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Day 2:
Ecosystem Rising! 2021

29 October 2021, 9am to 5.30pm
Women’s Jail

Basha Uhuru Conference – Ecosystem Rising! 2021 is a hybrid conference of panels and engagements. It builds on existing strategies which locate and share how the Creative and Cultural Industry enables economic development. The day will unpack relevent case studies and data generated by the environment that contribute to growth, opportunities and livelihoods of creative entrepreneurs and the value chains they engage. The Conference will also showcase the opportunities that the Creative Uprising Hub has already generated at Constitution Hill and what it aims to build; to be at the forefront of creative Hubs in South Africa.

The day invites stakeholders from provincial and local government, business, enablers and creative organisations to be present and those whose interest it is to connect to and grow the ecosystem. The Ecosystem Rising! 2021 will host African and International contributors innovating on the continent and beyond, and is curated by Creative Economy expert, Levinia Jones.

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What does public, private and sector partnerships look like when it's thriving in the Creative Economy? What does impact look like when it's being driven by innovative financial and strategic models specifically built for growing African Creative Ecosystems? Ms. Njuguna will present and inspire how shared purpose and insight has changed the Creative Economy in East Africa through the work she and the team at HEVA have pioneered.

Ecosystems Rising

Through a power packed panel discussion and case studies from Edinburgh city, rural Mpumalanga and a private foundation supporting creatives across Africa, this session considers Creative Ecosystems and their necessity. Sharing from their work in Ghana, Botswana and South Africa the panellists will interrogate the complexities and brilliance of building the ecosystem and what is needed.

Creative Hubs

There has never been a more relevant time for supporting creative communities, entrepreneurs and partnering with them to facilitate opportunities, grow networks and shape infrastructure. This session explores how Creative Hubs can do this and more. Through the panel discussion and case studies we hear from African and International experts and those enabling Creative Hubs.

Eco-System Rising! 2021

MC for the full conference

Tumy Motsoatsoe

Boitumelo Tumy Motsoatsoe is a creative, coach and catalyst for the holistic development of the cultural sector. She is also an arts manager and currently serves as Head of Programmes at Business and Arts South Africa (NPC).

Curator of the Conference

Levinia Jones

Levinia consults in the creative economy and ecosystems between Africa and the world with a focus on strategy, equity, cultural and social programmes, innovation and research.With twenty years in the sector she understand the power of convening, when to listen and when to take action.



Dawn Robertson

Dawn Robertson, the Chief Executive of The Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct started her career lecturing in Arts Education before moving into executive management positions both in National and Provincial Government in South Africa.

She was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the multi-million CreateSA project which saw the development of the first SAQA accredited qualifications in the creative industries. These enabled thousands of young creatives to achieve a qualification in the arts. One of her greatest challenges was the coordination of the Gauteng 2010 FIFA 2010 World Cup Technical Task Team when Head of Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation. After the World Cup, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the Gauteng Tourism Authority, a position she held for the next five years. She prefers the title “Chief Experience Officer” at Constitution Hill and her tenure has seen the precinct evolve from not only being a globally acclaimed tourism attraction but also a major Creative Hub in the province.

Her portfolio also includes spearheading the development of the remaining land-parcels to accommodate the Chapter 9 Institutions as well as a new Visitor Centre, Museum and Archive of the Constitution and the Peoples Park in the precinct which has been home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 2004.


Wakiuru Njuguna

Wakiuru Njuguna is a partner HEVA Fund, a creative and cultural economy catalyst fund in East Africa. In her role, she is key to the management of HEVA’s portfolio businesses as well as the development of innovative hybrid financial models that combine the best elements of venture capital and impact investment, with a keen application of a gender lens to increase access to early and growth stage business capital for youth and women.

In her work, Wakiuru has worked with creative entrepreneurs and businesses across the region at an advisory level to support them in building business models that are viable and sustainable. She is also a board member of The Nest Collective, an artist’s collective in Kenya.



Lonwabo Mavuso

Lonwabo Mavuso is the co-Director of Andani.Africa an insights and research company working in creative economy on the Africa continent. He has over 12 years working experience in the creative industry as well as tourism. He has worked in senior positions for organisations such as Business and Arts South Africa and South African Tourism advocating for the development and growth of creative industries in South Africa and the rest of the continent.


Beth Arendse

Beth is a social innovator and entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in the creative sector. She has established several arts-based social enterprises, including the Tshwane School of Music, the SA Creative Industries Incubator and the African Future Skills Academy. Her mission is to #normaliseaccess through these entities for emerging creatives to benefit from the creative economy.


Lerato Motshwarakgole

In 2019 Lerato returned home to start Ora Loapi, a creative consultancy that facilitates and promotes the global circulation of cutting edge pedagogies, the latest research within the creative economy and how private and public sector entities can scale that research through best practices. Ora Loapi’s clients includes Harvard Centre for African Studies, British Council Southern Africa Arts, Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Botho Project Space and artists Nelson Makamo and Victor Ehikhamenor. Lerato currently also serves as a board member for the National Arts Council of Botswana and a Judge at the QS ReImagine Education Awards.


Joana Chemel

Creative Economy consultant, Human Dignity Advocate. Joana is a human dignity advocate and a creative economy consultant who spends her time working on programs and projects that creates development opportunities and access for the African Youth. She is the Program Coordinator of the Ghana Design Network and a Design Thinking Training Facilitator, helping to build the ecosystem of Design in Ghana.

Case Study

Lynsey Smith

Lynsey works part-time as a Creative Consultant and part-time as an international Programme Manager for the British Council, leading on the design and internationalisation of their global Creative Hubs Portfolio. Previously, Lynsey co-founded Creative Edinburgh: a hub for the creative, cultural and tech sectors of Edinburgh.

Case Study

Jim Gallaway

Jim Galloway MSc MIoD has worked in Economic Development for over 30 years the last 20 in The City of Edinburgh Council where he was Head of Enterprise and Innovation.  Jim was central in devising a Creative Industries Strategy and reanimating Creative Edinburgh, Europe’s fastest growing Creative Industries Hub.Jim left Local Government in 2019 and now runs Edinburgh Global Limited where he offers consultancy on developing overseas trade, international relations, and of course, Creative Industries strategies.

Case Study

Tshego Khutsoane

Tshego Khutsoane is a creative practitioner and consultant drawn to work of ARTivist/ARTivism orientation and sensibility; exploring complex human and social issues.

As Development Manager of the social justice oriented organisation The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, they form part of a team that for 26 years has continually interrogated the zeitgeist and its forgotten and societal-challenge-amplifying angles; this in 2021 culminates in the development of a world-first WhatsApp Public Arts Festival and a project integrating Arts and Agriculture.

Case Study

Adama Sanneh

I am an African, European, Italian, Gambian, Senegalese, blue collar, bourgeois, Muslim Catholic, black and white man. “Technically” I am all and, of course, none of the above, as I have grown up in a globalized world, I have lived in four different countries between Africa and Europe and my growth and formation have been immersed in a cosmopolitan context.

I was born with this range of diversity within me and I have experienced all the different roles that society constructed for me. I experience the role of the oppressed and the oppressor, I have been the rich and the poor, both the victim and the perpetrator. Growing up I had to find strategies to reconcile all those contradictions that used to live inside me.


Case Study

Mariapaola McGurk

MP is currently the Project Manager of The Creative Uprising Hub at Constitution Hill. She holds honours in Visual Arts and has an Executive MBA. Her area of interest lies in the potential impact creative entrepreneurship and the growth of the creative economy could have on our dire youth unemployment. She believes that creative hubs have a crucial role to play in this development and in offering support structures that could enable youth to develop sustainable micro businesses.

Case Study

Tarek Virani

Tarek Virani is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at UWE Bristol. He has researched and published extensively on creative hubs and has worked for a number of national and international organisations.


Rudo Nyangulu-Mingofa

Rudo is an enterprise innovation practitioner and registered legal practitioner in Zimbabwe.  Rudo has over fifteen years of business-legal experience consulting in both the private and public sectors delivering entrepreneurship capacity building (incubation/acceleration), user experience research and designing economic empowerment development programmes. Her strength is in enterprise innovation, strategic business development and programme design.


Malusi S. Bengu

Malusi S. Bengu is a storytelling shepherd with a passion for documenting and validating black experiences through the art form of film. He is a prolific writer and director who cut his teeth on series such as isibaya and jacob’s cross. He was the co writer of the critically acclaimed inxeba. A film that premiered at the prestigious sundance and went to be shortlisted for the oscars. Malusi is one of the founders of The Film & Vinyl Club based at Transwerke Studios.


Tomas Diez

Venezuelan Urbanist based between Barcelona and Bali. Director and co-founder at Fab Lab Barcelona. Founding partner at the Fab City Global Initiative and the Meaningful Design Group Bali, and co-director at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.


Farai Ncube

Each day, I want to live up to the philosophy of stoicism -courage, self-control, justice and wisdom. Am a forward-looking individual powered by determination, an opportunistic and positive person, who always looks at the bigger picture.