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Cape Town, South Africa has an exciting, growing film industry, with players like local animation studio Triggerfish having made a name for itself internationally, and big-shot production companies from abroad setting up shop in Africa’s southern point. Another active player in this field is production and marketing startup Okuhle Media, which is scooping up prestigious awards left and right it seems.
Okuhle recently won the award as the “Most Established Business in the Western Cape” by the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards, effectively being awarded R90 000.
Since launching in 2003, the female-owned startup has managed to achieve an impressive portfolio of television productions, ranging from marketing, TV shows and digital content.
The multi-award-winning media company produces television properties such as Hectic Nine9 and Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town and a number of other shows. Okuhle has previously won an Imbongi Award (for best production company in the Western Cape) and a number of SAFTA Awards.
According to Okuhle CEO, Paula Brown, the team is thankful for the nomination and congratulates all nominees, the organisers and the Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille:
Being an entrepreneur is not always a conscious decision, you find yourself simply following a passion and one day realise that you’re rather unqualified for the journey you’re on. It’s what you do next that matters. It’s been a challenging 13 years but what encourages us is the ability to change lives, sometimes in a big way, and sometimes just a little. It still feels good.
Co-founder and head of HR Vuyokazi Matu says: “This prestigious award is something we have needed to inspire us further along this journey that is not always easy. Today we celebrate in the knowledge that our local government is determined to support in a tangible way, the new wave of young entrepreneurs. This support is so very much needed,” Matu says.
The prize money will be spent on business, but also celebrating the company’s 65 employees for all their hard work and dedication.