The amazing work of a small Johannesburg audio-visual company that employs about 20 people was propelled onto the world stage as it delivered a half-dome stage for former US president Barack Obama during the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture.
Blackmotion Production, founded by entrepreneur and lighting designer Kagiso Moima wa Masimini, 39, was tasked with its biggest technical production work since its launch 13 years ago.
After having partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, delivering technical production work for the past two lectures, Moima wa Masimini did not believe it when told at the beginning of the year that the lecture was going to be addressed by Obama.
"I did not believe it, in my head I was not ready; I thought I'd be able to creatively design something for Obama in the next 10 years. I didn't think it would be this soon," he says.