Trailblazing South African Entrepreneur, Lebohang W Khitsane of Bataung Memorial Tombstones and Bataung Legacy has done it again. This black-owned, South African company whose footprint extends across Africa and is now reaching into the US was established in 2016 and grew out of Bataung Memorial Tombstones, which, since its inception in 2004, has become Africa’s largest producer of tombstones. Bataung Memorial Tombstones is the service provider of choice for many prominent citizens and is the industry’s trailblazer in technological and artistic innovation.
Through his company Bataung Legacy, Khitsane has handed over a bust to Legendary Harlem Courtier, Dapper Dan at his by appointment only atelier in Harlem. Bataung Legacy has bestowed busts on leaders that they identify, which inspire communities and society as a whole. Previous recipients of the bust include President Thabo Mbeki, Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu, Shangaan Pop Icon Papa Penny, South African business Tycoon, Richard Maponya and President Barack Obama recently at the Annual Nelson Mandela. Bataung Legacy also supplied the bust of President Nelson Mandela to the speakers at the lecture Nelson Mandela lecture.
“This year we decided to award a global icon that embodies our values and who has been a beacon of hope for creatives and entrepreneurs from the townships. Dapper Dan’s story resonates with us a lot as a leading brand that still operates in the township/projects.” Exclaimed Khitsane.
With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered street wear in the early 1980’s, co-opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN and Netflix.
His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art
Bataung Legacy is a black-owned, South African company whose footprint extends across Africa and is now reaching into the US. The company was established in 2016 and grew out of Bataung Memorial Tombstones, which, since its inception in 2004, has become Africa’s largest producer of tombstones. Bataung Memorial Tombstones is the service provider of choice for many prominent citizens and is the industry’s trailblazer in technological and artistic innovation. Following in the footsteps of its sister company, Bataung Legacy has created statues and busts for luminaries that include Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, South African business tycoon, Richard Maponya, Penny Penny, etc
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