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Saturday, July 24, 2010


(Pic by Terry Haywood - Independent Newspapers: Khulekani Ngubane with his chandelier sculpture)

Umcebo Trust forms part DUT Work Integrated Learning.

Umcebo Trust has a special relationship with the Fine Art Department at the Durban University of Technology and the department head, Tony Starkey, who is the driving force behind the Work Integrated Learning Module (WIL) concept. The DUT Fine Art Department is passionately committed to quality training with a view to productive employment and career opportunities for students and graduates.

The idea behind WIL is to allow students an opportunity to apply their fine art skills in a more commercial design and decor field.

This year Umcebo Trust is hosting the student, Khulekani Ngubane, who was selected for his exceptional sculpture and welding skills. A final-year fine art student majoring in sculpture, he was given the brief to use 3D digital designs produced for Umcebo Trust to create a new and original welded and recycled chandelier / sculpture. This brief was to be the first object in the new range, Umcebo IRON with designs by Umcebo’s design consultant, Mike McFadyean.

Using the digital design inspirations, Khulekani produced a beautiful welded chandelier, the concept / design being drawn from urban sprawl and the rustic rough beauty of iron as a medium. Khulekani used iron from scrap yards around the Durban area and therefore this qualifies as a recycling and “green” project.

Umcebo Trust is situated at Shop B8 & B9 at the uShaka Marine Village Walk. For more information contact the director, Robin Opperman, on 083 793 3408, or email: or visit