESSAGE

HEIDI BRAUER
Chief Marketing Officer: Hollard

A first-time judge on this year’s Awards panel, Heidi Brauer is the Chief Marketing Officer for Awards’ partner Hollard. Heidi joined Hollard in May 2013, and her role encompasses all group brand activities including PR, internal marketing, digital marketing and sponsorship, as well as the group’s customer focus. In 2017, Heidi was a finalist for Prisa’s Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2018, she was recognised in the Women in Leadership category at the Jewish Achiever Awards. Over the years, her teams have been recognised with awards including PRISM PR Campaign of the Year for kulula.com, Loeries Grand Prix and Gold for SLOW lounges and PRISM Sponsorship Gold for the Hollard Daredevil Run. A passionate South African, wife, daughter, sister, mother of two young men, and a deep believer in the power of brands and humans, Heidi knows it takes a village to raise a brand.

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VOTE OF THANKS

ASHRAF JOHAARDIEN
CEO: Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

A multi-award-winning playwright, creative producer and columnist, Ashraf’s career in the arts encompasses professional and creative roles across a spectrum of disciplines. He has held senior management and leadership positions with key South African cultural and academic organisations. In March 2019, he joined Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) to take up the role of CEO following a three-year stint as Executive Producer of the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town Fringe.

Awards

Finalists

Sneaker collaborations between brands and artists have proved successful in recent years. Alongside the priority to amplify Black voices within the creative industry, this phenomenon has resulted in the collaboration between NIKE Inc. and multiaward-winning South African illustrator, street artist and graphic designer – as well as long-time wearer of the Air Force 1 sneaker – Karabo Poppy Moletsane. In November of 2019, a Karabo Poppy X Nike Air Force 1 collection was released online as part of Nike By You's feature platform. Karabo Poppy has had a long history of working with the NIKE Inc. brand to produce one-of-a-kind works and campaigns, not only as a creative but a long supporter of the brand in her aesthetic presentation in fashion. This partnership with NIKE Inc. and their iconic Air Force 1 sneaker is a natural next step for both the brand and the artist when looking at their mutual connection to innovation, perseverance and connection to urban, basketball, fashion and hip hop culture connection.

The partnership between Otro Sur and Electric South was formed to promote culture and creativity in both regions of the Global South; to open new markets and build new audiences for artists and their work, in regions that shared common social and historical challenges, but that know little about each other. The partnership between Otro Sur and Electric South promotes culture and creativity in both regions of the Global South and looks forward to future opportunities to establish a collaborative platform for dialogue between Columbia and South Africa’s creatives.

With the support of Total South Africa, IFAS called upon the Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in early 2019 to assist with producing and overseeing the organisation of the exhibition, ‘The Art of Comics’ at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, from 19 September to 18 November 2019. This was a multi-party partnership that collaborated to facilitate a ground-breaking exhibition that tore down the entrenched silos that persist between fine art and cartoons. The partnership facilitated new audiences for JAG, with many visitors to the exhibition attending the art museum for the first time in their lives.

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The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival is an annual event hosted by Constitution Hill and sponsored by Nando’s, which aims to showcase and nurture Mzansi’s best art, design and music talent. Nando’s has been investing in creativity in Southern Africa for decades, and is passionate about nurturing and showcasing Southern African creative talent. This has given the brand a point of difference based on its Southern African roots in a market packed with American and European brands. Basha Uhuru is about creativity and freedom, showcasing more than 21 000 pieces of Southern African art in the collection. Initially approached by Constitution Hill to sponsor the event in 2017, the festival and the partnership have grown every year since, with 2019 the third year running that Nando's fired up Basha Uhuru.

The acknowledgement of the disruptive state of our world was at the heart of our Joy from Africa to the World campaign. We wanted to use festive season and our approach to the V&A’s Christmas decorations as a platform to spark a much-needed, more authentic conversation about the African continent at this time, and to offer the community an experience that was happy and uplifting. It started with what was originally thought of as bold, brave and possibly an unreachable dream of creating and investing in an authentic African festive season showcase ignited by the most desirable African design – representative of our people, fuelled by local communities and underpinned by the V&A’s own journey towards being sustainable and responsible.

The partnership between the MTN Foundation and Imbali is now in its 20th year. In 2000, MTN came on board as a partner and funder on Imbali’s teacher training workshops. MTN's support of the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, in particular in the development of the Imbali Artbook Series, and in 2019 the roll-out of the books through teacher workshops and the development of the website and films, is a sterling example of sustained commitment to art education and the transformative power of the arts. Over a period of 20 years MTN has supported Imbali through funding, but importantly the partnership extends beyond mere monetary support. It is also helping redress the serious historical and current imbalances in arts education, and ensures that the standard and practice of art teaching in under-resourced schools is raised.

Finalists

With the support of Total South Africa, IFAS called upon the Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in early 2019 to assist with producing and overseeing the organisation of the exhibition, ‘The Art of Comics’ at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, from 19 September to 18 November 2019. This was a multi-party partnership that collaborated to facilitate a ground-breaking exhibition that tore down the entrenched silos that persist between fine art and cartoons. The partnership facilitated new audiences for JAG, with many visitors to the exhibition attending the art museum for the first time in their lives.

The acknowledgement of the disruptive state of our world was at the heart of our Joy from Africa to the World campaign. We wanted to use festive season and our approach to the V&A’s Christmas decorations as a platform to spark a much-needed, more authentic conversation about the African continent at this time, and to offer the community an experience that was happy and uplifting. It started with what was originally thought of as bold, brave and possibly an unreachable dream of creating and investing in an authentic African festive season showcase ignited by the most desirable African design – representative of our people, fuelled by local communities and underpinned by the V&A’s own journey towards being sustainable and responsible.

Sneaker collaborations between brands and artists have been proving quite successful in recent years. Alongside the priority to amplify Black voices within the creative industry, this phenomenon ultimately resulted in the collaboration between NIKE Inc. and multi-award winning South African illustrator, street artist and graphic designer and long-time wearer of the Air Force 1 sneaker, Karabo Poppy Moletsane. In November of 2019, a Karabo Poppy X Nike Air Force 1 collection was released online as part of Nike By You's feature platform. Karabo Poppy has had a long history of working with the NIKE Inc. brand to produce one-of-a-kind works and campaigns, not only as a creative but a long supporter of the brand in her aesthetic presentation in fashion. This partnership with NIKE Inc. and their iconic Air Force 1 sneaker is the natural next step for both the brand and the artist when looking at their mutual connection to innovation, perseverance and connection to urban, basketball, fashion and hip hop culture connection.

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The project was formed in 2019 when one of the artists participating in the annual International Public Art Festival (IPAF) (held in the community of Salt River, Cape Town, South Africa), saw it as an opportunity to contribute to the digital arts. They introduced Intsikelelo and Baz-Art. Through augmented reality, a surreal 360-degree street art tour has extended the experience of the International Public Art Festival's murals in Salt River. The virtual experience allows one to be immersed in the Salt River community, experiencing the murals in high definition as if they were taking a real-time walk in the streets, all through the lens of the virtual reality headset. This gives everyone the opportunity to experience street art without the need to paint on physical walls. Through this project, there is the hope of creating new audiences and raising awareness about new forms of expression and art in the digital age.

J&B Printers have been in partnership with Highway Radio for over 20 years. Being a community radio station, they have numerous community based events such as Youth Day events, Heritage Day concerts and music performances, whereby new artists can debut for free and receive exposure, and poets and fashion designers also display their work. Highway Radio hosts an annual Youth Music Event at Lahee Park in Pinetown Durban. J&B partnered by sponsoring all the advertising. The level of exposure online, on the streets, and on the day of the event was phenomenal. Local youth engaged in wholesome activities, music, entertainment, games and food supplication. J&B also assisted youth-owned small businesses by sponsoring advertising packages for the day. This youth event has been in existence for over five years, and J&B has been the sponsor since its inception.

This partnership was formed in 2012, when the first International Marimba and Steelpan Festival was launched. The Marimba Workshop (Pty) Ltd has been a supplier of marimbas to Education Africa since 2005. When the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival was launched, the Marimba Workshop offered a marimba as a prize at this prestigious event. It has not only given a marimba as a prize at every subsequent Festival, but also provides free servicing of the marimbas found in all 16 Marimba Hubs (opened by Education Africa in 2013). These 16 Marimba Hubs have approximately 1 000 learners attending marimba lessons on a weekly basis during school terms. The Festival has created a platform where social cohesion and nation building can take place in a meaningful way in our country. This Festival brings together young people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds to play music together, interact and share knowledge.

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In 2002, Standard Bank became one of four presenting sponsors focusing its activities at the National Arts Festival (NAF) on two primary properties: the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards (curated by the National Arts Festival Artistic committee) and the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, both of which it supports with additional marketing resources. The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen field, but who have yet to achieve national exposure and acclaim. These prestigious and highly regarded awards play a vital role in nurturing South African artistic talent and are designed to encourage the recipients to further their careers. The Young Artist Awards guarantee the selected artists a place – and the opportunity to perform, direct or exhibit – on the main programme of the forthcoming NAF.

The partnership between the MTN Foundation and Imbali is now in its 20th year. In 2000, MTN came on board as a partner and funder on Imbali’s teacher training workshops. MTN's support of the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, in particular in the development of the Imbali Artbook Series, and in 2019 the roll-out of the books through teacher workshops and the development of the website and films, is a sterling example of sustained commitment to art education and the transformative power of the arts. Over a period of 20 years MTN has supported Imbali through funding, but importantly the partnership extends beyond mere monetary support. It is also helping redress the serious historical and current imbalances in arts education, and ensures that the standard and practice of art teaching in under-resourced schools is raised.

A momentous partnership between the Standard Bank Foundation of African Art and the University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries (as the two institutions were known at the time) was established in 1979, affirming a certain sum of money would be made available on an annual basis for the purchase of African art. This growing collection would be jointly owned by Standard Bank and Wits University. The collection grew out of a genuine concern for the preservation of a fast-disappearing cultural heritage of enormous diversity and creativity; disappearing not only because of the urbanisation of the Black population and the resultant relinquishing of traditional skills, but also because of the accelerating interest of foreign dealers and collectors who had been removing the works from their country of origin. The collection has grown substantially over the years. Labelled as one of the largest classical African art collections in the Southern hemisphere, the collection comprises more than 5 000 objects from across the continent. While Standard Bank provides an annual grant for acquisitions and the promotion of the collection, Wits takes responsibility for administering the collection and providing professional curatorial expertise for acquisitions, conservation and research. This strategic partnership with the university has encouraged innovation and created opportunities to challenge the positions held by more conservative museums and galleries.

Finalists

J&B Printers have been in partnership with Highway Radio for over 20 years. Being a community radio station, they have numerous community based events such as Youth Day events, Heritage Day concerts and music performances, whereby new artists can debut for free and receive exposure, and poets and fashion designers also display their work. Highway Radio hosts an annual Youth Music Event at Lahee Park in Pinetown Durban. J&B partnered by sponsoring all the advertising. The level of exposure online, on the streets, and on the day of the event was phenomenal. Local youth engaged in wholesome activities, music, entertainment, games and food supplication. J&B also assisted youth-owned small businesses by sponsoring advertising packages for the day. This youth event has been in existence for over five years, and J&B has been the sponsor since its inception.

This partnership was formed in 2012, when the first International Marimba and Steelpan Festival was launched. The Marimba Workshop (Pty) Ltd has been a supplier of marimbas to Education Africa since 2005. When the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival was launched, the Marimba Workshop offered a marimba as a prize at this prestigious event. It has not only given a marimba as a prize at every subsequent Festival, but also provides free servicing of the marimbas found in all 16 Marimba Hubs (opened by Education Africa in 2013). These 16 Marimba Hubs have approximately 1 000 learners attending marimba lessons on a weekly basis during school terms. The Festival has created a platform where social cohesion and nation building can take place in a meaningful way in our country. This Festival brings together young people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds to play music together, interact and share knowledge.

The partnership between Otro Sur and Electric South was formed to promote culture and creativity in both regions of the Global South; to open new markets and build new audiences for artists and their work, in regions that shared common social and historical challenges, but that know little about each other. The partnership between Otro Sur and Electric South promotes culture and creativity in both regions of the Global South and looks forward to future opportunities to establish a collaborative platform for dialogue between Columbia and South Africa’s creatives.

Finalists

The Henley Resurgence project was conceptualised and presented to Henley Business School as a way to add some of the contemporary African energy to their colonial styled building. By engaging with contemporary Johannesburg based artists, the business school would have an opportunity to achieve the African vibrancy authentically. The project was hugely successful with the artists on site each painting 2 pillars for a week. This stimulated discussion with students and lecturers, as well as opening the potential for interpretations of the theme 'Resurgence' and the artists themselves. It was a connection between two disparate and separate worlds that offers insights into both the artists and the school. The artworks remain on the pillars at the school.

WINNER’S TROPHIES — A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

Visual artist, curator and gallery director Banele Khoza was commissioned to create the works which are being presented to this year’s BASA Awards winners.

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Judges

Kojo    Baffoe

Kojo    Baffoe

Kojo Baffoe is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former magazine editor, former radio talk show host and speaker. He has worked in and run businesses across a range of sectors, including retail, management consulting, publishing, events, IT, television and print. Kojo, who has a BCom, was poet laureate for the Gordon Institute of Business Science and, in the early 2000s, was involved in the poetry scene. This is Kojo’s eighth year as part of the BASA Awards judging panel, and the third as its Chair.

Heidi Brauer

Heidi Brauer

A first-time judge on this year’s Awards panel, Heidi Brauer is the Chief Marketing Officer for Awards’ partner Hollard. Heidi joined Hollard in May 2013, and her role encompasses all group brand activities including PR, internal marketing, digital marketing and sponsorship, as well as the group’s customer focus. In 2017, Heidi was a finalist for Prisa’s Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2018, she was recognised in the Women in Leadership category at the Jewish Achiever Awards. Over the years, her teams have been recognised with awards including PRISM PR Campaign of the Year for kulula.com, Loeries Grand Prix and Gold for SLOW lounges and PRISM Sponsorship Gold for the Hollard Daredevil Run. A passionate South African, wife, daughter, sister, mother of two young men, and a deep believer in the power of brands and humans, Heidi knows it takes a village to raise a brand.

Christina Kennedy

Christina Kennedy

Writer and editor Christina Kennedy works at Flow Communications in Johannesburg. An experienced journalist and media trainer, Christina was arts editor for the Citizen for seven years, and has written for the Sunday Times, City Press, Business Day and many other publications. She is passionate about arts, culture and travel. In addition to her BASA judging duties, she was an adjudicator of the Naledi Theatre Awards, as well as of the Student and Ovation awards at the National Arts Festival, for many years.

Mokgadi Seabi

Mokgadi Seabi

Mokgadi Seabi is the Communications Lead for Netflix in the sub-Saharan region. Before joining the global streaming service, Mokgadi was Senior PR Manager at MultiChoice Africa for more than five years. She has also worked as a journalist specialising in lifestyle, arts and entertainment for media outlets including the Natal Witness and City Press, as well as magazines, such as True Love, Heat and Grazia. The Polokwane-born content creator holds qualifications in Journalism (Bachelor of Philosophy), as well as a BA in International Studies, both from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2003, Mokgadi was selected as one of 100 ‘young go-getters’ from Africa by Brightest Young Minds, a network that aims to make a positive social impact. Her current role allows her to travel extensively, presenting her with opportunities to ‘tell the African story’ to the world, refining the art of communicating in multicultural, multinational and multilingual environments.

Theresho Selesho

Theresho Selesho

Returning to BASA’s Awards panel, Theresho Selesho is passionate about bridging the gap between creative industries and businesses. He holds several leadership positions, including CEO of South African entertainment business, Matchbox Live, which owns Oppikoppi Festival, DRUMBeat Festival, and Alchemy Festival. He has also produced Black Coffee’s Music is King festivals. He co-owns ABE, a mixed-use culture hub in heart of Tshwane, which hosts several musical and cultural events, and forms part of the inner-city development programme driven by a cohort of entrepreneurs and property developers within the city.

Khanyi Mamba

Khanyi Mamba

Khanyi Mamba is the Marketing Communications Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Cambridge International, an international education organisation. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, events and public relations activities across 28 countries in the region. Khanyi has more than 14 years experience in marketing and public relations, and has previously held marketing and communication roles at DHL Express, Pirelli Tyre and Sun International. She currently serves as a BASA Board member.

Lerato Matsoso

Lerato Matsoso

Lerato Matsoso is the Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor of the Daily Sun and the Sunday Sun, a position she took up in 2013 after working at the paper as a reporter for three-and-a-half years. Among other achievements, she was named as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young and Inspiring South Africans in 2014. Lerato also doubles as an entertainment expert and commentator on a number of platforms, including Ukhozi FM, YFM, Moja Love’s TMI, SABC 1’s Real Goboza, as well as eTV’s Sunrise breakfast programme, where she presents a round-up of entertainment news.