Sekunjalo Media Holdings acquired controlling stakes in espAfrika (Pty) Ltd and South Atlantic Jazz Festival, the organisers of prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF).
espAfrika Pty Ltd are the owners of the well renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival currently ranked 4th in the world. They are a comprehensive events management consultancy geared towards taking care of all events and production requirements. They offer a full solution for all aspects of events from research, budgets through to the realization of a festival, road show, conferences and corporate launches.
espAfrika has re-positioned event organizing strategies to deliver a tangible brand directly in front of events audiences. Our expertise includes supplying equipment, staging, safety and security plan, logistics, media and marketing, public relations, merchandising, ticketing and programming for small and large events.
Our extensive experience of working with both brands and brand owners has enabled us to offer innovative and cost-effective event partnership programmes that deliver outstanding results.
espAfrika Pty Ltd is committed to the implementation of broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). We strive to ensure that our economic benefits and opportunities are spread equitably across South African society.
espAfrika is a wholly black-owned and managed business, with a current operational staff complement of 14 full-time members (inclusive of 2 Directors).
As an industry leader, we aim to ensure that our efforts are conducted in the spirit of empowerment. It is our aim to make a real difference rather than simply reaching an acceptable BEE score.
Ethical conduct lies at the core of all our business. We do business with those we trust and receive business from those who trust us. Where possible, we practice affirmative procurement by sourcing goods and services from black-owned small & medium enterprises (including micro-enterprises), disabled-owned companies and women-owned companies.
Internally, we aim to attract, develop and retain the best expertise for our business, challenge our people, demonstrate a “can-do” attitude and foster a collaborative and mutually supportive environment.
GLOBAL MARKETS AND INNOVATION
In a quest to prove that Cape Town and other cities around the African continent have the capability to deliver quality events on such an enormous scale. espAfrika proudly delivered international festivals in both Maputo and Luanda and are currently looking towards Nigeria, Ruwanda and Senegal in the future:
The second Mozambique International Jazz Festival was held this year in the centre of Maputo at the Parque Dos Continuadores, with more than 8000 people attending the event. Artists included Grammy Award winners Spyro Gyra and Norman Brown. Local musicians included Stewart Sukuma, Wazimbo, Bande Nondje, vocalist Hermimio, guitar legend Jorge Domingo, Nanando and Satellite Matola Jazz.
The country's first international jazz festival took place on the 31 July – 2 August at Cine Atlantico in Luanda on two stages over three days. International artists included McCoy Tyner feat Gary Bartz, Vanessa Da Mata, Freshlyground, The Yellowjackets, Lira, Marcus Wyatt and Language 12 as well as Jimmy Dludu while Angolan artist included Paulo Flores, Afrikkanitha, Sandra Corderio, Dodo Miranda and Toto
espAfrika has been a forerunner in the implementation of technology not only in its application systems that craft the festivals, but also in the IT which forms the front-end to these festival websites. Huge strides have been taken in webcasting as well as interactivity with a large and ever-growing corporate and individual database, this trend will soon be extended to future clients on the continent.
The success of the above is borne out by the fact that all events are conceived and executed by a small core group of specialist individuals, each with their own expanded team.