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Sunday, August 18, 2013


One of South Africa’s leading auction houses, Stephan Welz & Co., is throwing its weight behind the upcoming 16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American.

The company has announced a three-year agreement with Business and Arts South Africa to sponsor the Long Term Partnership Award. This year’s event takes place on August 26 at the Johannesburg City Hall.

Commenting on their decision to sponsor the Long Term Partnership category, Alan Demby, Chairman of Stephan Welz & Co. said, “One of the major reasons behind our recent purchase of this company was that it was established 45 years ago, making it the market leader. Brands are built up over time and companies such as Stephan Welz & Co and the South African Gold Coin Exchange, which have survived and thrived through thick and thin, have a legacy. When trust and confidence are the catchwords, gold - with a 6000 year track record - is a clear winner.

Art, as with coins and other collectables, gives much pleasure over time. In many instances, time favours the value of collections, giving you double pleasure.

We are happy to be associated with the Long Term Award, as collectors also have a long term approach to their hobbies and collections. Because of this, collectors may profit more than investors. Time heals, even making the out-of-favour and discarded artists who are often ahead of their time... the ultimate heroes.”

Business and Arts South Africa CEO, Michelle Constant adds, “We are delighted to welcome Stephan Welz & Co to the BASA Awards. It’s always good news when a business sees the value of supporting South Africa’s only awards celebrating business and the arts partnerships - especially in a category that recognises relationships built over a sustained timeframe.”

Nominees for the Long Term Partnership Award at the 16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American, represent the many different ways in which business can engage with an arts project over a significant period of time. The award celebrates a company which has significantly developed and expanded its commitment to an arts project over three years or longer, and can demonstrate the value to the arts project, the broader community and the business.

PPC has been nominated for the PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, RMB is in the running for its support of the Instrumental Training and Development project, Absa has earned a nomination for the ABSA Intensive Film Training, while ArcelorMittal South Africa is a nominee for its work with the Southern Guild Collectable Design Gallery.

In 2012 the Long Term Partnership Award was won by Sasol for the Sasol New Signature Art Competition – which Sasol has been sponsoring since 1990.

With an increase in entries to the 16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American, as well as an impressive and diverse list of nominees in 12 categories, this year’s awards are set to be a landmark event on South Africa’s business and arts calendar.

For more information call the BASA offices on 011 447 2295 or e-mail or visit