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KZN CRAFTERS IN OUAGADOUGOU (article first published : 2000-11-15)

South Africa was represented at the recent Salon Internationale de l'Artisanat de Ouagadougou, a Panafrican craft fair held every two years in the capital of Burkina Faso thanks to a funding alliance involving the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, the National Arts Council, the SIAO Administration and the European Commission.

South Africa's high profile national stand at the salon's main pavilion presented an All African craft exhibition/competition and a series of performances by the Victory Sanqoba Theatre Company from Alexandra Township, Gauteng.

Among the eight South African finalists selected to honour Panafrican excellence were Durbanís Sibongile Nkomo and the Ndwandwe Family from Hlabisa. Their work formed part of a collection of exclusive African craft. In total, 80 crafters' work selected from all over the African continent will represent the categories of jewellery, ceramic, furniture, decorative objects, leather and textile.

For more information on SIAO 2000, contact Joseph Mathe (DACST) on (012) 337-8073, fax (012) 328-7530.




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