Dumisani Gumbi and Isabelle Rorke

Director, Anamazing Workshop

Isabelle Rorke got into animation almost by accident. After editing a children's nature conservation magazine and working in broadcasting on Morning Live, Rorke noticed the potential for animation to reach a broad audience and, at the same time, be culturally relevant in South Africa. Meanwhile, Dumisani Gumbi was looking at making a Shaka Zulu cartoon. He dropped out of Harvard University and went to film school instead. The two met through a mutual friend and found that they had a common purpose: to produce animated features that are reflective of South Africa and the continent. In 2000, they joined to form Anamazing Workshop. Backyard Shorts � their production of 13 five-minute short animations, each with African characters and narratives � went on to win Best Animation at the South Africans Film Awards. Anamazing received the Africa Growth Institute's SMME award for most innovative company in 2008 and the company was recently selected as high-impact entrepreneurs with the US-based Endeavor programme, alongside heavy hitting entrepreneurs such as Nkhensani Nkosi and Vinny Lingham, for their potential to make some serious cash out of cartoons. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Bayleaf and Sage in Blue Bird Centre, Atholl; Orient, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg