Since, its inception, Umuzi has tirelessly committed itself to be a community that offers a home for creatives. We are passionate educators that aim to develop the next generation of Strategists, Coders, Multimedia storytellers and Creatives (Copywriters / Conceptual Designers) through human centred design.
Art is often seen as more of a hobby than a career in many communities in South Africa. Therefore many of our recruits enter our space with little confidence. They haven’t yet felt encouraged to pursue their passion. A large part of what we do centres around developing the confidence to see yourself as an artist who can make a career doing what you love.There has never been a more exciting time to be a black creative than right now! We’ve witnessed our alumni and current recruits owning and telling their stories through their art, continuously contributing their voice and celebrating original narratives.We take pride in being a space that gives creatives a chance to choose who they want to become. Our academy is where one comes to learn and get paid for it through our learnership program. This way, our recruits never have to pay to study.
With many current and potential students facing exclusion from higher education because of unaffordable fees and outdated methods of education, Umuzi offers itself as a solution that provides access to tailored and innovative education that ensures young people can start meaningful careers in the creative sector.
Year in and year out, with every recruitment campaign, Umuzi attracts applicants from all over the country, even enticing attention from other parts of the continent. Because Cape Town has also brought in large numbers of applicants, we thought it best to make a second home out of the friendly city!
We’ve also witnessed that the industry in Cape Town is in dire need of transformation and desegregation. Umuzi aims to facilitate the coming together of young aspiring creatives and organizations that need more authentic content.
Yes, Cape Town, you heard right! Recruitment is now open, the door has widened for you also join our community of award-winning creatives.
We’re excited to announce our first ever Cape Town recruitment. Apply now and give yourself the opportunity of following your passion! CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW
We’re excited to announce that the exhibition, which continues to be a celebration and exploration of language will be showcased at 2 Gordon Street, Gardens as part of the Cape Town First Thursdays programme.
Umuzi is once again partnering with AFROPUNK to offer up a thought-provoking exploration of language in Southern Africa as a complex singularity – a river system in a dynamic flow full of all the different styles of speech around us, and their graphic representation in different systems of writing, not just the Roman alphabet that we learn at school, but the writing systems that are indigenous to this continent.
The RINGA! exhibition is curated by Umuzi, showcasing the diverse artistry and interpretations of the theme by young South African artists within the Umuzi community. Through their work, they interrogate the relationships between the visual and oral of language in this region of the world.
Language has always been an undeniable cornerstone of how we express, communicate and understand each other. It’s how we embrace one another and determine if we are heard and listened to.
Language shapes how we define the world around us and most importantly how we align our true selves to certain beliefs and values. Come join us this Thursday and uncover exciting artworks that speak to both official and nonofficial everyday language, from Is’Camtho and Tsotsitaal to IsiMpondro and Tshivenḓa, incorporating various writing systems, such as isiBheqe Sohlamvu (Ditema tsa Dinoko), Adinkra symbols of West Africa, the Mandombe script of Congo, the Zẖȝ n Mdw-Nṯr of ancient Egypt, or the Jawi ajami for writing Afrikaans in Arabic characters.
Ringa! is bringing language to the fore in a way you’ve never seen before. Be sure to make your way to this First Thursday as we exhibit unusual reflections on taal in sound and image.
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Last night, at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, Umuzi was honoured to receive the Business Arts South Africa Development Award for our extraordinary partnership with Investec, the Umuzi Academy. “Potential without opportunity will remain but potential,” said Setlogane Manchidi, Head of Corporate Social Investment at Investec, after the awards. We would like to thank Investec for seeing the potential in our vision to develop the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi, and for working with us to realise it.
We are thrilled to receive this award and grateful to BASA for recognising all the hard work so many people have put in, over many years, to create the Umuzi Academy. As we celebrate, we remain humbled by how much more there is for us to do to realise our full potential. But with partners like Investec, we feel confident that the Umuzi Academy will keep rising to the challenge of supporting young creatives to realise their potential.
Check out the full interview below with highlights from the evening.
Written by: Zuleka Pukwana
Thabo Toyi was different from day one. He saw a media interview and did not stop calling Andrew our MD until finally he agreed to a meeting. “Put it simply Andrew I want in, I love everything about this organization and I want to do this” is what he said. Thabo joined the program and flourished. After completing a whirlwind Umuzi Activist’s course. With the support of Umuzi, Thabo won the Tudortech photography bursary which allowed him to complete his photography degree at City Varsity.
Hurry, applications close on the 16th of January 2015.
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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!
We caught up with Thapelo Motsumi, Head of Photography at Umuzi to find out what his thought of the journey across some of the most sparse and under resourced areas in the country.
What did you think the big difference between the provinces were?
“The language barrier was a big factor, trying to communicate to a group of people that sometimes really don’t know what you are talking about, yet they showed so much interest in taking pictures”
I have to say that I really enjoyed working for the project, personally, this was one of my best projects I have been involved in throughout 2014 (excluding the World Cup). It has shown me that South Africans have so much respect and are very welcoming. I always thought Jozi is the only place to be, but people outside of Gauteng are making the most of what their communities give to them and the using the resources to their best advantage.
Thanking the Center for Education Policy Development (CEDP), the Department of Higher Education and the Women on Farms Project, Human Rights Education Center of Southern Africa, Isibaya, BUA Mining and the Benchmark foundation, and Nikamandla Woman,you guys made me feel part of a very loving family.
Words: Thapelo Motsumi
Images: CEPD participants and Thapelo Motsumi
Edited: Tebogo Mathodlana and Andrew Levy