Monday, August 25, 2014

Newsflash: Winners of 2014 Annual Business Day Basa Awards to be announced tonight





The winners  will presented with their awards at a gala ceremony in Johannesburg on 25 August

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised development agency, which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates' commercial success.

It was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector; it encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, in order to grow shared value.

The finalists in the 12 categories were evaluated on the success of each partnership in achieving its objectives, and in bringing genuine value and benefit to both partners. The awards are audited by Grant Thornton.
The winners of these categories, along with the Art Champion and Chairman's Premier Award winners, will then be presented with their awards at a gala ceremony in Johannesburg on 25 August.

Says judging panel chairman and Mastrantonio Group CEO Giovanni Marian: “I believe that arts and culture are manifestations of our nation's soul. Business support for the arts creates the fabric of our society. As Business and Arts South Africa, we are proud that through the BASA Awards we can recognise the excellence where business and arts meet.”

Media consultant, editor of Destiny Man and judge Kojo Baffoe reflects on the challenges of picking out the winners: “Every year, it gets harder and harder to judge the BASA Awards with the calibre of entries".

“It is always heartening to see the real commitment that parts of corporate and business South Africa are making towards building and sustaining the arts in this country. This is our soul, and business should be – and looking at the BASA Awards, is – an integral part of. More can always be done but I do believe we are on the right track.”

The panel also consists of Sunday Independent arts critic Mary Corrigall, independent arts consultant Nicky du Plessis, television host, arts advocate and National Heritage Project Company CEO Dali Tambo, 5fm DJ Fikile Moeti, Ogilvy and Mather experiential marketing director Thresho Selesho, and academic and practising artist Roelof Petrus van Wyk.

The finalists are listed below. 

Innovation Award
Vaal University of Technology – Agents of the 3D Revolution
Radio Sonder Grense RSG – RSG Kunstefees 2013
TBWA\South Africa (Pty) Ltd – Rocking for Room13
De Beers group Services (Pty) Ltd – Shining Light Awards &Vuyani Dance Theatre
Absa Bank Limited – Southern Guild International Exhibitions Programme 2013

First Time Sponsor Award
Pam Golding Properties Knysna – Knysna Literary Festival
Easigas (Pty) Ltd – OF SOUL & JOY Project
Auto & General Insurance Company Limited – Auto & General Theatre on the Square
Clear as a Bell – SHOWTIME 2013: Travelling Light
Auto & General Insurance Company Limited – Naledi Theatre Awards

Increasing Access to the Arts Award
Sasol – Sasol Free State/Northern Cape Schools Festival
Rand Merchant Bank – National School of the Arts Festival of Fame
Radio Sonder Grense RSG – RSG Kunstefees 2013
Tsogo Sun – Tsogo Sun Arts Academy
Rand Merchant Bank – The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, Extended Rural and Local Outreach

International Sponsorship Award
Samsung Electronics Africa – Amaze Africa
Rolex – Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
Mercedes-Benz South Africa – 21 Icons South Africa
Absa Bank Limited – Southern Guild International Exhibitions Programme 2013
Bank of America – Gerard Sekoto: Song for Sekoto Exhibition

Long Term Partnership Award, supported by Stephan Welz & Co.
Nedbank – The Arts & Culture Trust Professional Development Programme
Rand Merchant Bank – Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, Instrumental Training and Development
Standard Bank of South Africa Limited – Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown
Solms Delta – ATKV-Oesfees
Hilti South Africa (Pty) Ltd – Umculo Cape Festival, Fairy Queen

Media Sponsorship Award
The Witness Newspaper – The Witness Hilton Arts Festival
DeskLink Media – Arts & Culture Trust Awards
The Citizen (Pty) Ltd – City
Die Burger – Die Burger City of Cape Town Suidoosterfees
South African Art Times – Professional Practice in the Visual Arts seminar

Small Business Award
Buz Publicity – ASSITEJ SA
Clear as a Bell – SHOWTIME 2013: Travelling Light
Trainiac SA (Pty) Ltd – Hillbrow Theatre Project
Artslink.co.za – National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards
Ristorante La Trinita – Gauteng Opera, Dinner at the Opera

Strategic Project Award
Standard Bank of South Africa Limited – Mobile Sculpture for New Standard Bank Offices, 30 Baker Street, Rosebank
Telkom SA SOC Ltd – Telkom and UJ Design competition
Mercedes-Benz South Africa – 21 Icons South Africa
KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd – “We are KPMG”
Nokia – Nokia Nothing Else Comes Close
Spier – Sightlines' at the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair

Sponsorship in Kind Award
Webber Wentzel – Gerard Sekoto: Song for Sekoto Exhibition
University of Johannesburg – The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, Dance company in residence
Adams & Adams – Design Indaba
Deloitte – Artist Proof Studio
PaulCluver – Hope@PaulCluver

Development Award
Spier – Spier Arts Academy
Tsogo Sun – Tsogo Sun Arts Academy
Redefine Properties (Pty) Ltd – Buskaid Music Academy
De Beers Group Services (Pty) Ltd – National English Olympiad (De Beers English Olympiad)
University of Johannesburg – Think Theatre Promotions, Othello

Arts & the Environment Award, supported by Nedbank
Siemens (Pty) Ltd – Tree of Wisdom
Radio Today – iStart2 Challenge
Johannesburg Development Agency – Shadow Boxing public artwork
MasterCard – Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard
Nashua – Nashua Art in the Park

Mentor of the Year
Pamela Grayman – Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra
Dale Smith – Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company
Veronica King – Johannesburg Art Gallery
Leanne Gitlin – Wits Art Museum