Prosound backs up TNL at new Afropunk HQ

by | 13 Jun 2019 | Hotels & Casinos

TNL Technical Services recently undertook an installation project for the Afropunk Johannesburg Festival management, which was establishing a permanent office and pop-up venue in Braamfontein. The premises will be utilised until 2020 as a production office for the annual festival staged at Constitutional Hill each December. TNL founder, Teboho (aka Tee) Lekhula, was a long-time employee of local distributor Prosound, which took his company under its wing as an Enterprise Development project in 2017.

Lekhula and Warren Bokwe of Afropunk came to know each other through participating in regular Redbull sponsored events and built a relationship. ‘After an exchange of ideas an installation idea came about,’ says Lekhula. Riaan Jacobs joined the team as a consultant bringing his expertise and experience to the mix.

The venue was not suitable for large sound systems having previously been a clothing store, therefore Riaan designed acoustic panelling to alleviate the problem, which TNL installed. The installation of Electro-Voice ZLX and ELZ speakers took four days, with two days of afterhours work as no drilling was allowed during normal hours.

Pepe Khumalo of Prosound was also involved in the project from the beginning. With the original brief received at the beginning of the year, he worked with the client giving advice up until the venue launch at the end of May, including having two of the four ZLX 12-inch active speakers sprayed white to blend in with the white wall. The remaining two black enclosures were rigged on a black wall. Jacobs commended Khumalo on his professionalism, eagerness to help and how quick he was able to deliver quotes.

‘When the system was up and running it was so satisfying and exciting hearing it fired up – supported by an additional two EV ELX 18-inch powered sub-woofers, brought in just for the launch. All the hard work and planning had been worthwhile at the end of the day,’ said Lekhula.

When asked why she was so determined to back TNL, Prosound HR director Buyiswa Mgedezi said: ‘From the time that he was employed by Prosound, working with Tee has been nothing but splendid. He is one of the most diligent, focused and self-motivated people I know. Tee’s can-do attitude has truly made assisting him in achieving his goals a rewarding experience. Seeing him grow TNL and create jobs is exactly what we aim to achieve through our enterprise development ventures here at Prosound.’

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