“Vision is the ability to see potential in what others overlook.” Pastor Rick Warren
I have worked in the corporate world with the biggest advertising agencies and on the world’s biggest brands. During my part-time post-grad studies at Vega, I realised the power brands have to change behaviour and influence culture. I realised my calling is to work on brands driving social change. In 2013, LIFEbrand was born. Since then, we have breathed life into over 70 brands in the non-profit, social enterprise, CSI, education arenas. I trust that we have added significant value to the brands we have worked with, and by doing that, we have helped amplify and accelerate their positive impact in the world.
Baccalaureus Technologiae: Marketing (Nelson Mandela University)
Post Graduate diploma: Media Management/Planning (AAA School of Advertising)
BA Honours Degree: Brand Leadership (Vega School)
“Work hard. Be brave.” Casey Neistat
I am a free-thinking creative who believes in harnessing the power of branding for the good. I joined up with Warren at LIFEbrand in 2017 and have loved the opportunities of working with organisations that are changing the world for the better. One of my biggest passions is to reach out to disadvantaged people and mentor them in the creative space so that they can reach their full potential.
Certificate in Theology (George Whitefield College)
BA Degree: Creative Brand Communications (Vega School)
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” Gerard Way
I am a qualified foundation phase teacher who left teaching in 2006 to go and study graphic design. After qualifying at the end of 2009 I have spent the last number of years working in the media industry. Although no longer involved daily, I am still passionate about education and about helping others find ways to improve their situation. I subscribe wholly to the philosophy of ‘pay it forward’ and try to use the opportunities that I have been given to show others that we can all make a positive impact in this world.
UX Design Course (Friends of Design)
Graphic Design (Ruth Prowse School of Art)
Further Diploma in Education: Learners with Barriers to Learning and development (Rand Afrikaans University)
Further Diploma in Education: Art (Cape Town College of Education)
Diploma in Education: Foundation Phase (Cape Town College of Education)
“Climb the mountain not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” David McCullough
I am Japhet Mibatu born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and I moved to Cape Town in 2014. Living in South Africa has been an exciting journey filled with love and incredible experiences. I am passionate about the creative industry in a variety of ways. Not only am I a model, which gives me a key sense of understanding camera work and different sets, but I am also interested in multimedia in general. My studies have taught me how to code and design, so I am a creative and multifaceted individual. I enjoy working with brands that are making a positive impact and I want to use my skills to work with meaningful organisations that are contributing to a sustainable world.
National Diploma in ICT in Multimedia Applications: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
National Certificate in Finance for Non-Financial Managers: National Association of State Boards Accountancy (NASBA)
Lulama Galeni – South Africa
Didienne Dube – Netherlands
Clement Spocter – South Africa
Natalie Doralingo – South Africa
I really enjoyed my time at LIFEbrand and working with Warren was really fun and insightful. This internship inspired me to continue working in the Civil Sector as it is something I am very passionate about, helping others. LIFEbrand really pushed me to get to know myself and what I wanted in life. I would definitely recommend this internship and experience to any young person interested in helping others and keen to meet cool people in the Civil Sector
Bram van Halteren – Netherlands
Julia Hebbeker – Germany
Jacob Bassler – USA
My time at L!febrand was more than I could have expected.
While working at LIFEbrand, I was able to connect to Cape Town through a unique lens,
while giving back to the local communities through media, arts, and service.
Stefanie Slawski – Germany
Daniel “Jeric” Comer – South Africa
Abulele Ndenze – South Africa
My experience at Life Brand was amazing and insightful. It reinforced my knowledge of understanding clients and their brand as a tool to remember when creating work for them. The office space and working environment at Life Brand is super chilled and the workflow is also amazing. Going out shooting and meeting people on location were one of the best times, I would definitely do that again. Editing B-roll footage of the soccer kids in Nyanga was also quite fun and I enjoyed playing the footage over and over because of how cool and fun the kids were.
Tim Wagner– Germany
Michele Bianchi – Italy
Devina Modi – INDIA
In July of 2017, I spent a month in Cape Town interning for LIFEbrand, a communication agency that worked for non-profits. During this time, I had just finished my sophomore year of university, at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Majoring in illustration, this month was an opportunity for me to gain some work experience, however, it turned out to be that and so much more.
Interning at LIFEbrand was one of my first formal internships, and before I began, I was unsure of the kind of work I would be made to do. Often in cities like New York, working as an intern would mean running errands and getting coffee. However, in a company like LIFEbrand the intern program was far more ‘hands-on’ and educational. From my first day, I was introduced to the various projects that the company took on, and was further given an opportunity to create visuals, do research and work on various tasks with the creative director. Being in a small company like LIFEbrand, I was able to see first-hand, how a project is completed from start to finish, while also getting exposed to parts of the company I wouldn’t necessarily learn about in the art department. Another influential aspect of my experience was interacting and working with companies that had more philanthropic intentions. I was fortunate enough to meet many clients, non-profit organisations and foundations that were working in order to provide education and opportunities for underprivileged people. On various days we visited and interviewed people that worked at such schools, giving me an insight to a side of Cape Town I yet hadn’t experienced. The people I met during this month changed my perspective on how my work as an artist could possibly help create awareness. It also influenced my thesis during my senior year of university, during which I illustrated a book to create awareness about women and LGBTQ in India. This month was my fourth trip to Cape Town, and I think I can definitely say it is one of my favorite cities. My experience outside of work allowed me to interact and meet people from all over the world, in a hub of culture, music, and art. Getting the chance to work in a city you’re visiting, changes the visit entirely, allowing you to learn and experience a city in ways you couldn’t as a tourist. I was fortunate enough to also spend this time with my boyfriend who lives in Cape Town and feel truly at home. I hope in the future to spend more time here and interact with all that this beautiful city has to offer. Overall, what started as a simple internship, turned into a life-changing experience. Graduating from university this week, I’ve spent time looking back and the various things that truly influenced me in my four years, and I think LIFEbrand was an experience that really changed me. In terms of my work, I can see myself looking into how visual art can play a crucial role in creating social and cultural discourse. And in terms of my future, it pushed me to expand my horizons, as I now hope to move to Berlin, Germany to find new experiences and perspectives.