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KZN AMONG BUY-AFRIKA WINNERS (article first published : 1999-10-18)

KZN crafters were among the winners of the Buy-Afrika Christmas in Africa 1999 Competition announced today at the official opening of the Buy-Afrika Christmas Shop at the Village Walk Shopping Centre in Sandown, Gauteng. There were three competition categories: nativity scenes, hanging decorations and standing decorations. First prize winners received R5,000 while second prize winners were awarded R2,500.

In the nativity scene category, first prize went to a design by Durban-based Jane Bedford made by wire-worker Godfrey Zuma and beaders Khulumelaphi Mlaba and Babazile Mchunu. TheThusanang Development and Training (Bothaville, Free State) won the second prize.

In the standing decorations category, the second prize went to last year’s first prize winner in this category, Durban artist Marisa Fick-Jordaan. The driving force behind the BAT Shop, Marisa received the prize for her wire angels design made by Tapiwa Musanhi. First prize went to Susan Herbert (Intsimbi Southern Africa, Port Elizabeth).

In the hanging decorations category, Nick Culverhouse (Harare, Zimbabwe) won the first prize for his spiral beaded tree decorations while second prize went to Apostolos Sfetsios (Technikon Witwatersrand Industrial Design Department) for his hut shaped bells.

The R2,500 overall winner prize was Kevin Friedman of Frankli Ndebele. Among the merit award winners was Godfrey Zuma of Durban for his delicate beaded Christmas stars and tree ornaments. The competition attracted over 250 entries from Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and KZN. For further information, contact Eugenie Drakes on (011) 487-1198/1638 or 083 400-5126.


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