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JO ARKELL GOES TO THE SUMMIT (article first published : 2002-08-11)

Port Edward potter Jo Arkell is well-known for her innovative ideas. The best yet sees her providing small terracotta figurines of animals to be inserted in party crackers to be given to the delegates of the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development. The major conference takes place in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4.

Normally not a problem for hard-working Jo, but as the consignment numbered 30,000 this was a huge strain on the resources of her small pottery. So she employed 20 local women and gave them a crash course in figure making and these charming items are bound to be among the delegates’ most interesting mementos of the conference.

The consignment was sub-contracted by Thandeka Marketing in Botha’s Hill which trains people in various practical crafts so that they gain income-earning skills which they can pass on to others. Those living with AIDS benefit particularly in the sense that they can work at their own pace depending on how much available energy they have.

More information from Thandeka on 031 777-1100.




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