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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