Professor Barry Dwolatzky

Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg South Africa gathered more than 50 delegates from various countries, including academics, ambassadors and entrepreneurs to celebrate the 5th anniversary of creating Africa’s digital entrepreneurs. The event was marked by the launch of the ‘Mollo’ Digital Animation Studio that offers an internationally accredited 2D animation program which is the first of its kind in Africa. Mollo is a Setswana name meaning fire.  

“Tshimologong is the only studio that focuses on producing traditionally drawn 2D animation. Most African studious focus on 3D or cut out animation which only simulates 2D. We ensure that the product we put out is unique and aesthetic, it would be hard to find it elsewhere in Africa”, said Lesley Donna Williams, CEO of Tshimologong Precinct. The studio is accessible to members of the public and individuals seeking to pursue a career in animation.  

According online publication, Animation World Network, South Africa has the most diverse animation output of any nation on the African continent, both in terms of style and medium followed by Egypt and Kenya. Tshimologong Precinct’s “Mollo” animation studio presents exciting opportunities for young people in Africa to develop animation content that remains competitive with the rest of the world. 

“The launch of Mollo Animation studio, seeks to bridge the digital skills shortage in the creative and animation industry. Braamfontein has the potential to become Africa’s “Silicon Valley” says Professor Barry Dwolatzky, founder of the Wits Tshimologong Precinct.

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Mollo Animation Academy

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Kgabo Karabo Maila