AWARDS: Okuhle Media Win Premier Awards
Recent Western Cape Business News
Women-owned TV production and Media Company, Okuhle Media was recently recognised as the Western Cape’s most deserving entrepreneurs in the Established business category of the Premiers Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, 20 November 2014 at the Cape Town Convention Centre and prize money to the value of R90, 000 was given to Okuhle to spend as they wish.
Okuhle Media was nominated in this category in July and took up the opportunity in full force. According to Okuhle CEO, Paula Brown the team are thankful for the nomination and wish to congratulate 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.”
The company is a content creator offering television production at its core with content marketing ensuring the content is received and valued by its audiences. The multi-award winning media company produces television properties such as Hectic Nine9 on SABC 2 and Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town on SABC 3 (and globally in 40 countries) and a number of other shows for eTV. Okuhle have previously won an Imbongi Award (for best production company in the Western Cape) and a number of SAFTA Awards.
With its new, first in the Western Cape, state-of-the art studios, purpose built for HD production, Okuhle has extended its offering into television recording, broadcast and post-production world, while securing and growing its distribution footprint for its original reality-lifestyle properties.
Attending the event along with Paula Brown was co-founder and Head of HR, Vuyokazi Matu. “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” said Matu.
Brown added that the next step for Okuhle and the prize money would be to spend most of it back in the business but importantly, to find a meaningful way to thank the 65 employees at the company for the past 2-years of determined and very focussed hard work. This company thrives because of the people in it. Their passion and dedication are something to behold.
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