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CRAFT DEVELOPMENT (article first published : 2001-02-2)

The National Art Council has introduced a Craft Development Initiative as part of its national development strategy to address the plight of rural and urban crafters countrywide. This is aimed at realising the potential and ability of South African craft to compete on the local and international fronts.

A provincial craft development committee (PCDC) has been formed in each province. They will become responsible for Provincial Craft Fairs (PCF) and for developing craft in their respective provinces through the training of crafters in basic business and administrative skills as well as quality control and product development.

Workshops were held in KZN towards the end of last year where crafters were instructed in market promotion and opportunities. The committees will help develop supply chain network and collective purchasing opportunities.

First challenge of the committees is to identify problems that are affecting crafters in each of their individual areas of the regions. For example, the need for a standard pricing structure may be more applicable to KZN than, say, the North West Province or vice versa.

Interested crafters wishing to be part of this initiative should contact the chairperson of the KZN Committee, Intinti Mfusi, who is based at the King Shaka Craft Centre on (031) 309-5517 or 082 225-2325.




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