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This Mandela Month, Bata South Africa donates shoes to healthcare workers, volunteers and their familiesAs a global leading shoe company, Bata feels responsible towards all its stakeholders including the communities in which it operates across countries and regions. This is why the Bata Group commits to donate one million pairs of shoes to healthcare workers, volunteers and their families, the frontliners fighting the Covid-19 with admirable courage and dedication every day. The donation will impact a number of countries, in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific and India. 7 Aug 2020 Read more

Bata Youth Board Of Directors take silver!Bata South Africa wins silver award for Campaign Of The Year category at 2020 Prism Awards for Bata Youth Board Of Directors 5 Jun 2020 Read more

Over-All Gear donates Toughees school shoesOver-All Gear, a long-standing customer of Bata South Africa, recently donated 100 pairs of girls Toughees school shoes to Inchanga Primary School. 11 Mar 2020 Read more

Bata's prodigy, Michael Wyatt, returns to local soilMichael Wyatt appointed as Bata South Africa Managing Director 14 Feb 2020 Read more

Michael Wyatt appointed as Bata South Africa managing directorSouth African footwear designer Michael Wyatt has returned to the country through his appointment as Bata South Africa managing director - thereby supporting Alberto Errico, Bata Africa president. Errico has been balancing his role as both the president for Bata Africa and the managing director for Bata South Africa for the past year. 14 Feb 2020 Read more

YBOD the year in reflection for Kristen PetersKristen Peters is 15-years-old and is in Grade 10 at Christ Church College in Midrand, Johannesburg. She reflects back on the year that she served on Africa's youngest board, Bata's Youth Board of Directors (YBOD). A position that she served with pride and youthful enthusiasm, exchanging her fashionista insight and innovatory thinking, for a real business experience from global footwear giant, Bata, and entrepreneurial know-how from Young Entrepreneurs (YE). 20 Dec 2019 Read more

YBOD the year in reflection for Erin HildebrandErin Hildebrand is 14-years-old and is in Grade 8 at Christ Church College in Midrand, Johannesburg. She reflects back on the year that she served on Africa's youngest board, Bata's Youth Board of Directors (YBOD). A position that she served with pride and youthful enthusiasm, exchanging her fashionista insight and innovative thinking, for a real business experience from global footwear giant, Bata, as well as entrepreneurial know-how from Young Entrepreneurs (YE). 19 Dec 2019 Read more

YBOD the year in reflection for Kaden AllkinsKaden Allkins is a 10-year-old from Johannesburg, Gauteng, he attends Cliffview Primary School and will be in Grade 5 next year. Kaden reflects back on the year that he served on Africa's youngest board, Bata's Youth Board of Directors (YBOD). A position that he served with pride and youthful enthusiasm, exchanging his fashionista insight and innovatory thinking, for a real business experience from global footwear giant, Bata, and entrepreneurial know-how from Young Entrepreneurs (YE). 18 Dec 2019 Read more

YBOD the year in reflection for Phegello Molefe JohannesburgPhegello Molefe is 14 years old and attends Vuleka-SSB in Randburg, Johannesburg. She reflects back on the year that she served on Africa's youngest board, Bata's Youth Board of Directors (YBOD). A position that she served with pride and youthful enthusiasm, exchanging her fashionista insight and innovatory thinking, for a real business experience from global footwear giant, Bata, and she gained entrepreneurial know-how from Young Entrepreneurs (YE). 17 Dec 2019 Read more

YBOD the year in reflection for Gemma HollandGemma Holland is 10 years old and attends Pinehurst Primary School in Pinelands, Cape Town. She reflects back on the year that she served on Africa's youngest board, Bata's Youth Board of Directors (YBOD). A position that she served with pride and youthful enthusiasm, exchanging her fashionista insight and innovatory thinking, for a real business experience from global footwear giant, Bata, and entrepreneurial know-how from Young Entrepreneurs (YE). 13 Dec 2019 Read more

Shoes become so much more valuable when empowering youth and employeesTomáš Bat'a, the founder of the world's leading shoemaker by volume - 220 million pairs of shoes sold annually - set a core value that still drives the company he founded more than 125 years ago: "In order to do a job well, we must lead by example." 27 Nov 2019 Read more

Bata is led by the youngest board of directorsAfrica's youngest board of directors, the innovatory Bata Youth Board of Directors (YBOD) were nominated in July to lead the youth brands of global footwear giant, Bata South Africa, on a journey of invaluable discovery. 21 Oct 2019 Read more

Tomy Takkies makes it to the Durban Fashion Fair runwayDurban Fashion Fair, now in its sixth year, is Durban's premier annual fashion event, celebrating the talent of new and established designers. The event included workshops, shows and a buyer's lounge. 11 Oct 2019 Read more

Bata develops the Youth Board of DirectorsThe youngest board of directors in Africa (Bata Youth Board of Directors), aged between 8 and 16, have begun to unveil to Bata glimpses of their insights, into the youthful market sector, which in time will manifest into tangible market desirability. Bata in return are sharing their business expertise, gathered over 125 years of leading the world in innovation, technology and affordability of footwear, along with entrepreneurial skills from Young Entrepreneurs Programme. 18 Sep 2019 Read more

Bata South Africa hosts Women's Day BreakfastBata South Africa hosted their first Women's Day Breakfast on Thursday, 8 August 2019, to commemorate Women's Day which is celebrated on 9 August in South Africa. 21 Aug 2019 Read more

Bata shoes future leaders"The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation."
Nelson Mandela
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The youngest board of directors - Introducing Bata's Youth Board of DirectorsThe world's leading footwear brand, Bata, kicked off their youngest "board of directors" meeting this July. The youth board aged between 8 and 16 years of age meet in various regions (Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg) for their inaugural meeting. Lead by qualified facilitator, CEO and founder of Dreambuilders Patrick Coetzee the board members were kept well entertained and engaged. The day was fun packed for these youth and allowed the Bata marketing team to understand some insights, trends from these youth. They were also given an opportunity to conceptualise key elements for the brand. The day was also clearly monitored by child educational psychologist Steven Mack. 18 Jul 2019 Read more

Bata announces its youngest ever 'Board of Directors'Global footwear giant, Bata South Africa, is unleashing the most innovative and trailblazing concept, to answer the call for the elixir of youth fashion and style, a highly connected and on point, Youth 'Board' of Directors. These trendsetters, aged between 8 and 16, are about to give Bata SA, the swagger of youth insight and market desirability, leading Bata on a journey of invaluable discovery. 10 Jul 2019 Read more

Bata Youth 'Board' of Directors needs you"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"- Nelson Mandela. 25 Apr 2019 Read more

Young designers walk tall after big Bata winThree young design students - one from Kenya, one from Italy and one from the Czech Republic - have been named winners of the Bata Young Designers' Challenge 2019. They will all see their design-proposal sneakers put into production and sold at selected Bata stores across the world. Scores of exciting design talents had entered the contest. The winners were announced at Bata Fashion Weekend, held in Prague on 13 April at Zofin Palace during the VIP evening show, with people around the world watching via livestream. 18 Apr 2019 Read more

Bata celebrates 125th anniversary with fashion extravaganzaA banging catwalk show, an inspiring shoe exhibition, a fascinating and nostalgic pop-up museum - this was Bata Fashion Weekend 2019. The fashion footwear giant showcased its latest ranges and collections, including the Italian Collection, Chinese Collection, Asia Pacific Collection, and its technological ranges Bata Flexible, Bata Light and Bata Insolia. Also, on show was the Bata Heritage range and the world premiere of the new Power Mello sneaker. The event also featured the finale of the Bata Young Designers' Challenge. The shoe spectacular took place in Prague on 13-14 April at the historic Zofin Palace, as Bata celebrated its 125th anniversary. Join us on this shoe review... 16 Apr 2019 Read more

Mihlali Ndamase is off to Prague for Bata Fashion WeekendSouth African YouTuber and influencer Mihlali Ndamase is jetting off to Prague, Czech Republic as a guest of Bata South Africa for the third annual Bata Fashion Weekend. 12 Apr 2019 Read more

Ten-tastic design talents go head-to-headBata set to announce the winners of its annual design contest with a limited-edition sneaker 12 Apr 2019 Read more

Bata to walk its talk at fashion extravaganzaBata Fashion Weekend 2019 is taking in place in Prague, the Czech Republic on 13-14 April. With a theme of "The Evolution of Style", the event will see catwalk shows, the finale of the Bata Young Designers' Challenge, an exhibition and museum, as well as creative and fun events to participate in. At the same time, Bata is celebrating its 125-year anniversary. Entry into the event is free, and it will also be streamed live across the world. 27 Mar 2019 Read more

No woman is just one womanBata continues its message of empowerment and acceptance on International Women's Day 2019 11 Mar 2019 Read more

Remembering Marie BataDevoted wife of Tomas Bata, founder and driving force behind the world's biggest shoemaker, Marie Bata was faced with a terrifying dilemma in 1939 - return to her native Czechoslovakia and face the full fury of the occupying Nazis or watch the Bata company and its workers be decimated by the Third Reich. She chose to return... 19 Feb 2019 Read more

Bata celebrates imperfect love on Valentine's DayBata, the globally renowned footwear company, is taking an unconventional look at Valentine's Day. The brand knows that even though you always see perfect couples in ads and on social media, true love is never perfect: real love is not picture perfect. 12 Feb 2019 Read more

Prague buckles up for Bata Fashion Weekend 2019Prague, the historic capital of the Czech Republic, is to host the Bata Fashion Weekend 2019. This year, as the brand also celebrates its 125-year anniversary, the event will take place on 12-14 April at Žofín Palace. 30 Jan 2019 Read more

Together with Shimza, Bata hands over Toughees school shoes to hundreds of orphaned childrenBata South Africa stepped in and assisted Shimza as he once again donated Toughees school shoes to hundreds of orphaned children from Tembisa at the Rabasotho Hall in Tembisa on Tuesday, 22 January 2019. 24 Jan 2019 Read more

You had me at Toughees school shoes..."I heard it on Heart FM!" says proud parent, Desmond Anthony. "Toughees were advertising the Toughees Move Maker competition and all I heard was school shoes! I sent a WhatsApp to my wife Janine and told her about the competition which she Googled and now my son will star in a national television commercial!" 14 Jan 2019 Read more

The best parts of me - my drive, motivation and ambition exist because she is in my life!13-year-old Storm Boost dances her way into the Toughees telecision commercial motivated by her sister who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy 11 Jan 2019 Read more

Toughees discovers South Africa's dancing talentToughees, South Africa's most-loved school shoe brand has discovered South Africa's next dancing sensations! Cape Town's own 13-year-old Storm Boost from Landsdown and 11-year-old Corban Anthony from Charlesville have been announced as the winners of the Toughees Move Maker Competition making them the stars of the year-end Toughees television commercial. 10 Jan 2019 Read more

Bata unveils its 'Me & Comfortable With It' signatureBata South Africa has recently revealed its new brand signature. From Christmas onwards, the Bata logo will be joined with "Me & Comfortable With It". 10 Dec 2018 Read more

Bata South Africa closes office in support of Mandela Day initiatives100 PAIRS OF TOUGHEES FOR 100 ORGANISATIONS NATIONWIDE! Global footwear giant, Bata South Africa will close their doors on 18th July 2018 and commemorate Mandela Day on what would have been former President Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday with a distribution of 10 000 pairs of Toughees school shoes. 23 Jul 2018 Read more

Thato Masuku wins a trip with Toughees to Russia for the world's biggest sporting spectacle in 2018"WHAT!? Ma, are you being serious? I cannot believe it, I'm going to Russia!" This was the reaction of 6-year-old Thato Masuku when his mom, Hloniphile Masuku told him that he had just won the trip of a lifetime, with South Africa's most loved school shoe brand - Toughees in their Tough is Toughees social media campaign. 17 May 2018 Read more

Bata South Africa embarks on a strategic partnership with South African retail giant, EdgarsBata South Africa has entered into a strategic relationship with South African retail giant, Edgars, effective from June 2018. This will see a variety of Bata Brands being housed by Edgars stores nationwide and will explore sales opportunities for both Bata and Edgars. 14 May 2018 Read more

Bata turns Milan, Italy into their catwalk for the second annual Bata Fashion WeekendThe Via Dante in Milan, Italy, will be littered with well-dressed fashion lovers as Bata International hosts the second edition of the Bata Fashion Weekend from 28 - 29 April 2018 at the prestigious Palazzo Mezzanotte. The 'Sound of Style' is the ethos of this year's event and will feature an engaging combination of music, design and craftsmanship. 3 Apr 2018 Read more