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CHRISTMAS AFRICA 2001 (article first published : 2001-10-22)

This year the African Art Centre will host the launch of Christmas Africa, a Liberty Foundation development project initiated by Buy Africa. The aim is to utilise the abundance of crafting skills available throughout southern African countries, particularly in the rural areas. Christmas Africa has proved a quick and easy way to create sustainable incomes, providing over 1,000 new jobs over the past two years and turning what had been seasonal work into year-round employment.

The range of products is growing at a rapid pace. For 2001, Christmas Africa has worked around three themes and has diversified into Christmas related gifts as well. The number of shops has grown from two in 1999 to 13 in 2001.

There are three shops in Johannesburg - Christmas Africa Shop (Sandton Square); Fourways Crossing Centre, Bright House in Melville and Out of Africa in Johannesburg International Airport. In Cape Town outlets are Christmas Africa in Hout Bay, Bright House in Cavendish Square and Bree Street. There are further shops in Amwa in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay as well at in Pilanesberg in the Intertainment Centre.

The Durban representative is the African Art Centre and the launch takes place at 17h30 on October 24. The African Art Centre will show a new product based on the traditional Zulu Iziqhaza or earplug made by Durban artists.




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