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					2    Linking Africa                          36   The Crafts of the Continent of Africa
     A letter from the CEO of Makhaya Arts
     and Cultural Development                38   Crafting the Economy

3    Africa Village
                                             42   Basket Weaving
     Bringing Africa to Europe

8    South Africa in Colours                 46   Feat of Clay
     An event celebrating South Africa
                                             50   The Glory of Beads
10   A Free State of Mind                         The Masters of South African Production
     Explore a beautiful part of the world        and Design

16   The Beat of the Nation                  52   Ardmore
     Artistic expression through dance and
     music
                                             54   Kaross
20   Caitlyn
     Lasers meet the violin in an aerial     56   The African Art Centre
     spectacular                                  Limpopo Ceramics

22   Lovely Lira                             57   Rebtex
     The new voice of Africa
                                             58   High Thorn
24   On the Catwalk
     A walk through fashion
                                             60   Moya Afrika
26   David Tlale
     Fashion designer making waves           62   Wining and Whaling
                                                  Wine and whales of the Cape
30   An African Canvas
     Discover the artistic side of           68   The Rainbow Nation
     South Africa                                 South Africa – the land of contrasts

32   Meeting Point
                                             74   Makhaya Art & Cultural development
                                                          rumoured that all white people were to be annihilated
                                                          was shocking. The rest of the story is history as I
                                                          witnessed the most unexpected peaceful transition of
                                                          political power, from a minority of white people to the
                                                          majority of indigenous black people. The following
                                                          years in South Africa were an incredible study of a
                                                          people in freedom.

                                                          With this a wealth of cultural heritage was released,
                                                          the history of the country and its original people
                                                          has been re-told, those branded as criminals and
                                                          vigilantes have now become heroes of the struggle,
                                                          and people walk free, masters of their own destiny.
                                                          The final death of apartheid in South Africa seemed
                                                          to sound the bell for Africa, to rise and shine, to
                                                          stand, celebrate and show its true colours.

                                                          As a justification for the rape and pillage of the
                                                          African continent over the past centuries, Africa has
                                                          been painted with a tarred brush, as wild, untamed,
                                                          anarchic, violent and heathen. It seldom occurs that
                                                          people perceive Africa as gentle, passionate, wise,
                                                          and a place of exceptional peace and beauty. Now,




                                                                                                                    Africa Village
                                                          in the world’s rush to globalise, standardise and
                                                          other any ‘ise’ possible, overlooked in this process,
                                                          discarded by many unsuccessful marriages of
                                                          colonisation, Africa stands proud, rich and colourful.




A
Linking Africa                                            Deep in its belly Africa carries thousands of pictures
                                                          and stories of life and struggle. From our point of




                                                                                                                    A
                                                          view, we believe it time for the world to see Africa
                                                          and its people through our eyes, its magnificence,
            s a result of many discussions with                                                                              frica Village is a celebration of African         documentaries, and anything else the designers may
                                                          sense of celebration and joy in doing what Africans
African, European and Russian leaders, diplomats,                                                                            culture, traditions and people. A unique          decide at the last minute. Africa Village offers ‘an
                                                          do in Africa.
officials and businesspeople, in Africa Village we                                                                           presentation fusion of African dance, music,      experience of Africa’.
remain convinced of not only the mutual benefits of                                                                          art and crafts finds its roots in traditional
                                                          We have many programs in action, linking to Africa,
connecting these continents but of the necessity.
We consistently discover knowledge, research,
                                                          of which this Africa Village publication is one. We
                                                                                                                    culture carried into today’s contemporary world.
                                                                                                                                                                               Aiming at all the senses; sight,
                                                          welcome you and trust that your journey with us is
products and services on both sides from which all        fruitful and as pleasurable for you to receive as it is
                                                                                                                    Conceived by South African company, Makhaya Art            sound, touch, smell and taste,
                                                                                                                                                                               language is transcended in
would derive great benefit, should their existence                                                                  and Cultural Development, the Africa Village project
                                                          ours to give.
be known. Considering the tremendous advances                                                                       is supported by South African National Distribution
in communications and technology over the past            Kind regards
                                                                                                                    Fund in its program to present Africa Village in 3         vibrant colourful and energetic
years it remains intriguing how little nations and even                                                             Eastern European cities per year. While introducing
neighbours know of each other.
                                                          Zarko Taric
                                                                                                                    audiences to the many South African cultures, past         dance, art, designer crafts,
                                                                                                                    and present, events offer development to the artists       music and visuals, serving as
My experience in South Africa was not unique to                                                                     while simultaneously creating a platform from
myself, but the experience itself is considered as                                                                  which tourism and other business opportunities may         an excellent and informative
very unique. In my case, the uniqueness of events in
South Africa in 1994 were more apparent as this was
                                                                                                                    be launched.
                                                                                                                                                                               introduction to the beautiful and
set against my mental backdrop of war, bombings                                                                     Live dance shows are designed to entertain while           diverse country, South Africa.
and death in Eastern Europe at the time. The release                                                                informing and educating. Art exhibitions express
of Nelson Mandela from prison and the recognition of                                                                impressions of life in Africa, amidst dynamic visual       Launched in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia, Africa Village
ANC (African National Congress) political party had                                                                 media projecting landscapes, village and city life, and    looks to quickly establish itself as the primary
resulted in a mass of national mixed emotion varying                                                                live craft demonstrations showing traditional hand         African festival in Europe and Russia. The diversity
from fear and disbelief to jubilation and celebration.                                                              crafting techniques in progress. Typical of any village,   of activity appeals to young and old, to be visited for
As a visitor and up to that point, observer, realising                                                              Africa Village maintains a constant buzz of activity       entertainment, to receive information, purchase an
that my skin was white in a country where it was                                                                    on stage and off, with storytelling, drum and dance        African gift, or book an Adventure Tour. Most of all
                                                                                                                    workshops, a ‘taste of Africa’ in wines or foods,          Africa Village is an invitation to step into Africa.


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    Africa Village is
    an invitation to
    step into Africa...




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    Past and present
    A        frica Village launched in the late summer
    in Belgrade, Serbia in 2008, the first presentation of
    South Africa as an arts and cultural identity in Eastern
                                                               again, followed immediately after with Ljubljana,
                                                               Slovenia. Africa Village attracted media attention
                                                               across Europe and even as far as South Korea, with
                                                               requests arriving from several cities to host such an
                                                               event. Strong exhibits of traditional crafts supported
    Europe. Attended by then SA Ambassador to the              by the crafters in traditional dress, drum and dance
    country the Honourable Mrs Marasha drums beat the          workshops, exhibits of South African visual artists
    South African entrance to the region.                      and ceramicists amidst the traditional dance and
                                                               music show compiled by international singer Mrs
    This retrospectively modest event was repeated by          Sonti Ndebele, established the look and feel of this
    a larger event presented at the Museum of African          quality, entertaining presentation.
    Art, Belgrade in the following year, 2009. A group of
    8 traditional dancers led by well known singer and         Africa Village continues to make headlines attracting
    entertainer Thapelo Mofokeng enthralled audiences,         the attention of both African and European leaders
    increasing each day of the 4 day event. Craft stands       and audiences. Rather than South Africa falling into
    exhibited a wide range of South African crafts             the large and obscure region of southern Africa its
    representing an approximate 30 crafters.                   unique identity and contribution to global culture
                                                               is becoming known. Active and aggressive
    With the support of the South African National             marketing on behalf of exhibitors, craft products,
    Lottery Distribution Fund in 2010 the event really         art and performers is resulting in sales
    grew legs presenting over 3 days in Belgrade               and enquiries.




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                                                                                                        EXPERIENCE
                                                                                                           SOUTH AFRICA!


South Africa                                       that are easily placed in any modern home or


in Colours
                                                   office environment.

                                                   The objective of presenting South Africa
                                                   in Colours is to attract and entertain new
By Makhaya Art & Cultural Development              audiences showcasing the best of South
                                                   African talent and change many pre-conceived
South Africa in Colours arrives in distant lands   perceptions, while re-positioning and identifying
bringing an arts and cultural presentation from    South Africa’s location in a global context.
the Rainbow Nation. The Rainbow Nation             By doing this Makhaya Art and Cultural
derives its name from the fact that South Africa   Development believe that new markets are
acknowledges its people from 9 major cultural      created, not only for the arts, but doors are
tribes, many smaller ones and is a country         opened raising awareness of South Africa as
inhabited by those from many other nations.        a leisure and business tour destination and
                                                   potential trade partner.
South Africa in Colours comes to present
a country with traditional and cultural roots      Key to design and presentation of events is the
while simultaneously and equally a modern,         focus on positive messages, of life and living
contemporary country that is very much part        in Africa, celebration of freedom, embracing
of the global community. This message is           of unique and beautiful cultures, the energy of
conveyed in all elements of the 4 day event;       dance and movement, love of awe inspiring and
live performances deliver authentic displays of    diverse landscapes, fauna and flora, and the joy
traditional dance and music and then present       of being the Rainbow Nation.
some of South Africa’s top current performers.
Similarly, art exhibitions express traditional     We welcome all exhibitors and visitors to South
Africanism in a contemporary society, while        Africa in Colours, and invite you to join us in an
fashion, crafts and decor products inspired        experience of our Africa. Dance, drum, sing and
by age old cultural traditions and designs         touch Africa with us!


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     TOURISM                                               Clarens and set up shop. In-migrators have
                                                           left their urban environments and come to live
                                                           permanently, in the golf estates around the village
                                                           and in the quiet, poplar-lined streets of Clarens
                                                           itself. And the weekend warriors still arrive in their
                                                           thousands, to scout out the art galleries, make
     South Africa’s ‘rolling                               merry in the pubs, buy excellent and reasonably

     prairie province’, the
                                                           priced books at The Bibliophile (one of SA’s finest
                                                           private bookshops), fish, hike, ride horses or test

     Free State, is rich
                                                           their 4X4s on any number of farm trails.


     with tourism assets.                                  Even Hollywood has given the mountainside
                                                           settlement its stamp of approval, in the form of

     In a whirlwind trip,                                  actor Brad Pitt, who stayed over in 2004 while on
                                                           a social responsibility mission in the area. Rumours

     Chris Marais reveals                                  abounded that Brad was going to buy property
                                                           around here. Thank heavens he didn’t – imagine
     ten Free State hotspots                               what the going prices for Clarens real estate would
                                                           have been then…
     you should never
     pass by…
                                                           Harrismith
                                                           Apart from its spectacular Anglo-Boer War
                                                           blockhouse, graveyard and general memorabilia,
     Text & Photographs by Chris Marais                    Harrismith is also famous for its delicious steaks –
                                                           this is red meat country.

                                                           Just getting to Harrismith from Clarens is a journey
     Eastern Free State – Clarens                          worth the drive, for it takes you through the
     The village of Clarens wears the party hat of the     magnificent Golden Gate Park, with its sandstone
     Free State province. In 1912 the HMS Titanic went     cathedrals, raptors wheeling in the thermals high
     down in the chilly Atlantic Ocean – and the village   above and then out past the Basotho Cultural
     of Clarens was born, nestling into sandstone hills    Centre, the bustle of Phuthaditjaba, the sprawling
     under the brooding presence of Mount Horeb. As        waters of Sterkfontein Dam and into downtown
     you drive in from the Bethlehem side, you pass        Harrismith. One of the major attractions of the area
     a looming massif ironically called Titanic Rock –     is Intabazwe Township, which is full of characters
     and within minutes you’re in a settlement that is     with friendly faces and colourful stories to tell. Ask
     famous for reinventing itself every decade or so.     for a guide at the Harrismith Tourism offices in the
                                                           centre of town.
     It was once a quiet farming centre, seasonally
     bedecked in snow and sparsely populated. Then it      Verkykerskop
     became a hippy artists’ haven, and a touchstone       On your drive up the scenic R722 from Harrismith
     for creative souls from all over South Africa. This   to Memel, tucked between glistening cosmos
     drew the weekend tourists from Durban and             fields and the vast grasslands of the Eastern Free
     Johannesburg and Clarens became the perfect           State, is a little general dealer shop encrusted with
     antidote to a stressful city week.                    those precious old enamel signs for which you
                                                           pay fortunes. They get taken down, pressed into
     Right now, it’s a village that caters for young and   service as walls for hoenderhokke (chicken runs)
     old, sedentary and adventurous, arty and hungry,      and then discovered and sold as “antiques” to the
     thirsty and meditative. People have flocked to        smart set for thousands of rands.


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This is Verkykerskop, a formerly run down trading        and surrounding area, you will find more than 250    It is the site of one of the largest Anglo-Boer War     and little chance of being run over in the traffic –
store that has been given a new lease of life as a       species of birds.                                    concentration camps in the country, and many            unless you get in the way of the odd horse-drawn
general dealer and restaurant, run by a dynamic                                                               people come here to find out about their long-lost      cart parading down the main drag.
young couple who hail from Johannesburg. Their           Twitchers from all over the world come to view the   ancestors who died in the conflict.
Sunday lunches are legendary, and you might              Rudd’s and Botha’s Larks, the Yellow-breasted                                                                Philippolis was born in 1823 as a mission station
even be lucky enough to get barracuda steak. One         Pipit, the Wattled, Blue and Crowned Crane, the      The outdoor types, however, love to use the local       for the Bushmen. The co-founders, the London
of the local farmers is a deep-sea fisherman who         Southern Bald Ibis, the African Marsh Harrier,       Gariep Dam Airport as a base for air-gliding, one of    Mission Society, appointed Dr John Philip as their
does not like eating fish – to the benefit of the rest   Stanley’s Bustard, the Lesser Kestrel, the White-    the growing sports in the region. There are birds to    representative – hence the town’s name.
of us…                                                   Bellied Korhaan and the Cape Vulture.                watch, fossils to find, trails to hike and all manner
                                                                                                              of water sports available on the dam itself. But one    After the Khoi came the Griqua nation and a
Memel                                                    Southern Free State – Bethulie                       of the favourite activities out here is to simply sit   succession of their leaders, from Adam Kok I to
Memel is Prussian for “surrounded by water”. And         Bethulie, which lies near the Mother Dam (Gariep)    out on a clear night and see a wide-angle canopy        III. Then the Boers arrived in the area and began
the name is apt, because the massive wetland             of South Africa, has had no fewer than eight name    of stars in the clear skies above.                      farming this semi-arid land. Basotho and Xhosa
around Memel (Seekoeivlei) was declared a                changes in its lifetime. The town began as Groot                                                             people followed shortly thereafter.
Ramsar site in 1999 - a wetland of international         Moordenaarspoort (Great Murderer’s Defile) and       Philippolis
importance. The wetland is massive - spanning            has now settled on Bethulie (Chosen by God), a       In the evenings, one feels the soul of the Karoo in     Today, more than 3 000 people call Philippolis
about 3 000 hectares - and takes in 253 oxbows           wonderful weekend hideaway town in the Falsch        a simple walk around Philippolis in the southern        home, and the village is beginning to re-discover
in a 14-km stretch. And in that wetland reserve          Karoo.                                               Free State, where there is absolutely no rush hour      its past and look to its future. Consider the facts:




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                                                                                                           to come out of the Earth, according to geologist
                                                                                                           Stephen E Haggerty of the University of              The Free State
                                                                                                           Massachusetts.
                                                                                                                                                                Tourism Authority
                                                                                                           They were driven to the surface via the extinct
                                                                                                           volcanic kimberlite pipe that also threw up the      VISION
                                                                                                           famous blue-white diamonds. The rocks come           The Vision of the Free State Tourism Authority
                                                                                                           from the heart of Earth’s upper mantle, 300 to 400   is for the Free State to be recognised as a
                                                                                                           km below our feet.                                   preferred inland tourism destination and an
                                                                                                                                                                essential part of the foreign tourist’s itinerary
                                                                                                           One of the town’s greatest assets is Glaasstudio,    during their visit to South Africa.
                                                                                                           where Naas and Gil Vermaak and their team
                                                                                                           of crafters are making world class African wire      MISSION
                                                                                                           products with an elegant French twist, decorated     The Mission of Free State Tourism Authority
                                                                                                           with glass and shiny beads, sent all over South      is to represent all our key stakeholders
                                                                                                           Africa and the world.                                and customers, be they public, private or
                                                                                                                                                                community based participants within the
                                                                                                           Fauresmith                                           tourism sector, to ensure that they achieve
                                                                                                           Fauresmith is really famous for its annual           their objectives of sustainable prosperity for the
                                                                                                           endurance rides, which began in 1964. A year         overall benefit of the Free State Economy.
                                                                                                           later, sixty of the horses died of poisoning,
                                                                                                           administered by someone with a grudge against        Contact Details
                                                                                                           the event. Today, there are more than 300 entries
                                                                                                           each year, coming from all over the equestrian       Physical Address:
•	 The Kok dynasty history is steeped in SA culture    nearly 3 000 Boer women and children. More than                                                          Mimosa Mall, 131 Kellner Street, 2nd Floor
                                                                                                           world. It’s called the Fauresmith International
   and, particularly, that of the Griquas;             700 of them died in that time.                                                                           Office Towers, Brandwag, Bloemfontein, 9300,
                                                                                                           Endurance Ride, and is considered the toughest
•	 After the Anglo Boer War, world-renowned                                                                                                                     Free State, South Africa
                                                                                                           race of its kind – anywhere.
   humanitarian Emily Hobhouse chose Philippolis       Edgar Wallace, the renowned author, editor and
   as the site for a spinning and weaving school for   war correspondent once found himself mired in                                                            Postal Address:
                                                                                                           Koffiefontein
   women;                                              Springfontein. He wrote some colour pieces for                                                           Private Bag X20805, Bloemfontein, 9300, Free
                                                                                                           The most significant icons of the diamond town of
•	 The international naturalist, war hero and writer   his readers back in the UK about a soldier’s life                                                        State, South Africa
                                                                                                           Koffiefontein are:
   Sir Laurens van der Post, spent his childhood       in a blockhouse, once of which looms over N1
   years in Philippolis;                               highway near the town.                                                                                   Tel: +27 (0)51 411-4300
                                                                                                           • The Big Kettle icon that stands at the entrance
•	 More than 200 bird species are to be found in                                                                                                                Fax: +27 (0)51 444-0297
                                                                                                             to Koffiefontein;
   the area, and the fact that as many as 1 300        Today, Springfontein slumbers on, amidst a                                                               Email: info@freestatetourism.org
                                                                                                           • The fact that the great writer Etienne Leroux
   blue cranes lurk in the local grasslands and        number of guest houses, roadside stalls and
                                                                                                             (Magersfontein, O Magersfontein) used to live
   wheatfields is a big plus for the growing band of   an excellent farmstay where families break the
   “twitchers” worldwide;                              journeys and get to pet an agricultural beast.
                                                                                                             nearby here on a farm and, as his colleague        Enquiries:
                                                                                                             Chris Barnard once said, “always used to wear      Clarens: www.goclarens.co.za
•	 Philippolis is relatively crime-free,
                                                                                                             a black turtleneck, black pants, black leather     Harrismith: www.countryroads.co.za/harrismith
   uncommercialised and friendly;                      Jagersfontein
                                                                                                             jacket and dark glasses. He always had three       Verkykerskop: www.grasslandsmeander.co.za
•	 Artists and writers are snapping up the             Many Jagersfontein houses still retain their
                                                                                                             packets of cigarettes, two full and one empty.     Memel: www.wheretostay.co.za
   inexpensive country homes, to be used as            graceful Victorian facades, and there’s a regular
                                                                                                             No one knew why…”                                  Bethulie: www.bethulie.com
   creative retreats.                                  flow of tourists coming to see the largest man-
                                                                                                           • The diamond mine, which is still operating;        Philippolis: www.philippolis.org.za
                                                       made hole on Earth. They’re often charmed
                                                                                                           • The open air museum. During WW2, a number          Springfontein:
Springfontein                                          to observe a breeding pair of Verreaux’s
                                                                                                             Italian POWs were kept here in an internment       www.springfontein-guest-house.com
During the Anglo-Boer War, Springfontein had the       eagles nesting and hunting along the steep
                                                                                                             camp – alongside pro-Nazi sympathisers. One        Jagersfontein, Fauresmith, Koffiefontein:
largest field hospital in the southern hemisphere,     rocky sides.
                                                                                                             prisoner-artist painted – among other things – a   look up the Horizon Route on
railway lines from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and
                                                                                                             huge wall portrait of Il Duce (Mussolini), which   www.africandream.org
East London all met here on their way to the Reef      Not many know that the rocks found at
                                                                                                             still remains.
– and there was a concentration camp holding           Jagersfontein are the deepest known samples


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     I                     n one field especially, the new
                           freedoms of post-apartheid
                           South Africa have brought
                           new life - dance has became
     a prime means of artistic expression, with dance
     companies expanding and exploring new territory.
     Music and dance are pulling in new audiences and
     a number of home-grown productions, particularly
     those aimed at the popular market, have taken South
     Africa and, in some cases, the world, by storm.
                                                                 coming together in response to the beating of the
                                                                 drum is an opportunity to give one another a sense
                                                                 of belonging and of solidarity. It is a time to connect
                                                                 with each other, to be part of that collective rhythm of
                                                                 life in which young and old, rich and poor, men and
                                                                 women all contribute to society.

                                                                 Traditional dances often do not appear in isolation
                                                                 but are part of broader cultural activities: There are
                                                                 many forms of African dance, some of which are
                                                                 detailed below:
     South Africa has had a long tradition of fine classical
     ballet but, until relatively recently, contemporary            Warrior Dances. Dance movements mimic
     dance was not an important feature of the local                battlefield tactics such as stabbing and fighting,
     dance scene. Since the late-1970s, though, that                preferring to end victorious. This dance consists
     has changed, and contemporary dance companies                  of phrases of movements
     have burgeoned and spawned an “Afrofusion” that
     combines the techniques of formal dance training               Dances of Love are performed on special
     with a spirit that is purely African. The result, a blend      accessions, such as weddings and anniversaries.
     of multiple cultures, including classical ballet, is
     controversial and hugely exciting.                             Rites of Passage and Coming of Age Dances
                                                                    are performed to mark the coming of age of
     African dance refers mainly to the dance of Sub-               young men and women. They give confidence
     Saharan Africa, and more appropriately African                 to the dancers who have to perform in front of
     dances because of the many cultural differences in             everyone. It is then formally acknowledged they
     musical and movement styles. These dances must                 are adults. This builds pride, as well as a stronger
     be viewed in close connection with African music,              sense of community.
     as many African languages have no word to define
     music. These dances teach social patterns and                  Dances of Welcome are a show of respect and
     values and helps people work, mature, praise or                pleasure to visitors, as well as a show of how
     criticize members of the community while celebrating           talented & attractive the host villagers are.
     festivals and funerals, competing, reciting history,
     proverbs and poetry; and to encounter gods.                    Dances of Possession and Summoning These
                                                                    are common themes, and very important in many
     The most widely used musical instrument in Africa is           traditional african religions. They all share one
     the human voice.                                               common link: a call to a Spirit. These spirits can
                                                                    be the spirits of Plants or Forests, Ancestors,
     Although nomadic groups do not traditionally use               or Deities.
     drums; in villages throughout the continent, the
     sound and the rhythm of the drum express the mood           Townships created during the colonial period
     of the people. The drum is the sign of life; its beat is    removed people, and their dance, from the
     the heartbeat of the community. Such is the power           traditional environment. Beer halls became
     of the drum to evoke emotions, to touch the souls of        community centres of sorts with drinking, socializing,
     those who hear its rhythms. In an African community,        and dancing.


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     Gumboot dance developed from traditional African          The mine executives tried to divide workers from
     roots, to become a part of urban South African            each other even when they were not working, for
     working-class culture. The practice began with            fear of solidarity and uprising. Their overcrowded
     rural laborers who came to work at the gold mines of      living quarters were segregated along ethnic or
     Witwatersrand in South Africa. They brought               tribal lines. At the same time, they were forbidden
     with them strong traditions of rhythm, song, and          to carry on their traditions, or wear traditional
     dance. Facing oppression and hardship at the              dress, in an attempt to virtually erase their ethnic
     mines, including punishment if they talked to             identity. Faced with this repressive regime, workers
     each other while working, they were forced to adapt       adapted traditional dances and rhythms to the only
     and create new forms of communication                     instruments available - their boots and bodies.
     and entertainment.
                                                               Inside the mines, the workers used the gumboots
     The fact that many ethnic groups and languages            to communicate with each other, by slapping their
     existed side by side also contributed to developing       boots, stamping their feet, and rattling their ankle
     their associations through the shared language of         chains. As the form also developed into a popular
     rhythm and music. In the mines they worked for three      social activity, songs dealing with working-class life,
     months at a time, doing long, hard, repetitive toil. In   drinking, love, family, low wages and mean bosses
     the total darkness of the mines, many workers were        were sung to accompany the movements.
     chained to their workstations and forbidden to speak
     with one another. Hundreds of workers were killed         Some employers eventually became aware of this
     every year in accidents and many were beaten and          emerging dance form, and the more tolerant ones
     abused by the foremen. The conditions of the mines        allowed the best dancers to form troupes. These
     were deplorable, where mine floors often flooded          troupes were used to entertain visitors and spread
     due to poor drainage, causing skin problems and           good PR by representing their company. It was
     disease. Rather than spending money to properly           not unusual for these performer’s songs, sung in the
     drain the shafts, the bosses issued rubber gumboots       worker’s native languages, to openly mock
     to the workers. The miners uniform thus consisted of      their bosses and criticize wages and conditions,
     jeans or overalls, bandannas to absorb their sweat,       while the bosses listened on, blissfully ignorant of
     hard hats, and gumboots.                                  the content.


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     A
                daredevil of a performer that does things         LASER VIOLIN
                her way - sliding across table tops & rocking     A world first concept developed by Johannesburg-
                electrifying showstoppers, strutting down         based, award winning, special effects company Laser
                catwalks or performing a breathtaking             X. Caitlin is proud to be pioneering the ‘Laser Violin’
     indoor aerial violin act, setting the sky ablaze with her    and has wowed audiences across South Africa and
     laser violin or partying up a storm with her dancers -       as far afield as Mauritius & Ghana with her Laser Violin
     Caitlin is an electric violinist who doesn’t play it safe.   performances.


                                                                  ‘..mind-blowing!....the show
     Her live performance is an explosive entertainment
     experience with a repertoire focused around show
     pieces; hard-dance remixes of recognizable classics;
     rock anthems and crowd-pleasing classical-pop.
                                                                  was spectacular and
     An electric instrumentalist through and through, her
                                                                  nothing short of brilliant..’ -
     sound has been influenced by legendary electric              joburg.co.za,
     guitarists such as Slash, Brian May and Jerry C!
     During her on-stage performance, one of her special          (City of Johannesburg website)
     edition; hi-tech Yamaha electric violins is channelled
     through a variety and combination of effects pedals
     to create her distinctive sound - paired with her            AERIAL VIOLIN
     uninhibited, wild stage presence - it makes for a truly      An all new performance experience! Caitlin’s aerial
     electrifying show.                                           violin performance is visually surreal. She has been seen
                                                                  back flipping and playing upside-down; performing at
     Over the past year, Caitlin has stunned audiences            death-defying heights for the official opening of the ICC
     across South Africa and Zambia as well as in                 Champions Trophy in South Africa,2009; as part of
     Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius & The Seychelles. She has           aerial extravaganza show ‘Bohemia!’ in the Seychelles
     performed for Royalty, Presidents & World leaders            and at South Africa’s first ever Pacha Ibiza party hosted
     including HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester,            at Cape Town’s hottest night spot Vaudeville & The Fez!
     Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra
     Ramgoolam, Presidents Jacob Zuma, Kenya’s                    Roaming between tables or demanding attention
     Raila Amolo Odinga, Lesotho’s Pakalitha Mosisili,            onstage. Performing jazzy background music through
     Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Zambia’s Rupiah Banda                  to classical-pop and well-known favourites – Caitlin is
     and former secretary general of the United Nations           sure to dazzle your guests whatever the occasion
     Kofi Annan.                                                  may be.


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       o say that that Lira is South Africa’s most          More than that, Lira’s career has been marked,             and enduring radio hit – earning a place as one of the     The Blu-ray was be released internationally in
       successful and high-profile young female solo        from the start, by a deeply felt, and brilliantly          most-played songs ever on South African radio.             January 2011 – following a remastered second
       artist just a handful of albums into her career is   conveyed sense of integrity – both in the way she          Lira’s follow-up, 2008’s SOUL IN MIND, was as              edition of the ‘LIVE IN CONCERT - A CELEBRATION’
       no puffery.                                          conducts her life and in the lyrics that have helped       potent, earning Lira Album of the Year and                 CD that features over 20 minutes of previously
                                                            ensure Lira stands out in a crowded musical                Best Female Artist awards at the 2009 South African        unreleased concert material and bonus tracks.
From her first tentative steps with the 2003 album,         landscape. Clearly, creating music that stands as          Music Awards. The power of Lira’s growing list of live     Among these is the tribute song to Nelson Mandela
ALL MY LOVE to her 2006 record FEEL GOOD                    a beacon of inspiration, as well as providing pure         performances, both locally and aboard, meant that          ‘Something Inside So Strong’ as performed by Lira
and 2008’s SOUL IN MIND, the girl from Daveyton             entertainment to fans, is something else                   she made it two in a row when she was named Best           and the Soweto Spiritual Singers at the Sony 3D
township on Joburg’s East Rand (who wrote her               Lira treasures.                                            Female Artist in 2010 for the live recording LIVE IN       stage at the Nelson Mandela Square on 4 July 2010
first song when she was just 16) has pursued a                                                                         CONCERT - A CELEBRATION.                                   – an ecstatically received performance that added to
career that has put her on top of her very                  That Lira was able to use her light-filled, power-                                                                    Lira’s considerable FIFA 2010 World Cup presence
considerable game.                                          packed voice, mesmerising live performance and             In fact, the success of the latter DVD was proved          (including a duet on Listen Up! The official FIFA 2010
                                                            songwriting gift (the same one that spurred her to         when it became the fastest selling locally                 World Cup album).
Not that Lira herself would boast about where she           leave a potential accounting and auditing career for       released live DVD in South Africa’s history – reaching
currently stands in the firmament of South African          music) to captivate fans came most visible with the        double platinum status less than a year after its          Early 2011 sees the release of Lira’s fourth studio
artists. Little matters to this woman who has been          release of her Sony debut, FEEL GOOD.                      release.                                                   record – RETURN TO LOVE. It’s an album that again
named a style icon, a role-model, a multiple award-                                                                                                                               raises the bar for an artist who never ceases to push
winner and platinum artist, than refining a sound           The title alone struck deep into the hearts of a diverse   News that Lira followed up this feat with the first-ever   forward. And it’s likely to be Lira’s breakthrough
that’s unmistakably hers – one that’s as accessible to      grouping of fans, who were looking for something           release of a live music concert on Blu-ray in South        record into a global market that is set to be as
the fans who have sustained her career so far as a          positive and inspiring to provide the soundtrack to        Africa came as no surprise to a fanbase used to            smitten by this genuinely warm, hugely gifted artist as
new audience internationally.                               their lives. The album’s title track became an instant –   this artist setting the benchmark for others to follow.    her homegrown fans are.


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A                                      frica is blessed
                                       with a rich
                                       diversity of
                                       indigenous
cultures, and this is explicitly evident in African
fashion. There is currently a large market for African
fashion, and the rest of the world scours every
corner of the continent searching for ideas to use in
haute couture and then sell for millions. Africans are
renowned for painting the world in a kaleidoscope
of bold colours and motifs, and for their vibrant
colour combinations, dazzling patterns, rich fabrics,
fabulous headgear and elegant gowns.

The presence of textiles in Africa dates back to
                                                          around 1000 BC when the trans-Saharan traders
                                                          used strip cloth as a form of currency. As a result,
                                                          African textiles were popularised worldwide. In the
                                                          1400s, European coastal traders even preferred
                                                          African fabrics to fine European fabrics! The
                                                          development of trade with the world established a
                                                          ruling class in Africa, which in turn brought about
                                                          a need for luxury items. African textiles, with their
                                                          distinctive quality and colour, came to represent
                                                          wealth, popularity and social status in fashionable
                                                          society.

                                                          The textile and clothing industry has high value-
                                                          added segments where design, research and
                                                          development are important competitive factors. The
                                                          high-end of the fashion industry is human capital
                                                          intensive in design and marketing. Africa certainly has
                                                          the labour and creativity, but may lack the research
Phoenician times. At various points in history,           and developmental elements.
migration has spread African textiles to different
regions of the continent and the rest of the world.       The full potential of Africa’s fashion industry is yet to
The colourful cloths of Africa were a sign of wealth      be realised.


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David Tlale’s “Made in the City”                         Being the first designer to ever showcase on a
                                                         monumental structure, fashion mogels were thrilled
collection visits Paris                                  by the spectacle of the 92 garments parading along
                                                         the Cities heratige bridge, something Mr Tlale must
and Vienna.                                              be exceptoinally proud to have achieved.

David Tlale, one of South Africa’s most revered          “The City of Johannesburg is buzzing with vibrant
fashion designers, is set to visit Paris and Vienna in   energy, urban structures and all that is reflective of
June where he continues the journey of his “Made         the 21st Century Africa and it boasts one of the most
in the City” 2011 Autumn/Winter collection, which        respected statesman, Madiba (Nelson Mandela),
was showcased on the Nelson Mandela Bridge               as its resident, so it made sense for me to draw
(Braamfontein) at Joburg Fashion Week on 19              inspiration from such wealth and honour him in my
February 2011.                                           own creative way,” says David Tlale.

In what was probably one of the most anticipated         This journey of “Made in the City” collection shall
shows, David Tlale was at the peak of this year’s        continue and shall be exhibited in Vienna on the 23
Joburg Fashion Week, as reported by Sandiso              June 2011 at Labo Ethnik. Although the scale of the
Ngubane from the Times. “I can tell you that David       show will not boast as many as 92 garments, the 30
has done it again. Fashion is a very subjective thing    garments will still ensure that an insight into South
but there is one thing that is universally accepted;     Africa’s tribal roots and heritage master, Madiba, will
the successful execution of a concept almost always      colour the ramp.
equals a successful show. With Tlale I honestly saw
the “Made in the City” theme coming alive in subtle      The marriage of fabrics and colour always plays a
hints of African traditional garb”.                      huge role in a David Tlale collection; therefore this


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     collection shall be no exception. Tlale will pull out all
     the stops and bring life to what he describes as a
     typical fusion City African woman.

     “At this show, she shall come to life in all shapes,
     forms and colours. She is a city woman who walks
     the world. Although she may not necessarily live in
     the city; she came to the city for business and adores
     the bustling and hustling of it all,” adds Tlale.

     Tlale infuses hard and soft fabrics, experiments with
     colour and draws from tribal influences to materialise
     this collection that journey’s through his master piece,
     “Made In The City.”

     “I can’t really reveal much right now but when you
     see the show, it will all make sense and I’m sure
     Vienna will appreciate this,” boasts Tlale.




     Biography
     David Tlale is a home grown label that stands out
     from the crowds, thanks to a design elegance that
     challenges the clichéd and predictable. Couture
     that embodies beauty without pretence and shuns
     harshness for poise, answering the call of today’s
     men and women for design that is young, bold
     and elegant. David Tlale is undoubtedly one of
     Johannesburg’s most interesting clothing labels.
     Dynamic in its response to local and global trends
     and influences, David Tlale prioritizes style coupled
     with expert use of fabrics. Garments of impeccable
     quality are born guaranteed from craftsmanship of
     exquisite materials, conceived from meticulous
     stylistic research.

     David Tlale’s commitment to its environment is
     mirrored in its vision for business and community
     empowerment. The immediate plan is to on local
     acclaim to become a top couture house in South
     Africa before taking on a (waiting) global market. The
     brand has been showcased around the country since
     its inception. Growth and maturity in design and
     signature, has been the “code of the day” upon each
     collection presented. This has been evident on Paris’s
     catwalk during the Couture Week in July 2007 as
     the brand received great reviews, being nominated
     for the TrueLove Fashion Awards in 2007, winning
     the Stars of Mzansi Fashion Designer category in
     2008 and showcased with the ‘De Beers Shinning
     Light Collection’ at Africa Day in Washington DC in
     May 2008 through De Beers. The brand continues to
     grow in the South African and International Fashion
     Industry creating a strong sense of style, individuality,
     elegance and signature.

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                                   S                           outh African art, its masters,
                                                               and grass roots artists alike
                                                               have all been shaped to
                                                               some extent by the politics
                                  of social change over the past century. Artistic
                                  practice in much of South Africa has been affected
                                  by official policies of racial segregation, economic
                                  and political migration, and an infinite number of
                                  marginal influences that combine to form the creative
                                  identity of the artist and their choice of subject.
                                                                                                Much township art was destroyed by security forces,
                                                                                                leaving a significant gap in the nation’s cultural
                                                                                                legacy. Louis Khela Maqhubela (1939 - present)
                                                                                                whose paintings are a combination of abstract
                                                                                                figures, symbolism, and genre scenes of everyday
                                                                                                life, continued to exhibit his work during apartheid.
                                                                                                Artistic protest took the global stage at the height of
                                                                                                sanctions and the Acultural boycott.

                                                                                                Apartheid undoubtedly inspired a lot of influential art
                                                                                                in South Africa. The liberating voices of artists did
                                  The exchange of ideas between European colonial               much to capture the attitudes and opinions of people
                                  artists and their native black counterparts was not           during this time. The cultural value of these works is
                                  just a one-way process. Although missionaries,                indisputably priceless.
                                  patrons and educators exposed African artists to
                                  western artistic practices, so too did many white             Gerard Sekoto’s works seem to be at the crest of
                                  South African modernists adopt African aesthetic              the wave that has propelled contemporary South
                                  elements and collaborate with like minded black               African art into the leading edge of the global art
                                  South African artists. This social trend continued            market, seeing a 300% rise in recent years.
                                  throughout the early 1900s, until the era of apartheid        Sekoto’s self portrait shattered previous world
                                  that began in 1948.                                           auction records for the artist and fetched an
                                                                                                amazing $246,900. Given this current trend the
                                  During apartheid, artistic practice and the subject           future looks positive for contemporary South
                                  matter of paintings in South Africa took a radical            African art.
                                  shift. African art in general was considered as activist
                                  art, provoking reactionary attitudes in those that            Contemporary art emerging from South Africa is
                                  view it. Much of the artwork produced in this era is          exciting in its breadth and expression. Any creative
                                  anything but passive in its visual impact or political        works to come from a nation with such a unique and
                                  message, its purpose was social change! Although              varied history deserve unrestrained attention. The
                                  artists played a prominent role in the resistance             depth and variety of works currently being created
                                  movement, politically minded artists such as Michael          by established and emerging South African artists
                                  Maapola (1964 - present) were persecuted, and                 remains impressive.
                                  black artists work was rarely exhibited.

Thomas Ngulube
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Title: Uphakeme with tambourine
Mary Sibande
Title: Wish you were here




                                              T
                                                       his is an art exhibition of fifteen South African
                                                       contemporary artists. The exhibition explores
                                                       layers of contemporary cultural reproductions
                                                       and the meanings of such productions in
                                              South Africa. Most artists in this show are based
                                              in Johannesburg, a city that is perceived as an
                                              economic and cultural engine of the whole African
                                              continent. This is evident as the artworks that were
                                              carefully selected by the curator Bongani Mkhonza in
                                              this show were produced from the debris of this city’s
                                              economic and cultural productions. The recycled
                                              debris includes found objects, like plastic bags
                                              and colorful collages of paper and fabrics. In terms
                                              of content, mostly artworks on show are themed
                                              around the concepts of democratization, layers and
                                              collage, co-modification, power and social change
                                              which can also be referred to as social engineering.

                                              In this exhibition, visitors will be enticed to
                                              view unique and original works by leading
                                              contemporary South African Artists like Mary
                                              Sibande; Mbongeni Buthelezi; Sam Nhlengethwa;
                                              and Lawrence Lemaoana.

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                                                                                                           Kudzanai Chiurai
                    Theresa-Anne Mackintosh                                                                Title: The Minister of Defense
                    Title: Lamb
                     This exhibition is an initiative by Makhaya Arts and      The talks will address questions surrounding the
                     Cultural Development. Makhaya is a leader in arts         dynamism of cultural reconstruction in the articulation
                     and cultural development between South Africa             of contemporary cultures and the unfolding of
                     and countries around Eastern Europe. Makhaya’s            histories, in the context of both South African
                     contributions to contemporary artistic practice and       contemporary culture that is under reconstruction
                     cultural development can be traced over the last few      and that of Austria. Talks will be an attempt to find
                     years. For this exhibition, selected artworks go into a   connectedness in discourse because of the complex
                     unique exhibition including video recordings of artists   histories between these two countries. These talks
                     themselves. Influential talks by artists and cultural     will be examining the processes that inform both
                     theorists such as Lawrence Lemaoana and Bongani           of these countries’ cultural productions and their
                     Mkhonza will be conducted around the exhibition.          perception, both in Europe and Africa.




                     Schedule for Meeting Point

                                                                         Vienna, Austria
                                                                         Museums Quartier
                                                                         23rd – 26th June



                                                                         Belgrade, Serbia
                                                                         Sava Center
                                                                         22nd – 25th September



                                                                         Moscow, Russia
                                                                         2012 (Venue and dates
                                                                         to be announced)




Mbongeni Buthelezi
Title: The boy 36                                                                                                                  37
     With its rich and diverse roots, South
     Africa boasts a colourful array of arts
     and culture that includes, among other
     things, craft, dance, literature, music,
     architecture, theatre and visual arts.
     This unique heritage plays a significant
     role in social regeneration, unity
     and reconciliation.

     The craft industry has been identified
     as a strategic sector for the economic
     upliftment of South Africans. The
     crafts industry is estimated to employ
     1.2 million people and contribute a
     whopping R3.4-billion to the economy
     every year. Funds generated from crafts
     are often the sole source of income for
     poor, usually illiterate, people to gain
     access into the formal economy.

     Throughout the world creative industries
     possess a natural economic potential
     and an implicit capacity to foster cultural
     diversity in the global market. In the
     transition towards modern knowledge-
     based economies, creative industries
     have become increasingly important
     components of national economies and
     global trade.

     In the contemporary economic
     landscape of the ‘creative economy’,
     creativity and culture are the essential
     raw materials of the production cycle
     just as coal and steel have been since
     the industrial revolution. In the realm
     of the creative economy artistic
     producers are generators of economic
     and cultural value. In developing
     countries the creative economy provides
     important sources of work, education
     and investment.

     Creativity is the key factor driving
     development. Across the world,
     enterprises based on individual
     creativity are booming, and are having
     a dramatic impact on global culture and
     the economy.




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        or centuries South Africa’s people have been   - giving themselves time to raise their children,       banana tress) and Imizi (a water grass). Ilala palm       material is soaked in the dye bath. Common colours
        famous for the sturdy and beautiful baskets    work in the fields, collect water and do other daily    fronds are collected, pulled into strips, naturally       and their source: Brown/Black (isizimane) - Roots of
        they weave from grasses and palm leaf. The     chores. Each basket will be unique in size, shape,      dyed and then hung to dry as the traditional women        tree and or palm fronds crushed and boiled for up to
        weaving was so tight that the best ‘ukhamba’   pattern,weave and colour and is a true collector’s      prepare their other materials for basket-weaving. The     7 days. Golden Brown & Pink/Lilac (mpheghmbetu) -
baskets were actually used to store beer! Using        item. All basket colours are natural and obtained       palm fronds have a waxy coating which makes them          Leaves of a small bush. Coral (mgweyna) - Aloe root.
a variety of wild grasses many products such as        from boiling roots, leaves, berries and bark or other   ideal for the weaving of watertight baskets.              Purple/Blue (umdoni) - Skin of ripe Umdoni berries or
baskets, bowls, hats and mats have been developed      organic material of indigenous flora.                                                                             the root of certain plants including the indigo plant.
extending now to more modern items such as                                                                     All the colours used in traditional baskets are natural   Burgundy/Maroon (isfixu) - Bark of Marula tree or
lampshades.                                            A variety of sustainably harvested plant materials      dyes, derived from organic sources. Different regions     wild berries only available for a short time each year
                                                       are used to create different types of baskets. These    and weavers use different colours and even different      (rarest color). Orange (xomisane) - Roots of small
The women work from their homes, where they can        include: Ilala (prounounced EYE-LA-LA) palm fronds,     colour sources. The individual colour’s intensity and     hairy leafed plant. Mustard Yellow (icena) - Paste of
assimilate basket making into their normal routine     Isikonko (a grass), Noebe (the bark of the wild         saturation depends on the length of time the raw          wood-ash and water, soaked overnight, boiled for


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5-7 hours. Bright Yellow - Saffron (very expensive and    The South African craftspeople favor symmetry,
rare). Grey (ijuba) - Soaked in black mud for up to       precision and organisation in the designs of their
one week. Khaki Green (mxuba) - Fresh cow dung,           baskets — the qualities that seem to appear in
soaked in water overnight and boiled with palm            their social patterns. Each design has a specific
leaves for 4-5 hours. The green colour is clearer in      meaning: Triangle - A masculine symbol, also
the spring due to the diet of the cows.                   represented on wedding baskets as the number
                                                          of steers/cows paid for a bride price payment.
A variety of stitches are used depending on the type      Diamond - A feminine symbol. Double Triangle -
of basket being produced. The most common is the          Marriage, man. Double Diamond - Marriage, woman.
figure-eight stitch. Today large needles are used, with   Zig-Zag - Masculine, represents the spear of Shaka.
each stitch being painstakingly placed, making sure       Series of Diamonds - Feminine, represents the
that the free-hand design will line up properly and not   shields of Shaka. Checkerboards, Whirls or Circles -
be “squished” or distorted. A good master weaver’s        Good news, new baby, good rains,
watertight basket can contain 180 to 300 stitches         plentiful harvest. Points Around the Outside -
per square inch of a basket. Baskets can take weeks       Shows the number of cattle paid as bridewealth for
or months to finish.                                      a wedding.


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     C
             eramics and pottery is one of the oldest          In most cases, pottery has been made by women.
             trade commodities of Africa. Traditionally clay   Clay is worked on entirely by hand and shaped and
             pots have for centuries been produced to          fashioned into the desired shape. In other cases, the
             cool and store water, carry water, make beer      women would pour the clay into a mould made of
     and or cook food.                                         pottery, wood or a calabash. After drying the clay, the
                                                               pots are put in a pile and covered with wood, bark or
     This is the most traditional African ornament you can     dried cow dung and baked outdoors in an open fire.
     own. Used throughout African countries, the clay pot      Although many still use fires to bake and harden the
     is called “inkamba” in Zulu and clay is “ibumba” .        clay, kilns are now also used.

     The making of clay pots is one of the most respected      After baking, the pots are decorated. Polishing pots
     crafts that has stood the test of time.                   was and still is common practice among the various
                                                               African tribes. African pottery from the central part of
     The making of pottery in Africa began around the          the region usually have a deep and lustrous finish is
     7th millennium BC and continues to this day in the        achieved by the firing process.
     various regions of the continent.




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                                                                                                     Jabu Nala
                                                                                         African Pot Collection




In other areas of Africa, plant dyes are used for     and region. Usually one can distinguish two
colouring and are randomly splashed on after the      styles of decoration: incised decoration and
firing process.                                       raised decoration.

African women are generally the ones involved in      Traditionally, three sizes were most common: the
making clay pots and are responsible for passing      large Imbiza pot was used for brewing, the Ukhamba
the skills on to future generations. Most Zulu pots   pot used for serving and the Umancishana pot size
are blackened after the firing, this is largely for   for cooking meat, storing water and grain and for
ritualistic purposes as the ancestors hide in dark,   drinking sour milk.
shady places. In time, through daily use, the
pots develop the warm, brown, glossy patina           As in the case with baskets, pots have moved
characteristic of Zulu pots. The patterns and         from mainstream usage, to the high-end world of
decoration on the pots vary according to family       handcrafted collectibles.


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S                                                           In 1962, Nelson Mandela
        `ince ancient times, African peoples have                                     The colourful seed beads, in particular, gave rise       In 1962, Nelson Mandela wore Xhosa beads at
        cherished beads and appreciated their                                         to many fine beadworking traditions. For example,        his sentencing in the Johannesburg courthouse.

                                                            wore Xhosa beads
        beauty. Made of various materials, beads are                                  Ndebele women in South Africa began to create            An attorney, Mandela usually dressed for court in
        small, perforated, and often rounded objects                                  intricate beadwork in the nineteenth century. The        impeccably tailored business suits. On this occasion

                                                            at his sentencing in
found throughout the world. Glass beads, in particular,                               techniques of African beadwork vary. Beads may be        he chose to send a powerful signal. By wearing the
are a common element of African adornment and are                                     strung on fiber cord or metal wire to create bracelets   beaded clothing of his tribe, Mandela broadcast an

                                                            the Johannesburg
widely used in African clothing and regalia.                                          and necklaces. Beads may be stitched to a backing        implicit message of defiance: a warning to those who
                                                                                      of fiber, canvas, or leather as among the Ndebele.       would crush African culture and its expression. Thirty-
There are two types of beadwork specialists.                                          The vibrant colors and complex designs of the bead       two years later, Mandela would take office as the first
Beadmakers produce beads from various materials.
Beadworkers are artists who create jewellery,
                                                            courthouse.               embroidery become an essential part of the sculpture.    black president of South Africa.

garments, and regalia from beads that are made
locally or are imported from Europe, the Near East,
and India. Artists must carefully consider the materials,
colors, textures, shapes, and sizes of the beads to
choose those that complement or contrast with
one another.

Beads have played an important role in the personal
lives of Africans and in the court life of African
kingdoms. They have been valued as currency and as
an artistic medium. The materials beadworkers have
used in their artworks have varied over time. They
include shells, stone, clay, metal, and glass.
The earliest examples of locally manufactured African
beads are disk-shaped beads made from ostrich
eggshells; these date to around 10,000 B.C. and have
been recovered from archaeological sites in Libya and
Sudan (Dubin 1987,122). Beadwork has often been
enhanced and complemented with cowrie shells.
These beadlike, brilliantly white shells have also served
as a popular currency and a source of embellishment.
Arab, and later European, traders imported cowrie
shells from the Indian Ocean. These shells have been
widely traded throughout Africa.

Clay was also used to make beads. Another material
for beads has been locally obtained and worked
metal. Tin beads in the shape of cowne shells have
been found. Glass, originally in the form of imported
beads or bottles, is another important raw material in
African beadmaking. The beadmakers either ground
up or broke the glass, melted it, and produced new
beads. At Ife, Nigeria, the spiritual home of the Yoruba
peoples, a major glass bead industry developed by
the ninth century A.D. Glass for this industry was
obtained in large quantities from medieval Europe
and the Near East. A bead industry also existed in
Mapungubwe, South Africa, from A.D. 600 to 1200.

Along the coast of eastern and southern Africa, small,
opaque glass beads from India have been discovered
in sites dated to A.D. 200. Since the fifteenth century,
Europeans have brought to Africa millions of glass
beads from Italy, Bohemia (now part of the Czech
Republic), and The Netherlands. European companies
specialized in the bead trade to Africa and offered
many styles of beads.

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     A                                       rdmore
                                             Ceramic
                                             Art is an
                                             internationally
     renowned ceramic studio, based in the Midlands
     of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. These unique
     and vibrant artworks have become an acclaimed
     representative of South African art: at an auction in
     London dedicated to Ardmore, Christie’s defined the
     ceramics as “a modern day collectable”.

     Ardmore provides tools, materials and facilities
     as well as training and guidance to local artists to
     create these amazing works. They are encouraged
     to pursue their own styles and mediums and through
     this approach, great diversity exists amongst the
     Ardmore pieces. From the sculptors (who mould and
     shape the clay into brilliant shapes, figures and forms)
     to the painters (who paint a variety of animals and
     decorative designs), the artists create ceramic art
     that is incredibly energetic and exquisitely detailed.
     Ardmore was founded in 1985 when artist Fée
     Halsted started teaching her first student, Bonnie
     Ntshalintshali, on the Ardmore farm in the foothills of
     the Drakensberg. Five years later, in 1990, Bonnie
     and Fée jointly won the prestigious Standard Bank
     Young Artist Award and their work went on to be
     exhibited at the Venice Biennale. The Ardmore studio,
     which Fée moved a few years ago to its current
     location, now consists of over 50 artists whose work
     has been sold at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams
     in London and to collectors and galleries around
     the world.

     In addition to its role of mentor to the artists,
     Ardmore runs The Ardmore Excellence Fund, which
     receives a percentage of sales of the art. This money
     provides education (especially with regard to HIV/
     Aids-awareness) and healthcare to the artists and
     their families.

     www.ardmoreceramics.co.za


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                                                              “My memories of Kaross
                                                              will be on the joy I had


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               aross is an embroidery initiative started in
                                                              when I have expressed
               1989 with a few (five) Shangaan embroiders     myself through my
                                                              cultural skills to bring the
               and Irma van Rooyen, a visual artist, as
               creative director and founder. Sitting on a
     Kaross (blanket) the ladies started creating works of
     art own to themselves and their cultural background.     Shangaan people out of
     The objective was to create pieces of excellent
     quality, and a fresh approach to handwork. Over
                                                              the grey part of life into
     the past 21 years Kaross became the voice of 1000        clear lime light.”
     VaTsonga/Shangaan people and their communities
     in the Letsitele/Giyani area of the Limpopo Province.    Madonna Sabela
     Kaross is re-applying a culture by exploring its
     heritage and producing contemporary, marketable          www.kaross.co.za
     products and artworks.

     The Kaross incentive is to create jobs and
     opportunities for mainly, rural woman to make a
     living by being creative within the realm of their own
     tradition background. The job-creation aspect of
     the project remains a driving force and is key to all
     developmental and business decisions in Kaross. A
     strengthened cultural awareness followed and formed
     the basis of many Shangaan people’s perception of
     themselves within the context of South Africa and the
     rest of the world. This awareness of being yourself
     within a more global environment is an important
     concept in terms of sustainable development.
     There exists a need for woman in the rural areas of
     South Africa to acknowledge and explore their own
     capacity to take part in making a difference in their
     communities and South Africa as a whole.

     Kaross creates tableware, homeware, artpieces,
     wallhangings, handbags and bedlinen, every stich
     100% hand done. Kaross became a sought after
     South African gift over the past 19 years, due to the
     excellent quality and signature design.

     “I’m lucky compared to the thousands without jobs.
     So I can earn something end of each month, to do
     something for my family. Now I’m a real responsible
     mother because of Kaross. I feel very super proud
     and special to be Shangaan.” Madonna Tirhani
     Sabela

     “I will remember so many things - Kaross brings
     happiness to my life” Winnie Soyaphi Sabela

     “I started working at Kaross on the 1st of February
     2002. Kaross means a lot to me, because I have
     learned many different things about the Shangaan
     people. Kaross brought all the hidden things out so
     that everybody can see it.” Mmakoma Thandi Maset.


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                            The
                        African
                            Art
                        Centre
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               uring the past 50 years the African Art          and public exposure the Centre moved into nurturing
               Centre has provided thousands of artists         and training individuals and groups whether in
               and craftspeople with opportunities for          townships or remote rural areas.
               self-employment and the realization of their
     talents. Originally a project of the South African         Throughout the year development workshops are
     Institute of Race Relations, the Durban African Art        run in disadvantaged and remote communities
     Centre has, since 1984, operated as an autonomous,         to develop the skills (beading, telephone wire,
     non-profit organisation. For the first three decades       embroidery etc) of crafters and assist in the
     of its existence, it was guided by the late Jo Thorpe,     production of new, innovative products with designs
     who virtually single-handed, put Durban on the map         appealing to the market.
     as an important centre of black artistic development.
                                                                The shop in the Centre has been the foundation
     Today operating from premises in Florida Road,             of the support and development of the artists and
     Durban the African Art Centre has adapted to the           crafters. Funding accessed from various funders
     changed political, economic and artistic landscape         over the years has provided the opportunity for
     and expanded its operations. It is proud to be             outreach and the ability to mount special exhibitions.
     recognised as the longest surviving South African
     organisation involved in the development and               www.afriart.org.za
     promotion of black artists and craft-workers.

     The number of artists and crafters ‘discovered’ has
     increased exponentially over the fifty years as have
     the returns they have realized through their talents.
     Development and training programs have grown
     in number and scope and reached ever widening
     groups of individuals and communities, both in
     the geographical and sociological sense. Many
     African Art Centre artists have achieved international
     acclaim – Azaria Mbatha, Tito Zungu, and Reuben
     Ndwandwe – but thousands have had their lives
     dramatically improved through the recognition of
     their talents.

     The African Art Centre reaches out to the
     poorest communities, rural women, the disabled,
     unemployed, youth, HIV/AIDS affected persons,
     frustrated artists craving recognition and
     development and has made a huge differences to
     their quality of life. Starting with providing an outlet


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                                                                                                                 Rebtex is based in Seshego a rural community of Polokwane in the
                                                                                                                 Limpopo province 350 kilometers north of Johannesburg. Limpopo is
                                                                                                                 the poorest state in South Africa and unemployment runs in the high




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                                                                                                                 percentages. The production of sisal fibre and the upstream processing
                                                                                                                 of sisal spinning and weaving offered at Rebtex are critical to factors in
      impopo Ceramics specialise in African          joined as co-owner of the business who will attend to       employment creation in the area.
      inspired, high quality baked and glazed        all aspects of the administration so that Lydia can
      ceramic products that are handmade, hand       concentrate on the creative side of the production.         Rebtex has been spinning and weaving sisal and other bask fibres since
      painted and decorated with beads.                                                                          the late 1970’s and as a result has developed a reputation for quality in
                                                     Limpopo Ceramics has created much needed job                products and service. While the initial products were limited to Sisal twines
Lydia Dercksen started the business in 2002 and it   opportunities in a poor community and provides              for the grass roofing, packaging, agricultural and mining industries and
has since grown to a prominent industry in a rural   ongoing service training to its workers in a variety of     weaving abrasive cloth for the metal polishing industry production has
community which provides employment to an            specialised trades, arts and skills found in a factory of   expanded to all carpets produced from plant fibres inclusive of a rapidly
average of 30 people. Judy Barnard has recently      its kind. About 70% of the workers are members of the       developing bespoke and standard rugs of a variety of colours and weaves.
                                                     historically disadvantaged community.                       Due to the benefit of total in house production from spinning, dyeing and
                                                                                                                 weaving Rebtex is in a position to develop bespoke products to customer
                                                     Social upliftment and involvement remains a priority of     requirements as was the Sisal Bordeaux carpet made to match the famous
                                                     the business.                                               Bordeaux wine colour in France for a major French customer.

                                                     Their handmade ceramics are exclusive and upmarket,         The innovation spirit remains a high priority and Rebtex carries the
                                                     painted in a variety of original African designs and        credit for the unique Rebtex fibregard treatment process where every
                                                     uniquely decorated with beads. The high quality             fibre is protected against spills prior to the yarn being spun. This builds
                                                     ceramic items are made to be used as dinner ware            spill resistance throughout the carpet ensuring the beauty of the sisal
                                                     but certain items are more suited as ornaments. Our         carpets last.
                                                     product range includes dinner sets, platters, bread
                                                     plates, fruit bowls, serving bowls, coffee mugs, vases      The latest innovation, is the first natural fibre floor tile, on a base of
                                                     and other ornaments.                                        crumbed recycled car tyres offering a comfort and appearance not
                                                                                                                 previously possible in floor tiles. This innovation combined with the Rebtex
                                                     Limpopo Ceramics’ products are sold by galleries            Fibregard protection has taken Rebtex products into a variety of industrial,
                                                     and shops in South Africa, England, United States of        commercial and hospitality locations from banks and factories to hotels.
                                                     America, Australia, Switzerland, France, DRC, Namibia,      Rebtex products are exported to United Kingdom, France, Germany,
                                                     Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana and Mozambique.                Australia, India, Mauritius and Africa.

                                                     Email: africanart@limpopceramics.co.za                      www.rebtexrsa.com


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H          IGH THORN makes an exclusive range
of hand-crafted products from our breath taking
twig chandeliers to beautiful pots which are covered
                                                       Each product is hand-made by a group of men and
                                                       women in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South
                                                       Africa. The employees at High Thorn are encouraged
                                                       to take responsibility for each order that is allocated
with leather and finished by hand with expressed       to them. The beadwork is done by a team of
cross-stitching.                                       previously disadvantaged women who are usually
                                                       the sole providers for their families. The organisation
The products are often inspired by traditional         is structured in such a way that the ladies work for
African designs and adapted to suit a contemporary     themselves. It is headed by an extremely talented
style. High Thorn pride themselves on originality      woman who gets satisfaction out of helping people
and uniqueness.                                        learn to be self-sufficient.


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                                                          generations to participate in ancient traditional
                                                          hand crafts, but adorn people and homes around
                                                          the world with an introduction to the adventure,
                                                          stories and myths of Africa. Every culture and design
               oya Afrika present a diverse range of      celebrates both an ancestral identity and unique
lifestyle products encompassing ‘The Excellence of        communication methodology.
Africa’. From unique collections of furniture, decor
and interior accessories to exclusive art, jewellery,     Moya Afrika involves itself in design and re-
fashion, wine and hand crafts the Moya Afrika brand       engineering the use of craft, re-presenting and
is synonymous with African authenticity and quality, a    shifting cultural crafts into the modern world. Moya
class desirable to the elite, rich and famous – when it   Afrika identifies top designers and projects with
comes to Africa.                                          similar ideals and goals, collaborates and then very
                                                          actively creates and pursues markets, making a wide
The Moya Afrika vision is to keep traditional ancient     range of products available to consumers. There are
African cultures alive by blending the hand crafts        many groups in Africa that excel in similar genres
and designs into contemporary furniture and decor         while simultaneously empowering many thousands of
items for the home, leisure establishments and the        crafters through sustainable development.
office. The success of these products on global           As in any ethnic craft continuing tradition requires
markets simultaneously achieves multiple objectives       that materials evolve with time; grass weaving has
in preserving African culture while adorning the globe    been replaced with wire, beads change in material
with ethnic African style.                                and colour, ceramicist processes and glazes
                                                          have progressed, textiles have changed. Moya
In Vienna, Moya Afrika releases its 2011 South            Afrika encourages this continuous exploration and
African range. The identity of this range of decor and    adaptation, in many ways leading cultural design into
furnishings draws its inspiration from the nine primary   the future.
South African cultures, using beadwork, textiles and
colours of these traditional cultures. When working       In making products accessible, the Moya Afrika
with cultural designs Moya Afrika respects culture        strategy includes the rapid establishment of outlets
by continuing the designs authentically. Mannequins       in key global cities supported by leading edge
in traditional cultural dress and adornment are on        websites. The immediate target regions are Europe,
display demonstrating the design source represented       Russia and China where Moya Afrika is to present at
in the now contemporary decor.                            leading exhibitions and stores. Based in South Africa,
                                                          Moya Afrika continues to build its exclusive supply
In preserving African cultural design and colour in       base, maintaining product design and development
its lifestyle products, Moya Afrika not only keeps        projects, quality controls and the logistics required in
the African cultures alive encouraging younger            delivery of exclusive African products to clients.


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     SOUTH AFRICA




     When you travel
     into South Africa’s
                                                               from the mountains of Cape Town to the polo fields of
                                                               Plettenberg Bay.

     winelands, expect to                                      We begin this journey at Wine Central, the Town

     discover far more than
                                                               of Oaks: Stellenbosch. There are more than half a
                                                               dozen wine routes, but they all seem to run through

     a cheeky Pinotage in
                                                               Stellenbosch at some stage. Founded in 1679,
                                                               Stellenbosch was the first South African town to be

     passing…
                                                               established after Cape Town.




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                                                               Leaving the elegant Cape Dutch homes and leafy
                                                               streets of Stellenbosch, we head out for Spier Estate,
     Text and Photographs by Chris Marais                      a wine spread with a difference. Their fruity wines
                                                               constantly win awards. The Spier Village Hotel, built
                                                               in the traditional Cape Malay style, is winelands
                                                               accommodation at its most elegant, and the nearby
                    he days are gone when all a wine           Moyo Restaurant brings the essence of Africa to the
                    estate offered the thirsty traveller was   green estate meadows.
                    a tasting in the cellar, a ploughman’s
                    lunch in the kitchen and a stroll          Here you can meet cheetahs, have decadent picnics
     through the vineyards.                                    on the lawns and learn about the wine from the
                                                               masters. Their ‘barrel thief’ wine-tasting sessions are
     South Africa’s winelands – in the Western Cape            highly popular.
     province – have been transformed into overland
     adventures that can keep you seriously occupied for       Spier also prides itself on its environmental standards.
     a week or more. The grape still tops the bill, but the    The winery is self-sufficient, waste is recycled and
     support cast includes live entertainment, excellent       all farming is organic. This estate was the first one in
     food, conservation projects, handicrafts and five-star    South Africa to be accredited by the Wine Industry
     hospitality. And then, of course, there is the majestic   Ethical Trade Association. Its tourism operation was
     Southern Right Whale – a marketing blessing for           also one of the first to be certified by the Fair Trade in
     the wine makers of the Garden Route, stretching           Tourism brand.


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                                                                                                                         each year, from June to early December. You can’t         South African winters are best for shark-diving
                                                                                                                         walk for a block in the town without bumping into         because of water clarity, and because the sharks are
                                                                                                                         some kind of whale logo. And out on the rocks             more active. In mid-year, they concentrate around
                                                                                                                         overlooking the sea, flocks of visitors and locals gaze   Shark Alley, conveniently located between the seal-
                                                                                                                         out for hours in a whale-trance, hoping for the sight     encrusted Geyser Rock and Dyer Island, where the
                                                                                                                         of a fluke or a waterspout.                               odd African Penguin is also a lunchtime possibility.

                                                                                                                         More people come to South Africa to watch whales          Our lunchtime, however, is spent over at Bientang’s
                                                                                                                         than to visit the iconic, legendary Kruger National       Cave, feasting on wild or cultivated oysters kept fresh
                                                                                                                         Park with its celebrated Big Five.                        in the tidal pool just below the restaurant. From here
                                                                                                                                                                                   you can watch the whales loll, mate, give birth, lobtail
                                                                                                                         Southern Rights were pushed to the brink of               (show their tails), spyhop (poke their heads above
                                                                                                                         extinction in the first half of the 20th Century. While   water) and, most joyous of all, breach right out of
                                                                                                                         their cousins, the Northern Rights, have remained         the sea.
                                                                                                                         on the brink, Southern Right populations are pulling
                                                                                                                         back, growing at their fastest biological rate of 7,5%    The legendary Bientang was a Khoi San Strandloper
                                                                                                                         a year.                                                   (beach walker) who lived in the cave 200 years
                                                                                                                                                                                   ago and was reputed to have mystical powers that

                                                                                                                         There are more Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                   stretched to communicating with whales. That job is
                                                                                                                                                                                   done these days by one Pasika Noboba, who is the

                                                                                                                         Rights off the African coast                              only official Whale Crier in the world. Wilson walks
                                                                                                                                                                                   along the cliffs being photographed by tourists and
                                                                                                                         now than at any time in the                               when he spots whales he lifts his kelp horn and calls
                                                                                                                                                                                   the faithful. Who seem to respond, in their millions,
                                                                                                                         last 150 years.                                           from all over the world…

                                                                                                                         But if you want to get up close and personal with         For more information:
In similar vein, near Stellenbosch in the Elgin Valley lies   simple yet brilliant exercise initiated by Anthony                                                                   Stellenbosch Wine Route www.wineroute.co.za
                                                                                                                         the whales (including seals, humpback dolphins,
Thandi, which makes Fairtrade-certified wine. Thandi          Hamilton-Russell, once described by a writer from                                                                    Stellenbosch Tourism
                                                                                                                         giant petrels and great white sharks), one of the best
is the result of a relationship between the nearby            the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a tweedy, cigar-smoking                                                                www.stellenboschtourism.co.za
                                                                                                                         ways to do it is via Dyer Island Cruises that operates
Paul Cluver Estate, the SA Government, the local              embodiment of South Africa’s Anglophile gentry”.                                                                     Thandi Wine Estate www.thandi.co.za or
                                                                                                                         near Hermanus from the village of Kleinbaai. And if
community and private enterprise. The fruit- and wine                                                                                                                              www.thandi.com
                                                                                                                         it’s not whale season, take their shark boat, Marine
estate is owned and run by members of the                     His exacting standards are backed by an ecological                                                                   Spier Wine Estate www.spier.co.za
                                                                                                                         Dynamics. You can don a wetsuit and climb into
Elgin community.                                              approach to winemaking. Here ladybugs are a                                                                          Hamilton Russell www.hamiltonrussellvineyards.com
                                                                                                                         submerged cages for brief eyeballing sessions with
                                                              treasured part of the workforce.                                                                                     Dyer Island Cruises www.dyer-island-cruises.co.za
                                                                                                                         the very toothsome sharks that live in the area. Or
The profits and Fairtrade premiums are ploughed back                                                                                                                               Hermanus Tourism www.hermanus.co.za
                                                                                                                         you can just watch them from the deck. Even though
into the people of this region – specifically into crèches    The prison release of Nelson Mandela and the                                                                         Bientang’s Cave www.bientangscave.com
                                                                                                                         they grab the baitsnacks dragging from the boats,
for the youngsters and for adult basic education.             democratic South African elections of 1994 basically
                                                                                                                         sharks tend to have their main meals over at Dyer
                                                              unshackled the SA wine industry. Wine is an
                                                                                                                         Island – seal is always on the menu.
Local community members are being mentored in the             emotional subject. During the Apartheid era, South
art of winemaking and there is steady work on skills          Africa struggled to offload a million cases of its wines
transfer. The wines have won several awards, but the          each year. Once the post-’94 floodgates opened,
warmest feeling comes from the knowledge that the             more than ten million cases were exported annually.
brand uplifts disadvantaged people.
                                                              Back in the 1830s, a wandering farmhand and
But as general manager Vernon Henn says: “Although            sometime-teacher called Hermanus Pieters
we are able to empower people through the wine                wandered through the Heaven and Earth Valley
sales, Thandi is firstly about quality.”                      and, more than likely, came to the top of the ridge
                                                              (now part of the Hamilton Russell estate) overlooking
Nearby is the Hamilton Russell wine estate, probably          this magnificent bay. It looked good enough to graze
one of the best known of South Africa’s top offerings,        his sheep on. Old Hermanus moved in and started a
especially overseas. The Wine Spectator once                  coastal craze – some would call it a Whale
accorded it the highest score ever given to a South           Rush - which still continues today, nearly two
African white wine.                                           centuries later.

Hamilton-Russell Estate lies in the Heaven and                People just can’t get enough of the town of
Earth Valley outside Whale Central, Hermanus. Its             Hermanus, and its most famous residents, the
sister estate carries the Southern Right brand, a             Southern Right Whales that come to Walker Bay


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        outh Africa is a very fascinating            with head gear, caps in different tweeds, tartan tam-    desert dunes and crystal streams, incredible wild life   others are able and good,
        country because of its myriad cultures
        and subcultures – there are no one
                                                     o’-shanters, small trilbys with chained bands and
                                                     larger fedora-type hats with fake tiger-skin bands.
                                                                                                              and bustling cities, cellphones and drum beats.
                                                                                                                                                                       for he or she has a proper
        size fits all customs but people live        These are English gentleman’s clothes.                   With eleven official languages and several ethnic and    self-assurance that comes
harmoniously because of the overarching spirit
of ubuntu.                                           South Africa has endured shuddering upheavals from
                                                                                                              cultural groups South Africa is truly the
                                                                                                              rainbow nation.                                          from knowing that he or she
                                                     tribal and colonial warfare to the suffering caused by                                                            belongs in a greater whole
South Africa is a developing country and
is largely influenced by the western world.
                                                     apartheid. South Africa’s first democratic elections
                                                     were in 1994. The spirit of ubuntu – “I am because
                                                                                                              Facts and Statistics
                                                                                                              Location: Southern most tip of Africa, bordering         and is diminished when others
However, culture has always been in the              you are”- a humanist philosophy focusing on people’s     Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia,                  are humiliated or diminished,
centre of everything. For an example Xhosa
men of the Eastern Cape province practice a
                                                     allegiances and relations with each other gave birth
                                                     to democracy.
                                                                                                              Swaziland, Zimbabwe
                                                                                                              Capital: Pretoria                                        when others are tortured or
sacred rite of passage without which they are                                                                 Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east         oppressed.”
not considered to have reached adulthood.            The country is considered as a gateway to Africa’s       coast; sunny days, cool nights
The initiation custom involves a period of           economy with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange             Population: 42,718,530
seclusion, a range of food taboos, a rigorous        being the link between international markets and the                                                              A definition of ubuntu offered by Archbishop
education process and a circumcision ritual.
After the seclusion period the young man
                                                     continent boasting an average of 334 million shares
                                                     traded daily.
                                                                                                              “A person with ubuntu is                                 Desmond Tutu.

returns to his community for a celebratory                                                                    open and available to others,
feast. The new man is required to follow a
strict dress code after initiation for a period of
                                                     South Africa is extremely diverse offering traditional
                                                     customs and modern ways, sky scrapers and wide
                                                                                                              affirming of others, does
six months. They are adorned in plaid jackets        open spaces, sandy beaches and mountain air,             not feel threatened that




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                                                             Makhaya developed Africa Village, a diverse and
                                                             vibrant event, originally targeting Eastern Europe
                                                             and Russia, as these are emerging markets with
                                                             little knowledge and awareness of South Africa.
                                                             Selecting and combining the best of both traditional
                                                             and contemporary talent in the various arts and crafts
                                                             provides an extremely powerful presentation
                                                             of South Africa, as well as creating a platform for
                                                             other sectors.

                                                             Having initiated its first project in Eastern Europe
                        ased in Johannesburg,                in 2008, Makhaya has continued through 2009,
                        South Africa, Makhaya Art            2010 and 2011 to grow from strength to strength.
                        & Cultural Development is a          The impact of these events is felt far beyond the
South African Section 21 non-profit company.                 immediate audiences, cities and countries to officials,
                                                             business and governments in neighbouring and
Makhaya recognises and celebrates the great                  distant locations.
wealth of South African culture and heritage through
art, dance, design, crafts and people. That love,            With a permanent office in Belgrade, Serbia, Eastern
patience and tolerance have prevailed in the midst           Europe and a dedicated and growing project team
of deep struggle, is a valuable lesson to share with         spanning the two continents, Makhaya now plans to
the world.                                                   expand its activity with a series of cultural interaction
                                                             programs drawn from a new generation of talent
This message is best presented through an arts               within the youth sector. Growth and opportunities
and cultural medium that accommodates diverse                from linking South Africa with others through arts and
ambassadors and messengers, naturally suited to              culture are, from Makhaya’s perspective, limitless.
presenting South Africa with colour, energy and
pride. Makhaya has built the South African brand             We look forward to the future and thank everyone for
around the unique inherent elements of culture.              their past and continued support.
Makhaya have adopted the stance that Africa has

                                                             Contact details
much to offer the world, rather than much to take.
We celebrate our uniqueness and hold our
cultural traditions and art high, as a banner for all that
we are African and in South Africa.                          www.africavillage.eu
                                                             www.makhaya.net
Visibility is the first step, from where we can then
deliver a variety of messages. It is well known that         info@makhaya.net
many of our people need channels to express and
show their ability. It is less known that many of our        Belgrade, Serbia
people have immense ability, and an even greater             Office Tel: +381 11 369 45 26
desire to share their talents with the world.                Djordje Mobile: +381 62 124 0074
                                                             Email: belgradegeorge@gmail.com
Makhaya’s objective is to create these channels,
enabling South Africans to not only show their talents       Johannesburg, South Africa
in distant countries, but to place South Africa in the       Office Tel: +27 (0) 87 941 3847
consciousness of those it touches.                           Peter Mobile: +27 (0)73 167 7136
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      the support of South
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