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Saturday, May 24, 2014


 (Mandisa Tshiqi & Onthatile Ditshego)

Business and Arts South Africa welcomes two new team members to its Johannesburg office.

Onthatile Ditshego has moved into the new role of Manager of BASA’s Education and Training Programme while former Durbanite Mandisa Tshiqi has taken on the role of Administrative and Client Liaison Officer.

“I am very happy about this new opportunity,” comments new Administrative Officer, Tshiqi. “Being a part of this team is something I've had my eye on for quite a while now. You know what they say about positive energies ... I am eager to make a positive contribution to the company and to work with everyone at BASA.”

Tshiqi graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a National Diploma in Drama in 2009 and also has a BA Honours in Drama and Performance Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With a substantial amount of experience both on stage (Cameo Role Award for Coriolanus in 2009) and behind-the-scenes (Best Stage Manager Award for ‘The Dining Room’ 2008), Tshiqi has enjoyed working and intern stints at the Catalina Theatre, PANSA (KZN) and the National Children’s Theatre.

In the new role of Education and Training Programme Manager, Ditshego will oversee BASA’s newly developed three-tiered Education Programme partnered with the National Arts Council, British Council, National Lotteries Distribution Fund and Rand Merchant Bank. The latter is part of BASA’s commitment to developing innovative educational programmes that seek to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society.

 “We are delighted to welcome Mandisa and Onthatile to the BASA team,” says CEO, Michelle Constant. “Currently the BASA team is both passionate and energetic, and we look forward to growing our engagement in the sectors.”

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