BASA Announces the Final Selection for their Scale-Up Programme in Partnership with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Last month, Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA), in partnership with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), announced that they are expanding the scope of their Scale-Up Programme, with the addition of Phase 2, which includes a mentorship and funding component.

The Scale-Up Programme is a robust information-sharing platform through which creative individuals and cultural organisations can access tools and resources to help grow their ventures or organisations. The 2020 edition of the programme is designed to reconnect with alumni to enhance existing knowledge, collaboratively engage with fellow participants and industry experts, as well as to provide quality mentorship and resources to equip them to meaningfully participate in the creative economy and beyond.

Through a rigorous process of adjudication, the successful applicants – aka the ‘Scale-Up 21’ – have shown that they have the potential and ability to implement the tools that were shared throughout the first phase of the Scale-Up programme, and are willing to continue this journey with their designated mentors.

BASA has announced and congratulates the participants selected for Phase 2 of Scale-Up. See the list of the final selection below:

Koketso Potsane, Johannesburg, Gauteng: Koketso Potsane is an African literature promoter and distributor. Potsane is the founder of Black Ark, a literary arts project which mainly represents publishing/production houses and institutions that make it their mandate to move strong, radical and impactful work out into the world to challenge overrepresented voices and ideals. 

Siyanda Mazibuko; Johannesburg, Gauteng: Siyanda Mazibuko is a furniture design and artist, who portrays his work through a model lens of culture and nature. He founded PATE Arts and crafts, a green design and manufacturing company to create furniture and artworks, which portray living and working in expressive, self-reflecting, true and natural spaces.

Kanya Viljoen: Cape Town, Western Cape: Kanya Viljoen is a theatre and film writer, director, maker and academic. She is the co-director of Unusual Bones, an interdisciplinary arts company that seeks to explore alternative and interdisciplinary ways of creating projects through a collaborative framework. She believes that nothing can solve a problem like a cup of tea.

Sanabelle Ebrahim; Durban, Kwazulu Natal: Sanabelle Ebrahim is an arts and media consultant. Ebrahim is guided by the tagline: “Chasing Excellence”. She is a coordinator of the Green Heart Movement. Her interests include comic books, poetry, theatre, photography, and sustainable living activations. Her two great loves are art and writing. The BunnyKat Durban Doll is her constant companion.

Melusi Mbhele: Johannesburg, Gauteng: Melusi Mbhele is the co-founder and creative director of East Fashion Week and the founder of Modisa Malebaco Group as well as youth entrepreneurship and small business advocate. Mbhele has expertise in developing strategy and programmes and producing content. He is a firm believer that creatives have a big role in eradicating inequality in South Africa. He also has an alter ego,’ Madlisa’, who is a cross-genre musician.

Joshua Gxekwa; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape: Joshua Gxekwa was born in Port Elizabeth, in a township called Motherwell. He is an entrepreneur and visual artist who uses his influence to impact people’s lives through the Mandela Bay Media Project that was formed specifically to provide skills workshops on photography, film making and business skills in township communities. He is currently a digital marketing strategist at Mzantsi Marketing where he is assists artists and businesses with marketing.

Palesa Motsumi: Bloemfontein, Free State: Palesa Segomotso Motsumi is the founder of Sematsatsa Library, the host of the #NextChapter Podcast as well as a creative consultant, writer and speaker.

Maya Spector; Cape Town, Western Cape: Maya Spector is a musician, songwriter and music educator. She is the founder of the Songbirds Professional Female Musicians Forum and Secret Lounge Gigs – Intimate concerts in a lounge. She specialises in jazz and musical theatre, with her artistic roots being derived from the wonderful worlds of Jazz and Soul music.

Dumisane Kweyama; Durban, Kwazulu Natal: Dumisane Kweyama is a Soweto born artist and craftsman, with a focus in working with leather and denim. He established his brand, ELPPAG, in 2013. Kweyama works from his studio at the Bat Centre, where he is currently based. ELPPAG presently works hand-in-hand with the Box Shop based in Johannesburg, supplying them with denim and other leather products.

Scott Williams; Cape Town, Western Cape: Scott Eric Williams is a visual artist based in Cape Town. Williams uses the media of weaving and street art to create work contemplating migration, and trade within inner-city contexts. His other contributions to the arts include youth facilitation, research and writing for various print & online platforms.


Hangwi Liphadzi; Johannesburg, Gauteng: Hahangwivhawe’s name in TshiVenda means “He Does Not Forget His Own”. This is why he is a storyteller with AudioBook Masters. “A collective that seeks to remind us to never forget our own stories by helping us see with our ears and listen to our imagination.”

Nelson Nohashi; Cape Town, Western Cape: Nelson Nohashi is the director and founder of Nelson Nohashi Ministry, a company founded in 2013 with the aim of increasing access to Gospel Music in diverse communities.

Mthobeli Moni; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape: Mthobeli Moni is a Project Manager at Pure Hot And Talented (Pty) Ltd. He designs and creates platforms to help promote the talent that is available in the city with events such as the Bay Hip Hop Festival, film screening and others. He is always ready to learn new ways to improve his work. 

Mbali Mthethwa; Johannesburg, Gauteng: Inspired by her own Zulu culture, Mbali Mthethwa’s designs make use of traditional beading with a modern twist. Her company, The Herd Designs looks at the power of art, creativity and how to preserve tradition. Based in Johannesburg, Mthethwa is currently studying at the University of Johannesburg, where she is set to graduate in 2021.

Benedict Tshabalala; Bloemfontein, Free State: Benedict Tshabalala is the representative of the Free State Performing Arts and Transport for People Living with Disabilities, an NPO that offers training and development for people living with disabilities. 

Khululekile Banzi; Johannesburg, Gauteng: Khululekile “Azul” Banzi is an event organiser, TV producer and runs an online TV channel aimed at sparking the imagination of the Afrikan child for the opportunities that South Africa has in store. 

Zandile Nongogo; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape: Zandile Nongogo aka ZazMoney, is a DJ; developing music and events producer; a qualified sound technician, creative entrepreneur and overall music enthusiast and aspiring filmmaker. ZazMoney is the founder of Beat Lounge Experience, which was established in 2018. Beat Lounge Experience is a brand/project that features; Female Artists, Photographers, DJs, Graphic Designers, and everyone in the entertainment industry. The project is a brainchild born from the need to create a platform for creative collaborations, art crafts and music as a livelihood. It also promotes local businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as upcoming young artists and well-established artists. 

Lebogang Molote; Johannesburg: Lebogang Molote started her photography journey in 2016. In 2017 she completed the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program at Market Photo Workshop. Her work explores township life, she has been featured multiple times during her internship at The Star Newspaper as a Photojournalist. When she is not photographing the street she spends time in her community working with NGO’s.

Nkosinathi Sangweni; Cape Town, Western Cape: Nkosinathi Sangweni a 34-year-old hard worker and passionate man, with a clear direction of what he wants in life. He is very articulate, detailed and takes great pride in his work. He has lived and worked in the arts for most of his life as a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and now a program coordinator. After years of freelance and spending some time in the UK, he has found a new love for Project management and Programme coordination. He currently works as a programme coordinator, teacher and choreographer for Jazzart Dance theatre.

Jamie Jack; Durban, Kwazulu Natal: Jamie Jack is the owner of J&B Printers, a Durban-based printing and advertising company.  With a BA degree in Communication Science, Jack has been in the printing industry for over 15 years. J&B Printers’ slogan is: “Ýour Complete Printing & Advertising Solution”. 

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