Sasol Group Executive Maurice Radebe Speech at the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Distinguished guests,
Members of the media,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Sasol New Signatures art competition awards ceremony. Tonight, we celebrate the  exceptional art talent that exists in our
country.

At Sasol, we believe that art can help  communities embrace diversity across all platforms, something that is especially applicable to the South African environment. As a company,  we have committed ourselves to finding innovative ways to unite and
unlock the potential of South Africans to deliver opportunities that make progress possible.

This competition demonstrates that business can be a powerful partner in delivering great initiatives and value that we as the corporate sector can play in the development of South African artists.

This year,  the  Sasol  New Signatures art competition celebrates its 52nd year in existence, making it the longest running art competition in the country and we are privileged to have been the sole sponsor for the last 24 years.

We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria and the role that this initiative played in taking the arts to broader society. The outcomes of this competition have proved that in collaboration,  we can play an important role in unearthing artistic talent in South Africa.  We are also proud of our partnership with the City of Tshwane and Stuttafords van lines for the provision of facilities such as this venue and transport logistics for the competition  

Over the years,  the Sasol New Signatures art competition has demonstrated the immense talent that exists in the country and has grown into a reputable platform for artists to showcase their work and build their profile in the industry.

Through this partnership, the competition is recognised for launching the successful careers of developing artists.  The previous winners and participants prove as shining examples of what is possible and what can be achieved.

The competition has grown from strength to strength and  expectations were again exceeded this year.  Artists raised the bar and notable improvements were seen from the works submitted.  The judges had their work cut out as close to 450 entries were received and 97 were shortlisted for final judging, increasing from last year’s 88.

I would like to thank and congratulate all the artists who submitted entries this year, and encourage you to continue working on your art.

We encourage all finalists to continue to extend their craft, and contribute towards the improvement of the state of art in South Africa.

Ingrid Bolton, who received a solo exhibition as part of her prize  as winner  last year  – you have done us proud.    My personal congratulations to all the winners. Your work  is an inspiration.

To our judging panel  -  thank you to for taking on the difficult tasking of choosing the finalists and winners.

My sincere thanks to the Association of Arts of Pretoria. This competition continues to showcase the true value of partnerships. We are extremely privileged to be part of this collaborative effort.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to you all for joining us this evening and for showing your support to the development of the arts industry.

I wish you all a pleasant evening and a safe journey home.

Thank you.