Meet the cultural entrepreneurs taking part in the Cultural Accelerator!
The cultural accelerator is well under way. The open call for participants attracted impressive candidates. You can meet the chosen candidates here.
All the cultural entrepreneurs of this first edition of the Cultural Accelerator are owners or senior team members of culturally-focused businesses operating in the township areas of the Western Cape Province. The chosen candidates hail from Khayelitsha, Philipi, Langa, Samora Machel, Hanover Park, Blue Downs, Delft South, Mossel Bay, Goodwood and Retreat.
Some of the cultural businesses represented include production companies, recording studios, a publishing company, a therapeutic theatre company and a music festival organisation. Their specific focus areas range from theatre, film, literature, visual arts, event management, fashion design, arts administration and storytelling, to music and video production.
Below you will meet all the candidates that are part of the Cultural Accelerator:
NOXOLO BELINDA DILIMA
Belinda Dilima is passionate about writing and has been a freelance writer for City Vision, a community newspaper, for the past eight years. Belinda’s Dilemma is the title of her weekly column. In addition to writing for City Vison she is also a contributor to “UnCut” and “Love Life Youth Magazine”.
She completed a marketing training course with Damelin College and subsequently completed a project management course from the same college. She has recently graduated from the Academy of Sound Engineering with a Higher Certificate in Television and Screen Media.
Her own company – Bolvy Productions – aims at telling African stories in a visually convincing manner.
Before venturing in the arts sector she had the opportunity of holding a few positions in the corporate sector where she gained a lot of versatile skills with companies such as Dynamic Visual Technologies (DVT) and TransUnion ITC. She then explored the world of property management through working with Rawson Properties as a co-ordinator and trainer of estate agents in their Cape Town and Johannesburg branches.
In 2010 she was a founding member of Sakhalsizwe Unemplyed Youth Project.
One of the highlights of her journey was being shortlisted for Big Brother in 2001.
Currently, Belinda manages a visual artist by the name of Mongezi Gum – a prolific painter. She spends most of her weekends facilitating and running a book club for primary school children in the hopes of encouraging early stage literacy, something she holds close to her heart.
He fell in love with music at the age of 11 when he joined a church choir. In 1994 they went on to record their 1st album titled SABELA UYABIZWA at SABC studios, in 1996, the album was a huge success and some of the tracks were regularly played on popular radio station Umhhlobo Wenene FM. In 1999 they recorded their 2nd album titled Kholwani where he was directly involved in assisting with the compositon and arrangement of the songs as well as instrumental programming. In the process of recording their second album he developed undeniable passion for the music industry and behind the scenes of the entertainment world.
His prior positions include being a Choir/music director for Born Again Gospel Choir. He also got involved with Kwezi Youth Development (KYD) as Director – the organization deals with fighting drugs and alcohol abuse through arts.
Mr. Vanga earned his National Intermediate Certificate (N.I.C) and Business Studies Certificate from False Bay College. He is also a graduate of Cape Audio College finishing with a qualification in Sound Engineering & Music Production.
Mpumelelo is a board member of Service to Glory Ministries, where he also serves as music director, a member of Kwezi Youth Developers and founder of W.E.M Hip hop project. He is also a former member of a well-known gospel R&B group called Man Alone.
During late 2004, Mpumelelo and his fellow group members founded Kas’Lam Productions cc a record label, marketing firm and events company. Whose services and products are offered exclusively to a very specific (largely untapped) market – the township! Kas’Lam went on to produce albums, turning local artists into community celebrities and hosting some of the best events around Cape Town.
Fundiswa Zwane is an actress, cultural entrepreneur and the founding director of social enterprise; The Phezulu-Phambili Collective, which is an organization whose project involvement ranges from sponsoring cash prizes for winners in the Zabalaza Festival at Baxter Theatre to leading a delegation to Parliament to discuss issues that affect artist, as well as running workshops around Cape Town that range from career choice advice for high school students, to writing initiatives at the Delft Black Box Theatre.
The Phezulu-Phambili Collective’s core business is providing an industrial theatre service to organizations for a myriad of purposes such as communicating a corporate message to employees and customers, addressing health and safety issues in the workplace, promoting an employee wellness program for organizations or addressing any challenges that organizations are facing that need addressing with its staff.
Fundi’s prior positions include being a founding member of the KZN based company – Outright Advertising which trades with the Pick ‘n Pay Group regionally and JUST ON cosmetics nationally. The company has been in business since 2008. She is also an actress by qualification and her most prolific role was that of the character “Rethabile” on the hit soapie Generations on SABC 1 from 2009-2011.
Prior to her role on Generations and the founding of her companies, Fundi Zwane graduated with an Advanced Diploma in 2006 from City Vasity in Cape Town and in her 3rd year of study she landed her first big role on the SABC 1 hit series “Divers Down”.
When she’s not working Fundi Zwane is spending quality time with her two year old daughter, Bella-Rose, who is one of her biggest teachers, constantly finding adventures together and discovering different ways to change the world for the better!
He created and implemented various community arts projects that promote cultural dialogue, ownership and tolerance within society. Most recently he managed the Tarka Street Festival – An event that attracted more than 4000 people. The festival was aimed at celebrating and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Tarka, a residential area in Mossel Bay that exists since the late 1800′s.
Previously he implemented the “Freedom Show Rap Competition” – an event that offers a platform to talented hip hop artists within the Southern Cape. He currently acts as booking agent for various Afrikaans rap artists from the region.
As a visual artist he has regularly been commissioned to create murals at churches, businesses, community organisations and municipalities. He initiated the KKNK Pavement Art Project (2011 – 2012) and acted as both project coordinator and visual artist.
James is a member of the local ward committee structure, tasked with working within the portfolio of cultural affairs, establishing partnerships between municipalities and various community organisations. He is a founding and executive member of MOCCA (Mossel Bay Creative Culture Association) an umbrella organisation for culturally conscious organisations and individuals within the greater Mossel Bay.
He completed a year-long learnership (NQF4) in Arts & Culture Management in 2011, presented by Atrema (NWU) and attended various workshops related to the creative sector. Through correspondence he obtained a Diploma in African Sociology with Home Study College in 2002.
He is a member of various organizations which include VANSA, PANSA, Arterial Network and MOCCA where he oversees the implementation of special projects and programmes.
He possesses a deep passion for the arts, particularly in creating processes using the arts to benefit communities both socially and economically. He believes that as a creative his duty is to spread arts consciousness within various communities.
In 2009 Titus completed a National Diploma in Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and continued to freelance for the community newspaper Peoples Post after her internship.
Titus is a champion in building memory and history circles in her community aimed at building pride, identity and activism through healing memory. Her latest project, “Grey Matters” takes a look at the history of resistance art in Cape Town townships. “Boneteheuwel Legacy” is a book project by BHCS that will give a historical account of the community and its people. Here Titus once again is exercising her courage in order to provide a grassroots organisation with media support.
Titus has been an active community builder since the age of 15 when she helped to facilitate the Youth Corner at the Bonteheuwel Library.
Titus has, since its inception in 2009, been part of the reference group of the Annual Ashley Kriel Memorial Youth Lecture hosted by the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2010 she was the editor for the annual newsletter and helped to workshop the contributing youth writers.
In 2010 Titus was the editor and project coordinator of “Edge of the Table” – a book project documenting life-story narratives of 14 Cape Flats youth. This book was published by the Human Rights Media Centre (HRMC); an organisation also responsible for publishing: “Knocking On – Mothers and Daughters in Struggle in South Africa”. This book was published in 2008 with 14 stories. Among them are the life-story narratives of Titus and her mother Aloma Matthews. In 2013 Titus also helped to pioneer the Community Works Programme (CWP) in Bonteheuwel; a poverty relief programme implemented by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ (CoCTA). As supervisor of the CWP she put a special focus on recruiting people with disabilities and helping to build organisation in the area.
Titus has shown exceptional courage in her contribution to organisational development of grassroots movements despite her fragility. After four failed kidney transplants; she now navigates her life through her dialysis routine three times a week. For the past three years she has provided media support and training to organisations like “Proudly Manenberg”, “Housing Assembly” and “Zeal4Life”.
In 2013 the Mail & Guardian recognized Titus as one of the “200 Young South Africans to take to lunch” for her civil society contribution. The fight against school closures in Bonteheuwel and privatization of education saw her involved with organisations such as the Concerned Education Forum (CEF) and Protea Action Committee. Titus plans to complete her post-graduate certificate in education at the University of Cape Town next year.
Mr May organises events like black heritage history, theatre pieces, quest to apartheid laws which is a play that has won multiple awards. He has also managed to direct a cast of 3 actors.
He also conducted a research study of youth unemployment which has provoked public debate and public interviews of young matriculants who did not manage to gain access to tertiary education. The follow up of this action was a group of 3 students beginning a project that involved screening their stories in their community.
On the 7th of July 2015 another screening was hosted (black history films) including hidden colours. Following the screening there was a conversation and discussion around issues of poverty, school dropouts and also substance abuse. Zimasa has also been a facilitator for a project lead by Hands Up (an afterschool program focusing on bullying in schools).
He also initiated a project called Uhambo lomhambi, which aims to share stories from different places through a production. Uhambo lomhambi collaborated with mama-watch in putting the production together.
Zimasa was also part of a team that facilitated a puppet workshop in Harare Khayelitsha with 5 pre-schools in collaboration with African Tales.
Currently he is involved with a project which looks at literacy and storytelling (6-12 year olds). The project also seeks to pioneer and introduce the initiative to primary schools with the hopes of it becoming an outreach program that could serve as an inspiration of how to gain confidence, particularly in speaking and expressing oneself in public.
MZUBANZI CHARLES TEMA
Banzi is also the founder of the world renowned marimba group known as Heshoo Beshoo, leader of Amaza Ensemble – an afro-jazz musical group.
He started musical perfomances in 1983 with Amajingqi musical group and shared the stage with the likes of Sakhile and Bayethe. In 1987 formed he formed his own group known as Heshoo Beshoo marimba group which toured the U.S, Canada and Norway. This resulted in a collaboration with a well known Nowergian vocalist by the name of Bjorn Eidsvag.
In 1991 Mr Tema attended a two year course in jazz studies conducted by Music for People`s Power(M.A.P.P.) based at Joseph Stone Auditorium in the Western Cape. He later taught music to street children in shelters located in Sea Point, Heideveld, Manneburg. He also facilitated workshops with students at Norwegian schools and around Europe.
Banzi also founded the Chorimba Concept where he fused jazz with marimbas and a choir from Langa known as Langa Adult Choir under the baton of the late Duke Ngcukana and his brother Ezra. In 2010 he directed a musical drama called Ibhekil`evuzayo which ran for a sold out season at Artscape and the Grahamstown Festival.
When he isn’t busy working he is an avid music listener.
Mr Ntombela leads the company with massive experience in writing and art accumulated over the years. He writes, illustrates, edits, translates and publishes books. His specialties are children’s books, novels and fiction. He recently developed interest in researched writing and is currently researching and writing a movie script of the tragedy that occurred in Marikana in September 2012. He is also writing a book about Duke Norman a fine Artist and a Jazz musician based in Langa, Cape Town - an artist that has sold more than a hundred paintings and is well known in Germany and abroad but not recognised in the country of his origin.
He is also in the process of establishing a newspaper called uNondaba, a youth motivational newspaper.
From 2013-2014 he ran Mama’s kitchen – a restaurant in Dunoon, Cape Town.
In 2012 he started trading in the market at the Stock exchange, through PSG Online and is currently trading with Shoprite and Pan African Minerals.
In 2009 he established Gloman Electrical CC, an electrical company which operated in KwaZulu Natal, Durban. During that period he noticed a need for domestic workers in the suburbs in which he operated and decided to start a domestic agency. Today Gloman Electrical has been appointed to offer basic electrical training to youth in Langa through Sinakho Leadership Support and Skills Development Centre in Langa.
Prior to that he worked for Marine and industrial as an electrician, his duty was to service Ships and Boats. Prior to Marine and industrial he worked for ARIS: Air conditioning, Refrigeration and Installation Services where he only served a period of less than six months.
In 2007 he worked for Afripack Ltd as a general maintenance fitter and gained experience in welding, rigging and general maintenance.
He holds qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Electrotechnics.
Samukele has been a hard worker since a young age, constantly looking for finance generating opportunities this is illustrated through his work as a local barber at the age of 12 and then a fixing household electrical appliance at the age of 14 and 16 being involved in odd jobs in the construction sector from the age of 16 and 17.
Mr Ntombela is a man of many talents – he has a Green belt in Karate Kyokoshinkai, is a well trained Kung fu artist, is trained in Mix martial arts and Boxing. He enjoys music and watching movies but most of all he has a passion for fine art and writing.
Pauline Aaron is a vibrant comical actress, TV presenter and has a flair for comedy as she relates this to her upbringing with a Xhosa dad and a mixed raced mom. She hails from the Cape Flats and is very proud of her roots.
Bio_Pauline She has been featured in various national TV commercials. She was seen in Traffic Season 1 (2013/2014), and featured in a movie called The Profiteers in 2010. She also performed in Infecting the City in 2010 and later that year performed at the sci-fi festival in Grahams Town. Pauline also acted as a host for Open Studio on Cape Town TV (a local community TV station) from 2011 – 2013. She learned to deep sea dive, as Open Studio is recorded without rehearsals or editing. She quickly learned to be a confident host and her professional manner put her guests at ease. She has a good understanding of the production process and knows how to think on her feet.
She frequently volunteers and recently volunteered in a community theatre production called Nina (2014) under the direction of Project 021. In 2009, she also volunteered in a play that was commissioned by the Stellenbosch University and in 2010 this led her to take part in the sci-fi festival in Grahams Town. She also volunteers her services to the church and her home town community on various occasions.
Before taking to the stage, Pauline was an administrative clerk for Transnet for over 12 years. In her youth she was part of an amateur drama group and she debuted in a radio drama called Duet in 1992.
2006 she resigned from her office job and completed a formal diploma in drama at Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is currently studying towards completing an ATCL teaching diploma. She has completed a short course in TV Presenting at City Varsity and a whole host of workshops through PANSA, Artscape, Saga and AFAI.
Pauline is married with two teenage children and always has a positive outlook on life. Pauline was raised in a coloured community in Elsies River and having a Xhosa father affected her differently during the apartheid era and now during the democratic era. She strongly believes in reaching out to children and different communities through her arts. She believes in collaboration and shares her passion for the arts and comedy with everyone she meets.
Mr Makaula brings to Rainbow Arts Organisation a record of exceptional leadership and strategic vision within a community. His prior positions include marketing management, fundraising officer and event organizer for Rainbow Arts from 2006 until 2011.
In 2006 Makaula and other concerned artists founded Rainbow Arts Organisation. Since starting the organisation they have collaborated in creating many plays; none of these plays were published, only staged. That is where he discovered that he has a passion for the arts, finding particular interest in writing and performing.
Aptly named – the group’s name was derived from the fact that in the area was founded in an area that was very multi-cultural.
When not at work, he is very active in his community of Delft South finding ways of solving challenges facing the Delft Community.
SISEKO MNGXALI BIOGRAPHY
Mr Mngxali is a visionary with a wealth of experience in organisational management. He possesses impeccable leadership acumen in running community based organisations, in particular, organizations inclined towards human development. He is also the executive director of Naledi Foundation, a youth development institution.
His previous positions include; being a regional manager of Standard Bank’s Tutuwa Community Investment Fund – a Standard Bank CSI initiative as well as being chairman of Langa Renewal Project – a youth focused social movement that was a vehicle which advanced and enabled social and spatial transformation in Langa and its surrounding areas.
From 1999 to 2000, he was a facilitator and administrator at Sikelela Adult Learning Centre. From 2005 to 2009 he worked as a receiving clerk at Foschini, in 2009 he was a researcher at University of the Western Cape and from 2010 to 2013 he was a regional manager at Standard Bank.
This Mother City native has a Financial Accounting Diploma from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a Diploma in Local Government from University of South Africa.
His involvement in theatre began in the late 1990s when he joined a community drama group as the youngest member. During his time at Intlanganiso High School, he also joined the school drama group. In 1999, Mfundo joined the Reaching Drama Group, another community group, which went on to win third place at the Tygerberg Festival.
He joined Manyanani Entertainers in 2001, where he started to write and direct plays with Thando Doni, including To Whom It May Concern which had a three-day run at Andile Msizi Hall in Khayelitsha.
In 2007, Mfundo performed in a play, Jumpile Le ndaba – Things are bad, by Thami aka Mbongo, touring Western Cape townships and schools.
Following this, he was a resident performer at the Jungle Theatre Company for many years until 2014. During this time, he wrote two plays, performed in eight of the company’s productions, as well as directing one play. Additionally, he assumed the role of facilitator for Jungle Theatre.
Having pursued studies at the Arts Media Access Centre, Mfundo is currently in the process of registering his own theatre and entertainment company.
Denver Breda is currently the CEO and founder of the Kape flats Kreative Kollektive. The organisation mentors emerging talent from the Cape flats. He is also the director of the Flats Festival of Film and the Afreekans Drama and Film Festival.
He is also an independent producer, director, photographer, writer and social activist. He recently launched Gayle magazine for LGBT people of colour and will be launching The ‘ProdYouSA’, an online magazine for emerging filmmakers. A few of his film projects in development include Fairytale, Tears of a Cape flats mother and O.C.D.
He has been fortunate enough to travel to the Tribeca Film Festival in NY, the Sunnyside of the Doc in France, and to the Zanzibar International Film Festival through the “Art Moves Africa” mobility fund.
He has previously worked as a sales support officer at a renewable energy firm in Cape Town, a communications and marketing coordinator for the Triangle Project, a talent manager for a prominent Cape Town based artist – Yolanda Y’awa and a freelance marketing and business consultant for Portia’s Designs.
He studied at the University of Stellenbosch obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce qualification in Business Management. He also completed 1.5 years of a Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Cape Town. He has completed numerous short courses. Some of them included an export readiness course from Wesgro, an investment strategy course from the UCT’S GSB, a business technology programme from Microsoft called Bizspark and counselling as well as personal growth courses offered by the University of Stellenbosch and the Triangle Project.
He is a member of the Association for transformation in film and television, Cape flats Business Buro, Black producers association, East African filmmakers group and the Cape dramatic arts association.
Themba Baleni is a managing director of Kasified Production House; a film and video company that is based in Khayelitsha. He is the chairperson of a community based organisation called Umbono Art Media which deals with community dialogues using film and media as a tool. He is also a Director of an N.P.O called “Fathers Connect” where he connects children with their fathers.
From 2003 to 2009 he worked for a company called Community Media Trust as a researcher, director, camera operator and editor.
Trained as an actor and theatre director, he graduated in the year 2000 and began his inception as a field-worker in Khayelitsha community & school drama groups.
Themba Baleni has a rich art background dating back in the days of CAP (Community Arts Projects) before they merged into AMAC with Media Works. To crown his profession from CAP, he attended the Community Video Education Trust (CVET) and trained in film and video productions.
During his free time Themba enjoys a playing soccer or spending time with his three children.
Mandisi Sindo, also known as Dr Disi, is a South African actor, presenter/MC, writer, director, voice over artist, and a public artwork creator and curator signed under ERM Stars (Emma Ress Management) and Tongue Twisters Voice Agency. He is a founder and Artistic Director of a Cape Town based non-profit company known as “Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre – T3”.
Mandisi began pursuing his passion for theatre at the age of 11 years old in primary school, and since then has dedicated his life to the arts and to helping young people gain the skills for a tertiary level education. He views the teaching of drama as “(his)” calling and weapon to teach those who are not getting the formal classroom teaching. In 2011, he obtained his Diploma in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town where he majored in Community Theatre making, Contemporary Theatre and Acting.
Mandisi has worked professionally as an Actor, Puppeteer, Director, Organizer/Curator, Fieldworker, Radio voice over artist, Television Presenter, public art creator and as a dance choreographer with the Infecting the city Festival, Magnet Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Market Theatre, Department of Arts and Culture – Nelspruit and Cape Town, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), Artscape Theatre, University of Cape Town, Mann Made Media, Africa Centre, Tongue Twisters for Voice, Pansa and UNIMA.
Dr Disi’s artistic credits include:
- ”Macbeki” written by Pieter Dick Uys and directed by Christopher Weare at Little Theatre and in India ITFOK09,
- “Burnt” written and directed by Ina and Ian Bruce in 2010, “Home Brew” written and directed by Sabata Sesiu in 2011,
- ”Opera 5:20″directed by Geoff Hyland at Baxter Main Theatre in 2010,
- ”Isivuno Sama Phupha” conceptualized and directed by Mandla Mbothwe in 07/08, ”
- The Lesson” written by Eugene Ionesco and directed by Geoff Hyland performed in America Boston CSW in 2011,
- ”Bokumka Bonke” devised by cast and directed by MandlaMbothwe in 2010, and
- ”Living under pressure,” which he wrote, directed and performed.
- He was honoured as a Best Supporting Actor, Script Writer and best Set UCT RES4RES 2010,
- “27 WINDOWS, 4 DOORS AND 2 TAPS” conceptualized and directed by Mandla Mbothwe and MwenyaKabwe2010.
- “Hola 2010″SA World Cup Dance Show directed by Lara Bye for Pansa.
- “The Sacrifice” written, directed and choreographed by Mandisi Dr Disi Sindo for Infecting the City 2012 CPT and in Nelspruit in January 2014,
- “The Interrogation” written and directed by Mandisi Dr Disi Sindo for Baxter Theatre Zabalaza Festival 2012.
- “Autopsy” written and directed by Mark Fleishman teamed up with AWARD winning heavyweights Jennie Reznek, Faniswa Yisa and Dj Mouton 2012,
- ”Unborn” written and directed by Thami Mbongo 2012,
- “SAB Castle Lite Certified Campaign Presenter” directed by Janine Collocott Warren at Mann Made Media in JHB 2013,
- “The Widow” by Mandisi Dr Disi Sindo for The Infecting the City Festival 2013,
- NAMPAK World Aids Conference 2013,
- Johannesburg Market Theatre Zwakala Festival 2013,
- The Baxter Theatre Dance Festival and Infecting the City festival in Nelspruitin January 2014.
- “Return of the Ancestors” written by Mike van Graan and directed by Mdu Kweyama for National Arts Festival, Vryfees in Bloemfontein,
- Spring Drama Festival at Artscape Theatre 2014,
- “CHOMI” written by Pfarelo Nemakonde and directed by Motlatji Ditodi for Artscape Theatre Spring Drama Festival 2014.
- Current Presenter of ARTS_TALK with Dr Disi at Cape Town TV.
- Since 2012, he worked at the Baxter Theatre as an Outreach Director and a Theatre Field Worker for Zabalaza Festival2012 – 2014.
- Infecting the City Festival 2015 curator with Madla Mbothwe, and Jay Pather.
- Curator and Founder of annual Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival.
Currently on TV commercials such Vodacom Slaaptiger and FNB.
He is involved in many arts associations around his community for upcoming artists to have platforms to showcase their art. Most of the time, he is focusing on making good music that accommodates elderly people as well. Recently, he launched the album called Isqalekiso (curse) and catered more than 600 people.
He previously performed at the Baxter Theatre in hip-hop Kaslam, where one expresses one’s music in one’s own language. In 2009, he produced an artist named Vegita “the lyrical super syan” and won the best song of the year (Mabatshe).
As a radio presenter, Masibulele always makes sure that he creates a clear image of every issue that he tackles in his show. He has been volunteering for the last 18 months at Iqhayiya FM.
In his work as a community builder, Masibulele works hand in hand with Khanyisa Youth Development (KYD) as well as Heads n Raps Hip-Hop Session (HNRHHS), which creates a platform for poets and artists.
After passing his matric in 2005 at Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, Masibulele worked for Studio Equipment for 6 years, where he started producing music.
Masibulele dreams of creating more spaces in the area where he lives so each and every person who has a passion for arts and culture can fully use it.
Colleen Mkhungela is a Cape Town-based fashion designer, with his boutique studio located inside Tsoga Centre premises. His design skills create sophisticated, elegant clothing items for both men and women between the ages of 25-35. The brand, established in 2015, is all about artistic vintage mainly produced from recycled material – un-used table clothes and curtains – combining these with fashion fabrics. This core value is a symbol of identification of how a particular item can be bought back to life in a new design that would still keep its meaning alive.
Colleen graduated from the Professional School of Dress Design, a private college where he learnt how to sew garments.
After matriculating, he went to Cape Town to live with his sister. It was in this landscape that he fell in love with becoming a creative being, but at this time he didn’t know what form of artist he wanted to be that was until he met a woman (Frankie Murray) who introduced him to Thabo, his poetic best friend and original bag designer from Gugulethu. Thabo introduced him to the Cape Craft and Design Institute (Fashion Council), an organisation that encourages and develops fashion designers to grow their business up to hand of success within the drive of their venture. After generating an income, Colleen bought himself a domestic overlocker and sewing machine which worked him up to be able to operate his boutique studio in the year 2014.
The year 2015 is the time Colleen’S wear was born and registered but kept its studio name as Colleen T fashions upholding the designer’s identification.