Arts & culture platform ideal for exploring trade opportunities - A trade mission to Belgrade was jointly organized with Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce in October 2008. It was attended by SA Ambassador Mrs Marasha and National Heritage Council CEO with their Serbian counterparts and 15 individual business people from South Africa.
- Negotiations have commenced with Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market and a Serbian distribution agent (approx R50m for year 2009/10)
- Also attracting buyers from, Croatia, Poland, Ukraine and Russia imminently due in SA to initiate negotiations
- Belgrade City wishes to initiate city to city relationships with SA cities.
- Belgrade City wishes to host a trade mission and exhibition in a SA city
- Trade has been initiated in the gift industry to the region supplying South African hand crafts The Belgrade office has received enquiries for:
- Furniture and textiles
- Dried fruit
- South African wines and liquors
- Mining machinery and equipment
- Leisure items such as boats, jet ski’s etc
For more information about the event and the many successes achieved click here PDF
Belgrade 2009 Some facts about the host city:
- Belgrade is the capital of Serbia
- Voted “City of the Future” in southern Europe
- Highly developed infrastructure
- Hub of road, rail and river transport, as well as telecommunications for the region
- Access to surrounding region 65 million people within 4 hours drive
- Intellectual, educational and cultural capital of the region
- Rapidly developing region
- Stable & growing economy
- We have the official support and commitment of Belgrade City
- One of the ancient cities of Europe
- Capital of Serbian culture and art
- Serbian Academy of Arts & Sciences
- National Library of Serbia
- National Theatre
– University of Arts
- Site of cultural monuments and treasures
- Founder of 36 cultural institutions
- 11 theatres
- 8 institutions for protection of cultural values
- 4 libraries
- 13 cultural centres & galleries
- Contributor and scheduler of 231 institution events
In the space of four years we are running a small factory that employs 38 people. Limpopo Ceramics has created job opportuniti es in a poor community and provides training in the various skills required – potter, painter, moulder, glazer, beader, packer etc. The staff complement is 70% African and 30% white. Our handmade, hand painted ceramics are a unique upmarket product painted in a variety of designs and decorated with beads. Our ceramic items can be used decorati ve or for serving food. Our range includes Vases, Platt ers, Bread Plates, Fruit Bowls, Serving Bowls, Dinner Services etc.
The constantly growing and innovative range of ceramics produced by Limpopo Ceramics is marketed by Rita and is sold by galleries and shops in South Africa, England, United States of America, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, France, DRC, Namibia, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Angola. Lodges/Hotels in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.
Product Availability: 2,000 - 10,000 items per month
Ubuntu is a CMT group of 25 women, situated in The Crags, 18km east of Plettenberg Bay on the scenic Garden Route. This area, is however, also one of the poorer areas, where unemployment is high. Here you will find some of the most excellent hand workers in the area.
This project aims at involving the municipality and the community to find the best solutions towards sustainable development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in The Crags.
From a National perspective the effect of this business venture is hoped to achieve the desire as described by the ANC of an effective Co-operative: “ To combine the financial, labour and other resources of the people, rebuild our communities and engage the people in their own development through sustainable economic activity.”
Equip is a South African NGO / NPO, whose purpose and mission is concerned with empowering adults in our society who, for whatever reason, have been disadvantaged.
Through the Adult Education and skills development we provide, we enable them to leave their past – and poverty – behind and become employed, income generating citizens with a new dignity. By extension, we thus add to the economy of South Africa. This is encapsulated in our mission statement, viz; To Change Lives by Providing Skills For Living.
One of our projects is the skills and craft s project in the Diepsloot, informal settlement. Diepsloot is inhabited by people living in poverty and in need of work and financial stability. We teach them skills such as sewing, beadwork, fabric painting and mosaic work and pay them as soon as they start producing sellable goods. We are proud of our fair trade policy and the fact that they are becoming skilled folk who can now provide for themselves and their families.
Inina Craft Agency is a consortium of Craft Producers based in Eshowe which manufactures innovative products for the corporate and conference trade. Through its wide network of crafters Inina is able to produce high quality conference and corporate products in bulk.
The Agency manufactures fibre-based products made from indigenous reeds and sedges, beaded products and handmade paper manufactured from sugar cane waste and waste paper.
Inina members are women who manufacture their products at home allowing them to take care of essential household activities and produce in their spare ti me. While the various products have been specifically designed for the corporate and conference market, the majority of products are manufactured using traditional Zulu crafting techniques that have been handed down through generations.
The Inina Craft Agency supports improved environmental management through the use of reeds and sedges that are harvested on a sustainable basis from wetlands.
Iza Craft s is a business owned by Thembeka Metele. The story of how Iza Craft s came to life in 2001 when Thembeka Metele met Christi ne Morling and Tanya Jacobs.
Thembeka has spent most of her adult life working in community development and establishing craft projects in Mooiplaas in the Eastern Cape.
From small beginnings in a back room in Mdantsane with 1 seamstress and 3beaders, Iza Craft s now has 10 seamstresses working in a centre in Quigney, East London and 20 beaders who work from home. The crafters work hard to make Iza Craft s a success and while they are still small, they are expanding slowly to maintain the exacting standards that they have set for themselves.
Iza Craft s produces soft furnishing, bags, shawls, beaded pens and serviette rings and range of conference bags and corporate products, all with distinctive traditional Xhosa features.
We started Thaba Blinds Co-Operative in 2003 funded by the Dept of Social Development . Members of the Co-Operati ve are from three (3) different villages Dinkoeng village, Thaba bosiu village, Lejwaneng village and Botjhabela village.
We are manufactures roll up window blinds, ceilings, table mats, sethebe, sesiu, covered bottle, floor mats, story boards and mothlothlo. We buy grass from the unemployed community (+- 500 people) from the Thabo Mofutsanyane district.
We use different types of grass eg mosea, sedge, wetland, and riet. We sell our product to the out lets, guest house, lodges, sanparks, Basotho cultural village, hotels, interior décor and overseas.
We have 18 styles of Blinds to choose from and we charge per square meter.
Since the year 1990, South Africa has gone a process of transformation and changes. Together with those changes come challenges. Jacqueline Bam, the founder of Wafika African Craft & Art has passion, vision and interest of this country ( South Africa) at heart. She saw these challenges as opportunities, thus a company with the name Wafika was born to take on the challenge in the art and craft industry.
I started fabric painting as a hobby and to give personalized gifts to friends and family. People in turn asked me to create and fabricate something they desired. The idea for a more structured approach was born. When my husband Mfo lost his job he decided it was the perfect time for him to assist me in establishing a name for myself in the art and craft industry. Mfo has subsequently done extensive training and is now a vital and integral part of my business. We also empowered three people, which one of them is physically challenged, who has become part of the venture on a part-time basis.
Tswelopele Recycling is a design and manufacturing studio in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa and is a project run under Metro Evangelical Service (MES).
When the used billboards are delivered at the workshop, it is very dirty from being exposed to the outdoors, i.e. sun, rain, dust storms, and hail. The weights of the billboard vary from 20 - 180kg. THIS IS WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU!
Your company has already paid thousands to have these billboards printed for its advertisement. Why not re-use them in a new guise? If your company does not have billboards to use – no problem. We have many in stock – free of charge! You only pay for the manufacturing of your own unique products!
You can choose from a variety of existing designs or we can design you your very own unique products. We tailor make any product that will suit your individual needs!
The primary objective of Uhambo Creations is the creation of jobs. The initiative includes a training program upgrading sewing related and entrepreneur skills while introducing ranges of marketable products developed by Uhambo. In order to provide sustainability to the training projects Uhambo drives a marketing initiative resulting in product orders being passed to ‘production groups’ consisting of ex-trainees.
After 2 years of training accompanied by many years experience in South Africa, Uhambo already has access to approximately 800 home based women with a variety of skills ranging through, sewing, bead work, appliqué, block printing, tie dye and embroidery. The goal is to increase this to 5,000 over the next 5 years, sensitively balancing trainee input to market demand and growth. Five thousand employed people provide food for 20,000!
Design work focuses on South African cultural designs which both enhances the natural tradition of adornment and promotes cultural and national pride, truly “a return of the natural heritage to the people”. The response of the women seeing culture continued in a wide range of contemporary products is a beautiful and moving experience.