South Africa

The Art of Business
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The new generation

South Africa's new generation of talent are making their mark today. Our challenge was to demonstrate the business opportunities available within the creative industries in South Africa by showcasing this talent.


An intimate

BBC StoryWorks created a series of portrait films that documented inspiring creatives pioneering the way in South Africa. We focused on Laduma Hgxokolo, an award-winning textile and knitwear designer and Buhle Ngaba, a writer, actor and storyteller.

Sharing their stories

Each 2-minute documentary film was accompanied by an article written by the contributor themselves, which we amplified across social media. This content lived on a digital hub, which allowed our audience to explore and find out more about the campaign.


The campaign amassed a total of 62,912 page views across both articles and 2.4 million social media impressions. The perception of South Africa as a country was also positively impacted, according to the BBC's 'Science of Memory' research tool. The stories emotionally engaged the audience and led to an increase in association of South Africa with terms like 'entrepreneurship', 'heritage' and 'inspiring'.