TUT Mbokodo Awards Intiative

 

The 2014 Mbokodo Awards further illustrate our commitment to grow the arts landscape an arts development in South Africa. One of the most significant ways we have done so is through a new initiative and partnership with the Tshwane University of Technology’s, Entertainment Technology; Costume Department.

The Mbokodo Awards are growing as an institution and then - it’s very important for us to continue building meaningfull relationships with various stakeholders in the arts, in our continued efforts to grow and strengthen the arts in South Africa and ultimately in Africa.

 

In recent years it has become challenging for young artists to establish themselves in the industry and that’s one of the reasons the initiative was born; we wanted to create a platform that would assist young artists to transition from University into the professional arts industry.

Final year Costume Design students at TUT were briefed by our creative team to design costumes for one of our entertainment segments in this year’s Mbokodo Awards show. Ten female senior students specialising in costume design at TUT had the opportunity to present their creative concepts to the Mbokodo Award creative team as well as to their lecturer, Motshidisi Shawn Manyeneng.

So important was the initiative for the Department of Entertainment Technology that the students were all evaluated on their creative presentations by their lecturer.

 

Babygirl Tshabalala and Elma Beaura Jacobs were the two students whose creative costume designs were selected to be used on our platform. Over and above having a professional experience whilst in their senior year of their studies, the students had the opportunity to design costumes for Sibongile Khumalo- an icon in the arts industry. This is an opportunity the students would not have otherwise been able to enjoy had it not been for the TUT/Mbokodo Awards Initiative.

The aspiration is to continue with the project in the coming years- in our continued effort to make a significant difference in the development and nurturing of the arts in South Africa! We are proud of the standard of work and the professional manner in which the students from TUT handled themselves throughout the process. And we’d also like to thank TUT’s Head of Department of Entertainment Technology; Dr. Owen Seda for his eagerness and assistance during the entire process.