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A call has been made for nominations for the Business and Arts South Africa awards. This year there are two new categories to consider.
NOMINATIONS for the 14th annual Business Day Business and Arts South Africa Awards – designed to recognise companies that support the arts – are open.

The Giant Match, supported by Anglo-American, staged at the 13th BASA awardsThe Giant Match, supported by Anglo-American, staged at the 13th BASA awardsThe closing date for entries is 20 May and the awards will be handed out on 29 August.

In all, there are 15 categories, 12 of which are open for general entry. They cover a wide range of creative media, including architecture, design, visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, fashion and music.

“The awards bring us close to our community and they encourage the individual elements of our community to get close to theirs,” says Peter Bruce, the editor of Business Day.

Organisers say the awards highlight innovative and cost-effective partnerships between business and the arts, “demonstrating the potential for synergy, the window of mutual opportunity and the far reaching benefits for business, for the arts, and for all South Africa”.

Michelle Constant, the chief executive of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), explains: “If the arts can be used to drive change in the individual user and larger corporate, it means a more holistic approach to the world around us.”

The award categories are: Innovation Award, First Time Sponsor Award, Increasing Access to the Arts Award, International Sponsorship Award, Sustainable Partnership Award, Media Sponsorship Award, Single Strategic Project Award, Small Business Award, Sponsorship In Kind Award, Youth Development Award, Mentor of the Year Award, Art Champion Award and Chairman’s Premier Award.

The JDA earned a BASA award in 2010 for its BRT station artworkThe JDA earned a BASA award in 2010 for its BRT station artworkIn addition, there are two new categories: Arts and Environment Award, which acknowledges businesses that contribute to environmental sustainability through their support of art and culture projects, and Diplomacy in the Arts Award, which acknowledges foreign missions that contribute to the development and preservation of the arts.

“We’re especially proud of what South African companies, big and small, are able to do to help promote talent and creativity in the communities around them,” explains Bruce.

The awards are endorsed by Anglo American. “Our involvement in the BASA Awards is part of a vision that sees arts as an indispensable part of South Africa’s progress towards being a nation which embraces diversity across all platforms,” says Pranill Ramchander, the head of corporate communication and branding at Anglo American SA.

Judges for the 2011 BASA Awards include Andrew Human, the chief executive of the Loerie Awards; the editor of Destiny Man and media consultant, Kojo Baffoe; the Sunday Independent arts critic, Mary Corrigall; Nicky du Plessis, an independent arts consultant and associate professor at the University of Cape Town; and the artistic director of Siwela Sonke, Jay Pather.

They are audited by Grant Thornton. To make a nomination, log on to the BASA website. For more information contact BASA on 011 832 3000/3039/3042 or email

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