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Awards in a time of pandemics with Kojo Baffoe

Awards in a time of pandemics with Kojo Baffoe

When BASA paused to reflect on its 2019 Awards, we as an organisation accepted that things needed to change. Unknown to us, and indeed the entire globe, within a few short months everything would change. This presents the question: is there room for improvement when we’ve essentially been evicted from all we once knew?

In this episode, BASA Awards Chairman Kojo Baffoe chats to Samm Marshall about the unavoidable changes he and the rest of the Awards panel were compelled to make – some, in spite of this ‘Black Swan’ moment, and mostly because of it.

Kojo and Samm unpack the adaptations incorporated into this new BASA Awards model – both the changes effected through our organisation’s own strategic efforts to improve, as well as those imposed through the current societal status quo.

The conversation examines the necessity of these events in sustaining the arts as the heart and soul of society. As Kojo so eloquently states, “We need to keep doing things today to guarantee we have arts projects tomorrow.”

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Why celebrating collaborations that facilitate opportunities is more critical than ever

Why celebrating collaborations that facilitate opportunities is more critical than ever

As South Africa tentatively adjusts to Level 1 of our national lockdown, BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien notes his surprise at the rapidity at which it occurred, with Hollard CMO Heidi Brauer echoing this and applauding South Africans’ collective capacity for care and our gift for embracing change. This sets the tone of the latest episode of the BASA Awards’ podcast.

When Samm Marshall sat down to speak to Ashraf and Heidi about their Awards partnership, front of mind were the keen adjustments both organisations were compelled to make in light of current events. This sensitivity to the appropriateness of an awards ceremony during a time of great need in the creative sector was paramount to ensuring the Awards sustain their focus on being a platform that recognises success stories in business and arts partnerships. Concomitant to this was BASA and Hollard’s overarching mandate to the arts sector, evidenced by both BASA’s Artist Relief Fund and its associated fundraising efforts, as well as Hollard’s redirecting of 50% of its sponsorship fund to the fund. Listen to how these partners have tirelessly worked to present the 2020 BASA Awards as being truly representative of the overall tone of the creative sector today.

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The Indelible Art of Banele Khoza

The Indelible Art of Banele Khoza

In this episode of our BASA Awards’ podcasts, Samm Marshall speaks to Banele Khoza, the artist commissioned to create this year’s Awards’ trophies. As the star of a number of high-profile exhibitions, 2017 Gerard Sekoto Foundation award winner, and winner of the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, 2020 initially looked to be an equally successful period of work for Banele. But it also threatened to be the overwhelming level of productivity that can sometimes lead to burnout.

Banele chats to Samm about the honour of creating the trophies for an awards event he hopes to one day participate in as a winner, and how the change in circumstances wrought by the global pandemic unexpectedly saved him.

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Leading with impact through authenticity

Leading with impact through authenticity

In our latest BASA Awards’ podcast, Samm Marshall speaks to BASA Board Chairman Charmaine Soobramoney and Nikki Belford, Group Sponsorship and Industry Relationships Manager at Hollard Insurance. In their conversation, they speak about their personal approach to leadership, as well as how this applies to the South African landscape – amplifying freedom of thought and skills application will invariably yield a complement of colleagues wholly committed to a business and its values and goals.

The conversation also focuses on our current challenges, both as a result of local drawbacks and the widespread effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how this has urged leaders to adjust their tried-and-tested methods of leadership to confront and overcome new impediments to success.