Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Trust wins BASA Chairman's Premier Award

We are pleased to announce that the Keiskamma Trust, together with its funders and supporters, is the proud recipient of the Prestigious BASA Chairman’s Premier Award.

All of us at the Keiskamma Trust would like to acknowledge with gratitude our sponsors both large and small. To our friends, teachers and mentors everywhere we thank you for your friendship and encouragement over a period of eleven years!

The winners of South Africa’s most prestigious business/arts awards were announced at an event held at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg on Monday 29 August during the 14th Annual Business Day BASA Awards.

An independent panel of judges made awards in 12 categories while three special honours – the Art Champion Award, the Chairman’s Premier Award and Diplomacy in the Arts – were also given out on the night.

The Chairman’s Premier Award recognises sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa.

About BASA:
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates' commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts.

Accompanying Cebo Mvubu and Lithle Mtshonisi who accepted the award on behalf of the Keiskamma Trust (centre) are (from left to right): BASA Chairman, Sikkie Kajee, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile, Pranill Ramchander of Anglo American, and Peter Bruce Editor of Business Day

The Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American, listed us as follows:

Chairman’s Premier Award: The Keiskamma Trust is a community organisation in the Eastern Cape area of Hamburg which addresses the challenges of widespread poverty through holistic and creative programmes and partnerships. The Trust’s art project provides skills, materials and training to create beautiful artworks. The most famous artworks to date are the Keiskamma Altarpiece and the Keiskamma Tapestry. Both large artworks carry the message of hope in the fight against HIV/Aids to audiences around the world.

The judges for the 2011 BASA Awards are CEO of The Loerie Awards Andrew Human (chairman); media consultant and editor of Destiny Man Kojo Baffoe; Sunday Independent arts critic Mary Corrigall; independent arts consultant Nicky du Plessis; strategist and CEO of Grey Advertising Siza Marutlulle; CEO of the Mastrantonio Group Gianni Mariano; co-founder and co-owner of multi-disciplinary design firm INK Lisebo Mokhesi and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Jay Pather.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Bike for a Bakkie, Pedal for a Pick up 2011


From the 21st of April to the 2nd of May, four bicycle riders from Kidzpositive covered a distance of 1000km from Hamburg in the Eastern Cape to Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

21/04/11 at 7:55am... 5 mns away from departure!

21/04/11 - Hamburg school kids wish the riders good luck!

21/04/11 at 8am sharp: GO!

Debbie Nash, Dr. Paul Roux, Prof. Hoffie Conradie and Prof. Steve Reid rode through Cambria, Studits, Willowmore, Rondawel, Prince Albert, Gamkaskloof, Vleiland, Anysberg, Tulbagh and the old Witzenberg Pass. They even had to carry their bikes up 600 metres of cliffside to get out of the Western end of Gamkaskloof!

They raised funds via sponsorships from individuals and corporations, for a vehicle for the community health work programme of the Keiskamma Trust.

26/04/11 - The team taking a break at Sleutelfontein

One of the many difficulties on the way: the Swartberg pass!


The generous contribution of their time and energy will help us continue to reach out to over forty remote and rural villages in the Eastern Cape where we are engaged in a constant stuggle to fight poverty and disease.

As a thank you token, the Keiskamma Trust gave 370 dolls to Kidzpositive as gifts to the children they work with in Cape Town. These dolls are made by the Keiskamma Art Project with sponsorship from Good Gifts, a UK charity:

21/04/11 - The Kidzpositive Team and Keiskamma Trust Transport Manager, Major Mangwane, with Good Gifts dolls

We would also like to thank the more than 50 individuals in South Africa and overseas who supported the ‘bike for a bakkie’ and the following organisations for their generous donations:

The Ackerman Family Foundation


Friends of Keiskamma Norway

The Rotary Club of Clairmont

Sportsman's Warehouse