BASA Climate/Culture Programme

BASA Climate/Culture Programme
November 2022

Welcome to the BASA Climate/Culture Programme Online Hub

Presented by Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) with support by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC)



About the programme

About the programme

The Climate/Culture Programme (CCP) presented by Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) with support from the Industrial Development Corporation of SA (IDC), seeks to locate the current discourse amongst, and praxis of, leading cultural and creative practitioners in response to the climate emergency.

BASA starts a pressing and much-needed conversation about how the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) are responding to this climate emergency, by offering a platform for deeper discussion and dissemination, whilst supporting our practitioners within the South African CCI.

The microsite houses thought-leader contributions towards climate justice and necessary greening in film,  fashion, architecture, visual art, theatre, social entrepreneurship and the wellbeing economy – foregrounded and located in the Climate Justice Charter.


Theory of Change

Theory of Change

Theory of Change is a methodology or a criteria for planning, participation, adaptive management, and evaluation that is used in companies, philanthropy, not-for-profit, international development, research, and government sectors to promote social change.

Click here to read the full Theory of Change document (PDF).




Dr Vishwas Satgar is an Associate Professor of International Relations, editor of the Democratic Marxism series and Principal Investigator for Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene at WITS. He is a veteran activist and co-founder of the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign, as well as the Climate Justice Charter Movement. Video by: Dr Vishwas Satgar.

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Thobile Chittenden is a community builder and purpose pioneer and TEDx speaker with a passionate interest in social and creative entrepreneurship, as well as non-profit organisations. She is presently CEO of Makers Valley Partnership, a community organisation in the east of Johannesburg’s inner city, and a network co-lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, which is a global movement that advocates for alternative economies that serve people and planet, rather than the other way around. She is also a board member of an inner-city school in Johannesburg called City Kidz and recently graduated from the Social Entrepreneurship Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Video by: Thobile Chittenden.

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Cindy Mkhwanazi is a carbon analyst, training facilitator and co-founder of GREENSET, a non-profit, film industry sustainability organisation in South Africa and she holds a higher certificate in Film/TV Production from AFDA. The aim of GREENSET is sustainability in the film, electronic and digital media industries: it assists productions to minimise their carbon footprint and overall environmental impact by implementing practical, economical, green initiatives with a focus on life, occupational, entrepreneurial skills development and in-service training towards employment-creation and career path development. Video by: Cindy Mkhwanazi.

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Esethu Cenga is the co-founder and CEO of Rewoven, a textile recycling company that is about creating a circular economy in the clothing and textiles sector, to build a more sustainable future for the industry. She and her team are highly passionate about creating a fully circular Pan-African clothing industry embedded strongly in environmental, social and cultural sustainability. Video by Esethu Cenga.

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Lorraine Tanner is currently the Executive Director of Development at AfrikaBurn, the largest Burning Man regional programme outside of the USA. At AfrikaBurn, over the last seven years, Lorraine's time has been occupied by her key interests: programmes that span celebration and activism, engagement with complex social issues, connecting people and planet, fostering equity and justice, and inspiring new ways of thinking and doing. Online, she instigated the intersect mini-series and has presented this to the Burning Man Regional Network. Lorraine holds a BA Hons in Journalism, has impeccable taste in music and thrives in a harsh desert environment. Video by: Lorraine Tanner.

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The Natural Building Collective provides consultation and project management services to private, public and development sectors. Peter McIntosh is a collaborator, mentor, project manager and industry specialist for the Ulwazi Educare Project. For the last two years the focus has been on upcycling and the use of waste-stream materials using tyres, combined with natural and other techniques in Cape Town. Two recently completed buildings include a preschool for 120 children in Delft Cape Town in the NGO sector and an earth-sheltered, tyre and rammed-earth building for the City of Cape Town in Helderberg Nature Reserve. Video by: Peter McIntosh

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make-good is a Joburg-based NPO started by Carlo Gibson and Toni Rothbart, which is built around identifying societal needs through the skills, support and know-how of artisans and makers. They use design thinking to develop and create innovative solutions to make people’s lives better whilst supporting small South African businesses in the creative sector. Their launch initiative, The Homeless Home Project, is a durable, easy-to-use, lightweight jacket that converts into a sleeping bag and cross-body bag, with the inner layer designed to be stuffed with newspaper/cloth to provide insulation and comfort. Video by: Toni Rothbart.

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Virginia MacKenny is a South African artist and writer. She is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. MacKenny is interested in contemporary South African art with a special emphasis on painting, video and performance art, with particular reference to gender and environmental issues. MacKenny is currently researching for a book on artists in Southern Africa engaged with environmental issues. Video by: Virginia MacKenny.

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The Well Worn Theatre Company is an established touring theatre company creating original productions for South African audiences, focused on ecological themes. Founded by Kyla Davis in 2007, Well Worn are pioneers in the field of theatre for sustainability. For over a decade, it has been their aim to translate the most pressing eco-social problems of our times into theatre that is imaginative, inspiring, accessible to all, and which avoids sounding preachy. Performers Lerato Sefoloshe and Sanelisiwe Yekani have devised and toured several productions with the company over the years and are passionate about telling the story of climate justice through live performance. Video by: Lerato Sefoloshe and Sanelisiwe Yekani.

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Cape Town | Thank You Kindly, Bobby!
Creative Producer and Director: Alby Michaels, Production: Nini Conradie & Celest Naicker, Director of Photography: JJ Osborne, Camera Opererator: Rory Boon, Audio Operator: Patrick Mandongwe, Auto Cue Operator: Roshana Gordon, Make-up Artist: Anél van Wyk, Editor: Alex Ssentonga, Final Mix: Gerrit Karg

Johannesburg | Long Island Moving Pictures
Creative Producer and Director: Alby Michaels, Producer (Long Island Moving Pictures): Carmen Cloete, Director of Photography: Jason Palmary, Multi-cam Operator: Themba Twala, Lighting Camera Operator: Valentine Mamaila, Sound Engineer: Matthew Kokin, Make-Up and Hair Stylist: Deidre Green, Autocue Operator: Storm Mills, Catering – Chef Knows Best: Margot Strydom, Gear Rental: 9mm Films, Editor (Long Island Moving Pictures): Rowan Cloete

Programme and Curatorial Consultant: Brenton Maart