We are very excited to announce that Umuzi, in partnership with Investec, has been nominated for the Development Award by Business Arts South Africa (BASA). The awards ceremony takes place this Monday, 21st September 2015 at the Constitutional Court. BASA promotes and celebrates business-arts partnerships that benefit and uplift society.
Setlogane Manchidi, Head of Corporate Social Investment at Investec, captures the essence of the Investec-Umuzi, business-arts partnership best, when he says, “It’s a celebration of dreams accompanied by action. For dreams without action remain just dreams.”
Umuzi had a dream to develop the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi. Investec were bold enough to believe in our dream and partner with us to make it a reality. We’re proud that this extraordinary business-arts partnership is being recognised by BASA. And our fingers are crossed for Monday night.
Written by: Zuleka Pukwana
Break.Make.Create brings together gifted minds from different fields for a 2 day challenge. With this year’s “9-5 hack” theme, it was only the brave who answered the call. The teams consisting of creatives, techies and workaholics where given the task to join their brain power and either deconstruct or reconstruct the 9-5 experience.
In an industry where our sole duty is to use creativity and innovation to solve problems. Ndumiso Mncube, an Umuzi digital marketing recruit and currently interning at Hellocomputer was part of the winning team that won the 2015 hack innovators challenge.
Ndumiso and his talented team created an app called “Sidekick”. This amazing app is to help employees lessen the stress of time logging. Sidekick was built to eliminate all the frustrations of logging in for timesheets.
This amazing app lifts off the burden of filling in timesheets by timing employees as they work. If that doesn’t scream out creative, I don’t know what does! Sidekick won over the hearts of hard core professional judges – Tegan Bristow, Jonathan Deeb and Craig Wilson.
Break.Make.Create. was never ready for this! We are proud of our very own self-acclaimed ‘’Digital Guru’’ and his team.
Written by: Lungelo Msibi & Olebogeng Masiane
Poster Design: Tshidiso Mohafa
Busi is a photography recruit at Umuzi with a huge sense of humour. She focuses her craft mostly on abstract things. Her current project explores the Zion church and its changes over the year. Busi has a deep love for photography and although some would be unnerved by the fact that it is a male dominated field, Busi is not moved much by this. She is inspired by everyone and everything and looks for things that catch her eye. Her incredible talent of capturing moments and emotions was recently celebrated when a photograph she took was printed on page four of The Times newspaper.
She has a love for natural light, cringing at the mention of fluorescent lighting when she takes photos. Her family has always supported her in her dreams to be part of the creative industry as they recognised her talents easily. Strong willed and explorative, she photographs things depending on what catches her “eye” on the day. Her work is a strong priority to her and she puts the time required to produce her best work. Although she celebrates art, she is careful not to take too much of other people’s art in, as she recognises that it is easy to find yourself reproducing what other people have produced.
Check out Busi’s Behance account to see more of her work
Written by: Iris Hlakhuva
Photography: Busi Sithole
The Umuzi Academy is looking for talented Photographers, Digital Marketers, Graphic Designers, and Videographers who already possess some technical skills and are passionate about transforming the creative industry and the South African narrative. Applications are open from the 21st of August until the 18th of September.
“We don’t have enough senior black creatives because there aren’t enough opportunities for black creatives at the bottom,” according to Executive Creative Director of Joe Public, Xolisa Dyeshana.
The Umuzi Academy in partnership with Investec Bank, the Da Vinci Institute and the Creative Circle are offering a one year, paid learnership programme to develop the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi.
Many creatives from eKasi face a daunting challenge to secure professional employment. The Umuzi Academy gives them the opportunity to join the creative economy through on the job training, skills development, multimedia collaborations, and access to industry networks.
Umuzi’s Jeppestown studio is a vibrant, professional, creative agency where successful candidates will join a team to work on real client briefs, under the management of experienced industry professionals. The studio also hosts Umuzi Masterclasses in which industry pioneers share their experiences and insights, personal creative passions, and struggles.
Umuzi alumni are already leaving their mark at various leading advertising agencies.
“The thing that made the Umuzi journey meaningful for me was not just developing my technical skills but learning the soft skills: how to build relationships and work with people from different backgrounds,” shares Tswhanelo Modise, Umuzi alumnus who is now a Junior Art Director at FCB.
“I knew how to take pictures, but Umuzi taught me how to be a professional photographer,” says Bantu Mahlangu, current Umuzi recruit and now a Sunday Times photography intern.
Umuzi Academy develops the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi and is giving you the chance to join the creative revolution. Apply now!
Meet Karen Dladla, an Umuzi Academy Graphic Design recruit. Karen , a believer in ‘Unicorn pandas’, lives by the line “If it is not your passion, then don’t do it.” This 21 year old Illustrator believes strongly in doing what you love as it is that passion that will push you to do your best every day. “If you don’t wake up wanting to do what you do then do not lie to yourself…You have to live, breathe, dream what you love.”
Her parents have always been a huge support in her journey as a creative. This support has made it easier to work towards achieving her dreams. Her illustrations were recently chosen and showcased in Hype Magazine. The body of work represented how mundane and routine people’s lives have become; showing people like Riky rick, okmalumkoolkat, and Patty breaking through the walls of social conformity through South African Hip Hop.
Her illustrations are playful and colourful like her personality. You can find influences of William Kentridge and Tokyo Go-go in her work. She draws inspiration from her everyday experiences and the minds of children; as they are not yet constricted by society and its realities.
Karen recognises herself as a pioneer for young black women as there are very few female illustrators in the industry saying that, “The majority of the well-known illustrators in the industry are men.” With young females making such huge strides, there is no doubt that this will be a welcome change.
Scroll down to view pictures and click here to be redirected to her Instagram.
High fives and loads of excitement in the Umuzi Studio as the recruits return from their month long internships. Their arrival was met by anxious new recruits who couldn’t wait to get the low-down on what took place at the internships.
Recruits were paired up and set off to explore the coolest spots in Jeppestown. From graffiti painted walls and ‘riding the mechanical bull’ they took to twitter and shared their selfie moments. This was a great integration experience which quickly put the new recruits at ease.
— Nocee (@nosiRas1) August 3, 2015
— Bird Kganakga (@PopeJohnBirdiii) August 3, 2015
— Kelebohile Phalatsi (@KelePhalatsi) August 3, 2015
The celebrations continued, with recruits sharing their exciting internship experiences over drinks and snacks. Quirky tips and funny stories could be heard around the Umuzi floor.
Written by: Janneth Mazibuko and Remofiloe Mogashoa
Brains are on fire at Umuzi as our third Boot Camp gets underway. 25 hopeful Graphic designers, copywriters and digital managers hit the ground running yesterday in an intense week of introduction to the creative process. There’s a feeling of excitement in the studio, as well as a hint of panic – tackling the project that could open the Umuzi doors and win a spot in the Umuzi one-year internship programme. Who will make it through?
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:
The day has come. Tomorrow, we start our month long internships at various leading South African advertising agencies and media houses. Scared and nervous as I am, I can’t help but feel excited about everything! We have all come this far and even though the nerves are setting in; we have good reason to be beating our chests. We worked hard for this opportunity. A day from now, we will be in agencies and media houses such as Switch design, FCB, TBWA/Hunt Lascaris, Network #BBDO, The Times, Sunday times, Mail & Guardian, The Daily Maverick etc.
I find myself echoing, both to myself and fellow recruits, the words of Setlogane Manchidi:
“I will not wish you success in all you do, but I will wish success with what matters most to you.” We know what we want and possibly how we will get there. It is not the same for everyone but it is our dreams and ambitions that have brought us this far. That is what makes us unstoppable.
To my daring fellow recruits, the world is ours for the taking. In us lies the ability to do more than we’ve ever imagined or dreamed. We are capable of changing whatever creative world we find ourselves in. Until we see each other again – all the best in all you hope to accomplish.
Written By: Olebogeng Masiane
Photo Cred: Thapelo Mostumi
“So excited to be part of such an incredible movement. Today with both the class of 2014 and 2015 in one room it really felt like that movement is growing its own momentum. Thank you to all who have been part of the dream” – Andrew
Our recruits reflect on their key moment of the P50 graduation, here’s what they said:
“Yesterday I heard the stories of people like me, who overcame their fears and conquered their mountains of self-doubt…I realized that it’s not the fear to fail that’s been holding me back but rather the fear to try…” – Zuleka
“One couldn’t ignore how personal the growth of the Umuzi Academy is to co-founder Andrew and his kick-ass team, Gilbert and Bushera, who shed young tears when they thought no one was looking…” – Gomo
“I will put in the work and I will climb those stairs to success. And step by step I will get there, I will embrace and celebrate every moment I have here at Umuzi.” Lungelo
— Andrew Levy (@yebo_levy) June 25, 2015
“The ever so inspirational Setlogane Manchidi gave me the courage to be proud of where I come from, to embrace life and be humble no matter where I may end up working” – Noma
“Gordon Cook’s short speech resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect it to. His words reminded me that I am not doing myself any favours by crawling through life. So that said, here’s to living with purpose, being present and being heard” – Luyanda