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Twelve diverse business and arts partnerships were honoured at the 17th Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, held at Johannesburg’s historic The Market Theatre this evening.

The 12 winners in the categories adjudicated by the judging panel were joined by those in the trio of categories that are selected by the Business and Arts South Africa Board.  This year’s Diplomacy in the Arts was awarded to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while the Eastern Cape’s Dorothea Moors was named Art Champion and the Chairman’s Premier Award was awarded to Spier.

“Our annual awards are always a great opportunity to get a snapshot of how the arts and business are interfacing,” comments Business and Arts South Africa CEO, Michelle Constant.  “This year it’s been gratifying to see many first time winners, a widespread footprint across the country and also businesses of different sizes and types being nominated and honoured as winners.”

Among those being recognised for the first time was Auto & General Insurance Company Limited whose support for the Auto & General Theatre on the Square earned it the First Time Sponsor Award.  The company had also been a nominee in the same category for the Naledi Theatre Awards. Redefine Properties (Pty) Limited was named winner in the Development Award category for its support of the Buskaid Music Academy.

Judges for the 17th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard are CEO of the Mastrantonio Group Giovanni Marian (chairman); media consultant and editor of Destiny Man Kojo Baffoe; Sunday Independent arts critic Mary Corrigall; independent arts consultant Nicky du Plessis. Television host, arts advocate and CEO of the National Heritage Project Company Dali Tambo; 5fm DJ Fikile Moeti; Experiential Marketing Director at Ogilvy and Mather Thresho Selesho and Roelof Petrus van Wyk, Academic and Practising Artist.

The independent panel of judges evaluated 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.

Winners are:

Innovation Award

Radio Sonder Grense RSG - RSG Kunstefees 2013

First Time Sponsor Award

Auto & General Insurance Company Limited - Auto & General Theatre on the Square

Increasing Access to the Arts Award

Rand Merchant Bank - National School of the Arts Festival of Fame

International Sponsorship Award

Bank of America - Gerard Sekoto : Song for Sekoto Exhibition

Long Term Partnership Award, supported by Stephan Welz & Co.

Standard Bank of South Africa Limited - Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown

Media Sponsorship Award

The Witness Newspaper - The Witness Hilton Arts Festival

Small Business Award

Buz Publicity - ASSITEJ SA

Strategic Project Award

KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd - “We are KPMG”

Sponsorship in Kind Award

Adams & Adams - Design Indaba

Development Award

Redefine Properties (Pty) Limited - Buskaid Music Academy

Arts & the Environment Award, supported by Nedbank

Siemens (Pty) Ltd - Tree of Wisdom

Mentor of the Year

Dale Smith - Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company

Diplomacy in the Arts

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Art Champion Award

Dorothea Moors

Chairman’s Premier Award


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