We are proud to welcome eight new enterprises into our virtual incubation programme in 2016. The virtual programme offers business support services geared to assist with the early stage development of participating companies.
Let’s take a look at some of these new enterprises:
Kusile Youth Dance Theatre
Kuisle Youth Dance Theatre is a non-profit organisation conceived in July 2014 as a rural youth programme by its former Chairperson Given Mba in partnership with Makwedini Film Productions. At the heart of Kusile is the desire to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Eastern Cape through film and stage theatre productions as well as cultural villages
Artist extraordinaire, Aubrey Silinyana, with over 15 years’ experience in publishing, videography and performing arts, is at the helm of Kusile as its programme manager. He is hard at work conceptualising and directing productions, as well as securing funding for the organisation.
Ubuntu Bam Films
While Ubuntu Bam Films and Entertainment is an emerging company established in 2015, it is fast gaining recognition within local film circles. The company has bagged several awards from Amathole District Municipality which include Best Improved Film for Umakazi in 2015 and Best Emerging Filmmaker for Victor’s Place in 2014.
Driven by Xolile Msongelo who is passionate about the development of the local film industry and the creation of job opportunities, the Stutterheim-based company also plans to incorporate artist management in its offering.
Radio Ya Bantu
Radio Yabantu has undertaken a bold mission to create a vibrant creative arts industry in the Eastern Cape. The enterprise plans to create sustainable jobs within the creative arts industry while promoting the province as a tourism, film and art destination and showcasing local productions to the world.
Headed by Nceba Mqolomba with extensive experience in music, events and TV; the enterprise is beginning to make inroads in the Eastern Cape with the launch of the Eastern Cape Film Festival which is a joint initiative with ECITI.
MK2 Networks was founded by Mmiselo Kemele in 2011 to combat youth unemployment and the lack of skills within the ICT industry. With a promise to provide state-of-the-art technology solutions, the company offers a range of services from telecommunications infrastructure and computer technical services, to internet solutions and computer literacy training.
Kubomedia Group offers a comprehensive package of media planning and buying services across all media platforms, namely; TV, radio, print, digital, mobile, outdoor and social media. Its in-house analytics and creative team guarantees ongoing media optimisation which ensures that clients get tangible results.
At the helm of the company is Zukile Mangwana who has over 15 years’ experience in broadcasting and media management. Having started Kubo Records in 2004 as a platform to develop local artists, it was in 2009 when Zukile established Kubomedia Group to specialise on media buying services. Consequently, Vodacom was the first client in the media division. Other notable media contracts clinched by the company include Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Eastern Cape Development Corporation and University of Fort Hare.
Geoilocate is a consulting company which offers services, products and applications for surveying, geographical information systems (GIS) and location-based services. The company offers tailored solutions for each client with the use of proprietary and open source geospatial applications.
Keeping abreast of trends in the geospatial industry is non-negotiable for the East London-based consultancy, as this enable the team to provide robust and cost-effective solutions to its clients.
Kra Kra Entertainment and Southern Power Media also joined the incubator in the past year.