New members appointed to BASA Board

Left to right: Devi Sankaree Govender, Kojo Baffoe and Kathy Berman

Shortlisted from a pool of extremely impressive candidate submissions, Devi Sankaree Govender, Kathy Berman and Kojo Baffoe have been appointed as the newest members of the Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) Board.

Following a public call for nominations, BASA members elected Govender, Berman and Baffoe for appointment to the BASA Board of Non-Executive Directors at the BASA Annual General Meeting held recently.

Carte Blanche‘s award-winning investigative television journalist and anchor, Govender said it was a thrilling opportunity for her. “I’m in a unique space where I have developed both a strong arts and business background. I would love to use my time on the Board to grow practical plans where artists grow not only their art but their business skills too.” An MBA graduate and an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Govender is well-known across the African continent

and has spent the past 26 years actively working on various media platforms including television, radio, print and online.

“It is truly an honour to have been appointed to the Board of BASA,” said Berman, CEO of Space Consulting. Berman has an extensive background in the creative and cultural industries. Her experience over the past two decades, as a practitioner, critic, marketer, board member, trainer, mentor, and coach, has been supplemented by many years in consulting in all sectors. “At a time when South Africa, and the world, transitions to meet the needs of a new digital century, when sciences, technology, and the cultural sectors have begun to work interdependently, BASA plays a pivotal role in connecting the wealth of our artistic, cultural and creative communities to business.”

Baffoe has been formally associated with BASA for seven years as a member of the annual BASA Awards judging panel, and he has chaired the panel for the last two years. Baffoe said he is honoured to be appointed to the BASA Board, and that he does not take the responsibility lightly: “The private sector has as important a role to play as the public sector in the development of the arts. I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to the partnership between the business world and the arts, beyond the work I have done on the BASA Awards judging committee.” An entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former magazine editor, former radio talk show host and speaker, he has worked in and runs businesses in a range of sectors including retail, management consulting, publishing, events, IT and media (including television and print).

Founded in 1997 as a joint initiative with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), mutually beneficial partnerships are hardwired into the DNA of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA). Constituted in terms of the Companies Act, BASA is registered as a non-profit company (NPC) and is accountable to its stakeholders, namely government, BASA members and the creative sector. The BASA Board of Directors is chaired by Charmaine Soobramoney, with Deputy Chair being Mandie van der Spuy, and comprises Kojo Baffoe, Kathy Berman, Devi Sankaree Govender, Ashraf Johaardien (BASA CEO), Hilton Lawler, Andre Le Roux, Khanyi Mamba, Zingisa Motloba, Carel Nolte, Dr Yacoob Abba Omar, and Mirna Wessels. For more information please visit; to become a BASA member, click on the ‘JOIN US’ tab at the top of the home page

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