CapeTalk Small Business Awards

Iphupha Lami helps township entrepreneurs and artists realise their dreams

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Iphupha Lami Improvements is a youth development company which helps young people identify their passions and pursue them.

Nominator Ntsikelelo Magwaca says Iphupha Lami gave him exposure as a visual artist and granted his brand the opportunity to become established through their art exhibitions.

He says the company understands creativity and the needs of the emerging creative artists, especially from the townships.

The company hosts mobile art galleries, career exhibitions and camps to assist entrepreneurs and township youth artists and help change the negative narrative around areas such as Khayelitsha.

Iphupha Lami founder Siyabonga Mbaba explains that the business was born from his own struggle to become an entrepreneur and self-taught artists.

Mbaba says township youth artists and emerging creatives need alternative spaces to express themselves which are not based in the CBD.

He adds that the platform has worked hard to improve the access to art and creative spaces for township communities.

The art exhibition has been driven by the desire to make art and design more accessible and available to the public.

Siyabonga Mbaba, founder of Iphupha Lami Improvements

It's a project that bring together local producers in design, arts and craft, photographers looking for a space to display and sell their product.

Siyabonga Mbaba, founder of Iphupha Lami Improvements

Iphupha Lami has facilitated five art exhibitions so far and Mbaba says that recognition for the company is recognition for the artists involved.

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