December saw our four City Shapers receive their brand new, customised Range Rover Evoques at the illustrious Espresso Bistro in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. The four City Shapers from an array of disciplines based in Johannesburg have been part of the Pulse of the City campaign for the last 12 months exploring their city and making us all part of the journey as they help introduce the greenest, lightest most fuel efficient vehicle Land Rover has ever produced.
Actress, Hlubi Mboya; Fashion Designer, Craig Jacobs; Associated Editor, Siphiwe Mphe and Communications Strategist, Dr. Sarah Britten have completed a dedicated Land Rover Experience course that aims to not only ensure the City Shapers experience their vehicles the way they should through a detailed briefing of the vehicle and its capabilities, but also to help improve skill and knowledge of any on and off road driving environment.
Renowned fashion entrepreneur Craig Jacobs is the founder of the internationally celebrated, eco-conscious label Fundudzi.
Before launching the label Jacobs was well known for his exhaustive knowledge as a design expert, both as a trend forecaster and writer for various publications. But it was with Fundudzi – named after the sacred lake of the vhaVenda people – that Craig really made his mark, enabling him to re-mould perceptions of African design along with promoting the sustainability he so passionately believes in.
Fundudzu debuted its collection, in celebration of vhaVenda culture, in August 2005 at Cape Town Fashion week and then a week later at Stockholm Fashion Week, with the label continuing its successes at Africa Fashion Week, Johannesburg Fashion Week as well as during Paris Fashion Week in July 2007 as part of the SA Tourism endorsed project C’est Couture.
Through her famous role as the HIV positive Nandipha in the hugely popular daily soap Isidingo, Hlubi Mboya has become an unwitting yet highly willing HIV/AIDS ambassador throughout Africa, embracing the opportunity the show has given her to raise awareness of the disease and becoming a role model, educator, agony aunt and nurse wherever she travels.
Making her acting debut in the role in 2000, Hlubi says: “I love what I do. Originally I studied 3rd world politics and world labour laws at UCT. Now I see myself as a lawyer and politician in my art.”
Most recently Hlubi landed a role in the fully South African produced, written and directed kung fu film, “Shogun Khumalo Is Dying”.
She has also graced the covers of most of the top SA publications and made history as the first black non-model woman to feature on the cover of Elle magazine.
One of South Africa’s most stylish men, Siphiwe Mpye is a writer/editor, broadcaster and entrepreneur, and currently the Associate Editor of GQ South Africa.
Renowned for a decade as a leading columnist and consultant in the media and entertainment industries, Siphiwe began as co-editor of YMag in 2002 before moving on to become Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of BL!NK Magazine, an independent men’s monthly lifestyle title launched in 2004. Over the years his work has also been in an array of South African publications, most notably the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent.
Alongside his GQ duties, Mpye runs a blog, (andnowforlife.blogspot.com) and hosts a weekly lifestyle radio show on Radio Today.
A partner at Baobab TV Productions, Mpye has been a judge at the South African Music Awards (2003-2006) and was a member of the 2005 Cape Town Film Festival short films Jury.
SARAH BRITTEN – STRATEGIC PLANNING DIRECTOR & BLOGGER
Johannesburg born and bred, Sarah Britten is a Strategic Planning Director by day and Blogger and Writer by night. She is especially fascinated by questions of nationalism and national identity, along with the impact of advertising on her homeland, (with her doctoral thesis being on the combination of these very subjects in South Africa), and her provocative and lively writings on these subjects have ensured her a certain degree of fame and notoriety within the country.
Beyond the daily blogs, she is the author and illustrator of three collections exploring analysing and presenting South African insults, using humour as a platform to explore the consciousness of the nation.
In her spare time she likes to paint with lipstick, and is currently working on a novel that explores the experiences of Generation X during a decade of politics, high property prices and dinner party debates.