Talent Africa Performing Arts
Talent Africa supports Talent Africa Performing Arts, a namesake organisation that was established with the core objective of creating a prestigious national talent competition of a high standard to be presented in South Africa.
The main objective is to give disadvantaged artists, with the relevant talent, the best opportunity to be exposed to the entertainment world on both a national and international level.
Apart from sharing a name, we believe that we also share a passion for talent development. It is for this reason that Talent Africa embraces this organisation as our social responsibility beneficiary.
Through this partnership Talent Africa Preforming Arts scouted the following talent in 2014:
Talented Vocalist from Patriot High School, eMalahleni
Sponsored to Talent Africa Nationals, Bernice achieved:
Bernice was selected as one of the Top 10 Vocalists for 2014.
Talented Vocalist from Patriot High School, eMalahleni
Sponsored to Talent Africa Nationals, Okuhle achieved:
Okuhle was selected as one of the Top 10 Vocalists for 2014.
Talented youth choir from eMalahleni, Mpumalanga
Sponsored to Talent Africa Nationals, B# achieved:
B# were selected to perform at the Prestigious Showcase, judged by Connell Cruize, a local celebrity.
They will also be utilised as guest performers for upcoming shows, including an MSC cruise in December 2014, hosted by Talent Africa Performing Arts.
Paul, an old hand at Talent Africa Performing Arts, who was sent to the USA by a sponsorship last year, has achieved great heights.He has been invited to several countries during the course of the year, where he has presented dance workshops, as well as motivational talks amongst the youth.Paul was also involved in the production of a television series this year, being the chief choreographer as well as in the production of a local film.He has gone on to become the official brand of Tshwane, a huge achievement, all from the launching pad that Talent Africa Performing Arts created over the years. Paul has had the opportunity to share the knowledge he has gained internationally with a multitude of dancers enabling them the opportunity to attend Master classes.
Fezile is an extremely talented 17 year old matriculant at Klerksdorp Technical High School. He is a talented actor, singer, dancer and model who hopes to pursue a full time career in the performing arts. Fezile has been entering Talent Africa Performing Arts competition for some time and we have seen him grow from strength to strength. He is motivated and dedicated with a passion far beyond the expectations of a 17 year old. He comes from a struggling background, but this has never put a damper on his spirit and enthusiasm and was chosen as one of the Top 10 dancers overall amongst 600 dancers at the Talent Africa Performing Arts National Competition. For this he achieved a special award. He was also placed second overall in the Male Modelling Division. He was also scouted by Philida le Roux choreographer for the SAMAS to be part of the showcase, as well as for further dance opportunities at some of South Africa’s largest music events. Talent Africa has also arranged for Fezile to meet the renown Diane King, CEO of Broadway Dance Centre, the largest dance centre in the world, as a possible candidate for a scholarship at BDC for 2015. Previously Talent Africa Performing Arts secured a three-year contract at BDC for one of their star performers. They are hoping to realise this dream once again for Fezile.
Pro bono Assignments
Black Management Forum (BMF)
The BMF espouses a value system which embraces high standards and sets tone and measure in business ethics, not only amongst black organisation, but South African society in general. Through its value system, its disciplines and perseverance towards a just cause, the leadership of the BMF has made a meaningful contribution to the stability of the country and the progress made on socio-economic development. The organisation builds confidence and capacity amongst black managers by providing a support structure that facilitates their integration into a business environment which is often hostile and unsupportive. Talent Africa supported the BMF in 2013 by conducting a full pro bono search for their new Managing Director, advertising three senior vacancies in the Sunday Times and participating in the BMF Annual Conference through a Platinum Sponsorship. www.bmfonline.co.za
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection was founded by a group of South Africans with experience in research, academia, policy-making and governance, who saw the need to create a platform of engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa. Their mission is to advance South Africa’s development by addressing the complex challenges that straddle issues of nation-forming, economic growth, social equity, science and technology and positioning in a global world. Talent Africa contributed to the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection by conducting a pro bono Director Remuneration Survey in 2012. The nature of the work included gathering information on the remuneration practices for the Boards of other similar institutions and benchmarking the salaries of the Institute’s full-time staff against other similar institutions. www.mistra.org.za
Oliver and Adelaide Foundation
The Oliver and Adelaide Foundation was created to promote and advance the legacy of Oliver and Adelaide Tambo and the values for which they stood. The Foundation addresses issues of integrity and excellence; education and culture; democracy as well as socio-economic upliftment. The Foundation directly concerns itself with the general establishment, advancement, protection and promotion of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.
Talent Africa was proud to contribute to the Oliver and Adelaide Foundation by conducting a pro bono search in 2012. This included interviewing and negotiating an annual total cost to company package with the preferred candidate on behalf of the Foundation.
Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)
Agbiz and International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) host the Agbiz/IFAMA Agribusiness Student Case Competition during the Agbiz Congress.
Sixteen top agricultural economics and agribusiness students from major universities across the country are selected to participate in this initiative, endorsed by IFAMA.
Talent Africa is proud to be a sponsor of this biennial event.
Bambo Sibiya completed a Design certificate at Benoni Technical College in 2005 and with a friend opened a small graphic design business where they were able to purchase a computer to design logos and pamphlets for local entrepreneurs.
His teacher, Paul Madi Phala, recommended that he should apply to Artist Proof Studio (APS) to attend printmaking classes in the Saturday programme while continuing to support himself. His determination to succeed and his natural talent convinced Lucas Ngweng, a teacher at APS, to recommend him as a full-time student. Bambo, at this time explains that he caught “the printmaking bug”. In 2008 he was offered a full bursary to enter second year as a full time student. Since these humble beginnings, Bambo has never looked back. Some of his major achievements are:
- Ekurhuleni Art Award Finalist in 2008
- “Top Student of the Year” Award at Artist Proof Studio in 2009
- Finalist in the ABSA Atelier top 10 Awards in 2011
- Winner of Gerald Sekoto Award 2012
- “David Brown” exhibition at Sandton Art Gallery in 2011
- "Coming of Age" exhibition at Johannesburg Art Gallery with Artist Proof Studio in 2012
- “Art Fair” at Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton in 2012
- "Art child" exhibition at Desing Indaba with Absa Gallery 2012
- “David Brown” exhibition at Sandton Art Gallery in 2012
- Turban 2013
Talent Africa supports Bambo in various ways. Firstly, by displaying some of his art in our offices and most recently by sponsoring his visit to Paris, France to familiarise himself with different painting techniques. He also visited various art galleries to acquaint himself with past and present global standards.