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2014-08-31 06:00

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The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, was draped and lit in gorgeous pink, white and black for the 17th annual Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) awards in the newly renovated John Kani theatre.

Guests were on Monday night led past Mohau Modisakeng’s video Inzilo and Angelique Koekemoer’s Sarafina dress installation reflecting the Market Theatre’s rich history – Sarafina opened there in June 1987.

Basa CEO Michelle Constant with Joey, the War Horse, during the 17th Annual Business Day Basa Awards at the John Kani Theatre. Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana/City Press

Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT’s #artmovesme installation, where guests could write on brightly coloured pink Post-Its, came next.

Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT’s #artmovesme installation. Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana/City Press

The event also premiered a short film by William Kentridge, Tango for Page Turning.

And then the highlight of the evening: award-winning jazz singer Melanie Scholtz.

The canapes were plentiful and delicious, from blackened kingklip with chips with aioli to goat cheese with red onion jam.

PowerFm’s Azania Mosaka was an effortless and charming host and broke the standard award protocol by asking unsuspecting audience members to announce the winners – which included first-time honourees Auto & General Insurance Company for their support of the Theatre on the Square in Sandton as well as previous winners, Buzz Publicity, for their pro-bono work for Assitej SA, which runs theatre workshops for children.

Azania Mosaka at the awards. Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana/City Press

The event was well attended. Former first lady Zanele Mbeki was there, and so were businesswoman Uyanda Mbuli (who looked fabulous in red), Design Indaba’s Ravi Naidoo, Dion Chang, designer Maria McCloy, Dali Tambo (who is also a Basa Award judge), Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, and of course keynote speaker, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa as well as Songezo Zibi, editor of Business Day who, with Hollard, are co-sponsors of the awards. Befittingly, the event concluded with an appearance by Joey, the War Horse.

Uyanda Mbuli looks fabulous in red. Picture: Lungelo Mbulwana/City Press

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