Entries open for BASA Awards

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:12

The annual Business Day Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards, supported by Anglo American, celebrate their 15th anniversary this year having seen a significant growth in arts and culture sponsorship by enlightened companies during the years the awards have been in operation.

Entries in the fifteen categories for this year’s awards opened 19 March, with the award ceremony taking place at the end of August.

All companies who have supported arts projects financially or in-kind between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 are eligible to submit entries for the BASA Awards. The online entry forms can be accessed through the BASA website ( and guides entrants through various questions regarding the nature of the support and partnership between the company and arts project. The entries are adjudicated by an independent judging panel, with the nominees being announced at the end of July.

In total, the awards feature 15 categories with 12 of these being open for general entry. They cover a wide range of creative mediums such as visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, music, fashion, design and architecture.

“Here on Business Day we love the BASA Awards. They give us an opportunity to get involved with our community in a totally fresh way and we learn a lot from that. For business, getting involved with the arts is a way for companies to put on a human face and have some fun. That's when companies are usually at their best and most creative. These are unique awards in a unique country and it is fitting that business should find themselves at the centre of them,” says Business Day editor, Peter Bruce.

“As an on-going supporter of the arts, Anglo American is proud to be one of the lead sponsors of the BASA Awards, which we believe represents a shared vision to encourage mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between corporate South Africa and arts and culture,” says Pranill Ramchander, head of Corporate Communication and Branding, Anglo American.

The judges for the 2012 BASA Awards are CEO of The Loerie Awards Dr Andrew Human (chairman); media consultant and editor of Destiny Man Kojo Baffoe; Sunday Independent arts critic Mary Corrigall; independent arts consultant Nicky du Plessis; strategist and CEO of Grey Siza Maratlulle; CEO of the Mastrantonio Group Giovanni Mariano; co-founder and co-owner of multi-disciplinary design firm INK Lisebo Mokhesi and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Jay Pather.

The Awards are audited by Grant Thornton and the closing date for entries is Friday 18 May.

The easy-to-use online nomination system can be accessed on the BASA website at The awards section features tips, guidelines, rules and regulations and online nomination forms. Information about previous winners can also be found on this website. Those requiring more information can also call the BASA offices on 011 447 2295 or email