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Michelle Benjamin Digital Artist


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Michelle Benjamin Blue Rhino
“Blue Rhino” by Michelle Benjamin has become the global icon for Rhino Activism. It was auctioned last year in London for Save The Rhino International at the Prince Albert Suite in the London Zoo. It was also exhibited on a 25 storey billboard in Times Square this year.

Skybok welcomes client Michelle Benjamin, a prominent South African artist whose artwork “Blue Rhino” has become the global icon for rhino activism. It’s been exhibited in Pretoria, Durban, London, Italy, France + New York. With a following in 40 countries worldwide, it was recently auctioned in London for Save The Rhino International. Earlier this year it was exhibited on a 25 storey billboard in Times Square, New York!

Some things Michelle has been involved with

+ Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization.

+ The African American Museum in Dallas, Texas. Her piece “Madiba” will join their private collection.

+ Reach For A Dream Foundation. Her piece “Eesha’s Journey” was donated to them for auction in 2013 and all proceeds went toward fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

+ Paul Baloche. This world renowned Gospel musician, singer, songwriter owns an edition of “Blue Rhino” in his private collection.

+ Radiant Hope Foundation, part of Living Flame Ministries, who auctioned her collection “Vyrna-Lee Rose” in 2014. All proceeds were donated towards empowering and healing disadvantaged communities.

Some facts about her work

+ Her “It’s My Horn” + “Blue Rhino” artworks were auctioned in London for Save The Rhino International at the Prince Albert Suite, London Zoo, in 2013. All proceeds were donated toward the fight against rhino poaching.

+ Her “5 Cities” Collection was showcased at the Blue Sky Exhibition at Soho Art House, New York.

+ Her “Whose Keeping Score” contribution for the US Superbowl was exhibited there in 2013.

+ She has exhibited at the “Altered States of Reality” Exhibition in Chelsea, New York.

+ She has exhibited at the Soho Gallery For Digital Art in New York at the “Steampunk Burlesque & Exhibition Fundraiser For Coney Island”, where proceeds went towards the recovery of devastation from Hurricane Sandy.

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Social Media Marketing

Rotary Club of Algoa Bay


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Skybok enjoyed creating this fresh new blog for The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay. Good causes always need good websites. Join them on Facebook here. The Rotary Family Health Days 2015 will be held in the heart of Zwide Township at Ubuntu. It was incredible to hear Bill Clinton travelled there last year. It’s the home of the Ubuntu Education Fund. The RFHD are 3 days of free health care for the community. Skybok shot and produced the Algoa Bay Rotary Club’s video profile recently, as well as their soup kitchen for Madiba Day at Provincial Hospital.

Rotary at Ubuntu Education Centre South Africa

Social Media Marketing

Gravel Road Entertainment at Waterfront Film Studios Cape Town


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Skybok is handling Gravel Road Entertainment’s “Retro Afrika Bioscope” Social Media Marketing at the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town. Retro Afrika Bioscope is Gravel Road’s specialty release label for classic retro African content. The exciting challenge is to digitally restore 160 films that were made during the 70’s & 80’s in South Africa! We launched the Mayibuye Film Festival which ran on SABC 1 from April 13-27 to showcase 6 films that have been restored so far. We’ve been to film festivals all over the world, including the Berlin Film Festival in Germany, The Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia, The Lumiere Film Festival in France + we also had our North American debut at MoMa in New York! The community is now around 30,000 members online!

SOME OF THE FILMS:

1971 – Joe Bullet

1987 – Ezintandaneni

1988 – Ambushed

1989- Bona Manzi

1989 – Isiboshwa

1989 – Treasure Hunters

See the crew working hard on digitally remastering the films – read more about themhere. See the gallery of behind-the-scenes here (Photos by Patrick Ryan, shot on location at the Waterfront Film Studios).

It was the first time these films were seen by audiences in over 40 years, as well as being their first ever TV debut. I think these stories are so important because they are our heritage. It’s exciting to me that we can restore them to perfect condition and show them to modern South Africa. One of our films is Joe Bullet, originally banned in 1973 by the Apartheid government. It has now been recovered, fully restored & premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2014. It’s crazy to think that while it was being made Nelson Mandela was in prison and Winnie had just been arrested!

2 films aired back-to-back every Sunday night in April from 20h30 on SABC 1. If you missed them you can catch them via online streaming. We’ve got an awesome partnership with Wabona, one of Africa’s premiere video streaming services, to make the films available to the public for free (http://wabona.com/). If you are a Mxit user, watch them through that platform via Cinemo (Wabona’s mobile service). A new deal that’s been struck with Commuter TV will see the films running on TV screens in mini bus taxis throughout the country. There’s no excuse not to see these vintage African films!

Become part of the conversation online with us:

Retro Afrika Blog: http://retroafrika.com/

Retro Afrika Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetroAfrika

Retro Afrika Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroafrika

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Tamika Doubell Waterfront Film Studios

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Tamika Doubell Mayibuye Film Festival

Rotary, Social Outreach

Social Outreach with Rotary


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Social Media Marketing South Africa

Skybok recently profiled a soup kitchen project which Rotary spearheaded along with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University‘s Law Faculty Ubuntu Community Outreach Programme. This year for Madiba Day, The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay gave back for 67 minutes – 1 minute for every year Nelson Mandela worked to make the world a better place – at The Provincial Hospital. The hospital is in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. In honour of his birthday, the call was out for people everywhere to give 67 minutes of their time to help their community in some way. Everyone has the power to change the world. The United Nations declared 18 July as “Nelson Mandela International Day” in 2009.

Cape Town, Coffee Shops

Charly’s Bakery


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We recently shot at the famous Charly’s Bakery at 38 Canterbury Street in Cape Town. We enjoyed some great weather and awesome crowd shots of happy customers feasting their eyes on all the delicious treats!

Check out their awesome website here and join them on facebook here. Watch this space for their video, soon to be added to our online database and our YouTube Channel.

Located in District 6, Cape Town, Charly’s Bakery is a family run business which was begun by Charly and Jacqui Biess in 1989. It specialises in “Mucking Afazing” designer cakes for all occasions, as well as a range of fun and bright cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and other yummies.

Over the years the business has grown and their 3 daughters, Alexandra, Daniella and Roch have joined them in creating their crazy, magical, glitter-filled world of Oompa Loompas, Luf Luf and decadently Wicked Chocolate Cake.

Their philosophy is to innovate, not imitate, and that the more you give the more you’ll get ♥

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Events

Skybok at the Durban Travel Indaba!


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Skybok Durban Indaba

A fresh hello as we plug in from the Durban ICC, home of the Tourism Indaba – Africa’s Top Travel Show! Skybok has enjoyed 2 full days of trade, networking and touring Durban as part of the media delegation for the convention. We enjoyed meeting the Head of Durban Tourism, Phillip Sithole, and also the CEO of South African Tourism, Thulani NzimaA tour of the Inanda Heritage Route organized for media was most insightful as delegates explored famous spots as part of our country’s history. These included the home of John Dube – founder and first president of the ANC – and the home of Ghandi when he lived in South Africa for 20 years in 1894 and where he founded the Natal Indian Congress to agitate for Indian rights. Today is the last day of the convention and we aim to make the most of it, doing some film work in between discovering dynamic businesses in the trade. See all of our photos from the Indaba here and from the Media Beach Carnival (opening night) here.

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With the CEO of South African Tourism Thulani Nzima
CEO of South African Tourism Thulani Nzima
With Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole (on the left)
Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole (on the left)