Saba Zahara aka Jill HoneyBush is an exceptionally creative and intuitive individual; born in the historical Bo Kaap region in Cape Town, South Africa. She has various sort hats that she wears and is a keen traveller, innovator, healer and social justice seeking activist by heart.
She has taught environmental, social history, visual and performance art to children and adults, increased the visibility of Creative & Cultural including Youth sector Communications strategies for several organisations and collectives both upon the African continent and in Asia. Of late she has crafted contributions towards the Green and Heritage Communications Movement through producing Open Studio discussions for Community television, pioneering through developing cutting-edge marketing product design in liaison with well known and respected street artists for Youth month, also assisting with local and international media liaison, social media, exhibitions management and audio-visual including photographic documentation.
Some of this work in the past includes the following:
Involved in after school arts education for children living in different historically disadvantaged communities. With exhibitions run in various locations, including libraries, schools themselves; e.g. Coordinating a African children’s’ printmaking exhibition at the National Museum of Stockholm which was exhibited in October, 2013.
She was awarded an International Scholarship for Arts studies (Textile Design) at Indonesian Institute of The Arts in Yogyakarta, Java Island. Arranged & sponsored by Indonesian Government.
Volunteer Project Coordinator-Ecoteer, Palau Perhentian Island Kecil, Malaysia
February 2012-April 2012. Eco-snorkeling & Environmental education lesson planning.
Welcoming and coordinating individual and group volunteer bookings. Includes
accommodation/program coordination. Community mural painting. Arts & Crafts lesson planning and tutorship with children.
Art therapy & Arts Management Consultant Apne Aap Women Worldwide, New Delhi, India-June: November 2012. Project is now implemented and funded by the National Railways of India across the country.
Live Performance (vocals & poetry) alongside indigenous instrumentation: CTICC 1913 Land Act Exhibition June 2013.
Communications Manager-The African Arts Institute - June, 2014 - June 2015.
Cultural Policy reading groups, African literature, music, film screening related activities under the ‘LALA’- Learn Africa love Africa project umbrella, for cultural training initiatives, media liaison for television, radio, newspapers and online magazines.
Creating an effective visual identity for public art & human rights awareness – coordinating successful campaigns. KSAAG’ advocating for the Preservation & Promotion of our Khoi and San (Bushmen) Linguistic & Cultural Heritage. Management Community driven Plan and environmental education workshops with children.
Award won for woman with the highest marks for a month long residential course held in Youth, Social & Economical challenges at WIPAHS, Kibaha, Tanzania (December. 2017).
June-July, 2018 Producer for 5 Open Studio recorded discussions at Cape Town TV, 3 of which are youth led and entitled; “I want role models”, “Violence in our communities”, “Xenophobia in our communities” presented and panelled by Life Choices Youth.
Two follow-up shows in preparation for Heritage month entitled “Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill – Impact on First Nation peoples”, “Land expropriation without compensation.”
Before coming to Uganda she is currently completing a visual arts and creative writing assignment in August, 2018 at Lotus River Primary School for publication and school exhibition.
She has also just recently completed - Level I: Tutor - Starting out with AIMS – Optimising Autism Awareness Interests Movement Sensory Support System which is Internationally IBCCES certified.
She is also an environmental activist and Greenpeace Cape Town Group.
Social Media Management Volunteer and completing her album as a performance poet and vocalist and a few personal documentary projects like for instance #Greenthumbedwomxn: a collective of environmentally conscious women speaking on film and various sort freelancing in project based work.