The defining event of BASA’s relationship with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Debut Programme is unique in its aim to provide business and entrepreneurial skills development to emerging artists in all nine provinces of South Africa. The programme is committed to providing participants with a suite of skills that sweep the range required to launch, build and sustain their creative business ventures. Divided into three key phases – Kickstarter, Hlanganisa and Catalyst – the programme ensures a systematic approach to mentoring its artists to allow full-scale access to relevant information and networks to help them build the resources they need – all the way from the idea to venture implementation.

DEBUT PROGRAMME 2021/2

The second iteration of BASA’s Debut Programme has engaged almost 450 participants and awarded grants to the value of R2,7-million to seed exciting creative ideas. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, all the events were moved online – which resulted in a dedicated Debut website as well as unprecedented public participation.

CATALYST PHASE

The Catalyst Phase of the Debut Programme offers tailored support for the top participants – the “Catalysts” – who have made it to the final phase of the programme. Through an independent adjudication process, 54 shortlisted candidates (six from each province) were assessed based on the following criteria: public votes, budget, profitability, brand and visibility, community engagement and impact as well as overall portfolio and pitch. In celebration of BASA’s 25-year anniversary, 25 “Catalysts” have been selected instead of the original 18.

The aim of this phase is to directly respond to the skills gaps identified by and with the Catalysts and to help them grow and sustain their newly launched creative business ventures. The phase includes individual and group mentoring and coaching, in-depth masterclasses, networking opportunities and financial investment. Each Catalyst will be supported to develop their personal, artistic and entrepreneurial capacities.

View the 25 Catalysts

HLANGANISA PHASE

BASA’s Debut Programme is divided into three key phases – Kickstarter, Hlanganisa and Catalyst. For the Hlanganisa phase in 2021, 180 participants from all of South Africa’s nine provinces were shortlisted (see the selected participants below). This intensive phase included grant funding of R15 000, workshops, networking and mentorship. It introduced the participants to an agile way of testing a service or product, and helped them develop their new business venture online.

Brian Bonolo Madumo
Cindy Dladla
Kganya Mogashoa
Laice Sanele Mathebula
Lerato Johannah Kubyane
Makeeme Paulinah Masalane
Moekoa Manuku
Nandipha Khemese
Neo Letsoalo
Njabulo Happiness Mavuso
Nonhlanhla Setheni
Nthethelelo Zuma
Palesa Matsepe
Sibusiso Calvin Zulu
Thabang Mathapo

Vincent Mahlape
Xolani Ntuli

 

Brian Sibusiso Mavimbela
Joseph Letlhogonolo Maine
Kwanaitsile Seribe
Mpho Given Machuisa
Naledi Moalusi
Phemelo Rangaka
Remoikantse Phenya
Siamkelo Kgomo
Thabang Motswenyane
Tshepo Mothudi
Tsholofelo Seleke
Antoney Mabela
Blessed Maloma
Keletso Egmond Mosoma
Khutso Mmethi
Makofane Tharollo
Manyathela Joseph Maleka
Nevondo Ndivhuwo
Nthateng Sethemane
Promise Nyalungu
Ruth Cisky Mogale
Senzekile Bestar Baloyi
Shikombiso Desiree Bila
Sthembiso Moleke
Tiyani Obedience Sithole
Vutomi Mhlanga
Lucy Mbali
Malwande Menzile
Michelle Ngcipe
Miranda Khalipha Ngwadla
Mntungwa Scotch
Odwa Xhanti Nokwali
Rozane Coleske
Sibusiso Molefe
Sinentlahla Fukula
Siphelo Swartbooi
Siyamxolela Nyamende
Siyasanga Nqeketho
Zandile Mngaza
Zingaphi Nkata
Andisa Mpisi
Kenneth Shandu
Londiwe Meyiwa
Luyanda Fika Qiniso Mkhungo
Mlamuli Zulu
Nana Ndadane
Nhlakanipho Ndwandwe
Nokuzola Ngcobo
Noxolo Khoza
Noxolo Mlungwana
Samukelisiwe Dawn Maseko
Siph’esihle Khensani Shikwambane
Siphamandla Harrison Tenza
Sthembiso Mhlanga
Africa Zwelibanzi Ngubane
Collen Mabaso
Deborah Motsepe
Given Nyawo
Gugulethu Mlombo
Joel Tshehla
Mafoko Manyala
Mpho Fortunate Mokwala
Simo Sizani
Vusi Emanuel Silinda
Xolile Rita Mabuza
Bularah Chopo
John Bongani Moiane
Lebohang Lekoala
Lerato George Thulo
Lerato Kabelitsha
Maleshoane Mphutlane
Mongezi Emanuel Mantjane
Mpho Emmanuel Tau
Mpho Walter Hlahane
Mzwakhe Goodwill Khachela
Obed De Koker
Oupa Moses Tebakang
Reabetsoe Matobako
Retshidsetswe Mogoera
Roxanne Delport
Siyabonga Nqonga
Sylvester Zanoxolo
Xolani Rens
Yonela Kozana
Bokang Gosalamang Seleho
Deshan Chetty
Frellet Koope
Kagisho Brian Oliphant
Kgosietsile Morake
Laycenther Mogale Sedibe
Leonard Matsobane Mphahlele
Nontsikelelo Bobe
Rapelang Gilbert Antony
Remigo Dingashe
Richard Letlhogonolo Charity Kembo
Angelo Duiker
Anovuyo Mali
Isra Mbombo
Katlego Pearl
Lance Horne
Sinethemba Velele
Sipho Qashani
Thembela Mpambani
Xolane Marman
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The Debut Programme is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.