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Saturday, March 2, 2013


(Kathryn Kure from ECF with Gabi Mnathula and Patricia Mchunu from Ubunye Crafters working on Nkanyezi)

Nkanyezi (“Shining Star”) the second in the series of commissioned decorated public art rhinos, is a project of the eThekwini Community Foundation (ECF). She will be revealed to the public on March 4 at King Shaka International Airport.

Based on the success of Yenza, a nearly life-size resin rhino decorated by a collective of crafters in 2012, Nkanyezi has been commissioned by the eThekwini Community Foundation (ECF). The foundation is a proactive, not-for-profit public benefit organisation, strategically aligned to the eThekwini Municipality. Nkanyenzi is inspired by the diminutive mythical national treasure golden rhino, Mapungubwe.

Nkanyenzi was sponsored by the US Consulate in Durban in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust. From March 4 for the next three months, she can be seen at the airport - which also hosted the Wildlands Rhino Parade in the last quarter of last year.

Nkanyezi has been decorated by seven craft collectives, pairing established craft organisations with emerging craft practitioners. Robin Opperman and Jackie Sewpersad from Umcebo Design (who have project-managed the process) have mentored eThekwini Street Crafters; Community Resource Centre Sydenham have worked with TWA’s Room 13; and Ukhamba Craft and Ubunye Co-Operative have jointly mentored students in metal work from Chatsworth.

See Nkanyezi at the King Shaka International Airport from March 4.

For more information, contact Kathryn Kure at 031 311 2044 / 083 252 0992 or email / For information about the US Diplomatic Mission to South Africa visit