Category: Umuzi

image(1)Our Photography manager Thapelo Motsumi “Thaps” waves  the Umuzi flag up high.

Thaps  is currently in London with other young photographers sponsored by the  Wembley to Soweto Foundation where they are exhibiting their work. This exhibition takes place at The Hospital Club Gallery and celebrates his collection of photographs from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

While in London, Thaps also had the opportunity to take snaps of his of his idol – Actor, Idris Elba, and was featured in the The Guardian UK online.

imageHere’s the news coverage of  Thaps talking about his exhibition and how photography transformed his life.

Our enthusiastic Umuzi Academy recruits are at their one month internships at various advertising and media agencies across Johannesburg. If your thought they’d be nervous well think again…  Here’s what our recruits got up to on their first day:

Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
How do you continue to take an organization to the next level? Heading into our  7th year of operation Umuzi Photo Club has continued to build a better organization committing to making more sustainable development in creativity.
Looking back its hard to believe this is the same organization that went into Diepsloot in Jan 2009. From strategizing workshops in David Dini’s bedroom to having a brand spanking new office with 11 full time employees, 60 interns and 800 square meters of creativity in the center of Johannesburg.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
This will be our second year of running the Umuzi academy and this year we are doing things slightly differently.
1) We are bringing all the education in house and getting industry professionals to support recruits in their learning journey
2) We are now opening up the learning journey in 4 streams, Photography, Graphic Design, Copywriting, Digital community management.
3) We are growing our Photographic agency into a full blown agency specifically looking at the mass market.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
On January 28th we welcomed 70 recruits through the door to what we are calling the Umuzi bootcamp. Potential candidates will be put through there paces of what it means to be a creative, Umuzi style, and at the end of the month only 60 will remain.
Umuzi Academy 2015 begins
Some think of this as harsh and not very “developmental” We believe this is crucial to the success of all of our candidates. You need to want it, you need to earn it and you need to push to become it. Our very own survivor is a way in testing if a candidate has what it takes to become the next generation of creative professional in one year. We recognize this Academy and way of learning isn’t for everyone but for those that make it we are hoping to create a whole bunch of  game changers.
At the end of the month we will report back on some of the events and experiences the boot camp had to offer.
For now Umuzi has begun its 7th year of operation and I couldn’t be more excited and proud in our approach, team, partners recruits and support.
Andrew

Thank you 3000 Facebookers!

Today we finally reached 3000 Likes on our Umuzi Facebook page and it’s really awesome as we hope to reach more and more fans in 2015. We created the page hoping to inspire people around the globe, connect with like-minded individuals and creatives. In return we built very strong relationships with other organizations treading in the same pool with us who also share the same vision. Keep rocking!

Thank you 3000 Facebookers!

 

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#16DaysOfActivism: Break the silence!
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.
South Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolize their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.
Other ways of supporting the campaign:
  • Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help.
  •  Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behavior to school authorities.
  •  Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behavior.
  •  Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to sexual and violent material such as pornography.

If you want to know more about the campaign and play your part click here. You can also call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.


Join the on-going conversation on social media : #CountMeIn | #16DaysOfActivism

 
Image by Loyiso Langa

Reference: southafrica.info

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

How many graphic designers and Illustrators do you know from ekasi? The Click took a visual tour through some of the individual work that was submitted by our Power of 50 learners and stumbled on a eye-catching illustration by a young graphic designer from ekasi.

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

Mandla Radebe also known as Moscow Jenkins to his peers hails from Dobsonville (Soweto) and is passionate about graphic design. He is a graphic designer by day a beat maker by night and sometimes produces beats for up and coming artists. He has found the two art streams to be intertwined in his presentations. Mandla has also spent two months interning at the Young and Rubicam SA agency as a team leader. Their campaign titled “Two seconds of perception” left most people who attended the #KNM exhibition asking each other about the impact of first impressions. 

These illustrations that we are showcasing for The Click’s October/November best Graphic Designer award for are designed by Mandla and is titled “From the heart”. -which also inspired our favorite mural at the Umuzi offices redone by Thato Nhlapho.

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe

 

The Click - Speak from the heart by Mandla Radebe
Click on image to listen to Mandla’s Beat Tape on Soundcloud

Well done Mr Jenkins, keep rocking your amazing work and let the heart speak forever.

Illustrations and designs by : Mandla Radebe
Image by : Thapelo Motsumi

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In July of this year, we welcomed two amazing, fun-loving, hard-working, energetic, and ever-so spontaneous individuals to assist with shaping Umuzi’s business model and revising its growth strategy.

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Over the next few months, Umuzi’s Amplified will give young and  inspiring leaders a platform to share their views on issues that speak to all South Africans. Our first #Amplified guest Karabo Keepileco-founder and editor of ChiLLimag, an online entertainment magazine with over 10 000 monthly readers, shares her views on the identity of South African women in this compelling article.

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Across the globe, women are beaten, raped, mutilated and killed with impunity. Violence against women has shaped women’s place in society and has created obstacles towards their participation in economic, social and political aspects of life. Meanwhile, inequalities between women and men has conditioned the ongoing violence against women.

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Strong Women
 
Inspired by and in honor of the women that raised him, Thabo Toyi  pays tribute to all women in general, not just ordinary women but strong women. Woman who carry stories of hope, strength and pride. A tribute to all the women who are doing what needs to be done in order to ensure a brighter future for the generations they are raising. He found woman that reminded him of those that raised him, Thabo honors them in a way that befits them.

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