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Rap mogul, Sean Carter AKA Jay Z once said in a famous rap verse, “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” Then, our favourite Grammy award winning musical genius Pharrell Williams described entrepreneurship as, “doing things across disciplines and setting your own path.” Last but not least, our very own local great Sbusiso Leope, famously known as DJ Sbu once gushed about his role in society. “I’ve always tried to use platforms to inspire young people to take their futures into their own hands and improve their lives,” he proudly stated during a radio show.

Social entrepreneurship is trending now more than ever. Everyone, from celebrities to your ordinary person is falling in-love with the aspect of touching someone’s life. With the rise of the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a 10 day mentorship for young social entrepreneurs in South Africa, it only makes sense for us as a creative hub to shine light on the hype. Today we celebrate brilliant social entrepreneurs all under the age of 30, whose footsteps are already set on enriching society.

Isaac Holeman is a 26 year old co-founder of Medic Mobile. A cell phone technology company that helps organizations improve health services in over 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and areas of the US.

Red Bull Amaphiko Academy alumnus Thokoza Mjo started an afterschool programme called, “Beyond the Lemonade Stand.” The programme offers experiential learning to high-school learners in different communities. “My vision is to develop entrepreneurial leaders from under-resourced communities who are able to make a meaningful difference in Africa,” Thokoza states in her online profile on LinkedIn.

Thato Kgatlhanye is another brilliant social entrepreneur we’re inspired by. This young woman is a self-proclaimed – “struggling billionaire.” Her company Rethaka creates green innovations. Their latest offering is repurposed school bags made from recyclable materials.

To add to the list of great people uplifting the community, we came across Sifiso Ngobeze, founder of a flourishing social enterprise Abomakgereza. Sifiso’s enterprise provides township waste collectors with durable carts that double up as billboards.

Talk about not only being socially conscious but creative as well. These entrepreneurs deserve to be celebrated. Not only have they enriched the lives of others, now they also have us looking back at our own lives in retrospect. So here’s some food for thought, what path are you trying to set as a creative professional?

Written by: Janneth Mazibuko

Poster Design: Themba Tswai

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Jason Thorne, the self-proclaimed “new creative,” joined us this afternoon for a masterclass session that left us with zeal to put our hands in every pot of creativity.

This versatile creative is a Promo Director, Motion Designer, Animator, 3D Generalist, Music Producer and a Sound Designer. Talk about being talented right? Jason Thorne is on a roll. Having worked on projects for huge companies like Telkom and DSTV, this man’s portfolio will have you second guessing exactly what it is you’re doing with your time.

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“I literally went through everything to pursue my passion,” he said. Jason moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg where he studied music at Soul Candi academy, while working nightshift at a call centre. His path was set on being successful, no matter the sacrifices along the way. Time waits for no man and as young black creatives; we all know the pressure of trying to leave your creative footprints in the industry.

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“My vision was to create meaning to what I do,” he said with regards to his work. His words certainly came to life when he showed us some of the work he’s done. He evokes emotion through his work, by adding a touch of himself into each of his design motion graphics.

“Being versatile is the best strength I’ve had in this industry,” he mentioned. I think we can all learn a thing or two from his ability to diversify his craft.

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What really stood out was his honest approach to life; this came across in his presentation. “You need to learn to be creative at a moment’s notice,” he added in closing.

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So, in his words, I quote, “Say yes to any opportunity that comes your way.”   

Find him on twitter @Jase1Thorne and also check out his website jasonthorne.co.za and experience a diverse selection of creativity.

Written by: Janneth Mazibuko

Poster Design: Sifiso Mamabolo

Photographer: Zweli Ndlovu

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“I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice,” Kanye West once said about his art. That’s really what art is about, finding your inner rock-star and taking the limelight.

Anyone can find freedom in art. It is a beautiful thread of creativity expressed in many forms, music, painting, literature, dance and photography. Art is alive!

But what happens when we use artistic mediums as a vessel to bring light to social ills? The answer is Protest Art, a broad term that refers to creative works concerning or produced by activists.

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As a country known for protests and political movements, we’ve decided to shine light on a young creative using their art as a medium for change.

Ramaloti Kganakga is a 26 year old all-round creative who founded an organization called Protest Art: The time has come. He focuses on changing the perspective of the world through art. As a young black creative, Ramaloti best describes himself as a messenger using his art to inspire change.

“When I’m working on something, I go with intuition. I also understand that there is a way in which humans see and experience things,” he explained in regards to his work.

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This versatile creative is a writer, poet, photographer, graphic designer and events co-ordinator. He lets his voice be heard, through exhibitions, live music shows, incubations and poetry sessions.

“I create for myself, not just to pay the bills,” he said. The beauty in how he sees the world helps him capture the true stories that need to be told.

When asked about what inspires him, he simply stated that, “my upbringing has guided my art. I am a child of my village.”

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Art is a powerful form of expression and has always been a beautiful vessel not just to create but to let your voice be heard. So to all the artists out there, never stop grinding, for the world is but a canvas.

This beautifully strange individual can be found on Facebook by searching “Afari Kofi (Rama’at).” You can also reach him on twitter by following @Ikameng.

While you’re here, check out some more great works about Protest Art on urbanstreetculture.co.za


Written by: Janneth Mazibuko

Poster design: Sifiso Mamabolo

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It’s been a crazy year! A quick search through the internet will confirm that. It’s World Internet Day and we want to say thanks to the internet for all the greatness it has brought us. To define it, the word ‘internet’ describes a connection between two computers- at least that’s all it was in 1969 when it was first connected. Take one look at the internet map today and you’ll understand that it has grown to become much greater. Another thing the internet has done for us is to allow us to follow movements that are sometimes far beyond our physical reach.

Think of all the hashtags you’ve endorsed. From the Twitter wars between Cassper and Aka to American rappers’ twars, we have been given the platform to entertain ourselves with such things. You don’t need to own a T.V set to keep track of what is happening. A stable connection and a Twitter handle are all you needed to witness the war for yourself.

On a more serious note, we have also seen the birth of the Arab Spring; played our part in destigmatizing the albinos of Tanzania and supported university student protests through the internet. Remember #RhodesMustFall? Those of us who weren’t in Grahamstown were still able to keep track of the protests and voice our opinions. While some of these movements of the virtual world bring real positive social change in the real world, some of them have been labelled as ‘pointless and useless’. For example, the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was not as effective as many of us hoped.

You can find anything on the net, from your friend’s breakfast to the name of the current president of Mongolia. Our reasons for using it have increased and evolved since we started using it. And it’s made our lives easier at times.That’s how simple life has become. So go on guys and girls, start a movement, get trending and stay connected. Check out the video below to see how The internet and social media has impacted on the world.

 

Written by: Motshewa Khaiyane

Poster Design: Sifiso Mamabolo

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Today, we’re celebrating Young African Innovators by taking a look at the trending pioneers who’ve made a name for themselves, using the power of the internet.

We live in a fast-paced world where opportunity and fame are just a click away. Literally, one can find themselves being an internet sensation overnight. How? They simply use the concept of “Innovation,” the ability to recreate, reinvent and redefine a movement.

It’s no wonder people like online music sensation Okmalumcoolcat have been able to break into the SA hip-hop community. After featuring on Cassper Nyovest’s hit single “Gusheshe,” this young rapper was able to take advantage of his hype through social media. With his new EP “Holy Oxygen” making waves, we’re sure to see more of him on the charts.

Lukhanyo Mdingi is a fashion designer. During his time at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), this trailblazer of a young man had already put out two of his collections using the power of online marketing and a social media presence. Now, the world awaits his spring, 2016 summer collection titled the “Taintless Campaign.”

Another young innovator causing a stir is Laura Windvogel aka Lady Skollie, a fine artist who focuses on “gender roles.” The beauty of her work is found in how she depicts boldness and strength through colour.

Chisanga Mubanga embodies fashion through images. As a street fashion photographer, he has worked with local and international brands. Through his new collection of work “Shooting Strangers,” he hopes to tell real African stories of style and creativity.

One of Cape Town’s certified “cool kids,” Tony Gum is a style maven, with a highly curated page. This young innovator is also a visual artist who runs a very successful blog. At just 19, she’s already taking the fashion and art scene by storm.

With the internet within our grasps, never has there been a greater time to be alive and never has there been a greater time to be young, black and talented. To all the Young African Innovators out there doing major things, we salute you all. Cheers to a growing Africa full of ground-breaking creatives.

Written by: Janneth Mazibuko

Poster Design: Sifiso Mamabolo

 

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“We’ve all become publishers, treat yourself as a brand,” Neo Mokoena said when she stopped by our studio yesterday. As an Investec Group Social Media Manager, this passionate young woman joined us for an epic Monday afternoon Master Class, where she gave us not only some Monday motivation but the social media 101 too.  

“I’m not a big name in the social media scene but I treat myself as a big brand,” she stated. With her very relaxed and approachable nature, Neo sparked a fire in all of us. She graduated from Tshwane University of Technology, where she majored in Media Relations, Communications and Public Relations.

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Soon after, she got the opportunity to travel abroad and eventually got to work on a big account for RnB sensation Carl Thomas. That’s right. This dynamic woman is a “go getter” and has now carved an international path for many aspiring digital marketers wanting to spread their wings.

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“I got a job through twitter only because I started following the right people,” she emphasized, making a valid point about the power of social media, really hit home for us, especially to all the digital marketers in the house who were keen with questions. “Have fun with social media, it’s an amazing space when used correctly,” she then added.

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“Whether you’re online or not, people are still going to talk about your brand, so you might as well be there,” Neo advised when asked about trying to be creative in a banking space. Clearly she sees and understands the effectiveness of social media and how valuable it is for anyone trying to build and manage a successful brand.

As creatives, I think we all learnt a thing or two about the beauty of having an appropriate online presence.
Check her out on twitter and get connected.


Written by: Janneth Mazibuko

Photography by: Lutendo Malaji

Poster Design: Nthabiseng Lethoko

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“In order to succeed you need to have the commitment of the pig in an English breakfast.” said Ernest Nkosi during his master class session at Umuzi photo club.

Thina01Film Writer, Director, Producer and Creative all rounder Ernest Nkosi, kicked off his masterclass session by opening up the platform for Umuzi recruits to interact with him freely.

THINA08“As creatives you have to back yourselves, make sure people buy your stuff,” he expressed after sharing how he spent hours outside the cinema convincing people to go see his film. He remained committed to his work after four years of sleepless nights raising funds for the film.

 

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“Every choice you make, whether good or bad, has a consequence,” a mantra which his film “Thina Sobabili” centres around. The two main characters battle with conflicts at home and within themselves. As a storyteller Ernest was able to hold up a mirror to society forcing us to ask ourselves “is this ok?” As Umuzi creatives we have learned from Ernest to ask ourselves the “whys” because he believes that’s what being a creative is all about.

Check out his his international award winning film showing in cinemas right now.