Herman Mashaba, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Chairman of the Field Band Foundation, was honoured last night at the prestigious Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, with the Arts Champion of the Year Award. This is one of four Special Awards selected at the discretion of the BASA Board, and is given to an individual for outstanding achievement in the encouragement of business support for the arts.

Mr Mashaba was honoured for his work with the Field Band Foundation, as well as his long term support for the visual arts.

Herman’s wife Connie and daughter Kensani received this prestigious award on his behalf, from the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa and the Chairman of BASA, Mr Kwanele Gumbi, as Herman is currently in the USA.

The awards ceremony was held at the Constitutional Court with over 300 high profile members of the arts and business communities. The theme of this year’s awards was transformation – both the transformative effect of the arts on individuals and society, as well as the physical transformation of raw material into work of art through the process of creation.

Herman’s commitment to the Foundation is inspirational and unique.
He provides astute oversight combined with a practical brand of wisdom accrued from years of entrepreneurial initiatives and social activism. He expects little for himself and everything for others.

Unflinchingly, he steers a steady path through the myriad of difficulties that face a non-profit organisation. He is sympathetic but focused, expecting nothing less from those around him. He accepts no half-measures and offers only full-hearted engagement in return.

Herman’s extraordinary willingness to be on the ground with Field Band activities is a hallmark of his support. He literally walks the walk – he travels 12 hours to march with the bands in a street parade down the dusty street of Dordrecht Emalahleni; he attends festivals and performances in Norway and the US, and frequently visits the Field Band Academy to talk to graduates and sponsors alike. He is up for all events – hosting, speaking, greeting, meeting and motivating.

He makes time. He listens.
And he hears with his heart and his mind.

He is unassuming and charismatic, and his support for the arts comes from a deep commitment to the kind of integrated personal development that can only come from activities that honour the human spirit, provoking change while evoking the best in all of us. That is what transformation is all about.

The Field Band Foundation is extremely proud of our Chairman.